Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 1,104
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 19
Gots: 93 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-18-2001)
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3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery in lovely Fort Collins, CO. Clean gold with a healthy head of white foam. Mild grainy malt and spicy hop on the nose. The palate gives more complexity with clean, sweet malt underneath a soft hop bitterness and black pepper and fresh flower flavor. Well crafted and refreshing, but a bit more in the way of hops would be welcome. But I'm sure they were going for a crowd-pleaser with this one. A sub 5.0% beer is always welcome on a warm spring afternoon.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Best Before" stamped on the side of the label. Read July 15, 2012. About a month and a half away so this review might not be completely "legit" because of the age of the beer. Anyhow...

A- Golden body with a 1 finger head. Some lacing, but nothing crazy.

S- Hay-like aroma up front. Lemon zest, mango and spices.

T- Starts off with a zesty kick which then turns into a bitter, hop like finish. Lemon zest and malts.

M- Thin bodied, medium carbonation and a dry finish. Easy to drink.

Good for the style. Not my cup of tea, but I would drink another if it was offered.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-oz boottle into weizen glass

A - crystal-clear straw yellow under 3 fingers of white foam; moderate carbonation; nice trail of lace

S - light grains with a touch of honey; hint of floral

T - semisweet grains with grassy hops, hint of pine; short bitter finish

M - light/medium body, high carbonation; biting, but fairly refreshing

O - On par for the style, but nothing spectacular.

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3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Yellow in color, and crystal clear. Large with head on top, that dissipates rather quickly.

S: Some light toasty notes, as well as possibly a hint of corn. Faint floral notes, as well as some dried straw. Maybe something a tad metallic in the finish.

T: Tons of toasty biscuit notes, some floral notes coming back, the bitterness feels a little odd to me, and lingers on for quick awhile.. the bitterness is a little reminiscent of anise. Slight sweetness in the finish.

M: Light in body, the carbonation is fine, and plenty abundant giving a carbonic bite to the finish.

O: I recalled not liking this beer for years, finally giving it a second try, I can say that it is definitely better than I remember, but still not something amazing. The bitterness seems out of joint with the rest of the flavor profile, and the lingering bitterness and bite don't help. I guess it's just not a beer for me.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light gold with a rocky 1.5 finger head. Absolutely amazing lacing that clings in big chunks to the sides of the glass.

The aroma has some lemon, grass, and hay along with a little bit of caramel. Pretty good balance between malt and hop aroma.

The flavor is slightly lacking but there is decent bread and caramel malt flavor and a touch of lemony hops. All are a little weak, though. A moderate bitterness is present that lingers in the throat.

Overall, a slightly above average pilsener and a really good effort from New Belgium.

Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 1,104 ratings.