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KC Pils - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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KC Pils
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Ratings: 294
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 8
Gots: 15 | 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 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.

tronester, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of NicholasCasber
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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.


NicholasCasber, Mar 23, 2010
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.

mynie, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of froghop
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

froghop, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of Cresant
2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
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).

Cresant, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of climax
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

climax, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of MTNboy
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

MTNboy, Mar 06, 2010
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.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 05, 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
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
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.

brownbeer, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of brewcast6
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

brewcast6, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of stephens101
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

stephens101, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of bump8628
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A regal golden colored beer with a more impressive head than most of the throwback American lagers I've tried.

A nice wave of herbal hops come out in the aroma and actually hide any malt character.

Again, more hops than expected in the taste and they have a spicy, herbal, and slightly raw quality. Behind that there's a clean malt character that has a grainy edge that's quite at home in this style. Keeping the style in mind, this is quite a flavorful brew.

A great American all-malt lager. I love the retro throwback all the way down to the bottle presentation and I especially love Blvd.'s tribute to the history of KC brewing. Oh, and the price is just right.

bump8628, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of KI9A
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear piss yellow ( I know, we are supposed use that only for BMC lagers, right?), nice, puffy head, some lace.

S: Biscuits, malts.

T: Nose, plus hint of green apple, nice light hop bite at the back.

M: Light, crisp, refreshing.

D: Easy to drink. I've had a couple of waay-too-sweet Pils lately, this is right on target with the style.

KI9A, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of Duxx
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
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 katan
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint. A oxygen fighting cap is a new one for BLVD.

A - Pours a very clear golden to deep golden color. Head formation is bright white, 2mm in size and well retained. A few bubbles coming up - maybe light for a pils.

S - Pilsner malts (of course) lead the way. There is almost a smoky or roasted malt note in there somewhere - perhaps grainy.

T - Starts off with a combination of pils malt sweetness and a grainy or husky astringency. Bitterness is pronounced and strong early in this beer, perhaps more than the average pils. Stays pretty dry through the mid-stream, with even some yeast coming through. Finishes with a somewhat astringent grainy note.

M - Moderate beer body, strong carbonation bite. Finishes somewhat clean, with a light clinging sweetness.

D - Very drinkable beer. ABV (from BLVD site) is very sessionable, if not low for the style. A bit filling at times. Flavors are not overwhelming to the palette.

A solid beer - but I somehow think of this as more of a Vienna Lager with those non-pils malt notes coming through.

katan, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of Goliath
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful crisp and clear golden color with a half inch bright white foamy head. There is good head retention and no lacing.

The aroma is ok. There's a banana like fruitiness with a touch of pale malt and a little bread.

The taste is pretty good. There is a gentle fruit note with a touch of sweetness. There's a nice bready malt character as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice dose of tingley carbonation.

Drinkability is high. The flavor profile is pleasing and easy to enjoy. The ABV is presumeably low which makes for a nice package on a sessionable beer.

Goliath, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of naterock
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Soft grainy yellow, with a thick rocky white head with thin lacing on the head.

Smells of pilsner malt, a slight bit of hops way in the background.

Tastes smooth and malty with a citrusy yet spicy hop profile. Pepper, Lemongrass, and a corny flavor in the aftertaste.

Mouth is typical and drinks easy. This will be a regular in warmer months especially for the price. Not bad overall, definitely better than the tap version I tried at the brewery a few years back.

naterock, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Mebuzzard, Jan 10, 2010
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

dbossman, Jan 02, 2010
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.

jwc215, Dec 30, 2009
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

russpowell, Dec 08, 2009
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.

hooliganlife, Dec 02, 2009
KC Pils from Boulevard Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 294 ratings.