Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing
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3.83/5 rDev +8.2%
On the pour the beer is a crystal clear gold color with an impressive head that is brilliant white with the residual lace a fine sheet to cling mightily to the glass. Nose is malt, clean, crisp, as most Lagers/Pils seem to be. Front is malt and slightly sweet, the top skinny, the finish has a splendid hop presence, pleasingly carbonated, droughty long lasting aftertaste. Im a big fan of New Belgium, and proudly say that this is one of a handful of Lagers/Pils, that I actually like.
11-11-2002 12:38:47 | More by Gusler
2.75/5 rDev -22.3%
Splurged on almost two full cases of mixed New Belgium beer on my vacation to Arkansas. Bought this, sunshine, skinny dip, La Folie, 1554, the Abbey, and Tripel. Thats all they had at the stores in my local Arkie area.
I've never seen a thick consistent head on any other pilsner before. Great bubbling and thick lacing to boot. The best looking pilsner I've had up to this point. But the smell didn't match the pleasant sight. Pretty musky for what was expected to be a well crafted New Belgium brew. No clean or crisp definition of the malts or hops. The flavor was slightly better than your Miller or Bud. Drinakable. Yet not what you expected from a brewery.
08-29-2006 04:36:13 | More by scruffwhor
4.43/5 rDev +25.1%
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.
07-25-2012 00:10:45 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.43/5 rDev +25.1%
Poured from bottle(room temp) a medium clear gold with a medium sized head that dissipated quickly leaving just a fine ring around the edge of the glass.
The smell is dominated by hops but there *is* a sweet aroma of malt as well.
The taste is a very nice balance between the hops and malt and has that *pilsner* taste that I've experienced with the better European examples. This is one great session beer and I thoroughly recommend it.
11-27-2005 17:19:27 | More by Bitterbill
3.78/5 rDev +6.8%
Pours out clear like any other pilsner. Clear with a golden hue. The aroma of the noble hops emerges out as the most pungent aroma. This beer goes down smooth and the clears. There is only a light and slight bitternes to this beer. Very good american interpurtation of a Czech Pilsner where most american craft beers are going for fruitful beers.
11-24-2012 14:41:33 | More by WoodBrew
2.93/5 rDev -17.2%
Acquired via trade. I have never really been a fan of the style and this one didn't really change my mind on the matter. Pours a light gold color with a medium thin off-white head and rather lively carbonation. Not much lacing to speak of. Aroma is actually rather pleasant, delivering a nice crisp hops, citrus and malt experience to the nose. Unfortunately the flavor did not match up to the aroma. I found this to be a little harsh flavor-wise, and not as clean as I was hoping. Hops flavor was nice but there was something off in the mix. Dry finish. Okay but New Belgium has better to offer.
02-13-2003 07:42:15 | More by Dogbrick
3.31/5 rDev -6.5%
Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, a bit grassy. Taste is light, malts, some breadiness, a light bitterness at the finish. Decent but mild flavor. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.
06-11-2014 12:17:55 | More by tone77
4.13/5 rDev +16.7%
Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a sweet malt and a nice dry pilsner hop. In the taste, sweet to dry malt and saaz hops. A small bite, but mainly smooth and light mouthfeel, with a clean to dry malt in the aftertaste. A clean and fresh pils, very nice.
07-28-2010 13:07:24 | More by OWSLEY069
3.55/5 rDev +0.3%
Freshness date of 11DEC09. Pours a very clear medium yellow color with a frothy and thick white head. Fades at a pretty slow pace and leaves nice, sticky lace all over the glass. This is one damn good looking pilsner.
Smell consists of wet grains, very mild grassy hops and a bit of a light melon rind fruitiness. Overall the smell is quite light and non-descript, even considering the style.
Taste is earthy and floral with a pretty good balance between graininess and a clean, bitter finish. It does not have a very 'bright' feel to it, as the almost soil-tasting malts make it seem a bit dull. Still, it is a very easy drinking lager and has enough flavor to keep it interesting.
08-23-2009 23:56:32 | More by twiggamortis420
3.85/5 rDev +8.8%
Pale and lightly smeared faint lemon yellow. Soft, firm, small white cap lifts from an active pour. Sparce bubbles rise slowly within and the cap sifts into a fir, fluffy skim always present. Great alcing in huge patchy, boney-fingered blobs.
Aroma is clean but faint, light, and unzippy and/or snappy-like with a small tone of dryish sour dough bread and a fleeting saltine crackers saltyness. Hops are small and lightly spiced with an herbal leafyness.
Taste is modest with a solid and firmly smooth malty affection of soured and slightly salted bread tones. Some nice rounded floral tones dart through the middle down through the finish where it dries out with a tenderly squeezed in herbal hoppyness as it stands with decent length flirting with the bready stuff.
Feel is smooth and firm with a lower toned snap then most Pils. Crispness is there but tendered on the palate with a semi medium body and carbonation. Finish is good though with a very lasting and stern drying finish of light woods, herbs, and breads.
A pretty standard tasting Pils. Nothing stands out more then others, so its fairly good for a quick drinking session when in the mood for a Pils.
04-27-2006 01:55:00 | More by tavernjef
4.03/5 rDev +13.8%
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.
07-01-2008 00:10:55 | More by Cyberkedi
4/5 rDev +13%
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, thats 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 dont find it typical of the style and certainly couldnt 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 Ive 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.
08-23-2003 01:21:53 | More by RoyalT
3.7/5 rDev +4.5%
A- Aggressive pour leads to a two inch white head. Beer is a medium pale color with a few streams of effervescence. Well above average head retention and lacing.
S- Bready, grass characteristics.
T- Follows the nose, with a "burnt" quality. Sharp noble hop bitterness overpowers the short-lived sweet pils malt.
M- Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.
D/O- I've had better of the style, though I've certainly had worse. This is a good candidate for some with decent flavor that you could drink a lot of.
07-31-2011 22:09:24 | More by Duff27
4.1/5 rDev +15.8%
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.
09-01-2008 23:09:58 | More by champ103
3.9/5 rDev +10.2%
A: Bright, clear golden color. Poured a 3 fniger coarse white head with fair retention. Ample sticky lacing.
S: Big (really big) malt. Lemon and citrus with some bread underneath.
T: Like the smell; big malt flavor and citrus zest. Bread and pleasantly bitter hops in teh finish. Nice flavor and blaance.
M: Medium to full body. Smooth, fruity, but not too filling.
D: If you like your pilsner with some feel and flavor, this is a good pick.
11-05-2008 21:35:35 | More by Haybeerman
3.08/5 rDev -13%
Poured into a pilsener glass. Classic pale gold color with a thick 2 finger head. Nice lacing. Aroma is faint, but I can pick out some sweet toasty malt, maybe some Saaz too. Flavor is mostly cereal grain that comes out a little too heavy for the style, limiting the crispness. Now that I think about it, it's not only cereal grainy, it actually tastes like breakfast cereal. There's a Cheerios note in there! Anyway, the hops are almost nonexistent in the flavor, which also contributes to the lack of crispness. Drinkable but off the mark for the style as far as I'm concerned.
05-02-2008 07:00:46 | More by illidurit
Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
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