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Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 1,088
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 20
Gots: 84 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

BlueAndBrew, Sep 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

bushwack, Sep 13, 2014
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3.64/5  rDev +2.8%

CBack465, Sep 13, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Basoos1, Sep 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

A pretty average pilsner. I’d say sub-par for New Belgium. Refreshing and drinkable on a hot summer afternoon, but pretty low on flavor and/or character.

jpro, Sep 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13%

gentryka, Sep 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

TheyCallMeYukon, Sep 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

neckbeered, Sep 08, 2014
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3.52/5  rDev -0.6%

mthomp081, Sep 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

ruckus232, Sep 07, 2014
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2.6/5  rDev -26.6%

butlermattj, Sep 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

The light hop scared my bud drinking relatives. I think it is a nice lawn mower beer.

scottieie, Sep 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

alexsergio, Sep 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Bones10, Sep 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13%

blandmath, Sep 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

mikerieder, Sep 05, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev +7.3%

Jakeonaplane, Sep 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

SCanthony, Sep 04, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +21.5%

KevinGordon, Sep 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

samtrillo, Sep 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +34.2%

This is a crisp, dry, refreshing brew -the way pilsner ought to be - particularly nice for summer, but I'd drink it year-round.

DuaneL, Aug 31, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

ryho, Aug 31, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -4%

Epheister, Aug 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

My utmost thanks to my frequent, local, in-person trader, tone77, for dropping off this CAN for me! I dropped it, causing a major dent, which is why it has been in chill mode until now.

From the CAN: "Employee Owned'.

The Crack! was made difficult by the dent and really, I was lucky it did not explode on impact. A bottle would surely have shattered from that height. Speaking of height, it also made it impossible to tell just how full the CAN actually was. I gave it an inverted Glug to get things started and for the first time in a long, long time, I got some overfoaming! The result was two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, bone-white head with excellent retention. Color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-plus quality clarity. I could see into the future! I have company coming by later. Nose had a grassy, Saaz/Noble hops presence. My mouth began to water. In the meantime, lacing had begun to appear as the head subsided. Mouthfeel was soft, not thin, not watery, but simply soft. I was really digging the way that the hops were first and foremost, which is the hallmark of the Czech Pils style. I CAN get behind German Pilseners, but they do not trip my trigger like a good Czech. Pils, I mean, although I dig Czech women, also. The grassy bitterness is such a treat and this style is what made me realize that I CAN enjoy lagers as a hophead, especially after so many CANned AALs. Finish was semi-dry, not quite as biting as some that I have had in the style. At 4.8%, definitely sessionable and perfect for the Summer cooler in the backyard.

woodychandler, Aug 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

30helens, Aug 27, 2014
Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 1,088 ratings.