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Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 933
Reviews: 374
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 12
Gots: 35 | 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 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
Photo of shererjt


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

Poured a brilliantly sparkling, clear, strawish yellow. Head was nice and thick. Aroma was clean and malty with some biscuit/toastiness. Hops are maybe a bit too mild in the nose. Light-to-medium body with a flavor that's dominated by the malt but was pleasantly bitter as well. Would describe the taste as busy but still good. Mouthfeel was a little thin but has a noticeable bitterness that lingers. Drinkability was above average.

A solid effort. There are better pilseners out there, but there are also far worse.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2007 00:58:24 | More by shererjt
Photo of DaveFL1976


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

Had this brew on tap at the brewhouse.
I made my way around to it after a few of their big beers so my review might be comprimised a bit. But truthful, nonetheless:

The following is a direct copy of my notes:

Crisp. Clear. Stray color with a fluffy white head (4.5)
Nice aroma balance between saaz and malt. some fresh, crisp hops going on here. (4)
The taste and mothfeel -- almost at a Victory Prima Pilz level. Very nice and drinkable. Good stuff, indeed.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2007 03:41:48 | More by DaveFL1976
Photo of BeerZack

North Carolina

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

Clear golden color with bright white bubbly head.

Very grainy with some mineral or metallic notes in the nose.

Grainy malt flavor thats slightly sweet with a little hop bitterness on the finish to give it some crispness.

For a New Belgian product this is actually not bad stuff- in my opinion, of course, its not nearly hoppy enough for all that grain. Easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2007 03:29:17 | More by BeerZack
Photo of Maerzen


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

Had this on tap at Little Star Pizza in San Franciso. Pours an opaque tan with a medium head. All around a basic Pilsner. Made me think it is the lager a BMC would like to make; basic but with a little more taste. Not much more to say about it. Enjoyable but I would choose something else if offered.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2007 02:46:19 | More by Maerzen
Photo of tbone53


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

comes in a 12 oz. bottle that has a easy to read born on date. the bottle even tells you what temp. to drink it at.i poured it into a pint glass.
a:a real lite color and not much of a head.
s:faint smell of beer.
t:taste ok nothing spectacular.
m:does not fill the mouth with a lot of flavor.
d:easy drinking.
this would be a good beer if your trying to weine your freinds off of lite beer. this is a good sesion beer. you can probably throw a few of these back. i havent decided if im going to buy this again or not.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 17:05:26 | More by tbone53
Photo of GbVDave


3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the hook-up!

A: Pours a crystal-clear pale-gold color. Bright-white, two finger head that recedes to a foamy film. Sheets of lace. Quite effervescent.

S: Smells of bread and oranges or lemons.

T: Very bright and clean. Bready malt mixed with citrusy hops. Grainy. Decent enough, if a little boring.

M: Crisp and prickly. Mouthfeel didn't change as the temperature did.

D: Despite my just above average impression of this beer, I found this to be quite refreshing on the 83 degree day that I drank it. Overall, I found it to be one-dimentional and rather boring.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2007 23:12:35 | More by GbVDave
Photo of Cresant


3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a pilsner glass. Dated best before: 13Jul07. The clear body was light golden with three fingers of crisp white head. Significant lacing clung to the glass.

Smell was earthy and became slightly more pungent as it warmed. Hay-like.

Taste was light grain, soft bitterness and a mild, rounded sweetness. An understated pilsner.

Mouthfeel was nicely rough in texture, with some huskiness. Dry, medium length finish. This is a subtle yet solid American Pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2007 02:07:35 | More by Cresant
Photo of sockeye101


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

Pils are not my forte, but NB has made a nice one. Appearance was crystal clear pale yellow with a fluffy white head that had nice retention and left nice lacing. Smells were malty, a bit floral and grassy, all around common pils aromas. Tastes were well balance with a hoppy bitterness up front followed by a balanced malty grassy flavor in the middle and ending with a lasting bitterness. Mouthfeel was a bit dry and slightly thin. A beer worth drinking, no doubt....great for summer days, bbqs, etc.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2007 04:30:38 | More by sockeye101
Photo of BeerBelcher


2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I found this beer to be lightly sweet and sticky, and struck me as quite similar to New Glarus Spotted Cow, of which I am not a huge fan.

This beer poured a dull yellow with a fair amount of white head. Aroma was citrusy with a lightly sweet aroma. Flavor is acidic tasting with lots of citrus notes. Much more like a Spotted Cow than I expected. Mouthfeel is a bit harsh and slightly sticky. Can't say I'd recommend this.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2007 03:15:38 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of JoeyHotrod


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

Not a huge fan of Pilsners, but this one is a good example of the style.

Poured into a tall Pilsner glass to a golden color and nice fluffy head. The head lasted for sometime and left pretty decent lacing throughout.

The smell was lightly hopped and had a floral essence to it as well.

The taste was nicely balanced between malt and hop, though ever so slightly more spicy hop driven.

Again not a favorite style of mine, but this is one of the better examples I've had... especially from The U.S. The appearance was a definite strong point. Beautiful beer to look at.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2007 03:18:26 | More by JoeyHotrod
Photo of SaCkErZ9


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

Dispensed from 12 oz bottle into a tall pilsner glass. Very light golden color with lots of bubbles racing skyward. Clear colored with a stark white head of nice density and generous retention. Nice lacing down the side of the glass as well.

Aroma is nothing special, as far as pilsners go. Slight hoppiness I suppose.

Taste and mouthfeel are very nice. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Nice clean flavors here. Basic malt flavor with no caramel or other "coloring" flavors. Very clean tasting.

I am not a big pilsner fan, or any lager for that matter, but I could get used to this beer. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel, almost medium bodied. Wonderful drinkability. Should be a great summertime treat. Certainly worth another shot in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2007 21:28:01 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of BaronVonHawkeye


3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle purchased at New Belgium, poured into Pilsner glass

A: Solid gold color, exactly what a pilsner should look like beer wise. Thin white head, leaving faint white lace rings.

S: Fresh malt smell with almost zero hop scent.

T: Clean malt flavor with a mild hop aftertaste. Not necessarily a deep array of flavors, but certainly very well balanced.

M: Light and pilsner perfect. It feels like a pilsner.

D: Definitely a session beer. With low ABV and a clean taste, light mouthfeel, you can drink these all day. Definitely an addition to my summer beer list.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2007 00:50:48 | More by BaronVonHawkeye
Photo of BigJTrucker


4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased @ Market of Choice, Coburg Rd, Eugene, OR

Pours a very light, clear yellow. Thick foamy white head, settles slowly. Smells a bit grassy. Very malty. Smooth mouthfeel. Not a whole lot else to say really. It's a very sessionable lager. Easy to drink. Far better than most other american pilseners.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2007 08:18:33 | More by BigJTrucker
Photo of bennetj17


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

12oz bottle. Best before April 6, 2007. Appearance is a clear pale gold, steady carbonation helps give some decent retention to a thin quarter inch head. Not much in the aroma, just a clean, bready malt aroma with a hint of lemon.

The flavor is very crisp, much like the aroma suggests, followed by a moderate hop bitterness in the finish. Not bad. The mouthfeel is light, but not too thin, and the fine bubbles add to the smoothness.

I never thought this Pilsener was too intriquing, but for some reason I still like it. It is light, refreshing, and easily drinkable. I heard a rumour they were going to stop making this at New Belgium. Hopefully that's not true...

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 16:37:22 | More by bennetj17
Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
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