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Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

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410 Reviews
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Reviews: 410
Hads: 1,272
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 22.56%
Wants: 24
Gots: 183 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 410 | Hads: 1,272
Photo of MUTINY
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Quick review. This is a really solid pils from New Belgium. Mildly bready malt offsets a nicely carbonated, light, bright body. Looks & smells a bit underwhelming, but comes through with its mellow, balanced flavors. This brew is easily the most satisfying Czech-style pils that I've tasted to date.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
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 ;).

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Photo of marcpal
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my pilsner glasses, this beer pours a very clear, medium golden color with many streams of bubbles rapidly and continuously rising tot eh beer's surface. Has a giant head about 3 inches thick when first poured that eventually settles to a solid 1/3 of an inch thick with decent lacing. Aromas of crisp malt along with light hints of spice and a bit of hops. Not much else really smell wise, but that is okay for this beer. Has a slightly sweet, crisp malt presence upfront tastewise that is followed by the aforementioned spice hints and a decent hop presence that brings a nice and not overpowering bitter note that compliments the malts quite nicely. Has a crisp and frothy and creamy, medium bodied mouhfeel with moderate carbonation and an extremely clean finish. A very good overall representation of this style of beer and quite refreshing in the warm summer air here in Cleveland.


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Photo of TexIndy
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my NBB glass. Best by date of 6/12/11 on label. It was a clear pale yellow with lots of carb streams. It had a large, fluffy white head that settled into a thick collar and foam cap. Great sheeting with lots sticking.

The aroma is classic pils with grassy and herbal notes, spicy hops and bready malt. The taste follows the aroma is really good for a pils. Starts out smooth then the subtle bitterness kicks in and then the spicy hops for a great finish. Not my favorite style but this one goes down easy. Having in winter but would be great on a hot summer day. Light to medium mouthfeel with lots of carbonation and great aftertaste.

Overall, an excellent pils that I highly recommend. Hadn't had this one in years but glad I did. Avail here in TX. Rotation - this would make a good addition to my light (wit, wheats, etc) rotation especially in the summer [R;Y]

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Photo of u2carew
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a finger thick, white head that settles to thin lacing on top and at the edge of the glass. Clear, blonde body. Thin, sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Grainy. Floral notes.
T) Nutty. Grainy. Pleasant hop bite in the finish.
M) Fizzy. Crisp. Light body. Dry in the finish.
O) A pleasant pilsener. I'd drink another one.

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Photo of JoeyHotrod
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This poured a clear golden color with fantastic clarity and great foaming.

There’s a light but sharp aroma that’s equal parts lemony and grassy, with a hint of toast hidden in the back. The flavor is light and crisp, with the touch of lemon and grass on it. It’s lightly bitter but just enough to give it some character, with a nice finish, I liked this one more than I had expected to.

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Photo of aaronh
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of marc77
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The large initial head settles into a thin but tight and stubborn one that leaves a very attractive lace all the way to the bottom of the glass. Very light golden hue that approaches a straw color. The spicy, lemon zest - like unskunked Saaz aroma is quite enjoyable. A very clean noble hop bitterness and prickly carbonation hits the palette at first, but a smooth and mildly biscuity graininess quickly ensues and provides for a well balanced experience all around. The mouthfeel and malt profile is just a tad lacking when compared to good (unskunked) European pilsners. In any case, I'll take this to a skunked and poorly traveled import any day. Blue Pabble is quite refreshing and crisp.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Warm day, long day. Time for a Pilsner.

Appearance : Slightly hazy mellow gold color, about 70% opaque. The head is generous with lots of fluffy flair. It stands about three fingers tall and leaves decoration as it recedes to about 1 finger.

Aroma : Hay, straw, perhaps after a rainstorm...some light spiciness and faint hop. Very faint orange. Bouquet is medium strength.

Flavor : The spice comes out in the flavor, biting the tongue and leaving a sharpness behind. There's a generous malt bill here but it's not a cheap one, and it compliments the hop spiciness appropriately. The hop does wax a little bitter though, which is the nature of it I suppose, but I wish it wasn't so shrill. That's the only thing I'd change.

Mouthfeel : Creamy and rich, with abundant carbonation. Ends slightly parched.

Overall : A solid Czech Pilsner. I'd have it again and recommend it to anyone who likes these kinds of beers.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.02/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of PintOHops
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glass - Pilsener

A - Crystal clear golden color with a high amount of C02 rapidly rising to the top. It produced a 2-3 finger head that almost looked a little fluffy and held very well. The beer left some very nice lacing and held a thin ring atop for most of consumption.

S - A refreshing grassy and lemon rind aroma. A bit grainy with a bit of cracker.

T - Lemony rind, pine and grassy hop flavors dominate. Towards the end of the sip I get a bit of soft dough and cracker like malts. It finishes with a refreshing dry, lemon rind zip and a nice lingering bitterness. Very refreshing!

M - Lite-medium bodied with soft to moderate crispness. A bit smooth as well.

D - Wow what a refreshing brew! I wouldn't mind tossing back a few of these babies on a hot day. Very drinkable and refreshing, and I really liked the appearance of the beer as well. Definitely worth picking up, and I'd probably buy it again sometime. Cheers!

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Photo of boudreaux
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - golden crystal-clear, the way a pilsener should look; frothy, dense head with sticky lacing; tons of carbonation

S - fairly underwhelming; from what's there, detect dry-hop and sweet-malt presence

T - dry, bitter hops at first; gives way to sweet malt flavor, with just a touch of creaminess

M - Light and creamy; delicious!

D - So easy, like throwing back Bud Light; I could easily down 5-8 of these

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazed golden straw color with a nice fluffy white head forming leaves behind speckled lacing in concentric patterns at that. Aroma: Upfront nice biscuit malts with some Saaz peeking through giving a nice peppery hop profile very clean altogether. Taste: Incredibly crisp and smooth no cloying off flavors delivers light malt sweetness and finishing hop zest in the finish. Mouthfeel: Light bodied smooth but a bit spritzy carbonation. Drinkability: Is excellent awesome summer beer I wish I had this one at my disposal, that would be key.

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Photo of DAllspaw
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very pleasant surprise in a 12 pack sample with Ranger, Fat Tire and Hoptober, all of which I've had and enjoy. This has classic pilsner profile, but more yeast in the aroma and taste, again, a nice surprise since I viewed this as the lightest offering in the pack. New Belgium has never knocked my socks off, but really makes some pretty good stuff.

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Photo of rawfish
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brilliant clear gold large white head 2 fingers plus a little extra frothy almost whipped texture. Spotty lacing, wish it could have been a bit more clinging.

Rather floral for a pilsner. Sweet grass, dry malt husks and touch of spice likely from the yeast. Clean grassy hops, nothing over powering.

Light grains, a touch bready but nothing even close to some other NB offerings. Floral, grassy hops, light, just a touch of drying bitterness to clean out the sweetness of the malts. Finishes dry, crisp and clean even when it begins to warm. Flavor profile is very balanced and vanishes without a trace. I'm ready for more.

Lively carbonation and slightly light bodied, leaves no mouth coating or aftertaste. Exactly what I'm looking for in a sessionable lager.

As summer nears this one will be a staple for the fridge, well crafted style that is easy to overlook. Crisp, refreshing and only gets better on tap.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 5/19/14 after working in the front and side yard for most of the day. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a 10 ounce vintage pilsner glass.

Pours a golden straw yellow in color with about a half finger foamy white head. LOTS of lacing is seen with each sip. Very surprised of the amount actually. The aroma is of mildly crisp and grainy pale malt, lemon, and earthy, grassy hops. The taste is of grassy hops, pale malt, biscuit, and lemon. Very crisp with good carbonation. Goes down easy and very drinkable. A good brew from the 'Fat Tire' folks.

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Photo of bum732
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw yellow, decent head with just a touch of retention. Smells of sweet grassy malt, earthy and grassy hops, a touch of sulfur, touch of breadiness. Tastes of bready like malt with a nice earthy and grassy undercurrent. A nice crisp bitterness leads to a toasted grain finish. Fairly dry finish with some earthiness.

A solid pilsner, more malt forward than say Prima Pils. Nothing great, but just a solid pilsner, i could drink a lot of this.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottom right of front label stamped BEST BEFORE 18DEC11.

Appearance - Pours hazy light golden yellow body with a big white loose head with good stick and good retention.

Smell - Mild sweet corn with no muskiness. Almost a first for the style. Mild to moderate spicy hop presence.

Taste - Full bodied up front. Honey sweet malt, bready yeast, and spicy hop which dissipates quickly and cleanly, leaving only a faint bitter lime-peel aftertaste. A little too mild overall, and lacks much complexity.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied. Somewhat refreshing. Acidic. Somewhat astringent. Frothy head offers almost no consistency. Somewhat clean finish.

Overall Drinkability - Pretty decent American made German-style pils. A little too acidic and not quite refreshing enough. Otherwise it might have been a letter grade higher.

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Photo of swede96
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 12 oz beer glass. The color was a light amber. The head came on nicely at about 1". Not a real creamy head but left nice lacing all the way down the glass as I drank the brew. Smell was a light hoppy pleasant smell and the taste was very good with just a slight hoppy finish. Taste had a good balance. Mouthfeel was good, not thin and watery like most lagers. Drinkability was wonderful, mos definately will buy this brew again.

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Photo of DevilDogBeer
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blue Paddle Pilsener was poured in to a standard pint glass. It was a true to style yellow color with a pure white head. The head was about one finger but turned to wisps fast; it did lace for the glass, the head fading may have been some residue of soap in the glass. The smell had the distinct pilsen yeast with a light floral hop. The taste was crisp and clean and ha a great pilsener taste. The hops were a good balan e but did not dominate. Very good with hints of the crystal malt for complexity. A clean aftertaste finishes this great specimen off right! Worth hunting for! Cheers!

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle

Blue Paddle Pilsener Lager was bright gold in color with good clarity. It had a white head with good retention and lacing. The smell was light malt and noble hops. The taste was a nice blend of noble hops over a light malt base with some bitterness coming through. The finish was dry and a touch bitter. It was medium-light in body with medium carbonation. Drinkability was very good. This is a tasty pilsner that is crisp and refreshing and well worth a try.

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Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 410 ratings.