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Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 1,101
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 19
Gots: 89 | 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 MrDonQuixote
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at New Belgium

A- Light golden color, slight head

S- Pilsner smell, grainy and malty

T- Crisp pilsner taste, nice bite to it, nice finish. I've just never been a super big fan of the style.

M- Carbonation is perfect, makes the beer quite crisp

O- Better then most pilsners, but I have yet to find a stand out pilsner as of yet

Photo of John1985
4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Pours a light gold color with a bright white two finger head. Head fades into a skullcap as the beer is consumed with plenty of lacing down the sides.

Aroma was malt based with some light hop flavor. Flavor was biscuity malt flavor with hops to balance in the back. Very dry finish. Medium to light body contributes to high drinkabilty especially with the heat wave we have had in Tennessee.

Very fine pilsner, a definite repeat purchase.

Photo of fsvan
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass. Best by date of November, so this guy is fresh.

A- Light golden. Nice two fingers of white head. Good carbonation, big and bubbly.

S- Big bready malt pils nose with a nice hop bitterness. Smells spot on for what you'd expect from the style.

T- Flavor is subdued compared to the nose, but in line as far as characteristics. Light bready malts, and nice dry hop bitterness.

M- Light, and easy do drink. Nicely carbonated.

O- A solid New Belgium offering that I like, but won't be likely to confuse with Stoudt's pils or Victory Prima pils as the frontrunners of the American take on the style.

Photo of Duff27
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Aggressive pour leads to a two inch white head. Beer is a medium pale color with a few streams of effervescence. Well above average head retention and lacing.

S- Bready, grass characteristics.

T- Follows the nose, with a "burnt" quality. Sharp noble hop bitterness overpowers the short-lived sweet pils malt.

M- Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.

D/O- I've had better of the style, though I've certainly had worse. This is a good candidate for some with decent flavor that you could drink a lot of.

Photo of DoktorZee
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the New Belgium restaurant in the Denver airport - nice find I'll have to use again as I'm there from time to time. I'd presume this is pretty fresh since it's New Belgium's own establishment!

A - nice crisp looking beer with a clear golden color, no head and some thin, streaky lacing

S - primarily a slightly sweet malt note on the nose, not much else

T - a sip reveals a small shot of citrus hops that endures for a while; it's sharp and astringent, but not in a bad way, just very crisp. Basically no obvious malt on the finish

M - very light though with some moderately sharp carbonation. Nice clean mouthfeel

D - ultra drinkable - excellent patio beer

Solid Pilsener - nice and crisp, slightly citrusy and likely amazing outside on a patio.

Photo of elginirishpunk
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out clear like any other pilsner. Clear with a golden hue. The aroma of the noble hops emerges out as the most pungent aroma. This beer goes down smooth and the clears. There is only a light and slight bitternes to this beer. Very good american interpurtation of a Czech Pilsner where most american craft beers are going for fruitful beers.

Photo of mjgooner13
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Hazy straw color...fluffy white 2 finger head with loads of small bubbles...

S- Crisp floral notes

T- Nice bit of spice and hops to to add to the floral...

M- Lighter bodied, crisp and fresh tasting...spice hangs out in the mouth for a little...very easy drinking

O- No real big flavors, but certainly a good-light summer beer...so if that is what you are looking for, then pick one up..

Photo of domtronzero
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at KnB Wine Cellars (SD)

A - Brilliantly clear golden colored with an average lasting whitish head. Little lacing.

S - Grainy pils malt with a loe hop character. Not much of an aroma on this one.

F/M - Crisp and clean with a grainy malty flavor. Light earthy hop character with moderate bitterness. Dry finish. Medium light body with moderate carbonation.

O - Decent and worthy of a pint when you're not feeling anything over 5%. Worth the tick.

Photo of dankster
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing this beer on a warm summer day in early June. First note picked up is strong smell of Noble hops with slight malt taste in the backround, head is light and not much carbonation. Small amount of lacing in regular pint glass. Very similar to euro style or Czech style pilsner lagers. Mouthfeel is light but with good flavor. overall a good summer brew best enjoyed on very hot days (90+) not something to go searching for but I would buy again.

Photo of AmericanGothic
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass:

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color. One finger of off-white head with good retention and lace. Fairly active carbonation.

S: Typical pilsner notes of hay and sweet malt, a bit of fruity esters.

T: Like the smell, mostly the sweet malt. Hops are nearly absent at first, but do try to emerge as the beer warms. However, they are too tame overall.

M: Nice and light, crisp and a bit soda-like.

O: Not bad, but not that far above average. No off-flavors, but really miss the hops. Still, a good thirst quencher that would do well on a warm day. Worth a try.

Photo of claytong
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer holds up strong with the pilsners i had in germany and beats most of them hands down.
it was a while ago since i had this beer so i cant really get specific on it but it is certainly a traditional pilsner and im generally not crazy about pilsners but this one has easy to drink and refreshing and wet in the mouth.

Photo of JMad
4.18/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

The beer was a clear, pale, yellow with a thick soapy white head that left a lot of lacing. Smells of lemon with light pilsner malt, grass and hay. There is a smooth but solid bitterness, the taste consists of lemon peel with a light pine flavor and a biscuity background. The beer is light with prickly carbonation and a dry finish. I would choose this pilsner over any other that I have tried so far.

Photo of TheSarge
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours perfectly with a three finger thick head of a bright white color. The body is ultra clear and bright gold.

Aroma wise it has an arid lemony hops tone, and a grainy huskiness.

Has a blunt grainy taste to it. Not much in the way of hops. This is the weakest category for the brew.

Has a crisp clean feel to it and leaves the palate satisfied.

Photo of doucmehu
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of rawfish
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of DCon
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of DocAJ
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Photo of TexIndy
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
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]

Photo of secondtooth
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of Kakaraht
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of NODAK
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 1,101 ratings.