Lunar Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Lunar AleLunar Ale

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

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.

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Ratings: 240 |  Reviews: 188
Photo of jnfs
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not quite was I was expecting, but I am on the second bottle and must say this is a decent American brown ale. The beer is clear, dark and mahogany in color. Roasted malt is the primary initial taste, with some nuttiness and a hint of alcohol too. The mouth feel is a little thin, but after a glass I like the way it is in good balance with the rest of the components in this beer. It's elements are complimentary, and though not a huge brown ale fan I look forward to the rest of the 6 pack. Cheers

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Photo of tronester
3.99/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium brown with a thin tan head. Smell is wheaty and yeasty, quite pleasant and strong aroma. Taste is very biscuity, a nice brown sugar sweetness as well. Belgian yeast strain flavors are apparant as well. A hint of hops in the finish to balance, not much hop flavor though. Mouthfeel is medium, nice carbonation. Drinkability is quite high, this a very good, simple, beer that is not offensive to a non-beer geek palate. I am surprised this hasn't received better reviews, its not Boulevard's best, but it is a solid choice, IMO.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of ebraun
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Cloudy amber with a fluffy, off-white head which dissipated and left not much lacing.

S: Rich banana and some clove with a little pepper and some alcohol.

T: A lot like the smell put onto a soft malt backbone.

M: Fizzy and a little thin.

D: It's pretty sweet so I don't know that I'd want to put back a bunch of these, but it'd be nice to have around for a change of pace during a session.

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Photo of Tone
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, amber/brown color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of tart malt, bread, sweet malt, and slight fruit aromas. Fits the style of an American Dark Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, tart malt, and a slight fruit (banana). Smooth finish overall, and a prett decent beer.

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Photo of IowaHawkeyesFan
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought this beer at a local grocery store in wellman, iowa. i was looking for something reasonably cheap since all their premium beers seem to be overly priced. this one just happened to be in my price range so i picked it up.

at first glance its a brownish red color it was a little cloudy not very clear, with a nice head that sat for quite a will with a little bit of stick to it. it smelled quite good had a nice hop and malt smell to it. and had a nice mouthfeel to it. was quite good actually. had some nice flavors of hops and wheat and malt. i could definatly taste them all. i liked this beer and i would buy it again in a pinch but not my favorite by any chance.

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Photo of Duxx
3.96/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: A cloudy "pale ale" color or kind of a light brown. Hit the glass with a 1 1/2 finger off white or eggshell head that dissipated in about a minute leaving a ring of foam on the edge of the glass.

S: Spicy and tart. I can't name the spice, maybe clove? No noticeable hop aroma.

T: Wheaty with a hint of roasted or smokey malt. Very sharp and dry finish.

M: A little hard to describe, some creaminess from the carbonation and typical "wheat beer" feel. I don't know what to call that but you wheat beer drinkers know what I mean.

D: Generally, Wheat beers are not my forte but I really like this one. I may just have 3 or 4 after dinner tonight.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My 100th brewery! Boulevard is new to this area and I just started seeing it this week. I picked up a mixed 12 pack with 6 varieties.

Best before 08/30/09

Pours into a pint glass with hazy brownish orange color. Thin head is fleeting.

Aroma is sweet but mild with a slight fruity ester to it.

The flavor agrees with the aroma. This almost tastes like they used a Belgian yeast strain! Mild dark fruits and a slight spicy note carries the beer from start to finish. Slightly sweet up front but finishing a little more dry. Not especially bitter but well balanced nonetheless. It's basically a weak Belgian dark ale.

Mouthfeel is nice medium bodied with light carbonation. Smooth and unoffensive.

Very drinkable and goes great with the warm weather and BBQ dinner I'll be having. Not a great beer but a good one that I wouldn't mind having again.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I didn't know exactly what I would think of this beer given the mixed reviews, in addition to my mixed feelings about Boulevard these days. I actually kind of liked it though. Nothing too mind-boggling, just a decent beer to kick back and enjoy. Would make a good summer drinker.

The beer pours to a mahogany, amber and brown with an unfiltered cloudiness. No apparent carbonation, though a good sized off-white head forms. Retention could be better. Settles out to a collar around the rim of the glass with a very thin film in the middle. Little to no lacing.

The smell is good. Has a bit of a spicy phenolic edge. Clove predominantly, though it has a subtle underlying banana ester. It's easy to tell that this is a wheat based malt profile. Seems like a dark wheat beer with saison yeast.

The taste is good as well. A little sweet up front, followed by a dominating clove with a banana ester in the back. A little bready with hints of bubblegum. Just the slightest bit of a barnyard hay-like funk. Almost tastes like it has some flaked corn in it. For what it is, it doesn't taste bad. Hard to classify in any style, but as I said earlier, it is far from mind-blowing.

The body is a fair bit thin. The aftertaste washes out fairly quickly. A hint of sour. The carbonation is gentle on the palate, and the alcohol is detectable but very light. I think I could drink a lot of this during the spring, as it begins to warm up and I start to crave wheat beer. Not bad for Boulevard. Shows a hint of creativity, but it's still far from mind-blowing. I don't think a wheat-brown-ale-saison is going to become a new style by any means, but it wasn't horrible. I didn't expect bad, but I didn't expect to be blown away either. This beer simply is what it is. Glad to see Boulevard finally expanding their line for what it's worth; afterall, it's one of the breweries that actually got me into craft beer to begin with.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottle indicates best by date of 10/23/10.

Appearance: light brown-orange color with a finger of ivory foam. Haze is light; it looks like a low-haze dunkelweizen.

Smell: aroma is very nice. There's a nice clove aroma and a little banana to boot; aroma is creamy, chalky and wheaty. I like it.

Taste: flavor tracks well with the aroma. There's a very nice malt flavor in there with the wheat; I don't know whether they're using chocolate malt here or not, but there is a touch of smooth chocolate malt flavor here. I quite like it.

Mouthfeel: medium, maybe medium-light body; OK for the style. Carbonation is somewhat low and the beer is more fizzy than creamy. Not bad, but could be better.

Drinkability: quite drinkable. I would definitely sit down with a few of these in a session.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BBD 1/2/2009; 12 oz. courtesy beerbuddha. Great extra - thanks! First beer on brew day this past Sunday, so you know I was looking forward to this one. Into a Cab glass, because...well, why the hell not?

This bottle-conditioned deal pours a very turbid bourbon/copper/root beer-color. Head is about 2/3 finger but doesn't make a day trip out of it. Retains good carbonation and sparse lacing.

Definitely has some good wheat/yeast electricity along with mildly clammy sarsparilla sweetness. A little honey in there too? Hop presence is slightly piney and somewhat Germanic.

This reminds me of a mild dunkel, but a little more carbonated. It's interesting...the Saaz emerges more in taste as does a nice wheaty caramel, almost Munich malt's quite austere, though. Nicely constructed...not uneven at all.

With the weight of a hefeweizen yet the grain profile of a dunkel we have some smooth drinking right here. There's a sweetness on the palate but the Saaz-ish hops and carbonation keep it light with a spring in its step.

I could session this up during the summertime without fail...early spring works too. Solid stuff.

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Photo of russpowell
3.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber/brown with 3+ fingers of tan head.
Average head retention & lacing

S: Cloves, peppers, phenols & some banana at the end

T: Grainy, pepper notes, slight cocoa & a bit of bananas up front. Apples & banana flavors are present as this warms. Finishes juicy with cloves, good amounts of fruityness & a spot of brown sugar

MF: Light/medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinks good, fair example of the style that could pass for a dunkel weizen

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Photo of PirateUlf73
3.87/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass.

A: Came out hazy and brown, literally. Off-white head dissipated rather quickly.

S: Notes of soft caramel and toffee, as well as overripe dark fruits, especially raisins. Similar to some Belgian brews I enjoyed recently. Pleasantly surprised.

T: Again, a modest fruity sweetness up front, with a little wheat twang. Soft spice notes come through as well. Flavors become more well-rounded as the brew warms.

M: Bordering on a medium body with decent carbonation and a rather thin finish. Aftertaste is sweet and fruity.

D: The aforementioned characteristics make this an all-weather brew and easily sessionable.

Not bad at all. Were the body a bit heavier and the flavors deeper, this could easily be mistaken for a good Belgian ale. A very interesting endeavor from Boulevard. I would rank this one about third among their year-rounders, behind their pale ale and porter.

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Photo of dbossman
3.87/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Light brown/dark amber hue with a fast forming, bubbly head wtih just a bit of lacing

S: Subtle sweet malt presence; fair amount of yeastiness present in the aroma; banana and cloves are obvious as is a touch of caramel

T: A nice sweet yeasty quality; banana and cloves are pleasant as well; a bit watery but a subtle sweet maltiness helps

F: Too thin with not enough carbonation

D: Quite drinkable--though the watery quality diminishes it a bit

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Photo of tjd112
3.87/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this at a QT gas station in
Independence, Missouri

Presentation - Poured into Flying Fish pint glass

Appearance - Dark amber with minimal white head and minimal lacing

Smell/Taste - Cloves and grass, with a bit of ginger and banana

Mouthfeel - Dry finish, medium to light bodied

Drinkability - Sessionable

Overall - OK

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Photo of Reaper16
3.87/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

served from 12oz. bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.

Pours a nice, rustic-looking brown with plenty of creamy white head that dissipates to a nice ring. Average lacing.

Malty smell; plenty of sweetness. Phenolic banana aromas all over the place; specifically a lovely banana bread smell comes out the more the beer warms.

Taste follows the nose. Sweet, sweet malts. You can definitely tell that this is a wheat beer, though. The banana flavor is really nice. Cloves come through, too.

Average mouth feel, maybe a little thick for a wheat beer. Its very drinkable; a great choice to session if one digs the flavors.

I think this beer is an awful lot better than most people. Lunar is a wheat beer, and its flavor complexities make it my 1st choice whenever I want a wheat beer. It's a good choice to match with a lot of food. Lunar is just plain solid.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.86/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep root beer brown copper toned color, quite clear. Large, light sandy whitened head that lasts for a good duration. Lots of thick, cob webby lacing sticks to the glass.

Soft cocoa-esk aroma with a bit of dark wheat grain and some old flour sourness.

Taste is pretty good with a great snappy tone of wheat and a calming bit of roast and cocoa. Firm lasting tang of deep breadyness with a slimming dryness as it finishes.

Feel is about medium with a bit of lightness in the front. Faintly drying and has a fairly bold wheaty hold and snappy tang.

Had this on-tap the other night and liked it alot and gotta say it favored far better then this bottled version. May have to go back and review the tap. As that was actually much better.

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Photo of Mistofminn
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a Boulevard 12-Pack Sampler. Poured from 12 oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

Pours an iced-tea kind of color with a tiny tan head that quickly disappeared.

Smell is sweet and malty with some definite spicy tones. It reminded me of another beer but I just couldn't put my finger on it.

Taste starts out sweet almost caramel like, and ends with a strong clove taste. Lots of spice present here.

Medium bodied with a strong carbonation.

Very drinkable. It's not the easiest drinking beer I've ever had, but it would be easy to kick back a few.

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Photo of rivertrance420
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I picked up a six-pack of this from Dirt Cheap Liquors in Hazelwood, Missouri. This is what I would call a "lite" Belgian style, dark wheat ale. The light bodied feel to this makes it very sessionable, and its very cheap at $6.49 a sixer. Not the most exciting beer, but good for the price, and is pretty refreshing.

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Photo of ttu94
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The thing I like most about this beer is the bottle conditioning. Although all wheat beers should be bottle conditioned this one seems very smooth. Looks a dark cloudy beer with an ok head. Smell is malty with a hint of fruityness to it. Taste has a bit mor flavor to it than I expected. slightly sour malt hint not bad really. All in all a very drinkable beer. Boulevard is putting out some good stuff.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clouded ruddy brown color. Poured a 2 finger tan head that dissipated to an even skim. Thin, broken lacing.

S: Bright citrus and wheat up front. A musty sweetness I couldn't identify along with bready malts.

T: Light roasted caramel malts that fades slowly into a sweet, almost white grape, taste that kingers through the light bitter finish.

M: Light side of medium body. Ample carbonation. Crisp and sweet.

D: Very drinkable beer with some interesting character between the wheat, malt and fruity kind of sweetness.

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Photo of orangetee
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark brown amber color with an ivory head. The smell is pretty light, but smells a little like roast beef. In a good way. Fruity taste with banana and slightly mouth numbing clove flavor. Definite sweetness with some caramel taste as well. Super smooth. Taste only gets better as the beer warms. Pretty good stuff. Also, I'd like to note, that Boulevard does a great job with packaging, and I like the label. It does make a difference and adds to my enjoyment.

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Photo of morimech
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy light brown with a small white head. Retention is good with lots of sticky lacing.

The smell is a bit subdued and the aromas I do get are not that great. Mostly yeast with a little cloves.

The taste is what surprised me. The yeast adds a nice spice to counter the fruityness of the malt. I think it is well balanced and delicious. It leaves a bit of a cloying aftertaste though. The body is light and with the low ABV makes this a good session beer.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep brown color. Average off-white head with good retention.

S - Really bready, wheat smell. Some banana and clove also, not unlike a Hefe, but definitely not just like one either.

T - Follows the smell, with lots of grainy/wheat and bready flavors. Banana is also in the forefront. Some darker caramel flavors too. Kind of like a darker Hefe. Unfortunately the flavors are a little watered down. I didn't necessarily think that the flavors would remain for long but they disappear really fast.

M - Medium to light bodied and average carbonation. Some creaminess but fairly watery.

D - Quite drinkable, part of that may be from how watery this is, drinkability is pretty good.

Notes: This wasn't a bad beer and I liked the flavors but it was too watery for me to really enjoy. Seems to be like a lot of Boulevards regular series in that it does most things pretty well but misses in one or two areas.

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Lunar Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 240 ratings
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