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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 26, 2003
I had this on draught today at New Belgium's brewery in Fort Collins, CO. Appearnce: This pours clear yellow with a white head. Aroma: there is a grassy, hoppy aroma that I detected Flavor: It had a very dry, flat flavor. OK, I didn't like it that much. I guess I'm not a big pilsener fan. I'd advise sticking w/ their Belgian styles

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 12, 2003
UPDATED: APR 23, 2006 This beer has a nice gold color to it, and is very clear. It is well carbonated and pours with a nice thick white/ cream head. The aroma is herbal and slightly grassy in a hoppy sort of way. From the first taste it is hops, there is a nice clean bitterness to it with subdued hop flavor. It is nice dry and refreshing, with a bit of maltiness as well.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - AUG 11, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2003 Bottle: Hazy-golden pils. Big,white,head.Fades and leave small ring,but good lace.Good floral/spicy-hop aroma,with subtle malt aromas.Mouthfeel is great:smooth,not over-fizzy.Medium/light body. Good malt content and excellent hop finish.Great balance,and drinkability(thanks to flavor).Great pils!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2003
Clear, pale-straw color and a sudsy head. Fragrant hop aroma of perfume, spice, and something earthy. Flavor is like a lager. Moderately bitter finish. A drinkable "yellow beer" and I'm sure that there is a market for this beer, but it's just not for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2003
Light sweet aroma. Clear pale-yellow in color. Lightly sweet and bitter. Dry and light bodied with a very short aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (11329) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 28, 2003
Clear straw body. Aroma is light sweet, tart, cheese. Taste is faint sweet, lemon, cheese, finishing lightly grassy. Light/medium body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2003
A slightly darker amber coloring than I expected in a pilsner, hazy and slightly golden with a quickly fading creamy head. Everything about this beer seems like it is gone to sson, from the head to the flavor to the aftertaste. Definitely something to try in between your other tastings.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 20, 2003
Light pellucid auburn color. Prompt depletion of head but initially average sized and wispy white, nothing striking in the lacing. Delicately subtle floral hop aroma with an insignificant note of caramel followed by a sweatish musky presence. Gently dry and refreshingly bitter. Slightly sweet from a skoch of dry hopping. As a whole, this was a very clean refreshing beer, even though it lacks complexities, it makes up for it with a solid foundation and complete balance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - JUL 11, 2003
Golden light color with soft pillowy head. Not real bitter, flavor just melts in your mouth. A soft lingering aftertaste. I bet this is what American lagers tasted like many, many years ago.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUL 9, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2003 Deep golden color, light on the carbonation with a clean hoppy aroma. Crisp and easy drinking, hopped just right, and a dry finish. A respectable pilsener, and one that I wouldn't hesitate to buy again. Praise the brewing gods that New Belgium chose not to put this in some sort of funky green bottle.

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