Lunar Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Lunar AleLunar Ale

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Ratings: 236
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 12
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Dark Wheat Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Our first new year-round beer since 1996, Lunar Ale is in a category all its own. Brewed using a unique aromatic yeast, this refreshing variety is best described as a cloudy brown ale with a complex, malty aroma and flavor, and a crisp, dry finish.

14 IBU

(Beer added by: bditty187 on 01-13-2007)
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Photo of Dogbrick
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draught at Kauffman Stadium in KC, served in a plastic cup. Pours a darkish-brown color with a medium thin off-white head that diminishes to a compact layer that stays. Lacing spotty but again it was a plastic cup. Aroma of toasted malt, wheat and caramel. Medium-bodied with a somewhat banal flavor profile of roasted malt, banana and caramel. Not much bitterness. The finish is sweet spices and more malt. A lot better than most beers you can find at a ball park, but overall pretty average.

Photo of tavernjef
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep root beer brown copper toned color, quite clear. Large, light sandy whitened head that lasts for a good duration. Lots of thick, cob webby lacing sticks to the glass.

Soft cocoa-esk aroma with a bit of dark wheat grain and some old flour sourness.

Taste is pretty good with a great snappy tone of wheat and a calming bit of roast and cocoa. Firm lasting tang of deep breadyness with a slimming dryness as it finishes.

Feel is about medium with a bit of lightness in the front. Faintly drying and has a fairly bold wheaty hold and snappy tang.

Had this on-tap the other night and liked it alot and gotta say it favored far better then this bottled version. May have to go back and review the tap. As that was actually much better.

Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of champ103
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy dark brown color. A large beige head forms, but recedes fast. Light lace is left behind.
S: Banana and clove. Some light roasted malt and a bit of chocolate. A cereal grainy aroma as well.
T: A grainy metallic taste. Some banana and clove as well.
M/D: A medium body, but way over carbonated for my tastes. Not hard to drink. Something I could session if nothing else was around.

Not one of the better Boulevard beers IMO. Just not much here. Though it is not the worst beer to drink. I would take this any day over BMC swill.

Photo of sweemzander
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Best by 02/26/11(This was reviewed before this date). Thanks to beerwolf77 for sharing!

(A)- Pours an amber colored hue. Produced some off-white bubbles.

(S)- Some nice warm dark fruits with some subtle banana and lemon. Very subtle hints of raisin. Hints at rye characteristics.

(T)- Similar to the smell. Some good fruity notes of lemon and banana and dark fruits too.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Smooth and light with some rich fruits.

(D)- An interesting beer. Mild and yeasty with some good flavors. Easy drinking.

Photo of drpimento
2.9/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not a bad effort for a dunkelweizen. Boured with a macro beer head that starts subsiding right away and very little lace. Color is a hazy brownish amber. Aroma is a faint Bavarian style weiss. Some malt in there too. Body's a bit on the thin side. Slightly sweet tart taste to go along with the aromatic components. Finish is on the sweet tart side too. Could be a session beer if you don't mind the thin body.

Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of KarlHungus
2.85/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a cloudy light brown color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into thin lacing. The aroma is of toffee and caramel, but is quite faint. The taste has a nice toffe note, but there isn't much else. The mouthfeel is light bodied and watery, with a high level of carbonation. Overall, this beer is a bit of a disappointment. I really love dunkelweizen, but this beer just does work for me.

Photo of tpd975
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big Thanks to Blue Okie for sending this one my way. Style 102 of 103 marked off the list.

A: Pours a nice copper hue with a nice tall white head with tinges of tan. Okay retention but no lace noted.

S: Banana and clove dominate.

T: Banana with notes of lemon zest. Nice blast of clove.

M: Fairly thin, and not very carbonated for the style.

D: Okay. Just an okay beer, but it was one that I was really after.

Thanks Scot.

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Hellpop65
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of morimech
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy light brown with a small white head. Retention is good with lots of sticky lacing.

The smell is a bit subdued and the aromas I do get are not that great. Mostly yeast with a little cloves.

The taste is what surprised me. The yeast adds a nice spice to counter the fruityness of the malt. I think it is well balanced and delicious. It leaves a bit of a cloying aftertaste though. The body is light and with the low ABV makes this a good session beer.

Photo of merlin48
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from a sampler box, pours a body colored like iced tea. Small khaki head leaves some skimpy lace. Aroma of clove, pepper, banana, and crackery wheat. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side and overcarbonated. Taste is clove and pepper with notes of banana, coriander, yeast, and wheat cracker. Drinkable enough, but the body could use more substance and less carbonation.

Photo of Vancer
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Edit: Ya know, I've had some later beers from later batches and this stuff is really starting to grow on me. Now, I'm thinking this is like a cheaper Belgium dark ale. Really getting tasty, and as before, a nice summer session brew. All averages up .5

Well, this one was sure a disappointment from Boulevard. At best a crossover brew for newbies, but way to shallow, thin and watery for me to make it into a drinker. But at $7.50 a sixer, I can easily find better.

Pour was the best part, hazy amber / ruby red with a thick and lacey ivory head – nice bottle conditioned brew.

Clove, wheaty malt and banana in the aroma – for a brown ale? No, but for a dark wheat it does better. Then the quaff, a touch of coriander, but other than that just a plain-jane tasteless brew. More dunkel weisen than brown.

At 4.5%, it would make for a decent summer session brew.

Photo of jera1350
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an ever so slightly cloudy coppery brown. The head is a sandy color and is very thin, but leaves a little lace.

Smells pretty much like a hefe with the trademark banana and clove scents. A hint of caramel is also detectable. Pretty light nose though.

A blend of a hefeweizen and a nut brown ale comes to mind. Some nutty and caramel flavors along with a good dose of clove and a hint of banana. Lightly complex.

A bit harsh in the carbonation department. The body lies somewhere between light and medium.

Not only is this easy to drink, but it's a unique twist on what would otherwise be considered a hefeweizen.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another in a series of mixed brews traded generously by mnwags (parking lot, Three Floyds). This is another twist-capped 12 oz. bottle, poured to a pint glass. 'Best before: 01/30/09'

A: The Dark Wheat Ale typically isn't pretty; this is no exception. Murky auburn-brown, with less than 1/2 finger of eggshell-white head. Lace slides quickly to a ring of cream and flat head.

S: Smells nice (and fairly strong), a healthy wheat/spice aroma. Bread crust and light spice.

T: Tasty wheat spiciness, toasted malt and dry spicing. Some spice and dry citrus fruit, cloves and plenty of baked bread.

M: Zingy spicy and medium-light body, but skewing toward 'light'. Actually seems to weaken with warming. Not quite 'crisp', but an active carbonation and decent cleanness.

D: No problem downing this one. Doesn't blow me away, but doesn't offend in any way; a pretty good brew in all categories. No surprises.

Photo of argock
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass tumbler. No freshness date.

A: Beautiful reddish-bronze with frothy tan head leaving a healthy amount of lacing.

S: Wheat tang is most prominent with a touch of cocoa and coffee and the other estery wheat elements of banana and clove. Overall the nose is not very powerful.

T: A bit soft in the flavor department as well with mainly wheat and sweet cereal grains backed by light cocoa and fruity banana flavors.

M: Even feel with light carbonation and fruity aftertaste. Body is light-to-medium.

D: A great-looking beer that doesn't deliver in any other category with much gusto.

Photo of birchstick
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a hazy copper with a very small head
S - smells of caramel malts and a faint hint of wheat
T - tastes of wheat, some dark fruits, and a lot of malts
M - a little thin and carbonated
D - this is a pretty decent wheat ale. It is a good take on a dark wheat ale and easy to take down.

Photo of Boto
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle: This one pours a slightly hazy brownish amber color. There was a bit of a tan head on it that drops away rather quickly. Milder aroma. Some banana and clove to the nose, as well as some chocolate. The taste is good. Wheat, a hint of the chocolate, a bit of the clove. Nice balance of hops and sweetness. Not overly exciting, but very easy to drink. Especially more than one.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a muddy milk-chocolate brown with a thin head. Aroma is the best aspect though, with a vinous quality...also dark raisins, brown sugar, some doughy yeast coming through. A little banana and even more as it warms.

Underwhelming flavor, but certainly not awful. Mineral and soap are negative traits, with nutty yeast and pumpernickel doing some good for this beer. Soft banana comes through, but it's subtle. Overcarbonated and fizzy--didn't like the mouthfeel a whole lot, especially considering the style. A bit of soapiness returns in the finish.

Not overly attractive, this is yet another so-so Boulevard beer, nothing more or less.

Photo of allengarvin
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a cloudy amber-brown beer, with disappointing head retention. Grainy malt aroma, with some wheat apparent, and some medicinal cloviness. Upon tasting, there's not much malt. The yeast character is mildly interesting, spicy and clovey without the fruitiness one normally associates with the style. But it doesn't blend together very well, and I found it somewhat unpleasant.

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from two 12oz bottles into two generic goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Best By 11/29/09

A: Pours a hazy, caramel-brown/apple cider color with a tiny yet sticky whisp of a head. Lazily carbonated.

S: Hint of clove and bubblegum, dark fruit, spices, and fruity yeast.

T: More fruity yeast, spices, caramel, and maybe a touch of lemony hops?

M: Full at first sip, then settles into a solid medium-body with a pleasant spiciness.

D: Very nice and surprisingly refreshing.

Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of garymuchow
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. sample bottle provided by friend in distribution business. Thanks John.
Strong phenolic aroma (which wouldn't make it in the style listed). Little spicey, little clove. Bold enough, but not much other than the yeast.
Pours with nice off-white head of some depth. This eventually becomes quite creamy in appearance leaving dripping strings of lace. A cloudy brown with hints of gold.
Yeasty spicy flavors first. Nice moderate bitterness kicks in mid drink and flows to a soft dryness. This gains strength as it warms, becoming a little more distracting, then backs off with increasing warms, eventually moving into the background. Mild malty flavors, more in the background than foreground. These increase in sweetness and enjoyability, but remain too soft.
Appropriate fullness in carbonation doesn't hide the moderate thinness that makes it easy to drink.
Yeast qualities dominate. This may be drank ice cold, but it'll miss the benefits of increasing malt flavors as it warms (as subtle as they are). Nice to have a regular American made dunkelweizen available. I wonder if this might be a seasonal towards the warmer months, as I could see this doing well, by me, outside on a warm day/evening/night.

Photo of emmasdad
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this one up a while back at Lukas Liquors, as part of a mixed six pack. Poured a walnut brown color with a prickly beige head. Aromas of banana and wheat malt. On the palate, this on is mildly light bodied, with flavors of banana and wheat malt.

Lunar Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 236 ratings.