KC Pils | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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KC PilsKC Pils

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by jdubjacket on 07-06-2008

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Reviews: 112 | Ratings: 358
Photo of johnnybgood1999
2.31/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer tasted like a slightly smoother Budweiser and had less flavor than Miller. BMC taste throughout. The worst brew I've had from Boulevard.
A: Slightly darker than BMC.
T: Smooth, but lacking much flavor of any kind. Less skunk flavor than BMC, but still there. Nothing going on.
M: Smooth and well carbonated.
D: If you want to get hammered this will go down quick, but is it worth drinking.

After having Sierra Nevada Summerfest-I know it's a Czech Pilsner, not a German one-I expected a small hop bite in a refreshing and smooth beer. This beer offered nothing. BMC esque. I love Boulevard minus this beer. Disappointing. Other reviews describe flavor, so I will review again. Unless I don't get more before moving back to VA in a couple of weeks.

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Photo of harrymel
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best by: 25AUG11

A: Pours a light honey ale with less than a single finger of white foam which falls to a broken sheet of the same. No lace.

S: Smells of honey, grain, maize, hints of tea-like hops.

T: Slightly bitter, slightly sweet. Doesn't have the grain profile of a really nice German Pils IMO. A little too sweet without any sharpness.

M: Medium bodied (a little heavy for the style), sharp and high carb (good for the style).

O: No better than avg IMO.

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Photo of akorsak
2.76/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to a74gent for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The pils is straw yellow color, full in its glory. Crystal clear, the beer offered no off colors and the only distraction was a steady stream, throughout the glass rather than from one point, of bubbles.

S: The pils has a light, bready aroma that supports a mild fruitiness. I was expecting a little more in the way of hops, but what is here isn't bad - earthy flowers.

T: I was hoping for a little more oomph in all aspects of the ale. A pilsner body has been replaced by a pale lager body, bland and inoffensive (although bland is offensive in and of itself) with little going for it. A sickly sweet finish has hints of hoppiness, floral flavor that is fleeting. After being spoiled with the Smokestack series, this is a hard comedown, a sessionable pils that comes across very light.

M: There isn't much of a body to the beer, just a fizzy, bready flavor, nearly untouched by hops.

D: One could, foreseeably, drink many of these beers without issue, but why?

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Photo of appenzeller
2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a gold color, good clarity, thin head leaving some lacing. Aroma is very feint, tastes clean and crisp but with a slight metallic sense and no real significant hops or malts -- this is a real generic type lager in the American (not German) style, I'm a nut for good pilsners but this one sadly falls short. If the goal here was to produce an American lager without the gagging bad taste of a Bud or Miller, good job. If it was to create a good pilsner with a flavor profile, go back to "start."

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Photo of ch473
2.79/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I drank this one just below room temperature, where I think may beers taste the best and can really show off their flavors, especially pale beers like this.

In a pint glass this pilsner is a lovely pure gold transparency. A short head of white foam recedes quickly. There's an unusual lack of bubbles just a minute after pouring. There are maybe a dozen big pockets clinging to the sides of the glass and little bubbles rise only one at a time. Nice looking beer, love the bright golden hue.

Smells nice: sweet grains with mild hops. Nothing particularly noteworthy.

Just like the smell there's a good balance between sweetness and bitterness on the tongue. There's a very slight bit of sharp, sour hops but not much else.

Mouthtaste: flat, watery.

I'd compare this to Budweiser; Blvd. wins on color and flavor and aroma are about the same with a little more maltiness to this pilsner.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.81/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 6/5/10 notes. Had at SAVOR in DC.

a - Pours a pale golden color with an inch of fluffy white head.

s - Smell is almost nonexistent. Hints of floral hops.

t - Tastes of grain or wheat, but it is very weak again.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation.

d - I did not think it was a very good pils at all. There was almost nothing to the smell or taste; I wouldn't want to have again.

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Photo of Cresant
2.96/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Dated best by: 2/16/10 (which I did drink in before). The body was a medium golden, clear and bright. The modest head settled to a white film.

Smell was slightly vegetal. Faintly lemony and doughy.

Taste was also a little vegetal. Not light and crisp, it had some heft to it. Grainy/cereal. Well balanced and moderate. Solid but leaning toward bland. I recently had Shiner 101 (a Czech style pilsner) and I preferred it over the Boulevard.

Mouthfeel was smooth and medium in density. Light/medium carbonation. May be better when very fresh (but what pils isn't).

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Photo of jsh420
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

best by 07/28/10

pours clear golden yellow with a 1 finger fizzy white head that left no lacing

smells of faint cereal malt

taste - wow not impressed - after drinking a schlitz gusto earlier it makes this brew taste like a bud light - some sweet grainy malts and some lemon - overall not much flavor

mouthfeel is a little on the heavy side for a pils - it had good carbonation

drinkability - i dont see me buying this again with some macros out there with more flavor

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Photo of mmva321
3.02/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured clear, gold color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Smelled floral, grainy and grassy

T: Some caramel and grass, average at best

M: Crisp, light and plain

D: Average at best and not one I would seek out again. Another underwhelming Boulevard beer.

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Photo of sd42790
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drunk at my very well connected friend's house. Unmarked, unlabeled brown bottle. Beer is still in market testing

A- Straw yellow, as a pilsner should be. One finger head of moderate consistency. Very visible carbonation.

S- Predominately corn, some cooked greens. Some hop bitterness on the end.

T- Extremely mild. Crisp. Some spice. The hops on the nose don't really deliver. As the carbonation settles and the real taste comes out, one sees that there isn't much of it at all.

M- Very refreshing and crisp. Possibly the most carbonated beer I have ever tried. The barrage of bubbles hits like a brick, almost painful on the tongue. I think they went a bit overboard, perhaps. Its a bit like drinking club soda. weird.

D- Definitely a long session brew. Similar to drinking carbonated water, which isn't all that difficult.

Overall- This beer makes sense as a grab for the Bud market. Its not challenging, but it's not supposed to be as a pils, I guess. I just wish my friends at boulevard had a new angle to contribute to this style.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.14/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of Spikester
3.19/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear pale amber with a one finger head. The head recedes quickly but leaves good lacings on the sides. Aroma somewhat corny. Taste is Pilsener all the way but has that corny touch that says adjunct lager. Good body for the style and has the Pils lightly bitter semi-dry finish. This would be a good beer for your macro-swilling Buds to branch out a bit. Easy drinker, low abv is even better. Best by date about three weeks from now.

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Photo of froghop
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a clear pale yellow with a small white head, and some lacing.

smell is of malt, grain, and a touch of citrus.

taste is smooth yet crisp, grain, malt, a little touch of lemon, and some hops in the back, ends a little dry and somewhat bitter.

overall an okay pilsner.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz single. Like the simple Czech style label! Pale yellow beer with a bubbly white head. Typical. Aroma..what aroma? getting virtually nothing..some cereal malts and thats it. Taste thankfully is rather fuller than the aroma., well malted with a good citricy hop presence. Pretty nice on the palate for style, quite "full". Overall a pretty nice drinking lager..not sure if i would call it a pilsner.

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Photo of tronester
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a big white head. Smells slightly of dough with a hint of sulfur. Taste is somewhat bland, macro lager light grainyness and a hint of sour apples. Decent bitterness levels though. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, high carbonation. Drinkability is good, light and refreshing. Not a very good pilsner, but a tiny step up from your average macro lager. Somewhat dissapointing.

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Photo of kennymule
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear and light yellow with a fast dissolving one finger head but nice lacing.

Smells typically pilsner, grainy with a touch of crispy hops and a bit of malts.

Tastes similar to the smell. A crispy, light hops taste accents an underlying grain and malts backbone.

Average mouthfeel. Very light with good carbonation and a mildly bitter aftertaste.

Average drink. Certainly refreshing on a hot day, but nothing I'd go out of my way to pick up.

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Photo of schematix
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of MickeyD
3.35/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of SpecialK088
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle

a-has the look of a normal American macro light yellow with no head.

S-biscuts wheat and just a small amount of grassy hops also a small sweet near a grape note

t- very little flavor but very crisp and refreshing light hop flavor with some wheaty flavor

m- thin but not to the point of being watery very straightforward offering

D- with a small hop flavor and very crisp and refreshing taste I kinda hope they put this one in a can for a nice day on the rivver and this is a great beer to get someone into the craft scene

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Photo of scratch69
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of KCHopHead
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'd like to start by saying that it is a decent example of an American/German Pilsner, but that it's not going to rock the taste of a craft beer. If I had a choice between Bud Light, Miller Lite, Coors Light and Blvd Pilsner I would take the Pilsner any day, but that's the company that it will be competeing against.

I'm very intrigued by the background story with Muehlebach and Berbiglia labels. I think I'll do a story on this or have someone do a story on it as I've already been talking to some experts on it.

A - See through yellow, thin rocky white head that doesn't hold.

S - Good hop smell for a pilsner. Light to the nose.

T - Light to the taste with some pilsner malt. The smell of hops was stronger than the bittering taste of hops.

M - Good mouthfeel with proper amount of carbonation and lingers to allow flavors of such a light brew.

D - VERY drinkable for a summer beer. Something the average female drinker would not spit out. A good beer to have a few while hanging out with friends at a bbq.

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Photo of jar2574
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice, thick, full white head, stays there for a while. Golden yellow color. A nice looking pilsner. Hops, malts and a touch of sweetness in the smell. Good pilsner taste, less bite than most pilsners, more smooth and easy drinking than most that I've had from Germany. About the right amount of carbonation, an active mouthfeel. A low alcohol content, and perhaps a touch too heavy for a long drinking session. But good for any season and any occasion, a pleasant beer. Not awe inspiring, but a good job by Boulevard.

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Photo of Forb
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle dated 11/22/2011...

Appearance: Pours a translucent golden honey hue with a minor finger head. Lacing and retention is very minimal.

Smell: Nose is mostly earthy hop aromas presenting a standard scent characteristic of a better pilsner aside minor sweet notes to balance out the bitter.

Taste: Similar to smell in the sense that the hop bitterness is received aside the sweet honey-like contradiction that balances very well. Although this is where I notice the grainier influence.

Mouthfeel: A standard crisp and refreshing carbonation and body is presented here.

Overall: A clean, refreshing, light yet flavorful pilsner. Will definitely buy again.

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