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Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 1,124
Reviews: 391
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 20
Gots: 104 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-18-2001

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Jsteez
3.09/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A-It was straw yellow color with hints of gold. Light carbonation. The head was thick and foamy. Once the thick foam dissipated, there was a white soapy head that remained on the surface throughout consumption. Nice lacy sides. It looked good!

S-Not much here, maybe some faint dry hops and a sweet malt.

T-Dry, bitter, peppery, and some hops. I can sense some bread and maybe some light citrus, but not a lot. The dry and peppery aftertaste lingered on my palate.

M-Medium-light bodied smooth feel. Quite refreshing.

Overall-This pilsner is a great sessionable brew to enjoy during the remaining summer months. I have to admit I have tried better pilsners, however this is a solidly good brew. Cheers!

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a narrow pint glass; color is straw with bright white head that laces very well, carbonation is light but it could have been a touch warm

Smell is mild pilsner malt with some very light hop notes, neutral - must be something in their to thin out the maltiness and strength of scents but done well.

Taste is a little thin on hop flavor, but the pilsner malts are done well and flavorful - some thining flavors but not hindering flavor.

Mouthfeel is a cross between a kolsch and pilsner, a little more lingering bready feel than typical pilsners but some crispness from the hops and carbonation.

Overall, a well done pilsner, great after a hot and laborous day.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of TheRealBigC
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blue Paddle is a simple, no frills pilsener. Looks how you'd expect, smells like you'd expect, tastes like you'd expect, etc. The good news is that it works just fine. It's full flavored, even if its elements are simple. I took a six pack of this out to Lake Tahoe and had several while barbequeing and felt it was perfect for the time.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.41/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
Serve at 38°F, 4.8% ABV, and Best By 28OCT12.

A - Like a good pilsner should be, Blue Paddle shimmers a goldenrod color with brilliant clarity. A tall white head tops the beer and slowly falls down, decorating the whole glass in thick lace.

S - Blue Paddle is pretty subtle on the aroma, offering a very light rice-like note to the grainy pale malts which provide a simple base for the open floral noble hops. The scent touches on gardening; plants and earth, with an herbal quality that's inviting.

T - Quite flavorful indeed, Blue Paddle's bouquet features spicy and floral Saaz noble hops with a backdrop of mild grainy malt sweetness and soft water.

M - A smooth entry quickly leads to a dry, bitter burst on the tongue that's quickly washed down with a champagne-like carbonation level that finishes out clean.

O - Blue Paddle is a relatively bare-bones, simple beer, but certainly not without flavor! This delectable, incredibly refreshing beer is a quintessential summer session beer, gently offering bitterness and hop characteristics of a cleanly lagered pilsner; something a hop-head who doesn't want to get bashed across the face with resin would really dig. Blue Paddle is incredibly well-done.

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1/5  rDev -71.7%

Photo of vkv822
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz : pint glass

Clear golden with a foamy white head that leaves pleasant lacing.

Lightly sweet grainy malts, with grassy spice hop accents.

Grassy, spicy hops with some clean, malty backing.

Medium body, with active, bubbly carbonation. Clean finish.

A well done Czech pilsner. Easy drinking, light but flavorful.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 1,124 ratings.