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Unfiltered Wheat - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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539 Reviews
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Reviews: 539
Hads: 1,844
Avg: 3.44
pDev: 28.78%
Wants: 38
Gots: 322 | 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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Photo of glass_house
3.84/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty solid wheat beer in my opinion. Hazy deep straw gold, with the usual supsects in the nose--light cracker, faint citrus, and white pepper, with a bright yeasty backbone. Taste is smooth and refreshing, on a crisp light body. Lots of soft, grainy, honey-kissed wheat. Hints of banana, lemon, and pear with a note of granny smith apple peel. Overall, it's probably a bit on the sweet side for me to have more than one in a sitting, but definitely a beer I enjoy.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Best by 10/18/15.

Pours a murky yellow-orange with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, cracker, yeast, and slight citrus fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with wheat, cracker, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but the flavors are a bit boring compared to other beers of the style.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of hman43
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

It pours a cloudy yellow with a white head. It has a wheat aroma with citrus aromas. It has citrus flavors with wheat flavors. It has hints of lemon as well. It is lively on the palate with a bit of a citrus pop to it.

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Photo of CoryJones
1.12/5  rDev -67.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

It's never good when you drink a beer, that the moment you get close to finishing a beer, that you feel as if you need to spit out the beer, as the taste is to bitter and lingering.

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Photo of BeermanGREEK
4.83/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Look: Very cloudy rich color
Smell: You get exactly what's advertised: Unfiltered wheat with a slight citrus tone
Taste: WHEAT...very subtle citrus notes but the wheat takes center stage
Feel: Very smooth silky feel...finishes smooth with warmth and richness of wheat.
This is currently my favorite beer. A fully satisfying session beer in which every swig is treasured.

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Photo of Gmann
3.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy straw color with a huge wispy white head that quickly settled into a sparse cap.

The aroma is of a dusty wheat malt; gots some bready notes, almost doughy. I pick up some lemon as well as light metallic notes. Some toffee as well. Kinda has an odd funk scent to it that reminds me of a cream ale.

The taste follows the nose to the T. Bready/doughy wheat malt that is slightly sour. A bit of toffee and lemon. Some grassy hop notes to add a small amount of bitterness.

Moderate feel with prickly carbonation. Good balance between sweet and a finishing grassy bitterness. Good sessionable ABV.

American wheats are not my favorite style so take my score with a grain of salt. The beer feels a touch too thick for me and reminds me more of a cream ale.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.91/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulevard Brewing Co. "Unfiltered Wheat"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY 09/21/15"

Another solid offering from Boulevard Brewing. In general their beers tend to have a solid maltiness to them, and this is no exception in that the wheat comes through in the flavor nicely, but they've also kept the body a bit lighter which adds to its drinkability. There's also a slight bit of a tart edge to it, and a pleasant fruitiness that keeps it quite refreshing. As far as American wheat beers go it's one of the better ones. Worth trying!

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A great haze to it, due to it being unfiltered. It has a little bit of a lemon taste to it, but not much. The wheat flavor isn't as strong as I was expecting. It's all right, but it's not great.

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Photo of Chickenshack
4.41/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Being from Kansas City, this is the beer that got me loving beer. A great example of the American pale wheat ale style- I can't get it out where I am now but unless nostalgia is blurring my memory it is up there with Anchor Summer Wheat and Odell Easy Street Wheat. Cloudy appearance, thick yeasty head, bready wheat cracker taste with crisp citrusy finish, great carbonation due to unfiltered yeast bottle conditioning, eminently refreshing in hot humid Kansas City summers washing down that barbecue. One of my favorites.

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Photo of Dikfour
2.81/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Look: One finger head dissipates quickly. No lacing. Opaque, bright yellow. No visible carbonation. Little bit of floaty sediment.

Smell: Bready malts up front. Slightly citrus. Very slight, almost Belgian-like yeast.

Taste: Bready malts up front again. Lemongrassy citrus is crisp and refreshing. slight pepper. No bitterness.

Feel: Medium bodied. Light carbonation. Slightly Dry.

Overall: It does the trick. There are much better Wheat's on the market. I certainly wouldn't turn one away but will probably not seek this one out again.

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Photo of BayernMunchen3113
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Highly drinkable and sessionable. Forget the days of buying BMC, and buy this beer instead. If you're looking for a beer that you can drink a lot of but still don't want to sacrifice flavor, this one is for you. Kudos, Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellow-orange with a thin white head, the nose a faint and barely noticeable sweet citrus...but you really have to dig for it. Flavor is light, sweet and refreshing; wheat grains up front with the citrus tang at the back. All in all, better than I expected it to be after first pouring it.

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Photo of JRed
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bright golden in body with white head that fades quickly. Aroma of wheat, lemon, light vanilla, some light fruit. Tastes of wheat, vanilla, light grain, honey cereal, a little bit of fruit ester and a sprinkle of hops towards the finish. Light bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of CincyBrewTull
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This wheat beer smells of straw and wheat and of lemon and orange. It tastes the same with a little doughiness from the yeast. It pours a hazy straw color with a huge white head.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of seedyone
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
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%.

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Photo of hophead723
3.04/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of dukeandduke
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of AGB
4.21/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
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

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Photo of patpbr
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of stumac
4.36/5  rDev +26.7%
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

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Photo of MikeyLegend
2.99/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.27/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
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-

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Unfiltered Wheat from Boulevard Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 539 ratings.