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 stephens101
3.31/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark amber brew is topped by a nice two-finger off-white head that slowly dissipates until a good little foam covering is left behind. Smells yeasty and biscuity up front with some roasted malts lingering in the background. A little hint of spice and banana are present. There's not a whole lot going on with the taste except for some very tame hop bitterness, an essence of tea and a malty base. There is very little carbonation in this light to medium bodied brew that goes down pretty smooth, but not overly exciting. That being said, sometimes a good subtle beer is just what you're looking for, so this brew serves things up well in that respect.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
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 malcontent
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard caramel colored body with a strong head. Yup, it's a beer.

Wow! That's a hefe yeast! Almost smells like a good weizenbock (except it's an ale). I'm going with dunkelweizen as I'm getting a load of bubblegum to counter mild roasty qualities on the nose with a dose of spice thrown in for good measure.

Kind of flat tasting. Starts with a rush of dunkelweizen-esque bubblegum framed by a roasted/caramel duality. After that, however, the taste falls off the table. Finishes clean.

Lacks vitality on the mouthfeel and it sports an unappealing slickness that's totally out of place for the style. All-in-all an OK dunkelweizen although it is certainly a decent choice considering that it's a style that can be hard to come by in some parts.

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Photo of ajmoody76
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bought this at the local beer store. 12 ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint. clear light brown with a thin tan head. was expecting it to be cloudy but was not. not much lace.

toasty malt aroma. some hop fruitiness. no off odors.

nice malt backbone with wheat and some fruit. good balance.

lighter body. fair carbonation. i like how this beer tastes. new style for me. i would not have guessed this a wheat beer.

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Photo of beeragent
4.13/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass from a 12oz. bottle. The beer poured a dark ruby, forming a 1 inch off-white head with light lace fllowing. The aroma is a mixture of bananas, wheat bread, and a more dominating lemon aroma. The taste is a little less complex than expected, mainly consisting of a nice lemon flavor with a lesser wheat flavor in the back. Still very enjoyable. Smooth medium mouthfeel. Good flavor and body make this an easy drinker. Overall, this is one of the better offerings from Boulevard. Nice full flavor and easy finish made this a great session ale IMO.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
2.95/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark cherry wood brown with a one and a half inch bone white head with some frothy lacing that clings to the side of the glass.

S: Good and strong sweet wheat aroma, clove, banana, slight cherry in there as well along with some other mellow spices all quite mellow and all in check.

T/MF: Watery banana bread with a slight nuttiness, this beer really wants to be something but just falls flat in the mouthfeel and flavor department. Finish is strangely drying sort of a grainy consistency mouthfeel wise, not smooth at all as I would expect a wheat beer to be.

D: Not offensive, just does not seem to match up with the style guidelines very well, I would reach for something else if it were up to me, which it is.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
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 baseballrock
3.37/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

the color is brown, not very much carbonation, no head and no lace. the smell is slightly bannana and cloves. it has some bread taste. the problem i have has is the bannana, clove taste. im not an expert but i was'nt expecting those taste from a dark wheat beer. mouthfeel is a bit watery. this is just an average beer in my opinion, nothing special.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
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 rbuckstar
2.2/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Just tried this beer and i was so dissapointed. It has some wheat and malt background but nothing impressive at all. The taste was something of a very badly done wheat beer with no background at all. I had to dump this beer out because i just couldn't finish it. I've had a lot of good beers in my day and i expected a little more but i tasted this and was incredibly unimpressed. It tasted like really bad bread, wheaty but not in a good way.

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Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
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 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 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 KarlHungus
2.85/5  rDev -16.7%
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 merlin48
3.57/5  rDev +4.4%
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 morimech
3.83/5  rDev +12%
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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Photo of russpowell
3.89/5  rDev +13.7%
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 Gehrig
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A disappointing way to end the evening of beer tasting, I must say. Lunar isn't stellar, but pedestrian. The appearance is decent, with a plum-orange color filling the Ommegang glass, but topped by a thin finger of tan froth that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. The nose isn't bad, some roasted caramel, fruit, and a little pine. Same with the taste but, as someone who judges taste and mouthfeel in conjunction in the same way that I judge smell and taste together, the flat texture affected the mouthfeel and taste.

It's not a bad beer, and one that's cold worth grabbing. Yet this isn't a beer to go out of one's way for. This is a beer that could use a shot of some hop flavor, some fruit, and ultimately character.

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Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
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 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 allengarvin
3.32/5  rDev -2.9%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.25/5  rDev -5%
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 lackenhauser
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
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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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
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 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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Lunar Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 23.3% out of 100 with 240 ratings
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