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Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

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1,021 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,021
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 19
Gots: 65 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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New York

4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

07-05-2013 20:51:39 | More by tadmuchowski
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California

2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

07-04-2013 06:57:56 | More by zenithberwyn
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Tiernan

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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raynmoon

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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Pookie

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

07-01-2013 14:03:13 | More by Pookie
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McAndrew

North Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -36.4%

06-30-2013 21:44:32 | More by McAndrew
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

06-29-2013 19:01:30 | More by Damian74Shensky
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Hopinista

Nevada

3/5  rDev -15.3%

06-28-2013 04:31:49 | More by Hopinista
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JoeMarsh

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

06-28-2013 02:52:47 | More by JoeMarsh
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JamLand

Hawaii

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

06-25-2013 23:51:37 | More by JamLand
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kojevergas

Texas

2.86/5  rDev -19.2%

Acquired as part of the New Belgium Summer variety box (2013) at my local Von's grocery on Sunday. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average; New Belgium tends to churn out underwhelming seasonals (with the definite exception of their winter variety box) and piss-poor bombers (Lips of Faith). "Pilsner Lager." Nothing on the bottle suggests it's a Czech pilsener rather than a German pilsener. Best before November 2013. 4.8% ABV confirmed. Serve at 3 degrees Celsius. I always like their simple label art and colorful designs. Bottle cap is branded with a red and orange motif.

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger head of white/beige colour. No real creaminess. Okay thickness; it's kind of thin, actually. No lacing. Pretty decent (~3 minute) retention, though the ABV is rather modest so that shouldn't be difficult to execute. Hm. Head could use some honing. No bubble show. No "legs."

Body colour is a clear translucent yellow. No yeast particles are visible.

Typical of a German pilsner. Not looking fantastic, but it's passable. No overt flaws, though the head does disappoint. Below average vibrance but I wouldn't call it dull.

Sm: Straw/hay. Saaz and noble hops. It's actually surprisingly hoppy for the style. Clean barley. Sweetgrass. Grainy. Cereals. Lightly fruity, a biteen of lemon/lemongrass does sneak in. Lightly estery. A misty aroma of surprisingly respectably quality for the style; maybe this won't be as underwhelming as I thought. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A fresh aroma of moderate strength.

T/Mf: Straw/hay, pilsner malts, clean barley, and overdone saaz and noble hops. Not much going on here. Sweet grassiness with some light lemongrass and accompanying esters. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Some light floral character. Simple and underwhelming; little complexity or subtlety here.

To sweet for the style. I wouldn't call it flavorful.

It's crisp and clean. Smooth, but somewhat dry as well. Unrefreshing. Overcarbonated. Decent presence on the palate. Okay thickness; probably too thick considering the style. Doesn't feel at all custom-tailored to the flavour profile, but it's passable.

Not buttery, oily, harsh, biting, or refreshing.

Dr: Downable but mediocre. Another mundane effort from New Belgium. I wouldn't get it again, but for the price you could do worse for a czech pilsener. I'm happy to finish the bottles from the variety box, but there's just nothing interesting enough to bring me back. Feels careless and lazy. Not recommended. Very average indeed.

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Illinois

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Idaho

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Walletsworth

North Dakota

4/5  rDev +13%

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Johnny_Duck

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -15.3%

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KingEdward

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

06-21-2013 21:41:14 | More by KingEdward
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Murrhey

Montana

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Poured from a standard pressure-cap 12oz bottle into a weizen glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Two-finger creamy white head with tiny bubbles and creamy lacing. Head lasts a while, eating down in the middle first. Amber color with high clarity, a bit of an anomaly for the Pilsners I'm used to seeing. Not a bad looking beer.

S- Some peppercorns, honey, fresh-cut grass. Nicely aromatic, but like most light lagers of its type, not complex or rich.

T- Sweet honeyed malts, some crispness from Czech (maybe) hops. A very refreshing flavor.

M- Creamy and wet feel at first with a crisp bite from the hops and carbonation. Finished slightly bitter and dry.

O- Is this a great beer? No. But a refreshing one that feels right considering it is 80 degrees outside.

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Missouri

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California

3/5  rDev -15.3%

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elNopalero

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +13.8%

This poured a clear golden color with fantastic clarity and great foaming.

There’s a light but sharp aroma that’s equal parts lemony and grassy, with a hint of toast hidden in the back. The flavor is light and crisp, with the touch of lemon and grass on it. It’s lightly bitter but just enough to give it some character, with a nice finish, I liked this one more than I had expected to.

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Massachusetts

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Eriktheipaman

California

4/5  rDev +13%

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Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 1,021 ratings.