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Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 1,114
Reviews: 390
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 19
Gots: 98 | 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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Photo of GeoffM
3.94/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Awe-inspiring pale golden color with a beautiful cratered head that sticks around to the very end. Incredible lacing. Just a beauty to behold. I could look at it all day.

Smell - Hoppy, faint wheat and wooden notes. Malts are in there but the nose is not very well-balanced. Still pretty nice.

Taste - Just like the box says, refreshingly bitter. Hoppy, not nearly at an IPA level but still pretty bitter. Malts at the end, finish could be better but mostly it's a very nice, refreshing beer. Drinkability is excellent.

Overall - Just a very solid, very nice beer. I nearly drank the whole six pack in a night. Bitterness lets you know the beer's there, but very approachable. Very good offering from New Belgium, a pleasant surprise.

Photo of josiahschlender
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good looks from this New Belgium lager. Clear yellow with an ample white/clear cap that leaves surprising lacing.

Muted malts and some grassy hops on the nose. I'm getting more into the craft brewery takes on European lagers. Not the best aromas I've whiffed, but not bad.

Pretty good flavors, clean, bready malts, hay/grass hop notes and moderate bittering at the end. Straightforward, and solid.

Moderate body gives this beer a good substantial feel while remaining pretty refreshing. Not a light beer you don't even notice, but I like that.

Price/quality ratio often factors into my drinkability score, and here, it is a downside to this beer. Maybe it's cheaper in Colorado, but I'd rather spring for a cheaper Full Sail Sessions as a go-to basic, tasty lager. Otherwise, a quite drinkable, pleasant brew.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hard to believe there are still some everyday NB beers that I have not reviewed.

a: Clear yellow gold body, big sticky white head.

s: Some of that good old hay, grassy, pilsner nose. Some lemon notes too.

t: Grain husks, light malt and floral, spicy noble hops.

m: Medium body, low to medium carbonation, typical smoothness.

d: Middle of the road Pils for those scared off by NBs other offerings, nothing more really. Doesn't have any glaring faults but doesn't scream for recognition as a top of the line lager either. Serves its purpose.

Photo of MTNboy
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is a golden straw yellow. It has a nice white head that is very frothy. There is good lacing. It smells very floral, malt and hopped. It has a wonderful taste. It is floral with a piney citrus aftertaste. I has a good mouthfeel. It is a little fizzy. The drinkability is great.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.86/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright, clear golden color. Poured a 3 fniger coarse white head with fair retention. Ample sticky lacing.

S: Big (really big) malt. Lemon and citrus with some bread underneath.

T: Like the smell; big malt flavor and citrus zest. Bread and pleasantly bitter hops in teh finish. Nice flavor and blaance.

M: Medium to full body. Smooth, fruity, but not too filling.

D: If you like your pilsner with some feel and flavor, this is a good pick.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.43/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Shapely bottle that pours well for a 2-finger sticky head

S- Smells like clean pilsner malt and sweet yeast

T- Taste brings the hops onto the scene. Wonderfully balanced and crisp, refreshing taste

M- Feel is light and crisp with decent carbonation

D- Drinks good and easy

Photo of iceball585
3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Bright yellow color, clear, half finger thick white fluffy head that faded to a thin cover, lots of tiny bubbles rising

S- Pale malts, grains, bready, citrus hops, hint of corn

T- Grains, wheat, pale malts, biscuits, buttery, light hop bite

M- Light/medium body, medium carbonation, crisp, clean, slightly bitter

D- Worth trying

Not my most favorite Pilsner but it is still very good. Great appearance but could use a bit more complexity with the flavor.

Photo of theghost3
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Pilsener glass. Light golden color with very thin white head that dissappears quickly. Smell is fruity hops & yeast. The taste is slightly sweet from malts, bready. There's also a faint hops flavor. Mouthfeel is just average--clean, slight carbonation. This is a drinkable beer, but definitely not one of the better Pilseners out there.

Photo of birchstick
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - clear yellow with a huge head
S - grains and malts, typical smelling pislner
T - very grainy and malty and; a dose of hop bitterness at the end
Mf - goes down very well, nicely carbonated
D - easy to drink and goes down quickly...perfect summer beer.

Photo of champ103
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This pours a bright and clear golden color. A good two finger head forms and gently recedes to leave to patchy lace.
S: Sweet malty and biscuit aroma. Some floral hops that balances out nicely.
T: Some nice sweet biscuit malt again. True to the New Belgium brand. Some funky barnyard yeast and some floral hops.
M/D: A medium body that is well carbonated to my tastes. Very clean and crisp. This is a refreshing and smooth beer to drink. Easily quaffable. A very nice session beer.

This hit the spot on a hot summer day. A very good pilsener.

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is from Tayner, iirc. Thanks!

Pours out of the bottle a light golden color with good clarity.
Thin white head that fades to a sheet fairly quickly. There is some light lacing at the top of the glass.

The aroma is of bready malt and some floral hops. Very "light" smelling aroma. Clean smelling.

The flavor is crisp and light. Sweet bready malts up front with some lightly bitter floral hops in the middle, followed up by more sweet malts. Light and refreshing.

The mouthfeel is light, but a bit thin. Not quite enough carbonation for my liking for this style. Nice beer. Not bad, but there are some better ones out there.

Photo of drxandy
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got in trade from ben4881, thanks!
12oz to standard pint, golden color, white head fades, good carbonation

smells of malts and skunky hops

taste is bitter, bready and dry, nice spicy hopping, malt gives a good backbone, a straight up german pils, easy drinking

mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, nice yeasty goodness, and good flavors, a very nice german pilsner!

Photo of IntriqKen
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice clean, bready aroma with a hint of floral or fruity hops.

Very light, pale malt sweetness initially is overcome with bitter citrus hops then finally returns in a much more subtle way as you swallow.

Mouthfeel is clean with lots of tiny, bitting carbonation and aftertaste is nicely drying with only the light bitter hops to remind you this is a German Pilsner.

Very quenching and refreshing.

Photo of diabecktic
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Upon first pour there is little head formation that disappates relatively quickly, leaving a thin layer of white on top - minimal carbonation. This is a very lightly colored beer; looking through the glass and beer, I can see whatever is behind it. The beer is a very light shade of gold.

Smell:
The first thing that comes to mind is "clean." I can't discern too much, other than a somewhat sweet scent masking a hint of corn. To me, it's almost remniscent of a malt liquor.

Taste:
It's not quite as "corny" as it smells. I can't think of a defining flavor, though there is a slight bitterness which isn't offending. There is little to no aftertaste, which I suppose is not a bad thing considering that isn't any flavor that I'd miss. However, this doesn't mean that it's bad, either.

Mouthfeel:
Very, very light. I can feel what little bubbles there are tickling my tongue. Not bad.

Drinkability:
This is a beer you could definately get carried away with. It's goes down incredibly smooth, lacks an aftertaste, and is incredibly crisp/clean - finishes well and leaves you wanting more.

Summary:
This beer doesn't strike me as being overly special, but it's something that I would consider buying again. The price might be a little steep for a "party beer" since it is comparable to other less-expensive beers that taste similar. It's not a bad beer, but it's nothing incredibly unique.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.02/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

While visiting Denver I decided to check some local brews that are not available in Georgia. This is one I have never even heard of, so I had to try it.

Pours a nice transparent gold with a decent, fine-bubbled head. Aroma is strong and malty with a hint of fruit. Flavor is mouth-filling, mostly malty but with an appreciable hop component, and a hint of apple or pear. Texture is sassy, and overall this is a lip-smacking pilsner.

Photo of Kyle987
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tea-colored, a light yellow-tan. Thin head goes quickly, except for an outer ring that stays to the end.

Strong, fresh scent of grains, particularly corn.

Taste is interesting, but not spectacular. Grainy, with a bit of bitterness at the finish. Very fresh.

Mouthfeel is good; not watery, not too heavy.

This beer is quite good and plenty drinkable, but nothing really stands out about it.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm reviewing this based on it's STYLE, not on how it compares to IIPA's, Imperial Stouts, etc.

A solid pilsner with a real nice belgian twist, thanks to NB's propietary yeast. Strange that I have not reviewed it (or ither NB's) for such a long time, their stuff just has the effect of contentment that puts my mind at easy, me thinks.


Yellowy amber with a nice white foamy mass sitting aloft.

Floral, spicy and grassy hops. I think their yeast adds to the grassy profile, since a lot of their brews have this feature.

Nice crisp floral pilsner, not your typical macro flavors. Even other craft brewers like Victory have very macro-ish versions of pilsner. NB however stands to the side, offering a twist on the pilsner style.

Photo of rye726
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow color with a fizzy white head. Nice collection of zesty hops and citrus fruits in the nose. The flavor does not quite meet expectations. Fairly light with some grainy malts. Highly carbonated crisp body. A drinkable pilsner, but did not live up to my hopes from the start.

Photo of illidurit
3.09/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsener glass. Classic pale gold color with a thick 2 finger head. Nice lacing. Aroma is faint, but I can pick out some sweet toasty malt, maybe some Saaz too. Flavor is mostly cereal grain that comes out a little too heavy for the style, limiting the crispness. Now that I think about it, it's not only cereal grainy, it actually tastes like breakfast cereal. There's a Cheerios note in there! Anyway, the hops are almost nonexistent in the flavor, which also contributes to the lack of crispness. Drinkable but off the mark for the style as far as I'm concerned.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.86/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The only offering at yesterday's office gathering I had NOT tried before. A 12 oz. bottle, showing an ever-so-slightly reduced 4.8% ABV and a "best before" date of 05SEP08. Sipped the first one from the bottle, second poured to a pint glass.

A: Wow, gorgeous pour. Quite clear, vibrant golden color, loads of speedy carbonation. Head forms a 3-finger white pillow, that crackles softly as it falls. Plenty of sticky lace cobwebs.

S: Pleasant dry cracker/bread with a zip of herbal/woodsy hopping.

T: Treads the fine line between a subtly sweet honey/malt and a tangy hop bitterness. Hops impart dry spice and a pithy zest, finish is long and dry.

M: Not quite as crisp as I'd hoped for, with a faint pasty/starchy texture left behind. A hint of butteriness. Light body, hops do their best to keep the finish clean & refreshing.

D: Definitely likable, a better than average pilsener. I had no idea what to expect from New Belgium when crafting this style and must admit I was pleasantly surprised. This one I'd probably get again, even when the office isn't buying...

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours brilliant golden with a decent pure white head that fades to a thin ring but leaves some spotty lacing as well. Very light hop aroma with some earthy crisp notes and a touch of lager yeast in the aroma, but that's about it. taste is about the same. It lacks the crispness and bitterness of a true German Pilsner, and the finish is especially soft. There are some spicy hp notes, but its fairly one dimensional. Even so, it is still pretty refreshing on a hot spring afternoon. Some more noble hop bite and crispness would make it more so.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a six pack of this at Central Market in Dallas, Tx and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: A light gold color, bordering on straw, body with small bubbles floating in it. The head was pure white and decent sized having fine retention and sticking lace all the way down.
Smell: Pretty lacking I think I was forcing generic malt because there wasn't anything else I could smell.
Taste: A nice hop spice in the front with a hiding malt backbone and then finishing with a strong "Noble Twang."
Mouthfeel: Crisp.
Drinkability: Decent.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of MOShepp
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into mug. Light golden color with 1/2" head that lingered throughout. Aroma of hay and lemons. Nice blend of malt and hops with honey, lemons, and clover. Crisp and refreshing with a moderate bitter finish. Nice session beer, poor me another!

Photo of blakesell
4.4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Belgian chalice.

Appearance- Beer pours a golden clear with tiny bubbles rising from the bottom and a finger high head of foam that quickly fades to a powdered lacing of foam on the top.

Smell- Excellent malt and Saaz hop balance. First come the hops, Saaz primarily with their signature sweetness, then comes the 2-row and pilsner malts evening it all out.

Taste- A light, sweet crispness that would go well with just about any food. Drying on the finish, much Saaz and light malts balancing out the beer and ensuring that I go back for another taste. Light graininess and malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and well carbonated. Not sticky on the lips and inviting for more sips.

Drinkability- Crisp, clean, refreshing. I could shower with this stuff! A very pleasurable and well made pilsner from New Belgium.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz from the Coop for about $1.40.. poured into my New Belgium goblet.

3/4" white head dropped quickly leaving behind nice lace rings... Crystal clear straw gold.

Pale malts and grassy hops are the only aroma.

Flavor is very clean pale malt and good bitter backbone with earthy hops mid palate that melt away quickly making me want another sip. Ideal body and carbonation.

A tough style to do well, but New Belgium has Blue Paddle dialed in... solid ... very nice across the board leaving me with no complaints. I typically don't pick up the NB brews that often, because I just don't like Fat Tire.. but their Triple, Dubbel, and pils are the brews I frequently get when I want a taste of Europe without spending too much. Also Blue Paddle is a great gateway beer for the Macro drinker who wants to branch out.. "Here .. try this... it's Bud with flavor."

Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
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