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 Rayek
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pokal from a bottle with a cool retro label. Very 1950s.

A: Deep gold with great clarity and frenetic carbonation from mid-sized bubbles. A fluffy white head comes and goes fairly quickly. It leaves no lace. The beer's weak spot.

S: Very light, with a balanced combination of straw and fresh lemongrass. There's a light hint of corn at work, perhaps from the yeast strain, given that this is an all-malt beer.

T: Light and refreshing. A honey sweetness starts things out. A well balanced bitterness provides a pepper bite. Gets a little metallic late before finishing clean.

M: The light body is slightly syrupy and has a touch too much fizz.

D: Very retro and very easy to drink. A nice beer overall.

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

Poured form 12oz bottle into SABL glass.

A Poured a 1 finger very fine head of light bubbles. Lots of bubbles rising up from the SABL glass. Good retention. Not much lacing. Color is a nice golden.

S. Yeast, lemon, pale malt. Not a lot of aroma, but crisp and clean.

T. Taste is fairly sweet. Pale malt. A touch of lemon. A good refreshing lawnmower beer. Not a ton of flavor, but it is clean.

M. low/medium bodied. Medium high carbonation. Clean dry finish.

D. The definition of drinkability. Definitely a good session beer for me. Simple, clean, crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nicely with a two finger thick bright retaining white head, golden and clear body, lots of carbonation to keep a lively appearance.

The aroma is on par with lemony hops, husky and biscuit pale malts, and a slight metallic finish.

The taste is soft with no blunt hops bitterness. It is much maltier in the taste... Somewhere in the way of cereal and crackers.

The mouth feel is crisp, dry, and wetting to the palate.

Overall this is a good pils, but I'd personally classify this one more in the way of a Czech vice a German Pilsner... Not enough hops for the German style.

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Photo of chumba526
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

It appears a golden color with a light white head that quickly dissipates.

Smells of sweet malt aromas, floral aromas and citrus aromas.

Tastes slightly fruity, and floral. A bit of a citrus orange flavor and a bit of sweet malts is in the beer as well. The carbonation is moderate- high.

Being an extremely light beer I could easily drink a few of these so the drinkability is very high.

For being a light pilsner it is better than average. It doesn't have that nasty aftertaste many pilsners have. Worth trying especially on a hot day.

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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 tr4nc3d
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from notes that I made yesterday while drinking this beer

12fl oz bottle poured into my pint glass

The appearance is a nice light golden color with a one inch white head. About average head retention with no lacing being noticeable.

The aroma was that of cracker like malts, some pale malt, grains, straw, and hops that maybe could be Saaz?

The taste is mildly sweet upfront from the malts and then gives of a slight bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and very crisp and refreshing

Overall a good Pilsener that I would pick up again

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

From notes; 6/16/10.

Pours a nice golden yellow with a thin frothy white head.

Thin bodied, crisp with nice carbonation.

Light malt and grainy presence upfront with nice floral hop notes and undertones of grassy hops. Finishes crisp and clean with a slight bitterness.

Overall, quite flavorful and easy drinking, tasted fresh despite the freshness date being about 3 weeks past. (Spokane, WA dist. sucks!)

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Photo of bnes09
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Transparent lemon yellow with lots of bubbles. Short-lived head leaves minimal specks of lace.

Smell is very inviting. Grainy and grassy tones. A touch of biscuity malt and a crisp citrus character.

Plenty of interesting things going on in the flavor too. Lemony hop character. Honey sweetness. Lots of bread and grains. Very smooth and refreshing.

Light to medium-bodied and lots of carbonation. On par with the style. Crisp finish.

Drinkability is outstanding! This is an excellent brew to enjoy during the spring and summer months (or year round for that matter.) Very impressed with this offering.

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Photo of djbreezy
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 0.7L Deschutes pilsner glass.

appearance - pours golden, carbonated head that settles fast, side retention

smell - well-hopped, citrus notes, some malt mixed in

taste - hop forward, floral, citrus zest, lemon

mouthfeel - well carbonated, light/medium body, crisp, refreshing

drinkability - this one is a great summer beer, flavorful, easy to drink

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

pours a bright pale gold color, surprising lack of staying power on the head, and little to no lacing.

Pale malt and...is that a sort of toasty edge? didn't expect that - Munich? Definitely adds a bit of a richness to the initial perception. Hops are subdued but not bad, kind of floral, kind of spicy.

I'm not going to say "it could use more hops" because I'm fairly certain everyone here will say it. I think Boulevard knew their target market and this beer will hit it, IMO. Pale and mildly toasted malt up front and well into the finish. Not quite balanced by more floral hops (wish they were a bit spicier too).

Carb is a little light but this is made up by the firm body (both for the style, and in general). Quite enjoyable, and certain to gain admission to my fridges 100/100 times over the macro crap. Goes down easy, nothing objectionable, nothing overly done, but there is actually something THERE...

If I were comparing this to the other available examples, it would rate way, way above average. However this isn't a curve - I'm rating it based on what the style could/should be, not on the lack of better-than-craptastic competitors.

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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 mkabull
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Classic look excellent light gold color with a small white head
A- Classic hop aroma of a pilsner
T- Uh Classic Pilsner malt and hop taste sweet malt lingers perfectly
M- Yah Classic mouthfeel
D- I loved this beer this is a BBQ beer from a BBQ capital

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

12 oz. bottle tried 21 Mar 2010.

Served in a SN Celebration shaker pint. Small light yellow head. Very well carbonated. Bright clear golden yellow color. Strong grainy sweet aroma, just a touch of perfume and orange blossom. Taste is similar, gainy sweeet, bubbly, crisp. Refreshing. Touch of green banana and a hint of bitterness in the finish. Medium body. Moderate ethanol.

Quaffable and quenching.

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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 NicholasCasber
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer poured a nice straw yellow with a decent white head that didn't stick around, except for its ring which is leaving some decent lacing.

S: Smells of grain and hops and a bit of lemony citrus.

T: Tastes a bit dull on first touch to the toungue but actually highlights all parts of the smell within the beer, and adds on that nice bitterness towards the end.

M: Not overly watery, and not overly carbonated.

D: Good overall beer, I'd have to agree with one poster on here saying that he likens it to Schlitz, or Hamms... feels like the same deal here.


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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 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 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 climax
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Boulevard's pils poured a straw/honey color with picture perfect clarity. The head was pretty small after I forced as much of one as I could...mixed feelings about the visual here.

The aroma is relatively light and easy, but very clean. Subtle notes of honey, clean lager, fresh fruit, and cereal grains sum it up.

More buttery diacetyl tones, and a nice hop bitterness are thrown into the taste. Once again, the profile is very clean and all the components are balanced well (honey, subtle citrus, diacetyl). Very smooth pleasant flavor, more of it would have yielded more of a score.... but perhaps that wasn't the objective.

Slick and sharp, the feel is good and the body is pretty full for lager. Sessionable... definitely. A very good one to push on your beer novice friends, for there's nothing offensive about it.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It has golden body with a thick soapy white head. The lacing is tight and has a lot of staying power the aroma is faint but some what grassy. It has a mild grassy taste with some metallic and hop tones at the end. It is a little bit citric. The body is very light. Overall a very mild but refreshing and easy to drink beer.

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KC Pils from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 358 ratings.
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