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Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 1,088
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 20
Gots: 84 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-18-2001)
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Photo of doucmehu
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall tulip, with a clean light blond color. Plenty of fine carbonation that lasts until the end, with a nice 3 finger clean white head. Lacing was abundant in both bottles I had today, with a ring from each swig.

Smells of grain and a hint of floral hops and lemon zest. Mild nose, with not a lot going on but that is to be expected of this style.

Taste is quite enjoyable for a Pilsner. Just enough mild floral hops to offset the graininess, and a hint of citrus aftertaste to keep on drinking. Slight bitterness on the tail end, but not much.

Mouthfeel is excellent, very crisp and clean, exactly what i would expect from a highly drinkable Pils. Leaves you feeling refreshed, et wanting more.

Overall, this is a thirst quencher of a beer. I enjoyed this one with fish and fresh vegetables, and it was the perfect light and crisp combo with a light meal.

doucmehu, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of rawfish
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brilliant clear gold large white head 2 fingers plus a little extra frothy almost whipped texture. Spotty lacing, wish it could have been a bit more clinging.

Rather floral for a pilsner. Sweet grass, dry malt husks and touch of spice likely from the yeast. Clean grassy hops, nothing over powering.

Light grains, a touch bready but nothing even close to some other NB offerings. Floral, grassy hops, light, just a touch of drying bitterness to clean out the sweetness of the malts. Finishes dry, crisp and clean even when it begins to warm. Flavor profile is very balanced and vanishes without a trace. I'm ready for more.

Lively carbonation and slightly light bodied, leaves no mouth coating or aftertaste. Exactly what I'm looking for in a sessionable lager.

As summer nears this one will be a staple for the fridge, well crafted style that is easy to overlook. Crisp, refreshing and only gets better on tap.

rawfish, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had not tried this one before, so last night when I was out for dinner, decided to try a bottle of it. The pour was rather standard for the style. Very nice clarity with a nice golden amber color to it. Lots of carbonation streaking toward the surface throughout the entire session. A very nice three inch high head of white foamy and fizzy lace formed on the top and hung around for a few moments before finally settling down to just a thin film across the top that lasted until the end.

The aroma was loaded down with cereal grains and a touch of light fruity yeast. The aroma of banana clearly evident as was a nice fresh grass like hoppy nose. The flavor followed right along with it, being very light in profile and feel and very highly carbonated. List grain flavors dominated with a nice earthy feel. Hints of banana and fresh grass running through it as well, with a very nice light, refreshing taste. The finish was quick, crisp, and very clean, leaving virtually no aftertaste, but leaving you looking for more.

Overall not a bad pilsner at all. Nothing really earth shattering here, but still a very solid effort. I would most certainly not turn this one down if offered it again, especially with the warm weather approaching.

mikesgroove, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of DCon
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap from the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO and served into a Pint glass.

Appearance- Clear and golden color with high carbonation! 1/6 finger of head and leaft behind foam.

Smell- Very bready, grassy, and a great split of hops and malt.

Taste- Malty and hoppy as hell! The bready taste came into play at the end.

Mouthfeel- Refreshing, smooth, but has a spike on the tongue at the end. Light-Medium bodied.

Drinkability- Enjoyed three of these after work and was able to get a positive vibe from this beer. New Belgium always does a great job though.

DCon, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of DocAJ
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gift from a fellow BA; Poured from 12 oz bottle into Pilsener glass

A-straw-light gold color that poured with a big fluffy white head, lots of carb action going on, head disappeared quicker than I thought it would, but lacing stuck arround

S-slight aroma, floral hops and grassy notes

T-zesty citrus, bready notes, well balanced hops/malt flavour

M-light bodied, high carb, dry finish

D-too bad I only had one!

DocAJ, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce bottle is two months before "best by" date. Pours a crystal clear light golden body that is alive with carbonation. Two finger vanilla head hangs around a few minutes and deposits some attractive spiderweb lace.

Aroma features grassy and spicy hops with a hint of bready pilsner malt.

Light medium body is smooth and well carbonated.

Taste has a subtle crackery and bready malt base that has just a faint hint of sweetness. Grassy and spicy noble hops run the show and exhibit a solid bitterness throughout. Finishes clean, with a grassy hop bitterness in a long finish.

This is another solid American pilsener and one I will stock up when warmer weather rolls around. Very well crafted and highly drinkable.

merlin48, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of TexIndy
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my NBB glass. Best by date of 6/12/11 on label. It was a clear pale yellow with lots of carb streams. It had a large, fluffy white head that settled into a thick collar and foam cap. Great sheeting with lots sticking.

The aroma is classic pils with grassy and herbal notes, spicy hops and bready malt. The taste follows the aroma is really good for a pils. Starts out smooth then the subtle bitterness kicks in and then the spicy hops for a great finish. Not my favorite style but this one goes down easy. Having in winter but would be great on a hot summer day. Light to medium mouthfeel with lots of carbonation and great aftertaste.

Overall, an excellent pils that I highly recommend. Hadn't had this one in years but glad I did. Avail here in TX. Rotation - this would make a good addition to my light (wit, wheats, etc) rotation especially in the summer [R;Y]

TexIndy, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow, with a thick, rich body of lace.
Aroma is malty sweet, with a definite hint of floral hoppiness.
But the best is yet to come!
Taste is refreshing and bold, with a dollop of Noble hops bitterness.
A perfect example of a lager done right. This one hits the spot.

secondtooth, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of Kakaraht
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice golden crisp looking beer with a weak head and no lacing.

S: Very nice smell, a Little sweet and lots of malt character with a nice Sazz hoppiness.

T: This is a really tasty pilsner, it has a extremely full flavor. I taste light pine, hints of pale malt and and a graininess.

M: Good carbonation, light body and a nice dry finish.

D: I'm not a pilsner fan but I want another one of these. It's like they have upped the game a little.

Kakaraht, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gold with a white, bubbly head. Head diminishes a bit but it's got staying power. Swatches of lace strung all about the glass. Nice lookin' lager.

Aroma is light, malty grain that gets progressively bready as i warms. Mild herbal hop. Taste is light malt with some caramel sweetness in back. That herbal hop spices from the aroma is back again and it's brought an unfortunate friend antiseptic aftertaste. The hop bill is saaz, liberty and target which is odd because I love saaz and liberty. Not too familiar with target. Hops leave a swampy, antiseptic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is kinda fizzy.

donkeyrunner, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a strange) best before 06feb11
A- This beer has a very slight hazy golden yellow body with a thick white foam and a strong carbonation of big bubbles that popped to the surface.
S- The slightly sweet sulfur green aroma had some noble hop qualities to it with a hint of DMS, dried leaves and a cooked corn butter note in the finish.
T- The soft clean dry pine note along with some Noble hop bite in the finish gave way to a carbonic acid drieness in the finish. The hop bite lingered a bit after the finish.
M- Medium mouthfeel with a full fizz in the finish.
D- This beer was pretty clean with a few off flavors.

rhoadsrage, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of NODAK
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Head a pretty solid aroma of noble hops and grain. Pretty clean, and good.

Taste starts off with a bit of spicy hop character. There want much of anything on the body for malts as far as I could tell. Then there is a solid bitterness from the noble hops that is about on par for style. Not among the most hoppy, but not the least. After the swallow, a pretty decent soft graininess shows up.

This is definitely drinkable and solid. The lack of malt, as fast as I could tell, is a drawback. I wouldn't put it among the top pilsners, but I definitely wouldn't turn one down.

NODAK, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of taylocd
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
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

taylocd, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of harrymel
2.38/5  rDev -32.8%
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.

harrymel, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of Pecorasc
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Pecorasc, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of afinepilsner
4/5  rDev +13%
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.

afinepilsner, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of cadizkyguy
4.47/5  rDev +26.3%
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.

cadizkyguy, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

TMoney2591, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of Chizoad
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Chizoad, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of GilGarp
3.93/5  rDev +11%
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.

GilGarp, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of JayS2629
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

JayS2629, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of JackieTH
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

JackieTH, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of Adamthome1
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Adamthome1, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of swede96
4/5  rDev +13%
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.

swede96, Oct 26, 2010
Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 1,088 ratings.