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Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

Blue Paddle PilsnerBlue Paddle Pilsner

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Ratings: 812
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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-18-2001)
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Photo of StonedTrippin


3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

yeah this isnt the most intriguing beer on the planet, but its a worthwhile summer sipper. it smells as german as it does czech on the malt profile, dusty and dry, sturdy but light enough to be easy drinking. the hops enter a little bit in the flavor, but its only in the finish and very subdued. this is a straight up pils, more robust than is traditional, but its not a beer for hop heads. the finish is dry after just a second, and a certain thirst quenching element is there, thankfully. it feels a little filling to me, maybe a little heavier in body than most beers from this genre, but the carbonation is good and its an easy 6pack on a late summer afternoon. no complaints with this, it just isnt getting me off ya know?

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 23:52:50 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of u2carew


4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 16:28:23 | More by u2carew
Photo of TownDunkel


3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Blue Paddle Pilsner - Never had seen this one before at the beer store and I do enjoy a good pilsner on these hot days so why not

Appearance - Your usual run of the mill light yellow and clear nice but still looks like a good beer.

Smell - A very mellow hints of thistle, hops, and fresh greens. I wish it was a bit more pungent though, since it is a bit weak unless you smelling straight out of the bottle

Taste - This one has a neat mix of an IPA mixed with your usual pilsner. Unfortunately there is not much flavor and it is pretty basic.

Mouthfeel - This beer excelled here on the mouthfeel and keeps staying around with a good amount carbonation.

Overall - This is a decent beer, not one of my favorites so maybe it just is personal taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 01:09:04 | More by TownDunkel
Photo of speter

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Lightly golden with two fluffy fingers of foam that fade with moderate lace.

S: Grassy noble hops and light biscuit pilsener malt. Very well balanced.

T: Fairly malty with a tendency towards some chocolate hints. There is an odd hollowness just after mid-palate, just before the hops kick in towards the end. The finish is great: hoppy bitterness without the common lager metallic twang.

M: Spot-on Czech pilsener.

O: If I could, I'd give this a 3.25. The hollowness spoils what would be an otherwise stellar Czech pilsener. Nonetheless, this is better than average.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 20:16:57 | More by speter
Photo of Jsteez


3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A-It was straw yellow color with hints of gold. Light carbonation. The head was thick and foamy. Once the thick foam dissipated, there was a white soapy head that remained on the surface throughout consumption. Nice lacy sides. It looked good!

S-Not much here, maybe some faint dry hops and a sweet malt.

T-Dry, bitter, peppery, and some hops. I can sense some bread and maybe some light citrus, but not a lot. The dry and peppery aftertaste lingered on my palate.

M-Medium-light bodied smooth feel. Quite refreshing.

Overall-This pilsner is a great sessionable brew to enjoy during the remaining summer months. I have to admit I have tried better pilsners, however this is a solidly good brew. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 16:42:13 | More by Jsteez
Photo of mvanaskie13


3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a narrow pint glass; color is straw with bright white head that laces very well, carbonation is light but it could have been a touch warm

Smell is mild pilsner malt with some very light hop notes, neutral - must be something in their to thin out the maltiness and strength of scents but done well.

Taste is a little thin on hop flavor, but the pilsner malts are done well and flavorful - some thining flavors but not hindering flavor.

Mouthfeel is a cross between a kolsch and pilsner, a little more lingering bready feel than typical pilsners but some crispness from the hops and carbonation.

Overall, a well done pilsner, great after a hot and laborous day.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 01:39:22 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of TheRealBigC


3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blue Paddle is a simple, no frills pilsener. Looks how you'd expect, smells like you'd expect, tastes like you'd expect, etc. The good news is that it works just fine. It's full flavored, even if its elements are simple. I took a six pack of this out to Lake Tahoe and had several while barbequeing and felt it was perfect for the time.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 17:51:32 | More by TheRealBigC
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.43/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
Serve at 38°F, 4.8% ABV, and Best By 28OCT12.

A - Like a good pilsner should be, Blue Paddle shimmers a goldenrod color with brilliant clarity. A tall white head tops the beer and slowly falls down, decorating the whole glass in thick lace.

S - Blue Paddle is pretty subtle on the aroma, offering a very light rice-like note to the grainy pale malts which provide a simple base for the open floral noble hops. The scent touches on gardening; plants and earth, with an herbal quality that's inviting.

T - Quite flavorful indeed, Blue Paddle's bouquet features spicy and floral Saaz noble hops with a backdrop of mild grainy malt sweetness and soft water.

M - A smooth entry quickly leads to a dry, bitter burst on the tongue that's quickly washed down with a champagne-like carbonation level that finishes out clean.

O - Blue Paddle is a relatively bare-bones, simple beer, but certainly not without flavor! This delectable, incredibly refreshing beer is a quintessential summer session beer, gently offering bitterness and hop characteristics of a cleanly lagered pilsner; something a hop-head who doesn't want to get bashed across the face with resin would really dig. Blue Paddle is incredibly well-done.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 00:10:45 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of vkv822


3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz : pint glass

Clear golden with a foamy white head that leaves pleasant lacing.

Lightly sweet grainy malts, with grassy spice hop accents.

Grassy, spicy hops with some clean, malty backing.

Medium body, with active, bubbly carbonation. Clean finish.

A well done Czech pilsner. Easy drinking, light but flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 09:09:39 | More by vkv822
Photo of AEArider


3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear pale straw with a white head sticky enough to leave a good amount of lacing. Smell is bready but also notes of vegetation and citrus. Taste is full, making the experience of drinking a relatively light beer like this enjoyable (as opposed to a necessary step toward toward drunkenness *cough). Mouthfeel is light, smooth and certainly sessionable. Enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 05:11:14 | More by AEArider
Photo of TCMike


3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a light golden color, and produced a 2 finger white head.

The aroma was decent...of biscuit, light malt, almost lager like.

The taste was similar, but with a faint hop bitterness. The mouth-feel was light, and carbonation was a little above the medium range.

Easy drinking. The beer is decent, but leaves room for improvement.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 01:00:37 | More by TCMike
Photo of soju6


3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden color with a decent head that fades to ample lacing.

S: Aroma of mild malt sweetness, fresh grain and a bit of spice.

T: Starts with a nice crisp tart with some malt sweetness. Continues with a mellow bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Light body, crisp and refreshing. Nice balance.

O: Nice drinker that goes down easy especially on a hot afternoon. pretty true to the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 19:42:24 | More by soju6
Photo of intensify


3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Best Before" stamped on the side of the label. Read July 15, 2012. About a month and a half away so this review might not be completely "legit" because of the age of the beer. Anyhow...

A- Golden body with a 1 finger head. Some lacing, but nothing crazy.

S- Hay-like aroma up front. Lemon zest, mango and spices.

T- Starts off with a zesty kick which then turns into a bitter, hop like finish. Lemon zest and malts.

M- Thin bodied, medium carbonation and a dry finish. Easy to drink.

Good for the style. Not my cup of tea, but I would drink another if it was offered.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 05:57:15 | More by intensify
Photo of lwillitz


3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-oz boottle into weizen glass

A - crystal-clear straw yellow under 3 fingers of white foam; moderate carbonation; nice trail of lace

S - light grains with a touch of honey; hint of floral

T - semisweet grains with grassy hops, hint of pine; short bitter finish

M - light/medium body, high carbonation; biting, but fairly refreshing

O - On par for the style, but nothing spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 20:38:53 | More by lwillitz
Photo of Beejay


3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Yellow in color, and crystal clear. Large with head on top, that dissipates rather quickly.

S: Some light toasty notes, as well as possibly a hint of corn. Faint floral notes, as well as some dried straw. Maybe something a tad metallic in the finish.

T: Tons of toasty biscuit notes, some floral notes coming back, the bitterness feels a little odd to me, and lingers on for quick awhile.. the bitterness is a little reminiscent of anise. Slight sweetness in the finish.

M: Light in body, the carbonation is fine, and plenty abundant giving a carbonic bite to the finish.

O: I recalled not liking this beer for years, finally giving it a second try, I can say that it is definitely better than I remember, but still not something amazing. The bitterness seems out of joint with the rest of the flavor profile, and the lingering bitterness and bite don't help. I guess it's just not a beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 02:19:06 | More by Beejay
Photo of rangerred


3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light gold with a rocky 1.5 finger head. Absolutely amazing lacing that clings in big chunks to the sides of the glass.

The aroma has some lemon, grass, and hay along with a little bit of caramel. Pretty good balance between malt and hop aroma.

The flavor is slightly lacking but there is decent bread and caramel malt flavor and a touch of lemony hops. All are a little weak, though. A moderate bitterness is present that lingers in the throat.

Overall, a slightly above average pilsener and a really good effort from New Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 00:21:03 | More by rangerred
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a lighter straw color with fabulous clarity. The head is a three finger white color with thick bubbles, frothy texture, and underwhelming retention. Lacing is pretty decent for a pilsner.

S: Features a typical noble hop aroma: grassy, earthy, zesty and slightly dank. There's also a slight hint of sweet malt lagging behind. Pilsners never impress me in terms of aroma, but that's rarely the beers fault, just mine.

T: Mellow, mild, and simple - but great drinkability. Touches of lemongrass and earth initially appear, before giving way to light bready malt tone. Mild zestiness on the finish. This is the kind of pilsner I go for, though perhaps it could use a little more flavor depth.

M: Very light texture with only a hint of tongue drying on the finish. Well carbonated. Basic but effective mouthfeel overall.

O: Not a world beater, in fact it's pretty middle of the road (like most things New Belgium), but this is something little 170 lb. me could kill a six pack of on a hot summer day, without feeling like I'm drinking a water facsimile. In that regard, it earns high marks in drinkability/overall score.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 19:09:40 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of Goblinmunkey7


3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Perfectly clear pale gold/straw. Head is bright-white, with a tight carbonation, smooth, and slightly sticky. Head drops to a thin cap in short order and falls apart after a minute or two.

Smell: Pale malts. Faintly grassy. Some small hints of sweetness. Distinct lager yeast aroma. Faintly floral with some herbal notes. Hops are mildly citrusy and floral. Delicate and then some.

Taste: Pale malts layered over some mildly floral hop flavors. Touches of orange zest. Sweetness from the malts. Lager yeast adds a grassy, almost earthy dimension. Extremely mellow. Bready, as in dough.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean. Lighter side of medium on the body with a higher side of medium for the carbonation. A touch of dryness on the back.

Overall: A summer drinking beer, like it was intended. Crisp and refreshing and delightfully middle of the road.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 18:14:29 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Photo of angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for acquiring this

Consumed 5/12/12

Appearance: Clear and golden, starts off with a little, white head, fades to a little ring, good for the style

Smell: Very clean - lager yeast, floral and herbal aromas - like many New Belgium beers, it's rather mellow and delicate - sweet, clean, pale malts - floral beyond the yeast and hops

Taste: Mellow and remarkably inoffensive - clean, pale malts, slightly bready and grainy - some slight spiciness from the hops and/or yeast, but mostly floral - a touch of grass as well - very mildly bitter

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, nicely carbonated, mostly crisp

Overall: A good Pilsner

I feel lucky to have something from New Belgium whenever I have the opportunity, and I am beginning to see some common threads. Delicate, balanced, and drinkable. There is nothing particularly remarkable about Blue Paddle, but there's nothing bad, either.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 20:38:55 | More by angrybabboon
Photo of CTraft


3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 2.5 finger head, does not keep; cloudy yellow, rather dark for a pilsner, moderate, but persistent carbonation

Aroma: faint yeast

Taste: bold, strong, yeast taste

Mouthfeel: thick, light carbonation, consistent throughout, mouthfeels stays for a while

Overall: This is one of my first quality pilsners, and I am rather impressed. This has a much stronger taste and is better than I imagined.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 19:17:25 | More by CTraft
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Extremely clear, yellow beer topped by a small white head. Spotty lace is slick and impermanent. Also visible are many rising carbonation bubbles...

S: Musky grain, saltine crackers, and faint peppery citrus. Basic aromas that are fairly clean and crisp.

T: Dry, stale bread grains with a lemony kick. Some spiciness and even bitterness. Plenty of carbonation. Flavors seem somewhat disjointed and scattered.

M: Not bad... Slick, light body, some graininess through the finish.

An alright pils but there are better ones for this style.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 16:26:50 | More by tastybeer
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear yellow color under a lumpy, pure white head of fluffy foam. Webby lacing. Appears pretty well carbonated. Weak, clean, dusty grain aroma. Pretty much nothing from the hops department. Grassy, lightly spiced flavor over crispy cracker grain with a slight, fine sweetness. Quite crisp and dry, perhaps a bit too much, though it could just be in contrast to the overall mildness of the rest of the beer. Light bodied with a bitter finish. Far from awful, just sort of lacking.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 00:05:27 | More by wedge
Photo of JuicesFlowing


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
Photo of morimech


3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear straw color with two plus fingers of head that had good retention. The head slowly settles to a nice looking cap. Heavy lacing is left on the surface of the glass during consumption.

Mostly a dry pilsner malt aroma. Not picking up much noble hop notes. It does have a clean lager aroma.

Clean taste as well but I like a little more hop charactor in my pilseners. Not getting any Saaz hops but more of a generic noble hop flavor. It is dry which I enjoy.

Light body with lively carbonation. About what I expect in a well crafted pilsener.

Not up to European standards but a perfectly serviceable New World attempt. Nice drinkable ABV. Clean and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 21:46:39 | More by morimech
Photo of beagle75


3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Very clear, medium golden color with two fingers of white foam head that diminish to a partial pad. Heavy lacing remains on the glass and a few solitary bubbles climb lazily in the column.

S: Lightly toasted grain, popcorn, faint dried hay, a trace of honey, and a vacuous enduring note of carbon dioxide.

T: Begins dry, with understated grainy pilsner malt and ascetic herbaceous hop aromatics that seem out-performed by precocious bitterness. Acidity is appropriate into the middle where some peppery spice is briefly detected. Malt flavors become honest and bready, retaining their previous grainy character but becoming bigger and more dynamic. The finish has some floral presence, but is less bitter and less malty than at other points in the profile.

M: Thin to medium viscosity; wet, slightly creamy, and slightly astringent on the palate; with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This American-brewed pilsner lager seems a bit restrained by comparison to the top-tier of craft-brewed domestic pilsners such as Victory Prima Pils, but matches up fairly well with respectable European brands. Malt stands out more than hops, without really being malt-focused, although hop bitterness is present almost throughout the taste. It definitely doesn't measure up as an IPL flavored with noble hops, but it does hit the traditional pilsner dartboard--if not the bullseye.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 19:55:19 | More by beagle75
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