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RATINGS: 788   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 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

   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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Bottle. Very light straw body with a thin off white head. Nose is mellow with a lttle bit of hops and malt. The first flavor notes to come out are straw, bitter hops, and citrusy sweetness. The finish is very clean and dry. Overall a decent, thin, bitter, pilsner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - JUL 14, 2004
Good pils bitterness is the finest attribute of this European-inspired Pilsener. Aroma is a bit understated, but it’s in the same area code with good Pilseners.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2004
I mostly enjoyed this one - thinner and well carbonated, zesy lemon with a grassy finish. Refreshing, but the hops actually got on my nerves a bit towards the end for some reason.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2004
I really like this beer even though it isn’t highly rated on this site. It has a very distinctly sweet taste and little hop aroma. very deep flavor for most pilsner brews. I am very impressed

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