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:
1,360
Reviews:
428
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
12.81%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
246
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Basoos1
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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 gentryka
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of TheyCallMeYukon
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of neckbeered
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of mthomp081
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of ruckus232
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of butlermattj
2.6/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of scottieie
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

The light hop scared my bud drinking relatives. I think it is a nice lawn mower beer.

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Photo of alexsergio
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Bones10
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of blandmath
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Jakeonaplane
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of KevinGordon
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of samtrillo
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of DuaneL
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a crisp, dry, refreshing brew -the way pilsner ought to be - particularly nice for summer, but I'd drink it year-round.

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Photo of ryho
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Epheister
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%

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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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Artjsantos
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Johnny83
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of richobrien
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Blue Paddle Pilsener from New Belgium Brewing
3.59 out of 5 based on 1,360 ratings.
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