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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Ratings: 1,365 |  Reviews: 428
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1/5  rDev -71.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Beejay
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Yellow in color, and crystal clear. Large with head on top, that dissipates rather quickly.

S: Some light toasty notes, as well as possibly a hint of corn. Faint floral notes, as well as some dried straw. Maybe something a tad metallic in the finish.

T: Tons of toasty biscuit notes, some floral notes coming back, the bitterness feels a little odd to me, and lingers on for quick awhile.. the bitterness is a little reminiscent of anise. Slight sweetness in the finish.

M: Light in body, the carbonation is fine, and plenty abundant giving a carbonic bite to the finish.

O: I recalled not liking this beer for years, finally giving it a second try, I can say that it is definitely better than I remember, but still not something amazing. The bitterness seems out of joint with the rest of the flavor profile, and the lingering bitterness and bite don't help. I guess it's just not a beer for me.

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Photo of troyvar
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of rangerred
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light gold with a rocky 1.5 finger head. Absolutely amazing lacing that clings in big chunks to the sides of the glass.

The aroma has some lemon, grass, and hay along with a little bit of caramel. Pretty good balance between malt and hop aroma.

The flavor is slightly lacking but there is decent bread and caramel malt flavor and a touch of lemony hops. All are a little weak, though. A moderate bitterness is present that lingers in the throat.

Overall, a slightly above average pilsener and a really good effort from New Belgium.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a lighter straw color with fabulous clarity. The head is a three finger white color with thick bubbles, frothy texture, and underwhelming retention. Lacing is pretty decent for a pilsner.

S: Features a typical noble hop aroma: grassy, earthy, zesty and slightly dank. There's also a slight hint of sweet malt lagging behind. Pilsners never impress me in terms of aroma, but that's rarely the beers fault, just mine.

T: Mellow, mild, and simple - but great drinkability. Touches of lemongrass and earth initially appear, before giving way to light bready malt tone. Mild zestiness on the finish. This is the kind of pilsner I go for, though perhaps it could use a little more flavor depth.

M: Very light texture with only a hint of tongue drying on the finish. Well carbonated. Basic but effective mouthfeel overall.

O: Not a world beater, in fact it's pretty middle of the road (like most things New Belgium), but this is something little 170 lb. me could kill a six pack of on a hot summer day, without feeling like I'm drinking a water facsimile. In that regard, it earns high marks in drinkability/overall score.

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4.75/5  rDev +34.6%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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2/5  rDev -43.3%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
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 angrybabboon
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for acquiring this

Consumed 5/12/12

Appearance: Clear and golden, starts off with a little, white head, fades to a little ring, good for the style

Smell: Very clean - lager yeast, floral and herbal aromas - like many New Belgium beers, it's rather mellow and delicate - sweet, clean, pale malts - floral beyond the yeast and hops

Taste: Mellow and remarkably inoffensive - clean, pale malts, slightly bready and grainy - some slight spiciness from the hops and/or yeast, but mostly floral - a touch of grass as well - very mildly bitter

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, nicely carbonated, mostly crisp

Overall: A good Pilsner

I feel lucky to have something from New Belgium whenever I have the opportunity, and I am beginning to see some common threads. Delicate, balanced, and drinkable. There is nothing particularly remarkable about Blue Paddle, but there's nothing bad, either.

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Photo of CTraft
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 2.5 finger head, does not keep; cloudy yellow, rather dark for a pilsner, moderate, but persistent carbonation

Aroma: faint yeast

Taste: bold, strong, yeast taste

Mouthfeel: thick, light carbonation, consistent throughout, mouthfeels stays for a while

Overall: This is one of my first quality pilsners, and I am rather impressed. This has a much stronger taste and is better than I imagined.

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2.25/5  rDev -36.3%

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5/5  rDev +41.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of tastybeer
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Extremely clear, yellow beer topped by a small white head. Spotty lace is slick and impermanent. Also visible are many rising carbonation bubbles...

S: Musky grain, saltine crackers, and faint peppery citrus. Basic aromas that are fairly clean and crisp.

T: Dry, stale bread grains with a lemony kick. Some spiciness and even bitterness. Plenty of carbonation. Flavors seem somewhat disjointed and scattered.

M: Not bad... Slick, light body, some graininess through the finish.

An alright pils but there are better ones for this style.

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Photo of wedge
2.87/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear yellow color under a lumpy, pure white head of fluffy foam. Webby lacing. Appears pretty well carbonated. Weak, clean, dusty grain aroma. Pretty much nothing from the hops department. Grassy, lightly spiced flavor over crispy cracker grain with a slight, fine sweetness. Quite crisp and dry, perhaps a bit too much, though it could just be in contrast to the overall mildness of the rest of the beer. Light bodied with a bitter finish. Far from awful, just sort of lacking.

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Blue Paddle Pilsener from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 1,365 ratings