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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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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazed golden straw color with a nice fluffy white head forming leaves behind speckled lacing in concentric patterns at that. Aroma: Upfront nice biscuit malts with some Saaz peeking through giving a nice peppery hop profile very clean altogether. Taste: Incredibly crisp and smooth no cloying off flavors delivers light malt sweetness and finishing hop zest in the finish. Mouthfeel: Light bodied smooth but a bit spritzy carbonation. Drinkability: Is excellent awesome summer beer I wish I had this one at my disposal, that would be key.

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Photo of DAllspaw
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very pleasant surprise in a 12 pack sample with Ranger, Fat Tire and Hoptober, all of which I've had and enjoy. This has classic pilsner profile, but more yeast in the aroma and taste, again, a nice surprise since I viewed this as the lightest offering in the pack. New Belgium has never knocked my socks off, but really makes some pretty good stuff.

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Photo of rawfish
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brilliant clear gold large white head 2 fingers plus a little extra frothy almost whipped texture. Spotty lacing, wish it could have been a bit more clinging.

Rather floral for a pilsner. Sweet grass, dry malt husks and touch of spice likely from the yeast. Clean grassy hops, nothing over powering.

Light grains, a touch bready but nothing even close to some other NB offerings. Floral, grassy hops, light, just a touch of drying bitterness to clean out the sweetness of the malts. Finishes dry, crisp and clean even when it begins to warm. Flavor profile is very balanced and vanishes without a trace. I'm ready for more.

Lively carbonation and slightly light bodied, leaves no mouth coating or aftertaste. Exactly what I'm looking for in a sessionable lager.

As summer nears this one will be a staple for the fridge, well crafted style that is easy to overlook. Crisp, refreshing and only gets better on tap.

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Photo of PintOHops
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glass - Pilsener

A - Crystal clear golden color with a high amount of C02 rapidly rising to the top. It produced a 2-3 finger head that almost looked a little fluffy and held very well. The beer left some very nice lacing and held a thin ring atop for most of consumption.

S - A refreshing grassy and lemon rind aroma. A bit grainy with a bit of cracker.

T - Lemony rind, pine and grassy hop flavors dominate. Towards the end of the sip I get a bit of soft dough and cracker like malts. It finishes with a refreshing dry, lemon rind zip and a nice lingering bitterness. Very refreshing!

M - Lite-medium bodied with soft to moderate crispness. A bit smooth as well.

D - Wow what a refreshing brew! I wouldn't mind tossing back a few of these babies on a hot day. Very drinkable and refreshing, and I really liked the appearance of the beer as well. Definitely worth picking up, and I'd probably buy it again sometime. Cheers!

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Photo of boudreaux
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - golden crystal-clear, the way a pilsener should look; frothy, dense head with sticky lacing; tons of carbonation

S - fairly underwhelming; from what's there, detect dry-hop and sweet-malt presence

T - dry, bitter hops at first; gives way to sweet malt flavor, with just a touch of creaminess

M - Light and creamy; delicious!

D - So easy, like throwing back Bud Light; I could easily down 5-8 of these

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Photo of marc77
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The large initial head settles into a thin but tight and stubborn one that leaves a very attractive lace all the way to the bottom of the glass. Very light golden hue that approaches a straw color. The spicy, lemon zest - like unskunked Saaz aroma is quite enjoyable. A very clean noble hop bitterness and prickly carbonation hits the palette at first, but a smooth and mildly biscuity graininess quickly ensues and provides for a well balanced experience all around. The mouthfeel and malt profile is just a tad lacking when compared to good (unskunked) European pilsners. In any case, I'll take this to a skunked and poorly traveled import any day. Blue Pabble is quite refreshing and crisp.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Warm day, long day. Time for a Pilsner.

Appearance : Slightly hazy mellow gold color, about 70% opaque. The head is generous with lots of fluffy flair. It stands about three fingers tall and leaves decoration as it recedes to about 1 finger.

Aroma : Hay, straw, perhaps after a rainstorm...some light spiciness and faint hop. Very faint orange. Bouquet is medium strength.

Flavor : The spice comes out in the flavor, biting the tongue and leaving a sharpness behind. There's a generous malt bill here but it's not a cheap one, and it compliments the hop spiciness appropriately. The hop does wax a little bitter though, which is the nature of it I suppose, but I wish it wasn't so shrill. That's the only thing I'd change.

Mouthfeel : Creamy and rich, with abundant carbonation. Ends slightly parched.

Overall : A solid Czech Pilsner. I'd have it again and recommend it to anyone who likes these kinds of beers.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my NBB glass. Best by date of 6/12/11 on label. It was a clear pale yellow with lots of carb streams. It had a large, fluffy white head that settled into a thick collar and foam cap. Great sheeting with lots sticking.

The aroma is classic pils with grassy and herbal notes, spicy hops and bready malt. The taste follows the aroma is really good for a pils. Starts out smooth then the subtle bitterness kicks in and then the spicy hops for a great finish. Not my favorite style but this one goes down easy. Having in winter but would be great on a hot summer day. Light to medium mouthfeel with lots of carbonation and great aftertaste.

Overall, an excellent pils that I highly recommend. Hadn't had this one in years but glad I did. Avail here in TX. Rotation - this would make a good addition to my light (wit, wheats, etc) rotation especially in the summer [R;Y]

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Photo of u2carew
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a finger thick, white head that settles to thin lacing on top and at the edge of the glass. Clear, blonde body. Thin, sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Grainy. Floral notes.
T) Nutty. Grainy. Pleasant hop bite in the finish.
M) Fizzy. Crisp. Light body. Dry in the finish.
O) A pleasant pilsener. I'd drink another one.

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Photo of JoeyHotrod
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a huge fan of Pilsners, but this one is a good example of the style.

Poured into a tall Pilsner glass to a golden color and nice fluffy head. The head lasted for sometime and left pretty decent lacing throughout.

The smell was lightly hopped and had a floral essence to it as well.

The taste was nicely balanced between malt and hop, though ever so slightly more spicy hop driven.

Again not a favorite style of mine, but this is one of the better examples I've had... especially from The U.S. The appearance was a definite strong point. Beautiful beer to look at.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This poured a clear golden color with fantastic clarity and great foaming.

There’s a light but sharp aroma that’s equal parts lemony and grassy, with a hint of toast hidden in the back. The flavor is light and crisp, with the touch of lemon and grass on it. It’s lightly bitter but just enough to give it some character, with a nice finish, I liked this one more than I had expected to.

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Photo of aaronh
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden body topped by a thick white head. Head shows excellent lacing. Aroma is very clean and crisp noble hops. Flavor is also clean, with a touch of malt accompanied by decent bitterness and a touch of hop flavor, almost a peppery note. It finishes very clean, with no adjunct aftertaste. This is a very solid pils. Body and mouthfeel are great, and it's a very enjoyable beer. I can see me enjoying this with dinner fairly often. Great offering from this brewery.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
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 orbitalr0x
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Blue Paddle Pilsner pours from the bottle an opaque golden yellow with a half inch bubbly white head on top. Quite a nice hue with lots of active carbonation. Aromas of sweet crystal, pale malts along with a nice spicy, grassy noble hop presence with just a hint of lemon zest. Quite nice and refined.

First sip brings a nice creamy pale maltiness upfront a bit toasty with a light lemony citrus aspect. Mid palate brings a nice helping of spicy, grassy hops that impart a mellow bitterness on the way down. Flows down with a lingering toasted bread....quite a nice pilsner here IMHO. Enjoyable!

Mouthfeel has a solid body with a good creaminess that just flows down the back of the throat so easily. A well built pilsner that would be great for sessioning on hot summer days out by the beach. Ranks up there as one of my fave U.S. brewed pilsners. Thanks to mentor for the opportunity to sample this one!

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Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of MUTINY
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Quick review. This is a really solid pils from New Belgium. Mildly bready malt offsets a nicely carbonated, light, bright body. Looks & smells a bit underwhelming, but comes through with its mellow, balanced flavors. This brew is easily the most satisfying Czech-style pils that I've tasted to date.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: nice head and retention, A couple fingers thick.

Smell: citrusy hops come on the nose, very inticing.

Taste: hoppy, balanced, refreshing. A good beer to relax with.

Mouthfeel and drinkability I rated as 4.25 each. I just gave mouthfeel the 4.5 to even it out. This beer is very crisp and very very refreshing. It is easily a session beer. I could drink these all night long. My favorite new belgium brew so far. But I still have a lot more to try ;).

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Photo of marcpal
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired this one on the West Coast and brought it back to Jersey to try.

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.
Bottle Graphics: 5/10.

A: Vigorous pour produces decent sized head on top of a light gold body. Its what you would expect from a pilsener. Monstrous bubbles.

S: It smells crisp and a little rusty. Slightly metallic undertones on top of the raw malty aromas.

T: Crisply malty. For the style, it is right on where it should be with the sweetness playing a larger part that you would normally expect in one of these. Grainy and buttery.

M: Light, highly carbonated and clean. I love the crispness of a well rounded pils and this comes through here.

D: Brilliant drinkability. It has literally no alcohol flavor and is remarkably refreshing and cleansing in the mouth. A great transition for a food accompaniment.

I surely would like to have this in a restaurant but not quite the caliber of a Pikeland or a Prima.

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

again, bought this 1st time I saw it, just becuase it's from new belgium

A poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet. Pours a classic pilsner yellow with a decent head the settles to a nice thin malty film without much lacing

S this comes across like a classic pilsner but way better. (think sam adams noble pils) a nice hopiness here and the malt is all but completely overridden

T: more hops than I expected, for a pilsner, and I am GLAD about that! seems the carb overpowers the taste a bit.
m more than a bit of bite, what with the alcohol and the up-front hopiness. strongly carbonated.

D: have to hold out a bit here, not as smooth as it might be.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a Folly summer sampler that had this one in it. Decent pilsner look with good head and retention. Smell isn't much. Tasty is buscuity/bready and crisp finish. Not too much hop flavors coming through aside from the crisp dry finish.

Overall this I a well balanced easy drinking pilsner but could be a tad more flavorful. Would probably not go out of my way to seek out again but fine to drink if offered one.

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Photo of CU570M
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Normal pilsner color, golden yellow with above average lacing. Verry hoppy smell almost like potpurri. Great pilsner, a bit of a bite. Plenty of hop taste. I liked this beer, but the mouthfeel had a little high carbonation for a New Belgium beer. This beer was really good and had an above average drinkability.

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Photo of Hunter
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nicely colored straw-gold beer, darker and richer than your average American pilsner. Head of shock-white foam vanishes almost instantly, leaving a thin layer on top.

Good notes of hops in the nose, with none of the corn/rice sourness in so many domestic pilsners. Hay, light malt, and lemongras round out the aroma.

Sharp carbonation lends a bite to the brew. Very clean and summery flavor, with a thin mouthfeel and clean finish. A solid pilsner, and one of the best brews put out by New Belgium.

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Photo of Pecorasc
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by date of February 27, 2011, consumed December 16, 2011. Suggested serving temperature of 38F. Releases an aggressive hiss of carbonation when opened. Served in a tulip glass.

A- Pours with a small dome of white head that slowly recedes to an uneven layer of different sized bubbles; thicker at the rim and creeping up the sides of the tulip. Pale straw and even with perfect clarity that you could literally read a beer review through. Intermittent beading shows the carbonation and supports the head. Perfectly pilsener.

S- Noble hop aroma and sulfur at the front. The hops are spicy and are accentuated by the mineral aroma. The pilsener malt is there, but only balances the hops. This smells dry, crisp, and refreshing.

T- At first, this leans toward the malt; bready and grainy. The finish and aftertaste leaves a medium amount of hop bitterness with a low noble hop flavor. The medium hop bitterness is distinctly noble and smooth; the flavor spicy and earthy. This is probably four months old and may have lost a touch of bitterness.

M- Lacking the proper carbonation. Even with a gentle pour, the beer falls flatter on the tongue than it should. With high carbonation this could be a great pilsener. Light bodied with a clean finish make this extremely refreshing.

D- High marks for drinkability. More bitterness and carbonation might make me want more, but a beer worthy of a six pack carrier. The alcohol, body, and bitterness of this beer bring it firmly into the German family of pilseners rather than the Bohemian. Well done and refreshing, another solid beer from New Belgium.

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Blue Paddle Pilsener from New Belgium Brewing
3.6 out of 5 based on 1,331 ratings.
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