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Blue Paddle Pilsener | New Belgium Brewing

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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:
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Added by kbub6f on 07-18-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
424
Ratings:
1,341
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
22.5%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
234
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 424 | Ratings: 1,341
Photo of DarthMalt
2.94/5  rDev -18.3%
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 DAllspaw
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very pleasant surprise in a 12 pack sample with Ranger, Fat Tire and Hoptober, all of which I've had and enjoy. This has classic pilsner profile, but more yeast in the aroma and taste, again, a nice surprise since I viewed this as the lightest offering in the pack. New Belgium has never knocked my socks off, but really makes some pretty good stuff.

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Photo of Chizoad
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite pale without the shimmering golden hue that I like in a pilsner. Good white head. Metallic and light nose, small bits of sourness.

Light taste to match the light color and smell. Definitely a pilsner but the balance of sweetness to bitterness seems off, or at least like someone muted both flavors. Not bad, really but lacking some oomph.

Carbonated well to give it a crisp finish, and despite not being outstanding, very drinkable.

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Photo of intensify
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Best Before" stamped on the side of the label. Read July 15, 2012. About a month and a half away so this review might not be completely "legit" because of the age of the beer. Anyhow...

A- Golden body with a 1 finger head. Some lacing, but nothing crazy.

S- Hay-like aroma up front. Lemon zest, mango and spices.

T- Starts off with a zesty kick which then turns into a bitter, hop like finish. Lemon zest and malts.

M- Thin bodied, medium carbonation and a dry finish. Easy to drink.

Good for the style. Not my cup of tea, but I would drink another if it was offered.

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Photo of Misfit138
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Golden color with huge foamy head that left lacing

S-Grassy malt and floral sweetness

T- Initially sweet malt followed by a lasting bitterness-its not overwhelming by any means but does linger

M- Light in body and fairly carbonated

D- Its OK, I wouldn't go outta my way for it. Decent, but I like the Victory Pils better also the Sam Adams summer pils is better.

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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 musicman575
2.59/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wow, what a thick moussy head. Two fingers worth that could nearly form peaks like beat egg whites. I could see the texture of the beer swirling and convecting within my icy glass.

I didn't smell the usual hoppiness, nor did I taste it, until the very last sip. What a light beer. The smokiness left on the palate was characteristically New Belgium, but the pilsener itself is rather atypical. Perhaps this is a ploy to get "big 3" drinkers interested in beer.

I could have easily chugged several glasses, but it didn't quite hit the spot.

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Photo of mugglesandhops
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
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 fsvan
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass. Best by date of November, so this guy is fresh.

A- Light golden. Nice two fingers of white head. Good carbonation, big and bubbly.

S- Big bready malt pils nose with a nice hop bitterness. Smells spot on for what you'd expect from the style.

T- Flavor is subdued compared to the nose, but in line as far as characteristics. Light bready malts, and nice dry hop bitterness.

M- Light, and easy do drink. Nicely carbonated.

O- A solid New Belgium offering that I like, but won't be likely to confuse with Stoudt's pils or Victory Prima pils as the frontrunners of the American take on the style.

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Photo of longbongsilver
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Random pick from New Belgium's sampler pack. Goes in mug high straw yellow, inch and a half of white, foamy head.

Smells like butterscotch slightly, not much else far as that goes. It's a simple style anyway though, so anything strong would've probably been a negative. Let's swig...

Taste follows the smell to a T, with a bit of something reminding me of lemon in the back. As for the go-down: thin & lightly carbonated, not aggressive but not annoying either & no aftertaste. This is an unashamed, utilitarian chugger.

Would I go out of my way to get it over their others? No. But it fills its role nicely.

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Photo of Dikfour
2.89/5  rDev -19.7%
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 diabecktic
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Upon first pour there is little head formation that disappates relatively quickly, leaving a thin layer of white on top - minimal carbonation. This is a very lightly colored beer; looking through the glass and beer, I can see whatever is behind it. The beer is a very light shade of gold.

Smell:
The first thing that comes to mind is "clean." I can't discern too much, other than a somewhat sweet scent masking a hint of corn. To me, it's almost remniscent of a malt liquor.

Taste:
It's not quite as "corny" as it smells. I can't think of a defining flavor, though there is a slight bitterness which isn't offending. There is little to no aftertaste, which I suppose is not a bad thing considering that isn't any flavor that I'd miss. However, this doesn't mean that it's bad, either.

Mouthfeel:
Very, very light. I can feel what little bubbles there are tickling my tongue. Not bad.

Drinkability:
This is a beer you could definately get carried away with. It's goes down incredibly smooth, lacks an aftertaste, and is incredibly crisp/clean - finishes well and leaves you wanting more.

Summary:
This beer doesn't strike me as being overly special, but it's something that I would consider buying again. The price might be a little steep for a "party beer" since it is comparable to other less-expensive beers that taste similar. It's not a bad beer, but it's nothing incredibly unique.

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Photo of baseballrock
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a - a very pale and straw gold color, minimal head that leaves a good bit of lace around my glass.

s - fair amount of fresh malty aromas

t - this beer starts of with a mouthfull of highly carbonated malty complexion. this if followed by a sharp hop bitterness that has a very high lingering effect. the one thing that i noticed that perhaps is only related to this beer (because it is a few months past the freshness date), is a slight and unpleasant sour taste.

i've had this brew on several past ocassions and from what i remembered it was better then, than it was today

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Photo of MrNuggets
4.68/5  rDev +30%
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 Bruiser81
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden color with a white fluffy head. Smell is of malts and grain with a little bit of sweetness. A very crisp fresh taste with a sweet maltiness up front and the hops making for a bitter finish. A medium mouth feel with very good carbonation. This is the first real pilsner I've tried and I wasn't real impressed but I did not dislike it. Another solid brew from New Belgium.

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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 dankster
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing this beer on a warm summer day in early June. First note picked up is strong smell of Noble hops with slight malt taste in the backround, head is light and not much carbonation. Small amount of lacing in regular pint glass. Very similar to euro style or Czech style pilsner lagers. Mouthfeel is light but with good flavor. overall a good summer brew best enjoyed on very hot days (90+) not something to go searching for but I would buy again.

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Photo of rfabian
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tumbler it produces a small head that leaves a little lacing. The appearance is yellow with a little amber and clear. The aroma is of light hops and malt. The taste is good with malty sweetness and slight bitterness. The feels is about average for a lager with moderate carbonation. The finish is clean. It's a very drinkable beer with no sharp edges.

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Photo of cadizkyguy
4.47/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Food City in Gatlinburg, TN on a recent trip to the Mountains. Freshness date, best before April 24, 2011.

Great smelling beer. That's the first thing I noticed upon pouring into a Sam Adams sensory glass. Appearance was secondly impressive, as it was a clear golden color with a small frothy head that left lots of lacing.

Quite refreshing. Watching Bears-Patriots game on TV, munching on some tortilla chips and cheese dip. Great pairing.

Kinda surprised by the low marks on this pilsner, given the style's on the mark for a german pilsner. I could drink this all afternoon. Too bad I only picked up one.

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Photo of OzarkElmo
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 01/05/08 Poured clear golden into Stella glass (sorry, it was either that or a shaker - I do not have a pilsener glass or flute). Moderate whitish head, diminishing to very slight head. Nice pilsener aroma. Grassy with crisp citrus notes. Mild to moderate bitterness, crisp finish and a flavorful pilsener. Within category I find it a good offering, and domestic to boot, I enjoy the New Belgian beers - Cheers!

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Photo of Crotor
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blue Paddle is a straightforward and solid Bavarian-style pilsner.

It pours a crystaline, pale gold with an unfortunately low head & head retention (though with decent lacing). It has the average med-light body that's caracteristic of the style.

Blue Paddle has an excellent, delicate, noble hop aroma. This carries through in the taste, along with a crisp, slightly grainy malt character.

Overall, this is a fairly impressive beer, highly drinkable, and is an excellent option for a pilsner purchase. Produced in the western US, shipped in the western US, this beer is far less likely to be skunked than, say, Pilsner Urquell.

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Photo of Dmart1223
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blue Paddle is definitely easy drinking, although I didn't find much personality. That could also be a result of the style, though....

The beer poured a nice white head that retained well, and the beer itself was straw yellow. It had a pleasant, fresh smell — something like citrus lingering in the back.

Most of Blue Paddle's pleasantness comes right up front. Something citrusy and sweet hits right away. But the rest of it's pretty consistent. Some hoppy bitterness comes out through the whole thing, but it's otherwise clean.

It's a good session beer, but I thought it might have benefited from a more complex flavor. There's a good amount of bitter, but not enough of anything else.

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Photo of DocAJ
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gift from a fellow BA; Poured from 12 oz bottle into Pilsener glass

A-straw-light gold color that poured with a big fluffy white head, lots of carb action going on, head disappeared quicker than I thought it would, but lacing stuck arround

S-slight aroma, floral hops and grassy notes

T-zesty citrus, bready notes, well balanced hops/malt flavour

M-light bodied, high carb, dry finish

D-too bad I only had one!

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Photo of tburkhart
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this one in a trade awhile back, guess it got pushed to the back of the fridge. Freshness dates says best before May 1, 2009.

Pours a straw pale yellow that you can easily see through. Carbonation is minimal, as is any lacing.

Smells of pilsen malts. Grainy. Pretty basic, even for the style.

Taste is very grainy. Slight grassy hop, but mostly grainy.

Drinks decent, but personally not a huge fan of this style.

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Photo of TownDunkel
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Blue Paddle Pilsner - Never had seen this one before at the beer store and I do enjoy a good pilsner on these hot days so why not

Appearance - Your usual run of the mill light yellow and clear nice but still looks like a good beer.

Smell - A very mellow hints of thistle, hops, and fresh greens. I wish it was a bit more pungent though, since it is a bit weak unless you smelling straight out of the bottle

Taste - This one has a neat mix of an IPA mixed with your usual pilsner. Unfortunately there is not much flavor and it is pretty basic.

Mouthfeel - This beer excelled here on the mouthfeel and keeps staying around with a good amount carbonation.

Overall - This is a decent beer, not one of my favorites so maybe it just is personal taste.

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Blue Paddle Pilsener from New Belgium Brewing
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