Lunar Ale
Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Wheat Beer - American Dark
3.43 | pDev: 13.12%
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Lunar AleLunar Ale
Notes: Our first new year-round beer since 1996, Lunar Ale is in a category all its own. Brewed using a unique aromatic yeast, this refreshing variety is best described as a cloudy brown ale with a complex, malty aroma and flavor, and a crisp, dry finish.

14 IBU
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Jayhawk from Kansas

4.17/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Boulevard beer I hadn't tried in some time, so I picked one bottle up in a mix and match 6 pack at the local liquor store.

Poured into a dimpled squat pint glass. A nice hazy brown color, good head, but poor head retention (this seems fairly common with Boulevard bottle conditioned beers...I wonder why?). As with Zon, you really need to swirl the last inch in the bottle before pouring it into the glass to get the added slight yeast flavor that really adds to the overall experience. Smell is wheat, malt, and light banana with clove flavors, and taste is the same (very nice with the light banana/clove flavors...but note these are light compared to a hefeweisen). Not overly carbonated, but a bit lighter than I expected. Overall, a nice summer session beer.

Maybe it's the heat, but this is the second wheat based Boulevard beer I've given a second chance to and reviewed recently...but I swear this and Boulevard Zon are improved and perfect for a hot summer day (it was 101 again today...when will this heat end?).

Jul 29, 2011
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Metalmonk from North Carolina

3.17/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a muddy milk-chocolate brown with a thin head. Aroma is the best aspect though, with a vinous quality...also dark raisins, brown sugar, some doughy yeast coming through. A little banana and even more as it warms.

Underwhelming flavor, but certainly not awful. Mineral and soap are negative traits, with nutty yeast and pumpernickel doing some good for this beer. Soft banana comes through, but it's subtle. Overcarbonated and fizzy--didn't like the mouthfeel a whole lot, especially considering the style. A bit of soapiness returns in the finish.

Not overly attractive, this is yet another so-so Boulevard beer, nothing more or less.

Sep 05, 2008
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Wasatch from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to stephens101 for this one.

Pours a nice cloudy dark golden brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a nice yeast/grassy note, slightly spiced. The taste is sweet, malty, yeasty, grassy, with some spice notes. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice brew for a hot summer day.

Jul 25, 2009
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SFLpunk from Vermont

3.14/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz brown glass twist-top bottle. Neck stamp BB 04-10-10.

Quick review:

Medium brown with thin khaki head. Nose has aromas of nutmeg, banana and brown sugar. Palate is medium bodied and a little thin. Flavors of medium-dark wheat beers, chocolate and spices. Finish is a little flat and thin, dropping off on an odd note.

Not a great dark wheat. More like an "amber wheat."

Nov 12, 2009
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hylton44 from Minnesota

3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Soft, carmel brown color of a carmel bock with the yeasty, tangy odor of a Hefeweizen. Large, coarsely-bubbled head burns down in just a minute or two, leaving little residual lace. Taste fulfills promise of the smell, as a syrupy, malty sweetness accompanies the acrid, clovey bite of the yeasts which were added right before bottling. Slow, syrupy finish with a slightly disagreeable aftertaste; but overall, a unique and tasty experience.

Feb 01, 2009
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RedHaze from Nebraska

3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark muddy looking brown, with a one finger off-white head that sticks around for a very long time. when the foam does eventually settle, it leaves a solid cap, but there's practically no lacing.

Smell; somewhat reminiscent of a hefe-weizen with a yeasty and wheat aroma, but without any of the bananas or cloves. Not bad, there's just nothing to really get you excited.

Taste; a little better than the aroma. The yeast and wheat comes through in the flavor, just as it did in the aroma, but there's also an underlying sweetness, with just a hint of some cloves and a mild spiciness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner thn I would expect from an American wheat, but the drinkability is really good, as I almost finished this before I knew it. With the 4.5% abv (according to their website) it would be very easy to put a few of these down. After reading a lot of the other reviews, I expected to not like this beer at all, but it's not bad. I actually wish I had picked up a sixer instead just the one.

Apr 09, 2007
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tempest from New York

3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at 3 Squares in Maple Grove.

I'd say this could also qualify as a dunkelweizen for all the yeast character. The malt falls a little flat with a mix of roasted wheat and light cocoa barley. The aroma is full of yeasty, spicy notes with a bit of citrus. These carry over to the flavor, but in a diminished role. Basically this beer needs to turn up the flavor a bit, otherwise it's pretty decent.

Jul 16, 2008
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smc143 from Missouri

3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Boulevard Brewery hosted a happy hour for the local KC chapters of the AdClub and PRSA, and opened up the Boulevard bar at their new event space above the brewery. I had one pint glass of Lunar before drinking anything else, but I didn't take notes. This will be from memory.

The glass was handed to me with a light head of cream-colored, fat-bubbled froth that dispersed quickly. The beer was murky, and in color and consistency, reminded me of unfiltered cider. It smelled strongly of malt, and the first sip had a definite bite to it, with a definite carbonation, followed by a sweet tang. I couldn't place the flavors at all, and somehow it seemed an unexpected combo. The tanginess reminded me of cilantro, or maybe cloves, and the sweet seemed a bit fruity. A friend with me insisted that there was a banana flavor underneath it all, but I can't agree.

I am a huge fan of browns, and Boulevard, but this seemed a strange combination. It may be a good summer beer, when served ice cold, but it wasn't what I expected. I'll stick to stockpiling the Irish Ale while it is available, to enjoy beyond March.

Mar 02, 2007
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TheEclecticGent from Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bartender that poured me this beer had no knowledge of beer styles. After one sip I figured it was a Dunkleweisen in some form. Glad to know my taste buds have not abandoned me. This beer is a cloudy "Missouri River" amber-brown with a small (4mm) tan head. The nose has a good amount of banana bread smell and a tad of clove. Tasty beer! The yeast have put more banana than clove into this beer but still well balanced. Smooth wheat flavor overall with some passion fruit hints. A very drinkable beer.

Jul 06, 2009
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errantnight from District of Columbia

3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an only slightly hazy rye-bread brown with a frothy head of about a finger and a half with decent lacing. Expected a bit more with the yeast's presence... and was slightly disappointed in the nose.

Ripe fruit (banana) with a hint of toasted malt and spice... it was nice, just faint, and despite all those aromas being present, it seemed relatively non-complex. Or perhaps... non-blended?

The flavor was solid, but just shy of something I could crave. A vaguely rich toasted malt up front with a wash of ripe fruit, primarily banana, and just a dash of clove around the edges... but the fruit stuck around a bit long, and left a hint of cloying sweetness. Nothing way out of wack, just enough to impact my desire for more, or to let it linger long.

That said, body and carbonation were superb, the right wheaty smoothness adding just a touch of levity to the proceedings.

Tasty, and I'd gladly down some more, just not quite nailing the style, although I thought they were going for a dunkleweizen... not that I'm entirely clear what would make this an American Dark Wheat and not a dunkle....

Jun 17, 2007
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kkipple from South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in a trade from Sibenmorgen. Thanks bud!

No idea what style this was going in, figured Hefeweizen, so I popped and poured it into my oft-used Sam Adams pint. Real fluffsome tan head piles up, but doesn't stay long. Beer is clear pecan brown. Bottle conditioned, so there's some yeastie beasts in the bottom of the bottle, I dumped 'em into the glass too. All aboard!

Smells nice, a bit hard to pin down... some good English-esque brown nutty malt, wheat zest - clove, spice - you got some light caramel sweetness in there and it comes together pretty well... flavor is light German Hefe with malt kick, less sour lemon and more nutty / roasted malt. Slightly dry finish, easy malt and that special hefe yeast spicy / citric flavor. I dig it. Exceedingly easy to drink, high and creamy carbonation does this well.

I liked Lunar ale. Sure drank it fast. A fine little brew; I wish more American brewers toyed with dark wheat beers.

Aug 18, 2009
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msubulldog25 from Oregon

3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another in a series of mixed brews traded generously by mnwags (parking lot, Three Floyds). This is another twist-capped 12 oz. bottle, poured to a pint glass. 'Best before: 01/30/09'

A: The Dark Wheat Ale typically isn't pretty; this is no exception. Murky auburn-brown, with less than 1/2 finger of eggshell-white head. Lace slides quickly to a ring of cream and flat head.

S: Smells nice (and fairly strong), a healthy wheat/spice aroma. Bread crust and light spice.

T: Tasty wheat spiciness, toasted malt and dry spicing. Some spice and dry citrus fruit, cloves and plenty of baked bread.

M: Zingy spicy and medium-light body, but skewing toward 'light'. Actually seems to weaken with warming. Not quite 'crisp', but an active carbonation and decent cleanness.

D: No problem downing this one. Doesn't blow me away, but doesn't offend in any way; a pretty good brew in all categories. No surprises.

Sep 27, 2008
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another 12oz received in the 1st Fight Club BIF.. from Bort11.. poured into my shaped Sam Adams glass.

1" head drops to a nice cap of foam... no real lacing.. brew is slightly hazy brownish red.

Aroma is dunkleweizen-esque for sure... husky grains and a little bit of caramel and cocoa with muted banana and cloves... could easily see Germany from the shores of the US.. but I was hoping for a little bit more of Germany.

Flavor is significantly better... with more of everything including the esters... still fairly subdued.. but it is tasting very nice after today's long work stint. Body is on the lighter side lending to the American interpretation.. so is the carbonation and mouthfeel.. drinkability is still fairly high... could use more uumph across the board.

Nice American attempt at the style, but I think it would benefit all around from a little bit more grain ... body.. and yeasty esters. Another round of applause to Tim.

Jul 08, 2008
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beeragent from Texas

4.13/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass from a 12oz. bottle. The beer poured a dark ruby, forming a 1 inch off-white head with light lace fllowing. The aroma is a mixture of bananas, wheat bread, and a more dominating lemon aroma. The taste is a little less complex than expected, mainly consisting of a nice lemon flavor with a lesser wheat flavor in the back. Still very enjoyable. Smooth medium mouthfeel. Good flavor and body make this an easy drinker. Overall, this is one of the better offerings from Boulevard. Nice full flavor and easy finish made this a great session ale IMO.

Jun 08, 2008
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hiikeeba from Texas

3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of a 12 pack sampler

A - Pours up a cloudy brown with an almost nonexistent head.

S - Not impressive. Smells like ice tea.

T - Dark malts, with a hint of banana phenols in the finish. Surprising for an American Dunkle. Nice.

M - A little thin, but good carbonation

D - A good beer, despite the aroma.

Nov 01, 2008
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longbongsilver from Missouri

4.09/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another one from a mix'n'match. Picked this up after remembering another one this brewery did that I had with a pizza, figured check the rest of the line.

Pours a thin brown (shade of the bottle to be honest) w/ an inch of white head that evaporates quickly. Kinda smells like lemon w/ wheat, tastes likewise but has a slight bitter to it, yet a honeyish tone in the background. Goes down fizzy.

Sounds complex to where it could overpower, but it's all subtle, works together. Never heard of Boulevard before the move, but they've fast built a rep in my mind -- and a spot in my fridge.

Jul 24, 2008
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1fastz28 from Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark amber color with minimum head, smell is a slight fruityness to it, some yeast hints and bitterness. Tastes slightly bitter with more fruit hints and a some sugary maltness, i can't taste any hop notes in it at all, has kind of a wierd after taste to it, drinkability is so so as is the mouthfeel. overall a decent beer but nothing stands out.

Jun 02, 2007
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wagenvolks from Texas

3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into an Andechs weizen glass.

Lunar pours with a murky, iced-tea color that brightens to a hazed blood orange hue when held to the light. A few ample trails of carbonation supply a bubbling sandstone head, but the foam doesn't last too long. Pleasant, mild aroma of toasted grains and rye bread with a little sweetness from caramel malts. The hops smell light and floral with traces lavender, while the yeast adds a soft fruitiness of apple flesh and mango.

Lunar tries its best to mimic the taste of German dunkelweizen, but falls a bit short. Toasted malts and bread crust are the dominant players, here--everything else is a bit too bland for my liking. Some toffee and caramel malts balance with a sharp twang from citric hops and a prickly carbonation level, but the finish is fairly lifeless. One of Boulevard's rare misses; I'm glad I only bought a single bottle, as I probably won't be trying this again.

Mar 16, 2010
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thufflife from Missouri

3.5/5  rDev +2%

Jun 19, 2014
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bluemoonswoon from Illinois

2.95/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark cherry wood brown with a one and a half inch bone white head with some frothy lacing that clings to the side of the glass.

S: Good and strong sweet wheat aroma, clove, banana, slight cherry in there as well along with some other mellow spices all quite mellow and all in check.

T/MF: Watery banana bread with a slight nuttiness, this beer really wants to be something but just falls flat in the mouthfeel and flavor department. Finish is strangely drying sort of a grainy consistency mouthfeel wise, not smooth at all as I would expect a wheat beer to be.

D: Not offensive, just does not seem to match up with the style guidelines very well, I would reach for something else if it were up to me, which it is.

May 28, 2008
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BillRoth from Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +2%

Dec 28, 2013
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Hellpop65 from Kansas

3/5  rDev -12.5%

Dec 13, 2014
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mooseisloose from Florida

3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells like alot of yeast and has a characteristic caramel malt and slight brown sugar smell. Very slight hint of nutmeg. Pours to a translucent slightly hazy light brown, with a big bubble head that dissipates quickly. Taste is malty with a deep hop background but malt dominates. Good balance not too sweet, nor bitter. Kind of even keel all the way through. Nothing jumps out. Carbonation is good and the brew has good body. In my opinion this needs to be hopped up a bit. A little more fragrance and a hop bite would improve this brew. Good drinkability just a little bland for me.

Nov 21, 2008
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jujubeast6000 from Texas

2.94/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 8/28/2008 (bottle):

Pours a cloudy brown colored body, with a creamy off-white colored head, lasting. Has a light fruity aroma, but not very strong A light Belgian-like taste, light fruity taste. Frothy palate, creamy. Has a pretty good taste.

Mar 20, 2009
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure to what I should compare this brew. I think the other lower ratings come from comparing this to others of the style, but if you look at this ale by itself, it stacks up well. What it has over others is drinkability. Like other Boulevards this is a brew that does not offend. It is civilized and well made.

It has enough character that you could not say that it was too bland for the style. They just didn't leave anything crude in there like some do.

It's yet another Boulevard that get approval from me.

Oct 17, 2009
Lunar Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 240 ratings