Lunar Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

Lunar AleLunar Ale
BA SCORE
23.3%
Liked This Beer
3.42 w/ 240 ratings
Lunar AleLunar Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
boulevard.com

Style: American Dark Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by bditty187 on 01-13-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
188
Ratings:
240
Liked:
56
Avg:
3.42/5
pDev:
13.16%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
6
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 240 |  Reviews: 188
Photo of MinorThreat
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - hazy auburn, short off white head that quickly dissipates.
S - Light caramel malts, a touch of wheat and a complimentary light bitter hops
T - similar to the aroma
M - light bodied.
D - Had this with a spicy mexican dinner. The lightness of the beer with just this side of the middle caramel body complimented my dinner quite nicely. On it's own merits I'd choose something different but to compliment a spicy dinner it worked for me.

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of sneezye
3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of nickd717
2.97/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle via trade thanks to stephens101 on BA.

Pours cloudy mud brown with a one-finger off-white head.

Aroma is pretty nice and typical with banana, clove, and malty sweetness.

Flavor starts off decent, with caramel malt, banana, and clove. Nothing special, but all right. Then a weird off-flavor hits on the finish: something fairly acrid and mildly vegetal, possibly DMS. This lingers on the aftertaste.

Palate is somewhat thin and watery for the style.

Overall, a somewhat boring and slightly flawed example of the style. Would be good for someone like Indian Wells, but is a disappointment coming from Boulevard. Drinkability is not bad though despite this.

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Photo of HeroJH
2.97/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I wasn't really sure what the style of this beer was supposed to be. Says Dark Wheat above, but wasn't very special in the dark or the wheat category.

A - Hazy light brown/dark gold. Some head
S - Apple, light caramel, belgian
T - much of the same notes from the smell, not particularly interesting though.
M - Watery, Carbonated
D - ehh, isn't terrible, but not interesting.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
2.95/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of Onslow
2.94/5  rDev -14%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

one in the sixer looking pretty but surrounded, like bellvue!?!? .... not a very full for a beer of this kind, but a good gateway drug ... but, it actually kinda nice, has just this little something to it .. pendulum's blood sugar drops! .... no real foam, strange .."who pumped ethyl" ... needs more to be a great one..

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.94/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of BigRedN
2.93/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

First new regular beer to be added to Boulevard's line up in quite some time. When I had heard that Boulevard was going to release a new regular beer, I had hoped for a lager (I lover Bob's 47) but was intrigued when I hear what style it was. Purchased a 6 for $6 to give it a try.

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a hazy brown with a 1/2 inch white head. The head hangs around for some time. Leaves some good lacing. I like the look.

Smell: Not sure if this is par for an American Dark Wheat Ale. It is rather yeasty. Nothing hop, little malt. A bit wheaty and bready, which I expect with all the yeast I get.

Taste: Not much to wow me. Not sure what they were going for, I just assume that the end result is intended. What I get in the taste is a yeasty wheat beer.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat light in body, low carbonation. Not real lively.

Drinkability: I guess this beer is ok, although I find that I only have one of these a night and am not really going through my six pack. I bought it two weeks ago and after this beer I will still have another to go. I won't run out and buy this again; if I ever buy this again. I think the people will speak with their wallets and this one will fade away. OK, just not good enough IMO.

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Photo of drpimento
2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not a bad effort for a dunkelweizen. Boured with a macro beer head that starts subsiding right away and very little lace. Color is a hazy brownish amber. Aroma is a faint Bavarian style weiss. Some malt in there too. Body's a bit on the thin side. Slightly sweet tart taste to go along with the aromatic components. Finish is on the sweet tart side too. Could be a session beer if you don't mind the thin body.

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Photo of exparte
2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pleasant aroma of banana bread and cloves with another spice; nutmeg, maybe. Citrus and grassy hop notes are present in the nose, as well. Pours a clear amber with a thin head but somehow manages to appear muddy. Taste is sweet and complex, but not in a good way. Theres a lot, too much, going on in this beer. The end result is garbled. Medium bodied with an oily texture and rather flat carbonation. LIngering sweet finish, not crisp and dry as advertised. I like where Boulevard was attempting to go with this but it feels as though they overreached. Worth trying once.

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Photo of scottblaze
2.89/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Boulevard's website says this is 4.5% ABV.

Whoa...an ambitious pour resulted in a frothy overflow, retention only fair, lacing not much to brag about, hazy brown. Floral and molasses notes in the nose. Taste is malt, hint of vanilla and biscuit finishing a little thin. Mouthfeel not much, Drinkability is ....so so.

I dunno, pretty much sub par overall, drinkable enough but something seems unfinished about this, probably won't venture this direction again.

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Photo of simmons
2.88/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer on tap at the Boulevard bar inside the Kansas City Airport. I had no idea what style this was suppose to be & the bar tender couldn't give me much info on it so I took notes of my tastings.

Appearance: Dark brown beer with thin white lace, unfiltered, seems to be very lightly carbonated.
Aroma: Stale malty, cardboard aroma with hints belgian notes.
Flavor: Strong bread flavor (tastes like wheat or was that rye?). Not much hops at all, nothing to write about. High alcohol overtones standsout over everything.
Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, a thick beer, ok balance of malt & hops nothing enough to get by.
Overall: I wouldn't suggest drinking a lot this while out on the road, at home would be better. High level alcohol. This beer isn't bad at all, not the greatest but certainly not the worst. Id buy this again.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.85/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a cloudy light brown color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into thin lacing. The aroma is of toffee and caramel, but is quite faint. The taste has a nice toffe note, but there isn't much else. The mouthfeel is light bodied and watery, with a high level of carbonation. Overall, this beer is a bit of a disappointment. I really love dunkelweizen, but this beer just does work for me.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
2.83/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

an extra from a trade i lost track of. sorry. someone please feel free to remind me.

12oz bottle w twist cap. best by date of 8/30/09. tasted in mid/late may 2009.

coppery amber brown. hazy, almost murky. 1.5-finger off-white head quickly fades to fizzy, thin wispy layer, maintained because of the etching in the glass. lacing never sticks.

aroma: some bready malt w hint of caramel, noble hop whiffs with sulfur notes, and trace esters. really more like a german dunkel lager. faintest touch of spice... maybe...?

taste follows suit, with just a faint hint of apple esters and yeastiness, to remind you this is an "ale". just boring overall. gentle to moderate noble hop bitterness at least keeps things crisp.

light body, almost watery. some acidic textures towards and into the finish. moderate carbonation can be fizzy, prickly and crisp. helps a tiny bit with making this more palatable. maybe.

simply put, these american "wheat beer" styles need to either be discarded to the wayside, or totally revamped.

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Lunar Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 23.3% out of 100 with 240 ratings
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