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Harvest Dance - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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614 Ratings
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Ratings: 614
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 100
Gots: 95 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: bort11 on 10-30-2009)
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4/5  rDev -1%

11-15-2011 03:14:18 | More by IpeeA
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2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

11-15-2011 01:41:14 | More by seeswo
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

11-14-2011 23:41:05 | More by kkrez
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +23.8%

11-14-2011 20:39:09 | More by LucienDeRubempre
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4/5  rDev -1%

11-14-2011 17:49:28 | More by mattkooler
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4/5  rDev -1%

11-14-2011 14:42:36 | More by Travisnin
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4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a hazy, golden orange color with two fingers of frothy, off-white head. Great retention and lace, with carbonation that just won't quit.

S: Fruity esters, lots of bubble gum.

T: More bubble gum mixed with orange up front, slowly fades over the course of the sip as the oak emerges and grows through the finish. Nice bubble gum remains on the aftertaste. Towards the end of the glass, the hops and the malt meet in a nice Apricot flavor.

M: On the light side of medium, very creamy and slightly astringent on the finish.

O: Wow, what a tasty beer. Big and bold, full of flavor. I have been having this the last couple of days, but just getting to review it now. Must buy another couple of bottles before they are gone.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 03:36:49 | More by AmericanGothic
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4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. A gentle pour gives a glass full of foam. Amber orange with a rocky white head which seems to stay forever. Leaves a lot of lacing. Nice aroma of tropical and citrus fruits with oak, wheat malt, and spices.

The taste has quite a bit of oak. It is sweet, with some bitterness on the back end. Wheat malt, caramel, citrus and tropical fruits, spices, banana, clove, coriander, and pepper. Wow, there is a lot of flavor packed into this beer. Why did I wait so long to try this?

Smooth, creamy, medium bodied, and moderately carbonated. Slick feeling. If you get the chance, try this.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 04:20:41 | More by hardy008
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3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice looking yellowish orange with a ton of pillowy head that has strong retention. there is thin webby lacing clinging all around.

The nose has a significant amount of hops involved and also has that clove-spice aroma similar to others in this style. Citrus-like hops are intertwined with bananas and clove.

The taste is much the same as the nose. There is an initial hop blast that is pretty citrusy and bitter. Followed by that lies the banana and clove with a bit of earthiness. Not bad.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of carbonation which might actually be a bit much. Other than that, the brew is quite smooth in the finish.

Overall, not a bad wheatwine style brew and I am impressed with the presence of citrus-like hops here.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 21:34:24 | More by ChugginOil
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4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Crazy head formation! Just gigantic if poured too quickly. Lovely golden color with some haziness.

Smell is just outstanding, but I'm a huge fan of Citra hops. And those hops contribute an awesome mango-like fruitiness.

Boulevard knocks it out of the park again with this. I'm loving this! They amped up that carbonation and it totally helps beguile the strength of the brew. Flavor is wheaty but there are generous hops to balance and even finish the flavor in their favor. I keep coming back to enjoy the aroma...love those Citra hops! Good yeast flavor also in the finish.

Once again I'm wondering why I waited a year before trying this. The Smokestack Series has been as reliable as clockwork in the high quality of their beers. This is my first wheat wine and I could imagine it's set the bar high for the style. Nice work, Boulevard!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 21:38:46 | More by JEdmund
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3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Smokestack tulip:
A: red-orange cloudy pour with generous frothy head, huge bubbles and staying power, never fully dies down
S: banana and clove, wheat, Belgian yeast and some hops
T: follows the nose with cloves and yeast, hop bite more obvious
M: some alcohol, but crisp and peppery, highly carbonation
O: quite good, I'd prefer a 12oz and I'd have this more often

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 16:07:19 | More by bld81
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4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Humongous 3-finger bubbly pale white head over orange colored beer. Awesome lacing.

Awesome, awesome smell of yeasts and big fruity strawberry hops.

Taste is mild, sweet hops, malt, mellow wheatiness. Oaky aftertaste. Really good. Smooth, probably due to the wheat.

Overall, unique, tasty, smooth, enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 00:55:10 | More by jar2574
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3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ridiuclous head, more than half of this pint glass actually. Debating whether this is infected. Head takes forever to become "drinkable", clumpy lacing ones it does.

Big hefeweizen whiff...cloves and bananas.

Most notion of this beer being infected is gone...well infected to the point of nonconsumption anyways, its pretty tasty! Citrus, mango...bananas, cloves. ABV of 9.1% is kept it check.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Medium to medium-low carbonation.

This is my first "wheatwine" offering and I really didn't find it too different than some of the higher alcohol content hefeweizens out there ie. New Glarus Dancing Man Wheat. I really enjoyed Harvest Dance. If it weren't for the obnoxious head that formed after every pour I this would be an easy "A rated" beer for me. If and when I ever buy this again I hope I have better results appearance-wise.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 19:50:27 | More by Duff27
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4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours an orange hue with loads of yeast floating around and a fluffy thick white head.

S - tons of wheat smell. Very grainy. It honestly smells like fall time.

T - great harvest taste. All the wheat and light hop addition. Even a little citrusy.

M - light to medium bodied and heavy carbonation.

O - delicious beer. Perfect seasonal. Just amazing wheat and hops

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 22:51:43 | More by mattboyer182
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3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hot off the shelf - poured into my D'Achouffe tulip. The only other wheat wine I've had is from Smuttynose, let's see how these compare.

Bright orange in color - Cork came out quick and powerfully...well carbonated for sure. Large, fizzy head that doesn't dissipate quickly (for a bubblier, less creamy head it hangs around for quite a while). Settles leaving a bit of lacing sporadically around the glass.

Nose is a lot of citrus...lime in particular.

First sip...wow, lots of lemon and lime! Start contrast to Smutty's! Medium bodied...heavy on the carbonation...wow, that lime just doesn't go away!

Medium bodied - finishes mid to front palate with citrus and a hit of malty sweetness.

This is really nice...I don't know if I'd seek it out again, but I'm glad I had a chance to try it. The nose is phenomenal and quite alive...this beer is almost worth buying just to smell it.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 02:45:50 | More by drumminbrewer


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smokestack series bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance : orange in color with a huge well formed head with lots of retention and lacing

Smell : lots of fruit aromas on the nose. Smells like it was a brewed in Belgium this beer is very enjoyable to smell

Taste : huge flavor profile with lots of mango up front. Subtle tartness to follow the mango flavor very enjoyable brew. This beer somehow reminds me of a sweetart candy only not as intense.

Mouthfeel : light body with medium carbonation

Overall : this is a well crafted beer. Definitely a beer worth seeking out give this one a try I highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 22:59:50 | More by BUNZILLA
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3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden sunset in color with a nice fluffy white head. Smells malty and a tad sweet with slight hints of citrus.

The taste and mouthfeel are SMOOTH. You can feel the wheat gently rolling down your throat as if you inhaled a big Whiff of clean air fresh from big sky country. The ABV is not noticeable in the least.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2011 00:29:34 | More by Patrickbrusil
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4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sunset orange beer with golden highlights around the edges. Fluffy white head lingers and bubbles nicely on top until a slow dissipation to just beer. Fresh wheat in the nose with spice and lots of soft fruit--orange peel, mango, pear. Clear, clean spice from the yeast that continues in the taste. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, but a nice twang from the wheat and spice, but the fruit lessens compared to the nose. Very nice beer. 9% is completely unapparent.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 00:07:16 | More by FightingEntropy
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4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden reddish orange with a bunch of white frothy head. Looks great. Smells wheaty and boozy. A really nice aroma. Tastes sweet and malty. Lots of wheat on the tongue. Boozy but light and tasty. Very well carbonated. Overall pretty enjoyable especially on a cold day.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 23:13:31 | More by Urbancaver
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4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle (batch 2010; best by 7/2011 - eh, close enough) poured into a Hennepin glass. Slightly hazy orange color with a fluffy white head that leaves behind nice sticky lacing. Effervescent carbonation erupts from the bottom of the glass - this thing looks like the Deepwater Horizon down there.

Aroma is light fruit, wheaty malt, floral citrusy hops and Belgian yeast.

Taste is bright, crisp, and fruity with a definite hop bite on the finish. Nice dry tropical citrus taste with a vinous quality. Lots of orange flavor, nice velvety mouthfeel.

This is the only wheatwine (and the second Harvest Dance) I've ever had, but I have to say, I love it. This is a beer I would keep stocked at all time, especially if Boulevard put it in 4-packs of 12oz bottles for say $11. Just saying.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 04:04:40 | More by draheim
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4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet, it's a hazy orange color with a bubbly white head. The head has fantastic retention and really nice lacing as well. High marks.

The aroma is earthy with a definite wheat feel and a bit of grapefruit hops.

The taste is more of the same except the hops come through a little stronger. The wheat base adds a solid body to the beer.

A really easy drinker even though the alcohol is a little noticeable.

Very good beer!

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 00:36:16 | More by theboozecruise
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4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch # 2010-1

A - Pours a turbid glowing orange with a milky wet head.

S - Dank wheat, mild but pungent hops, citrus peel and sugary fruit, pears, over ripe apricots, clove, white pepper, hints of alcohol. A potent perfume floral scent comes out as it warms.

T - Starts off with lemon citrus. Sugary apricots and various stone fruits, doughy wheat bread resides under the citrus hops. The hops cling to the sides of the tongue and wick away any sweetness, yet the fruit esters stay. Finishes dry with an herbal and almost minty character.

M - Super soft and creamy, heavy side of medium. Flows across the palate nicely.

Very complex. There's a rawness but it's weaved together in a delicate way. It's fruity, raw, mellow, sweet, dry, bitter, and much more.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 00:12:09 | More by StaveHooks
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3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 2010-1, best buy 7/2011

a) a bright orange transparent color with a good 3 plus finger head upon pouring into my Deschutes Tulip.

s) the fruits of apricot and peach stand out, more fruity versus a citriusy scent if that makes sense, in the distance is a little malt/biscuit and even smaller hop aroma.

t) the fruits are at the front, then comes biscuit/matlness, I don't really get any hoppiness from it and the no citruis qualities present including any banana which is what I would was expecting from a wheat beer. Almost has a belgium characteristic to it.

m) very light and refreshing, geat for a warm day, no bitterness but also not a lot of flavor coming through. Maybe because technically I am past the best by date??? Don't know.

o) I have had many a hef's but this is my first wheat wine beer and I am just not picking up any of the wood notes with it. Overall though very drinkable, especially for the abv but, I would not seek this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 04:02:53 | More by BigE90
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4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch number 1-2009. Best by Oct. 2010. A style that can withstand the age- I have faith that this was stored pretty favorably. Low shelf, low light, cooler room. Tasted July 2011.

Pours almost all head- fluffy, off-white and receding to a hazy orange-apricot body. Solid retention and moderate lace throughout. Gets cloudier and yeastier towards the bottom of the bottle.

Nose is like a late-harvest white wine- rich and sweet with syrupy apricot, honey, baked pear and ripe mango aromas with a lovely undertone of woody, earthy vanilla. Other notes include toffee and alcohol (sweet and peppery).

Palate displays a rich and striking balance between the honeyed malt, the dry earthy straw, and the woody-boozy spice tones. Somewhat electrifying for such a full-bodied and creamy, almost nougat-like, brew. Frothy carbonation, mild bitterness, sizable booze but the sweeter sort- reminiscent of juicy white raisins

An intense return to the honeyed malt on the long dry and finally oaky finish- waves of clove, tobacco and toffee and little droplets of tropical sweetness.

Amazing, complex and showing beautifully for its age- gets oakier and spicer towards the yeasty bottom of the bottle, which is almost a whole different experience completely. I'm definitely picking up the last few of these in Nashville for the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 15:55:44 | More by TheWhiskerReview
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3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7/19/11. Boulevard Smokestack Series Harvest Dance Wheat Wine. A corked & caged 750 mL bottle into my Maredsous tulip. Batch #2010-1, best by 07/2011 (Hurry up & drink it!)

Pours with a huge, bathtub-foamy-soap amount of head. Leaves willow-tree lacing. A constant stream of bubbles floats from south to north - almost champagne like. Color is a golden orange.

Smells of lemon & a mysterious wheat maltiness. Fresh hops are there as well, but are stacked in the nosebleed section. Orange-y & hoppy.

Almost tastes like an oak-aged IPA. The oak is slightly muted, but with the dry lingering finish, you can tell it's there. A very intriguing beer; it's hard to put your finger on exactly what you're tasting with each swallow. Each sip leaves you wondering what other flavors you can make out.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated. This could almost pass as a wild ale, or a drab sour even. It's champagne-ish effervescence is welcoming. At some points during the session, I felt like there was a grassy presence as well - maybe it's the yeast?

In conclusion - a highly enjoyable ale with not much else like it. I really hope they create this again. Also - how cool is that label art? Would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 23:26:05 | More by Wisconsuds
Harvest Dance from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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