1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

Not Rated.
Blue Paddle PilsnerBlue Paddle Pilsner

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
81
good

948 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 948
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 13
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-18-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 948 | Reviews: 375 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by augustgarage:
Photo of augustgarage
augustgarage

California

3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best before 12/15/2013; poured from a 12oz bottle into my Harriet pils glass.

Aureolin and citrine intermix to color the clear body, shot through with a dizzyingly active stream of bubbles making their way to the surface to feed the active but lasting half finger of foam up top. Delicate sticky lacing, good retention.

Aromatics are subtle and complex, becoming more of the latter as the lager warms up a bit. The hops certainly contribute a mild floral/grassy/spicy note but the array of malts add their own distinctive qualities which are difficult to dissect. The dusty, mildly toasty scent that New Belgium describes as "lit match" is unique and not unpleasant.

Faint apple and tart grain elements introduce the flavor profile which is offset by a moderate clean bitterness. If I had to guess, I'd suspect the Target hops were used for bittering where as the Saaz and Liberty contribute most of the flavor/aroma. The finish evolves slowly from an increasingly peppery/herbal quality to a rounder stale bread note.

Light bodied, well carbonated...

A clean, well lagered beer over-all. I'm tempted to say something about the strange contrast between the excellence of New Belgium's American and now Bohemian styles and the general mediocrity of their Belgian style offerings, but that's beyond the scope of this review...

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 17:34:40 | More by augustgarage
More User Reviews:
Photo of BenMartin
BenMartin


3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

07-26-2014 02:48:22 | More by BenMartin
Photo of DougGilley
DougGilley

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

07-25-2014 16:33:22 | More by DougGilley
Photo of David_Mohan
David_Mohan

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

07-24-2014 22:41:16 | More by David_Mohan
Photo of AU98
AU98


3/5  rDev -15.5%

07-24-2014 18:11:16 | More by AU98
Photo of Keepnitrl
Keepnitrl

Washington

3/5  rDev -15.5%

07-24-2014 16:08:40 | More by Keepnitrl
Photo of jimbrinkruff
jimbrinkruff

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

07-23-2014 02:52:30 | More by jimbrinkruff
Photo of Amp
Amp

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

07-21-2014 10:34:25 | More by Amp
Photo of Comiha
Comiha

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

07-21-2014 02:30:34 | More by Comiha
Photo of irongator
irongator

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

07-19-2014 11:20:05 | More by irongator
Photo of jkermitj
jkermitj

Mississippi

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

07-19-2014 01:51:03 | More by jkermitj
Photo of wattoclone
wattoclone

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

07-18-2014 16:32:55 | More by wattoclone
Photo of mjurney
mjurney

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2014 03:33:32 | More by mjurney
Photo of plinythederek
plinythederek

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

07-17-2014 03:59:10 | More by plinythederek
Photo of Mattkron7488
Mattkron7488

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -15.5%

07-16-2014 22:25:51 | More by Mattkron7488
Photo of Critters
Critters

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

07-14-2014 02:53:46 | More by Critters
Photo of Holland
Holland

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

07-14-2014 02:45:00 | More by Holland
Photo of RyanStelzner
RyanStelzner


3/5  rDev -15.5%

07-13-2014 20:29:38 | More by RyanStelzner
Photo of amalburg
amalburg

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

07-13-2014 18:37:30 | More by amalburg
Photo of Anmaglahk
Anmaglahk

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

07-13-2014 15:37:48 | More by Anmaglahk
Photo of Carb-Overlord
Carb-Overlord

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

07-13-2014 12:23:32 | More by Carb-Overlord
Photo of kmanjohnson
kmanjohnson

California

3/5  rDev -15.5%

07-13-2014 04:34:54 | More by kmanjohnson
Photo of timnkate
timnkate

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

07-12-2014 20:26:57 | More by timnkate
Photo of intangible
intangible

Missouri

3/5  rDev -15.5%

07-12-2014 20:18:21 | More by intangible
Photo of rhino54
rhino54

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

07-11-2014 02:53:28 | More by rhino54
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 948 ratings.