Unfiltered Wheat | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Unfiltered WheatUnfiltered Wheat
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
boulevard.com

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat Beer is a lively, refreshing ale with a natural citrusy flavor and distinctive cloudy appearance. This easy drinking American-style wheat beer has become our most popular offering, and the best-selling craft beer in the Midwest.

14 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-17-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,002
Reviews:
573
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
15.36%
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
446
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Sammy
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle brought by the brewery to Cole's on the way to Cooperstown. Some wheat taste, yes. Yellow with a crowning white head, and some lace. Farmhouse aroma. High carbonation. Yet its all drinkable.Some citrus flavour yes. Not a bad one, but merely a warmup for their extremes.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Half finger head with good retention on a cloudy pale gold body. Aroma is simple, mostly wheat, some pale malts and generic herbs. Flavor is a little dull and simple with some light lemon custard citrus, wheat, light grains. Best part of this one is the mouthfeel which is creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. Highly drinkable but not very flavorful or memorable.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Best by 10/18/15.

Pours a murky yellow-orange with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, cracker, yeast, and slight citrus fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with wheat, cracker, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but the flavors are a bit boring compared to other beers of the style.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of djrn2
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

looks like a standard wheat beer, with a few floating yeast bits and an excited head. something was off with the aroma though, a tartness of overripe fruit maybe, almost vinegary in the nose, maybe not quite, but something a bit unpleasant was there for sure. tasted better than it smelled, as the intense carbonation highlighted some of the more subtle grassy flavors. overall a pretty average beer, but i likely wont buy this again. i reckon it missed the mark a bit here, boulevard usually makes very good beer

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3/5  rDev -13%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of metter98
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down but never completely faded away, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of wheat in the nose along with some hints of yeast.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of wheat flavors along with hints of yeast and lemon citrus.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and could be rather sessionable on a hot summer day.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An inferior style yields an inferior product. These Pale American Wheat Ales don't showcase anything that is wonderful about Wheat beers, Pale Ales, Witbiers, or any other beer. Mediocre, timid, banal throughout. Now that that's off my chest... This beer has the look of normal Hefeweizens with a cloudy canary-yellow color, however the head formation and retention results in a little fizziness and weakening. Aromas are lemony and acidic with light notes of bread, wheat malt, and herbal hops. Flavors emphasize the lemon esters, grassy hops, and overall acidity while downplaying the comples yeast character and rich maltiness. Textures are thin, acidic, lightly astringent, and overall tart-- leaving maltiness and richness behind. Perhaps a bit grainy. Finishes lemony and fresh because of the acidity and citrus notes.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz brown glass. Appealing label art and design. Branded pry-off pressure cap. Best by: 02/22/15.

Reviewed live as a wheat beer per the label. It's not specified whether this is a lager or an ale.

Served cold into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass at high altitude in Castle Rock, CO. Expectations are modestly high given the brewery.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 4 fingers wide. White colour. Nice creaminess, fullness, and thickness. Plump. Foamy. Frothiness is fantastic. Has a good retention - ~6 minutes. Leaves an even light coating of lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Lightly hazy yellow-copper. Clearly unfiltered, yet still translucent and transparent. Average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a good appearance for a wheat beer, but it's not unique or special by any means. I'm excited for the first sip.

AROMA: Yeast steals the show, lending this American ale a distinctly Bavarian feel: vitamin-y biscuity yeast, clove, banana, and fragrant all-spice. Fresh and inviting.

The fresh yeast character pairs beautifully with the fresh flaked wheat malt backbone, bolstered by clean barley, a kiss of graham cracker, cream, a hint of faint orange peel (prominent especially on the backend), and barely perceptible fruity and floral hop notes.

This fresh aroma suggests a wheat ale with great balance and well-chosen ingredients. I can't wait to try it. Constructively, though, the citrus peel could come off fresher and juicier, and the malt build does have a weird sort of grains of paradise note going on which I'm not too keen on.

Aromatic intensity is moderate.

No alcohol, egregious off-notes, or overt alcohol is detectable.

TASTE: It's slightly tart, which helps set off the citrusy fruit & peel notes. The flaked wheat backbone is fresh and goes well with the clean barley. Those pesky grains of paradise do make an appearance, but they don't distract or anything; I'd just prefer more of an emphasis on the flaked wheat. Hopping is minimally present and fruity & floral in character, which works here. The yeasty notes are lovely, bringing Bavarian flavours like clove, all-spice, and banana. I do find it odd that orange and lemon do battle for the citrus spotlight; the lemon lends it an unbecoming Belgian feel where orange should dominate.

It's well-balanced overall but far from impeccable. Nice depth of flavour. Average flavour duration and intensity. It's well put together and has a definite cohesion, but never quite feels like a gestalt whole; one can imagine substitutions and changes that would make it better. Alcohol is well disguised and it has no overt off-notes. An enjoyable brew; I like it.

TEXTURE: This mouthfeel does a decent job at complementing the taste, but isn't without its flaws; it's strangely coarse and dry (especially in the second half), which really reduces its drinkability and prevents it from being as refreshing as it should be. It's medium-bodied, but should probably be lighter and thinner with less weight on the palate. Overall presence on the palate is decent. This texture fails to elevate the beer as a whole and doesn't accentuate specific flavours. It does drag a bit on the palate, and has a slight roughness and overcarbonation that it shouldn't.

OVERALL: An enjoyable wheat beer from Boulevard offered at a reasonable price. I'd like to try this fresh on-draught, but otherwise I doubt I'd return to it; there are other better beers in the style available at or below this price (Lagunitas comes to mind). Well worth trying once, and not a bad brew to go ahead and commit to a 6er of. Very easy to drink, with some really nice characteristics.

Boulevard continues to be dependable.

Low B-

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Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale lemon color with a rocky head that leaves some lacing behind

Smell: Grainy wheat with faint banana and lemon esters

Taste: Starts with a crisp, wheat taste with a nice, lemongrass character that stays pretty much the same through finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and heavily carbonated

Drinkability: Easy to drink - a typical American wheat without much in the flavor department; nice example of the style

Thanks, beerhandy, for the opportunity and Vancer and BuckeyeNation, for the chance to re-visit

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat doesn't look great. The smell is fairly average -- just wheat and yeast. But there is something about the taste. I just love it. It is my "always on hand" beer. It just fits any occasion or even if there's no occasion. Most people think it is pretty weak, but I'll always appreciate an Unfiltered Wheat from Boulevard.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 5/9/2015. Pours hazy/cloudy bright golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, orange, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, orange, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness and slight bready tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/yeast/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.4%. Overall this is a very good pale wheat ale style. All around good robustness and balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my weizen glass.

Color is a very cloudy straw yellow. Head is a thin white that fizzles down quickly leaving little lacing.

The smell is of zest. There is a main lemon zest with a slight orange flavor. The taste is very sweet. I definitely taste the orange flavor with a slight malty taste as well.

Mouthfeel is very crisp, but goes down smooth. A slightly high level of carbonation and no alcohol present.

Overall this is a very sessionable beer. It is easy to drink, but there is really nothing to special about it.

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Unfiltered Wheat from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.45 out of 5 based on 2,002 ratings.
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