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Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 926
Reviews: 374
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 12
Gots: 32 | 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 taylocd


3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 00:44:49 | More by taylocd
Photo of harrymel


2.38/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 06/22/10
Light golden straw. No head. continuous bubbles from etching in glass. Superb clarity. Smells a touch skunky over the base of straw scented malts. Bitter pilsner flavor. Taste is a bit too bitter for a good pilsner style, more like a kolsch.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 06:30:41 | More by harrymel
Photo of Pecorasc


4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 04:50:05 | More by Pecorasc
Photo of afinepilsner


4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle

Blue Paddle Pilsener Lager was bright gold in color with good clarity. It had a white head with good retention and lacing. The smell was light malt and noble hops. The taste was a nice blend of noble hops over a light malt base with some bitterness coming through. The finish was dry and a touch bitter. It was medium-light in body with medium carbonation. Drinkability was very good. This is a tasty pilsner that is crisp and refreshing and well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 00:58:39 | More by afinepilsner
Photo of cadizkyguy


4.47/5  rDev +25.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 21:34:19 | More by cadizkyguy
Photo of TMoney2591


3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

I prefer my paddles to be yellow or without color. This clearly inferior blue model pours a clear pale straw topped by nearly a finger of white froth. The nose comprises wheat, grass, and flowers. Quite mild. The taste adds more flowers, a touch of orange peel, and a few drops of mandarin orange juice near the finish line. The body is pretty light, with a moderate carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Overall, a very nice pils, one of the better American versions I've come across in a while.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 00:29:35 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Chizoad


3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite pale without the shimmering golden hue that I like in a pilsner. Good white head. Metallic and light nose, small bits of sourness.

Light taste to match the light color and smell. Definitely a pilsner but the balance of sweetness to bitterness seems off, or at least like someone muted both flavors. Not bad, really but lacking some oomph.

Carbonated well to give it a crisp finish, and despite not being outstanding, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 21:07:27 | More by Chizoad
Photo of GilGarp


3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 27 Feb 2011.

Served cool into a pint glass, Blue Paddle is a great looking beer, which kind of comes as a surprise. The beer itself is typical pilsner - pale golden yellow color with great clarity. The head, however, is thick, long-lasting, and produces some fantastic lace.

Aroma is sweet and mild with a little bit of lemon.

Flavor is just about right for a standard pils with mild grainy taste, a little spice, and very gentle hopping.

Mouthfeel is light in body and a little lower than typical carbonation for the style.

Overall a soild German Pilsner. Not exceptional but nothing really to criticise either.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 00:23:13 | More by GilGarp
Photo of JayS2629


3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- pale gold with a creamy white head and nice lacing.

S- Sweet malts, hints of spice, lemon, and hops.

T- Lightly toasted malts, caramel, floral hoppy finish but light. Light hints of citrus.

M- medium bodied.

D- Very easy. Refreshing and light. Crisp with a dry finish.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2010 16:52:51 | More by JayS2629
Photo of JackieTH


3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 15:09:17 | More by JackieTH
Photo of Thorpe429


3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear golden yellow color with visible carbonation and a white head. The nose is some floral and herbal hops with grain in the back. The taste is straw and grain with some light Noble hopping. Fairly light mouthfeel with high levels of carbonation. Drinks well, especially in the summer, although there are certainly better examples of the style out there.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2010 01:37:14 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of Adamthome1


3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz, best by 9/14/10, so a little old, but unnoticeable

Small head that dissipiated almost completely within a couple minutes.

Light grainy smell, not much there

Very smooth on the palate, hardly any hop taste, lower than most Pilsner's which I like. Very sweet flavor comes out and is most notecable in the aftertaste

You could easily have a few of these at a time without getting worn out, very refreshing and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 00:55:50 | More by Adamthome1
Photo of swede96


4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 12 oz beer glass. The color was a light amber. The head came on nicely at about 1". Not a real creamy head but left nice lacing all the way down the glass as I drank the brew. Smell was a light hoppy pleasant smell and the taste was very good with just a slight hoppy finish. Taste had a good balance. Mouthfeel was good, not thin and watery like most lagers. Drinkability was wonderful, mos definately will buy this brew again.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 14:42:18 | More by swede96
Photo of Lemke10


3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in Menomonee Falls, WI for about $1.50 in early fall 2010.

New Belgium beers have a great reputation and this beer ived up to it's name. It pours a golden yellow color with not to much of a scent that stands out. It has a very light carbonation which makes for some very easy drinking. It goes down well and finishes with a great taste. Only thing people might not like about this beer is it's lighter flavor in comparison to many craft brews.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 23:20:55 | More by Lemke10
Photo of Elimination


3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 01:23:32 | More by Elimination
Photo of StaveHooks


4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear golden with a dense white head that retains well throughout the beer and leaves a couple patches of lacing.

S - Grassy hops, floral hops, dry straw, hints of honey malt.

T - A little sweet off the top, then grassy hops come in along with some lemon zest and notes of apple. Malt is slightly sweet but the finish is crisp and smooth. Aftertaste is grassy with notes of lemon.

M - Prickly carbonation with light to medium body.

This one surprised me. It was better than I expected. Everything was mild but everything blended together very well.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 23:33:42 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of KarlHungus


3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear pale golden color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice sticky lacing. The aroma is a balance of spicy noble hops and biscuity malt. It has nice strength for the style, and is pleasing. The taste leans toward the maltier side, with little hops coming through. It is a rather light it flavor for a pilsener. The mouthfeel is light bodied with aggressive carbonation, and an almost (but not quite) watery texture. Overall, this is a mediocre beer that I will probably not drink again.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 02:08:39 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of mmmbeer


4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, brewed with all malt and noble hops. Pours a filtered yellow/gold, with high carbonation and a tight white head that deposits clinging lace. In the nose there's a sweet graininess and floral, green, spicy, almost earthy hops. It has a complex, sweetish, toasy/nutty malt flavor (Munich malt? decoction?), and is filled with noble hops that impart a medium bitterness. With its medium body and light, dry finish, each sip begs for another. Delicious and refreshing - I love a well-made lager.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 15:01:53 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of DAllspaw


4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very pleasant surprise in a 12 pack sample with Ranger, Fat Tire and Hoptober, all of which I've had and enjoy. This has classic pilsner profile, but more yeast in the aroma and taste, again, a nice surprise since I viewed this as the lightest offering in the pack. New Belgium has never knocked my socks off, but really makes some pretty good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 01:31:41 | More by DAllspaw
Photo of Lothore


3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden yellow color with a rather substantial head.

S- Smell consists of a light, wheaty malt character.

T- Bready, light toasted wheat notes.

M- Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation.

D- Very refreshing. A great lawnmower beer. Not a whole lot going on here but the clean simplicity wins you over in the end.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 01:37:06 | More by Lothore
Photo of bsp77


3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass.

Appearance: Bright clear gold with moderate head and some sticky lacing.

Smell: Sweet apple and pear, some grassiness, and spicy noble hops. Aroma is nice at first but then becomes muted.

Taste: Rounded semi-sweet malts with apple, straw and light citrus. Spicy noble hop finish that is somewhat bitter.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light to medium body, crisp and dry finish.

Drinkability: Not the most full flavored Pilsner around but quite elegant and drinkable. More than solid Pilsner overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 19:30:22 | More by bsp77
Photo of musicman575


2.55/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wow, what a thick moussy head. Two fingers worth that could nearly form peaks like beat egg whites. I could see the texture of the beer swirling and convecting within my icy glass.

I didn't smell the usual hoppiness, nor did I taste it, until the very last sip. What a light beer. The smokiness left on the palate was characteristically New Belgium, but the pilsener itself is rather atypical. Perhaps this is a ploy to get "big 3" drinkers interested in beer.

I could have easily chugged several glasses, but it didn't quite hit the spot.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2010 13:35:27 | More by musicman575
Photo of gkunkle


3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light gold color with a tall white head that slowly dissipated, leaving some lacing. Smells crisp, a little grassy hop, not a very strong smell. Taste is also of grassy hop, with a little bit of citrus hop and some malt flavor. Mouthfeel is light, decent carbonation. Overall, pretty good pilsner, but not the best I have ever had. If it was offered to me, I would surely have it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 18:34:28 | More by gkunkle
Photo of PintOHops


4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glass - Pilsener

A - Crystal clear golden color with a high amount of C02 rapidly rising to the top. It produced a 2-3 finger head that almost looked a little fluffy and held very well. The beer left some very nice lacing and held a thin ring atop for most of consumption.

S - A refreshing grassy and lemon rind aroma. A bit grainy with a bit of cracker.

T - Lemony rind, pine and grassy hop flavors dominate. Towards the end of the sip I get a bit of soft dough and cracker like malts. It finishes with a refreshing dry, lemon rind zip and a nice lingering bitterness. Very refreshing!

M - Lite-medium bodied with soft to moderate crispness. A bit smooth as well.

D - Wow what a refreshing brew! I wouldn't mind tossing back a few of these babies on a hot day. Very drinkable and refreshing, and I really liked the appearance of the beer as well. Definitely worth picking up, and I'd probably buy it again sometime. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 22:25:18 | More by PintOHops
Photo of JosiahS


3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

g: pilsner/wheat glass

a: great light gold color, gave off a 2-3 finger white frothy head. Pretty clear, lots of bubbles. Looks like a lager. Decent splashy lacing. A 1/2 finger head held throughout.

s: Lightly toasted grain. Just slightly murky from the lager yeast. Light bread quality as well as a muted zip of citrus.

m: bubble-like and light mouthfeel. It kind of fizzles on the tongue. Slightly creamy texture once you get past the bubbles.

t: Ahh, great lemon rind bitterness upfront. It transitions smoothly into a rich fresh dough that just seems to melt away in your mouth. very nice. Finishes with the reappearance of hoppy bitterness and ultimately a malty lingering flavor.

d: Above average beer. It's pretty drinkable and offers up some solid flavors. Give it a try!

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 22:24:44 | More by JosiahS
Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 926 ratings.