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Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

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1,103 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,103
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 19
Gots: 91 | 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 ZachKelly
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of drseamus
2.6/5  rDev -26.3%
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
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
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 JackieTH
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
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 swgwilt
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of RDW
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of dsshuck
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of ccozzi
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of OStrungT
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden yellow with a white head. The head fades slowly leaving thick laces. It smells citrusy and hoppy. It has the smell of a flower. There is a very faint malt aroma present if you look deeply. Ot tastes hoppy. It has a crisp taste to it. It is just a little tangy also. This is a well balanced beer. It leaves a fresh floral aftertaste on the palate. This beer is carbonated nicely. Due to the low alcohol content, this beer would probably make a good session beer. I am not really a Pilsner fan, but I thought this beer was decent. This beer would be good to drink on a hot summer day. It is hard to get down here, and that makes it a bit pricey, so I probably wont buy it all that often, but it is worth a try.

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Blue Paddle pours a clear straw color with a very little foam head and tiny dotted lacing. In the smell category it faint smell of citrus and yeasty aroma. The taste was crisp and clean. In the mouth is left its mark on the back of the throat and tip of the tongue. It is thin which is normal for the style. Overall one of my favorite pilsner session beers.

Photo of NODAK
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Head a pretty solid aroma of noble hops and grain. Pretty clean, and good.

Taste starts off with a bit of spicy hop character. There want much of anything on the body for malts as far as I could tell. Then there is a solid bitterness from the noble hops that is about on par for style. Not among the most hoppy, but not the least. After the swallow, a pretty decent soft graininess shows up.

This is definitely drinkable and solid. The lack of malt, as fast as I could tell, is a drawback. I wouldn't put it among the top pilsners, but I definitely wouldn't turn one down.

Photo of Skunkdrool
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of amalburg
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Irrationalist
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of mwar
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of videofrog
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of mrcraft
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of 510a
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Strix
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light golden with a thick head that sticks to the side of the glass.

Smell is faint, but typical New Belgium biscuity quality with a bit of sweetness.

Taste is mild, crisp, and sweet, with a faint hop twang and a sweetish cereal ending, reminiscent of Cheerios.

Mouthfeel adequate, nothing stands out good or bad.

Nothing really remarkable about this, but nothing wrong with it either.

Photo of OldhouseRecs
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Unchi
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of PGVG
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of ssjkyle
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 1,103 ratings.