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Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 1,122
Reviews: 391
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 20
Gots: 103 | FT: 0
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New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-18-2001

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of iSip
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium Blue Paddle Pilsner: Moving out of a long and fun time sampling IPA’s, it’s time to try some lighter fare. The New Belgium Blue Paddle pours into a glass with a bright clear golden body, and nice amount of sparkling carbonation. The head stand tall, is pure white and very fine with great lacing. Aroma wise, the Blue Paddle smell like, well, beer. No esters, dry grass, bread crust, et. al. here. Flavor is subtle all the way through, faint malt sweetness up front and finishing with light hops and no bitterness. Very smooth to drink. The Blue Paddle is a great change of pace from big statement craft brews. Enjoy.

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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

poured from the bottle into an elongated tulip...

The beer pours a clear golden color with a 2-finger white head. lots of carbonation bubbles flowing throughout the glass. looks nice

The aroma starts off with a hint of citrus peel and light floral hop character. however, the dominate note is a strong yeasty smell. almost reminds me of a Belgian yeast used for Saisons. Very unique for a Pilsener.

Moderately sweet with pale malts, and light bitterness too. A light ester character with floral hops and a mild citrus peel flavor on the finish.

Light in body with medium carbonation.

the beer was clean, crisp & refreshing. It was easy to drink and had just enough complexity to separate it from the sea of average lagers that are out there. what else can you ask for from a Pilsener. enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottom right of front label stamped BEST BEFORE 18DEC11.

Appearance - Pours hazy light golden yellow body with a big white loose head with good stick and good retention.

Smell - Mild sweet corn with no muskiness. Almost a first for the style. Mild to moderate spicy hop presence.

Taste - Full bodied up front. Honey sweet malt, bready yeast, and spicy hop which dissipates quickly and cleanly, leaving only a faint bitter lime-peel aftertaste. A little too mild overall, and lacks much complexity.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied. Somewhat refreshing. Acidic. Somewhat astringent. Frothy head offers almost no consistency. Somewhat clean finish.

Overall Drinkability - Pretty decent American made German-style pils. A little too acidic and not quite refreshing enough. Otherwise it might have been a letter grade higher.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased from Hyvee in Omaha, NE.
Best before February 2012.
Poured into a standard US pint glass.

Pours about a 1cm head of fairly white, medium-sized bubbles. This lasts about a minute, declining to virtually nothing in terms of residual foam and leaving very little lacing. Body is a transparent golden yellow, giving perspective of much carbonation.

Aroma is fairly drab, light malt and floral hop notes seem to be the only things played.

Taste follows the lackluster scent, light sweet malt, slightly floral and bittering hops, perhaps some fruit-like esters. Nothing substantial, very average.

Medium-light in body with fairly aggressive carbonation, yet this combination still works for this beer and its flavor palette. Moves very quickly along, as has been noted, and leaves a semi-dry finish.

Overall, this was a fairly unexciting pilsener. Expected more from New Belgium. I won't seek this out again.

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3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is perfectly clear, like a magnifying glass, the head only lasts a short while but i think that is from this st bern goblet being so wide. light straw color.
Aroma is like toasted bread, the hops are earthy and noble but with some citrus notes.
The flavors are very clean and earthy, some grassy notes and a bit of lemon on the finish. Very very fast finish, clean, the flavor comes in and gets out fast.

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

On-tap at New Belgium Hub in the Denver Airport

A: The beer pours a clear golden color with a finger of white head.

S: The aroma starts off with sweet corn and pale malts. There is a hint of perfumey citrus peel and a light floral hop character as well. A bit of lager yeast and some light fruity esters.

S: Moderately sweet with some corn, pale malts, and a bit of grain husk. A light bitterness to it, too. A light ester character, mostly apples. Floral hops and a mild citrus peel flavor on the finish.

M: Light in body with medium carbonation.

O: Though rather simple, the flavors were pleasant and the beer was easy to drink.

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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
4.2/5  rDev +19%
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
3.89/5  rDev +10.2%
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
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 1,122 ratings.