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Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
81
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955 Ratings
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Ratings: 955
Reviews: 377
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.68%
Wants: 13
Gots: 46 | 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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fuchebu

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have grown to be a bit leery of New Belgium products. While the Triple is excellent, they have several like the Flat Tire that are highly overrated. The Blue Paddle Pilsner falls into the category of overhyped beer. It is a very basic brew being paraded as something special.

It has a nice golden hue but also that grassy nose similar to Heineken and other mainstream imports. There is a bit of chewiness to the flavor and it is a good crisp, drinking beer but it is very non-distinctive. The label promotes it as "reflective of Europe's finest pilsners". I've noted before that it reminds me more of Heineken than of Christofel Blonde so I would be curious to know what they regard as a fine pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2003 16:04:52 | More by fuchebu
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RenoZymurgist

Nevada

2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a big fluffy white head atop a beautiful gold beer with good head retention i think this on has a little bit of Carapils malt in it to achieve this. Aroma is extremely light and the only thing i can detect is a little toasty bread. Taste has a definite saaz hop character with a very mild malt balance that gets bolder after each sip. Body is pretty good for the style though it is a little light and tends to make the hop flavors subside quickly. I would much rather have a Trippel for the same price or at least a Pine Mountain Pils from Deschutes.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2003 00:57:45 | More by RenoZymurgist
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a nice gold color to it, and is very clear. It is well carbonated and pours with a nice thick white/ cream head. The aroma is herbal and slightly grassy in a hoppy sort of way. From the first taste it is hops, there is a nice clean bitterness to it with subdued hop flavor. It is nice dry and refreshing, with a bit of maltiness as well.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2003 16:05:25 | More by Gueuzedude
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beerguy101

California

3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange color, medium white foamy head. Aroma is grassy, herbal and hoppy. A medium bodied pilsner. The flavor is crisp and hoppy. The malts are sweet and fruity. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is slightly sweet, some bitterness

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2003 02:50:59 | More by beerguy101
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This reminds me of a Bohemian pilsner. Softer, less crisp and less clean tasting than it's German counterpart. The beer poured out a pale and somewhat cloudy pale yellow. Sticky white head that clung to the glass like meringue. Subtle lemon grass and sweet grains in the aroma. Hop bitterness is a bit weak and the taste is a bit muddled, but not a bad American version of the style. Drinkable in it's own right.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2003 17:33:56 | More by pezoids
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jcalabre

California

2.6/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this on draught today at New Belgium's brewery in Fort Collins, CO.
Appearnce: This pours clear yellow with a white head.
Aroma: there is a grassy, hoppy aroma that I detected
Flavor: It had a very dry, flat flavor. OK, I didn't like it that much. I guess I'm not a big pilsener fan. I'd advise sticking w/ their Belgian styles

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2003 01:51:09 | More by jcalabre
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RoyalT

Ohio

4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – The head is huge and deep. It showed some decent retention as it laced the glass. The body is a pretty yellow with an orange tint.

Smell – Yep, that’s a pils. The soft, sophisticated floral hops mix with some spice and a light sweetness. So far, so good.

Taste – The grassy hops come out a little more in the taste along with a light sense of grain. The complexity is its strong point IMO. Everything works together quite well.

Mouthfeel – I know that many of the other reviews indicated a lot of carbonation here, but I don’t find it typical of the style and certainly couldn’t locate more than a moderate amount here (which is good, IMO). This Pils is light-bodied and very refreshing.

Drinkability - A good pils is one of the smoothest brews on earth, and this one hits the mark. Of all the times I’ve been prosted to the finish while living in Germany, pils is the only style I could do from a full glass. Make this a warmish and I could do the bottle. Yet another diverse accomplishment from this amazing brewery.

Update – I reviewed this a month after joining the site back in the fall of 2003 so thought it would be run to re-rate it with a 2004 vintage. I juggled a few scores around but still ended up with a solid 4.0. Good job, New Belgium. This is a hard style to nail.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2003 01:21:53 | More by RoyalT
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Zraly

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden yellow with an ample white head that laces nicely down my glass. Wonderful, fresh grassy smells with a mild note of citrusy sweetness.

Not too much power in regards to maltiness, but still appropriate flavors of honey and citrus. Clean, dry finish with a forward hop note. This is crisp and bubbley. Carbonation is plentiful.

This would be a nice transitional beer for someone who likes your standard American swill as they enter "micro" territory. And this would be a good time to turn on the grill and get some garden fresh veggies on it.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2003 00:21:47 | More by Zraly
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a sparkling yellow with a mountainous white fluffy head. Hops are there, and I can smell light malt. Taste starts out with a hint of malt, but this is quickly flung aside by a wave of tart, sprucey, spicy, bitter hops. I like, although it could be a little more balanced. Mouthfeel is adequate, not too thin; plenty of carbonation. I'm starting to get into pilsners (finally) and this one did not disappoint too much.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2003 19:56:07 | More by alexgash
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Quaffer

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This was a light golden beer with hints of amber within its depths. A coarse, white head rose up to two fingers and dissipated quickly. Being fed from below by a heavy bead, a thin layer of foam remained to cap brew for quite sometime and even left quite a bit of lace on the glass. I was surprised to see this from a lager.

Smell: The aroma was grass, flowers, and sourdough. Kind of like catching a whiff of someone baking as you stand in an field of wildflowers. Or, maybe it just smells like beer . . .

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied with a bit of a tingle and some dryness on the finish.

Taste: Upfront, there wasn't much of anything except for a light touch of sweetness. Then in the middle, a sourness arose that was not offensive, but not that enjoyable either. The finish was a combination of grassy sweetness and a light hops bitterness. The sweetness lasted into the aftertaste.

Not bad, but not something that I will seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2003 01:36:29 | More by Quaffer
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GreenCard

Oregon

3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 10/9/02 (old notes)...

Appearance: light straw color, good clarity, low head retention but I guess that can be OK for this style

Aroma: nice floral hop nose, sweetly scented, a touch of alcohol, a bit grainy

Flavor: slight hop kick up front, builds well, good hop flavor at a nice level for this style, clean finish, no lingering aftertaste, not very malty though

Mouthfeel: appropriate carbonation, slight warming, dry and smooth

Overall impression: A quite smooth and drinkable beer. Refreshing. No overpowering flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2003 21:16:19 | More by GreenCard
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Sunny gold with streams of carbonation underneath a puffy white froth.
Sourdough aroma, traces of sulfur and twist of lemon on the nose.
Taste begins dry in a saltine cracker sense. Uppity CO2 levels accentuate the dryness. A crusty bagel toastiness emerges midway. Lemongrass hops enter and ride this one into the dock.
Light-bodied. Perhaps a bit dilute, but forgiveable due to its liveliness and quenching properties.
Downable in groups of 6.
One of the more authentic American pils I've run across. And probably one of the better ones too.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2003 23:03:09 | More by cokes
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Boto

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale straw yellow in color. It has a small fizzy head that goes away quite quickly. Fair amount of hops to the nose. Similar amount of hoppiness to the taste, which overpowers a slight sweetness. A mediocre pilsner, but still not too bad. I'm still amazed that this brewery can put out some really good beers, followed by some very non-descript ones. If you want a good pilsner, try Victory Prima Pils to see what one should really taste like!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2003 17:37:07 | More by Boto
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a clear, bright golden hue, and the head is a large, but soon slimming, solid white. Aroma is zesty, alive with hops, notes of straw and sea-foam, with hints of citrus. On the palate,
a fresh, tasty, zingy greeting of hops jumps on board, but it fades some, and leaves a dry finish. Adequate bitterness, but more than adequate taste. Body is light, malt is just-right, and hops are more than pulling their weight, and retain their presence through the end. Each sip delivers another fresh, delicious helping of hoppiness on the tongue, and this never diminishes throughout the contents of the bottle. The refreshing, tingling, vital hop buzz never quits during consumption of this note-perfect pilsener.!
Thanks to bditty187

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2003 20:44:23 | More by feloniousmonk
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jeffboo

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is pilsner beer. If I close my eyes, I can here the church bells ringing in Prague.In a pilsner glass, it stands tall,bright golden with virgin white,puffy top. Classic grassy,floral hop nose that begets a sturdy malt accented flavor with a floral,grassy hop flavor. Very crips and clean with no caffeine. This is the beer you want after a long bike ride or an afternoon of gardening. A fresh example of a traditional European brew. The malt touch is perfect, just enough structure to keep it interesting while still light enough to quench your thirst. Drink and feel the history of lager yeast brewing.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2003 19:31:28 | More by jeffboo
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought in the 12 oz brown bottle with the canoe on the label ( I always like New Belgium labels)
Wow this beer poured a monsterous white foamy head..massive..it settled down after 5 minutes thoughg..nice golden beer below..good looking pils.
the aroma is quite average for this type the noble hops..weak malts etc.
weird flavour throughout each mouthful..its not bad..just cant place it....odd bitterness not the usual Noble hop taste..well whatever its pretty good.
average in the mouth , nothing out of the ordinary.
A pretty drinkable but forgettable brew..ok i suppose.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2003 22:12:44 | More by Reidrover
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texascarl

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance = clear golden, light head, leaves slight lacing. Light carbonation.

Nose = not a big aroma, a trace of hops, some sweet hints (honey? Fruit?)

Taste = if you like a hoppy pilsner, here's your big boy. Nice lively tasting beer with a def. bitter finish from plenty o' hops. Med. creamy mouthfeel, long finish.

Nice pilsner. If I can't get a Czechvar or Pilsner Urquell you could gimme one of these and I wouldn't feel slighted.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2003 15:54:14 | More by texascarl
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freed

Oregon

4.6/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a terrific beer. I love real pilsner's, and its hard to find a good pilsner in the states. The wonderful hop aroma and body to this pilsner really make it stand out from other pilsner offerings.

Golden color, great carbonation, nice aroma... anyone in the mood for sausage & mustard?

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2003 16:49:13 | More by freed
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Dogbrick

Ohio

2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Acquired via trade. I have never really been a fan of the style and this one didn't really change my mind on the matter. Pours a light gold color with a medium thin off-white head and rather lively carbonation. Not much lacing to speak of. Aroma is actually rather pleasant, delivering a nice crisp hops, citrus and malt experience to the nose. Unfortunately the flavor did not match up to the aroma. I found this to be a little harsh flavor-wise, and not as clean as I was hoping. Hops flavor was nice but there was something off in the mix. Dry finish. Okay but New Belgium has better to offer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2003 07:42:15 | More by Dogbrick
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hyuga

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden hazy brew with a very sticky head that mostly settles. Very sharp hoppiness in the aroma, the signature of a good Euro-pilsner. Subtle maltiness is also present. Good sharp and spicy hop bite in the flavor as well, with a very supportive malt backbone of graininess. Good body for a pilsner, still light, but flavorful. Smooth, yet still hoppy finish. A very good pilsner, but since this isn't a favorite style mine, it's just above average ignoring the style. I'd recommend it to any fan of pilsners.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2003 21:35:35 | More by hyuga
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BeerAngel

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear and very pale golden color with one massive white head. The smell of cooked veggies and a light black peppery hop is the dominant aroma here. Very nice! The taste reveals more of the black peppery-spiced hop bite and light grainy malt and a lightly sweetened corn. This light to medium bodied pils drinks down pretty easy and finishes crisp and watery clean. Very good brew! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2003 17:50:15 | More by BeerAngel
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Bruiser81

Kansas

3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden color with a white fluffy head. Smell is of malts and grain with a little bit of sweetness. A very crisp fresh taste with a sweet maltiness up front and the hops making for a bitter finish. A medium mouth feel with very good carbonation. This is the first real pilsner I've tried and I wasn't real impressed but I did not dislike it. Another solid brew from New Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2003 13:43:08 | More by Bruiser81
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Morris729

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color with a thin white head that dissipate into a nice lace. Fresh grains dominate the aroma with some malty notes. A bit spicy on the tongue with a touch of lemon and a nice blend of sweet malts and bitter hops. Finish is crisp and refreshing. One of the best of the New Belgium Brewing line of beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2002 18:28:00 | More by Morris729
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Gusler

Arizona

3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On the pour the beer is a crystal clear gold color with an impressive head that is brilliant white with the residual lace a fine sheet to cling mightily to the glass. Nose is malt, clean, crisp, as most “Lagers/Pils” seem to be. Front is malt and slightly sweet, the top skinny, the finish has a splendid hop presence, pleasingly carbonated, droughty long lasting aftertaste. I’m a big fan of New Belgium, and proudly say that this is one of a handful of “Lagers/Pils”, that I actually like.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2002 12:38:47 | More by Gusler
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BeerBob

Nebraska

3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blue paddle Pilsener Lager by New Belgium pours a pleasing amber from a 12oz brown bottle. Head forms at about one inch then fades , leaving a broken ring and bits of foam on top of the Beer.

Nose is a slight toasted malt and a slight floral hops in the background. Palate is a generous malty hopsy joyful experience. Nice toasted malt greets the palate then a wave of well balanced hops bring up the rear.

New Belgium’s Blue paddle Pilsener Lager is a full flavored lager, that goes well with a good Chicago style hot dog and all the trimmings or any number of food groups, and even by its self.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2002 18:09:54 | More by BeerBob
Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 955 ratings.