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Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

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1,075 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,075
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 21
Gots: 83 | FT: 0
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 JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz from the Coop for about $1.40.. poured into my New Belgium goblet.

3/4" white head dropped quickly leaving behind nice lace rings... Crystal clear straw gold.

Pale malts and grassy hops are the only aroma.

Flavor is very clean pale malt and good bitter backbone with earthy hops mid palate that melt away quickly making me want another sip. Ideal body and carbonation.

A tough style to do well, but New Belgium has Blue Paddle dialed in... solid ... very nice across the board leaving me with no complaints. I typically don't pick up the NB brews that often, because I just don't like Fat Tire.. but their Triple, Dubbel, and pils are the brews I frequently get when I want a taste of Europe without spending too much. Also Blue Paddle is a great gateway beer for the Macro drinker who wants to branch out.. "Here .. try this... it's Bud with flavor."

JohnGalt1, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very pale yellow appearance, high carbonation, low lacing and head. Aroma was negligible.

Taste, a tad prickly, zippy hop feel, for how nuanced and underwhelming overall the effect on the palate the hops would have. Not bad for summertime for sure.

A good beer to have around for those who appreciate more than BMC, or when in need of a thirst quencher or palate cleanser.

Beerandraiderfan, May 27, 2010
Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

harpus, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Rhettroactive, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of atrocity
3/5  rDev -15.3%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of Gusler
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. I’m a big fan of New Belgium, and proudly say that this is one of a handful of “Lagers/Pils”, that I actually like.

Gusler, Nov 11, 2002
Photo of drummermattie02
3/5  rDev -15.3%

drummermattie02, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of scruffwhor
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

scruffwhor, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of WoodBrew
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

WoodBrew, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of Bitterbill
4.43/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Bitterbill, Nov 27, 2005
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.43/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of tone77
3.31/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

tone77, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of Haybeerman
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Haybeerman, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of bsuedekum
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

bsuedekum, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of Dogbrick
2.93/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Dogbrick, Feb 13, 2003
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

twiggamortis420, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

OWSLEY069, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of tavernjef
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

tavernjef, Apr 27, 2006
Photo of Duff27
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Duff27, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Cyberkedi, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of barnzy78
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

barnzy78, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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, that’s 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 don’t find it typical of the style and certainly couldn’t 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 I’ve 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.

RoyalT, Aug 23, 2003
Photo of KevinGordon
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%

KevinGordon, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of champ103
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

champ103, Sep 02, 2008
Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 1,075 ratings.