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KC Pils - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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KC Pils
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Ratings: 274
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 15.17%
Wants: 8
Gots: 10 | 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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Photo of Mebuzzard


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

A rather clear, light golden pour with a soapy head. Classic look to it.
I'm more of a Czech pilsener guy than German as I find the Germans to be too sweet for me. This one is a good example of that. Aroma is a husky malt with pinch of floral.
Taste has the threat of a staleness to it, but the malt is done very well. Light biscuit and sweet floral come through. Mostly, though, it's grainy.
Not a lingering aftertaste in this one, which is good. Somewhat crisp. I would say clean feeling. Served cold and it hit the spot. But I'm a hops guy, so off to the hoppy beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 05:05:57 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of dbossman


3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 02:20:29 | More by dbossman
Photo of jwc215


4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 14:55:14 | More by jwc215
Photo of russpowell


3.63/5  rDev +2%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 02:36:46 | More by russpowell
Photo of hooliganlife


3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 01:42:55 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of johnnybgood1999


2.3/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer tasted like a slightly smoother Budweiser and had less flavor than Miller. BMC taste throughout. The worst brew I've had from Boulevard.
A: Slightly darker than BMC.
T: Smooth, but lacking much flavor of any kind. Less skunk flavor than BMC, but still there. Nothing going on.
M: Smooth and well carbonated.
D: If you want to get hammered this will go down quick, but is it worth drinking.

After having Sierra Nevada Summerfest-I know it's a Czech Pilsner, not a German one-I expected a small hop bite in a refreshing and smooth beer. This beer offered nothing. BMC esque. I love Boulevard minus this beer. Disappointing. Other reviews describe flavor, so I will review again. Unless I don't get more before moving back to VA in a couple of weeks.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 08:10:09 | More by johnnybgood1999
Photo of Monkeyknife


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

Poured from the bottle a clear gold with a thin bright white head.

Classic pilsner aroma of floral hops, lightly toasted malts, and sweet grains.

Tastes of floral hops, sweet malts, honey, white grapes, and a tinge of cinnamon.

Lighter bodied, crisp with a light stickiness, and moderately carbonated.

A very sessionable and solid pilsner from Boulevard. I found it recently for $4.99 a sixer. A good bang for your buck.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 01:53:49 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of Vancer


3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The retro style bottle, with a best by 11/30 date, pours a semi-hazy golden straw into the Crown Valley tulip glass. This white head pops up for a short time, but quickly settles.

Very malty aroma, followed by a quaff also stoked with a malt backbone, but with a sturdy dose of grassy hops in the finish to round it out and provide a small bite.

A tasty brew, but do we really need another pilsner on the over-saturated market? I'd rather go with their Single Wide or Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 18:59:57 | More by Vancer
Photo of scoobybrew


3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - very clear light golden straw color, thick head but settles quite a bit, leaves some nice lacing though

S - light malt aroma, not much hop at all

T - smooth, clean balanced malt and hop flavor, perhaps skewed a little towards the malt; finishes slightly dry

M - medium body, moderately high carbonation

D - Decent beer, but not a German pilsner. I think the brewer's intent was a Premium American Lager and in this respect it succeeds. I suppose it's 'highly drinkable' in a BMC-kind-of-way (in comparison). However, I probably won't go out of my way for it. (Good 'gateway' beer though)

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 19:55:17 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of SpecialK088


3.35/5  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

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 01:40:37 | More by SpecialK088
Photo of wnh


3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a crisp, clear old gold color with a large but fleeting foamy white head.

Aromas of lightly toasted, cooked grains, faint caramel, and a minimal touch of grassy hops. Grainy and biscuity entry, turning lightly toward caramel before finishing slightly crisp and just barely dry. Soft and round on the whole--not as crisp as I'd expect in a pilsner. Very quaffable and gulpable.

Boulevard seems to be appealing more to the BMC drinkers of the world than to craft drinkers with this pilsner. Good enough, and difficult to beat at the price point (currently cheaper than Bud), but not what I'd expect from such an accomplished brewery.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 19:09:07 | More by wnh
Photo of BradLikesBrew


4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to John for bringing this bottle back from KC.

Creamy white head, clear golden body. Bright toasty malt aroma with notes of floral hops. The flavor is classic pils; lightly toasted malt with a floral, grassy hop flavor. Bitterness is low, but sufficient for balance. Mouthfeel is spot on. I could drink a gallon. Thanks John!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 15:15:40 | More by BradLikesBrew
Photo of Tone


3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of pale malt, yeast, grain, slight citrus, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of a German Pilsener. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, yeast, grain, and slight hops. Overall, slightly better than average pils., but it does not hold a candle to other boulevard brews.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 01:55:39 | More by Tone
Photo of bfields4


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

Crystal clear pale gold with a thin head. Spot on for a pilsener good looking beer.

Very grainy pale malt smells a faint hint of sweetness.

Very crisp and refreshing nothing overwhelming with the flavors. Pale malts and a very faint herbal and sweet honey backing.

Light bodied medium carbonation. Very sessionable beer. I'm not about to jump ship from bully's other offerings for this guy, but I would grab one of these over a macro without hesitation.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 02:50:13 | More by bfields4
Photo of zeff80


4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a crystal clear, gold color with a slight orange tint. It had a small, bubbly head of white foam that left minimal lace.

S - It smelled floral and grassy with some sweet caramel aromas.

T - This one has a great sweet caramel malt flavor with some grassy hops.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light bodied lager that is incredibly easy drinking.

D - This is a really good pilsener. It's sweet and tasty with a great finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 22:16:01 | More by zeff80
Photo of KCHopHead


3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'd like to start by saying that it is a decent example of an American/German Pilsner, but that it's not going to rock the taste of a craft beer. If I had a choice between Bud Light, Miller Lite, Coors Light and Blvd Pilsner I would take the Pilsner any day, but that's the company that it will be competeing against.

I'm very intrigued by the background story with Muehlebach and Berbiglia labels. I think I'll do a story on this or have someone do a story on it as I've already been talking to some experts on it.

A - See through yellow, thin rocky white head that doesn't hold.

S - Good hop smell for a pilsner. Light to the nose.

T - Light to the taste with some pilsner malt. The smell of hops was stronger than the bittering taste of hops.

M - Good mouthfeel with proper amount of carbonation and lingers to allow flavors of such a light brew.

D - VERY drinkable for a summer beer. Something the average female drinker would not spit out. A good beer to have a few while hanging out with friends at a bbq.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 15:04:00 | More by KCHopHead
Photo of bort11


4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2009 03:25:01 | More by bort11
Photo of mcsquint


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

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass:
A - Straw yellow in color. Thin white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing.
S - Golden malt, light herbal hops
T - Slightly sweet malt upfront followed by hint of lemon finishing with nice hop bite.
M - Light to medium. Somewhat effervescent on the tongue. Fairly dry on the finish
D - I was glad to see Boulevard come out with this. It's a good take on a traditional style. Nothing fancy or extreme. Just a good,solid, well made beer. I could drink a few on a hot summer day....like today!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 21:54:04 | More by mcsquint
Photo of whynot44


3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear pale gold color, modest fizzy white head that fades fairly quickly with only a trace of lacing.

The aroma is light malt and herbal hops.

The taste is lightly sweet malt well balanced by a mild herbal hop finish.

Light bodied, well carbonated and very drinkable. This will be very nice on a hot summer day, especially when you want more than one. The way lager should be.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 06:25:27 | More by whynot44
Photo of Reaper16


3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

served from a 12oz. bottle into a pilsner glass

What a pretty beer! Crystalline clarity on the pale gold hue. A big ol' fluffy white head quickly diminishes, but while it lasts gives this beer the appearance of champagne. Lacing looked fine.

Nice and balanced nose. Light biscuity malts with a subtle kiss of hops.

Boulevard may have something here. Its got a flavor that isn't too complex for macro drinkers, but you can tell the difference that an all-malt grain bill makes. Light and crisp malt flavors are highlighted by gentle hopping. The hops are subtle, but positively impact the flavor of the beer. Above all, this is a balanced, easy-drinking lager.

The mouthfeel isn't standout one way or the other; which means that it is doing what it is supposed to, I suppose. This is a fairly light lager, so the thin feel is apropos. The drinkability of this beer is off-the-charts. You'll go to the fridge for a new bottle only to find that, yes, you have consumed the entire six-pack. What a session candidate!

Boulevard's Unfiltered Wheat is the best selling craft beer in the American midwest, but with the proper distribution I think that Boulevard Pilsner could challenge it. This beer has the crossover potential to make Boulevard some serious money (and if that leads to further capability to experiment with their fabulous Smokestack Series, then all the better). It also happens to be a tasty, easy-drinking lager in its own right. What an excellent summer afternoon beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 02:12:22 | More by Reaper16
Photo of texascarl


4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 16:28:31 | More by texascarl
Photo of sd42790


3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 08:36:46 | More by sd42790
Photo of hwwty4


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

Thanks to the staff at my favorite beer bar for this experimental beer. The bottle has Test Pils II 08 stamped on it. Poured a 12oz bottle into my Unibroue Tulip. This beer pours a hazy straw with a big 2 inch head that left minimal lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is grainy with slight hints of sulfur and really just a very clean aroma. The taste follows suit. Very clean, very crisp, straight forward, and doesn't hide anything. The mouthfeel is light and crisp. This is a really great beer done by some great brewers. I really hope they put it out. It could definitely be my next go to beer, especially during the summer.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 05:17:42 | More by hwwty4
Photo of jdubjacket


3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Boulevard brewery in Kansas City. Tabbed as an experimental beer that may or may not be available to the public in the near or distant future.

Pours a golden color with minimal head or lacing. Spicy smell of hops up front with a little bit of malt. Tastes slightly hoppy, earthy, and bready. Towards the end of the glass, the beer becomes a little bit sweeter with the sugar becoming more pronounced.

Beer is moderately carbonated which makes it pretty damn drinkable. Good example of a pilsner.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2008 18:42:04 | More by jdubjacket
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KC Pils from Boulevard Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.