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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Ratings: 2,080 |  Reviews: 586
Photo of granger10
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap while down in Southern Illinois. Review from notes. I liked the hazy orange color and there was a nice looking head to boot. This was served way, way too cold. Must have patience. As it warms the flavors come out a bit but not too much. Seems like there's a good amount of spices in here. I notice coriander and orange peel, even some lemon zest. Really citric. Wheaty flavors are there too. Fairly light all around. Yeasty finish is noticeable. This one is decent and a better choice than Blue Moon, but after drinking pint after pint of Oberon this one pales in comparison.

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Photo of OatherS
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Label has traditional Kansas farm scene of someone hauling wheat.

Appearance: Great yellow color, slighty cloudy with the sediment poured in. Nice one finger head.

Smell: Nice sweat lemony/wheaty odor.

Taste: Very good. The lemon flavor is present but subdued, and the hefe like wheat flavor is slightly present as well. Very good example of an american wheat.

Mouthfeel: Smooth.

Drinkability: I may be somewhat biased since this is my local craft brew available in bottles. Very drinkable on a hot summer day.

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Photo of scottum
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a simple all hazed out amber color with a thinish white headskie on the top. Beer is very drinkable. Goes down nice and smooth. Nice flavor overall, solid balancing act. A very decent wheat beer worth checking out if the oppertunity arises.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On-Tap 04/07/05 at the Overland Park Marriott bar in Overland Park, Kansas.

Hazy straw-yellow with a low wispy white head and low carbonation. Primarily a citric lemony fruit aroma and flavor with just a touch of grain character. Light bodied and easy drinking but a bit too plain to have for anything other than a warm weather beer... not that there's anything wrong with that! :-)

Per BBC website:
Ingredients: Pale malt. Unmalted soft red winter wheat. Magnum and Simcoe hops.
Starting Gravity: 11.3 degrees Plato.
Alcohol Content: 3.7% by weight, 4.6% by volume.
Calories: 135 per 12 ounces.

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Photo of clvand0
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color with a small head that falls quickly and doesn't leave much on the glass. The aroma is lacking for a wheat - slight citrus, that's all. The flavor is slightly bitter and has some citrus in it as well as a slight banana. This one seems to be stuck in beer limbo between a hefeweizen and an American Wheat. It's pretty decent, but nothing exceptional.

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Photo of Vancer
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oh no - poured disappointingly crystal clear lite lemon color, with no head. Not looking good. Slight aroma of citrus and lemon. Taste - ummm, very pale and weak with no real flavor, like a mass market blond ale. Thin mouth, just not exciting at all. Yeah, could drink a few, but why? Bummer. But the wife-zilla will like these.

Updated 1/4/06 After a few fresh batches, these are coming around. Can taste the citrus and malts in the new brews - much better!

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Photo of Juggernaut
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice straw-golden color, with a nice head that lasted a good length of time. The smell of decent, and was a mixuture of wheat and citrus.

The taste was a little stringent, thinking the bar I got it at might need to clean its lines, but after ignoring that it does have a nice wheat, malt, and hop taste, with hints of citrus. The mouthfeel was good with real depth. The drinkability was ok, but really suffered because of the stringent taste.

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Photo of karst
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by 4-21-05 Thought I lost my sense of smell. Rust on my hands from getting the Old 1953 John Deere ready for next season of mowing - overwhelms all but a faint yeast aroma. Its 60°F and the sun is nearly down. I take the brats off the fire and quaf the pale unmalted soft red winter wheat and light citrus flavors. Boulevard's light-mediumlight body and wait for Magnum and Simcoe hops. Hops that only appear on the lable. The CO2 sends up a fine curtain of beads in the refreashing pale haze lemon colored beer.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Alright. This beer pours a pale yellow color with a small ring of head over top of the beer. The nose is very wheaty with a slight lemony tinge. The flavor is very slightly honey-sweet and wheaty. I just don't like the wheat beers without that nice hefe yeast. The feel is light and rather bubbly. Oh, what to say about this in summation...for an American wheat, this is not all that bad. If you're into this kind of thing, try it.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to this beer, more than any other beer, I developed an interest in drinking craft beers exclusively. I drank so much of this stuff that I eventually decided to try the entire year-round selection from Boulevard, and the rest is beer sampling history.

Anyways, this is the first time I have revisited this beer since early in the summer of 2004, when my beer experimentation really began to escalate. I poured this bottle into a pint glass and got very little head that gradually fizzed away into nothingness, leaving what appears to be a glass of urine on my desktop. Thankfully this is not the case in the smell or taste department. The smell was none too impressive either, though. It smells very grainy and sweet with a little bit of hops, but nothing to write home about even for a wheat beer.

The taste reminds me of why I decided this was such an obvious step up from macros (afterall, when I first made that step, appearance nor smell meant very little to me). The taste is quite a refreshing wheat beer. The sweetness of the malted wheat and the citrusy backing go well together. This is definately something that I could (and have done so in the past) drink in massive amounts in the summer time. I look forward to doing so again this summer, as well as trying the seasonal Zon, which I missed last summer. Until the weather reaches 80 degrees though, I think I will stick with something a little more stronger and bitter.

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Photo of bashiba
2.18/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Was suprisling clear for an unfiltered beer, a very yellow color with small white head that was gone rather quickly.

Smell was faint light citrus odors.

Taste was very macro like, super light and non descript with just the faintest hint of lemons and a touch of wheat flavor.

Mouthfeel was on the thin and watery side.

Drinkability is pretty low on this unimpressive beer. So much better out their, just a notch better than typical Macro garbage.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried this out at a Dog-themed restaurant in St. Charles, MO. Thought Boulevard was brewed locally but came to find out it's from Kansas City. The unfiltered appearance doesn't bother me as much as the lack of carbonation. With no place to throw the lemon I dropped it in the pint glass. Tasted very weak, almost like a flavored water. No sensations on the tongue or noticable scent. Would be quite easy to down a few on a hot summer day, but more to quench my thirst. Would pick another choice next time.

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Photo of Bierguy5
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap. Cloudy light golden. Very weak color. No head, or lacing. Slight lemony smell, a hint of earth spicyness, not much else. Watery. Slight banana flavor, a little hint of clove or spice. No bitterness, actually, not a whole lot of flavor. Very light body, thin and watery. Needs more carbonation. Needs ore flavor. Very plain. Maybe a good transition for someone to better beer, but only a baby step.

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Photo of mynie
2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I have no idea why, but nearly every pizza place in my town has this stuff on tap. I tried Boulevard's PA awhile back and I wasn't too impressed, so I never really got the urge to try this. That is, until last night when I was forced to choose between this and Busch Light.

Gold. No tones, no head. Unfiltered? A little bit darker than the Busch Light to which I could compare it, but not by much.

Smells strange for a weisen. No spice. Crisp citrus smell with grain, not really wheaty. A sugary malt scent climbs up through the citrus. Smells nice.

Doesn't taste very good. Bland, really--the complexity of the odor doesn't transfer much to its taste. Slight hints of citrus and just the faintest hint of wheat against water.

Thin body, goes down okay.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clearish, cloudy orange color brew with a normal looking haze of a head. Smell is sweet honey and flour, wheaty. Subtle. Taste, too, is smooth and sweetish honey, with faint lemon notes and a mild dryness in the aftertaste. Medium body. Pretty standard beer for the style.

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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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Unfiltered Wheat from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 2,080 ratings