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Unfiltered Wheat - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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1,379 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,379
Reviews: 497
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 25
Gots: 70 | FT: 3
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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Photo of SSJPhatMatt


3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is brewed in Kansas City Mo, at the Boulevard Brewing Company, and carries a 4.6% ABV. This beer is probably the most well known of all the Boulevard beers with the exception of the Pale Ale, and it should be because it is quite good.  One last thing before the review, most people also drink this beer with a lemon slice but I didn't feel the need on this evening.

This wheat beer pours out a nice hazy golden color with decent head and has a nice wheat malt aroma that also hints of lemon. When tasting this beer has a strong bready, lemony taste that is rather refreshing yet crisp.

All in all this is definitely a summer beer but  even if it is winter time I will never turn one of these down as it is one of my favorites!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 17:24:04 | More by SSJPhatMatt
Photo of tito42


2.78/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a weizen, best by 4/11/2011 stamped on bottle.

Appearance: Cloudy lemon yellow with a thick, foamy white head. The yeast from the bottle conditioning hangs out like someone hocked a loogie in your beer.

Smell: Very yeasty. Doesn't have the banana or bubblegum esters that the German weizens do, but it's not supposed to per the style description. Yet, it's not appealing either.

Taste: Lemon and wheat. Not much going on, but nothing "off" or "bad" either.

Mouthfeel: Watery and spritzy. It has a soda water feel after a while that I didn't really enjoy.

Drinkability: I feel bad hitting this so hard, since it is a flagship beer of my local brewery. Indeed, this is an extremely popular craft beer among BMC drinkers in the region, and was probably the first non-BMC beer I drank with any regularity. It fails to satisfy now that I've broadened my horizons, but this would still be my second choice behind a Sam Adams at many local restaurants. It would also have it's place as a thirst quencher on a hot day at the ballpark or after mowing the lawn.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 03:49:16 | More by tito42
Photo of FanofHefe


3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at a local restaurant. Very cloudy light yellow body with a small one finger head. Had to pull the stupid lemon out as soon as it arrived.

Light grain aroma; yeasty wheat and some minor citrus notes. Not sure how the lemon wedge affected the aroma.

Standard wheat beer flavors with a little banana in the mix. Some sweet citrus blending in for the ride.

Decent level of carbonation, not over the top. All in all, an average offering for this genre.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2011 02:18:28 | More by FanofHefe
Photo of jerryjeff


1.78/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Aroma - More of a dry bread yeast scent than a typical wheat (like a kvass gone wrong). Not really any robust fruity or clovelike scent, this is an unappetizing smelling beer.

Mouthfeel - It is pretty well carbonated to suit the style, otherwise kind of watery without any real body.

Appearance - Poured to nice head initially with large bubbles due to high carbonation, but quickly dissipated. A pale straw color with a minimal amount of haze from yeast.

Taste - Bit of an off citrus twang possibly, maybe a bit of banana like hints in the finish. Sort of doughy. Not sure what exactly is off here, it's a mix of bland and unpleasant.

Drinkability - Due to bad taste and aftertaste I'd prefer not to have many.

Overall - I can't say that it's the worst beer I've had but it isn't a very good wheat. It's not the only reason I reviewed it online, but I'd already written this out in my personal reviews I saw how high of marks it had received here and sought to offer a differing viewpoint. I like wheat beer a lot, I just don't like this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 03:07:11 | More by jerryjeff
Photo of theboozecruise


3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Front Porch Pub in Houston... served in a typical shaker pint.

It's a slightly cloudy golden color, with a finger-worth of white head with some really nice lacing. The unfiltered part isn't TOO obvious in this pour, but coming from a keg, you're sure to get a little more variation in sediment than the bottles.

It's a subdued aroma... the wheat base is there for sure, and hints of some noble hops, but nothing is bold and nothing jumps out.

Not a bad flavor to it, but still a little subdued. Easy to drink, hints of wheat and barley and noble hops, with a slight earthy sweetness to it.

A good session beer, nothing to blow you away, but I could drink plenty of them.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2011 16:17:38 | More by theboozecruise
Photo of Reidrover


3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz single. Looks like there is quite some sediment in this baby..so i took the old school precaution of rolling the bottle before pouring. Attractive bright sunny yellow beer with a lovelly large, white,fluffy head. Aroma is pretty subdued..none of the esters etc that one comes to expect from the style..some slight hay and a wiff of cheese. Taste is sweet ,ripened banana, some bubble gum, wheat bread and candy sugar..overall pretty tasty. Nice spritzy palate on this. Overall very drinkable and a good one for the summer.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 18:10:50 | More by Reidrover
Photo of mmmbeer


4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. twist-off stubby, with clearly marked freshness date. Brewed to 11.5 Plato, hopped to 14 IBUs, fermented to 3.1% ABW, and bottle-conditioned to 2.8 volumes of carbonation. Before the yeast it is a crystal-clear bright gold, with lots of fizz that builds up a crackly white head and leaves light lacing. The yeast makes it opaque and pushes it into yellow territory. Light but pleasant aroma contributes yeast, wheat and a few esters. The flavor is very light as well, almost thin, but there are notes of lemon, toasty crackers, wheat, nutty yeast, grass/hay and a lightly spicy fruitiness. There is almost no bitterness, and the pH is a touch lower than expected, but it makes for a nice flavor-booster. It has a very light and tingly body, and as the carbonation subsides, the flavor grows. Very refreshing and an easy session brew - a solid example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 19:10:25 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of Radome


3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a wine glass, aggressively enough to suspend the yeast.

A - 3.5 - Very light straw color, almost like a cloudy champagne. Head is white and initially thick and fluffy, but fades away almost immediately. No lacing on the glass.

S - 3.5 - The aroma is fairly subtle. Wheat is not the dominant smell, rather a soft noble hops and sharp grain. No banana, maybe a little clove. It smells more like a Pilsner or wit than an American Wheat.

T - 3.5 - Still not as much wheat character as I expected. The taste is very subtle, with some wheat graininess and pilsner malt. Noble hops are in the background, but there.

M - 3.0 - Body is thin and watery. No carbonation fizz in the mouth.

D - 3.5 - This is a clean, well-made, approachable beer that would be good "training wheels" for a non-craft beer drinker. However, I don't find enough flavor or complexity to consider it a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 05:32:23 | More by Radome
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3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy gold, head quickly falls away

S- Not much there good or bad

T - Little bit of a citrus taste. Not much at the end

M - Bottle conditioning adds to right amount carbonation. Light in body.

D - Goes down smooth.

Summary - Easy Drinking beer, that I have had many a time. Not the most interesting but better than alot. You can put down a lot of these in a night.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 02:41:39 | More by PrivateEquity
Photo of buschbeer


3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A - Served in pint glass. Hazy, pale yellow body. Topped with two inches of white head.

S - Grassy wheat aroma.

T - Grassy and grainy.

M - Moderate mouthfeel. Plenty of carbonation.

D - The grassiness is a little too much for me with this beer. It is light and refreshing, but it does not stand out.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 23:27:37 | More by buschbeer
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Very sexy looking beer with a deep cloudy haze, and a thick head.

Scent: Wheat and yeast.

Taste: Sweet and crisp; mellow and filling; this is one of the best American wheat ales I've had in a long time.

Drinkability: This is a beer that would go well with food or even without.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 03:37:58 | More by wmtxbb
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3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Distinctly Pale light straw color. Hazy with a decent size white rocky head that poops right up and then falls fast. Keeps a skim but leaves minimal lacing.

S: Lightly wheaty, faintly bready, hint of fruit and lemon that have yeasty finger prints. Not bad, but its all pretty weak.

T: Mildly sweet, wheaty, bready base. Lemon/fruit note is more poronouced - a sort of lemon grass. Additional citrus from hops. A bit of earthy yeast comes through in a sort of tangy way. Some grain husk and faint astringent touch at the end.

M: CO2 toward the high side, body toward thin. Dry and quenching. Fitting for style, but not my favorite.

D: Very drinkable in a crisp and refreshing (if slightly over carbonated) sort of way. It would make a really good lawnmower beer. Yet it still has enough character to remind me of ( and make me wish I was drinking) on of boulevard's more esoteric offerings.

(from notes - tasted April 2010)

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 23:35:26 | More by SickGnar
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4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am from the Kansas City area and so I naturally have the choice to sample all the Boulevard styles.

A: The pour is a straw/cloudy appearance. Small two finger head that dissipates quickly.

S: The smell is slightly malty with a citrusy hoppy back-note. Not much of a distinct smell but very balanced.

T: I know a lot of people say that this beer lacks flavor and compared to some other APWA's yes possibly that's true, but Boulevard comes to play with this beer. I think the taste is soooo balanced. Nice carbonated bite in the beginning with a malty middle and a strong citrus like finish.

I think that this beer is outstanding. It may not be the beer that jumps out and grabs you but it is the beer that stocks my fridge. Simple great taste for a great price. Great beer to pair with that famous KC BBQ or just to take to the lake and kick back. I love this beer!! GREAT BEER BOULEVARD BREWING!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 03:15:12 | More by midwestbrewers
Photo of burgerandbeer


3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm new at reviewing so keep that in mind.

From bottle poured into a pilsner type glass.
Surprised that there was only a tiny head and very
little lacing. Color was typical wheat beer cloudy

I picked up little nose wise. But again I am new at
reviewing and I have a difficult time with this aspect
unless the smells are very strong.

Taste was very crisp all the way through to the finish.
Nice tingling mouth feel with a hint of spice & pine.

Very drinkable beer that is perfect for summer days
but nice year round. Beach or fireplace it fits.

I liked this beer and would definitely drink more than one.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 22:30:08 | More by burgerandbeer
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3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Grand Street Cafe in Kansas City, Missouri.

A: A cloudy golden color. Moderate sized head, leaves behind a bit of lacing.

S: Very crisp. Hints of wheat and citrus abound here. Very subtle hint of malts.

T: As with the scent, very crisp. More pronounced notes of citrus (mostly lemon), wheat, and grains. Finishes clean.

M: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation.

D: Easy to have more than one. This reminds me of a brew more geared towards the warmer months.

A fair brew.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2010 05:55:31 | More by HockeytownBrew
Photo of tempest


3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer from Princeton's on special for $6. The bottle says it's best by February 2011. It remind me a bit of Widmer's Hefe. It's cleaner that a German wheat beer, but there's still a bit of lemon and a hint of spice. There's a sweet wheat malt taste with a bit of cracker and toast crust. I'm left with a bready taste and light lemon drop note. All in all, a good take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 04:17:16 | More by tempest
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3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A better pale wheat, cloudy, vibrant yellow color, didn't come across much noticeable aroma.

Taste, chewy for wheat, a little lemon and banana. Hops are bigger than in most beers, and definitely for what I expected from Boulevard. Bitterness is amped up as well. Its certainly no gumballhead or sumpin sumpin, but it could prolly hang with hop sun.

Price is usually pretty decent for Boulevard stuff, that makes this a recommend in my book so long as you actually like some wheat beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 22:37:12 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Highly effervescent, hazy golden, very "wheaty" in appearance, small but very foamy brilliant white head. Very much like a German hefeweizen.

Aroma: Light, fresh lemony aroma with perhaps a little hop grassiness. Some definite malty wheat character. A little tangy zip, perhaps?

Flavor: Ooh surprising! Very fresh in flavor...this is actually very much like a German hefeweizen without the banana and clove esters. Definitely a light, tangy, lemony zip as the aroma would suggest. Great wheaty malt profile. Very low bitterness but some definite detectable hop character that certainly enhances the character. I am trying to pick up on the yeast character...there definitely is some, and it adds a nice touch to the beer (stuff is obviously unfiltered for a reason) but it is a really mellow yeast. I probably am just expecting the big character of a German weizen yeast. Stuff is certainly not "neutral," though. Overall, there are a lot of surprising, nice things going on in this beer! Lots to pick up upon but nothing overwhelming--very accessible "gateway" flavor.

Mouthfeel: High, fine-bubbled carbonation. Definitely effervescent. Not overdone, though. Body is on the higher side of "light bodied," and nicely smooth. Probably some oats in the grist. Very weizen-y.

Overall/Drinkability: I have had some versions of kölsch and American hefeweizens, but this one seemed to stand out above a good many of them. Overall refreshing, and incredibly drinkable in my opinion. Why while away a hot summer day with BMC when you could sip this stuff instead?

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 22:31:18 | More by cuttsjp
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic


3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy yellow color with a good two fingers of head that dissipates somewhat quickly into a nice thin layer that remains and shows minimum lacing.

S - Sweet biscuity malt, lemon and orange citrus, banana and clove notes, as well as a metallic like aroma.

T - Sweet wheat up front with a hint of lemon citrus. Mild amount of hop bitterness and a faint banana finish.

M - Feel is great for the style. Crisp, clean and refreshing. Very well balanced.

D - This is one of Boulevards better beers in my opinion. Not overwhelmingly exciting, but fits the style well and is refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 20:34:03 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
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3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow color with two fingers of white head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. Looks like a hefewiezen but that is where the similarities end. Slight lemon zest aroma with wheat malt providing the foundation. Wheat flavor with some lemon. Wheat beers are pretty boring without hefe yeast or abundant American hops, and this has neither. Light body with good carbonation. Easy drinking beer that is approachable and inoffensive for the masses. Just ho-hum for beer drinkers expecting a little more from their beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 21:50:50 | More by morimech
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3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz yellow aluminum bottle poured into my pint glass

Appearance is hazy and dirty looking due to it being unfiltered. Light orange/light golden straw color. Pour produces a white one and a half inch head with good head retention. No lacing was noticeable.

Aroma consist of a lemon citrus smell along with a tad bit of orange coriander. Very similar smell as that to a Saison I must say. Aroma of slight hay, different amount of various grains with the obvious wheat smell being pretty dominate. A bit of grass and yeast is pretty present as well.

Taste upfront is of slightly citrus flavors of lemon and orange coriander. Slightly bitter hops midway with some yeast and wheat flavor. Finish is a tad bit sweet with the malt and quite a bit of astringency flavor with a weak finish.

Body is between light and medium with a watery finish. High amounts of carbonation that could be toned down just a bit.

Overall I would like to give this another try when the beer is a lot fresher and for my pretty much first beer of this style it was not so bad.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 20:00:26 | More by tr4nc3d
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3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a hazy dark straw yellow with a nice two finger head

S - a lot of wheat and some citrus - typical APWA nose

T - the taste is pretty much what I eas expecting it to be. A wheaty lemony palate that also come across as a bit watery. Not bad, but nothing special. It is rather refreshing, though.

M - thin, watery body with a lot of carbonation

D - I have had this beer more times than I can remember. I was pretty shocked when I saw that I hadn't reviewed this yet. As far as APWAs go, this is a decent one that is worth trying. I'll continue to drink this as it is all over St Louis on tap.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 02:18:39 | More by birchstick
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4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle, weizen glass, best by 11/28/10.

With a good swirl at the end of the pour this unfiltered wheat beer lives up to its name. Matte banana yellow beer topped with a big bubbled head that looks appropriate for a Hefeweizen but is fading too quickly for a wheat beer.

Whole grain cake, banana, clove, and dough.

Sweet wheat bread that might as well be called banana bread with those classic Hefeweizen clove phenols. I cannot see why this is not classified under the German style. Small, silvery hop bitterness keeps the cakeiness in check. There is some earthiness in the finish that might be hop flavor.

The mouthfeel is sparkling, effervescent on plenty of body.

This is a beer that I'm actually not sure I've ever had before and I've discounted it because of its proliferation in this area of the country. A lesson in the weakness of assumptions, this should be classified as a Hefeweizen. It is a good American version of such.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 19:07:17 | More by brewerburgundy
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2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another gift from Ryan011235.

A- Very pale in color indeed. Unflitered? Yes. Cloudy? Hardly. Its mostly clear with a dirty haze. The head runs with its tail between its legs leaving nothing behind.

S- Pretty unspectacular, but at least it doesnt smell bad.

T- Taste isnt bad either, but its not special. It drinks easy and is nice and crisp and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 15:50:12 | More by MbpBugeye
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New York

2.7/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle labeled best before 10/1/10.

Very light color, head is gone in seconds, little to none remains. No lacing.

There is no aroma. I think I'd only use less than 2.0 rating for something that actively smelled wrong. Not even traces of the yeast.

There isn't anything complex about this. I understand the intent of a wheat beer, but I don't find it in any remarkable way here. It taste's a like a weak wheat beer.
EDIT: realized I deleted a line here - little yeast initially. There is a bit of lemon juice in the finish; faint clove throughout.

The mouthfeel is fine. Moderate carbonation, thin but not watery.

I would like to try this on draft at somepoint but otherwise wouldn't pick it up.


Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 20:23:51 | More by CooperEllis
Unfiltered Wheat from Boulevard Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 1,379 ratings.