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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Reviews: 427 | Ratings: 1,356
Photo of ThaBobfather
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear straw yellow color with a solid foam of white head.
Smell is lighted yeasted with an ok hop note.
Taste is fairly simplistic. A text book Pilsener-which is a positive note but the bready quality is not full.
Finish is clean but it has the after-taste of the Gaterade Power Water.
Drinks ok, and I would enjoy this on a hot summer day-just a bit pricey for a Miller Lite clone in a nicer bottle.

Fiance says its "meh" drinkable but she would not buy this again.

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Photo of fuchebu
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have grown to be a bit leery of New Belgium products. While the Triple is excellent, they have several like the Flat Tire that are highly overrated. The Blue Paddle Pilsner falls into the category of overhyped beer. It is a very basic brew being paraded as something special.

It has a nice golden hue but also that grassy nose similar to Heineken and other mainstream imports. There is a bit of chewiness to the flavor and it is a good crisp, drinking beer but it is very non-distinctive. The label promotes it as "reflective of Europe's finest pilsners". I've noted before that it reminds me more of Heineken than of Christofel Blonde so I would be curious to know what they regard as a fine pilsner.

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Photo of mugglesandhops
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am not a huge lager fan and this beer proves my point. Nothing that really stands out about this one. I loved the Prima Pils but this offering from New Belgium comes nowhere close. It's just your typical, thin, watery, minimal flavors. I do enjoy some of there other beers but this one is just way too average for my liking.

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Photo of tbone53
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

comes in a 12 oz. bottle that has a easy to read born on date. the bottle even tells you what temp. to drink it at.i poured it into a pint glass.
a:a real lite color and not much of a head.
s:faint smell of beer.
t:taste ok nothing spectacular.
m:does not fill the mouth with a lot of flavor.
d:easy drinking.
this would be a good beer if your trying to weine your freinds off of lite beer. this is a good sesion beer. you can probably throw a few of these back. i havent decided if im going to buy this again or not.

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Photo of jpro
3/5  rDev -16.4%

A pretty average pilsner. I’d say sub-par for New Belgium. Refreshing and drinkable on a hot summer afternoon, but pretty low on flavor and/or character.

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Photo of budgood1
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out a chill haze light golden colour, with a minimal head and lacing. clean and crisp in the nose...lots of fresh graininess and fresh cut grassiness. the taste suffers a might have not traveled well and it's a month past it's freshness date. a little stale and musty. there still is the skeleton of what once was...with a definite malt foundation and bittering hops that still impart a crispness in the finish. luckily i have two bottles and the second one seemed a bit in better shape than the first...a lot livelier and seemingly produced a larger head and left some lace...and tasted a bit better...a lot more sweet malt notes and no bad dead metallic taste.

well, after comparing the two bottles, i'd still say this is a sub-standard pilsener. although all tasted too much like a run of the mill lager and not enough like a fine german style pils.

i'd like to taste this fresh....

thanks to beer angel for the sample!

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Photo of Boto
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale straw yellow in color. It has a small fizzy head that goes away quite quickly. Fair amount of hops to the nose. Similar amount of hoppiness to the taste, which overpowers a slight sweetness. A mediocre pilsner, but still not too bad. I'm still amazed that this brewery can put out some really good beers, followed by some very non-descript ones. If you want a good pilsner, try Victory Prima Pils to see what one should really taste like!

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Photo of BierReise
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light gold with very little head. Aroma is a bit metallic with a slight detection of hops. Has a light body that is crisp and dry. Flavor is a grainy malt with a bitter finish from hops. Overall not very good. I'd take Warsteiner over this one any day.

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Photo of Maerzen
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Little Star Pizza in San Franciso. Pours an opaque tan with a medium head. All around a basic Pilsner. Made me think it is the lager a BMC would like to make; basic but with a little more taste. Not much more to say about it. Enjoyable but I would choose something else if offered.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is perfectly clear, like a magnifying glass, the head only lasts a short while but i think that is from this st bern goblet being so wide. light straw color.
Aroma is like toasted bread, the hops are earthy and noble but with some citrus notes.
The flavors are very clean and earthy, some grassy notes and a bit of lemon on the finish. Very very fast finish, clean, the flavor comes in and gets out fast.

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

Not overly found of this beer from New Belgium. In fact, this is the lowest I've scored on any of their beers. The hoppy flavor was not to my liking and just didn't do anything for me. For me it was kind of spicy, peppery flavor, but had a flat hoppy finish. I just didn't like this ale. Maybe just a bad batch or bottle.

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

This Pils pours a clear yellow with a nice big head that laced quite well. The smell was strong of green apples. Taste was malty and crisp. Has a nice aftertaste I thought. An easy beer to drink. Overall a good beer but nothing really stood out on this beer for me. It was good but not great.

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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 stephendr
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. glass bottle- color of medium gold, with a thick light white colored lacy head - nose of pale hops, sweat, soapiness, and semi floral – taste of pale hops, dry, and semi floral - body is dry, and with medium high carbonation – aftertaste of semi bitter, citrus hints, and lingering

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Photo of MrDonQuixote
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at New Belgium

A- Light golden color, slight head

S- Pilsner smell, grainy and malty

T- Crisp pilsner taste, nice bite to it, nice finish. I've just never been a super big fan of the style.

M- Carbonation is perfect, makes the beer quite crisp

O- Better then most pilsners, but I have yet to find a stand out pilsner as of yet

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Photo of shadow1961
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New Belgium's Blue Paddle Pils pours a big creamy head over a clear yellow
brew. Carbonation is quite sedate, and the nose is pils yeast and light barley
malt. The flavor is tart malt up front with a sharp herbal hop finish. There's a bit
of citrus in the aftertaste, and there's good lacing left in the glass as the brew goes
down, a good sign of proper hopping. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, and
surprisingly full for such a light colored beer. While not the best pils I've ever had,
it's quite competent and I would certainly not refuse another. It's well worth a try.

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Photo of RickS95
3.07/5  rDev -14.5%
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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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 illidurit
3.09/5  rDev -13.9%
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 -13.9%
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 chocosushi
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
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 -13.6%
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 -13.6%
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 -13.6%
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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Blue Paddle Pilsener from New Belgium Brewing
3.59 out of 5 based on 1,356 ratings.
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