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Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

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1,102 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,102
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 19
Gots: 90 | 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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Photo of hoplover82
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A standard crisp, refreshing summer beer.

Pours a pale golden color, with a bubbly white medium sized head that slips away quikly.

Aroma of pilsner malts and a wee little bit of hops. Very faint funkiness.

The flavor is the same as above. Pretty simple, strait foward beer.

Light and bubbly is the mouthfeel. Not too bubbly.

Godd drinkability.

Photo of colts9016
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass. At about 45 degrees.

Appearance. A nice golden yellow color, there was a two finger foamy bubbly head and white. There is some lacing left on the glass after some of the head dissipated. There is a moderate amount of carbonation in the glass. The clarity of the beer is very clear and clean.

Nose A sweet malt aroma from the beer. There are notes of corn, citrus, and resin.

Taste: A sweet malty/ corn taste. There are hints of citrus, floral, and resin.

Overall: A very clean pilsner, with a slight bitterness. The mouth feel is kinda chalky, astringent, and carbonated. The pilsner is decent. The hops is coarse through out this beer but not harsh. It is really close to the classic American, except is lacks a few qualities. I would have like to seen some creaminess in the mouth feel of the beer. Second, I felt that the beer is not well put together. I feel that the beer ingredients, are not being presented on the palate as one.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Hotel glass (half pint, half snifter)
From: Wilbur’s Total Beverage in Fort Collins, Colo.
Price: Part of a variety 6-pack for $9.99
Purchased: May 2, 2013
Consumed: May 2, 2013
Misc.: Best by Sept. 8, 2013

Poured a golden yellow color with one finger of frothy white head. Lots of bubbles underneath. Lots of foamy lacing on the sides. Very good retention on the tops on the way down.

Smelled a weird mix of blueberry and shit to start. Not a good start. Some bread, hay, corn and cereal were involved, but the skunky poop malt kept hanging around.

Tasted no poop, so that was good. Pretty plain though, with some light noble corn hops. Still grassy and grainy.

Light body. Thin texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Abrupt finish.

Just wasn’t a fan of this beer. Would never try it again.

Photo of TownDunkel
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
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 Reidrover
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought in the 12 oz brown bottle with the canoe on the label ( I always like New Belgium labels)
Wow this beer poured a monsterous white foamy head..massive..it settled down after 5 minutes thoughg..nice golden beer below..good looking pils.
the aroma is quite average for this type the noble hops..weak malts etc.
weird flavour throughout each mouthful..its not bad..just cant place it....odd bitterness not the usual Noble hop taste..well whatever its pretty good.
average in the mouth , nothing out of the ordinary.
A pretty drinkable but forgettable brew..ok i suppose.

Photo of Bruiser81
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden color with a white fluffy head. Smell is of malts and grain with a little bit of sweetness. A very crisp fresh taste with a sweet maltiness up front and the hops making for a bitter finish. A medium mouth feel with very good carbonation. This is the first real pilsner I've tried and I wasn't real impressed but I did not dislike it. Another solid brew from New Belgium.

Photo of Elimination
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice looking golden yellow but doesn't seem to be as vibrant as other to style

Smell is that stinky malt/yeast that is associated with pilsners, yet doesn't have the zing I usually get

Taste is pretty average, slight lemon sweet malt really this is very comparable to coots light to 'me honestly

Mouth is smooth light and crisp and with that quite drinkable really if your looking for something sessionable

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours brilliant golden with a decent pure white head that fades to a thin ring but leaves some spotty lacing as well. Very light hop aroma with some earthy crisp notes and a touch of lager yeast in the aroma, but that's about it. taste is about the same. It lacks the crispness and bitterness of a true German Pilsner, and the finish is especially soft. There are some spicy hp notes, but its fairly one dimensional. Even so, it is still pretty refreshing on a hot spring afternoon. Some more noble hop bite and crispness would make it more so.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blue Paddle Pilsner is brewed in the Czech Pilsner style. While Blue Paddle Pilsner is considered a year-round release, it is a challenge to find this in any local stores in the Atlanta area. The first time I got a bottle of this was in the summer Folly Pack, and I haven't seen it packaged locally since. Fortunately I saved a bottle, and am reviewing it, slightly aged, for the transition from summer months to the wonderful fall. The bottle is dated 16 September 2012, so it's a little past age, but no big deal.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pilsner glass. Served at 39.5º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a thick, frothy white cream tone head with ample lacing and very good retention. The body color is a vivid golden straw yellow, mildly hazy clarity with rampant active carbonation. Appearance is nearly perfect for the style and all aspects are visually attractive. 4.5

(Smell) A combination of grassy, musty citrusy and spicy hop essence (in that order) over a substantial pale malt body with just a touch of perky sweetness on the high notes. Smells clean and crisp although a bit of murkiness may have come with time but it lends itself well to the beer nonetheless. Light and pleasing aromatics have a medium potency, the balance is quite nice and the aroma is enjoyable overall. 4

(Taste) Flavors are a touch muted in the taste, especially hop characters, which are not nearly as bright and flavorful as they were in the nose. A pale malty base is followed through with a mild grassy hop blend for a very mild flavor- the mustiness, while an integral part of the aroma is all but a whisper in the flavor of the finish. Bitterness is low but prevails slightly in the finish. Finish is expectedly clean for the style. Hop character could be brighter flavored and have a touch more dimension but as a standard Czech pilsner it isn't terrible, just not awfully original nor exciting. 3

(Mouthfeel) Mild texture, slightly dry and chalky finish. Carbonation is mild, could increase a notch or two for a more vivid texture. Alcohol presence is mild, body is light/medium for a pilsner and light overall. The textures of the beer and the carbonation were admittedly muted overall, with lots more to be desired in the overall texture than what we get here. 3.5

(Overall) Blue paddle presents itself to be a lot more bold than the taste reveals it to be. The aroma and appearance are great- bold, bright and colorful, but the flavors are very average by comparison, and half of what was expected was difficult, if not impossible to find in the resulting simple recipe. I was hoping for more than what I got, but drinkability remains high and the beer, while not a star amongst Czech pilsners, does do some things right, and is probably worth a try should you be a fan of the pilsner style. 3.5

New Belgium Brewing's
Blue Paddle Pilsner
3.38/5.00

Photo of rkarimi
3.39/5  rDev -4%

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

12 oz. bottle, with enjoy by date of November 02, 2014 printed on the label. A new beer to me from New Belgium, acquired as part of the folly pack.

Poured into an Arrogant Bastard pint glass.

A - Pours the typical clear dark lager gold colored body with just under two fingers of thick rocky white head. Some fat bubbly lacing, but none sticks. Looks pretty good for the style.

S - The smell is typical of the style also - dry, grainy, papery, corny / wheaty. Some musty / earthy yeast content, and just a hint of fruity hop presence. It possesses a note of that gnarly off-putting grainy horseradish type aroma that I have come to hate, though.

T - The taste is of clean grains / wheat / corn, some grass, light citric hop character, earthy yeast, and bready sourdough tasting malts.

M - Feel is crisp & clean, goes down smooth, and leaves a dry papery grainy finish. Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall, a standard example of the style. Nothing more and nothing less in my opinion. A nice option to have, but it wouldn't be my first choice from New Belgium.

New Belgium Blue Paddle Pilsener ---3.5/5

Photo of TheSarge
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours perfectly with a three finger thick head of a bright white color. The body is ultra clear and bright gold.

Aroma wise it has an arid lemony hops tone, and a grainy huskiness.

Has a blunt grainy taste to it. Not much in the way of hops. This is the weakest category for the brew.

Has a crisp clean feel to it and leaves the palate satisfied.

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

It pours a light golden color, and produced a 2 finger white head.

The aroma was decent...of biscuit, light malt, almost lager like.

The taste was similar, but with a faint hop bitterness. The mouth-feel was light, and carbonation was a little above the medium range.

Easy drinking. The beer is decent, but leaves room for improvement.

Photo of GreenCard
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 10/9/02 (old notes)...

Appearance: light straw color, good clarity, low head retention but I guess that can be OK for this style

Aroma: nice floral hop nose, sweetly scented, a touch of alcohol, a bit grainy

Flavor: slight hop kick up front, builds well, good hop flavor at a nice level for this style, clean finish, no lingering aftertaste, not very malty though

Mouthfeel: appropriate carbonation, slight warming, dry and smooth

Overall impression: A quite smooth and drinkable beer. Refreshing. No overpowering flavors.

Photo of Epheister
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blue Paddle pours a golden straw color with a very small lacing head. There is a pale straw like aroma; very weak. The taste is crisp, light, good pale malt backbone. Nice flavors, stronger then others, but weak aftertaste. Overall its a very nice pils.

Photo of Florida9
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very clear gold in color. Forms a moderate sized white head. Good retention, though it eventually falls to a stable surface coating and a large ring around the edge. Lots of lacing.

S: Aroma is about what is to be expected, some lighter pale malts, some pilsner malt, and a moderate dose of grassy/herbal noble hops.

T: Taste is more of the same. Light pale malt, some pilsner to keep things interesting, and then some light herbal noble hops. However, the beer does seem to finish a bit watery.

M: On the lighter side of things, but with more body than your average American brew. Mild bitterness. Moderate carbonation. Mildly dry.

O: As with many New Belgium beers, I get the impression this one is brewed for the cross-over drinker and, while it is clearly a step up from the American Adjunct Lager, it is also clearly brewed with a heavy dose of restraint. Certainly drinkable, but nothing too exciting either.

Photo of Blazer22
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of Gmann
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw color with hints on honey. Big soapy pure white head that settles into a puffy cap.

The aroma is of a crackery pils malt with some grainy notes. A bit of a spicy hop but quite subtle. I prefer not to have that strong of a grainy aroma.

The taste is light and crisp. Dry crackery malt mixes with a grassy/peppery/spicy hop to give the beer that pils flavor. Light metallic notes in the finish.

The feel is light, almost watery. Plenty of fizzy carbonation to add to the crispness of the beer. Finishes fairly clean with a light hoppy bitterness in the finish. Overall it is a bit lacking on the feel.

A decent pils but has too much of a grainy flavor and the body is a bit watery.

Photo of taylocd
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into pilsner glass. Best-by date of April 24, 2011.

An exceptional pilsner is hard to find. Blue Paddle is a pretty good beer, but not great. Even so, I would certainly reach for this one if it were more readily available in the area.

A - very light straw color with loads of bubbling into a white head that remained for the entire session and left solid lacing

S - little aroma, but there was a bready scent with a hint of corn(??)

T - crisp, though slightly weak cereal/bread flavor with a faint metallic finish

M - high carbonation gives Blue Paddle a texture perfect for style

D - very easy drinker, but a stronger grain flavor without the metallic hint would move drinkability to 4.5 or 5.0

Photo of SamN
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very nice golden color, clear, giant frothy head with wonderful lace leavings. Tons of carbonation, a very classic looking German pils.

S- Hops forward smell, slight malt background, honey. A certain creaminess to this beer. This is actually more balanced than I thought. Biscuit malts and full hops, just a slight adjunct notes. Pretty good smelling.

T- Lots of movement of flavors. Starts rather dry and metallic, swells to a big bushel of rough hops, than fades out with a more balanced flavor, finishing with a lingering hops tinge. Too many shades of bitter, not enough malt smoothness. Not really my cup of tea. Or beer.

M- Decent mouthfeel. Pretty thin, very light body, and some carbonation burn at the edges.

D- Too hops forward, not my type of pilsner. But it's definitely not a bad beer at all, I wouldn't complain if this was all there was to drink.

Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out golden/yellow in color witha white head. Some lacing, witha moderate head retention.

Aromas grain, hops, bready, and some sulfur.


Taste of hops, some malt character, bread, along with some lemon and orange.


Mouthfeel is some what light, with good carbonation, yet smooth, with some spicyness in the finish.

Overall a nice interpretation of a quality pilsner. Very drinkable, light, nice flavors and aroma. Should hold up to a variety of foods and situations.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear gold. Head goes about one finger and falls fairly quickly and leaves a lot of lacing on the way. As far as appearances go, it'd be a good beer to shoot pictures of. Mouth-feel is thick and frothy when you first down it and as you keep going it lingers for a bit and leaves a lasting impact on the palate. Overall I'd say this is a decent brew, but not powerfully done.

Photo of Johnny83
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of gpogo
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Clear golden yellow body with a small white head. No lacing.

A- Pale crisp pilsner malt. Grassy herbal hop notes.

T- Pleasant bitterness throughout. Light crisp pilsner malt flavor. Dry finish. A bit on the hoppier side.

M- Light body, moderate carbonation. Crisp and enjoyable.

D- Pleasant warm day beer.

Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 1,102 ratings.