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

A fairly umbiguous beer that is neither offensive nor endeering. The beer pours much like an Amber Ale in color and consistency but with significant haze. Better head formaion and retention would have been nice. No real lacing. Yeasy aromas give a rich bready scent with a secondary punch of caramel and toffee. Moderate hops give an herbal, grassy note to round out the nose. Flavors pick up much more of the barley malt that wheat, harking back to the Amber character. Fruity and sweet much like English Ales do. Esters give the impression of apples, peaches, and pears. Phenols contibute spicy and peppery notes along with light clove and lighter plastics. A bit full to the mouth under the presence of the wheaty texutres. Somewhat tacky to the palate, making me want more attenuation. Still, malty rich and with a meager bitter balance. Finishes with a toffee and fruity sweet linger on the back of the tongue. A nice little beer that really doesn't fit nicely into any tangible profile.

Thanks CosmoHopHead!

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Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy ice tea color with a light tan head that pancakes the beer and leaves a few dots of lace

Smell: Banana bread and caramel are plusses, but there is a bit of detracting sulphur

Taste: Opens with a wheat bread flavor that expands in the malted milk and banana directions by mid-palate but a bit of sourness emerges as well; after the swallow, the flavors hang in there, much as you would expect for a wheat beer

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; a bit chalky and watery, however

Drinkability: Despite the rather negative reviews around here, I rather enjoyed this one; while I'm not a big fan of wheat beers I liked the fruit and malted milk flavors

Thanks, Vancer, for the opportunity

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Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a cheap single of this at Friar Tuck, since I liked a few other offerings from Boulevard. Neck label has a blurb defining bottle conditioning. BB: 3/24/08

Murky and dark brown, with the swirled addition of yeast sediment. A finger of off-white foam settles to a good skim, lasting for the duration of the glass.

Aroma of lightly sweet malt and yeast. A little bit coarse but not unpleasant.

Toasted malt with a touch of brown sugar, light astringency or bitterness, possibly from the whole hops. Slight aftertaste of grape. Smoother feel due to the wheat, and it finishes dry with some light maltiness and spicy clove. Fairly simple, and put together well enough.

Verdict: didn't love it or hate it, but it's just above average.

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Photo of zeff80
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a burgandy/orange color with a white, one-finger head. Left some lace.

S - It smelled of malt, grass, wheat and yeast.

T - Wheat is the dominant taste. It has some maltiness and a little spice.

M - It was sharp and crisp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This was a fairly good beer. Nothing outstanding, but a good solid taste. I like the subtle spiciness.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark orange-bronze that only became cloudy when the final ounce was added to the glass. At this point, the beer looks like murky cocoa mixed with dark honey. The frothy-firm head is orangish beige in color and is beginning to lay down a broken necklace of soapy lace.

The nose lacks power, but I can still appreciate the various ingredients. Lunar smells like what it is... namely, a hefe weizen that uses a few handfuls of chocolate malt for color, aroma and flavor. I don't think it's my imagination that faint whiffs of banana and clove are appreciated.

What a letdown. The flavor that's present is decent and *might* even be good if it did more than a hit-and-run on the palate. Since the beer is already an estimated 55 degrees, I'm not sure than warming will help (note: it doesn't). My suggestion would be to add more malt, amplify the yeastiness somehow and add another few percentage points to the ABV.

My buds are begging for more to work with. No more than fleeting impressions of cocoa covered bruised banana and clove make it from tongue to brain. As for the Magnum and Simcoe hops... what the hell are they doing in what amounts to a dunkle weizen? It doesn't matter in the end because their flavor is AWOL. Besides, at only 13 IBUs, there can't be too many of them present.

Given the 4.5% ABV, the mouthfeel is (barely) acceptable. It's light and properly bubbled, but I still maintain that a bigger Lunar would be a better Lunar. The finish is dangerously close to watery.

This is an okay effort, but Boulevard is capable of better. I think they aimed too low and went for a dumbed-down dunkel weizen rather than one that craft beer lovers could sink their teeth into. My hope is that the brewery doesn't see this as a finished product and that some serious tweaks are forthcoming.

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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 WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Lunar pours a hazy, copper-colored brew with big white head that was off-white in color. The smell was very clovey-wheat aroma, yeasty with some bready character. The taste was big on wheat grain taste, slightly bready-sweet, with some yeast-influenced spice. Hints of toasty bread. No perceptible bitternes. The mouthfeel was decent light body, high-level carbonation, though not out-of-line for a wheat beer. Overall a decent beer.

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Photo of Tone
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
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 drabmuh
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best if by it.

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Beer is brown and hazy. Forms a thin off white head that leaves very little lacing on the glass. Carbonation is low and steady. I was expecting more carb, more head, and some a dunkel.

Aroma is kind of gross honestly. Its very grainy and watery in the nose.

Taste is way better than aroma (thank you). Lots of carbonation in the palate, a slight aftertaste but overall its a sweet, nice round flavor, nothing like a dunkel. I was wrong in that respect. Its an OK drinking beer but its not as good as regular dunkels. This style may be inferior in general.

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Photo of Wasatch
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.

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Photo of tempest
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.

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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 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 JohnGalt1
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.

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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 sweemzander
3.34/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Best by 02/26/11(This was reviewed before this date). Thanks to beerwolf77 for sharing!

(A)- Pours an amber colored hue. Produced some off-white bubbles.

(S)- Some nice warm dark fruits with some subtle banana and lemon. Very subtle hints of raisin. Hints at rye characteristics.

(T)- Similar to the smell. Some good fruity notes of lemon and banana and dark fruits too.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Smooth and light with some rich fruits.

(D)- An interesting beer. Mild and yeasty with some good flavors. Easy drinking.

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Photo of corby112
2.11/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz. bottle received in a recent trade with thehand. Thanks again man!

Pours a dark, cloudy coppery orange/light brown color that is pretty much completely opaque with a one finger frothy off white head that slowly fades into a thin lasting ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Slightly tart, spicy aroma with some peppery zest and clove. There's also a decent amount of caramel and chocolate malt in the nose as well as some subtle citrus and banana fruit character.

Lots of light carbonation up front followed by a very spicy medium body that lingers into a long dry finish. This beer is almost all clove and and hops and to it's demise is completely dominated by these flavor. There's also some peppery notes along with some caramel/chocolate malt and light fruit buried underneath. It's very dry and almost offensively one dimensional. I really love Boulevard but this beer is a mess.

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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 scruffwhor
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a muddy amber with a light film of foam after the pour recedes to nothing. The aroma is some lightly sweet breads, even a little maple syrup. The taste is dry dark bananas, touches of cloves, some breads. Very easy dark wheat flavors on the palate. Smooth, a bit dry overall, but a great hot Summer night beer.

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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 drpimento
2.9/5  rDev -15.5%
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 jera1350
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an ever so slightly cloudy coppery brown. The head is a sandy color and is very thin, but leaves a little lace.

Smells pretty much like a hefe with the trademark banana and clove scents. A hint of caramel is also detectable. Pretty light nose though.

A blend of a hefeweizen and a nut brown ale comes to mind. Some nutty and caramel flavors along with a good dose of clove and a hint of banana. Lightly complex.

A bit harsh in the carbonation department. The body lies somewhere between light and medium.

Not only is this easy to drink, but it's a unique twist on what would otherwise be considered a hefeweizen.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.85/5  rDev -16.9%
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 twiggamortis420
3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this one from an oversized widemouth mug. Slightly hazy mid-brown color. Aggresive pour yields a nice thick head that fades into a decent covering throughout.

Smells like a biere de mars...grapefruit, clover, honey, lemon and white bread.

Sweet, roasty malts hit the palate first...a surprisingly stark contrast with the aroma. Is this a brown ale? No. Is it an Amber? No...not sure what style it is supposed to be. A fairly dry finish and a bit watery.

Nothing spectacular here, probably one of my least favorite Boulevard offerings. Try their porter or dry stout first.

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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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