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Unfiltered Wheat - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Unfiltered WheatUnfiltered Wheat

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,724 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 1,724
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.65%
Wants: 34
Gots: 237 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-17-2001

Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat Beer is a lively, refreshing ale with a natural citrusy flavor and distinctive cloudy appearance. This easy drinking American-style wheat beer has become our most popular offering, and the best-selling craft beer in the Midwest.

14 IBU
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Ratings: 1,724 | Reviews: 534
Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 5/9/2015. Pours hazy/cloudy bright golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, orange, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, orange, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness and slight bready tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/yeast/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.4%. Overall this is a very good pale wheat ale style. All around good robustness and balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of seedyone
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. First sip was unimpressive but as it warmed a bit the flavor blossomed. The mouthfeel could be a bit thicker, but all things considered I may consider a second because the ABV is very user friendly at 4.4%.

Photo of tjwarren
4.46/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Best wheat ever. Lightly tart banana citrus smooth. Love it really cold. Refreshing. Beautiful color and head. Winner.

Photo of hophead723
3.04/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The people at Boulevard are cocksuckers. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a claret glass. Bottle good until 5/22/15 so it is quite fresh. Included in a variety 12 pack with the Red IPA and Blonde Ale tasting room offerings.

Look: Cloudy and hazy light gold in color with a nice and fluffy white head. The lacing is thin yet consistent. It looks right on for the style.

Smell: Mild banana, phenolic compounds, white pepper, floral hops, and a hint of black tea. This aroma is delicate yet complex.

Taste: Yeasty tartness with a mild wheaty flavor. It has a smooth mellow flavor almost like the aftertaste of cornflakes.

Feel: Quite smooth but quickly diminishing to a very crisp bite of carbonation that actually reflects the tartness of the taste with good timing.

Overall: This is likely the best example of the style that I have had, and considering by definition these beers are somewhat weak (this one sporting only 4.4%abv) it is very good overall. I would prefer this one on tap.

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.9/5  rDev +38%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is a lemony beer that drinks great on the disc golf course.

Photo of dukeandduke
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

3/11/15 (Draft The Laughing Man Washington DC) - Golden misty pour, thin white head, minimal carbonation. Light taste and texture, wheat grassy scent and taste.

Photo of cmq103
3.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light and refreshing wheat beer. Very drinkable. I could see having a few of these on a hot summer day.

Photo of AGB
4.21/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pleasantly surprised. The hint of lemon adds a nice touch to this well-balanced sweet beer. Colors vary from a yellow wheat to a brownish yellow throughout the beer. Perfect for a nice evening outdoors in KC, MO. Hoping it comes to the East Coast.

Photo of ONUMello
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle best by 4/20/15 poured into a pint glass
A: Light yellow with plenty of carbonation and a one-finger head that settles fairly quickly
S: Lots of wheat, some bread, spice, yeast grass and green apple
T: Mostly wheat/bread, a bit of yeast/spice but not as much complexity as the nose
M: Light-bodied, a bit bready but also some spice and a decent length finish
O: Solid example of the style. The nose is the best part; the rest is good just not quite as complex. Sill recommended to try

Photo of patpbr
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L - Hazy lemon color with a fine white head.
S - Wheat.
T - Just like the smell.
M - light crisp body.
O - Might try it again on a warm summer day.

Photo of stumac
4.36/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I think it's funny how this site has changed it's rating system like 4 or 5 times in the last year. Anyways, this beer is solid. Wouldn't expect anything less from this great brewery

Photo of MikeyLegend
2.99/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Small amount of head, deep gold colored with flecks expected from an unfiltered wheat. Aroma is a citrusy bread. They added yeast before bottling to create a secondary fermentation and you can tell by smell. Taste leaves something to be desired. A little thin, drinks like water. Probably wouldn't buy again if in the mood for a wheat beer. Not that its awful, just a lot better available in price range.

Photo of LennyBound
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Drinkable, but nothing terribly special. Would have expected more from Boulevard.

Photo of caahare
2.74/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Drank on tap. Thin water like body and mouthfeel. Little to no flavor.

Photo of pat61
4.27/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy straw under a 2” pillowy white foam cap that slowly dissipates and leaves thick, clingy lace. Lemon, green apple, yeast and honey aromas with some white bread fill the nose. Dry, tart, lemony palate over white bread with moderately low hops, medium-light body and medium carbonation.

Photo of Ricos187
4.95/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A wheat beer with a hint of citrus. Something about this brew makes me happy every time I taste it. Would recommend everyone try it.

Photo of kojevergas
3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz brown glass. Appealing label art and design. Branded pry-off pressure cap. Best by: 02/22/15.

Reviewed live as a wheat beer per the label. It's not specified whether this is a lager or an ale.

Served cold into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass at high altitude in Castle Rock, CO. Expectations are modestly high given the brewery.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 4 fingers wide. White colour. Nice creaminess, fullness, and thickness. Plump. Foamy. Frothiness is fantastic. Has a good retention - ~6 minutes. Leaves an even light coating of lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Lightly hazy yellow-copper. Clearly unfiltered, yet still translucent and transparent. Average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a good appearance for a wheat beer, but it's not unique or special by any means. I'm excited for the first sip.

AROMA: Yeast steals the show, lending this American ale a distinctly Bavarian feel: vitamin-y biscuity yeast, clove, banana, and fragrant all-spice. Fresh and inviting.

The fresh yeast character pairs beautifully with the fresh flaked wheat malt backbone, bolstered by clean barley, a kiss of graham cracker, cream, a hint of faint orange peel (prominent especially on the backend), and barely perceptible fruity and floral hop notes.

This fresh aroma suggests a wheat ale with great balance and well-chosen ingredients. I can't wait to try it. Constructively, though, the citrus peel could come off fresher and juicier, and the malt build does have a weird sort of grains of paradise note going on which I'm not too keen on.

Aromatic intensity is moderate.

No alcohol, egregious off-notes, or overt alcohol is detectable.

TASTE: It's slightly tart, which helps set off the citrusy fruit & peel notes. The flaked wheat backbone is fresh and goes well with the clean barley. Those pesky grains of paradise do make an appearance, but they don't distract or anything; I'd just prefer more of an emphasis on the flaked wheat. Hopping is minimally present and fruity & floral in character, which works here. The yeasty notes are lovely, bringing Bavarian flavours like clove, all-spice, and banana. I do find it odd that orange and lemon do battle for the citrus spotlight; the lemon lends it an unbecoming Belgian feel where orange should dominate.

It's well-balanced overall but far from impeccable. Nice depth of flavour. Average flavour duration and intensity. It's well put together and has a definite cohesion, but never quite feels like a gestalt whole; one can imagine substitutions and changes that would make it better. Alcohol is well disguised and it has no overt off-notes. An enjoyable brew; I like it.

TEXTURE: This mouthfeel does a decent job at complementing the taste, but isn't without its flaws; it's strangely coarse and dry (especially in the second half), which really reduces its drinkability and prevents it from being as refreshing as it should be. It's medium-bodied, but should be probably be lighter and thinner with less weight on the palate. Overall presence on the palate is decent. This texture fails to elevate the beer. It does drag a bit on the palate, and has a slight roughness and overcarbonation that it shouldn't.

OVERALL: An enjoyable wheat beer from Boulevard offered at a reasonable price point. I'd like to try this fresh on-draught, but otherwise I doubt I'd return to it; there are other better beers in the style available at or below this price point (Lagunitas comes to mind). Well worth trying once, and not a bad brew to go ahead and commit to a 6er of. Very easy to drink, with some really nice characteristics.

Low B-

Photo of ebeye
4.6/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

When people ask me how I got so cool I tell them that I've been developing this yogurt for many years and it has become a tasty item in my fridge.

Photo of bmeehan
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Such a good hefeweizen.

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy golden color with a 2 finger width carbonated head. There is mild head retention and very little to no lacing. Very carbonated. Orange peel and coriander dominate the aroma. Wheat taste up front with slight bitterness and a mildly spicy orange peel taste at the end. Aftertaste is mild. Decent beer. Very drinkable but certainly not the best of the bunch.

Photo of avalon07
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was a huge, foamy, long-lasting head. Sparse lacing.

S: An underwhelming aroma of wheat, malt, and some light fruit notes.

T: Tasted of wheat, a little bit of lemon, and malt. Mostly, the flavor with this beer is thin, watery and one-dimensional. The wheat dominates the flavor, rendering it not very interesting.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat watery finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is a shockingly bland offering from Boulevard. Not without its good points, but it fails in the flavor department.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Bottle thanks to RussianDragon.

Cloudy yellow body with an inch of white head. Wheat, grain, malty aroma. Slightly sweet. Bready with a touch of spice and a hint of banana. Too grainy but still drinkable. Average.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Cloudy golden hay color with a quick to flee head. Poor retention even for an American wheat. Lots of unfiltered floaties.

Smelly lemony-wheat cracker. Taste is tart up front with some vanilla wafer sweetness for balance. Mild yeasty snap in back.

Very standard. If I thought about the typical flavors and aroma of an American wheat it would be just like this. Maybe even more "standard" than Sam Summer which was my until now Platonic Amwheat ideal.

Photo of Drew03cmc
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Very good, nice KC flavor.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow-ish orange, with a small, quarter inch head, and no real lacing.

Smells lightly of wheat, with some citrus, orange and lemon.

This is very light, but tasty. I'm getting a bit of vanilla, which seems odd. Beyond that, there's some very slight wheat bitterness, a bit of graininess, and citrus hop flavors.

This is light bodied, slightly watery, with a moderate amount of carbonation, and a crisp, juicy mouthfeel.

Not bad, but doesn't stand out a whole lot.

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Unfiltered Wheat from Boulevard Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 1,724 ratings.