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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Photo of flagmantho
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
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 +13.7%
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 +13.4%
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 +12.8%
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 +12.8%
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 +12.8%
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 +12.8%
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 +12.5%
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 +12.2%
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 +12.2%
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 +12.2%
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 +12.2%
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 +12.2%
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 +11.7%
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 +11.4%
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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Photo of ajmoody76
3.82/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bought this at the local beer store. 12 ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint. clear light brown with a thin tan head. was expecting it to be cloudy but was not. not much lace.

toasty malt aroma. some hop fruitiness. no off odors.

nice malt backbone with wheat and some fruit. good balance.

lighter body. fair carbonation. i like how this beer tastes. new style for me. i would not have guessed this a wheat beer.

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Photo of Wheelinb
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very solid brown ale with nice wheat tones. The color is pretty typical for an brown ale but there was not much head on my pour. This beer is very drinkable and has a great body. After burning myself out on IPAs this was a nice change of flavors. I will definitely order this one again.

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Photo of jdubjacket
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a DAB beer mug.

Pours a murky brown. Looks almost exactly like Corsendonk brown.

Smell is slightly fruity...and something else that I can't put my finger on.

Taste is OK. Tastes like a Hoegaarden that is slightly more complex. It is a very refreshing beer that is probably better in the Summer than the Fall.

Slightly carbonated mouthfeel.

Overall, a pretty drinkable beer. Not my favorite style, but a good session beer.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Somewhat muddy brown in color with a slight off white head. Mellow aroma of banana and apple. Nice malty and and crsip wheat flavor. Some phenols. Slight clove and spice. Dry in the finish. Sort of thin body wise. An enjoyable brew and just the right amount of "wheat beer" notes for this kid.

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Photo of RedBaron
3.76/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled-conditioned (brown?) ale from the BBC in KC.

Appearance: A devilishly enticing dark brown/ruby ale. Faint white-ish/red head that sustained well.
Smell: A bit musty, which was pleasant enough, but not too much else. Low malty sweet smell. No real hop aroma to speak of,
Taste: Mainly malty sweet throughout, though not very complex. However, the secondary fermenation in the bottle does lend for a nice apple fruitiness.
Mouthfeel: Wonderfully balanced from start to finish. Fairly full-bodied; As mentioned there's a good malty sweetness up front, but it finishes with a fairly nice dryness. If you like full-bodied beers, as I do, this one is more than satisfying.
Drinkability: Quite a good beer really. I would think this would pair well with a good cheese (Stilton), or just to relax on a fall day.

I'm not sure what the actual classification style of ale this is, but in my best estimation, it tastes like a Belgian brown ale with aspirations to be an Abbey dubbel. It's certainly worth seeking out. Definitely a good one to ponder over a full moon!

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Photo of Vancer
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Edit: Ya know, I've had some later beers from later batches and this stuff is really starting to grow on me. Now, I'm thinking this is like a cheaper Belgium dark ale. Really getting tasty, and as before, a nice summer session brew. All averages up .5

Well, this one was sure a disappointment from Boulevard. At best a crossover brew for newbies, but way to shallow, thin and watery for me to make it into a drinker. But at $7.50 a sixer, I can easily find better.

Pour was the best part, hazy amber / ruby red with a thick and lacey ivory head – nice bottle conditioned brew.

Clove, wheaty malt and banana in the aroma – for a brown ale? No, but for a dark wheat it does better. Then the quaff, a touch of coriander, but other than that just a plain-jane tasteless brew. More dunkel weisen than brown.

At 4.5%, it would make for a decent summer session brew.

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Photo of tito42
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a weizen glass, best by 04/17/2011 stamped on bottle.

A: Rich, cloudy amber with a tan head and moderate carbonation.

S: Bananas and cloves (despite the style description), with a little bit of nuttiness. Smells nice, but I give it a knock here based on style.

T: Nutty malt with just a hint of bubblegum. Not nearly as fruity as it smells. A bit of an tea flavor much like an Irish Ale. Some wheat, but more of a malt balance than anything. Fairly intriguing.

M: Medium-light body with quite a bit of malt smoothness. Just a bit of hops sneaks out at the end. Dangerously close to being watery at times, but doesn't quite get there. Pleasant.

D: Like another recent reviewer, I like this better than I remember the first time I tried it several years ago. Between Lunar Ale and Schlafly No. 15, it seems two of the foremost "American Dark Wheat Ales" are produced here in Missouri, though I'm not sure they fit the style description. All in all, a pleasing beer with enough complexity to bring me back for more. I hope this isn't discontinued for the Amber Ale, I think I'd be more inclined to purchase Lunar.

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Photo of ThickestHead
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chilled pint glass.
Color and appearance is a murky brown with an average head that is followed with very little lacing.
It smells like a yeasty banana bread and grain.
It tastes of sweet malts with a mild banana taste and if there is any significant hops then I am sure missing it.
The experience in the mouth is nothing special.
It is a drinkable enough beer but I won't be getting another 6er when there are so many other beers out there for me to try.

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Photo of NatetheGreat
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another good offering from Boulevard.

A: the head is bubbly, fizzy, soda-like, and vaporized before my eyes. In terms of appearance, this beer could be confused for a root beer, that's the kind of color it has, and is steadily carbonated.

S: Aromas are toasty and have some nuances of a German hefe, with bananna definate.

T: There's a lot to taste. Some moments followed the smell and had a hefe-like taste, while other sips showcased notes of coffee and caramel. The toasy aroma is supported by some clear roasted flavors, but nothing strong. Not the zesty wheat flavor of a pale wheat beer, rather, more bitter flavors.

M: mouthfeel is light, carbonated, not as rich as anticipated - suitable for spring, summer, and transition to fall. Smooth feel, provided by the wheat.

D: easy to drink, plenty of flavors to dwell on also.

Good beer but not a favorite. Not a strong hop presence, nor any malts - I guess since wheat is the primary presence.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent blacken color with a thin ring of off-beige head.
Smell is deep with apricot and other dark fruit pits-also some wheat.
Taste hits first with the wheat/grain flavor then goes to a quick dark fruit taste-ending with a light sweet.
Finish is dry-slight wheaty after-taste here.
Drinks well-the dark wheats are very refreshing-fruit smooths through this beer.

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Lunar Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.43 out of 5 based on 240 ratings.
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