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80 Acre Hoppy Wheat - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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80 Acre Hoppy Wheat80 Acre Hoppy Wheat

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212 Reviews

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Reviews: 212
Hads: 1,570
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 29.19%
Wants: 83
Gots: 358 | FT: 1
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: 212 | Hads: 1,570
Photo of DenverHopHead
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a best by date of 5/4/14, into a pint glass.
Appearance - golden, nice carbonation, looks refreshing! Big, fluffy white head, leaves plenty of lacing.
Smell - nice, but falls short of others like Lagunitas Lil Sumpin'.
Taste - very refreshing hop forward wheat ale!
Feel - not as hoppy as Lil Sumpin', but a good beer nontheless!
Overall - solid beer and for the price, worth a look.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of PBIU
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one is a great alternative to Lil sumpin sumpin or Gumballhead.

Great nose for starters, lacing holds up nicely and there is a good medium mouthfeel. Probably one of my favorite year round regular rotation Boulevard offerings. Pick this up and give it a try.

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Photo of Mike_Moe
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy straw golden in color with a one and a half finger foamy head that has good retention.

Smell has some orange/grapefruit rind hop aromas forward before a moderate wheat aroma cuts the center along with some light grainy aromas.

Taste follows the nose. Some bright citrus flavors are on the front end with hints of orange and lemon zest. Low bitterness is very nice and works well with the moderate wheat and light grainy flavors that follow.

Mouthfeel is good. Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to my broham for getting this beer from an out of state friend of his. Bottle says "Best before 03/27/14."

I pour a finger of nearly white head over a light golden-straw colored body. The head dwindles slowly, and the body is quite translucent. Makes a decent attempt at lacing.

Smells grainy, mostly of wheat and yeast. A little banana happens in the background as well.

Up front, a hint of yeast gives the stage over to a good wholesome banana tinged wheat. This moves on through to a good lemony flavor with a little orange peel and a hint of pine.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, and almost nectary. Seriously, I love the way this one flows.

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Photo of NeedBeerHere
3.29/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours out a nice lemony yellow with a one finger white head with decent retention. Smell is nice fruity orange with a little sweet malts in the background to balance things out fairly well. Taste is quite quite malty that reminds me of a little sweet syrup with a little Belgian yeast. Not too much but a tiny but of bananas. The hop bill is quite subdued but helps balance things out to some extent. This is a malt forward beer. Mouthfeel is slightly thick for the style due to carbonation. Overall not a bad beer but not a good one. It's just sort of OK. I like their Smokestack Series. Their normal beer is just a not that great.

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Photo of alk3kenny
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of Dayman766
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice summer beer - a good twist on the classic American wheat. I really liked the combination of the crisp lemon/citrus hops combined with the smooth wheat malts. Makes for easy, fun drinking, though it's lacking a final oomf to make it truly fantastic. Recommended!

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Photo of JackieTH
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy pale gold. White foam trace head but with decent lacing. Smells fairly light of wheat and is non-descript. Taste is lemony, crisp, mildly bitter and clean. A very light washing of sweetness. Decent medium body with a firm body. Crisp carbonation. Overall is crisp, refreshing and enjoyable if not fantastic.

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Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a hazy goldenrod color; the head was a little small for a wheat but left strands of lacing behind

Smell: Bright and lemony; quite fragrant, with undertones of bread

Taste: Dominated by the lemony hops, there are also undertones of bread and grass; herbal and tangy flavors linger well into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; very crisp

Overall: A bit too lemony for my taste buds, I almost find myself puckering from the tanginess; a nice twist on the style, nevertheless

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Photo of MrBoz21
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Cl.oudy yellow with 1/4-inch foamy white head that leaves nice lacing. Very effervescent.

Aroma: Wheat and citrus with light coriander. Lemongrass comes through as it warms.

Taste: Subdued floral hops rides the tongue - bitterness increases as beer warms. Wheat malt is present. Spice and lemon notes.

Mouthfeel: Dry ... ish, with a bit of slick in the mouth.

Overall: Lacks some of the characteristics of a good wheat, nevertheless, a good warm weather beer with some nuance.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into standard pint glass. Best before date of 10/27/13, so just under the wire here.

Poured a slightly cloudy hazy yellow with a generous white fluffy head. Lacing was good, and head maintained.

Got some lemon and wheat from the nose, with a touch of hops wafting through.

This is a good tasting beer! Lemon is soft, and the hop bite on sides and back of tongue is spot on. Very nice balance. Refreshing after a days warring with the leaves, but with bite too.

Mouth was around medium, slightly dry on the finish. Pleasant lemon taste hugh around, but didn't tingle like a citrus normally would. Liking it.

Overall, a nice suprise. Not sure how I would feel about one say a month from bottling date, since I enjoyed the balance immensely. So much, that I grabbed another one from the fridge .

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: cloudy straw yellow, trace white head,
fair lacing

S: lemon grass/peel, fresh wheat, yeast

T: lemon peel, wheat, yeast, spicy finish

M: med body, mild bubbly/oily combination

O: Fine session beer. Feels like good
blend of hefeweizen and pale ale.
Great intro beer for newbies.


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Photo of bmwats
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic,

A: Hay coloration. Pours a 2 finger, frothy, white head. Craters slowly and unevenly. Continually rising effervescence is visible, and dry residue remains. Very sparse lacing.

S: Hay, hops, lemon citrus, and a bit of honey.

T: Wheaty and hoppy.... just like the label indicates. Accentuated with a nice dose of lemon zest.

M: Light and crisp. Does have a bit of metallic feel. Bitter aftertaste.

D: Drink session style.

Atmosphere is really nice. Great head, but sparse lacing. Nose is hay, with some crisp hop character, a little lemon citrus, and a bit of sweetness. Wheaty character, with a light yet crisp hop bite, balanced with lemon. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a cloudy straw amber with a half finger white head that dissipates to a thick film and hefty ring around the glass. Aroma of lemon citrus, light stone fruit and citrus hops. Flavor is lemon, biscuit wheat, light wheat, finishing with citrus rind and mild grassy hops. Light bodied with nice peppery carbonation. An interesting take on a wheat ale, with a distinct emphasis on the lemon citrus and a deft hand with hopping. The lemon is so dominant that this seems almost to veer off into fruit-malt-beverage territory, but the quality of the wheat body and citrus hops carry through for a pleasant wheat ale experience. Light and refreshing.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy light yellow with good fizzy head that dies slow with little head retention. I pick up mostly typical yeast and orangey, citric notes with minimal spice and not much else (no large amounts of hops or sweet malts). Taste/mouthfeel seem to be opposite of nose as I get a smooth, filling body (yeast) that is citric hop laden and has some sweet malts and not much in terms of spice or sharp citric notes one might associate with a wheat ale. It is balance and easy to drink and enjoyable, so overall I have to say this experiment worked.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Hazy light straw yellow colored. An inch of foam caps the top of this beer. Aroma of wheat and faint grapefruit like hops greets me. Mouthfeel is very light and crisp. The front of the palate is grapefruit like hops. I would describe this as a session IPA with wheat. Light, crisp, and refreshing.

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Photo of Omnium
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a really nice hazy yellow gold color, nice big fluffy two finger head thick lacing.
S - Wonderful aroma! Definitely some big grassy tones, some pinapple, a little mango, very floral, some nice fresh wheat traits as well.
T - Taste is great at first, big sweet juicy fruit, that mango and pineapple really come out with some floral bite mixed with a nice wheat right in the middle then it fades fast on the end, leaving it feeling a little watery.
M - Crisp and sweet at first then watery on the end.
O - Excellent hopped up wheat, loved the aroma, nice use of hops to create a fresh and balanced flavor.

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Photo of scratch69
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Hazy yellow color with a fingers worth of head. Fair amount of clingy lacing.

Smell- Wheat grain, grassy and floral hop aroma with a hint of citrus.

Taste- Wheat malt flavor with mellow citrus flavor. Light tangy hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with an an average amount of carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

Overall- An interesting beer, that has just enough hop character to be enjoyable but not overpowering. While I am not a fan of "hoppy" beers, I rather enjoyed this one.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poures from bottle into pint glass. Cloudy straw color with fluffy white head. Nice piney hop and wheat aromas. Some citrus notes.
Taste is grassy and citrus lemon hops with a nice wheaty backbone. A little thin but overall a great refreshing brew. I like oberon a bit more when comparing the style.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've had this both on tap and in bottle, and as one would expect, I liked the draft version better. Extremely drinkable and pretty nice mouthfeel. A bit mild in flavors, not a lot of banana, but still reasonably enjoyable. Comes up a bit short from Boulevard's other offerings.

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Photo of argock
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint glass at Boylan Heights (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Lemon juice hue with tons of haze and barely any head and a tiny spittle of lacing.

S: Super hoppy aroma of grapefruit and pine aromas, some floral notes as well, and a lot of tanginess.

T: The flavor is very citric with the grapefruit and lemon flavors being a bit overpowering and not balanced with any other flavors. I don't taste any of the floral or other more complex hops notes. The malt component is pretty bland. It is undoubtedly drinkable but one-dimensional. There is no yeast element in the flavor and the bitterness is low. A little more malt sweetness would help with the hops charge -- or just less hops.

M: Thin but it's supposed to be, but even this is less substantitve in body than I would like. THe carbonation seemed off as the beer drank like water, and not in a good way.

O: Not a big fan and tastes like it could use some revisions -- reminds me of a so-so homebrew version of Gumballhead -- no nuance or complexity, just hits you over the head with a couple of of hops flavors without much else.

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Photo of Thelonious_Mahler_Crate
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nice, cloudy pale golden that I expected. I usually don't say much about labels, but I really like this one. My family has a couple tractors similar to the one depicted on the label... good memories.

Smell: Lemon, grains, and other stuff.

Taste: Flavorful, but light enough to drink when it's extremely hot out (like now). A lot of beers go overboard with the lemon thing, but this one doesn't.

Mouthfeel: It's light while avoiding being watery.

Overall: I like 80 Acre, and have bought it more than once. I'm not the biggest fan of wheat beers, but saw "hoppy" and "Boulevard" and tried it, without remorse. This is a nice one to convert macro-drinkers with.

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Photo of Chaney
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6er of these at my local Whole Foods.

A: Poured out a saturatedly murky yellow color with a slight white head. Looks tasty.

S: Hoppy is right. Sure, I got a good amount of wheat in there, but also a good bit of orange and more than a hint of lemon.

T: Very refreshing, almost thirst quenching even. This is not a hop bomb beyond any stretch of the imagination.

M: Crisp on the end and not bitter... it contains almost the sillouette of a bitter beer if that makes any sense. Mild splotchy lacing.

O: Infinitely drinkable and just downright fantastic.

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80 Acre Hoppy Wheat from Boulevard Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.