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Unfiltered Wheat - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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539 Reviews
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Reviews: 539
Hads: 1,844
Avg: 3.44
pDev: 28.78%
Wants: 38
Gots: 322 | FT: 2
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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Reviews: 539 | Hads: 1,844
Photo of scruffwhor
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A light haze hits the iris in standard wheat form. Good bubbling and a thick foam that slowly recedes over time. Plenty of cloves with some gristy nortes. But also a very lagery aroma that I didn't care for too much. Plenty of crystal malts that integrated well with the wheat gristy flavors. Very clean palate that helps to explain the lager like qualities of this beer.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.14/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this into an 8 oz glass at a local bar. The color is a pale gold with a small head, not very well retained - odd for a wheat beer. The aroma is one of mild wheat malt with a slight trace of hops. The flavor is mildly malty, much like the aroma with a slight hop finish. It's very balanced. It has a medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

I suppose I'm not the best reviewer of the American Wheat style. My personal preference for wheat beers trend more towards their German and Belgian cousins. I have found very few American Wheats that stand out. This beer isn't any different. I find it pretty average.

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Photo of bort11
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Enjoyed at a family-style steak house resturant. Poured into a large goblet and served with a lemon wedge. The lemon was promptly tossed. I was surprized to see the large goblet, I had . The goblet was slightly frosted, but not too badly.

It was a pretty standard bar pour, so not a whole lot of head. The frost on the goblet cut down any lacing, even still there was a little bit of a ring around the edge.

Smell is mostly citrus and lemony, with a bit of a biscuity tang. Taste is very lemony and clean. A bit of hops bitterness is present and slightly grassy too. I think the mouthfell was hurt a bit by the frosted glass, it feels a little watered down. Still very refreshing and great with a meal.

Boulevard Wheat is an important beer for me. This is the beer that realy got me interested in craft beer. It's a gateway beer. Since then I have found many beers much better, but you still can't go wrong with this. Plus, you can't go anywhere in KC with out it being available.

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Photo of rsyberg01
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

S - Boulevard wheat label with man holding a bail of wheat and small hops adorning the bottom corners of the picture. Best by Date: 12/11/06

A - Cloudy, head rises to about a finger to a finger and a half then dissipates to a fine bubble sheath over the liquid. A dull golden hue.

S - Nothing special. Some grainy notes along with a microscopic citrus note as well. Not much going on here at all. Really not impressed at all.

T - Honey notes with a touch of tartness from the citrus, little bit of hop character, not much but enough for the style IMO. A lot of grain hits the palette and it is actually really refreshing but nothing special at all.

M - Crisp and a good medium of heavy and light. Right there in the middle which makes it really average for a wheat.

D - I could drink a hundred of these and not even notice. A good beer for hot days.

Note: Not bad but certainly nothing above average. Don't go out of your way looking for this, if you want a good wheat for hot weather get a 12 of Sam Adams Summer ale.

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Photo of therica
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Okay-- goes to show how one's beer preferences at the moment can affect one's enjoyment or not of a particular beer. I'm leaving in my original review down below.

I can't say I'm 180-impressed with the beer, but it's pretty decent. I've got 2 bottles poured into my giant glass stein at the moment. The bottles' "sell by" date was 3 weeks ago, if that's of any regard, and the original review was written immediately after purchase in August 3-1/2 months ago.

Nose was a bit bitey when first opened, some slight toxic bite in the first few sips but then became rather mellow and slightly lemony. Even my wife remarked that it didn't make her go "yuck" on her obligatory taste.

Appearance-- lemony-golden and slightly cloudy unfiltered appearance but not like the German's. Quickly fading head, modest mini-carbonation bubbles rising continually.

Smell-- after it settles it has a nice malt-wheat presence.

Taste-- rather mild, nothing "wow" about it but still a steady unfiltered wheat-beer.

Mouthfeel-- nothing putting me off this time around. Not at all like the Rodenbach I mention below.

Drinkability-- not that I would seek it out, but it's a fair drinking-beer in quantity, which would be fine if it were the beer of the house for the evening. Just let the air settle on it, first!

===my original review===
appearance: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | mouthfeel: 3 | drinkability: 2.5

A bit average, overall. Poured a nice fine-bubbled white head which dissipated into larger bubbles and then into nothing.

A bit of a boring experience from the start, no exciting hints of anything, a bit vinegary in taste and mouthfeel, a slight hint of a sour-apple vinegar aftertaste.

After it settled, there's a bit of a mild stink to it, not skunk but more like a dirty laundry with starch aroma.

I'm moderately disappointed with this beer. I could probably drink a few but would worry whether my stomach would agree.

If you do like this beer, you would probably love the much-stronger flavored Belgian beer Alexander Rodenbach. Although you may wish to read my review on that one, and its resulting consequences. I'm feeling a little that way, at present, after this beer.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

Boulevard wheat was pale yellow and very hazy. It had a white head with decent retention and lacing. It has a light yeasty aroma with a little lemon. The taste was lemon and wheat. It had a dry finish. The body was light with medium-high carbonation. Drinkability was good. This is a decent, easy drinking wheat ale.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
2.8/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one while on business in Iowa recently. Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with a decent white, rocky head Nose is ... barely there. Faint malt and wheat. Not much else. Palate is the same, sadly. Thin, watered-down, and boring. Like the "light beer" of wheat beers. Mild wheat and a dry finish. Mouthfeel is very light, thin, and drab. Yikes ... what happened here? I really expected something better, or even good. A real disappointment.

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Photo of boblog
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Boulevard makes several well made beers most wont really nock your socks off, but they make beer that is worth its price and taste good. I think this might just be my favorite from them besides the Bully Porter. This beer has a very white strong head that fades somewhat quickly. I really love the smell of a good Wheat Ale and this beer is no exception. The scent is more lemony than wheaty but you can smell both fairly easy. The taste has hints of lemon and wheat with a bit of a yeast kick too it. The mouthfeel was a bit unimpressive too light in my opinion. Besides that it is pretty good. Like all good Pale Wheat Ales this beer is very drinkable and is great in hot weather. Not the best Wheat Ale but a good one.

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Photo of shivtim
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A cloudy yellow gold with a nice white head that fades quickly. The nose is mild yeast and a bit of orange. Taste is very subdued wheat and yeast, with the tiniest bit of malt, but a slighty ethanol aftertaste. I would describe it as just a step-up from miller light, taste wise. It's not at all unpleasant though, and a very good "introductory" beer. Mouthfeel is light but with some nice carbonation. Quite the drinkable brew if you don't get bored of it.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

from a single bottle at beer club...might as well review it since ive had it so many times. i always drink this when i travel a little farther south where it's carried. light orange and cloudy. nice full wheat taste with a little ethanol on the side. nothing special, but tasty, refreshing and very drinkable. i'd buy sixers of this if it was distributed here.

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Photo of WesWes
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light, pale malt and wheat scent with a slight lemony edge and earthy aromas. The taste is decent also. It's very light, yet refreshing with a mellow lemon feel and a slight earthy finish. It's watery and lacking character, but it goes down smooth. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good wheat beer, but nothing too special. It's light and easy drinking.

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

Color is a hazy golden grain. Head is thick, but below average in height. Retention is pretty good. Aroma is of sweet grains with a touch of citrus. The taste has a nice combination of sweat grains backed by wheat flavors. Citrus flavors are light, as is the yeastiness. Drinkability is pretty good. This is a solid American wheat, but nothing here makes this beer stand out from many similar brews.

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Photo of dfried
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straw-golden color, barely not see through. Head dies quickly to a small ring. Aroma is hard to detect, but is wheaty and zesty. The taste is not too complex, lemon and other citrus zest with a bit of a grain/wheat flavor in aftertaste. Kind of like fresh lemon grass. The malt is quite sweet as well, and there is a little bit of spicy hops in the finish. I was suprised at the mouthfeel, I don't know if I just really wanted a beer or what, but I thought the mouthfeel was very sparkling and tangy on the tongue. Very drinkable summer beer.

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Photo of MeLikeBeer
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've personally witnessed this beer introduce more people to the craft brewing world than any other I can remember (hard-care BMC fans, mind you)....what that says about the beer, however, is up for interpretation.

Hazy gold in the glass with a yellow, cloudy tinge. Admirable inch thick white head- frothy. Light carbonated bubbles float throughout.
Faint aromas of citrus, bananas, wheat.
Taste is grainy, with a little yeast and malt flavors thrown in for good measure. A little orange flavoring. (No fruit in my beer, please!) A little hop tartness/bitterness at the finish. The hefeweizen style has been done much better in other wheat beers, but this is decent.
Overall this brew goes down very smooth, highly drinkable on a hot patio during the summer months.

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Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

BBD of 10 Aug 06, drank mother's day 06

Pours pale yellow to to straw with a a slight haze& effervesence & 2 fingers of white head. Zero head retention or lacing

Smell: Grassy & fruitty

Taste: Lime notes, grassy, fruitty & pepper notes (once it warms). Finishes tart & grassy

MF: good blanace for the style (lightish body) & okay carbonation.

Drinks pretty easy, good summer time sessioner. Better on tap IMO

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Photo of EvilKeith
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From notes of 05/26/06 visit to Proz End of the Line Bar and Caboose, Devils Lake, North Dakota.

In the glass it was a cloudy, hazy dark gold color with a finger of off-white sudsy foam. The head faded to a thin cap with thick and sticky lacing.

Smell was a sharp raw graininess, citrus, lightly cloved with mild banana notes.

Taste was wheaty grains and a crisp mild citrus.

Medium-light bodied. Crisp, smooth, clean finish. Somewhat light mouthfeel.

Overall, it was quite drinkable. I enjoyed every single one the barmaid brought to my table. It was a little different from the "norm" but still enjoyable.

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Photo of WeisGuy
2.73/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a - slightly better looking than most macro stuff, but nothing special, I did like the continuous bubbles that rose to the top throughout though

s - not good, smelled like crayons to me, could not really get any of the fruityness that I expect from a wheat beer

t - very bland, no complexity at all, just not much there, quite disappointing, gone right after swallowing with no lingering flavors

m - lots of carbonation, light-bodied

d - pretty drinkable in a wanting to get drunk way, you could chug this stuff and not miss much, would be easy to drink a lot, just would not be all that enjoyable

Pretty disappointing beer for me. As someone else said it, "uninteresting" is the perfect word to describe this beer. Is it a decent alternative to BMC, yes. Would I buy this again when there is any other decent micro on the shelf, no.

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Photo of thaichile
2.65/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with low level head. Scents of bread and thats about it on the nose. Flavor is yeasty, maybe with some slight citrus flavors. This was a pretty dull, uninteresting beer without much going on. Thanks to jhammerly for the bottle.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Finally tapped a fresh keg of this at work so I thought I'd give it a second chance. What a difference fresh makes for this beer! It looks totally different. It is a warm gold with a fat soda-ish head that is slow to go but eventually does. Smells of light bubblegum and lighter banana. Taste is totally different from the bottle I sampled. It is not watery, though it is light and has more of light bubllegum and banana flavor I picked up in the nose. Any twang in the way of citrus or cloves is masked by wheat astringincy.

Mouthfeel is light and lively but theres a fizziness issue here that hurts both mouthfeel and drinkability.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bully Whimp. Pours a mostly cloudy with a rather golden yellow color. Ok head but quickly hides to the edges. Not much lacing.

The smell is more of a whit then a wheat. Some sweeter wheat malt notes with a tangy sweet orange aroma. Some mild spice characters, white pepper and a hint of coriander. Not much on the yeast though.

The taste is more appropriately wheat flavoring. More of a malty taste with light undertones of wheat. No really spice but a bite at the top from the bittering hops. The finish has a fruity citrus taste with more orange then lemon.

The carbonation is a little high and the body a little low but expectable. Overall an easy drinking session beer for both bullies and whimps alike.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.04/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle with interesting 1900-style artwork. Instructions on the box indicate how to properly pour the beer, to include the yeast.

Large white white head over a cloudy pale orange body with LOTS of carbonation streams. Head fades to one finger fairly quickly, then stay firm and pretty creamy. A very pretty beer.

Smell is mostly, well, not there. A little grass, a little wheat, a tiny citrus note, a slight dash of clove.

Taste is much like the smell, only there's a little bit more of it.

Mouthfeel is fairly okay.

Nicely drinkable, but there's just not much there.

This is obviously a Hefeweizen wannabe: it just doesn't measure up to the flavors -- clove is mostly not there, banana is not there, pepper is not there: no malt, not hops, just some wheat.

If you're looking for a "Lite Hefeweizen," this just might be your brew.

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Photo of DuqTroops
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - cloudy orange color with a little amount of head atop.

Smell - light wheaty and orange/citrusy smell to it.

Taste - very smooth and sweet. calming enough to have a few more.

Mouthfeel - little carbonation and smooth.

Drinkability - decent try at a wheat.

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Photo of hanco005
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked up a six of this because I am looking for a good, easy drinking summer brew. Could this be the one? 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A—clear pale yellow, with a slight hint of orange, says unfiltered, but it looks pretty filtered to me, ½ inch head that quickly reduces to a thin white sheet of foam, no lacing is produced

S—wheat, obviously, but slightly floral as well, not too fragrant

T—mild, wheat sweetness, slight hops in there, too, well balanced, nothing sticking out, but nothing offensive either

M—a little thin and watery, light bodied, minimal carbonation

D—easy drinking, a decent summer time brew, which is what I was hoping for. Light without any overpowering dominate flavors. This may find its way into the rotation this summer...

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Photo of LordChesterfield
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured pale yellow and cloudy and without much of a head. Slight yeast aroma . Zesty flavor. Sweet malt and understated hops. Lacking in body and flavor. This stuff tastes like it has been watered down. Interesting musty yeast flavor, but this beer doesn't make the grade.

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Photo of LuminousEther
5/5  rDev +45.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Boulevard wheat served draft is one of the finest beers around. In a bottle it's still satisfying, but it needs to be tried draft to appreciate the flavor. It is the perfect drink to accompany a plate of Kansas City barbeque. Unfortunately, they don't ship it beyond the midwest.

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Unfiltered Wheat from Boulevard Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 539 ratings.