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RATINGS: 787   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 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 (7986) - 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 (3430) - 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 (6174) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2004 bottle poured a golden yellow with a medium head. nice hoppy arroma and taste with a citrus finish and palate. thin body and well carbonated.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - SEP 10, 2004
Yes, on my trip out west I was happy to find a pilsner, but was unhappy when I tasted it. I have access to both the hop pocket and Prima versions of the style and much to my chagrin this had none of the rich spicy pils quality those two have. This beer is doable, I’d take it over a BMC any day, but it certainly is not a great pils. Passable head, the flavors were muddled, the color was wrong. Oh well. Will be back soon to my Prima!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 9, 2004
(12 oz bottle) New Belgium’s web site talks about how they debated about whether to release a pilsener or not, and they should have held steady to their Belgian inspiration because this effort falls short of reaching the "upper echelon," as they put it; This is somewhat sweet, mildly malty and hoppy, and nicely balanced, but is rather light on the flavor, lacks crispness on the palate, and is, well, boring, plain and a big disappointment; The nose is lightly malty and hoppy, but not very pleasant; Yellow color is paler than expected; White head is creamy and large on the pour, and is buoyed by a plethora of large carbonation bubbles that rise rapidly through the beer; Large patches of dense lacing are left on the glass

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