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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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Reviews: 188 | Ratings: 240
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours brown in color with no head forming on the pour. A bit of light peaks through the edges and adds a reddish tone. Smell is all roasted malts.
There is a definite spice and lemon flavor going on in the taste. Characteristics and flavor closely resembling a wit. Decent twist on the style. However with the flavors, I'm expecting something very light, crisp and refreshing.
Another uninspiring beer.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3/5  rDev -12.5%
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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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle
"Best By 12/24/07"

a: Slightly hazy amber brown with a small amount of white lacing around the edges. No lacing.

s: Mild aroma, hints of caramel malt and wheat, little else.

t: Weak flavor, some malt and wheat, a touch of bitterness in the finish.
The sweetness of the malt is similar to a soda.

m: Carbonation provides some bite. Body is light and smooth.

d: Goes down pretty easy, but the flavor just isn't very good.
When I heard that Boulevard was making a new beer, I was thrilled.
When I first tried Lunar, I was dissapointed.
Maybe I just built it up too much in my mind, maybe I just don't like the style, but I keep wanting to like this beer and its not happening.

On a positive note, I do seem to dislike it less each time I try it.
I think this is Bully's worst offering, but that only goes to show how good the rest of their beers are.

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Photo of dantzig
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy medium-dark brown beer. Head forms nicely but dissipates quickly. Yeast + malt odors. Taste is a combination of malt and light spice with a gentle tangy bite of a finish. The mouthfeel is medium to light with generous carbonation and a moderate amount of sticky residue. Nothing in particular stands out about this beer. While I wouldn't turn it down if offered to me, I also wouldn't choose this beer over something with more character.

Like other reviewers, my brother noted similarities between this beer and ZON. He summed his opinion up by stating "it's a lot like a darker ZON without the orange and coriander."

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Photo of mikereaser
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours a murky chestnut brown with a 1/4 inch of foam that quickly dissipates and left only a ring of fine bubbles around the glass

S - not much aroma, some malts and spices, but to me not alot

T - caramel malts, hints of lemon, but nothing too strong

M/D - really not a whole lot of aroma or taste in this one, in my opinion. Nothing was bad, but just not there at all.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was poured from the bottle into a SA glass.

A - cloudy, dark amber color, decent head that settles fast into a thin collar

S - malty sweet with fruity yeast esters

T - similar to aroma: malty sweet up front with little hop balance, fruity yeast character, finishes somewhat sweet

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - I'm not sure what the brewery's intent was with this beer. It's somewhat Belgian-ish, but not very convincing as such. It's not really very wheat-like either, lacking the banana and/or clove expected. It's not unpleasant, but not very remarkable either. Probably one of my least favorite from Boulevard.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a sealed 6pack and low and behold, when I opened it, the bottles said best by 02/09/08. Here's hoping...

It pours a clear medium amber brown with a small head of foam with some lacing.

The smell has some graininess to it along with a faint clove and some earthiness.

The taste has notes of wheat, lemon, some clove, a touch of banana, and it has an earthy finish.
It has a light mouthfeel and the carbonation is high.

Well, nothing special about this well past best by date sample but it's not all that bad so I might try revisiting it in the future. Most of Boulevard's offerings are *very* solid.

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Photo of portia99
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - Pours a relatively dark amber color with a very slight haze to it. A weak fizzy head that never really takes form falls to the surface with only a tiny rim of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Expected much better foam and head retention from this one.

S - Subtle aromas, mainly getting a lot of wheat with a bit of malty sweetness. Spices also play a big role in the aroma with cloves and some cinnamon being the most notable. No discernable hops present.

T - Cloves and wheat make a strong appearance up front...and that's about it. Really not much going on here. Flavors aren't at all offensive but there just isn't much here...pretty dull and bland.

M - Fairly light in body with quite high carbonation levels...very prickly in the mouth, almost to the distracting level...I won't go so far as to say it hurts, but it gives a somewhat harsh feel in the mouth. I think the carbonation actually overpowers the flavor in this beer pushing it into the background.

D - Not much flavor and low alcohol level, but very heavy carbonation. The light flavors and normal/average/lowish alcohol level all point towards drinkability but the harsh carbonation doesn't do this beer any favors. I'm a big fan of Boulevard beers (wish they were available in MA), but this one really doesn't hit the mark with me. A little bit of tweaking and maybe it has some potential.

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Photo of sleazo
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this ar Kilkenny's. Poured a medium brown and quite a bit cloudy. Smallish head capped the beer. Minimal lace. Smell had a slight ammount of banana and cloves though not strong on either. Taste was a bit sweetish, no hops really with once again light phenols. It was a bit on the rich side, mouthfeel wise which i liked. Overall an average beer, nothing I would seek out but a decent enough choice.

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Photo of PaleAlien2
3.06/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber with a hazy Orange hue. Active, three-finger head that is light khaki in color. Kind of a muddy, dirty look to it.

Distinct scent is dominated by cloves and spices.

Tastes pretty much like it smells, which is not good. Cloves dominate. Get some malt in there, but no hops or spices to speak of.

I wouldn't recommend this one.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.07/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured into a snifter. Copper color with a short white head.

S - Honey, malt, wet hay.

T - Slight malt sweetness followed by some bitterness. Fairly plain and the carbonation hits the tongue from the beginning and dominates.

M - Bubbly, thin body but still soft. The carbonation is too much IMHO.

D - Drinkable but not memorable.

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Photo of hardy008
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy dark orange with a small off white head with fair retention and spotty lacing. The aroma smells like overripe bananas and cloves.

The taste is just like the aroma. It has overripe bananas and cloves. Not a bad flavor at all, but it is a little lacking. If the flavor was punched up a little, this would be much better. The same holds true for the aroma.

Light bodied with good carbonation. This is a decent beer, but more flavor would be better.

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Photo of PGHeppJr
3.09/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes 10DEC10

Stubbie bottle poured into a pint glass. Gift from my baby brother had held onto knowing I had never tried.

What is the difference in this and a dunkelweiss again? Oh wait complexity and spice character. This is a perfectly tasty accompaniment to the Golden Rule barbecue I enjoyed with it, outside of that meh.

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Photo of Rayek
3.11/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy apricot with minimal carbonation. Soapy eggshell cap has poor retention. It quickly dissolves and leaves the beer looking like apricot cider. No lace is left behind.

S: The nose is pleasant enough. It's a mild but balanced combination of cloves, apples and hints of ripened banana.

T: Spiced apple cider is the first thought that struck me, as there's a pronounced apple and clove mix that I tasted right away. After that, a raw wheat flavor kicks in. There's a slight yeastiness in the finish, but not much lingers afterward.

M: The body on this one is light and heavily carbonated.

D: This beer didn't do much for me. There just wasn't enough going on to keep me interested. I had two bottles of it, and both suffered from the same deficiencies in their appearance.

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Photo of champ103
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy dark brown color. A large beige head forms, but recedes fast. Light lace is left behind.
S: Banana and clove. Some light roasted malt and a bit of chocolate. A cereal grainy aroma as well.
T: A grainy metallic taste. Some banana and clove as well.
M/D: A medium body, but way over carbonated for my tastes. Not hard to drink. Something I could session if nothing else was around.

Not one of the better Boulevard beers IMO. Just not much here. Though it is not the worst beer to drink. I would take this any day over BMC swill.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Unibroue tulip. This beer pours muddy, tea brown with a nice 3 inch head that left a decent amount of lacing as it receded. The aroma is a bit chocolaty. I'm guessing they used chocolate malts to add to its color, with just a subtle hint of banana. No clove or bubblegum are present. The flavor is much the same. There really is just a hint of banana, clove and a bit of chocolate. There really is no dominant flavor, and the flavors that are there don't really come to the forefront at all. The mouthfeel is very thin, borderline watery. Honestly, I think this (or maybe Zon) is the worst beer that Boulevard puts out. If they were shooting for a dopplebock, they really should have up the ante with some more malts and a bit more alcohol. Lunar is really just a mediocre beer.

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Photo of tpd975
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big Thanks to Blue Okie for sending this one my way. Style 102 of 103 marked off the list.

A: Pours a nice copper hue with a nice tall white head with tinges of tan. Okay retention but no lace noted.

S: Banana and clove dominate.

T: Banana with notes of lemon zest. Nice blast of clove.

M: Fairly thin, and not very carbonated for the style.

D: Okay. Just an okay beer, but it was one that I was really after.

Thanks Scot.

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Photo of argock
3.14/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass tumbler. No freshness date.

A: Beautiful reddish-bronze with frothy tan head leaving a healthy amount of lacing.

S: Wheat tang is most prominent with a touch of cocoa and coffee and the other estery wheat elements of banana and clove. Overall the nose is not very powerful.

T: A bit soft in the flavor department as well with mainly wheat and sweet cereal grains backed by light cocoa and fruity banana flavors.

M: Even feel with light carbonation and fruity aftertaste. Body is light-to-medium.

D: A great-looking beer that doesn't deliver in any other category with much gusto.

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Photo of SFLpunk
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."

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Photo of Mora2000
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The beer poured an iced tea color and was slightly cloudy. There was a tan head about two fingers thick, which dissipated rather quickly.

The beer smelled caramel. The taste was malts, with some bread also.

Overall, this was not a bad beer. I have had better from Boulevard, but I am not disappointed in this one. I would drink it again, but it would not be my first choice.

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Photo of vdread
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Lunar Ale is a hazy dark copper, red when held in the light. a bubbly thin head disappears after a few seconds.

smells sweet, like wheat and fruity esters. cloves and spice become more apparent with warming.

tastes fruity most of all. light on the wheat, with a hint of caramel and dough. cloves, bananas, and indistinguishable fruit somewhere near the middle. the hops are slightly spicy. a little weak/watery overall.

mouthfeel light, heavily carbonated, taste is gone immediately.

= besides its faults, it's not such a horrible beer. good to slip into a session, but not really tasty enough to have more than one.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the bottle doesn't say what style of beer this is nor does it provide any information about the beer, but nevertheless i was a bit surprised by how dark this was-a deep brown with a bit of haziness. aroma was dominated by nutty and sweet roasty notes. taste was a bit of sweetness with roastiness dominating. somewhat astringent. worth trying but not worth seeking out, unless you're a fan of dark wheat ales.

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Photo of Metalmonk
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.

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Photo of jar2574
3.17/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown colored beer. Very thin head that dissipates very quickly. Not much carbonation.

Sweet, malty smell. Tastes very mellow, with little bitterness. Not a lot of distinguishing flavor. Reminds me of other Boulevard offerings in that it lacks punch and kind of leaves you wanting more.

It's a decent beer though, drinkable in a pinch. I thought it was a brown ale from the look, taste and smell. Guess it isn't in that category, but it still reminds me of one.

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Photo of mooseisloose
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.

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