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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Added by kbub6f on 07-18-2001

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Ratings: 1,366 |  Reviews: 428
Photo of jeffboo
4.41/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is pilsner beer. If I close my eyes, I can here the church bells ringing in Prague.In a pilsner glass, it stands tall,bright golden with virgin white,puffy top. Classic grassy,floral hop nose that begets a sturdy malt accented flavor with a floral,grassy hop flavor. Very crips and clean with no caffeine. This is the beer you want after a long bike ride or an afternoon of gardening. A fresh example of a traditional European brew. The malt touch is perfect, just enough structure to keep it interesting while still light enough to quench your thirst. Drink and feel the history of lager yeast brewing.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
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 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.

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Photo of texascarl
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance = clear golden, light head, leaves slight lacing. Light carbonation.

Nose = not a big aroma, a trace of hops, some sweet hints (honey? Fruit?)

Taste = if you like a hoppy pilsner, here's your big boy. Nice lively tasting beer with a def. bitter finish from plenty o' hops. Med. creamy mouthfeel, long finish.

Nice pilsner. If I can't get a Czechvar or Pilsner Urquell you could gimme one of these and I wouldn't feel slighted.

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Photo of freed
4.55/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a terrific beer. I love real pilsner's, and its hard to find a good pilsner in the states. The wonderful hop aroma and body to this pilsner really make it stand out from other pilsner offerings.

Golden color, great carbonation, nice aroma... anyone in the mood for sausage & mustard?

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.94/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of hyuga
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden hazy brew with a very sticky head that mostly settles. Very sharp hoppiness in the aroma, the signature of a good Euro-pilsner. Subtle maltiness is also present. Good sharp and spicy hop bite in the flavor as well, with a very supportive malt backbone of graininess. Good body for a pilsner, still light, but flavorful. Smooth, yet still hoppy finish. A very good pilsner, but since this isn't a favorite style mine, it's just above average ignoring the style. I'd recommend it to any fan of pilsners.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear and very pale golden color with one massive white head. The smell of cooked veggies and a light black peppery hop is the dominant aroma here. Very nice! The taste reveals more of the black peppery-spiced hop bite and light grainy malt and a lightly sweetened corn. This light to medium bodied pils drinks down pretty easy and finishes crisp and watery clean. Very good brew! Cheers!

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Photo of Bruiser81
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden color with a white fluffy head. Smell is of malts and grain with a little bit of sweetness. A very crisp fresh taste with a sweet maltiness up front and the hops making for a bitter finish. A medium mouth feel with very good carbonation. This is the first real pilsner I've tried and I wasn't real impressed but I did not dislike it. Another solid brew from New Belgium.

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Photo of Morris729
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color with a thin white head that dissipate into a nice lace. Fresh grains dominate the aroma with some malty notes. A bit spicy on the tongue with a touch of lemon and a nice blend of sweet malts and bitter hops. Finish is crisp and refreshing. One of the best of the New Belgium Brewing line of beers.

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Photo of Gusler
3.8/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of BeerBob
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blue paddle Pilsener Lager by New Belgium pours a pleasing amber from a 12oz brown bottle. Head forms at about one inch then fades , leaving a broken ring and bits of foam on top of the Beer.

Nose is a slight toasted malt and a slight floral hops in the background. Palate is a generous malty hopsy joyful experience. Nice toasted malt greets the palate then a wave of well balanced hops bring up the rear.

New Belgium’s Blue paddle Pilsener Lager is a full flavored lager, that goes well with a good Chicago style hot dog and all the trimmings or any number of food groups, and even by its self.

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Photo of beernut7
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am not usually a fan of pilsners, but this beer is quality all the way. The color is a nice golden clear with a foamy white head. The aroma is spicy and inviting. The smooth body supports a bold spicy hop presence with a dry malt character. The light lingering bitterness finishes off a tasty interpretation.

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Photo of bditty187
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found this Pilsner crisp and refreshing. It has the appearance and functions of what you should expect in a Pilsner. A formidable head, lace remains… good number of bubbles. I really like this beer. It might be a broken record for me but New Belgium makes a great freakin’ beer!

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Photo of Pegasus
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straw colored, pours a thick rocky head that settles, but does not disappear, decent amount of sticky lace.

Aroma: Pleasant aroma of citrus and noble hops.

Taste: Upon tasting, there is an initial burst of slightly sweet citrus flavors, followed by solid cracker malt, and a bitter hop finish.

Moth feel: Smooth, soft, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A distinguished Pilsener and a fine summer beer.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass bottle, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of marc77
4.02/5  rDev +14.2%
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 proc
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This reminded me of many of the European lager/pils offerings. I was impressed with its very fresh taste and hoppy snap on the finish. A very nice interpretation of a pils. I wish it were available in my neck of the woods. Good stuff.

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Blue Paddle Pilsener from New Belgium Brewing
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