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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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +17%
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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4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
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 brentk56
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Boone757
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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 WoodBrew
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
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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2.81/5  rDev -21.7%
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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4/5  rDev +11.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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

Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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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3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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 jwc215
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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 Mebuzzard
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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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3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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KC Pils from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 366 ratings