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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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 rowew
4.38/5  rDev +22%
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 -13.4%
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 +8.9%
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 +25.3%
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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Photo of seedee17
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall, this beer is what I expected. I have been trying to break my habit of always going for the 'big' beers, and this is a nice change. Pours golden, with a nice fluffy head that leaves beautiful lace and hangs on 'til the end of the beer. The taste is light, but not without flavor. Nice to have a beer with subtle subtlties for a change. I was surprised by the mouthfeel of this beer, which was pretty substantial, not watery like expected. Nice maltiness and hops are balanced and make a refreshing brew.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle best before July 06
Pours a clear, sunny yellow, snowy pillowy head forms and sticks around for a while. Aromas of some sweet malt, hops, very bright almost citrus.
Flavors are deep and malty with a very dry finish. Hoppiness keeps it in check. This is my first non macro lager (had SA ages ago and have no recollection), and it's actually quite enjoyable. Very light body, high carbonation. I could drink this all day once hot weather is set in. Glad I chose to drink this straight from the fridge as I feel it will suffer once warmed up. NB even recommends drinking at 38 degrees. This one really changes my mind about my disposition of lagers.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a couple of these at an import shop to taste and review. I poured this beer in to a pilsner glass.

Pours a pale straw yellow color and is a little hazy.* Appears effervescent, with many bubbles rising through the beer. Wispy, champagne like, quarter inch head is fairly resilient and laces the side of the glass nicely. The head is thin but resilient.

The smell is a little weak, but fruity. There is also a faint hop aroma

The taste is fruity, citrus, lemon and grapefruit, with a mild bitter hop finish. The aftertaste is very faint and short-lived.

Mouth feel is light, crisp and refreshing.

This is a drinkable beer. The flavors are mild, yet full-bodied. I think it’s a little hopped up for a pilsner, and I think tastes a little like an IPA, but the flavors are reasonably well balanced. I would certainly drink Blue Paddle again.

* The beer is a little colder than recommended and may be suffering chill haze. A second warmer bottle was clearer.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to HardTarget for the chance to try some New Belgium brews.

Appearance: Crystal clear straw color with a fluffy ivory head. Streams of carbonation throughout the body.

Smell: Light tea-like, metallic, and bready notes. Pleasant and understated.

Taste: Biscuity malt profile with a mild tea-like hop presence. Very simple and elegant. A nice balance between sweetness and bitterness. Again, understated and well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and lively carbonation.

Drinkability: Highly quaffable. Very enjoyable brew. Not my favorite style but a very nice example.

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Photo of benito
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

New Belgium's lightest brew is a transparent, liquid gold with lots of carbonation and a thin head that lingers long after the draw. The bouquet is slight, with a subtle hint of grape (though I may simply be predisposed to thinking about Welch's White Grape Juice while looking at and thinking about BPP).

The flavors are crisp and clean, a nice fruity body swings across the palate and is followed out by a dry, bitter almost champagne-like finish. This beer is straightforward; something that is easy to drink without thinking about if you are able to remain remotely engaged by the flavors--a task that I struggle with with pilseners.

Like most of New Belgium's offerings, this is a solid and accessible beer, faithful to style and, in Colorado at least, always stylish. On a side note, this is (as far as I know) one of only two micro-pilseners from CO--
the other being the far inferior Polestar Pilsener from Lefthand--and, perhaps for that reason alone, it's worth checking out.

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

Pours a hazy pale yellow color with a small one finger sized head that does lace. Some yeast floaties or something, sparce rising bubbles.

Aroma is light malt with nice grassy hops and hints of lemon.

Taste is light malt nice hop profile grassy, with light herbal hints and some light lemon citrus also.

Mouthfeel is light but on the heavier end of light nice carbonation.

Drinkability is good a decent pilsner, thanks go to Dertbert for this sample.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A German Pilsner made by New Belgium in the US. Is this a geography lesson? Pours a golden light yellow color that is very crisp and clear in appearance. The head retention pours light and quickly rings around the edge of the glass. But there was good lacing.

The smell sudsy and a noticeable pilsner malt. More of a European smell then say American (see Victory Prima Pills for example). There is a earthy floral aroma as well. Also there is a tail end of pine that is present.

The taste is malty with a noticeable German taste to it. A sudsy flavor more then say skunky. Sweet at the top but quickly replaced by a bit of bittering hops that leaves a zip flavor. Kind of spicy in a way. Similar to having too much white pepper. At the end there is a grassy presence as well.

The body is light. The bit is just a look to big and not as crisp as it should be. Also the sudsy taste gives a texture of chalkiness. I’ve had far worse but its noticeable here as well.

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Photo of charlatan
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard straw colour without much of a head and a rather disappointing nose. This doesn't smell pungent and fresh as the best pilsners seem to, even hinting at the wince inducing profile of adjuncts.

Has pretty much the standard pilsner taste with a little fruitiness to finish and strong carbonation. This is not for those who are afraid of big bubbles on the tongue.

Not as interesting as most beers by this brewer, but passable nonetheless.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a very clear yellow straw color with only an 1/8" head after an aggressive pour. The head didn't stick around at all, and wasn't maintained by the few bubbles rising. There is a little lacing left on the glass after consuming.

Aroma: Some hops and a yeasty note noticeable at first. The pilsner malt is coming out as well as a slightly sour note along with the sulfur from the malt.

Taste: There is a bit of sweetness that you notice at first, but this doesn't last long. The hops then take over and lead the way pretty much the rest of the time. The beer tastes well attenuated, and the carbonation is more apparent in the flavor as in the appearance. The finish is slightly wet with a balance slightly toward the bitter.

Opinion: Well, I have definitely had better pilsners. This one is out of balance for the style. I would expect it to be a bit more crisp, along with either more assertion on the hops, or the malt. This one ends rather uneventful. If I were to drink a US made pilsner, I would stick to Victory's Prima Pils.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle(room temp) a medium clear gold with a medium sized head that dissipated quickly leaving just a fine ring around the edge of the glass.

The smell is dominated by hops but there *is* a sweet aroma of malt as well.

The taste is a very nice balance between the hops and malt and has that *pilsner* taste that I've experienced with the better European examples. This is one great session beer and I thoroughly recommend it.

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Photo of russpowell
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've had this on tap & bottle before & it was better, but this is the time I decided to review..

Golden body with good clarity and a thick white head that drops off to 1/4". Bubbles float up fromthe bottom all the way through the sample, not much lacing.

Smell: Slight floral and alcohol smell

Taste: Maltiness and a little bit of piney hops on the tounge.

Well balanced and good carbonation (need more body)

Like I stated, had better samples, just bothers me that a beer within 200 miles of home with great distribution is not consistent.

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Photo of Vancer
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now this is a different pils. Same looking pour as American pilsners, but much more in the aroma. The crisp noble hops flair up , and the taste is also much hoppier than what I expected. Sharp and tangy, this makes for an exceptional drinker, either just for one or many. A much tastier option vs. the BMCs out there.

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Photo of MrNuggets
4.68/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I wish more American breweries made beer like this. It seems the the style is somewhat underappreciated around these parts. So maybe from now on I will only put in reviews for lager I feel are overlooked? A great was the show my displeasure with the shunning of such wonderful beers!

The beer is golden. Smells of grassy hops. Tastes like a pilsner. Feels like a pilsner. I could drink it all day.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
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 theozag
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours and settles just slightly murky and yellow with a frothy white head that fades to a foam ing around the inside of your glass.

Shell is crisp, creamy, and sweet, but too faint for me to be specific about its components.

Starts sweet and clean with a bitter hop twinge (at the front it actually affects the lips as much as the tongue). Blue Paddle settles light bodied with a unqiue combination of sweet, sour, and bitter flavors. The overall taste of this beer is somethign akin to a subtle wheat and cream. Finish is fairly clean but with a notable aftertaste that dwells on the tastebuds.

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Photo of Domingo
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Much like 1554, I'm starting to see this brew at a lot of local establishments. I'm glad to see NB distributing more of their brews other than FT/Sunshine.
Pours a nice golden color. Sort of like what a macro should look like in an ideal world.
Smell is definitely grainy...maybe with a hint of a corn finish, but it's just a natural trait of the grain (as this is adjunct free).
Flavor is super-crisp and refreshing. A really nice brew for a night when you crave a ligher brew but don't want to skimp on flavor.
This is a *perfect* brew to wean people off of macros (both domestic and euro). It's familiar, but so much better.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear pale straw with an off-white and frothy head which rose very tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was lightly spicy with hops coupled with a low maltiness and light caramel. A very slight DMS, corn this time, was present and pleasant.

The flavor was nicely crisp with a noticeable maltiness balanced well with a hop bittering that balanced the beer. The bittering was substantial and lasting, but restrained and not overpowering. The bittering was also slightly grassy and spicy.

The finish was dry with a lasting hop bittering long into the afteraste and beyond. Not strong in hop flavor but a nice hop bitterness for sure. The body was medium light. A nice Pils. Could have a bit more bittering still and a smidge more hop flavoring for my tastes.

12 ounce bottle dated 30 Dec 05. Thanks mentor!

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Photo of kgotcher
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Plue Paddle in a 12 oz bottle, Dec 05 date. Recommended temp is 38 degrees which is pretty cold, I think mine is a bit warmer.

Pours with good amount of carbonation but not too much. Foamy head disapears quickly but leaves nice thin lace on top and sides of glass. No overfoaming like some Macro Pilsners. As any pilsner should the look, this one is a very light golden color, extremely clear. Right away I can smell grains, without even trying. The taste is grainy also, not in texture but in taste. Light at first and then more noticable. Dry aftertaste with cracker flavor. Still very light overall. Some hop flavor comes out but nothing really jumps out at me, such as the sazz hops in a bohemian pils. This is not necessarily a bad thing but I would call it is a delicate flavor for sure.

Overall I would say a very enjoyable brew as a thirst quencher or when you just feel like something lighter. A must try as a malt only alternative to Macro Lagers that use adjuncts. A very good representative of what is possible with a style of beer that is commonly looked down on by people wishing to avoid this style only because it is so mainstream.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.79/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with a good sized frothy white head that goes to a film that laces the glass.

The aroma is earthy grains.

The flavor is sweet malts then a grainy hoppiness and a crisp and lightly bitter finish. There are some sour notes in there too. The mouthfeel is on the light side...a bit watery but fairly smooth.

Overall, not too exciting but a decent brew.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle courtesy of Henry Jones. I miss being able to get all the NB products. Best by 9/12/05.

Pours a light pale gold with one finger white head that left sparse lacing. Aroma is mildy malty with floral hops. Taste is biscuit malt, light and earthy followed by progressively drying hop bite with faint citrus notes at the tail. Short crisp, dry finish. Tasty and a nice summer beer.

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Blue Paddle Pilsener from New Belgium Brewing
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