Review: New Belgium Brewing Blue Paddle | Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine
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New Belgium Brewing Blue Paddle
93 out of 100
New Belgium Brewing Blue Paddle

Style: Pilsner

ABV: 4.8 IBU: 33

93/100
Aroma: 11
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 18
Mouthfeel: 5

New Belgium Brewing Blue Paddle

What the brewers say

Our first foray into lagered beers, Blue Paddle Pilsener-Lager, is a Czech style pilsener with a refreshing crispness from noble hops and a rich, malty finish. ‘Blue Paddle’ refers to the implement our warehouse manager’s Grandma once used to lovingly paddle his a** when she caught him stealing sips of her beer. With more body than a traditional Belgian pils, Blue Paddle is reflective of Europe’s finest pilseners.

What our panel thought

Aroma: Light graininess with a touch of corn. Very light, sweet malt character with subtle hops in the nose. Light sulfur and soft minerals. Clean lager with no fruitiness.

Flavor: Light, clean malt. Noble hops provide slight floral and spice character. Mildly hopped but in style. Finishes crisp, clean, and dry with a touch of astringency in the aftertaste.

Overall: Refreshing. Nice balance of hops and malt. An excellent pilsner, perfect for a hot day. Hops are well-represented without being overwhelming. A tasty, easy-drinking beer. Clean and well made.

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