New Belgium Brewing Company – Blue Paddle Pilsner Review

New Belgium Brewing Company – Blue Paddle Pilsner Review

New Belgium Brewing Company – Blue Paddle Pilsner Review


Founded in 1991, New Belgium Brewing Company is based out of Fort Collins Colorado. Famous for their Fat Tire amber ale, New Belgium now produces over 712,000 barrels annually. As the story goes founder  Jeff Lebesch visited Belgium in 1988 and traveled through villages famous for beer on a mountain bike with ‘Fat Tires”. When he returned, he used the knowledge and experiences he had abroad to brew his own craft beer and the rest is history.  


Appearance: The Blue Paddle pours a very pale gold with a medium size head. Very crisp and clear with carbonation bubbles visible as they rise

Aroma: Great dry pilsner aroma. Grainy with a hint of malty goodness

Taste: Somewhat dry with a mildley sweet aftertaste. Malt is present but not the main attraction. Both pilsner and lager flavor without being too bitter. Somewhat bready flavor that goes well with the hops and malt. More flavor than a traditional pilsner without the bitterness

Mouthfeel: Smooth and refreshing. Has a pretty high carbonation level that can have a bit of a bit on the tongue. That being said the carbonation level suites the beer nicely. Somewhat sweet at the end leaving the drinker wanting more

Overall: This beer is a great combination of both the traditional pilsner and lager. Crisp and refreshing, good flavors that are not too overpowering or bitter. Mild for a pilsner, bready and grainy taste that ends with a slight bit of sweetness. Good carbonation level that lends to its drinkability, highly recommend now that the weather is warm. Grab a six pack and hit the beach!

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Stephen I am a sports fanatic, music lover, outdoor enthusiast and beer advocate born and raised in sunny San Diego, CA. While I am not out exploring San Diego’s craft beer scene, I can be found hanging out at the beach with friends or attending southern California’s many live music events. My passion for craft beer was inherited from my father while home brewing together in their garage. I continued to share his passion for craft beer with friends while attending college in Los Angeles, where I was able to explore the craft beer scene outside of San Diego. In the future, I hope to be involved in Marketing/ Event Planning for the craft beer industry so I can spread my love and passion for beer with the larger San Diego community. I am an avid sports fan and can be seen sharing a pint with other aliens at local Padre and Charger games!


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