Pilsener | New Belgium Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: Bohemian Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Blue Paddle Pilsener

Added by kbub6f on 07-18-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,592
Reviews:
452
Ratings:
1,443
pDev:
12.75%
 
 
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37
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274
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Photo of BeerLover99
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of ndrwmngn
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ledouge
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MikeWard
3.67/5  rDev +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 laegery, 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.

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Photo of BlueShepard19
3.12/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.53/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of psycHOPathy
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
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

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Photo of Beginner2
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.22/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of ghasting
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bryan12345
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Rilesmiles
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bankboy66
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I thought this was pretty average across the board. A little lemony and watery to me but decent.

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Photo of The_Beer_Guru
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of snowmageddon
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bl25
3.86/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of isaac_barrow
4.43/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pkjorgy
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hozersr
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wizzle32
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Duffman79
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rdub
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GStone899
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One thing I am not is a pilsner connoisseur so take this with a grain of salt. This tastes like any pilsner I've ever had. It's okay, I guess.

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Photo of jbehlar
3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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