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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Photo of KurtE
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of kgotcher
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Plue Paddle in a 12 oz bottle, Dec 05 date. Recommended temp is 38 degrees which is pretty cold, I think mine is a bit warmer.

Pours with good amount of carbonation but not too much. Foamy head disapears quickly but leaves nice thin lace on top and sides of glass. No overfoaming like some Macro Pilsners. As any pilsner should the look, this one is a very light golden color, extremely clear. Right away I can smell grains, without even trying. The taste is grainy also, not in texture but in taste. Light at first and then more noticable. Dry aftertaste with cracker flavor. Still very light overall. Some hop flavor comes out but nothing really jumps out at me, such as the sazz hops in a bohemian pils. This is not necessarily a bad thing but I would call it is a delicate flavor for sure.

Overall I would say a very enjoyable brew as a thirst quencher or when you just feel like something lighter. A must try as a malt only alternative to Macro Lagers that use adjuncts. A very good representative of what is possible with a style of beer that is commonly looked down on by people wishing to avoid this style only because it is so mainstream.

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Photo of CousinSuzy
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of David_Mohan
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Fargrow
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of randymanar
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of dhbiker0889
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of eblue33
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of ssjkyle
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Nate_M
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of ardy007
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of rocklibster
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of PalatePilot
4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour really pale gold into the New Belgium pilsener glass. Big frothy white head and lots of sheeting lace in the side of the glass. Smells of herbal noble hops and faint sourness of pale malt.

Taste is dominated by strong noble hops. Hops in the finish and linger in the aftertaste. Crisp and clean mouth. Refreshing and tasty, a nice domestic pilsener.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm reviewing this based on it's STYLE, not on how it compares to IIPA's, Imperial Stouts, etc.

A solid pilsner with a real nice belgian twist, thanks to NB's propietary yeast. Strange that I have not reviewed it (or ither NB's) for such a long time, their stuff just has the effect of contentment that puts my mind at easy, me thinks.

Yellowy amber with a nice white foamy mass sitting aloft.

Floral, spicy and grassy hops. I think their yeast adds to the grassy profile, since a lot of their brews have this feature.

Nice crisp floral pilsner, not your typical macro flavors. Even other craft brewers like Victory have very macro-ish versions of pilsner. NB however stands to the side, offering a twist on the pilsner style.

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Photo of Realale
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium gold. Very fine bright white head settles to a thin incomplete cap.

Nose is herbal, slightly earthy noble hops over crisp crackery malt. There's an appetizing sharpness to the nose as well. Very nice.

Jever-like bite on the palate from the get-go with the hops well in command. A wave of crispy malt follows and stays to the end when the bitterness finally takes over again. As it warms there is a touch of Budvar-like malt sweetness that develops and rounds things out even better.

Decent length, though the carbonation level is higher than I prefer, but well within style. Imminently drinkable and interesting. One of the finer U.S. pils around (as if the references to Jever and Budvar weren't clues), when fresh and well cared for. As this is easier to find well-treated than the finer import pilsners, this is a regular in my fridge.

Best before date of 8 Sept. 06.

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Photo of marcobrau
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours straw-colored with am ample amount of foam. Ah. lovely noble hops aroma. A little toasted malt in the nose, too. Little bits of lace stick to the sides of the glass. Very smooth, crisp pilsner with a tasty, noble hop flavor and light-to-moderate bitternesss in the finish. Decent amount of body and heft for a pilsner; definitely more Czech than German. Despite the ample maltiness, bitter hops linger on the tongue after several sips. An excellent example of a Czech Pilsner. I think I'll be revisiting this often through the warm months.

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Photo of MTNboy
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is a golden straw yellow. It has a nice white head that is very frothy. There is good lacing. It smells very floral, malt and hopped. It has a wonderful taste. It is floral with a piney citrus aftertaste. I has a good mouthfeel. It is a little fizzy. The drinkability is great.

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Photo of ChrisA
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful clear golden color. One and a half finger head. Great Pilsner scent and taste. Extremely refreshing. Wish I had more. I will be searching for more lagers like this throughout the summer. Enough hop bitterness to satisfy my IPA loving nature. Puts the American macro lager to shame. Reminds me a little of when I first had Pilsner Urquell back in the early 90's. I couldn't believe beer could be that good. This is an excellent switch up from NBB's belgian style ales.

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Photo of John1985
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Pours a light gold color with a bright white two finger head. Head fades into a skullcap as the beer is consumed with plenty of lacing down the sides.

Aroma was malt based with some light hop flavor. Flavor was biscuity malt flavor with hops to balance in the back. Very dry finish. Medium to light body contributes to high drinkabilty especially with the heat wave we have had in Tennessee.

Very fine pilsner, a definite repeat purchase.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Blue Paddle pours a clear straw color with a very little foam head and tiny dotted lacing. In the smell category it faint smell of citrus and yeasty aroma. The taste was crisp and clean. In the mouth is left its mark on the back of the throat and tip of the tongue. It is thin which is normal for the style. Overall one of my favorite pilsner session beers.

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Photo of palliko
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a lovely light amber with a very white foamy head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma contains an upfront dose of fresh mowed lawn, flowers and gingery hops that mellow out into some malty grains. Body is light to medium with little carbonation. Initially the flavor fulfils the promise of the aroma, but adds some bitternness that ends in a finish that is nicely dry and satisfying. Very nice to have on a hot day, with food or as a session beer.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

beautiful transparent gold color. simply beautiful.

Nose - lemon zest, overal citrusy, fresh and clean.

Palate - Assertive (but not overly so) Saaz tangyness right away. Smooth. Dry, with some malt sweetness to round out.

Certainly not a Saaz monster but balanced.

Finish is an expected clean, crispness. Very appetizing, drinkable.

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Photo of MobBarley
4.19/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Straw colored with a weak head. Smells hoppy and tart and tastes the same. A little maltiness lurks in the finish. Mouthfeel is fantastic and makes this a fine hot day brew. Combined with the hoppy nature of the beer, it makes for a beer that certainly earns the title: "Crisp and Refreshing". Drinkability is likewise high.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear golden with a dense white head that retains well throughout the beer and leaves a couple patches of lacing.

S - Grassy hops, floral hops, dry straw, hints of honey malt.

T - A little sweet off the top, then grassy hops come in along with some lemon zest and notes of apple. Malt is slightly sweet but the finish is crisp and smooth. Aftertaste is grassy with notes of lemon.

M - Prickly carbonation with light to medium body.

This one surprised me. It was better than I expected. Everything was mild but everything blended together very well.

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Blue Paddle Pilsener from New Belgium Brewing
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