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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 26, 2004
This pilsener pours with a golden body topped by a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet with slight malty notes and grassy, slightly woody hop notes. The flavor is bitter, slightly sour and hoppy with grassy notes and a little malt. Light bodied, slightly smooth and slightly dry.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - MAR 23, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2006 Bottle, 12 oz. Crystal clear golden yellow with large white head, moderate lace. I could have easily counted the very few large bubbles rising through it. Nice but light European hoppiness in the nose and on the palate. Quite dry, bitter, and tart. Pleasant grain/malt flavor complemented well with the hops. Just a bit too sharp and also somewhat harsh IMO. Maybe the result of improper storage (I bought it at room temp) was dated 28May04. Will definately try again from a different source and batch to see. 7/29/06 This pils has a grassy with a touch of lemon aroma and taste. I won’t seek it out but will drink it gladly in the summer when something better is not available.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2004 Cloudy yellow color with big off white head. For an American pilsener, it was pretty good. Doughy with a mellow hop bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Antonioism (11) - Warrensburg, Missouri, USA - FEB 26, 2004
Normally I'm not a huge fan of bitterness in beer but the Blue Paddle has a comfortable tinge of bitteress to it. It has a medium golden chroma to it. Another fine beer. New Belgium has yet to disapoint me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
donyboy (7) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2004 does not count
An average plsner with a bit of bite and not very much flavor to enjoy. For a thirst quencher, not bad and better than the average lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2004
Light gold/hay appearance, little head. Aromas are slight: wheat grass, oregano, citrus. The flavor is quite herbal, like an provincial herb tea, and somewhat in keeping with the wheatgrass aromas. A lemon farm in winter. Finish is crisp and bright, it cleanses the palate nicely. Outstanding late summer session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewess (43) - Iowa, USA - FEB 24, 2004
Golden yellow in color with a white head which leaves intricate lace to the bottom of the glass. The nose has more malt than the delicate hop aromas of a pilsner. Alive in the mouth, with a clean, crisp dryness. Grassiness to go with th e lawnmower.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - FEB 20, 2004
Light golden hue with a moderate head that left decent lace trailing down the glass. Nose is subtle malt, a hint of yeasty banana, virtually no hops. Taste has some good hop bitterness with a dry, somewhat astrigent finish. Nice enough, but the esters that seperate a good pilsner from a blah pilsner just seem to be missing here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
punklawyer (100) - USA - FEB 14, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2006 Fort Collins has lots of good pilseners but this is the finest. New Belgium can always be trusted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Padron4KM (625) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 7, 2004
Not much to say about this beer. Pour is golden with a frothy white head that leaves clumps of lacing behind. Aroma is doughy, maybe a little lemon in the background. Flavor is a little lacking, citrusy with a lttle bit of spice. Finish is crisp and clean. just okay

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