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RATINGS: 178   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04   IBU: 16   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Like many American burgs, our town was once home to a number of small, regional breweries. As they disappeared, so too went the full-flavored but easy drinking classic American lager. Today, we salute these bygone breweries and revive their legacy with Boulevard Pilsner: 100% malt, real hop character, unpasteurized. It’s the taste of tradition.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CanIHave4Beers (3524) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 4, 2009
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2009
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 Victory’s Prima Pils and I hope to see it in bottles soon. (7,3,7,4,15).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Pilsners.....its very watery......and lacking on the flavor. Boulevard can brew much better.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
MONZA (18) - Kansas, USA - JAN 28, 2009
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?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 26, 2009
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 lagunita’s 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. Don’t expect to be overwelhmed by this beer, but do stop to appreciate it’s subtle flavors on the first bottle and easy drinkability on the following few.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
topherh (1915) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JUN 11, 2008
Taster at the Parkville Festival. Poured golden with a white head. Flavor was grassy hop, sweet malt and spiciness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2008
On tap at the 2008 Boulevard Microbrewers Festival. The pour was clear golden with some white head. Corn and noble hops in the nose. Lots of hop flavor with decent pilsner malt character. Medium body. High carbonation. Dry finish. Good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Indra (2689) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 3, 2008
12oz. test bottling, thanks to John Bryan! Aroma features a blend of grassy, herbal, spicy hop, pale, grainy, malt and some very light, doughy yeast. Light golden in color with a faint greenish cast, head is very fine, white and lasting. Flavor is similarly well-balanced between the dry, crackery, bready malts and moderately bitter, herbal hop character. Finish is snappy and crisp with a dry, appropriately effervescent feel, lingering peppery spice and a light-medium body. Good Pils and a nice warm-weather choice.

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