KC Pils - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 317
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 12
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: jdubjacket on 07-06-2008

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
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Photo of brownbeer
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangey-gold color with a small white head. The color has more depth than a cheap pils.

A touch of grainy malt in the nose, maybe a hint of honey and lemongrass with some faded leafy hops.

The taste starts with a kiss of sweet malt and fades into a dry, crisp, and refreshing finish.

My first impressions of this beer are better than my overall impression. It can start to taste macro after a while, which it isn't all bad if that's what you're shooting for.

Photo of NicholasCasber
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer poured a nice straw yellow with a decent white head that didn't stick around, except for its ring which is leaving some decent lacing.

S: Smells of grain and hops and a bit of lemony citrus.

T: Tastes a bit dull on first touch to the toungue but actually highlights all parts of the smell within the beer, and adds on that nice bitterness towards the end.

M: Not overly watery, and not overly carbonated.

D: Good overall beer, I'd have to agree with one poster on here saying that he likens it to Schlitz, or Hamms... feels like the same deal here.


Photo of appenzeller
2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a gold color, good clarity, thin head leaving some lacing. Aroma is very feint, tastes clean and crisp but with a slight metallic sense and no real significant hops or malts -- this is a real generic type lager in the American (not German) style, I'm a nut for good pilsners but this one sadly falls short. If the goal here was to produce an American lager without the gagging bad taste of a Bud or Miller, good job. If it was to create a good pilsner with a flavor profile, go back to "start."

Photo of WoodBrew
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of dbossman
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, golden and yellow, thick, bubbly head with great retention and lacing

S: Grainy-grass and straw with subtle hops

T: Grains and subtle earthiness are prevalent at the front end; after taste is pleasant although a bit thin

F: Slightly thin and watery but fairly good for the style

D: This is a good example of a pilsner: simple and tasty; this might become a go to session beer

Photo of Fatehunter
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wide flute. AMAZING. Perfect tall white head on top of golden straw colored lager. I have not seen a pilsner look like this since I left Germany.

Normal smell: faint fruit, banana and honey.

Very smooth throughout. Watery at first, sweeter, touch of bitterness at the end. It does not have the typical pilsner "bitter hop bite," which I do not particularly miss, but others may.

Smooth, easy drinking. Low carbonation and crisp, light body.

A perfect hot day drink or after a run. Crisp and refreshing while having a good flavor.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

into an imperial Carlsberg etched glass

pours a very clear golden with a light white head. nice retention

light crisp malts and slight saaz.

very malty. deep biscuit malts with a very slight floral saaz presence. malts are just dominating here.

full bodied, proper carbonation

this is a very easy drinking beer. nothing spectacular and something the macro crowd could easily enjoy without stepping too far out of their macro box. nice malt flavors but needs more hops to add to the crispness.

Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent honey color with a finger of beige head. Slight vicious look to this, zero head retention & lacing

S: Soapy & grassy hops, plus some perfumy hops once warm

T: Breadyness, grassy & soapy hops, plus a touch of honey malt. Grassyness & soapyness continue to dominate as this warms along with a bit of dryness. Finishes slightly grainy with some lemony hops & a slight pear fruittyness

MF: Medium bodied with fairly soft carbonation. Balances alright

Drinks pretty easy, but nothing to get too excited about here, I hoped for more to be honest. A rare miss from Boulevard

Photo of MatthewBuchholz
3.89/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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".

Photo of Forb
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of akorsak
2.76/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to a74gent for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The pils is straw yellow color, full in its glory. Crystal clear, the beer offered no off colors and the only distraction was a steady stream, throughout the glass rather than from one point, of bubbles.

S: The pils has a light, bready aroma that supports a mild fruitiness. I was expecting a little more in the way of hops, but what is here isn't bad - earthy flowers.

T: I was hoping for a little more oomph in all aspects of the ale. A pilsner body has been replaced by a pale lager body, bland and inoffensive (although bland is offensive in and of itself) with little going for it. A sickly sweet finish has hints of hoppiness, floral flavor that is fleeting. After being spoiled with the Smokestack series, this is a hard comedown, a sessionable pils that comes across very light.

M: There isn't much of a body to the beer, just a fizzy, bready flavor, nearly untouched by hops.

D: One could, foreseeably, drink many of these beers without issue, but why?

Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
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. No surprise it won gold at WBC last year.

Photo of jsh420
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

best by 07/28/10

pours clear golden yellow with a 1 finger fizzy white head that left no lacing

smells of faint cereal malt

taste - wow not impressed - after drinking a schlitz gusto earlier it makes this brew taste like a bud light - some sweet grainy malts and some lemon - overall not much flavor

mouthfeel is a little on the heavy side for a pils - it had good carbonation

drinkability - i dont see me buying this again with some macros out there with more flavor

Photo of BeerGabeE
4.54/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth tasting beer without a harsh taste

Photo of Spikester
3.19/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear pale amber with a one finger head. The head recedes quickly but leaves good lacings on the sides. Aroma somewhat corny. Taste is Pilsener all the way but has that corny touch that says adjunct lager. Good body for the style and has the Pils lightly bitter semi-dry finish. This would be a good beer for your macro-swilling Buds to branch out a bit. Easy drinker, low abv is even better. Best by date about three weeks from now.

Photo of SpecialK088
3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle

a-has the look of a normal American macro light yellow with no head.

S-biscuts wheat and just a small amount of grassy hops also a small sweet near a grape note

t- very little flavor but very crisp and refreshing light hop flavor with some wheaty flavor

m- thin but not to the point of being watery very straightforward offering

D- with a small hop flavor and very crisp and refreshing taste I kinda hope they put this one in a can for a nice day on the rivver and this is a great beer to get someone into the craft scene

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of tompearson
3.96/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've been stuck in NW IPA land for too many years. Why? Because it is great stuff. Well we booked a European barge tour from Amsterdam to Budapest this summer. That's 15-days on the Danube and Rhine rivers. There is a lot of beer (and wine) going on along that route and none of it centered around my NW hops. The old beer palate needs a little rounding out me thinks. So I'm starting out with Pilsners (my wife has Czech heritage it turns out). So here it begins, my euro beer-river centric education.

Hey. I like this Boulevard Pilsner. It's just a refreshing glass of beer I could drink lots of. I'm used to 6%+ alcohol so bring it on (only bought one 12-oz bottle from New Seasons at Orenco Station, Or.) Remember now, coming from big-beer land this is quite a revelation for me. So this is Pilsner. Nice. Reminds me champagne? Is that a good thing to say about Boulevard's offering? Label says it's a "Genuine American Lager". Whatever. It's a good beer and definitely a Pils. Perle, Saaz hops. We'll be visiting Bamberg, Germany and that's where it's at for this style. Only 8 breweries according to Wikipedia.

Photo of TheCondor
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of MTNboy
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It has golden body with a thick soapy white head. The lacing is tight and has a lot of staying power the aroma is faint but some what grassy. It has a mild grassy taste with some metallic and hop tones at the end. It is a little bit citric. The body is very light. Overall a very mild but refreshing and easy to drink beer.

Photo of Cresant
2.96/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Dated best by: 2/16/10 (which I did drink in before). The body was a medium golden, clear and bright. The modest head settled to a white film.

Smell was slightly vegetal. Faintly lemony and doughy.

Taste was also a little vegetal. Not light and crisp, it had some heft to it. Grainy/cereal. Well balanced and moderate. Solid but leaning toward bland. I recently had Shiner 101 (a Czech style pilsner) and I preferred it over the Boulevard.

Mouthfeel was smooth and medium in density. Light/medium carbonation. May be better when very fresh (but what pils isn't).

Photo of sd42790
3.12/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drunk at my very well connected friend's house. Unmarked, unlabeled brown bottle. Beer is still in market testing

A- Straw yellow, as a pilsner should be. One finger head of moderate consistency. Very visible carbonation.

S- Predominately corn, some cooked greens. Some hop bitterness on the end.

T- Extremely mild. Crisp. Some spice. The hops on the nose don't really deliver. As the carbonation settles and the real taste comes out, one sees that there isn't much of it at all.

M- Very refreshing and crisp. Possibly the most carbonated beer I have ever tried. The barrage of bubbles hits like a brick, almost painful on the tongue. I think they went a bit overboard, perhaps. Its a bit like drinking club soda. weird.

D- Definitely a long session brew. Similar to drinking carbonated water, which isn't all that difficult.

Overall- This beer makes sense as a grab for the Bud market. Its not challenging, but it's not supposed to be as a pils, I guess. I just wish my friends at boulevard had a new angle to contribute to this style.

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hwwty4 for this!

Poured into pils glass:

Pours golden yellow with steady streams of carbonation forming a foamy, lasting white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing.

The smell is grainy with floral/grassy notes. Classic pils nose.

The taste is of sweet grainy malt balanced by floral/grassy bitterness in a dry, refreshingly crisp finish.

It has a crisp, smooth light body.

A refreshing, easy drinking traditional pils.

Photo of Reidrover
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz single. Like the simple Czech style label! Pale yellow beer with a bubbly white head. Typical. Aroma..what aroma? getting virtually nothing..some cereal malts and thats it. Taste thankfully is rather fuller than the aroma., well malted with a good citricy hop presence. Pretty nice on the palate for style, quite "full". Overall a pretty nice drinking lager..not sure if i would call it a pilsner.

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KC Pils from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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