Blue Paddle Pilsener | New Belgium Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 07-18-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,358
Reviews:
427
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
12.81%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
244
For Trade:
0
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at 38 Degrees in Alhambra, CA.

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and slight grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is quite drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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

yeah this isnt the most intriguing beer on the planet, but its a worthwhile summer sipper. it smells as german as it does czech on the malt profile, dusty and dry, sturdy but light enough to be easy drinking. the hops enter a little bit in the flavor, but its only in the finish and very subdued. this is a straight up pils, more robust than is traditional, but its not a beer for hop heads. the finish is dry after just a second, and a certain thirst quenching element is there, thankfully. it feels a little filling to me, maybe a little heavier in body than most beers from this genre, but the carbonation is good and its an easy 6pack on a late summer afternoon. no complaints with this, it just isnt getting me off ya know?

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of biboergosum
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz glass, at the New Belgium debut party in Alberta, at the Craft Beer Market in Calgary - I've arrived right on time, and it's already getting packed in here!

This beer pours a pale golden amber colour, with one finger of thinly foamy and puffy off-white head, which leaves a nice layered strata of weeping lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of mildly crisp and grainy pale malt, dry lemon, and somewhat metallic earthy, grassy, and leafy hops. The taste is lightly funky leafy and grassy hops, gritty pale malt, a touch of crispy cracker, stale lemon, and a stony flintiness.

The carbonation is a bit tight at times, but mostly just wanly frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and a bit edgy in its smoothness. It finishes on the dry side, still kind of zingy from the obvious noble hops.

An adequate and capable old-school pilsener, a bit soft around the edges, yet more or less drinkable, and duly thirst-quenching. A pleasant start to this cornucopia of a beer experience I have ahead of me this evening.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours clear golden color with a fluffy head that leaves clumps of lace in my pilsner glass

Smell: Bready aroma with plenty of floral esters; slightly grassy

Taste: Starts with a clean, bready flavor that is joined, mid-palate, by the grassy, floral hops; after the swallow, the floral aspect builds and becomes almost perfume-like

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body; moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: Very nice effort from New Belgium; while not as hoppy as Prima Pils, I really like the floral elements that make it very drinkable

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3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of largadeer
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Extremely clear pale straw in color. The head retains well and leaves a fair amount of lace as the glass empties.

Smell: Very bready and malt-heavy. Doesn't have as much of that signature spicy/grassy hop aroma. A faint cooked vegetable aroma is noticeable but overall it's fairly clean.

Taste: As the aroma suggests, this is very light on the hops - I'm surprised they call this a pilsner. Malts are dominant and quite nice. Buttery with a mild grainy sweetness and just a touch of hops in the finish. The aftertaste is clean, making this a pretty quaffable beer, though it lacks the crispness that I look for in a good pils.

Mouthfeel: Light, but more buttery and coating than most pilsners. The carbonation is crisp without being bloating like many macro pilsners.

Drinkability: A decent session beer, but I'll stick to Trumer if I want a good domestic pils.

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3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out a golden, yellow color with a 1-2 finger head. It leaves some lacing.

S - The is a fairly strong malt smell mixed with fruity aromas.

T - The malt and fruit flavors are complimented by a light spicy-bitterness.

M - It is crisp and light-bodied.

D - A nice pilsner. Really one of the more enjoyable American pilsners available.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 1/4/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance and robustness of pale malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and clean mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a nice and pleasant Czech pilsener. Good balance and robustness of pale malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear golden yellow color with visible carbonation and a white head. The nose is some floral and herbal hops with grain in the back. The taste is straw and grain with some light Noble hopping. Fairly light mouthfeel with high levels of carbonation. Drinks well, especially in the summer, although there are certainly better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an unexpected find at Pipe and Pint here in Greensboro today actually had it given to me it was part of the owners personal stash,anyways pours a vibrant yellow with not much head wich kept the rating at 4 I really liked the vibrant color of this brew.Aroma was like walking thru a meadow of flowers kinda sweet and grassy with a good toasted malt character.Taste was grainy and lightly sweet with a nice smacking of hops that hits nicely in the finish.One of the best American pilsners out there at least from my perspective I wish I had more!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had an odd relationship with Blue Paddle over the years. Even though I've tasted it many, many times, I simply enjoyed it without going to the effort to write a review. Maybe it was that I felt it would always be available to review later; and maybe it was because I'd thought I'd already reviewed it (I actually think I did.... maybe my review got lost due to a bad computer connection); or maybe it was because it just didn't stand up and shout "review me!"; or maybe it was just too good to put down! In the end, I think it was a little bit of all of those, but I'll put the spin on 'it was just too good to put down'!

It pours a typical golden body beneath a full head of white froth that holds well and leaves some nice lace about the glass. The nose delivers floral, grassy, and lightly spicy hops atop a straight-forward, grainy malt base. The body is medium on the light side, and it's crisp but not zesty in the mouth with a slightly restrained carbonation. The flavor is a well-balanced blend of straightforward, grainy malt; floral, grassy, and lightly spicy hops; and a firm bitterness. It's more of a southern German style, and it's well-rounded and very drinkable; but at the same time nothing really stands out.

Overall, it's a solid pils that's definitely welcome during the summer, but perfectly acceptable in any season; and also perfectly suited to almost any occasion (BBQ, wedding reception, bowling league, nightclub, late afternoon at the ski-lodge, dinner with mom & dad, fishing expedition, .... you get the idea!). Nicely done!

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3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Blue Paddle Pilsener from New Belgium Brewing
3.59 out of 5 based on 1,358 ratings.
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