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Unfiltered Wheat - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Unfiltered WheatUnfiltered Wheat

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545 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 545
Hads: 1,866
Avg: 3.44
pDev: 28.78%
Wants: 38
Gots: 341 | 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: 545 | Hads: 1,866
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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Photo of amicar
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours just a bit orange tinged with a white fine head that disappears a little more quickly than one would expect for a wheat beer. A slight hop aroma without much bananna/ clove stuff. Taste has a bit of clove, but again, not overwhelming. Moderate in the mouthfeel, but goes down nice and crisply. An easy to drink summer beer, I'm sure.

In summary, it's OK. about what you'd expect for an American Wheat. There are other wheat beers to get more excited about.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one poured a righteous cloudy orange in color with a nice, white head that stayed around long enough.

Smell – The light wheat and orange notes are held back quite a bit when cold. They opened up a tad more as the ale warmed, but generally this bouquet is reserved.

Taste – Well, I’m never quite sure what they’re shooting for with the PWA style, but this isn’t bad. The wheat is crisp if a bit musty and the big orange from the nose takes a step back at the taste. There’s a light candy sugariness throughout.

Mouthfeel – This is in between light and medium-bodied with some strong, effervescent carbonation and a modest pale dryness in the lingering finish.

Drinkability – As far as the style goes, this was one of the better offerings that I’ve tried.

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Photo of hoffman
3.07/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is one of my favorites for a night out when macros are the only other option, readily available, cheep, and easy to drink, this one works nicely when out with friends or at a barbecue. Pours watery head is small at 1 1/2 fingers, very yellow to gold in color hazy as one would expect from the unfiltered wheat. Smell is sweet and appealing very heavy on lemon and wheat. This one is smooth and refreshing, very carbonated which adds a faux bite that isn't there from the beer itself. If I could change one thing it would be the watery nature of this beer. It is unimpressive on the tongue. Overall very drinkable.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tall weizen glass, there’s a big wheaty head that dissipates rapidly, with little lacing. Light, cloudy body. Smell is a refreshing, light ’n’ zesty wheat, with just a tiny hint of lemony zest. Taste goes down easy, soft and a little spicy. No "extreme" taste but very nice. Couple weeks ago I ran into Boulevard’s brewmaster’s wife at Rock Bottom Chicago. She was looking for more good beer places, so I helped her locate more, while admitting that I hadn’t tried any Boulevard beers yet. Then on a trip through Iowa, I found them placed in Hy-Vee stores and haapily picked up a six of this to try.

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Photo of whynot44
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cloudy straw yellow color with short white head that doesn't stay around but does leave a bit of lace.

The aroma is mild lemon, wheat, yeast and a touch of floral hops.

Light bodied, mild flavored, slightly fruity, just a touch of citrus hops bitterness. Slightly tart finish. Not as much flavor as some European versions, but refreshing, pleasant and thirst quenching.

Should be a good hot weather drink.

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Photo of Jacobob10
2.73/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy yellow color. I swirled around the yeast at the bottom and got the majority of it into the glass since it is bottle conditioned. Faint lemon straw aroma. The taste wasn't bad, it just was kind of bland. No complexity, nothing that stands out, very boring. Body was light and it was easy on the palate. Would I have another one of these? Probably not. One bright point of this beer was when I took a bite out of my friend's peach and then took a sip of the beer. It really enhanced then flavor of the beer and made it much more enjoyable.

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Photo of discjunky
4.6/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best on tap. It losses something when it is in the bottle. I would also stay away from the lemon they try to put on the side. It is only in a few mid west states, mostly Kansas and Missouri. If you find your self there most restaurants have it on tap.

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Photo of tjthresh
2.88/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Best by 09/10/05. Hazy straw. Tons of tiny bubbles rise to a nice layer of foam. Mostly grain in the nose. It tastes fine, I guess. Really nothing to get excited about. Has a wheaty/lemony thing going on. I do prefer this beer with a lemon wedge. Soft across the tonge. Subtle bitterness. Best beer to get at Royals games.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a really decent entry level beer. It is crisp and refreshing and mild enough that macro drinkers would readily accept it. I lived in KC for nine years and learned to really enjoy the local brews from Boulevard. The tour was fun and I have a few glasses left. Lots of good memories of KC. Aroma is muted lemon and some floral hops. Short-lived white head, cloudy yellow color. I swirled the last couple of inches to dislodge the sediment as part of pour. Can be poured clear. I liked it better with the yeast. Taste is somewhat lemony, finish with a mild hop finish. Some wheat malt discernable but very muted in profile as I mentioned above. I miss this beer but have found so many new ones here in NJ that its more out of nostalgia than anything else.

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Photo of granger10
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap while down in Southern Illinois. Review from notes. I liked the hazy orange color and there was a nice looking head to boot. This was served way, way too cold. Must have patience. As it warms the flavors come out a bit but not too much. Seems like there's a good amount of spices in here. I notice coriander and orange peel, even some lemon zest. Really citric. Wheaty flavors are there too. Fairly light all around. Yeasty finish is noticeable. This one is decent and a better choice than Blue Moon, but after drinking pint after pint of Oberon this one pales in comparison.

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Photo of OatherS
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Label has traditional Kansas farm scene of someone hauling wheat.

Appearance: Great yellow color, slighty cloudy with the sediment poured in. Nice one finger head.

Smell: Nice sweat lemony/wheaty odor.

Taste: Very good. The lemon flavor is present but subdued, and the hefe like wheat flavor is slightly present as well. Very good example of an american wheat.

Mouthfeel: Smooth.

Drinkability: I may be somewhat biased since this is my local craft brew available in bottles. Very drinkable on a hot summer day.

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Photo of scottum
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a simple all hazed out amber color with a thinish white headskie on the top. Beer is very drinkable. Goes down nice and smooth. Nice flavor overall, solid balancing act. A very decent wheat beer worth checking out if the oppertunity arises.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On-Tap 04/07/05 at the Overland Park Marriott bar in Overland Park, Kansas.

Hazy straw-yellow with a low wispy white head and low carbonation. Primarily a citric lemony fruit aroma and flavor with just a touch of grain character. Light bodied and easy drinking but a bit too plain to have for anything other than a warm weather beer... not that there's anything wrong with that! :-)

Per BBC website:
Ingredients: Pale malt. Unmalted soft red winter wheat. Magnum and Simcoe hops.
Starting Gravity: 11.3 degrees Plato.
Alcohol Content: 3.7% by weight, 4.6% by volume.
Calories: 135 per 12 ounces.

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Photo of clvand0
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color with a small head that falls quickly and doesn't leave much on the glass. The aroma is lacking for a wheat - slight citrus, that's all. The flavor is slightly bitter and has some citrus in it as well as a slight banana. This one seems to be stuck in beer limbo between a hefeweizen and an American Wheat. It's pretty decent, but nothing exceptional.

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Photo of Vancer
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oh no - poured disappointingly crystal clear lite lemon color, with no head. Not looking good. Slight aroma of citrus and lemon. Taste - ummm, very pale and weak with no real flavor, like a mass market blond ale. Thin mouth, just not exciting at all. Yeah, could drink a few, but why? Bummer. But the wife-zilla will like these.

Updated 1/4/06 After a few fresh batches, these are coming around. Can taste the citrus and malts in the new brews - much better!

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Photo of Juggernaut
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice straw-golden color, with a nice head that lasted a good length of time. The smell of decent, and was a mixuture of wheat and citrus.

The taste was a little stringent, thinking the bar I got it at might need to clean its lines, but after ignoring that it does have a nice wheat, malt, and hop taste, with hints of citrus. The mouthfeel was good with real depth. The drinkability was ok, but really suffered because of the stringent taste.

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

Best by 4-21-05 Thought I lost my sense of smell. Rust on my hands from getting the Old 1953 John Deere ready for next season of mowing - overwhelms all but a faint yeast aroma. Its 60°F and the sun is nearly down. I take the brats off the fire and quaf the pale unmalted soft red winter wheat and light citrus flavors. Boulevard's light-mediumlight body and wait for Magnum and Simcoe hops. Hops that only appear on the lable. The CO2 sends up a fine curtain of beads in the refreashing pale haze lemon colored beer.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Alright. This beer pours a pale yellow color with a small ring of head over top of the beer. The nose is very wheaty with a slight lemony tinge. The flavor is very slightly honey-sweet and wheaty. I just don't like the wheat beers without that nice hefe yeast. The feel is light and rather bubbly. Oh, what to say about this in summation...for an American wheat, this is not all that bad. If you're into this kind of thing, try it.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.07/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to this beer, more than any other beer, I developed an interest in drinking craft beers exclusively. I drank so much of this stuff that I eventually decided to try the entire year-round selection from Boulevard, and the rest is beer sampling history.

Anyways, this is the first time I have revisited this beer since early in the summer of 2004, when my beer experimentation really began to escalate. I poured this bottle into a pint glass and got very little head that gradually fizzed away into nothingness, leaving what appears to be a glass of urine on my desktop. Thankfully this is not the case in the smell or taste department. The smell was none too impressive either, though. It smells very grainy and sweet with a little bit of hops, but nothing to write home about even for a wheat beer.

The taste reminds me of why I decided this was such an obvious step up from macros (afterall, when I first made that step, appearance nor smell meant very little to me). The taste is quite a refreshing wheat beer. The sweetness of the malted wheat and the citrusy backing go well together. This is definately something that I could (and have done so in the past) drink in massive amounts in the summer time. I look forward to doing so again this summer, as well as trying the seasonal Zon, which I missed last summer. Until the weather reaches 80 degrees though, I think I will stick with something a little more stronger and bitter.

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Unfiltered Wheat from Boulevard Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.