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

A: Pours a clear golden-yellow color with a medium white head that doesn't last long and leaves minimal lacing on the glass. 

S: Grainy up front with a slight earthy/grassy hoppiness and very subtle honey.  Pretty typical pilsner aroma, although the earthiness is somewhat more substantial than traditional pilsners. 

T: Taste follows the smell almost exactly.  Grainy and slightly hoppy giving it some earthy characteristics.  Subtle sweetness of honey and possibly apple.  Just a bit of a spiciness at the finish, but again, very subtle.

M: Light bodied and well carbonated, giving it a very crisp and spritzy feel on the tongue.  Slightly tingly and quite refreshing.

D: This is very drinkable.  A very well balanced pilsner that is traditional but has some very nice subtle qualities that set it apart and make it tasty and refreshing.  Absolutely perfect beer after mowing the lawn or sitting in the summer heat.  

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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 BretSikkink
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange gold, clear with streaming bubbles. Head is quite tn and barely sticks around. The burnished color bumps it over average, but the poor head keeps it under 4.

The nose is skunky, with pale pils grain notes and a hint of wheat or chaff in the aroma. Light but in line for style.

The flavor is similarly skunky. Carbonation is in check, medicinal notes alongside grass and hint of citrus. Body is medium, not too light, and the low abv leads to an easy session.

As expected, Boulevard's take on the retro lager is solid but unspectacular. Enjoyable with an avocado salad and salsa.

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Photo of K9AleingPiss
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer stays alive after its poured,lots of bubbles and nice frothy head. Clean smell,floral wheat,honey,aroma,again clean crispness that continues from the nose to the palate.No after taste. Has a good malt and hop combinations,no "tug of war". Definitely worth keepin in stock at home. Great after mowing the grass!

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Frothy white head piles atop this clear, golden beer. It soon fades to nearly nothing.

Grains dominate the nose, but are underscored by hints of lemon and grass. Very fresh on the nose.

Fairly robust for a pilsner - big undercurrents of grainy malt sit on the tongue. Though their sweetness is subtle, the malts are a sturdy foundation here, with hops almost percolating on top, nearly revealing bits of citrus.

Crisp is the best way to describe it, sparkling for just a bit, closing dryly.

What a great beer for the summer season - exceptionally enjoyable to drink.

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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 StaveHooks
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden amber with a fizzy 1 finger white head.

S - Wet grain, lemon, grassy hops, sweet perfume.

T - Toasted grains, lager yeast, peppery grass, semi sweet malt, hints floral and white bread. Hints of bright fruit come out as it warms. Finishes with a mellow spice and bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, soft/full carbonation.

Very nice overall. It doesn't have stand out character but does a great job of providing a balanced and easy drinking Pilsener. This a well crafted beer that is a joy to drink with a very good price point. This is my second six pack and plan on buyig more foe the summer months.

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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 alabencki
4.95/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ah! What can I say about this beer? It's very nice, crisp, clean and refreshing. A wonderful pilsner style lager with 4.8% alcohol. I poured the 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass and it poured a beautiful deep gold color with a very nice off white head that recedes partially and leaves very nice lacing on the glass. Smells of pale malts, lager yeast, and some grassy, floral hop aromas.
Taste is a slight malt sweetness up front with some very nice earthy, grassy notes with subtle hop bitterness. Tastes is meant to be reminiscent of a nice vintage, pre-Prohibition, classic American Pale Lager.

I give it a very enthusiastic exceptional rating! (and I don't give that lightly either, it was just that good in my opinion)

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Photo of DCon
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass from Growlers Pub in Sunset Hills, MO.

Appearance- Very clear beer with golden/pale color. Had almost no head and left almost no lace or anything behind as well. Not usual!

Smell- A very grassy smell, average for a pilsner though. Had an extreme amount of malt as a secondary scent.

Taste- Alot of malt, caramel notes possibly, and a the caramel smell came into this tasting also.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and smooth! Mouth absolutely enjoyed this refreshing Pils.

Drinkability- Great pilsner! But could only enjoy 2 or 3 tops... Had two and moved on. I could see how this won awards though!

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Photo of DelMontiac
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into an EJ's pilsner glass (of course)...love the old school bottle label.

Looks...like a pils - a paler shade of gold and crystal clear. The two finger snow white head vanishes in a couple of minutes. Looks thirstquenching.

This pilsner has a little more to offer the nose than some, but not much more. An earthy grain with some fruity sweetness (apples or pears) is obvious, but no sign of hops.

I'll admit I was impressed with the flavors in this pils - craked grain and a really sweet honey-like malt that makes me want to chug it. Not really getting much in the way of hops, only slight. Still, great taste.

Not as thin as some pilsners I've had which impressed me as well. Just the right ammount of carbonation. Pleasant is what this is.

Super drinkable. With all the big, bold, thick, and spicey brews I've been drinking lately...man I just needed something clean and light. This was perfect for that. This could be a great gateway beer for the craft beer virgins out there. Also, a perfect hot day post lawnmower goto.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden and clear, forming a nice white head that subsides to a good cap

Smell at first seems all too familiar, but then more depth shows itself as a slight fruitiness creeps in, accompanied by notes of pale malt and a hint of earthy hops

Taste & Body
The body is more substantial than your run-of-the-mill pils; it has weight, but it's not heavy; it also has a wonderful softness to it, yet remains a crisp, thirst-quenching beer. Flavor kicks off with pale malt, followed by some grassy/earthy hops, and a lingering honey finish.

It's a light, well done beer that would do well in a number of situations.

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Photo of tompearson
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've been stuck in NW IPA land for too many years. Why? Because it is great stuff. Well we booked a European barge tour from Amsterdam to Budapest this summer. That's 15-days on the Danube and Rhine rivers. There is a lot of beer (and wine) going on along that route and none of it centered around my NW hops. The old beer palate needs a little rounding out me thinks. So I'm starting out with Pilsners (my wife has Czech heritage it turns out). So here it begins, my euro beer-river centric education.

Hey. I like this Boulevard Pilsner. It's just a refreshing glass of beer I could drink lots of. I'm used to 6%+ alcohol so bring it on (only bought one 12-oz bottle from New Seasons at Orenco Station, Or.) Remember now, coming from big-beer land this is quite a revelation for me. So this is Pilsner. Nice. Reminds me champagne? Is that a good thing to say about Boulevard's offering? Label says it's a "Genuine American Lager". Whatever. It's a good beer and definitely a Pils. Perle, Saaz hops. We'll be visiting Bamberg, Germany and that's where it's at for this style. Only 8 breweries according to Wikipedia.

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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 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 BeerAndBourbon
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's an unwritten rule that you should enjoy a beer immediately when you receive a cold package - especially when the package includes glassware. Thanks monsterfat!

A. Pours a clear pale gold with a two finger foamy/creamy white head that leaves a few clumps of residual lacing.

S. Lots of grain upfront with some hay/grass hop notes. A bit of slightly more robust earthy hop notes as well.

T. Kicks off with some grain/husk flavor that leads into some malty sweetness mid-palate. A good amount of grassy hops finish off nice and dry enticing me to take another sip.

M. Light to medium bodied with a fairly high level of crisp carbonation. This compliments the beer nicely.

D. Supremely drinkable. A great example of the style that I'm glad I got to try.

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Photo of woemad
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.39. According to the stamp on the neck of the bottle, this is best by 12/25/10.

Poured a clear, golden color, with an inch of white foam and lots of bubbles hurtling themselves skyward. The head dropped quickly, with sheets of lace quickly reducing themselves to spots and streaks.

Floral and bitter hops greet the nose, with an equally matched quantity of bready malt scents. This smells really well-balanced.

Starts out hoppy tasting but is almost immediately matched by the malts. The hop flavor seems a little more European than American, which is fine for the style. Mildly dry at the swallow.

Light bodied, with a fairly clean finish.

This tastes like how BMC should taste. Too bad I didn't find this until the fall, it would have made a great summer beer.

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Photo of Offa
4.57/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an outstanding beer that pretty much gives one everything one could want in a classic American pale lager, which I think is a more accurate category for this beer than German Pilsner (besides, their own website lists the style of this as American pale lager).

Deep gold, it has a medium off-white head steadily shrinking to a rich foamy ring and leaving a few hints of lace.

Aroma is strong, fruity grain, apple, some honey, hay, grass. It's full-bodied and a wonderful example.

Taste is as the aroma mostly, firm with full-bodied fruity grain, some apple, honey, hay, and grass. It is lightly sweet with a light, zesty-spritzy grassy-spicey hop bitterness underlying. Feel is good, firm and lively, and drinkability is incredibly high.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A top notch Pilsner that could be from Germany, it's that well done. Look is clear off yellow with a fuffy head.

The nose is malty and a bit hoppy, not enough for the hop heads I think.

Beautiful deep malt bready taste, sweetness in the middle is sublime, balanced at the end with the hop additions. Just right and very smooth on the palate. Not overly fizzy, just right, a perfect drinker if you just want a good beer you don't have to think about to understand it. It is what it is and should be, and that's enough.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured straw yellow with a faint orange tinge into a pint glass. One inch of fluffy white head that was quick to dissipate. Mild aroma of malt and grass.

Moderate carbonation and fairly full-bodied while retaining a light mouthfeel. Slight malt sweetness up front followed by some lemony citrus and a dry finish with just a touch of bitterness. Well-balanced pilsner; refreshing and very drinkable.

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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 emmasdad
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw this one today at the liquor store and, I have to admit it, I was immediately attracted to the vintage looking bottles/labels. Cracking one open at home, it poured a nice sunny yellow color, with a good white head. Somewhat grassy on the nose, crisp, decent malt present. I had high hopes for this one, and it didn't let me down.

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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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KC Pils from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 355 ratings.
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