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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Ratings: 240 |  Reviews: 188
Photo of armock
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a brown color with an off white head that leaves light lacing

S - Is of wheaty malt yeast banana and spice

T - Follows the nose a wheaty yeasty beer with banana and spice

M - This beer has a medium body with high carbonation to it

D - Not a bad beer I could drink a few of these in a sitting if I wanted to a decent beer thats worth a try

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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 Goliath
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark brown with some amber hues in the light. A half inch off white head sits on top and lingers with somewhat poor retention leaving no lace behind.

The aroma is ok. A bit of banana and spice, with a good dose of grain.

The taste is better than the first time I had it, but still not quite doing it for me. Again, banana and some spice, and a raw grain taste. Something else is going on in there too and I can't put my finger on it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate. It's not offensive, but nothing special either.

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Photo of ballewblake
3.44/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into chalice.

Dark purple in color, no head on an aggressive pour. No heavy smells coming off this one, some sweet malts at most. Some mild bubble gum and clove on the tongue. A really easy, chuggable dark wheat. Low if none alcohol tasted, carbonation on the tongue.

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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 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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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 OStrungT
4.4/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a cloudy brown color, with a thin white head. The head fades fast, leaving a tiny lacing.

This beer has a malty sweet aroma. It smells spicy also. Some cloves, and banana. The cloves are the dominate aroma.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Cloves, and some banana. It has a sweet malry caramel flavor also.

This beer is crisp, and refreshing. It is high in carbonation. It leaves a clovey aftertaste.

This beer would probably make a great session beer. It is easy to drink, and tastes good.

Overall: Thanks to Vancer for this good beer. This is not a style that I find myself enjoying regularly, but I am glad to have had the chance to try this one.

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Photo of hiikeeba
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of a 12 pack sampler

A - Pours up a cloudy brown with an almost nonexistent head.

S - Not impressive. Smells like ice tea.

T - Dark malts, with a hint of banana phenols in the finish. Surprising for an American Dunkle. Nice.

M - A little thin, but good carbonation

D - A good beer, despite the aroma.

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Photo of gpogo
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy reddish amber with particles and a small off-white head that quickly dissipates to a ring.

A- Light wheat aroma with slight spicy clove hints and faint notes of banana.

T- Lots of spicy clove taste with very faint tastes of banana that come out more as it warms. Finishes extremely dry, the high carbonation may lead to this feeling.

M- Medium body with very lively carbonation.

D- The clove taste makes this a very enjoyable wheat beer for colder weather. Quite sessionable and not too dark.

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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 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 midaszero
2.73/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Dark ruby amber with 1 finger of tan hand that goes away pretty quickly

S - Roasted wheat and malt smell with some dark fruit floating about

T - A little sweet, lemon and wheat, some clove, overall kind of bland and a little watery with a not as pleasant after taste

M - Medium body with light carbonation

D - Kind of blah, not horrible but I would reach for many other things first.

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Photo of beersheppard
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
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 zdk9
3.66/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours out a light chestnut color. Hard to get much of a head on this one, and the large bubbles burst quickly and leaving nothing in terms of lacing.

S- A light maltiness reminiscent of an Oktoberfest beer. There's a touch of the yeast flavor to come, but overall the scent is underwhelming.

T- Great aspects of malt and yeast- not much hops on this one, but it's complex enough without that I'm happy. The malt is quite spicy and wheaty, even giving somewhat of a bit, almost astrigent to the beer. The yeast has some bannana tones that are quite flatering.

M- This one is fairly syrupy which makes it seem sweeter than it is. The carbonation is creamy when you swirl just right.

D- As I said, complex enough for my taste, and something I may easily buy again.

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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 elniko
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass from bottle. Best buy date of 10/17/2008.

A: Darker, slightly murky amber coloring. High level of carbonation. Finger of head that dissipated and left lacing. Good looking brew.

S: Wheat tones coming through along with some fruitiness.

T & M: Slightly watery mouthfeel, carbonation is very apparent. The taste is crisp, some toasty notes as well. Have not had a lot of experience with dark wheats, but I would say the taste of this beer is average.

D: Drinkable although I'm not sure I would seek out again.

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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 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 AustinBeerLvr
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a wheat style glass. Kudos for the freshness date that says its fresh until January 2009 (although that sounds a little too optimistic for a beer with a lower ABV and not that much hop character).

A: A dark murky, but kind of thin bodied looking brew fills the glass with a fairly good amount of head retention. Not much head retention on the glass to speak of at all.

S: A dark roasted wheat malt flavor dominates the nose of this brew with some banana like clove flavors in there as well.

T&M: Starts off with some chocolate malt sweetness along with some wheat like clove flavors of bananna and maybe a bit of raisin & cinnamon like character as well. A seltzer like, very clean hop bitterness kicks in to clean things up but the finish is overall weak for such a dark beer.

Not much to speak of in terms of moutfheel. It's actually quite a bit thinner than one would expect for a dark beer and the crispness at the end seems a bit too much for the style.

D & Notes: This beer reminds me of a home-brew that maybe didn't turn out quite like one would have expected it too. Note my ratings, it is certainly not undrinkable nor a bad beer, but it seems as if this beer can't quite decide what it is...there is too much chocolate like malt flavor for a wheat beer yet it's no where near as full bodied as a good porter or stout (or any variation for that matter) would be. The dark brew flavors with the fairly thin seltzer like body just don't quite do it for me to recommend this one.

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Photo of longbongsilver
4.09/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another one from a mix'n'match. Picked this up after remembering another one this brewery did that I had with a pizza, figured check the rest of the line.

Pours a thin brown (shade of the bottle to be honest) w/ an inch of white head that evaporates quickly. Kinda smells like lemon w/ wheat, tastes likewise but has a slight bitter to it, yet a honeyish tone in the background. Goes down fizzy.

Sounds complex to where it could overpower, but it's all subtle, works together. Never heard of Boulevard before the move, but they've fast built a rep in my mind -- and a spot in my fridge.

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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 Onslow
2.94/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

one in the sixer looking pretty but surrounded, like bellvue!?!? .... not a very full for a beer of this kind, but a good gateway drug ... but, it actually kinda nice, has just this little something to it .. pendulum's blood sugar drops! .... no real foam, strange .."who pumped ethyl" ... needs more to be a great one..

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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 Tilley4
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 12 pack Boulevard sampler and this was included..

Very murky brown appearance with a small head..

Aroma of wheat, some banana, some earthy hops, and a few spices...

Not bad tasting but nothing really spectacular... Wheaty taste with some spices thrown in and maybe some dark malt..

This is a decent brew but nothing spectacular...

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