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

12 oz. botttle pured into pint glass

A- thick white head that faded fairly quickly. Looks pretty much like an american macro. Not really persuasive,

S- Really light smell of normal american lager.

T- Hardly any taste to it at all.Blan carbonated water.

M- Really smooth mouthfeel.Really thin bodied.

D- After finding out that this was a cream ale and not a pa, it gave it a better ranking..Im not a big fan of pa's.not to bad.Way better than private reserve.

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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 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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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 RJLarse
2/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I went to a friend’s house to watch a football game, and this was in the fridge. I poured it into a pint tumbler, and made a few notes during the commercials.

Pours a pale straw/yellow color, with one finger of while head that dissipates quickly to almost nothing.

The smell is sharp and stale. It smells a little of grain, yeast and malted vinegar. It’s an unusual smell.

The taste is slightly sweet, flat and a little like malted vinegar. It also tastes a bit stale, although I am sure there is nothing wrong with the beer or the packaging. It is an unusual taste.

Mouth feel is thin, sharp and strange.

This is a very difficult beer to describe. It’s drinkable, but has an odd taste. I’d say it’s worth a try, just to experience the smell and taste. I wouldn’t want to drink much of this, nor have it very often, but it is a definite change of pace.

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Photo of RoBotGod
2.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is probably my favorite beer when I’m out of money. By far the cheapest thing I drink. Not the best but one of my favorites. It doesn’t have a lot of body and a strong skunk like dryness to it. The pale factor is about the best part. Its very light so it makes this OK beer easy to choke down even if you don’t like it.

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

12oz bottle from a 12-pk purchased at a Safeway in Spokane. Needed some shit beer, and I'd never had this before, so I figured, what the hell... According to the label, it was brewed either at Hood River, OR (by Full Sail) or at Irwindale, CA.

Poured a clear gold color, with a weak off-white head that dropped faster than hopes gas will become affordable again.

The smell is sweetly malty, with no hop odor at all. It also smells a little bit like vegetable oil (no shock there). It's not as skunky as Weinhard's Private Reserve. That's about the best that can be said about this bland smelling beer.

This is a sweet tasting malty beer. There's a hint of vanilla hiding in the background. Like the scent, the taste compares favorably to HWPR, and to most macro lagers in general. That's the best I can say about it. It is plain and uninteresting, but inoffensive. This is labeled as an ale, but it tastes very lager-ish.

This is light bodied, with a typical amount of carbonation for a fizzy macro beer.

The best thing about this stuff is it's cheap - precisely the reason I bought it. It also compares favorably to most other options I saw when looking for crap beer at the store today. Still, this is for nothing more than dispassionate consumption while staring at the computer or the TV.

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Photo of donnebaby
2.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Explosive large bubble streams captivated me where nothing else surrounding the looks of this beer did. Smells mostly rank, with light sweetness. Taste holds more sweetness, perhaps, than a typical discount brew. Light feel overall, mellow, but not too interesting. Watered down honey water?

The $8 for 12 bottle price tag of this brew couldn't be beaten at the critical moment at the supermarket. And I have to agree w the previous review that this one just might not be a "cream ale"..

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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 kmpitz2
1.76/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

What a crappy beer. Not only was it bad, but it came in a green bottle which made it skunky on top of it all.

This beer poured a yellow color with little head that falls to nothing after pouring it. The nose was skunked. Awful nasty ass skunked beer. I let it sit for a while as well and it still was not good. The taste was pretty much not there. It was kind of like white noise for my tongue. The beer was moderate to thin. Eh. Another dumber from good old Henry. I don't know what this brewery is doing, but its not good. I have one more to try from there and I'm scared.

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Photo of watermelonman
2.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This looks really, really plain. The color is a light gold, the head is small, and there's no real lace.

The smell is almost that of a macro lager but slightly less offensive. The taste is a bit better than that. I'm picking up some traces of cheap grains up front, but the finish has a decent balance of hops. The mouthfeel is mild.

This stuff would be really easy to drink if the flavors were a bit better.

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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 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 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 beerguy101
2.79/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium gold color, small head. A medium bodied ale. Advertised as a "traditional Irish" ale. Malty and slightly hoppy. Smooth taste, perhaps a bit too carbonated? Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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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 budgood1
2.67/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

very clear and golden color upon pouring. a thin fizzy head doesn't stick around too long. light bread and nut aroma makes it at least appealing. light toasted malt flavors ride a medium and fairly smooth and creamy mouthfeel. a light crispness in the end. hops are present, but only around the edges of perception. not all that great tasting, but easily drinkable. nothing i will be drinking again, though.

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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 ADR
2.45/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Gassy and very thin, somewhat metallic mouthfeel, leaves an unsettled feeling in my stomach...I never knew it was supposed to be a cream "ale" so now I know why my expectations were never met...the "Red Lager" and "Private Reserve" are not much better, they used to do a Porter which was at least mediocre...

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

Straw-yellow and clear appearance. Odd assortment of skunkiness, malts, and citrus and spice. I don't mind skunky beers like St. Pauli and Grolsch, but this is almost alien. Very thin body. Crisp with boring tones of plain barley malt and honey. Oh well... It gave me a buzz...

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