Blue Paddle Pilsener | New Belgium Brewing

Blue Paddle PilsenerBlue Paddle Pilsener
BA SCORE
3.53/5
1,361 Ratings
Blue Paddle PilsenerBlue Paddle Pilsener
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 07-18-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,840
Reviews:
428
Ratings:
1,361
pDev:
12.75%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
247
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,361 |  Reviews: 428
Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I poured this into a pilsener. The appearance was a hazy golden yellow color with a slight transparency about it to allow light streams of carbonation to be seen rising. Three finger white foamy head dissipated leaving a messy sort of lacing. The smell had a sweet grassy and grainy sort of sweet corn malt to eventually allow a really nice sweet lemon to come in. The taste was mainly the sweet grassy and grainy corn. The lemon was no where to be found in the flavor. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a pretty good sessionability about it. The carbonation was substantially good for the style and for me as it was there but nothing overbearing. Overall, I say this was a pretty good Pilsener.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear gold. Head goes about one finger and falls fairly quickly and leaves a lot of lacing on the way. As far as appearances go, it'd be a good beer to shoot pictures of. Mouth-feel is thick and frothy when you first down it and as you keep going it lingers for a bit and leaves a lasting impact on the palate. Overall I'd say this is a decent brew, but not powerfully done.

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Photo of jwc215
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bitterbill for this one!

Poured into pils glass

Pours golden with a nice rich white head that leaves rings of lacing down the glass.

The smell is of grainy notes with grassy noble-hop spicing.

The taste is of sweet grain with a subtle bitter, slightly metallic, spiciness that leads to a dry finish. Mild but pleasant overall.

It has a clean, crisp light body.

A refreshing pils!

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Photo of Duff27
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Aggressive pour leads to a two inch white head. Beer is a medium pale color with a few streams of effervescence. Well above average head retention and lacing.

S- Bready, grass characteristics.

T- Follows the nose, with a "burnt" quality. Sharp noble hop bitterness overpowers the short-lived sweet pils malt.

M- Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.

D/O- I've had better of the style, though I've certainly had worse. This is a good candidate for some with decent flavor that you could drink a lot of.

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Photo of BeerOps
3.29/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a clear, bright golden hue, and the head is a large, but soon slimming, solid white. Aroma is zesty, alive with hops, notes of straw and sea-foam, with hints of citrus. On the palate,
a fresh, tasty, zingy greeting of hops jumps on board, but it fades some, and leaves a dry finish. Adequate bitterness, but more than adequate taste. Body is light, malt is just-right, and hops are more than pulling their weight, and retain their presence through the end. Each sip delivers another fresh, delicious helping of hoppiness on the tongue, and this never diminishes throughout the contents of the bottle. The refreshing, tingling, vital hop buzz never quits during consumption of this note-perfect pilsener.!
Thanks to bditty187

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Photo of GClarkage
3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12/07/04- Purchased at Piazza's Market in San Mateo, CA

Appearance- A darker bronze color of yellow, a nice billowy white head and light lacing along the glass.

Smell- Very little scent. Tired my damnedest to smell something and can only come up with maybe a corn and light miniscule hoppy scent.

Taste- Not a huge fan of Pilsners, and that's only because I haven't found a real good one yet. Alot of pils taste like Coors Light to me. This one taste a bit better than that, but still not a great taste.
Corny taste with some decent hops mixed in. A bit sweet like expected.

Mouthfeel- Highly carbonated, which made it go down less than perfect.

Drinkability- Not a real bad beer for me, but I'm still searching for a pils that I like. It looks like most people enjoy this, so I guess I would give it a go. Just not for me.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear light golden yellow colour, nice carbonation, small head, some lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of malts, hops, and yeast.

T - The taste is not that bad, a little sweet/bitter, nice clean finish.

M - Light-Medium body.

D - Drinkable. Not a bad pilsner, would recommend over the Big 3 for sure though.

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Photo of Sweffin
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, a bit grassy. Taste is light, malts, some breadiness, a light bitterness at the finish. Decent but mild flavor. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of tommy5
3.09/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass
Small uneven head, with lacing and good white foam. Body is light amber/gold/yellow. Can see a little carbonation in bubbles.
Smell of biscuit, hops and cirtus, but not too lemony.
Taste was crisp and thin, but enough to recognize a pilz.
Hops was balance enough by biscuit and slight malt. A bit of citrus, left a clean feeling. Good for spring and autumn.

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Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before Nov 14 2010. I'd say this is a fine German pils with a bit of Belgian influence - the grains are a touch smoother and less crisp than usual. There's also an American twist with a little more hops character than usual, though it's not so high to be out of the realm of German brewing. The barley character, like a lot of the NBB beers, has a slight cookie or biscuit taste. That goes over dry toasty grains and is followed by herbal citrus hops. All in all, a tasty pilsner that's a touch different and interesting.

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Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of NickThePyro
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a typical pilsner scent; pale malts and a dry lager yeast finish. The taste is decent as well. It has a plain pale malt base with a slight bitterness. It has a grainy flavor and a dry finish. It goes down smooth and finishes clean and crisp. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine pilsner. It doesn't throw anything new at you, but it drinks well.

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Photo of bigred89
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours brilliant golden with a decent pure white head that fades to a thin ring but leaves some spotty lacing as well. Very light hop aroma with some earthy crisp notes and a touch of lager yeast in the aroma, but that's about it. taste is about the same. It lacks the crispness and bitterness of a true German Pilsner, and the finish is especially soft. There are some spicy hp notes, but its fairly one dimensional. Even so, it is still pretty refreshing on a hot spring afternoon. Some more noble hop bite and crispness would make it more so.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of enelson
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of John_M
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Waiting for my connection to Oakland today, and found myself with quite a bit of extra time. Stopped off at the NB hub at the Denver airport. The selection is not the best, but at least there was this.

The beer pours peachy gold color with fair at best head retention and lacing. Don't get a lot on the nose, just some light pepper, honey and citrus. HOwever, what I do detect is pleasant enough. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, though I'm happy to say this beer has a bit more flavor then I was expecting. It also has some refreshing bitterness, which goes well with the medium mouthfeel. Drinkability is not bad at all, with the alcohol very well disguised and not at all obtrusive.

Nothing to get excited about, but it beats the hell out of having another glass of Fat Tire. Would probably order this one again.

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Blue Paddle Pilsener from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 1,361 ratings
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