Lunar Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 237
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 11
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:
Beer added by: bditty187 on 01-13-2007

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
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Ratings: 237 | Reviews: 188
Photo of tavernjef
3.86/5  rDev +12.9%
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 NatetheGreat
3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another good offering from Boulevard.

A: the head is bubbly, fizzy, soda-like, and vaporized before my eyes. In terms of appearance, this beer could be confused for a root beer, that's the kind of color it has, and is steadily carbonated.

S: Aromas are toasty and have some nuances of a German hefe, with bananna definate.

T: There's a lot to taste. Some moments followed the smell and had a hefe-like taste, while other sips showcased notes of coffee and caramel. The toasy aroma is supported by some clear roasted flavors, but nothing strong. Not the zesty wheat flavor of a pale wheat beer, rather, more bitter flavors.

M: mouthfeel is light, carbonated, not as rich as anticipated - suitable for spring, summer, and transition to fall. Smooth feel, provided by the wheat.

D: easy to drink, plenty of flavors to dwell on also.

Good beer but not a favorite. Not a strong hop presence, nor any malts - I guess since wheat is the primary presence.

Photo of jdubjacket
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a DAB beer mug.

Pours a murky brown. Looks almost exactly like Corsendonk brown.

Smell is slightly fruity...and something else that I can't put my finger on.

Taste is OK. Tastes like a Hoegaarden that is slightly more complex. It is a very refreshing beer that is probably better in the Summer than the Fall.

Slightly carbonated mouthfeel.

Overall, a pretty drinkable beer. Not my favorite style, but a good session beer.

Photo of orangetee
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark brown amber color with an ivory head. The smell is pretty light, but smells a little like roast beef. In a good way. Fruity taste with banana and slightly mouth numbing clove flavor. Definite sweetness with some caramel taste as well. Super smooth. Taste only gets better as the beer warms. Pretty good stuff. Also, I'd like to note, that Boulevard does a great job with packaging, and I like the label. It does make a difference and adds to my enjoyment.

Photo of RedBaron
3.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled-conditioned (brown?) ale from the BBC in KC.

Appearance: A devilishly enticing dark brown/ruby ale. Faint white-ish/red head that sustained well.
Smell: A bit musty, which was pleasant enough, but not too much else. Low malty sweet smell. No real hop aroma to speak of,
Taste: Mainly malty sweet throughout, though not very complex. However, the secondary fermenation in the bottle does lend for a nice apple fruitiness.
Mouthfeel: Wonderfully balanced from start to finish. Fairly full-bodied; As mentioned there's a good malty sweetness up front, but it finishes with a fairly nice dryness. If you like full-bodied beers, as I do, this one is more than satisfying.
Drinkability: Quite a good beer really. I would think this would pair well with a good cheese (Stilton), or just to relax on a fall day.

I'm not sure what the actual classification style of ale this is, but in my best estimation, it tastes like a Belgian brown ale with aspirations to be an Abbey dubbel. It's certainly worth seeking out. Definitely a good one to ponder over a full moon!

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.42/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This was part of a mixed sixer I got at Brewtopia in Omaha.

It's a hazy orangey-brown topped with a creamy ivory colored head. There's a wheaty aroma, clove and banana aromas are present as well. Fruity.

Flavor has prominent banana and sweet spice. Clove is quite evident. It's a lightly dry mouth, clean finish. As you make you way through the bottle, the aftertaste gets sweeter and stickier.

Wow, what a surprise. I certainly wasn't expecting this beer to be a dunkel weisse and I certainly didn't expect it to be so tasty. Well done.

Photo of budgood1
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
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 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.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of IowaHawkeyesFan
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought this beer at a local grocery store in wellman, iowa. i was looking for something reasonably cheap since all their premium beers seem to be overly priced. this one just happened to be in my price range so i picked it up.

at first glance its a brownish red color it was a little cloudy not very clear, with a nice head that sat for quite a will with a little bit of stick to it. it smelled quite good had a nice hop and malt smell to it. and had a nice mouthfeel to it. was quite good actually. had some nice flavors of hops and wheat and malt. i could definatly taste them all. i liked this beer and i would buy it again in a pinch but not my favorite by any chance.

Photo of happygnome
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: kind of an reddish brown color with about a half inch of head that dissapears fast leaving a little lace
s: strong aromas of caramel malts and spicesand yeastiness bready but nice light bitterness
t: caramel malts, spices are strong yeasty, very little hop bitterness
m: light to medium bodied beer with average carbonation

overall i really enjoyed this brew, very refreshing and very sessionable

Photo of sleazo
3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this ar Kilkenny's. Poured a medium brown and quite a bit cloudy. Smallish head capped the beer. Minimal lace. Smell had a slight ammount of banana and cloves though not strong on either. Taste was a bit sweetish, no hops really with once again light phenols. It was a bit on the rich side, mouthfeel wise which i liked. Overall an average beer, nothing I would seek out but a decent enough choice.

Photo of jar2574
3.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown colored beer. Very thin head that dissipates very quickly. Not much carbonation.

Sweet, malty smell. Tastes very mellow, with little bitterness. Not a lot of distinguishing flavor. Reminds me of other Boulevard offerings in that it lacks punch and kind of leaves you wanting more.

It's a decent beer though, drinkable in a pinch. I thought it was a brown ale from the look, taste and smell. Guess it isn't in that category, but it still reminds me of one.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the bottle doesn't say what style of beer this is nor does it provide any information about the beer, but nevertheless i was a bit surprised by how dark this was-a deep brown with a bit of haziness. aroma was dominated by nutty and sweet roasty notes. taste was a bit of sweetness with roastiness dominating. somewhat astringent. worth trying but not worth seeking out, unless you're a fan of dark wheat ales.

Photo of EagleTalon
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a thin white head and deep amber color. Aroma is of cloves and bubblegum with some sweet malt coming through. Flavor is more of the same with a slightly malty finish. Not a terribly enjoyable beer in my opinion, but it is decently made. I've had better amber wheats.

Photo of jnfs
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not quite was I was expecting, but I am on the second bottle and must say this is a decent American brown ale. The beer is clear, dark and mahogany in color. Roasted malt is the primary initial taste, with some nuttiness and a hint of alcohol too. The mouth feel is a little thin, but after a glass I like the way it is in good balance with the rest of the components in this beer. It's elements are complimentary, and though not a huge brown ale fan I look forward to the rest of the 6 pack. Cheers

Photo of afinepilsner
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle

Boulevard Lunar Ale was a brown-copper color and hazy. It had an off-white head that didn't last long with very little lacing. The aroma was wheat, clove, and some banana. The taste was about the same with some sweetness upfront and a dry finish. It was medium bodied with medium-light carbonation. Drinkability was good. It's a decent ale, but the two in the sampler pack were plenty.

Photo of errantnight
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an only slightly hazy rye-bread brown with a frothy head of about a finger and a half with decent lacing. Expected a bit more with the yeast's presence... and was slightly disappointed in the nose.

Ripe fruit (banana) with a hint of toasted malt and spice... it was nice, just faint, and despite all those aromas being present, it seemed relatively non-complex. Or perhaps... non-blended?

The flavor was solid, but just shy of something I could crave. A vaguely rich toasted malt up front with a wash of ripe fruit, primarily banana, and just a dash of clove around the edges... but the fruit stuck around a bit long, and left a hint of cloying sweetness. Nothing way out of wack, just enough to impact my desire for more, or to let it linger long.

That said, body and carbonation were superb, the right wheaty smoothness adding just a touch of levity to the proceedings.

Tasty, and I'd gladly down some more, just not quite nailing the style, although I thought they were going for a dunkleweizen... not that I'm entirely clear what would make this an American Dark Wheat and not a dunkle....

Photo of Gruntlumber
3.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Now with the capacity to expand their product line, I'm hoping for more interesting projects from Blvd. This one isn't bad, although not amazing as I had hoped. The most obvious trait of this beer comes from the bread-like Belgian yeast, along with the mild spice notes of a good Hefeweizen (banana, clove). It's a good concoction, although leaves something lacking. In their attempt to create something new and different yet with broad appeal, the total does not seem to equal the sum of the parts.

Photo of 1fastz28
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark amber color with minimum head, smell is a slight fruityness to it, some yeast hints and bitterness. Tastes slightly bitter with more fruit hints and a some sugary maltness, i can't taste any hop notes in it at all, has kind of a wierd after taste to it, drinkability is so so as is the mouthfeel. overall a decent beer but nothing stands out.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.31/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - hazy auburn, short off white head that quickly dissipates.
S - Light caramel malts, a touch of wheat and a complimentary light bitter hops
T - similar to the aroma
M - light bodied.
D - Had this with a spicy mexican dinner. The lightness of the beer with just this side of the middle caramel body complimented my dinner quite nicely. On it's own merits I'd choose something different but to compliment a spicy dinner it worked for me.

Photo of TexIndy
2.43/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Bort11 for the trade. Poured from a 12oz bottle with best date lasered on the neck. Website describes the color as russet brown but I'd say more amber brown. It had a decent that quickly went away. The smell was malty and bready and reminded me of a watered down dunkle. The taste also followed the watered down theme and was rather disappointing. It was just north of bland with no unique qualities. Mouthfeel was watery. Overall, just not a good beer and can't recommend. (2, NA, ML, N)

Photo of BigRedN
2.93/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

First new regular beer to be added to Boulevard's line up in quite some time. When I had heard that Boulevard was going to release a new regular beer, I had hoped for a lager (I lover Bob's 47) but was intrigued when I hear what style it was. Purchased a 6 for $6 to give it a try.

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a hazy brown with a 1/2 inch white head. The head hangs around for some time. Leaves some good lacing. I like the look.

Smell: Not sure if this is par for an American Dark Wheat Ale. It is rather yeasty. Nothing hop, little malt. A bit wheaty and bready, which I expect with all the yeast I get.

Taste: Not much to wow me. Not sure what they were going for, I just assume that the end result is intended. What I get in the taste is a yeasty wheat beer.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat light in body, low carbonation. Not real lively.

Drinkability: I guess this beer is ok, although I find that I only have one of these a night and am not really going through my six pack. I bought it two weeks ago and after this beer I will still have another to go. I won't run out and buy this again; if I ever buy this again. I think the people will speak with their wallets and this one will fade away. OK, just not good enough IMO.

Photo of hckyfn9999
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark brown color with some ruby and golden hues. There is a thick cream colored head with good retention and some nice lacing. Aroma is of musty, Belgian-like yeast, banana, cloves, wheat, and a touch of citrus.

Taste is pretty bland. A bit of clove is present as well as a touch of banana and bubble gum. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. This isnt terrible, just boring. It is more like something you would expect to come from AB as an answer to Blue Moon than from a brewery that makes some really solid beers in Boulevard. I would have prefered they did a standard American Brown, rather than crossing a brown and a wheat with Belgian like yeast.

Photo of whynot44
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A hazy copper/amber color with a decent ivory head that retains fairly well and manages a bit of lacing.

The aroma is wheat bread, hints of cloves and bananas.

The taste starts with some mild cloves, then wheaties and some vague banana notes. The finish is slightly dry and spicy with the cloves coming in a bit stronger and lingering with hints of coriander and herbal hops.

Light bodied, decent drinkability, and fairly refreshing. Definitely worth a try.

Lunar Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.