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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Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 123
Photo of Douglvsbeer
4.7/5  rDev +69.1%
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 ronniebruner
3.82/5  rDev +37.4%
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 +36.3%
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 danetrain0101
3.7/5  rDev +33.1%
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 +30.2%
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 +27%
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 Bookseeb
3.37/5  rDev +21.2%
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 +20.5%
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 +20.5%
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 +19.4%
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 +17.6%
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 sinistersteve
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%
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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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 12oz single at the State Liquor Store in Vernal, UT, about $1.

A: Pale straw color with a white head about half an inch thick that receded into a film. No lacing whatsoever. A few bubbles surface to the top but nothing exciting going on here. Extremely clear.

S: Skunk, its almost overpowering. Damn green bottles, reminds me of a lot of Euro pale lagers. Nothing exciting really. Behind the initial smell there is a slight hint at a pale malt bill. Really not a whole lot else.

T: Not as bad as the nose would suggest. A grainy light malt character that is somewhat pleasant, slight hop spiciness, a little skunk, but not overwhelming like the nose. This is pretty nice for how light it is. Lingers in the mouth for quite some time.

M: Light and crisp, not a lot of carbonation, pleasantly dry too.

D: This would be a great hot day beer. Not a lot of anything going on, and really not that unpleasant once you get past the nose. I'd really like to try this one on tap or from a brown bottle. A good session beer.

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Photo of chadjulius
3.22/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It's not blue at all! It is kind of a boar though. If it was blue, then its appearance would be much more appealing. But this is a nice, somewhat citrus-tinged beer. I found that it goes great with a meal (Bison Burger & fries) and just has a pleasant taste overall. The downside here is that it has a low alcohol %, yet it is a little filling.

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Photo of alehopman
3.22/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The green bottle normally warns to me be aware of skunked product. Since this was enclosed in a 12 pack carton, I anticipated I was safe. This was, fortunately, clear of skunkiness.

It would be understandable to think someone who is used to drinking hop bombs would be hard pressed to detect hop presence here. I love hops and grow them but for some reason avoid the hop bombs. I do love Blue Boar's Cascade aroma, however. I used to drink this and it tastes as if they have cut back on the caramel malt. It is still there but in a reduced state.

I like the caramel malt coming through in the middle but the hop finish could be better. The yeast produces very little ale fruitiness and I think this gives the "euro lager" impression. I think this still has enough ale identity though and for me this is a good/very drinkable "straight from the bottle" after work/barbeque ale.

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Photo of beertaster13
3.1/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Blue Boar poured a very medium gold with little to no head to speak of. Lacing remains slightly on the glass througout the beer. The smell is very funky at first, when first opening bottle you will get the wiff, when poured traces remain, earth tones linger with traces of floral notes. While the smell and appearance are less than I expected the taste is slightly better. A perfect blen of bitter and sweet and very creamy in the mouth. Light bodied but smooth and full of flavor. The malt beginning is sandwiched by hops. This is a very drinkable beer, not really a true pale ale per say but this went down very smooth.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
3.1/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blue Boar was served from a 12 oz green bottle. In a pint glass, the beer was a pale clear golden color, and was topped by a thin whitish head. The nose was strange but not so bad...a combination of tortilla chip maltiness and a slightly skunky and spritzy citric hoppiness. The taste was better than I expected it would be...citric-tinged "cream" malts, a following zippy, lightly acidic citric transistion and a satisfying, mildly bittered, citric-cream finish. The body was adequately full, and the carbonation was just right. Overall, a pretty tasty and well done beer for the money...12 pack for under 8 bucks (on sale Fred Meyer). If picking up a bunch of value-priced beers, give this one a go.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.07/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Henry Weinhard's Blue Boar

Appearance: golden straw, small-medium head, and some good lacing.

Smell: skunky grain and slight hop.

Taste: grain and biscuity malt.

Mouthfeel: medium-light and watery.

This is an ok brew. The main thing that stands out the most is the biscuity malt flavor. It is fairly nice, but the rest of the brew is slightly lacking and not very flavorful.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.06/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a clear straw yellow with a fluffy white 2 finger head. Good retention. Resulting lace is thick and somewhat sticky.

Smell - Smells of grainy malt with grassy hops.

Taste - Follows the nose. Malts are semi-sweet and grainy, while the hops kick in with a somewhat bitter grass character. Hints at citrus, but doesn't quite get there. Simple, straight forward flavor from start to finish.

Mouthfeel - Light in body, with a bubbly carbonation. Finishes crisp and dry.

Overall - Hmm, I enjoyed this more on a hot day in July than I am tonight. Not a whole lot of interesting things going on with this beer.

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Photo of kgotcher
3.05/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz green bottle from a 12 pack. Stored in a box so light skunking should be at minimum.

Pours a clear light copper color with no head.

Aroma is light with a hint of malt but very little hops. Smells more like a lager than an ale.

Taste is more of a lager than an ale. A bit malty with a slight hop bite. Fairly clean taste but a bit watery.

Not much going on here, fairly basic but decent for the price of $10 for a 12 pack. A good option if I'm tight on cash or just want to throw back a few easy ones.

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Photo of beertunes
3.03/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a clear, clean, bright yellow (almost like a cider) with just a thin cap of white head that had no retention and average lacing.

Oh no! Green bottle alert! I purposely grabbed a sixer from the back of the line to reduce the chances of light skunk. Well, it sort of worked. There was just a bit of skunk, enough to have to gig the brew a half point. Otherwise the beer had a nice grainy background and just enough of a hop presence to be interesting. On the tongue the story was much the same, nice grains, balanced hops and, best of all, no skunk.

The body was light and crisp. Drinkability was very good, the bottle I used to do this review disappeared very quickly. Good thing they sell these in sixers, I was able to crack another. Overall, not a special beer, but at $6 a sixer it's certainly a good budget choice. I'm not sure why this is listed as a cream ale here on BA, it seems to be more of a straight-up Pale ale to me. Not worth seeking out, but worth trying next time your heading over to your macro friends place, maybe you can make a new craft beer lover.

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Photo of teejay76
3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Never had a Weinhard before, though I have two more varieties in the garage ready to be reviewed. My first reaction upon opening the cap was "generic". I thought it was going to be like every other mass-produced brew.

Great hops smell but smooth drinkability. To read that the ABV was 4.6%, I will admit surprise. It drank rather well without being too watered down.

It resulted in a very average beer. Nothing jumped out at me to classify this as a unique experience. Lest that be construed as criticism, let me add this. It was worth the buck I paid for it.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a clear light to medium amber color on the pour, the head appropriate, the texture frothy and a bright white color with the lace a satisfactory sheet upon the glass. Clean and crisp the sweet malt nose with a malt sweet start and the top a bit thin Finish is briskly acidic, the hops are spicy and pleasant, dry and long lasting aftertaste, drinkable but no where near Sierra Nevada as Pale’s go.

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Photo of Reidrover
3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bought in a green glass 12 oz bottle..with boar on label ( beer was not skunky despite colour of glass).
What can i say this beer is average..bland even but is drinkable.
Not Weinhards best beer but ok if all you have to choose is Bud or Coors i would go for this.
Its called a pale ale but looks abd tases like a pilsner/lager, also says "ireland style" on the label strange indeed :).
But all in all not an offensive brew..just average LOL.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An average cream ale. Pours out to a light yellow color with a high level of carbonation that yeilds a larger head of big bubbled foam. Aromas of lightly rotting hops and mild malt. Similar taste with hints of grain and sweet corn. Not sure what the brewer had in mind with this one. Mouthfeel was unexceptional. Drinkability is average at best. Thanks to Dubbercody for providing the sample.

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