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Westside Rye - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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202 Ratings
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Ratings: 202
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: zeff80 on 10-16-2011

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper brown in color. Fingernail thin layer of foam rests upon the top. Good clarity. I definitely get the spiciness of the rye in the nose. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth. The front of the palate is definitely the rye, but it is quickly balanced with some hop flavor. Pretty straight forward, but a pretty good brew.

Photo of MattyG85
4.15/5  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.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

Photo of russpowell
3.38/5  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...

Photo of puboflyons
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle labeled 3353-1033-F-BEST BY 05/18/14. Sampled on April 26, 2014.

The pour is mainly amber brown with a little reddish hue if held to the light. Some cloudiness which could be a chill haze, and little to no head.

Aroma: Well, not much to it. Yup, some rye and barley grain notes and a basically clean hop crispiness but nothing jumps out as out of the ordinary or particularly special.

The body falls in the light to medium range.

The taste brings out a better rye grain character than the nose and then there is a stronger caramel sweetness that kicks in and a fuller bitterness. But this all has to be taken it consideration with the bland aroma. It tastes better than the bland aroma suggests but does that make it better? Not especially. Ho-hum. OK.

Photo of emerge077
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.54/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of PieOhMy
4.31/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

Photo of alk3kenny
4.15/5  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.

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked this up as part of mixed 12 pack from Boulevard. Oustanding appearance on the beer, thick and murky looking with a great head that just grabs the glass as it dissipates, beautiful. Not much to offer the nose but very tasty, Good but not great, I enjoyed this one very much and would have no problem having it again. Might not seek it out but would gladly snag it as part of a mixed pack again.

Photo of bmwats
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Bosoxfan20
2.54/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

I was very excited to try this "Tasting Room" beer given I had enjoyed some of their other tasting room-to-distribution beers before, but this one left me quite dissatisfied. Quite surprised this was one they selected to send out in the sample packs.

While the appearance of a red ale is actually appealing, the aroma is mostly subdued. Wisps of grain and some esters, but nothing much more to speak of. No hops indicated.

Dry, grainy, earthy characteristics that just don't seem to mesh well in this intensely malted rye. I get it...they have hightlighted the rye here, but just seems a little too in your face. Caramel and nuts shows up for a bit, but overall, quite lifeless. Not buying that this one brings any spice to speak of.

The mouthfeel was probably the best quality of this beer. No bitterness (probably because of the lack of IBU level) makes for moderate drinkability. Mid body, light carbonation.

I try not to bust the balls of any brewery on here, but I couldn't bite my tongue on this one. I have really come to love Boulevard's Smoke Stack Series and could care less for their year round for the most part. This one certainly doesn't belong in the former (or neither, hopefully). Kinda sad that the variety pack came with three of these.

Photo of Tone
3.49/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, brown color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, citrus hops, hint of floral hops, and hint of pale malt. Fits the style of a rye beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, hint of pale malt, hops, hint of wheat, and a hint of rye. Overall, great appearance, decent body, but lacking in aroma and complexity.

Photo of JackieTH
2.84/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Photo of MickeyD
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a clean pint glass

A: two fingers head dissipated quickly, dark golden brown

S: little spice and caramel, nut.

T: Spicy bite with sweet caramel

M: fairly smooth with a little bite of spicy rye

O: I love rye beer and this one is no exception spicy, malty but not overly sweet. Delicious!

Photo of Rhettbuck
3.47/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a limited beer that was brewed for a special event in KC. On tap at brewery. ABV approximately 4%

A - Poured a clear, amber color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left some sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of rye bread with some caramel notes. Slightly floral.

T - Nice spicy hop bite up front with notes of rye and sweet caramel. Good balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This was nice. Glad I got to try it.

Photo of garymuchow
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best by 8/14/14.
Good looking. Nice full head with torrents of bubbles rising through a nice amber body of copper.
A little tight on the aroma. A little malt and I struggle to find any hops.
Soft rye spiciness and a mellow shot of bitterness for hops. Smooth malt flavors overall.
Filling body from the carbonation, but the gas isn't too intense in the mouth, instead having a softer quality overall.
As warms the rye shows stronger with a crackling quality, which is fun.

Photo of tronester
3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of Warmonster
3.15/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of NickT2121
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
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

Photo of Boca-X
3.4/5  rDev -4%
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!

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.14/5  rDev -11.3%
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

Photo of beergoot
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle's best by date: 08/14/14

Very clear, deep copper body with a thick, creamy head. Faint aroma of caramel and vague spiciness. Mild rye bread flavors with a sharp hop bitterness at the finish. Medium-light body; crisp and dry finish.

A decent drinking if rather unexciting beer. The rye punch comes through in the taste primarily yet the beer, on whole, seems rather bland and watery, at least initially. The smell was pretty faint and hard to pickup on although it is there. Subsequent sips reveal a bit more depth with the malt base and rye, so it can (does) grow on you. With a 30% rye grain bill, I expected a bit more rye oomph.

Photo of bump8628
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Westside Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.