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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: 1,867
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: 1,867
Photo of CTbrew32
3.39/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a one finger white,fizzy head. Color is a hazy, golden yellow.

Aroma- Fruity sweetness and some dry wheat as well.

Taste-Fruity sweetness translates to the taste as well with orange and banana most present. Wheat adds to a dry finish.

Mouthfeel-Carbonated and fizzy on the tongue. Sugar sweetness gives this beer a sticky and somewhat unpleasant finish.

Overall this is a good beer, but an unpleasant finish and too much sweetness detract heavily. This is a step up from a beer like blue moon, but a step below or two from other craft wheat ales. (77/100)

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Photo of Badger6
4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Harpoon UFO hefeweizen glass.

A: Straw colored, hazy body. Some trub comes out at the end of the pour, suspends into the beer for the duration. White head, bubbly and recedes fast, with no lace.

S: The yeastiness abounds with a bread character to the aroma. The phenolic aroma of clove spiciness are laced through the yeast aromas.

T: Bready tastes up front, spiciness in the middle. A very clean finish. Toasty finish.

M: Light feel with a medium level of carbonation. Very easy on the palate. Not particularly sweet or bitter, and not dry or oily. Balanced feel, easy to drink.

O: Super balanced beer in all ways. Not super complex, and at 4.4% ABV this is session material. This is easily a go-to if you are in a rush and don't have time to mull options. If you are saving a pal from the watery American lager style, this is a good starter as well. Overall, Boulevard has produced another hit!

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Photo of BeerWizard
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the aluminum pint bottle into a goblet. Watery, airy head quickly goes away leaving a fizzy bulb of cloudy, slightly grainy beer that resembles Thera Flu. Tangy, lemony aroma. Flavor is just not really there for me. I get some sweetness and some yeast and lemon, but overall this really hangs back. Mouthfeel is actually pretty satisfying; I feel like there's just some flavor there that I am not getting. I am a fan of hefeweizen in general but I'd handily take a Paulaner or White Rascal over this. This tastes like a fuller-bodied Blue Moon to me, but I wouldn't refuse one. This'd be great on a hot day or to take camping or boating. This would also probably greatly benefit from a lemon or orange wedge but I've already drank most of it so screw it. Decent, but there are a number of widely available wheats in the same price point that I would rather buy.

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Photo of Boca-X
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Pokal. White bubbly head, fades fast...little to no lacing. Stray in color...a milky yellow/gold...hazy sediment, clean...not chunky.

Yeasty, fresh bread on the nose with a hint of lemon grass.

Medium to high carbonation on the tongue. Grassy, sourdough bread, saltine crackers and lemon butter all up front. A creamy, bubbly mouth feel. A quick, clean finish, slightly bitter red apple peel. I'm left with a crusty piece of toast...dabbed with a touch of honey.

Decent, well balanced wheat. Not an overly complex beer but what it does...it does well. At 4.4 ABV this is an easy drinking session that would be perfect as an entry level wheat as well as a staple in most connoisseurs rotation...cheers!

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Photo of NickT2121
3.76/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - very light golden color, almost like pineapple juice, very cloudy, a lot of bubbles in this one

S - I get a flavors citrus more lemon than anything with a doughy Bread Smell. I really enjoy this.

T - I get a strong but not overpowering wheat taste right off the bat then a doughy after taste, and lingering citrus flavors. Not to much going on but very good wheat beer.

M - a lot of carbonation in this brew mouthfeel is very thin and light quite refreshing.

O - overall I think the Unfiltered Wheat Beer from Boulevard Brewing Company is very good for a wheat beer. Simple but refreshing.


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Photo of DrCDPriest
4.72/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

For those who love wheat beer and are not into the sharp bitterness of hops, this is a perfect beer for you.
A- For an unfiltered, bottle conditioned beer, this had a nice translucent golden color, no highly visible particles, much like a well done home brew. Pouring into a pint glass, I got about two fingers of head followed by a nice lacing.
S- You get the natural aroma like a slow cooked wheat bread, not a high alcohol smell, but it is there in the background.
T- Wow. But I do like a good wheat beer, served cold, poured from a bottle to a pint glass, it does have a layering of flavors, starts off clean and the natural wheat flavor comes through beautifully, followed by the slight taste of yeast at the backend, the light hop flavor is there as well, again, not sharp or bitter, very smooth blend of flavors.
M- Nice, clean, refreshing, and very satisfying. Tastes like a wheat beer should taste.

I love Lucky Bucket Wheat, enjoy some of the older brewery German wheat beer, but am leaning now toward Boulevard.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle with a best by date of 5/4/14 into a pint glass.
Appearance - yellow, hazy, with a thin white head. The sediment saves this one from a poor appearance score, though.
Smell - Meh, typical wheat ale.
Taste - it's good in a pinch, but one is plenty.
Feel - most wheat ales feel way too light, and this is no different.
Overall - good price point, so if you enjoy a wheat beer, this is worth a look.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother and his friend for this one.

I get a finger of white head over a muted yellow body. Sediment and lots of bubbles are noticed.

Wheat and yeast are powerful in this one. Banana and lemony citrus compliment.

The wheat, yeast and hint of lemon all combine with a very nice sweetgrass note to make a full flavored experience that is quite enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Carbonation is prickly. The finish is slightly dry.

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Photo of NeedBeerHere
3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a lemony-yellow/light orange in color with a one finger white head with little retention. Definitely looks unfiltered as there is no translucency. Smell is pretty malt forward. Definitely sweet caramel and almost a little lemon in the smell. Taste is definitely some nice caramel malt with a little hint of Belgian yeast which I think is quite tasty. There is definitely a little banana/clove taste from the yeast that really works well. Not really much flavor from any hops which seems really appropriate for the style. The mouthfeel is thin as here isn't too much carbonation in the beer. Overall a fairly nice tasting beer. Not anything I would go out of my way for like some of the better Boulevard beers but it's not a bad beer.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Looking tasty for sure! Dark shade of a lemony yellow. Very hazy. Head is very creamy looking. Looks like some lacing will stick around. Looks awesome!

S- Lemons. Bisculty. Grains. Light hop spice. There is also some Belgian type funkiness/earthiness here; it's sour in a way. I assume this is from the yeast.

T- Follows the nose almost exactly. Biscuty, grainy, with a light hop spice. Orange peel or some kind of orange zest taste was present. The lemon from the nose wasn't really there. There was also a mild sour taste at the end. Very tasty wheat beer.

M- Body is mild to medium. Crisp, clean and refreshing. Easy drinking. Finishes mildy sour. Not dry really.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light gold in color with plenty of fine sediment throughout. Minimal head dissipates entirely,but I see good carbonation bubbles. I get a whiff of pale wheat and telltale American Wheat yeast that gives it a bit of an orange like aroma. Light in body with a light bitterness from the yeast from a slight orange like bite. The pale wheat is a soft contrast to that bitterness.

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Photo of RandomExile
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: barely opaque, cloudy orange; scant head; spare, thready lacing, fades quickly
S: yeast and pineapple
T: malt, yeast, lemon and pineapple, slightly earthy
M: medium-bodied, but a bit thin given the unfiltered appearance
O: a decent "light" wheat beer. Not the one beer I'm looking for, but sessionable if I weren't looking for something more compelling.

20oz / Pint Glass / Victoria Gastro Pub, Columbia, MD

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Photo of MrBoz21
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very cloudy pinapple yellow. Pours with big foamy head that settles quickly and leaves persistent ring. Bubbly with sediment in suspension.

Aroma: Light wheat with pinapple. Clean.

Taste: Light wheat with a bit of fruity sweet.

Mouthfeel: Dry tending towards moderate. Fizzy.

Overall: Wheat is up front, and is close enough to big american lager to serve as a good gateway for craft newbies.

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Photo of KCbrews4lyfe
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very crisp and refreshing. A great brew for anytime, but mostly a summer beer. Classic standard wheat beer done right. It has a cloudy golden complexion, though you can still see through it. It's definitely on the malty side and has a pleasant aftertaste that is almost fruity or lemony, though excellently subtle.

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Photo of Scott17taylor
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is one of my favorites. It pours a hazy color with a two finger head. Thw smell is a pretty standard beer smell. It's got a great flavor while still being very drinkable. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone who is trying to transition from a BMc background into craft beer.

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very pale straw color. I expected it to be both a little darker and a little cloudier - still able to see through the glass quite easily. Very little lacing, visible carbonation.

S - Subtle, but nice. Predominately lemongrass with a little bit of bready malt.

T - Follows the nose. Lemongrass up front, with a hint of citrus, followed by a rounding light malt presence.

M - On the lighter side. The carbonation feels a little fizzy here. Very refreshing though!

O - My review would probably be different if I had this on an outdoor patio in June or July. Unfortunately I had it in a cool restaurant while watching playoff baseball on TV after dinner. Seems like it would be a nice summer beer for me.

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Photo of enulcwww
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fantastic wheat beer. Has a great cloudy look for a wheat and tastes incredibly fresh. Pours with a huge four finger head and has a great odor very easy drinking beer. Goes down very smooth leaves the palate feeling clean and leaves you wanting more. Not a great beer for the time of year but something I could enjoy a lot over the summer.

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Photo of RobbieAshmore
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a glass.

A- Nice head. Pale yellow, straw colored, hazy. Noticeable carbonation.
S-Smells delicious, like rolls baking in a country kitchen.
T-Taste does not quite live up to the smell, which was great. Not bad, but nothing to really brag on, just sort of bland, with a pleasant after-taste.
M-Sort of thin, a little dry.
O- This is an OK beer....not really good, certainly not bad. Nothing really pops on this one. Probably the biggest drawback is I was drinking Ayinger BrauWeiss last night and compared to that this is swill. But compared to say....Bud light this would be great, if that makes any sense. Not my favorite from Boulevard.

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Photo of Cyrion
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a hefeweizen glass in September 2013. Date is best by 12/15/2013.

Appearance: Light gold, quite hazy, with an appealing 3" head. Rugged looking suds that recede very slowly.

Aroma: Sweet wheat, but little else. Certainly no citric fruits as reported by other tasters.

Taste: A mellow wheat flavor, much in line with the aroma. A slight bitterness on the back of the tongue. Sourdough presents itself after a few moments and gives a little backbone to the beer.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp, I'm getting a definite carbonation sting. Almost to the point of putting me off the beer, the carbonation is practically a flavor in itself.

Overall: A mellow, unambitious wheat, there's no mistaking this for a hefeweizen. It's your basic no-frills American wheat. There are better options.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Best by date of May 25th, 2012; Sampled April 2012
A steady pour into my small wine goblet produces an initially one-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head that subsides fairly quickly. The beer is a lightly hazed, pale gold color that shows more of the same, with a sheen, when held up to the light. The aroma smells a bit grassy and herbal up front, but has a sweet malt / grain character to it in the middle that is almost honey like in a beer sort of manner. Perhaps a touch of apple like fruitiness, but really the touch of fruit is more non-descript than anything specific.

Sweet tasting with a hint of bitterness. The finish is quite smooth due to the lack of hop character and has a sort of sweet, white bread crumb like flavor to it. Flavor of apple or perhaps melon add to the sweet perception in what might have been a dry beer if it had more balancing hoppiness (but that was clearly what was not the intent here). Quite light bodied, though I wouldn’t call it watery at all, this is accentuated by a touch of lemon zest citrus character that subtly infuses the flavor. The malt provides a hint of an astringent, or grainy bite to the finish.

A pretty standard, clean, American Wheat beer. Suits in a pinch, or ice cold on a hot summer’s day, but mostly something that I don’t found overly interesting.

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Photo of ZS881107
3.79/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a mason jar with a 1 inch bone white head. Let sit aside for a bit to warm up while I did some dishes. The head dissipated very little in that time. Color is a beautiful golden straw with haziness. Very little lacing.

S: Smells like a wheat. Malty and wheaty. Nothing too special but it is a great example of a typical wheat.

T: Somewhat dry and crisp. Has a very slight sweet aftertaste, with a good wheat flavor. Almost a bit of a nutty flavor that lingers.

M: Clean and crisp with a decent amount of carbonation.

O: Overall I like this beer and it would be a great beer for enjoying during the summer on a boat.

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Photo of Pyramid_Head
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Boulevard Wheat Ale can best be described as a faux-hefeweizen. While it does have a nice wheat flavor and mouth feel, it somehow feels lacking compared to other wheat beers that i've tried. It's somewhat bland, but by no stretch of the imagination bad. Wheat beers like this are good companions to spicy food, while it's not for me i imagine that under the right circumstances this or the Schlafly Hefeweizen could be a religious experience to a Missouri beer drinker with a tongue for unfiltered wheat beers who only previously drank piss water like Bud or Natty Light. Give it a try if you've been drinking nothing but lagers.

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Photo of scratch69
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Cloudy yellow color with a fingers worth of head. Very little lacing.

Smell- Wheat grain and dough-like aromas with a hint of lemon zest.

Taste- Similar to the nose with a bit more lemon and some yeast.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- Not bad , but not my favorite from Boulevard (Boss Tom's Golden Bock is their best in my opinion.)

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Photo of Treyliff
3.29/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A- pours a hazy and cloudy yellow-orange color with a small fizzy white head that reduces quickly, leaving a small ring of lace. Not as much head as expected of the style

S- wheaty and earthy with some toasted grainy malt, faint lemon zest with some fruity esters, overall very light aroma

T- lightly toasted malt mixes with some earthy notes, faint lemon with some fruity esters with just a bit of yeasty earth on the finish

M- light-medium body with high carbonation, typical of the style. Foamy mouthfeel leads to a crisp and biting dry finish

O- this is a straight up, simple and unoffensive wheat ale that would appeal nicely to non craft drinkers, but is pretty light overall. Not bad for a hot summer day but not something I would go back to elsewhere

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Photo of MistahBeah
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw colored yellow. Foamy white head - about a finger - with little retention. Lots of carbonation. Good amount of sediment throughout

Smells of citrus, doughy bread, and wheat

Tastes like citrus with that signature wheat twang. There is also a very distinct flavor of green apple (particularly the skin). The aftertaste is lemony and slightly tart that lingers

Feels clean and super crisp. Pretty refreshing

Overall exactly what it promised to be. Slightly more tart than expected but not unpleasant. If you're a fan of the style check it out. If you don't particularly like wheat beers this won't change your mind

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