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Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 943
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 13
Gots: 40 | 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 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
Photo of RickS95


3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A very light straw color that's completely transparent. A tiny small white head that doesn't stay.

There isn't a lot of smell, but I did pick up a piney flowery smell, as well as some citrus.

Being a lager, I didn't pick up a lot of taste. There's a bit of citrus hiding in there, and just a touch of sweetness, but for the most part, it's just kind of a peppery taste.

This would make for a good warm weather beer because it's pretty crisp and refreshing.

Being light bodied and somewhat lowish in alcohol, this is almost a session beer. I wouldn't want to have too much of this when the weather turns cooler, but it's a good beer to have on hand when it's warm.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 03:58:15 | More by RickS95
Photo of emmasdad


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

11:30 am, on a thursday, Fort Collins, Colorado. Went up to Fort Collins with the wife and kids for a few beers, some junkin' and some lunch/dinner. My wife used one of her complimentary tokens on this one, didn't really like it, and gave it to me. Golden color, rocky/clingy white head. Aromas of grass, lemon and malt, with a flavor to match. Refreshing and drinkable, but not much more.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2010 01:53:18 | More by emmasdad
Photo of longbongsilver


3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Random pick from New Belgium's sampler pack. Goes in mug high straw yellow, inch and a half of white, foamy head.

Smells like butterscotch slightly, not much else far as that goes. It's a simple style anyway though, so anything strong would've probably been a negative. Let's swig...

Taste follows the smell to a T, with a bit of something reminding me of lemon in the back. As for the go-down: thin & lightly carbonated, not aggressive but not annoying either & no aftertaste. This is an unashamed, utilitarian chugger.

Would I go out of my way to get it over their others? No. But it fills its role nicely.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 01:19:56 | More by longbongsilver
Photo of Misfit138


3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Golden color with huge foamy head that left lacing

S-Grassy malt and floral sweetness

T- Initially sweet malt followed by a lasting bitterness-its not overwhelming by any means but does linger

M- Light in body and fairly carbonated

D- Its OK, I wouldn't go outta my way for it. Decent, but I like the Victory Pils better also the Sam Adams summer pils is better.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 04:52:36 | More by Misfit138
Photo of tempest


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

Best before Nov 14 2010. I'd say this is a fine German pils with a bit of Belgian influence - the grains are a touch smoother and less crisp than usual. There's also an American twist with a little more hops character than usual, though it's not so high to be out of the realm of German brewing. The barley character, like a lot of the NBB beers, has a slight cookie or biscuit taste. That goes over dry toasty grains and is followed by herbal citrus hops. All in all, a tasty pilsner that's a touch different and interesting.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 05:07:05 | More by tempest
Photo of OWSLEY069


4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a sweet malt and a nice dry pilsner hop. In the taste, sweet to dry malt and saaz hops. A small bite, but mainly smooth and light mouthfeel, with a clean to dry malt in the aftertaste. A clean and fresh pils, very nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 13:07:24 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of chumba526


3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appears golden yellow with a large white head that rises to the top of the glass but disappears quickly.

Smells of grassy hops, sweet citrus and grains. It smells a bit floral also.

It tastes much as it smell. There are sweet citrus flavors and a sweet grainy flavor as well. A floral flavor is also present there is just enough hop bitterness to balance the sweetness of the beer. For being so light there is a substantial amount of flavor.

The carbonation is around medium: not low but not high.

This is very drinkable as it is light but has good flavor. A very good beer to drink on a hot day. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 23:15:59 | More by chumba526
Photo of cdkrenz


3.8/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 18:16:09 | More by cdkrenz
Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 943 ratings.