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Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 408
Hads: 1,249
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 21
Gots: 171 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of inebrius
4.8/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of THE best American pils I've ever had. You could not taste the difference between this beer and most German pils blind. No way.

Standard pilsener hue under clingy foam fingers. Aromas of grass, dandelions and fresh donuts. Just a perfectly balanced malt and hop concoction so ultimately drinkable I wish I had a case of cases in the basement. Rivals the best out of Duetschland. (395 characters)

Photo of MrNuggets
4.68/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I wish more American breweries made beer like this. It seems the the style is somewhat underappreciated around these parts. So maybe from now on I will only put in reviews for lager I feel are overlooked? A great was the show my displeasure with the shunning of such wonderful beers!

The beer is golden. Smells of grassy hops. Tastes like a pilsner. Feels like a pilsner. I could drink it all day. (401 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.6/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brewed with Pale, Munich, Carapils, and Aromatic malts. Hopped with Saaz, Liberty, and Magnum hops. 33 IBU.

Pours out to a brilliantly clear pale golden, forming a tall rocky white head with excellent retention and beautiful lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is very nice with very fresh, wonderfully bready malt complex, delicately balanced by spicy noble hops and grain husk. Very crisp and clean ferment. Mouthfeel is excellent with a nice spicy and spritzy start but then followed by a very smooth finish and medium-light body. Taste starts with Saaz hops, with floral and slightly leafy character, followed by that wonderful trademark NBCC bready malt complex...the grain husk is at a perfect level, and the bitterness is exactly where it should be...providing a nice counterbalance to the malts, but adding a spicy and thirst-quenching finish. Very cleanly fermented with no perceptable off-flavors or alcohol.

This is an outstanding pilsener, equaling some of the finest European pilseners on tap. Probably the best American pilsener I've ever had, and it's only better on tap at the brewery. At $6.99/6'er, this is an absolute steal. Highly recommended! (1,173 characters)

Photo of freed
4.55/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a terrific beer. I love real pilsner's, and its hard to find a good pilsner in the states. The wonderful hop aroma and body to this pilsner really make it stand out from other pilsner offerings.

Golden color, great carbonation, nice aroma... anyone in the mood for sausage & mustard? (291 characters)

Photo of mentor
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained from the brewery and consumed very fresh. Reviewed from notes. Pours a three finger white fluffy clingy head of fine sticky bubbles. Crystal clear and very light straw in color with many streamers racing to the top. Smells potently hops. Noble, not quite Hallertauer, but I'd guess a hop derived from a Hallertauer parent. A bit of earthy, a bit of honey, and a tinge of tin. Malt is far below the hops and has a hint of cardboard. Otherwise, it's clean. Just a hop dragging down my nose. Tastes clean fresh malt with a heavy sort of saazy hop flavor. The hops lighten in the end to a clean, somewhat citrusy, finish. This hop experience is supported throughout by a bright honey flavor. A touch of grassy hop character stands up as the beer goes down the throat. Nice dry finish witha lingering tin-like hop aftertaste. The dry-mixed with the hops almost comes across as a flavor like a raspberry seed. Pretty amazing lacing on the inside of the glass. Md body and moderate-heavy carbonation. (1,002 characters)

Photo of UnionMade
4.48/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a beautiful polished gold, generating a thick, pure white froth with a gentle pour. The head settles into an even coating, about 1/4" thick, lasting all the way through the glass. Tons of tiny carbonation bubbles race up to feed the head, which leaves spattered trails of lace sticking to the glass. Perfect clarity.
The aroma is a gentle balance of soft, slightly bready pils malt and spicy, floral noble hops. I'm guessing german varieties, with perhaps a touch of saaz. Pleasant, up front, snappy floral hops, a bit spicy and herbal. Slight grass and lemon esters provide a gentle fruitiness. A bit of toastiness to the malt, definitely in the bohemian style with the softness.
The flavor starts with a soft, mellow pils malt, a sweetish, almost white bread character forming the base of this brew. Slight lemon and orange esters in the middle, with a touch of fresh-mown grass. The finish showcases a snappy floral hopping, with a suggestion of spiciness and some grass. A flavor reminiscent of sweet corn and white bread lingers in the aftertaste. A bit of lingering hop bitterness. Bright, shiny carbonation moves the beer rapidly across the palate, with an overall soft, even feel. Lightish medium body.
A very well made pils. The hopping is very nice, giving the beer a crisp, quenching feel. Exactly what I'm looking for on a hot day. One of the best american made pils out there. I could stand for a touch more hops, but it's damn good as it is. I don't know what you guys are drinking.
Thanks to BDitty for the bottle! (1,548 characters)

Photo of cadizkyguy
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Food City in Gatlinburg, TN on a recent trip to the Mountains. Freshness date, best before April 24, 2011.

Great smelling beer. That's the first thing I noticed upon pouring into a Sam Adams sensory glass. Appearance was secondly impressive, as it was a clear golden color with a small frothy head that left lots of lacing.

Quite refreshing. Watching Bears-Patriots game on TV, munching on some tortilla chips and cheese dip. Great pairing.

Kinda surprised by the low marks on this pilsner, given the style's on the mark for a german pilsner. I could drink this all afternoon. Too bad I only picked up one. (631 characters)

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Shapely bottle that pours well for a 2-finger sticky head

S- Smells like clean pilsner malt and sweet yeast

T- Taste brings the hops onto the scene. Wonderfully balanced and crisp, refreshing taste

M- Feel is light and crisp with decent carbonation

D- Drinks good and easy (279 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.41/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
Serve at 38°F, 4.8% ABV, and Best By 28OCT12.

A - Like a good pilsner should be, Blue Paddle shimmers a goldenrod color with brilliant clarity. A tall white head tops the beer and slowly falls down, decorating the whole glass in thick lace.

S - Blue Paddle is pretty subtle on the aroma, offering a very light rice-like note to the grainy pale malts which provide a simple base for the open floral noble hops. The scent touches on gardening; plants and earth, with an herbal quality that's inviting.

T - Quite flavorful indeed, Blue Paddle's bouquet features spicy and floral Saaz noble hops with a backdrop of mild grainy malt sweetness and soft water.

M - A smooth entry quickly leads to a dry, bitter burst on the tongue that's quickly washed down with a champagne-like carbonation level that finishes out clean.

O - Blue Paddle is a relatively bare-bones, simple beer, but certainly not without flavor! This delectable, incredibly refreshing beer is a quintessential summer session beer, gently offering bitterness and hop characteristics of a cleanly lagered pilsner; something a hop-head who doesn't want to get bashed across the face with resin would really dig. Blue Paddle is incredibly well-done. (1,259 characters)

Photo of jeffboo
4.41/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is pilsner beer. If I close my eyes, I can here the church bells ringing in Prague.In a pilsner glass, it stands tall,bright golden with virgin white,puffy top. Classic grassy,floral hop nose that begets a sturdy malt accented flavor with a floral,grassy hop flavor. Very crips and clean with no caffeine. This is the beer you want after a long bike ride or an afternoon of gardening. A fresh example of a traditional European brew. The malt touch is perfect, just enough structure to keep it interesting while still light enough to quench your thirst. Drink and feel the history of lager yeast brewing. (608 characters)

Photo of blakesell
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Belgian chalice.

Appearance- Beer pours a golden clear with tiny bubbles rising from the bottom and a finger high head of foam that quickly fades to a powdered lacing of foam on the top.

Smell- Excellent malt and Saaz hop balance. First come the hops, Saaz primarily with their signature sweetness, then comes the 2-row and pilsner malts evening it all out.

Taste- A light, sweet crispness that would go well with just about any food. Drying on the finish, much Saaz and light malts balancing out the beer and ensuring that I go back for another taste. Light graininess and malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and well carbonated. Not sticky on the lips and inviting for more sips.

Drinkability- Crisp, clean, refreshing. I could shower with this stuff! A very pleasurable and well made pilsner from New Belgium. (858 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle(room temp) a medium clear gold with a medium sized head that dissipated quickly leaving just a fine ring around the edge of the glass.

The smell is dominated by hops but there *is* a sweet aroma of malt as well.

The taste is a very nice balance between the hops and malt and has that *pilsner* taste that I've experienced with the better European examples. This is one great session beer and I thoroughly recommend it. (439 characters)

Photo of rowew
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: As with all New Belgium beers, this has all the relevant info clearly marked. ABV, serving suggestions, best before, and a description of the style.

Apeparance: Pours clear gold with a fluffy white head that has decent retention, and quite a bit of lacing. Light bubbling.

Smell: Just a whiff of hops among clean grain flavors, and just a bit of sulphur aroma often present in pilsners.

Taste: Very malty with only a bit of noble hops in the finish. Very well balanced, and highly drinkable.

Overall impression: A great example of a style so many people overlook. Drinkable, but complex enough to be interesting and hold up to a wide variety of foods. This should be a staple in many coolers. (718 characters)

Photo of DaveFL1976
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this brew on tap at the brewhouse.
I made my way around to it after a few of their big beers so my review might be comprimised a bit. But truthful, nonetheless:

The following is a direct copy of my notes:

Crisp. Clear. Stray color with a fluffy white head (4.5)
Nice aroma balance between saaz and malt. some fresh, crisp hops going on here. (4)
The taste and mothfeel -- almost at a Victory Prima Pilz level. Very nice and drinkable. Good stuff, indeed. (469 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-golden with a nice sticky white head. Lots of bubbles

S-crisp grains with a nice hint if light honey. Fair strength

T-comes in with a great grassy bitterness along with a nutty grain flavor, almost reminds me of Cheerios. I like it! It's actually full of bold and quality flavors. There's a good matching after-taste.

M-medium carbonation with a nice crisp finish

O-I bought a 6 pack of this with out ever having it before. I'm glad I did! It's very tasty! It's a quality lager! I really don't know what else to say besides go out and try this please! It's one of the best pilsners I've ever had. (603 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.27/5  rDev +18%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of kgotcher
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Plue Paddle in a 12 oz bottle, Dec 05 date. Recommended temp is 38 degrees which is pretty cold, I think mine is a bit warmer.

Pours with good amount of carbonation but not too much. Foamy head disapears quickly but leaves nice thin lace on top and sides of glass. No overfoaming like some Macro Pilsners. As any pilsner should the look, this one is a very light golden color, extremely clear. Right away I can smell grains, without even trying. The taste is grainy also, not in texture but in taste. Light at first and then more noticable. Dry aftertaste with cracker flavor. Still very light overall. Some hop flavor comes out but nothing really jumps out at me, such as the sazz hops in a bohemian pils. This is not necessarily a bad thing but I would call it is a delicate flavor for sure.

Overall I would say a very enjoyable brew as a thirst quencher or when you just feel like something lighter. A must try as a malt only alternative to Macro Lagers that use adjuncts. A very good representative of what is possible with a style of beer that is commonly looked down on by people wishing to avoid this style only because it is so mainstream. (1,154 characters)

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour really pale gold into the New Belgium pilsener glass. Big frothy white head and lots of sheeting lace in the side of the glass. Smells of herbal noble hops and faint sourness of pale malt.

Taste is dominated by strong noble hops. Hops in the finish and linger in the aftertaste. Crisp and clean mouth. Refreshing and tasty, a nice domestic pilsener. (357 characters)

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm reviewing this based on it's STYLE, not on how it compares to IIPA's, Imperial Stouts, etc.

A solid pilsner with a real nice belgian twist, thanks to NB's propietary yeast. Strange that I have not reviewed it (or ither NB's) for such a long time, their stuff just has the effect of contentment that puts my mind at easy, me thinks.


Yellowy amber with a nice white foamy mass sitting aloft.

Floral, spicy and grassy hops. I think their yeast adds to the grassy profile, since a lot of their brews have this feature.

Nice crisp floral pilsner, not your typical macro flavors. Even other craft brewers like Victory have very macro-ish versions of pilsner. NB however stands to the side, offering a twist on the pilsner style. (736 characters)

Photo of Realale
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium gold. Very fine bright white head settles to a thin incomplete cap.

Nose is herbal, slightly earthy noble hops over crisp crackery malt. There's an appetizing sharpness to the nose as well. Very nice.

Jever-like bite on the palate from the get-go with the hops well in command. A wave of crispy malt follows and stays to the end when the bitterness finally takes over again. As it warms there is a touch of Budvar-like malt sweetness that develops and rounds things out even better.

Decent length, though the carbonation level is higher than I prefer, but well within style. Imminently drinkable and interesting. One of the finer U.S. pils around (as if the references to Jever and Budvar weren't clues), when fresh and well cared for. As this is easier to find well-treated than the finer import pilsners, this is a regular in my fridge.

Best before date of 8 Sept. 06. (890 characters)

Photo of marcobrau
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours straw-colored with am ample amount of foam. Ah. lovely noble hops aroma. A little toasted malt in the nose, too. Little bits of lace stick to the sides of the glass. Very smooth, crisp pilsner with a tasty, noble hop flavor and light-to-moderate bitternesss in the finish. Decent amount of body and heft for a pilsner; definitely more Czech than German. Despite the ample maltiness, bitter hops linger on the tongue after several sips. An excellent example of a Czech Pilsner. I think I'll be revisiting this often through the warm months. (545 characters)

Photo of MTNboy
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is a golden straw yellow. It has a nice white head that is very frothy. There is good lacing. It smells very floral, malt and hopped. It has a wonderful taste. It is floral with a piney citrus aftertaste. I has a good mouthfeel. It is a little fizzy. The drinkability is great. (280 characters)

Photo of ChrisA
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful clear golden color. One and a half finger head. Great Pilsner scent and taste. Extremely refreshing. Wish I had more. I will be searching for more lagers like this throughout the summer. Enough hop bitterness to satisfy my IPA loving nature. Puts the American macro lager to shame. Reminds me a little of when I first had Pilsner Urquell back in the early 90's. I couldn't believe beer could be that good. This is an excellent switch up from NBB's belgian style ales. (477 characters)

Photo of John1985
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Pours a light gold color with a bright white two finger head. Head fades into a skullcap as the beer is consumed with plenty of lacing down the sides.

Aroma was malt based with some light hop flavor. Flavor was biscuity malt flavor with hops to balance in the back. Very dry finish. Medium to light body contributes to high drinkabilty especially with the heat wave we have had in Tennessee.

Very fine pilsner, a definite repeat purchase. (482 characters)

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Blue Paddle pours a clear straw color with a very little foam head and tiny dotted lacing. In the smell category it faint smell of citrus and yeasty aroma. The taste was crisp and clean. In the mouth is left its mark on the back of the throat and tip of the tongue. It is thin which is normal for the style. Overall one of my favorite pilsner session beers. (361 characters)

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Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 408 ratings.