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RATINGS: 780   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Gold. Like most New Belgium beers this is not very aromatic. Banana, honey dew melon, peanut butter, noble hops and pale malt. Well layered malty fruitiness (sauvignon blanc, pear) and notes of banana bread, lemon and a nice dry but yet still oily hop leaf finishes things out. A cornucopia of different flavors and a satisfying creamy mouthfeel. A very nice Pilsner.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (6539) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2004
Bottle - Fox and Hound Pub - Austin, Tx. Light golden appearance, decent creamy white head, good lacing. Bit of a fresh lake water aroma. Flavor has some honwy sweetness to it with a trace of butter. Not half bad for a pilsnener, went well with the sandwich I had. Mouthfeel is thick enough and stays strong to the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2004
a blinding blonde color, like a scandanavian beach babe bathed in the baltic sunlight of solsitice. it’s as clear as a story book moral, the head was soft and alabaster white. enjoyed in a snifter glass, the aroma couldn’t help but convect upward bearing fairly vivid diScriptions of corn-yellow grains and hot sun on summer grass-- and not much else; something lightly fragrant in a sweet way like a wedge of pear. again, clarity and simplicity were what they were shooting for. it’s a quencher, with grainy malts and jazzy carbonation. some dry hop leaf bitterness catches up, mingling with the mild lemony sweetness, acting like they’re old chums-- and maybe they really are-- ’cause those two leave together. i don’t know what the ’blue’ in the name is about, but, as far as the other part: it certainly doesn’t whomp ya like a paddle. rather, it nuzzles you like a poodle. so i’ll call it blue poodle pils.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2004
Lightly hazy deep gold, short lived white head. Grainy malt & moderate floral hop; very clean, a bit of sulphury yeast. Well balanced just to bitter, drier finish also bitter; very subtle earthy hop flavor & again w/ the sulphury yeast. Bready malt , very clean & crisp. Higher carbonation, prickly m/f and dry, lighter bodied & snappy, but not watery. Very well made Pilsner style from a company mostly know for Belgian style ales.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2004
Mediocre pilsener. Had a ok hoppy taste with a nice bitter finish. Not the best from New Belgium but better than Bud or something.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 17, 2004
A good pils. Light sweet aroma. Clear pale-yellow in color. Lightly sweet and bitter. Dry and light bodied with a very short aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2004
(Best by 02/Feb/2005) On the lighter side of pils is a nice bitter beer that is dry and quenching. I drank this beer too fast. Lots of nice pils malt flavor. Well crafted and enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bb (7754) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 11, 2004
Bottle. Very clear golden beer with a thin white head. Grass and spice aroma. Light malt backing, spicey hops, just a bit of fruitiness. Clean crisp and dry. Sounds like your normal pilsner, but just a tad darker, and just missing something the great pilsners have.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
IndianaRed (3123) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 5, 2004
Bottle Pours a crystal clear very light amber with a momentary white fizzy head leaving sparce lacing. Aroma is of light grains, not much hops and biased to the malts a bit. Flavor is a bitter, almost sour flavor at first, but after a moment the mellow, bread and yeast comes through. Still pretty easy on the hops. Feel is thin, dare I say, watery..and quite lively carbonation. Aftertaste is a pleasant and soft wheat bread flavor. Not bad..but forgetable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Strykzone (5901) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2004
I found this to be an interesting beer. Didn’t really care for it at first blush but it actually improved toward the end of the glass. Had almost no carbonation and very little head. Pleasant fragrance. Will look to try it again.

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