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Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

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Blue Paddle Pilsner
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1,137 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,137
Reviews: 395
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 20
Gots: 117 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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: 1,137 | Reviews: 395
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Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an unexpected find at Pipe and Pint here in Greensboro today actually had it given to me it was part of the owners personal stash,anyways pours a vibrant yellow with not much head wich kept the rating at 4 I really liked the vibrant color of this brew.Aroma was like walking thru a meadow of flowers kinda sweet and grassy with a good toasted malt character.Taste was grainy and lightly sweet with a nice smacking of hops that hits nicely in the finish.One of the best American pilsners out there at least from my perspective I wish I had more!

Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – The head is huge and deep. It showed some decent retention as it laced the glass. The body is a pretty yellow with an orange tint.

Smell – Yep, that’s a pils. The soft, sophisticated floral hops mix with some spice and a light sweetness. So far, so good.

Taste – The grassy hops come out a little more in the taste along with a light sense of grain. The complexity is its strong point IMO. Everything works together quite well.

Mouthfeel – I know that many of the other reviews indicated a lot of carbonation here, but I don’t find it typical of the style and certainly couldn’t locate more than a moderate amount here (which is good, IMO). This Pils is light-bodied and very refreshing.

Drinkability - A good pils is one of the smoothest brews on earth, and this one hits the mark. Of all the times I’ve been prosted to the finish while living in Germany, pils is the only style I could do from a full glass. Make this a warmish and I could do the bottle. Yet another diverse accomplishment from this amazing brewery.

Update – I reviewed this a month after joining the site back in the fall of 2003 so thought it would be run to re-rate it with a 2004 vintage. I juggled a few scores around but still ended up with a solid 4.0. Good job, New Belgium. This is a hard style to nail.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.92/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky Piss Yellow with a thin skim and minute carbonation.

Strong aroma of chicken sate or chicken bouillon.

Taste is mild and light with just hints of hops and malts. Subtle lemon like finish.

Mouthfeel has a wonderful bitter finish. Hops are felt more than tasted. Salty. Biting and only nominally crisp.

Drinkability: This is dull and lacks the crispness and dryness that I desire in a Pilsener.

Very poor example of the style.

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

Pours golden with a white head. Nothing great but not water with a yellow tint.

Lemon and soft biscuit in the nose. Honey comes out as it warms. Not a lot going on but what it does have is pleasant, though it does lack a noticable hop presence.

Taste is similar, with nothing really standing out, good or bad. Clean and balanced, doesn't taste like cheap grain. Light bodied without being thin and finishes dry and slightly bitter.

Pleasant but nothing to rave about.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Blue Paddle Pilsner pours from the bottle an opaque golden yellow with a half inch bubbly white head on top. Quite a nice hue with lots of active carbonation. Aromas of sweet crystal, pale malts along with a nice spicy, grassy noble hop presence with just a hint of lemon zest. Quite nice and refined.

First sip brings a nice creamy pale maltiness upfront a bit toasty with a light lemony citrus aspect. Mid palate brings a nice helping of spicy, grassy hops that impart a mellow bitterness on the way down. Flows down with a lingering toasted bread....quite a nice pilsner here IMHO. Enjoyable!

Mouthfeel has a solid body with a good creaminess that just flows down the back of the throat so easily. A well built pilsner that would be great for sessioning on hot summer days out by the beach. Ranks up there as one of my fave U.S. brewed pilsners. Thanks to mentor for the opportunity to sample this one!

Photo of Beaver13
2.79/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with a good sized frothy white head that goes to a film that laces the glass.

The aroma is earthy grains.

The flavor is sweet malts then a grainy hoppiness and a crisp and lightly bitter finish. There are some sour notes in there too. The mouthfeel is on the light side...a bit watery but fairly smooth.

Overall, not too exciting but a decent brew.

Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce bottle is two months before "best by" date. Pours a crystal clear light golden body that is alive with carbonation. Two finger vanilla head hangs around a few minutes and deposits some attractive spiderweb lace.

Aroma features grassy and spicy hops with a hint of bready pilsner malt.

Light medium body is smooth and well carbonated.

Taste has a subtle crackery and bready malt base that has just a faint hint of sweetness. Grassy and spicy noble hops run the show and exhibit a solid bitterness throughout. Finishes clean, with a grassy hop bitterness in a long finish.

This is another solid American pilsener and one I will stock up when warmer weather rolls around. Very well crafted and highly drinkable.

Photo of bsp77
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass.

Appearance: Bright clear gold with moderate head and some sticky lacing.

Smell: Sweet apple and pear, some grassiness, and spicy noble hops. Aroma is nice at first but then becomes muted.

Taste: Rounded semi-sweet malts with apple, straw and light citrus. Spicy noble hop finish that is somewhat bitter.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light to medium body, crisp and dry finish.

Drinkability: Not the most full flavored Pilsner around but quite elegant and drinkable. More than solid Pilsner overall.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very pale yellow appearance, high carbonation, low lacing and head. Aroma was negligible.

Taste, a tad prickly, zippy hop feel, for how nuanced and underwhelming overall the effect on the palate the hops would have. Not bad for summertime for sure.

A good beer to have around for those who appreciate more than BMC, or when in need of a thirst quencher or palate cleanser.

Photo of MOShepp
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into mug. Light golden color with 1/2" head that lingered throughout. Aroma of hay and lemons. Nice blend of malt and hops with honey, lemons, and clover. Crisp and refreshing with a moderate bitter finish. Nice session beer, poor me another!

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazed golden straw color with a nice fluffy white head forming leaves behind speckled lacing in concentric patterns at that. Aroma: Upfront nice biscuit malts with some Saaz peeking through giving a nice peppery hop profile very clean altogether. Taste: Incredibly crisp and smooth no cloying off flavors delivers light malt sweetness and finishing hop zest in the finish. Mouthfeel: Light bodied smooth but a bit spritzy carbonation. Drinkability: Is excellent awesome summer beer I wish I had this one at my disposal, that would be key.

Photo of OStrungT
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden yellow with a white head. The head fades slowly leaving thick laces. It smells citrusy and hoppy. It has the smell of a flower. There is a very faint malt aroma present if you look deeply. Ot tastes hoppy. It has a crisp taste to it. It is just a little tangy also. This is a well balanced beer. It leaves a fresh floral aftertaste on the palate. This beer is carbonated nicely. Due to the low alcohol content, this beer would probably make a good session beer. I am not really a Pilsner fan, but I thought this beer was decent. This beer would be good to drink on a hot summer day. It is hard to get down here, and that makes it a bit pricey, so I probably wont buy it all that often, but it is worth a try.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a strange) best before 06feb11
A- This beer has a very slight hazy golden yellow body with a thick white foam and a strong carbonation of big bubbles that popped to the surface.
S- The slightly sweet sulfur green aroma had some noble hop qualities to it with a hint of DMS, dried leaves and a cooked corn butter note in the finish.
T- The soft clean dry pine note along with some Noble hop bite in the finish gave way to a carbonic acid drieness in the finish. The hop bite lingered a bit after the finish.
M- Medium mouthfeel with a full fizz in the finish.
D- This beer was pretty clean with a few off flavors.

Photo of watermelonman
2.76/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured to a very light and crisp looking lager gold. There was quite a bit of carbonation, but the head was very small. Regardless, it persists and leaves a nice lace. The taste is crisp, but not very exciting. It almost tastes like there's a hint of out-of-place citrus in there. The mouthfeel is very light thanks to the carbonation.

I don't think I'd go out of my way to obtain it.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice clean, bready aroma with a hint of floral or fruity hops.

Very light, pale malt sweetness initially is overcome with bitter citrus hops then finally returns in a much more subtle way as you swallow.

Mouthfeel is clean with lots of tiny, bitting carbonation and aftertaste is nicely drying with only the light bitter hops to remind you this is a German Pilsner.

Very quenching and refreshing.

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

16oz glass, at the New Belgium debut party in Alberta, at the Craft Beer Market in Calgary - I've arrived right on time, and it's already getting packed in here!

This beer pours a pale golden amber colour, with one finger of thinly foamy and puffy off-white head, which leaves a nice layered strata of weeping lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of mildly crisp and grainy pale malt, dry lemon, and somewhat metallic earthy, grassy, and leafy hops. The taste is lightly funky leafy and grassy hops, gritty pale malt, a touch of crispy cracker, stale lemon, and a stony flintiness.

The carbonation is a bit tight at times, but mostly just wanly frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and a bit edgy in its smoothness. It finishes on the dry side, still kind of zingy from the obvious noble hops.

An adequate and capable old-school pilsener, a bit soft around the edges, yet more or less drinkable, and duly thirst-quenching. A pleasant start to this cornucopia of a beer experience I have ahead of me this evening.

Photo of tastybeer
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Extremely clear, yellow beer topped by a small white head. Spotty lace is slick and impermanent. Also visible are many rising carbonation bubbles...

S: Musky grain, saltine crackers, and faint peppery citrus. Basic aromas that are fairly clean and crisp.

T: Dry, stale bread grains with a lemony kick. Some spiciness and even bitterness. Plenty of carbonation. Flavors seem somewhat disjointed and scattered.

M: Not bad... Slick, light body, some graininess through the finish.

An alright pils but there are better ones for this style.

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 GilGarp
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 27 Feb 2011.

Served cool into a pint glass, Blue Paddle is a great looking beer, which kind of comes as a surprise. The beer itself is typical pilsner - pale golden yellow color with great clarity. The head, however, is thick, long-lasting, and produces some fantastic lace.

Aroma is sweet and mild with a little bit of lemon.

Flavor is just about right for a standard pils with mild grainy taste, a little spice, and very gentle hopping.

Mouthfeel is light in body and a little lower than typical carbonation for the style.

Overall a soild German Pilsner. Not exceptional but nothing really to criticise either.

Photo of cokes
4.27/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Sunny gold with streams of carbonation underneath a puffy white froth.
Sourdough aroma, traces of sulfur and twist of lemon on the nose.
Taste begins dry in a saltine cracker sense. Uppity CO2 levels accentuate the dryness. A crusty bagel toastiness emerges midway. Lemongrass hops enter and ride this one into the dock.
Light-bodied. Perhaps a bit dilute, but forgiveable due to its liveliness and quenching properties.
Downable in groups of 6.
One of the more authentic American pils I've run across. And probably one of the better ones too.

Photo of augustgarage
3.89/5  rDev +10.2%
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...

Photo of pmcadamis
3.19/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Honey gold and clear with a fluffy two finger eggshell head that looks pretty creamy. Big sheets of thick lace stick to the glass like icing on a cake. This has a really creamy and thick head for a lightly hued pilsener!

S - Subdued grass and hay aromas with some saaz funk. It has an odd not quite metallic, but more like stone or concrete note. Sort of a letdown really.

T - Again, stone (slate) or concrete flavors with a lot of green grass. Like the lawn clippings that fall on the sidewalk in front of your hose. This lacks the saltine bready malt that I look for in a German style pils, and the hops seem anemic, but it's pretty sweet and not altogether bad.

M - Crisp, medium, bodied, moderately carbonated, and dry on the finish. Spot on for a pils, and just about the best part of this brew.

D - Not terrible, but way off for the style. I don't really care much for this, it's really not a bad brew, but something just seems off to me.

Photo of haddon
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle into an elongated tulip...

The beer pours a clear golden color with a 2-finger white head. lots of carbonation bubbles flowing throughout the glass. looks nice

The aroma starts off with a hint of citrus peel and light floral hop character. however, the dominate note is a strong yeasty smell. almost reminds me of a Belgian yeast used for Saisons. Very unique for a Pilsener.

Moderately sweet with pale malts, and light bitterness too. A light ester character with floral hops and a mild citrus peel flavor on the finish.

Light in body with medium carbonation.

the beer was clean, crisp & refreshing. It was easy to drink and had just enough complexity to separate it from the sea of average lagers that are out there. what else can you ask for from a Pilsener. enjoyable.

Photo of TownDunkel
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Blue Paddle Pilsner - Never had seen this one before at the beer store and I do enjoy a good pilsner on these hot days so why not

Appearance - Your usual run of the mill light yellow and clear nice but still looks like a good beer.

Smell - A very mellow hints of thistle, hops, and fresh greens. I wish it was a bit more pungent though, since it is a bit weak unless you smelling straight out of the bottle

Taste - This one has a neat mix of an IPA mixed with your usual pilsner. Unfortunately there is not much flavor and it is pretty basic.

Mouthfeel - This beer excelled here on the mouthfeel and keeps staying around with a good amount carbonation.

Overall - This is a decent beer, not one of my favorites so maybe it just is personal taste.

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

Pale yellow, with a thick, rich body of lace.
Aroma is malty sweet, with a definite hint of floral hoppiness.
But the best is yet to come!
Taste is refreshing and bold, with a dollop of Noble hops bitterness.
A perfect example of a lager done right. This one hits the spot.

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Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 1,137 ratings.