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Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 947
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 13
Gots: 41 | 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 rye726


3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow color with a fizzy white head. Nice collection of zesty hops and citrus fruits in the nose. The flavor does not quite meet expectations. Fairly light with some grainy malts. Highly carbonated crisp body. A drinkable pilsner, but did not live up to my hopes from the start.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 06:55:48 | More by rye726
Photo of illidurit


3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsener glass. Classic pale gold color with a thick 2 finger head. Nice lacing. Aroma is faint, but I can pick out some sweet toasty malt, maybe some Saaz too. Flavor is mostly cereal grain that comes out a little too heavy for the style, limiting the crispness. Now that I think about it, it's not only cereal grainy, it actually tastes like breakfast cereal. There's a Cheerios note in there! Anyway, the hops are almost nonexistent in the flavor, which also contributes to the lack of crispness. Drinkable but off the mark for the style as far as I'm concerned.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 07:00:46 | More by illidurit
Photo of msubulldog25


3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The only offering at yesterday's office gathering I had NOT tried before. A 12 oz. bottle, showing an ever-so-slightly reduced 4.8% ABV and a "best before" date of 05SEP08. Sipped the first one from the bottle, second poured to a pint glass.

A: Wow, gorgeous pour. Quite clear, vibrant golden color, loads of speedy carbonation. Head forms a 3-finger white pillow, that crackles softly as it falls. Plenty of sticky lace cobwebs.

S: Pleasant dry cracker/bread with a zip of herbal/woodsy hopping.

T: Treads the fine line between a subtly sweet honey/malt and a tangy hop bitterness. Hops impart dry spice and a pithy zest, finish is long and dry.

M: Not quite as crisp as I'd hoped for, with a faint pasty/starchy texture left behind. A hint of butteriness. Light body, hops do their best to keep the finish clean & refreshing.

D: Definitely likable, a better than average pilsener. I had no idea what to expect from New Belgium when crafting this style and must admit I was pleasantly surprised. This one I'd probably get again, even when the office isn't buying...

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 19:22:43 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours brilliant golden with a decent pure white head that fades to a thin ring but leaves some spotty lacing as well. Very light hop aroma with some earthy crisp notes and a touch of lager yeast in the aroma, but that's about it. taste is about the same. It lacks the crispness and bitterness of a true German Pilsner, and the finish is especially soft. There are some spicy hp notes, but its fairly one dimensional. Even so, it is still pretty refreshing on a hot spring afternoon. Some more noble hop bite and crispness would make it more so.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 21:07:26 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of treehugger02010


3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a six pack of this at Central Market in Dallas, Tx and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: A light gold color, bordering on straw, body with small bubbles floating in it. The head was pure white and decent sized having fine retention and sticking lace all the way down.
Smell: Pretty lacking I think I was forcing generic malt because there wasn't anything else I could smell.
Taste: A nice hop spice in the front with a hiding malt backbone and then finishing with a strong "Noble Twang."
Mouthfeel: Crisp.
Drinkability: Decent.
Don't drink and review.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 21:59:10 | More by treehugger02010
Photo of MOShepp


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

Bottle poured into mug. Light golden color with 1/2" head that lingered throughout. Aroma of hay and lemons. Nice blend of malt and hops with honey, lemons, and clover. Crisp and refreshing with a moderate bitter finish. Nice session beer, poor me another!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 04:33:09 | More by MOShepp
Photo of blakesell


4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Belgian chalice.

Appearance- Beer pours a golden clear with tiny bubbles rising from the bottom and a finger high head of foam that quickly fades to a powdered lacing of foam on the top.

Smell- Excellent malt and Saaz hop balance. First come the hops, Saaz primarily with their signature sweetness, then comes the 2-row and pilsner malts evening it all out.

Taste- A light, sweet crispness that would go well with just about any food. Drying on the finish, much Saaz and light malts balancing out the beer and ensuring that I go back for another taste. Light graininess and malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and well carbonated. Not sticky on the lips and inviting for more sips.

Drinkability- Crisp, clean, refreshing. I could shower with this stuff! A very pleasurable and well made pilsner from New Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 21:46:27 | More by blakesell
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz from the Coop for about $1.40.. poured into my New Belgium goblet.

3/4" white head dropped quickly leaving behind nice lace rings... Crystal clear straw gold.

Pale malts and grassy hops are the only aroma.

Flavor is very clean pale malt and good bitter backbone with earthy hops mid palate that melt away quickly making me want another sip. Ideal body and carbonation.

A tough style to do well, but New Belgium has Blue Paddle dialed in... solid ... very nice across the board leaving me with no complaints. I typically don't pick up the NB brews that often, because I just don't like Fat Tire.. but their Triple, Dubbel, and pils are the brews I frequently get when I want a taste of Europe without spending too much. Also Blue Paddle is a great gateway beer for the Macro drinker who wants to branch out.. "Here .. try this... it's Bud with flavor."

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 08:29:55 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of cswhitehorse


4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 03:45:27 | More by cswhitehorse
Photo of JDV


3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright white head, fresh smell, medium bitterness up front, but not overpowering, followed by some sweetness, slight yeasty flavor and is well carbonated. Overall, a classic example of what I think of when I think of a pilsner.
Very drinkable, and refreshing but not really remarkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2008 22:10:22 | More by JDV
Photo of stephendr


3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. glass bottle- color of medium gold, with a thick light white colored lacy head - nose of pale hops, sweat, soapiness, and semi floral – taste of pale hops, dry, and semi floral - body is dry, and with medium high carbonation – aftertaste of semi bitter, citrus hints, and lingering

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 19:43:43 | More by stephendr
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear gold. Head goes about one finger and falls fairly quickly and leaves a lot of lacing on the way. As far as appearances go, it'd be a good beer to shoot pictures of. Mouth-feel is thick and frothy when you first down it and as you keep going it lingers for a bit and leaves a lasting impact on the palate. Overall I'd say this is a decent brew, but not powerfully done.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 03:20:35 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of smurphy77


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

Light color, light in carbonation, light on alcohol and light on flavor. Picked this beer up b/c I wanted something of a session beer that I could drink indiscriminately. That's exactly what I got.

This beer pours with a lot of head that clears quickly. The smell is almost non-existent and the taste is mild. There is a slightly sweet, slightly carbonated, slightly bitter mix to the taste. Nothing offensive, but nothing to set it apart either. It is drinkable in so far as it's an easy going beer but it's not the type of thing you'd seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 01:50:47 | More by smurphy77
Photo of Strix


3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 00:10:36 | More by Strix
Photo of dnichols


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

I received a single 12 once capped bottle from my BA buddy imacoug. I poured it into a Pilsner glass that had been chilled.

A: It poured a slightly cloudy yellow-gold body that exploded with a shower of bubbles. It had a enormous four finger head after an aggressive pour. The head was off white and sticky with medium to large bubbles. A thick sticky curtain followed the head down the side of the glass.

S: It had the aroma of dilute citrus and mandarin oranges along with light yeast and spicy aromic hops.

T: It had a nice creamy malty front (not sweet) followed and dominated by a dilute citrus bite that announced itself with a zingy zesty burst of hoppy flavor.

M: It is a light to medium bodied brew with a biting hoppy profile that is not sour and lingers without souring in the mouth after the swig if finished. It is moderately carbonated giving it a zesty mouth feel throughout.

D: It is a nice Pilsener that benefits from some time breathing before drinking. Its not my drink of choice but a nice brew when eating spicy food, pizzas and Mexican dishes.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 04:24:57 | More by dnichols
Photo of pmcadamis


3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Honey gold and clear with a fluffy two finger eggshell head that looks pretty creamy. Big sheets of thick lace stick to the glass like icing on a cake. This has a really creamy and thick head for a lightly hued pilsener!

S - Subdued grass and hay aromas with some saaz funk. It has an odd not quite metallic, but more like stone or concrete note. Sort of a letdown really.

T - Again, stone (slate) or concrete flavors with a lot of green grass. Like the lawn clippings that fall on the sidewalk in front of your hose. This lacks the saltine bready malt that I look for in a German style pils, and the hops seem anemic, but it's pretty sweet and not altogether bad.

M - Crisp, medium, bodied, moderately carbonated, and dry on the finish. Spot on for a pils, and just about the best part of this brew.

D - Not terrible, but way off for the style. I don't really care much for this, it's really not a bad brew, but something just seems off to me.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2007 03:18:47 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of gpcollen1


3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light and clear yellow into my Carlsberg Imp Pint. Head rises a bit but quickly subsides to 1/8 inch and stays there throughout. Aromas are lightly sweet with a far away hint of hops.

Taste follows the nose in that the first sip is flat out sweet. It was just tongue shock as the second sip...not so much. Light and crisp, but sweet and a bit undercarbonated for my liking. I need something to sweep away the sweetness. I could drink one now and again but will not seek this out.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 21:49:06 | More by gpcollen1
Photo of BretSikkink


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

Yellow with amber highlights, slight haziness. White head with good stiffness, and good lacing.

Noble hop aromas are citric and grassy. Lightly toasted, sweet malt. In the flavor, the bitterness is grassy and earthy, it lingers on the palate just a second before being lifted by the lots of carbonation (not too much). Medium thinness, but just fine for the style, enough grain to make it very quenching.

Pretty good domestic pils.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2007 02:02:26 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours clear golden color with a fluffy head that leaves clumps of lace in my pilsner glass

Smell: Bready aroma with plenty of floral esters; slightly grassy

Taste: Starts with a clean, bready flavor that is joined, mid-palate, by the grassy, floral hops; after the swallow, the floral aspect builds and becomes almost perfume-like

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body; moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: Very nice effort from New Belgium; while not as hoppy as Prima Pils, I really like the floral elements that make it very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2007 17:52:54 | More by brentk56
Photo of burtonbe


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

A - Beautiful golden appearance. Very clear. Nice bubbly carbonation. Thick head that leaves significant lacing.

S - Somewhat faint smell. Malty, light hoppy smell. Nothing special.

T - I'm getting a grapy, almost white-wine like essense. Good balance with the bitterness. Almost a sulfur accent. A little dry.

M - Good for the style. Nice carbonation. It has a nice body; not too thin, not too thick.

D - I don't think this stands out in this category. Very average. Acceptable, but not special.

Overall a good brew, but far from perfect. I might recommend this to others, but I can't help but feel wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 01:04:41 | More by burtonbe
Photo of EagleTalon


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

Pours to a thin white head that leaves some lace; clear gold color. Aroma is spicy/grassy hops and a hint of malt. Flavor is crisp and hoppy with just enough malt to offset the bitterness. Finishes hoppy, bitter and dry. This is a solidly pleasing beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2007 01:03:27 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of KodyBrannon


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

This beer has a nutty and hoppy smell to it when you pop the top on it, but it does pour a nice rich light brown color, with a cream colored head that holds true and lasts. The first sip is a little nutty tasteing, which dies off as you drink more of the beer. It's a good beer, just takes a little more time to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2007 14:07:23 | More by KodyBrannon
Photo of shadow1961


3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New Belgium's Blue Paddle Pils pours a big creamy head over a clear yellow
brew. Carbonation is quite sedate, and the nose is pils yeast and light barley
malt. The flavor is tart malt up front with a sharp herbal hop finish. There's a bit
of citrus in the aftertaste, and there's good lacing left in the glass as the brew goes
down, a good sign of proper hopping. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, and
surprisingly full for such a light colored beer. While not the best pils I've ever had,
it's quite competent and I would certainly not refuse another. It's well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 08:29:54 | More by shadow1961
Photo of lawman834


3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very clear, pale and yellow. Head breaks down quickly with very little lacing.

S: Somewhat weak and malty. Can't really smell the hops.

T: Pretty good. Fortunately more hoppy than the aroma suggests.

M: Light and crisp in the mouth with a surpisingly buttery finsh.

D: Easy to drink. A good choice if you want to knock back a few without resulting to an American Macro.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2007 23:59:58 | More by lawman834
Photo of largadeer


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

Appearance: Extremely clear pale straw in color. The head retains well and leaves a fair amount of lace as the glass empties.

Smell: Very bready and malt-heavy. Doesn't have as much of that signature spicy/grassy hop aroma. A faint cooked vegetable aroma is noticeable but overall it's fairly clean.

Taste: As the aroma suggests, this is very light on the hops - I'm surprised they call this a pilsner. Malts are dominant and quite nice. Buttery with a mild grainy sweetness and just a touch of hops in the finish. The aftertaste is clean, making this a pretty quaffable beer, though it lacks the crispness that I look for in a good pils.

Mouthfeel: Light, but more buttery and coating than most pilsners. The carbonation is crisp without being bloating like many macro pilsners.

Drinkability: A decent session beer, but I'll stick to Trumer if I want a good domestic pils.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2007 02:24:44 | More by largadeer
Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
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