Harvest Dance - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 294
Hads: 771
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 107
Gots: 143 | FT: 3
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 Pencible
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy gold with tons of off white head.
S: It smelled like strong fresh wheat, with bitter citrus zest and wild honey and lemongrass.
T: It tasted like citrus zest and fresh wheat, with some wild honey and subtle oak. It had a clean and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was oily with lots of natural carbonation. Great body.
D: This was a unique wheat wine with a very "true" wheat scent and taste. The body was refined, and the finish was smooth, and the alcohol was well hidden. So it was surprisingly easy to drink. It would probably age well, but it was also good fresh. I wish the barrel character was more prominent, but this was otherwise a very well constructed and enjoyable beer. (697 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another excellent beer from Boulevard.

The beer poured a beautiful light honey color in a tulip with a big head, which eventually was about 2 fingers. Nice lacing to the top of the glass.

Immediate spice, lemon, from the head. Warming deepened the aroma with more tropical fruit.

Mouthfeel was carbonated and puckering- quite pleasant and added to the drinkability of the beer.

The taste is highly complex. Spice, lemon, cloves, light alcohol and a touch of bitterness.. Eventually the taste evolved with more spice character, cloves blended with citrus.

Great beer! (571 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The orange-amber color made this beer look more like a DIPA, than a wheatwine. The beer was well carbonated, and a four finger thick head formed rapidly in my Duvel tulip glass. The beer smelled strongly like oranges and roses. The taste was quite a bit more hoppy than I was expecting, because I did not read the back label first. The orange juice like flavor from the wheat malt phenols was balanced by very citric hops. There were notes of clove and pepper in the finish, as well as some white grape vinousness. The body was light and the fluffy feel given by the carbonation aided in drinkability. The alcohol was very well concealed, as there was no burn. Another well made beer from Boulevard. (699 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; batch 2012-1, best before 6/2013. Pours cloudy golden amber color with a nice 2-3 finger fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge lemon zest, orange zest, pineapple, tangerine, peach, pear, honey, wheat, bread, light pine, floral, grass, and herbal. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity hop notes with a moderate malt balance. Taste of big lemon zest, orange zest, peach, tangerine, pineapple, pear, floral, wheat, bread, pine, grass, and herbal earthiness. Fair amount of floral citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, floral, pine, wheat, bread, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of citrus and tropical hop complexity; with a solid malt balance still showcasing hop flavors; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick, creamy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic wheatwine style. Fantastic balance and complexity of citrus and tropical hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,386 characters)

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

Corked bottle...poured in Corsendonk chalice. Bought locally in Denver (Mayfair).
Significant pop...pours gold with large head. Quite a bit of floating particulates, even from first pour of a settled bottle.
Aroma of scones, wheat, mango yogurt, tropical citrus, shaved #2 pencils.
Significant carbonation...modest mouthfeel with some tingly elements.
Flavors of a rich wheat beer with some funky fruit and slight bitter notes. Big amber malt, mango rind, bitter hops and/or alcohol hotness and/or pepper esters. Let me give it 5 minutes...
OK...at least 15 minutes into this bottle...nice head remains on slightly cloudy gold-copper colored wheat wine. Bread and slight tropical fruit aroma. Flavors are rich, complex, intriguing...bitter, tropical fruit rind, creamy malts, a touch of lemon and hay...different and intriguing. Not for everyone, but I find this fun enough...9.5%, rich and creamy helps. A robust load of malts, hops and oak aging...some funky fruit rind...oooh baby...esters galore...different from the wheat wines I've had in the past, but that's OK...nicely done. (1,083 characters)

Photo of Etan
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml, bottled January 2012, so about a year old.

A: Pours a clear gold body with an enormous white head.

S: Belgian yeast esters and light tropical notes from the hops meld in the aroma. Pineapple notes are most prominent, along with vanilla and mild wheat.

T: Marshmallow, pineapple, light oaky bitterness, cakey yeast, a bit of orange peel.

M: Frothy carbonation, light-bodied.

O: Sort of an odd choice to use a Belgian yeast strain for a wheatwine, but this tastes pretty good. (486 characters)

Photo of Boto
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle: This one pours a cloudy, slightly orange tinged golden color. There was a huge frothy head on it that lingers awhile and leaves a little lacing. The nose is wheaty and bready. Maybe some spice and grassiness also. The taste is good. Wheat, some spiciness, bready, a bit dry. Perhaps some lighter fruits in the background. A bit of Saison-like characteristics to it. This is a really good beer. (407 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - dark orange with a huge, white head that has great retention and leaves great lacing on the glass

S - tropical fruit, spicy hops, some herbal aromas

T - spicy hops, tropical fruit, apricots, wheat, some yeast, alcohol, faintly herbal, bitter finish

M - medium bodied, warming alcohol, crisp but well carbonated

This was a really impressive beer. I'm not a huge fan of wheatwines, but this one has depth, character, and a really tremendous flavor profile. I thought for 9% the ABV was well hidden and only added warmth and body. The fruit and hop flavors are tremendous. They alone make this worth trying. In all this is a really good beer. It's impressive and worth your time. (684 characters)

Photo of brewdude1982
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This was a 750 ml poured into a pint glass.

It pours orange with a frothy head with large bubbles. It smells fruity and bready but my review does not give its fragrance justice because it has a quite pleasing aroma. It has a pleasant fruit taste...maybe apricots and a nice yeast character. Being such a weird style of beer it has a nicely balanced body and great carbonation with what I would call amazing lacing. I would highly recommend this beer to pretty much everyone including people who don't like beer. (512 characters)

Photo of Bung
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Draft at Duckworths. Bright yet foggy good pour. Frothy white head. Stuck to the glass a bit.

Aroma, quite a bit of orange and lemon zest. Some wheaty breadiness.

Taste, Some bready and woody malt, bunch of citrus and fruitcake to support. Some light lemongrass and lighter earthy Italian spice notes. Seems to have some Saison flair to it.

The wheat malt is nice and mouth filling. Actually seems pretty light, almost creamy carbonation. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. Dangerously drinkable. Mouthfeel is the highlight for me.
I've liked my wheat wines a little sweeter, but fertainly worth trying. (603 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Holy freaking head! Tons of white fluffy topped and soapy bottomed head. Almost an annoying amount of head. Brew is cloudy orange with reds and yellows.

Tons of wheat, lemon, orange, and coriander, vanilla, pepper, and spice.

Super high carbonation...whoa. Sweet wheat, with nice dryness. Oak is prevalent and doesn't over add or detract. Orange and spice dominate the flavor. Very nice finish with tailing flavors that last for a while.

Highly recommended offering from Boulevard, it's one to hang on to and keep coming back to. But watch out, it'll mess you up!! (568 characters)

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

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Boulevard Smokestack Series branded tulip glass

Pours hazy golden with amber and orangish hues. Substantial fluffy white two and half finger head. Excellent retention and abundant splotchy lacing. Citrus, honey, flora, and peppery alcohol on the nose. Bready as can be but very smooth, light citrus, and white grape skin. Hints of oak...Yeasty-hints of Belgian yeast typical of Belgian tripels. Very malty but finishes very dry with spicy, peppery alcohol. Heavier side of medium body, smooth and a touch of syrup on the edges. Persistent carbonation. Certainly one of the better wheatwines I've enjoyed. (640 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

So happy to have this one return to the Boulevard lineup after it took a one year hiatus. Enjoyed out of a 750 mL dark brown bottle with cork and cage holding the liquid inside. It's the 2014 edition, and on the back, it is stamped with an enjoy by date of June 2015. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack series tulip glass.

Appearance (4.25) - Pours a slightly hazy rusty orange hue with enough fine particulate and cloudiness floating through to reveal the bottle conditioning, but it's not as cloudy as you might expect from Boulevard's wheat beer, for example. I can still vaguely make out things through the liquid on the other side of the glass, but barely. Atop the body sits a towering three and a half finger head that begins to evolve immediately as the smaller bubbles expand, revealing a sort of ciabatta-like look, with big air pockets, although more uniform than bread. Retention is excellent, and swaths of sticky lace intermittently cling to the sides of the glass.

Smell (4.0) - The massive head mutes the aromas somewhat, but after waiting for it to recede a bit, I stick my nose down in the glass to a blend of muted citrus and tropical juiciness and a healthy does of phenolic spice from the yeast profile. There is also an undertone of the pale and wheat malt, and a barely detectible presence of vanilla, presumably from the oak aging.

Taste (4.5) - Delivering on the promise of the nose, but with a bit more vigor. The citrus and tropical notes are now more pronounced and play well with the more rustic undercurrent of grainy wheat and a more involved contribution from the oak, with vanilla and perhaps faint hints of coconut?

Mouthfeel (4.0) - A big presence from the carbonation isn't ideal, but after letting it sit out for a few minutes, it calms down and allows the flavors to shine, instead of getting in the way. The body is medium-to-light, and the finish is dry.

Overall (4.25), one of my favorite Boulevard beers, and one of the better wheatwines available, in my opinion. The oak aging adds a level of complexity without the overpowering nature that can come with 2nd use barrels--it's still fundamentally a wheatwine, calling to mind it's German ancestor, the weizenbock, but with a distinctively American flair. (2,252 characters)

Photo of BeerWizard
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My wife got me this for my birthday, and first off, awesome label: folky image of the Grim Reaper dancing with a bail of wheat.

Pours a medium, slightly burnt peach color, hazy with visible sediment, and has a big billowy head of soapy bubbles, diminishing after a few moments and leaving some rather thick lacing on the glass. Orange-candy citrus and peach mainly on the nose with some oak underneath. Nice flavor of peach, canteloupe, citrus, wood and alcohol, though the alcohol is well hidden. Impressive, as it is 9.5%. Nice balance. The mouthfeel I gave a perfect five; light, but hits all the right notes and doesn't leave anything lacking.

Overall, I dig it. First time I've had it, and definitely one of my favorites from Boulevard's Smokestack Series. (763 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour yields a golden straw coloured liquid. Medium opacity and particilates.

Nose is spicy with that musky wheatiness. Some fruits in there as well.

Taste follows suit. Bready yeast with some wheat spice and musk.
Decent carbonation. Good overall but not one i anticipate fiending for (291 characters)

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

750mL bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 7.99. Best by 06/2013, I think bottled Sept or Oct 2012. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours briliant gold with orange hues and four fingers of pillowy off white head. A good bit of clumpy lacing.

Smells of yeast, clove, wheat and just a wisp if faint grassy hops.

Flavors of citrusy orange and lemon peel, clove, wheaty cereal (almost Cheerios), pepper, oaky vanilla, earthy hops, yeast, red wine and a tickle of alcohol. Interesting and smooth blend.

Medium full, moderately creamy feel with hefty carbonation. Nice long dry oaky smooth aftertaste.

I've been enjoying Boulevard's offerings over the past few months since they started distribuing to Georgia. Being a huge fan of wheat wines, I had higher hopes for this but it is good (and I'll definately buy a couple more). I like the smooth earthyness that the French oak and yeast give it. (900 characters)

Photo of Kromes
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Boulevard Tulip glass. A hazy orange/gold color with a thick and fluffy white head that leaves sheets of lacing down the glass.

Aromas of earthy and grassy hops with a little bit of pine.

At first there is a very sweet malt flavor with a mixture of vanilla, oak and grape in there also. The hops then kick in with some floral, citrus and grass flavors and cut through the sweetness. Very nice. The alcohol flavor isn't very apparent but the alcohol warmth is there in the finish. Finishes sweet with a lingering bitterness.

Medium body with alcohol warmth and a smooth, soft, and velvety feel.

I really liked this beer. I haven't had too many Wheat Wines and this beer makes me want to seek out more. Lots of flavors with the vanilla, grape, citrus, oak, and others. As with all the other Smokestack series offerings, this one is definitely worth picking up. (877 characters)

Photo of TheCondor
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First wheatwine that I will be tasting or reviewing. This beer came out a little while ago, hitting the shelves in the area. Not sure how the general public has responded to it, because I see a lot of bottles still out there. But, alas, I bought and drank two of them. Side poured with standard vigor into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours a nice golden orange color with a big pillowy two finger head on each glass. Since I separated it into two glasses, I noticed there to be much more cloudy than the first, and with a little better head development. Lacing is phenomenal, leaves a mark on your glass for every drink you take.

Smell - Wheat (duh), bready yeasts mixed with some ginger or clove. Certainly a spicy zip to an otherwise bready yeast backbone.

Taste - Although not as potent as with the German weizens, this certainly has the yeasty banana esters. The first part of the drink is smooth yeast breads and some fruits, followed by a light zip from the spices and then the banana. Balanced, complex, delicious.

Mouthfeel - The banana esters carry over into the aftertaste. Medium/thick bodied with medium carbonation. Alcohol is well masked not only in the taste but in the mouthfeel as well.

Overall - I would certainly recommend to try this beer at least once. It's not anything to freak out about, make a special trip somewhere that carries it, or anything like that, but it is a solid beer that will get the job done. I would absolutely buy it and drink it again. (1,479 characters)

Photo of PeterIngemi
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a 750ml batch # 2012-3 poured into a duvel glass

A: first glass, pours a clear orange amber with a finger if white fluffy head, second glass is cloudy with yeast and gave me a fat 2 fingers of fluffy white head... In the clear pour you can see carbonation bubbles rushing to the top of the glass. Head dissapates nicley And leavs pleanty of sticky lacing.

S: Belgian yeast and wheat, notes of bannan and clove, some oak and vinous character from the muscat juice. Wheat and Belgian yeast seem to dominate overall.

T: much like the aroma, I get wheaty notes accepted with Belgian yeasty spice notes if clove and light bannana, then I get a light bit if citrusy hop notes, but not as much as i expected, the oak and vinous notes seem to come in mostly on the finish.

M: medium body with high stinging carbonation, a little bit too high for my tastes, dry and oaky on the finish, with a lingering wine like quality.

O: this is not a bad beer, I not a huge fan off all the Belgian yeast notes... Also I wish the hops were a bit more prevelant, I am also not a huge fan of wheat beers, although I do tend to enjoy wheat wines... Decent brew. (1,149 characters)

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

Pours carbonated cloudy golden with a full white head into my snifter glasses from a 750ml bottle. Looked awesome as it carbonated fruit and wheat flavor heavily in the glass. There is a slight sour with a nice hit of hop along with clove. I definitely will like to get it again to be added to my cellar. (304 characters)

Photo of bnes09
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful orange, transparent color. Towering, foamy head which never gives up and coats the glass with soap bubble-looking lace.

Big wheat bread aroma in perfect balance with the ginger, pine-like hop. Smooth yeast in the nose adds some extra depth.

Sturdy wheat backbone, smooth and breadlike. Assertive hop character, herbs and pine needles. Peppery. Yeast flavor does a great job at adding complexity and mellowing the flavor. Exceptional balance.

Medium bodied, very smooth with a semi-dry finish. Lively, well balanced carbonation. Lingering grain texture.

Great wheat wine. All the complexity you could ask for in perfect balance. (641 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Batch 1-2011. Best by 6-2012.

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, citrus fruit, and wood. Taste is much the same with a mild hop bitterness with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is fairly tasty but strong. (531 characters)

Photo of Maltmaiden
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange and murky. Great carbonation. HUGE thick head that leaves lacing and a strong film.

S: I smell orange, sweet malt, wheat, a bit of citrus hops but not a bunch, a tiny bit of pine. A touch of alcohol.

T: Breadiness comes through strong at first, along with a fairly strong alcohol taste. Orange, apricot, a little bit of butteriness and oakiness. Reminds me of a chardonnay.

M: Very lively and crisp but with a medium body. Sharpness on the tongue from the alcohol.

O: Just such a pretty looking beer. I wish the alcohol was a little more masked. (561 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big fizzy over carbonated head fades semi quickly with spotted lacing, semi clear semi hazy nectar orange color slight golden rosy hue.

Nose not what I expected, some Belgian golden malts and sweetness, earthy slight saison like farmhouse, light booze and esters, grassy light spicy like hops that bring some light lemony and grassy, lemongrass, and a bit of wheat.

Taste starts fluffy and effervescent, some bitter spicy grassy hops kick in right away, with fair bitterness. Then big malts, golden Belgian malt flavors, some wheat flavor as well, a decent warning and tingly booze, plenty of esters with fruity flavors, and light phenols with the booze. A light grassy flavor again from the hops and light farmhouse like saison flavors as well from the yeast, hint of lemony and touch bubblegum. A grainy earthy yeast flavor also comes through. Finish is dry, effervescent, lingering bitterness and grassy earthy spicy hops, light esters booze and touch phenols, light citrus all lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, quite a kick of warming and tingly booze, and tons of carb.

Overall pretty good, but nothing like I was expecting which I thought it was a wheatwine but it's more like Belgian golden strong and saison combined. But decent flavors, complex and all merge well, although maybe a bit too much booze and carbonation. (1,328 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a De-struisse like tulip. Batch 2012-1, good till June 2013.

Slow decant even provides a real large head, ginormous kind of ridiculous with lots of retention and a sort of tan off white like color. The body flows with lots of small rising slow creeping carbonation, through a real nice orange amber hue. Head falls slowly with soapy retention.

Great simple nose on this beer. Mild caramel sweetness, and a light taffy powdery sugar. A real nice sense of light powder sugar comes out even more. It smells dense but in control.

Palate hits with a real nice fruit rush. Tropical thick punch and big hints of honey and lip smacking flavor. Mild clove sensations, with a real cinnamon slightly hot finish but with a great malty sweetness. Slight warming hits the palate without a boozy rush, and some playful carbonation just a bit. A real super caramel taffy quality to this.

Overall a real solid fantastic memorable wheatwine, will definitely seek this out in the future, very drinkable. (1,016 characters)

Harvest Dance from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 294 ratings.