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:
#37,912
Reviews:
451
Ratings:
1,440
pDev:
12.75%
 
 
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38
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273
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Ratings: 1,440 |  Reviews: 451
Photo of aprabhu
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DigitGrowler
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brutalist
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of omahawk
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of brew-Ed
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dave1999
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Foyle
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of grover37
3.6/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of deg
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheCrowsEye
2.54/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of JBudraux
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of xungmound98
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of emerge077
3.89/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of jmarko579
4.44/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of monk2021
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SynthetikReality95
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MJ64
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PJCarnell
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.67/5  rDev +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

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Photo of pistol_pete
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JarMills
4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JSG18
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Satisfying.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.29/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Pilsener from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 1,440 ratings