Lunar Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

Lunar AleLunar Ale
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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 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 KodyBrannon
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beer out of a sampler pack and poured it into a pint glass. It poured a dark brown color with a tan head. The taste of this beer was very dark, and malty. The smell was of wheat and malts. Over all I really enjoyed this beer and would drink it agian if I got the chance.

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Photo of beersheppard
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appaerance: light brown, white head that lingers, decent lacing, moderate carbonation.

Smell: raisins & banana.

Taste: intriguing, banana, dark fruit. Do I detect Belgium influence, citrus peel and coriander?

Mouthfeel: substantial, nice and ingly on the tongue.

Drinkability: This is a different style of beer. It is well made. Kudos to Bully for producing an uncommon style of beer. The taste is pleasnt but, I don't know that I would like to have a six of these, two in a sampler is enough for me.

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Photo of AMo
2.34/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Boulevard Lunar Ale pours a deep brownish, amber hue with no head. The smell is a bit odd, I really can't describe what it is I'm smelling, but it isn't that pleasant. Neither is the taste, which is slightly bitter and overall pretty tasteless. The mouthfeel wasn't too bad, it was smooth with a medium to light body. I was really expecting a lot more from this Lunar Ale, especially after pouring it and seeing that nice deep color. Unfortunately, aside from its appearance, I would have to say this beer is a bust.

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Photo of NatetheGreat
3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
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 PaleAlien2
3.06/5  rDev -10.5%
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 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 UnkleFester
3/5  rDev -12.3%

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. 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.

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 ThickestHead
3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
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 Gruntlumber
3.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Now with the capacity to expand their product line, I'm hoping for more interesting projects from Blvd. This one isn't bad, although not amazing as I had hoped. The most obvious trait of this beer comes from the bread-like Belgian yeast, along with the mild spice notes of a good Hefeweizen (banana, clove). It's a good concoction, although leaves something lacking. In their attempt to create something new and different yet with broad appeal, the total does not seem to equal the sum of the parts.

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Photo of thatguy3579
3.66/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A strange brownish color, closest to a dark caramel. Translucent. Thin head which dissipates quickly and does not cling to the glass. Lots of bubbles visible.

S: Nose is sweet. Bananas and some flowers.

T: Mild flavor. Up front I catch a lemony bite. Also present is banana bread and a little smoke. Finish is quite clean.

M: Thin and lightly carbonated. I could use a little more bubbles to be honest.

D: A real pleasant drink. Light and refreshing, but still interesting.

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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 Rbald42
3.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark amber,very thin head, no lacing

S- Pleasant smell of fig, ginger spice, cloves, and herbal grassy hops

T- Fairly bland, some hints of pumpkin and nutmeg, with light bitter hop finish

M- Thin with fair/low carbonation levels

D- Easy drinkability, I could have a couple of these

Overall its just okay, glad to have easy access to Blvd's lineup of beer.

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Photo of kdpark
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


S: Citrus, banana, and clove on the nose, a little bread

A: Creamy head, dissapates quickly, slightly cloudy, copper

T: Sweet with banana, spice and toasted malt, quite complex, some darker crystals give it a bit of sweetness. Finishes dry with some spice, kind of a strange aftertaste, not sure what to make of it

M: Medium, carbonation makes it slightly creamy

D: A nice summer beer

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Photo of echdk3
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass

A_Opaque brown black body with some lively bubbles. Thick frothy dark tan head is attractive. Small lacing

S_Biscuits, sweet caramel, pungent. Dark fresh bread

T_Dutch rye bread. None of the sweetness from the smell. Slight note of charcoal

M_Light body, a little wattery. Not very sticky either. Wish the body was nice and heavy

D_The aftertaste is a little bitter, and the beer is surprisingly filling considering the wattery body. Not a lot of repeatability

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Photo of Rdstarr
4/5  rDev +17%

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 kckclassic
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Jchristmore34
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of mattkooler
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Jayhawk
4.17/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Boulevard beer I hadn't tried in some time, so I picked one bottle up in a mix and match 6 pack at the local liquor store.

Poured into a dimpled squat pint glass. A nice hazy brown color, good head, but poor head retention (this seems fairly common with Boulevard bottle conditioned beers...I wonder why?). As with Zon, you really need to swirl the last inch in the bottle before pouring it into the glass to get the added slight yeast flavor that really adds to the overall experience. Smell is wheat, malt, and light banana with clove flavors, and taste is the same (very nice with the light banana/clove flavors...but note these are light compared to a hefeweisen). Not overly carbonated, but a bit lighter than I expected. Overall, a nice summer session beer.

Maybe it's the heat, but this is the second wheat based Boulevard beer I've given a second chance to and reviewed recently...but I swear this and Boulevard Zon are improved and perfect for a hot summer day (it was 101 again today...when will this heat end?).

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Photo of GannonCamper
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of saheider
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of troymiller1984
4/5  rDev +17%

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