Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 410
Hads: 1,259
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 22.56%
Wants: 23
Gots: 172 | 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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Reviews: 410 | Hads: 1,259
Photo of KarlHungus
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear pale golden color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice sticky lacing. The aroma is a balance of spicy noble hops and biscuity malt. It has nice strength for the style, and is pleasing. The taste leans toward the maltier side, with little hops coming through. It is a rather light it flavor for a pilsener. The mouthfeel is light bodied with aggressive carbonation, and an almost (but not quite) watery texture. Overall, this is a mediocre beer that I will probably not drink again.

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Photo of largadeer
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Extremely clear pale straw in color. The head retains well and leaves a fair amount of lace as the glass empties.

Smell: Very bready and malt-heavy. Doesn't have as much of that signature spicy/grassy hop aroma. A faint cooked vegetable aroma is noticeable but overall it's fairly clean.

Taste: As the aroma suggests, this is very light on the hops - I'm surprised they call this a pilsner. Malts are dominant and quite nice. Buttery with a mild grainy sweetness and just a touch of hops in the finish. The aftertaste is clean, making this a pretty quaffable beer, though it lacks the crispness that I look for in a good pils.

Mouthfeel: Light, but more buttery and coating than most pilsners. The carbonation is crisp without being bloating like many macro pilsners.

Drinkability: A decent session beer, but I'll stick to Trumer if I want a good domestic pils.

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Photo of burtonbe
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Beautiful golden appearance. Very clear. Nice bubbly carbonation. Thick head that leaves significant lacing.

S - Somewhat faint smell. Malty, light hoppy smell. Nothing special.

T - I'm getting a grapy, almost white-wine like essense. Good balance with the bitterness. Almost a sulfur accent. A little dry.

M - Good for the style. Nice carbonation. It has a nice body; not too thin, not too thick.

D - I don't think this stands out in this category. Very average. Acceptable, but not special.

Overall a good brew, but far from perfect. I might recommend this to others, but I can't help but feel wanting more.

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Photo of zac16125
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
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

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Photo of speter
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Lightly golden with two fluffy fingers of foam that fade with moderate lace.

S: Grassy noble hops and light biscuit pilsener malt. Very well balanced.

T: Fairly malty with a tendency towards some chocolate hints. There is an odd hollowness just after mid-palate, just before the hops kick in towards the end. The finish is great: hoppy bitterness without the common lager metallic twang.

M: Spot-on Czech pilsener.

O: If I could, I'd give this a 3.25. The hollowness spoils what would be an otherwise stellar Czech pilsener. Nonetheless, this is better than average.

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Photo of jthelamontagne
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pale Gold, light carbonation, brilliant pale malt colour

A: toasty, lovely crust of a fresh baguette

T: hop bite halfway through. Maltose cracker, Burnt rice & roasted corn. well balanced. Very nice.

M: Slight and smooth carbonation.

F: bitter exhaust, like dry pine needles.... in a good way.

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Photo of deadsquirt
3.14/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden yellow, and exhibited a very thin head. Mouthfeel was good, and over drinkability is quite nice. Of the New Belgium offerings that I've had thus far, this is one of the better of the bunch. I'm not a huge pilsner drinker, but this one was quite good. I would definitely give it another try.

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Photo of ppvora
3.14/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The label on this beer says Pilsner/Lager. I guess there is such a thing as a combination of Pilsner and Lager.

Appearance: Golden hue, very slight copper tones. Half a finger of head, good aeration dissipates quickly.

Aroma: Malty with some sweet melon tones.

Taste: Barley, some very subtle hops. No sweetness despite the sweet melon aroma. Very straight barley taste, no complexity.

Mouthfeel: Nothing significant to report.

Overall: OK, not sure that I would buy another 6-pack of this one.

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Photo of Cresant
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a pilsner glass. Dated best before: 13Jul07. The clear body was light golden with three fingers of crisp white head. Significant lacing clung to the glass.

Smell was earthy and became slightly more pungent as it warmed. Hay-like.

Taste was light grain, soft bitterness and a mild, rounded sweetness. An understated pilsner.

Mouthfeel was nicely rough in texture, with some huskiness. Dry, medium length finish. This is a subtle yet solid American Pilsner.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Transparent golden color, with a small but bubbly white head.

A very subtle smell, but the malt dominates what is here.

Tastes the part of a Czech pilsner. Some fruity sweetness, but the malt dominates the show. The bitterness put me off a little bit, otherwise this is a solid brew.

Not a bad example of the style, just not a very exciting one.

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Photo of theozag
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours and settles just slightly murky and yellow with a frothy white head that fades to a foam ing around the inside of your glass.

Shell is crisp, creamy, and sweet, but too faint for me to be specific about its components.

Starts sweet and clean with a bitter hop twinge (at the front it actually affects the lips as much as the tongue). Blue Paddle settles light bodied with a unqiue combination of sweet, sour, and bitter flavors. The overall taste of this beer is somethign akin to a subtle wheat and cream. Finish is fairly clean but with a notable aftertaste that dwells on the tastebuds.

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Photo of orsulacp
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this at the airport bar in Denver in a very cold glass so I had to let it warm up a bit. The color was clear yellow, with a nice white head that disappeared quickly. There really wasn't much to the smell, a bit of piney hops and that was it. It had a slight bitter taste without much malt presence; there was a metallic taste in there too. The body was light and it was very refreshing. Not quite up to Victory's Prima Pils but excellent for the airport.

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Photo of chocosushi
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Zatec Glass
A ~ Pours very bright golden blonde with about a half inch of swiss cheese head. Lacing is to style as well as carb, to a point.

S ~ Saaz hops, sliced pears, & a bit of grass. Bread dough. Delicate notes of pepper.

T ~ Grass & Bread follow through with Wheat toast & pear mid palette. . This ends very peppery & overtly vegetal. As it warms it become even more strange with porridge-like notes.

M ~ Slightly crisp fading into a sweet wheat grain middle. Slightly dry, peppery finish. Was this even lagered?

D ~ Probably would not be a good go-to pils. Drinkability is low for a pils which is a huge flaw. Very doughy. Loses drinkability even more as it warms. Would I drink this or Fat Tire? Who's to say really. Don't seek out.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange color, medium white foamy head. Aroma is grassy, herbal and hoppy. A medium bodied pilsner. The flavor is crisp and hoppy. The malts are sweet and fruity. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is slightly sweet, some bitterness

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Photo of rye726
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow color with a fizzy white head. Nice collection of zesty hops and citrus fruits in the nose. The flavor does not quite meet expectations. Fairly light with some grainy malts. Highly carbonated crisp body. A drinkable pilsner, but did not live up to my hopes from the start.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased from Hyvee in Omaha, NE.
Best before February 2012.
Poured into a standard US pint glass.

Pours about a 1cm head of fairly white, medium-sized bubbles. This lasts about a minute, declining to virtually nothing in terms of residual foam and leaving very little lacing. Body is a transparent golden yellow, giving perspective of much carbonation.

Aroma is fairly drab, light malt and floral hop notes seem to be the only things played.

Taste follows the lackluster scent, light sweet malt, slightly floral and bittering hops, perhaps some fruit-like esters. Nothing substantial, very average.

Medium-light in body with fairly aggressive carbonation, yet this combination still works for this beer and its flavor palette. Moves very quickly along, as has been noted, and leaves a semi-dry finish.

Overall, this was a fairly unexciting pilsener. Expected more from New Belgium. I won't seek this out again.

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Photo of illidurit
3.09/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsener glass. Classic pale gold color with a thick 2 finger head. Nice lacing. Aroma is faint, but I can pick out some sweet toasty malt, maybe some Saaz too. Flavor is mostly cereal grain that comes out a little too heavy for the style, limiting the crispness. Now that I think about it, it's not only cereal grainy, it actually tastes like breakfast cereal. There's a Cheerios note in there! Anyway, the hops are almost nonexistent in the flavor, which also contributes to the lack of crispness. Drinkable but off the mark for the style as far as I'm concerned.

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Photo of Jsteez
3.09/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A-It was straw yellow color with hints of gold. Light carbonation. The head was thick and foamy. Once the thick foam dissipated, there was a white soapy head that remained on the surface throughout consumption. Nice lacy sides. It looked good!

S-Not much here, maybe some faint dry hops and a sweet malt.

T-Dry, bitter, peppery, and some hops. I can sense some bread and maybe some light citrus, but not a lot. The dry and peppery aftertaste lingered on my palate.

M-Medium-light bodied smooth feel. Quite refreshing.

Overall-This pilsner is a great sessionable brew to enjoy during the remaining summer months. I have to admit I have tried better pilsners, however this is a solidly good brew. Cheers!

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Photo of russpowell
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've had this on tap & bottle before & it was better, but this is the time I decided to review..

Golden body with good clarity and a thick white head that drops off to 1/4". Bubbles float up fromthe bottom all the way through the sample, not much lacing.

Smell: Slight floral and alcohol smell

Taste: Maltiness and a little bit of piney hops on the tounge.

Well balanced and good carbonation (need more body)

Like I stated, had better samples, just bothers me that a beer within 200 miles of home with great distribution is not consistent.

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Photo of RickS95
3.07/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A very light straw color that's completely transparent. A tiny small white head that doesn't stay.

There isn't a lot of smell, but I did pick up a piney flowery smell, as well as some citrus.

Being a lager, I didn't pick up a lot of taste. There's a bit of citrus hiding in there, and just a touch of sweetness, but for the most part, it's just kind of a peppery taste.

This would make for a good warm weather beer because it's pretty crisp and refreshing.

Being light bodied and somewhat lowish in alcohol, this is almost a session beer. I wouldn't want to have too much of this when the weather turns cooler, but it's a good beer to have on hand when it's warm.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New Belgium's Blue Paddle Pils pours a big creamy head over a clear yellow
brew. Carbonation is quite sedate, and the nose is pils yeast and light barley
malt. The flavor is tart malt up front with a sharp herbal hop finish. There's a bit
of citrus in the aftertaste, and there's good lacing left in the glass as the brew goes
down, a good sign of proper hopping. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, and
surprisingly full for such a light colored beer. While not the best pils I've ever had,
it's quite competent and I would certainly not refuse another. It's well worth a try.

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Photo of stephendr
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. glass bottle- color of medium gold, with a thick light white colored lacy head - nose of pale hops, sweat, soapiness, and semi floral – taste of pale hops, dry, and semi floral - body is dry, and with medium high carbonation – aftertaste of semi bitter, citrus hints, and lingering

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Photo of MrDonQuixote
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at New Belgium

A- Light golden color, slight head

S- Pilsner smell, grainy and malty

T- Crisp pilsner taste, nice bite to it, nice finish. I've just never been a super big fan of the style.

M- Carbonation is perfect, makes the beer quite crisp

O- Better then most pilsners, but I have yet to find a stand out pilsner as of yet

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not overly found of this beer from New Belgium. In fact, this is the lowest I've scored on any of their beers. The hoppy flavor was not to my liking and just didn't do anything for me. For me it was kind of spicy, peppery flavor, but had a flat hoppy finish. I just didn't like this ale. Maybe just a bad batch or bottle.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a very clear yellow straw color with only an 1/8" head after an aggressive pour. The head didn't stick around at all, and wasn't maintained by the few bubbles rising. There is a little lacing left on the glass after consuming.

Aroma: Some hops and a yeasty note noticeable at first. The pilsner malt is coming out as well as a slightly sour note along with the sulfur from the malt.

Taste: There is a bit of sweetness that you notice at first, but this doesn't last long. The hops then take over and lead the way pretty much the rest of the time. The beer tastes well attenuated, and the carbonation is more apparent in the flavor as in the appearance. The finish is slightly wet with a balance slightly toward the bitter.

Opinion: Well, I have definitely had better pilsners. This one is out of balance for the style. I would expect it to be a bit more crisp, along with either more assertion on the hops, or the malt. This one ends rather uneventful. If I were to drink a US made pilsner, I would stick to Victory's Prima Pils.

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Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 410 ratings.