Blue Paddle
New Belgium Brewing Company

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Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
3.55 | pDev: 12.68%
New Belgium Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: Formerly Blue Paddle Pilsener
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officerbill from New York

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pilsner malts and toast. A tasty low hop Pilsner. A smooth feel with little edge and a pleasant after taste.
A very pleasant beer. Not the best I've ever had, but far from the worst.

Jun 22, 2019
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ChrisBeerDrinker94 from Colorado

4.01/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Malty and floral on the nose. Well carbonated and sweet on the first sip. Ends with a bittersweet hops flavor. A good daily Pilsener. Nothing to complain about this beer.

Apr 02, 2019
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Trillium IPA glass.

Look is a pale orange with a full white head.

Aroma is a dry biscuit malt with a strong Pilsner yeast.

Taste is very light and refreshing with a dry finish.

Feb 20, 2019
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Can

A totally clear, solid gold color. Perfectly fluffy-white head, dense and Rocky looking with good lacing.

The pilsner style malt has a honey tinged, bready aroma with green grass, fresh herbs and a subtle, tangy fruits thing from the hops. Pilsner yeast has a buttery and herbal thing..which is basically the perfect pilz nose.

Light bodied and crispy malt mouthfeel gets a bit laid back and rather gentle after the first sip. Snappy at first, then levels off to a medium, slick malty feel. This one never gets dry or cloying.

Flavorwise, this is pretty much right on, good balance etc. Pilsners can be very flavorful and complex in their own way, and this one falls right in the middle of the pack. The malt is made up of sweet white bread, yeast brings sour toned, buttery notes and the hops, although very subtle brings herbs and spices with a laid-back style.

Overall, it's a pilz! Not "wow" but pretty o k.

Nov 20, 2018
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by 1/13/19, so plenty fresh.

Looks very good. Clear pale golden yellow body with initially a decent bright white head which dissipates to a faint ring & covering. Good streams of carbonation.

Familiar lager yeast aroma, which is quite strong. Not picking up anything else

Same largery, yeasty taste. Some very faint bitterness. No sweetness from the malts comes through though.

Mouth is around medium, finish is a slightly sour bitterness.

Overall, although the beer looks and smells the part of a czech pilsener, it doesn't quite hit the spot in the taste and feel department. Inoffensive, and very sessionable though.

Oct 06, 2018
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TheBierdimpfe from Canada (QC)

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned: Bright pale straw color with some good activity. Foamy and frothy white 3 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with strong legs and decent swirl reaction. Flavors of sweet barley, minerals, cabbage, lemon, light corn, and floral hops. Slick full body with prickly carbonation. Light strength finish, mostly grainy with a flowery and vegetal feel. Proper to the style, good freshness and pleasant texture. Doesn't feel much of adjuncts, good balance too. Overall very good quality craft.

Sep 29, 2018
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psycHOPathy from Georgia

3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear pale golden body, nice inch head
Musky grain, clean malt, lemon rind, pepper, corn
Clean grain taste, a little sweet
Smooth light body, refreshing
A pretty good example of what I truly believe to be a generally dumb style of beer

Sep 22, 2018
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Refreshingly pleasant.
Too many try to be too much nowadays. Not this. Simple, malty, effective on a hot day.

Looks are barely above average and Smells are exactly so. But the bland nose gives way to a sweet, perky malt that does a great job of cleansing the palate and eliciting a "hits the spot." Refreshing without boatloads of hops. My kind of beer.

OA: I like New Belgium because it rarely produces too extreme beers to attract attention. But then, that is the advantage of being early to the market and providing consistent interest.

Sep 05, 2018
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depechemode1983 from Texas

3.22/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear gold in color with a white head. Retention is decent and leaves a bit of lacing.

The nose is floral with some lemon zest. Plenty of grains in there as well.

A bit light on flavor. The bitterness is toned down quite a bit with corn like sweetness pushing through. The finish is a bit water with only a slight lingering floral bitterness.

The mouthfeel light bodied with low carbonation. Seems a bit flat.

Sep 05, 2018
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves decent lacing

S: Grainy and bready with a touch of fruitiness

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the grainy and bready malt notes and then goes into a light fruitiness. Moderately sweet. Finishes with lingering grain and bready sweetness

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: An easy to drink Bohemian-style pils that is very straight-forward

Jun 19, 2018
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omahawk from Nebraska

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This isn’t a bad Czech pils. Great appearance. Crystal clear and nice carbonation level. Taste is a little flat - I wonder what the base malt is in this? It doesn’t pop like a typical Czech pils. It almost seems like a US malt, rather than European Pilsner malt.

Feb 27, 2018
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Foyle from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pilsner glass

A thin white head drops quickly with moderate lacing. Color hazy golden with some streaming carbonation. Aroma of biscuit, yeast, and fruity hops. Mouthfeel is light and frothy. Fairly crisp and dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, lightly toasted barley, with hop flavors of grass and mild citrus. It's no Pilsner Urguell, but a fine example of the style nonetheless.

Jan 07, 2018
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grover37 from District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pint at Denver airport with Lisa. Just OK, petty bland, even for a Pils. Good looking beer, but not much in the nose or taste. Nothing wrong with it either... Easy drinking beer beer.

Jan 04, 2018
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draft at New Belgium Hub, DIA.
Bright gold, steady plume of rising champagne bubbles. Drippy arcs of lacing, lasting surface coverage. Aroma is lightly bready, lemony and crackery. Taste is lightly sweet and malty, crisp and smooth body. Dry finish with a vague herbal hop note. Overall it's a pretty good rendition, and very drinkable in hot weather.

Oct 14, 2017
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: brilliant straw filled with streams of rapidly rising bubbles under a 1/2" white foam collar with good retention

S: Spicy, herbal hop aromas are most noticeable followed by light bread dough

T: flavors start slightly sweet with cracker and a trace of biscuit leading to a moderate hop bitterness and a trace of tartness on the finish with a little pear flavor and some spicy herb

F: starts with a little prickle but is creamy and smooth with medium body and medium high carbonation

O: This is a very nice, refreshing Pilsner, perfect for hot summer afternoons.

Aug 08, 2017
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Samlover55 from New York

3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into perfect pint glass
bb 8/20/17
L- clear gold, with thin bubbly head, lacing
S- dough, floral hop aroma, lemon
T- sweet malt, followed by dough, hint of lemon, and a subtle spicy finish
F- medium-bodied, average carbo
Overall a decent Pils, above average sweetness though

Aug 02, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I poured this into a pilsener. The appearance was a hazy golden yellow color with a slight transparency about it to allow light streams of carbonation to be seen rising. Three finger white foamy head dissipated leaving a messy sort of lacing. The smell had a sweet grassy and grainy sort of sweet corn malt to eventually allow a really nice sweet lemon to come in. The taste was mainly the sweet grassy and grainy corn. The lemon was no where to be found in the flavor. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a pretty good sessionability about it. The carbonation was substantially good for the style and for me as it was there but nothing overbearing. Overall, I say this was a pretty good Pilsener.

Jun 27, 2017
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MichaelProcton from North Carolina

3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Light, clear straw/gold with a HUGE white head that fades pretty quickly. Decent carbonation means it stays around at least a little while. Smells strongly of sweet malts, but also something a little off. Obviously not skunk, but not great if those are supposed to be hops. Taste is better balanced, but there's something slick and heavy about this beer. Not light and crisp like I'd expect out of the style. Also lingers in the mouth in a not altogether pleasant way. Frankly, this isn't a great beer, which is surprising out of New Belgium. I'd rather have a macro lager than this, particularly given the price points.

Jun 21, 2017
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with a best by Nov 19, 2017 date. Sampled on June 17, 2017.

The pour looks like a typical pilsener with its bright yellow color and moderate white head that eventually fade and laces.

The aroma begins with doughy sweet malts but I also get a kind of cooked corn character that I didn't care for. And there is a low to no hop profile.

Light to medium body. Smooth though.

The taste seems to be a step up with less of the corn aspect and more of the doughy sweet malt aspect. Somewhat clean and crisp finish.

Jun 17, 2017
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Scott17Taylor from Iowa

4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale gold with fluffy white head.
The aroma is grain a little spiciness and an earthy hop.
The flavor follows the nose it's crackery bready malt with a nice dry earthy hop finish. It's super refreshing.
Overall it's a very straight forward pils, not super hoppy and really refreshing. I'd pick it up, it's worth trying.

Jun 01, 2017
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CTHomer from Connecticut

4.19/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: crystal clear; pale gold in color; 1 finger finely pored white head that receded to a very thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: grainy; a bit of spice; a bit of DMS;

T: really nice; grainy with spicy hops; mild bitterness on the finish that increases slightly in the aftertaste;

M: medium bodied; moderate to high carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: a really nice representation of the style;

May 08, 2017
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brureview from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a copper red color in a Brooklyn Oktober Fest glass with a 3F head.

The aroma and taste don't have any of the traditional character of the Bohemian Pilsner. The body is too light,
The aroma and taste lack any fruity taste sometimes associated with the style. It's a blasé offering, which doesn't approach the style.

May 05, 2017
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descobar from Florida

3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a tall Pilsner glass.
Look: Pours pale straw with a thick and frothy 2" white head with good retention. Clarity is 100%. No lacing was observed. Smell: light malts, bready cereals, assertive herbal noble hop spices.
Taste: well balanced lightly sweet malts, medium low bitterness which peaks midway.
Feel: medium body, moderate carbonation, creamy/oily texture and no apparent astringency. FInishes dry with only a faint mildly astringent bitterness remaining for a good amount of time.
Overall: well executed, well balanced Bohemian Pils. Definitely on the milder side, especially on the hop bitterness side, for the czech style.

Apr 30, 2017
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp yellow gold with 2" foamy head and lacing. Smells of grain, mild hops and soapy goodness. The taste reminds me of how beer used to taste, a rich full flavored pilsener. Solid grainy taste with a nice sweet mix and a minor floral note, this is what a good beer should be, lots of taste and very light and easy to drink. These are just perfect for floating in the pool all day, you get tons of flavor and can still walk at the end of the 12 pack, cheers.

Mar 31, 2017
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CNoj012 from New York

3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a crystal clear pale golden color with half a finger of fizzy bright white head. Retention is minimal and there is next to no lacing either.

Smell is very subtle. Just grainy at first, but if you agitate the beer you get a nice floral aroma as well as some peppery spice.

Taste is the same, very bland. Next to no malt character, barely picking up on any yeast, and even the peppery spice in the smell is nearly non existent.

Feel is light and slightly watery. There is a good bit of carbonation on the finish which is nice.

Overall this beer is not very good. There is so little flavor in it that you would probably be better off (or at least no worse off) grabbing Bud Lite instead.

Mar 29, 2017
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