80 Acre Hoppy Wheat - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

208 Reviews
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Reviews: 208
Hads: 1,527
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 74
Gots: 333 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: Reaper16 on 01-07-2011

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
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Reviews: 208 | Hads: 1,527
Photo of sanzenapocalypz
4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured out of a bottle, this beer pours a fairly think inch or two head that subsides after a couple minutes. It has an unfiltered spring lemon yellow look to it. OR you can say it looks like a cold glass of think piss. Less intriguing when you look at it that way, though.

Smell- slightly sweet overtones with a mainly citrus smell to it. I think lemons and grapefruit. Smell reminds me of what I would think to be a light bodied IPA- hoppy overtones.

Mouthfeel- crisp and fairly light bodied, with just the right amount of carbonation. It doesn't have a very strong wheat finish.

Overall- definitely a great beer overall. Easy to drink, has a solid ABV %, this would be a perfect beer for most outdoor occasions. I can see myself enjoying this on a day out fishing, going to the beach, camping, the list could go on. This beer feels like it would still be fairly good even after warming up a bit (happens to the best of us!) (932 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This would be a delicious summer beer. Talk about an exceptionally refreshing beer. This is smooth, super easy to drink. Layers of wheat, mild malt, lemon, and mild hops on the back end. It was a cloudy yellow color with about an inch of head. Absolutely awesome for the style.

Will absolutely seek out and purchase again. This one was awesome. If it ever becomes available in cans, this could be a go to for float trips and outdoor excursions. (445 characters)

Photo of Chiefy770
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 fluid ounce bottle.
“Best by” date of 07/10/2014

Hazy gold body with a reasonable amount of carbonation flowing throughout. A modest white head folded and left a traceable amount of foamy lacing.

Plenty of hops present in the nose. Fresh notes of citrus. Very subtle grainy notes from the malts.

Citrusy hops hit the tongue first: lemon peel and grapefruit to be exact. Sweet grainy notes balance out the hops: sweet rolls and general grains are the most prominent flavours the malts present.

Light-Medium body. Appropriate carbonation for the style.

Overall: A very complete wheat ale. Hop-forward with a satisfying grainy finish. Recommended. (658 characters)

Photo of adtrick
4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Being that I reside in central Illinois, I asked associates what is the closest beer that we carry that resembles Gumballhead by 3 Floyds. They told me to try the 80 Acre by Boulevard. Have to say I was a bit skeptical at first, but I am so pleased that I gave it a shot. A fantastic combination of two styles that I love (wheat's and IPA's). Hints of citrus and zest on the initial taste from a wheat, with the thickness and hops from an IPA. I must say I am relatively new to this style of beer but this can go toe to toe with Gumballhead any day. (553 characters)

Photo of ANiklaus
4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very solid beer. Not too bitter for those that are not big into IPAs, but still has the signature feel of an IPA. Would be a great summer beer as it is extremely refreshing. Easier to drink than an IPA but has much more character than most wheat beers. Highly recommend to those who enjoy either IPAs or wheat beers. (316 characters)

Photo of NickT2121
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
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 (530 characters)

Photo of bnes09
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (576 characters)

Photo of hydrolaw
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (883 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I am drinking this three months before its best by date and it has a big hop nose with pine over grass. It pours hazy pale straw under a thick, moussey 2” finely bubbled off-white foam cap. The flavors are very well rounded and the body and texture suggest the presence of some Belgian yeast. It has more hops than a normal wheat beer but they are restrained and not over powering. A hint of caramel on the palate combined with traces of bready wheat constrains and balances the hops. This is full bodied with above average creamy soft carbonation. (550 characters)

Photo of lenbert
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (645 characters)

Photo of Flatlands
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
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! (575 characters)

Photo of JimKal
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (618 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

80 Acre Hoppy Wheat brewed by Boulevard Brewing Co., with an ABV of 5.50% This brew pours out a cloudy light amber color with a nice white head. 80 Acre Hoppy Wheat is an unfiltered brew, you can not see though it. The smell is sweet, citrus , with hops. You also pick up on some grains and malts in the smell of this brew. The taste is rich with flavor. You pick up citrus and some nice malts . This is a nice wheat brew. The mouthfeel is bold and smooth. You pick up on the citrus but it has a clean finish to it. There is nothing overpowering in this brew. 80 Acre Hoppy Wheat has a nice balance to it. Overall I'm giving 80 Acre Hoppy Wheat a 4.5 out 5 (665 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Interested to see how this stacks up against my fave APWL from NEBCo (no pun intended, really).

A: Attractive and bright. A sunny golden. Nice bubbling and overflowing head with a pure white color that compliments the beer perfectly. Better head retention

S: Sweet malt grains mostly. Hops come in with florals and some spice on the backing. Not as complex or differentiable, but good all the same.

M: Light bodied and highly effervescent. Smooth but has a nice sting to it.

T/O: Tart citrus lemon squeezes into a sweet pale crackery malt base, and they play off of each other very well. Light passionfruit sweetness and very nuanced. It has a really good flavor, don't get me wrong, but the overall experience lacks in something. I don't want to sound snobbish for a BA, but it doesn't seem as elegant; and NEBCo is brewing out of the back parking lot of a car dealership. What I mean is this beer is best for warm weather whereas NEBCo's Alpha Weizen I could but can't drink all yr round. (996 characters)

Photo of FernMaster
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (1,246 characters)

Photo of alk3kenny
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (291 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (647 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (658 characters)

Photo of bfields4
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (643 characters)

Photo of Ed_Johnson
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (264 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazed but vibrant golden/yellow color. A dense white head rises to over two fingers with sheets of lace.
S: Citrus fruits. Lemon, orange, and grapefruit. Husky wheat aromas. A white pepper like spiciness, mixed with a light bitterness lingers.
T: Citrus fruits and grapefruit up front. Light banana esters as well, but not full on like in a regular hefe. Which works well with the hops. Cereal grains and toasted malts. Husky wheat, and white pepper. Lingering grapefruit bitterness.
M/D: A light to medium body. Soft carbonation, but still crisp and ultra smooth. So easy and enjoyable to drink. All day with this.

It is a wonder why I don't drink this more often? Always spot on. The wheat and hops work perfectly together. While different interpretations, it is up there with Karbach's Weisse Versa as one of my favorite wheat hybrids that are not full on Hefe's. (906 characters)

Photo of acelin
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (424 characters)

Photo of jmbranum
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful hazy gold liquid with a generous white head.

Aroma is a mix of hops and citrus.

Flavor is hard to take in. The two dominant flavor notes (the hoppyness and the citrusy-wheat beeryness) to me are not team players. Both are so dominant that it feels like it would have been better for this beer to slightly tone down one of these notes, maybe by making this a Wheat Pale Ale rather than a what IPA. I also wonder how this beer might be with a little aging to round out the hops?

Mouthfeel is nice and full with a little bit of pricklyness.

Overall, this is an interesting beer. A nice change of pace but probably not one I would seek out on a regular basis. (678 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (2,387 characters)

80 Acre Hoppy Wheat from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.