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Unfiltered Wheat - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Unfiltered WheatUnfiltered Wheat

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1,507 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,507
Reviews: 505
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 26
Gots: 116 | 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 TPSReports
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour out of the tap into my mason jar produced a nice white head, say .75 inches. It doesn't last and has no lacing. Note, the beer is served with a lemon, which I found strange. Normally, I'm totally against fruit and beer. The only thing worse is rasberries and chocolate. Anyway....

Smell, a hint of orange with some grains.

The beer is nice with a mild fruit taste without the lemon. With the lemon, this brew transforms into something that needs to be drunk. Quickly. With GREAT enjoyment. This a a poundable delightful ale..

With fruit, this beer has a lemony taste. Shocking. Very little hoppiness, which appeals to me greatly.

I can drink this all night. The low alcohol volume assists me in this activity.

A GREAT refreshing summer beer. If I owned a kegerator, this would be in there all summer.


TPSReports, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of everetends
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz stubby bottle I got to enjoy at Effina's Italian Restaurant in Jacksonville, AL. The bartender was excited to have a new beer and he invited me out to give it a go and let him know what I think. Kind of a big deal considering they only stock 3 bottled beers (Peroni and New Castle being the other offerings). Served up in a nonic imperial pint (all the beer glassware they have).

A: Pours a very hazy sunny yellow color. The haze adds a little bit of a white character to the color. Held to the light you get more of light, lemony color. The cloud is pretty heavy, but you really don't see much in debris, no real heavy substance. Head was a bit of let down here. I got maybe a finger at best in three bottles. It took some work to build up that much and there was no real lasting power to it. The head disappears rather quickly and there is no lace to speak of. Good looking, but it could have more going for it.

S: Smell is pretty light and earthy. Earthy was absolutely expected considering the wheat. The wheat presence is nice and slightly sweet. The hops that come out appear to be of a grassy quality. Getting some decent fruit presence. There is definitely some lemon, and then in the back ground there may be some red apple and pineapple as well. With all that there, it is a bit light and airy. I feel the wheat and other aromas could be a bit more pronounced.

T: I feel where the aroma lacks, the flavor comes through. Really nice and earthy wheat presence. The wheat is hearty and a touch sweet, working nicely with the light pale malt presence. The hops are light but present, bringing a grassy and lemony quality. There is absolutely a pineapple note in here that works very nicely. Maybe a touch of apple in the background. Very satisfying.

M: Maybe the medium side of light in body. It is light but it has some weight to it. Carbonation is not crazy, but it is enough to keep this brew crisp and refreshing. No need to talk about ABV because it is pretty low and doesn't show up in any form. Finish stays pretty clean, only leaving a touch of lemon and pineapple in the aftertaste.

D: I really enjoyed this. I was incredibly thirsty after work and this hit the spot. Worked my way through 4 of these easily and they refreshed nicely and sit lightly. Didn't feel it was a chore to drink and it makes a very nice summer brew. Told the bartender it is absolutely a contender in a good starter craft to keep at the bar since he is trying to slowly work in a craft beer selection that would appeal to the masses in our town. I think this is a good easy drinker that can be enjoyed by all. Enjoyed it for sure.

everetends, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of glid02
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at various locations around Columbia, MO.

Pours a nearly opaque lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of grassy wheat with hints of clove but almost nothing else.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Grassy flavors up front are mellowed about a bit by wheat twang. As with the smell, mild clove flavors are present but only in short supply. Ending is mildly dry.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. As I indicated above, I had a few of these throughout my stay in Columbia and enjoyed them all well enough.

Overall this is a wheat beer that's not that bad but it's also not that good. Not a bad option overall.

glid02, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of wheatyweiss
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a small wheat glass, which wasn't neccessary.

Pours a light straw with a nearly present head that collapses to a bit of spotty cap. No lacing.

Smells a bit warmer than a regular pale wheat. Light wheat malt and a slight amoutn of sweetness. Yeast with lemon, orange and biscuits.

Flavor is of pale wheat malt and fruity yeast. The flavor is like watery lemonade mixed with half hefe and half american macro, I just don't get it. There is a smalish amount of grassiness that I just can't place.

Mouthfeel is super carbonated and crisp, the carbonation cutting the sweetness lets me know that if not for the carbo, this beer would be lemonade with a yeast contaminant.

Do not reccomend, easy to drink, but no flavor.

wheatyweiss, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of yesferro
2.45/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Got a 6 pack at the Beverage warehouse in Arab AL, really looked forward to this beer, nice packaging, looked interesting, I have never had any other Boulevard beers but read good things about it so I gave this a shot, and I am far from impressed. It starts out good, the beer looks nice, a nice yellow with a little bit of head, the smell wasn't too special, yeast and maybe some citrus, really not that strong, and that's about as good as it gets, this beer barely has any flavor at all, o it is fizzy, but not tasty. If I had to say anything I'd say maybe some citrus but it's really not strong, no real aftertaste either. Not too happy with this beer, this is my first and last 6 pack of this.

yesferro, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of Rayek
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy straw with middling carbonation. Foamy white head starts OK and quickly settles to a thin film. Leaves bits of lace.

S: Musty, yeasty, plus a touch of clove and bit of lemon.

T: Mostly raw bread. There's a mild lemon bitterness that's helped by a small amount of clove to create balance. Finishes tart and slightly sour. As the beer warms, the sourness becomes more prevalent.

M: Medium light body is grainy and has harsh carbonation.

D: This is OK to me, but not great. American Pale Wheat isn't my favorite style, so I'm sure I'm feeling a touch of bias. As a session beer, Unfiltered would do nicely.

Rayek, May 30, 2009
Photo of kimcgolf
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a slightly cloudy, pale lemony-yellow with thin white head thatg disspiates soon and a little carbonation throughout. Nose is citrusy wheat, with a touch of hops and graininess. Mouthfeel is slightly tingly with a body a little on the thin side. Taste tries to pick up the lemony citrus and wheat of the nose, but seems to be just as much of grain. Finish is slightly watery, short and uninteresting. A ho-hum beer.

kimcgolf, May 27, 2009
Photo of Ricelikesbeer
2.83/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

part of the boulevard summer sampler. Pours thin and watered down, not a great appearence here. kinda reminds me of my last drug test for a job I took.... smell and taste are pretty weak too. Feel like I'm barely drinking beer here. By far the worst beer in the sampler, which otherwise, was very good. The only saving grace here is the drinkability. Ovbviously they were going for an easy drinking summer beer, but this lacks any resemblence of anything worth mentioning. Wouldn't recommend, even as a summer lawnmowing type beer.

Ricelikesbeer, May 20, 2009
Photo of dismal
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle There was a best by date on the bottle, this particular bottle was still fresh for another couple months. Poured a cloudy very very pale yellow, pale straw color with a nice white head. Leaves nice lacing down the glass. The smell didn't do much for me, wasn't too impressed with it. Wheat, citrus, yeast. Nothing really jumped out to much. Compared to the smell, I was actually surprised by the taste. I didn't think I was going to be able to get into this one but once I tasted it I found I enjoyed it. Wheat and a faint citrus taste. Really refreshing beer, goes down pretty good. Not a style of beer I particularly love, but I enjoy this wheat beer.

dismal, May 11, 2009
Photo of climax
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow, a finger or two of head faded quick.

Smell is wheat, and citrus, with notes of coriander and some ripened fruit.

Flavor is along the same lines as the nose. There is a good yeast presence for the most part, a citrus tang and coriander in the finish....if you can see through the carbonation

Body is not bad, not thin or watery. There is definitely a blast of sharp carbonation, perhaps too much. Otherwise the yeasty mouthfeel remained through the finish

Nothing special, but it's got availability and drinkability. Refreshing and probably non-offensive to someone who your trying to get into the better beer scene.

climax, May 05, 2009
Photo of beerindex
1.78/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had a 12oz bottle, about a year past its freshness date. The beer was a sort of hazy yellow with no real head to speak of, its little bit retreating rather quickly. Tastewise, it was an overly simple wheat beer with citrus hints that were too mild to give the beer any real worth. It is drinkable if nothing better is on hand (as was the case last night when I tried this), but is otherwise undeserving of your time and money.

beerindex, May 03, 2009
Photo of drpimento
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hot a bad beer. Poured with a white head and no lace. Head almost completely disappeard quickly. Hazy yellow color. Mild wheat beer aroma. Flavor is citrusy as described. Sweet/tart, clean. Pleasant finish. Edgy carbonation. Good summertime beer. Could be a session beer.

drpimento, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of cadizkyguy
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From notes, on Friday, April 10, 2009, I am very impressed with this Boulevard beer. Started off my drinking night with Dale's Pale Ale, then Green Flash West Coast IPA, and then Boulevard's unfiltered wheat, and this one not only put out the hop fire in my mouth, but it was incredibly delicious. I don't understand all the negative reviews on here, because this one hits the mark with me. I guess that's the beauty of BA -- everyone's tastes are different. I wrote Boulevard and told them of my fondness for its unfiltered wheat and they thanked me for my nice comments. This will be a regular in my beer rotation. Thanks Boulevard for not only nice packaging, and freshness dates, but at Friar Tuck in Savoy, IL, a reasonably priced six pack ($6.99).

cadizkyguy, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of naterock
2.63/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Let me say that I used to drink the hell out of this when I was first getting into beer and I am simply re-visiting it.

poured piss yellow and cloudy with a one finger foamy white head.

smelled of wheat malt and an off-putting yeast.

taste is very bland, really kinda sour and uninviting. wheaty malt is so thin and faint.

I used to slam these down in college but for now it was a drain pour for me. Sorry Boulevard but this one was brewed for the masses and they can keep it.

naterock, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of barnzy78
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

12oz stub. Pours a cloudy and hazy pale yellow with a minimal white head that dissipates very quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass. Aromas are wheat, yeast, and lemon, with slight hints of orange. Mouth-feel is over carbonated and seems rather fizzy in the mouth. Tastes are similar to aromas - yeast, lemon, wheat, trace hop and grassy finish for balance. Quenching for a hot summer day. Very drinkable and one of my favorites for the style.

barnzy78, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of Kromes
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color with a thin head that dies down to a thin line of bubbles. Even though it is unfiltered this beer was not as cloudy as most wheat beers. Wasn't too impressed with the aromas, or lack of aromas. I could barely detect a fruity yeasty aroma. Flavors are also very simple and muted, a slight bready citrus and that is about it. The finish is nice, a crisp dry finish similar to a white wine. This is very drinkable, however it could have used more aroma and flavor.

Kromes, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of eyncognito
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Hazy yellow-bright, only a small white head that quickly receded into disk before fading completely, no lacing. Smell is mild, hints of lemon, wheat malt. The lemon is somewhat muted, no rich citrus or banana or spice in the nose, truly an American Wheat, none of the yeasts or esters from its German ancestor, nor are any hops evident in the aroma. Meh.

Taste is somewhat bland like the aroma-mild wheat malts, the lemon is present, not to mention pleasant. More tangy and tart than sweet which I prefer in a American Pale Wheat, finishes slightly dry. Quenching I suppose, certainly a good option for the summer months. As it warmed, notes of banana and spice peek out, but only sightly. Where was this? Certainly not in the aroma.

Mouthfeel is somewhat bland, could use a little more carbonation, body light, if not slightly watery, but not entirely unpleasant. This beer's low abv makes it sessionable in the strictest sense of the word. Ok, not unpleasant, but I can find better wheat beers than this.

eyncognito, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of mizzourah
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A- It's a cloudy yellow with light carbonation. The head was thin, off white and didn't stick around for very long.

S- Mostly citruses, especially lemon and orange.

T- It is dominated by lemon and orange taste with a little bit of wheat in the background. There is a small bite of hops at the end to balance the beer but it's not very powerful. As it warms the citrus seems more powerful.

M- It's a fairly light beer and almost reminds me of drinking a carbonated fruit drink.

D- Boulevard Wheat is widely available in Missouri and is a good fall back when at the bar. There is good reason for this. It's extremely drinkable and not high in alcohol, which makes it a great session beer. It's also very refreshing during a hot day and is a good alternative during football season and tailgates.

mizzourah, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of Vixie
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Was mainly a yellow color with just a hint of orange. Looked more like a juice drink than a beer.

Smell wasn't real strong ,a little sweet, as well as a bread like scent.

Taste was ok, started citruisy, a lot of lemon, and a touch of wheat. Finished with a light hoppiness. Nothing too complex here, although wasn't bad.

I'd consider the mouthfeel to be average, not too thin, but not really anything that stood out.

I do rate this beer high on the drinkability, it does go down smooth and easy, and would be easy to have several of these. Very nice choice for just a simple beer you want to enjoy,without getting too deep into its profile. Also would be a good choice for a hot day.

Vixie, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of badmandy
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Poured a medium yellow straw color with a finger of head that quickly dissipates. Smells lightly citrus. An easy drinking beer, almost too light for my taste. Smooth up front with a bitter end note. Makes a solid session beer.

badmandy, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 10/4/2008 (Draft @ Stag's Head):

Pours a cloudy, almost electric yellow colored body, with a white color head, small. Has a fruity smell, almost like a peach. Fizzy aroma, but not too strong. Has a watery wheat fruit kind of taste. Fizzy, bad malty taste. Dusty.

jujubeast6000, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of Traquairlover
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Slightly hazy green gold, almost looks like a lemonade, medium white head forms but quickly fizzes down into a small layer of foam on surface.

S = Lemons, oranges, light smell of fresh hay, very subdued.

T&D = Light and refreshing with hints of lemon and fresh bread dough. Fairly long dry bitter sweet finish. Fair drinkability, this is one that could easily be used for session drinking at the bar.

M = Light body, fizzy carbonation, decent mouthcoating.

Traquairlover, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of PirateUlf73
2.78/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Light and very cloudy golden-yellow color with a decent white head that died after a minute or so.

S: Nose picks up hints of wheat, yeast and some citrus notes, mostly lemon and orange. Some unknown spice is also present.

T: Light wheat flavors and a bit of yeasty twang, but not much else.

M: Very light-bodied with a lot of carbonation. Finishes clean of any sort of taste.

D: Goes down easily enough.

I was very disappointed with this one. I've enjoyed it in the past when I was still getting my beer chops, but my experience has amplified the flaws of this beer. My biggest gripe is with the mouthfeel. Way too light-bodied. Way too much carbonation, which really got in the way of what little flavor there was to begin with. It goes down smooth and easy, so it may be a decent transition beer for some, but I can only tentatively recommend that. This is by far the weakest of Boulevard's year-round beers. I seem to remember it being slightly better on tap, so I'll have to test that theory.

PirateUlf73, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of GilGarp
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from a stubby brown bottle into a pint glass. It has a hazy straw yellow color with barely any head at all. Even a strong swirl of the glass fails to bring much to the top.

Aroma is pretty weak with a medicinal lemon scent.

Flavor is better but still lacking. It has a slightly tart lemon flavor that makes the bland wheat background just a little more interesting.

Mouthfeel is fine for the style. It's light in body and has a medium carbonation level. Drinkability is good and I'm sure it would satisfy more on a hot summer day. Unfortunately, it came up way short today.

GilGarp, Mar 12, 2009
Unfiltered Wheat from Boulevard Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 1,507 ratings.