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Unfiltered Wheat - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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534 Reviews
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Reviews: 534
Hads: 1,825
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 36
Gots: 315 | 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.

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Reviews: 534 | Hads: 1,825
Photo of Sammy
3.31/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle brought by the brewery to Cole's on the way to Cooperstown. Some wheat taste, yes. Yellow with a crowning white head, and some lace. Farmhouse aroma. High carbonation. Yet its all drinkable.Some citrus flavour yes. Not a bad one, but merely a warmup for their extremes. (282 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.57/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Half finger head with good retention on a cloudy pale gold body. Aroma is simple, mostly wheat, some pale malts and generic herbs. Flavor is a little dull and simple with some light lemon custard citrus, wheat, light grains. Best part of this one is the mouthfeel which is creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. Highly drinkable but not very flavorful or memorable. (371 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down but never completely faded away, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of wheat in the nose along with some hints of yeast.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of wheat flavors along with hints of yeast and lemon citrus.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and could be rather sessionable on a hot summer day. (634 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.93/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

looks like a standard wheat beer, with a few floating yeast bits and an excited head. something was off with the aroma though, a tartness of overripe fruit maybe, almost vinegary in the nose, maybe not quite, but something a bit unpleasant was there for sure. tasted better than it smelled, as the intense carbonation highlighted some of the more subtle grassy flavors. overall a pretty average beer, but i likely wont buy this again. i reckon it missed the mark a bit here, boulevard usually makes very good beer (513 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale lemon color with a rocky head that leaves some lacing behind

Smell: Grainy wheat with faint banana and lemon esters

Taste: Starts with a crisp, wheat taste with a nice, lemongrass character that stays pretty much the same through finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and heavily carbonated

Drinkability: Easy to drink - a typical American wheat without much in the flavor department; nice example of the style

Thanks, beerhandy, for the opportunity and Vancer and BuckeyeNation, for the chance to re-visit (536 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An inferior style yields an inferior product. These Pale American Wheat Ales don't showcase anything that is wonderful about Wheat beers, Pale Ales, Witbiers, or any other beer. Mediocre, timid, banal throughout. Now that that's off my chest... This beer has the look of normal Hefeweizens with a cloudy canary-yellow color, however the head formation and retention results in a little fizziness and weakening. Aromas are lemony and acidic with light notes of bread, wheat malt, and herbal hops. Flavors emphasize the lemon esters, grassy hops, and overall acidity while downplaying the comples yeast character and rich maltiness. Textures are thin, acidic, lightly astringent, and overall tart-- leaving maltiness and richness behind. Perhaps a bit grainy. Finishes lemony and fresh because of the acidity and citrus notes. (824 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.07/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Moderately hazy bright gold. The dirty white cap is small, fizzy and soft. It falls fairly quickly to a thin film, leaving no trace of lace on the glass. So far I'm not impressed. The nose is wheat malty with a hint of lemon juice. It isn't off-putting, but neither is it appealing.

I don't care all that much for the flavor. It's clearly wheaty with a mildly unpleasant sourness that is tough to ignore. The mouthfeel isn't bad. It's fluffy soft, like all good wheats, but doesn't really rise above average.

Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat is drinkable in a pinch. However, I can't really find it in me to recommend it, even for those fans of American Pale Wheat Ales. You do exist, don't you? (692 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat doesn't look great. The smell is fairly average -- just wheat and yeast. But there is something about the taste. I just love it. It is my "always on hand" beer. It just fits any occasion or even if there's no occasion. Most people think it is pretty weak, but I'll always appreciate an Unfiltered Wheat from Boulevard. (345 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Corner Slice in Greensboro over the weekend.Poured into a standard pint glass a hazy lemony yellow color with a thinner nicely formed white head.Aromas of faint toasted wheat and spice mainly,not much there really.Flavors are light but pretty refreshing with lemon and toasted creal-like flavors,again light but goes down easy.A pretty standard wheat ale but it's better than alot out there of the same ilk. (425 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, straw-colored body with a thin, frothed, white head.

Smell: Simply stated, you get a little lemon, some wheat, and some spice. There.

Taste: Lightly tangy wheat flavor followed by a burst of lemon. Mildly sweet. Tiniest hint of spice and no more than an altogether light bitterness. Drying, lemony finish with plenty of crisp carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Just another light, easy-drinking wheat beer. Though it is a bit too high carbonation for me. (527 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone weizen glass.

Starting my way through the current sampler box right here. It pours a pretty clear straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, black pepper, rock salt, and a touch of honey. Lemme see if I can properly put my impression of this smell into words: It's refreshing and pleasant, but also unexpected, which is slightly off-putting. God, I hope that makes some sense. The taste holds notes of wheat, light lemon zest, light black pepper, a pinch of salt, and a decidedly light undercurrent of caramel beneath it all. The body is pretty light, with a very light moderate carbonation and a very slightly grainy feel. Overall, an okay wheat beer, but the bit of salty character (which I normally welcome) seems very out-of-place, and everything else is just kinda bland and boring. Not a bad thirst-quencher, though. (880 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.91/5  rDev +14.3%
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! (536 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (1,546 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from KenGage, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale yellow color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, lemon, light malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a strong wheat flavor that is followed by sweet flavors of lemon, bananas and a touch of spice. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The hops presence is mild but enough to bring some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, although there are better wheat beers out there, this is still a decent beer to pound down for a while. (874 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.87/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date

LOOK: Cloudy yellow straw, slowly fading white head

SMELL: Floral, nutty yeast, faint spice, mild Asian pear, bready, clean

TASTE: Very smooth, refreshing crispness, slice of bread, citrus pith, dragon fruit, melon rind, nutty, yeasty, moderate hopping, mild bitterness, drying grainy finish

A high benchmark for the original version of this style, subtle hops so they are relying mostly on the malt backbone and the fermentation here. Boulevard nails the style. (506 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

BBD of 10 Aug 06, drank mother's day 06

Pours pale yellow to to straw with a a slight haze& effervesence & 2 fingers of white head. Zero head retention or lacing

Smell: Grassy & fruitty

Taste: Lime notes, grassy, fruitty & pepper notes (once it warms). Finishes tart & grassy

MF: good blanace for the style (lightish body) & okay carbonation.

Drinks pretty easy, good summer time sessioner. Better on tap IMO (425 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.27/5  rDev -4.4%
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- (3,711 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
2.93/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The decision to label this brew with the clunky technical term
"unfiltered wheat beer" must have come from the marketing division. It certain lacks the poetry of "hefe weizen". The suits should learn a lesson: people like to speak German! All the kids are doing it!
Anyway...Slightly hazy, pale yellow color, with an admirably thick white head. Nose is oddly empty. I expect a good hefe to spring out with aromas and tickle my senses from the start, and that's not happening here. Very little suggests itself, apart from some citrus, straw, faint hints of vanilla, bananas, and overall, very dry. Typically grainy texture on the palate, a very light body, fine balance. Some honey flavors jump in the end, but it doesn't make much difference. The finish is swift, forgettable, disappointing. A lackluster hefe weizen, I'm afraid.
This bottle was a sample from a salesrep at a local distributor. I've got Schneider Weisse on tap at my bar now, and Bell's Oberon will be out soon. I'll have to pass on Boulevard, thanks. (1,021 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (1,485 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hwwty4 for this!

Best by 01/21/10:

Pours clouded lemon-drop yellow with a thin white head.

The smell is bready/crackery wheat - some orange tang.

The taste is of sweet grainy malt with a kiss of honey. Wheat tang and and underlying orange-ish sourness keeps it from being too sweet. Just a hint of spicy hops in the refreshingly crisp finish.

Light-bodied and creamy, it is more effervescent than fizzy. It does have a nice creamy texture and is truly "refreshing".

Certainly "drinkable". Very smooth, creamy texture and nice sweet and sour balance, with refreshing dryness make this a very "sessionable" brew. I could see myself putting this into a summer line-up if it were readily available (though "thirst-quenching" and "refreshing" year-round. Stands out in a line-up of typically bland pale wheats. For a non-hoppy wheat, this is very nice! (863 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.94/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flagship of the Boulevard empire, about time I've reviewed this beer. Honestly, this was the first beer from them I had and I was so underwhelmed that I waited too long to return to them as a serious brewery. Was out of market for a long time now seeking them out. Beer poured from a bottle into a shaker pint glass.

Beer is light yellow and really hazy. Forms a big white head of medium bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is high and aggressive. Looks good for a hefe.

Aroma is weak with only hints of esters. I suppose this lack of aroma is what sets American wheats against real hefeweizens.

Drinkability is high, this is kind of the definition of a sessionable beer. Beer is thin and has some fruit esters on the palate but its all relatively minimal. Beer is good though, overall I'm really enjoying it. Its cold and wet and finishes without a grainy aftertaste. Really enjoyable. (911 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very cloudy straw yellow in color with some golden yellow highlights when held up to the light. The beer has a finger tall bright white head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of extremely thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Very mild aroma to this beer overall with some light hints of wheat and even lighter amounts of lemon citrus and floral hops.

T: The flavor of this beer is on the lighter side of moderate strength with a wheat body. There are some lighter notes of lemon citrus and even lighter notes of floral hops.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. The higher carbonation gives the beer a little prickliness.

O: Refreshing, easy to drink, and very sessionable. I enjoyed this beer and it is a nice easy beer for the hot summer. (872 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my weizen glass.

Color is a very cloudy straw yellow. Head is a thin white that fizzles down quickly leaving little lacing.

The smell is of zest. There is a main lemon zest with a slight orange flavor. The taste is very sweet. I definitely taste the orange flavor with a slight malty taste as well.

Mouthfeel is very crisp, but goes down smooth. A slightly high level of carbonation and no alcohol present.

Overall this is a very sessionable beer. It is easy to drink, but there is really nothing to special about it. (534 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: The beer is a hazy light yellow color with a one finger white head on top that reduces quickly and leaves some sporadic lacing.

S: Some faint wheat, a bit of citrus coming through as lime, and a bit of grainy malt.

T: A good dose of wheat and bready malt with some light citrus, banana, and a little pepper. Slightly sweet.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O: A pretty good American pale wheat ale, nothing special, but nothing wrong with it either. (506 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light, pale malt and wheat scent with a slight lemony edge and earthy aromas. The taste is decent also. It's very light, yet refreshing with a mellow lemon feel and a slight earthy finish. It's watery and lacking character, but it goes down smooth. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good wheat beer, but nothing too special. It's light and easy drinking. (537 characters)

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Unfiltered Wheat from Boulevard Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 534 ratings.