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Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 1,017
Reviews: 382
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 18
Gots: 65 | 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 jsh420


3.6/5  rDev +1.7%

pours gold with a 1 finger head that fades fast left no lacing

smells of lemon and grassy hops but has some macro malt smell

taste is like the nose - good amount of lemon and grassy bitter hops but cant shake the macro malts

mouthfeel is a tad heavier then i would like for this style

drinkability is good - priced right and low abv

09-20-2009 01:42:40 | More by jsh420
Photo of John_M


3.83/5  rDev +8.2%

Waiting for my connection to Oakland today, and found myself with quite a bit of extra time. Stopped off at the NB hub at the Denver airport. The selection is not the best, but at least there was this.

The beer pours peachy gold color with fair at best head retention and lacing. Don't get a lot on the nose, just some light pepper, honey and citrus. HOwever, what I do detect is pleasant enough. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, though I'm happy to say this beer has a bit more flavor then I was expecting. It also has some refreshing bitterness, which goes well with the medium mouthfeel. Drinkability is not bad at all, with the alcohol very well disguised and not at all obtrusive.

Nothing to get excited about, but it beats the hell out of having another glass of Fat Tire. Would probably order this one again.

09-03-2009 22:38:36 | More by John_M
Photo of tburkhart


3.85/5  rDev +8.8%

Received this one in a trade awhile back, guess it got pushed to the back of the fridge. Freshness dates says best before May 1, 2009.

Pours a straw pale yellow that you can easily see through. Carbonation is minimal, as is any lacing.

Smells of pilsen malts. Grainy. Pretty basic, even for the style.

Taste is very grainy. Slight grassy hop, but mostly grainy.

Drinks decent, but personally not a huge fan of this style.

09-01-2009 22:40:18 | More by tburkhart
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.55/5  rDev +0.3%

Freshness date of 11DEC09. Pours a very clear medium yellow color with a frothy and thick white head. Fades at a pretty slow pace and leaves nice, sticky lace all over the glass. This is one damn good looking pilsner.

Smell consists of wet grains, very mild grassy hops and a bit of a light melon rind fruitiness. Overall the smell is quite light and non-descript, even considering the style.

Taste is earthy and floral with a pretty good balance between graininess and a clean, bitter finish. It does not have a very 'bright' feel to it, as the almost soil-tasting malts make it seem a bit dull. Still, it is a very easy drinking lager and has enough flavor to keep it interesting.

08-23-2009 23:56:32 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of katan


3.63/5  rDev +2.5%

12oz into a pint

A - Pours a light golden coor. Very clear. Light head formation, just a bit off white. Very bubbly.

S - Crisp and clean pilsner malt sweetness leads the way - just a bit of hops and yeast breadiness hide in the background. Very clean malt note.

T - Starts off with the light malt sweetness. Mid-stream shows more bitterness and only a light hop note. Finishes with a bit harsher astringent bite, perhaps some DMS - almost a bit skunked to me. The light hop note sits on the tongue in the aftertaste. Overall I would have to say this beer is a bit unremarkable in taste, perhaps a target of the style.

M - Crisp, clean. A lager profile. Carbonation bite is strong on the tongue. A bit creamy film is left behind.

D - Easily drinkable - flavors aren't so overbearing that it makes it difficult to session. ABV is well in line. Not very filling, nice for a lager style.

08-21-2009 03:36:17 | More by katan
Photo of BedetheVenerable


3.9/5  rDev +10.2%

Presentation: Nice labeled-12oz brown bottle, Belgian in style, with the freshness date clearly marked and a nice little ditty about the beer

Appearance: Attractive medium gold beer, crystal clarity, with a fairly dense bright white soapy head with decent retention and some lace

Smell: Very light graininess, quite clean with just a touch of grassy hops...simple but not bad

Taste: Reflects the aromas, light grainy malt, mild but assertive hop bitterness and flavor...this is clean, crisp, and thirst-quenching for sure

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: Nice American example of the German-style Pilsener...crisp and thirst-quenching, and this doesn't have the skunk/tinny flavors of many of the imports...at $9.00+ this was a bit expensive where we got it, but for the typical price around $7.50 it's not a bad example of the style at all...this went great with sauteed zuchinni and jalapeno quesadillas with black bean and corn salsa.

08-16-2009 01:45:29 | More by BedetheVenerable
Photo of scoobybrew


3.58/5  rDev +1.1%

This was poured from the bottle into a pilsner flute.

A - ultra-clear light golden straw color with a thick foamy head with excellent retention

S - balanced light hop and malt aroma with a touch of sulfur

T - malty up front with a moderate crisp hop finish, clean

M - medium-light body moderate carbonation

D - This is a nice American interpretation of the classic German style. One might argue it's more like the Czech version. Regardless, nice beer, but perhaps a little on the malty side and, while appropriate to style, the sulfur component is a little more than I care for.

07-30-2009 01:05:51 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of daledeee


3.3/5  rDev -6.8%

I like a good Pilsner once in a while so I thought I would give this one a try.

Pours clear straw yellow with a medium head. The nose is very grainy. Taste is citrus and hops. Easy to drink but I felt I must keep this one pretty cool or it didn't hold up. This is an issue with me since most beer I drink holds up warm or cold. Cold and the taste was good, as it warmed, not so good.

07-07-2009 23:46:43 | More by daledeee
Photo of PaleAlien2


3.48/5  rDev -1.7%

Clear golden in color. Looks disturbingly macro.

Smells good and bad. Nice malt scent is tarnished slightly by an underlying grain/rice skunkiness.

Tastes a lot better than it looks. Nice malt flavor with a hint of biscuit.

Nice medium body. Carbonation sting in the finish.

07-04-2009 02:19:11 | More by PaleAlien2
Photo of washburnkid

New York

3.68/5  rDev +4%

A good-sized ivory head over a clear, light golden body. Aromas of grainy malts with a bit of earthy hoppiness to balance out. Taste is about the same, with similar balance. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, but it doesn't do too much to tone down the very welcome grassy hops in this brew. This beer is clean and straightforward. I am a fan, and give props to New Belgium for once again creating a good drinking beer.

06-23-2009 01:55:55 | More by washburnkid
Photo of arizcards


3.83/5  rDev +8.2%

Picked up a single in early April for $1.49. Best before 24JUL09.

Beer poured a straw color with a decent white head. Nose is malty with hints of those German hops. Taste is heavy on sweet malts balanced quite nicely by those German hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and decently carbonated. Overall drinkability is good. This is a very nice take on the Pils style, quite sessionable, and a very refreshing brew for a warm summer day.

06-21-2009 23:06:35 | More by arizcards
Photo of swizzlenuts


3.35/5  rDev -5.4%

The nose on the beer is quite grainy and bready; pretty much your standard smelling German Pilsner. Maybe a slight bit of hops at the end. The beer is brilliantly clear with a nice white fluffy head with okay head retention. Looks like a great pilsner. There is a bready flavour in the background with a nice bitterness. You can definitely taste the spicy noble hops with each sip. The balance is pretty good, but the beer isn't as clean as I'd like a pilsner to be; it's just not crisp enough. The flavours are quite mild, and I'd like more maltiness in the beer. Besides that, it's a decent tasting pilsner The mouthfeel is medium and good. Pretty drinkable brew as well.

06-13-2009 01:21:39 | More by swizzlenuts
Photo of BrewsCrewSA


3.6/5  rDev +1.7%

I was about to slam this beer for having a lack of flavor, but then realized that I've been drinking some really heavy beers lately. Actually, this one ain't too bad at all.

A - Can't comment here. I drank it straight out of the bottle.

S - Didn't have too much of a smell, except of the smell of beer itself. I wouldn't go much further than that.

T - Again, I didn't recognize any distinct taste immediately, but it came around eventually. It's got a bright grainy flavor that's very refreshing.

M - Very smooth especially ice cold.

D - where this beer wins is in its drinkability. It's very balanced - not heavy or too light, the flavor neither weak or overwhelming; a great straight-ahead pilz that beats the macros.

05-04-2009 01:49:20 | More by BrewsCrewSA
Photo of KI9A


3.63/5  rDev +2.5%

A: Typical yellow fizz.

S: Some malts, some noble hops. About as expected.

T: Malts, corn. Is this an adjuct lager? Decent hop bite at the back.

M: Light, crisp. Fairly thin, per style.

D: Better than average. Much better than a Miller. Not as skunky as a Euro-Pils, which is just fine by me. Good American take on a Pils.

03-25-2009 02:24:38 | More by KI9A
Photo of mugglesandhops


3/5  rDev -15.3%

I am not a huge lager fan and this beer proves my point. Nothing that really stands out about this one. I loved the Prima Pils but this offering from New Belgium comes nowhere close. It's just your typical, thin, watery, minimal flavors. I do enjoy some of there other beers but this one is just way too average for my liking.

03-13-2009 16:29:38 | More by mugglesandhops
Photo of argock


3.78/5  rDev +6.8%

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a glass tumbler. Freshness date on label. Single purchased from Skee Vue Liquors (Breckenridge, CO) for $1.49.

A: Pale honey yellow with one-finger nearly white head with decent retention and some nice lacing.

S: Delicious noble hops aromas are nicely mixed with sweet, cereal grain and pale malt aromas. A light citrus is there as well.

T: The flavor definitely has the all-malt quality with depth of slightly sweet malt flavor, light skunky graininess, and medium-dry noble hops finish.

M: Medium-bodied with good carbonation to keep a little prickle. Slightly skunky and sweet grain aftertaste.

D: A solid pilsener with excellent all-malt goodness with a strong noble hops presence. More of that hoppiness, and I think this beer would be even better.

03-06-2009 21:30:46 | More by argock
Photo of GJ40

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%

Sampled on tap at the New Belgium Hub in Denver International Airport.

A - Golden and crystal clear with a moderate white head and lots of lacing.

S - A typical Pils aroma but not especially strong or complex.

T - Clean and crisp with a bitter finish. Not lots of flavor but good.

M - Moderate consistency and carbonation as you'd expect from a Pils.

D - Very smooth, refreshing and easy to drink.

02-24-2009 12:18:33 | More by GJ40
Photo of colts9016


3.35/5  rDev -5.4%

Poured into a pilsner glass. At about 45 degrees.

Appearance. A nice golden yellow color, there was a two finger foamy bubbly head and white. There is some lacing left on the glass after some of the head dissipated. There is a moderate amount of carbonation in the glass. The clarity of the beer is very clear and clean.

Nose A sweet malt aroma from the beer. There are notes of corn, citrus, and resin.

Taste: A sweet malty/ corn taste. There are hints of citrus, floral, and resin.

Overall: A very clean pilsner, with a slight bitterness. The mouth feel is kinda chalky, astringent, and carbonated. The pilsner is decent. The hops is coarse through out this beer but not harsh. It is really close to the classic American, except is lacks a few qualities. I would have like to seen some creaminess in the mouth feel of the beer. Second, I felt that the beer is not well put together. I feel that the beer ingredients, are not being presented on the palate as one.

01-10-2009 00:12:53 | More by colts9016
Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr


3.33/5  rDev -5.9%

Best by date: January 30th, 2009
Into the Schlitz (When you're out of Schlitz, you're out of beer...) Pilsener Glass...

A - Quite pale body with just a perfect two fingers of white head. Great lacing and retention. Just looks perfect!

S - Definitely on the sweeter side, with pale malt sweetness and a slight corn quality mixed in with a mild floral and apricot notes. The hops don't really balance out the aroma at all.

T - Nice dry malt body, full and round. Soft fruits, apricot and maybe peach creep up, and blend ok with the dry malts for a full flavor at the mid palate. At the swallow, the hops do just enough to balance the beer, and add some mild spice. Lingering grassy sweetness seems to linger and complete with the spicy hops for the finish.

M - Not the most crisp Pilsener I've ever had, seems to be a bit heavy instead of round. Mouthfeel seemed a bit smother than what I expect for the style.

D - This beer did many things to remind me of some of the great German Pilseners, which is good and more than I can say for most Pilsener, American or otherwise. I just didn't quite feel it pulled it off. The finish and the mouthfeel were the two main issues I had. This being said, solid value, and best American Pils I've had lately not brewed in the Bohemian tradition.

01-07-2009 06:20:43 | More by SammyDavisJrJrJr
Photo of OzarkElmo


3.68/5  rDev +4%

Consumed 01/05/08 Poured clear golden into Stella glass (sorry, it was either that or a shaker - I do not have a pilsener glass or flute). Moderate whitish head, diminishing to very slight head. Nice pilsener aroma. Grassy with crisp citrus notes. Mild to moderate bitterness, crisp finish and a flavorful pilsener. Within category I find it a good offering, and domestic to boot, I enjoy the New Belgian beers - Cheers!

01-07-2009 03:48:49 | More by OzarkElmo
Photo of Bagman007


2.53/5  rDev -28.5%

Served in a bottle poured in a pint glass.

A- Very transparent yellow color with about two+ finger width's of head.

S- Very light hop and malt scents. Very close to not really having that much of a scent, but there is a slight presence of both in the aroma. Also has somewhat of a yeast-like scent.

T- If there is one thing I can say for certain about the taste it's that it is a little sweet. Wouldn't really say that is too malty or hoppy. Sort of a bland yeast like taste.

M- Bland flavor makes it a smooth beer. Definitely not too bitter or malty.

D- It's fairly drinkable, but a little too bland for me.

Overall it's too bland of a beer for me.

01-06-2009 05:07:59 | More by Bagman007
Photo of Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

3.28/5  rDev -7.3%

Appearance: crystal clear pale yellow. Medium off whit head that leaves a nice lacing.

Aroma: smells of malts and slightly of noble hops. Nice but needs a touch more aroma hops.

Taste: nice malt background. Lower than expected hop bitterness and flavor.

Mouthfeel: light to medium light bodied beer. Highly carbed but not much of a tickle which is unexpectedly nice.

Drinkability: a nice guzzler but can't compete with the true thing across the pond.

01-01-2009 23:03:03 | More by Squelch
Photo of elniko


3.6/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured from bottle into Stella glass. Best by date shows as 5/15/2009.

A: Golden coloring, head minimal but heavy lacing apparent. Carbonation apparent as well. Decent looking brew.

S: Maltiness apparent but a grassy quality comes across as well.

T & M: Even in a pilsener style the New Belgium distinct yeast tones come across. Finishes with a nice amount of bitterness.

D: I enjoyed this beer and would seek out again as lager option.

12-30-2008 03:56:44 | More by elniko
Photo of marcpal

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +13.8%

Acquired this one on the West Coast and brought it back to Jersey to try.

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.
Bottle Graphics: 5/10.

A: Vigorous pour produces decent sized head on top of a light gold body. Its what you would expect from a pilsener. Monstrous bubbles.

S: It smells crisp and a little rusty. Slightly metallic undertones on top of the raw malty aromas.

T: Crisply malty. For the style, it is right on where it should be with the sweetness playing a larger part that you would normally expect in one of these. Grainy and buttery.

M: Light, highly carbonated and clean. I love the crispness of a well rounded pils and this comes through here.

D: Brilliant drinkability. It has literally no alcohol flavor and is remarkably refreshing and cleansing in the mouth. A great transition for a food accompaniment.

I surely would like to have this in a restaurant but not quite the caliber of a Pikeland or a Prima.

12-28-2008 00:04:03 | More by marcpal
Photo of cracgor


3.9/5  rDev +10.2%

This is a nice beer after my little run today. It is a nice looking pilsner with a perfectly clear golden body and a thin flimsy white head. Has a mouthfeel like seltzer water. The smell has a nice aroma of hops, but the beer itself is pretty ordinary. It has a good taste, crisp, clean refreshing. It tastes a little straw like with a nice balance of esters. The only problem is it lacks that real characteristic pilsner flavor I like. Otherwise, it is a great beer.

12-27-2008 01:54:58 | More by cracgor
Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
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