Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing

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Blue Paddle PilsnerBlue Paddle Pilsner

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Ratings: 1,179
Reviews: 408
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 21
Gots: 136 | 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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Ratings: 1,179 | Reviews: 408
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a light golden color with a two finger head of fizzy foam. The head has a great level of retention, very slowly fading over time to leave lots of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is rather light overall with the aroma constituted mostly by a slightly grainy and bready smell. Beyond these aromas are some very light hints of grass and some lighter fruits of an apple and pear nature.

Taste – The taste begins with a quite bready flavor mixed with a little bit of fruit of apple and pear. Along with these flavors are some lighter flavors of caramel and a little bit of a grainy taste. As the taste moves forward the fruit fades a tad all while the grain grows stronger with some hop flavors of a grassy and slightly yeasty taste coming to the tongue. With a surge of the grain that comes at the very end, and a lighter level of an herbal taste, one is left with a moderately crisp, but still rather flavorful and malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather thin with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. For the style and the moderately sweet, yet crisp and bready taste,s the feel is rather nice and creates a rather easy drinking feel for the pilsner style.

Overall –A little on the sweeter side, but with enough grassy and herbal hop and some more bready and grainy flavors to keep it all balanced. And at an only 4.8 % abv. this is a rather nice easy drinking pils. A great summer time brew.

Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of illidurit
3.09/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of cokes
4.27/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Sunny gold with streams of carbonation underneath a puffy white froth.
Sourdough aroma, traces of sulfur and twist of lemon on the nose.
Taste begins dry in a saltine cracker sense. Uppity CO2 levels accentuate the dryness. A crusty bagel toastiness emerges midway. Lemongrass hops enter and ride this one into the dock.
Light-bodied. Perhaps a bit dilute, but forgiveable due to its liveliness and quenching properties.
Downable in groups of 6.
One of the more authentic American pils I've run across. And probably one of the better ones too.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear pale golden color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice sticky lacing. The aroma is a balance of spicy noble hops and biscuity malt. It has nice strength for the style, and is pleasing. The taste leans toward the maltier side, with little hops coming through. It is a rather light it flavor for a pilsener. The mouthfeel is light bodied with aggressive carbonation, and an almost (but not quite) watery texture. Overall, this is a mediocre beer that I will probably not drink again.

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

Pours a clear straw color with hints on honey. Big soapy pure white head that settles into a puffy cap.

The aroma is of a crackery pils malt with some grainy notes. A bit of a spicy hop but quite subtle. I prefer not to have that strong of a grainy aroma.

The taste is light and crisp. Dry crackery malt mixes with a grassy/peppery/spicy hop to give the beer that pils flavor. Light metallic notes in the finish.

The feel is light, almost watery. Plenty of fizzy carbonation to add to the crispness of the beer. Finishes fairly clean with a light hoppy bitterness in the finish. Overall it is a bit lacking on the feel.

A decent pils but has too much of a grainy flavor and the body is a bit watery.

Photo of Suds
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I enjoy a good, cool pilsner on a warm day. This one was nice...clear and golden, with a bright head. The aroma is bready, with malt and spicy hops. Touch of sulfur. The taste is mildly sweet. Medium in body and clean. Nice.

Photo of morimech
3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of canucklehead
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a fairly tasty take on a German Pils that hits the right notes on both hopping and finish. Don't get me wrong this is isn't up there with the great German Pils but I would buy this in the Summer as a thirst quencher.I really enjoyed the pleasant semisweet finish which helps make it food friendly.

Photo of alexgash
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a sparkling yellow with a mountainous white fluffy head. Hops are there, and I can smell light malt. Taste starts out with a hint of malt, but this is quickly flung aside by a wave of tart, sprucey, spicy, bitter hops. I like, although it could be a little more balanced. Mouthfeel is adequate, not too thin; plenty of carbonation. I'm starting to get into pilsners (finally) and this one did not disappoint too much.

Photo of Florida9
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very clear gold in color. Forms a moderate sized white head. Good retention, though it eventually falls to a stable surface coating and a large ring around the edge. Lots of lacing.

S: Aroma is about what is to be expected, some lighter pale malts, some pilsner malt, and a moderate dose of grassy/herbal noble hops.

T: Taste is more of the same. Light pale malt, some pilsner to keep things interesting, and then some light herbal noble hops. However, the beer does seem to finish a bit watery.

M: On the lighter side of things, but with more body than your average American brew. Mild bitterness. Moderate carbonation. Mildly dry.

O: As with many New Belgium beers, I get the impression this one is brewed for the cross-over drinker and, while it is clearly a step up from the American Adjunct Lager, it is also clearly brewed with a heavy dose of restraint. Certainly drinkable, but nothing too exciting either.

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

Bought in the 12 oz brown bottle with the canoe on the label ( I always like New Belgium labels)
Wow this beer poured a monsterous white foamy head..massive..it settled down after 5 minutes thoughg..nice golden beer below..good looking pils.
the aroma is quite average for this type the noble hops..weak malts etc.
weird flavour throughout each mouthful..its not bad..just cant place it....odd bitterness not the usual Noble hop taste..well whatever its pretty good.
average in the mouth , nothing out of the ordinary.
A pretty drinkable but forgettable brew..ok i suppose.

Photo of birchstick
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - clear yellow with a huge head
S - grains and malts, typical smelling pislner
T - very grainy and malty and; a dose of hop bitterness at the end
Mf - goes down very well, nicely carbonated
D - easy to drink and goes down quickly...perfect summer beer.

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

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a glass tumbler. Freshness date on label. Single purchased from Skee Vue Liquors (Breckenridge, CO) for $1.49.

A: Pale honey yellow with one-finger nearly white head with decent retention and some nice lacing.

S: Delicious noble hops aromas are nicely mixed with sweet, cereal grain and pale malt aromas. A light citrus is there as well.

T: The flavor definitely has the all-malt quality with depth of slightly sweet malt flavor, light skunky graininess, and medium-dry noble hops finish.

M: Medium-bodied with good carbonation to keep a little prickle. Slightly skunky and sweet grain aftertaste.

D: A solid pilsener with excellent all-malt goodness with a strong noble hops presence. More of that hoppiness, and I think this beer would be even better.

Photo of jsh420
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours gold with a 1 finger head that fades fast left no lacing

smells of lemon and grassy hops but has some macro malt smell

taste is like the nose - good amount of lemon and grassy bitter hops but cant shake the macro malts

mouthfeel is a tad heavier then i would like for this style

drinkability is good - priced right and low abv

Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce bottle is two months before "best by" date. Pours a crystal clear light golden body that is alive with carbonation. Two finger vanilla head hangs around a few minutes and deposits some attractive spiderweb lace.

Aroma features grassy and spicy hops with a hint of bready pilsner malt.

Light medium body is smooth and well carbonated.

Taste has a subtle crackery and bready malt base that has just a faint hint of sweetness. Grassy and spicy noble hops run the show and exhibit a solid bitterness throughout. Finishes clean, with a grassy hop bitterness in a long finish.

This is another solid American pilsener and one I will stock up when warmer weather rolls around. Very well crafted and highly drinkable.

Photo of Vancer
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now this is a different pils. Same looking pour as American pilsners, but much more in the aroma. The crisp noble hops flair up , and the taste is also much hoppier than what I expected. Sharp and tangy, this makes for an exceptional drinker, either just for one or many. A much tastier option vs. the BMCs out there.

Photo of Fatehunter
2.76/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass. Finger of head, light clear straw colored body.
Smells doughy and like pine tree resin. It's a little off-putting to me.
Malty taste (for a lager), mild bitterness at the end, short finish.
Light body, fairly low carbonation.
Pretty average, except for the smell. Good for a summer day.

Photo of Boto
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale straw yellow in color. It has a small fizzy head that goes away quite quickly. Fair amount of hops to the nose. Similar amount of hoppiness to the taste, which overpowers a slight sweetness. A mediocre pilsner, but still not too bad. I'm still amazed that this brewery can put out some really good beers, followed by some very non-descript ones. If you want a good pilsner, try Victory Prima Pils to see what one should really taste like!

Photo of msubulldog25
3.86/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The only offering at yesterday's office gathering I had NOT tried before. A 12 oz. bottle, showing an ever-so-slightly reduced 4.8% ABV and a "best before" date of 05SEP08. Sipped the first one from the bottle, second poured to a pint glass.

A: Wow, gorgeous pour. Quite clear, vibrant golden color, loads of speedy carbonation. Head forms a 3-finger white pillow, that crackles softly as it falls. Plenty of sticky lace cobwebs.

S: Pleasant dry cracker/bread with a zip of herbal/woodsy hopping.

T: Treads the fine line between a subtly sweet honey/malt and a tangy hop bitterness. Hops impart dry spice and a pithy zest, finish is long and dry.

M: Not quite as crisp as I'd hoped for, with a faint pasty/starchy texture left behind. A hint of butteriness. Light body, hops do their best to keep the finish clean & refreshing.

D: Definitely likable, a better than average pilsener. I had no idea what to expect from New Belgium when crafting this style and must admit I was pleasantly surprised. This one I'd probably get again, even when the office isn't buying...

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of wedge
2.87/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

beautiful transparent gold color. simply beautiful.

Nose - lemon zest, overal citrusy, fresh and clean.

Palate - Assertive (but not overly so) Saaz tangyness right away. Smooth. Dry, with some malt sweetness to round out.

Certainly not a Saaz monster but balanced.

Finish is an expected clean, crispness. Very appetizing, drinkable.

Photo of harrymel
2.34/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 06/22/10
Light golden straw. No head. continuous bubbles from etching in glass. Superb clarity. Smells a touch skunky over the base of straw scented malts. Bitter pilsner flavor. Taste is a bit too bitter for a good pilsner style, more like a kolsch.

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

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear pale straw with an off-white and frothy head which rose very tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was lightly spicy with hops coupled with a low maltiness and light caramel. A very slight DMS, corn this time, was present and pleasant.

The flavor was nicely crisp with a noticeable maltiness balanced well with a hop bittering that balanced the beer. The bittering was substantial and lasting, but restrained and not overpowering. The bittering was also slightly grassy and spicy.

The finish was dry with a lasting hop bittering long into the afteraste and beyond. Not strong in hop flavor but a nice hop bitterness for sure. The body was medium light. A nice Pils. Could have a bit more bittering still and a smidge more hop flavoring for my tastes.

12 ounce bottle dated 30 Dec 05. Thanks mentor!

Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 1,179 ratings.