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RATINGS: 792   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
IndianaRed (3693) - 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 (6561) - 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 (3051) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - SEP 1, 2004
Very light clear yellow. I like New Belgium beers and this one was great. Smooth and refreshing. I would buy this over any other New Belgium beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - AUG 31, 2004
This beer pours a very clear light yellow color with a relatively small white head which disappeared extremely quickly. The aroma is very light and sweet, with hints of hops and grass...perhaps a bit of wheat in there, but its relatively quiet. The flavor is light and well...just pilsnery. Light wheats and grassy flavors, perhaps a hint of cleaner and clove...very strange. Weak but balanced..perfect for a ridiculously hot evening. Mild carbonation, worth a couple dollars for a six pack, but not a raters brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - AUG 27, 2004
Draught at Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, Houston, Texas.
Clear golden beer with a fine head. Weak hoppy and flowery aroma. Hops and pilsener-malt flavor with soapy tones. Quite flavorfull but rather bland. I know it is New Belgium, but I’m not impressed.....!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2004
Darker yellow than most pilseners (save Urquell of course)...smells very malty and almost sweet...taste is very smooth and refreshing...notice that I did not but any other flavors...very nondescript brew...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JUL 27, 2004
A decent beer but probably off the clasic style peramiters for a Pilsner. A little more fruity and less hopped than most in the style but a suprisingly good beer. Aroma is disapointing but the flavor and decent palate mitigated this deficientcy.

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