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Unfiltered Wheat - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
80
good

1,489 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,489
Reviews: 504
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.97%
Wants: 26
Gots: 111 | 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 morehoppps
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from bottle into Pilsner Glass (only glass clean). Appearance is cloudy, looks like a pineapple/orange juice blend to be honest. Not much carbonation, little to no head, slight lacing.

S: The smell is very faint and subtle, not much going on aroma-wise here. What I can smell is faint sweetness, maybe a little citrus.

T: The taste is sweet, and mild. Touches of banana, maybe a bit of spice. A bit too sweet to be sessionable in my opinion.

M: Sticky, as I said, it is a sweet beer. Could be more dry. Medium bodied, and very creamy. Not much carbonation, but not terrible.

O: I can see why this is their most popular beer, and it is good for the style, however, the word "sessionable" doesn't come to mind when thinking of this beer. Overall, I liked this beer, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

morehoppps, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of Bookseeb
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance has a cloudy straw orange color with a thick crisp head that lingers leaving nill lace. Smell of weak spice, citrus and yeast. Taste is again a little weak with the malt, wheat and above aromas. Mouthfeel is medium with not a big spike of carbonation as noticed in other American wheat beers. A mellow non complex easy drinking wheat beer.

Bookseeb, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

381st review on BA
Draft

On tap @ Vincenzo's in Lincoln, NE

App- This was a hazy light yellow with a one finger head and a little lacing down the glass.

Smell- Small wheat, grains, watery and not much else.

Taste- Wheat with a little soft malts behind it. A very basic wheat beer that was pretty decent.

Mouth- Light bodied with a high carb level. Crisp, clean.

Drink- Good palate cleanser after dinner before the dessert. Had because the company paid for it. Probably wont have it again.

FosterJM, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of lawlerj
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: cloudy orange/gold

Smell: wheat, grain, banana, citrus (heavy)

Taste: simliar to the smell, very citrusy with some banana and cloves.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy for wheat

Drinkability: One of my favorite wheats - good, easy drinking. Great for a summer day. A staple of the Midwest.

lawlerj, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of grittybrews
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy straw-yellow into a pint glass with two fingers of quick-receding fluffy white head. Mild aroma of toasty wheat and a hint of lemon.

Moderate carbonation and an exceptionally creamy mouthfeel. Lots of bready notes up front with some light lemon tartness on the finish.

Not too complex but very smooth-drinking, tasty, and balanced. Refreshing and great for the start of spring...!

grittybrews, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of alabencki
4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wheat beer glass. Appearance was cloudy golden amber. Gave 2 fingers of head. It smelled of grains, wheat, and hops. Tasted grainy and malty with nice hop balance with prevalence of of wheat coming through as well. Nice medium mouthfeel. Hoppy bitter finish. Overall, very good... Very "yeasty" and refreshing. Great for a hot summer day. Very impressed.

alabencki, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of GossageBrewery
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer was served on tap at the the local Applebys. (I had a gift card to use people)... I asked for this to be served without the damn lemon.... The beer poured nicely, created a 1 finger white foamy head. The color was a light yellow and it was cloudy, hence the unfiltered style. The smell was only average, it was very yeasty- I did not pick up much citrus or hop aroma. The mouthfeel was average, slightly watered down. The taste was average. This is a great "starter beer" for trying to get someone out of the American Light Lager Box. 7 Years ago, I would have loved this. The taste is not bad, just not much going on- Very yeasty, slight wheat taste, no hop or fruit notes to speak of. This is a good beer- I think it would be great for a hot summer day.

GossageBrewery, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of rlshep
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by 1/1/2011

Aroma: Herbal and pear notes. A little sourness.

Appearance: Pours big white head. Little lacing. Pale yellow. Very clear. I was expecting a bit more head retention for a wheat beer.

Flavor: Fruity. More pear notes. Sweet bread. A little tart. Low bitterness. No hop character.

Mouthfeel: Medium low mouthfeel. Sweetness stays on tongue. A slick coating stays on the tongue.

Overall: A good session beer. I would like to see it a little bit dryer and be more crisp. I am drinking this past suggested date, so a fresher example could be better.

rlshep, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of abrethanson
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

*note - I am from Kansas and grew up drinking Boulevard wheat all throughout my early days. It was my staple beer whilst in Kansas so the nostalgia factor is through the roof. I will try not to be too biased for the review. I still have my parents send me a 6 pack every once in a while.

Appearance - pours a clear, crisp golden yellow into a Boulevard Smokestack tulip glass with a (1) finger head. Has a light airy appeal to it. Nothing epic but on a hot & humid summer day it can appear as an oasis of refreshment.

Smell - since I have no sense of smell I will default and assume it smells light and citrus-like.

Taste - like it looks, i.e. crisp and refreshing with notes of citrus and spices. I use to put a little salt in it to bring out some of the richer flavors. Most people put lemon in it, like most wheats. Again, the taste will not turn your taste buds into addicts but its comparable to drinking a cool glass of lemonade on the back porch soaking up the summer sun along with each blade of your finely tuned green lawn.

Drinkability - Outstanding. Whether you are getting plastered at a locals bar or chatting it up with your next door neighbor this beer brings people together in the Midwest. <sheds one tear>

Sorry for the anecdotes, but this beer is special to me and I wanted to give it it's due.

abrethanson, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of Draughtsman
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy (expected), golden, nice carbonation, perhaps slightly over-carbonated, thick head, decent head retention.

S: bready/yeasty, slght citrus/acidic smell. Nothing notebale.

T: Mellow graininess with some sharp citrus notes and acid in the middle, followed by trailing and subtle hops and bitterness on the end.

M: Well carbonated, yet slightly watery.

D: A good session or a summer beer. Mellow hops and lighter flavor make for easy drinking.

O: Not my first choice, but far from my last. A good representation of the style. Thank you, Boulevard.

Draughtsman, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of SSJPhatMatt
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

SSJPhatMatt, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of tito42
2.78/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

tito42, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of FanofHefe
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

FanofHefe, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of jerryjeff
1.78/5  rDev -49.7%
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.

jerryjeff, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of theboozecruise
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

theboozecruise, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of Reidrover
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Reidrover, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of mmmbeer
4/5  rDev +13%
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.

mmmbeer, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of Radome
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Radome, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of PrivateEquity
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

PrivateEquity, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of buschbeer
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

buschbeer, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of wmtxbb
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

wmtxbb, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of SickGnar
3.4/5  rDev -4%
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)

SickGnar, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of midwestbrewers
4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
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!!!

midwestbrewers, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of burgerandbeer
3.68/5  rDev +4%
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
amber.

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.

burgerandbeer, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of HockeytownBrew
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

HockeytownBrew, Nov 28, 2010
Unfiltered Wheat from Boulevard Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 1,489 ratings.