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Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 1,071
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 21
Gots: 80 | 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 NODAK
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Head a pretty solid aroma of noble hops and grain. Pretty clean, and good.

Taste starts off with a bit of spicy hop character. There want much of anything on the body for malts as far as I could tell. Then there is a solid bitterness from the noble hops that is about on par for style. Not among the most hoppy, but not the least. After the swallow, a pretty decent soft graininess shows up.

This is definitely drinkable and solid. The lack of malt, as fast as I could tell, is a drawback. I wouldn't put it among the top pilsners, but I definitely wouldn't turn one down.

NODAK, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

danthehopslamman, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of 510a
3/5  rDev -15.3%

510a, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of briandaube
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

briandaube, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of RDW
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

RDW, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of Irrationalist
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Irrationalist, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of Hohnbaum
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Hohnbaum, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of Strix
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light golden with a thick head that sticks to the side of the glass.

Smell is faint, but typical New Belgium biscuity quality with a bit of sweetness.

Taste is mild, crisp, and sweet, with a faint hop twang and a sweetish cereal ending, reminiscent of Cheerios.

Mouthfeel adequate, nothing stands out good or bad.

Nothing really remarkable about this, but nothing wrong with it either.

Strix, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of Unchi
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Unchi, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of videofrog
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

videofrog, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of ssjkyle
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

ssjkyle, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of Skunkdrool
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Skunkdrool, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of swgwilt
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

swgwilt, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of mwar
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

mwar, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of neckbeered
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

neckbeered, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of OldhouseRecs
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

OldhouseRecs, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of hopfacebrew
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Poured from 12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

A - The beer poured a very lighten golden color with a nice 1/5 inh head that slowly faded to a thin skin layer with solid lacing.

S - A faint aroma of pilsner malts but but not much else detected.

T/M- The flavor starts with a crisp grainy flavor with strong bready and cereal characteristics. The beer also finishes crisp with a lingering sweetness. I found the beer to be highly carbonated with little body and almost a metallic finish

D - Very easy to drink though the metallic finish is something of a turn off.

Overall, I would say Blue Paddle is pretty middle of the road for pilsners. Not bad but not great. I am glad to have tried it but don't think I'd come back again.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-23-2011 19:03:07

hopfacebrew, Jan 27, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

KAP1356, Jun 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Amp, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of dsshuck
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

dsshuck, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of stewart124
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden straw in color with a rocky white head. This leaves a nice lace along the glass.

The nose is very aromatic with notes of grain, grass, and noble hops.

Plenty of crisp maltiness in the taste with a grainy character. The hops are very pleasant and bode well for this pilsner. The grain bill and hops blend together perfectly for just the right overall character of pilsner malt and noble hops. Spicy hops and just a hint of lemon zest add a nice depth.

There is a sharp bite in the finish and a crisp clean feel on the tongue in the aftertaste.

This is a very nice version of a german pils. New Belgium continues to please.

stewart124, May 29, 2010
Photo of whynot44
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light bodied Pilsner. Clear gold color with a moderate white head that retreats with just a trace of lacing.

The aroma is light malt and herbal hops.

Very light malt flavor, definite hoppy bitterness and flavor, especially in the aftertaste.

Fairly crisp and refreshing.

Not a real premium Pilsner but very drinkable.

whynot44, Jun 29, 2005
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4/5  rDev +13%

ithinkimasofa, Nov 15, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

PGVG, Jul 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

LightnerLiquorKS, Oct 22, 2013
Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 1,071 ratings.