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Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

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1,124 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,124
Reviews: 391
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 20
Gots: 104 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of russpowell
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've had this on tap & bottle before & it was better, but this is the time I decided to review..

Golden body with good clarity and a thick white head that drops off to 1/4". Bubbles float up fromthe bottom all the way through the sample, not much lacing.

Smell: Slight floral and alcohol smell

Taste: Maltiness and a little bit of piney hops on the tounge.

Well balanced and good carbonation (need more body)

Like I stated, had better samples, just bothers me that a beer within 200 miles of home with great distribution is not consistent.

Photo of MarkyMOD
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.88/5  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

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of jwc215
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bitterbill for this one!

Poured into pils glass

Pours golden with a nice rich white head that leaves rings of lacing down the glass.

The smell is of grainy notes with grassy noble-hop spicing.

The taste is of sweet grain with a subtle bitter, slightly metallic, spiciness that leads to a dry finish. Mild but pleasant overall.

It has a clean, crisp light body.

A refreshing pils!

Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Acquired as part of the New Belgium Summer variety box (2013) at my local Von's grocery on Sunday. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average; New Belgium tends to churn out underwhelming seasonals (with the definite exception of their winter variety box) and piss-poor bombers (Lips of Faith). "Pilsner Lager." Nothing on the bottle suggests it's a Czech pilsener rather than a German pilsener. Best before November 2013. 4.8% ABV confirmed. Serve at 3 degrees Celsius. I always like their simple label art and colorful designs. Bottle cap is branded with a red and orange motif.

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger head of white/beige colour. No real creaminess. Okay thickness; it's kind of thin, actually. No lacing. Pretty decent (~3 minute) retention, though the ABV is rather modest so that shouldn't be difficult to execute. Hm. Head could use some honing. No bubble show. No "legs."

Body colour is a clear translucent yellow. No yeast particles are visible.

Typical of a German pilsner. Not looking fantastic, but it's passable. No overt flaws, though the head does disappoint. Below average vibrance but I wouldn't call it dull.

Sm: Straw/hay. Saaz and noble hops. It's actually surprisingly hoppy for the style. Clean barley. Sweetgrass. Grainy. Cereals. Lightly fruity, a biteen of lemon/lemongrass does sneak in. Lightly estery. A misty aroma of surprisingly respectably quality for the style; maybe this won't be as underwhelming as I thought. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A fresh aroma of moderate strength.

T/Mf: Straw/hay, pilsner malts, clean barley, and overdone saaz and noble hops. Not much going on here. Sweet grassiness with some light lemongrass and accompanying esters. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Some light floral character. Simple and underwhelming; little complexity or subtlety here.

To sweet for the style. I wouldn't call it flavorful.

It's crisp and clean. Smooth, but somewhat dry as well. Unrefreshing. Overcarbonated. Decent presence on the palate. Okay thickness; probably too thick considering the style. Doesn't feel at all custom-tailored to the flavour profile, but it's passable.

Not buttery, oily, harsh, biting, or refreshing.

Dr: Downable but mediocre. Another mundane effort from New Belgium. I wouldn't get it again, but for the price you could do worse for a czech pilsener. I'm happy to finish the bottles from the variety box, but there's just nothing interesting enough to bring me back. Feels careless and lazy. Not recommended. Very average indeed.

C

Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a typical pilsner scent; pale malts and a dry lager yeast finish. The taste is decent as well. It has a plain pale malt base with a slight bitterness. It has a grainy flavor and a dry finish. It goes down smooth and finishes clean and crisp. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine pilsner. It doesn't throw anything new at you, but it drinks well.

Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of GClarkage
3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12/07/04- Purchased at Piazza's Market in San Mateo, CA

Appearance- A darker bronze color of yellow, a nice billowy white head and light lacing along the glass.

Smell- Very little scent. Tired my damnedest to smell something and can only come up with maybe a corn and light miniscule hoppy scent.

Taste- Not a huge fan of Pilsners, and that's only because I haven't found a real good one yet. Alot of pils taste like Coors Light to me. This one taste a bit better than that, but still not a great taste.
Corny taste with some decent hops mixed in. A bit sweet like expected.

Mouthfeel- Highly carbonated, which made it go down less than perfect.

Drinkability- Not a real bad beer for me, but I'm still searching for a pils that I like. It looks like most people enjoy this, so I guess I would give it a go. Just not for me.

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 1/4/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance and robustness of pale malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and clean mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a nice and pleasant Czech pilsener. Good balance and robustness of pale malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

My utmost thanks to my frequent, local, in-person trader, tone77, for dropping off this CAN for me! I dropped it, causing a major dent, which is why it has been in chill mode until now.

From the CAN: "Employee Owned'.

The Crack! was made difficult by the dent and really, I was lucky it did not explode on impact. A bottle would surely have shattered from that height. Speaking of height, it also made it impossible to tell just how full the CAN actually was. I gave it an inverted Glug to get things started and for the first time in a long, long time, I got some overfoaming! The result was two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, bone-white head with excellent retention. Color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-plus quality clarity. I could see into the future! I have company coming by later. Nose had a grassy, Saaz/Noble hops presence. My mouth began to water. In the meantime, lacing had begun to appear as the head subsided. Mouthfeel was soft, not thin, not watery, but simply soft. I was really digging the way that the hops were first and foremost, which is the hallmark of the Czech Pils style. I CAN get behind German Pilseners, but they do not trip my trigger like a good Czech. Pils, I mean, although I dig Czech women, also. The grassy bitterness is such a treat and this style is what made me realize that I CAN enjoy lagers as a hophead, especially after so many CANned AALs. Finish was semi-dry, not quite as biting as some that I have had in the style. At 4.8%, definitely sessionable and perfect for the Summer cooler in the backyard.

Photo of LXIXME
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before Nov 14 2010. I'd say this is a fine German pils with a bit of Belgian influence - the grains are a touch smoother and less crisp than usual. There's also an American twist with a little more hops character than usual, though it's not so high to be out of the realm of German brewing. The barley character, like a lot of the NBB beers, has a slight cookie or biscuit taste. That goes over dry toasty grains and is followed by herbal citrus hops. All in all, a tasty pilsner that's a touch different and interesting.

Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours brilliant golden with a decent pure white head that fades to a thin ring but leaves some spotty lacing as well. Very light hop aroma with some earthy crisp notes and a touch of lager yeast in the aroma, but that's about it. taste is about the same. It lacks the crispness and bitterness of a true German Pilsner, and the finish is especially soft. There are some spicy hp notes, but its fairly one dimensional. Even so, it is still pretty refreshing on a hot spring afternoon. Some more noble hop bite and crispness would make it more so.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass
Small uneven head, with lacing and good white foam. Body is light amber/gold/yellow. Can see a little carbonation in bubbles.
Smell of biscuit, hops and cirtus, but not too lemony.
Taste was crisp and thin, but enough to recognize a pilz.
Hops was balance enough by biscuit and slight malt. A bit of citrus, left a clean feeling. Good for spring and autumn.

Photo of atrocity
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of akorsak
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A: The pils has a clean goldenrod-yellow color that is completely translucent. The head weighed in around 1 finger on pour and has receded to a small white band. The clearness of the pils is complimented by the stream of bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

S: The beer has a crisp short hop aroma and grainy malt sweetness.

T: The pils has a classic taste, strong on malts with a nice hoppy add-on. The malts are grainy, having a biscuity element that provides some hints of sweetness. The hops are short-lived but intense, giving the beer a sharp earthy zatec flavor.

M: The mouthfeel showcases the hop body nicely; this is a beer that one could drink several of.

D: Enjoyable, this beer would be perfect on a warm summer night or on a snowy winter night like tonight.

Photo of Zorro
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear golden colored beer with a decent white head.

The scent is mildly malty and grainy with a nice toasted grain aroma to it. Hops are your basic Nobel type with herbal and grassy aroma.

Taste begins quite neutral with just a little grassiness. As you drink this the flavor become solidly dry and herbal displaying the taste of Nobel hops without an overpowering bitterness. This is quite a dry Pilsener.

Mouthfeel is good.

Dry and easy to drink beer. A good choice for most any food.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a strange) best before 06feb11
A- This beer has a very slight hazy golden yellow body with a thick white foam and a strong carbonation of big bubbles that popped to the surface.
S- The slightly sweet sulfur green aroma had some noble hop qualities to it with a hint of DMS, dried leaves and a cooked corn butter note in the finish.
T- The soft clean dry pine note along with some Noble hop bite in the finish gave way to a carbonic acid drieness in the finish. The hop bite lingered a bit after the finish.
M- Medium mouthfeel with a full fizz in the finish.
D- This beer was pretty clean with a few off flavors.

Photo of John_M
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Waiting for my connection to Oakland today, and found myself with quite a bit of extra time. Stopped off at the NB hub at the Denver airport. The selection is not the best, but at least there was this.

The beer pours peachy gold color with fair at best head retention and lacing. Don't get a lot on the nose, just some light pepper, honey and citrus. HOwever, what I do detect is pleasant enough. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, though I'm happy to say this beer has a bit more flavor then I was expecting. It also has some refreshing bitterness, which goes well with the medium mouthfeel. Drinkability is not bad at all, with the alcohol very well disguised and not at all obtrusive.

Nothing to get excited about, but it beats the hell out of having another glass of Fat Tire. Would probably order this one again.

Photo of Wasatch
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear light golden yellow colour, nice carbonation, small head, some lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of malts, hops, and yeast.

T - The taste is not that bad, a little sweet/bitter, nice clean finish.

M - Light-Medium body.

D - Drinkable. Not a bad pilsner, would recommend over the Big 3 for sure though.

Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 1,124 ratings.