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Lunar Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Lunar AleLunar Ale

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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 12
Gots: 2 | 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 OStrungT


4.43/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a cloudy brown color, with a thin white head. The head fades fast, leaving a tiny lacing.

This beer has a malty sweet aroma. It smells spicy also. Some cloves, and banana. The cloves are the dominate aroma.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Cloves, and some banana. It has a sweet malry caramel flavor also.

This beer is crisp, and refreshing. It is high in carbonation. It leaves a clovey aftertaste.

This beer would probably make a great session beer. It is easy to drink, and tastes good.

Overall: Thanks to Vancer for this good beer. This is not a style that I find myself enjoying regularly, but I am glad to have had the chance to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 22:00:45 | More by OStrungT
Photo of hiikeeba


3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of a 12 pack sampler

A - Pours up a cloudy brown with an almost nonexistent head.

S - Not impressive. Smells like ice tea.

T - Dark malts, with a hint of banana phenols in the finish. Surprising for an American Dunkle. Nice.

M - A little thin, but good carbonation

D - A good beer, despite the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 23:44:49 | More by hiikeeba
Photo of gpogo


3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy reddish amber with particles and a small off-white head that quickly dissipates to a ring.

A- Light wheat aroma with slight spicy clove hints and faint notes of banana.

T- Lots of spicy clove taste with very faint tastes of banana that come out more as it warms. Finishes extremely dry, the high carbonation may lead to this feeling.

M- Medium body with very lively carbonation.

D- The clove taste makes this a very enjoyable wheat beer for colder weather. Quite sessionable and not too dark.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 03:38:19 | More by gpogo
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 rivertrance420


3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I picked up a six-pack of this from Dirt Cheap Liquors in Hazelwood, Missouri. This is what I would call a "lite" Belgian style, dark wheat ale. The light bodied feel to this makes it very sessionable, and its very cheap at $6.49 a sixer. Not the most exciting beer, but good for the price, and is pretty refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 04:12:20 | More by rivertrance420
Photo of midaszero


2.65/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Dark ruby amber with 1 finger of tan hand that goes away pretty quickly

S - Roasted wheat and malt smell with some dark fruit floating about

T - A little sweet, lemon and wheat, some clove, overall kind of bland and a little watery with a not as pleasant after taste

M - Medium body with light carbonation

D - Kind of blah, not horrible but I would reach for many other things first.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 01:12:14 | More by midaszero
Photo of beersheppard


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

Appaerance: light brown, white head that lingers, decent lacing, moderate carbonation.

Smell: raisins & banana.

Taste: intriguing, banana, dark fruit. Do I detect Belgium influence, citrus peel and coriander?

Mouthfeel: substantial, nice and ingly on the tongue.

Drinkability: This is a different style of beer. It is well made. Kudos to Bully for producing an uncommon style of beer. The taste is pleasnt but, I don't know that I would like to have a six of these, two in a sampler is enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 05:22:48 | More by beersheppard
Photo of zdk9


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

A- Pours out a light chestnut color. Hard to get much of a head on this one, and the large bubbles burst quickly and leaving nothing in terms of lacing.

S- A light maltiness reminiscent of an Oktoberfest beer. There's a touch of the yeast flavor to come, but overall the scent is underwhelming.

T- Great aspects of malt and yeast- not much hops on this one, but it's complex enough without that I'm happy. The malt is quite spicy and wheaty, even giving somewhat of a bit, almost astrigent to the beer. The yeast has some bannana tones that are quite flatering.

M- This one is fairly syrupy which makes it seem sweeter than it is. The carbonation is creamy when you swirl just right.

D- As I said, complex enough for my taste, and something I may easily buy again.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 03:14:02 | More by zdk9
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 elniko


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

Poured into pint glass from bottle. Best buy date of 10/17/2008.

A: Darker, slightly murky amber coloring. High level of carbonation. Finger of head that dissipated and left lacing. Good looking brew.

S: Wheat tones coming through along with some fruitiness.

T & M: Slightly watery mouthfeel, carbonation is very apparent. The taste is crisp, some toasty notes as well. Have not had a lot of experience with dark wheats, but I would say the taste of this beer is average.

D: Drinkable although I'm not sure I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 00:49:33 | More by elniko
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 Bitterbill


3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a sealed 6pack and low and behold, when I opened it, the bottles said best by 02/09/08. Here's hoping...

It pours a clear medium amber brown with a small head of foam with some lacing.

The smell has some graininess to it along with a faint clove and some earthiness.

The taste has notes of wheat, lemon, some clove, a touch of banana, and it has an earthy finish.
It has a light mouthfeel and the carbonation is high.

Well, nothing special about this well past best by date sample but it's not all that bad so I might try revisiting it in the future. Most of Boulevard's offerings are *very* solid.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 18:58:50 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of AustinBeerLvr


3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a wheat style glass. Kudos for the freshness date that says its fresh until January 2009 (although that sounds a little too optimistic for a beer with a lower ABV and not that much hop character).

A: A dark murky, but kind of thin bodied looking brew fills the glass with a fairly good amount of head retention. Not much head retention on the glass to speak of at all.

S: A dark roasted wheat malt flavor dominates the nose of this brew with some banana like clove flavors in there as well.

T&M: Starts off with some chocolate malt sweetness along with some wheat like clove flavors of bananna and maybe a bit of raisin & cinnamon like character as well. A seltzer like, very clean hop bitterness kicks in to clean things up but the finish is overall weak for such a dark beer.

Not much to speak of in terms of moutfheel. It's actually quite a bit thinner than one would expect for a dark beer and the crispness at the end seems a bit too much for the style.

D & Notes: This beer reminds me of a home-brew that maybe didn't turn out quite like one would have expected it too. Note my ratings, it is certainly not undrinkable nor a bad beer, but it seems as if this beer can't quite decide what it is...there is too much chocolate like malt flavor for a wheat beer yet it's no where near as full bodied as a good porter or stout (or any variation for that matter) would be. The dark brew flavors with the fairly thin seltzer like body just don't quite do it for me to recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 02:18:52 | More by AustinBeerLvr
Photo of longbongsilver


4.13/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another one from a mix'n'match. Picked this up after remembering another one this brewery did that I had with a pizza, figured check the rest of the line.

Pours a thin brown (shade of the bottle to be honest) w/ an inch of white head that evaporates quickly. Kinda smells like lemon w/ wheat, tastes likewise but has a slight bitter to it, yet a honeyish tone in the background. Goes down fizzy.

Sounds complex to where it could overpower, but it's all subtle, works together. Never heard of Boulevard before the move, but they've fast built a rep in my mind -- and a spot in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 04:13:21 | More by longbongsilver
Photo of twiggamortis420


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

Drank this one from an oversized widemouth mug. Slightly hazy mid-brown color. Aggresive pour yields a nice thick head that fades into a decent covering throughout.

Smells like a biere de mars...grapefruit, clover, honey, lemon and white bread.

Sweet, roasty malts hit the palate first...a surprisingly stark contrast with the aroma. Is this a brown ale? No. Is it an Amber? No...not sure what style it is supposed to be. A fairly dry finish and a bit watery.

Nothing spectacular here, probably one of my least favorite Boulevard offerings. Try their porter or dry stout first.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 04:38:51 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of Onslow


2.95/5  rDev -14%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

one in the sixer looking pretty but surrounded, like bellvue!?!? .... not a very full for a beer of this kind, but a good gateway drug ... but, it actually kinda nice, has just this little something to it .. pendulum's blood sugar drops! .... no real foam, strange .."who pumped ethyl" ... needs more to be a great one..

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 21:57:16 | More by Onslow
Photo of tempest


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

On-tap at 3 Squares in Maple Grove.

I'd say this could also qualify as a dunkelweizen for all the yeast character. The malt falls a little flat with a mix of roasted wheat and light cocoa barley. The aroma is full of yeasty, spicy notes with a bit of citrus. These carry over to the flavor, but in a diminished role. Basically this beer needs to turn up the flavor a bit, otherwise it's pretty decent.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2008 03:38:44 | More by tempest
Photo of Tilley4


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

Bought a 12 pack Boulevard sampler and this was included..

Very murky brown appearance with a small head..

Aroma of wheat, some banana, some earthy hops, and a few spices...

Not bad tasting but nothing really spectacular... Wheaty taste with some spices thrown in and maybe some dark malt..

This is a decent brew but nothing spectacular...

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 00:46:03 | More by Tilley4
Photo of stephens101


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

A dark amber brew is topped by a nice two-finger off-white head that slowly dissipates until a good little foam covering is left behind. Smells yeasty and biscuity up front with some roasted malts lingering in the background. A little hint of spice and banana are present. There's not a whole lot going on with the taste except for some very tame hop bitterness, an essence of tea and a malty base. There is very little carbonation in this light to medium bodied brew that goes down pretty smooth, but not overly exciting. That being said, sometimes a good subtle beer is just what you're looking for, so this brew serves things up well in that respect.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 22:29:43 | More by stephens101
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another 12oz received in the 1st Fight Club BIF.. from Bort11.. poured into my shaped Sam Adams glass.

1" head drops to a nice cap of foam... no real lacing.. brew is slightly hazy brownish red.

Aroma is dunkleweizen-esque for sure... husky grains and a little bit of caramel and cocoa with muted banana and cloves... could easily see Germany from the shores of the US.. but I was hoping for a little bit more of Germany.

Flavor is significantly better... with more of everything including the esters... still fairly subdued.. but it is tasting very nice after today's long work stint. Body is on the lighter side lending to the American interpretation.. so is the carbonation and mouthfeel.. drinkability is still fairly high... could use more uumph across the board.

Nice American attempt at the style, but I think it would benefit all around from a little bit more grain ... body.. and yeasty esters. Another round of applause to Tim.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 06:56:06 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of malcontent


3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard caramel colored body with a strong head. Yup, it's a beer.

Wow! That's a hefe yeast! Almost smells like a good weizenbock (except it's an ale). I'm going with dunkelweizen as I'm getting a load of bubblegum to counter mild roasty qualities on the nose with a dose of spice thrown in for good measure.

Kind of flat tasting. Starts with a rush of dunkelweizen-esque bubblegum framed by a roasted/caramel duality. After that, however, the taste falls off the table. Finishes clean.

Lacks vitality on the mouthfeel and it sports an unappealing slickness that's totally out of place for the style. All-in-all an OK dunkelweizen although it is certainly a decent choice considering that it's a style that can be hard to come by in some parts.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 06:59:29 | More by malcontent
Photo of ajmoody76


3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bought this at the local beer store. 12 ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint. clear light brown with a thin tan head. was expecting it to be cloudy but was not. not much lace.

toasty malt aroma. some hop fruitiness. no off odors.

nice malt backbone with wheat and some fruit. good balance.

lighter body. fair carbonation. i like how this beer tastes. new style for me. i would not have guessed this a wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 02:08:19 | More by ajmoody76
Photo of beeragent


4.13/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass from a 12oz. bottle. The beer poured a dark ruby, forming a 1 inch off-white head with light lace fllowing. The aroma is a mixture of bananas, wheat bread, and a more dominating lemon aroma. The taste is a little less complex than expected, mainly consisting of a nice lemon flavor with a lesser wheat flavor in the back. Still very enjoyable. Smooth medium mouthfeel. Good flavor and body make this an easy drinker. Overall, this is one of the better offerings from Boulevard. Nice full flavor and easy finish made this a great session ale IMO.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 23:25:01 | More by beeragent
Photo of bluemoonswoon


2.9/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark cherry wood brown with a one and a half inch bone white head with some frothy lacing that clings to the side of the glass.

S: Good and strong sweet wheat aroma, clove, banana, slight cherry in there as well along with some other mellow spices all quite mellow and all in check.

T/MF: Watery banana bread with a slight nuttiness, this beer really wants to be something but just falls flat in the mouthfeel and flavor department. Finish is strangely drying sort of a grainy consistency mouthfeel wise, not smooth at all as I would expect a wheat beer to be.

D: Not offensive, just does not seem to match up with the style guidelines very well, I would reach for something else if it were up to me, which it is.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 02:56:52 | More by bluemoonswoon
Photo of scruffwhor


3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a muddy amber with a light film of foam after the pour recedes to nothing. The aroma is some lightly sweet breads, even a little maple syrup. The taste is dry dark bananas, touches of cloves, some breads. Very easy dark wheat flavors on the palate. Smooth, a bit dry overall, but a great hot Summer night beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 01:07:36 | More by scruffwhor
Lunar Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.