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 biboergosum
2.44/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of sudsy white head, which leaves an unstable sheet of lace around the glass as it slips away. It smells strongly of skunky, musty grain. The taste is sweet grain, mostly corn-like, and skunky, weedy hops. The carbonation is middling, the body on the light side, moderately smooth at best, and it finishes off-dry, the acrid hops taking (or adding) an edge off the sweet grain.

Pale ale, cream ale, adjunct lager? Too much nomenclature confusion over essentially a thinly disguised macro.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.71/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale goldenrod topped by a pretty snazzy looking bleached white cap. Although I don't have any preconceived notions about this beer (okay, not many), I'm surprised at the quality of the head and the better than adequate amount of lace. As far as one word descriptions, 'generic' fits, but so does 'classic'.

Thanks to the green glass bottle, the pervasive odor of skunk was noted on cap cracking (and is now nearly gone). The nose is a dead ringer for an American macro lager. It's grainy and musty-musky hoppy with a trailing whiff of Pepe Le Pew.

Macro lager all the way, no question about it. Or pale lager... or standard lager... or... you get the idea. The brewery's website calls it 'a light Irish-style ale' and the label calls it a pale ale. Hmmm. The ingredients list is either a mistake or such miniscule quantities of some ingredients were used that they aren't detectable.

The malt is supposed to be pale and caramel. The first is obvious, the second is doubtful. The hops are supposed to be Cascade, Willamette and Cluster. That's fine, but 'double hopped?'. No way in hell. How does double hopped jibe with 14 IBUs?

The flavor profile should be familiar to anyone who has slogged his/her way through the thousand and one American macro lagers that are sold all over this country and beyond: very slightly sweet grain, with a brief flash of herbal-earthy German hops. In the interest of locating a silver lining, the beer isn't becoming too nasty with warming.

Given the style and ABV, the mouthfeel is actually pretty decent. It's light without being watery and has the proper amount of bubbles to keep things jumping, while falling well short of fizzy.

In my opinion, Henry Weinhard's Blue Boar Lager (sorry... Ale) is a slightly higher quality alternative to BMC. The suits at Blitz-Weinhard should change the bottles to brown glass and should make sure the price stays low.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.43/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

"There's a box over here labeled Blue Boar," said my sister. "Is that a beer?"
"I don't know, possibly," says I. "Aren't you the guy who should know," asks sis. I saw the Weinhardt name and realized it was my brother's purchase. "Sorry," says me,"it's a little too cheap for my attention."
Actually, I learned long ago that I the Weinhardt line isn't for me and I'd be hard-pressed to purchase it, but I forgot my own beer at Thanksgiving, so this is what I was stuck with...

"Pale" is the operative word, though "ale" is in objection.
Very clear, pale yellow color, faint, swiftly disappearing head...not looking like a pale ale in the least, nothing even remotely attractive.
Nose is very minor, no hops, a whiff of citrus, very spritzy.
On the tongue, and in the mouth, it's a far too fizzy affair, a bodiless offering that offering very little in texture, and throws up none of the hops you'd expect in even the weakest example of a "pale ale" as this bills itself. Faint mouthfeel, dull, dreadful finish. Actually, tastes more like a Rolling Rock...
This drinks down okay, but only if your standards are low. If you really want taste, this is not the way to go. As I said, not even near a decent ale...steer clear, unless you haven't got the dough for better beer, or just don't give a darn.

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Photo of Wasatch
2.03/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy white head, some nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is skunky with maybe some hops. The taste is slightly sweet, slight hops. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy this again. Also the bottle sez Pale Ale, but it is more of a cream ale, if that's what you want to call it.

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Photo of stevoj
2.04/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Couldn’t tell the difference between this and a lager. Not sure what makes it an APA or cream ale. Not much aroma and taste, kind of bland. What's the point?

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Photo of flagmantho
2.83/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden color with a thin layer of white foam. Average.

Smell: sweet malt, a little grain, a little skunk. It's a green bottle pale ... what else do you expect?

Taste: quite grainy with only the slightest hint of floral hops. It's OK at best, a boring macro-esque beer at worst. Full Sail can do *so* much better.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation. Not too bad.

Drinkability: despite its relative blandness in flavor, it is pretty refreshing.

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Photo of wrightst
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of Zorro
2.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear yellow colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smells sweet with a mild floral noble hop aroma. Mild caramel and some grassy scents.

Starts out mildly sweet. Cracker malt and mild hop bitterness, it is a little bland.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall just an average beer, not something I would seek out but I wouldn't refuse a free one.

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Photo of Haybeerman
2.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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 jdhilt
2.01/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Pours a five finger frothy white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Pale clear amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Slight hoppy nose. Starts boring only hints of malt and hops, doesn't taste like any of the Irish ales I've had. Finish is clean due to lack malts and hops. Might be a good lawn mower beer. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Utah DABC Salt Lake City, Ut. Their site has the ABV at 4.6%.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.56/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

When it comes to a beer you've had hundreds of times, this fits into that category. Very light yellow straw macro tone appearance, doesn't form anything more than 1/5" head for any amount of time, what goes up went down extremely quick. Tough beer this does not look like.

Aroma is a lot of booze and grass. Light corn like mouth feel on this one, PacNW Wilamette hops, long boil. For a cream ale it has substantial bitterness and seems like polar opposite of what you would go for in that department. Feels like they just aimed a dart and it hit 'cream ale' even though this tastes more like a bitter esb light in the pants.

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Photo of harpus
2.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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 Beerandraiderfan
2.68/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Man, what have I drank, 500 of these? Pours a clear straw pale, almost no head or lacing. Aroma is a big put off of alcohol and sweat.

Taste, I dunno, its probably sympathy or something, but this stuff just became an acquired taste during the adolescent years. Had it again recently, just have to admit its not that good. But you know, thanks for the memories. No hops or malt, just cheap beer w/o a slick ad campaign. A desireable alternative to BMC, this does have its own unique taste going for it, and yes, there is taste. Something a little fruity, never would I describe this as a cream ale.

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Photo of ZAP
1.83/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Not a recommended beer here...big skunky smell immediately after opening the green bottle....They call it a pale ale...this site lists it as a cream ale which is more suitable...as a pale ale this would be 1's across the board as it has none of those characteristic...

Clear, golden color...looks like a lager....body is thin...bordering on watery....slick..taste is non-descript....some skunk...some graininess...

Bought it because it was on sale..I should have known better...

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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 cdwil
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of dertyd
3.04/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of RoyalT
2.51/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Light yellow with a thin James Brown head.

Smell – This skunked up my kitchen pretty good. There’s some light grain and cheap sweetness to go along with it, but the funky animal aroma is a real turnoff. The label has a picture of a boar’s head on it. They ought to turn that thing around and show us his backside.

Taste – Very empty and light. It doesn’t taste as bad as it smells, but the fizzy grain flavor just doesn’t cut it. There’s a touch of hops that kind of evens things out a bit, but the corn syrup sweetness kills the finish.

Mouthfeel – The cheap carbonation was helped along by a rather pleasing dryness.

Drinkability – I bought this because it was on sale, but the dollar I saved wasn’t worth it.

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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 strongaf
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

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 harrymel
1.95/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottled 14MAR13

Golden, light, light, yellow. Sheet of white atop and brillantly clarified. Smells like skunk, corn, grain and some bits of soil. Tastes like cheap beer, stronger than a Coors light, but less than say a Rolling Rock. Simple and grainy with little satisfying merits. Thin and moderately carbed with a wet finish that lingers longer than I'd prefer. Seems like a decent pairing with the shitty jack in the box I have beside me.

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Photo of flexabull
2.76/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

College beer, before I learned about Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

Pours a brought yellow color, with a nice white head.

Smells skunky. Not much else to say..

Taste is creamy and sweet. Corny and vegetal, with some malty creaminess. Not a whole lot else going on, except for the skunky finish.

Mouthfeel is ok, about right for the style, but too carbonated for my liking.

Drinkability is decent. If this wasn't skunked it would rank higher,but not much higher, Ugh... For nostalgia purposes only for me.

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