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Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

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Blue Paddle Pilsner
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Ratings: 1,133
Reviews: 393
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 20
Gots: 109 | 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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Ratings: 1,133 | Reviews: 393
Photo of washburnkid
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of arizcards
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of swizzlenuts
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BrewsCrewSA
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of KI9A
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mugglesandhops
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of argock
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of GJ40
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of colts9016
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

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

Photo of Bagman007
2.52/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Squelch
3.29/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of marcpal
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of cracgor
3.96/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of corey0212
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got a couple of these from mugglesandhops!

Pours a bright clear golden color, sturdy soapy white head hangs in for a long time, and leaves nice clingy lacing in the glass. Nice bright hoppy aromas, sweet grainy smell. Slight lemon flavor, grassy hop flavors, bready. Very clean and crisp, light-bodied, nice lingering bitterness, and excellent drinkability on this one. Good stuff.

Photo of hoplover82
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A standard crisp, refreshing summer beer.

Pours a pale golden color, with a bubbly white medium sized head that slips away quikly.

Aroma of pilsner malts and a wee little bit of hops. Very faint funkiness.

The flavor is the same as above. Pretty simple, strait foward beer.

Light and bubbly is the mouthfeel. Not too bubbly.

Godd drinkability.

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

Out of mixed six pack this bottle of brew poured into my glass a bright, clear gold color that displayed great clarity and some good rising carbonation. The head was white, laced fairly well and retained itself as a thin collar. The aroma was a nice balance of grassy and slightly lemony hops atop a grainy, pilsner-malt base. The flavors were also well balanced, a zing of hops up front with adequate bitterness followed by pale malt and some hints of semi-sweet malt. Not complex, but solid. The body was medium, the carbonation lively and the mouthfeel clean. I don't ordinarily like Pilsners much but this one was a good example of the style and I found it refreshing and crisp as one should be.

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

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Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 1,133 ratings.