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Unfiltered Wheat - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
80
good

1,270 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1270
Reviews: 493
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.45%


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:
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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Naugros

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm going with "can" on this...a bottle-shaped can.

Really an unimpressive looking beer. It's got that straw color associated with "other" beers from the St. Louis area, but not the clarity. To be expected from an unfiltered wheat for sure, but the big knock on this is the almost complete lack of head. I've never seen any kind of wheat beer (except wheat wine), with this little amount of foam.

This smells a LOT like a NASCAR beer. If you really try you can almost fool yourself into thinking that there's yeast esters and phenols in the nose and it's possible that they're there, but it's so light as to be non-existent. I guess the reason I'm comparing the smell to a macro is the presence of noble hops in a beer with such a light aroma.

The taste is extremely ethereal...a fancy word for "light". Wheat dominates here with a crisp edge to it. There's a sunny orange touch to it that's pretty enjoyable. I just wish it had more flavor.

Despite the comparison to macros and the inability to deliver a lot of flavor I found I really liked this beer. It's easy as all get out to drink and you could drink these all day long. Nice crisp feel in the mouth and could probably pair with anything.

Thanks to TMoney2951!

Serving type: can

01-21-2012 16:55:44 | More by Naugros
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Bfarr

Washington

2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Is it a bottle or a can?

Cloudy yellow, thin foamy white head with okay retention. Wheat aroma. Sweet wheat with light orange peel and hop finish. Thin body, sharp bite and smooth feel.

Really easy drinking wheat beer though not a whole lot of flavor. I expected a little more from Boulevard but they did make a light bodied wheat beer you can drink a few of and not get a heavy wheat settling. At about $2 a piece (which I think is mostly for the cost of the aluminum bottle) it’s kind of pricey for what you get.

Serving type: can

08-29-2011 17:13:36 | More by Bfarr
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djbreezy

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll say this was in a can because the bottle was aluminum.

appearance - clear and golden, fluffy lacing and head

smell - citrus and wheat notes

taste - refined wheat flavor, some citrus/lemon qualities

mouthfeel - light to medium, well carbonated, nice tingle

overall - decently in the session range for a brew, like the lemongrass and carbonation tinge quite a bit, tends to sell out at the local Fred Meyer regularly

Serving type: can

07-22-2011 23:11:25 | More by djbreezy
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vkv822

Oregon

2.75/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz aluminum bottle into tulip pint.

Pours a very pale hazy yellow with a thin bubbly head. Or as my fiancee put it "that looks like lemonade beer".

The aroma is of faint wheat. Pretty subdued.

The taste is much like the aroma.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with active carbonation.

While there wasn't anything necessarily unpleasant, it was just a very lack-luster beer.

Serving type: can

07-01-2011 02:31:02 | More by vkv822
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz aluminum bottle into a Hefe glass. Until there is an "aluminum bottle" category under serving type, I'm reviewing this as a "can", since designating the type of material that the serving container is made out of is more important to me than its shape.

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw, with a finger of foamy bright-white head. Not a whole lot to the retention here, as this basically sticks around with some light fizzy froth that skims the surface and leaving back a smidge of spotty lacing which quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma is grassy and little spicy smelling, with some citric orange & lemon notes, as well as the bready and tangy character of the wheat.

The taste has a crisp twang to it of wheat and fruit (orange, lemon, and even a little banana are coming out), with some zesty spicing and a light green feeling bitterness giving the profile a gentle pop. This trails into an earthy feel (that surrounds some leftover sweetness) and leaves a fairly dry finish in its wake. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a generally easy feel to it but this still has some presence to it on the palate as well. The carbonation itself has a mellow sharpness that is crisp on top and then just a touch thicker underneath.

Totally serviceable Wheat beer here, with an easy drinking body and refreshing nature about it. I wasn't blown away by the flavor profiles but this was zesty and crisp enough on the palate to keep me interested for the most part during the duration of the glass. Decent summer brew.

Serving type: can

09-01-2010 19:36:58 | More by Kegatron
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alleykatking

Indiana

3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16oz. can...not like those normal cans though. Review from notes:

A- Pours a hazy golden straw color. One finger white head rises and then dies rather quickly. Some light soapy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Some light clove and a undefined sugary sweetness. Light wheat aroma. Nothing defined or dominate in the nose even as the beer warmed up.

T- Some lemony citrus tones mix with a strong wheat upfront. Middle of the beer is more bready with a light grainy taste to it. Some more light citrus flavor mixes with slight alcohol in the ending.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the style. Light wheat like notes cover the palate and don't let go until the ending of the aftertaste. Flavors are bland and nothing is very dominate. Light alcohol drying after each sip.

D- This beer is alright in the fact that it doesn't make you think. Very refreshing beer for the summertime. Nothing much else going for this beer. A good gateway beer for the craft world. Well put together but...nothing stands out with it.

Serving type: can

07-11-2010 19:23:06 | More by alleykatking
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Badger6

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Harpoon UFO hefeweizen glass.

A: Straw colored, hazy body. Some trub comes out at the end of the pour, suspends into the beer for the duration. White head, bubbly and recedes fast, with no lace.

S: The yeastiness abounds with a bread character to the aroma. The phenolic aroma of clove spiciness are laced through the yeast aromas.

T: Bready tastes up front, spiciness in the middle. A very clean finish. Toasty finish.

M: Light feel with a medium level of carbonation. Very easy on the palate. Not particularly sweet or bitter, and not dry or oily. Balanced feel, easy to drink.

O: Super balanced beer in all ways. Not super complex, and at 4.4% ABV this is session material. This is easily a go-to if you are in a rush and don't have time to mull options. If you are saving a pal from the watery American lager style, this is a good starter as well. Overall, Boulevard has produced another hit!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 19:40:20 | More by Badger6
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BeerWizard

Colorado

3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the aluminum pint bottle into a goblet. Watery, airy head quickly goes away leaving a fizzy bulb of cloudy, slightly grainy beer that resembles Thera Flu. Tangy, lemony aroma. Flavor is just not really there for me. I get some sweetness and some yeast and lemon, but overall this really hangs back. Mouthfeel is actually pretty satisfying; I feel like there's just some flavor there that I am not getting. I am a fan of hefeweizen in general but I'd handily take a Paulaner or White Rascal over this. This tastes like a fuller-bodied Blue Moon to me, but I wouldn't refuse one. This'd be great on a hot day or to take camping or boating. This would also probably greatly benefit from a lemon or orange wedge but I've already drank most of it so screw it. Decent, but there are a number of widely available wheats in the same price point that I would rather buy.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 02:33:10 | More by BeerWizard
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Boca-X

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Pokal. White bubbly head, fades fast...little to no lacing. Stray in color...a milky yellow/gold...hazy sediment, clean...not chunky.

Yeasty, fresh bread on the nose with a hint of lemon grass.

Medium to high carbonation on the tongue. Grassy, sourdough bread, saltine crackers and lemon butter all up front. A creamy, bubbly mouth feel. A quick, clean finish, slightly bitter red apple peel. I'm left with a crusty piece of toast...dabbed with a touch of honey.

Decent, well balanced wheat. Not an overly complex beer but what it does...it does well. At 4.4 ABV this is an easy drinking session that would be perfect as an entry level wheat as well as a staple in most connoisseurs rotation...cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 15:15:01 | More by Boca-X
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NickT2121

Arkansas

3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - very light golden color, almost like pineapple juice, very cloudy, a lot of bubbles in this one

S - I get a flavors citrus more lemon than anything with a doughy Bread Smell. I really enjoy this.

T - I get a strong but not overpowering wheat taste right off the bat then a doughy after taste, and lingering citrus flavors. Not to much going on but very good wheat beer.

M - a lot of carbonation in this brew mouthfeel is very thin and light quite refreshing.

O - overall I think the Unfiltered Wheat Beer from Boulevard Brewing Company is very good for a wheat beer. Simple but refreshing.

Enjoy

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 02:42:23 | More by NickT2121
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DrCDPriest

Minnesota

4.71/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

For those who love wheat beer and are not into the sharp bitterness of hops, this is a perfect beer for you.
A- For an unfiltered, bottle conditioned beer, this had a nice translucent golden color, no highly visible particles, much like a well done home brew. Pouring into a pint glass, I got about two fingers of head followed by a nice lacing.
S- You get the natural aroma like a slow cooked wheat bread, not a high alcohol smell, but it is there in the background.
T- Wow. But I do like a good wheat beer, served cold, poured from a bottle to a pint glass, it does have a layering of flavors, starts off clean and the natural wheat flavor comes through beautifully, followed by the slight taste of yeast at the backend, the light hop flavor is there as well, again, not sharp or bitter, very smooth blend of flavors.
M- Nice, clean, refreshing, and very satisfying. Tastes like a wheat beer should taste.

I love Lucky Bucket Wheat, enjoy some of the older brewery German wheat beer, but am leaning now toward Boulevard.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 14:05:58 | More by DrCDPriest
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DenverHopHead

Colorado

3.19/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle with a best by date of 5/4/14 into a pint glass.
Appearance - yellow, hazy, with a thin white head. The sediment saves this one from a poor appearance score, though.
Smell - Meh, typical wheat ale.
Taste - it's good in a pinch, but one is plenty.
Feel - most wheat ales feel way too light, and this is no different.
Overall - good price point, so if you enjoy a wheat beer, this is worth a look.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 21:41:15 | More by DenverHopHead
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

4.11/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother and his friend for this one.

I get a finger of white head over a muted yellow body. Sediment and lots of bubbles are noticed.

Wheat and yeast are powerful in this one. Banana and lemony citrus compliment.

The wheat, yeast and hint of lemon all combine with a very nice sweetgrass note to make a full flavored experience that is quite enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Carbonation is prickly. The finish is slightly dry.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 16:41:07 | More by CFHMagnet
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NeedBeerHere

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a lemony-yellow/light orange in color with a one finger white head with little retention. Definitely looks unfiltered as there is no translucency. Smell is pretty malt forward. Definitely sweet caramel and almost a little lemon in the smell. Taste is definitely some nice caramel malt with a little hint of Belgian yeast which I think is quite tasty. There is definitely a little banana/clove taste from the yeast that really works well. Not really much flavor from any hops which seems really appropriate for the style. The mouthfeel is thin as here isn't too much carbonation in the beer. Overall a fairly nice tasting beer. Not anything I would go out of my way for like some of the better Boulevard beers but it's not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 05:47:13 | More by NeedBeerHere
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ThomasMetal75

Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Looking tasty for sure! Dark shade of a lemony yellow. Very hazy. Head is very creamy looking. Looks like some lacing will stick around. Looks awesome!

S- Lemons. Bisculty. Grains. Light hop spice. There is also some Belgian type funkiness/earthiness here; it's sour in a way. I assume this is from the yeast.

T- Follows the nose almost exactly. Biscuty, grainy, with a light hop spice. Orange peel or some kind of orange zest taste was present. The lemon from the nose wasn't really there. There was also a mild sour taste at the end. Very tasty wheat beer.

M- Body is mild to medium. Crisp, clean and refreshing. Easy drinking. Finishes mildy sour. Not dry really.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 20:09:34 | More by ThomasMetal75
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Franziskaner

Missouri

3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light gold in color with plenty of fine sediment throughout. Minimal head dissipates entirely,but I see good carbonation bubbles. I get a whiff of pale wheat and telltale American Wheat yeast that gives it a bit of an orange like aroma. Light in body with a light bitterness from the yeast from a slight orange like bite. The pale wheat is a soft contrast to that bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 04:15:13 | More by Franziskaner
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RandomExile

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: barely opaque, cloudy orange; scant head; spare, thready lacing, fades quickly
S: yeast and pineapple
T: malt, yeast, lemon and pineapple, slightly earthy
M: medium-bodied, but a bit thin given the unfiltered appearance
O: a decent "light" wheat beer. Not the one beer I'm looking for, but sessionable if I weren't looking for something more compelling.

20oz / Pint Glass / Victoria Gastro Pub, Columbia, MD

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2013 01:35:16 | More by RandomExile
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MrBoz21

Colorado

3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very cloudy pinapple yellow. Pours with big foamy head that settles quickly and leaves persistent ring. Bubbly with sediment in suspension.

Aroma: Light wheat with pinapple. Clean.

Taste: Light wheat with a bit of fruity sweet.

Mouthfeel: Dry tending towards moderate. Fizzy.

Overall: Wheat is up front, and is close enough to big american lager to serve as a good gateway for craft newbies.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 22:20:59 | More by MrBoz21
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KCbrews4lyfe

Kansas

4.14/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very crisp and refreshing. A great brew for anytime, but mostly a summer beer. Classic standard wheat beer done right. It has a cloudy golden complexion, though you can still see through it. It's definitely on the malty side and has a pleasant aftertaste that is almost fruity or lemony, though excellently subtle.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 15:19:01 | More by KCbrews4lyfe
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Scott17taylor

Iowa

4.73/5  rDev +34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is one of my favorites. It pours a hazy color with a two finger head. Thw smell is a pretty standard beer smell. It's got a great flavor while still being very drinkable. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone who is trying to transition from a BMc background into craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 20:31:50 | More by Scott17taylor
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Andrew041180

Massachusetts

3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very pale straw color. I expected it to be both a little darker and a little cloudier - still able to see through the glass quite easily. Very little lacing, visible carbonation.

S - Subtle, but nice. Predominately lemongrass with a little bit of bready malt.

T - Follows the nose. Lemongrass up front, with a hint of citrus, followed by a rounding light malt presence.

M - On the lighter side. The carbonation feels a little fizzy here. Very refreshing though!

O - My review would probably be different if I had this on an outdoor patio in June or July. Unfortunately I had it in a cool restaurant while watching playoff baseball on TV after dinner. Seems like it would be a nice summer beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 12:44:05 | More by Andrew041180
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enulcwww

Massachusetts

3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fantastic wheat beer. Has a great cloudy look for a wheat and tastes incredibly fresh. Pours with a huge four finger head and has a great odor very easy drinking beer. Goes down very smooth leaves the palate feeling clean and leaves you wanting more. Not a great beer for the time of year but something I could enjoy a lot over the summer.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 02:06:11 | More by enulcwww
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RobbieAshmore

Arkansas

3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a glass.

A- Nice head. Pale yellow, straw colored, hazy. Noticeable carbonation.
S-Smells delicious, like rolls baking in a country kitchen.
T-Taste does not quite live up to the smell, which was great. Not bad, but nothing to really brag on, just sort of bland, with a pleasant after-taste.
M-Sort of thin, a little dry.
O- This is an OK beer....not really good, certainly not bad. Nothing really pops on this one. Probably the biggest drawback is I was drinking Ayinger BrauWeiss last night and compared to that this is swill. But compared to say....Bud light this would be great, if that makes any sense. Not my favorite from Boulevard.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 20:04:41 | More by RobbieAshmore
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Cyrion

Virginia

3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a hefeweizen glass in September 2013. Date is best by 12/15/2013.

Appearance: Light gold, quite hazy, with an appealing 3" head. Rugged looking suds that recede very slowly.

Aroma: Sweet wheat, but little else. Certainly no citric fruits as reported by other tasters.

Taste: A mellow wheat flavor, much in line with the aroma. A slight bitterness on the back of the tongue. Sourdough presents itself after a few moments and gives a little backbone to the beer.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp, I'm getting a definite carbonation sting. Almost to the point of putting me off the beer, the carbonation is practically a flavor in itself.

Overall: A mellow, unambitious wheat, there's no mistaking this for a hefeweizen. It's your basic no-frills American wheat. There are better options.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 01:04:01 | More by Cyrion
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Best by date of May 25th, 2012; Sampled April 2012
A steady pour into my small wine goblet produces an initially one-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head that subsides fairly quickly. The beer is a lightly hazed, pale gold color that shows more of the same, with a sheen, when held up to the light. The aroma smells a bit grassy and herbal up front, but has a sweet malt / grain character to it in the middle that is almost honey like in a beer sort of manner. Perhaps a touch of apple like fruitiness, but really the touch of fruit is more non-descript than anything specific.

Sweet tasting with a hint of bitterness. The finish is quite smooth due to the lack of hop character and has a sort of sweet, white bread crumb like flavor to it. Flavor of apple or perhaps melon add to the sweet perception in what might have been a dry beer if it had more balancing hoppiness (but that was clearly what was not the intent here). Quite light bodied, though I wouldn’t call it watery at all, this is accentuated by a touch of lemon zest citrus character that subtly infuses the flavor. The malt provides a hint of an astringent, or grainy bite to the finish.

A pretty standard, clean, American Wheat beer. Suits in a pinch, or ice cold on a hot summer’s day, but mostly something that I don’t found overly interesting.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 02:36:05 | More by Gueuzedude
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Unfiltered Wheat from Boulevard Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 1,270 ratings.