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Henry Weinhard's Blue Boar Ale - Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.

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Henry Weinhard's Blue Boar AleHenry Weinhard's Blue Boar Ale

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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 2.84
pDev: 22.18%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co. visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2002

Malts: North American Select Pale and Caramel Malts
Hops: Pacific Northwest Cascade, Willamette and Cluster Hops
Calories/12 oz: 144
Carbohydrates (g): 12.4
% Alcohol by Vol: 4.60
Bitterness Units: 14.0
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Photo of strongaf
2.5/5  rDev -12%

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4.5/5  rDev +58.5%

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3/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of burkett
2.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - pale gold, lots of carbonation

Smell - slightly skunky

Taste - malty, very light hint of hops

Mouthfeel - light, airy

Overall - I was expecting a little more hop flavor from a "pale ale" and the skunky smell was a definite turn off but I didn't dislike the beer. Reminded me more of a Dutch style lager called Heineken than an Irish style pale ale.

Photo of cdwil
2.5/5  rDev -12%

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4/5  rDev +40.8%

Photo of AlaskanYoung
2/5  rDev -29.6%

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3/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of timtwoface
2.46/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Gotta say, this beer let me down. At first it tasted crisp (but weak) without much character I generally enjoy in a beer...but as I continued, I literally felt sick and began to become more and more turned off by it as I continued through the bottle. Definitely not one I would plan on buying again. I'm a huge fan of Henry's IPA, but the Blue Boar, not so much.

(However, a friend of mine loves this stuff, so to each their own.)

Photo of megahurts4
3.07/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Henry Weinhard's Blue Boar

Appearance: golden straw, small-medium head, and some good lacing.

Smell: skunky grain and slight hop.

Taste: grain and biscuity malt.

Mouthfeel: medium-light and watery.

This is an ok brew. The main thing that stands out the most is the biscuity malt flavor. It is fairly nice, but the rest of the brew is slightly lacking and not very flavorful.

Photo of beertunes
3.03/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a clear, clean, bright yellow (almost like a cider) with just a thin cap of white head that had no retention and average lacing.

Oh no! Green bottle alert! I purposely grabbed a sixer from the back of the line to reduce the chances of light skunk. Well, it sort of worked. There was just a bit of skunk, enough to have to gig the brew a half point. Otherwise the beer had a nice grainy background and just enough of a hop presence to be interesting. On the tongue the story was much the same, nice grains, balanced hops and, best of all, no skunk.

The body was light and crisp. Drinkability was very good, the bottle I used to do this review disappeared very quickly. Good thing they sell these in sixers, I was able to crack another. Overall, not a special beer, but at $6 a sixer it's certainly a good budget choice. I'm not sure why this is listed as a cream ale here on BA, it seems to be more of a straight-up Pale ale to me. Not worth seeking out, but worth trying next time your heading over to your macro friends place, maybe you can make a new craft beer lover.

Photo of lwillitz
2.55/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - a finger and a half of white, fluffy, quickly-dissipating head over a transparent gold/straw-yellow body; loads of carbonation bubbles

S - grassy hops and corn

T - corn/adjunct grains dominate the palate; grassy and buttery; tangy dry finish

M - light body with high carbonation

O - Had someone handed me a glass of this and asked me to name the style, I would have sworn that it was an adjunct lager. It looks, smells, tastes, and feels exactly like an adjunct. As an adjunct it's ok. As an Irish Pale Ale it's not very good. I would rename this brew "Blue Bore."

Photo of jj311
1.82/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

About all I can say is that this was a pretty plain beer.
The color is very light and dull. Smell is very faint. Taste is skunky, weak and watered down. Hops are barely noticeable. Not much enjoyment here. You could practically get the same with a cheap, generic adjunct lager and probably pay a little less.

I won't be buying this again.

Photo of philbertk
2.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Henry Weinhard’s, Blitz-Weinhard Company--Blue Boar Pale Ale--2002 12 oz. Bottle. 5.00% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Pale Ale--Green Bottle. Clear thin bright light golden color. Creamy lacy head. Mild floral Pilsner hop front. Crisp smooth slightly tangy light dry sweet butter caramel body. Clean mild hop end. Mild Blonde Ale. Sampled 5/22/2003.

Henry Weinhard’s, Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Company, Full Sail Contract Brew--Henry Weinhard’s Blue Boar Pale Irish Ale--2004 12 oz. Bottle. 4.60% ABV--14 IBU’s. (3.75 / 5.0) Blonde Ale--Green bottle. Mild head. Clear thin light bright golden color. Mild Pils hop front. Crisp tangy mild dry sweet caramel butter citrus Pils Ale body. Stanky hint. Tart clean mild hop citrus end. Sampled 6/3/2004.

Henry Weinhard’s, Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Company, Full Sail Contract Brew--Henry Weinhard’s Blue Boar Pale Ale--New Block Logo--2006 12 oz. Bottle. 4.60% ABV--14 IBU’s. (3.25 / 5.0) Pale Ale--Thin head. Clear thin straw yellow color. Missing hop front. Thin mild tangy crisp weak caramel adjunct hint body. Clean refreshing hop spice hint end. Bland Macro Pale Ale. Sampled 12/26/2006.

Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Company--Full Sail Brewing Contract Brewer--Lat 44--Henry Weinhard's Blue Boar--Irish Style Pale Ale--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 4.60% ABV. 14 IBU's. (2.5 / 5.0) Extra Pale Ale. Green bottle. Huge foamy thin short lived billowy white mild lace head. Clear tumultuous fizzy bright thin darkish gold color. Hint of stank. Weak hop light adjunct aroma. Crisp fizzy tingly thin dry light sweet delicate pale pilsner malt malt fruit hint light body. Thin fizzy tangy refreshing mild hop crisp clean somewhat bland end. Sampled 4/21/2011. Purchased for $5.99 at Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 4/21/2011.

Photo of Snow81
2.64/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: Yellow glow with small carbonation

Smell: Bit grassy with a whole lot of skunk notes

Head: Small white head

Taste: Clean and crisp has that grassiness to it

Weight: very light on the palate goes down fast

Finish: Little sweet grainy aftertaste then boom more skunk

Photo of echoes
2.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a glass.

A: Pours with a fizzy, white and medium head that dissipates rather quickly. Doesn't leave much in the lacing department. Color is pale gold.

S: Quite skunky, at first at least, other than that the usual adjuncts are all I can smell (grains such as corn or rice). Smell is totally underwhelming.

T: Very little bitterness. Flavors are the same as the smell with a bit of citrus but blended well. Ends with a bit of zing. It goes down easy. Not a lot of taste to speak of really.

M: Feels decent for a light-bodied beer. Carbonation is definitely present. Goes down smooth.

D: Drinkability is high from the perspective that it goes down easily, although I gave it an average rating because there isn't much in this beer to make one want another, unless one is unsatisfied with just one bottle/serving.

All in all, seems to fit the style well. This is the second time trying this beer and my memories of it are better than what I've experienced this time.
Overall decent for the style but not my 'cup of tea'.

Photo of flexabull
2.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

College beer, before I learned about Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

Pours a brought yellow color, with a nice white head.

Smells skunky. Not much else to say..

Taste is creamy and sweet. Corny and vegetal, with some malty creaminess. Not a whole lot else going on, except for the skunky finish.

Mouthfeel is ok, about right for the style, but too carbonated for my liking.

Drinkability is decent. If this wasn't skunked it would rank higher,but not much higher, Ugh... For nostalgia purposes only for me.

Photo of chadjulius
3.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It's not blue at all! It is kind of a boar though. If it was blue, then its appearance would be much more appealing. But this is a nice, somewhat citrus-tinged beer. I found that it goes great with a meal (Bison Burger & fries) and just has a pleasant taste overall. The downside here is that it has a low alcohol %, yet it is a little filling.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Man, what have I drank, 500 of these? Pours a clear straw pale, almost no head or lacing. Aroma is a big put off of alcohol and sweat.

Taste, I dunno, its probably sympathy or something, but this stuff just became an acquired taste during the adolescent years. Had it again recently, just have to admit its not that good. But you know, thanks for the memories. No hops or malt, just cheap beer w/o a slick ad campaign. A desireable alternative to BMC, this does have its own unique taste going for it, and yes, there is taste. Something a little fruity, never would I describe this as a cream ale.

Photo of biboergosum
2.44/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of sudsy white head, which leaves an unstable sheet of lace around the glass as it slips away. It smells strongly of skunky, musty grain. The taste is sweet grain, mostly corn-like, and skunky, weedy hops. The carbonation is middling, the body on the light side, moderately smooth at best, and it finishes off-dry, the acrid hops taking (or adding) an edge off the sweet grain.

Pale ale, cream ale, adjunct lager? Too much nomenclature confusion over essentially a thinly disguised macro.

Photo of ronniebruner
3.82/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Surprisingly good beer, although its bit harder to find these days. It has a distinct aroma, almost skunky, so if thats your thing, this is a great beer for you. Not much head and rich color go along with this beer. A good beer for the buck, but if you can, I recommend Weinhards Hefeweizen over this

Photo of velosuds
2.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Best by OCT0410. Better never opened.

A-Pours a very clear, nearly effervescent, pale golden color with virtually no head or lace.

S-Slightly grainy malt and corn. Bottle indicates it is a Pale Ale, but this is like ordinary adjunct lager.

T-Like fizzy yellow beer.

M-Harsh from too much carbonation. Almost feels like seltzer water.

D-No thank you. This is easily the worst beer I have had in years. The rest is going down the drain.

Photo of youradhere
2.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pale straw with a short lived white head.

S- Hoppy skunk and some pale malt.

T- Like a better Heinekin, more malt backbone and the skunk is coming from the hops (I think...)

M- Thin enough to down a few and yet thick enough to make you think you are drinking a classier beer

D- Very drinkable, this is one of my favorite micro/macro beers to drink. It is a nice light lager that has had slightly more effort put into it than 99% of the macros out there.

Photo of danetrain0101
3.7/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I lived in Oregon this was my session beer. The convienient mart down the street sold it for 9.99 a 12 pack.

A light golden color wit ha thin white head

A nice malty smell with a slight hoppiness and some grains.

A malty flavoring with a dash of homes. Some grain can be tasted. Some floral flavors as well.

A medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation.

This is a nice beer to drink. Great for parties, grills, anything really. Cheap to considering the taste it provides.

Photo of flagmantho
2.83/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden color with a thin layer of white foam. Average.

Smell: sweet malt, a little grain, a little skunk. It's a green bottle pale ... what else do you expect?

Taste: quite grainy with only the slightest hint of floral hops. It's OK at best, a boring macro-esque beer at worst. Full Sail can do *so* much better.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation. Not too bad.

Drinkability: despite its relative blandness in flavor, it is pretty refreshing.

Henry Weinhard's Blue Boar Ale from Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.
68 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.