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Climb on in and grab a paddle. Our first foray into lagered beers, Blue Paddle Pilsener-Lager, is a Czech style pilsener with a refreshing crispness from noble hops and a rich, malty finish. ‘Blue Paddle’ refers to the implement our warehouse manager’s Grandma once used to lovingly paddle his a** when she caught him stealing sips of her beer. With more body than a traditional Belgian pils, Blue Paddle is reflective of Europe’s finest pilseners.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nakedwhendrunk (2196) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Stamped on the bottom of the can, it reads "23 Nov 2014." Given the date, I’m assuming that this is a best by date which is New Belgium’s style. I poured this into a pilsener. The previous two cans were consumed out of the can. The appearance was a hazy golden yellow color with a slight transparency about it to allow light streams of carbonation to be seen rising. Three finger white foamy head dissipated leaving a messy sort of lacing. The smell had a sweet grassy and grainy sort of sweet corn malt to eventually allow a really nice sweet lemon to come in. The taste was mainly the sweet grassy and grainy corn. The lemon was no where to be found in the flavor. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a pretty good sessionability about it. The carbonation was substantially good for the style and for me as it was there but nothing overbearing. Overall, I say this was a pretty good Pilsener made by an American brewer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2687) - Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2014
12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 1/4/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance and robustness of pale malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and clean mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a nice and pleasant Czech pilsener. Good balance and robustness of pale malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
akoeninger (454) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2014
Straw colored with a bread and toast like aroma with a bit of spice. Taste is light malts, crackers, toast and some slight spice. Light body and crisp. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Defreni (2618) - Husum, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2014
Dåse: Købt af alle steder i en Wall Mart, men efter at have kørt i Big Sur af Highway 1 falder denne øl virkelig på et tørt sted. Pilsnergul klar med et fint skumhoved. Smagen er let og frisk. Dejlig øl.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TylerGreenDC (335) - - JUL 16, 2014
On draft. Unusually sour aroma for a pilsner. Flavors are grassy, spicy hops. Just as the hops begin to get going, they kind of dissolve into a crisp, dry finish. Little disappointing that way. Seems like yet another New Belgium beer that’s merely trying to be a bridge between Big Beer and craft beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mfp13jr (149) - Glenville, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2014
In can. Floral notes of hops in the nose with a light mealtimes. Flavor is similar to most lagers with a light sulfur and stickiness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopmelt (196) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Pours brilliantly clear light golden, finger white frothy head, nice lacing. Aroma pilsner malt sweetness, floral, spicy hops. Taste pilsner malt, low spicy, floral hops, lingering bready character. Mouthfeel thin body medium carbonation, dryish finish. Overall tasty, needs more hop character and bitterness, extremely drinkable though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Brewratt (1) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 8, 2014 does not count
Poured from can (folly 12 pack) into clean tasting glass. Pours well, decent head with little retention, pale straw color appealing. Smells clean with a little hoppy grass. Taste is average, bland malt flavors fail to impress, some grassy flavors detract. Very astringent finish, unpleasant. Overall an American lager brewed to compete more with B/C/M than a real pils. Personally I expect more from this brewer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrewje41 (511) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Bottle pour. Pours golden with a grassy aroma. Not really a stand out pilsener here. Pretty bland, but tastes alright overall. Sweet malt flavor and finish, with some grassy flavor too. This one was alright. Decent summer time beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
libertine (215) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 6, 2014
second beer rating from the folly pack. pours straw yellow with a nice white head. aroma reminds me of the skinny dip. malt and citrus. flavor is bland. thin body. why are they not using more hops in these variety pack beers? thin body. PBR finish. not impressed. Why in the hell did I pay 17 bucks for this twelve pack. New Belgium, you need to get your shit together.

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