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KC Pils - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 108
Hads: 328
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.03%
Wants: 13
Gots: 32 | 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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Reviews: 108 | Hads: 328
Photo of BretSikkink
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (597 characters)

Photo of K9AleingPiss
4/5  rDev +7%
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! (320 characters)

Photo of mdcrouser
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (572 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (334 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (624 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of alabencki
4.95/5  rDev +32.4%
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) (724 characters)

Photo of DCon
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass from Growlers Pub in Sunset Hills, MO.

Appearance- Very clear beer with golden/pale color. Had almost no head and left almost no lace or anything behind as well. Not usual!

Smell- A very grassy smell, average for a pilsner though. Had an extreme amount of malt as a secondary scent.

Taste- Alot of malt, caramel notes possibly, and a the caramel smell came into this tasting also.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and smooth! Mouth absolutely enjoyed this refreshing Pils.

Drinkability- Great pilsner! But could only enjoy 2 or 3 tops... Had two and moved on. I could see how this won awards though! (653 characters)

Photo of DelMontiac
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into an EJ's pilsner glass (of course)...love the old school bottle label.

Looks...like a pils - a paler shade of gold and crystal clear. The two finger snow white head vanishes in a couple of minutes. Looks thirstquenching.

This pilsner has a little more to offer the nose than some, but not much more. An earthy grain with some fruity sweetness (apples or pears) is obvious, but no sign of hops.

I'll admit I was impressed with the flavors in this pils - craked grain and a really sweet honey-like malt that makes me want to chug it. Not really getting much in the way of hops, only slight. Still, great taste.

Not as thin as some pilsners I've had which impressed me as well. Just the right ammount of carbonation. Pleasant is what this is.

Super drinkable. With all the big, bold, thick, and spicey brews I've been drinking lately...man I just needed something clean and light. This was perfect for that. This could be a great gateway beer for the craft beer virgins out there. Also, a perfect hot day post lawnmower goto. (1,050 characters)

Photo of JEdmund
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance
Golden and clear, forming a nice white head that subsides to a good cap

Smell
Smell at first seems all too familiar, but then more depth shows itself as a slight fruitiness creeps in, accompanied by notes of pale malt and a hint of earthy hops

Taste & Body
The body is more substantial than your run-of-the-mill pils; it has weight, but it's not heavy; it also has a wonderful softness to it, yet remains a crisp, thirst-quenching beer. Flavor kicks off with pale malt, followed by some grassy/earthy hops, and a lingering honey finish.

Overall
It's a light, well done beer that would do well in a number of situations. (633 characters)

Photo of tompearson
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (1,118 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.32/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear and light yellow with a fast dissolving one finger head but nice lacing.

Smells typically pilsner, grainy with a touch of crispy hops and a bit of malts.

Tastes similar to the smell. A crispy, light hops taste accents an underlying grain and malts backbone.

Average mouthfeel. Very light with good carbonation and a mildly bitter aftertaste.

Average drink. Certainly refreshing on a hot day, but nothing I'd go out of my way to pick up. (450 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's an unwritten rule that you should enjoy a beer immediately when you receive a cold package - especially when the package includes glassware. Thanks monsterfat!

A. Pours a clear pale gold with a two finger foamy/creamy white head that leaves a few clumps of residual lacing.

S. Lots of grain upfront with some hay/grass hop notes. A bit of slightly more robust earthy hop notes as well.

T. Kicks off with some grain/husk flavor that leads into some malty sweetness mid-palate. A good amount of grassy hops finish off nice and dry enticing me to take another sip.

M. Light to medium bodied with a fairly high level of crisp carbonation. This compliments the beer nicely.

D. Supremely drinkable. A great example of the style that I'm glad I got to try. (759 characters)

Photo of woemad
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.39. According to the stamp on the neck of the bottle, this is best by 12/25/10.

Poured a clear, golden color, with an inch of white foam and lots of bubbles hurtling themselves skyward. The head dropped quickly, with sheets of lace quickly reducing themselves to spots and streaks.

Floral and bitter hops greet the nose, with an equally matched quantity of bready malt scents. This smells really well-balanced.

Starts out hoppy tasting but is almost immediately matched by the malts. The hop flavor seems a little more European than American, which is fine for the style. Mildly dry at the swallow.

Light bodied, with a fairly clean finish.

This tastes like how BMC should taste. Too bad I didn't find this until the fall, it would have made a great summer beer. (825 characters)

Photo of Offa
4.57/5  rDev +22.2%
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. (747 characters)

Photo of robbyc1
4.3/5  rDev +15%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of grittybrews
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured straw yellow with a faint orange tinge into a pint glass. One inch of fluffy white head that was quick to dissipate. Mild aroma of malt and grass.

Moderate carbonation and fairly full-bodied while retaining a light mouthfeel. Slight malt sweetness up front followed by some lemony citrus and a dry finish with just a touch of bitterness. Well-balanced pilsner; refreshing and very drinkable. (399 characters)

Photo of jar2574
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice, thick, full white head, stays there for a while. Golden yellow color. A nice looking pilsner. Hops, malts and a touch of sweetness in the smell. Good pilsner taste, less bite than most pilsners, more smooth and easy drinking than most that I've had from Germany. About the right amount of carbonation, an active mouthfeel. A low alcohol content, and perhaps a touch too heavy for a long drinking session. But good for any season and any occasion, a pleasant beer. Not awe inspiring, but a good job by Boulevard. (517 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw this one today at the liquor store and, I have to admit it, I was immediately attracted to the vintage looking bottles/labels. Cracking one open at home, it poured a nice sunny yellow color, with a good white head. Somewhat grassy on the nose, crisp, decent malt present. I had high hopes for this one, and it didn't let me down. (333 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: slightly hazy body with a very rich golden hue and two fingers of pillowy ivory foam. Looks damn good.

Smell: sweet malt aroma with just a hint of earthy hops. It is a little bit too sweet for me, in fact, but otherwise it's pretty good.

Taste: sweetish malt flavor with, again, just a hint of earthy hops. Bitterness is relatively light for a Pilsner. It's tasty, but again the sweetness is just a bit much for me; in fact, it almost reminds me of the light corny flavor of an adjunct lager. Still, not too bad.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with really quite a good level of carbonation. Nice, creamy texture like this is something I rarely seen in a Pilsner ... kudos!

Drinkability: not bad. Refreshing and relatively light; but for the sweetness this would rate a bit higher. (841 characters)

Photo of Rayek
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pokal from a bottle with a cool retro label. Very 1950s.

A: Deep gold with great clarity and frenetic carbonation from mid-sized bubbles. A fluffy white head comes and goes fairly quickly. It leaves no lace. The beer's weak spot.

S: Very light, with a balanced combination of straw and fresh lemongrass. There's a light hint of corn at work, perhaps from the yeast strain, given that this is an all-malt beer.

T: Light and refreshing. A honey sweetness starts things out. A well balanced bitterness provides a pepper bite. Gets a little metallic late before finishing clean.

M: The light body is slightly syrupy and has a touch too much fizz.

D: Very retro and very easy to drink. A nice beer overall. (720 characters)

Photo of appenzeller
2.78/5  rDev -25.7%
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." (500 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle with a best by date of 06/30/10. Just bought this at a local store yesterday, so we'll see how it goes. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a medium golden-yellow with about a half-inch of white head that had moderate retention and light lacing. The aroma was fairly typical for the style, a nice, even grainyness with some gentle hopping in the back.

The flavors were also about average for the style, again smooth, even grains and nicely balanced hops. The body and drinkability were also typical. Light, smooth, crisp, refreshing and very drinkable. Overall, a decent example of the style, worth trying when you see it. (625 characters)

Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured form 12oz bottle into SABL glass.

A Poured a 1 finger very fine head of light bubbles. Lots of bubbles rising up from the SABL glass. Good retention. Not much lacing. Color is a nice golden.

S. Yeast, lemon, pale malt. Not a lot of aroma, but crisp and clean.

T. Taste is fairly sweet. Pale malt. A touch of lemon. A good refreshing lawnmower beer. Not a ton of flavor, but it is clean.

M. low/medium bodied. Medium high carbonation. Clean dry finish.

D. The definition of drinkability. Definitely a good session beer for me. Simple, clean, crisp and refreshing. (578 characters)

KC Pils from Boulevard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.