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Lunar Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

Lunar AleLunar Ale

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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 13.41%

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 Metalmonk

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 04:25:27 | More by Metalmonk
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 00:03:11 | More by GbVDave
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 23:50:13 | More by morimech
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 05:14:00 | More by argock
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 02:44:51 | More by emmasdad
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 21:51:31 | More by Boto
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 20:59:38 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of WoodBrew


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

The Lunar pours a hazy, copper-colored brew with big white head that was off-white in color. The smell was very clovey-wheat aroma, yeasty with some bready character. The taste was big on wheat grain taste, slightly bready-sweet, with some yeast-influenced spice. Hints of toasty bread. No perceptible bitternes. The mouthfeel was decent light body, high-level carbonation, though not out-of-line for a wheat beer. Overall a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 20:56:46 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of nickd717


2.93/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle via trade thanks to stephens101 on BA.

Pours cloudy mud brown with a one-finger off-white head.

Aroma is pretty nice and typical with banana, clove, and malty sweetness.

Flavor starts off decent, with caramel malt, banana, and clove. Nothing special, but all right. Then a weird off-flavor hits on the finish: something fairly acrid and mildly vegetal, possibly DMS. This lingers on the aftertaste.

Palate is somewhat thin and watery for the style.

Overall, a somewhat boring and slightly flawed example of the style. Would be good for someone like Indian Wells, but is a disappointment coming from Boulevard. Drinkability is not bad though despite this.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 16:39:28 | More by nickd717
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 16:33:41 | More by sweemzander
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2007 01:48:10 | More by garymuchow
Photo of bditty187


3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample bottle provide by a brewery rep… Lunar will be released to the public in April 2007.

Slightly hazy, coppery-brown in hue with a slight ruby twang; off-white head, at the apex the foam was only a half finger tall. The bubbles subsided to a moderate, soapy cap. No subsequent lacing. Bummer. Overall, the appearance is slight above average… nothing more.

The nose shows intimations of a Dunkelweizen; I detect some cloves, pepper, and bubblegum. There are some bready notes, some wheat too (?)… toasty caramel and hints of toffee. It is neither fruity nor hoppy. Moderate potency; the nose is a cross between a Brown Ale (minus the fruitiness) and Dunkelweizen (minus rich yeasty aromas). Decent bouquet; inviting I guess… it is fairly straightforward though.

The palate matches the nose almost exactly; malty, bready notes roll throughout and I enjoy them quite a bit. I am a fan of Brown Ales and I like this aspect of the flavor profile. Hints of cloves arrive in the middle as does a flash of pepper and bubblegum (quite faint). Otherwise it has clean, straightforward flavors… tasty but it really isn’t that special. Mainstream drinkers welcome here.

About medium in body; low but natural carbonation, the mouthfeel is fits this beer well enough.

Drinkable it is. Is it worth buying a six-pack of once it is released? I doubt it. There is a dearth of Brown Ales in Nebraska but this really isn’t what I want in the “style.” At first I was excited to hear that Boulevard was releasing a bottle conditioned Brown Ale (hear that Empyrean!) but then I heard it was a cross between a Dunkelweizen and a Brown Ale. Okay... odd, I thought but it could be good. Sadly, the early feedback I received was lukewarm and now that I have finally tried it. It was so-so. Maybe Boulevard can pickup a few Newkie Brown drinkers or something but beer geeks will see this as a sign that Boulevard is stuck in a rut. Maybe (god I hope) the new 750ml beers will be great. Cheers to new beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 21:09:00 | More by bditty187
Photo of BretSikkink


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

Good looking woody brown brew, vanilla head is a interesting, as there are no bubbles, just a white foam cap. Great lacing. Nothing spectacular, but it looks nice off the tap.

Aroma is mainly coming from the Belgian-style yeast strain used. There's some lighter, nutty malt aroma as well.

Flavor, again, leans towards the yeast, which isn't fruity but just very present. The brown ale character comes out with the malts, just slightly on the sweet side and subtle. Very little hopping, and high carbonation whisks everything off the palate very quickly.

Overall there is an unfortunate lack of flavor here, I thought maybe trying a draft version might inject some taste. There's really nothing wrong with it, I'm just not sure what it's purpose it. The whole is less than the sum of the parts.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2007 02:20:37 | More by BretSikkink
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 23:58:39 | More by allengarvin
Photo of Pegasus


3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Deep mahogany, before a strong light, there are ruby highlights and crystal clarity. The head is small, off-white and retains moderately well. Thin, glass-coating lace adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Strong, fresh baked bread aroma dominates the aroma. Dark caramel notes are also present., as well as a subtle cocoa note.

Taste: Wheat malt is fairly strong at the open, I was hopeful of finding fruity esters, particularly banana, but these seem to be absent. Pleasant dark bread notes carry the taste from start to finish, although there is little else. There is a faint blush of herbal hops at the close.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, rather pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Pleasant and drinkable, not outstanding, but not bad, either.

Presentation: Packaged in a short twelve ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 00:30:06 | More by Pegasus
Photo of wagenvolks


3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into an Andechs weizen glass.

Lunar pours with a murky, iced-tea color that brightens to a hazed blood orange hue when held to the light. A few ample trails of carbonation supply a bubbling sandstone head, but the foam doesn't last too long. Pleasant, mild aroma of toasted grains and rye bread with a little sweetness from caramel malts. The hops smell light and floral with traces lavender, while the yeast adds a soft fruitiness of apple flesh and mango.

Lunar tries its best to mimic the taste of German dunkelweizen, but falls a bit short. Toasted malts and bread crust are the dominant players, here--everything else is a bit too bland for my liking. Some toffee and caramel malts balance with a sharp twang from citric hops and a prickly carbonation level, but the finish is fairly lifeless. One of Boulevard's rare misses; I'm glad I only bought a single bottle, as I probably won't be trying this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 21:50:32 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of lackenhauser


3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Somewhat muddy brown in color with a slight off white head. Mellow aroma of banana and apple. Nice malty and and crsip wheat flavor. Some phenols. Slight clove and spice. Dry in the finish. Sort of thin body wise. An enjoyable brew and just the right amount of "wheat beer" notes for this kid.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 02:16:28 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of armock

New York

3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a brown color with an off white head that leaves light lacing

S - Is of wheaty malt yeast banana and spice

T - Follows the nose a wheaty yeasty beer with banana and spice

M - This beer has a medium body with high carbonation to it

D - Not a bad beer I could drink a few of these in a sitting if I wanted to a decent beer thats worth a try

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 19:58:12 | More by armock
Photo of soju6


3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lunar pours a hazy dark amber color with a light head that fades quickly. It has a pleasant grain smell, but nothing distinct. The taste was initially a bit sweet with a mild citrus finish. The feel was light and no lingering taste. It goes down smooth & easy. This was a pleasant brew for relaxing but that's about it.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 02:45:33 | More by soju6
Photo of Rayek


3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy apricot with minimal carbonation. Soapy eggshell cap has poor retention. It quickly dissolves and leaves the beer looking like apricot cider. No lace is left behind.

S: The nose is pleasant enough. It's a mild but balanced combination of cloves, apples and hints of ripened banana.

T: Spiced apple cider is the first thought that struck me, as there's a pronounced apple and clove mix that I tasted right away. After that, a raw wheat flavor kicks in. There's a slight yeastiness in the finish, but not much lingers afterward.

M: The body on this one is light and heavily carbonated.

D: This beer didn't do much for me. There just wasn't enough going on to keep me interested. I had two bottles of it, and both suffered from the same deficiencies in their appearance.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 18:16:13 | More by Rayek
Photo of budgood1


3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out like a tall glass of iced tea. dark and turbid with a thick, tannish coloured head. it sticks and leaves some nice lace. light grain, some fruity esters, and a hint of clove in the nose. strangely enough, it almost smells like iced tea. the taste is a strange composition of dark malts and wheat notes...sweet and sour citric sensations mixed with some spice, cocoa and caramel make for an odd combination of flavours. odd in a good way, though. it's growing on me fast. anyway....the body is fullish, slightly syrupy and the mouthfeel very smooth, almost velvety, with a slightly chalky finish. drinkability is good...it seems like it a good fall seasonal dark wheat that might be a sweet treat in the winter months, also.

a refreshing and somewhat flavourful dark wheat ale and a nice change of pace from the usual suspects for this time of year.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2007 00:10:54 | More by budgood1
Photo of GilGarp


3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My 100th brewery! Boulevard is new to this area and I just started seeing it this week. I picked up a mixed 12 pack with 6 varieties.

Best before 08/30/09

Pours into a pint glass with hazy brownish orange color. Thin head is fleeting.

Aroma is sweet but mild with a slight fruity ester to it.

The flavor agrees with the aroma. This almost tastes like they used a Belgian yeast strain! Mild dark fruits and a slight spicy note carries the beer from start to finish. Slightly sweet up front but finishing a little more dry. Not especially bitter but well balanced nonetheless. It's basically a weak Belgian dark ale.

Mouthfeel is nice medium bodied with light carbonation. Smooth and unoffensive.

Very drinkable and goes great with the warm weather and BBQ dinner I'll be having. Not a great beer but a good one that I wouldn't mind having again.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 00:26:42 | More by GilGarp
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 21:50:52 | More by jera1350
Photo of Haybeerman


3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clouded ruddy brown color. Poured a 2 finger tan head that dissipated to an even skim. Thin, broken lacing.

S: Bright citrus and wheat up front. A musty sweetness I couldn't identify along with bready malts.

T: Light roasted caramel malts that fades slowly into a sweet, almost white grape, taste that kingers through the light bitter finish.

M: Light side of medium body. Ample carbonation. Crisp and sweet.

D: Very drinkable beer with some interesting character between the wheat, malt and fruity kind of sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 19:01:31 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of pmcadamis


3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A tan two finger head tops this purplish brown brew that shows ruby highlights. This one is slightly hazy, and leaves a small amount of wet foamy lace on the glass. The head quickly recedes to a fat collar with some haze in the middle. A swirl brings back a thick finger. It has that dirty brown water Belgian quad/BSDA look going on.

S - Smells yeasty and Belgian as hell. Citrus fruit and banana leaves, along with deep yeast notes and some very rural weedy grassy hops. A dark witbier?

T - Tastes like a wit on 'roids. Juicy and acidic orange juice citrus flavors along with some really nice doughy yeast and nutmeg spices. For some reason it doesn't really taste "dark" if that means anything (i.e. no chocolate/coffee/dark-fruit/toffee, ect). I tastes like a combination of a really strongly flavored wit and a BSPA.

M - This really coats the mouth with a layer of solid yeast funk! I like it! It's slick and medium bodied, but still light and bouncy with citrus zest and sparkling carbonation. The finish is tart and sweet like orange juice.

D - A great late summer night session brew. Dusky, a little bit warming, but also very fresh, fruity, and quenching.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 16:46:20 | More by pmcadamis
Lunar Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.