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Westside Rye - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.68%

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: zeff80 on 10-16-2011)
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Photo of Boca-X


3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Bought in a sample 12pk...Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Deep, dark amber, almost brown in color. Thick off white head. Sticky, long lasting lacing throughout review.

Malty sweet oven baked bread dipped in honey on the nose.

Medium carbonation, somewhat watery, thin mouth feel up front. A slight sweetness in the middle followed by burnt toast and a earthy bitter finish that lingers for quite some time...the alcohol heat hangs in the throat.

This is OK...nothing special though. I've had many rye brews that I've enjoy much more than this. Not very complex and overly "burnt" for my liking. Smelled great but taste didn't live up to the nose. I think it does what it set out to...taste like a rye pale ale...I'd rather have a rye IPA.

Update: The beer did sweeten some as it warmed making it a little better...still a rye pale ale in my book...just sweeter...I bumped up my taste .25 and my overall .25...cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 19:19:56 | More by Boca-X
Photo of NickT2121


3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured into a pint glass, big ole finger head on this one with a good amount of lacing left behind. A copper, syrup color. It looks unfiltered but I'm not sure. Very cloudy but beautiful color.

S - a toasted grain Smell, and wheat bread smells. A good hoppy rye spice Smell

T - get the rye, toasted grain spice but not overpowering very smooth.

M - very bubbly and smooth taste with a slight dry bitter finish

O - I enjoyed this beer after dinner no complaints. But as this is in tasting room stage it might change so I might make another review, I could drink this often

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 03:30:46 | More by NickT2121
Photo of StaveHooks


3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a DFH IPA glass.

A - Hazy copper with a hefty finger of off-white foam. Average retention with low lacing.

S - Grain, brown bread, toasted malts, mild leafy hops.

T - Grainy, tea tannins, rye malts, somewhat peppery but not as spicy as I thought it would be. Mild grassy hops add light bitterness, dark bread, toasted toffee, finishes semi-dry at the very end.

M - The carbonation is low and slightly stingy, medium weight, kinda syrupy.

An average Rye that seems well made but nothing groundbreaking. You could session this though.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 21:10:17 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of DenverHopHead


3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with a best by date of 5/18/14, into a pint glass.
Appearance - a dark, sunset orange; bubbly carbonation that builds a huge, creamy, off-white head. Lacing is above average.
Smell - rye bread, with a hint of spice. Disappointed at the lack of hops in the nose.
Taste - follows the nose with the rye bread and spice.
Feel - tame and feels more like a lager.
Overall - not bad for the price, but I wouldn't have if not in the mixed 12.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 03:51:35 | More by DenverHopHead
Photo of Warmonster


3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I've had this a few times now, Not a huge fan of rye ale, but its a good beer, and seems to be a good beer to mix with food. Since this is in the "tasting room" stage.. I would probably NOT release this as a permanent option if I had the choice. I'm not sure what they'll do, but this wouldn't be something id buy a 12 pack of... One of those kind of beers that 2 or 3 is good... Not something I could drink on through the night... The taste is pretty bland, nothing special about this brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 19:49:02 | More by Warmonster
Photo of tronester


3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy mahogany with a tiny tan head. Aromas of cinnamon and dark bread. Taste begins with a bit of spicy rye, then some dark bread, then a bit of metal, followed by a clean bitter finish. Mouthfeel is a bit light. Overall though, it is a good beer, there are a few downsides here and there, but the final product is nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 22:36:16 | More by tronester
Photo of Goosehunter75


3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a very nice amber with a huge 4 finger offwhite head. Very good retention

S - Very mild aroma. Slightly dissappointing. Smells somehwat sweet. Slight citrus

T - Really tame flavor as well. Not much going on. They rye is present. Somewhat malty

M - dry in the mouth. Perhaps from the rye. Liht bodied beer. Slick feeling

O - Definately drinkable, but not much going on. Fairly bland. Was really hoping for more

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 18:49:22 | More by Goosehunter75
Photo of barnzy78


3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - brown with a creamy tan head, decent retention
S - earthy rye, toasted grain
T - earthy, peppery spicy rye, brown malt, rye bread crust, toasty grain, caramel
M - creamy, smooth, medium-full body, drying finish
O - decent rye beer but seemed to be missing something.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 02:58:38 | More by barnzy78
Photo of MattyG85


4.16/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass. Bottle says best by 04/24/14.

Appearance: Pours a deep and fairly hazy brownish amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big three finger off white head which slowly settles into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A toasty, bready, and fairly spicy malt forward aroma. Toasty pale malts with upfront hints of biscuit, grains, wheat, caramel, toffee, yeast, straw, and cracker. Spicy hints of rye bread. Fruity hints of apple and slight citrus orange. Dark fruit hints of raisin, fig, and dates. Subtle hints of earthy and floral hops in the background. A pretty nice bready aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a bready, toasty, and fairly spicy malt driven taste. Toasted pale malts with good notes of biscuit, wheat, grains, caramel, toffee, straw, cracker, and yeast. Good spicy notes of rye bread. Subtle fruit taste with notes of apple and orange as well as some dark fruit notes of fig, raisin, and dates. Light backing notes of earthy and floral hops towards the finish. A pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Nicely creamy, spicy, and smooth. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a rye beer. Good toasty malt notes with a nice kick of rye spice.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 08:27:16 | More by MattyG85
Photo of Rhettbuck


3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clean, pure and the color of a dirty penny. The head on this beer was substantial, frothy. In fact I would say too much head for a beer. Had to wait almost ten minutes for it to go down without getting a beer beard.

Smell: Not over powering, but then again that might be my cold.

Taste: Good, light and crisp. The bottle label suggest drinking it while eating a pastrami, and I have to think it would be a good pairing. Slight bite at the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is a bit heavy, but I should have expected that with the foamy head. Granted I tried this beer in Denver and the elevation seems to make most of my beers more carbonated.

Overall: I like this beer. Don't know if I would buy it just buy itself. But for a sampler I was happy with it.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 22:12:39 | More by Rhettbuck
Photo of CFHMagnet


3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A slightly aggressive pour yields a half finger of off-white head with a sandy tinge to it. This sits over a slightly burnt orange body. A slow, steady stream of bubbles makes a journey from bottom to top, and the beer keeps a little frothy ring at the top. Lace cannot quite maintain a hold on the glass.

The aroma is actually underwhelming. There is the light trace of rye bread. A faint whiff of caramel helps it out. I get a little earth/garden note as well.

The flavor speaks volumes more than the nose. The front end is a rye bread flavor that starts off with a little spice and blossoms into a full rye flavor. This transitions with a very light caramel sweetness but keeps the rye and spice into a slightly earthy taste that complements. All light but good.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. It is very dry.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 19:39:22 | More by CFHMagnet
Photo of NeedBeerHere


3.34/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark maroon in color with an off-white head, two-fingers with good retention. Smell is is definitely malty with caremal, sweet dark fruits, and tiny bit of hops that are really in the background. The nose is fairly well balances but could use a little more hop profile. Taste is sweet caremal and everything in the nose. Nothing really spectacular but it works OK. Mouthfeel is sort of thick due to the carbonation for the style but nothing great. Overall, not a bad beer but nothing I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 23:46:38 | More by NeedBeerHere
Photo of mdcrouser


3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Nice creamy head, with a transparenet and uniquely burnt orange-gold. Nice, but the color is definitely different.

I'm getting very little on the nose.

Maltiness like an amber, but with the rye coming through as mildly spicy - like tiny bees on the tongue, initially stinging. Supported then by a bit of citrus and some greenery. Little else comes through.

The mouthfeel is great - creamy, smooth, easily drinkable.

Looks good, feels good, but the smell and taste are significantly lacking. It just comes across as wanting for something more.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 04:02:44 | More by mdcrouser
Photo of alk3kenny


4.16/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color with a nice thick fluffy tan head... Smell is of roast, candied fruit, slight hops not over powering... Slightly sweet, with some sour notes on the back of the tongue... malt/hop balance is nice.. Not usually a huge rye beer fan but this is pretty good and really easy to drink. Would buy a sixer if made available.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 02:39:31 | More by alk3kenny
Photo of Mdog


3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark amber, huge head.

Smell: Fruity, rye bread spiciness.

Taste: Juicy citrus with rye spiciness underneath. As it warms up it balances out with the rye coming through a little more.

Overall: Picked up a single to try, I used to have a lot of Boulevard when I lived in Missouri. This is pretty good, not a rye bomb, but a balanced pale ale with a moderate rye feel to it.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 23:14:10 | More by Mdog
Photo of emerge077


3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best by 3/23/14

Murky orange body with reddish highlights. Thin layer of parchment colored foam, lasting surface skim. Minimal spotty lace.

Aroma is toasty with some apple esters.

Prickly carbonation, tangy rye graininess, mildly bitter aftertaste. Sort of one dimensional, but it has some distinctive rye flavor to it. Overall just ok.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 23:27:05 | More by emerge077
Photo of Flounder57


3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger hear that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with good clarity and bubbles coming seen coming up through the glass.

Smell: Not really sure what I'm smelling in this beer. Biscuity malts, somewhat spicy rye, and a little citrus.

Taste: Toasted and biscuity malts, some rye, and some citrus.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, a little creamy, somewhat drinkable, light bodied, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: This what a pretty average rye beer if you want to call it that. Easy to drink, but I wax expecting spicy notes and a bit more hops.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 03:47:04 | More by Flounder57
Photo of JackieTH


2.84/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ruddy amber with a trace head and no lacing. Smells of caramel, light pine resin. Taste is malty with biscuit and caramel. There is a mild hop bitterness some rye spice. Body is medium light. Overall this is a bit muddied in flavor. The carbonation is decent but really nothing worthwhile here.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 03:25:37 | More by JackieTH
Photo of ZAP


3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Crimson colored...little head

S-Very spicy...love the rye aroma...

T-Big on the rye again....reminds me of one of my favorite beers the Summit Unplugged RyePA minus the hop forward feel to that....this is more pure malt....lable promises "tangy"...sure I'd agree there...

M-Light side of medium bodied with a lower carbonation....

O-Enjoyable rye beer for rye lovers...

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 05:28:46 | More by ZAP
Photo of MrBoz21


3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with thick white head that settles to about 1/2 inch and holds. Thick lacing rims glass. Color is straw-amber and very clear (about 10% opacity) and effervescent.

Aroma: Bready Rye malt leads way. A bit of citrus.

Taste: Again rye malt leads the way. Bready Flavor dissapears quickly and leaves a bit of hop bitterness at back of mouth.

Mouthfeel: Relatively dry and light in the mouth, slightly astringent.

Overall: Very quaffable, but lacks dimension.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 01:39:44 | More by MrBoz21
Photo of PieOhMy


4.33/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A Murky brown/amber. Thick white head. Really thick, doesn't fade quickly. Fat lacing remains down the glass.

S Rye, obviously, but lots of it. Sweet malt. Hops. Something tart, lime maybe.

T Thick wet grains. Rye, wheat. Slight sweetness and zestiness, apples, orange peel, cinnamon.

M Nice rich foamy mouthfull. Finishes with a little bit of a bitter aftertaste. Still nice and refreshing.

O I liked this very much. Boulevard, to me, has always made good beers and I flat out love some of their offerings, but this kicks it up a bit. This is the most quality brew I've had from them. The flavors blend so well. Sweet, dry, bitter and the rye is present but does not overtake everything. The best rye beer I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 02:51:30 | More by PieOhMy
Photo of bmwats


3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint.

A: Dark brassy hue. Pours a 2 finger, foamy, white head. Settles slowly. Pervasive effervescence. Foam blanket. Thick beer ring lacing.

S: Caramel malt, pungent rye, tangy molasses.

T: Roasted caramel malt, fresh tea leaf, pungent rye bread.

M: Hearty and earthy. Pungent finish lingers on the palate.

D: Sip or session.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Really nice head, and thick lacing. Nose is sweet and pungent. Earthy roasted caramel, accentuated with some rye bread and tea leaf. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 00:03:50 | More by bmwats
Photo of WoodBrew


3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Westside Rye is a unbelievable rye session ale. I would drink this all-night. The beer poured a hazy amber with thin white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent is carries rye in the form of a wet corn meal. The taste is evenly balanced between malt and hop. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a decent session ale...but there is a heinny/stella after taste...but overall it is tasty!

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 01:18:02 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of russpowell


3.39/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked up as part of a mixed 12 sample-pack, BBD 01/06/14

Pours a super-effervescent copper/brown with 1 finger of khaki colored head. Good lacing & above average head retention

S: Faint pepper, brown bread & leafy hop notes

T: Some pepper notes, a bit of brown bread sweetness, & not much else up front. Dryness & some pepperiness as this warms, slight toastyness as well. Finishes dry, peppery with a little bit of leafy hops

MF: Kind of thin, slight carbonation, picks up as this warms

A run of the mill rye beer, nothing to see here...

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 03:13:28 | More by russpowell
Photo of bump8628


3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A warm amber-brown, sticky khaki head that throws some nice lace. Peppery spicy rye is front and center. Other malt derived flavors include burnt toast, toffee, and biscuit. Hops are mild with a dirty herbal note that meshes with the rustic rye. Overall, some decent flavors going on, but it seems a bit diluted and even watery at times given the high percentage of rye. It just needs a little more. If you are going for something malt driven - give me a little more body. If you are going for dryness and drinkability - give me a little more in the way of hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 00:04:27 | More by bump8628
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Westside Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.