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Unfiltered Wheat - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Unfiltered WheatUnfiltered Wheat

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1,413 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,413
Reviews: 499
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 25
Gots: 86 | 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 turbine2475


3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Golden hazy pour with a small vanilla head that disipates slowly with a light lace.
S - Not that impressed with the aroma. Mild citrus and yeast hints.
T - Solid taste for an american wheat, slight citrus hints that makes how my friends add lemon to the brew seem redundant.
M - Yeasty mouthfeel with a citrus twinge at the finish.
D - Decent brew that would definately suggest over blue moon anyday, but can't beat a good hefe

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2008 04:42:02 | More by turbine2475
Photo of merlin48


2.7/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a sampler pack, this bottle pours a hazy lemonade yellow body with a small vanilla head. Aroma has some lemony pepper notes, not much else. Light to light medium body with a bit too much carbonation. Taste has some lemony citrus and yeast. That's about it. Not much to this one. I suppose it would be a good thirst quencher but disappointing as a beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 13:39:32 | More by merlin48
Photo of Greggy


2.6/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A decent head on this with a touch of lacing

Smell: Not to much for smell on this one. Yeasty with a hint of banana.

Taste: I was a bit let down with the taste of this as it was quite bland. All i could pick up was the yeastiness...

Mouthfeel: A bit to carbonated for my taste in wheat beers. Left a somewhat tart taste that I get from a lot of wheat beers (not a bad thing).

Drinkability: It's one of those six packs that takes a long time for me finish off. Because it's quite bland, the drinkability isn't high for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 00:03:30 | More by Greggy
Photo of udubdawg


3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pint arrives hazed light gold, an uneven cap of large bubbles visibly in decline. Not a lot of lace left here.
Occasionally I'll admit to throwing a lemon in this beer, head-be-damned, because I guess at least on tap I always detect a little lemon in the aroma anyway, Nose isn't bad, but not special. Vague, light wheat aroma, and in the flavor too. More citrus shows up here, but not a lot else. It is very easy-drinking and I could have several although I'd be tired of it well before then. Body on the light side of medium, and ample carbonation that seems to work with the lightly flavored thirst quenching nature.
Verdict? - Needs more. of what? - everything. A decent beverage in a pinch, and sadly I'm in that pinch all too often around this town.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2008 02:09:23 | More by udubdawg
Photo of Gehrig


3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Unfiltered Wheat pours a finger of white foam on a cloudy, light yellow body, but the head quickly dissipates. The nose is good, sweet with fruit and with a faint whiff of grainy hops. The taste is sweet, lots of fruit--orange, apple, and pear. The aroma of hops picks up about half-way through the beer. I was disappointed in the mouthfeel. Unfiltered Wheat lacks adequate carbonation, somewhat lessening the taste and desirability.

Its smooth texture and sweeter taste make this easy on the palate, and I'd be interested in trying this again as the warm weather comes rolling around. It would seem to be a very refreshing beer on a hot day, and it was a nice accompaniment to my plate of Chinese food. That said, for now I can only characterize this beer as decent, and a little short on the complexity that the beer's label touts.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 18:28:16 | More by Gehrig
Photo of biggmike


3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice deep hazy golden color with decent white head that stayed for a while. Aroma was citrusy and refreshing. Taste was again a refreshing citrusy flavor. Mouthfeel was good and drinkability was way up there. Not the most complex beer in the world, but a nice quencher.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 11:31:12 | More by biggmike
Photo of KiltedCulinarian


3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Didn't have a glass, so I drank straight from the bottle. Had a rather nice easy flavour to it. A nice mixture of hops and malt up front which faded abruptly to an extremely clean finish. Very light, but much better than other mass-produced light beers. If I lived in KC it'd probably be one I'd normally grab.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2008 17:41:44 | More by KiltedCulinarian
Photo of KodyBrannon


3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer into a pint glass. This beer poured a hazy yellow color. The overall smell and taste of this beer was wheat, with a touch of citrusy hops. The mouthfeel was light. But this beer really didn't stand out as opposed to other wheat beers. All in all I would probably drink this agian, but wouldn't reach for it automaticly.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2008 14:31:30 | More by KodyBrannon
Photo of TexIndy


2.6/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a best by date into a pint glass. It was a hazy pale straw color. It barely had a head and it went away quickly leaving a tiny collar. Good carb though. The aroma was extremely weak and what was there had a weird smell that I couldn't identify. The taste followed the smell - very weak with a weird taste. Just not a good beer once you've tried good craft beers. I could see someone who is trying to move beyond macros liking it but I'm way past that point. One is enough. (2.5, NA, Tie, N)

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2007 02:57:31 | More by TexIndy
Photo of allengarvin


2.8/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a mug, this beer is extremely pale and rather cloudy. The head retention is terrible, with it fading away to a thin film after a moment. Nose is a little grainy, though all aspects of the aroma are faint... there's a little citrus note as well. Taste is bland. The only difference between this and a macro lager is a slight wheatiness. Grainy, maybe a very little fruity, and completely uninteresting.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 01:41:09 | More by allengarvin
Photo of AMo


3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat pours a hazy, translucent yellow. It gives off a yeasty aroma that is moderatly strong. The mouthfeel is smooth, but overall the taste is lacking a big bold flavor. This beer is certainly drinkable, but I would seek out others before coming back to this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2007 23:56:13 | More by AMo
Photo of McStagger


3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer has invaded taps and coolers throughout Oklahoma. In my younger days, it was my favorite beer. My beer tastes have come a long way since then...

A: First off, many people forget to swirl the last 1/5 of their beer to piss off the yeast. The sediment in the bottom of the bottle, when poured into the glass, create the classic hefe-murk. That is, a yellowish quagmire of freely floating CO2 bubbles with nary a clear spot to be found. The hefe-murk in the beer does nothing to distract from the fact that the head is fairly minimal in retention and lacing is moderate at best.

S: This beer smells of lemons and lemon zest (there IS a difference) with minute amounts of clove and banana. Also an indescribable sweet/sour smell on the finish.

T: Crisp, citrus, banana, and crisp again. The stereotypical clove flavor in most wheat beers (German or otherwise) seems to be missing from this one. Instead, the finish is replaced by harder notes of copper and metal. The same crisp lemon flavor is noted after the beer has been drank.

M: Crisp in the onset, the main body of this beer does well to demonstrate what an American wheat is capable of. Slightly too crisp on the finish.

D: Way too easy to drink for a wheat beer of the taste. Boulevard has managed to make a wheat beer that is crisp, and that is awesome.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2007 10:40:11 | More by McStagger
Photo of BradLikesBrew


3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"BEST BY 01/07/08"

a: Pours a cloudy yellow/gold with white head that quickly reduces to a small ring of bubbles around the perimeter of the glass. Some sediment settles at the bottom. No lacing to speak of.

s: Mild aromas of yeast, lemon, and grain.

t: A simple mix of wheat, lemon, yeast and bread.

m: Light on the tongue with a crisp and clean finish.

d: Boulevard's best selling beer is the definition of a session brew. This light wheat is an excellent crossover for people who know only macro brews which explains why its the best selling (non-macro) beer in the midwest (or so I've read). Growing up in Kansas City, Bully Wheat was my first venture away from the Anheuser-Busch/MolsonCoors/SABMiller dynasties, so it will always hold a special place in my heart. It's the flagship beer from my hometown brewery and I am willing to bet I've consumed more of this beer than any other. It goes down very easy and is perfect for summer refreshment.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 22:46:09 | More by BradLikesBrew
Photo of iceball585

New York

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pale straw yellow color, cloudy, thin white head, lots of tiny carbonation bubbles throughout

S- Lemons, grapefruit, yeast

T- Citrus, pale malts, grains, bready, yeast, slightly watery after taste

M- Light bodied, slightly fizzy, lingering flavor, semi-oily finish

D- Decent pale wheat beer

To me this isn't anything special but I know a lot of people that love this beer. In my opinion if just doesn't have any qualities that make it stand out above the rest. It tastes better when served w/ a lemon wedge in it.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2007 00:21:17 | More by iceball585
Photo of sfreshnock


3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

In most Kansas bars this is the only true alternative to mass produced beer you will find on tap. Growing up in Kansas and living in Kansas City, I have downed more than my fair share of this. Its not the best example of a unfiltered wheat style in my opinion but its a great "session" or "drinking" beer. Like most wheat beers it really comes through when your outside on the patio enjoying the summer moments. Also one of the few beers I enjoy bottle over draught.

Pours a hazy light yellow with little to no head retention. Smells faintly of grapefruit and yeast. Not terribly complex. I enjoy the citrus flavor when in first hits but the flavor is washed out. This beer really shines in drinkability. Great beer for BBQ's and other summer outings.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 01:12:26 | More by sfreshnock
Photo of tronester


3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich cloudy yellow. A big, white head when I pour, dissipates quickly. Smells of faint grain. Taste is quite light, wheat and perhaps a slight flavour of the yeast? Very little bittering, you can barely taste the hops. Mouthfeel is excellent, smooth with nice carbonation. Not my normal style of beer as its pretty plain, but most places around here that serve mostly BMC products also serve this, making it my 'savior' beer. A better tasting alternative to the macro lagers IMO. An extremely easy to drink, sessionable ale. Also bottle conditioned, which is a big plus in my book.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2007 00:02:28 | More by tronester
Photo of asten77


4.83/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is far and away one of my favorite beers. It's amazingly refreshing (especially after 18 holes of golf on a hot day). It's crisp but not overpowering, slightly fizzy - just enough to give it a kick. But most of all, it's just an easy beer to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 14:16:11 | More by asten77
Photo of BretSikkink


3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale, murky straw color. Head is white, and gone in a flash.

Yeast and grain husk on the nose; very weak, seems watery. Flavor is crisp enough, run of the mill domestic wheat flavor. Smooth, slightly watery.

Seems to me that kegging an unfiltered wheat sort of filters the end result. I like the addition of flavor that bottle conditioning adds to each individual Boulevard Wheat as the yeast gets more churned up into the beer, rather than settling to the bottom of the keg.

Either way, if you're really looking for a wheat beer or you're at a sports bar with macros otherwise, it's not hard to drink a few and pairs nicely with pub food.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2007 04:10:19 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of NatetheGreat


3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, my impressions of this beer are somewhat inconsistent. I actually like the beer, and have ordered it a couple times when at a local bar or eatery. For this review, I had it from the bottle, and while I really do like this beer, I can't give it a very high score:

A: yellow-straw color, murky. typical wheat beer appearance, with a good head that is short-lived.

S: one real downfall to this brew is the almost complete lack of aroma. There's a bit of yeast, but nothing else I can make out.

T: Taste also is simple, straightforward. Wheat, yeast, bready. Very standard. I expected more citrus (did not serve with a twist), and while there's a bit a lemon/grapefruit, the predominant wheat/yeast is almost all I can taste. Not bad, but not all I wanted.

M: smooth yet crisp. I think Blvd does a good job achieving this balance in their wheat beers.

D: Not the tastiest beer, but it's refreshing and drinks easy. I enjoy it most with food (the wheat/yeast in this one cuts the spiciness of foods nicely, like buffalo wings, etc). Plus, the very low abv minimizes its effects on me, which is also a plus if you want one earlier in the day, or maybe for lunch.

So in sum, not a lot of flavor, but it's still not the awful "budweizer-esque" beer some have described it as. It's quality beer, with a nice yeast sediment in the bottle that adds force to the flavor. My complain is that that flavor is one-dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2007 04:32:56 | More by NatetheGreat
Photo of happygnome


3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: a slightly hazy color with about an eigth inch of head that dissapears fast leaving very little lacing
s: a very faint aroma of wheat malts, kind of citrucy
t: wheat malts and little hop bitterness
m: light to medium bodied beer with little carbonation

overall, this is a very watery beer, not much aroma, taste or body, but it was rather refreshing

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 03:14:11 | More by happygnome
Photo of katan


3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear bright gold color. Very little head, reflecting its light carbonation.

S- not much of a smell here. I think its a cascade hop.

T- A nice light mix of wheat malt and bittering hops. has a overall very light taste. Not overpowering

M- Very light bodied. Not much bite on this one. A decent reflection of the lack of carbonation.

D- I can drink about a dozen of these before I know what even hit me. They are not filling - a nice summer attribute.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2007 02:14:00 | More by katan
Photo of MrMcGibblets


3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had this on-tap, it seems boulevard products are almost as available in kc as bmc...and not much else to choose from at the various places i went to over the weekend. ordered without the lemon garnish. typical wheat beer in appearance but nothing special, this was a cloudy straw/light orange with a white head. not too much going on in the bouqet other than some sweet doughy notes. taste was fine but again, unremarkable. appropriate level of sweetness for the style with a crisp and slightly chewy mouthfeel. drinkable, especially at this abv.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2007 02:36:18 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of jar2574


2.45/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Yellow color, awful head retention. Carbonation, but no head. Slightly more cloudy than a macro lager, but same basic color.

Almost nothing to the smell. If anything, there's a touch of sweetness, maybe some maltiness.

Passable taste, but nothing great. No hops, very mellow flavors. Bland. Probably would want a lemon to spice this wheat beer up, and in my opinion that's never a good thing.

The mouthfeel is ok, I don't mind the texture. I actually like this category of beer, so I expect more. Here in the Midwest it's an old stand-by for some people when a dive bar has nothing better. But in that situation I'll just go with a Budweiser, because I won't pay extra for something with the same amount of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2007 02:14:13 | More by jar2574
Photo of rowew


3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle. Best by date stamped on the shoulder (this is a bit past its date). Neck label emphasizes the bottle conditioning. Six pack instructs you to swirl the yeast.

Appearance: Pours cloudy yellow, just a bit of orange to it. Frothy white head.

Smell: Yeast, wheat, and just a bit of a metallic twang.

Taste: Light mouthfeel, a bit of prickly carbonation. Muted wheat flavor, a bit of citrus.

Overall impression: Eh, this one is fine - highly drinkable, but nothing too exciting.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2007 01:38:44 | More by rowew
Photo of Monkeyknife


3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at a restaurant. Slightly hazy light yellow with a small head and no lacing.

Aroma had a bit of wheat to it but was fairly clean and light.

The taste was disappointing. Very much light like your average BMC but with a touch of wheat and some tartness.

Mouthfeel was light and fizzy.

Probably a good beer for the heat of summer but inside I found it lacking any real personality.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2007 00:38:17 | More by Monkeyknife
Unfiltered Wheat from Boulevard Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 1,413 ratings.