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Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 952
Reviews: 377
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.68%
Wants: 13
Gots: 42 | 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 Cubsfan1087


3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I just found Blue Paddle the other night and didn't know much about it. It really is a decent lighter beer. It looks very similar to other light beers, golden in color. The difference is the flavor. Blue Paddle has a lot of flavor for being a lighter beer. It's a good beer if you get the chance to have it.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 05:16:18 | More by Cubsfan1087
Photo of Tilley4


3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer to have with the wife's chili this evening on a 21 degree day here in Tennessee...

Pours out beautifully clear golden with not quite as much carbonation as one would think.... Hardly any head here although a swirl brings a small although quickly disappearing one...

Aromas of pilsner malts with a kiss of noble hops... Very typical for the style...

Nicely blended and balanced taste of light toasty malts and noble hops that bite a little on the finish... Not exactly on Prima Pils level but not bad either...

I liked the brew... It went well with the chili although I was hoping for a little more noble hop presence here...

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 01:09:57 | More by Tilley4
Photo of bum732


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

Pours a straw yellow, decent head with just a touch of retention. Smells of sweet grassy malt, earthy and grassy hops, a touch of sulfur, touch of breadiness. Tastes of bready like malt with a nice earthy and grassy undercurrent. A nice crisp bitterness leads to a toasted grain finish. Fairly dry finish with some earthiness.

A solid pilsner, more malt forward than say Prima Pils. Nothing great, but just a solid pilsner, i could drink a lot of this.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 04:45:49 | More by bum732
Photo of genek


3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been waiting for an excuse to cough up and buy this guy, and I'm real excited to pop up a review

Beautiful pour, Head was very dense true white and obscenely creamy. Great color, straw yellow with maybe a bit of gold, and lively carbonation. Head receded in about 5 min leaving great lacing and plop of creamy goodness right in the middle of the glass.

Not too prominent, my buddy can smell more off of it than I can. I got equal parts of floral and honeyish notes in the back, My buddy can get a bit of fruitiness that I can't quite pick up.

Very light, bouncy in the mouth with loads of bubbles. All the flavors mingle very subtly. Hops hit you real quick and hang around till the end, ever so slight tannins which add the the beer wonderfully. Trying to identify this last flavor here, reminiscent of lactose, not so much the taste but the mild sugars that are there but hardly recognizable. The bitterness is almost out of place and masked by the dryness, though very apparent.

Mouthfeel is wonderful, maybe a bit bubbly but it hangs around just long enough to want another sip. very smooth after the first second of carbonation.

These guys could go down smooth all night long. at 4.8 percent it might catch up to you, but its so smooth and crisp that you just want to pop one more. After a long time it might get you a deadend palate but it would take a while.

Very crisp, very smooth. After a days hardwork in the kitchen or workin on the power lines you could for sure cool down with a sixer of these. Unfortunately, we got them in December... but I'll remember in July.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 00:17:34 | More by genek
Photo of gatornation


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

poured a clear golden yellow color with very little head and lacing..the smell was a sweet malt smell with a floral hop background..the taste was german malt forward wit a crisp pils hop and floral bouquet IMO ..the malts took over on this one and the hops did not come thru..i will choose HOPTOBER over BLUE PADDLE ..did not like this one as much as hoptober due to the malt override..worth a try you be the judge

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2009 00:15:45 | More by gatornation
Photo of brewcrew76


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

A - Clear bright yellow with a thin white head and decent lacing.

S - Light aroma of grainy pilsner and spicy noble hops with a hint of mineral notes.

T - Mineral like with slightly sweet pilsner malt and floral and spicy hops.

M - Crisp and light. Refreshing and well carbonated.

D - A very smooth easy drinking pils. I would like a bit more flavor but would easily have several.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 00:24:58 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of Josievan


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

Appearance: Pours a transparent golden hue with a meager head and decent lacing.

Smell: Hops are the main aroma here, smell is not especially strong.

Taste: There's a refreshing bitterness from the hops. You can tell this is a true pilsener brewed using barley malt, as opposed to corn or rice. However, the hops certainly dominate the malt. Has that distinct New Belgium hop characteristic.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, with a slight bite. More hop flavor comes through with the finish and leaves a mildly bitter aftertaste.

Drinakbility: Light body and low ABV makes it easy to have a few. Plus there's enough flavor to keep one returning to this.

Notes: This beer is rather unexciting, but thats a moot point because excitement is not what a pilsener aims for. In terms of style, this beer definitely succeeds in the hop bitterness, refreshment, flavor, and drinkability categories. It seems to me this beer would make a great introduction to craft beer to a macro drinker.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 19:35:01 | More by Josievan
Photo of rfabian


3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 23:43:54 | More by rfabian
Photo of jwc215


3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bitterbill for this one!

Poured into pils glass

Pours golden with a nice rich white head that leaves rings of lacing down the glass.

The smell is of grainy notes with grassy noble-hop spicing.

The taste is of sweet grain with a subtle bitter, slightly metallic, spiciness that leads to a dry finish. Mild but pleasant overall.

It has a clean, crisp light body.

A refreshing pils!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 14:56:22 | More by jwc215
Photo of kpoole25


3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 03:11:55 | More by kpoole25
Photo of jsh420


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

pours gold with a 1 finger head that fades fast left no lacing

smells of lemon and grassy hops but has some macro malt smell

taste is like the nose - good amount of lemon and grassy bitter hops but cant shake the macro malts

mouthfeel is a tad heavier then i would like for this style

drinkability is good - priced right and low abv

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 01:42:40 | More by jsh420
Photo of John_M


3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Waiting for my connection to Oakland today, and found myself with quite a bit of extra time. Stopped off at the NB hub at the Denver airport. The selection is not the best, but at least there was this.

The beer pours peachy gold color with fair at best head retention and lacing. Don't get a lot on the nose, just some light pepper, honey and citrus. HOwever, what I do detect is pleasant enough. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, though I'm happy to say this beer has a bit more flavor then I was expecting. It also has some refreshing bitterness, which goes well with the medium mouthfeel. Drinkability is not bad at all, with the alcohol very well disguised and not at all obtrusive.

Nothing to get excited about, but it beats the hell out of having another glass of Fat Tire. Would probably order this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2009 22:38:36 | More by John_M
Photo of tburkhart


3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 22:40:18 | More by tburkhart
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Freshness date of 11DEC09. Pours a very clear medium yellow color with a frothy and thick white head. Fades at a pretty slow pace and leaves nice, sticky lace all over the glass. This is one damn good looking pilsner.

Smell consists of wet grains, very mild grassy hops and a bit of a light melon rind fruitiness. Overall the smell is quite light and non-descript, even considering the style.

Taste is earthy and floral with a pretty good balance between graininess and a clean, bitter finish. It does not have a very 'bright' feel to it, as the almost soil-tasting malts make it seem a bit dull. Still, it is a very easy drinking lager and has enough flavor to keep it interesting.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 23:56:32 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of katan


3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz into a pint

A - Pours a light golden coor. Very clear. Light head formation, just a bit off white. Very bubbly.

S - Crisp and clean pilsner malt sweetness leads the way - just a bit of hops and yeast breadiness hide in the background. Very clean malt note.

T - Starts off with the light malt sweetness. Mid-stream shows more bitterness and only a light hop note. Finishes with a bit harsher astringent bite, perhaps some DMS - almost a bit skunked to me. The light hop note sits on the tongue in the aftertaste. Overall I would have to say this beer is a bit unremarkable in taste, perhaps a target of the style.

M - Crisp, clean. A lager profile. Carbonation bite is strong on the tongue. A bit creamy film is left behind.

D - Easily drinkable - flavors aren't so overbearing that it makes it difficult to session. ABV is well in line. Not very filling, nice for a lager style.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 03:36:17 | More by katan
Photo of BedetheVenerable


3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 01:45:29 | More by BedetheVenerable
Photo of scoobybrew


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

This was poured from the bottle into a pilsner flute.

A - ultra-clear light golden straw color with a thick foamy head with excellent retention

S - balanced light hop and malt aroma with a touch of sulfur

T - malty up front with a moderate crisp hop finish, clean

M - medium-light body moderate carbonation

D - This is a nice American interpretation of the classic German style. One might argue it's more like the Czech version. Regardless, nice beer, but perhaps a little on the malty side and, while appropriate to style, the sulfur component is a little more than I care for.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 01:05:51 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of daledeee


3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I like a good Pilsner once in a while so I thought I would give this one a try.

Pours clear straw yellow with a medium head. The nose is very grainy. Taste is citrus and hops. Easy to drink but I felt I must keep this one pretty cool or it didn't hold up. This is an issue with me since most beer I drink holds up warm or cold. Cold and the taste was good, as it warmed, not so good.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 23:46:43 | More by daledeee
Photo of PaleAlien2


3.48/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2009 02:19:11 | More by PaleAlien2
Photo of washburnkid

New York

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good-sized ivory head over a clear, light golden body. Aromas of grainy malts with a bit of earthy hoppiness to balance out. Taste is about the same, with similar balance. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, but it doesn't do too much to tone down the very welcome grassy hops in this brew. This beer is clean and straightforward. I am a fan, and give props to New Belgium for once again creating a good drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 01:55:55 | More by washburnkid
Photo of arizcards


3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single in early April for $1.49. Best before 24JUL09.

Beer poured a straw color with a decent white head. Nose is malty with hints of those German hops. Taste is heavy on sweet malts balanced quite nicely by those German hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and decently carbonated. Overall drinkability is good. This is a very nice take on the Pils style, quite sessionable, and a very refreshing brew for a warm summer day.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 23:06:35 | More by arizcards
Photo of swizzlenuts


3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The nose on the beer is quite grainy and bready; pretty much your standard smelling German Pilsner. Maybe a slight bit of hops at the end. The beer is brilliantly clear with a nice white fluffy head with okay head retention. Looks like a great pilsner. There is a bready flavour in the background with a nice bitterness. You can definitely taste the spicy noble hops with each sip. The balance is pretty good, but the beer isn't as clean as I'd like a pilsner to be; it's just not crisp enough. The flavours are quite mild, and I'd like more maltiness in the beer. Besides that, it's a decent tasting pilsner The mouthfeel is medium and good. Pretty drinkable brew as well.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 01:21:39 | More by swizzlenuts
Photo of BrewsCrewSA


3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was about to slam this beer for having a lack of flavor, but then realized that I've been drinking some really heavy beers lately. Actually, this one ain't too bad at all.

A - Can't comment here. I drank it straight out of the bottle.

S - Didn't have too much of a smell, except of the smell of beer itself. I wouldn't go much further than that.

T - Again, I didn't recognize any distinct taste immediately, but it came around eventually. It's got a bright grainy flavor that's very refreshing.

M - Very smooth especially ice cold.

D - where this beer wins is in its drinkability. It's very balanced - not heavy or too light, the flavor neither weak or overwhelming; a great straight-ahead pilz that beats the macros.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 01:49:20 | More by BrewsCrewSA
Photo of KI9A


3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Typical yellow fizz.

S: Some malts, some noble hops. About as expected.

T: Malts, corn. Is this an adjuct lager? Decent hop bite at the back.

M: Light, crisp. Fairly thin, per style.

D: Better than average. Much better than a Miller. Not as skunky as a Euro-Pils, which is just fine by me. Good American take on a Pils.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 02:24:38 | More by KI9A
Photo of mugglesandhops


3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am not a huge lager fan and this beer proves my point. Nothing that really stands out about this one. I loved the Prima Pils but this offering from New Belgium comes nowhere close. It's just your typical, thin, watery, minimal flavors. I do enjoy some of there other beers but this one is just way too average for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 16:29:38 | More by mugglesandhops
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81 out of 100 based on 952 ratings.