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KC Pils - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 9
Gots: 21 | 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 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 A pilsner body has been replaced by a pale lager body, bland and inoffensive (although bland is offensive in and of itself) with little going for it.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 tr4nc3d
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from notes that I made yesterday while drinking this beer

12fl oz bottle poured into my pint glass

The appearance is a nice light golden color with a one inch white head. About average head retention with no lacing being noticeable.

The aroma was that of cracker like malts, some pale malt, grains, straw, and hops that maybe could be Saaz?

The taste is mildly sweet upfront from the malts and then gives of a slight bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and very crisp and refreshing

Overall a good Pilsener that I would pick up again

Photo of pixieskid
4.06/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes; 6/16/10.

Pours a nice golden yellow with a thin frothy white head.

Thin bodied, crisp with nice carbonation.

Light malt and grainy presence upfront with nice floral hop notes and undertones of grassy hops. Finishes crisp and clean with a slight bitterness.

Overall, quite flavorful and easy drinking, tasted fresh despite the freshness date being about 3 weeks past. (Spokane, WA dist. sucks!)

Photo of bnes09
4.16/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Transparent lemon yellow with lots of bubbles. Short-lived head leaves minimal specks of lace.

Smell is very inviting. Grainy and grassy tones. A touch of biscuity malt and a crisp citrus character.

Plenty of interesting things going on in the flavor too. Lemony hop character. Honey sweetness. Lots of bread and grains. Very smooth and refreshing.

Light to medium-bodied and lots of carbonation. On par with the style. Crisp finish.

Drinkability is outstanding! This is an excellent brew to enjoy during the spring and summer months (or year round for that matter.) Very impressed with this offering.

Photo of djbreezy
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 0.7L Deschutes pilsner glass.

appearance - pours golden, carbonated head that settles fast, side retention

smell - well-hopped, citrus notes, some malt mixed in

taste - hop forward, floral, citrus zest, lemon

mouthfeel - well carbonated, light/medium body, crisp, refreshing

drinkability - this one is a great summer beer, flavorful, easy to drink

Photo of mdfb79
2.81/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 6/5/10 notes. Had at SAVOR in DC.

a - Pours a pale golden color with an inch of fluffy white head.

s - Smell is almost nonexistent. Hints of floral hops.

t - Tastes of grain or wheat, but it is very weak again.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation.

d - I did not think it was a very good pils at all. There was almost nothing to the smell or taste; I wouldn't want to have again.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured clear, gold color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Smelled floral, grainy and grassy

T: Some caramel and grass, average at best

M: Crisp, light and plain

D: Average at best and not one I would seek out again. Another underwhelming Boulevard beer.

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 udubdawg
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours a bright pale gold color, surprising lack of staying power on the head, and little to no lacing.

Pale malt and...is that a sort of toasty edge? didn't expect that - Munich? Definitely adds a bit of a richness to the initial perception. Hops are subdued but not bad, kind of floral, kind of spicy.

I'm not going to say "it could use more hops" because I'm fairly certain everyone here will say it. I think Boulevard knew their target market and this beer will hit it, IMO. Pale and mildly toasted malt up front and well into the finish. Not quite balanced by more floral hops (wish they were a bit spicier too).

Carb is a little light but this is made up by the firm body (both for the style, and in general). Quite enjoyable, and certain to gain admission to my fridges 100/100 times over the macro crap. Goes down easy, nothing objectionable, nothing overly done, but there is actually something THERE...

If I were comparing this to the other available examples, it would rate way, way above average. However this isn't a curve - I'm rating it based on what the style could/should be, not on the lack of better-than-craptastic competitors.

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 mkabull
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
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

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

12 oz. bottle tried 21 Mar 2010.

Served in a SN Celebration shaker pint. Small light yellow head. Very well carbonated. Bright clear golden yellow color. Strong grainy sweet aroma, just a touch of perfume and orange blossom. Taste is similar, gainy sweeet, bubbly, crisp. Refreshing. Touch of green banana and a hint of bitterness in the finish. Medium body. Moderate ethanol.

Quaffable and quenching.

Photo of tronester
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a big white head. Smells slightly of dough with a hint of sulfur. Taste is somewhat bland, macro lager light grainyness and a hint of sour apples. Decent bitterness levels though. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, high carbonation. Drinkability is good, light and refreshing. Not a very good pilsner, but a tiny step up from your average macro lager. Somewhat dissapointing.

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 mynie
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I met the guy who claimed to have invented the Gusto Schlitz and the Kraeusened Old Style. He was a business student sort, dating the sister of my good friend. A nice enough guy. I asked what he meant, and explained: he was a marketer, see, and when I told him I loved the new Schlitz he kinda looked at me like I was a rube. (Being a marketer is different than being a salesman. A salesman would have never let on that he thought he had fooled you.) He explained that it was mostly a marketing invention. You know, like New Coke. What he meant by saying he invented it was that it was his idea start a fad based on new-old beer. Nothing about it was inherently better than the Schlitz that preceded it. I was just a member of the target market, you see, the kind of guy who believes the things that commercials tell him.

Thus began my ugly contemplations of the recent retro American beer fad, which has coincided with BA's acceptance of lagers and the tendency of your average beer geek (not snob) to drink more beers that aren't hop bombs. Are we being manipulated? Did this market precede us, or did our untainted desires presage the formation of this market, which in turn effected other, less experienced drinkers? Is it all a big lie or what? What about my precious Potosi? Are *they*, of all people, just another group of liars?

I dunno. I do know that it was with trepidation that I purchased this sixer. If this exact same beer had been released 3 years ago, Boulevard wouldn't have tried to go for a 30s feel with the packaging. Then again, it probably never would have been released 3 years ago, since beer people would have turned their noses up at it.

So here's my conflict: this pours, smells, and tastes like Potosi and Gusto Schlitz. Weedy, medium hoppy, adjuncty in a way that knows it's adjuncty and doesn't cover it up so much as it embraces it. Bitter and sweet and earthy. It's like all the commercials say, only it's not like now when Miller stays it has More Flavor and they're just full of shit. This is actually full-bodied, full-flavored, and yet easy drinking. The old slogans actually makes sense, when applied to this beer. The--good god--the marketing is connected to some kind of actuality.

We're not a target market. Or, we are, but not the usual, bad sense. We're a target market in that we like stuff that doesn't suck, and if marketers are just now beginning to realize that, well, bully for them.

Photo of froghop
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a clear pale yellow with a small white head, and some lacing.

smell is of malt, grain, and a touch of citrus.

taste is smooth yet crisp, grain, malt, a little touch of lemon, and some hops in the back, ends a little dry and somewhat bitter.

overall an okay pilsner.

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 climax
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Boulevard's pils poured a straw/honey color with picture perfect clarity. The head was pretty small after I forced as much of one as I could...mixed feelings about the visual here.

The aroma is relatively light and easy, but very clean. Subtle notes of honey, clean lager, fresh fruit, and cereal grains sum it up.

More buttery diacetyl tones, and a nice hop bitterness are thrown into the taste. Once again, the profile is very clean and all the components are balanced well (honey, subtle citrus, diacetyl). Very smooth pleasant flavor, more of it would have yielded more of a score.... but perhaps that wasn't the objective.

Slick and sharp, the feel is good and the body is pretty full for lager. Sessionable... definitely. A very good one to push on your beer novice friends, for there's nothing offensive about it.

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 BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canary yellow beneath four full fingers of ivory colored foam. The head develops deep craters and smaller pits as it melts. It's also sticky enough to grace the glass with some pretty good looking lace. No negatives here.

The nose gets it done in fine fashion too. The hop bill (Saphir, Perle, Magnum and Saaz) was well-chosen and gives the beer the earthy-spicy character that it needs. Malt makes its mark, with a hint of toasted breadiness in the background.

Boulevard Pilsner would have been better beer if it was hoppier beer (just 19 IBUs). On the other hand, what hopheaded craft beer aficionado wouldn't say that? The brewery most likely hit their target nail on the head with this balanced, drinkable lager.

As in the aroma, a little mid-range maltiness peeks through (thanks to the use of Munich). The beer's lightly nutty cereal grain flavor makes it taste more like an all-malt lager or an American pale lager than a pilsner. The hops are lemon zesty and grassy. Too bad there aren't about 50% more of them.

The mouthfeel does nothing wrong. It's roughly medium for the style and has a soft and lightly creamy feel that promotes rapid consumption. This stuff is solid across the board.

Simply put, this is what Budweiser, Miller High Life and Coors would taste like in a perfect world. Boulevard Pilsner is simple (in a good way), straightforward, balanced, flavorful, well-brewed and drinkable. Trying to help a macro drinker see the light? Start here.

Photo of HappyBivouac
4.37/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

Photo of corby112
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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 brewcast6
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very little to no aromatics subtle hints of hops and maltiness, Straw colored with a little white head without much retention.

Taste: Subtle malt character with a very slight hint of hops and a little bitterness in the finish which is characteristic of the style.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, slightly carbonated,

Overall a good beer very drinkable.

Photo of stephens101
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours yellow-orange with a small white head which whisps away quickly. Aroma is subtle with some floral hop notes, grass, and distant hops. Fairly crisp with some dryer edges going down, with a good mix of sweet malts and bitterness. Mouth-feel rounds itself off after a bit, but remains highly drinkable and fairly tasty. Nothing to be ashamed of here, and another good standard for Boulevard.

New blind review 7/25/13

Pours a clear, pale yellow with a quick chill haze forming on the Pils glass. Head is nicely formed and dense with a spattering of lace left behind.

Aroma consists of grain, lemon, orange and hay. Typical, but robust.

Tastes malty sweet with a bit lemon zestiness and a pleasing hop background.

Light bodied and almost perfectly crisp as expected.

While the original Boulevard Pils was a decent beer made even better by its price, the KC Pils has build on that foundation, and added flavor in all the right places. This is one of the big hits of the summer so far.

KC Pils from Boulevard Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.