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Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 1,075
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 21
Gots: 83 | 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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Photo of augustgarage
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best before 12/15/2013; poured from a 12oz bottle into my Harriet pils glass.

Aureolin and citrine intermix to color the clear body, shot through with a dizzyingly active stream of bubbles making their way to the surface to feed the active but lasting half finger of foam up top. Delicate sticky lacing, good retention.

Aromatics are subtle and complex, becoming more of the latter as the lager warms up a bit. The hops certainly contribute a mild floral/grassy/spicy note but the array of malts add their own distinctive qualities which are difficult to dissect. The dusty, mildly toasty scent that New Belgium describes as "lit match" is unique and not unpleasant.

Faint apple and tart grain elements introduce the flavor profile which is offset by a moderate clean bitterness. If I had to guess, I'd suspect the Target hops were used for bittering where as the Saaz and Liberty contribute most of the flavor/aroma. The finish evolves slowly from an increasingly peppery/herbal quality to a rounder stale bread note.

Light bodied, well carbonated...

A clean, well lagered beer over-all. I'm tempted to say something about the strange contrast between the excellence of New Belgium's American and now Bohemian styles and the general mediocrity of their Belgian style offerings, but that's beyond the scope of this review...

augustgarage, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of jzlyo
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

jzlyo, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, golden colored with a nice white head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: toasty biscuit, pale malt, slight hops

T: slightly sweet up front, hops then appear showing bitterness, crisp, clean, dry at the end

M: thinner with high carbonation

O: nice bitterness for a Pilsener, uncomplex, refreshing

M_C_Hampton, Aug 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

heytomcat, Aug 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Sarmartay, Aug 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

oriolesfan4, Aug 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

BetterBeerPlz, Aug 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

doublepneumonia, Aug 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

emwild12, Aug 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Kahlerbock, Aug 20, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

IronTom, Aug 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

elglueckert, Aug 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

jgunther71, Aug 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

biertrinkenja, Aug 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

sendbeer, Aug 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

sooner961, Aug 11, 2013
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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%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 08, 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%

mwyeep, Aug 06, 2013
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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
Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 1,075 ratings.