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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 421 | Ratings: 1,333
Photo of peabody
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours out pale straw yellow with just a tad of suds.Lacing occurs when the brew warms up.
Smell is kinda orangy fruit and hops. Light yeast to bready aroma.
Taste is a little weak but warm. Kind of grapefruit to lemon bitterness with a hint of sweet hops at the end
Mouthfeel is clean and sweet and bitter.
Drinkability is great here with a 4.90%abv.
Session beer here for sure.

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Photo of BeerSox
2.64/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into pilsner glass, best by Jan 5, 2007.

Appearance was the only good part of this beer. Crystal clear straw yellow with a well presented head and strong lacing. Off-white, settles to a thin cap. Good lacing all the way down the glass.

Faint glass smell consiting of noble hops and malts. Very low hop smell for a pilsner.

Hop bitterness can be felt more than tasted. Allows room the for the light bread-like malty flavors to appear.

Light bodied with high carbonation and a slightly dry finish from the light hop flavor. Slightly disapointing, as I expected more hop character out of this. The dry finish with low hop flavor lowers the drinkability.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label: 17 Nov 06. 4.8% All noble.

Golden straw hues, rising bubbles to a bowl shaped settled bright ivory densely craggy cap leaving impressive lace.

Leafy grainy aroma with a traditional "beer" scent. A tad vegetal.

First swigs: Crisp celery grainy bite. Light metallic copper penny on the tongue.

Light bodied gentle carbonation.

Last swigs: Light flavor & aroma. A true American pilsner.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.71/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Splurged on almost two full cases of mixed New Belgium beer on my vacation to Arkansas. Bought this, sunshine, skinny dip, La Folie, 1554, the Abbey, and Tripel. Thats all they had at the stores in my local Arkie area.

I've never seen a thick consistent head on any other pilsner before. Great bubbling and thick lacing to boot. The best looking pilsner I've had up to this point. But the smell didn't match the pleasant sight. Pretty musky for what was expected to be a well crafted New Belgium brew. No clean or crisp definition of the malts or hops. The flavor was slightly better than your Miller or Bud. Drinakable. Yet not what you expected from a brewery.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.92/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky Piss Yellow with a thin skim and minute carbonation.

Strong aroma of chicken sate or chicken bouillon.

Taste is mild and light with just hints of hops and malts. Subtle lemon like finish.

Mouthfeel has a wonderful bitter finish. Hops are felt more than tasted. Salty. Biting and only nominally crisp.

Drinkability: This is dull and lacks the crispness and dryness that I desire in a Pilsener.

Very poor example of the style.

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Lovely pale yellow, with an excellent creamy off white head. Ultra carbonated, and great lacing and retention. One of the best looking Pilsners that I have seen.

S - Smell is full of malt, and a hint of vanilla.

T - Taste is one dimensonal, but it's a great flavor. Wheat upfront. Noble hops hit the tongue first, and are relentless. Good bitterness, doesn't last long. But, long enough for the next sip. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated, and light on the palate. Drinkability is excellent.

A great Pilsner, and an incredible sessioner. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My favorite part of this was the fact that it was absolutely free and I could drink it while floating around a family friend's pool. I'm enjoying New Belgium more and more when I can find it and this one hits the spot on a hot summer day. Not my favorite style, but hits every mark in terms of comparable characteristics. Worth a try.

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Photo of deadsquirt
3.14/5  rDev -12.8%
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 Wasatch
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear light golden yellow colour, nice carbonation, small head, some lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of malts, hops, and yeast.

T - The taste is not that bad, a little sweet/bitter, nice clean finish.

M - Light-Medium body.

D - Drinkable. Not a bad pilsner, would recommend over the Big 3 for sure though.

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Photo of babydoc
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden, with a white frothy head that didn't stick around long, but did leave bits of lace here and there until the end.
Nose is floral hop with grainy biscuity malt

Tastes grassy and grainy, no sweet malts here- the hops are "just right" crisp, bitter, and a bit spicy. Flavor in an American pilsner- very nice! Pleasant carbonation, nice dry finish, very drinkable.

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3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 1" white fluffy head. Retains at 1/4" and leaves some thin wisps of lace. Pale straw gold color.

S - Pilsner malt. Bready. Toasted grain. Faint hop aroma.

T - Crisp malt. Biscuity. Soft herbal hop. Nice mellow lingering bitterness.

M - Crisp, clean, dry mouthfeel. Very true to style.

D - Good drinkability. Nice "light" beer. Another solid NB brew.

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Photo of scooter231
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale strawish color with very little head and some decent lacing. Nose is very, very subtly floral and grassy. Definitely subtle. Taste is certainly pilsnery, with a good kick of biscuityness near the end. It starts off a bit grassy and hoppy and the biscuit really smooths it out, makes it smoother, less agressive and easier to drink. Mouthfeel is chewy yet not too heavy. Feels nice on the palate. Quite easy to drink- a great summer beer, not a shabby session beer, and ultimately pretty good. Too bad I only have one bottle... part of payment for cat-sitting whilst my friend was in Colorado. Sigh.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nothing terribly exciting about this as a pils but it does the job well. Lots of grassy notes. Has a nice herbal character. Perhaps a little bit on the thin and weak side at times but I think this is designed to be a subtle, highly drinkable beer.
And that's what it is.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark straw with a nice foamy white head.

Smell. Grainy maltiness with a small scent of a citris hoppiness at the end.

Taste. Cereal-like taste, slightly tart. nice maltiness, but i'm not so big on cereal taste. small hoppy character is present and gives a nice bitterness to it. aftertaste is just slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel. carbonation seemed quite low, but this has a good balance. nice body.

Overall a decent beer, nice example of the style. seems it would pair well with many types of food. quite drinkable, but wont knock your socks off.

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Photo of ChrisA
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful clear golden color. One and a half finger head. Great Pilsner scent and taste. Extremely refreshing. Wish I had more. I will be searching for more lagers like this throughout the summer. Enough hop bitterness to satisfy my IPA loving nature. Puts the American macro lager to shame. Reminds me a little of when I first had Pilsner Urquell back in the early 90's. I couldn't believe beer could be that good. This is an excellent switch up from NBB's belgian style ales.

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Photo of Realale
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium gold. Very fine bright white head settles to a thin incomplete cap.

Nose is herbal, slightly earthy noble hops over crisp crackery malt. There's an appetizing sharpness to the nose as well. Very nice.

Jever-like bite on the palate from the get-go with the hops well in command. A wave of crispy malt follows and stays to the end when the bitterness finally takes over again. As it warms there is a touch of Budvar-like malt sweetness that develops and rounds things out even better.

Decent length, though the carbonation level is higher than I prefer, but well within style. Imminently drinkable and interesting. One of the finer U.S. pils around (as if the references to Jever and Budvar weren't clues), when fresh and well cared for. As this is easier to find well-treated than the finer import pilsners, this is a regular in my fridge.

Best before date of 8 Sept. 06.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a brassy gold with a sudsy head. Excellent lacing all the way down. Sheets of white. Smells of sweet malt and a good helping of noble hops. Tastes malty and a touch grainy with some herbal hops in the finish. I'm a bit put off by the typical toastiness I get from New Belgium beers. Mouthfeel had a nice presence with an active carbonation, although it felt a bit sticky at times. Solid drinkability and easy to finish.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass
Small uneven head, with lacing and good white foam. Body is light amber/gold/yellow. Can see a little carbonation in bubbles.
Smell of biscuit, hops and cirtus, but not too lemony.
Taste was crisp and thin, but enough to recognize a pilz.
Hops was balance enough by biscuit and slight malt. A bit of citrus, left a clean feeling. Good for spring and autumn.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale and lightly smeared faint lemon yellow. Soft, firm, small white cap lifts from an active pour. Sparce bubbles rise slowly within and the cap sifts into a fir, fluffy skim always present. Great alcing in huge patchy, boney-fingered blobs.

Aroma is clean but faint, light, and unzippy and/or snappy-like with a small tone of dryish sour dough bread and a fleeting saltine crackers saltyness. Hops are small and lightly spiced with an herbal leafyness.

Taste is modest with a solid and firmly smooth malty affection of soured and slightly salted bread tones. Some nice rounded floral tones dart through the middle down through the finish where it dries out with a tenderly squeezed in herbal hoppyness as it stands with decent length flirting with the bready stuff.

Feel is smooth and firm with a lower toned snap then most Pils. Crispness is there but tendered on the palate with a semi medium body and carbonation. Finish is good though with a very lasting and stern drying finish of light woods, herbs, and breads.

A pretty standard tasting Pils. Nothing stands out more then others, so its fairly good for a quick drinking session when in the mood for a Pils.

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Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out golden/yellow in color witha white head. Some lacing, witha moderate head retention.

Aromas grain, hops, bready, and some sulfur.

Taste of hops, some malt character, bread, along with some lemon and orange.

Mouthfeel is some what light, with good carbonation, yet smooth, with some spicyness in the finish.

Overall a nice interpretation of a quality pilsner. Very drinkable, light, nice flavors and aroma. Should hold up to a variety of foods and situations.

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Photo of cheers2beers
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
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 rowew
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: As with all New Belgium beers, this has all the relevant info clearly marked. ABV, serving suggestions, best before, and a description of the style.

Apeparance: Pours clear gold with a fluffy white head that has decent retention, and quite a bit of lacing. Light bubbling.

Smell: Just a whiff of hops among clean grain flavors, and just a bit of sulphur aroma often present in pilsners.

Taste: Very malty with only a bit of noble hops in the finish. Very well balanced, and highly drinkable.

Overall impression: A great example of a style so many people overlook. Drinkable, but complex enough to be interesting and hold up to a wide variety of foods. This should be a staple in many coolers.

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Photo of orsulacp
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this at the airport bar in Denver in a very cold glass so I had to let it warm up a bit. The color was clear yellow, with a nice white head that disappeared quickly. There really wasn't much to the smell, a bit of piney hops and that was it. It had a slight bitter taste without much malt presence; there was a metallic taste in there too. The body was light and it was very refreshing. Not quite up to Victory's Prima Pils but excellent for the airport.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12ounce bottle courtesy of my son, who told me "This is a great 'drink-with-food-beer'."

Vigorous pour yielded are large rocky pure white head, that lasted very well (for a Pilsner) over a clear light orange body with nice streams of bubbles. Nice aroma of light hops and a back note of malt. Taste of buttered biscuit with hops. Really nice mouthfeel and incredibly drinkable. Very thirst-quenching!

My son was right. Have this with pizza or hot Mexican or a heavy German dinner, and it's a great beer. Heck, it's even pretty decent on its own. A commendable example of the style. I'll definitely come back to this in the future.

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Photo of mentor
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained from the brewery and consumed very fresh. Reviewed from notes. Pours a three finger white fluffy clingy head of fine sticky bubbles. Crystal clear and very light straw in color with many streamers racing to the top. Smells potently hops. Noble, not quite Hallertauer, but I'd guess a hop derived from a Hallertauer parent. A bit of earthy, a bit of honey, and a tinge of tin. Malt is far below the hops and has a hint of cardboard. Otherwise, it's clean. Just a hop dragging down my nose. Tastes clean fresh malt with a heavy sort of saazy hop flavor. The hops lighten in the end to a clean, somewhat citrusy, finish. This hop experience is supported throughout by a bright honey flavor. A touch of grassy hop character stands up as the beer goes down the throat. Nice dry finish witha lingering tin-like hop aftertaste. The dry-mixed with the hops almost comes across as a flavor like a raspberry seed. Pretty amazing lacing on the inside of the glass. Md body and moderate-heavy carbonation.

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