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RATINGS: 765   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2004
UPDATED: APR 5, 2004 Pale yellow colour with a medium head. Nose is mostly wheat . Flavour is wheat and yeast with very minimal hopping. essentially a boring german pilsner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 4, 2004
Clear yellow with a thin frothy white head. Good smelling with citrus and hops and grass. The taste is thin and wheaty. Interesting and ovearll I think a darn good pilsner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 3, 2004
On tap in my local alehouse. A flowery malty nose that brings some hop aroma as well. Nothing special in the color department- looks like a pilsener. Hop flavor is not as biting as some pilseners. A subtle Belgian yeast zinger sneaks into the flavor. Much better on tap than in the bottle.

   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.

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