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Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

Blue Paddle PilsnerBlue Paddle Pilsner

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Ratings: 813
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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Photo of smurphy77


3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light color, light in carbonation, light on alcohol and light on flavor. Picked this beer up b/c I wanted something of a session beer that I could drink indiscriminately. That's exactly what I got.

This beer pours with a lot of head that clears quickly. The smell is almost non-existent and the taste is mild. There is a slightly sweet, slightly carbonated, slightly bitter mix to the taste. Nothing offensive, but nothing to set it apart either. It is drinkable in so far as it's an easy going beer but it's not the type of thing you'd seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 01:50:47 | More by smurphy77
Photo of tbone53


3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

comes in a 12 oz. bottle that has a easy to read born on date. the bottle even tells you what temp. to drink it at.i poured it into a pint glass.
a:a real lite color and not much of a head.
s:faint smell of beer.
t:taste ok nothing spectacular.
m:does not fill the mouth with a lot of flavor.
d:easy drinking.
this would be a good beer if your trying to weine your freinds off of lite beer. this is a good sesion beer. you can probably throw a few of these back. i havent decided if im going to buy this again or not.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 17:05:26 | More by tbone53
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 seedee17


3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall, this beer is what I expected. I have been trying to break my habit of always going for the 'big' beers, and this is a nice change. Pours golden, with a nice fluffy head that leaves beautiful lace and hangs on 'til the end of the beer. The taste is light, but not without flavor. Nice to have a beer with subtle subtlties for a change. I was surprised by the mouthfeel of this beer, which was pretty substantial, not watery like expected. Nice maltiness and hops are balanced and make a refreshing brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2006 02:28:46 | More by seedee17
Photo of mjgooner13

New York

3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Hazy straw color...fluffy white 2 finger head with loads of small bubbles...

S- Crisp floral notes

T- Nice bit of spice and hops to to add to the floral...

M- Lighter bodied, crisp and fresh tasting...spice hangs out in the mouth for a little...very easy drinking

O- No real big flavors, but certainly a good-light summer beer...so if that is what you are looking for, then pick one up..

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 14:16:09 | More by mjgooner13
Photo of burtonbe


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

A - Beautiful golden appearance. Very clear. Nice bubbly carbonation. Thick head that leaves significant lacing.

S - Somewhat faint smell. Malty, light hoppy smell. Nothing special.

T - I'm getting a grapy, almost white-wine like essense. Good balance with the bitterness. Almost a sulfur accent. A little dry.

M - Good for the style. Nice carbonation. It has a nice body; not too thin, not too thick.

D - I don't think this stands out in this category. Very average. Acceptable, but not special.

Overall a good brew, but far from perfect. I might recommend this to others, but I can't help but feel wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 01:04:41 | More by burtonbe
Photo of swede96


4/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 14:42:18 | More by swede96
Photo of ppvora


3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The label on this beer says Pilsner/Lager. I guess there is such a thing as a combination of Pilsner and Lager.

Appearance: Golden hue, very slight copper tones. Half a finger of head, good aeration dissipates quickly.

Aroma: Malty with some sweet melon tones.

Taste: Barley, some very subtle hops. No sweetness despite the sweet melon aroma. Very straight barley taste, no complexity.

Mouthfeel: Nothing significant to report.

Overall: OK, not sure that I would buy another 6-pack of this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 12:05:29 | More by ppvora
Photo of CrescentFresh


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

This has to be one of my favourite pilseners. It was a mid-grade yellow color (typical for a pilsener), very clear, and actually retained a head for about 5 minutes. More carbonated than Fat Tire, which is what I like. Also, unlike Fat Tire, I could still drink it when it warmed up a bit (I drink my beer slowly to enjoy it).

Overall, 3.5 out of 5 swills.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2004 04:41:11 | More by CrescentFresh
Photo of GeoffM


3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Awe-inspiring pale golden color with a beautiful cratered head that sticks around to the very end. Incredible lacing. Just a beauty to behold. I could look at it all day.

Smell - Hoppy, faint wheat and wooden notes. Malts are in there but the nose is not very well-balanced. Still pretty nice.

Taste - Just like the box says, refreshingly bitter. Hoppy, not nearly at an IPA level but still pretty bitter. Malts at the end, finish could be better but mostly it's a very nice, refreshing beer. Drinkability is excellent.

Overall - Just a very solid, very nice beer. I nearly drank the whole six pack in a night. Bitterness lets you know the beer's there, but very approachable. Very good offering from New Belgium, a pleasant surprise.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 05:52:56 | More by GeoffM
Photo of rsvlbrwr


3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice initial thick head but doesn't retain long. Mild aroma of malt. SLight hop smell. Quite easy to drink but not as much hop as would be expected in a true pilsner. Enjoyable but would score better with more hops. Light bodied with dry finish. Fits well with the hot Sacramento summer. Goes down way to easy.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2005 17:40:01 | More by rsvlbrwr
Photo of BaronVonHawkeye


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

12 oz. bottle purchased at New Belgium, poured into Pilsner glass

A: Solid gold color, exactly what a pilsner should look like beer wise. Thin white head, leaving faint white lace rings.

S: Fresh malt smell with almost zero hop scent.

T: Clean malt flavor with a mild hop aftertaste. Not necessarily a deep array of flavors, but certainly very well balanced.

M: Light and pilsner perfect. It feels like a pilsner.

D: Definitely a session beer. With low ABV and a clean taste, light mouthfeel, you can drink these all day. Definitely an addition to my summer beer list.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2007 00:50:48 | More by BaronVonHawkeye
Photo of DocAJ


3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gift from a fellow BA; Poured from 12 oz bottle into Pilsener glass

A-straw-light gold color that poured with a big fluffy white head, lots of carb action going on, head disappeared quicker than I thought it would, but lacing stuck arround

S-slight aroma, floral hops and grassy notes

T-zesty citrus, bready notes, well balanced hops/malt flavour

M-light bodied, high carb, dry finish

D-too bad I only had one!

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 22:59:31 | More by DocAJ
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 genek


3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been waiting for an excuse to cough up and buy this guy, and I'm real excited to pop up a review

Beautiful pour, Head was very dense true white and obscenely creamy. Great color, straw yellow with maybe a bit of gold, and lively carbonation. Head receded in about 5 min leaving great lacing and plop of creamy goodness right in the middle of the glass.

Not too prominent, my buddy can smell more off of it than I can. I got equal parts of floral and honeyish notes in the back, My buddy can get a bit of fruitiness that I can't quite pick up.

Very light, bouncy in the mouth with loads of bubbles. All the flavors mingle very subtly. Hops hit you real quick and hang around till the end, ever so slight tannins which add the the beer wonderfully. Trying to identify this last flavor here, reminiscent of lactose, not so much the taste but the mild sugars that are there but hardly recognizable. The bitterness is almost out of place and masked by the dryness, though very apparent.

Mouthfeel is wonderful, maybe a bit bubbly but it hangs around just long enough to want another sip. very smooth after the first second of carbonation.

These guys could go down smooth all night long. at 4.8 percent it might catch up to you, but its so smooth and crisp that you just want to pop one more. After a long time it might get you a deadend palate but it would take a while.

Very crisp, very smooth. After a days hardwork in the kitchen or workin on the power lines you could for sure cool down with a sixer of these. Unfortunately, we got them in December... but I'll remember in July.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 00:17:34 | More by genek
Photo of fuchebu


3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have grown to be a bit leery of New Belgium products. While the Triple is excellent, they have several like the Flat Tire that are highly overrated. The Blue Paddle Pilsner falls into the category of overhyped beer. It is a very basic brew being paraded as something special.

It has a nice golden hue but also that grassy nose similar to Heineken and other mainstream imports. There is a bit of chewiness to the flavor and it is a good crisp, drinking beer but it is very non-distinctive. The label promotes it as "reflective of Europe's finest pilsners". I've noted before that it reminds me more of Heineken than of Christofel Blonde so I would be curious to know what they regard as a fine pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2003 16:04:52 | More by fuchebu
Photo of deadsquirt


3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden yellow, and exhibited a very thin head. Mouthfeel was good, and over drinkability is quite nice. Of the New Belgium offerings that I've had thus far, this is one of the better of the bunch. I'm not a huge pilsner drinker, but this one was quite good. I would definitely give it another try.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2006 02:40:52 | More by deadsquirt
Photo of jthelamontagne

Ontario (Canada)

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

A: pale Gold, light carbonation, brilliant pale malt colour

A: toasty, lovely crust of a fresh baguette

T: hop bite halfway through. Maltose cracker, Burnt rice & roasted corn. well balanced. Very nice.

M: Slight and smooth carbonation.

F: bitter exhaust, like dry pine needles.... in a good way.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 18:58:53 | More by jthelamontagne
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