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Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 1,124
Reviews: 391
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 20
Gots: 104 | 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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Photo of WJVII
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a very light straw color with a 2 finger fluffy white head that lasts quite well. The aroma is grainy with a nice backbone of noble hops and some slight earthiness. The taste is clean and crisp with some grain up front with dry bitter hops finishing things off. The aftertaste is a little much and takes away from the sweetness upfront. This is a thin body brew with little carbonation. All and all and average brew.

Photo of genek
3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been waiting for an excuse to cough up and buy this guy, and I'm real excited to pop up a review

Beautiful pour, Head was very dense true white and obscenely creamy. Great color, straw yellow with maybe a bit of gold, and lively carbonation. Head receded in about 5 min leaving great lacing and plop of creamy goodness right in the middle of the glass.

Not too prominent, my buddy can smell more off of it than I can. I got equal parts of floral and honeyish notes in the back, My buddy can get a bit of fruitiness that I can't quite pick up.

Very light, bouncy in the mouth with loads of bubbles. All the flavors mingle very subtly. Hops hit you real quick and hang around till the end, ever so slight tannins which add the the beer wonderfully. Trying to identify this last flavor here, reminiscent of lactose, not so much the taste but the mild sugars that are there but hardly recognizable. The bitterness is almost out of place and masked by the dryness, though very apparent.

Mouthfeel is wonderful, maybe a bit bubbly but it hangs around just long enough to want another sip. very smooth after the first second of carbonation.

These guys could go down smooth all night long. at 4.8 percent it might catch up to you, but its so smooth and crisp that you just want to pop one more. After a long time it might get you a deadend palate but it would take a while.

Very crisp, very smooth. After a days hardwork in the kitchen or workin on the power lines you could for sure cool down with a sixer of these. Unfortunately, we got them in December... but I'll remember in July.

Photo of joshwindholz
3.32/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, a bit grassy. Taste is light, malts, some breadiness, a light bitterness at the finish. Decent but mild flavor. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

Photo of acelin
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Poured a hazy yellow, still clear but hazier than your typical pils. No head or lacing.

Smelled of weak hops and pilsner malts.

Tasted very weak, very light with really no flavor other than pilsner malt, which is sweet and slightly nutty.

Mouthfeel was good.

Drinkability is superb.

Photo of jimmah120
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle with a freshness date. The side blurb is incomprehensible marketing gibberish, so it loses points for that.

Clear, golden, good looking beer beer. Smell is sweet creamy wheat and hard water. Light, creamy, sweet, with a dull bitter finish.

Decently hopped, just not especially tasty. In a can, I would like this for boating or camping.

Photo of birchstick
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - clear yellow with a huge head
S - grains and malts, typical smelling pislner
T - very grainy and malty and; a dose of hop bitterness at the end
Mf - goes down very well, nicely carbonated
D - easy to drink and goes down quickly...perfect summer beer.

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Best by date: January 30th, 2009
Into the Schlitz (When you're out of Schlitz, you're out of beer...) Pilsener Glass...

A - Quite pale body with just a perfect two fingers of white head. Great lacing and retention. Just looks perfect!

S - Definitely on the sweeter side, with pale malt sweetness and a slight corn quality mixed in with a mild floral and apricot notes. The hops don't really balance out the aroma at all.

T - Nice dry malt body, full and round. Soft fruits, apricot and maybe peach creep up, and blend ok with the dry malts for a full flavor at the mid palate. At the swallow, the hops do just enough to balance the beer, and add some mild spice. Lingering grassy sweetness seems to linger and complete with the spicy hops for the finish.

M - Not the most crisp Pilsener I've ever had, seems to be a bit heavy instead of round. Mouthfeel seemed a bit smother than what I expect for the style.

D - This beer did many things to remind me of some of the great German Pilseners, which is good and more than I can say for most Pilsener, American or otherwise. I just didn't quite feel it pulled it off. The finish and the mouthfeel were the two main issues I had. This being said, solid value, and best American Pils I've had lately not brewed in the Bohemian tradition.

Photo of Bruiser81
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
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 tem3175
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
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 Reidrover
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
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 Georgiabeer
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
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 mfnmbvp
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
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 TCMike
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
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 swizzlenuts
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The nose on the beer is quite grainy and bready; pretty much your standard smelling German Pilsner. Maybe a slight bit of hops at the end. The beer is brilliantly clear with a nice white fluffy head with okay head retention. Looks like a great pilsner. There is a bready flavour in the background with a nice bitterness. You can definitely taste the spicy noble hops with each sip. The balance is pretty good, but the beer isn't as clean as I'd like a pilsner to be; it's just not crisp enough. The flavours are quite mild, and I'd like more maltiness in the beer. Besides that, it's a decent tasting pilsner The mouthfeel is medium and good. Pretty drinkable brew as well.

Photo of hoplover82
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
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 vette2006c5r
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
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 colts9016
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
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 abrodsky
3.39/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rkarimi
3.39/5  rDev -4%

Photo of Elimination
3.39/5  rDev -4%
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 TownDunkel
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
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 Epheister
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of Blazer22
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%

Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 1,124 ratings.