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Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

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410 Reviews
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Reviews: 410
Hads: 1,273
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 22.56%
Wants: 24
Gots: 183 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 410 | Hads: 1,273
Photo of MrNuggets
4.68/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I wish more American breweries made beer like this. It seems the the style is somewhat underappreciated around these parts. So maybe from now on I will only put in reviews for lager I feel are overlooked? A great was the show my displeasure with the shunning of such wonderful beers!

The beer is golden. Smells of grassy hops. Tastes like a pilsner. Feels like a pilsner. I could drink it all day.

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Photo of Bruiser81
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of theozag
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours and settles just slightly murky and yellow with a frothy white head that fades to a foam ing around the inside of your glass.

Shell is crisp, creamy, and sweet, but too faint for me to be specific about its components.

Starts sweet and clean with a bitter hop twinge (at the front it actually affects the lips as much as the tongue). Blue Paddle settles light bodied with a unqiue combination of sweet, sour, and bitter flavors. The overall taste of this beer is somethign akin to a subtle wheat and cream. Finish is fairly clean but with a notable aftertaste that dwells on the tastebuds.

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Photo of dankster
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing this beer on a warm summer day in early June. First note picked up is strong smell of Noble hops with slight malt taste in the backround, head is light and not much carbonation. Small amount of lacing in regular pint glass. Very similar to euro style or Czech style pilsner lagers. Mouthfeel is light but with good flavor. overall a good summer brew best enjoyed on very hot days (90+) not something to go searching for but I would buy again.

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Photo of rfabian
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tumbler it produces a small head that leaves a little lacing. The appearance is yellow with a little amber and clear. The aroma is of light hops and malt. The taste is good with malty sweetness and slight bitterness. The feels is about average for a lager with moderate carbonation. The finish is clean. It's a very drinkable beer with no sharp edges.

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Photo of cadizkyguy
4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Food City in Gatlinburg, TN on a recent trip to the Mountains. Freshness date, best before April 24, 2011.

Great smelling beer. That's the first thing I noticed upon pouring into a Sam Adams sensory glass. Appearance was secondly impressive, as it was a clear golden color with a small frothy head that left lots of lacing.

Quite refreshing. Watching Bears-Patriots game on TV, munching on some tortilla chips and cheese dip. Great pairing.

Kinda surprised by the low marks on this pilsner, given the style's on the mark for a german pilsner. I could drink this all afternoon. Too bad I only picked up one.

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Photo of OzarkElmo
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 01/05/08 Poured clear golden into Stella glass (sorry, it was either that or a shaker - I do not have a pilsener glass or flute). Moderate whitish head, diminishing to very slight head. Nice pilsener aroma. Grassy with crisp citrus notes. Mild to moderate bitterness, crisp finish and a flavorful pilsener. Within category I find it a good offering, and domestic to boot, I enjoy the New Belgian beers - Cheers!

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Photo of Crotor
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blue Paddle is a straightforward and solid Bavarian-style pilsner.

It pours a crystaline, pale gold with an unfortunately low head & head retention (though with decent lacing). It has the average med-light body that's caracteristic of the style.

Blue Paddle has an excellent, delicate, noble hop aroma. This carries through in the taste, along with a crisp, slightly grainy malt character.

Overall, this is a fairly impressive beer, highly drinkable, and is an excellent option for a pilsner purchase. Produced in the western US, shipped in the western US, this beer is far less likely to be skunked than, say, Pilsner Urquell.

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Photo of Dmart1223
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blue Paddle is definitely easy drinking, although I didn't find much personality. That could also be a result of the style, though....

The beer poured a nice white head that retained well, and the beer itself was straw yellow. It had a pleasant, fresh smell — something like citrus lingering in the back.

Most of Blue Paddle's pleasantness comes right up front. Something citrusy and sweet hits right away. But the rest of it's pretty consistent. Some hoppy bitterness comes out through the whole thing, but it's otherwise clean.

It's a good session beer, but I thought it might have benefited from a more complex flavor. There's a good amount of bitter, but not enough of anything else.

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Photo of baseballrock
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a - a very pale and straw gold color, minimal head that leaves a good bit of lace around my glass.

s - fair amount of fresh malty aromas

t - this beer starts of with a mouthfull of highly carbonated malty complexion. this if followed by a sharp hop bitterness that has a very high lingering effect. the one thing that i noticed that perhaps is only related to this beer (because it is a few months past the freshness date), is a slight and unpleasant sour taste.

i've had this brew on several past ocassions and from what i remembered it was better then, than it was today

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Photo of DocAJ
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gift from a fellow BA; Poured from 12 oz bottle into Pilsener glass

A-straw-light gold color that poured with a big fluffy white head, lots of carb action going on, head disappeared quicker than I thought it would, but lacing stuck arround

S-slight aroma, floral hops and grassy notes

T-zesty citrus, bready notes, well balanced hops/malt flavour

M-light bodied, high carb, dry finish

D-too bad I only had one!

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Photo of tburkhart
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this one in a trade awhile back, guess it got pushed to the back of the fridge. Freshness dates says best before May 1, 2009.

Pours a straw pale yellow that you can easily see through. Carbonation is minimal, as is any lacing.

Smells of pilsen malts. Grainy. Pretty basic, even for the style.

Taste is very grainy. Slight grassy hop, but mostly grainy.

Drinks decent, but personally not a huge fan of this style.

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Photo of TownDunkel
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of kpoole25
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle to glass. Clear golden yellow, head a mix of large soapy and small foamy bubbles. Nice clean smell, sort of Bud with some citrus. Taste had more citrus, very light malt flavors, not much sweet or bitter though. Mouthfeel has some creaminess, nice carbonation, very dry, clean finish, almost no alcohol. Haven't tried imported pilsner much, not sure how this stacks up, thought it was decent.

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Photo of DevilDogBeer
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blue Paddle Pilsener was poured in to a standard pint glass. It was a true to style yellow color with a pure white head. The head was about one finger but turned to wisps fast; it did lace for the glass, the head fading may have been some residue of soap in the glass. The smell had the distinct pilsen yeast with a light floral hop. The taste was crisp and clean and ha a great pilsener taste. The hops were a good balan e but did not dominate. Very good with hints of the crystal malt for complexity. A clean aftertaste finishes this great specimen off right! Worth hunting for! Cheers!

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Photo of KodyBrannon
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a nutty and hoppy smell to it when you pop the top on it, but it does pour a nice rich light brown color, with a cream colored head that holds true and lasts. The first sip is a little nutty tasteing, which dies off as you drink more of the beer. It's a good beer, just takes a little more time to drink.

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Photo of MobBarley
4.19/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Straw colored with a weak head. Smells hoppy and tart and tastes the same. A little maltiness lurks in the finish. Mouthfeel is fantastic and makes this a fine hot day brew. Combined with the hoppy nature of the beer, it makes for a beer that certainly earns the title: "Crisp and Refreshing". Drinkability is likewise high.

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Photo of sockeye101
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of taylocd
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
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

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Photo of Pecorasc
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by date of February 27, 2011, consumed December 16, 2011. Suggested serving temperature of 38F. Releases an aggressive hiss of carbonation when opened. Served in a tulip glass.

A- Pours with a small dome of white head that slowly recedes to an uneven layer of different sized bubbles; thicker at the rim and creeping up the sides of the tulip. Pale straw and even with perfect clarity that you could literally read a beer review through. Intermittent beading shows the carbonation and supports the head. Perfectly pilsener.

S- Noble hop aroma and sulfur at the front. The hops are spicy and are accentuated by the mineral aroma. The pilsener malt is there, but only balances the hops. This smells dry, crisp, and refreshing.

T- At first, this leans toward the malt; bready and grainy. The finish and aftertaste leaves a medium amount of hop bitterness with a low noble hop flavor. The medium hop bitterness is distinctly noble and smooth; the flavor spicy and earthy. This is probably four months old and may have lost a touch of bitterness.

M- Lacking the proper carbonation. Even with a gentle pour, the beer falls flatter on the tongue than it should. With high carbonation this could be a great pilsener. Light bodied with a clean finish make this extremely refreshing.

D- High marks for drinkability. More bitterness and carbonation might make me want more, but a beer worthy of a six pack carrier. The alcohol, body, and bitterness of this beer bring it firmly into the German family of pilseners rather than the Bohemian. Well done and refreshing, another solid beer from New Belgium.

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Photo of VTR
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours as expected. There was not going on in the nose. I picked up some wheat, spiciness, and some hops but rather boring. It did not get you excited to take your first sip. I was pretty impressed with the taste. It followed the nose but the spices were a little more pronounced but not overdone and the hops were pretty tame. It was very pleasant. I have not had too many pilsners but this is one of my favorites. I will search this out again it is just too bad it is a rerelease for a limited time.

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Photo of PaleAlien2
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of usualpulp
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with a real thick fizzy white head. Good carbonation, nice and bubbly.

Smells like a typical pilsner, hoppy with some grassy tones, and a little clove .

The taste is very crisp, nice clean and refreshing. The beer has a nice bite to it from the hops, but it isnt overwhelming.

Overall this is a good american pilsner, nice and refreshing, best when ice cold.

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Photo of Kakaraht
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice golden crisp looking beer with a weak head and no lacing.

S: Very nice smell, a Little sweet and lots of malt character with a nice Sazz hoppiness.

T: This is a really tasty pilsner, it has a extremely full flavor. I taste light pine, hints of pale malt and and a graininess.

M: Good carbonation, light body and a nice dry finish.

D: I'm not a pilsner fan but I want another one of these. It's like they have upped the game a little.

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Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 410 ratings.