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Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 1,079
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 20
Gots: 83 | 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 TCMike
3.4/5  rDev -4%
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.

TCMike, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of GreenCard
3.4/5  rDev -4%
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.

GreenCard, Jul 10, 2003
Photo of Epheister
3.4/5  rDev -4%

Epheister, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of vette2006c5r
3.4/5  rDev -4%
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.

vette2006c5r, May 11, 2014
Photo of Florida9
3.4/5  rDev -4%
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.

Florida9, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of Gmann
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Gmann, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of taylocd
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
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

taylocd, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of SamN
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

SamN, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

amatuerbeerguy, Apr 24, 2006
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of Johnny83
3.44/5  rDev -2.8%

Johnny83, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of gpogo
3.44/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

gpogo, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of BeerZack
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with bright white bubbly head.

Very grainy with some mineral or metallic notes in the nose.

Grainy malt flavor thats slightly sweet with a little hop bitterness on the finish to give it some crispness.

For a New Belgian product this is actually not bad stuff- in my opinion, of course, its not nearly hoppy enough for all that grain. Easy to drink.

BeerZack, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of Misfit138
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Golden color with huge foamy head that left lacing

S-Grassy malt and floral sweetness

T- Initially sweet malt followed by a lasting bitterness-its not overwhelming by any means but does linger

M- Light in body and fairly carbonated

D- Its OK, I wouldn't go outta my way for it. Decent, but I like the Victory Pils better also the Sam Adams summer pils is better.

Misfit138, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of JamesMN
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Honey colored and nearly translucent. Lots of visible effervescence and a one finger cap of off-white foam.

Aroma: Pilsen grain right of the bat. An earthy suggestion of hops. Not too much there but clean.

Taste: New Belgium tends to stay pretty much within style guidelines with their offerings and Blue Paddle Pilsner is no exception. Starting with a light hop bitterness and transitioning into a crackery/grainy malt blend, while striking a refreshing balance, this is a beer that delivers what is expected. The finish is decently crisp and there is a light lingering bitterness. Although it is difficult to truly impress my palate with a Pilsener, this one definitely comes close. At 4.8% ABV it is right near that sessioning range.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with lots of carbonation as is usual for the style. Easily drinkable and refreshing.

Final Thoughts: A well made Pilsner that will probably impress your BMC friends. As a hop head I'd love to see a version of this beer that uses the same malt base with some West Coast hops. That would be a beer that could turn some heads. For now though, Blue Paddle is a drinker-friendly and enjoyable take on a classic. Would I drink it again? Sure.

JamesMN, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of shererjt
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brilliantly sparkling, clear, strawish yellow. Head was nice and thick. Aroma was clean and malty with some biscuit/toastiness. Hops are maybe a bit too mild in the nose. Light-to-medium body with a flavor that's dominated by the malt but was pleasantly bitter as well. Would describe the taste as busy but still good. Mouthfeel was a little thin but has a noticeable bitterness that lingers. Drinkability was above average.

A solid effort. There are better pilseners out there, but there are also far worse.

shererjt, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of lawman834
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very clear, pale and yellow. Head breaks down quickly with very little lacing.

S: Somewhat weak and malty. Can't really smell the hops.

T: Pretty good. Fortunately more hoppy than the aroma suggests.

M: Light and crisp in the mouth with a surpisingly buttery finsh.

D: Easy to drink. A good choice if you want to knock back a few without resulting to an American Macro.

lawman834, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a lighter straw color with fabulous clarity. The head is a three finger white color with thick bubbles, frothy texture, and underwhelming retention. Lacing is pretty decent for a pilsner.

S: Features a typical noble hop aroma: grassy, earthy, zesty and slightly dank. There's also a slight hint of sweet malt lagging behind. Pilsners never impress me in terms of aroma, but that's rarely the beers fault, just mine.

T: Mellow, mild, and simple - but great drinkability. Touches of lemongrass and earth initially appear, before giving way to light bready malt tone. Mild zestiness on the finish. This is the kind of pilsner I go for, though perhaps it could use a little more flavor depth.

M: Very light texture with only a hint of tongue drying on the finish. Well carbonated. Basic but effective mouthfeel overall.

O: Not a world beater, in fact it's pretty middle of the road (like most things New Belgium), but this is something little 170 lb. me could kill a six pack of on a hot summer day, without feeling like I'm drinking a water facsimile. In that regard, it earns high marks in drinkability/overall score.

ThisWangsChung, May 27, 2012
Photo of schoolboy
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pilsners from great brewers are often way better than you might expect. Unfortunately, this one is not exceptional.

It looks nice in the glass, clear and foamy. The aroma is the first let down. It's nice, but it is very weak.

The taste is good but also undistinguished, more like an American adjunct, but much more drinkable. The aftertaste is nothing.

I had this with some good pizza and the beer fit nicely but did not power up to the good za.

schoolboy, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

rhoadsrage, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of josiahschlender
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good looks from this New Belgium lager. Clear yellow with an ample white/clear cap that leaves surprising lacing.

Muted malts and some grassy hops on the nose. I'm getting more into the craft brewery takes on European lagers. Not the best aromas I've whiffed, but not bad.

Pretty good flavors, clean, bready malts, hay/grass hop notes and moderate bittering at the end. Straightforward, and solid.

Moderate body gives this beer a good substantial feel while remaining pretty refreshing. Not a light beer you don't even notice, but I like that.

Price/quality ratio often factors into my drinkability score, and here, it is a downside to this beer. Maybe it's cheaper in Colorado, but I'd rather spring for a cheaper Full Sail Sessions as a go-to basic, tasty lager. Otherwise, a quite drinkable, pleasant brew.

josiahschlender, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of HoustonTX
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Lovely pale yellow, with an excellent creamy off white head. Ultra carbonated, and great lacing and retention. One of the best looking Pilsners that I have seen.

S - Smell is full of malt, and a hint of vanilla.

T - Taste is one dimensonal, but it's a great flavor. Wheat upfront. Noble hops hit the tongue first, and are relentless. Good bitterness, doesn't last long. But, long enough for the next sip. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated, and light on the palate. Drinkability is excellent.

A great Pilsner, and an incredible sessioner. Highly recommended.

HoustonTX, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of PaleAlien2
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden in color. Looks disturbingly macro.

Smells good and bad. Nice malt scent is tarnished slightly by an underlying grain/rice skunkiness.

Tastes a lot better than it looks. Nice malt flavor with a hint of biscuit.

Nice medium body. Carbonation sting in the finish.

PaleAlien2, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of Kyle987
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tea-colored, a light yellow-tan. Thin head goes quickly, except for an outer ring that stays to the end.

Strong, fresh scent of grains, particularly corn.

Taste is interesting, but not spectacular. Grainy, with a bit of bitterness at the finish. Very fresh.

Mouthfeel is good; not watery, not too heavy.

This beer is quite good and plenty drinkable, but nothing really stands out about it.

Kyle987, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of sockeye101
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pils are not my forte, but NB has made a nice one. Appearance was crystal clear pale yellow with a fluffy white head that had nice retention and left nice lacing. Smells were malty, a bit floral and grassy, all around common pils aromas. Tastes were well balance with a hoppy bitterness up front followed by a balanced malty grassy flavor in the middle and ending with a lasting bitterness. Mouthfeel was a bit dry and slightly thin. A beer worth drinking, no doubt....great for summer days, bbqs, etc.

sockeye101, Apr 20, 2007
Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 1,079 ratings.