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Unfiltered Wheat - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,534 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,534
Reviews: 506
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.93%
Wants: 26
Gots: 127 | FT: 4
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 Cubsfan1087
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a beer that I really won't drink from the bottle. I first had it on-tap and haven't been able to make the switch to bottle. It's a very flavorful, yet light beer. My girlfriend will order it when we're out, and she's not much of a beer drinker so that shows that the drinkability is relatively high. This is a great option if you're looking for a good wheat brew.

Cubsfan1087, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of jeranbrews
2.55/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Yellow lemon-straw color. Neon. Cloudy witbier characteristics. About 1/2 a finger of puff-cloud white head. And some not-bad lacing. Not much continued carbonation.

S - Lemonade, dish-cleaner, and a bit of yeast. Near the end of the glass I got a bit of a mild hop smell, but by then my opionons had already been made.

T - Crisp, very little hop and only a tiny bit of malt to taste. Some noticeable lemon/acidic tones, but overall lacks character.

M - Light bodied, thin but slightly fizzy with a bit of mouth coating texture.

D - Like that carbonated lemon water they sell to joggers. Needs more beer characteristics. Lots of lemon and not much else. Easy to drink yes, but in a girly way.

jeranbrews, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of u2carew
2.1/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz stubby. Brought back from Nebraska by a buddy. Consumed 11/23/09.
A) Pours with very little... actually no head. No lacing. Slight haze but still a touch of clarity. Gold in color.
S) Faint citrus notes. Overall aroma, nearly none existent.
T) Light citrus orange and wheat taste. Mellow malt sweetness. No after taste. Finishes weak and empty.
M) Fizzy. Light dryness. Light body.
D) Feels like a beer in mouthfeel. Looks bad. Smells like nothing and tastes weak ... did I get a bad beer?

u2carew, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of jwc215
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
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!

jwc215, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of bbkd3b
2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pretty good looking beer overall. Pours a nice golden color, decent clarity and with a nice carbonated look. White head with decent retention, but no lacing.

S: Not much of a scent to mention. Faint wheat smell is about all I could pick up from this.

T: Wheat is definitely the best descriptor here. Seems like it needs something else to back it up, but it works alone. Maybe a hint of citrus in there. I like to squeeze some lemon into it to help the flavor.

M: The aftertaste wasn't all that weloming to me, but it had good carbonation. The body was a little to heavy for me.

D: The more you drink, the less you notice the poorer qualities of the brew. So, this is actual an easy-to-drink beer.

Overall/notes: I've had a ton of experiences with this beer. It's in the bottle and on-tap everywhere in CoMo. Nothing great, but an okay beer. I'd like to reiterate: it works a lot better with a lemon.

bbkd3b, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of Ueberales
2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12-oz bottle (with a twist-off cap)
The brewer claims the beer is bottle-conditioned, but I saw no evidence of yeast residue in the bottle
Appearance: Quite good - pale yellow with a classic cloudy unfiltered look. Carbonation appropriate for style, but with a very weak, unstable head.

Taste: Nothing exceptional here. Little to no yeast character. Tends toward a Berlin or American wheat vs. a Bavarian. Very slight hop bitterness persists well after tasting.

Smell: A faint fruity aroma, but not much more.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: Could be a good session beer. Satisfying without being filling.

Ueberales, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of Pusa
2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearace: Pours with little to no head. Settles as a golden cloud, with small bubbles floating up.

Smell: A mild wheat and hop.

Taste: Initially crisp and carbonated with a watery wheat flavor. There is a hint of lemon. With more drinks it loses everything but the water wheat flavor.

Mouthfeel: It is crisp and carbonated but with some weight as well.

Drinkability: As a Kansas Citian this was the first beer outside of Budweiser I'd tried. It was also the beer that showed there was more to beer than the watery taste of Budweiser and other such beers. Coming back to it years later, the Unfiltered Wheat is not quite what I remember. It lacks taste and smell, but overall it is an average American wheat and a decent beer to sip on.

Pusa, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of JEdmund
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance
Small, wimpy white head (even poured aggressively); nearly clear, yellow

Smell
Lemon, grass...nothing heavy on the banana and clove typically found in this style---barely perceptible if at all

Taste & Body
Very light and approachable; body is light with a good, tight carbonation; soft bready malts cover the flavor spectrum, though a small amount of bitterness does present itself in the end, in a lemon-like flavor

Overall
A great intro beer for the macro-lover, but pretty mild and uninspired for more well-versed drinkers.

JEdmund, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of Reaper16
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've never reviewed this Kansas City staple? Guess its time to.

12oz. bottle served into a pint glass

Pours beer yellow. This is the color of beer to a lot of people. That may be a negative to some people so fret not -- thar be cloudyness upon yonder glass. The unfiltered nature of this pale wheat results in an expected cloudy appearance. White head, two fingers of it that don't retain. No one imagined this beer to look anything other than this.

There is certainly a lot of wheat used in the mix. The zippy tang of wheat is the dominant aroma here, as well it should be. Along with that are whisps of hay and a decent bit of citrus zest. The hay manifests itself more as a hoppy smell as the beer warms.

Light, wheaty, refreshing. What else do you need to know about the taste? Tangy and lemony wheat flavors are helped along by sharp bittering hops. I usually get kisses of honey when this beer is on-tap, but not from this bottle. This is not a complex beer but it does exactly what it sets out to accomplish.

Good body; not too thin or thick. Just good enough to be mostly unnoticeable. The drinkability is pretty insane, as it should be for any pale wheat worth its salt.

This beer serves an important purpose. It is the largest selling craft beer in the American Midwest. As such, it is the introduction to craft beer for a great many people. It was my first craft beer and look at me now, ma! Kansas City loves this beer; it competes very well with established BMC brands -- its hard to find a Shock Top or Blue Moon tap in KC because BLVD Wheat is so popular. This beer pays the bills and allows Boulevard to make their consistently amazing Smokestack Series. But all of that doesn't mean that Unfiltered Wheat isn't itself an enjoyable product. This is decent beer.

Reaper16, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of mmva321
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

Theme for the review: orange.

A: Like a pale orange. A thin and pale yellow-orange with a little head that goes away in the blink of an eye and leaves no laceing.

S: Wheat and citrus, like an orange peel. A very good scent, though it could have been stronger and more pungent.

T: Taste follows suit, though it's a little stronger than the scent. Wheat and hops flavors are pretty overpowered by the strong and sweet citrus flavors. It actually leaves an aftertaste not unlike orange juice.

M: A little thin, but that suits it pretty well. Kind of fizzy also.

D: A very crisp and refreshing drink that makes this a very pleasurable experience. Aside from the disappointing appearance, it really holds up.

mmva321, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of SFLpunk
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quick reveiw:
12oz squatty brown glass twist-top bottle. Neck stamped Best By 01-03-10.

Pours hazy orange/yellow with no head. Nose is really dusty and dry like powdered orange peel. Palate is light and almost tart with sour orange flavors. Nice long finish. Lots of citrus notes.

A nicely made American wheat beer without being out of balance and tasting artificial.

SFLpunk, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of CHL
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Smith's Marketplace in Salt Lake City, of all places. It has a "best by" date in January 2010, now November 2009.

Very exciting pour--the carbonation whips up a frothy head that clings to the inside of the glass, getting whipped up as I swirl out the yeast. The head settles down to a white ring above a hazy and bubbly straw colored beer.

Tastes mostly wheaty, as expected, but there's something else in the scent. Almost like a clove or fruity hop scent. This isn't born out by the taste though, which is dominated by yeast. It's crisp and refreshing, with some wheat-tasting malt and light noble hops. I love the beer for the simple refreshing taste.

The beer feels thin, and the carbonation seems to rapidly dissipate after the bottle is opened, but it's very refreshing and drinkable. I could probably have a pitcher of this during a hot summer night. I bet it's better on tap.

CHL, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of Beaver13
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, dated 9/18/09? (hard to read probably a bit old). Pours a hazy golden yellow with a big rocky white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass some.

The aroma is subdued - wheaty malts and lemon with a little yeast.

The flavor is wheaty bready malts and some lemon with a little spice and some earthy yeast in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied and kind of watery with very spritzy carbonation.

Overall, an OK wheat. Not much there, but it's not bad.

Beaver13, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of HeroJH
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice example of a wheat. Like I said on other Boulevard Beers, I think these are nice examples of each style. Right in the middle where you can show a friend what a style is, and then venture out from there.

A - golden yellow, decent white head
S - some of what you'd expect from a nice wheat, but just toned down a bit.
T - Again, a bit thin in flavor, but tastes like a wheat beer. not very interesting really
M - thin
D - it's ok, but not interesting enough for me to have another.

HeroJH, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of schoolboy
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have never seen any Boulevard product locally in NE Ohio. I picked up a sampler 12 pack in Krogers when we went on a little vacation in Nashville TN.

This is a great beginners wheat. It is very much an excuse-me wheat. It doesn't hit you in the head and it won't offend anyone. This being the first of the Boulevards I have tried, I hope the others are more distinctive, but this really is a quality brew, it just isn't heavy or rude. It's refined. Even the stuff in the bottom of the bottle is smooth. You could drink these all day long.

Recommended. I'll bet it's great on tap, outside on a real hot day. Unfortunately, I am having it (mostly warm, as I would prefer) on a really cool day. Indoors. I just have to imagine the poolside, my pool is closed for the season.

schoolboy, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of tai4ji2x
2.85/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this was an extra in a trade. sorry, i forgot who it was. if you know, please feel free to tell me.

12oz bottle. best by date of 07/04/09. tasted in mid-may 2009. poured into shaped pint glass.

light golden straw color, very hazy with yeast swirled in. fizzy 1-finger head, soon fades to just a ring. lacing never sticks.

smells like a pilsner (lightly toasted, bready malt, noble hop-like herbal floweriness) with touch of apple skin and peach fruitiness. trace of... clove? ...maybe?

very similar in flavor, with mild bitterness. watery and a bit bland, with just a hint of citrus.

feel is thin and watery too, but with moments of smoothness, punctuated by light acidity. light to moderate, sometimes fluffy carbonation.

tai4ji2x, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of bmwats
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Cloudy golden yellow color. Medium carbonation pours into a half finger, bubbly, white head. Quickly settles and pretty much disintegrates completely.

S: Really grainy. You get wheat, yeast, and freshly cut grass. Some lemon, more orange really, citrus. Maybe a bit of clove as well.

T: Wheat, and a little of that citrus. Not much else.

M: Pungent, and a little tinny. Light body, not much of an aftertaste.

D: Drinkable... Nice balance, decent flavor.

Really nice atmosphere. Decent appearance, and solid, complex, but somewhat subtle nose. Flavor is nice, and feel is ok. Overall, this is a pretty nice quaff.

bmwats, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of simmons
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cloudy pale yellow beer with no head which was surprising because wheat beer usually have huge heads.
Aroma: Wheat!!!! & more wheat. No hop aroma, no cloves or spice from yeast...just wheat.
Flavor: This is a very basic wheat beer nothing over the top but a good session beer. No hops or yeast profile just a mild breadish wheat flavor.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied beer with a smooth wheat after taste and moderately carbonated.
Overall: This is an average wheat beer, nothing special but a solid session beer.

simmons, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of brownbeer
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle pours hazy yellow in color.

I can hear the beer crackling in the glass. Upon smelling I get that it's lemony with sweet malty and musty notes. Not bad though it does fade quickly.

Smooth texture, zesty lemon toward the finish.

While it's not really full or complex, it makes for a good session or a transition beer for people who haven't had a lot of luck with ales.

brownbeer, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of Billolick
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 ounce metal that were available all over Kansas City during my recent visit. Light tangarine in color, minimal head and lace, A light wiff of fruit, lemon, yeast. Light fruit, light lemon, some yeasty/wheatyness. Just nothing special...decent warm weather sessioner or to wash down a burger, not much beyond the basics.

Billolick, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of Snyder18
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Yellow and Cloudy. 2 inch head medium retention. Falls to no perceivable head leaving a very small amount of faint, sticky lace.

Smell - Citrusy and spicy with a faint floral hop aroma.

Taste - Wheat, yeasty, slightly sour, citrus, with a very nicely played hop bitterness as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel - Light body, high carbonation level.

Drinkability - excellent session beer until the carbonation and subtle sour flavor catch up with you.

Snyder18, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of Docer
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Update***

Bought an aluminum pint bottle, drinking 07/26/2011

Appearance: (4.0)
- Nice cloudy unfiltered creamed corn yellow. Light zesty orange hue sits beneath a quickly fizzling white fluffy finger of head. Leaves just some scattered dusting about the surface.

Smell: (4.0)
- Nice fruity and zesty smelling wheat beer. I immediately want to start chugging this bad boy just based on the wonderful smell. Light sweet malts, lightly bready and biscuity.. somewhat grassy and earthy. Fluid hides much of it all though.

Taste: (4.5)
- Wonderful citrus and zesty fruity wheat. Light sweet wheat malts, light honey, and bready character. Lemon zest, grassy and herbal. Certainly a refreshing sessionable brew. Very good and solid.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Light bodied, slightly creamy, and certainly mouth watering. Slightly drying and a touch chewy. Overall this beer has some great qualities.

Overall: (4.0)
- Certainly a stand-out wheat. Light bready and zesty this one is. Very refreshing while still having some great flavor. I love the packaging and the fact that the aluminum bottle is a full pint. The price was a bit steep for my taste, but it doesn't affect my judging of what's inside.

--->

Acquired as an extra in a recent trade... hot day seems perfect for it.., best by 10/10/09.

- Very light straw-yellow cloudy unfiltered look... small amount of white head that quickly disappeared and left a bit of lingering lace.

- Mild sweet ester, light banana, bread, honey..

- Pleasant sweet wheat, bit of grape, slight sing, some crisp herb.. light honey...

- Zingy sour touch, watery after-feel.. slight bready chewiness..

- Not bad at all, great carbonation, looks pretty, smells pretty... and is overall a decent wheat. Some of the low marks I think are from fans that are just not a fan of the style.

Docer, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of GbVDave
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from two 12oz bottles into two generic goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Best By 09/18/09

A: Pours a cloudy peachy color with a fizzy, one-finger head on top that disappears immediately leaving no lace.

S: Aromas of toasted grain, lemony citrus, and a touch of white grape.

T: Identical to the smell with a little less white grape sweetness.

M: Prickly and sticky. Too much carbonation.

D: Not terrible, but I can think of a ton of other APWA's I'd reach for over this one.

GbVDave, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of NODAK
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma here is of about a bushel of wheat and some sweetness as well. I like it.

Taste is not overally tart as many of this style are...it's actually fairly sweet (apples maybe?) and fruity at first but ends up with a tart twang towards the end. Finishes with a decent bit of wheat present. Somewhat tangy and fruity on the finish. No hop presence to speak of. Pretty clean, very little left over in aftertaste.

The taste was a little offputting at first but it's not bad and certainly drinkable on those hot summer days.

NODAK, Jul 18, 2009
Unfiltered Wheat from Boulevard Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 1,534 ratings.