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Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
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930 Ratings
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Ratings: 930
Reviews: 374
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 12
Gots: 35 | 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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BeerSox

Virginia

2.63/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into pilsner glass, best by Jan 5, 2007.

Appearance was the only good part of this beer. Crystal clear straw yellow with a well presented head and strong lacing. Off-white, settles to a thin cap. Good lacing all the way down the glass.

Faint glass smell consiting of noble hops and malts. Very low hop smell for a pilsner.

Hop bitterness can be felt more than tasted. Allows room the for the light bread-like malty flavors to appear.

Light bodied with high carbonation and a slightly dry finish from the light hop flavor. Slightly disapointing, as I expected more hop character out of this. The dry finish with low hop flavor lowers the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2006 04:20:40 | More by BeerSox
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watermelonman

California

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured to a very light and crisp looking lager gold. There was quite a bit of carbonation, but the head was very small. Regardless, it persists and leaves a nice lace. The taste is crisp, but not very exciting. It almost tastes like there's a hint of out-of-place citrus in there. The mouthfeel is very light thanks to the carbonation.

I don't think I'd go out of my way to obtain it.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2004 03:20:21 | More by watermelonman
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beerbrains

Nebraska

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

07-08-2012 04:37:10 | More by beerbrains
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Csnowbrown


2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

08-25-2012 11:01:41 | More by Csnowbrown
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Tatuchris

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

06-01-2013 01:00:41 | More by Tatuchris
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IronTom

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

08-18-2013 20:37:46 | More by IronTom
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Redglimmer


2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

07-06-2012 22:08:45 | More by Redglimmer
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siddhartha

Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

05-31-2012 01:09:08 | More by siddhartha
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BlesstheHarvest

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

11-06-2012 15:43:36 | More by BlesstheHarvest
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Ludy

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

04-20-2014 19:38:38 | More by Ludy
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zenithberwyn

California

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

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

Kansas

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

02-01-2013 03:39:17 | More by Whiskeydeez
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scruffwhor

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Splurged on almost two full cases of mixed New Belgium beer on my vacation to Arkansas. Bought this, sunshine, skinny dip, La Folie, 1554, the Abbey, and Tripel. Thats all they had at the stores in my local Arkie area.

I've never seen a thick consistent head on any other pilsner before. Great bubbling and thick lacing to boot. The best looking pilsner I've had up to this point. But the smell didn't match the pleasant sight. Pretty musky for what was expected to be a well crafted New Belgium brew. No clean or crisp definition of the malts or hops. The flavor was slightly better than your Miller or Bud. Drinakable. Yet not what you expected from a brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2006 04:36:13 | More by scruffwhor
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soonerlight

Oklahoma

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

10-10-2012 13:08:30 | More by soonerlight
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

03-02-2013 20:31:44 | More by Sludgeman
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iKrystin

Washington

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

06-16-2012 06:56:27 | More by iKrystin
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joseph_french

Arkansas

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

03-02-2014 19:17:28 | More by joseph_french
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Fatehunter

Oregon

2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass. Finger of head, light clear straw colored body.
Smells doughy and like pine tree resin. It's a little off-putting to me.
Malty taste (for a lager), mild bitterness at the end, short finish.
Light body, fairly low carbonation.
Pretty average, except for the smell. Good for a summer day.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 20:47:17 | More by Fatehunter
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with a good sized frothy white head that goes to a film that laces the glass.

The aroma is earthy grains.

The flavor is sweet malts then a grainy hoppiness and a crisp and lightly bitter finish. There are some sour notes in there too. The mouthfeel is on the light side...a bit watery but fairly smooth.

Overall, not too exciting but a decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2005 05:38:38 | More by Beaver13
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

2.85/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from session notes.

Poured a pale straw color with remarkable transparency, has two fingers of craggy soapy head with some lacing, very minimal aroma, just a bare whisper of pale malts and that's it. Tastes like a grainy melange of cracker and pilsner malts, but plays out to my palate as more of a Czech pilsner in terms of the bittering style than a German Pils. What I mean by this, is that it has a consistent medium level of standard bittering throughout all aspects of the sip for me, and does finish up rather dry compared to most German Pilsners. Also, there is a metallic component that creeps in towards the end. Body and carbonation levels are light and unassuming, perhaps could use a slight boost in carbonation.
If it wasn't for that weird metallic off flavor in the finish, I would have called this a better than average Czech-styled pils. But because of it, it only comes across as average.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 18:32:01 | More by WastingFreetime
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kojevergas

Texas

2.86/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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.

C

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 04:08:45 | More by kojevergas
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I found this beer to be lightly sweet and sticky, and struck me as quite similar to New Glarus Spotted Cow, of which I am not a huge fan.

This beer poured a dull yellow with a fair amount of white head. Aroma was citrusy with a lightly sweet aroma. Flavor is acidic tasting with lots of citrus notes. Much more like a Spotted Cow than I expected. Mouthfeel is a bit harsh and slightly sticky. Can't say I'd recommend this.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2007 03:15:38 | More by BeerBelcher
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RenoZymurgist

Nevada

2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a big fluffy white head atop a beautiful gold beer with good head retention i think this on has a little bit of Carapils malt in it to achieve this. Aroma is extremely light and the only thing i can detect is a little toasty bread. Taste has a definite saaz hop character with a very mild malt balance that gets bolder after each sip. Body is pretty good for the style though it is a little light and tends to make the hop flavors subside quickly. I would much rather have a Trippel for the same price or at least a Pine Mountain Pils from Deschutes.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2003 00:57:45 | More by RenoZymurgist
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

2.9/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky Piss Yellow with a thin skim and minute carbonation.

Strong aroma of chicken sate or chicken bouillon.

Taste is mild and light with just hints of hops and malts. Subtle lemon like finish.

Mouthfeel has a wonderful bitter finish. Hops are felt more than tasted. Salty. Biting and only nominally crisp.

Drinkability: This is dull and lacks the crispness and dryness that I desire in a Pilsener.

Very poor example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 03:13:15 | More by DaPeculierDane
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wedge

North Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear yellow color under a lumpy, pure white head of fluffy foam. Webby lacing. Appears pretty well carbonated. Weak, clean, dusty grain aroma. Pretty much nothing from the hops department. Grassy, lightly spiced flavor over crispy cracker grain with a slight, fine sweetness. Quite crisp and dry, perhaps a bit too much, though it could just be in contrast to the overall mildness of the rest of the beer. Light bodied with a bitter finish. Far from awful, just sort of lacking.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 00:05:27 | More by wedge
Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 930 ratings.