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 Dogbrick
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draught at Kauffman Stadium in KC, served in a plastic cup. Pours a darkish-brown color with a medium thin off-white head that diminishes to a compact layer that stays. Lacing spotty but again it was a plastic cup. Aroma of toasted malt, wheat and caramel. Medium-bodied with a somewhat banal flavor profile of roasted malt, banana and caramel. Not much bitterness. The finish is sweet spices and more malt. A lot better than most beers you can find at a ball park, but overall pretty average.

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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 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 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 jsh420
2.47/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

best by 3/22/09 (ittle past date)

pours semi clear amber brown with a 1+ finger head that faded fast and left no lacing

smells of sweet banana and a little wheat - standard

taste below par - watery weak banana with no malts

mouthfeel was light thin with small amount of carbonation

drinkability is so so - flavor not there so i doubt i drink this again even if it was past date by a few months

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

A - pours a hazy copper with a very small head
S - smells of caramel malts and a faint hint of wheat
T - tastes of wheat, some dark fruits, and a lot of malts
M - a little thin and carbonated
D - this is a pretty decent wheat ale. It is a good take on a dark wheat ale and easy to take down.

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Photo of Boto
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle: This one pours a slightly hazy brownish amber color. There was a bit of a tan head on it that drops away rather quickly. Milder aroma. Some banana and clove to the nose, as well as some chocolate. The taste is good. Wheat, a hint of the chocolate, a bit of the clove. Nice balance of hops and sweetness. Not overly exciting, but very easy to drink. Especially more than one.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. sample bottle provided by friend in distribution business. Thanks John.
Strong phenolic aroma (which wouldn't make it in the style listed). Little spicey, little clove. Bold enough, but not much other than the yeast.
Pours with nice off-white head of some depth. This eventually becomes quite creamy in appearance leaving dripping strings of lace. A cloudy brown with hints of gold.
Yeasty spicy flavors first. Nice moderate bitterness kicks in mid drink and flows to a soft dryness. This gains strength as it warms, becoming a little more distracting, then backs off with increasing warms, eventually moving into the background. Mild malty flavors, more in the background than foreground. These increase in sweetness and enjoyability, but remain too soft.
Appropriate fullness in carbonation doesn't hide the moderate thinness that makes it easy to drink.
Yeast qualities dominate. This may be drank ice cold, but it'll miss the benefits of increasing malt flavors as it warms (as subtle as they are). Nice to have a regular American made dunkelweizen available. I wonder if this might be a seasonal towards the warmer months, as I could see this doing well, by me, outside on a warm day/evening/night.

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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 merlin48
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from a sampler box, pours a body colored like iced tea. Small khaki head leaves some skimpy lace. Aroma of clove, pepper, banana, and crackery wheat. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side and overcarbonated. Taste is clove and pepper with notes of banana, coriander, yeast, and wheat cracker. Drinkable enough, but the body could use more substance and less carbonation.

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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 allengarvin
3.32/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a cloudy amber-brown beer, with disappointing head retention. Grainy malt aroma, with some wheat apparent, and some medicinal cloviness. Upon tasting, there's not much malt. The yeast character is mildly interesting, spicy and clovey without the fruitiness one normally associates with the style. But it doesn't blend together very well, and I found it somewhat unpleasant.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another in a series of mixed brews traded generously by mnwags (parking lot, Three Floyds). This is another twist-capped 12 oz. bottle, poured to a pint glass. 'Best before: 01/30/09'

A: The Dark Wheat Ale typically isn't pretty; this is no exception. Murky auburn-brown, with less than 1/2 finger of eggshell-white head. Lace slides quickly to a ring of cream and flat head.

S: Smells nice (and fairly strong), a healthy wheat/spice aroma. Bread crust and light spice.

T: Tasty wheat spiciness, toasted malt and dry spicing. Some spice and dry citrus fruit, cloves and plenty of baked bread.

M: Zingy spicy and medium-light body, but skewing toward 'light'. Actually seems to weaken with warming. Not quite 'crisp', but an active carbonation and decent cleanness.

D: No problem downing this one. Doesn't blow me away, but doesn't offend in any way; a pretty good brew in all categories. No surprises.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.34/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Deep mahogany, before a strong light, there are ruby highlights and crystal clarity. The head is small, off-white and retains moderately well. Thin, glass-coating lace adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Strong, fresh baked bread aroma dominates the aroma. Dark caramel notes are also present., as well as a subtle cocoa note.

Taste: Wheat malt is fairly strong at the open, I was hopeful of finding fruity esters, particularly banana, but these seem to be absent. Pleasant dark bread notes carry the taste from start to finish, although there is little else. There is a faint blush of herbal hops at the close.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, rather pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Pleasant and drinkable, not outstanding, but not bad, either.

Presentation: Packaged in a short twelve ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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

Poured from two 12oz bottles into two generic goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Best By 11/29/09

A: Pours a hazy, caramel-brown/apple cider color with a tiny yet sticky whisp of a head. Lazily carbonated.

S: Hint of clove and bubblegum, dark fruit, spices, and fruity yeast.

T: More fruity yeast, spices, caramel, and maybe a touch of lemony hops?

M: Full at first sip, then settles into a solid medium-body with a pleasant spiciness.

D: Very nice and surprisingly refreshing.

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

I picked this one up a while back at Lukas Liquors, as part of a mixed six pack. Poured a walnut brown color with a prickly beige head. Aromas of banana and wheat malt. On the palate, this on is mildly light bodied, with flavors of banana and wheat malt.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.98/5  rDev +16%
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 wagenvolks
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into an Andechs weizen glass.

Lunar pours with a murky, iced-tea color that brightens to a hazed blood orange hue when held to the light. A few ample trails of carbonation supply a bubbling sandstone head, but the foam doesn't last too long. Pleasant, mild aroma of toasted grains and rye bread with a little sweetness from caramel malts. The hops smell light and floral with traces lavender, while the yeast adds a soft fruitiness of apple flesh and mango.

Lunar tries its best to mimic the taste of German dunkelweizen, but falls a bit short. Toasted malts and bread crust are the dominant players, here--everything else is a bit too bland for my liking. Some toffee and caramel malts balance with a sharp twang from citric hops and a prickly carbonation level, but the finish is fairly lifeless. One of Boulevard's rare misses; I'm glad I only bought a single bottle, as I probably won't be trying this again.

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Photo of nickd717
2.97/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle via trade thanks to stephens101 on BA.

Pours cloudy mud brown with a one-finger off-white head.

Aroma is pretty nice and typical with banana, clove, and malty sweetness.

Flavor starts off decent, with caramel malt, banana, and clove. Nothing special, but all right. Then a weird off-flavor hits on the finish: something fairly acrid and mildly vegetal, possibly DMS. This lingers on the aftertaste.

Palate is somewhat thin and watery for the style.

Overall, a somewhat boring and slightly flawed example of the style. Would be good for someone like Indian Wells, but is a disappointment coming from Boulevard. Drinkability is not bad though despite this.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
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 Onenote81
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to monsterfat for this brew in a recent trade!

Pours a tawny, mahogany color with very little head. What is there, disappears rather quickly. No lacing whatsoever. Smells of bananas, bread, clove, lemon.

Taste mirrors the scent, as it tastes sort of like banana bread with a slight tart zing to it. Not bad. I haven't had much of this style, but I like it. Well done.

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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 bditty187
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample bottle provide by a brewery rep… Lunar will be released to the public in April 2007.

Slightly hazy, coppery-brown in hue with a slight ruby twang; off-white head, at the apex the foam was only a half finger tall. The bubbles subsided to a moderate, soapy cap. No subsequent lacing. Bummer. Overall, the appearance is slight above average… nothing more.

The nose shows intimations of a Dunkelweizen; I detect some cloves, pepper, and bubblegum. There are some bready notes, some wheat too (?)… toasty caramel and hints of toffee. It is neither fruity nor hoppy. Moderate potency; the nose is a cross between a Brown Ale (minus the fruitiness) and Dunkelweizen (minus rich yeasty aromas). Decent bouquet; inviting I guess… it is fairly straightforward though.

The palate matches the nose almost exactly; malty, bready notes roll throughout and I enjoy them quite a bit. I am a fan of Brown Ales and I like this aspect of the flavor profile. Hints of cloves arrive in the middle as does a flash of pepper and bubblegum (quite faint). Otherwise it has clean, straightforward flavors… tasty but it really isn’t that special. Mainstream drinkers welcome here.

About medium in body; low but natural carbonation, the mouthfeel is fits this beer well enough.

Drinkable it is. Is it worth buying a six-pack of once it is released? I doubt it. There is a dearth of Brown Ales in Nebraska but this really isn’t what I want in the “style.” At first I was excited to hear that Boulevard was releasing a bottle conditioned Brown Ale (hear that Empyrean!) but then I heard it was a cross between a Dunkelweizen and a Brown Ale. Okay... odd, I thought but it could be good. Sadly, the early feedback I received was lukewarm and now that I have finally tried it. It was so-so. Maybe Boulevard can pickup a few Newkie Brown drinkers or something but beer geeks will see this as a sign that Boulevard is stuck in a rut. Maybe (god I hope) the new 750ml beers will be great. Cheers to new beers.

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