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Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

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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Reviews:
416
Ratings:
1,309
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
22.5%
 
 
Wants:
32
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224
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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
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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Photo of Dogbrick
2.94/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Acquired via trade. I have never really been a fan of the style and this one didn't really change my mind on the matter. Pours a light gold color with a medium thin off-white head and rather lively carbonation. Not much lacing to speak of. Aroma is actually rather pleasant, delivering a nice crisp hops, citrus and malt experience to the nose. Unfortunately the flavor did not match up to the aroma. I found this to be a little harsh flavor-wise, and not as clean as I was hoping. Hops flavor was nice but there was something off in the mix. Dry finish. Okay but New Belgium has better to offer.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a sweet malt and a nice dry pilsner hop. In the taste, sweet to dry malt and saaz hops. A small bite, but mainly smooth and light mouthfeel, with a clean to dry malt in the aftertaste. A clean and fresh pils, very nice.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale and lightly smeared faint lemon yellow. Soft, firm, small white cap lifts from an active pour. Sparce bubbles rise slowly within and the cap sifts into a fir, fluffy skim always present. Great alcing in huge patchy, boney-fingered blobs.

Aroma is clean but faint, light, and unzippy and/or snappy-like with a small tone of dryish sour dough bread and a fleeting saltine crackers saltyness. Hops are small and lightly spiced with an herbal leafyness.

Taste is modest with a solid and firmly smooth malty affection of soured and slightly salted bread tones. Some nice rounded floral tones dart through the middle down through the finish where it dries out with a tenderly squeezed in herbal hoppyness as it stands with decent length flirting with the bready stuff.

Feel is smooth and firm with a lower toned snap then most Pils. Crispness is there but tendered on the palate with a semi medium body and carbonation. Finish is good though with a very lasting and stern drying finish of light woods, herbs, and breads.

A pretty standard tasting Pils. Nothing stands out more then others, so its fairly good for a quick drinking session when in the mood for a Pils.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.76/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass. Finger of head, light clear straw colored body.
Smells doughy and like pine tree resin. It's a little off-putting to me.
Malty taste (for a lager), mild bitterness at the end, short finish.
Light body, fairly low carbonation.
Pretty average, except for the smell. Good for a summer day.

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Photo of morimech
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear straw color with two plus fingers of head that had good retention. The head slowly settles to a nice looking cap. Heavy lacing is left on the surface of the glass during consumption.

Mostly a dry pilsner malt aroma. Not picking up much noble hop notes. It does have a clean lager aroma.

Clean taste as well but I like a little more hop charactor in my pilseners. Not getting any Saaz hops but more of a generic noble hop flavor. It is dry which I enjoy.

Light body with lively carbonation. About what I expect in a well crafted pilsener.

Not up to European standards but a perfectly serviceable New World attempt. Nice drinkable ABV. Clean and refreshing.

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – The head is huge and deep. It showed some decent retention as it laced the glass. The body is a pretty yellow with an orange tint.

Smell – Yep, that’s a pils. The soft, sophisticated floral hops mix with some spice and a light sweetness. So far, so good.

Taste – The grassy hops come out a little more in the taste along with a light sense of grain. The complexity is its strong point IMO. Everything works together quite well.

Mouthfeel – I know that many of the other reviews indicated a lot of carbonation here, but I don’t find it typical of the style and certainly couldn’t locate more than a moderate amount here (which is good, IMO). This Pils is light-bodied and very refreshing.

Drinkability - A good pils is one of the smoothest brews on earth, and this one hits the mark. Of all the times I’ve been prosted to the finish while living in Germany, pils is the only style I could do from a full glass. Make this a warmish and I could do the bottle. Yet another diverse accomplishment from this amazing brewery.

Update – I reviewed this a month after joining the site back in the fall of 2003 so thought it would be run to re-rate it with a 2004 vintage. I juggled a few scores around but still ended up with a solid 4.0. Good job, New Belgium. This is a hard style to nail.

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Photo of Gmann
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw color with hints on honey. Big soapy pure white head that settles into a puffy cap.

The aroma is of a crackery pils malt with some grainy notes. A bit of a spicy hop but quite subtle. I prefer not to have that strong of a grainy aroma.

The taste is light and crisp. Dry crackery malt mixes with a grassy/peppery/spicy hop to give the beer that pils flavor. Light metallic notes in the finish.

The feel is light, almost watery. Plenty of fizzy carbonation to add to the crispness of the beer. Finishes fairly clean with a light hoppy bitterness in the finish. Overall it is a bit lacking on the feel.

A decent pils but has too much of a grainy flavor and the body is a bit watery.

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Photo of illidurit
3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsener glass. Classic pale gold color with a thick 2 finger head. Nice lacing. Aroma is faint, but I can pick out some sweet toasty malt, maybe some Saaz too. Flavor is mostly cereal grain that comes out a little too heavy for the style, limiting the crispness. Now that I think about it, it's not only cereal grainy, it actually tastes like breakfast cereal. There's a Cheerios note in there! Anyway, the hops are almost nonexistent in the flavor, which also contributes to the lack of crispness. Drinkable but off the mark for the style as far as I'm concerned.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

7/12...Pours straight clear gold with patches of white foam. Mostly see through. Nondescript smell, straw, hay. Clean pils taste, nice bitter. Chewy citrus. Nicely built pilsner.

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Photo of argock
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a glass tumbler. Freshness date on label. Single purchased from Skee Vue Liquors (Breckenridge, CO) for $1.49.

A: Pale honey yellow with one-finger nearly white head with decent retention and some nice lacing.

S: Delicious noble hops aromas are nicely mixed with sweet, cereal grain and pale malt aromas. A light citrus is there as well.

T: The flavor definitely has the all-malt quality with depth of slightly sweet malt flavor, light skunky graininess, and medium-dry noble hops finish.

M: Medium-bodied with good carbonation to keep a little prickle. Slightly skunky and sweet grain aftertaste.

D: A solid pilsener with excellent all-malt goodness with a strong noble hops presence. More of that hoppiness, and I think this beer would be even better.

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Photo of cokes
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Sunny gold with streams of carbonation underneath a puffy white froth.
Sourdough aroma, traces of sulfur and twist of lemon on the nose.
Taste begins dry in a saltine cracker sense. Uppity CO2 levels accentuate the dryness. A crusty bagel toastiness emerges midway. Lemongrass hops enter and ride this one into the dock.
Light-bodied. Perhaps a bit dilute, but forgiveable due to its liveliness and quenching properties.
Downable in groups of 6.
One of the more authentic American pils I've run across. And probably one of the better ones too.

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Photo of birchstick
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - clear yellow with a huge head
S - grains and malts, typical smelling pislner
T - very grainy and malty and; a dose of hop bitterness at the end
Mf - goes down very well, nicely carbonated
D - easy to drink and goes down quickly...perfect summer beer.

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Photo of rawfish
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brilliant clear gold large white head 2 fingers plus a little extra frothy almost whipped texture. Spotty lacing, wish it could have been a bit more clinging.

Rather floral for a pilsner. Sweet grass, dry malt husks and touch of spice likely from the yeast. Clean grassy hops, nothing over powering.

Light grains, a touch bready but nothing even close to some other NB offerings. Floral, grassy hops, light, just a touch of drying bitterness to clean out the sweetness of the malts. Finishes dry, crisp and clean even when it begins to warm. Flavor profile is very balanced and vanishes without a trace. I'm ready for more.

Lively carbonation and slightly light bodied, leaves no mouth coating or aftertaste. Exactly what I'm looking for in a sessionable lager.

As summer nears this one will be a staple for the fridge, well crafted style that is easy to overlook. Crisp, refreshing and only gets better on tap.

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Photo of jsh420
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours gold with a 1 finger head that fades fast left no lacing

smells of lemon and grassy hops but has some macro malt smell

taste is like the nose - good amount of lemon and grassy bitter hops but cant shake the macro malts

mouthfeel is a tad heavier then i would like for this style

drinkability is good - priced right and low abv

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Photo of bubseymour
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a Folly summer sampler that had this one in it. Decent pilsner look with good head and retention. Smell isn't much. Tasty is buscuity/bready and crisp finish. Not too much hop flavors coming through aside from the crisp dry finish.

Overall this I a well balanced easy drinking pilsner but could be a tad more flavorful. Would probably not go out of my way to seek out again but fine to drink if offered one.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with enjoy by date of November 02, 2014 printed on the label. A new beer to me from New Belgium, acquired as part of the folly pack.

Poured into an Arrogant Bastard pint glass.

A - Pours the typical clear dark lager gold colored body with just under two fingers of thick rocky white head. Some fat bubbly lacing, but none sticks. Looks pretty good for the style.

S - The smell is typical of the style also - dry, grainy, papery, corny / wheaty. Some musty / earthy yeast content, and just a hint of fruity hop presence. It possesses a note of that gnarly off-putting grainy horseradish type aroma that I have come to hate, though.

T - The taste is of clean grains / wheat / corn, some grass, light citric hop character, earthy yeast, and bready sourdough tasting malts.

M - Feel is crisp & clean, goes down smooth, and leaves a dry papery grainy finish. Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall, a standard example of the style. Nothing more and nothing less in my opinion. A nice option to have, but it wouldn't be my first choice from New Belgium.

New Belgium Blue Paddle Pilsener ---3.5/5

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Photo of wedge
2.87/5  rDev -20.3%
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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Photo of Reidrover
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought in the 12 oz brown bottle with the canoe on the label ( I always like New Belgium labels)
Wow this beer poured a monsterous white foamy head..massive..it settled down after 5 minutes thoughg..nice golden beer below..good looking pils.
the aroma is quite average for this type the noble hops..weak malts etc.
weird flavour throughout each mouthful..its not bad..just cant place it....odd bitterness not the usual Noble hop taste..well whatever its pretty good.
average in the mouth , nothing out of the ordinary.
A pretty drinkable but forgettable brew..ok i suppose.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a fairly tasty take on a German Pils that hits the right notes on both hopping and finish. Don't get me wrong this is isn't up there with the great German Pils but I would buy this in the Summer as a thirst quencher.I really enjoyed the pleasant semisweet finish which helps make it food friendly.

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Photo of alexgash
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a sparkling yellow with a mountainous white fluffy head. Hops are there, and I can smell light malt. Taste starts out with a hint of malt, but this is quickly flung aside by a wave of tart, sprucey, spicy, bitter hops. I like, although it could be a little more balanced. Mouthfeel is adequate, not too thin; plenty of carbonation. I'm starting to get into pilsners (finally) and this one did not disappoint too much.

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Photo of Boto
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale straw yellow in color. It has a small fizzy head that goes away quite quickly. Fair amount of hops to the nose. Similar amount of hoppiness to the taste, which overpowers a slight sweetness. A mediocre pilsner, but still not too bad. I'm still amazed that this brewery can put out some really good beers, followed by some very non-descript ones. If you want a good pilsner, try Victory Prima Pils to see what one should really taste like!

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Photo of garymuchow
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Well within best by (November). Poured into pilsner glass.
Tight aroma and more soft pils malt than anything.
Very attractive looking beer with big full head and lots of sticky lacing. Pale straw, very clear.
Bready, nutty and grainy malt flavors, soft bittering that lasts through the finish once it starts. No hop intensity - more blended than contrasting.
Nice soft feel and appropriate carbonation.
Boy this drinks nicely and easily. Not as robust as some, but a nice drinker on a summer evening.

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Photo of arizcards
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single in early April for $1.49. Best before 24JUL09.

Beer poured a straw color with a decent white head. Nose is malty with hints of those German hops. Taste is heavy on sweet malts balanced quite nicely by those German hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and decently carbonated. Overall drinkability is good. This is a very nice take on the Pils style, quite sessionable, and a very refreshing brew for a warm summer day.

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Photo of beergoot
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I would call the appearance 'superior': crystal clear and golden with one of the best looking frothy, creamy, white heads I've seen on a beer. Spot-on aroma comes across with a distinct yet subtle combination of malt and hop bitterness that is nothing but inviting. The taste focuses on on the malts with light, delicate grains at the fore; hop bitterness is faint yet well-suited to the malt character. The mouthfeel is light, crisp, clean, and dry.

For some reason, I've always shied away from New Belgium beers with the exception of their 1554 black ale. And that prejudice has been to my detriment. Based on this sampling, this pilsner is one of the best I've experienced in a long time. The beer is nothing but clean, sweet, and delicate with plenty of lager character. Well-balanced with a pleasant, subtle complexity that is nothing but enjoyable from every angle. I will be coming back to this one...

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Blue Paddle Pilsener from New Belgium Brewing
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