KC Pils | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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KC PilsKC Pils

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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: 355
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

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Photo of brentk56
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
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

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Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

BBD clearly printed on the neck of the bottle: 12/19/11
Well within the freshness window, about 7 weeks away.

Poured into a tulip glass, it shines a bright, high clarity orange gold tone. Slow ascending bubbles rising solo here and there. Creamy white foam that hasn't broken after the first few sips, and a collar of lace that crowns the glass nicely.

Grassy hops in the nose, lemony with a hint of biscuity malt in the background. Infinitely clean and simple, a delicate balance that emphasizes subtlety above all else. Simplicity is underrated.

Clean and lightly crackery with pilsner malt in the middle, light grassiness, and lemon herbal tea upfront from the hops that are reminiscent of Sorachi Ace oddly enough. Crisp bone dry finish, effervescent body, creamy feel. Lingering subtle hop bitterness in the aftertaste, just for a few seconds.

As a testament to it's drinkability, last summer I drank a sixer of this (shared a couple) and drank it all before putting down any notes.This is a nearly flawless pilsner, consume as fresh as possible for best results. No surprise it won gold at WBC last year.

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Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a crystal clear, gold color with a slight orange tint. It had a small, bubbly head of white foam that left minimal lace.

S - It smelled floral and grassy with some sweet caramel aromas.

T - This one has a great sweet caramel malt flavor with some grassy hops.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light bodied lager that is incredibly easy drinking.

D - This is a really good pilsener. It's sweet and tasty with a great finish.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canary yellow beneath four full fingers of ivory colored foam. The head develops deep craters and smaller pits as it melts. It's also sticky enough to grace the glass with some pretty good looking lace. No negatives here.

The nose gets it done in fine fashion too. The hop bill (Saphir, Perle, Magnum and Saaz) was well-chosen and gives the beer the earthy-spicy character that it needs. Malt makes its mark, with a hint of toasted breadiness in the background.

Boulevard Pilsner would have been better beer if it was hoppier beer (just 19 IBUs). On the other hand, what hopheaded craft beer aficionado wouldn't say that? The brewery most likely hit their target nail on the head with this balanced, drinkable lager.

As in the aroma, a little mid-range maltiness peeks through (thanks to the use of Munich). The beer's lightly nutty cereal grain flavor makes it taste more like an all-malt lager or an American pale lager than a pilsner. The hops are lemon zesty and grassy. Too bad there aren't about 50% more of them.

The mouthfeel does nothing wrong. It's roughly medium for the style and has a soft and lightly creamy feel that promotes rapid consumption. This stuff is solid across the board.

Simply put, this is what Budweiser, Miller High Life and Coors would taste like in a perfect world. Boulevard Pilsner is simple (in a good way), straightforward, balanced, flavorful, well-brewed and drinkable. Trying to help a macro drinker see the light? Start here.

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Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent honey color with a finger of beige head. Slight vicious look to this, zero head retention & lacing

S: Soapy & grassy hops, plus some perfumy hops once warm

T: Breadyness, grassy & soapy hops, plus a touch of honey malt. Grassyness & soapyness continue to dominate as this warms along with a bit of dryness. Finishes slightly grainy with some lemony hops & a slight pear fruittyness

MF: Medium bodied with fairly soft carbonation. Balances alright

Drinks pretty easy, but nothing to get too excited about here, I hoped for more to be honest. A rare miss from Boulevard

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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 jwc215
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hwwty4 for this!

Poured into pils glass:

Pours golden yellow with steady streams of carbonation forming a foamy, lasting white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing.

The smell is grainy with floral/grassy notes. Classic pils nose.

The taste is of sweet grainy malt balanced by floral/grassy bitterness in a dry, refreshingly crisp finish.

It has a crisp, smooth light body.

A refreshing, easy drinking traditional pils.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes for recent beer tasting club.

The Boulevard Pilsner is a smooth drinking pilsner. The color was golden clear in color with not much head. There was no smell other than hints of grain. The beer was a very solid pilsner with great taste, it was not over powered by grain. The mouthfeel was very nice, this beer is easy drinking.

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Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of pale malt, yeast, grain, slight citrus, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of a German Pilsener. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, yeast, grain, and slight hops. Overall, slightly better than average pils., but it does not hold a candle to other boulevard brews.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rather clear, light golden pour with a soapy head. Classic look to it.
I'm more of a Czech pilsener guy than German as I find the Germans to be too sweet for me. This one is a good example of that. Aroma is a husky malt with pinch of floral.
Taste has the threat of a staleness to it, but the malt is done very well. Light biscuit and sweet floral come through. Mostly, though, it's grainy.
Not a lingering aftertaste in this one, which is good. Somewhat crisp. I would say clean feeling. Served cold and it hit the spot. But I'm a hops guy, so off to the hoppy beers.

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

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a clear orange amber, thin white medium head that dissipated quickly but left light lacing. Aroma is typical pilsner; sweet bready malt, light hops and citrus. Mild flavor of sweet malt, with hints of lemon and grains. Light hops finish. Light bodied. Pleasant and refreshing, but light flavor. A satisfactory pilsner.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: slightly hazy body with a very rich golden hue and two fingers of pillowy ivory foam. Looks damn good.

Smell: sweet malt aroma with just a hint of earthy hops. It is a little bit too sweet for me, in fact, but otherwise it's pretty good.

Taste: sweetish malt flavor with, again, just a hint of earthy hops. Bitterness is relatively light for a Pilsner. It's tasty, but again the sweetness is just a bit much for me; in fact, it almost reminds me of the light corny flavor of an adjunct lager. Still, not too bad.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with really quite a good level of carbonation. Nice, creamy texture like this is something I rarely seen in a Pilsner ... kudos!

Drinkability: not bad. Refreshing and relatively light; but for the sweetness this would rate a bit higher.

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Photo of corby112
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle received in a recent trade with thehand. Thanks again man!

Pours a clear pale golden straw color with very pal golden yellow hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy, soapy white head that has excellent retention, only slowly settling into a lasting cap. Sporadic chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Crisp, slightly hoppy aroma with lots of pilsner malt along with hints of biscuit, straw, grass and light fruit. There's a hint of apple and pear in the nose giving it a slightly sweet presence that balances out the earthy hops.

This beer tastes light and crisp but is fulller bodied that I expected, which is a very welcome surprise. Soft carbonation up front with a nice dry earthy hop presence up front that lingers over the pilsner malt backbone into a sweet, slightly dry finish. This beer is excellently balance wit the perfect amount of dry hoppines, sweet pilsner malt, light crisp apple and pear, straw and glass notes. Another nice offering from Boulevard and an excellent interpretation of the style.

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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 beertunes
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle with a best by date of 06/30/10. Just bought this at a local store yesterday, so we'll see how it goes. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a medium golden-yellow with about a half-inch of white head that had moderate retention and light lacing. The aroma was fairly typical for the style, a nice, even grainyness with some gentle hopping in the back.

The flavors were also about average for the style, again smooth, even grains and nicely balanced hops. The body and drinkability were also typical. Light, smooth, crisp, refreshing and very drinkable. Overall, a decent example of the style, worth trying when you see it.

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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 mynie
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I met the guy who claimed to have invented the Gusto Schlitz and the Kraeusened Old Style. He was a business student sort, dating the sister of my good friend. A nice enough guy. I asked what he meant, and explained: he was a marketer, see, and when I told him I loved the new Schlitz he kinda looked at me like I was a rube. (Being a marketer is different than being a salesman. A salesman would have never let on that he thought he had fooled you.) He explained that it was mostly a marketing invention. You know, like New Coke. What he meant by saying he invented it was that it was his idea start a fad based on new-old beer. Nothing about it was inherently better than the Schlitz that preceded it. I was just a member of the target market, you see, the kind of guy who believes the things that commercials tell him.

Thus began my ugly contemplations of the recent retro American beer fad, which has coincided with BA's acceptance of lagers and the tendency of your average beer geek (not snob) to drink more beers that aren't hop bombs. Are we being manipulated? Did this market precede us, or did our untainted desires presage the formation of this market, which in turn effected other, less experienced drinkers? Is it all a big lie or what? What about my precious Potosi? Are *they*, of all people, just another group of liars?

I dunno. I do know that it was with trepidation that I purchased this sixer. If this exact same beer had been released 3 years ago, Boulevard wouldn't have tried to go for a 30s feel with the packaging. Then again, it probably never would have been released 3 years ago, since beer people would have turned their noses up at it.

So here's my conflict: this pours, smells, and tastes like Potosi and Gusto Schlitz. Weedy, medium hoppy, adjuncty in a way that knows it's adjuncty and doesn't cover it up so much as it embraces it. Bitter and sweet and earthy. It's like all the commercials say, only it's not like now when Miller stays it has More Flavor and they're just full of shit. This is actually full-bodied, full-flavored, and yet easy drinking. The old slogans actually makes sense, when applied to this beer. The--good god--the marketing is connected to some kind of actuality.

We're not a target market. Or, we are, but not the usual, bad sense. We're a target market in that we like stuff that doesn't suck, and if marketers are just now beginning to realize that, well, bully for them.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wide flute. AMAZING. Perfect tall white head on top of golden straw colored lager. I have not seen a pilsner look like this since I left Germany.

Normal smell: faint fruit, banana and honey.

Very smooth throughout. Watery at first, sweeter, touch of bitterness at the end. It does not have the typical pilsner "bitter hop bite," which I do not particularly miss, but others may.

Smooth, easy drinking. Low carbonation and crisp, light body.

A perfect hot day drink or after a run. Crisp and refreshing while having a good flavor.

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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 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 FosterJM
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

910th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint glass
12 oz

Best by: 12/10/11
Purchased from: On the Rocks, Lawrence, KS

App- A strong golden yellow with a big two finger head that faded to a 1/2 in puck of bubbles and a lot of bubbles in the glass.

Smell- A good bit of malt behind this one with a bit of hop oil essence. Not overly buttery as I have found most pilsners to be.

Taste- I liked this one. Again, Boulevard does a lot of things well even small styles. This was a good full flavor with some malt and a little bit of bitter and a touch of thickness and bubbles to add a certain depth.

Mouth- A medium body and a medium carbonation level. A nice thick malt feel with a earthy and grassy note.

Drink- This was very tasty. I like what Blvd does with more of there beers and this was no exception. A style I normally don't like was very good.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a clear gold with a thin bright white head.

Classic pilsner aroma of floral hops, lightly toasted malts, and sweet grains.

Tastes of floral hops, sweet malts, honey, white grapes, and a tinge of cinnamon.

Lighter bodied, crisp with a light stickiness, and moderately carbonated.

A very sessionable and solid pilsner from Boulevard. I found it recently for $4.99 a sixer. A good bang for your buck.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of Vancer
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The retro style bottle, with a best by 11/30 date, pours a semi-hazy golden straw into the Crown Valley tulip glass. This white head pops up for a short time, but quickly settles.

Very malty aroma, followed by a quaff also stoked with a malt backbone, but with a sturdy dose of grassy hops in the finish to round it out and provide a small bite.

A tasty brew, but do we really need another pilsner on the over-saturated market? I'd rather go with their Single Wide or Pale Ale.

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