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Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 1,040
Reviews: 385
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 20
Gots: 70 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-18-2001)
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IronTom, Aug 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

kmos27, Aug 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

danthehopslamman, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of constantine_272
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%

A: Golden pale yellow with white head. Highly carbonated leaving a good thin foam layer that persists and makes sticky rings on the glass. Looks thin and pale, but I like the carbonated look.

S: Wheat and bread grain. Reminiscent of spent steeping grain. Touch of alcohol and yeast. Smells warm like nutmeg. A touch of metallic on the nose. Smells good mostly but there's not much depth.

T: Better than I expected. A tiny touch of sweetness kicks in at the beginning, but it quickly turns crisp and slightly tangy. A flavor of dried leaves builds and is followed by light mineral and copper flavor that hits the back of the tongue.

M: Refreshing, except for the mineral aftertaste that finishes long. Not so thin like other lagers. There's enough there to keep you aware there's a good amount of ingredients present.

O: I often detect mineral notes in lagers and count it against the experience, but here I don't mind it. It's a bit more subtle and balanced by other qualities and a good crispness. Overall one of the better lagers I've had. The pieces on their own aren't anything to brag about, but put together it turns into a great hot weather session beer.

constantine_272, Aug 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

larryarms847, Aug 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

qquique1010, Aug 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

capnamerica, Aug 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Eric908, Aug 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Auraan, Aug 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

krome, Aug 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.3/5  rDev -6.8%

12oz bottle with a freshness date. The side blurb is incomprehensible marketing gibberish, so it loses points for that.

Clear, golden, good looking beer beer. Smell is sweet creamy wheat and hard water. Light, creamy, sweet, with a dull bitter finish.

Decently hopped, just not especially tasty. In a can, I would like this for boating or camping.

jimmah120, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of gpogo
3.44/5  rDev -2.8%

A- Clear golden yellow body with a small white head. No lacing.

A- Pale crisp pilsner malt. Grassy herbal hop notes.

T- Pleasant bitterness throughout. Light crisp pilsner malt flavor. Dry finish. A bit on the hoppier side.

M- Light body, moderate carbonation. Crisp and enjoyable.

D- Pleasant warm day beer.

gpogo, Jul 27, 2013
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2.57/5  rDev -27.4%

DenverHopHead, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of garymuchow
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%

Well within best by (November). Poured into pilsner glass.
Tight aroma and more soft pils malt than anything.
Very attractive looking beer with big full head and lots of sticky lacing. Pale straw, very clear.
Bready, nutty and grainy malt flavors, soft bittering that lasts through the finish once it starts. No hop intensity - more blended than contrasting.
Nice soft feel and appropriate carbonation.
Boy this drinks nicely and easily. Not as robust as some, but a nice drinker on a summer evening.

garymuchow, Jul 26, 2013
Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 1,040 ratings.