Unfiltered Wheat | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Unfiltered WheatUnfiltered Wheat

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

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

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Photo of Gavage
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My folks brought me a bottle back from the cross country trip they were on.

Appearance: The brew poured a cloudy pale yellow color. The head was rather thin at 1/2". Some spotty lacing developed.

Smell: the aroma was weak as some mild wheat and citrus tones were barely there.

Taste: the flavor followed suit as the wheat level was light, and the usual banana and clove spice were well hidden and tough to detect.

Mouthfeel: smooth at the start and had a quick relatively clean finish. This brew was light-medium in body.

Drinkability: average as the flavors are weak and the beer just doesn't excite you to have another.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in various bars in the Des Moines metro area. I had it both with and without the lemon.

Appearance: Cloudy golden yellow topped by a scant white head. Clingy bits of foam, but no real lacing to speak of.

Smell: Faint whiffs of citrus and stronger aromas of wheaty malts. Overall, not very strong on the nose.

Taste: Slightly sweet and wheaty. Faintly citrusy with lemons. No clove or bubblegum whatsoever.

Mouthfeel: Very light and ephemeral in body. Rather refreshing.

Drinkability: Well, at an average of $3 a pint ($2 during happy hour) one can't complain too much. It was certainly the best thing available at the places I went to. A good beer to have when it's sweltering outside. Quite the session beer.

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Photo of Ahhdball
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazey yellow with a small off white head. I think it would've been more but the bartender needed pouring lessons.
Not much of an aroma to speak of save for faint citrus.
Sweet with a slight lemon/hop finishing quick with no aftertaste.
A good summer ale but not fantastic. Refreshing but slightly heavy in the finish. I could have another but if others (not the macros which is what was available) are available I'll grab one of those.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.07/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Moderately hazy bright gold. The dirty white cap is small, fizzy and soft. It falls fairly quickly to a thin film, leaving no trace of lace on the glass. So far I'm not impressed. The nose is wheat malty with a hint of lemon juice. It isn't off-putting, but neither is it appealing.

I don't care all that much for the flavor. It's clearly wheaty with a mildly unpleasant sourness that is tough to ignore. The mouthfeel isn't bad. It's fluffy soft, like all good wheats, but doesn't really rise above average.

Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat is drinkable in a pinch. However, I can't really find it in me to recommend it, even for those fans of American Pale Wheat Ales. You do exist, don't you?

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Photo of claytri
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was a nice cloudy golden brew with a nice white head. It had a malty smell with hints of fruit behind it. The taste was a very fresh malty wheat with some hints of citrus and banana in the back, it has very little or no hoppieness to it. The feel was creamy and oily. This is a good wheat beer, and it was enhanced by being a good fresh keg. A beer I will have to try again when I am where it is available.

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Photo of cokes
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smoky, pale goldenrod with a layer of white scum.
Husky, wheat nose. However, things are mostly vacated, with only pinpricks of clove, banana and vanilla. Smells like a dumbed-down hefeweizen.

And that's exactly what it tastes like.

Begins semi-dry. Bready malts. Nondescript. Turns a touch sweeter with the aforementioned, vaporous clovebananavanilla phantasm. It's gone just as quick. Replaced by wheat hulls and soggy yeastiness. No bitterness to speak of, but this isn't sweet either. Just bland.
Light bodied and drinkable.
Suitable for the beach or the pool or the lake. In the summer. Under the punishing sun. With dripping humidity. And hot chicks.
Lots of them.

Thanks Huge.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

White head sits atop this pale golden beer. Bottle conditioned.
Aroma of grainy malt and wheat, slight yeast, and just a hint of lemon.

Taste shows a grainy malt and wheat backbone. Crisp and mildly tart. Decent hop balance. Only a hint of yeast. Tad earthy. Nice finish.

Mouthfeel a bit fizzy and thin.
Good drinkability.
Overall, a solid wheat beer.

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Photo of Trentonator
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer should be tried on tap rather than from the bottle to truly appreciate it. I had the opportunity to actually go to the brewery (it's in my hometown), and sampled this beer there. I had tried it from the bottle and came away underwhelmed. The tap beer is light and drinkable, with little head, but a nice aroma. Taste is very light, but satisfying. The appearance is a hazy light yellow with a definite wheaty aroma. I like this beer on a hot summer day, it compliments light foods well too. Too bad it's only available on tap in a limited area.

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Photo of Brent
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An acceptable wheat ale, but not particularly noteworthy. No German hefe attributes to speak of - I didn't detect any spicy yeast flavors. Seemed to hit the scale somewhere between an un-spiced Belgian white ale, like Hoeegarden, and your basic bland American wheat. I note this because the beer was a bit beefier in body - the yeast did lend some nice bready notes, but it was rather bland.

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Photo of jimdkc
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale, hazy yellow with a small, white head that doesn't last. Smell was mild but pleasant wheat with citrus tones. Taste was of light malt, yeast and a citrusy tang. Thin mouthfeel. High drinkability... I could drink a lot of these in a row. Would be a good, refreshing summer guilty pleasure!

I used to really love this stuff, but I think the more flavorful pale ales and richer tasting German hefe's I've been drinking lately have spoiled it for me somewhat! Still, a couple of these after working outside in the summer or at a baseball game would be nice. (Support your local brewery and all, you know!)

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Photo of brewQ
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brew served on tap had a nice even haze to it. Color more toward yellow than orange seen in some wheats. Very little head discernible, but that could have been the bar keeps idea of a good pour!

No dominant aroma here and the taste, while pleasant, lacked some of the tang I associate with an unfiltered wheat. There is a light bit of grainy sweetness and some effervesence. Leading to the strongest suit for this beer: it is a drinkable thirst quencher.

The Boulevard Wheat is by far (almost 2/3 of volume) their biggest seller. It brings in new drinkers and lets lighter drinkers support the local brewery.

I do tip my hat to these guys.

I just like all of their other beers better.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat hazey pale/straw yellow color, thin firm head with some looser bubbles, lace in small patches. Aroma is a bit bland for a hefe, not much going on but a tempermental fizz of light citrusy lemon and some wheat with a touch of yeast. Taste is clean with a slight wheat twinge mixing with a bit of citrus, not alot of anything really, just kinda there. Finishes slightly dry and quite clean with a just a bit of yeast, but no real spice or grab is anywhere to be found. Feel is pretty average with a slow thinned out, nearly watery body with just a bit of wheaty texture just before the finish. Goes down with good ease, but lacks otherwise where it counts, taste.
A slight disappointment as I like some of the other Boulevard treats like the Bully porter; hard to believe this was from the same place. Some are hit and miss I guess, this was a miss.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: Squat 12 ounce bottle with a painted scene invoking memories of manual harvests from yesteryear. No strength indicated, but a Best By date of 02/16/04. Twist cap and a neck label with some explanatory background to the beer. Nevertheless, I think the name “Unfiltered Wheat Beer” is still unwieldy and sucks.

Appearance: Hazy golden body with a thin white head. Nice levels of dissolved carbonation in the body

Nose: Not much going on here at all. Rather low levels of wheat and a citric sharpness, with an even lighter yeasty character.

Taste: A rather thin wheat beer that has the usual mix of yeast mustiness set amidst a delicate wheat body. Some citric tinges in the middle and in the ending. This is not the most flavorsome of Wheat beers, it is very American in nature, and is easily taken down. Some bitterness at the death.

Mouthfeel: Sharp start with some of the carbonation coming through in the back end, which can be a little prickly at times.

Drinkability: A very easy going beer that has a solid quaffability factor.

Overall: I first had the pleasure of meeting this beer at the Boulevard Brewery Bar at Kansas City Airport whilst waiting for a flight to LAX. It’s just as refreshing from the bottle as it is from draft. Not the boldest of Wheat Beers, it’s a delicate offering that still offers some flavor whilst quenching your thirst. Drinks Well. Thanks to BigHuge for the reaquaintance.

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Photo of daledeee
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is definitely a step up from most beers on tap around here. Most places just don't get it.

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow with a tinge of orange. Yeasty and fruity aroma with a hint of spice. Taste is a little bland for my hefe tastes but is passable. Not enough fruit and spice for me. Fairly carbonated. A good session beer with friends.

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Photo of BigRedN
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Hazy yellow with a small head that disappeared quickly.
Smell: Typical of what I expect froma wheat beer. Grainy and malty, kinda like fresh baked bread. What separated this from other wheats I have had is the slight citrus scent.
Taste: Malty with the previously mentioned citrus notes.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Lightly carbonated with a medium body. Very crisp and refreshing.
Drinkability: Very high marks. Perfect for the summer and a beer that I can serve to all my friends, even the macro drinkers enjoy this beer.

Final Thoughts: Since this beer is brewed in KC (about a 2 1/2 hour drive from Lincoln) it is adopted here as local. I have to admit I have not been let down by one of their products yet. Always fresh and readily available at a low price. Could have picked to review on tap or bottle but chose the bottle because it is often served on tap a little too cold (for my taste) and with a slice of lemon, which I always try to remember to request be left out. Just don't like lemon (or lime) in my beer.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy straw color with absolutely NO head. I don't know if this was a bad bottle, but it was well within it's freshness period. I wil re-review if the other ones are different. Smells very full of grain and malt. A hearty flavored beer, not very sweet. A big amount of carbonation, makes this beer very refreshing.

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Photo of maxpower
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a cold pint glass, after letting it sit to warm a bit, cloudy hazy yellow-orange color, small white head that doesn't last. Light wheat aroma, bland wheat flavor, watery and thin mouthfeel, finishes with a mild sourness, not much of anything going on here, very bland.

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Photo of Boto
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a bit of a cloudy, straw in color. There was also a bit of a white head to it. The aroma is a bit light, but contains both wheat and some citrus. The taste is also a bit on the light side, but has fairly good wheat and lemon notes. There are better wheats, but this is a good summer brew. The draught version seems a bit better than the bottled version.

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Photo of Nytemare
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out a hazy golden yellow with a pillowesque white head about an inch tall. The head disappated quickly with virtually no lacing.

Smell: Smells slightly citrusy with a light banana hints. A little weak, but no noticible off smells.

Taste: Light citrus like flavor with light hints of banana. Finishes with a smooth, light malt flavor. No metallic taste like I've found some other hefe's to have. Quite easy on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel: Very light and crisp. Thin and easy going down. Perfect for a hot day or after working in the yard.

Drinkability: Summertime, heat, working in the yard, and Blvd. Wheat. Could drink these all day in the summer.

If you're lookin' for a light summer brew on a hot day, grab a nice boxed up six pack of Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat. Cheap, easy to find in this neck of the woods, and very refreshing. Yummy.

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Photo of ZAP
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-Review 8/01/03-Definitely an American Wheat...and really a pretty good one at that....I'd be tempted to spice this up with a lemon but it slides down nicely as is...has a subdued wheat malt sweetness I didn't appreciate on the first review...I think I was expecting hefe like flavors the first time...don't expect that as they are nowhere to be found...A nice basic American wheat...much better than Pyramid's wheat beer which is similar in characteristics..

8-5-02-Cloudy bright yellow in color....soft malt nose...taste is pretty bland...there are some citrus notes but it is pretty tasteless overall....a very soft what malt flavor along with the citrus but you have to strain...not a bad beer....just not packed with flavor...

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Photo of ADR
2.71/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Patrick McGovern's in St. Paul, MN...

Slightly hazy greenish yellow color, 3/4 inch very white head with excellent staying power. Spotty laces. Bland aroma, slight sense of yeast. Flavor is pretty refugee in character, little ester, low spiciness. Mostly a sense of lemon astrigency combined with a watery texture. Relatively clean finish. There's very little going on with this brew, not a good Hefe at all in my book. So bland that its easy to throw 'em back, though.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served a bit too cold, but it had a hazy, cloudy yellow color with an off white head. The aroma was lemony-citrus, wheat, and yeast. The flavor was clean and citrusy, with a grainy wheat flavor. It was a very drinkable, smooth beer. Great for a hot day.

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Photo of bditty187
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow hue, ghostly and, frankly, unappealing to the eye, hazy from the yeast I agitated and poured into my glass. The white head reached a finger on a hard pour. The retention is reasonable, a soapy collar forms and no lace gets produced during consumption. The nose does little for me; it’s wheaty with a little mustiness and splashes of citrus throughout. The potency is very mild and the invitation is subtle. Even though my eyes and nose tells me this is not appealing my mouth tells me otherwise. The palate is a quintessential American Wheat, as insipid as that is. The wheat taste leads with light citrus hints mixed with musty-yeastiness. This is far from a palate stimulator but it is refreshing and easy to drink. It is a cheap alternative that I take advantage of. It is not as crisp as some versions (Anchor Summer Wheat) but more well rounded than others (In-Heat Wheat). Medium-light in body, which is appropriate, low carbonation, natural on the tongue. This is easily Boulevard’s most popular beer, so many not craft brew drinkers like this… and that is great. There is no need for you to seek it out.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at an Old Chicago which insists on serving beer in frosted glass even if asked not too. Makes it a hard place to enjoy good beer despite a wide selection. Surely not a beer lovers bar.
Okay, wrong review. While not expectional I certainly found this to be a pleasant enough beer. Served with no head. Hard to know if it ever had one. Cloudy and hazy and yellow. Looks alright. Not much aroma. Flavor is a bit on the watery side, but nice balance of malt and wheat. Lighter and a refreshing quality in an ale manner. Slight pleasant sourness left an good lingering. Fairly fluffly with a little creaminess. Would make a worthwhile summer session beer.

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Photo of LarryKemp
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a very cloudy yellow with very skimpy head. What head existed did not last past the second swallow. The beer had not character in either the aroma or the taste. After a good apperance, I was very disappointed in the other aspects of this beer. I would not recommend this beer for anything other than a session beer.

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Unfiltered Wheat from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 2,065 ratings