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 ajm5108
2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Decent pilsener style beer. Good color and carbonation, aroma is non-existent beyond some soaked malt. Taste is also lacking any standout flavors, even though it is a more subtle style this one is muted. Body is good. Just very generic

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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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Photo of puck1225
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Ok this one is a bit hard to rate properly because a bottle of this beer was handed to me in a locker room after losing a hockey game during a Thanksgiving weekend tournament. However, my impression is that it was good for a Pilsner and it tasted just fine and was enjoyable!

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold with a thin white head. Very nice looking pilsner. Smells slightly grainy, characteristic pilsner aroma with a faint juicy hop backbone. Taste is straight-forward malt and grain, but not without complexities. Slight biscuity finish with the occasional tickle of hops. The body is light and goes down easy but it is still meaty enough to know your drinking a craft beer. Overall this is a fine pilsner in every shape and way.

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Photo of Try-em-all
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lig Jr head and straw color, smooth going down, feels good, but there is something about the flavor that leaves me disappointed, can't put my finger on it. It is a little too intense for me.

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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 matcris
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pils glass. A very clear gold with lots of bubbles rising and a finger of white head that quickly settles down to a layer. Aroma is a mild grassy/husk from the hops and lightly toasted bread or cracker. Flavor is dead on with the aroma. Mild in every way, but flavorful. A nice bit of lacing down the glass, too. Medium light body with average carbonation, and pretty dry and crisp, overall. Nice little pils.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear gold with a white head that leaves a thin sheet of lacing. Smells slightly malty, grassy and hoppy. Tastes fine but a bit muted. There is a slight sweetness with some yeast, herbs and grass. A slightly bitter finish. This is a decent Pils which is a little low in flavor but crushable on a warm day.

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Photo of lwcreasy
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Half inch of white head on top of gold. Very clear. Plenty of bubbles feeding head, which collapses to a ring around the top. Carbonation and color is attractive.

Bright and grainy aroma with a slight spice. Sulfur is there in background, and increases as the beer warms. Ends up being quite strong. There is also a minor smell of toast. Overall, the aroma is modest, but pleasant.

Taste is predominately grainy, and slightly toasty. Sulfur is even stronger than in the nose. Medium hop bitterness; and a tiny amount of herbal, spicy flavor.

Medium-light body. Feel is good, especially in the finish. Lends the beer a drinkability characteristic of the style.

Sessionable, a good drinker!

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 6-pack $6.88 Foodland
Clear light golden color
Light mouthfeel
Medium-high carbonation
Crisp, slightly sweet, malt flavor
Overall a good pilsener. Would drink again.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a very clear straw with a medium sized head. The aroma offers up crisp crackery malts and spicy and fruity hops. The flavor is very crisp, with a touch of soft, berry like flavor at the front, rounding out into spicy, peppery tones, with a touch of cracker and toffee. The mouthfeel is very crisp and light. Overall this is a really nice example of a pilsener - very enjoyable.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The next offering to partake from New Belgium is this weirdly named, Blue Paddle, at least it was solid.

It has both a rich and appealing look and taste to it - bold, very refreshing, what I like in a pils. I enjoy the strong beer flavor without the overload on hops. The brew though was way more carbonated that I like - I felt it distracted from the overall experience. Maybe not the best in the New Belgium line, but pretty good as far as pilsners are concerned.

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Photo of Squire123
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good serve.

More my idea of a Pilsner. Light color, medium texture and flavor, less than 5% ABV, good, clean, smooth drinkability. The sort of one to have when you're having more than one.

A stylish beer that deserves a proper glass.

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Photo of dukeandduke
2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

1/21/16 Washington DC (16 oz draft pour into standard pint glass). Blonde pour, nominal white head and carbonation. No aroma, somewhat sweet hop taste, nice and easy going down. Overall OK offering.

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Photo of hophugger
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very pale yellow with average head and minor lacing. Aroma is that of a pilsener. Taste is slightly bitter and very generalized as a pilsener. Nothing great, but refreshing, a mediocre beer

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Photo of J_Chavez15
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden yellow. Minimal lacing on the glass. Has a typical pilsner smell. Taste is crisp and the finish is dry. Could taste some hops. Good pilsner, but there are better ones out there like Konig pilsner.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden color with a 2 finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both excellent. Quite a bit of carbonation bubbles. Has the classic malty pilsner aroma. Stale fruit, very mild hops, some floral element. Nice, crisp, refreshing malty taste. Stale tropical fruit with very mild spicy hop at the end. Light bodied with heavy carbonation. Crisp, clean finish. Good beer, but lagers aren't really my style. Wouldn't turn it away for a hot day on the river, that is for sure.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up as part of an assorted 12er with four different flavors at TW. Cool can graphics, lets give it a whirl. Popping the to top I get a nice sweet floraly hop smell, alot like a PBR. Pours to a slightly cloudy straw color with a one finger macro bubble head. On the taste this brew has a nice lightly hopped flavor up front that transitions to a more bitter middle and a dry crisp finish with a roof of the mouth bitterness that leaves more to be desired. A solid brew for the style.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

7/12...Pours straight clear gold with patches of white foam. Mostly see through. Nondescript smell, straw, hay. Clean pils taste, nice bitter. Chewy citrus. Nicely built pilsner.

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Photo of Dikfour
2.89/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: finger and a half of white head has decent retention. Pretty clear golden yellow in color. Very low in carbonation. Decent lacing.

Smell: Mild metallic hops. Something a little sweet. Extremely subtle.

Taste: Bright sugary malts. Very mild noble hops.

Feel: Crisp and half-dry finish.

Overall: Very Americanized Pilsner. Pretty dang sweet with plenty of residual sugar. Almost soda popish. I could very easily suck many of these down but I imagine the hangover would be lurid. Not very indicative of the style though not a bad beer. Worth a try though will likely never have another.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pilsner. As an American, I see this style as the McDonalds of beer styles. Typical, unexciting, yet often solid. That said, this is akin to a specialty sandwich...yum..nicely done, but I'd rather go to a nice sit down restaurant.

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Photo of tmryan21
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had as part of a New Belgium variety pack:

Look: Drank from the bottle at a golf outing - assume it was average.

Smell: Typical Pils smell.

Taste: Very refreshin. Grassy, light, and lemon-y.

Feel: Crisp and dry.

Overall: I have had better pils, but this was a good one to have on a hot day.

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Photo of Chaz
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant golden-straw in color, topped with an good-sized white head. Good duration, good lacing on the rim of the glass.

Nose is yeast and malt-neutral, but clearly reflective of the style in the other way: A short, sharp Noble-style hop character kicks in briefly. Some grassiness.

On the first sip it's got a nice hop bite and a bit of sweet malt, as well as a slight tanginess. White and green grapeskin, lingering bitterness, and some nice biscuit malt notes. Bittersweet. Hmmm!

Good malt character, fairly-good bitterness, and average drinkability for the style -- although it is a very drinkable style, to be sure. I'm liking it.

Better than average, and is frankly much better than I was expecting. I might have to look into picking this one up regularly, if I can manage to find it fairly fresh.

Can is freshness coded with a best-by date (15 November 2015), and was a part of a variety 12-pack.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my pilsner glasses, this beer pours a very clear, medium golden color with many streams of bubbles rapidly and continuously rising tot eh beer's surface. Has a giant head about 3 inches thick when first poured that eventually settles to a solid 1/3 of an inch thick with decent lacing. Aromas of crisp malt along with light hints of spice and a bit of hops. Not much else really smell wise, but that is okay for this beer. Has a slightly sweet, crisp malt presence upfront tastewise that is followed by the aforementioned spice hints and a decent hop presence that brings a nice and not overpowering bitter note that compliments the malts quite nicely. Has a crisp and frothy and creamy, medium bodied mouhfeel with moderate carbonation and an extremely clean finish. A very good overall representation of this style of beer and quite refreshing in the warm summer air here in Cleveland.


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Photo of dcscientist
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a pretty basic pilsener, if maybe a touch too bitter for my taste. It's a very easy drinker though, great on a summer day. I just like my beer a bit more balanced than this one. I'd prefer a bit more of the bready, malty flavor to even out the bitterness, and then I'd be all over this. Have one out on the patio and the rating will go up a few points.

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