Blue Paddle Pilsener | New Belgium Brewing

Blue Paddle PilsenerBlue Paddle Pilsener
BA SCORE
35.3%
Liked This Beer
3.53 w/ 1,361 ratings
Blue Paddle PilsenerBlue Paddle Pilsener
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 07-18-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,459
Reviews:
428
Ratings:
1,361
Liked:
480
Avg:
3.53/5
pDev:
12.75%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
247
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,361 |  Reviews: 428
Photo of CraigTravor
2.88/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Acquired as part of the New Belgium Summer variety box (2013) at my local Von's grocery on Sunday. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average; New Belgium tends to churn out underwhelming seasonals (with the definite exception of their winter variety box) and piss-poor bombers (Lips of Faith). "Pilsner Lager." Nothing on the bottle suggests it's a Czech pilsener rather than a German pilsener. Best before November 2013. 4.8% ABV confirmed. Serve at 3 degrees Celsius. I always like their simple label art and colorful designs. Bottle cap is branded with a red and orange motif.

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger head of white/beige colour. No real creaminess. Okay thickness; it's kind of thin, actually. No lacing. Pretty decent (~3 minute) retention, though the ABV is rather modest so that shouldn't be difficult to execute. Hm. Head could use some honing. No bubble show. No "legs."

Body colour is a clear translucent yellow. No yeast particles are visible.

Typical of a German pilsner. Not looking fantastic, but it's passable. No overt flaws, though the head does disappoint. Below average vibrance but I wouldn't call it dull.

Sm: Straw/hay. Saaz and noble hops. It's actually surprisingly hoppy for the style. Clean barley. Sweetgrass. Grainy. Cereals. Lightly fruity, a biteen of lemon/lemongrass does sneak in. Lightly estery. A misty aroma of surprisingly respectably quality for the style; maybe this won't be as underwhelming as I thought. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A fresh aroma of moderate strength.

T/Mf: Straw/hay, pilsner malts, clean barley, and overdone saaz and noble hops. Not much going on here. Sweet grassiness with some light lemongrass and accompanying esters. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Some light floral character. Simple and underwhelming; little complexity or subtlety here.

To sweet for the style. I wouldn't call it flavorful.

It's crisp and clean. Smooth, but somewhat dry as well. Unrefreshing. Overcarbonated. Decent presence on the palate. Okay thickness; probably too thick considering the style. Doesn't feel at all custom-tailored to the flavour profile, but it's passable.

Not buttery, oily, harsh, biting, or refreshing.

Dr: Downable but mediocre. Another mundane effort from New Belgium. I wouldn't get it again, but for the price you could do worse for a czech pilsener. I'm happy to finish the bottles from the variety box, but there's just nothing interesting enough to bring me back. Feels careless and lazy. Not recommended. Very average indeed.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from session notes.

Poured a pale straw color with remarkable transparency, has two fingers of craggy soapy head with some lacing, very minimal aroma, just a bare whisper of pale malts and that's it. Tastes like a grainy melange of cracker and pilsner malts, but plays out to my palate as more of a Czech pilsner in terms of the bittering style than a German Pils. What I mean by this, is that it has a consistent medium level of standard bittering throughout all aspects of the sip for me, and does finish up rather dry compared to most German Pilsners. Also, there is a metallic component that creeps in towards the end. Body and carbonation levels are light and unassuming, perhaps could use a slight boost in carbonation.
If it wasn't for that weird metallic off flavor in the finish, I would have called this a better than average Czech-styled pils. But because of it, it only comes across as average.

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Photo of Dikfour
2.89/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: finger and a half of white head has decent retention. Pretty clear golden yellow in color. Very low in carbonation. Decent lacing.

Smell: Mild metallic hops. Something a little sweet. Extremely subtle.

Taste: Bright sugary malts. Very mild noble hops.

Feel: Crisp and half-dry finish.

Overall: Very Americanized Pilsner. Pretty dang sweet with plenty of residual sugar. Almost soda popish. I could very easily suck many of these down but I imagine the hangover would be lurid. Not very indicative of the style though not a bad beer. Worth a try though will likely never have another.

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Photo of Moose90
2.91/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.92/5  rDev -17.3%
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 corywalston
2.92/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of DarthMalt
2.94/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Once an ale house...."

Blue Paddle pours soda-pop bubbly, and emits an aroma quite like a yeast under duress during lagering--sulphury and a tad autolyzed. Stylistically, it tastes like a golden ale (micro, not Belgian). While the hop profile is quite an appropriate snap-to-form for this brew, it's meandering fermentation leaves it flat--somwhere between Cologne and Dortmund.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.94/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Acquired via trade. I have never really been a fan of the style and this one didn't really change my mind on the matter. Pours a light gold color with a medium thin off-white head and rather lively carbonation. Not much lacing to speak of. Aroma is actually rather pleasant, delivering a nice crisp hops, citrus and malt experience to the nose. Unfortunately the flavor did not match up to the aroma. I found this to be a little harsh flavor-wise, and not as clean as I was hoping. Hops flavor was nice but there was something off in the mix. Dry finish. Okay but New Belgium has better to offer.

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Photo of TopherBreski
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Slow poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Bottle looks sort of old school but not bad. A cheap yellow with a head that sticks around. One of the best smelling beers I've had in a long time. Bear is like a twin of MHL without the carbonation with a pale taste at the end.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
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 Bike_Nerd
2.96/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of fuchebu
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
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 -15.6%
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 Hellpop65
2.99/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of forshamegetit
2.99/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of valkyre65
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of CTague
3/5  rDev -15%

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

Photo of Adeezy4495
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of trocketsauced
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Jordanmtate
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of DrIPA
3/5  rDev -15%

Blue Paddle Pilsener from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 35.3% out of 100 with 1,361 ratings
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