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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 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 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 orbitalr0x
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
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!

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Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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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 bubseymour
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a Folly summer sampler that had this one in it. Decent pilsner look with good head and retention. Smell isn't much. Tasty is buscuity/bready and crisp finish. Not too much hop flavors coming through aside from the crisp dry finish.

Overall this I a well balanced easy drinking pilsner but could be a tad more flavorful. Would probably not go out of my way to seek out again but fine to drink if offered one.

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Photo of CU570M
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of Hunter
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of Pecorasc
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of corey0212
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
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!

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Photo of champ103
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of beernut7
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.11/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of abents
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.12/5  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.

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