Henry Weinhard's Blue Boar Ale | Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.

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Henry Weinhard's Blue Boar AleHenry Weinhard's Blue Boar Ale

Brewed by:
Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.
Oregon, United States

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Malts: North American Select Pale and Caramel Malts
Hops: Pacific Northwest Cascade, Willamette and Cluster Hops
Calories/12 oz: 144
Carbohydrates (g): 12.4
% Alcohol by Vol: 4.60
Bitterness Units: 14.0

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2002

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Photo of valleytrash
4.75/5  rDev +67.3%

Photo of Douglvsbeer
4.7/5  rDev +65.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love blue boar, but lately the company is putting private reserve bottles with the blue boar label.. Not right.. Herny, what is wrong with you guys.. I have bought 5 12 packs recently with the brown bottles with the blue boar label.. It's not blue boar, it's private reserve.. Come on you guys..

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Photo of MaxOfMetal
4.5/5  rDev +58.5%

Photo of AggieOso
4/5  rDev +40.8%

Photo of ronniebruner
3.82/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Surprisingly good beer, although its bit harder to find these days. It has a distinct aroma, almost skunky, so if thats your thing, this is a great beer for you. Not much head and rich color go along with this beer. A good beer for the buck, but if you can, I recommend Weinhards Hefeweizen over this

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Photo of caterpillarmilk
3.79/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite summer time beers. I wouldn't call it cheap since you can get an equivalent amount of Budweiser for the same price. And we all know how they compare...

Henry Weinhard's has always impressed me with their quality to cost ratio and I do admit I rated this beer up extra to compensate for the "bad" reviews here. I know you guys are just fancy.

This beer pours a hydrated urine eggwhite yellow. It smells kind of like a sweet sewer and tastes like good old leather bathed in a citrus milkthistle.

Can't write any more right now cause I have to enjoy this with a cigar.

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Photo of cfitterer
3.75/5  rDev +32%

Photo of Utah_mt_man
3.75/5  rDev +32%

Photo of danetrain0101
3.7/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I lived in Oregon this was my session beer. The convienient mart down the street sold it for 9.99 a 12 pack.

A light golden color wit ha thin white head

A nice malty smell with a slight hoppiness and some grains.

A malty flavoring with a dash of homes. Some grain can be tasted. Some floral flavors as well.

A medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation.

This is a nice beer to drink. Great for parties, grills, anything really. Cheap to considering the taste it provides.

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Photo of Offa
3.62/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a decent beer, althugh one of those basic "ales" that is really a lot like a macro pale lager for the most part. Still, it's fairly tasty and has a little hint of ale quality with more character than Weinhard's Private Reserve lager.

Gold, it has a medium-small white head steadily shrinking to a foamy ring and leaving no real lace except a few occasional wisps.

The aroma is grain, grass, mineral, light creamy fruitiness, faint hint of caramelly bread and a little citrus. It's mostly like a solid basic pale lager with a little lae quality thrown in.

The taste is similar, being mostly light, slightly toasty grain, faint hint of caramel, hint of mineral, lightly spicey leafy-grassy-citrusy bitterness that just dominates the finish and aftertaste. A light but clear citrusy quality, almost a hint of grapefruit, is present by the finish.

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Photo of 1234Jack
3.53/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's going to be hard to be completely objective here, as I was born in Portland and grew up in a nearby suburb, and Weinhard's holds a bit of historical pride but here I go...

Bottle is classic Weinhard's style. I'm sure it's changed since Blitz-Weinhard, but the logo and general style remains, along with the raised lettering on the bottle.

As long as they don't change the recipe, and keep using cascade hops, I'll be ok. ;)

Smell out of the bottle is pleasant.

Out of the bottle it's smooth, with a bit of fiz at the back of the throat as it goes down. Notes of corn.

In a glass it's a very clear yellow.

Smell out a glass is sweet. When drinking out of a glass, the hops becomes more noticeable.

Not a whole lot of strength in the lacing.

Fizzy and crisp.

I feel like this beer is meant for tap, not bottle.

Update: With about two inches left in the glass, lacing starts to stick on the sides of the glass.

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Photo of Tiki1336
3.5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of KoG
3.5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of sevenshubby
3.5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of YNinja
3.5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of mercatonero
3.5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of JonathanAlires
3.41/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bookseeb
3.37/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is a light golden with a thin quickly disapating head. Smell and taste has a slightly sweet honey, breadiness and lightly hopped. Mouthfeel is light with a good carbonation making it go down crisp. Overall not a bad brew for the money, of all the weingard's this is probably my favorite.

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Photo of ThePortlander
3.35/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served from a green bottle into a proper mug.

A: A dark gold with slight copper hues, looks very carbonated (bubble-heavy).

S: A very crisp, almost grassy smell enters the nostrils first, followed by some slight, basic bitterness. After leaving it to warm up a bit, it took on a slightly heavier character, and some vague sweetness could be detected. Already it was plain that this beer is not overly complicated.

T: Blue Boar is very clean and crisp up front; Its flavor follows its aroma almost to a tee. The finish is medium, with bitterness, and mild sweetness dominating.

M: Way too much carbonation! Yet, the feel is much thicker than I imagined it would be.

Overall, not the worst pale ale. Sure, it's not complicated, but the price is fairly low and it's easy to drink. It seems like it would make an excellent summer session beer. I can certainly imagine picking some up for a picnic or cook-out.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.35/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle a yellow-gold with a large head of foam that dissipated slowly leaving a solid layer that lasted through the entire session.

The smell is a mix of sweetness from the malt and some grass from the hops.

The taste is slightly on the hoppy side up front and then it kind of flattens out midway through. Good thing the finish has some good malt character to it or this one would really not be worth trying.

*This* was one of my staple beers before the great Micro movement and I still like it; a good summer beer and quite quaffable.

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Photo of SickBrew
3.32/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured from a standard 12oz bottle into a pilz glass with only about a half finger of white head. This head didn't stick around and left only a bit of lacing. Nose is a fair balance of noble hops and malts and is somewhat inviting.

Taste is about like the nose with a decently balanced ale comprised of mild malts, tempered sweetness and a slightly bitter finish that is slightly astringent. Mouthfeel is light and the carbonation is soft. Overall this is any easy drinking, well balanced ale that I found enjoyable.

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Photo of SargeC
3.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden color with a soapy head. Highly carbonated.

Smell: Hints of grass.

Taste: Hops with a light malt backup. This resembles a lager or pilsner more than a pale ale.

Mouthfeel: Denser than it looks, but still pretty light.

Drinkability: Tasty lighter brew. Good session choice.

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Photo of DOCRW
3.25/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of Braz
3.25/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of sinistersteve
3.25/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This golden-colored ale poured with a very thin head that evaporated within moments of landing in my glass. A bit of a skunky aroma to it but the taste is decent enough to enjoy more than one beer.

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