Blue Paddle Pilsener | New Belgium Brewing

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Blue Paddle PilsenerBlue Paddle Pilsener

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 07-18-2001

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of augustgarage
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best before 12/15/2013; poured from a 12oz bottle into my Harriet pils glass.

Aureolin and citrine intermix to color the clear body, shot through with a dizzyingly active stream of bubbles making their way to the surface to feed the active but lasting half finger of foam up top. Delicate sticky lacing, good retention.

Aromatics are subtle and complex, becoming more of the latter as the lager warms up a bit. The hops certainly contribute a mild floral/grassy/spicy note but the array of malts add their own distinctive qualities which are difficult to dissect. The dusty, mildly toasty scent that New Belgium describes as "lit match" is unique and not unpleasant.

Faint apple and tart grain elements introduce the flavor profile which is offset by a moderate clean bitterness. If I had to guess, I'd suspect the Target hops were used for bittering where as the Saaz and Liberty contribute most of the flavor/aroma. The finish evolves slowly from an increasingly peppery/herbal quality to a rounder stale bread note.

Light bodied, well carbonated...

A clean, well lagered beer over-all. I'm tempted to say something about the strange contrast between the excellence of New Belgium's American and now Bohemian styles and the general mediocrity of their Belgian style offerings, but that's beyond the scope of this review...

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, golden colored with a nice white head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: toasty biscuit, pale malt, slight hops

T: slightly sweet up front, hops then appear showing bitterness, crisp, clean, dry at the end

M: thinner with high carbonation

O: nice bitterness for a Pilsener, uncomplex, refreshing

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Blue Paddle Pilsener from New Belgium Brewing
3.59 out of 5 based on 1,357 ratings.
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