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
Reviews:
427
Ratings:
1,356
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
12.81%
 
 
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33
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240
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Reviews: 427 | Ratings: 1,356
Photo of Weisenbeer
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pilsner. As an American, I see this style as the McDonalds of beer styles. Typical, unexciting, yet often solid. That said, this is akin to a specialty sandwich...yum..nicely done, but I'd rather go to a nice sit down restaurant.

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Photo of tmryan21
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had as part of a New Belgium variety pack:

Look: Drank from the bottle at a golf outing - assume it was average.

Smell: Typical Pils smell.

Taste: Very refreshin. Grassy, light, and lemon-y.

Feel: Crisp and dry.

Overall: I have had better pils, but this was a good one to have on a hot day.

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Photo of Chaz
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant golden-straw in color, topped with an good-sized white head. Good duration, good lacing on the rim of the glass.

Nose is yeast and malt-neutral, but clearly reflective of the style in the other way: A short, sharp Noble-style hop character kicks in briefly. Some grassiness.

On the first sip it's got a nice hop bite and a bit of sweet malt, as well as a slight tanginess. White and green grapeskin, lingering bitterness, and some nice biscuit malt notes. Bittersweet. Hmmm!

Good malt character, fairly-good bitterness, and average drinkability for the style -- although it is a very drinkable style, to be sure. I'm liking it.

Better than average, and is frankly much better than I was expecting. I might have to look into picking this one up regularly, if I can manage to find it fairly fresh.

Can is freshness coded with a best-by date (15 November 2015), and was a part of a variety 12-pack.

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

This is a pretty basic pilsener, if maybe a touch too bitter for my taste. It's a very easy drinker though, great on a summer day. I just like my beer a bit more balanced than this one. I'd prefer a bit more of the bready, malty flavor to even out the bitterness, and then I'd be all over this. Have one out on the patio and the rating will go up a few points.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

2015-07-19
12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint. "Best by" date was somewhere in the December 2015 range.

Pours clear yellow with a medium sized coarse white head with a fair amount of carbonation. Head fades fast. Smell is like a pilsner. A little lemon, a little grass, a little yeast. Smells fairly sweet, in a hay-like way.

Taste surprisingly bitter, but with a surprisingly sweet aftertaste. Strange, but not bad. A little skunky yeast flavor to it.

Mouthfeel is coarse, airy. Overall, it's not a bad pilsner.

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Photo of Myotus
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle (enjoy by date 27Sep15) into a pilsner glass.
LOOK: Pours with two finger's worth of thick, white foam that refused to die. Gold in color with a massive amount of bubbles. Lacing is moderate.
SMELL: Has mild aromas bitter hops, earthy yeast, and pale malts that combine with hints of floral hops, sweet malts, and grassy aromas.
TASTE: Initial taste is of mild earthy yeast and a hint of sweet malts. Mild pale malt and floral hop flavors enter right after as yeast flavors remain but sweet malt flavors become more prevalent. As all flavors now persist in strength, mild bitter hops flavors enter last. This creates a very complex and quite enjoyable final taste.
FEEL: Light-bodied, hardly carbonated, with an extremely crisp finish.
NOTE: I recommend you give this to Coors lights fans and watch them turn away from that and onto this.

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Photo of NCMatt
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is like New Belgium's Snapshot. Very straightforward, un-complicated, but not necessarily a bad thing. It's great for when you want a simple beer.

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Photo of Navypride48
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ode to the working man. Pilsners like most beer transport me to a time when a man would come home from a hard days work kiss his wife and kids and had a nice cold hoppy Pilsner. This beer represents that to me. Less hoppy than I would like but it will do the trick.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this poured into a pint glass. Mine was more transparent than most of the reviews on here would say, straw yellow color. Taste had a bit of spice on the tip of your tongue, but most light malt. Touch of malt in the aroma as well. Not a big pilsner guy, but this is a good one.

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Photo of VTR
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours as expected. There was not going on in the nose. I picked up some wheat, spiciness, and some hops but rather boring. It did not get you excited to take your first sip. I was pretty impressed with the taste. It followed the nose but the spices were a little more pronounced but not overdone and the hops were pretty tame. It was very pleasant. I have not had too many pilsners but this is one of my favorites. I will search this out again it is just too bad it is a rerelease for a limited time.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Warm day, long day. Time for a Pilsner.

Appearance : Slightly hazy mellow gold color, about 70% opaque. The head is generous with lots of fluffy flair. It stands about three fingers tall and leaves decoration as it recedes to about 1 finger.

Aroma : Hay, straw, perhaps after a rainstorm...some light spiciness and faint hop. Very faint orange. Bouquet is medium strength.

Flavor : The spice comes out in the flavor, biting the tongue and leaving a sharpness behind. There's a generous malt bill here but it's not a cheap one, and it compliments the hop spiciness appropriately. The hop does wax a little bitter though, which is the nature of it I suppose, but I wish it wasn't so shrill. That's the only thing I'd change.

Mouthfeel : Creamy and rich, with abundant carbonation. Ends slightly parched.

Overall : A solid Czech Pilsner. I'd have it again and recommend it to anyone who likes these kinds of beers.

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Photo of dwren89
2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Look: great clarity, yellow color (darker than most German pilsners I've had), foamy thick head

Aroma: fresh bread, biscuity aromas, earthiness,

Taste: pretty standard taste, but heavier on the malt side than most German pilsners I've had, no real bite to the finish that I was hoping for, tastes like fresh bread, not enough bitterness on the finish or enough carbonation

Mouthfeel: a little flat, medium light body

Overall: not a great example of a good German Pilsner I think. Too malty, not enough carbonation, and not enough hop bitterness to balance the finish. Good for a cookout because you can get it for cheap and anywhere in the US, but this one won't impress too many guests.

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Photo of TopherBreski
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Slow poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Bottle looks sort of old school but not bad. A cheap yellow with a head that sticks around. One of the best smelling beers I've had in a long time. Bear is like a twin of MHL without the carbonation with a pale taste at the end.

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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 Suds
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I enjoy a good, cool pilsner on a warm day. This one was nice...clear and golden, with a bright head. The aroma is bready, with malt and spicy hops. Touch of sulfur. The taste is mildly sweet. Medium in body and clean. Nice.

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Photo of MUTINY
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Quick review. This is a really solid pils from New Belgium. Mildly bready malt offsets a nicely carbonated, light, bright body. Looks & smells a bit underwhelming, but comes through with its mellow, balanced flavors. This brew is easily the most satisfying Czech-style pils that I've tasted to date.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a light golden color with a two finger head of fizzy foam. The head has a great level of retention, very slowly fading over time to leave lots of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is rather light overall with the aroma constituted mostly by a slightly grainy and bready smell. Beyond these aromas are some very light hints of grass and some lighter fruits of an apple and pear nature.

Taste – The taste begins with a quite bready flavor mixed with a little bit of fruit of apple and pear. Along with these flavors are some lighter flavors of caramel and a little bit of a grainy taste. As the taste moves forward the fruit fades a tad all while the grain grows stronger with some hop flavors of a grassy and slightly yeasty taste coming to the tongue. With a surge of the grain that comes at the very end, and a lighter level of an herbal taste, one is left with a moderately crisp, but still rather flavorful and malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather thin with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. For the style and the moderately sweet, yet crisp and bready taste,s the feel is rather nice and creates a rather easy drinking feel for the pilsner style.

Overall –A little on the sweeter side, but with enough grassy and herbal hop and some more bready and grainy flavors to keep it all balanced. And at an only 4.8 % abv. this is a rather nice easy drinking pils. A great summer time brew.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden pilsnery goodness. An even, bright white, large-bubbled head with excellent retention for the style. I detect a honey-like pale malt aroma. Refreshing but pleasantly spicy, zesty, lemony. Mouthfeel is watery, with not too dry of a finish. This beer is well-carbonated as well, as was first indicated in the head. And with the crisp, mildly bitter hop aftertaste, it's a great American representation of the classic Czech lager.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Transparent golden color, with a small but bubbly white head.

A very subtle smell, but the malt dominates what is here.

Tastes the part of a Czech pilsner. Some fruity sweetness, but the malt dominates the show. The bitterness put me off a little bit, otherwise this is a solid brew.

Not a bad example of the style, just not a very exciting one.

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Photo of ordybill
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ. bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Has a primary malt aroma with some lemon zest thrown in. Appearance- A clear yellow color with a small white head Taste- Has a good malt flavor with a citrus backdrop Palate- a creamy medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Overall- Not a bad brew. I would drink this again.

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

Pours a clear straw color with hints on honey. Big soapy pure white head that settles into a puffy cap.

The aroma is of a crackery pils malt with some grainy notes. A bit of a spicy hop but quite subtle. I prefer not to have that strong of a grainy aroma.

The taste is light and crisp. Dry crackery malt mixes with a grassy/peppery/spicy hop to give the beer that pils flavor. Light metallic notes in the finish.

The feel is light, almost watery. Plenty of fizzy carbonation to add to the crispness of the beer. Finishes fairly clean with a light hoppy bitterness in the finish. Overall it is a bit lacking on the feel.

A decent pils but has too much of a grainy flavor and the body is a bit watery.

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Photo of jpro
3/5  rDev -16.4%

A pretty average pilsner. I’d say sub-par for New Belgium. Refreshing and drinkable on a hot summer afternoon, but pretty low on flavor and/or character.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

My utmost thanks to my frequent, local, in-person trader, tone77, for dropping off this CAN for me! I dropped it, causing a major dent, which is why it has been in chill mode until now.

From the CAN: "Employee Owned'.

The Crack! was made difficult by the dent and really, I was lucky it did not explode on impact. A bottle would surely have shattered from that height. Speaking of height, it also made it impossible to tell just how full the CAN actually was. I gave it an inverted Glug to get things started and for the first time in a long, long time, I got some overfoaming! The result was two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, bone-white head with excellent retention. Color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-plus quality clarity. I could see into the future! I have company coming by later. Nose had a grassy, Saaz/Noble hops presence. My mouth began to water. In the meantime, lacing had begun to appear as the head subsided. Mouthfeel was soft, not thin, not watery, but simply soft. I was really digging the way that the hops were first and foremost, which is the hallmark of the Czech Pils style. I CAN get behind German Pilseners, but they do not trip my trigger like a good Czech. Pils, I mean, although I dig Czech women, also. The grassy bitterness is such a treat and this style is what made me realize that I CAN enjoy lagers as a hophead, especially after so many CANned AALs. Finish was semi-dry, not quite as biting as some that I have had in the style. At 4.8%, definitely sessionable and perfect for the Summer cooler in the backyard.

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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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Blue Paddle Pilsener from New Belgium Brewing
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