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80 Acre Hoppy Wheat - Boulevard Brewing Co.

80 Acre Hoppy Wheat80 Acre Hoppy Wheat

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BA SCORE
88
very good

855 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 855
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%


Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
With roots in two of today's most popular brewing styles, 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat Beer is the result of careful cultivation by our brewers and cellarmen. Their efforts to craft a hybrid yielded a bumper crop of flavor; a delightfully distinctive ale with the aroma of an IPA and the refreshing taste of a wheat beer.

21 IBU

(Beer added by: Reaper16 on 01-07-2011)
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XxNitExX

Nebraska

4.86/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A- Pours a hazy golden color with a thin white head on top. Pretty average for this style.

S- Citrus Hops!!!! Get a nice wheat smell after that, but you got to love the smell of those hops.

T- This is more hoped than alot of APA's I have tried. Citrusy and grassy hops. Get a little orange flavor and of course that indistinguishable wheat taste.

M- Goes down oh so smooth. Just the right carbonation and just the right stick to your mouth feeling that good wheat beers have.

Overall a great beer. If only this was available on tap to get an even fresher taste!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 04:10:19 | More by XxNitExX
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KCYeti

Kansas

4.78/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I can't get over how this beer has the perfect blend of hops in my opinion. Every time I have a bottle it shocks how everything in 80 Acre balances so well together. I'm jonesing for another red tractor six pack while writing this. Created my account just to say this beer is kind of a big deal.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 01:38:46 | More by KCYeti
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willland

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Let me start by saying, I am not the biggest fan of over-hoppy IPA's that finish very bitter. This "hybrid" style starts very hoppy but finishes as smooth as any craft beer I have ever tried. I just loved this beer. I usually prefer the malty caramel styles(Sam Adams Octoberfest) but this IPA/wheat combo really stimulated my palate.

Bill

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 23:10:18 | More by willland
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Mike_Moe

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Golden color with a blonde head
Aroma: Big hop aroma up front.
Flavor: This is full bodied hopped flavor, finishing slightly citrus and smooth.
Overall: This is a well balanced beer. It has lots of hoppy flavor, but not overly bitter. The wheat base renders the beer very smooth. This is a very good wheat pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 06:20:25 | More by Mike_Moe
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bensbeers

Maryland

4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color is a pale straw yellow with a hint of hazy amber; light 1.5 finger head that left minimal lacing. Scent is mostly fruity - bananas, apples, and even a hint of sweet peaches; also has a unique soda-bread scent, likely due to the wheat and earthy, bitter hops. Taste was spot on with the description - a hoppy, wheat beer; both styles of beer lend their citrus-forward attributes; orange peel from the wit and tart grapefruit from the ipa side. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing; perfect to enjoy while outside on a warm day; went well with grilled chicken, cheesy couscous, and sautéed green beans.

Overall, highly recommend to anyone. Terrific combo of sweet and bitter. Great for someone who is on the fence about hop-centric beers. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 02:51:44 | More by bensbeers
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at room temp in hotel glass

A: 5: wow, huge head; bright yellow; foamy; crazy carb action; fantastic lacing
S: 5: hoppy, powerful aroma; you’d think this was going to be an IPA; lingers long
T: 4.5: light, fresh, spritzy flavor; hints of lemon; hoppy, sweet; not very boozy
M: 4:
O: 4.5 I’m not a fan of wheat beers, but this one is quite good, thanks to the hop profile

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 23:20:47 | More by Arithmeticus
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Reaper16

Alabama

4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

served on-tap @ Boulevard Brewing Co.

This is a new test beer. I do not know if there are any plans to bottle this in the future. I don't know if this version of Unfiltered Wheat Beer is any different than the original apart from the dry-hopping. All I know is that if you find yourself at Boulevard soon then you MUST try this.

Pours a supremely hazy, cloudy straw yellow color. It nearly looks like young, unfermented beer; it has that sort of quality to it (all you homebrewers will know what I'm talking about). Not much head off of this one, though the lacing is adequate.

BOOM. Tons of hops sing soprano out of the glass. Whereas the OG Unfiltered Wheat Beer is crisp and zingy with some lemon, this dry-hopped version showcases an abundance of more tropical fruit. Lush stonefruit, waves of mango and little punctuation marks of guava make for the brightest hop character I've ever smelled in a pale wheat ale. The wheat is still there, and in many ways this is still the same old Unfiltered Wheat Beer that accounts for roughly 70% of Boulevard's sales. The creamy, zingy wheat is still there. It's just full of these lush, soft, bright hop aromas.

The taste follows the nose. You get the stonefruit and some of the mango, but the hop flavors are soft. This is not a bitter, abrasive take on the style. The finish, somehow, is all wheat bread and a bit of lemon. It tastes remarkably like Unfiltered Wheat Beer, but the tropical fruit hop flavors are a major improvement. The compel further sipping, making this a very drinkable beer. This beer transitions beautifully from the hoppy fruit juice flavors up front to the almost entirely malt & wheat dominated finish. It occurs to me just now that this tastes like Harvest Dance Wheatwine as a tiny little baby. Awesome stuff.

The mouthfeel could use some tweaking. The level of carbonation that so characterizes the OG Unfiltered Wheat Beer is not the same here. I could use a bit more bubbles to liven up all aspects of the taste. This beer might be "too soft" in ways. Still, this is nothing short of solid; I'm now just picking nits.

I really hope that this... whatever it is (test batch, brewers' experiment, whatever) becomes an actual product in the future. This is every bit the peer of Lagunitas' Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale or Three Floyds' Gumbalhead in the category of hopped-up American Pale Wheat Ale. Super delicious and super drinkable. This deserves a wide release in bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2011 02:33:59 | More by Reaper16
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WunderLlama

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pilsener glass

Poured a nice 4 finger white foam head which settled into a delightful white foam cap with healthy lacings on the side of the glass

Fresh clean aroma of hops, citrusy lemon and orang rind. Hazy golden yellow. Opaque with the faintest of carbonation.

Wheat with hops , lemony , clean fresh and nice after taste. Light mouthfeel.

This would be a great beer on a hot summer day. Clean and delicious even in the winter! Really nice beer that I will definitely enjoy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 01:23:28 | More by WunderLlama
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bnes09

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lemon yellow, translucent and slightly hazy ale. Huge froth on the pour with excellent retention and patches of lacing which retreat partially back into the brew.

Bright and fresh wheat, grass and citrus aroma.

Flavors follow the nose. Malty in the beginning with a bready wheat character. Turns to a lemon and grass hop bitterness in perfect balance with the malt. Finish is crisp.

Light in body. Tons of lively bubbles. Smooth in the middle and slightly dry in the finish.

A perfect summer session beer. Light and crisp yet with plenty of flavor and perfectly balanced.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 03:29:28 | More by bnes09
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NickT2121

Arkansas

4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A - very beautiful orangish tangerine color with cloudy tint to it. 2 finger head very sudsy

S - Bursting Lemon citrus scents and some grapefruit or tangerine Smell Idk I can't pin it.

T - A lot of lemon sweetness with a wheat finish. Very smooth!

M - A LOT of carbonation with this one but the feel is very light and a creamy finish

O - I really love this one from Boulevard Brewing Company, it's bursting with citrus flavors and it's not so filling it's light I'm. I could pick this up regularly really enjoyed it.

Enjoy

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 02:42:15 | More by NickT2121
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hydrolaw

Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A -Poured very cloudy, just what I would expect to see in a good wheat beer. Minimum white head and little lacing,

S - This definitely has an IPA influence. In the nose the citrusy,piny, hoppy notes take over. Very pleasing aroma.

T -The very first thing you taste is hops. That quickly turns to a sweet wheat flavor with some citrus overtones, lemon specifically. It finishes with a sweet, but not overly dry finish. The boulevard website says that this only has 20 IBU's, which is very surprising. Although it isn't bitter, the flavor of the hops is very apparent throughout the taste of this beer. Superb

M - Very crisp and smooth.

O - This is a delicious beer. I'm normally an IPA guy, so of course I like it. But this is more than just a great IPA or Wheat Beer alone. I'm glad to see that this is a year-round offering, because it has earned a permanent spot in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 02:24:20 | More by hydrolaw
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lenbert

Indiana

4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Guinness Pint Glass.

Appearance: It is amber in color and is slightly hazy. Forms a two fingers head that slowly dissipates, leaving a goodly amount of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: A substantive aroma of grass and hops form quickly from the glass.

Taste: A very nice combination of toasted wheat and hops hit my taste buds up front and lingers quite awhile (great aftertaste). The finish is dry and satisfying.

Overall: This has a similar profile as its Unfiltered Wheat stable mate, but far more interesting and satisfying on all counts. The hops are an awesome addition, making this a must buy for the Summer months.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 00:11:32 | More by lenbert
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Flatlands

Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass
A-very nice white head, great unfiltered yellow
S-not a strong hop smell, more lemon and citrus, great smell that really makes this beer
T-my first one I was expecting hops but this is more of a wheat-belgium-mild IPA.
M-much more then Boulevard's unfiltered wheat, just right in that it is full, has some great character but is still something you can just drink after mowing the yard
O - This will be my new go-to Boulevard for when I want to enjoy multiple beers. The price is right and this is a great wheat style all it's own. Nice Job Boulevard!

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 04:40:03 | More by Flatlands
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JimKal

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a shaker pint. Forms a nice two finger head that dissipates pretty quickly. This is a nice looking hazy gold. Lacing is minimal but OK for a wheat beer.

S: It has a nice citrus aroma from the hops. Not overpowering but nice for a wheat beer.

T: I tend to like hoppy beers but am enjoying wheat beer now that the heat has hit NC. This one gives you just enough hops to let you know they are there but it doesn't overpower the wheat taste.

M: Medium bodied but very nice for this style.

O: This one hits all of my buttons for a summer brew. Easy drinking, fairly low ABV, and looks great in the glass.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 21:24:43 | More by JimKal
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alk3kenny

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall I really like this beer hops, juicy, citrus easy to drink... Have had it a few times and keep going back. Not always the biggest fan of boulevard beers but this is probably my favorite of their line up that I have had. Great take on easy drinking wheat vs hop character! More please.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 02:19:58 | More by alk3kenny
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by 07/29/13

A: Slightly hazy, golden-yellow with a fluffy, bright white head that builds and fades pretty quickly. Decent lace and retention.

S: Lots of hops followed by citrusy aromas and some wheat & malt.

T: Super balanced with plenty of hop flavor yet mellowed out by the wheat. Nice. Citrus is in the finish but it doesn't seem to come from the hops. Although the hops are definitely citrusy and slightly tropical. Very delicious and spot-on for the style.

M: Good body, refreshing, clean, and surprisingly citrusy while also having plenty of discernible wheat qualities.

O: Seriously delicious beer that I will seek out in 6-packs.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 21:09:55 | More by Gatch
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FernMaster

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at the Boulevard Brewery.

I don't really know what the point to reviewing this is yet. You can't get this beer. You should want this beer. I tasted it and I want this beer again. I would buy this beer. How many of us love Wheat beers? They're the perfect session beer. How many of us love hops? They add complexity, flavor and so much more. Dry-hop Boulevards highest selling beer, a beer I very much respect for being the bridge that got me into the realm of beer drinking and what do you get? You get a lemony hoppy nose that's just a pure joy to drink. This beer is like the Boulevard Wheat's bigger brother that comes to the rescue whenever someone picks on it at school. It's bigger and better and everything the little brother wants to be. As it pushes the teasers face into the ground you can sit and appreciate it's flavor of attack. The same lemony wheat flavor is there that's in the wheat, but there's this hoppy grapefruit quality that comes through and creates a unique, intriguing highly profitable if sold flavor.

I started getting strange with my analogy, let's just state this the way it is: Boulevard's Dry-Hop Unfiltered Wheat is an awesome drink that should be bottled and sold. Do it Boulevard. For realsies.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2011 00:59:08 | More by FernMaster
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bfields4

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A lightly hazy pale straw body. Nice frothy white head with good retention. Looks much the wheat beer.

Aroma is nice. Citrus from the hops and wheat blend together nicely. Has good sweet citrus and a cut of lemon from the wheat.

Really get a nice fruity character from the hop without being overpowering. Some pine and lemon round out the spicier flavors. Nice little touch of sweetness from the wheat.

Nice smooth mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. This beer will be a must in the summertime. I think Boulevard has done something special here. Right up there with little sumpin sumpin, oberon and gumballhead for me as top american wheats.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 03:10:48 | More by bfields4
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Ed_Johnson


4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellow head with a hint of gold, with a white head, some lacing.

Deep citrus and some pine, a really nice nose.

A punch of hoppiness with some citrus - lots of lemons and mango.

Finished with a clean, slight hop bitterness. Good beer and I would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 01:24:36 | More by Ed_Johnson
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: 80 Acre looks like a very creamy Hoegaarden. Lemon meringue pie in a glass to be honest, complete with white peaks of foam.

Smell: Pine and lemon hops. Extremely odd for a wheat ale, but very enjoyable.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Excellent flavors. A hybrid between an IPA and a wit, complete with grapefruit, lemon, orange, and a hint of lemon. Crispy, yeasty mouthfeel to finish.

Overall: I would define this as an excellent gateway for Blue Moon drinkers looking for more excitement.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2013 00:07:17 | More by tjsdomer2
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acelin

Kansas

4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

This beer really deserves it's own style, as do many normally called APWAs. How about Hoppy Wheat Ales? Or Hopped Wheat Ales? Naming conventions aside, this is a very tasty beer. Has a great haze, great nose that implies it's far more bitter than it is. Instead, it has all those great floral aromas as tastes without the bitterness. What a gold mine of taste, and a knock out brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 23:35:07 | More by acelin
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect Pint Glass

Appearance: high carbonation, bright yellow-gold in color, one inch head, hazy

Smell: wheat and citrus hops

Taste: wheaty, grass, and citrusy hops that are especially present at the end

Mouthfeel: crisp, light bodied, high carbonation, sweetish start with bitterness coming in the middle and a bit more prominent towards the end.

Overall: Super clean. For the style, this is one of my favorites. A perfect summer beer that I could have several of. Nice pilsner like taste with a touch of pleasant bitterness that is never too bitter. One of Boulevards better small beers that I have had the pleasure of trying.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 14:39:13 | More by tigg924
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

The beer is a hazy, murky straw-yellow. A nice foamy white head levels out to a film and sudsy light lacing is left on the glass.

The aroma is of sweet lemongrass, malts, wheat, and a tang of hops.

The flavor is amazing. Tons of apricot and peach upfront. Sweet grass, wheat, and floral notes. The hops are in the finish, a dry sour one at that, if.

Mouthfeel is light, carbonated, and dry.

Overall, as others have said, I'm not getting so much hops, but I'm getting tons of fruit sweetness, and by God this is a delicious beer. There is hops in the finish, but by then you're so happy about the body that you couldn't care less.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 22:44:33 | More by JuicesFlowing
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TheSarge

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this one into a regular pint glass, and the brew makes a massive amount of bright white foam, and the body is mildly hazy and is whitish gold in color. Foam retains quite well.

The aroma is dominated by the lemony hops, has a slight earthiness to it, and is kind of perfume like.

The taste is dominated by the lemony hops, there is a slight orange rind flavor on the back of the tongue, and altogether is very zesty.

Feels refreshing and crisp, but also a slight dryness to the profile. This is the hoppiest wheat I've ever had!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 05:58:28 | More by TheSarge
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a stubby brown bottle with a freshness date of March 2014, so plenty of time to spare. Poured into a standard 16 oz tumbler glass with the Sierra Nevada logo on the side. I've had this wonderful beer many times, but finally decided to write a full review for it.

Appearance - It's hard to describe the body of this beer as anything but liquid gold. It's that bright yellowy tone like how melted gold might be depicted in a cartoon. Bright and glowing, with some more muted hints of straw yellow and cloudy throughout. The way an American unfiltered wheat should look, imho. Atop the beautifully-toned body sits a two finger pillowy head of stark white. A slight shadow rests beneath the moderately dense head, like a Kansas thunderstorm rolling across the plains and shading the fields of wheat below. Lacing is visible but moderate, with bits of stickiness on the glass as I drink it down, but comes up short of full rings.

Smell - Bright citrus and grassy notes, with some fainter elements of floral as well as some distinct notes of lemon zest. But the hops are not the only story here. There is a nice softness, like fresh-baking bread, to the aroma that clearly comes from the predominant use of wheat in the grain bill. I like the fact that this "hoppy wheat" doesn't smell like just an IPA. It retains it's wheat beer roots.

Taste - The bright citrus from the aroma now comes through with more clarity, providing notes of lemon and starfruit. There is also the more herbal characteristics like lemongrass and rosemary. As with the aroma, the wheat is well-represented here, with notes of fresh-baked sourdough and even some whole wheat dinner rolls. The grain definitely provides the subtlety of clover honey sweetness--just enough to add a little depth to the beer.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-light bodied and moderate-to-light carbonation, with a slightly sweet finish and a faintly chewy mouthfeel.

Overall, this is one of my favorite beers from Boulevard. It's so good that if they replaced their standard Wheat beer with this one, I wouldn't be the slightest bit upset (although I speculate that there are others who would be...). In terms of comparison to other "hoppy" wheat beers, this one holds it's own just fine, and unlike some others, this one manages to remain a wheat beer with hops, rather than tasting like an IPA with some wheat in the grain bill.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 23:42:20 | More by LambicPentameter
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80 Acre Hoppy Wheat from Boulevard Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 855 ratings.