Blue Paddle Pilsener | New Belgium Brewing

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Blue Paddle PilsenerBlue Paddle Pilsener

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 427 | Ratings: 1,356
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and golden in color. White half-finger head that exhibits little retention, resulting in a fairly barren surface.

Smell - Grainy aroma with light hints of citrus and grass.

Taste - Follows the nose. Grainy malt body with faint hints of lemon and a slightly bitter grassy finish. Nothing particularly amazing.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with tingly carbonation. Smooth and easy, with a crisp finish. Easily the best aspect of this beer.

Overall - A very average pilsner from NB here. Clean, yes, but very little in the way of flavor. There are so many other better craft pilsners out on the market, so it's doubtful I'll ever feel the need to buy this again.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the hook-up!

A: Pours a crystal-clear pale-gold color. Bright-white, two finger head that recedes to a foamy film. Sheets of lace. Quite effervescent.

S: Smells of bread and oranges or lemons.

T: Very bright and clean. Bready malt mixed with citrusy hops. Grainy. Decent enough, if a little boring.

M: Crisp and prickly. Mouthfeel didn't change as the temperature did.

D: Despite my just above average impression of this beer, I found this to be quite refreshing on the 83 degree day that I drank it. Overall, I found it to be one-dimentional and rather boring.

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Photo of KoG
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with a rich white cap that leaves thin lacing.

Smell is a bit musty along with floral hops and not much else. Very clean.

Taste was somewhat sweet. Light malt character and not enough hops, but still tasty nonetheless. Sweet malt is more evident as it warms up with a bit of honey flavor as well as a hint of yeast.

Not a bad brew, but not something I would buy regularly.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-oz boottle into weizen glass

A - crystal-clear straw yellow under 3 fingers of white foam; moderate carbonation; nice trail of lace

S - light grains with a touch of honey; hint of floral

T - semisweet grains with grassy hops, hint of pine; short bitter finish

M - light/medium body, high carbonation; biting, but fairly refreshing

O - On par for the style, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.22/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a standard pressure-cap 12oz bottle into a weizen glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Two-finger creamy white head with tiny bubbles and creamy lacing. Head lasts a while, eating down in the middle first. Amber color with high clarity, a bit of an anomaly for the Pilsners I'm used to seeing. Not a bad looking beer.

S- Some peppercorns, honey, fresh-cut grass. Nicely aromatic, but like most light lagers of its type, not complex or rich.

T- Sweet honeyed malts, some crispness from Czech (maybe) hops. A very refreshing flavor.

M- Creamy and wet feel at first with a crisp bite from the hops and carbonation. Finished slightly bitter and dry.

O- Is this a great beer? No. But a refreshing one that feels right considering it is 80 degrees outside.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Extremely clear, yellow beer topped by a small white head. Spotty lace is slick and impermanent. Also visible are many rising carbonation bubbles...

S: Musky grain, saltine crackers, and faint peppery citrus. Basic aromas that are fairly clean and crisp.

T: Dry, stale bread grains with a lemony kick. Some spiciness and even bitterness. Plenty of carbonation. Flavors seem somewhat disjointed and scattered.

M: Not bad... Slick, light body, some graininess through the finish.

An alright pils but there are better ones for this style.

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Photo of cheers2beers
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: This beer pours a cloudy looking straw color,with a head that disapated very quickly only to leave a small white layer ontop. Also a small amount of laceing can be found,along with some nice beading floating to the top.

Smell: The aromas are very distictive,meaning this beer smells like the typical yeasts found in most German pilsner styles. Has a hay and piney scent with some rice and corn combo.

Taste: The flavors are like the nose,The hops has a barnyard hay, piney, and grassy, but not too over doing. Light and vague sweet malts seem to mellow out the hops to create a very easy quaff.Not bad. Not much alcohol detected.

Mouthfeel: Very light on the togue, crisp, and seems to be decent amount of carbonation. Easy to drink. Would be a good sessionable beer.

Drinkability: I could see myself buying this again, but more as a gateway beer to friend getting into craft. No big alcohols or strong flavors just a notch up from BMC in my own opinion.


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Photo of Gruntlumber
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

All I can say about this is it's very average. I was surprised because New Belgium produces some of the most unique, quality brews you can buy. Not saying this is not high quality, it's just the same pilsner formula that everyone seems to use. I guess I was expecting Blue Paddle to have a different twist/interpretation of the standard pilsner (ie, have a little flavor or something). Nope, this is a standard pilsner.

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Photo of Dubbercody
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well kids, it's a Pils, a drinkable brew no doubt, yet not my favorite style or even representation of the style, thanks Dad for taking me on so many trips and ruining my love for American Pils.... Golden and clear, with the slightest of chill haze. Fluffy white head leaving great lace and fluff.

Smell is clean with a bit of bitterness, taste follows suit. Mild and really easy to drink, gets better the less is left in the glass. Second Beer in my let's visit New Belgium beer tour. Will again be a hot/warm weather brew, but not much of a cool weather friend.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Honey gold and clear with a fluffy two finger eggshell head that looks pretty creamy. Big sheets of thick lace stick to the glass like icing on a cake. This has a really creamy and thick head for a lightly hued pilsener!

S - Subdued grass and hay aromas with some saaz funk. It has an odd not quite metallic, but more like stone or concrete note. Sort of a letdown really.

T - Again, stone (slate) or concrete flavors with a lot of green grass. Like the lawn clippings that fall on the sidewalk in front of your hose. This lacks the saltine bready malt that I look for in a German style pils, and the hops seem anemic, but it's pretty sweet and not altogether bad.

M - Crisp, medium, bodied, moderately carbonated, and dry on the finish. Spot on for a pils, and just about the best part of this brew.

D - Not terrible, but way off for the style. I don't really care much for this, it's really not a bad brew, but something just seems off to me.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 10/16/11; split with schweah

Best before 12 Feb 12

Light, faded, wimpy golden color. Mostly clear. One finger head thins to a bubbly layer. Not much lace. So I find myself looking to Steve's glass which at least has sporadic trails of lace.

Clean, grassy aromas - hay and straw. Lightly toasted grains and a dry yeast hint. Smells pretty nice. Tastes much the same - clean and grassy with a faint herbal notion. Grains take a back seat to the grassy tones. faint butter notion as it warms. Crisp, light body. Carbonation is on the lower side. Finishes with damp grass.

Overall impression - not too bad, but I prefer it while colder.

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Photo of Beejay
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Yellow in color, and crystal clear. Large with head on top, that dissipates rather quickly.

S: Some light toasty notes, as well as possibly a hint of corn. Faint floral notes, as well as some dried straw. Maybe something a tad metallic in the finish.

T: Tons of toasty biscuit notes, some floral notes coming back, the bitterness feels a little odd to me, and lingers on for quick awhile.. the bitterness is a little reminiscent of anise. Slight sweetness in the finish.

M: Light in body, the carbonation is fine, and plenty abundant giving a carbonic bite to the finish.

O: I recalled not liking this beer for years, finally giving it a second try, I can say that it is definitely better than I remember, but still not something amazing. The bitterness seems out of joint with the rest of the flavor profile, and the lingering bitterness and bite don't help. I guess it's just not a beer for me.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Light yellow appearance, 2/3" white head. Nothing in the aroma.

Taste and mouth feel reveals high carbonation, very light barley touch. Prickly hop feels. There isn't a whole lot to this one, its basically there for the BMC crowd looking to transition to something of more substance or of higher social strata. No off flavors or anything, its a real mild ride.

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Photo of largadeer
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Extremely clear pale straw in color. The head retains well and leaves a fair amount of lace as the glass empties.

Smell: Very bready and malt-heavy. Doesn't have as much of that signature spicy/grassy hop aroma. A faint cooked vegetable aroma is noticeable but overall it's fairly clean.

Taste: As the aroma suggests, this is very light on the hops - I'm surprised they call this a pilsner. Malts are dominant and quite nice. Buttery with a mild grainy sweetness and just a touch of hops in the finish. The aftertaste is clean, making this a pretty quaffable beer, though it lacks the crispness that I look for in a good pils.

Mouthfeel: Light, but more buttery and coating than most pilsners. The carbonation is crisp without being bloating like many macro pilsners.

Drinkability: A decent session beer, but I'll stick to Trumer if I want a good domestic pils.

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Photo of burtonbe
3.16/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of zac16125
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pilsner glass
Best before: 13Sept15

A: Crystal clear, bright yellow, 1plus fingers width of bright white head, lots of carbonation bubbles rising to top of the glass. Head dissipates down fair quickly and leaves a few patches of lacing. 3.25

S: Lots of sweetness, honey like, biscuits, doughy, mild floral notes, subtle diacetyl butteriness. 3.25

T: Sweet malts, noble hope spice, doughy yeast, some bitterness. 3.25

M/D: Fuller body for the style/ABV, carbonation moderate, drinkability is ok. 2.75

O: Pretty average American Pilsner. Not a bad beer, but not something I would purchase (was leftover from a recent beach party). 3

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Photo of speter
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Lightly golden with two fluffy fingers of foam that fade with moderate lace.

S: Grassy noble hops and light biscuit pilsener malt. Very well balanced.

T: Fairly malty with a tendency towards some chocolate hints. There is an odd hollowness just after mid-palate, just before the hops kick in towards the end. The finish is great: hoppy bitterness without the common lager metallic twang.

M: Spot-on Czech pilsener.

O: If I could, I'd give this a 3.25. The hollowness spoils what would be an otherwise stellar Czech pilsener. Nonetheless, this is better than average.

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Photo of jthelamontagne
3.15/5  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.

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Photo of deadsquirt
3.14/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of ppvora
3.14/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of Cresant
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a pilsner glass. Dated best before: 13Jul07. The clear body was light golden with three fingers of crisp white head. Significant lacing clung to the glass.

Smell was earthy and became slightly more pungent as it warmed. Hay-like.

Taste was light grain, soft bitterness and a mild, rounded sweetness. An understated pilsner.

Mouthfeel was nicely rough in texture, with some huskiness. Dry, medium length finish. This is a subtle yet solid American Pilsner.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Transparent golden color, with a small but bubbly white head.

A very subtle smell, but the malt dominates what is here.

Tastes the part of a Czech pilsner. Some fruity sweetness, but the malt dominates the show. The bitterness put me off a little bit, otherwise this is a solid brew.

Not a bad example of the style, just not a very exciting one.

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Photo of FreshYeti
3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Slightly dark for the pilsener style, but still crystal clear, yellow, and bubbly. The head is deep, pillowy, and somewhat persistent, making me expect a hoppy pils with a full, protein-backed mouthfeel.

The aroma is delicious. Fresh, bright hops, flower petals, rose water, clover, and honey.

On the taste, the honey is much more prominent. The aromatics manage to clean up the finish, but the mid palate is quite sweet for the style, and would not characterize this as a hoppy pilsener. I just recalled that this brewery is known for sweeter Belgian styles, and it seems that their approach has influenced this brew.

As I get further into the glass, the sweetness is becoming cloying, which is not something I’ve ever said about a beer this light. This beer would be better at frigid temperatures, and overall I’m finding it to be a bit off-style.

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3.59 out of 5 based on 1,356 ratings.
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