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Lunar Ale is a somewhat bland effort

  • Mar 4, 2010
A friend selected Boulevard Brewing’s Lunar Ale one night when he and his lovely wife (and young’uns) were at our house for a cook out, so I decided to review it. Thanks Chad!

According to the Boulevard Brewing Web site, this is an unfiltered brown ale. Here is more information:

Brewed using a unique aromatic yeast, this refreshing variety is best described as a cloudy brown ale with a complex, malty aroma and flavor, and a crisp, dry finish.

SENSORY DESCRIPTION: Very versatile beer. Light sweetness complements light foods and malty/smoky flavor can stand up to some spicier dishes. Flavor hooks: fruit, cloves, roasted malt

PAIRINGS: Lightly caramelized flavors from grilling chicken or seafood, roasted chicken or pork, stews, sausages, salads, and desserts including walnuts or almonds.

Let’s get on to the tasting…

The Pour
This poured with a two-finger head consisting of small, tight bubbles that gave the head a somewhat fluffy or pillowy texture. The color seems to be that of a too weak coffee. The beer is somewhat cloudy from the yeast and appears quite carbonated.

The Nose
Wheat is the strongest scent I picked up. It’s almost the only note, as a matter of fact. There are some spice notes. It really smells like a typical wheat beer.

The Taste
The head is rich and creamy. This is medium-light bodied, not heavily carbonated and pretty smooth. This is kind of a one-note beer. You get a wheat beer flavor profile with slight teases of hop bitterness here and there. 

Before cracking this open, I had no idea it was a wheat beer. Then after taking my tasting notes, I see on their Web site that it’s a brown ale, though it does have wheat in it. There’s really nothing exceptional about this beer to make me say, “Go try this today!” but there’s nothing wrong with it either. Overall, a drinkable wheaty beer.

Recommended: I’m not really going either way on this. Try it and see if you like it, but I won’t push this as a really good selection.

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From Boulevard Brewing Company's Web site:

STYLE: Unfiltered Brown Ale

AVAILABILITY: Year-round; bottles and draught

INGREDIENTS: Pale & Amber malts, malted & unmalted Wheat, Dehusked Chocolate malt. Magnum & Simcoe hops.

STARTING GRAVITY: 12.0 degrees Plato

ALCOHOL: 4.0% by weight, 5.1% by volume



Founded in 1989, Boulevard Brewing Company has grown to become the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest. Our mission is simple: to produce fresh, flavorful beers using the finest traditional ingredients and the best of both old and new brewing techniques. We offer six beers year-round: Pale Ale, Unfiltered Wheat Beer, Lunar Ale, Single-Wide I.P.A., Bully! Porter, and Dry Stout. Watch for our seasonal beers: Irish Ale in early spring, Maibock in the late spring, ZŌN in summer, Bob’s ’47 in the fall, and our winter holiday treat, Nutcracker Ale. The Smokestack Series, our line of artisanal beers available since 2007, includes both permanent selections and limited edition brews.

The Boulevard story begins in 1988, when founder John McDonald started construction of the brewery in a turn-of-the-century brick building on Kansas City’s historic Southwest Boulevard. A vintage Bavarian brewhouse was installed, and the first batches of beer were produced in the fall of 1989. That November, the first keg of Boulevard Pale Ale was delivered—in the back of John's pickup truck—to a restaurant just a few blocks ...

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Type: unfiltered brown ale
Country: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Brewery: Boulevard Brewing Company
ABV: 5.1%

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