Blue Paddle Pilsener | New Belgium Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 07-18-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
416
Ratings:
1,312
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
22.5%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
224
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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 John1985
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Pours a light gold color with a bright white two finger head. Head fades into a skullcap as the beer is consumed with plenty of lacing down the sides.

Aroma was malt based with some light hop flavor. Flavor was biscuity malt flavor with hops to balance in the back. Very dry finish. Medium to light body contributes to high drinkabilty especially with the heat wave we have had in Tennessee.

Very fine pilsner, a definite repeat purchase.

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

The Blue Paddle pours a clear straw color with a very little foam head and tiny dotted lacing. In the smell category it faint smell of citrus and yeasty aroma. The taste was crisp and clean. In the mouth is left its mark on the back of the throat and tip of the tongue. It is thin which is normal for the style. Overall one of my favorite pilsner session beers.

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

Appearance is a lovely light amber with a very white foamy head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma contains an upfront dose of fresh mowed lawn, flowers and gingery hops that mellow out into some malty grains. Body is light to medium with little carbonation. Initially the flavor fulfils the promise of the aroma, but adds some bitternness that ends in a finish that is nicely dry and satisfying. Very nice to have on a hot day, with food or as a session beer.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

beautiful transparent gold color. simply beautiful.

Nose - lemon zest, overal citrusy, fresh and clean.

Palate - Assertive (but not overly so) Saaz tangyness right away. Smooth. Dry, with some malt sweetness to round out.

Certainly not a Saaz monster but balanced.

Finish is an expected clean, crispness. Very appetizing, drinkable.

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Photo of MobBarley
4.19/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Straw colored with a weak head. Smells hoppy and tart and tastes the same. A little maltiness lurks in the finish. Mouthfeel is fantastic and makes this a fine hot day brew. Combined with the hoppy nature of the beer, it makes for a beer that certainly earns the title: "Crisp and Refreshing". Drinkability is likewise high.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear golden with a dense white head that retains well throughout the beer and leaves a couple patches of lacing.

S - Grassy hops, floral hops, dry straw, hints of honey malt.

T - A little sweet off the top, then grassy hops come in along with some lemon zest and notes of apple. Malt is slightly sweet but the finish is crisp and smooth. Aftertaste is grassy with notes of lemon.

M - Prickly carbonation with light to medium body.

This one surprised me. It was better than I expected. Everything was mild but everything blended together very well.

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Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an unexpected find at Pipe and Pint here in Greensboro today actually had it given to me it was part of the owners personal stash,anyways pours a vibrant yellow with not much head wich kept the rating at 4 I really liked the vibrant color of this brew.Aroma was like walking thru a meadow of flowers kinda sweet and grassy with a good toasted malt character.Taste was grainy and lightly sweet with a nice smacking of hops that hits nicely in the finish.One of the best American pilsners out there at least from my perspective I wish I had more!

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It has been so long since I last had a pils I didn't quite know what to expect. This is also the first time I had a real pils (you know, the non-adjunct lager kind). The all malt grain bill is definitely noticeable in comparison to a macro lager. It was quite refreshing after a long winter of hop monsters, malt monster belgians, and whatnot. Went well with the Famous Dave's BBQ.

The beer poured to a clear fizzy yellow, expected of the style, with a healthy frothy white head. For the style, this is actually quite an exceptional looking brew.

The smell was also quite surprising, as it is usually lacking altogether from any pilsener I've had (except for the piss/puke smell). It was kind of flowery. The real malts definitely produce a better aroma than adjuncts mixed with yeast!

The taste was classic pilsener, but somehow better. I can clearly tell the difference between this example of a pils and, say, a Budweiser. I was actually kind of pleasantly surprised. Doesn't leave my stomach uneasy after a decent chug like a macro. Surprisingly well balanced between malt and hops flavors, though the malts clearly show through moreso than the hops.

This beer has enticed me into trying other examples of REAL pilsener, such as Pils-Urquell and others. It was quite refreshing after a barrage of intense beer flavors through the winter months. So far, this is the only Pilsener I have had that is worthy of a review, and I hope to change that soon. Nonetheless, I still prefer an unbalanced hoppy brew. I can't normally get this at home in Iowa City, but next time I am "home" home (in Omaha), I will most likely skip this even though it has intrigued me. I will definitely try other New Belgium beers, though, since the brewery will always have a special place in my heart (regardless of whether or not I am as obsessed with Fat Tire as I used to be before I got into hoppy beers).

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Photo of JMad
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

The beer was a clear, pale, yellow with a thick soapy white head that left a lot of lacing. Smells of lemon with light pilsner malt, grass and hay. There is a smooth but solid bitterness, the taste consists of lemon peel with a light pine flavor and a biscuity background. The beer is light with prickly carbonation and a dry finish. I would choose this pilsner over any other that I have tried so far.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a sweet malt and a nice dry pilsner hop. In the taste, sweet to dry malt and saaz hops. A small bite, but mainly smooth and light mouthfeel, with a clean to dry malt in the aftertaste. A clean and fresh pils, very nice.

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Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours clear golden color with a fluffy head that leaves clumps of lace in my pilsner glass

Smell: Bready aroma with plenty of floral esters; slightly grassy

Taste: Starts with a clean, bready flavor that is joined, mid-palate, by the grassy, floral hops; after the swallow, the floral aspect builds and becomes almost perfume-like

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body; moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: Very nice effort from New Belgium; while not as hoppy as Prima Pils, I really like the floral elements that make it very drinkable

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Photo of abents
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with a nice white head and good lacing. Smells like fresh cut grass and hops. Starts out very crisp and inviting with sharp hoppy bitterness and carbonation. Smooths out in the middle with nice malty ending. Very well rounded Pilsner, usually I'm not a huge fan, but this was a very good brew. Impressed all the way. Beer is light bodied with nice carbonation a very refreshing and drinkable beer. Could be enjoyed all day long in the hot sun.
Many thanks to nvsblman for the hook-up.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
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 JuicesFlowing
4.11/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe. The beer is a perfectly crystal-clear golden color. A frothy white head sits on top and takes a while to dissipate to a chunky film. Good lacing persists. The smell is slightly acidic, like apples. This reminds me of their Hoptober Golden Ale, without the citrus though. Also a faint malt aroma. The taste is fresh, crisp, and clean. A sweet malty body held inside of a crisp hoppy dry-metallic finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and clean.

Overall, a very refreshing brew. It actually feels a bit heavier than 4.8% for some reason, but this is easily sessionable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had an odd relationship with Blue Paddle over the years. Even though I've tasted it many, many times, I simply enjoyed it without going to the effort to write a review. Maybe it was that I felt it would always be available to review later; and maybe it was because I'd thought I'd already reviewed it (I actually think I did.... maybe my review got lost due to a bad computer connection); or maybe it was because it just didn't stand up and shout "review me!"; or maybe it was just too good to put down! In the end, I think it was a little bit of all of those, but I'll put the spin on 'it was just too good to put down'!

It pours a typical golden body beneath a full head of white froth that holds well and leaves some nice lace about the glass. The nose delivers floral, grassy, and lightly spicy hops atop a straight-forward, grainy malt base. The body is medium on the light side, and it's crisp but not zesty in the mouth with a slightly restrained carbonation. The flavor is a well-balanced blend of straightforward, grainy malt; floral, grassy, and lightly spicy hops; and a firm bitterness. It's more of a southern German style, and it's well-rounded and very drinkable; but at the same time nothing really stands out.

Overall, it's a solid pils that's definitely welcome during the summer, but perfectly acceptable in any season; and also perfectly suited to almost any occasion (BBQ, wedding reception, bowling league, nightclub, late afternoon at the ski-lodge, dinner with mom & dad, fishing expedition, .... you get the idea!). Nicely done!

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Photo of champ103
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This pours a bright and clear golden color. A good two finger head forms and gently recedes to leave to patchy lace.
S: Sweet malty and biscuit aroma. Some floral hops that balances out nicely.
T: Some nice sweet biscuit malt again. True to the New Belgium brand. Some funky barnyard yeast and some floral hops.
M/D: A medium body that is well carbonated to my tastes. Very clean and crisp. This is a refreshing and smooth beer to drink. Easily quaffable. A very nice session beer.

This hit the spot on a hot summer day. A very good pilsener.

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Photo of beernut7
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
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 JohnQVegas
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass.

Pours crystal clear gold with a nice, creamy white cap that settles into a thin layer of soapy suds. Nice effervescence.

Nose is nice - sweet, grainy malt mixes with subtle notes of apples, fresh hay and grassy hops, a bit of a sulfur note.

Taste is nice as well; lightly sweet cereal grains up front, sharp, grassy hops lend a refreshing bitterness, bit of lemon, with a bit of sulfur leading to the dry finish. This one is all about sharp edges - all the flavors here are so clean and well-defined as to be etched in relief on the palate. Really tasty.

Mouthfeel is light, almost feathery, so much so that it almost feels like it evaporates off the palate. Nice, crisp carbonation as well. Stupidly drinkable.

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

Purchased @ Market of Choice, Coburg Rd, Eugene, OR

Pours a very light, clear yellow. Thick foamy white head, settles slowly. Smells a bit grassy. Very malty. Smooth mouthfeel. Not a whole lot else to say really. It's a very sessionable lager. Easy to drink. Far better than most other american pilseners.

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Photo of corey0212
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got a couple of these from mugglesandhops!

Pours a bright clear golden color, sturdy soapy white head hangs in for a long time, and leaves nice clingy lacing in the glass. Nice bright hoppy aromas, sweet grainy smell. Slight lemon flavor, grassy hop flavors, bready. Very clean and crisp, light-bodied, nice lingering bitterness, and excellent drinkability on this one. Good stuff.

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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 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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