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Unfiltered Wheat - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
78
okay

550 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 550
Hads: 1,895
Avg: 3.44
pDev: 28.78%
Wants: 41
Gots: 364 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States | website

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.

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Reviews: 550 | Hads: 1,895
Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 5/9/2015. Pours hazy/cloudy bright golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, orange, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, orange, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness and slight bready tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/yeast/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.4%. Overall this is a very good pale wheat ale style. All around good robustness and balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of seedyone
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. First sip was unimpressive but as it warmed a bit the flavor blossomed. The mouthfeel could be a bit thicker, but all things considered I may consider a second because the ABV is very user friendly at 4.4%.

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Photo of hophead723
3.04/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The people at Boulevard are cocksuckers. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a claret glass. Bottle good until 5/22/15 so it is quite fresh. Included in a variety 12 pack with the Red IPA and Blonde Ale tasting room offerings.

Look: Cloudy and hazy light gold in color with a nice and fluffy white head. The lacing is thin yet consistent. It looks right on for the style.

Smell: Mild banana, phenolic compounds, white pepper, floral hops, and a hint of black tea. This aroma is delicate yet complex.

Taste: Yeasty tartness with a mild wheaty flavor. It has a smooth mellow flavor almost like the aftertaste of cornflakes.

Feel: Quite smooth but quickly diminishing to a very crisp bite of carbonation that actually reflects the tartness of the taste with good timing.

Overall: This is likely the best example of the style that I have had, and considering by definition these beers are somewhat weak (this one sporting only 4.4%abv) it is very good overall. I would prefer this one on tap.

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Photo of dukeandduke
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

3/11/15 (Draft The Laughing Man Washington DC) - Golden misty pour, thin white head, minimal carbonation. Light taste and texture, wheat grassy scent and taste.

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Photo of AGB
4.21/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pleasantly surprised. The hint of lemon adds a nice touch to this well-balanced sweet beer. Colors vary from a yellow wheat to a brownish yellow throughout the beer. Perfect for a nice evening outdoors in KC, MO. Hoping it comes to the East Coast.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle best by 4/20/15 poured into a pint glass
A: Light yellow with plenty of carbonation and a one-finger head that settles fairly quickly
S: Lots of wheat, some bread, spice, yeast grass and green apple
T: Mostly wheat/bread, a bit of yeast/spice but not as much complexity as the nose
M: Light-bodied, a bit bready but also some spice and a decent length finish
O: Solid example of the style. The nose is the best part; the rest is good just not quite as complex. Sill recommended to try

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Photo of patpbr
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L - Hazy lemon color with a fine white head.
S - Wheat.
T - Just like the smell.
M - light crisp body.
O - Might try it again on a warm summer day.

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Photo of stumac
4.36/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I think it's funny how this site has changed it's rating system like 4 or 5 times in the last year. Anyways, this beer is solid. Wouldn't expect anything less from this great brewery

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Photo of MikeyLegend
2.99/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Small amount of head, deep gold colored with flecks expected from an unfiltered wheat. Aroma is a citrusy bread. They added yeast before bottling to create a secondary fermentation and you can tell by smell. Taste leaves something to be desired. A little thin, drinks like water. Probably wouldn't buy again if in the mood for a wheat beer. Not that its awful, just a lot better available in price range.

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Photo of pat61
4.27/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy straw under a 2” pillowy white foam cap that slowly dissipates and leaves thick, clingy lace. Lemon, green apple, yeast and honey aromas with some white bread fill the nose. Dry, tart, lemony palate over white bread with moderately low hops, medium-light body and medium carbonation.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz brown glass. Appealing label art and design. Branded pry-off pressure cap. Best by: 02/22/15.

Reviewed live as a wheat beer per the label. It's not specified whether this is a lager or an ale.

Served cold into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass at high altitude in Castle Rock, CO. Expectations are modestly high given the brewery.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 4 fingers wide. White colour. Nice creaminess, fullness, and thickness. Plump. Foamy. Frothiness is fantastic. Has a good retention - ~6 minutes. Leaves an even light coating of lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Lightly hazy yellow-copper. Clearly unfiltered, yet still translucent and transparent. Average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a good appearance for a wheat beer, but it's not unique or special by any means. I'm excited for the first sip.

AROMA: Yeast steals the show, lending this American ale a distinctly Bavarian feel: vitamin-y biscuity yeast, clove, banana, and fragrant all-spice. Fresh and inviting.

The fresh yeast character pairs beautifully with the fresh flaked wheat malt backbone, bolstered by clean barley, a kiss of graham cracker, cream, a hint of faint orange peel (prominent especially on the backend), and barely perceptible fruity and floral hop notes.

This fresh aroma suggests a wheat ale with great balance and well-chosen ingredients. I can't wait to try it. Constructively, though, the citrus peel could come off fresher and juicier, and the malt build does have a weird sort of grains of paradise note going on which I'm not too keen on.

Aromatic intensity is moderate.

No alcohol, egregious off-notes, or overt alcohol is detectable.

TASTE: It's slightly tart, which helps set off the citrusy fruit & peel notes. The flaked wheat backbone is fresh and goes well with the clean barley. Those pesky grains of paradise do make an appearance, but they don't distract or anything; I'd just prefer more of an emphasis on the flaked wheat. Hopping is minimally present and fruity & floral in character, which works here. The yeasty notes are lovely, bringing Bavarian flavours like clove, all-spice, and banana. I do find it odd that orange and lemon do battle for the citrus spotlight; the lemon lends it an unbecoming Belgian feel where orange should dominate.

It's well-balanced overall but far from impeccable. Nice depth of flavour. Average flavour duration and intensity. It's well put together and has a definite cohesion, but never quite feels like a gestalt whole; one can imagine substitutions and changes that would make it better. Alcohol is well disguised and it has no overt off-notes. An enjoyable brew; I like it.

TEXTURE: This mouthfeel does a decent job at complementing the taste, but isn't without its flaws; it's strangely coarse and dry (especially in the second half), which really reduces its drinkability and prevents it from being as refreshing as it should be. It's medium-bodied, but should be probably be lighter and thinner with less weight on the palate. Overall presence on the palate is decent. This texture fails to elevate the beer. It does drag a bit on the palate, and has a slight roughness and overcarbonation that it shouldn't.

OVERALL: An enjoyable wheat beer from Boulevard offered at a reasonable price point. I'd like to try this fresh on-draught, but otherwise I doubt I'd return to it; there are other better beers in the style available at or below this price point (Lagunitas comes to mind). Well worth trying once, and not a bad brew to go ahead and commit to a 6er of. Very easy to drink, with some really nice characteristics.

Low B-

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Photo of bmeehan
4.43/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Such a good hefeweizen. This is probably the most crisp hefeweizen I can remember drinking. It feels full upon sipping it, not hollow like so many other hefes that seem to be missing something substantial. It's very clear, too, and just tastes like something you'd want to keep drinking.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.79/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy golden color with a 2 finger width carbonated head. There is mild head retention and very little to no lacing. Very carbonated. Orange peel and coriander dominate the aroma. Wheat taste up front with slight bitterness and a mildly spicy orange peel taste at the end. Aftertaste is mild. Decent beer. Very drinkable but certainly not the best of the bunch.

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Photo of avalon07
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was a huge, foamy, long-lasting head. Sparse lacing.

S: An underwhelming aroma of wheat, malt, and some light fruit notes.

T: Tasted of wheat, a little bit of lemon, and malt. Mostly, the flavor with this beer is thin, watery and one-dimensional. The wheat dominates the flavor, rendering it not very interesting.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat watery finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is a shockingly bland offering from Boulevard. Not without its good points, but it fails in the flavor department.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Bottle thanks to RussianDragon.

Cloudy yellow body with an inch of white head. Wheat, grain, malty aroma. Slightly sweet. Bready with a touch of spice and a hint of banana. Too grainy but still drinkable. Average.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Cloudy golden hay color with a quick to flee head. Poor retention even for an American wheat. Lots of unfiltered floaties.

Smelly lemony-wheat cracker. Taste is tart up front with some vanilla wafer sweetness for balance. Mild yeasty snap in back.

Very standard. If I thought about the typical flavors and aroma of an American wheat it would be just like this. Maybe even more "standard" than Sam Summer which was my until now Platonic Amwheat ideal.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow-ish orange, with a small, quarter inch head, and no real lacing.

Smells lightly of wheat, with some citrus, orange and lemon.

This is very light, but tasty. I'm getting a bit of vanilla, which seems odd. Beyond that, there's some very slight wheat bitterness, a bit of graininess, and citrus hop flavors.

This is light bodied, slightly watery, with a moderate amount of carbonation, and a crisp, juicy mouthfeel.

Not bad, but doesn't stand out a whole lot.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L- light orange hazy pour with thinner foamy pour. Wheat particles swirling with pour out of bottle
S- yeast with light citrus.
T- better than I thought with a crisp light taste. Citrus yeast and malt combines for something different than most domestic wheats.
O- Could certainly drink many but short on complex taste.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle from variety pack. Pours hazy golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head, nice lacing and lovely carbonation. Aroma is of yeast, wheat malt, spices and ripe apples. Body is medium and smooth. Wheat malt, yeast, ripe fruit and spices fill the mouth. Finish is long and spicy. Quite good for a wheat beer.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%

The usual disclaimer applies here - I'm not a wheat beer guy. But this one is a huge seller so I figured I'd see what all the fuss was about. Yeah, it's pretty good for the style, and I could see why most of Kansas City cools off with this in the summertime.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy orangish yellow with a two-finger foamy white head. The head dissapates quickly leaving light sticky lacing.

S - Faint aroma of banana, clove, and yeast.

T - Flavor is pretty much lots of wheat and a light amount of clove and corriander. The finish a bready yeast flavor.

M - Thin bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp with a very watery mouthfeel. Finish is dry.

O - I was expecting more after hearing good thing about Boulevard Wheat. While it is a crisp refreshing beer it is definetly average at best.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%

Excited to try this one. Especially since if I like it, Wal-Mart has 12 packs for $10. If this is a good wheat beer, it will be a home run because of the price and no one will have an excuse to buy "cheap" beer again.

Serving style : 12 oz glass bottle, poured for appearance.

Appearance (4) : Beautiful pale-gold to mango colored appearance. Opaque as can be expected for an unfiltered wheat beer. Generous head that laces the glass and is quite impressive. I was starting to lose confidence in appearances of my beers lately and this was a nice change.

Smell (3.5) : Pleasant clean floral bouquet with wheat and sweet yams. Touch of cooked carrot, a calming yeast. Just a beautiful smell overall. Impressed.

Taste (3.5) : Out of the bottle - A bit one-dimensional. Not bad flavoring but it's simply just wheat. Notes of rye and some potato. Some buttered cracker bitterness at the end that is slightly off-putting and doesn't really belong in this beer.

Out of the glass - a totally different story. Smooth, creamy, full. Flavors all come together with a pleasant citrus presence. I don't know just what the heck is going on here, or why, but there is a difference, and it's a BIG one. If you're gonna drink it, pour it. POUR IT I SAY!!! A 2.5 for the bottle, an outstanding 4 in a glass. I'll mediate it with a 3.5.

Mouthfeel (3) : Out of the bottle - Incredibly thin. Like water. No body. Disappears immediately as it goes down the hatch. A "2".

In the glass? Another story completely! Why???? I'm not gonna knock it because it's so good. Creamy and full bodied. Perfect amount of carbonation and wash. Another "4" ouf of 5. Median score, a "3".


Overall (3.71) : If you pour it into a glass, you WILL NOT be sorry. Drink it from the bottle and you'll drain it for its overwhelming mediocrity. Perhaps it's best to understand what the bottle actually says that the yeast rests on the bottom, and I suppose once you pour it you get that "aged" taste and it all comes to life.

Take my advice and serve this one in a chilled glass.

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Photo of Carolvs
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Easy to drink, crisply satisfying wheat beer that ranks as one of my favs - perfect for summer but drinkable all year long with the extra body lent by the wheat content.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "Best By" date 11-2-14.

APPEARANCE: pours a cloudy, pale yellow, bits of sediment floating about, 1 finger head that quickly dissipated until just a ring of bubbles remained around glass, no lacing, medium carbonation.

SMELL: floral, citrus, banana and bread.

TASTE: initially sweet, subtle lemon citrus, very mild hop profile, bread, light banana.

PALATE: medium body, medium carbonation.

OVERALL: this is an excellent wheat beer, I frequently order this beer with food, this style has broad appeal so you could serve to large number of guests and would be a "safe" choice. This is an excellent brewer and I can't wait to try more beers from them.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz aluminum can poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a cloudy golden yellow color. Produced a nice cap of white froth. Decent retention and lacing.

(S)- A lot of cardamon/clove-like spice in this. Tons of biscuity yeast and lemon rind.

(T)- Very light. Extremely crisp with biscuity yeast and lemon rind.

(M)- A nicely crisp and light carbonation level. It has the right type of flavors, just incredibly subtle in every way.

(O)- Its good; would be great on a hot day, just with the flavors were more pronounced.

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Unfiltered Wheat from Boulevard Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.