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Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 943
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 13
Gots: 40 | 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)
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Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

02-25-2014 22:20:40 | More by schnarr84
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Alberta (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2014 23:33:58 | More by biboergosum
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3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Well within best by (November). Poured into pilsner glass.
Tight aroma and more soft pils malt than anything.
Very attractive looking beer with big full head and lots of sticky lacing. Pale straw, very clear.
Bready, nutty and grainy malt flavors, soft bittering that lasts through the finish once it starts. No hop intensity - more blended than contrasting.
Nice soft feel and appropriate carbonation.
Boy this drinks nicely and easily. Not as robust as some, but a nice drinker on a summer evening.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 01:25:36 | More by garymuchow
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3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy golden hue with a half-inch stark white head. Nice clean aroma of German yeast, light malt, and floral hops. Taste is nice, but kind of subtle. Very light malt, a touch of floral hops, some honey sweetness, and some nice German lager yeast. Not exactly a very complex palate, but decent. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, about what you'd expect from a pilsner. Would be a great session beer if I had more than the two my brother brought back from Colorado.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2005 03:26:41 | More by ElGordo
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3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a brassy gold with a sudsy head. Excellent lacing all the way down. Sheets of white. Smells of sweet malt and a good helping of noble hops. Tastes malty and a touch grainy with some herbal hops in the finish. I'm a bit put off by the typical toastiness I get from New Belgium beers. Mouthfeel had a nice presence with an active carbonation, although it felt a bit sticky at times. Solid drinkability and easy to finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2006 05:02:53 | More by goochpunch
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3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A: The pils has a clean goldenrod-yellow color that is completely translucent. The head weighed in around 1 finger on pour and has receded to a small white band. The clearness of the pils is complimented by the stream of bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

S: The beer has a crisp short hop aroma and grainy malt sweetness.

T: The pils has a classic taste, strong on malts with a nice hoppy add-on. The malts are grainy, having a biscuity element that provides some hints of sweetness. The hops are short-lived but intense, giving the beer a sharp earthy zatec flavor.

M: The mouthfeel showcases the hop body nicely; this is a beer that one could drink several of.

D: Enjoyable, this beer would be perfect on a warm summer night or on a snowy winter night like tonight.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 00:11:00 | More by akorsak
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3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz : pint glass

Clear golden with a foamy white head that leaves pleasant lacing.

Lightly sweet grainy malts, with grassy spice hop accents.

Grassy, spicy hops with some clean, malty backing.

Medium body, with active, bubbly carbonation. Clean finish.

A well done Czech pilsner. Easy drinking, light but flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 09:09:39 | More by vkv822
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3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing this beer on a warm summer day in early June. First note picked up is strong smell of Noble hops with slight malt taste in the backround, head is light and not much carbonation. Small amount of lacing in regular pint glass. Very similar to euro style or Czech style pilsner lagers. Mouthfeel is light but with good flavor. overall a good summer brew best enjoyed on very hot days (90+) not something to go searching for but I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 18:26:26 | More by dankster
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3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle reminds me why I like New Belgium's packaging so much. The label is very nicely done with a colorful drawing of a canoe on a lake shore and the bottle shows off the brewery's distinctive, raised, embossed neck collar.

Bright yellow-amber with a miniscule number of fine particles swirling around in the beer. The head is a shade or two darker than bright white and is nicely stiff and sticky. It's falling slowly at the edges and is beginning to leave a good bit of lace. The nose is actually quite pleasant. It has the usual noble hop pungency and smells of lemon peel and sweet grass.

The flavor isn't quite as impressive as the nose, but it isn't bad. There's plenty of lightly toasted malt, equaled and perhaps even exceeded by the sharp bitterness of the hops. There are elements of grain and grass, while the lemoniness seems to be missing on the palate. The finish is dry and crisp with a gentle, lingering bitterness. The body is 'pils average', that is, it's neither thin nor full, and is lively thanks to the generous carbonation.

Blue Paddle Pilsner is another quality product from New Belgium. It's difficult to brew a noble hop lager that I really enjoy, but this one comes close to getting a big thumbs up from me. I have no problem recommending it since it's one of the better domestic pilseners that I've run across.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2004 14:54:41 | More by BuckeyeNation
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3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at 38 Degrees in Alhambra, CA.

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and slight grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is quite drinkable and tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2013 04:01:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.7/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 03:28:06 | More by haddon
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3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass. Straw-golden color with a two finger white head that leaves an excellent lacing. Aroma is grassy with a bit of maltiness following. Tastes slightly grassy with the maltiness a little more present. Feel is good and crisp, with a light-medium body, and some dryness. Overall the beer is good and a fine example of a German Pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 03:06:40 | More by jacobseyb
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3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden yellow with an ample white head that laces nicely down my glass. Wonderful, fresh grassy smells with a mild note of citrusy sweetness.

Not too much power in regards to maltiness, but still appropriate flavors of honey and citrus. Clean, dry finish with a forward hop note. This is crisp and bubbley. Carbonation is plentiful.

This would be a nice transitional beer for someone who likes your standard American swill as they enter "micro" territory. And this would be a good time to turn on the grill and get some garden fresh veggies on it.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2003 00:21:47 | More by Zraly
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3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Aggressive pour leads to a two inch white head. Beer is a medium pale color with a few streams of effervescence. Well above average head retention and lacing.

S- Bready, grass characteristics.

T- Follows the nose, with a "burnt" quality. Sharp noble hop bitterness overpowers the short-lived sweet pils malt.

M- Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.

D/O- I've had better of the style, though I've certainly had worse. This is a good candidate for some with decent flavor that you could drink a lot of.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 22:09:24 | More by Duff27
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3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blue Paddle is a simple, no frills pilsener. Looks how you'd expect, smells like you'd expect, tastes like you'd expect, etc. The good news is that it works just fine. It's full flavored, even if its elements are simple. I took a six pack of this out to Lake Tahoe and had several while barbequeing and felt it was perfect for the time.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 17:51:32 | More by TheRealBigC
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3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appearance- Clear golden-yellow color with two fingers worth of lingering head. Fair amounts of sticky lacing.

Smell- Faint aroma of grain and grassy hops.

Taste- Lightly toasted grain and nutty flavors with hints of herbal hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and very crisp. Average amount of carbonation.

Overall- A fairly standard pilsener. I can see myself enjoying a few of these while grilling some burgers.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 02:07:25 | More by scratch69
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3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 03:01:26 | More by brownbeer
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Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for acquiring this

Consumed 5/12/12

Appearance: Clear and golden, starts off with a little, white head, fades to a little ring, good for the style

Smell: Very clean - lager yeast, floral and herbal aromas - like many New Belgium beers, it's rather mellow and delicate - sweet, clean, pale malts - floral beyond the yeast and hops

Taste: Mellow and remarkably inoffensive - clean, pale malts, slightly bready and grainy - some slight spiciness from the hops and/or yeast, but mostly floral - a touch of grass as well - very mildly bitter

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, nicely carbonated, mostly crisp

Overall: A good Pilsner

I feel lucky to have something from New Belgium whenever I have the opportunity, and I am beginning to see some common threads. Delicate, balanced, and drinkable. There is nothing particularly remarkable about Blue Paddle, but there's nothing bad, either.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 20:38:55 | More by angrybabboon
Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
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