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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Reviews: 188 | Ratings: 240
Photo of chinabeergeek
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

an extra from a trade i lost track of. sorry. someone please feel free to remind me.

12oz bottle w twist cap. best by date of 8/30/09. tasted in mid/late may 2009.

coppery amber brown. hazy, almost murky. 1.5-finger off-white head quickly fades to fizzy, thin wispy layer, maintained because of the etching in the glass. lacing never sticks.

aroma: some bready malt w hint of caramel, noble hop whiffs with sulfur notes, and trace esters. really more like a german dunkel lager. faintest touch of spice... maybe...?

taste follows suit, with just a faint hint of apple esters and yeastiness, to remind you this is an "ale". just boring overall. gentle to moderate noble hop bitterness at least keeps things crisp.

light body, almost watery. some acidic textures towards and into the finish. moderate carbonation can be fizzy, prickly and crisp. helps a tiny bit with making this more palatable. maybe.

simply put, these american "wheat beer" styles need to either be discarded to the wayside, or totally revamped.

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Photo of simmons
2.88/5  rDev -16%
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 kkipple
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in a trade from Sibenmorgen. Thanks bud!

No idea what style this was going in, figured Hefeweizen, so I popped and poured it into my oft-used Sam Adams pint. Real fluffsome tan head piles up, but doesn't stay long. Beer is clear pecan brown. Bottle conditioned, so there's some yeastie beasts in the bottom of the bottle, I dumped 'em into the glass too. All aboard!

Smells nice, a bit hard to pin down... some good English-esque brown nutty malt, wheat zest - clove, spice - you got some light caramel sweetness in there and it comes together pretty well... flavor is light German Hefe with malt kick, less sour lemon and more nutty / roasted malt. Slightly dry finish, easy malt and that special hefe yeast spicy / citric flavor. I dig it. Exceedingly easy to drink, high and creamy carbonation does this well.

I liked Lunar ale. Sure drank it fast. A fine little brew; I wish more American brewers toyed with dark wheat beers.

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

Acquired a bottle from a trade... liking these Blvd. brews!

- Nice dark iced-tea color, perfectly cloudy.. minimal fluffy head.. quickly gone... very small amount of lacing...

- Belgian yeast, banana, clove, and a bit of tart, yet sweet ester.. some zingy spice, ginger perhaps...

- Wheaty and grainy sweet ale... bit of randowm fruit basket, with a tad bright finish.. small amount of zest.. kind of a sour feel..

- Sour aftertaste... slight chewiness..

- Quite drinkable, nice carbonation... just not really a stand-out type of beer... but unique in it's own way I guess... after three wheats from Blvd., makes me wonder... Do they really brew that many wheats.. or more of them for that matter?

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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 ThickestHead
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
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 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 NODAK
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma here is a mixed bag, one I don't think I've really had before. Some citrus is perceptible, along with some malt, perhaps of the chocolate variety. Interesting.

One of the cleanest, freshest tasting beers I've had in a while. Taste has some citrus upfront with some caramel malts mixed along with it. . Some clove spiciness is also prominent. Finish is a bit tart, which wraps up the beer quite nicely. Almost no aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very thin. Very clean and dry. Love it.

Basically, a regular hefeweizen with more malts...which I guess is what I should have expected from a dark wheat ale.

Very drinkable here. Takes a summer beer and makes it a little more versatile for perhaps a little bit colder weather. The best part is that I got it for free from Boulevard without even asking.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bartender that poured me this beer had no knowledge of beer styles. After one sip I figured it was a Dunkleweisen in some form. Glad to know my taste buds have not abandoned me. This beer is a cloudy "Missouri River" amber-brown with a small (4mm) tan head. The nose has a good amount of banana bread smell and a tad of clove. Tasty beer! The yeast have put more banana than clove into this beer but still well balanced. Smooth wheat flavor overall with some passion fruit hints. A very drinkable beer.

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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 wheatyweiss
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a wheat glass.

Pours a light amber with a small head that doesn't hang around for the party and leaves little lace. Cloud is apparent even through the dark tint.

Aroma is of fruity yeast and bitter roasted malt along with hops. Fruity aroma is somewhat estery and the aroma borders on phenolic. Clean, if weak aroma backed by mettalic sweetness.

Flavor is of fruity pale malt with a little roastiness to it. Banana and clove flavors along with a sweetness I can't place but may be the yeast strain. Green apples and tart fruit, pears? There is a carramel flavor to the roast that gives a certain character. the sweetness rides to the finish, but does not yeild to any bitterness. the bitterness in the aroma does not come out in the flavor. Finishes tart and almost like a Saison.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the bad side of thin, the beer could use more body. Carbonation is adequate.

Pretty good, but not what I would put next to a Dunkle Weizen, even if a loose interperatation.

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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 Rayek
3.11/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy apricot with minimal carbonation. Soapy eggshell cap has poor retention. It quickly dissolves and leaves the beer looking like apricot cider. No lace is left behind.

S: The nose is pleasant enough. It's a mild but balanced combination of cloves, apples and hints of ripened banana.

T: Spiced apple cider is the first thought that struck me, as there's a pronounced apple and clove mix that I tasted right away. After that, a raw wheat flavor kicks in. There's a slight yeastiness in the finish, but not much lingers afterward.

M: The body on this one is light and heavily carbonated.

D: This beer didn't do much for me. There just wasn't enough going on to keep me interested. I had two bottles of it, and both suffered from the same deficiencies in their appearance.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle to a cloudy reddish brown with decent carbonation, a medium thick white head that lingers to mid-glass and okay lacing. Nose is a malty blend of clove and other spices, cookie dough and biscuits. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the taste picks up nicely the dough and spices of the nose. As expected at only 5.1%, the alcohol never made itself known, but the finish was long and smooth. Not bad.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was poured from the bottle into a SA glass.

A - cloudy, dark amber color, decent head that settles fast into a thin collar

S - malty sweet with fruity yeast esters

T - similar to aroma: malty sweet up front with little hop balance, fruity yeast character, finishes somewhat sweet

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - I'm not sure what the brewery's intent was with this beer. It's somewhat Belgian-ish, but not very convincing as such. It's not really very wheat-like either, lacking the banana and/or clove expected. It's not unpleasant, but not very remarkable either. Probably one of my least favorite from Boulevard.

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Photo of mizzourah
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy amber brown with little head. Not much lacing either.

S- It is sweet with aromas of bananas, cloves and malts.

T- I detect the wheat, bananas and cloves. To me this had a similar taste to a hefeweizen but with a bitterness to the end. It was a strange taste at first because it doesn't taste how it looks, if that makes sense.

M- Somewhat high carbonation but does have a nice creamy feeling at the finish.

D- This is fairly easy to drink. I think the sweetness might get to me after a few, but it would be nice in the spring or summer. The banana was refreshing and the bitterness made for an interesting taste.

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Photo of jacobseyb
4.37/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A=deep dark cloudy amber, head off white about one finger

S=malty, creamy some fruity hints

T=taste similar, malty, creamy, some fruity hints, rather enjoyable in general, though a little sweet for my taste

M=light, fluffy thick carbonation

D=could drink more than one but not too many

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Photo of Wheelinb
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very solid brown ale with nice wheat tones. The color is pretty typical for an brown ale but there was not much head on my pour. This beer is very drinkable and has a great body. After burning myself out on IPAs this was a nice change of flavors. I will definitely order this one again.

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Photo of nick76
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The aroma is weak but has caramel malt, paper, wheat, cloves, incense, and bananas. The appearance is hazy amber brown with an average head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall a nice beer but not world class. However, I would recommend this.

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Photo of KeefD
2.55/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Dark amber brown with a small head that disappeared rather quickly leaving no lacing. Smell is wheaty, a bit of banana, clove and yeast, maybe some light chocolate notes. Taste is pretty one dimensional. Wheat twang with some clove spiciness, dry finish. Light-bodied, bordering on watery. Not the best wheat beer I've had, a bit disappointing really. Probably won't be having this again anytime soon.

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Photo of PaleAlien2
3.06/5  rDev -10.8%
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 jujubeast6000
2.94/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 8/28/2008 (bottle):

Pours a cloudy brown colored body, with a creamy off-white colored head, lasting. Has a light fruity aroma, but not very strong A light Belgian-like taste, light fruity taste. Frothy palate, creamy. Has a pretty good taste.

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Photo of naterock
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a cloudy dirty colored brown sort of like a russet potato's skin.

smell is some malts and a decent clove nose with some yeast.

tastes fairly thin but with a nice spice that I wasn't expecting. Cloves and a yeasty quality that a good wheat would have.

mouth is nice and clean and drinks easy. I picked one up on a warm day and found it hard to quit drinking them.

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

12 oz bottle into a pint. best by 10/10/08 - must be a bit old

A - Pours a brown color - nothing wheat looking about this beer. Head formation is very strong, getting up to a cm in size. Color is dirty white. Dissipation is slow, but eventually gets to a film. Looks fairly well filtered.

S - A wheat astringency combined with a yeast note hits the nose right away. A little bit grainy - astringent.

T - Starts off with a very subtle sweetness. Mid-stream starts to show a little bit of bitterness. Finishes with the same astringency that I get out of the aroma. After taste is a hull leeching bite.

M - Moderate to thick body - certainly bolstered by the stronger than normal carbonation. Little after coating.

D - Despite its seemingly high carbonation rate, it is not very filling. Moderate ABV is manageable. Earthy grain bite is a negative over a session.

Tough beer to read - there isn't much basis to compare it against.

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