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Blue Paddle Pilsner | New Belgium Brewing

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Blue Paddle PilsnerBlue Paddle Pilsner

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 07-18-2001

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Reviews: 414 | Ratings: 1,291
Photo of deadsquirt
3.14/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden yellow, and exhibited a very thin head. Mouthfeel was good, and over drinkability is quite nice. Of the New Belgium offerings that I've had thus far, this is one of the better of the bunch. I'm not a huge pilsner drinker, but this one was quite good. I would definitely give it another try.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear light golden yellow colour, nice carbonation, small head, some lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of malts, hops, and yeast.

T - The taste is not that bad, a little sweet/bitter, nice clean finish.

M - Light-Medium body.

D - Drinkable. Not a bad pilsner, would recommend over the Big 3 for sure though.

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Photo of babydoc
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden, with a white frothy head that didn't stick around long, but did leave bits of lace here and there until the end.
Nose is floral hop with grainy biscuity malt

Tastes grassy and grainy, no sweet malts here- the hops are "just right" crisp, bitter, and a bit spicy. Flavor in an American pilsner- very nice! Pleasant carbonation, nice dry finish, very drinkable.

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3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 1" white fluffy head. Retains at 1/4" and leaves some thin wisps of lace. Pale straw gold color.

S - Pilsner malt. Bready. Toasted grain. Faint hop aroma.

T - Crisp malt. Biscuity. Soft herbal hop. Nice mellow lingering bitterness.

M - Crisp, clean, dry mouthfeel. Very true to style.

D - Good drinkability. Nice "light" beer. Another solid NB brew.

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Photo of scooter231
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale strawish color with very little head and some decent lacing. Nose is very, very subtly floral and grassy. Definitely subtle. Taste is certainly pilsnery, with a good kick of biscuityness near the end. It starts off a bit grassy and hoppy and the biscuit really smooths it out, makes it smoother, less agressive and easier to drink. Mouthfeel is chewy yet not too heavy. Feels nice on the palate. Quite easy to drink- a great summer beer, not a shabby session beer, and ultimately pretty good. Too bad I only have one bottle... part of payment for cat-sitting whilst my friend was in Colorado. Sigh.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark straw with a nice foamy white head.

Smell. Grainy maltiness with a small scent of a citris hoppiness at the end.

Taste. Cereal-like taste, slightly tart. nice maltiness, but i'm not so big on cereal taste. small hoppy character is present and gives a nice bitterness to it. aftertaste is just slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel. carbonation seemed quite low, but this has a good balance. nice body.

Overall a decent beer, nice example of the style. seems it would pair well with many types of food. quite drinkable, but wont knock your socks off.

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Photo of ChrisA
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful clear golden color. One and a half finger head. Great Pilsner scent and taste. Extremely refreshing. Wish I had more. I will be searching for more lagers like this throughout the summer. Enough hop bitterness to satisfy my IPA loving nature. Puts the American macro lager to shame. Reminds me a little of when I first had Pilsner Urquell back in the early 90's. I couldn't believe beer could be that good. This is an excellent switch up from NBB's belgian style ales.

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Photo of Realale
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium gold. Very fine bright white head settles to a thin incomplete cap.

Nose is herbal, slightly earthy noble hops over crisp crackery malt. There's an appetizing sharpness to the nose as well. Very nice.

Jever-like bite on the palate from the get-go with the hops well in command. A wave of crispy malt follows and stays to the end when the bitterness finally takes over again. As it warms there is a touch of Budvar-like malt sweetness that develops and rounds things out even better.

Decent length, though the carbonation level is higher than I prefer, but well within style. Imminently drinkable and interesting. One of the finer U.S. pils around (as if the references to Jever and Budvar weren't clues), when fresh and well cared for. As this is easier to find well-treated than the finer import pilsners, this is a regular in my fridge.

Best before date of 8 Sept. 06.

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

Pours out a brassy gold with a sudsy head. Excellent lacing all the way down. Sheets of white. Smells of sweet malt and a good helping of noble hops. Tastes malty and a touch grainy with some herbal hops in the finish. I'm a bit put off by the typical toastiness I get from New Belgium beers. Mouthfeel had a nice presence with an active carbonation, although it felt a bit sticky at times. Solid drinkability and easy to finish.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass
Small uneven head, with lacing and good white foam. Body is light amber/gold/yellow. Can see a little carbonation in bubbles.
Smell of biscuit, hops and cirtus, but not too lemony.
Taste was crisp and thin, but enough to recognize a pilz.
Hops was balance enough by biscuit and slight malt. A bit of citrus, left a clean feeling. Good for spring and autumn.

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

Pale and lightly smeared faint lemon yellow. Soft, firm, small white cap lifts from an active pour. Sparce bubbles rise slowly within and the cap sifts into a fir, fluffy skim always present. Great alcing in huge patchy, boney-fingered blobs.

Aroma is clean but faint, light, and unzippy and/or snappy-like with a small tone of dryish sour dough bread and a fleeting saltine crackers saltyness. Hops are small and lightly spiced with an herbal leafyness.

Taste is modest with a solid and firmly smooth malty affection of soured and slightly salted bread tones. Some nice rounded floral tones dart through the middle down through the finish where it dries out with a tenderly squeezed in herbal hoppyness as it stands with decent length flirting with the bready stuff.

Feel is smooth and firm with a lower toned snap then most Pils. Crispness is there but tendered on the palate with a semi medium body and carbonation. Finish is good though with a very lasting and stern drying finish of light woods, herbs, and breads.

A pretty standard tasting Pils. Nothing stands out more then others, so its fairly good for a quick drinking session when in the mood for a Pils.

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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 cheers2beers
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: This beer pours a cloudy looking straw color,with a head that disapated very quickly only to leave a small white layer ontop. Also a small amount of laceing can be found,along with some nice beading floating to the top.

Smell: The aromas are very distictive,meaning this beer smells like the typical yeasts found in most German pilsner styles. Has a hay and piney scent with some rice and corn combo.

Taste: The flavors are like the nose,The hops has a barnyard hay, piney, and grassy, but not too over doing. Light and vague sweet malts seem to mellow out the hops to create a very easy quaff.Not bad. Not much alcohol detected.

Mouthfeel: Very light on the togue, crisp, and seems to be decent amount of carbonation. Easy to drink. Would be a good sessionable beer.

Drinkability: I could see myself buying this again, but more as a gateway beer to friend getting into craft. No big alcohols or strong flavors just a notch up from BMC in my own opinion.


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Photo of rowew
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: As with all New Belgium beers, this has all the relevant info clearly marked. ABV, serving suggestions, best before, and a description of the style.

Apeparance: Pours clear gold with a fluffy white head that has decent retention, and quite a bit of lacing. Light bubbling.

Smell: Just a whiff of hops among clean grain flavors, and just a bit of sulphur aroma often present in pilsners.

Taste: Very malty with only a bit of noble hops in the finish. Very well balanced, and highly drinkable.

Overall impression: A great example of a style so many people overlook. Drinkable, but complex enough to be interesting and hold up to a wide variety of foods. This should be a staple in many coolers.

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Photo of orsulacp
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this at the airport bar in Denver in a very cold glass so I had to let it warm up a bit. The color was clear yellow, with a nice white head that disappeared quickly. There really wasn't much to the smell, a bit of piney hops and that was it. It had a slight bitter taste without much malt presence; there was a metallic taste in there too. The body was light and it was very refreshing. Not quite up to Victory's Prima Pils but excellent for the airport.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12ounce bottle courtesy of my son, who told me "This is a great 'drink-with-food-beer'."

Vigorous pour yielded are large rocky pure white head, that lasted very well (for a Pilsner) over a clear light orange body with nice streams of bubbles. Nice aroma of light hops and a back note of malt. Taste of buttered biscuit with hops. Really nice mouthfeel and incredibly drinkable. Very thirst-quenching!

My son was right. Have this with pizza or hot Mexican or a heavy German dinner, and it's a great beer. Heck, it's even pretty decent on its own. A commendable example of the style. I'll definitely come back to this in the future.

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Photo of mentor
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained from the brewery and consumed very fresh. Reviewed from notes. Pours a three finger white fluffy clingy head of fine sticky bubbles. Crystal clear and very light straw in color with many streamers racing to the top. Smells potently hops. Noble, not quite Hallertauer, but I'd guess a hop derived from a Hallertauer parent. A bit of earthy, a bit of honey, and a tinge of tin. Malt is far below the hops and has a hint of cardboard. Otherwise, it's clean. Just a hop dragging down my nose. Tastes clean fresh malt with a heavy sort of saazy hop flavor. The hops lighten in the end to a clean, somewhat citrusy, finish. This hop experience is supported throughout by a bright honey flavor. A touch of grassy hop character stands up as the beer goes down the throat. Nice dry finish witha lingering tin-like hop aftertaste. The dry-mixed with the hops almost comes across as a flavor like a raspberry seed. Pretty amazing lacing on the inside of the glass. Md body and moderate-heavy carbonation.

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Photo of seedee17
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall, this beer is what I expected. I have been trying to break my habit of always going for the 'big' beers, and this is a nice change. Pours golden, with a nice fluffy head that leaves beautiful lace and hangs on 'til the end of the beer. The taste is light, but not without flavor. Nice to have a beer with subtle subtlties for a change. I was surprised by the mouthfeel of this beer, which was pretty substantial, not watery like expected. Nice maltiness and hops are balanced and make a refreshing brew.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle best before July 06
Pours a clear, sunny yellow, snowy pillowy head forms and sticks around for a while. Aromas of some sweet malt, hops, very bright almost citrus.
Flavors are deep and malty with a very dry finish. Hoppiness keeps it in check. This is my first non macro lager (had SA ages ago and have no recollection), and it's actually quite enjoyable. Very light body, high carbonation. I could drink this all day once hot weather is set in. Glad I chose to drink this straight from the fridge as I feel it will suffer once warmed up. NB even recommends drinking at 38 degrees. This one really changes my mind about my disposition of lagers.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a couple of these at an import shop to taste and review. I poured this beer in to a pilsner glass.

Pours a pale straw yellow color and is a little hazy.* Appears effervescent, with many bubbles rising through the beer. Wispy, champagne like, quarter inch head is fairly resilient and laces the side of the glass nicely. The head is thin but resilient.

The smell is a little weak, but fruity. There is also a faint hop aroma

The taste is fruity, citrus, lemon and grapefruit, with a mild bitter hop finish. The aftertaste is very faint and short-lived.

Mouth feel is light, crisp and refreshing.

This is a drinkable beer. The flavors are mild, yet full-bodied. I think it’s a little hopped up for a pilsner, and I think tastes a little like an IPA, but the flavors are reasonably well balanced. I would certainly drink Blue Paddle again.

* The beer is a little colder than recommended and may be suffering chill haze. A second warmer bottle was clearer.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to HardTarget for the chance to try some New Belgium brews.

Appearance: Crystal clear straw color with a fluffy ivory head. Streams of carbonation throughout the body.

Smell: Light tea-like, metallic, and bready notes. Pleasant and understated.

Taste: Biscuity malt profile with a mild tea-like hop presence. Very simple and elegant. A nice balance between sweetness and bitterness. Again, understated and well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and lively carbonation.

Drinkability: Highly quaffable. Very enjoyable brew. Not my favorite style but a very nice example.

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Photo of benito
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

New Belgium's lightest brew is a transparent, liquid gold with lots of carbonation and a thin head that lingers long after the draw. The bouquet is slight, with a subtle hint of grape (though I may simply be predisposed to thinking about Welch's White Grape Juice while looking at and thinking about BPP).

The flavors are crisp and clean, a nice fruity body swings across the palate and is followed out by a dry, bitter almost champagne-like finish. This beer is straightforward; something that is easy to drink without thinking about if you are able to remain remotely engaged by the flavors--a task that I struggle with with pilseners.

Like most of New Belgium's offerings, this is a solid and accessible beer, faithful to style and, in Colorado at least, always stylish. On a side note, this is (as far as I know) one of only two micro-pilseners from CO--
the other being the far inferior Polestar Pilsener from Lefthand--and, perhaps for that reason alone, it's worth checking out.

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Photo of mntlover
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow color with a small one finger sized head that does lace. Some yeast floaties or something, sparce rising bubbles.

Aroma is light malt with nice grassy hops and hints of lemon.

Taste is light malt nice hop profile grassy, with light herbal hints and some light lemon citrus also.

Mouthfeel is light but on the heavier end of light nice carbonation.

Drinkability is good a decent pilsner, thanks go to Dertbert for this sample.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A German Pilsner made by New Belgium in the US. Is this a geography lesson? Pours a golden light yellow color that is very crisp and clear in appearance. The head retention pours light and quickly rings around the edge of the glass. But there was good lacing.

The smell sudsy and a noticeable pilsner malt. More of a European smell then say American (see Victory Prima Pills for example). There is a earthy floral aroma as well. Also there is a tail end of pine that is present.

The taste is malty with a noticeable German taste to it. A sudsy flavor more then say skunky. Sweet at the top but quickly replaced by a bit of bittering hops that leaves a zip flavor. Kind of spicy in a way. Similar to having too much white pepper. At the end there is a grassy presence as well.

The body is light. The bit is just a look to big and not as crisp as it should be. Also the sudsy taste gives a texture of chalkiness. I’ve had far worse but its noticeable here as well.

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Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
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