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Harvest Dance - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

297 Reviews
THE BROS
89
very good

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Reviews: 297
Hads: 782
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 107
Gots: 141 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bort11 on 10-30-2009

John Barleycorn is memorialized in English folk tradition as the personification of the barley plant, sacrificed at harvest time and then reborn as beer or ale. Our Harvest Dance Wheat Wine is a celebration of John’s Midwestern cousin, wheat. Beginning with a large portion of wheat malt, we add an equally generous helping of Hallertau and Citra hops and age the ale on both French and American oak. The result is a big, warming burst of tropical fruit flavors, highlighted by subtle wine-like notes, and rounding slowly to a long, dry, oaky finish.

23 IBU
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Photo of richj1970
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml into tulip glass.

A: Pours a red tinted sunshine yellow with generous 3-4 finger fluffy white head that lasts a good while and leaves some nice chunky lacing. Surprisingly clear body.

S: Yeast esters, baked bread, and citrus and floral hops. This smells more like a saison than a wheat wine.

T: Lemon peel, oranges, light cracker malts, and citrus hops. A bit of grassy funk at the end. Much more hop forward than I was expecting.

M: Medium body and lots of carbonation. Steady stream of bubbles even minutes after the pour. Finish is light and crisp.

O: Enjoyable brew, but bills much better as a farmhouse ale or saison than a wheat wine. (676 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a snifter. Had an orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A different, yet welcoming, aroma of light fruit, wheat, malt, and hops.

T: Tasted of wheat, citrus, mango, light malt notes, a vinous quality, and some oak as well. Much lighter and less acidic (and harsh) than some wheatwines. A sweet, fruity, and surprisingly complex flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Wheatwine hasn't always been my favorite style, but Harvest Dance is a better example of one. Very drinkable and well done. (613 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange, thick off white colored head, half inch remains, rings of thick lace down the glass. Smell: this is an odd mix... really phenolic... heavy on clove and band-aid; next estery... banana pudding (and vanilla coming in here); finally, hopping is soft tropical fruit and mild grassiness. Taste: sugary mango-banana pudding, citrus peel note, clove, wheat bread. Medium-plus bodied, sugary but no alcohol. Powdery banana thing becomes a bit much over the course of the 750ml. Enjoyable but an odd combo. Not much from the oak, if anything. (554 characters)

Photo of TheBungyo
4/5  rDev -1.2%

2009 bottle.

Complex nose. Spicy, a little cheese, sugar.

Lots of sugar up front when I finally taste, with tobacco from the old hops, caramel, and a dry finish. I'm enjoying this but it feels so close to either being bad or good but never commits to either.

Just a little lacing. After five years the carbonation was still strong and flavor interesting. I'm definitely glad I had this. (390 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

i am really glad they made this one again. i have regretted not picking up a bottle since it was out last. this is a real cool beer, oddly light in palate and oddly dry for the style, unlike any wheatwine i have had before it. its also quite hoppy too, coming through almost as an ipa in that way, although more fruity than bitter for sure. the booze is warming but not sharp, and the wheat malt is fresh and flavorful, but also extremely light in weight. honey sweetness comes on mid palate, and the oak its finished on is really subtle, but mellows the edges nicely. i enjoy the dynamic nature of this, but also the fact the i can drink a whole glass of it without being full or sugared out. definitely the most unique expression of the style ive had, and maybe one of my favorites. bold beer again in the smokestack series. some of the best domestic beers out there have come from it. (887 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Bottle: Poured a clear brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of caramelized malt with some toffee notes and some residual sugars is enticing. Taste is dominated by caramelized malt with some grainy notes of wheat and some residual sugars with light aftertaste of toffee. Body is about average with good carbonation and light warming alcohol notes. Very flavorful beer but slightly lacking in terms of complexities. (469 characters)

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

This one pours a very rich golden color that is rather clear and has an extremely, rich, ridiculously this head that settles slowly to pebble sized bubbles with moderate lacing.

The nose is fairly fruity, bready and spicy with notes of oranges, bay leaves and alcohol.

The taste is best described as compressed. The flavor is more bitter than you would expect in wheat style. IT attacks the palate with bitterness and alcohol that then fades to scrumptiously good tastes. The hopping is bitter, sharp and falls off clean to a nice bready dry malt finish and an alcohol warming to the stomach.

The moutfeel is rich and effervescent, quick sharp bubbling with a nice palate coating finish.

Overall this one is exceptional and unique. I am really liking it.

Pairing with gourmet popcorn. 2 parts salted butter 1 part extra virgin olive oil, Gruyere cheese, garlic powder, sea salty and spicy Mediterranean mix for bread dipping. (941 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2012ish

A: poured into a snifter to a deep orange with a two and a half finger off white head that retains well with decent lacing. lots of turbidity and floaties.
S: smells of citrusy hops, caramel malt and a lot of wheat. slightly fruity and spicy as well with some banana.
T: taste is caramel, wheat, slight citrus, a little fruity and a hint of spice with the swallow bringing a little sweetness, some residual hop and more wheat
M: this beer has medium heft on the palate with a little too much carbonation and a drying finish
O: Not bad but I think I let this one mellow a little too long. Smelled great from the bottle but all those delicious hop notes are pretty muted. Due to the malt bill there isn't enough specialty grain flavor to keep things interesting without the hops. shaking out some carb helped round things out but it's still a little weak. I need to pick up a fresh bottle and revisit this one because the potential is there but it isn't meant to be aged for this long. (1,004 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An excellent wheat wine from Boulevard. As mentioned from other reviews it is a HUGE foamer that takes forever to die down. Attractive glowing amber in the glass with a nice light foam layer with no clinging lacing on the glass from this syrupy beast. Smells of honey, pears, light citrus fruits, grapes, and sweet malt. Complex as all get out. Mouthfeel is effervescent and crisp with a dry finish and bittering on the back of the tongue. Taste is sweet malts up front with the tastes of pears, green grapes, sweet almost Belgian style candy sugar, and medium bittering hops. Aftertaste is sweet and lightly citrus flavored. Meaty, beefy, big and bouncy. While I would say I was more of a fan of the Bell's versions (which I am holding for a special occasion) THIS is excellent and I would purchase it again, which for me makes it highly recommendable for all who can acquire it. Cheers. (888 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle
Served in a large wine glass
Batch number 2-2011, 9.1% abv

A - This was a gusher. I didn't think it would stop even after two small pours. It is orange to amber in color. It is topped with several inches of beige head that doesn't leave much lacing.

S - The smell is fruity and spicy. I get some peach and pear.

T - The taste is light fruit and spices. It really reminds me of a saison.

M - Bubbly, highly carbonated, champagne-like.

O - If the bottle didn't say "Wheat Wine Style Ale" I would swear this is a saison. It is the lightest, easiest drinking wheat wine I have had. I is fantastic on a hot, humid, day. It doesn't drink like a 9% beer either. The years have been kind to this one. (715 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.17/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A near gusher from the corked bottle. Finally settles down to a hazy amber in the Gulpener tulip with endlessly streaming bubbles. Distracting fizzy mouthfeel. Quite sticky with sugar. A whiff of Band Aids.

At first couple of sips I thought there was something bacterial going on, but it seems to be the massive carbonation and the wheaty esters. Fruity and grapey. It makes me think of alcoholic Thompson Seedless grapes with some Belgian yeast invited to the party. Sharp and aromatic with a hoppy burn, finally, in the back of the throat.

I would hope for a more refined sipping brew for a Wheat Wine, but this is certainly an experience. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Special Brews in Lynnwood, Washington. (718 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Back label says Best By 6-2013. Didn't even think to check the date when I bought it.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a full inch of off-white head that retains very well before slowly dropping to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam.

S- Yeasty, spicy aroma with lots of fruity phenols. Little hints of butterscotch and other candy-like smells.

T- Tangy and sweet wheat with a noticeable alcohol taste. Still, pretty smooth and drinkable but the promising aroma has lead to a not-so-exciting flavor. More candy notes like in the smell but the booze takes away from their character.

M- Medium-high carbonation makes for a spritzy quality which I always like but the alcohol bite slightly stings the back of the throat. The body leans toward the lighter side.

O- I think I'm starting to dislike wheat wines more than I have in the past. It seems like it's a style you really have to nail to be enjoyable yet I haven't had enough examples frequently enough to know what needs to be achieved. Guess I'll just have to keep trying different ones out. (1,135 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle was poured into a wine glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a three finger head that reduced to a small puffy late. It is a hazy orange color with some clarity and tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Caramel, wheat, fruity, citrus, tropical, oak, floral, and grassy.

Taste: Caramel, vanilla, toffee, citrus, tropical, oak, wheaty, fruity, and delicious

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little bitter,a little dry, malty, fruity, chewy, medium bodied, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: This wheatwine is very delicious, enjoyable, and tasty. Makes me want more. (635 characters)

Photo of WTKeene
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Jester King Funk and Sour Fest glass, which is something between a tulip and a snifter.

Bottle dated 2012, Best by June 2013. Whoops. Let's see if this one ages well.

Appearance: Large, loose foamy off-white head that sticks around for a while. Leaves behind a crown and some sparse lacing. The beer itself, an apricot orange color, has a significant amount of sediment, surely a sign of the beer's age.

Smell: Wow. I love this. So much caramel it's ridiculous. Hints of what would best be described as rum. Sweet banana coming through as well. I'd like to say this smells about as much like bananas foster as a beer could. Maybe some hints of almond and tart, dried apricot in here too? Sweet smells all around.

Taste: The moment of truth. Yeah, this is sweet. I get a little bit of floral character, perhaps from the faded hops. Sweet tropical fruits here too. A bit watered down. The flavor is all at the front end of the sip, as soon as the carbonation fades, so does all the flavor. What's left is a weak, watered-down honey flavor. Not bad, but I wish it weren't watered down.

WELP, just spilled the entire glass on my feet and rug. Good thing I've got 750ml of this stuff. Head is thicker and creamier on the second pour.

Mouthfeel: A mildly hot beer, the alcohol character is certainly pronounced. Creamy texture, carbonation isn't particularly strong. It coats the mouth on the way down.

Overall: I look forward to trying the next batch of this stuff fresh. If this is exemplary of the style, I'd love to try more of them. If you see it on the shelf, don't turn away from it. It's a solid beer even if it *is* past it's best-by date. Once you pour it, make sure you're very aware of where your coffee table begins and ends too. Your rug won't appreciate it as much as you will. (1,827 characters)

Photo of oceanman907
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750mL bottle into an oversized wine glass, about 45 degrees, a month after its "best buy" date, but is just a 2012 batch.

The appearance of the beer may have been bad because of the extended time in the bottle, because there was quite a bit of floating bits throughout the beer, but it was not off putting tastewise. In fact where this beer lacked in smell and look it more than made up for in taste, faint tropical fruits, Papaya, Pineapple, going to a rich cream of wheat with hints of yeasty sweetness, with the alcohol barely discernible. Hops seem to be only present in the fruity notes, probably have diminished with age. The mouth feel was actually pretty good and it wasn't as heavy and thick as I expected, felt much 'smaller' than a typical english barleywine. Overall a very interesting beer and style that I would like to try more of as this was my first one. (888 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap re-review 2/5/2015:
A: hazy golden-orange, started with thin-bubbled head. Lacing is light.
--- Re: lovely fluffy head of a finger+ that sat atop the beer for a while, and provided lacing (upped rating from 3 to 3.75).

S: smell of apple/pineapple
--- Re: getting less nose, and it's a bit more earthy than original review (no change)

T: it starts reminding me of a cider a little bit, but a little more effervescent. Notes of peach, apple, pineapple. A taste of alcohol creeps in and takes over. Twinges of pepper and just a hint of juniper.
--- Re: again, more earthy than original review (no change)

M: the alcohol lingers slightly until there is an ever slight pull at the end
--- Re: noted less alcohol, but a strange mix of fruit and pine is mildly off-putting. Fairly light carbonation, light body (no change).

O: tasty, even though it's "beer" side is hidden a bit. Was a little surprised to enjoy it, maybe I was just in the right mood.
--- Re: I must've been in th right mood. To me it's just okay, and didn't hit the spot, and I can't see many occasions where I'd think differently. (Rated down to 3.5 from 3.75) (1,135 characters)

Photo of jondeelee
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Harvest Dance opens to a sweet, fruity nose ripe with cherry, berry, orange, apricot, pineapple, and melon fruit esters, the pineapple and melon being especially noticeable here, lending the beer an immediate sweet-tart note. Huge dollops of brown sugar, confectioner’s sugar, and caramel add further layers of sweetness, mixing with the fruit esters to form a bubble gum overtone. Pink grapefruit, lemon, and light pine from the hops add further tart sweetness, as well as a touch of bitterness to help balance things out. All of this rests atop a biscuit and wheat bread that, though faint, does help bring some earthiness. As a whole, the nose is quite potent, and very interesting in its tropical citrusy overtones, though the bubble gum note does somewhat spoil this. Still, there are enough fruit esters in here for two to three bottles of almost anything else, bringing a promise of syrupy goodness.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a quick shot of fruit that copies that noted in the nose: cherry, berry, orange, and apricot fruits mix with surprisingly strong pineapples and melons. The sweet pink grapefruit from the hops, as well as the lemons, add further sugars and tartness. Brown sugar, pepper, and light hints of apple cider vinegar add bits of contrast, as does the biscuit and wheat bread base. In subsequent sips, where some of the initial nuance of the beer is lost, the fruits can come across somewhat like a soda, but are still very nice. The aftertaste is a long lasting continuation of the main mouthful, heavily emphasizing tropical citrus notes. Mouthfeel is a very dry medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, this is good beer, though I suspect that the pineapple and melon notes might drive some off. Luckily the bubble gum aromas did not translate to the tongue, which would have been disastrous. The beer may be a bit dry, but the massive fruit esters make it seem like apple cider champagne, and the result is so interesting that it’s worth a try. (2,005 characters)

Photo of ToasterChef
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A bottle from 2012 that we've opened up at the end of its "best by" period.

It's a clear copper colored beer with a thick egg shell colored head. Lots of visible carbonation.

Floral and yeasty aromas are strongest, with a bit of alcohol.

This is a malty beer (unsurprising). Very floral and warming. Some pepper in the finish.

It's a heavy beer with strong carbonation. There is some coating, but the physical sensation that is strongest is the sense of warmth left after I swallow.

I haven't had too many wheat wines to compare this beer to, but I am enjoying it and think it is a good example of the style. I'm glad I traded for it! (644 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of bananas from the yeast are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of bananas, wheat and yeast along with hints of sweet malts and oak.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little dry on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. R
O: This beer seemed to taste more like a tripel compared to a wheatwine and wasn't nearly as drinkable compared to other beers in the style. (624 characters)

Photo of thegodfather2701
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Hazy gold with a fizzy white head that leaves some slight lacing

S-Belgian Yeast, spicy, a hint of hops-smells like a tripel or a saison

T-Yeasty, semi spicy, hint of clove, and some booze. It tastes like a tripel or a very flavorful saison.

M-pretty thick and chewy

D-very drinkable, but its high abv will definitely cut into the amount you can drink in a setting

Overall, this was my first wheatwine and I enjoyed it. I would drink this again. (452 characters)

Photo of JohnnyMc
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First time trying a Wheatwine.

Pours out an extremely hazy golden/orange with a thick 3 fingers of white, fluffy head.

The aroma is a combination of sweeter tropical fruit hop notes, some bready malt, a big white wine/white grape characteristic and some lemon zest.

The flavor is packed with a huge white grape note that is followed by the tropical fruit notes like mango, peach, pineapple and a nice orange peel too. There is some subtle spice characteristic, but mainly this drinks like white wine with some tropical fruit notes from the hops.

The body is light-medium and the mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and creamy. You can't really smell the alcohol, but there is a definite bite and warmth as it goes down. A tad aggressive.

This is a great beer, but the ABV could be better hidden and there could be more subtleties in it as well. Worth checking out! (867 characters)

Photo of ianjsullivan
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

ST: 750 poured into a snifter.

A: Light amber, almost orange, with a thick white head.

S: Strong wheat, lots of grapefruit, bubblegum, medicinal, stone fruit.

T: Spicy grapefruit, sweet red grapefruit, vanilla from the oak, alcohol ethanol.

M: Very full and creamy from the wheat.

O: Wonderful, complex flavor with a noticeable mouthfeel, Harvest Dance is a winner. I would buy it again, happily. (404 characters)

Photo of brian60625
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle for $6.99. Aroma is wheat husk, crushed malt grains, lime, banana, and peppermint. Appearance is dark, grey yellow with a lot of foam. Taste is lime, paprika, cornbread and orange zest. There’s a wooden earthiness that adds a complementary dimension. Palate is medium bodied and heavily carbonated. Overall, it’s crisp, filling due to the big carbonation dose, refreshing, sweet. Pretty good. (412 characters)

Photo of Prince_Casual
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 750ml poured into std issue total wine belgian glass... nice color but Boulevard, ALWAYS with the over carbonation!? I knew going in (from experience) to be careful, but anything less than a 100% attention to pour will give you an overflow. OK, fine, the lacing is actually beautiful :)

S: Smells like sweet wine more than anything else. Apricots and saison'ish bannanas. A little musty and some fat belgian-y yeasts. This is actually my favorite part of the beer so far.

T: Eh coriander and citrus rind. It really is a lot like the peel of a clementine after the zest has been sprayed. There's a bit of unfiltered funk and that's nice.

M: Mango taste and

O: This is my second time trying this beer, I feel the same way as I did the first time: give this as a gift to a lady who loves H-Garden or B-Moon. Tell her to pour it in a champagne flute and party.

She'll love you <-> her bf will hate you (912 characters)

Photo of King_KongDCO93
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle (9.5%) Golden and has large white head. It is also continuously carbonating.

Has some fruity aroma and is almost like corn meal.

has some caramel, citrus, wheat, and mascato taste. Slightly bitter and sweet.

med-large body and creamy and citrusy.

Great wheat beer (280 characters)

Harvest Dance from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.