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Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 1,103
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 19
Gots: 91 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-18-2001)
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Photo of drxandy
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
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
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
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
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
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
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
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
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
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
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
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
3.53/5  rDev 0%
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
4.35/5  rDev +23.2%
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
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
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."

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

The Blue Paddle pours a clear straw color with a very little foam head and tiny dotted lacing. In the smell category it faint smell of citrus and yeasty aroma. The taste was crisp and clean. In the mouth is left its mark on the back of the throat and tip of the tongue. It is thin which is normal for the style. Overall one of my favorite pilsner session beers.

Photo of JDV
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright white head, fresh smell, medium bitterness up front, but not overpowering, followed by some sweetness, slight yeasty flavor and is well carbonated. Overall, a classic example of what I think of when I think of a pilsner.
Very drinkable, and refreshing but not really remarkable.

Photo of stephendr
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. glass bottle- color of medium gold, with a thick light white colored lacy head - nose of pale hops, sweat, soapiness, and semi floral – taste of pale hops, dry, and semi floral - body is dry, and with medium high carbonation – aftertaste of semi bitter, citrus hints, and lingering

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear gold. Head goes about one finger and falls fairly quickly and leaves a lot of lacing on the way. As far as appearances go, it'd be a good beer to shoot pictures of. Mouth-feel is thick and frothy when you first down it and as you keep going it lingers for a bit and leaves a lasting impact on the palate. Overall I'd say this is a decent brew, but not powerfully done.

Photo of smurphy77
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light color, light in carbonation, light on alcohol and light on flavor. Picked this beer up b/c I wanted something of a session beer that I could drink indiscriminately. That's exactly what I got.

This beer pours with a lot of head that clears quickly. The smell is almost non-existent and the taste is mild. There is a slightly sweet, slightly carbonated, slightly bitter mix to the taste. Nothing offensive, but nothing to set it apart either. It is drinkable in so far as it's an easy going beer but it's not the type of thing you'd seek out again.

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

Pours a clear light golden with a thick head that sticks to the side of the glass.

Smell is faint, but typical New Belgium biscuity quality with a bit of sweetness.

Taste is mild, crisp, and sweet, with a faint hop twang and a sweetish cereal ending, reminiscent of Cheerios.

Mouthfeel adequate, nothing stands out good or bad.

Nothing really remarkable about this, but nothing wrong with it either.

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

I received a single 12 once capped bottle from my BA buddy imacoug. I poured it into a Pilsner glass that had been chilled.

A: It poured a slightly cloudy yellow-gold body that exploded with a shower of bubbles. It had a enormous four finger head after an aggressive pour. The head was off white and sticky with medium to large bubbles. A thick sticky curtain followed the head down the side of the glass.

S: It had the aroma of dilute citrus and mandarin oranges along with light yeast and spicy aromic hops.

T: It had a nice creamy malty front (not sweet) followed and dominated by a dilute citrus bite that announced itself with a zingy zesty burst of hoppy flavor.

M: It is a light to medium bodied brew with a biting hoppy profile that is not sour and lingers without souring in the mouth after the swig if finished. It is moderately carbonated giving it a zesty mouth feel throughout.

D: It is a nice Pilsener that benefits from some time breathing before drinking. Its not my drink of choice but a nice brew when eating spicy food, pizzas and Mexican dishes.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Honey gold and clear with a fluffy two finger eggshell head that looks pretty creamy. Big sheets of thick lace stick to the glass like icing on a cake. This has a really creamy and thick head for a lightly hued pilsener!

S - Subdued grass and hay aromas with some saaz funk. It has an odd not quite metallic, but more like stone or concrete note. Sort of a letdown really.

T - Again, stone (slate) or concrete flavors with a lot of green grass. Like the lawn clippings that fall on the sidewalk in front of your hose. This lacks the saltine bready malt that I look for in a German style pils, and the hops seem anemic, but it's pretty sweet and not altogether bad.

M - Crisp, medium, bodied, moderately carbonated, and dry on the finish. Spot on for a pils, and just about the best part of this brew.

D - Not terrible, but way off for the style. I don't really care much for this, it's really not a bad brew, but something just seems off to me.

Photo of gpcollen1
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light and clear yellow into my Carlsberg Imp Pint. Head rises a bit but quickly subsides to 1/8 inch and stays there throughout. Aromas are lightly sweet with a far away hint of hops.

Taste follows the nose in that the first sip is flat out sweet. It was just tongue shock as the second sip...not so much. Light and crisp, but sweet and a bit undercarbonated for my liking. I need something to sweep away the sweetness. I could drink one now and again but will not seek this out.

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

Yellow with amber highlights, slight haziness. White head with good stiffness, and good lacing.

Noble hop aromas are citric and grassy. Lightly toasted, sweet malt. In the flavor, the bitterness is grassy and earthy, it lingers on the palate just a second before being lifted by the lots of carbonation (not too much). Medium thinness, but just fine for the style, enough grain to make it very quenching.

Pretty good domestic pils.

Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours clear golden color with a fluffy head that leaves clumps of lace in my pilsner glass

Smell: Bready aroma with plenty of floral esters; slightly grassy

Taste: Starts with a clean, bready flavor that is joined, mid-palate, by the grassy, floral hops; after the swallow, the floral aspect builds and becomes almost perfume-like

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body; moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: Very nice effort from New Belgium; while not as hoppy as Prima Pils, I really like the floral elements that make it very drinkable

Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 1,103 ratings.