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Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 1,112
Reviews: 390
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 19
Gots: 96 | 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 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%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
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 Gmann
3.42/5  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.

Photo of GreenCard
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
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 amatuerbeerguy
3.42/5  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.

Photo of lawman834
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of Florida9
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 1,112 ratings.