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KC Pils - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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KC Pils
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287 Ratings
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Ratings: 287
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 8
Gots: 11 | 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:
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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5/5  rDev +40.1%

gwguest, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of alabencki
4.95/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ah! What can I say about this beer? It's very nice, crisp, clean and refreshing. A wonderful pilsner style lager with 4.8% alcohol. I poured the 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass and it poured a beautiful deep gold color with a very nice off white head that recedes partially and leaves very nice lacing on the glass. Smells of pale malts, lager yeast, and some grassy, floral hop aromas.
Taste is a slight malt sweetness up front with some very nice earthy, grassy notes with subtle hop bitterness. Tastes is meant to be reminiscent of a nice vintage, pre-Prohibition, classic American Pale Lager.

I give it a very enthusiastic exceptional rating! (and I don't give that lightly either, it was just that good in my opinion)

alabencki, Apr 11, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +33.1%

Derrill, Aug 28, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +33.1%

Jared-Gustin, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of Offa
4.58/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an outstanding beer that pretty much gives one everything one could want in a classic American pale lager, which I think is a more accurate category for this beer than German Pilsner (besides, their own website lists the style of this as American pale lager).

Deep gold, it has a medium off-white head steadily shrinking to a rich foamy ring and leaving a few hints of lace.

Aroma is strong, fruity grain, apple, some honey, hay, grass. It's full-bodied and a wonderful example.

Taste is as the aroma mostly, firm with full-bodied fruity grain, some apple, honey, hay, and grass. It is lightly sweet with a light, zesty-spritzy grassy-spicey hop bitterness underlying. Feel is good, firm and lively, and drinkability is incredibly high.

Offa, Sep 27, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

PhineasGage, Dec 31, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Nate_M, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of acelin
4.43/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

The darkest lager (other than bocks) I've seen. Still very clear, very golden, but darker. This beer is very tasty looking.Small white head with some lacing - largest head I've seen on lager.

Smelled unlike anything else I've smelled - very crisp hops wafting to my nose, enticing me to drink. Some citrus trailed the hops in this beer.

I've never been more impressed by a Pils/lager. Incredible. Boulevard has a hit on their hands. You could taste the fruitiness a bit more. The hops actually gave this beer even more of an improvement - what a well done Pils. So crisp, clear, fruity and drinkable. Most drinkable beer on the market today.

acelin, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of HappyBivouac
4.4/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. best by 8/10/10

a- crystal clear, golden straw colored beer with a one-finger, creamy white head that slowly recedes. spotty lacing on the glass.

s- full, thick, slightly honey-like sweet grains. something like a peanut butter aroma. leafy/floral hops smell fresh and pleasant. very crisp, but full and inviting.

t- again with the very full-flavored and fresh grains. leafy hops don't even make themselves known til the finish. again I'm tasting something faintly akin to peanut butter. very nice.

m- briefly mouth-coating, just off of watery and a tickle of carbonation all over. in short, this nails it for a pilsner.

d- This is a bit different from other pilsners I've had, but it's tasty and says it's a throwback to pre-prohibition KC lagers, so I'll take it. Very good, simple, delicious american lager, and the price is oh so right. Nice new offering from Boulevard.

HappyBivouac, Mar 01, 2010
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4.36/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

jokelahoma, Feb 26, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Classic look excellent light gold color with a small white head
A- Classic hop aroma of a pilsner
T- Uh Classic Pilsner malt and hop taste sweet malt lingers perfectly
M- Yah Classic mouthfeel
D- I loved this beer this is a BBQ beer from a BBQ capital

mkabull, Apr 23, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A top notch Pilsner that could be from Germany, it's that well done. Look is clear off yellow with a fuffy head.

The nose is malty and a bit hoppy, not enough for the hop heads I think.

Beautiful deep malt bready taste, sweetness in the middle is sublime, balanced at the end with the hop additions. Just right and very smooth on the palate. Not overly fizzy, just right, a perfect drinker if you just want a good beer you don't have to think about to understand it. It is what it is and should be, and that's enough.

robbyc1, Sep 18, 2010
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4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Wow! This is really a golden beer. Looks like the gold that we use for Mizzou Jerseys. (Bet you KU Jayhawks can't even drink this beer without thinking about that!) Love the color. The head is minimal like most pale lagers.

S: Definitely that lager yeasty sulfur smell.

T: Like the smell. Some dry malt with clean and astringent bite of sulfur. Not that thats a bad thing in a lager.

M: Fizzy and dry.

D: Probably my favorite pilsner. The more I drink this beer the more I appreciate it. Like most lagers I've had, even the BMC's, it is an easy drinker. If they would put this in cans it would replace my usual lawnmower beer. (You know drinking large quantities of BMC beers is safer without the risk of broken glass!)

Duxx, Jan 28, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

theminutemen, Mar 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

Beerislivingproof, May 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

Handy50322, Mar 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

kinmundy77, Jan 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Officially released as one of Boulevard's year-round beers yesterday. It's currently only available in long neck bottles.

Pours light gold, carbonated. Small head, faded without leaving a sign.

Light aroma.

All malt, no corn or rice. A very balanced flavor. A light, 'sweet' beer. I like pilsner's on a hot day, and while this isn't as 'hoppy' as some of my favorite czech brands it's delicious.

Incredibly drinkable, disappears before you know it. A nice addition to their lineup. I'm sure there will be a lot of anti-lager folk who won't be impressed - Boulevard provides a dozen alternatives for them. This one suits me.

texascarl, Jun 24, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

6demonbag, May 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm excited to drink this on the 4th of July weekend. To start off with, I love the packaging for this beer. Boulevard has gone with a throw back labeling, copying the font for the classic Muehlebach Brewery. Homage all the way.

12 oz long neck poured into a pilsener glass. Light white head jumps up. It recedes but leaves a lovely cap on the surface and lace clings sporadically around the glass. Color is a crystal clear straw yellow with active carbonation streamers. Beautiful to look at!

Smell is a dry biscuity malt. It smells like barley with a slight lemon hops. It is a mild aroma but very clean. Taste is very dry malt body. A little cracker sweetness. Hops pop a little in the back in the finish, but nothing overwhelming. It's just right.

Mouthfeel is soft. The is carbonation, but it's not harsh like a lot of macros. It is light and clean, which is what is so perfect about a pilsener. A perfect session beer and perfect for the summer. Boulevard is genius putting this out. This is going to be a major challenger to the Bud Lite market share.

Had to Blip two for this one. "Kansas City Papa" by Leadbelly, and "Kansas City" by James Brown.

bort11, Jul 04, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

spbennett13, Nov 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

Scott17taylor, Mar 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

neckwrestler, Jul 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

woogie359, May 23, 2014
Photo of corby112
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle received in a recent trade with thehand. Thanks again man!

Pours a clear pale golden straw color with very pal golden yellow hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy, soapy white head that has excellent retention, only slowly settling into a lasting cap. Sporadic chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Crisp, slightly hoppy aroma with lots of pilsner malt along with hints of biscuit, straw, grass and light fruit. There's a hint of apple and pear in the nose giving it a slightly sweet presence that balances out the earthy hops.

This beer tastes light and crisp but is fulller bodied that I expected, which is a very welcome surprise. Soft carbonation up front with a nice dry earthy hop presence up front that lingers over the pilsner malt backbone into a sweet, slightly dry finish. This beer is excellently balance wit the perfect amount of dry hoppines, sweet pilsner malt, light crisp apple and pear, straw and glass notes. Another nice offering from Boulevard and an excellent interpretation of the style.

corby112, Feb 27, 2010
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KC Pils from Boulevard Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.