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KC Pils - Boulevard Brewing Co.

KC Pils
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Ratings: 250
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 15.17%

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Like many American burgs, our town was once home to a number of small, regional breweries. As they disappeared, so too went the full-flavored but easy drinking classic American lager. Today, we salute these bygone breweries and revive their legacy with Boulevard KC Pils: 100% malt, real hop character, unpasteurized. It’s the taste of tradition.

16 IBU

(Beer added by: jdubjacket on 07-06-2008)
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Photo of jokelahoma


4.36/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Updating the review, since when I reviewed it back in 2009 it was still called Boulevard Pilsner.

Poured into a pint glass at my humble abode.

Pours an absolutely beautiful, and I do mean BEAUTIFUL crystal clear yellow gold. I've not seen a beer this clear in ages. You can see the details of your fingerprints through the beer. It seems more clear than the big boys and their adjunct-laden stuff. Head is not huge, but sufficient, and holds well.

The nose is light, with just a faint graininess peeking through. Not much hop in the aroma either, just that hint of clean malt. I'm getting absolutely no DMS "cooked corn" aroma, which is a very good thing. Just a good, clean, balanced American style pilsner smell.

The flavor mimics the nose to a "T". Nothing but pilsner malt up front. Nice and grainy, but not a harsh or forceful graininess. It isn't sweet, it isn't bitter. Just smooth, pleasant, and very easy to drink. The hops are here, yet the brew is still amazingly well balanced. Given the delicate nature of the flavor, that's quite an accomplishment. So many things can go wrong with this style, and there's no place for mistakes to hide, yet the potential flaws are notable in their absence here. In fact, that's a great way to appreciate the beer; recognize what shouldn't be and *isn't* here. This is a damn fine American pilsner!

The mouthfeel is light, crisp, yet creamy. The beer is well carbonated, but not like the soda carbonation levels you see at times when brewers attempt this style. As with the flavor, it's a fine line, a balancing act, and Boulevard pulls it off extremely well.

It would be a far shorter list to mention what's *not* drinkable about this beer. That would be a list with zero items. This is really, really well done. If you're into the "if it ain't eleventy jillion percent alcohol and infinity IBUs then don't call me" mode, you won't find this worth your time. This is a beer for a refined drinker who chases nuance and appreciates the art of brewing rather than one who enjoys getting slapped upside the head with huge flavor and jaw-clenching bitterness. It would also be great for a BMC drinker who wants to get into craft beer. I'll admit it bothers me a small amount when I see brews like this denigrated by craft beer drinkers who should know better. If one approaches this with the understanding of what it is supposed to be - a clean, mild, easy to drink and sessionable all-malt American style pilsner - rather than what it is not - a super-complex, rich, overhopped ale made from a recipe found in a UFO at Area 51, using the only known fruit from the last surviving species of a particular tree in the Amazon picked right before it was plowed under, barrel aged in Jesus' tomb, and carbonated with unicorn farts -- one can't help but be impressed. When drinking it, if you find yourself saying "man, I'm not really tasting such-and-such", well hello. Now you're starting to get it. I'm extremely happy with the beer. If you've made it past the "get me faced in one beer OR ELSE" phase, definitely give this one a shot. Delicate, yet well worth drinking. I'm very impressed with what Boulevard has done here.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 01:09:42 | More by jokelahoma
Photo of schematix


3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured from a bottle in a glass. Brilliantly clear, gold. Head was gone in 30 seconds. Some lacing.

S: Smells like Saaz hops and pilsner malt. 2 of my favorites. Expecting more adjunct aroma but not finding it.

T: The beer has a lot more bitterness than I was expecting. No hop flavor, only bitterness. The bitterness lingers. No malty sweetness. This beer is quite dry.

M: I prefer this style more carbonated. It's a little thin and it's not giving me any wow factors. Goes down really easy.

O: It's good. I'd like a touch more malt sweetness to balance the hops and a touch more carbonation. Worth trying once but I wouldn't repeat.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 01:47:02 | More by schematix
Photo of EagleTalon


3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a thin white head with minimal lacing and intense golden yellow color. Aroma is grainy malt and hops. Flavor is a crisp, dry, balanced American lager without the blandness and corniness of the major brands. The hop flavor and bitterness offsets the residual sweetness of the malt. Flavor improves as it warms up and de-gasses a bit, which is rare for a pale lager. Light mouthfeel and generous CO2 to give it a refreshing feel. Overall, a solid beer in the tradition of pre-prohibition lagers known as "Classic American Pilsner (CAP)" . We can't get Full Sail Session Lager this far east and this product sort-of fills that "CAP gap".

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 15:37:22 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of rtrasr


4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark gold in color, starts out warm and biscuity but later on the hops kick in. It starts to taste more like a classic pilsner. I seek out Sam Adams Noble Pils but cannot find it. KC Pils is more than an adequate substitute, it is a great Pilsner in it's own right.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 02:20:47 | More by rtrasr
Photo of garymuchow


3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic look as poured into pils glass. White dense head (with lacing) and a darker gold but very clear color with a showy amount of bubbles rising. Aroma starts slightly tart, sour and yeast with a little sulfur. It changes to a more pale/pils malt character.
Full body for style and size with a mouthful of carbonation (that is filling too) and almost chewy malt character. Soft yet firm streak of hops with gradually growing overall hop flavor. Seems like it has a corn character, but apparently not. Dries out quite a bit.
Quite classic and enjoyable. The heft is surprising for it's smaller size.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 22:30:00 | More by garymuchow
Photo of MickeyD


3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this from a 12oz bottle into a small, clean pilsner glass

Appearance: a very translucent, almost clear yellow. I could not get a good head. It was very thin and dissipated quickly. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Light hops not much else on the initial aroma.

Taste: Light hop taste with a nice malt tone toward the end.

Mouth feel: Very light with mild hop after taste however it does leave a mild malt taste as well. This beer is very “thin” tasting.

Overall: This beer according to the bottle is in the tradition of the George Muehlebach brewing co., And is considered to be a classic American lager according to Boulevard. The bottle reminds me of an old beer bottle my Dad used to drink and the taste reminds me of a Budwiser or Coors. So for this reason I will give it good marks for style.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 22:55:59 | More by MickeyD
Photo of pweis909


3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This comes across to me more as a premium all-malt American lager, rather than a German Pils. The hops seem low to me for a pils. The beer had almost no head and was golden in color. Malt sweetness came across in the smell and taste, but was still sufficiently balanced by hop. I'd think the malt is an American variety, which is fine for an American lager but not for a German Pils. It's a solid offering that is quite drinkable owing to the low ABV and mild flavors, but it is not especially distinguished, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 03:19:10 | More by pweis909
Photo of mmva321


3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear and bubbly with an orangish-yellow color. It's your normal pilsner look. Very temporary lacing and quickly dissolving head.

S: Very faint smell. Hops and a slight tone of citrus and banana. A bit of funk, but nothing offensive.

T: Some funk, especially in the aftertaste. Hops are accented with a hint of citrus.

M: Quite bubbly and thin. Par for the course, but a dryness really sets this apart.

O: An average and easily-drinkable pilsner that is certainly a step above the rest in the style, but doesn't try anything unique and isn't bold enough to be anything too memorable.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 00:11:26 | More by mmva321
Photo of MatthewBuchholz


3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is by far the best pilsner I've ever had. The color was your typical pilsner, light yellow and very clear, crystal clear. The aroma was a slight bitterness with floral notes from the hops. The taste was a light, refreshing taste that at first was the hop bitterness and followed closely by a graininess. I'm not a huge fan of pilsners but this was a good offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 17:56:52 | More by MatthewBuchholz
Photo of scratch69


3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance- Clear golden color with a half a fingers worth of head. The head disappeared quickly though. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Very faint aroma of hops and banana.

Taste- Some hop bitterness at first with notes of banana and honey at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and crisp. Average amount of carbonation.

Overall- Not bad but I would prefer Boulevard's Boss Tom's Golden Bock over this.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 18:19:28 | More by scratch69
Photo of TheCondor


3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this brew on tap at the BrewTop (Northland) in Kansas City. Don’t recommend the bar on a Friday or Saturday night, but maybe that’s because I’m not looking for a live band playing cheesy 90’s covers and chicks who are overdone with makeup and perfume. Some of the dudes didn’t look much different, but whatever….

Appearance – Poured a nice golden orange with a decent head and lacing. The Head didn’t stick around for long, but the lacing kinda made up for it.

Smell – Biscuity bread, a slap of fruit essence, very simple and clean smell. Nothing too fancy, not trying to overpower you or cover anything up.

Taste – There is certainly a lemony taste at the front, followed by a nice malt background.
Mouthfeel – This is probably what I liked best about the brew, one of my favorite things about pilsners in general. Finished clean and crisp, medium bodied, not too full but certainly not an adjunct lager either.

Overall – I’m more of a dark beer fan during the cold months, and it was cold when I had this beer, but I can tell it is a pretty good one. I am looking forward to the summer when I can put some more of this down, as it suits the warmer weather a little better (IMO). A good example of the style, Boulevard does it well again. I would recommend this beer, drink it again, and buy it again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2012 05:42:45 | More by TheCondor
Photo of JuicesFlowing


3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a fluted pilsner glass.

Look: Nice deep golden body. Foamy white head with good retention, light webby lacing.

Aroma: Faint malt sweetness then grains and grassiness.

Taste: Grains and malted barley, some clean grassiness, and a subtle hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light, clean.

Overall: An easy session beer with great flavor. Excellent grilling beer in the spring or summer.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 20:27:34 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a clear orange amber, thin white medium head that dissipated quickly but left light lacing. Aroma is typical pilsner; sweet bready malt, light hops and citrus. Mild flavor of sweet malt, with hints of lemon and grains. Light hops finish. Light bodied. Pleasant and refreshing, but light flavor. A satisfactory pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 04:42:28 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of stewart124


3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Brilliantly clear with less than a centimeter of white head. Straw color.

European malts in the nose, straw and light bread characters with some spice.

Very light in body with just the right amount of malt backbone to give it some character. Generous portion of noble hops to add bite. Saaz comes to mind. This really pushes this beer away from an American Pilsner over to the German Pils side.

All in all a nice example of a German Pils and one I could definitely turn to.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 20:29:12 | More by stewart124
Photo of emerge077


4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

BBD clearly printed on the neck of the bottle: 12/19/11
Well within the freshness window, about 7 weeks away.

Poured into a tulip glass, it shines a bright, high clarity orange gold tone. Slow ascending bubbles rising solo here and there. Creamy white foam that hasn't broken after the first few sips, and a collar of lace that crowns the glass nicely.

Grassy hops in the nose, lemony with a hint of biscuity malt in the background. Infinitely clean and simple, a delicate balance that emphasizes subtlety above all else. Simplicity is underrated.

Clean and lightly crackery with pilsner malt in the middle, light grassiness, and lemon herbal tea upfront from the hops that are reminiscent of Sorachi Ace oddly enough. Crisp bone dry finish, effervescent body, creamy feel. Lingering subtle hop bitterness in the aftertaste, just for a few seconds.

As a testament to it's drinkability, last summer I drank a sixer of this (shared a couple) and drank it all before putting down any notes.This is a nearly flawless pilsner, consume as fresh as possible for best results.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 02:21:55 | More by emerge077
Photo of FosterJM


3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

910th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint glass
12 oz

Best by: 12/10/11
Purchased from: On the Rocks, Lawrence, KS

App- A strong golden yellow with a big two finger head that faded to a 1/2 in puck of bubbles and a lot of bubbles in the glass.

Smell- A good bit of malt behind this one with a bit of hop oil essence. Not overly buttery as I have found most pilsners to be.

Taste- I liked this one. Again, Boulevard does a lot of things well even small styles. This was a good full flavor with some malt and a little bit of bitter and a touch of thickness and bubbles to add a certain depth.

Mouth- A medium body and a medium carbonation level. A nice thick malt feel with a earthy and grassy note.

Drink- This was very tasty. I like what Blvd does with more of there beers and this was no exception. A style I normally don't like was very good.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 03:05:02 | More by FosterJM
Photo of ch473


2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I drank this one just below room temperature, where I think may beers taste the best and can really show off their flavors, especially pale beers like this.

In a pint glass this pilsner is a lovely pure gold transparency. A short head of white foam recedes quickly. There's an unusual lack of bubbles just a minute after pouring. There are maybe a dozen big pockets clinging to the sides of the glass and little bubbles rise only one at a time. Nice looking beer, love the bright golden hue.

Smells nice: sweet grains with mild hops. Nothing particularly noteworthy.

Just like the smell there's a good balance between sweetness and bitterness on the tongue. There's a very slight bit of sharp, sour hops but not much else.

Mouthtaste: flat, watery.

I'd compare this to Budweiser; Blvd. wins on color and flavor and aroma are about the same with a little more maltiness to this pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 02:24:23 | More by ch473
Photo of Forb


3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle dated 11/22/2011...

Appearance: Pours a translucent golden honey hue with a minor finger head. Lacing and retention is very minimal.

Smell: Nose is mostly earthy hop aromas presenting a standard scent characteristic of a better pilsner aside minor sweet notes to balance out the bitter.

Taste: Similar to smell in the sense that the hop bitterness is received aside the sweet honey-like contradiction that balances very well. Although this is where I notice the grainier influence.

Mouthfeel: A standard crisp and refreshing carbonation and body is presented here.

Overall: A clean, refreshing, light yet flavorful pilsner. Will definitely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 02:40:48 | More by Forb
Photo of Mississipping


3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden-yellow color with a medium white head that doesn't last long and leaves minimal lacing on the glass. 

S: Grainy up front with a slight earthy/grassy hoppiness and very subtle honey.  Pretty typical pilsner aroma, although the earthiness is somewhat more substantial than traditional pilsners. 

T: Taste follows the smell almost exactly.  Grainy and slightly hoppy giving it some earthy characteristics.  Subtle sweetness of honey and possibly apple.  Just a bit of a spiciness at the finish, but again, very subtle.

M: Light bodied and well carbonated, giving it a very crisp and spritzy feel on the tongue.  Slightly tingly and quite refreshing.

D: This is very drinkable.  A very well balanced pilsner that is traditional but has some very nice subtle qualities that set it apart and make it tasty and refreshing.  Absolutely perfect beer after mowing the lawn or sitting in the summer heat.  

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 19:53:45 | More by Mississipping
Photo of harrymel


2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best by: 25AUG11

A: Pours a light honey ale with less than a single finger of white foam which falls to a broken sheet of the same. No lace.

S: Smells of honey, grain, maize, hints of tea-like hops.

T: Slightly bitter, slightly sweet. Doesn't have the grain profile of a really nice German Pils IMO. A little too sweet without any sharpness.

M: Medium bodied (a little heavy for the style), sharp and high carb (good for the style).

O: No better than avg IMO.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 09:44:37 | More by harrymel
Photo of BretSikkink


3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange gold, clear with streaming bubbles. Head is quite tn and barely sticks around. The burnished color bumps it over average, but the poor head keeps it under 4.

The nose is skunky, with pale pils grain notes and a hint of wheat or chaff in the aroma. Light but in line for style.

The flavor is similarly skunky. Carbonation is in check, medicinal notes alongside grass and hint of citrus. Body is medium, not too light, and the low abv leads to an easy session.

As expected, Boulevard's take on the retro lager is solid but unspectacular. Enjoyable with an avocado salad and salsa.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 23:27:57 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of K9AleingPiss


4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer stays alive after its poured,lots of bubbles and nice frothy head. Clean smell,floral wheat,honey,aroma,again clean crispness that continues from the nose to the palate.No after taste. Has a good malt and hop combinations,no "tug of war". Definitely worth keepin in stock at home. Great after mowing the grass!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 02:38:41 | More by K9AleingPiss
Photo of mdcrouser


3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Frothy white head piles atop this clear, golden beer. It soon fades to nearly nothing.

Grains dominate the nose, but are underscored by hints of lemon and grass. Very fresh on the nose.

Fairly robust for a pilsner - big undercurrents of grainy malt sit on the tongue. Though their sweetness is subtle, the malts are a sturdy foundation here, with hops almost percolating on top, nearly revealing bits of citrus.

Crisp is the best way to describe it, sparkling for just a bit, closing dryly.

What a great beer for the summer season - exceptionally enjoyable to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 03:23:40 | More by mdcrouser
Photo of WoodBrew


3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes for recent beer tasting club.

The Boulevard Pilsner is a smooth drinking pilsner. The color was golden clear in color with not much head. There was no smell other than hints of grain. The beer was a very solid pilsner with great taste, it was not over powered by grain. The mouthfeel was very nice, this beer is easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 19:59:01 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of StaveHooks


3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden amber with a fizzy 1 finger white head.

S - Wet grain, lemon, grassy hops, sweet perfume.

T - Toasted grains, lager yeast, peppery grass, semi sweet malt, hints floral and white bread. Hints of bright fruit come out as it warms. Finishes with a mellow spice and bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, soft/full carbonation.

Very nice overall. It doesn't have stand out character but does a great job of providing a balanced and easy drinking Pilsener. This a well crafted beer that is a joy to drink with a very good price point. This is my second six pack and plan on buyig more foe the summer months.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 22:04:44 | More by StaveHooks
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KC Pils from Boulevard Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.