KC Pils
Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Style:
Lager - American
Ranked #213
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
82
Ranked #44,533
Avg:
3.61 | pDev: 13.85%
Reviews:
116
Ratings:
378
From:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  21
Gots
  56
SCORE
82
Good
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Notes: Like many American burgs, our town was once home to a number of small, regional breweries. As they disappeared, so too went the full-flavored but easy drinking classic American lager. Today, we salute these bygone breweries and revive their legacy with Boulevard KC Pils: 100% malt, real hop character, unpasteurized. It’s the taste of tradition.

16 IBU
Reviews: 116 | Ratings: 378 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium golden color with a full and foamy white head. SRM of 8. (4.00)

Aroma: Mild aromas. Some light grass followed by zesty citrus and some grape smoothness on the backend (3.50)

Flavor: Mild flavors of grass, citrus, and grape. A little bit of yeastiness in the middle with some pale malts and light bread to follow. (3.75)

Feel: Lighter-bodied. Mild carbonation. Relatively clean and dry. A mild fruit astringency lingers. (3.50)

Compared to Pacifico Cerveza 10/31/20: Pours a similar color. Stronger fruit on the aroma & flavor. More grape and grass. Less pale malt and cracker.

Overall: A light and pretty easy drinking pilsner. Mild grassy hops and some grape flavors make it lean like a Kolsch. I think it could use more malt and carbonation to give it more of a pilsner flavor. Not a fantastic pilsner, but one that might be worth trying again sometime. (Current Rating: 3.63)
*Compare to Josefbrau Summerbrew*

Nov 01, 2020
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Kenny_Gage2 from Missouri

4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I gave this beer a second try after trying this beer about a year and a half ago, and I'm glad I did.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle: Pours a honey gold like color with about a 1 finger soap bubble like head, minimal lacing, and a moderate amount of carbonation. A biscuity malty aroma is present but thats about all I can pick up. A first taste detects the same notes with a slight hops undertone. Crisp, and easy drinking with a 4.8% ABV, and light to medium body. I'd definitely reccomend giving it a try if you have the opportunity.

Mar 14, 2020
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DragonsMilk from Kentucky

2.12/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 5 | overall: 1

This stuff is boring and expensive. Tastes more or less like budweiser and its $8.99 a sixpack. KC Rip off Lager would be a better name. Buy Czechvar, Lagunitas czech pils, Ayinger Pils, Flensburger Pils, Firestone Walker Pivo, or Sierra Nevada Nooner but please dont waste your money on this.

Jul 01, 2018
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden-straw with a finger of white foam that disappears quickly Aroma is light, hitting just notes of pilsner malts and yeast. Flavor profile is pilsner malt, light herbal hops, and yeast. It's straight beer for those seeking a no frills beer. Mouth feel is crisp with a medium consistency. Overall, straight forward beer for people who like beer. Not much depth to it, but it does it well.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz can.

Jun 09, 2018
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with a clear golden color but I am surprised by the lack of a head; minimal lacing

Smell: Graham cracker tones and a slightly grassy element

Taste: Graham cracker malt dominates the front end with a bit of a grassy element building through the middle; a honey tone arrives after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low carbonation

Overall: Not sure that this bottle was Boulevard's finest and perhaps it was dated (the bartender poured it and discarded the bottle) but a good pils needs more carbonation and hop treatment

May 14, 2016
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.14/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

They do donations, how sweet.

Pour is a honey blonde with a 3 finger soapy head. Clarity is good, lace is fair.

It smells like a Mexican lager, wherewith the dirty diaper and stale grains. Some spearmint-like hop is also present.

The flavor is not bad, if anything it is refreshing. Tastes like a whole lot of nothing, followed by stale grains and leafy/minty hop.

Again, very refreshing, drinks like water, nice crisp finish. Best part of this beer.

Overall KC PILS is worth the dollar i paid for it. Coming back to it soon? Probably not.

May 14, 2016
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap poured into ping glass

Brown with slight taupe layer of bubbles

Malty, biscuity aroma

Crispy, clean malt taste

Light mouthfeel, low sudsing

Good beer

Jan 27, 2016
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gold in color with excellent clarity. Lively carbonation bubbles are surfacing from the depths within. There's a fingernail of bright white resting on top. Aroma of very clean smelling pilsner malt and faint German Hallertau hops is present. The taste is much more Hallertau hop forward than the nose advertises. No adjuncts here. The mouth is very crisp, smooth, and refreshing. Highly quaffable and just enough flavor.

Sep 05, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not sure if this one really leaves Kansas City. This is the only place I have ever seen it, and that's a shame because it's an awesome craft pils. Much less hoppy than a Czech style, so the grain really is the focus of this sunny colored glass of refreshment. A touch of sweetness on the front end from the very pale barley malt, but resolved almost immediately by the lager yeast character that's like par-baked bread, chex cereal, and very very drying. I like that it has some body too while still being really easy drinking, it's not watery at all, and has so much flavor for a yellow beer type. The slightest European sort of hopping comes on late, but no bitterness here at all. Smooth and amazing when ice cold. Beers like this get no credit, but this is about as well as I have seen an American brewer do a simple lager. Loved it in the hot Kansas City afternoon sun!

Jun 20, 2015
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seuinoz from Illinois

4.84/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a nice white head that quickly disappeared. Color is that of straw. palate is very malty. I really enjoyed this beer. Very good job by Boulevard beer.

Apr 30, 2015
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kennymule from Texas

3.25/5  rDev -10%

A: Poured from 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass. Light golden color and spectacularly clear. Slight head and not much lacing.

S: The aroma is subtle, with biscuity malt nose.

T: On the front of the tongue is the malty sweetness, and although there is no real hop flavor, there is the bitterness in the finish and fairly dry.

M: Light body with decent carbonation.

O: A really tasty beer when I want to back off the hops and get my palate back on an even keel. My wife would enjoy this and is a good beer to initiate your friends into the world of craft beer. Another solid offering from Kansas City's Boulevard Brewery.

Dec 05, 2014
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Woodyard BBQ

A: Golden straw with very long-lasting snow white head supported by high carbonation.

S: Light grass and soothingly sweet hop florals.

M: Crisp, very crisp. And very light bodied with high carbonation level.

T/O: Surprisingly sweetness from bready malts and addition of Munich and Cara 50, general sweetness, no caramel and kept clean. Segues to a spicy peppermint, for lack of a better descript. Mild fruit sweetness-apple and pear. Good showcasing of German hops. Altogether, the crispness and carb level cut through any sweetness making this an extremely drinkable brew.

Nov 02, 2014
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HoppyBastard from Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date 11-8-14.

APPEARANCE: pours a crystal clear pale golden color with less than 1 finger white head that dissipated completely in a few minutes, no lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: subtle, bread, sweet malt.

TASTE: initially sweet then just a light hop kiss.

PALATE: light body and medium carbonation.

OVERALL: the brewer took great pride in making this beer incredibly clear, it would rival German beers. this is a nice lager, very drinkable, I would recommend to anyone who enjoys beer.

Sep 06, 2014
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jokelahoma from Missouri

4.36/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Updating the review, since when I reviewed it back in 2009 it was still called Boulevard Pilsner.

Poured into a pint glass at my humble abode.

Pours an absolutely beautiful, and I do mean BEAUTIFUL crystal clear yellow gold. I've not seen a beer this clear in ages. You can see the details of your fingerprints through the beer. It seems more clear than the big boys and their adjunct-laden stuff. Head is not huge, but sufficient, and holds well.

The nose is light, with just a faint graininess peeking through. Not much hop in the aroma either, just that hint of clean malt. I'm getting absolutely no DMS "cooked corn" aroma, which is a very good thing. Just a good, clean, balanced American style pilsner smell.

The flavor mimics the nose to a "T". Nothing but pilsner malt up front. Nice and grainy, but not a harsh or forceful graininess. It isn't sweet, it isn't bitter. Just smooth, pleasant, and very easy to drink. The hops are here, yet the brew is still amazingly well balanced. Given the delicate nature of the flavor, that's quite an accomplishment. So many things can go wrong with this style, and there's no place for mistakes to hide, yet the potential flaws are notable in their absence here. In fact, that's a great way to appreciate the beer; recognize what shouldn't be and *isn't* here. This is a damn fine American pilsner!

The mouthfeel is light, crisp, yet creamy. The beer is well carbonated, but not like the soda carbonation levels you see at times when brewers attempt this style. As with the flavor, it's a fine line, a balancing act, and Boulevard pulls it off extremely well.

It would be a far shorter list to mention what's *not* drinkable about this beer. That would be a list with zero items. This is really, really well done. If you're into the "if it ain't eleventy jillion percent alcohol and infinity IBUs then don't call me" mode, you won't find this worth your time. This is a beer for a refined drinker who chases nuance and appreciates the art of brewing rather than one who enjoys getting slapped upside the head with huge flavor and jaw-clenching bitterness. It would also be great for a BMC drinker who wants to get into craft beer. I'll admit it bothers me a small amount when I see brews like this denigrated by craft beer drinkers who should know better. If one approaches this with the understanding of what it is supposed to be - a clean, mild, easy to drink and sessionable all-malt American style pilsner - rather than what it is not - a super-complex, rich, overhopped ale made from a recipe found in a UFO at Area 51, using the only known fruit from the last surviving species of a particular tree in the Amazon picked right before it was plowed under, barrel aged in Jesus' tomb, and carbonated with unicorn farts -- one can't help but be impressed. When drinking it, if you find yourself saying "man, I'm not really tasting such-and-such", well hello. Now you're starting to get it. I'm extremely happy with the beer. If you've made it past the "get me faced in one beer OR ELSE" phase, definitely give this one a shot. Delicate, yet well worth drinking. I'm very impressed with what Boulevard has done here.

Feb 26, 2014
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schematix from Missouri

3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured from a bottle in a glass. Brilliantly clear, gold. Head was gone in 30 seconds. Some lacing.

S: Smells like Saaz hops and pilsner malt. 2 of my favorites. Expecting more adjunct aroma but not finding it.

T: The beer has a lot more bitterness than I was expecting. No hop flavor, only bitterness. The bitterness lingers. No malty sweetness. This beer is quite dry.

M: I prefer this style more carbonated. It's a little thin and it's not giving me any wow factors. Goes down really easy.

O: It's good. I'd like a touch more malt sweetness to balance the hops and a touch more carbonation. Worth trying once but I wouldn't repeat.

Nov 15, 2013
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Skywave from Oklahoma

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a thin white head with minimal lacing and intense golden yellow color. Aroma is grainy malt and hops. Flavor is a crisp, dry, balanced American lager without the blandness and corniness of the major brands. The hop flavor and bitterness offsets the residual sweetness of the malt. Flavor improves as it warms up and de-gasses a bit, which is rare for a pale lager. Light mouthfeel and generous CO2 to give it a refreshing feel. Overall, a solid beer in the tradition of pre-prohibition lagers known as "Classic American Pilsner (CAP)" . We can't get Full Sail Session Lager this far east and this product sort-of fills that "CAP gap".

Sep 07, 2013
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rtrasr from Arkansas

4.11/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark gold in color, starts out warm and biscuity but later on the hops kick in. It starts to taste more like a classic pilsner. I seek out Sam Adams Noble Pils but cannot find it. KC Pils is more than an adequate substitute, it is a great Pilsner in it's own right.

Jul 10, 2013
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garymuchow from Minnesota

3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic look as poured into pils glass. White dense head (with lacing) and a darker gold but very clear color with a showy amount of bubbles rising. Aroma starts slightly tart, sour and yeast with a little sulfur. It changes to a more pale/pils malt character.
Full body for style and size with a mouthful of carbonation (that is filling too) and almost chewy malt character. Soft yet firm streak of hops with gradually growing overall hop flavor. Seems like it has a corn character, but apparently not. Dries out quite a bit.
Quite classic and enjoyable. The heft is surprising for it's smaller size.

Jun 09, 2013
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MickeyD from Kansas

3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this from a 12oz bottle into a small, clean pilsner glass

Appearance: a very translucent, almost clear yellow. I could not get a good head. It was very thin and dissipated quickly. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Light hops not much else on the initial aroma.

Taste: Light hop taste with a nice malt tone toward the end.

Mouth feel: Very light with mild hop after taste however it does leave a mild malt taste as well. This beer is very “thin” tasting.

Overall: This beer according to the bottle is in the tradition of the George Muehlebach brewing co., And is considered to be a classic American lager according to Boulevard. The bottle reminds me of an old beer bottle my Dad used to drink and the taste reminds me of a Budwiser or Coors. So for this reason I will give it good marks for style.

Mar 01, 2013
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pweis909 from Wisconsin

3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This comes across to me more as a premium all-malt American lager, rather than a German Pils. The hops seem low to me for a pils. The beer had almost no head and was golden in color. Malt sweetness came across in the smell and taste, but was still sufficiently balanced by hop. I'd think the malt is an American variety, which is fine for an American lager but not for a German Pils. It's a solid offering that is quite drinkable owing to the low ABV and mild flavors, but it is not especially distinguished, IMO.

Dec 28, 2012
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mmva321 from Missouri

3.02/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear and bubbly with an orangish-yellow color. It's your normal pilsner look. Very temporary lacing and quickly dissolving head.

S: Very faint smell. Hops and a slight tone of citrus and banana. A bit of funk, but nothing offensive.

T: Some funk, especially in the aftertaste. Hops are accented with a hint of citrus.

M: Quite bubbly and thin. Par for the course, but a dryness really sets this apart.

O: An average and easily-drinkable pilsner that is certainly a step above the rest in the style, but doesn't try anything unique and isn't bold enough to be anything too memorable.

Dec 10, 2012
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MatthewBuchholz from Missouri

3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is by far the best pilsner I've ever had. The color was your typical pilsner, light yellow and very clear, crystal clear. The aroma was a slight bitterness with floral notes from the hops. The taste was a light, refreshing taste that at first was the hop bitterness and followed closely by a graininess. I'm not a huge fan of pilsners but this was a good offering.

Aug 13, 2012
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scratch69 from Missouri

3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance- Clear golden color with a half a fingers worth of head. The head disappeared quickly though. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Very faint aroma of hops and banana.

Taste- Some hop bitterness at first with notes of banana and honey at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and crisp. Average amount of carbonation.

Overall- Not bad but I would prefer Boulevard's Boss Tom's Golden Bock over this.

Apr 06, 2012
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TheCondor from Missouri

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this brew on tap at the BrewTop (Northland) in Kansas City. Don’t recommend the bar on a Friday or Saturday night, but maybe that’s because I’m not looking for a live band playing cheesy 90’s covers and chicks who are overdone with makeup and perfume. Some of the dudes didn’t look much different, but whatever….

Appearance – Poured a nice golden orange with a decent head and lacing. The Head didn’t stick around for long, but the lacing kinda made up for it.

Smell – Biscuity bread, a slap of fruit essence, very simple and clean smell. Nothing too fancy, not trying to overpower you or cover anything up.

Taste – There is certainly a lemony taste at the front, followed by a nice malt background.
Mouthfeel – This is probably what I liked best about the brew, one of my favorite things about pilsners in general. Finished clean and crisp, medium bodied, not too full but certainly not an adjunct lager either.

Overall – I’m more of a dark beer fan during the cold months, and it was cold when I had this beer, but I can tell it is a pretty good one. I am looking forward to the summer when I can put some more of this down, as it suits the warmer weather a little better (IMO). A good example of the style, Boulevard does it well again. I would recommend this beer, drink it again, and buy it again.

Feb 26, 2012
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JuicesFlowing from Kansas

3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a fluted pilsner glass.

Look: Nice deep golden body. Foamy white head with good retention, light webby lacing.

Aroma: Faint malt sweetness then grains and grassiness.

Taste: Grains and malted barley, some clean grassiness, and a subtle hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light, clean.

Overall: An easy session beer with great flavor. Excellent grilling beer in the spring or summer.

Feb 11, 2012
KC Pils from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 378 ratings