Lunar Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 188
Hads: 238
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 12.75%
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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Reviews: 188 | Hads: 238
Photo of Strand
2.58/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Boulevard Lunar Ale is a rather strange beer. Lunar Ale is an unfiltered brown wheat ale, with a bit of a citrusy finish. It's not so bad, I've had Lunar Ale a few times, only in bottles. I'm not the biggest fan of Boulevard (perhaps due to their addition of yeast just before bottling, I don't know), but this is a decent Boulevard beer.

Boulevard Lunar Ale isn't a beer I'm going to rush out and buy more of, but if somebody gave me a free one, I wouldn't turn it down. (472 characters)

Photo of IBUnit63
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BBD 1/2/2009; 12 oz. courtesy beerbuddha. Great extra - thanks! First beer on brew day this past Sunday, so you know I was looking forward to this one. Into a Cab glass, because...well, why the hell not?

This bottle-conditioned deal pours a very turbid bourbon/copper/root beer-color. Head is about 2/3 finger but doesn't make a day trip out of it. Retains good carbonation and sparse lacing.

Definitely has some good wheat/yeast electricity along with mildly clammy sarsparilla sweetness. A little honey in there too? Hop presence is slightly piney and somewhat Germanic.

This reminds me of a mild dunkel, but a little more carbonated. It's interesting...the Saaz emerges more in taste as does a nice wheaty caramel, almost Munich malt profile...it's quite austere, though. Nicely constructed...not uneven at all.

With the weight of a hefeweizen yet the grain profile of a dunkel we have some smooth drinking right here. There's a sweetness on the palate but the Saaz-ish hops and carbonation keep it light with a spring in its step.

I could session this up during the summertime without fail...early spring works too. Solid stuff. (1,137 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (524 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to monsterfat for this brew in a recent trade!

Pours a tawny, mahogany color with very little head. What is there, disappears rather quickly. No lacing whatsoever. Smells of bananas, bread, clove, lemon.

Taste mirrors the scent, as it tastes sort of like banana bread with a slight tart zing to it. Not bad. I haven't had much of this style, but I like it. Well done. (381 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
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. (851 characters)

Photo of webbcreative
2.51/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

brown color, no head at all. smells a bit nutty, and yeast. taste of yeast and wheat. pretty good malt flavor, not tasting too much hops, but as this sample is pretty well past its prime thats not suprising. pretty thin mouthfeel, a bit watery. would like to try a fresher sample in the future. Boulevard should do some better marketing with this one, No idea what i was buying, Nothing on the bottle tells you that this is a Dunkelweizen. (439 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, amber/brown color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of tart malt, bread, sweet malt, and slight fruit aromas. Fits the style of an American Dark Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, tart malt, and a slight fruit (banana). Smooth finish overall, and a prett decent beer. (387 characters)

Photo of acelin
4.53/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

S: Bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark Brown/Amber, with small white head that disappeared very quickly. Some lacing throughout.

Smell: A wheat smell for sure, a little hop smell surprisingly. Smells very malty, with some spices present.

Taste: Really nice for a dark wheat, kind of a light roasted caramel taste that hits at first, then fades into a less sweet wheat. Overall very sweet with some spices at first.

Mouthfeel: thicker than a normal wheat beer, with some carbonation, not much.

D: Super drinkable. I am drinking this right now! (545 characters)

Photo of PirateUlf73
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass.

A: Came out hazy and brown, literally. Off-white head dissipated rather quickly.

S: Notes of soft caramel and toffee, as well as overripe dark fruits, especially raisins. Similar to some Belgian brews I enjoyed recently. Pleasantly surprised.

T: Again, a modest fruity sweetness up front, with a little wheat twang. Soft spice notes come through as well. Flavors become more well-rounded as the brew warms.

M: Bordering on a medium body with decent carbonation and a rather thin finish. Aftertaste is sweet and fruity.

D: The aforementioned characteristics make this an all-weather brew and easily sessionable.

Not bad at all. Were the body a bit heavier and the flavors deeper, this could easily be mistaken for a good Belgian ale. A very interesting endeavor from Boulevard. I would rank this one about third among their year-rounders, behind their pale ale and porter. (905 characters)

Photo of mikereaser
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours a murky chestnut brown with a 1/4 inch of foam that quickly dissipates and left only a ring of fine bubbles around the glass

S - not much aroma, some malts and spices, but to me not alot

T - caramel malts, hints of lemon, but nothing too strong

M/D - really not a whole lot of aroma or taste in this one, in my opinion. Nothing was bad, but just not there at all. (376 characters)

Photo of wnh
3.24/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a muddled copper-ish brown color. I can't quite nail a description of the color. "Tea" isn't quite right. Neither is "caramel." But I like it. One finger's worth of foamy off-white head that diminishes to a thin film across the top. Lots of bubbles suspended in the glass that are just sitting there, with a couple small streams of bubbles rising to the top. Quite active.

Nose of yeasty and banana dominates, with some clove spiciness in the background, and some sweet malt even further back. Flavors of sweet malt up front, with some clove spiciness coming in after. Light notes of banana. A really short-lived flavor on the whole, with almost no finish. I keep taking another sip to try to better grasp the flavors, but with each sip it seems as though the flavors are shorter lived than with the sip before. Pretty thin bodied, but with a good amount of carbonation. Leaves my mouth feeling moderately dry, coaxing me in for another sip.

Really quite drinkable, perhaps because it feels so thin and has such a short window of flavor. The mild flavor makes it easy to just sit back and drink without feeling the need to analyze every sip. (1,190 characters)

Photo of hwwty4
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Unibroue tulip. This beer pours muddy, tea brown with a nice 3 inch head that left a decent amount of lacing as it receded. The aroma is a bit chocolaty. I'm guessing they used chocolate malts to add to its color, with just a subtle hint of banana. No clove or bubblegum are present. The flavor is much the same. There really is just a hint of banana, clove and a bit of chocolate. There really is no dominant flavor, and the flavors that are there don't really come to the forefront at all. The mouthfeel is very thin, borderline watery. Honestly, I think this (or maybe Zon) is the worst beer that Boulevard puts out. If they were shooting for a dopplebock, they really should have up the ante with some more malts and a bit more alcohol. Lunar is really just a mediocre beer. (807 characters)

Photo of hylton44
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Soft, carmel brown color of a carmel bock with the yeasty, tangy odor of a Hefeweizen. Large, coarsely-bubbled head burns down in just a minute or two, leaving little residual lace. Taste fulfills promise of the smell, as a syrupy, malty sweetness accompanies the acrid, clovey bite of the yeasts which were added right before bottling. Slow, syrupy finish with a slightly disagreeable aftertaste; but overall, a unique and tasty experience. (441 characters)

Photo of KI9A
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy tea color, tan head. No lacing.

S: Bisquits, spice, malts.

T: Clove, caramel sweetness. Slight dark bread taste. Something missing here. Not offensive, but, not there.

M: good carbonation, nothing really shows up here. Like taking a drink of water.

D: High drinkabilty. Nothing offensive, or too complex here. A bit too light for my idea of a dunkelweiss. About like the Mich Dunkel. (395 characters)

Photo of HoustonTX
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lunar Ale pours a hazy light brown, with a lacing of white foam.

Aroma of buttered bread, cloves, and spices. Quite nice.

Taste is nice as well. Mildly sweet carmalized malt, with an enormous amount of bubble gum, banana, waxy leaves, sorbitol, tangy citrus, and some dry earthiness near the finish.
Crisp, assertive, and easy to drink. With a coating mouthfeel.

A solid beer, I love the bubble gum flavors they are kick ass. (428 characters)

Photo of Mistofminn
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a Boulevard 12-Pack Sampler. Poured from 12 oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

Pours an iced-tea kind of color with a tiny tan head that quickly disappeared.

Smell is sweet and malty with some definite spicy tones. It reminded me of another beer but I just couldn't put my finger on it.

Taste starts out sweet almost caramel like, and ends with a strong clove taste. Lots of spice present here.

Medium bodied with a strong carbonation.

Very drinkable. It's not the easiest drinking beer I've ever had, but it would be easy to kick back a few. (560 characters)

Photo of echdk3
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass

A_Opaque brown black body with some lively bubbles. Thick frothy dark tan head is attractive. Small lacing

S_Biscuits, sweet caramel, pungent. Dark fresh bread

T_Dutch rye bread. None of the sweetness from the smell. Slight note of charcoal

M_Light body, a little wattery. Not very sticky either. Wish the body was nice and heavy

D_The aftertaste is a little bitter, and the beer is surprisingly filling considering the wattery body. Not a lot of repeatability (511 characters)

Photo of tronester
3.99/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium brown with a thin tan head. Smell is wheaty and yeasty, quite pleasant and strong aroma. Taste is very biscuity, a nice brown sugar sweetness as well. Belgian yeast strain flavors are apparant as well. A hint of hops in the finish to balance, not much hop flavor though. Mouthfeel is medium, nice carbonation. Drinkability is quite high, this a very good, simple, beer that is not offensive to a non-beer geek palate. I am surprised this hasn't received better reviews, its not Boulevard's best, but it is a solid choice, IMO. (541 characters)

Photo of daythree16
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fat 12 oz bottle with a full moon on the label. Pours a hazy iced tea color with a thin film of foam on top.

Smell is sweet and malty with some spicy yeast qualities. Taste is caramel to begin with but finishes phenolic with touches of clove and a bit of banana. Flavors are not pronounced, and it comes across a little bland.

Mouthfeel is medium with lots of carbonation. Not great, but still pretty drinkable. (413 characters)

Photo of dakid618
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into tulip glass. Pours a deep brown and reddish hue. Light tan head with little rentention. Smells hard to place... Kind of wheaty with chocolate malt undertones. Taste and mouthfeel are both light. Hints of chocolate and grain are what I can pick up. Not bad but different. Reminds me of a dunkel. Not really my style of beer but fairly drinkable. Not a bad beer but I probably won't drink again unless given to me. I think it's definitely worth trying once. (467 characters)

Photo of truesolution
2.67/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

(disclaimer: I do not review beers because I do not have a good palate and do not trust my ability to successfully describe anything I taste. That being said I want to keep track of beers I have tried and will start to try reviewing beers I drink)

From a sampler pack found at specs liquor.

Poured into a glass mug.
Pours Cloudy reddish amber color with 2 inch head.
Really pretty beer to look at.

No smell that really stands out truthfully It almost doesn't smell like a beer to me.

Tastes flat to me.
No alcohol taste that I can tell of and not a whole lot of flavor.
Goes down easy and not much of an aftertaste.

Easy to drink I could drink a bunch of these. I wouldn't really enjoy it though. (701 characters)

Photo of MTNboy
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It has a dark brown body with a tan hue. The head and lace are both tan and plentiful. It has a beany aroma. It also tastes a little beany at first. It is roasty as well. It reminds me a lot of a dunkel weizen. It has medium body and carbonation. I think this is a great dinner or lunch kind of beer. (300 characters)

Photo of Reaper16
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

served from 12oz. bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.

Pours a nice, rustic-looking brown with plenty of creamy white head that dissipates to a nice ring. Average lacing.

Malty smell; plenty of sweetness. Phenolic banana aromas all over the place; specifically a lovely banana bread smell comes out the more the beer warms.

Taste follows the nose. Sweet, sweet malts. You can definitely tell that this is a wheat beer, though. The banana flavor is really nice. Cloves come through, too.

Average mouth feel, maybe a little thick for a wheat beer. Its very drinkable; a great choice to session if one digs the flavors.

I think this beer is an awful lot better than most people. Lunar is a wheat beer, and its flavor complexities make it my 1st choice whenever I want a wheat beer. It's a good choice to match with a lot of food. Lunar is just plain solid. (860 characters)

Photo of armock
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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 (353 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (545 characters)

Lunar Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.