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Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 1,047
Reviews: 385
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 20
Gots: 71 | 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 tempest
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%

Best before Nov 14 2010. I'd say this is a fine German pils with a bit of Belgian influence - the grains are a touch smoother and less crisp than usual. There's also an American twist with a little more hops character than usual, though it's not so high to be out of the realm of German brewing. The barley character, like a lot of the NBB beers, has a slight cookie or biscuit taste. That goes over dry toasty grains and is followed by herbal citrus hops. All in all, a tasty pilsner that's a touch different and interesting.

tempest, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.13/5  rDev +16.7%

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a sweet malt and a nice dry pilsner hop. In the taste, sweet to dry malt and saaz hops. A small bite, but mainly smooth and light mouthfeel, with a clean to dry malt in the aftertaste. A clean and fresh pils, very nice.

OWSLEY069, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of chumba526
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%

Appears golden yellow with a large white head that rises to the top of the glass but disappears quickly.

Smells of grassy hops, sweet citrus and grains. It smells a bit floral also.

It tastes much as it smell. There are sweet citrus flavors and a sweet grainy flavor as well. A floral flavor is also present there is just enough hop bitterness to balance the sweetness of the beer. For being so light there is a substantial amount of flavor.

The carbonation is around medium: not low but not high.

This is very drinkable as it is light but has good flavor. A very good beer to drink on a hot day. Worth trying.

chumba526, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of cdkrenz
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%

Thanks Bill.

A - Very pale, yellow and transparent body. The head is substantial and stark white leaving a solid lacing in a very slow retreat.

S - Fruity malted grain aroma that is quite refreshing. I look forward to the sample.

T - This is a solid tasting brew. I wish the ending was slightly less bitter. However, the middle and start offer a nice pale malt flavor. I have to admit I'm rather impressed with the flavor if it were a bit less hopped.

M - The feel is clean and crisp. In my opinion this is just how a German Pilsener should touch. While light is most aspects the feel actually has a mild thickness to it that really adds a nice character.

~ I think New Belgium really nailed this one. I'll be the first to admit I'm not a huge fan of this brewery. (I think there's a lot of hype around it and thier beers that are just pretty much, okay.) In this case, they really put out a beer that I would buy again. This is a good picnic, boating, or lounging around summer-time brew.

cdkrenz, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of WJVII
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a very light straw color with a 2 finger fluffy white head that lasts quite well. The aroma is grainy with a nice backbone of noble hops and some slight earthiness. The taste is clean and crisp with some grain up front with dry bitter hops finishing things off. The aftertaste is a little much and takes away from the sweetness upfront. This is a thin body brew with little carbonation. All and all and average brew.

WJVII, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of stewart124
3.93/5  rDev +11%

Golden straw in color with a rocky white head. This leaves a nice lace along the glass.

The nose is very aromatic with notes of grain, grass, and noble hops.

Plenty of crisp maltiness in the taste with a grainy character. The hops are very pleasant and bode well for this pilsner. The grain bill and hops blend together perfectly for just the right overall character of pilsner malt and noble hops. Spicy hops and just a hint of lemon zest add a nice depth.

There is a sharp bite in the finish and a crisp clean feel on the tongue in the aftertaste.

This is a very nice version of a german pils. New Belgium continues to please.

stewart124, May 28, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%

Very pale yellow appearance, high carbonation, low lacing and head. Aroma was negligible.

Taste, a tad prickly, zippy hop feel, for how nuanced and underwhelming overall the effect on the palate the hops would have. Not bad for summertime for sure.

A good beer to have around for those who appreciate more than BMC, or when in need of a thirst quencher or palate cleanser.

Beerandraiderfan, May 27, 2010
Photo of Redrover
3.68/5  rDev +4%

From a bottle to a pint glass, the beer is gold with a clingy white head and lace. I notice very active carbonation.

The aroma is of grass, grains and some mild floral hops.

The taste is fresh with crackers, light grains, grass and a bit of bite at the finish.

The mouth is crisp with a bit of a scouring effect.

Very easy drinker that is easy to pair with a ham and cheese, bbq chicken or a burger.

Redrover, May 27, 2010
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass.

Pours crystal clear gold with a nice, creamy white cap that settles into a thin layer of soapy suds. Nice effervescence.

Nose is nice - sweet, grainy malt mixes with subtle notes of apples, fresh hay and grassy hops, a bit of a sulfur note.

Taste is nice as well; lightly sweet cereal grains up front, sharp, grassy hops lend a refreshing bitterness, bit of lemon, with a bit of sulfur leading to the dry finish. This one is all about sharp edges - all the flavors here are so clean and well-defined as to be etched in relief on the palate. Really tasty.

Mouthfeel is light, almost feathery, so much so that it almost feels like it evaporates off the palate. Nice, crisp carbonation as well. Stupidly drinkable.

JohnQVegas, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of marcobrau
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%

Pours straw-colored with am ample amount of foam. Ah. lovely noble hops aroma. A little toasted malt in the nose, too. Little bits of lace stick to the sides of the glass. Very smooth, crisp pilsner with a tasty, noble hop flavor and light-to-moderate bitternesss in the finish. Decent amount of body and heft for a pilsner; definitely more Czech than German. Despite the ample maltiness, bitter hops linger on the tongue after several sips. An excellent example of a Czech Pilsner. I think I'll be revisiting this often through the warm months.

marcobrau, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of jacobseyb
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass. Straw-golden color with a two finger white head that leaves an excellent lacing. Aroma is grassy with a bit of maltiness following. Tastes slightly grassy with the maltiness a little more present. Feel is good and crisp, with a light-medium body, and some dryness. Overall the beer is good and a fine example of a German Pilsner.

jacobseyb, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of boudreaux
4/5  rDev +13%

A - golden crystal-clear, the way a pilsener should look; frothy, dense head with sticky lacing; tons of carbonation

S - fairly underwhelming; from what's there, detect dry-hop and sweet-malt presence

T - dry, bitter hops at first; gives way to sweet malt flavor, with just a touch of creaminess

M - Light and creamy; delicious!

D - So easy, like throwing back Bud Light; I could easily down 5-8 of these

boudreaux, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of acelin
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Poured a hazy yellow, still clear but hazier than your typical pils. No head or lacing.

Smelled of weak hops and pilsner malts.

Tasted very weak, very light with really no flavor other than pilsner malt, which is sweet and slightly nutty.

Mouthfeel was good.

Drinkability is superb.

acelin, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of SamN
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%

A- Very nice golden color, clear, giant frothy head with wonderful lace leavings. Tons of carbonation, a very classic looking German pils.

S- Hops forward smell, slight malt background, honey. A certain creaminess to this beer. This is actually more balanced than I thought. Biscuit malts and full hops, just a slight adjunct notes. Pretty good smelling.

T- Lots of movement of flavors. Starts rather dry and metallic, swells to a big bushel of rough hops, than fades out with a more balanced flavor, finishing with a lingering hops tinge. Too many shades of bitter, not enough malt smoothness. Not really my cup of tea. Or beer.

M- Decent mouthfeel. Pretty thin, very light body, and some carbonation burn at the edges.

D- Too hops forward, not my type of pilsner. But it's definitely not a bad beer at all, I wouldn't complain if this was all there was to drink.

SamN, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of gmfessen
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Blue Paddle is a perfectly clear, light golden color with a dense, foamy head that lingers and leaves nice lacing. A small population of bubbles slowly rise from the depths of the glass. The nose isn't terribly distinct, bits of lightly toasted malts mixed with grassy, herbal, maybe citrusy hops. The taste to me is slightly better with the lightly toasted malt taking center stage with a more defined presence, slightly bready. The hops too seem more obvious with the grassy, citrusy notes being dominate - very citric on the finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium in body with a minimal carbonation that still seems a little creamy which makes for easy drinking. I'm not much of a Pilsner man but if I was I think this would be a decent one to reach for.

gmfessen, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of ThaBobfather
2.9/5  rDev -18.1%

Pours a crystal clear straw yellow color with a solid foam of white head.
Smell is lighted yeasted with an ok hop note.
Taste is fairly simplistic. A text book Pilsener-which is a positive note but the bready quality is not full.
Finish is clean but it has the after-taste of the Gaterade Power Water.
Drinks ok, and I would enjoy this on a hot summer day-just a bit pricey for a Miller Lite clone in a nicer bottle.

Fiance says its "meh" drinkable but she would not buy this again.

ThaBobfather, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of baseballrock
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%

a - a very pale and straw gold color, minimal head that leaves a good bit of lace around my glass.

s - fair amount of fresh malty aromas

t - this beer starts of with a mouthfull of highly carbonated malty complexion. this if followed by a sharp hop bitterness that has a very high lingering effect. the one thing that i noticed that perhaps is only related to this beer (because it is a few months past the freshness date), is a slight and unpleasant sour taste.

i've had this brew on several past ocassions and from what i remembered it was better then, than it was today

baseballrock, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
3.68/5  rDev +4%

Pours golden with a white head. Nothing great but not water with a yellow tint.

Lemon and soft biscuit in the nose. Honey comes out as it warms. Not a lot going on but what it does have is pleasant, though it does lack a noticable hop presence.

Taste is similar, with nothing really standing out, good or bad. Clean and balanced, doesn't taste like cheap grain. Light bodied without being thin and finishes dry and slightly bitter.

Pleasant but nothing to rave about.

brownbeer, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of burnerfinger
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%

again, bought this 1st time I saw it, just becuase it's from new belgium

A poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet. Pours a classic pilsner yellow with a decent head the settles to a nice thin malty film without much lacing

S this comes across like a classic pilsner but way better. (think sam adams noble pils) a nice hopiness here and the malt is all but completely overridden

T: more hops than I expected, for a pilsner, and I am GLAD about that! seems the carb overpowers the taste a bit.
m more than a bit of bite, what with the alcohol and the up-front hopiness. strongly carbonated.

D: have to hold out a bit here, not as smooth as it might be.

burnerfinger, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of Rayek
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%

On-tap. Served in a shaker pint.

A: Brilliant brass, with great clarity and mild carbonation. The dense white cap starts small and retreats to a thin film fairly quickly. Leaves a nice sheet of lace.

S: Husky malts, plus a light dose of lemon. Also slightly musty, with a bit of grass.

T: Crisp and refreshing. Starts out with cracker like malt flavors. A lemon and pepper bitterness is mild. Gets a touch metallic toward the end. Finishes very dry and rather clean.

M: The light body has just a bit too much tingling carbonation.

D: A light and refreshing beer that was quite enjoyable. Not the most complex beer on the planet, but easy to drink and good for a session with friends.

Rayek, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%

I just found Blue Paddle the other night and didn't know much about it. It really is a decent lighter beer. It looks very similar to other light beers, golden in color. The difference is the flavor. Blue Paddle has a lot of flavor for being a lighter beer. It's a good beer if you get the chance to have it.

Cubsfan1087, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of Tilley4
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%

Picked up a sixer to have with the wife's chili this evening on a 21 degree day here in Tennessee...

Pours out beautifully clear golden with not quite as much carbonation as one would think.... Hardly any head here although a swirl brings a small although quickly disappearing one...

Aromas of pilsner malts with a kiss of noble hops... Very typical for the style...

Nicely blended and balanced taste of light toasty malts and noble hops that bite a little on the finish... Not exactly on Prima Pils level but not bad either...

I liked the brew... It went well with the chili although I was hoping for a little more noble hop presence here...

Tilley4, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of bum732
4/5  rDev +13%

Pours a straw yellow, decent head with just a touch of retention. Smells of sweet grassy malt, earthy and grassy hops, a touch of sulfur, touch of breadiness. Tastes of bready like malt with a nice earthy and grassy undercurrent. A nice crisp bitterness leads to a toasted grain finish. Fairly dry finish with some earthiness.

A solid pilsner, more malt forward than say Prima Pils. Nothing great, but just a solid pilsner, i could drink a lot of this.

bum732, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of genek
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%

I've been waiting for an excuse to cough up and buy this guy, and I'm real excited to pop up a review

Beautiful pour, Head was very dense true white and obscenely creamy. Great color, straw yellow with maybe a bit of gold, and lively carbonation. Head receded in about 5 min leaving great lacing and plop of creamy goodness right in the middle of the glass.

Not too prominent, my buddy can smell more off of it than I can. I got equal parts of floral and honeyish notes in the back, My buddy can get a bit of fruitiness that I can't quite pick up.

Very light, bouncy in the mouth with loads of bubbles. All the flavors mingle very subtly. Hops hit you real quick and hang around till the end, ever so slight tannins which add the the beer wonderfully. Trying to identify this last flavor here, reminiscent of lactose, not so much the taste but the mild sugars that are there but hardly recognizable. The bitterness is almost out of place and masked by the dryness, though very apparent.

Mouthfeel is wonderful, maybe a bit bubbly but it hangs around just long enough to want another sip. very smooth after the first second of carbonation.

These guys could go down smooth all night long. at 4.8 percent it might catch up to you, but its so smooth and crisp that you just want to pop one more. After a long time it might get you a deadend palate but it would take a while.

Very crisp, very smooth. After a days hardwork in the kitchen or workin on the power lines you could for sure cool down with a sixer of these. Unfortunately, we got them in December... but I'll remember in July.

genek, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of gatornation
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%

poured a clear golden yellow color with very little head and lacing..the smell was a sweet malt smell with a floral hop background..the taste was german malt forward wit a crisp pils hop and floral bouquet IMO ..the malts took over on this one and the hops did not come thru..i will choose HOPTOBER over BLUE PADDLE ..did not like this one as much as hoptober due to the malt override..worth a try you be the judge

gatornation, Dec 16, 2009
Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 1,047 ratings.