Colorful Beer Week: Blue Boar

Colorful Beer WeekEven though the label itself claims "Pale Ale", Henry Weinhard’s Blue Boar could be considered different styles, depending on where you look. BeerAdvocate says, for instance, that it’s a Cream Ale. The Blitz-Weinhard site itself claims a "light, Irish-style ale." And RateBeer backs up the Pale Ale assertion on the bottle.

It’s also the only Weinhard’s beer to be bottled in green glass. I suppose that’s to make it more distinctive? But it’s an odd choice.

This is also solidly in "craft macro" territory; owned by Miller, most of the Weinhard’s brews are very American Macro in character but are, generally, a cut above. Despite all that, I still enjoy a Henry’s just fine. Blue Boar comes in at 4.6% alcohol by volume.

Henry Weinhard's Blue BoarAppearance: Very clear, pale golden yellow. White fizzy head, but it didn’t last long.

Smell: Crisp and clean, though there’s a hint of green-bottle-skunkiness. Light hop bouquet and a mineral water character.

Taste: Light and crisp with pleasant hoppiness. Not terribly flavorful—it’s a light macrobrew after all—but not unpleasant and there’s certainly more flavor and character than what you’d find in the Big Three.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with an edge to the carbonation, but finishes very clean.

Overall: Not my favorite of the Weinhard’s—it shouldn’t be bottled in green—but it’s drinkable enough.

On BeerAdvocate it scores an overall grade of C-. On RateBeer, it scores 2.23 out of 5 and is in their 10th percentile.

Henry Weinhards Blue Boar Ale