mcsquint (93) - , Missouri, USA - JUN 29, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass:
Aroma - Golden malt, light herbal hops
Appearance - Straw yellow in color. Thin white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing.
Flavor - Slightly sweet malt upfront followed by hint of lemon finishing with nice hop bite.
Palate - Light to medium. Somewhat effervescent on the tongue. Fairly dry on the finish
Overall - I was glad to see Boulevard come out with this. Itís a good take on a traditional style. Nothing fancy or extreme. Just a good,solid, well made beer. I could drink a few on a hot summer day....like today!
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JUN 28, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a crystal clear pale gold with a frothy white head that diminishes, leaving behind wispy lace. The nose is of clean pils malt with a touch of grassy hops in support. Light-bodied and crisp with a mildly bitter and slightly drying finish. A solid balance of pils malt and grassy, shortly lingering hops. Thereís a touch of tin in there as well, but itís far less defined than many other pilseners Iíve sampled. A solid, fairly flavorful American pilsener; not too shabby for six bucks a sixer. Boulevard will sell a lot of this beer.
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUN 24, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
6-pack of 12oz bottles, first time I had seen these in mass production. Surprise, itís a pilsner...not a lot of complexity, but a nice refreshing beer when itís 100 degrees outside.
I like the earlier description as "biscuit-y" in aroma and taste, but the hop level is higher than the big box brewers offerings giving it a better bitter finish.
Shiny golden color with a medium white head. Thin and a bit watery, but good for the style.
zombywoof (457) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 24, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Moderate white head, gold sparkling color. Aroma of bread, grass herbal hop.
Toasted malt, grass and a kiss of spice. Not as good as their ales obviously-an American style lager was one of the few styles Boulevard hasnít marketed. Good for what it is.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JUN 23, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. sweet looking retro bottle. Pours a clear bright golden with a moderate white head that lingers. Aroma is classic pilsner with toasted malts, biscuit, and light grassy hops. Flavor is also light, with more biscuit and toasted malts and just a hint of citrus and grassy hops. A great hot weather beer and a nice addition to the Boulevard lineup.
CanIHave4Beers (3557) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 4, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2010 On tap at the brewery. Pours a pale golden with a sold thick head and good lace. Aroma is faint but nicely malty with some fresh cut grass aromas. The flavor is light for a pilsner but enjoyable never the less. Very much about balance the Saaz hops are very nicely worked into the flavor giving it a good spiciness but do not dominate it at all, there is a wonderful bright maltiness there as well. A tasty american pils.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2010 Re-Rate: 12/18/2010: 12oz bottle. Pours a clear, pale golden colored body with a thin, frothy, off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is grainy pils malts with a decent sweetness. Some florals, a light grass, and a bit bready. Flavor is pretty nice for a pils. A bit sweet, grainy and bready, pils malts with a crisp, fairly zesty grass and some florals. Finishes with a clean, light bitterness that dries and leaves a medium length aftertaste of bready pils malts and grass. Light, smooth, easy drinking body with a moderate carbonation. Overall, not quite as impressive as I remember, but still a solid pils. Very fresh and clean with an easy drinking feel. Solid lager from Blvd. (6,3,7,4,14). Original Rating 2/11/2009: On tap as a tester at the Boulevard Brewery. Pours a pale yellow, see-through body with a nice sized, white head. Hard to tell the actual size of the head and the amount of lacing it leaves in a taster glass, but it looks alright for now. Good amount of rising carbonation. Aroma was surprisingly pleasant! Lots of fresh, grassy hops making this a fine smelling pils. Some sweet bread malt backing making it a very well rounded smelling pils. I just had the pale ale fresh on tap and I would almost go as far as saying the pils smelled hoppier. Flavor is just as pleasant as the aroma. Short and quick bread malts with a pale sweet lingering taste. Hops are very fresh with a moderate grass while lingering very lightly. Palate is light with a slight carbonated tickle. Overall, I am rating this based on style, and for a pils, this was damn good. Lots of herbal, grassy hops and a very refreshing body. I really think people should rate this based on style, not the obvious fact that a pils is lighter and lacking the malt/hop taste that most people look for in a craft beer. I can easily see myself drinking this on a hot, muggy, 100 degree summer day here in KC. This is just as good as Victoryís Prima Pils and I hope to see it in bottles soon. (7,3,7,4,15).
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 8, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pilsners.....its very watery......and lacking on the flavor. Boulevard can brew much better.
MONZA (18) - Kansas, USA - JAN 28, 2009
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
I love BLVD, but this was just not anything I want them to put in regular production. From tap in taster glass @ brewery. light golden pale. Nice head. Thin & short on malty goodness I expect from BLVD. Why even bother with a Pils?
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 26, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2010 On tap at the LBG brewfest in last September. Brilliant gold color. Lots of herbal and earthy hops in the aroma along with a biscuty background. Maybe a touch too grassy. A bit of biscut & malt sweetness along with a strong hop presence, all earthy and herbal. This was the newer (and better) test batch.
Bottled commercial version
The bottled version is a little more mainstream than the test batch I rated. Although I really wanted a prima pils, stoudt pils or even a lagunitaís pils, Boulevard went in another direction. Although I was somewhat dissapointed at first, I do like the price point, widespread availibility and 12 pack option. This is moderately more expensive than a 12 pack of BMC bottles and much better. This is pretty much to style for a CAP, although this version swung the balance a little more to the malt at the expense of the hops. All malt grain bill with some munich malt giving a nice, but subtle, maltiness. The hops are fairly light in the aroma and subtle in the flavor, but are floral and delicate. This is a very enjoyable beer for sipping on the patio on a hot day. I tend to vote with my wallet, and I would have to guess I have purchased 2-3 cases of this beer so far. Donít expect to be overwelhmed by this beer, but do stop to appreciate itís subtle flavors on the first bottle and easy drinkability on the following few.