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Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

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Blue Paddle Pilsner
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Ratings: 1,133
Reviews: 393
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 20
Gots: 109 | 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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Ratings: 1,133 | Reviews: 393
Photo of cdkrenz
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Bill.

A - Very pale, yellow and transparent body. The head is substantial and stark white leaving a solid lacing in a very slow retreat.

S - Fruity malted grain aroma that is quite refreshing. I look forward to the sample.

T - This is a solid tasting brew. I wish the ending was slightly less bitter. However, the middle and start offer a nice pale malt flavor. I have to admit I'm rather impressed with the flavor if it were a bit less hopped.

M - The feel is clean and crisp. In my opinion this is just how a German Pilsener should touch. While light is most aspects the feel actually has a mild thickness to it that really adds a nice character.

~ I think New Belgium really nailed this one. I'll be the first to admit I'm not a huge fan of this brewery. (I think there's a lot of hype around it and thier beers that are just pretty much, okay.) In this case, they really put out a beer that I would buy again. This is a good picnic, boating, or lounging around summer-time brew.

Photo of Wobbly
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of dsshuck
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nothing terribly exciting about this as a pils but it does the job well. Lots of grassy notes. Has a nice herbal character. Perhaps a little bit on the thin and weak side at times but I think this is designed to be a subtle, highly drinkable beer.
And that's what it is.

Photo of Moose90
2.91/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of aaronh
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden body topped by a thick white head. Head shows excellent lacing. Aroma is very clean and crisp noble hops. Flavor is also clean, with a touch of malt accompanied by decent bitterness and a touch of hop flavor, almost a peppery note. It finishes very clean, with no adjunct aftertaste. This is a very solid pils. Body and mouthfeel are great, and it's a very enjoyable beer. I can see me enjoying this with dinner fairly often. Great offering from this brewery.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased on a recent holiday trip and served in a tulip. Nice clear gold straw color with a fine head and good retention and lacing. The cascading bubbles up the sides of the glass are very inviting, but I expected more carbonation. Nose is definitely a lager nose. A clean, flowery bouquet. This beer has a fair amount of flavor for this style. You expect (and get) a nice mild champagne-like dryness that is crisp, coarse, and grainy. Still, the beer maintains a nice balance. Mouthfeel is thin-to-firm and is good for this style.

This is not my favorite style, but I enjoyed this beer. It lacks the hop complexity to be truly great, but it's still tasty and refreshing.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a thin white head that leaves some lace; clear gold color. Aroma is spicy/grassy hops and a hint of malt. Flavor is crisp and hoppy with just enough malt to offset the bitterness. Finishes hoppy, bitter and dry. This is a solidly pleasing beer.

Photo of amalburg
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of ohiobeer29
2/5  rDev -43.3%

Photo of Morris729
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color with a thin white head that dissipate into a nice lace. Fresh grains dominate the aroma with some malty notes. A bit spicy on the tongue with a touch of lemon and a nice blend of sweet malts and bitter hops. Finish is crisp and refreshing. One of the best of the New Belgium Brewing line of beers.

Photo of dalepryor
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of ZachKelly
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of dcloeren
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of swgwilt
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Kromes
3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a nice looking beer...clear gold color with a thick white head that leaves laces down the glass. It smells like a typical pilsner, sweet honey malts with a touch of herbal hop. Maybe a little waxy in the aroma. The spicy hop jumps out at first with grassy flavor and then the beer finishes with some grassy and floral hop and sweet malt. Finish has a nice spicy bitter bite. Overall a good pilsner.

Photo of RDW
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of tronester
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden, with a big, creamy off white head, that leaves tons of lacing as the beer passes through the glass. Aromas of of freshly cut grass. Taste is a citrus peel beginning, followed by some light crackers, then an herbal, zesty bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is good. Overall a nice pilsner, easy drinking, but not dumbed down.

Photo of pezoids
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This reminds me of a Bohemian pilsner. Softer, less crisp and less clean tasting than it's German counterpart. The beer poured out a pale and somewhat cloudy pale yellow. Sticky white head that clung to the glass like meringue. Subtle lemon grass and sweet grains in the aroma. Hop bitterness is a bit weak and the taste is a bit muddled, but not a bad American version of the style. Drinkable in it's own right.

Photo of JackieTH
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale gold with one finger of white foamy head.

Smell: Slightly sweet, grainy, slightly spicy.

Taste: Sweetness present with slightly toasted malt although quite grainy, light hop bitterness and a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium

Drinkability: With lower abv and the dryish finish it's easy to drink.

Photo of benloho
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Murrhey
3.22/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a standard pressure-cap 12oz bottle into a weizen glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Two-finger creamy white head with tiny bubbles and creamy lacing. Head lasts a while, eating down in the middle first. Amber color with high clarity, a bit of an anomaly for the Pilsners I'm used to seeing. Not a bad looking beer.

S- Some peppercorns, honey, fresh-cut grass. Nicely aromatic, but like most light lagers of its type, not complex or rich.

T- Sweet honeyed malts, some crispness from Czech (maybe) hops. A very refreshing flavor.

M- Creamy and wet feel at first with a crisp bite from the hops and carbonation. Finished slightly bitter and dry.

O- Is this a great beer? No. But a refreshing one that feels right considering it is 80 degrees outside.

Photo of Irrationalist
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of drseamus
2.56/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer pours golden with a half finger of white head. Visually, the beer looks highly carbonated as I can see bubbles rising. The only thing I can smell is yeast. The taste is rather disappointing. It tastes like a standard pilsener, which I wouldn't expect from New Belgium. I only get light to moderate hop and slight yeast flavors. It does differ from a standard pilsener though because it is not incredibly thin feeling. It isn't full bodied, but it isn't Budweiser either. The drinkability on this is pretty low. I really wasn't that impressed.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Nice labeled-12oz brown bottle, Belgian in style, with the freshness date clearly marked and a nice little ditty about the beer

Appearance: Attractive medium gold beer, crystal clarity, with a fairly dense bright white soapy head with decent retention and some lace

Smell: Very light graininess, quite clean with just a touch of grassy hops...simple but not bad

Taste: Reflects the aromas, light grainy malt, mild but assertive hop bitterness and flavor...this is clean, crisp, and thirst-quenching for sure

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: Nice American example of the German-style Pilsener...crisp and thirst-quenching, and this doesn't have the skunk/tinny flavors of many of the imports...at $9.00+ this was a bit expensive where we got it, but for the typical price around $7.50 it's not a bad example of the style at all...this went great with sauteed zuchinni and jalapeno quesadillas with black bean and corn salsa.

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Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
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