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Unfiltered Wheat - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Unfiltered WheatUnfiltered Wheat

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1,481 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,481
Reviews: 502
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.97%
Wants: 26
Gots: 109 | 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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-17-2001)
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Photo of Slynger
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours a pale hay color with a significant haze to it, and a cap of fluffy white froth.

Nose is light.

Flavors of just pre-ripe banana along with light lemon. Solid wheat base comes in slightly sweet and lightly toasted. Bitterness is light. Feel is light and fuzzy and smooth. A bit dry and very quaffable.

It aint the best wheat beer i've ever had, but you can do a lot worse.

Slynger, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of Durge
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%

A hazey straw color with a fair white head that dies off after a few minutes and a pretty whimpy lace effect. The aroma is clean but pretty mild wheat and sweet citrus. The flavor is a nice crisp cereal, sweet wheat with a very fine but refreshing carbonation. Very drinkable, a bit thin but nothing unusual for the style. I liked this much more than the pale ale. Not bad, worth a try, especially if you're thirsty and want something that's light.

Durge, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of ProfessorHops
2.73/5  rDev -22.9%

Appearance- Beautiful light gold. Very Ambitious. Solid hue, not transparent at all.

Aroma-Bread and some very very light mint. Not strong at all.

Pallet- Minty fresh hops. Just enough complexity to keep it interesting.

Finish- Carbonation and again sweet hops, a common characteristic of a wheat (heph) beer.

Guzzle Factor Per Style- Drinks easy with a little uncomfort from the in thickness. I thought wheat beers where supposed to be quenchers and thin.

Texture- Thick with an easy let go.

Extra: Beer over all taste very good. I was very impress with the appearance. Beer looked beautiful. Neat finish.

ProfessorHops, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of wnh
4.35/5  rDev +22.9%

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a thick, cloudy orange-ish yellow. Two fingers of foamy white head that sticks around, with a fair amount of lacing.

Nose is bright lemon-y citrus and bready malt. Simple and clean. Flavors of wheat up front, followed by that bright lemon/citrus with an accompanying tartness, making for a good quenching beer. Long bready finish. Medium-bodied, with good chewiness.

Miles away from a great Imperial Stout, but this is a great beer for what it is. My go-to wheat.

wnh, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of Goliath
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Pours a hazy pale orange/yellow color and was served to me with no head. There was however a thin collar of bright white foam surrounding my glass.

The aroma was weak, but a fairly typical aroma of sweet tangy wheat and a touch of banana and even a slight tone of citrus all made an appearance.

The taste is typical. A bit of ripe banana up front quickly disappears into a toasted cereal finish. First sip made me think specifically of life cereal actually.

The mouthfeel is just shy of medium bodied and has a low level of carbonation.

Drinkability is high. It's a bit boring, but tastey enough and easily sessionable.

Goliath, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of acelin
4.97/5  rDev +40.4%

I really love this beer. Let me walk you through why:

Serving Type: Bottle usually, here lately I have been pouring it into a glass, swirling the bottom of the bottle around then pouring the rest in. Much better than way.

Smell: A sweeter smell than most Wheat Beer, you can smell the wheat.

Taste: Very tasty, with sweet overtones from the wheat, followed by a kick of hops. Very drinkable, not bitter at all. Some may desire more bitterness in their beer, but for me, I like this so much better than say a real hoppy beer like Sierra Nevada's Wet Hop Ale.

Mouthfeel: Not much to say here, it's very full and thick. I love it.

Drinkability: Try some yourself...

acelin, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of ChrisQ
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%

I've found that this beer does well being served in a weizen glass. It's no wonder, as this is the style of beer that the glass was made to hold. The hazy gold color is opaque enough for one to wonder at the secret flavors may be waiting for your palate, yet light enough for the drinker to know he will be refreshed rather than drink a meal of "bread water."

Aromas from the glass smell of citrus, light earth and faint pine; think of grasslands near a grove. Taste has a light sour component that one can imagine as the pith of the citrus that infuses this beer.

There is no wonder that a lemon slice is generally served with this brew. As it helps accentuate components in its taste and smell. Experiments with orange slices show that the combination is acceptable, however limes are not recommended.

This beer is good on its own or with a beef or pork centered meal, especially a good hamburger.

ChrisQ, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of dakid618
3.93/5  rDev +11%

Poured from 12 oz bottle. Pours a very light hazy yellow. Smell is light and wheaty with a hint of lemon. Taste is fairly light with hints of lemon citrus flavors and a wheaty backbone. Very light refreshing mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable, perfect beer for a hot summer day. This may become my go-to beer for BBQ's this year. Very refreshing.

dakid618, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of bfields4
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%

Ode to the KC Pride

The old bullly wheat pours a pale opaque yellow (wouldn't give this guy a gold). has a nice little head nothing spectacular.

Smells like Kansas to me. Unmistakable yeasty wheat but lemon zest def steals the show. This guy brings me back home every time.

Lemon and citrus are up front in this mellow wheat. Nothing that's going to upset the palate on this smooth ride.

An unmistakable taste of the Midwest. Easy drinkin and laid back Its always too long for me between sessions of this lovable ole guy. Don't get me wrong nothing to knock your socks off here, but if your in for a night of drinking and you need a reliable buddy he's here for you with just the right amount of kick to bring you along.

bfields4, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of mothman
3.68/5  rDev +4%

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.

mothman, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of aletales
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%

I watched as a friend of mine sipped his boulevard wheat out of a 24 oz glass. He was smiling, definitely enjoying his choice of brew. I asked for one. I couldn't help it. The misty golden color captivated me, but the moment I tasted it I realized that my expectations would go unmet. It was drinkable, but totally unremarkable. Its flavors were too light at the beginning, the middle and at the end. On my palate, its thinness left me wanting more, so I had a Chimay.

aletales, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of CMW
2.93/5  rDev -17.2%

The beer pours a hazy golden yellow with a one-finger bright white head. The majority of the head dissipates quickly leaving a quarter of an inch cap that remains throughout. As I work through the brew I notice very little lacing is left in the glass. Carbonation is also very present upon further inspection.

Nothing earth shattering here. I detect some lemon zest and other citrus fruits. Of course, there is a large helping of earthy yeast as well. I do not pick up any clove or banana flavors which are present in many similar wheat beers.

The taste of this beer is fairly straightforward. Citrus flavors are present up front along with a nice shot of yeast. This brew definitely has a baked bread taste to it. However, I found this beer to be somewhat watered down and too light. In addition, the carbonation makes this beer much crisper than I would prefer.

While this beer is extremely drinkable given the light body and mild flavors, it doesn't set my world on fire. It comes through as slightly bland and watered down.

CMW, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of Mistofminn
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%

Bottle from a Boulevard 12-Pack Sampler purchased at Surdyk's. Has a drink-by date of 03/01/09 stamped on.

Poured into my Weizen glass. Pours a cloudy golden-yellow (it better, it's unfiltered). There is a tiny bit of yeast that is settled at the bottom of the bottle, which reassures you they put it in there right before packaging on purpose. Has a bubbly white head of about 1 finger width in size, that dissipates quickly and completely. No lacing is present.

Aroma is of wheat and yeast. It's very light and has a sort of sweetness to it. I also get kind of a honey or caramel smell here.

The taste is very mild, but very enjoyable. Initially you are hit with a slight acidic quality, which quickly mellows out into a smooth wheat taste. Minimal hop presence.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery, but it works. Crisp and refreshing, this is something I would love to enjoy on a hot summer day.

Superior drinkablility. If I ever have to decide a beer that will be a gateway beer into the craft world for a friend or acquaintance, I'll hand them one of these.

Mistofminn, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of Beerbuddha
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%

Appearance: This beer poured a hazy straw color with a nice white head. Lacing was present but minimal.

Smell: Wow. What a great aroma. Banana's, lemons, oranges. Very strong and impressive aroma.

Taste: Very crisp beer with a nice wheat taste accompanied by hints of lemon and other fruits. Hop character was very low.

Mouthfeel: Light body with high carbonation.

Overall: Man, in terms of drinkability this was VERY easy to drink. Flavor wasn't much but the aroma was very impressive. Great example of the style. This is definitely a great summer beer.

Beerbuddha, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of johnnybgood1999
4.68/5  rDev +32.2%

I think this wheat deserves a little higher rating than what it has, but hey, everbody's different. I think most people rate wheat beers pretty low, expecting to get a Belgian or IPA. This wheat, like many others has very light flavors.

A: Very murky unfiltered wheat. Looks like wheat has been thrown into the glass.

S: Citrusy.

T: Just as good as some popular wheats like Pyramid and Pal. Great with a lemon. I know many frown on this but it works here. Very citrusy and grainy tasting. Probably the best after being out in the heat and having some evening beer.

M: Lots of bubbles from the carbonation. In between light and meium in body and feel.

D: Stellar. So refreshing. You could just suck these down like a bud light or something if you chose to.

johnnybgood1999, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of Haybeerman
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%

A: Fairly clear golden color. Poured a 1 finger stark white head that dissipated quicly. Inconsistent light lacing.

S: Sweet wheat malts, citrus and lemon zest.

T: Consistent with smell though flavors were a bit muted. Mild hops come in for balance.

M: Light body; a bit thin. Ample carbonation. Smooth and refreshing with a tangy finish.

D: Light, smooth and refreshing with fair flavor. Knocked back a few of these.

Haybeerman, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of KarlHungus
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of tangy wheat with a hint of banana. The taste is like the aroma, but without the banana. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a decent wheat beer. However, instead of showing me how good wheat beer can be it reminds me of how great other wheat beers are. I could drink this again, but there are so many better wheat beers out there that I can't see myself making it back to this one anytime soon.

KarlHungus, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of OStrungT
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%

This beer pours a pale slightly hazy yellow color, with a very thin white head. The head fades very fast, leaving minimal lace.

This beer has a very mellow spicy aroma. Some grainy flavor is present. It also has a slightly citrusy aroma. It is pretty bland.

This beer tastes like it smells. Some lemon zest, and a slightly spicy flavor.

This beer is thin. It leaves a very slight citrusy aftertaste. It is carbonated well.

This beer might make a great session beer. The flavor is not aggressive, or bad, and it is low in alcohol.

Overall: Thank you Vancer for this beer. You are a good man. I liked this beer, but I found it to be rather boring. I may be a caught up in the extreme beer trend, but this was just not aggressive enough. For what it was, it was pretty good though.

OStrungT, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of hoplover82
3.68/5  rDev +4%

Pours an almost clear to hazy bright golden color with a bubbly white head that dissapears before you can say "beer". Very bubbly. No lace at all. No head. Just bubbles.

The aroma is light with lemony citrus like I squeezed lemon juice in there. But I didn't. Light citrus hop aroma. Smells kinda like a lager.

Tasts like a lager. Same as it smell. Not too many wheat byproducts, covered up by the hops.

Very light bodied and too effervecent for me. I know a wheat beer should be effervecent but man, calm it down.

Drinkabliblity is ok.

hoplover82, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%

Pours a cloudy yellow color. Pours a 1/3 inch head with decent retention. There's decent to good lacing. Smells of sweet malt and slight fruit. Fits the style. Tastes of sweet malt and a light fruit. Very crisp, low carbonation, wheat. Overall, not too bad a little too weak for my tastes, but easy to drink.

Tone, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of sprucetip
3.08/5  rDev -13%

From a bottle into glass jar at a bar serving mainly macros.

Cloudy, pale yellow, virtually no head at all.

Sweet tart candy, strongly at first, is what came to mind. I've never described a beer that way. A hint of malt and subtle aroma of Bavarian yeast strain.

Lightly grainy and mildly German yeasty. Not too much else.

Highly carbonated, but pretty thin. Pleasant texture when fizzing dies down. Not much body.

Not much there to slow you down and just enough flavor to keep you going. Thin lawnmower beer. Serviceable as token craft brew in macro bar. Not running out to the beer store to find it.

sprucetip, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of colts9016
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%

A cloudy pale straw color with little to no head. The aroma has wheat and citrus malt and a hint of yeast.
The taste is wheat, hint of citrus and a slight floral.
Mouth feel is carbonated and astringent.
Overall it is a good wheat and very drinkable.

colts9016, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of Jayli
3.08/5  rDev -13%

Pours a very cloudy light gold in color. There wasn't much of a head - though that may have been the bartenders pour.
The scent is of slight lemon...and wheat presence. There is a touch more flavor in the taste than there was in the smell - though not a whole lot more. This is definitely a mild and muted beer. The beer is extremely light bodied.

Jayli, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of redjameskidd
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

I think it should be noted that this beer is a very good example of the "American wheat" style, and is therefore lacking the banana/clove tastes that so bug me in hefeweizens.

That said, it's an easy-drinking bottle or pint. Crisp, clean, creamy grain taste with little else. Very inoffensive beer that would probably be good for introducing someone to a non light-lager style.

redjameskidd, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of msubulldog25
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%

The final bottle from a mixed selection of Boulevards, courtesy mnwags. A 12 oz. twist-capped bottle, poured to a pint glass. BEST BY: 12/14/08

A: Hiss from the cap and a release of pale wheat-gold. Capped with a thin-looking fizzing head of large whitish bubbles; gone so quickly - I counted 12 seconds between ending the pour and watching the last of the head fade away. A bit of yeast stuck on the bottom; a swirl of the last ounce or so created a slightly milky haze and a deepened orange color. Decent carbonation, no lace whatsoever.

S: This bottle sat a little while out of the fridge, so a bit warmer pour elicited a fuller aroma: sweet and lightly spicy wheat, hints of clove. Yeast gives a phenolic fruit; gentle hops give a touch of lemon citrus.

T: Wheat and yeast pretty much sums it up; vague ripe fruit (melon) and a hint of clove. There's a twist of lemon, and a grassy/hay that binds loosely. Mostly malty touched with honey sweetness, then the finish has a mineral bittering to it - one which I'd liken to a sip of Pellegrino sparkling water.

M: Thin mouthfeel: somewhat watery and without much lingering flavor. Some carbonated fizzle upfront, a bland malt/yeast grit clings on the lips and tip of tongue.

D: Fairly benign beer, all things considered. Not pretty to look at, but pretty decent in the other categories. One of those 'meh' kind of experiences, I'm thinking, "ok, what's next?" and I'm only halfway through the glass. Easy enough to finish, but not one I'd need to have again. Of the 6 Boulevards I tried, this was the least impressive (still, thanks for the gift, Nick).

msubulldog25, Nov 23, 2008
Unfiltered Wheat from Boulevard Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 1,481 ratings.