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Harvest Dance - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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625 Ratings
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Ratings: 625
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 98
Gots: 98 | 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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Photo of NEhophead
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25.4 fl oz brown bottle served in a goblet.
Batch number 01/2011, best by 06/2012.

Light copper in color with a slight haze. Dense, frothy, white head that measures an inch high; very nice retention. Some spotted lacing with decent strength.

Peppery pine and spruce; notes of saffron. The oak really comes through with dryness, hints of must, and a touch of white wine.

Bright, fresh citrus up front: lemon, lime, pear, apricot. Notes of oak and pinot grigio. The base is a pretty subdued, yet pleasant malt sweetness that really sits back and allows the citrus hops and oak to shine. Intense carbonation reinforces the dryness prior to a white wine alcohol presence.

Not quite full bodied; very active on account of the intense carbonation, but not offensive.

This one is a bit odd to me. It's pleasant enough; however, it drinks more like Tripel than a Wheatwine.

NEhophead, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of TheBishopco
4/5  rDev -1%

TheBishopco, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of jtrockchalk
4/5  rDev -1%

jtrockchalk, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +23.8%

HopStoopid120, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of FreshHawk
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Gorgeous golden orange color with a gigantic, light, whispy, sticky, fluffy white head. Great retention that sticks around forever leaving a great lacing.

S - Starts with strong fruity (peach, apricot, pineapple, etc.), vanilla and caramel. Gives way to a nice balance of sweet malt and tropical and citrus fruit hops. Toward the finish, there is a great spiced aroma with maybe just a whiff of alcohol.

T - Similar to the nose. A good amount of fruit (peach, grapefruit, apricot, pineapple, etc.) along with vanilla, oak, sweet/candy flavors. Good amount of hops (fruity and floral especially). Hints of alcohol but overall quite well hidden.

M - Pretty light with about average carbonation. Fairly light and smooth.

D - Very complex with strong flavors coming out, but it is still quite drinkable. Alcohol and spice provide a bit of a kick, but they are balanced by the sweet flavors and smooth oakiness.

Notes: 2011 Batch 2. Pretty complex and delicious beer. Lots of fruitiness and oakiness with a good hop showing. I really enjoyed this overall, just well made and plenty of complex and subtle flavors. Well worth a try.

FreshHawk, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of iadler
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Whole Foods.

A- Pours a slightly hazy gold with a two finger head that slowly dissipates into a thin cap. A few lines of lacing are left behind.

S- Sweet wheat, banana, vanilla, clove and peppery spice as well as some tropical hops with pineapple and peach. Finishes with some booze and citrus notes.

T- Starts with tropical hops with mango, pineapple and peach, which is most likely from the citra dry hopping. Citrus hops are present as well orange and lemon zest. Banana, vanilla, wheat and peppery spice follow after with some light oak.

M- Medium carbonation and body. Slightly boozy finish which hurts the drinkability a bit.

O- Another great offering from the Smokestack Series. A nice amount of complexity and I like the addition of citra hops. Worth seeking out.

iadler, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of doucmehu
5/5  rDev +23.8%

doucmehu, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of FreshmanPour77
5/5  rDev +23.8%

FreshmanPour77, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Neffbeer
4/5  rDev -1%

Neffbeer, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

barfdiggs, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Annesemj
4/5  rDev -1%

Annesemj, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of IpeeA
4/5  rDev -1%

IpeeA, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of seeswo
2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

seeswo, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of kkrez
5/5  rDev +23.8%

kkrez, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of LucienDeRubempre
5/5  rDev +23.8%

LucienDeRubempre, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of mattkooler
4/5  rDev -1%

mattkooler, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Travisnin
4/5  rDev -1%

Travisnin, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of AmericanGothic
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.

AmericanGothic, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of hardy008
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.

hardy008, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of ChugginOil
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.

ChugginOil, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of JEdmund
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!

JEdmund, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of bld81
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

bld81, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of jar2574
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.

jar2574, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of Duff27
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.

Duff27, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of mattboyer182
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

mattboyer182, Oct 29, 2011
Harvest Dance from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 625 ratings.