1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

Not Rated.
Blue Paddle PilsnerBlue Paddle Pilsner

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

1,071 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,071
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 21
Gots: 80 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,071 | Reviews: 386 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of DaveFL1976
4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this brew on tap at the brewhouse.
I made my way around to it after a few of their big beers so my review might be comprimised a bit. But truthful, nonetheless:

The following is a direct copy of my notes:

Crisp. Clear. Stray color with a fluffy white head (4.5)
Nice aroma balance between saaz and malt. some fresh, crisp hops going on here. (4)
The taste and mothfeel -- almost at a Victory Prima Pilz level. Very nice and drinkable. Good stuff, indeed.

DaveFL1976, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of BeerZack
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with bright white bubbly head.

Very grainy with some mineral or metallic notes in the nose.

Grainy malt flavor thats slightly sweet with a little hop bitterness on the finish to give it some crispness.

For a New Belgian product this is actually not bad stuff- in my opinion, of course, its not nearly hoppy enough for all that grain. Easy to drink.

BeerZack, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of Maerzen
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Little Star Pizza in San Franciso. Pours an opaque tan with a medium head. All around a basic Pilsner. Made me think it is the lager a BMC would like to make; basic but with a little more taste. Not much more to say about it. Enjoyable but I would choose something else if offered.

Maerzen, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of tbone53
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

comes in a 12 oz. bottle that has a easy to read born on date. the bottle even tells you what temp. to drink it at.i poured it into a pint glass.
a:a real lite color and not much of a head.
s:faint smell of beer.
t:taste ok nothing spectacular.
m:does not fill the mouth with a lot of flavor.
d:easy drinking.
this would be a good beer if your trying to weine your freinds off of lite beer. this is a good sesion beer. you can probably throw a few of these back. i havent decided if im going to buy this again or not.

tbone53, May 26, 2007
Photo of GbVDave
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the hook-up!

A: Pours a crystal-clear pale-gold color. Bright-white, two finger head that recedes to a foamy film. Sheets of lace. Quite effervescent.

S: Smells of bread and oranges or lemons.

T: Very bright and clean. Bready malt mixed with citrusy hops. Grainy. Decent enough, if a little boring.

M: Crisp and prickly. Mouthfeel didn't change as the temperature did.

D: Despite my just above average impression of this beer, I found this to be quite refreshing on the 83 degree day that I drank it. Overall, I found it to be one-dimentional and rather boring.

GbVDave, May 11, 2007
Photo of Cresant
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a pilsner glass. Dated best before: 13Jul07. The clear body was light golden with three fingers of crisp white head. Significant lacing clung to the glass.

Smell was earthy and became slightly more pungent as it warmed. Hay-like.

Taste was light grain, soft bitterness and a mild, rounded sweetness. An understated pilsner.

Mouthfeel was nicely rough in texture, with some huskiness. Dry, medium length finish. This is a subtle yet solid American Pilsner.

Cresant, May 03, 2007
Photo of sockeye101
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pils are not my forte, but NB has made a nice one. Appearance was crystal clear pale yellow with a fluffy white head that had nice retention and left nice lacing. Smells were malty, a bit floral and grassy, all around common pils aromas. Tastes were well balance with a hoppy bitterness up front followed by a balanced malty grassy flavor in the middle and ending with a lasting bitterness. Mouthfeel was a bit dry and slightly thin. A beer worth drinking, no doubt....great for summer days, bbqs, etc.

sockeye101, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.88/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I found this beer to be lightly sweet and sticky, and struck me as quite similar to New Glarus Spotted Cow, of which I am not a huge fan.

This beer poured a dull yellow with a fair amount of white head. Aroma was citrusy with a lightly sweet aroma. Flavor is acidic tasting with lots of citrus notes. Much more like a Spotted Cow than I expected. Mouthfeel is a bit harsh and slightly sticky. Can't say I'd recommend this.

BeerBelcher, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of JoeyHotrod
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a huge fan of Pilsners, but this one is a good example of the style.

Poured into a tall Pilsner glass to a golden color and nice fluffy head. The head lasted for sometime and left pretty decent lacing throughout.

The smell was lightly hopped and had a floral essence to it as well.

The taste was nicely balanced between malt and hop, though ever so slightly more spicy hop driven.

Again not a favorite style of mine, but this is one of the better examples I've had... especially from The U.S. The appearance was a definite strong point. Beautiful beer to look at.

JoeyHotrod, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dispensed from 12 oz bottle into a tall pilsner glass. Very light golden color with lots of bubbles racing skyward. Clear colored with a stark white head of nice density and generous retention. Nice lacing down the side of the glass as well.

Aroma is nothing special, as far as pilsners go. Slight hoppiness I suppose.

Taste and mouthfeel are very nice. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Nice clean flavors here. Basic malt flavor with no caramel or other "coloring" flavors. Very clean tasting.

I am not a big pilsner fan, or any lager for that matter, but I could get used to this beer. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel, almost medium bodied. Wonderful drinkability. Should be a great summertime treat. Certainly worth another shot in the future.

SaCkErZ9, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of BaronVonHawkeye
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle purchased at New Belgium, poured into Pilsner glass

A: Solid gold color, exactly what a pilsner should look like beer wise. Thin white head, leaving faint white lace rings.

S: Fresh malt smell with almost zero hop scent.

T: Clean malt flavor with a mild hop aftertaste. Not necessarily a deep array of flavors, but certainly very well balanced.

M: Light and pilsner perfect. It feels like a pilsner.

D: Definitely a session beer. With low ABV and a clean taste, light mouthfeel, you can drink these all day. Definitely an addition to my summer beer list.

BaronVonHawkeye, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of BigJTrucker
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased @ Market of Choice, Coburg Rd, Eugene, OR

Pours a very light, clear yellow. Thick foamy white head, settles slowly. Smells a bit grassy. Very malty. Smooth mouthfeel. Not a whole lot else to say really. It's a very sessionable lager. Easy to drink. Far better than most other american pilseners.

BigJTrucker, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of bennetj17
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Best before April 6, 2007. Appearance is a clear pale gold, steady carbonation helps give some decent retention to a thin quarter inch head. Not much in the aroma, just a clean, bready malt aroma with a hint of lemon.

The flavor is very crisp, much like the aroma suggests, followed by a moderate hop bitterness in the finish. Not bad. The mouthfeel is light, but not too thin, and the fine bubbles add to the smoothness.

I never thought this Pilsener was too intriquing, but for some reason I still like it. It is light, refreshing, and easily drinkable. I heard a rumour they were going to stop making this at New Belgium. Hopefully that's not true...

bennetj17, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of beeragent
2.48/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a clear straw, forming a very thin 1/4 inch head, that faded quickly, leaving very light lacing on the glass. The aroma is extremely skunky. Unfortunately, that is all I can detect. The taste is a light balance of hops and malts. Nothing that really stands out. Light mouthfeel. Overall, its an easy beer to drink, but far from enjoyable. The smell is terrible, and the taste is anything but great. I would recommend looking elsewhere for a German style pilsner. Maybe I got a bad bottle, but if this is the what it normally tastes like, I wont be trying this again.

beeragent, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of akorsak
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A: The pils has a clean goldenrod-yellow color that is completely translucent. The head weighed in around 1 finger on pour and has receded to a small white band. The clearness of the pils is complimented by the stream of bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

S: The beer has a crisp short hop aroma and grainy malt sweetness.

T: The pils has a classic taste, strong on malts with a nice hoppy add-on. The malts are grainy, having a biscuity element that provides some hints of sweetness. The hops are short-lived but intense, giving the beer a sharp earthy zatec flavor.

M: The mouthfeel showcases the hop body nicely; this is a beer that one could drink several of.

D: Enjoyable, this beer would be perfect on a warm summer night or on a snowy winter night like tonight.

akorsak, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of Dubbercody
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well kids, it's a Pils, a drinkable brew no doubt, yet not my favorite style or even representation of the style, thanks Dad for taking me on so many trips and ruining my love for American Pils.... Golden and clear, with the slightest of chill haze. Fluffy white head leaving great lace and fluff.

Smell is clean with a bit of bitterness, taste follows suit. Mild and really easy to drink, gets better the less is left in the glass. Second Beer in my let's visit New Belgium beer tour. Will again be a hot/warm weather brew, but not much of a cool weather friend.

Dubbercody, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of Zorro
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear golden colored beer with a decent white head.

The scent is mildly malty and grainy with a nice toasted grain aroma to it. Hops are your basic Nobel type with herbal and grassy aroma.

Taste begins quite neutral with just a little grassiness. As you drink this the flavor become solidly dry and herbal displaying the taste of Nobel hops without an overpowering bitterness. This is quite a dry Pilsener.

Mouthfeel is good.

Dry and easy to drink beer. A good choice for most any food.

Zorro, Jan 22, 2007
Photo of CU570M
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Normal pilsner color, golden yellow with above average lacing. Verry hoppy smell almost like potpurri. Great pilsner, a bit of a bite. Plenty of hop taste. I liked this beer, but the mouthfeel had a little high carbonation for a New Belgium beer. This beer was really good and had an above average drinkability.

CU570M, Jan 12, 2007
Photo of drseamus
2.6/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer pours golden with a half finger of white head. Visually, the beer looks highly carbonated as I can see bubbles rising. The only thing I can smell is yeast. The taste is rather disappointing. It tastes like a standard pilsener, which I wouldn't expect from New Belgium. I only get light to moderate hop and slight yeast flavors. It does differ from a standard pilsener though because it is not incredibly thin feeling. It isn't full bodied, but it isn't Budweiser either. The drinkability on this is pretty low. I really wasn't that impressed.

drseamus, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of BeerManDan
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not overly found of this beer from New Belgium. In fact, this is the lowest I've scored on any of their beers. The hoppy flavor was not to my liking and just didn't do anything for me. For me it was kind of spicy, peppery flavor, but had a flat hoppy finish. I just didn't like this ale. Maybe just a bad batch or bottle.

BeerManDan, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of aaronh
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden body topped by a thick white head. Head shows excellent lacing. Aroma is very clean and crisp noble hops. Flavor is also clean, with a touch of malt accompanied by decent bitterness and a touch of hop flavor, almost a peppery note. It finishes very clean, with no adjunct aftertaste. This is a very solid pils. Body and mouthfeel are great, and it's a very enjoyable beer. I can see me enjoying this with dinner fairly often. Great offering from this brewery.

aaronh, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of loren01
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours golden clear color, good bubbly head, good lacing
S: Peppery, grassy and slighly fruity (apple possibly)
T: Sharp hoppy flavor, bitter/dry finish
M: Light bodied, about right on with the carbonation
D: Not my style of choice normally but this is a very good beer in my opinion, would try again

loren01, Oct 31, 2006
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour really pale gold into the New Belgium pilsener glass. Big frothy white head and lots of sheeting lace in the side of the glass. Smells of herbal noble hops and faint sourness of pale malt.

Taste is dominated by strong noble hops. Hops in the finish and linger in the aftertaste. Crisp and clean mouth. Refreshing and tasty, a nice domestic pilsener.

ViveLaChouffe, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: nice head and retention, A couple fingers thick.

Smell: citrusy hops come on the nose, very inticing.

Taste: hoppy, balanced, refreshing. A good beer to relax with.

Mouthfeel and drinkability I rated as 4.25 each. I just gave mouthfeel the 4.5 to even it out. This beer is very crisp and very very refreshing. It is easily a session beer. I could drink these all night long. My favorite new belgium brew so far. But I still have a lot more to try ;).

jasonjlewis, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of zeff80
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out a golden, yellow color with a 1-2 finger head. It leaves some lacing.

S - The is a fairly strong malt smell mixed with fruity aromas.

T - The malt and fruit flavors are complimented by a light spicy-bitterness.

M - It is crisp and light-bodied.

D - A nice pilsner. Really one of the more enjoyable American pilsners available.

zeff80, Oct 07, 2006
Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 1,071 ratings.