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Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

Blue Paddle PilsnerBlue Paddle Pilsner

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BA SCORE
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811 Ratings
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Ratings: 811
Reviews: 368
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.89%


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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John1985

Tennessee

4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Pours a light gold color with a bright white two finger head. Head fades into a skullcap as the beer is consumed with plenty of lacing down the sides.

Aroma was malt based with some light hop flavor. Flavor was biscuity malt flavor with hops to balance in the back. Very dry finish. Medium to light body contributes to high drinkabilty especially with the heat wave we have had in Tennessee.

Very fine pilsner, a definite repeat purchase.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 00:18:09 | More by John1985
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MobBarley

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Straw colored with a weak head. Smells hoppy and tart and tastes the same. A little maltiness lurks in the finish. Mouthfeel is fantastic and makes this a fine hot day brew. Combined with the hoppy nature of the beer, it makes for a beer that certainly earns the title: "Crisp and Refreshing". Drinkability is likewise high.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2004 06:06:41 | More by MobBarley
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marcobrau

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours straw-colored with am ample amount of foam. Ah. lovely noble hops aroma. A little toasted malt in the nose, too. Little bits of lace stick to the sides of the glass. Very smooth, crisp pilsner with a tasty, noble hop flavor and light-to-moderate bitternesss in the finish. Decent amount of body and heft for a pilsner; definitely more Czech than German. Despite the ample maltiness, bitter hops linger on the tongue after several sips. An excellent example of a Czech Pilsner. I think I'll be revisiting this often through the warm months.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 00:14:47 | More by marcobrau
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

beautiful transparent gold color. simply beautiful.

Nose - lemon zest, overal citrusy, fresh and clean.

Palate - Assertive (but not overly so) Saaz tangyness right away. Smooth. Dry, with some malt sweetness to round out.

Certainly not a Saaz monster but balanced.

Finish is an expected clean, crispness. Very appetizing, drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2004 05:33:02 | More by yemenmocha
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JMad

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

The beer was a clear, pale, yellow with a thick soapy white head that left a lot of lacing. Smells of lemon with light pilsner malt, grass and hay. There is a smooth but solid bitterness, the taste consists of lemon peel with a light pine flavor and a biscuity background. The beer is light with prickly carbonation and a dry finish. I would choose this pilsner over any other that I have tried so far.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 01:20:24 | More by JMad
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abents

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with a nice white head and good lacing. Smells like fresh cut grass and hops. Starts out very crisp and inviting with sharp hoppy bitterness and carbonation. Smooths out in the middle with nice malty ending. Very well rounded Pilsner, usually I'm not a huge fan, but this was a very good brew. Impressed all the way. Beer is light bodied with nice carbonation a very refreshing and drinkable beer. Could be enjoyed all day long in the hot sun.
Many thanks to nvsblman for the hook-up.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2004 23:07:19 | More by abents
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oberon

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an unexpected find at Pipe and Pint here in Greensboro today actually had it given to me it was part of the owners personal stash,anyways pours a vibrant yellow with not much head wich kept the rating at 4 I really liked the vibrant color of this brew.Aroma was like walking thru a meadow of flowers kinda sweet and grassy with a good toasted malt character.Taste was grainy and lightly sweet with a nice smacking of hops that hits nicely in the finish.One of the best American pilsners out there at least from my perspective I wish I had more!

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2004 19:33:00 | More by oberon
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It has been so long since I last had a pils I didn't quite know what to expect. This is also the first time I had a real pils (you know, the non-adjunct lager kind). The all malt grain bill is definitely noticeable in comparison to a macro lager. It was quite refreshing after a long winter of hop monsters, malt monster belgians, and whatnot. Went well with the Famous Dave's BBQ.

The beer poured to a clear fizzy yellow, expected of the style, with a healthy frothy white head. For the style, this is actually quite an exceptional looking brew.

The smell was also quite surprising, as it is usually lacking altogether from any pilsener I've had (except for the piss/puke smell). It was kind of flowery. The real malts definitely produce a better aroma than adjuncts mixed with yeast!

The taste was classic pilsener, but somehow better. I can clearly tell the difference between this example of a pils and, say, a Budweiser. I was actually kind of pleasantly surprised. Doesn't leave my stomach uneasy after a decent chug like a macro. Surprisingly well balanced between malt and hops flavors, though the malts clearly show through moreso than the hops.

This beer has enticed me into trying other examples of REAL pilsener, such as Pils-Urquell and others. It was quite refreshing after a barrage of intense beer flavors through the winter months. So far, this is the only Pilsener I have had that is worthy of a review, and I hope to change that soon. Nonetheless, I still prefer an unbalanced hoppy brew. I can't normally get this at home in Iowa City, but next time I am "home" home (in Omaha), I will most likely skip this even though it has intrigued me. I will definitely try other New Belgium beers, though, since the brewery will always have a special place in my heart (regardless of whether or not I am as obsessed with Fat Tire as I used to be before I got into hoppy beers).

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2005 07:31:22 | More by neonbrown82
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe. The beer is a perfectly crystal-clear golden color. A frothy white head sits on top and takes a while to dissipate to a chunky film. Good lacing persists. The smell is slightly acidic, like apples. This reminds me of their Hoptober Golden Ale, without the citrus though. Also a faint malt aroma. The taste is fresh, crisp, and clean. A sweet malty body held inside of a crisp hoppy dry-metallic finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and clean.

Overall, a very refreshing brew. It actually feels a bit heavier than 4.8% for some reason, but this is easily sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 21:58:18 | More by JuicesFlowing
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2007 17:52:54 | More by brentk56
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a sweet malt and a nice dry pilsner hop. In the taste, sweet to dry malt and saaz hops. A small bite, but mainly smooth and light mouthfeel, with a clean to dry malt in the aftertaste. A clean and fresh pils, very nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 13:07:24 | More by OWSLEY069
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beernut7

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am not usually a fan of pilsners, but this beer is quality all the way. The color is a nice golden clear with a foamy white head. The aroma is spicy and inviting. The smooth body supports a bold spicy hop presence with a dry malt character. The light lingering bitterness finishes off a tasty interpretation.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2002 18:49:56 | More by beernut7
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had an odd relationship with Blue Paddle over the years. Even though I've tasted it many, many times, I simply enjoyed it without going to the effort to write a review. Maybe it was that I felt it would always be available to review later; and maybe it was because I'd thought I'd already reviewed it (I actually think I did.... maybe my review got lost due to a bad computer connection); or maybe it was because it just didn't stand up and shout "review me!"; or maybe it was just too good to put down! In the end, I think it was a little bit of all of those, but I'll put the spin on 'it was just too good to put down'!

It pours a typical golden body beneath a full head of white froth that holds well and leaves some nice lace about the glass. The nose delivers floral, grassy, and lightly spicy hops atop a straight-forward, grainy malt base. The body is medium on the light side, and it's crisp but not zesty in the mouth with a slightly restrained carbonation. The flavor is a well-balanced blend of straightforward, grainy malt; floral, grassy, and lightly spicy hops; and a firm bitterness. It's more of a southern German style, and it's well-rounded and very drinkable; but at the same time nothing really stands out.

Overall, it's a solid pils that's definitely welcome during the summer, but perfectly acceptable in any season; and also perfectly suited to almost any occasion (BBQ, wedding reception, bowling league, nightclub, late afternoon at the ski-lodge, dinner with mom & dad, fishing expedition, .... you get the idea!). Nicely done!

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2005 00:07:25 | More by NeroFiddled
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dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle best before July 06
Pours a clear, sunny yellow, snowy pillowy head forms and sticks around for a while. Aromas of some sweet malt, hops, very bright almost citrus.
Flavors are deep and malty with a very dry finish. Hoppiness keeps it in check. This is my first non macro lager (had SA ages ago and have no recollection), and it's actually quite enjoyable. Very light body, high carbonation. I could drink this all day once hot weather is set in. Glad I chose to drink this straight from the fridge as I feel it will suffer once warmed up. NB even recommends drinking at 38 degrees. This one really changes my mind about my disposition of lagers.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2006 18:23:44 | More by dreadnatty08
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CU570M

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2007 18:27:51 | More by CU570M
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BigJTrucker

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2007 08:18:33 | More by BigJTrucker
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champ103

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 23:09:58 | More by champ103
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corey0212

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 23:32:55 | More by corey0212
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass.

Pours crystal clear gold with a nice, creamy white cap that settles into a thin layer of soapy suds. Nice effervescence.

Nose is nice - sweet, grainy malt mixes with subtle notes of apples, fresh hay and grassy hops, a bit of a sulfur note.

Taste is nice as well; lightly sweet cereal grains up front, sharp, grassy hops lend a refreshing bitterness, bit of lemon, with a bit of sulfur leading to the dry finish. This one is all about sharp edges - all the flavors here are so clean and well-defined as to be etched in relief on the palate. Really tasty.

Mouthfeel is light, almost feathery, so much so that it almost feels like it evaporates off the palate. Nice, crisp carbonation as well. Stupidly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 18:25:54 | More by JohnQVegas
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Hunter

Arizona

4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nicely colored straw-gold beer, darker and richer than your average American pilsner. Head of shock-white foam vanishes almost instantly, leaving a thin layer on top.

Good notes of hops in the nose, with none of the corn/rice sourness in so many domestic pilsners. Hay, light malt, and lemongras round out the aroma.

Sharp carbonation lends a bite to the brew. Very clean and summery flavor, with a thin mouthfeel and clean finish. A solid pilsner, and one of the best brews put out by New Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2004 00:37:07 | More by Hunter
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Pecorasc

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by date of February 27, 2011, consumed December 16, 2011. Suggested serving temperature of 38F. Releases an aggressive hiss of carbonation when opened. Served in a tulip glass.

A- Pours with a small dome of white head that slowly recedes to an uneven layer of different sized bubbles; thicker at the rim and creeping up the sides of the tulip. Pale straw and even with perfect clarity that you could literally read a beer review through. Intermittent beading shows the carbonation and supports the head. Perfectly pilsener.

S- Noble hop aroma and sulfur at the front. The hops are spicy and are accentuated by the mineral aroma. The pilsener malt is there, but only balances the hops. This smells dry, crisp, and refreshing.

T- At first, this leans toward the malt; bready and grainy. The finish and aftertaste leaves a medium amount of hop bitterness with a low noble hop flavor. The medium hop bitterness is distinctly noble and smooth; the flavor spicy and earthy. This is probably four months old and may have lost a touch of bitterness.

M- Lacking the proper carbonation. Even with a gentle pour, the beer falls flatter on the tongue than it should. With high carbonation this could be a great pilsener. Light bodied with a clean finish make this extremely refreshing.

D- High marks for drinkability. More bitterness and carbonation might make me want more, but a beer worthy of a six pack carrier. The alcohol, body, and bitterness of this beer bring it firmly into the German family of pilseners rather than the Bohemian. Well done and refreshing, another solid beer from New Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 04:50:05 | More by Pecorasc
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Blue Paddle Pilsner pours from the bottle an opaque golden yellow with a half inch bubbly white head on top. Quite a nice hue with lots of active carbonation. Aromas of sweet crystal, pale malts along with a nice spicy, grassy noble hop presence with just a hint of lemon zest. Quite nice and refined.

First sip brings a nice creamy pale maltiness upfront a bit toasty with a light lemony citrus aspect. Mid palate brings a nice helping of spicy, grassy hops that impart a mellow bitterness on the way down. Flows down with a lingering toasted bread....quite a nice pilsner here IMHO. Enjoyable!

Mouthfeel has a solid body with a good creaminess that just flows down the back of the throat so easily. A well built pilsner that would be great for sessioning on hot summer days out by the beach. Ranks up there as one of my fave U.S. brewed pilsners. Thanks to mentor for the opportunity to sample this one!

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2005 01:12:13 | More by orbitalr0x
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jasonjlewis

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
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 ;).

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 17:32:02 | More by jasonjlewis
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burnerfinger

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

again, bought this 1st time I saw it, just becuase it's from new belgium

A poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet. Pours a classic pilsner yellow with a decent head the settles to a nice thin malty film without much lacing

S this comes across like a classic pilsner but way better. (think sam adams noble pils) a nice hopiness here and the malt is all but completely overridden

T: more hops than I expected, for a pilsner, and I am GLAD about that! seems the carb overpowers the taste a bit.
m more than a bit of bite, what with the alcohol and the up-front hopiness. strongly carbonated.

D: have to hold out a bit here, not as smooth as it might be.
STILL THIS IS REALLY GOOD>

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 20:28:34 | More by burnerfinger
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce bottle is two months before "best by" date. Pours a crystal clear light golden body that is alive with carbonation. Two finger vanilla head hangs around a few minutes and deposits some attractive spiderweb lace.

Aroma features grassy and spicy hops with a hint of bready pilsner malt.

Light medium body is smooth and well carbonated.

Taste has a subtle crackery and bready malt base that has just a faint hint of sweetness. Grassy and spicy noble hops run the show and exhibit a solid bitterness throughout. Finishes clean, with a grassy hop bitterness in a long finish.

This is another solid American pilsener and one I will stock up when warmer weather rolls around. Very well crafted and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 20:25:37 | More by merlin48
Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 811 ratings.