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

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Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 123
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 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 velosuds
2.35/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Best by OCT0410. Better never opened.

A-Pours a very clear, nearly effervescent, pale golden color with virtually no head or lace.

S-Slightly grainy malt and corn. Bottle indicates it is a Pale Ale, but this is like ordinary adjunct lager.

T-Like fizzy yellow beer.

M-Harsh from too much carbonation. Almost feels like seltzer water.

D-No thank you. This is easily the worst beer I have had in years. The rest is going down the drain.

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Photo of youradhere
2.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pale straw with a short lived white head.

S- Hoppy skunk and some pale malt.

T- Like a better Heinekin, more malt backbone and the skunk is coming from the hops (I think...)

M- Thin enough to down a few and yet thick enough to make you think you are drinking a classier beer

D- Very drinkable, this is one of my favorite micro/macro beers to drink. It is a nice light lager that has had slightly more effort put into it than 99% of the macros out there.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 AdmiralDiaz
2.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden body with small white head with okay retention and no lacing. Smells like lemons and weak hops and malts. Tastes about the same, fairly tolerable though. Mouthfeel is about standard, not as carbonated as I would like. Overall it's an alright cream.

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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 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 colts9016
2.58/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Light amber color. There was a foamy head, but it lasted about a nanosecond. There is lots of carbonation coming from the bottom and erupting on the top.

Nose: Cooked corn, malt, ester and hints of citrus.

Taste: Malt, ester, and cooked corn there are hints of esters, resin, and citrus.

Overall: There is a powdery mouth feel, with an astringent finish. There is also carbonation on the tongue. A poorly made pale ale. There is no malt character or a lack thereof hops.

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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 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 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 Overlord
2.8/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a mixed pack of H. Weinhard recently to relive old glory days. For the price, this was gourmet stuff back in college.

Light, thin body. Lots of white foamy head. Taste is bready and mellow with a hint of malt.

Palatable, but not my favorite of their brews. Still, at 5.99 a sixer, pretty good.

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Photo of dnichols
2.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I sampled this brew at a poker night with my buddies. One of them brought a case of mixed Weinhard bottles for us to enjoy.

A: Thin yellow body with a slight white head and very thin lacing.

S: It had a grainy and grassy profile with a hint of yeasty white bread.

T: The flavors are thin and hard to hold on to. There were flashes of malty sweetness, corn grains, and grassy sharp hops.

M: It had a very thin and light body with a fizzy carbonation and a somewhat dry finish.

D: I missed the "cream" but did not find this terrible...just bland. It didn't have enough flavor or character to entice me to try it again.

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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 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 unclederby
1.68/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

I sampled this at work. Why bother with it really, unless your super-psyched about euro lagers. There is no pale ale in this PA... i don't even know if hops are utilized here, and it wouldn't surprise me if corn or some other adjunct IS. Tasted like a watered-down Heineken: and if that's your thing - then so be it.

Doesn't even pass as mediocre. Water is a better and healthier option.

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Photo of IceEyes
2.15/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I used to drink beers like this all the time. Last night I bought a six pack on a whim and had a few. Was it always this bad? I couldn't believe what a lack of flavor this beer had. Surely it's not a pale ale like the label says. It tastes more like a cheap lager than anything. There was no real hop flavor to speak of, just a drab bitterness like chewing on a clot of wool. Years ago this was my favorite Henry's beer as I recall. Now I can't even remember a time when I actually wanted to drink a beer like this.

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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 isaac
2.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. to pint glass.

well, this is an ale? the look, smell, and taste all point to a euro-style lager, but, who knows... a faintly orange body with a very short lived head sit rather lacklusterly in my glass - it almost reminds me of sparkling apple cider (not hard) in that way, but with less visible carbonation. the taste, too, is cider-like, that is to say, sweet and plainly malty, with hardly any hop flavor, albeit a bit a spice in the finish. mouthfeel is decent, a bit too crisp at first, but quite refreshing with a long, wet after-feel. decent drinkability as well, just because of its plainness and lack of offense.

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