Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 1,149
Reviews: 398
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 20
Gots: 120 | FT: 0
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New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-18-2001

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Ratings: 1,149 | Reviews: 398
Photo of zac16125
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pilsner glass
Best before: 13Sept15

A: Crystal clear, bright yellow, 1plus fingers width of bright white head, lots of carbonation bubbles rising to top of the glass. Head dissipates down fair quickly and leaves a few patches of lacing. 3.25

S: Lots of sweetness, honey like, biscuits, doughy, mild floral notes, subtle diacetyl butteriness. 3.25

T: Sweet malts, noble hope spice, doughy yeast, some bitterness. 3.25

M/D: Fuller body for the style/ABV, carbonation moderate, drinkability is ok. 2.75

O: Pretty average American Pilsner. Not a bad beer, but not something I would purchase (was leftover from a recent beach party). 3

Photo of Nickholland
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I love this pils. Refreshing and very session-able, without being watered-down or flavorless. Reminds me a little of Belikin.

Photo of Suds
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I enjoy a good, cool pilsner on a warm day. This one was nice...clear and golden, with a bright head. The aroma is bready, with malt and spicy hops. Touch of sulfur. The taste is mildly sweet. Medium in body and clean. Nice.

Photo of WineGuy3000
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Quick review. This is a really solid pils from New Belgium. Mildly bready malt offsets a nicely carbonated, light, bright body. Looks & smells a bit underwhelming, but comes through with its mellow, balanced flavors. This brew is easily the most satisfying Czech-style pils that I've tasted to date.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a light golden color with a two finger head of fizzy foam. The head has a great level of retention, very slowly fading over time to leave lots of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is rather light overall with the aroma constituted mostly by a slightly grainy and bready smell. Beyond these aromas are some very light hints of grass and some lighter fruits of an apple and pear nature.

Taste – The taste begins with a quite bready flavor mixed with a little bit of fruit of apple and pear. Along with these flavors are some lighter flavors of caramel and a little bit of a grainy taste. As the taste moves forward the fruit fades a tad all while the grain grows stronger with some hop flavors of a grassy and slightly yeasty taste coming to the tongue. With a surge of the grain that comes at the very end, and a lighter level of an herbal taste, one is left with a moderately crisp, but still rather flavorful and malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather thin with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. For the style and the moderately sweet, yet crisp and bready taste,s the feel is rather nice and creates a rather easy drinking feel for the pilsner style.

Overall –A little on the sweeter side, but with enough grassy and herbal hop and some more bready and grainy flavors to keep it all balanced. And at an only 4.8 % abv. this is a rather nice easy drinking pils. A great summer time brew.

Photo of Libeertarian
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden pilsnery goodness. An even, bright white, large-bubbled head with excellent retention for the style. I detect a honey-like pale malt aroma. Refreshing but pleasantly spicy, zesty, lemony. Mouthfeel is watery, with not too dry of a finish. This beer is well-carbonated as well, as was first indicated in the head. And with the crisp, mildly bitter hop aftertaste, it's a great American representation of the classic Czech lager.

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.35/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good and very light.

Photo of GregoriousMaximus34
4.34/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Super refreshing!!! Great for the summer time

Photo of Austin_TKE
2.3/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Coors light feel. Ehh ok

Photo of ImusBeer
2.77/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Too light for my tastes.

Photo of ordybill
4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great planet. Excellent flavor and has a great finish. Recommended.

Photo of beerfinder
3/5  rDev -15%

A drinkable pilsner, good on a summer day. Can taste pilsner hops.

Photo of Gmann
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of jpro
3/5  rDev -15%

A pretty average pilsner. I’d say sub-par for New Belgium. Refreshing and drinkable on a hot summer afternoon, but pretty low on flavor and/or character.

Photo of scottieie
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

The light hop scared my bud drinking relatives. I think it is a nice lawn mower beer.

Photo of DuaneL
4.75/5  rDev +34.6%

This is a crisp, dry, refreshing brew -the way pilsner ought to be - particularly nice for summer, but I'd drink it year-round.

Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

My utmost thanks to my frequent, local, in-person trader, tone77, for dropping off this CAN for me! I dropped it, causing a major dent, which is why it has been in chill mode until now.

From the CAN: "Employee Owned'.

The Crack! was made difficult by the dent and really, I was lucky it did not explode on impact. A bottle would surely have shattered from that height. Speaking of height, it also made it impossible to tell just how full the CAN actually was. I gave it an inverted Glug to get things started and for the first time in a long, long time, I got some overfoaming! The result was two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, bone-white head with excellent retention. Color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-plus quality clarity. I could see into the future! I have company coming by later. Nose had a grassy, Saaz/Noble hops presence. My mouth began to water. In the meantime, lacing had begun to appear as the head subsided. Mouthfeel was soft, not thin, not watery, but simply soft. I was really digging the way that the hops were first and foremost, which is the hallmark of the Czech Pils style. I CAN get behind German Pilseners, but they do not trip my trigger like a good Czech. Pils, I mean, although I dig Czech women, also. The grassy bitterness is such a treat and this style is what made me realize that I CAN enjoy lagers as a hophead, especially after so many CANned AALs. Finish was semi-dry, not quite as biting as some that I have had in the style. At 4.8%, definitely sessionable and perfect for the Summer cooler in the backyard.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 1/4/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance and robustness of pale malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and clean mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a nice and pleasant Czech pilsener. Good balance and robustness of pale malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.24/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and golden in color. White half-finger head that exhibits little retention, resulting in a fairly barren surface.

Smell - Grainy aroma with light hints of citrus and grass.

Taste - Follows the nose. Grainy malt body with faint hints of lemon and a slightly bitter grassy finish. Nothing particularly amazing.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with tingly carbonation. Smooth and easy, with a crisp finish. Easily the best aspect of this beer.

Overall - A very average pilsner from NB here. Clean, yes, but very little in the way of flavor. There are so many other better craft pilsners out on the market, so it's doubtful I'll ever feel the need to buy this again.

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

Poured from bottle into Spiegelau IPA glass.

A: Big reedemer here is a nice a head with significant lacing. Otherwise we have a normal yellow-gold pilsner with no major specifics. Very little activity from the carbonation.

S: Bread, yeast and slight hops. Indeterminable aromas.

T: Tastes better than it smells. Decent hop quality, 60% hops and 40% malts. Light toasted malts. Very little other tangible flavors - hints of lemon, perhaps. A decent quality pilsner, nothing super special.

M: Crisp and smooth, especially at (very) cold temperatures. Not much carbonation.

O: Possibly New Belgium's most bland beer? It's not bad, of course, but it just lacks character. I like the hop bite, but it's not enough. It has a noticeable toasted malt base, but it's just not enough. There is a slight lemon hint, but it's not enough to call it a note of citrus. Mediocre, B-.

Photo of HoppyBastard
3.89/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "Enjoy By" date 12-14-14.

APPEARANCE: pours clear and golden with a half finger white head that dissipated quickly until a thin broken layer of bubbles remained, there was some lacing present, medium carbonation.

SMELL: grass, lemon, mildly toasted, somewhat metallic.

TASTE: bread, lemon and a nice little spicy hop bite.

PALATE: medium carbonation and body, finishes crisp.

OVERALL: I enjoyed this beer, pils is the hardest style to describe for me, this is a good beer, nothing over the top but, I would not hesitate to buy it again.

Photo of TeamMathis
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden.
Smell: Bready and a bit of lemon.
Taste: It's the same as the smell.

This is a good pilsner. It's not mind blowing or even worth getting again, but it's good. The taste matches the smell, and the taste is sweet and really enjoyable. Light lemony bread.

Photo of mjurney
3.94/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Golden color, clear. Fairly good amount of carbonation. Thick bright white head.

Aroma:
Mild spicy hops, some bready, very clean and crisp.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Bready, biscuit, cracker, grassy, a little sugary. Spicy-herbal hops towards the end. Finish a little dry, crisp. Body is light-medium, crisp, refreshing, very carbonated.

Overall:
It's a very good beer.

Photo of schoolboy
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pilsners from great brewers are often way better than you might expect. Unfortunately, this one is not exceptional.

It looks nice in the glass, clear and foamy. The aroma is the first let down. It's nice, but it is very weak.

The taste is good but also undistinguished, more like an American adjunct, but much more drinkable. The aftertaste is nothing.

I had this with some good pizza and the beer fit nicely but did not power up to the good za.

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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Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 1,149 ratings.