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Unfiltered Wheat - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Unfiltered WheatUnfiltered Wheat

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1,650 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,650
Reviews: 520
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.93%
Wants: 31
Gots: 182 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-17-2001

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 coastiefish
2.33/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

At the local bottle shop. $2 a 12 oz

Poured into a pint glass, making sure I get all the yeast goodness from the bottom.

A- Very intriguing Mountain Dew color, with a quarter inch head filled out with big bubble carbonation.

S - This is proving to be a bit difficult with the smells of the shop lingering in the mix of things. However, I am able to pick up on the yeastiness and lemon.

T - Honey first, and honey last. Lemon lingering in the middle. Very interesting as honey and lemon to be are a welcomed partnership. Looses itself in the finish; cause there is none.. Slightly disappointing

M - Very very light, consistency of water. The tiniest carbonation keeps it interesting.

O - This brew would be good if I were doing yard work in the hot heat under the sun. Mowing the lawn perhaps. But the finish is so lacking for me, I just couldnt bring myself to buying this again.

Note: Im curious as to why this got such high reviews, as there is truly a lack of body and finish. I find it pretty disappointing.

Best By date: 11.15.11

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, nearly opaque honey yellow; the way I poured it, I did not get much head, but that could be my fault. Aroma is wheaty and yeasty with just a hint of fruit, about average but still appealing. Flavor is typical of a good wheat beer, wheaty, yeasty, subtly fruity. Texture is smooth and fairly fizzy with some good body. A good summer beer.

Photo of homebrew311
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew has sentimental value to me as it was the primary gateway to craft beer for me 5 years ago. Coming back to it today as part of a Boulevard sampler 12 pack.

A: Appears a pale yellow, slightly cloudy with visible yeast swirling around the bottom of the glass. No head retention. Lifeless look.

S: lemon, citrus and wheat. Pretty simple and straightforward here. Yeasty undertones provide a bready, almost sourdough character.

T: starts malty with lots of wheat bread followed by lemon. Slightly tart on the finish. Flavors are tame, but seem to be decently balanced.

MF: spritzy high carbonation, light body

O: well this brew was definitely more exciting when I didn't know what else the world of craft beer had to offer. It is highly drinkable, however it comes off as pretty bland.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.9/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy golden drought with one finger of quick to run white head...

Smells of sweet wheat and caramel

Wheat, sugar beets and dirty water, and grain chaff are the flavors present. I think the sweetness comes from the warm temperature I am enjoying it at

Medium light body, with a CO2 carbonation pop like a soda

Overall its ok, just ok

Photo of chilidog
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a few of these in a St.Louis hotel. Lucky me for this was the only craft brew in the lobby cooler.

It pours a hazy golden. A fair white head that maintained well, laced well. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma of citric yeast, grass and hay.

Taste is a good balance of citric zest, lemon, wheat, yeast and grass. A well balanced malt and hop.

Good mouthfeel, soft and prickly tartness.

Overall a good well balanced summertime wheat. Best part I got to enjoy these pool side in relax mode.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone weizen glass.

Starting my way through the current sampler box right here. It pours a pretty clear straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, black pepper, rock salt, and a touch of honey. Lemme see if I can properly put my impression of this smell into words: It's refreshing and pleasant, but also unexpected, which is slightly off-putting. God, I hope that makes some sense. The taste holds notes of wheat, light lemon zest, light black pepper, a pinch of salt, and a decidedly light undercurrent of caramel beneath it all. The body is pretty light, with a very light moderate carbonation and a very slightly grainy feel. Overall, an okay wheat beer, but the bit of salty character (which I normally welcome) seems very out-of-place, and everything else is just kinda bland and boring. Not a bad thirst-quencher, though.

Photo of JMad
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Zingers, drank from a pint glass...

The beer was a nice hazy pale yellow color with a foamy white head that left plenty of lacing. The smell is mostly hay, grass, lemon and yeast. It tastes similar but a bit tart with wheat, lemon and bread. It's light with prickly carbonation and a has a slightly dry finish. This is just a well made wheat beer, I would drink it again.

Photo of Mississipping
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy, yet bright yellow with a medium off-white foamy head that takes several minutes to dissipate.  A patchy film is left behind, along with minimal lacing on the glass.  

S: Lemon, honey, grain, and subtle grass comprise the aroma.  Nothing extraordinary, but fresh, crisp, and very pleasant.  

T: Lemony and slightly grassy up front.  A bit of malt and honey, but very subtle sweetness that is balanced well.  Again, nothing out of the ordinary here, but it's very tasty and refreshing. 

M: Light bodied with ample carbonation.  Bubbly and tingly on the tongue.  Really nice feel for the style. 

D: This is a great wheat beer that is subdued but well crafted.  I absolutely love this brew on a hot summer day ... light, crisp, tasty, and refreshing.

Photo of Giggy
2.55/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this at a BBQ joint in Branson, MO. So glad the BBQ beef was good because I wasn't impressed with the beer. Actually, Barnson in general has a poor selection of beer.

A: couldn't tell much. Served in a brown 12oz bottle. I asked for a glass but got a styrofoam cup.

S: Slight lemon and some wheat and light malt

Taste: Bland, light citrus, slightly sweet.

M: Body is thin, and light. Slight carbonation

O: Not impressed should have picked one of the major label amderican brews.

Photo of djbreezy
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll say this was in a can because the bottle was aluminum.

appearance - clear and golden, fluffy lacing and head

smell - citrus and wheat notes

taste - refined wheat flavor, some citrus/lemon qualities

mouthfeel - light to medium, well carbonated, nice tingle

overall - decently in the session range for a brew, like the lemongrass and carbonation tinge quite a bit, tends to sell out at the local Fred Meyer regularly

Photo of harrymel
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by 21OCT11

A: Light golden ale with a single finger of fine white foam falls to a blank, reflecting surface. No lacing. Hazy as expected.

S: Smells like wheat, apple juice, apricots. Sweet wheat comes through and is quite nice. Pretty simple, but pleasant.

T: Again pretty sweet and fruity. A little more subtle here, but not bad at all. Pretty simple though for an APWA, no hops to speak of here for me.

M: Medium bodied with lower carb. Would appreciate a little more carbonation for the style to help lighten this up for the heat.

O: Not a bad beer, but nothing special. Would drink again.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Boulevard Pint Glass

Appearance-Hazy straw yellow. Lots of sediment. 3 Finger white head after an aggressive pour that dissipates nicely. No lacing.

Smell-Slight lemon and some earthiness. Pretty bland.

Taste-Just what I assumed. Bland, very light sweetness, no hops. Light citrus.

Mouthfeel-Best part. light in body but nice carbonation and crisp and smooth. Any BMC drinker would drink this beer.

Overall-Underwhelmed. I may just give up trying wheat beers overall

Photo of Jammies
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- light golden with an inch and a half of foam. Great retention

S- slightly grassy smell, but sweet as well.

T- Ok flavor, not much there. Slight hoppiness and a little sweet. Definitely can taste the grassiness.

M- very thin. Hops cling to the mouth

O- Pretty decent beer, nice for a session or the summer.

Photo of vkv822
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz aluminum bottle into tulip pint.

Pours a very pale hazy yellow with a thin bubbly head. Or as my fiancee put it "that looks like lemonade beer".

The aroma is of faint wheat. Pretty subdued.

The taste is much like the aroma.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with active carbonation.

While there wasn't anything necessarily unpleasant, it was just a very lack-luster beer.

Photo of afausser
4.43/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy pretty color that reminds me of crystallized ginger. Very little head and almost no lacing, but there is a tiny ring of fine, consistent bubbles around the edge of the glass. When held to the light it's a translucent and very pale glowing yellow, and the sediment at the bottom of the glass is really very obvious. Very pretty.

At first smell, smells a bit like honey nut cheerios--so definitely honey, nut, wheat are dominant and a light lemon and orange zest in the undertone. Really unique and really great mix of malt and grain notes.

Light and delicious--in fact, much lighter than the smell. Light malt notes, but not too sweet--and just a hint of citrus zest. A great light unfiltered wheat beer.

Mouthfeel is absolutely perfect. Crisp, but not too in your face--tiny but numerous bubbles bring just enough lift to the brew to be absolutely refreshing. Reminiscent of seltzer water.

Extremely drinkable--could have these on the porch for hours on a hot and sticky day. Extremely impressed with Boulevard for making a great but light craft brew.

Photo of elgiacomo
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, best by August 8, 2011. Served at around 45F.

Pours hazy yellow with a one finger white head that leaves very little lacing and holds a small cap.

Aroma is wheat, light banana, clove, a little citrus. Good strength.

Flavor is citrus, wheat, some banana & spice. Moderate sweetness, low bitterness. No alcohol detected.

Mouthfeel is light-bodied with mild carbonation.

I’ll admit I’m not the biggest wheat beer guy, but this is pretty good for the style. Extremely drinkable and hit the spot on this hot summer day.

Photo of OttoBomb
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz (355m l) bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass (June 23, 2010). "BEST BY 09/05/11" is stamped onto the neck of the bottle.

Eyes: Pours a very hazy light straw color with a surprising amount of particulate. A finger of smooth white head form and dissipates fairly quickly, which is common amongst wheat ales like this.

Nose: Grain, wheat, and banana, all very light. No hops that I can detect.

Tongue: This is clearly a standard wheat ale by flavor, one that could be extremely refreshing if it weren't for the light sour undertone.

Mouth: Very low carbonation, which is appropriate, as this beer is so light than any heavy bubbles would turn this into a soda.

Libation: A light, drinkable summer brew that is held back by a mild sour taste. It's decent.

Photo of jsprain1
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy golden. Big head. Retains well.
S- Smell is pretty weak for me. Grainy wheat character. Maybe just a touch of spice.
T- Well the flavor came across much more strongly and positively than the aroma. At first there is just a pinch of a banana flavor. Then it's a good wheat malt character. A bit sweet actually. Finish has a pinch of a peppery clove character. Really a nice wheat beer. There's a bit of light lemon too.
M- Light bodied, and nice crisp carbonation.
O- This is a solid summer beer. Refreshing and crisp with nice flavor. The aroma was relatively weak, but otherwise a solid summer wheat beer.

Photo of RickS95
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw colored, gold with a bit of haze. The head is bright white, tight small bubbles and as big as you want it to be. Better than average retention.

Has a biscuity scent with a bit of sweetness. As it warms, some spices like cloves and coriander come through.

The spices don't assert themselves in the taste. The beer has a malty backbone throughout and the yeast seems a bit sour.

It tries to be sweet on the palate, but it's only temporary and the slight sourness washes it out. It finishes with a touch of both sourness and an ever so slight bitterness.

This makes for a good warm weather beer. It's kind of smooth and easy to drink. The alcohol is a bit low, but that just means you can drink more of it.

Photo of jwinship83
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle picked up inside the boulevard mixed 12 pack. drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass. best by date on the bottle neck reads late october of this year (i forgot the exact date).

A- the beer pours out of the bottle a hazy glowing golden colored body under a towering bright white head. the head has decent retention, and leaves behind small rings of lacing.

S- the nose starts out with malted wheat and pale malts. yeast, bubblegum and clove follow that. a little bit of lemony hops and some earth finish this one off.

T- the taste starts out just like the nose, with malted wheat and pale malts before moving into the clove like spiciness. bubblegum and yeast move in behind that. light lemon zest hops come through in the finish.

M- the body is on the upper side of medium. the carbonation is also on the upper side of medium.

O- not the best wheat beer by a longshot, but pleasant enough. i can see myself drinking this after mowing the lawn. i appreciate the low ABV.

Photo of Elimination
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, the standard wheat beer from boulevard has finnaly come to Oregon!

Pours a very light but cloudy yellow, has bright hues that stands out, thin sticky head

Smell of hearty bread, bit of fruity, lemon, some nice amount of sweetness.

Taste is very sweet, fruit, pear, a bit of grainy bread, a good amount of wheat, actually pretty damn good

Mouthfeel is quite light, but actually has a quenching feel to it, like you dont wanna stop drinking it.

Honestly, with summer coming I would buy another few of these when it starts getting warmer.

Photo of JLeege
2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle- into a pint
Best by: 8/6/11

Appearance- pours a hazy light golden color with a small bubbly white head, quickly dissipating to nothing. No lacing.

Smell- Strong notes of banana and wheat. Fairly yeasty, smells pretty decent actually.

Taste- Banana and wheat up front. A little clove and bready, slight yeast, though I wouldn’t say it has a spicy character to it. A hint of citrus on the finish. Virtually no bitterness to this at all.

Mouthfeel- Light body, spritzy carbonation, a bit watery.

Overall- Drinkable and somewhat refreshing, just not a lot of flavor going on, with very little lingering aftertaste. I can see the crossover appeal of this, but it is simply lacking in pronounced flavor. I will drink my other bottle from the sampler pack, but I won’t be revisiting thereafter.

Photo of katybee
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Everything about this beer is very mild and light, even the carbonation. I find wheat beers as different from what you'd expect beer to be as Flemish sours, but in this case the lack of strong pungent flavor is a plus because this is exactly something you might like with a more delcately flavored meal like pasta or fish; I would prefer the dryness of this wheat beer to wine.

That said, on the other hand, this beer isn't the most unique of experiences to savor; it's almost like a flavored water.

Pouring a cloudy light yellow, there's a moderately thick and lasting head of pale foam. The metal bottle and bright yellow label themselves are charming.

Very little smell at all; I could not detect hops at all. Predominant is the bready yeastiness, increasing as the beer warms, barely malty, with hints of lemony citrus and perhaps slight banana ester, but not overly sweet. The dryness was pleasant. The carbonation does not last long, and without it, the drink became less beerlike and more like a type of tea such as Kombucha or flavored water.

Very light bodied. Quickly lost its fizz.

Overall though its range of flavors varied, I would consider it a very good beer for lightly flavored food--without the headache you might get from a comparable wine or malt liquor drink. And without the overpowering hopping you find in other hefweissens like Blue Moon. Very drinkable, just not really sippable.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: hazy golden body, fluffy head, very little lacing

S: light yeast, wheat, spicy, trace of citrus

T: sweet yeast, malt, light spicy finish

M: light body, solid carbonation, hint of dry mouth

O: I wanted to love this beer, but something
just said totally average. Not bad, but not good either.
Excellent gateway brew for a newbie friend, not
very threatening or forward with flavors.


Photo of jkrich
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with a freshness date stamped on the bottle. The ale poured a yellowish, cloudy hue with a very nice fluffy white-head that slowly dissapated.

The smell was the linkest part of this ale: there was very little discernable aroma. Perhaps some faint lemony odor and just a hint of banana-like aroma.

Very light and refreshing, the taste does a pale imitation of an authentic weizen ale. There is a soft and malty rounded feel with a sweetness that is complemented by some fruitiness and faint banana. The yeasty flavor and feel is prominent. The spritzy, lemony flavor keeps this one refreshing and quaffable.

The carbonation is noticeable as a wheat beer should be. The mouthfeel is rather light and leaves a refreshing sweetness on the palate.

This is a very good, light and quenching summer ale. It is not very complex but highly drinkable without becoming too one-dimensional. I could easily drink this again during the hot summer to come.

Unfiltered Wheat from Boulevard Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 1,650 ratings.