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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 07-18-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,359
Reviews:
428
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
12.81%
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
245
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Photo of UnionMade
4.48/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a beautiful polished gold, generating a thick, pure white froth with a gentle pour. The head settles into an even coating, about 1/4" thick, lasting all the way through the glass. Tons of tiny carbonation bubbles race up to feed the head, which leaves spattered trails of lace sticking to the glass. Perfect clarity.
The aroma is a gentle balance of soft, slightly bready pils malt and spicy, floral noble hops. I'm guessing german varieties, with perhaps a touch of saaz. Pleasant, up front, snappy floral hops, a bit spicy and herbal. Slight grass and lemon esters provide a gentle fruitiness. A bit of toastiness to the malt, definitely in the bohemian style with the softness.
The flavor starts with a soft, mellow pils malt, a sweetish, almost white bread character forming the base of this brew. Slight lemon and orange esters in the middle, with a touch of fresh-mown grass. The finish showcases a snappy floral hopping, with a suggestion of spiciness and some grass. A flavor reminiscent of sweet corn and white bread lingers in the aftertaste. A bit of lingering hop bitterness. Bright, shiny carbonation moves the beer rapidly across the palate, with an overall soft, even feel. Lightish medium body.
A very well made pils. The hopping is very nice, giving the beer a crisp, quenching feel. Exactly what I'm looking for on a hot day. One of the best american made pils out there. I could stand for a touch more hops, but it's damn good as it is. I don't know what you guys are drinking.
Thanks to BDitty for the bottle!

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Photo of ricecracker420
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Perfectly clear pale gold/straw. Head is bright-white, with a tight carbonation, smooth, and slightly sticky. Head drops to a thin cap in short order and falls apart after a minute or two.

Smell: Pale malts. Faintly grassy. Some small hints of sweetness. Distinct lager yeast aroma. Faintly floral with some herbal notes. Hops are mildly citrusy and floral. Delicate and then some.

Taste: Pale malts layered over some mildly floral hop flavors. Touches of orange zest. Sweetness from the malts. Lager yeast adds a grassy, almost earthy dimension. Extremely mellow. Bready, as in dough.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean. Lighter side of medium on the body with a higher side of medium for the carbonation. A touch of dryness on the back.

Overall: A summer drinking beer, like it was intended. Crisp and refreshing and delightfully middle of the road.

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Photo of tourdot
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of vkv822
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz : pint glass

Clear golden with a foamy white head that leaves pleasant lacing.

Lightly sweet grainy malts, with grassy spice hop accents.

Grassy, spicy hops with some clean, malty backing.

Medium body, with active, bubbly carbonation. Clean finish.

A well done Czech pilsner. Easy drinking, light but flavorful.

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Photo of Alpha309
1.5/5  rDev -58.2%

Photo of neenerzig
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my pilsner glasses, this beer pours a very clear, medium golden color with many streams of bubbles rapidly and continuously rising tot eh beer's surface. Has a giant head about 3 inches thick when first poured that eventually settles to a solid 1/3 of an inch thick with decent lacing. Aromas of crisp malt along with light hints of spice and a bit of hops. Not much else really smell wise, but that is okay for this beer. Has a slightly sweet, crisp malt presence upfront tastewise that is followed by the aforementioned spice hints and a decent hop presence that brings a nice and not overpowering bitter note that compliments the malts quite nicely. Has a crisp and frothy and creamy, medium bodied mouhfeel with moderate carbonation and an extremely clean finish. A very good overall representation of this style of beer and quite refreshing in the warm summer air here in Cleveland.

Eric

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Photo of Danobold
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of savagepm
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of RickS95
3.07/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A very light straw color that's completely transparent. A tiny small white head that doesn't stay.

There isn't a lot of smell, but I did pick up a piney flowery smell, as well as some citrus.

Being a lager, I didn't pick up a lot of taste. There's a bit of citrus hiding in there, and just a touch of sweetness, but for the most part, it's just kind of a peppery taste.

This would make for a good warm weather beer because it's pretty crisp and refreshing.

Being light bodied and somewhat lowish in alcohol, this is almost a session beer. I wouldn't want to have too much of this when the weather turns cooler, but it's a good beer to have on hand when it's warm.

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

Pours a slightly cloudy golden hue with a half-inch stark white head. Nice clean aroma of German yeast, light malt, and floral hops. Taste is nice, but kind of subtle. Very light malt, a touch of floral hops, some honey sweetness, and some nice German lager yeast. Not exactly a very complex palate, but decent. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, about what you'd expect from a pilsner. Would be a great session beer if I had more than the two my brother brought back from Colorado.

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Photo of zac16125
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pilsner glass
Best before: 13Sept15

A: Crystal clear, bright yellow, 1plus fingers width of bright white head, lots of carbonation bubbles rising to top of the glass. Head dissipates down fair quickly and leaves a few patches of lacing. 3.25

S: Lots of sweetness, honey like, biscuits, doughy, mild floral notes, subtle diacetyl butteriness. 3.25

T: Sweet malts, noble hope spice, doughy yeast, some bitterness. 3.25

M/D: Fuller body for the style/ABV, carbonation moderate, drinkability is ok. 2.75

O: Pretty average American Pilsner. Not a bad beer, but not something I would purchase (was leftover from a recent beach party). 3

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of briandaube
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RDW
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Oxymoron
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A German Pilsner made by New Belgium in the US. Is this a geography lesson? Pours a golden light yellow color that is very crisp and clear in appearance. The head retention pours light and quickly rings around the edge of the glass. But there was good lacing.

The smell sudsy and a noticeable pilsner malt. More of a European smell then say American (see Victory Prima Pills for example). There is a earthy floral aroma as well. Also there is a tail end of pine that is present.

The taste is malty with a noticeable German taste to it. A sudsy flavor more then say skunky. Sweet at the top but quickly replaced by a bit of bittering hops that leaves a zip flavor. Kind of spicy in a way. Similar to having too much white pepper. At the end there is a grassy presence as well.

The body is light. The bit is just a look to big and not as crisp as it should be. Also the sudsy taste gives a texture of chalkiness. I’ve had far worse but its noticeable here as well.

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Photo of petewheeler
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deadliest
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Czequershuus
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a very clear straw with a medium sized head. The aroma offers up crisp crackery malts and spicy and fruity hops. The flavor is very crisp, with a touch of soft, berry like flavor at the front, rounding out into spicy, peppery tones, with a touch of cracker and toffee. The mouthfeel is very crisp and light. Overall this is a really nice example of a pilsener - very enjoyable.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DbbC
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of falloutsnow
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased from Hyvee in Omaha, NE.
Best before February 2012.
Poured into a standard US pint glass.

Pours about a 1cm head of fairly white, medium-sized bubbles. This lasts about a minute, declining to virtually nothing in terms of residual foam and leaving very little lacing. Body is a transparent golden yellow, giving perspective of much carbonation.

Aroma is fairly drab, light malt and floral hop notes seem to be the only things played.

Taste follows the lackluster scent, light sweet malt, slightly floral and bittering hops, perhaps some fruit-like esters. Nothing substantial, very average.

Medium-light in body with fairly aggressive carbonation, yet this combination still works for this beer and its flavor palette. Moves very quickly along, as has been noted, and leaves a semi-dry finish.

Overall, this was a fairly unexciting pilsener. Expected more from New Belgium. I won't seek this out again.

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Photo of bzach
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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

Blue Paddle Pilsener from New Belgium Brewing
3.59 out of 5 based on 1,359 ratings.
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