Blue Paddle Pilsener | New Belgium Brewing

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Blue Paddle PilsenerBlue Paddle Pilsener

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

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Gruntlumber
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

All I can say about this is it's very average. I was surprised because New Belgium produces some of the most unique, quality brews you can buy. Not saying this is not high quality, it's just the same pilsner formula that everyone seems to use. I guess I was expecting Blue Paddle to have a different twist/interpretation of the standard pilsner (ie, have a little flavor or something). Nope, this is a standard pilsner.

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Photo of Dubbercody
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well kids, it's a Pils, a drinkable brew no doubt, yet not my favorite style or even representation of the style, thanks Dad for taking me on so many trips and ruining my love for American Pils.... Golden and clear, with the slightest of chill haze. Fluffy white head leaving great lace and fluff.

Smell is clean with a bit of bitterness, taste follows suit. Mild and really easy to drink, gets better the less is left in the glass. Second Beer in my let's visit New Belgium beer tour. Will again be a hot/warm weather brew, but not much of a cool weather friend.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.19/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Honey gold and clear with a fluffy two finger eggshell head that looks pretty creamy. Big sheets of thick lace stick to the glass like icing on a cake. This has a really creamy and thick head for a lightly hued pilsener!

S - Subdued grass and hay aromas with some saaz funk. It has an odd not quite metallic, but more like stone or concrete note. Sort of a letdown really.

T - Again, stone (slate) or concrete flavors with a lot of green grass. Like the lawn clippings that fall on the sidewalk in front of your hose. This lacks the saltine bready malt that I look for in a German style pils, and the hops seem anemic, but it's pretty sweet and not altogether bad.

M - Crisp, medium, bodied, moderately carbonated, and dry on the finish. Spot on for a pils, and just about the best part of this brew.

D - Not terrible, but way off for the style. I don't really care much for this, it's really not a bad brew, but something just seems off to me.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.19/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 10/16/11; split with schweah

Best before 12 Feb 12

Light, faded, wimpy golden color. Mostly clear. One finger head thins to a bubbly layer. Not much lace. So I find myself looking to Steve's glass which at least has sporadic trails of lace.

Clean, grassy aromas - hay and straw. Lightly toasted grains and a dry yeast hint. Smells pretty nice. Tastes much the same - clean and grassy with a faint herbal notion. Grains take a back seat to the grassy tones. faint butter notion as it warms. Crisp, light body. Carbonation is on the lower side. Finishes with damp grass.

Overall impression - not too bad, but I prefer it while colder.

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Photo of Beejay
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Yellow in color, and crystal clear. Large with head on top, that dissipates rather quickly.

S: Some light toasty notes, as well as possibly a hint of corn. Faint floral notes, as well as some dried straw. Maybe something a tad metallic in the finish.

T: Tons of toasty biscuit notes, some floral notes coming back, the bitterness feels a little odd to me, and lingers on for quick awhile.. the bitterness is a little reminiscent of anise. Slight sweetness in the finish.

M: Light in body, the carbonation is fine, and plenty abundant giving a carbonic bite to the finish.

O: I recalled not liking this beer for years, finally giving it a second try, I can say that it is definitely better than I remember, but still not something amazing. The bitterness seems out of joint with the rest of the flavor profile, and the lingering bitterness and bite don't help. I guess it's just not a beer for me.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear pale golden color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice sticky lacing. The aroma is a balance of spicy noble hops and biscuity malt. It has nice strength for the style, and is pleasing. The taste leans toward the maltier side, with little hops coming through. It is a rather light it flavor for a pilsener. The mouthfeel is light bodied with aggressive carbonation, and an almost (but not quite) watery texture. Overall, this is a mediocre beer that I will probably not drink again.

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Photo of largadeer
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Extremely clear pale straw in color. The head retains well and leaves a fair amount of lace as the glass empties.

Smell: Very bready and malt-heavy. Doesn't have as much of that signature spicy/grassy hop aroma. A faint cooked vegetable aroma is noticeable but overall it's fairly clean.

Taste: As the aroma suggests, this is very light on the hops - I'm surprised they call this a pilsner. Malts are dominant and quite nice. Buttery with a mild grainy sweetness and just a touch of hops in the finish. The aftertaste is clean, making this a pretty quaffable beer, though it lacks the crispness that I look for in a good pils.

Mouthfeel: Light, but more buttery and coating than most pilsners. The carbonation is crisp without being bloating like many macro pilsners.

Drinkability: A decent session beer, but I'll stick to Trumer if I want a good domestic pils.

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Photo of burtonbe
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Beautiful golden appearance. Very clear. Nice bubbly carbonation. Thick head that leaves significant lacing.

S - Somewhat faint smell. Malty, light hoppy smell. Nothing special.

T - I'm getting a grapy, almost white-wine like essense. Good balance with the bitterness. Almost a sulfur accent. A little dry.

M - Good for the style. Nice carbonation. It has a nice body; not too thin, not too thick.

D - I don't think this stands out in this category. Very average. Acceptable, but not special.

Overall a good brew, but far from perfect. I might recommend this to others, but I can't help but feel wanting more.

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Photo of zac16125
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pilsner glass
Best before: 13Sept15

A: Crystal clear, bright yellow, 1plus fingers width of bright white head, lots of carbonation bubbles rising to top of the glass. Head dissipates down fair quickly and leaves a few patches of lacing. 3.25

S: Lots of sweetness, honey like, biscuits, doughy, mild floral notes, subtle diacetyl butteriness. 3.25

T: Sweet malts, noble hope spice, doughy yeast, some bitterness. 3.25

M/D: Fuller body for the style/ABV, carbonation moderate, drinkability is ok. 2.75

O: Pretty average American Pilsner. Not a bad beer, but not something I would purchase (was leftover from a recent beach party). 3

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Photo of speter
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Lightly golden with two fluffy fingers of foam that fade with moderate lace.

S: Grassy noble hops and light biscuit pilsener malt. Very well balanced.

T: Fairly malty with a tendency towards some chocolate hints. There is an odd hollowness just after mid-palate, just before the hops kick in towards the end. The finish is great: hoppy bitterness without the common lager metallic twang.

M: Spot-on Czech pilsener.

O: If I could, I'd give this a 3.25. The hollowness spoils what would be an otherwise stellar Czech pilsener. Nonetheless, this is better than average.

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Photo of jthelamontagne
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pale Gold, light carbonation, brilliant pale malt colour

A: toasty, lovely crust of a fresh baguette

T: hop bite halfway through. Maltose cracker, Burnt rice & roasted corn. well balanced. Very nice.

M: Slight and smooth carbonation.

F: bitter exhaust, like dry pine needles.... in a good way.

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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 ppvora
3.14/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The label on this beer says Pilsner/Lager. I guess there is such a thing as a combination of Pilsner and Lager.

Appearance: Golden hue, very slight copper tones. Half a finger of head, good aeration dissipates quickly.

Aroma: Malty with some sweet melon tones.

Taste: Barley, some very subtle hops. No sweetness despite the sweet melon aroma. Very straight barley taste, no complexity.

Mouthfeel: Nothing significant to report.

Overall: OK, not sure that I would buy another 6-pack of this one.

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Photo of Cresant
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a pilsner glass. Dated best before: 13Jul07. The clear body was light golden with three fingers of crisp white head. Significant lacing clung to the glass.

Smell was earthy and became slightly more pungent as it warmed. Hay-like.

Taste was light grain, soft bitterness and a mild, rounded sweetness. An understated pilsner.

Mouthfeel was nicely rough in texture, with some huskiness. Dry, medium length finish. This is a subtle yet solid American Pilsner.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.12/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Transparent golden color, with a small but bubbly white head.

A very subtle smell, but the malt dominates what is here.

Tastes the part of a Czech pilsner. Some fruity sweetness, but the malt dominates the show. The bitterness put me off a little bit, otherwise this is a solid brew.

Not a bad example of the style, just not a very exciting one.

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Photo of theozag
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
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 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 chocosushi
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Zatec Glass
A ~ Pours very bright golden blonde with about a half inch of swiss cheese head. Lacing is to style as well as carb, to a point.

S ~ Saaz hops, sliced pears, & a bit of grass. Bread dough. Delicate notes of pepper.

T ~ Grass & Bread follow through with Wheat toast & pear mid palette. . This ends very peppery & overtly vegetal. As it warms it become even more strange with porridge-like notes.

M ~ Slightly crisp fading into a sweet wheat grain middle. Slightly dry, peppery finish. Was this even lagered?

D ~ Probably would not be a good go-to pils. Drinkability is low for a pils which is a huge flaw. Very doughy. Loses drinkability even more as it warms. Would I drink this or Fat Tire? Who's to say really. Don't seek out.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange color, medium white foamy head. Aroma is grassy, herbal and hoppy. A medium bodied pilsner. The flavor is crisp and hoppy. The malts are sweet and fruity. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is slightly sweet, some bitterness

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Photo of rye726
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow color with a fizzy white head. Nice collection of zesty hops and citrus fruits in the nose. The flavor does not quite meet expectations. Fairly light with some grainy malts. Highly carbonated crisp body. A drinkable pilsner, but did not live up to my hopes from the start.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased from Hyvee in Omaha, NE.
Best before February 2012.
Poured into a standard US pint glass.

Pours about a 1cm head of fairly white, medium-sized bubbles. This lasts about a minute, declining to virtually nothing in terms of residual foam and leaving very little lacing. Body is a transparent golden yellow, giving perspective of much carbonation.

Aroma is fairly drab, light malt and floral hop notes seem to be the only things played.

Taste follows the lackluster scent, light sweet malt, slightly floral and bittering hops, perhaps some fruit-like esters. Nothing substantial, very average.

Medium-light in body with fairly aggressive carbonation, yet this combination still works for this beer and its flavor palette. Moves very quickly along, as has been noted, and leaves a semi-dry finish.

Overall, this was a fairly unexciting pilsener. Expected more from New Belgium. I won't seek this out again.

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Photo of illidurit
3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsener glass. Classic pale gold color with a thick 2 finger head. Nice lacing. Aroma is faint, but I can pick out some sweet toasty malt, maybe some Saaz too. Flavor is mostly cereal grain that comes out a little too heavy for the style, limiting the crispness. Now that I think about it, it's not only cereal grainy, it actually tastes like breakfast cereal. There's a Cheerios note in there! Anyway, the hops are almost nonexistent in the flavor, which also contributes to the lack of crispness. Drinkable but off the mark for the style as far as I'm concerned.

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Photo of Jsteez
3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A-It was straw yellow color with hints of gold. Light carbonation. The head was thick and foamy. Once the thick foam dissipated, there was a white soapy head that remained on the surface throughout consumption. Nice lacy sides. It looked good!

S-Not much here, maybe some faint dry hops and a sweet malt.

T-Dry, bitter, peppery, and some hops. I can sense some bread and maybe some light citrus, but not a lot. The dry and peppery aftertaste lingered on my palate.

M-Medium-light bodied smooth feel. Quite refreshing.

Overall-This pilsner is a great sessionable brew to enjoy during the remaining summer months. I have to admit I have tried better pilsners, however this is a solidly good brew. Cheers!

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Photo of russpowell
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
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 RickS95
3.07/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A very light straw color that's completely transparent. A tiny small white head that doesn't stay.

There isn't a lot of smell, but I did pick up a piney flowery smell, as well as some citrus.

Being a lager, I didn't pick up a lot of taste. There's a bit of citrus hiding in there, and just a touch of sweetness, but for the most part, it's just kind of a peppery taste.

This would make for a good warm weather beer because it's pretty crisp and refreshing.

Being light bodied and somewhat lowish in alcohol, this is almost a session beer. I wouldn't want to have too much of this when the weather turns cooler, but it's a good beer to have on hand when it's warm.

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