Harvest Dance | Boulevard Brewing Co.

304 Reviews
Harvest DanceHarvest Dance

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
John Barleycorn is memorialized in English folk tradition as the personification of the barley plant, sacrificed at harvest time and then reborn as beer or ale. Our Harvest Dance Wheat Wine is a celebration of John’s Midwestern cousin, wheat. Beginning with a large portion of wheat malt, we add an equally generous helping of Hallertau and Citra hops and age the ale on both French and American oak. The result is a big, warming burst of tropical fruit flavors, highlighted by subtle wine-like notes, and rounding slowly to a long, dry, oaky finish.

23 IBU

Added by bort11 on 10-30-2009

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Photo of whatthehull
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulevard wheat wine style ale

Poured into a wine glass

A - a cloudy orange brown, three finger off white foamy head and a tiny bit of lacing

S - wheat, citrus (especially orange), strong malt note, very floral, nice slight hop note, Belgian yeast, citrus rind, sugar

T - straight bitterness up front, wheat, lots of Belgian yeast, hops, orange, grapefruit, no alcohol to speak of, wood, slight sugar, very grainy, lots of tropical like notes, tastes like a spring/summer day

M - medium body, decent balance, ok complexity, very carbonated, medium plus acidity and a very long citrusy bitter finish

D/O - light, easy to drink, very fruity but with tons of bitterness and carbonation. Very spring and summer type ale.

Final thought - $9 is a little high for the quality but the abv is very nice and almost undetectable in the ale which is nice and not nice

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Photo of Treyliff
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage, poured into oversized wine glass

A- pours a deep amber orange color with a two-finger foamy white head that retains nicely, leaving some lace behind, a bit of sediment in the bottom of the glass

S- tropical fruity aromas up front with a big hit of grapefruit juice, pineapple, mint leaf, and melon. Toasted woodsy notes gives some vinous white wine aromas, finishing with some sugary sweet malt

T- tropical notes continue into the taste with a flavor of grapefruit and pineapple juice, toasted oak follows with some white zif similarities, toasted wheat kicks in near the finish with a sweet malty and fruity finish

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a big foamy mouthfeel that continues into a foamy finish, abv is hidden very well

O- surprisingly very fruity, but it played well with the wood. This has held up nicely over 3 years

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has a white wine nose with a background of light bread without the crust, light malts, a faint trace of citrusy hops and a hint of alcohol. It pours hazy gold with a 1” quickly dissipating white foam cap that has wine aromas, pours hazy gold with a 1 finger head that quickly dissipates, gold and produces rich lace. On the palate the yeast driven esters tend more towards white wine than the barley wine fruit profile. There is an underlying sweetness with a balancing hop bitterness on the finish. The alcohol is big, with the malt flavors providing balance and pulling things together. Oak flavors with a touch of vanilla lurk in the background. Medium full body with medium high carbonation. Alcohol warming on the finish but not overly hot or solventy.

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Photo of MartzMimic
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the tap at Oak & Oar OKC a clear apricot gold. The two fingers of creamy, white head stays for several minutes leaving heavy lacing as it settles to a thick foam. Nose is floral, spicy and a bit woody. As others have noted, it's similar to a saison with Belgian yeast, lemon and some pine. The mouth is medium light and very dry, almost off-putting. It's not like other wheatwines, but it is interesting. Well-crafted, but not something I would turn to often.

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Photo of stortore
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle into a snifter.

Nice color, a little haze. A fairly hard pour yields a thick, aromatic head. A little foam remains after dissipating. Smell is a pretty good mix of the Citra and Hallertau hops, a little peppery. Smells a bit like a saison. Really good flavor and very diverse. Tastes most like a saison when a little more chilled. As it started to warm, It gave up some hefeweizen without the bananas and bubble gum. Once warmed, more solid wine notes and a sharper hop bitterness on the back end. To me, it was much less sweet than others of the style, but my sweet tolerance is high. Dry throughout. Good amount of carbonation. Seemed a little thin in the mouth, but not bad.

Good beer, well crafted. Unique compared to others I've had of the style. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best by Jun 2015, opened Jan 2015.

A - Boulevard has really been impressing me lately with the way their beers look. Four fingers of chunky off-white head with nice retention and great lace. Apricot body with gold highlights.

S - Surprisingly hop-forward. Cilantro, pine, juniper, lemon pith, caramel, dried apricots, prune, yellow raisins, and woody booze.

T - Peach nectar, apricot, fig, oak, light booze, cilantro, pine. Sweeter than expected.

M - Thick and smooth. Very little carbonation.

O - Not bad, but the sweetness begs for a higher level of carbonation to balance it out.

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Photo of Tafyob41
3.23/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Beer is delicious, but does not remind me of any other Wheatwine I've ever had. It is more of a farmhouse style. I would rate it higher if it was considered that.

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Photo of richj1970
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml into tulip glass.

A: Pours a red tinted sunshine yellow with generous 3-4 finger fluffy white head that lasts a good while and leaves some nice chunky lacing. Surprisingly clear body.

S: Yeast esters, baked bread, and citrus and floral hops. This smells more like a saison than a wheat wine.

T: Lemon peel, oranges, light cracker malts, and citrus hops. A bit of grassy funk at the end. Much more hop forward than I was expecting.

M: Medium body and lots of carbonation. Steady stream of bubbles even minutes after the pour. Finish is light and crisp.

O: Enjoyable brew, but bills much better as a farmhouse ale or saison than a wheat wine.

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Photo of avalon07
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a snifter. Had an orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A different, yet welcoming, aroma of light fruit, wheat, malt, and hops.

T: Tasted of wheat, citrus, mango, light malt notes, a vinous quality, and some oak as well. Much lighter and less acidic (and harsh) than some wheatwines. A sweet, fruity, and surprisingly complex flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Wheatwine hasn't always been my favorite style, but Harvest Dance is a better example of one. Very drinkable and well done.

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Photo of babaracas
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange, thick off white colored head, half inch remains, rings of thick lace down the glass. Smell: this is an odd mix... really phenolic... heavy on clove and band-aid; next estery... banana pudding (and vanilla coming in here); finally, hopping is soft tropical fruit and mild grassiness. Taste: sugary mango-banana pudding, citrus peel note, clove, wheat bread. Medium-plus bodied, sugary but no alcohol. Powdery banana thing becomes a bit much over the course of the 750ml. Enjoyable but an odd combo. Not much from the oak, if anything.

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Photo of TheBungyo
4/5  rDev -1%

2009 bottle.

Complex nose. Spicy, a little cheese, sugar.

Lots of sugar up front when I finally taste, with tobacco from the old hops, caramel, and a dry finish. I'm enjoying this but it feels so close to either being bad or good but never commits to either.

Just a little lacing. After five years the carbonation was still strong and flavor interesting. I'm definitely glad I had this.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

i am really glad they made this one again. i have regretted not picking up a bottle since it was out last. this is a real cool beer, oddly light in palate and oddly dry for the style, unlike any wheatwine i have had before it. its also quite hoppy too, coming through almost as an ipa in that way, although more fruity than bitter for sure. the booze is warming but not sharp, and the wheat malt is fresh and flavorful, but also extremely light in weight. honey sweetness comes on mid palate, and the oak its finished on is really subtle, but mellows the edges nicely. i enjoy the dynamic nature of this, but also the fact the i can drink a whole glass of it without being full or sugared out. definitely the most unique expression of the style ive had, and maybe one of my favorites. bold beer again in the smokestack series. some of the best domestic beers out there have come from it.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Bottle: Poured a clear brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of caramelized malt with some toffee notes and some residual sugars is enticing. Taste is dominated by caramelized malt with some grainy notes of wheat and some residual sugars with light aftertaste of toffee. Body is about average with good carbonation and light warming alcohol notes. Very flavorful beer but slightly lacking in terms of complexities.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

This one pours a very rich golden color that is rather clear and has an extremely, rich, ridiculously this head that settles slowly to pebble sized bubbles with moderate lacing.

The nose is fairly fruity, bready and spicy with notes of oranges, bay leaves and alcohol.

The taste is best described as compressed. The flavor is more bitter than you would expect in wheat style. IT attacks the palate with bitterness and alcohol that then fades to scrumptiously good tastes. The hopping is bitter, sharp and falls off clean to a nice bready dry malt finish and an alcohol warming to the stomach.

The moutfeel is rich and effervescent, quick sharp bubbling with a nice palate coating finish.

Overall this one is exceptional and unique. I am really liking it.

Pairing with gourmet popcorn. 2 parts salted butter 1 part extra virgin olive oil, Gruyere cheese, garlic powder, sea salty and spicy Mediterranean mix for bread dipping.

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2012ish

A: poured into a snifter to a deep orange with a two and a half finger off white head that retains well with decent lacing. lots of turbidity and floaties.
S: smells of citrusy hops, caramel malt and a lot of wheat. slightly fruity and spicy as well with some banana.
T: taste is caramel, wheat, slight citrus, a little fruity and a hint of spice with the swallow bringing a little sweetness, some residual hop and more wheat
M: this beer has medium heft on the palate with a little too much carbonation and a drying finish
O: Not bad but I think I let this one mellow a little too long. Smelled great from the bottle but all those delicious hop notes are pretty muted. Due to the malt bill there isn't enough specialty grain flavor to keep things interesting without the hops. shaking out some carb helped round things out but it's still a little weak. I need to pick up a fresh bottle and revisit this one because the potential is there but it isn't meant to be aged for this long.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An excellent wheat wine from Boulevard. As mentioned from other reviews it is a HUGE foamer that takes forever to die down. Attractive glowing amber in the glass with a nice light foam layer with no clinging lacing on the glass from this syrupy beast. Smells of honey, pears, light citrus fruits, grapes, and sweet malt. Complex as all get out. Mouthfeel is effervescent and crisp with a dry finish and bittering on the back of the tongue. Taste is sweet malts up front with the tastes of pears, green grapes, sweet almost Belgian style candy sugar, and medium bittering hops. Aftertaste is sweet and lightly citrus flavored. Meaty, beefy, big and bouncy. While I would say I was more of a fan of the Bell's versions (which I am holding for a special occasion) THIS is excellent and I would purchase it again, which for me makes it highly recommendable for all who can acquire it. Cheers.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle
Served in a large wine glass
Batch number 2-2011, 9.1% abv

A - This was a gusher. I didn't think it would stop even after two small pours. It is orange to amber in color. It is topped with several inches of beige head that doesn't leave much lacing.

S - The smell is fruity and spicy. I get some peach and pear.

T - The taste is light fruit and spices. It really reminds me of a saison.

M - Bubbly, highly carbonated, champagne-like.

O - If the bottle didn't say "Wheat Wine Style Ale" I would swear this is a saison. It is the lightest, easiest drinking wheat wine I have had. I is fantastic on a hot, humid, day. It doesn't drink like a 9% beer either. The years have been kind to this one.

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Photo of mactrail
3.17/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A near gusher from the corked bottle. Finally settles down to a hazy amber in the Gulpener tulip with endlessly streaming bubbles. Distracting fizzy mouthfeel. Quite sticky with sugar. A whiff of Band Aids.

At first couple of sips I thought there was something bacterial going on, but it seems to be the massive carbonation and the wheaty esters. Fruity and grapey. It makes me think of alcoholic Thompson Seedless grapes with some Belgian yeast invited to the party. Sharp and aromatic with a hoppy burn, finally, in the back of the throat.

I would hope for a more refined sipping brew for a Wheat Wine, but this is certainly an experience. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Special Brews in Lynnwood, Washington.

April 9, 2016 UPdate: Tasting the 2015 edition and liking it better. Still very grapey and the bandaid nose. But the wheaty saison flavor is quite tasty, with a beautiful sudsy mouthfeel. Still, it's a oddball, sweet and liqueur-like.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Back label says Best By 6-2013. Didn't even think to check the date when I bought it.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a full inch of off-white head that retains very well before slowly dropping to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam.

S- Yeasty, spicy aroma with lots of fruity phenols. Little hints of butterscotch and other candy-like smells.

T- Tangy and sweet wheat with a noticeable alcohol taste. Still, pretty smooth and drinkable but the promising aroma has lead to a not-so-exciting flavor. More candy notes like in the smell but the booze takes away from their character.

M- Medium-high carbonation makes for a spritzy quality which I always like but the alcohol bite slightly stings the back of the throat. The body leans toward the lighter side.

O- I think I'm starting to dislike wheat wines more than I have in the past. It seems like it's a style you really have to nail to be enjoyable yet I haven't had enough examples frequently enough to know what needs to be achieved. Guess I'll just have to keep trying different ones out.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle was poured into a wine glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a three finger head that reduced to a small puffy late. It is a hazy orange color with some clarity and tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Caramel, wheat, fruity, citrus, tropical, oak, floral, and grassy.

Taste: Caramel, vanilla, toffee, citrus, tropical, oak, wheaty, fruity, and delicious

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little bitter,a little dry, malty, fruity, chewy, medium bodied, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: This wheatwine is very delicious, enjoyable, and tasty. Makes me want more.

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Photo of WTKeene
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Jester King Funk and Sour Fest glass, which is something between a tulip and a snifter.

Bottle dated 2012, Best by June 2013. Whoops. Let's see if this one ages well.

Appearance: Large, loose foamy off-white head that sticks around for a while. Leaves behind a crown and some sparse lacing. The beer itself, an apricot orange color, has a significant amount of sediment, surely a sign of the beer's age.

Smell: Wow. I love this. So much caramel it's ridiculous. Hints of what would best be described as rum. Sweet banana coming through as well. I'd like to say this smells about as much like bananas foster as a beer could. Maybe some hints of almond and tart, dried apricot in here too? Sweet smells all around.

Taste: The moment of truth. Yeah, this is sweet. I get a little bit of floral character, perhaps from the faded hops. Sweet tropical fruits here too. A bit watered down. The flavor is all at the front end of the sip, as soon as the carbonation fades, so does all the flavor. What's left is a weak, watered-down honey flavor. Not bad, but I wish it weren't watered down.

WELP, just spilled the entire glass on my feet and rug. Good thing I've got 750ml of this stuff. Head is thicker and creamier on the second pour.

Mouthfeel: A mildly hot beer, the alcohol character is certainly pronounced. Creamy texture, carbonation isn't particularly strong. It coats the mouth on the way down.

Overall: I look forward to trying the next batch of this stuff fresh. If this is exemplary of the style, I'd love to try more of them. If you see it on the shelf, don't turn away from it. It's a solid beer even if it *is* past it's best-by date. Once you pour it, make sure you're very aware of where your coffee table begins and ends too. Your rug won't appreciate it as much as you will.

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Photo of oceanman907
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750mL bottle into an oversized wine glass, about 45 degrees, a month after its "best buy" date, but is just a 2012 batch.

The appearance of the beer may have been bad because of the extended time in the bottle, because there was quite a bit of floating bits throughout the beer, but it was not off putting tastewise. In fact where this beer lacked in smell and look it more than made up for in taste, faint tropical fruits, Papaya, Pineapple, going to a rich cream of wheat with hints of yeasty sweetness, with the alcohol barely discernible. Hops seem to be only present in the fruity notes, probably have diminished with age. The mouth feel was actually pretty good and it wasn't as heavy and thick as I expected, felt much 'smaller' than a typical english barleywine. Overall a very interesting beer and style that I would like to try more of as this was my first one.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap re-review 2/5/2015:
A: hazy golden-orange, started with thin-bubbled head. Lacing is light.
--- Re: lovely fluffy head of a finger+ that sat atop the beer for a while, and provided lacing (upped rating from 3 to 3.75).

S: smell of apple/pineapple
--- Re: getting less nose, and it's a bit more earthy than original review (no change)

T: it starts reminding me of a cider a little bit, but a little more effervescent. Notes of peach, apple, pineapple. A taste of alcohol creeps in and takes over. Twinges of pepper and just a hint of juniper.
--- Re: again, more earthy than original review (no change)

M: the alcohol lingers slightly until there is an ever slight pull at the end
--- Re: noted less alcohol, but a strange mix of fruit and pine is mildly off-putting. Fairly light carbonation, light body (no change).

O: tasty, even though it's "beer" side is hidden a bit. Was a little surprised to enjoy it, maybe I was just in the right mood.
--- Re: I must've been in th right mood. To me it's just okay, and didn't hit the spot, and I can't see many occasions where I'd think differently. (Rated down to 3.5 from 3.75)

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Photo of jondeelee
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Harvest Dance opens to a sweet, fruity nose ripe with cherry, berry, orange, apricot, pineapple, and melon fruit esters, the pineapple and melon being especially noticeable here, lending the beer an immediate sweet-tart note. Huge dollops of brown sugar, confectioner’s sugar, and caramel add further layers of sweetness, mixing with the fruit esters to form a bubble gum overtone. Pink grapefruit, lemon, and light pine from the hops add further tart sweetness, as well as a touch of bitterness to help balance things out. All of this rests atop a biscuit and wheat bread that, though faint, does help bring some earthiness. As a whole, the nose is quite potent, and very interesting in its tropical citrusy overtones, though the bubble gum note does somewhat spoil this. Still, there are enough fruit esters in here for two to three bottles of almost anything else, bringing a promise of syrupy goodness.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a quick shot of fruit that copies that noted in the nose: cherry, berry, orange, and apricot fruits mix with surprisingly strong pineapples and melons. The sweet pink grapefruit from the hops, as well as the lemons, add further sugars and tartness. Brown sugar, pepper, and light hints of apple cider vinegar add bits of contrast, as does the biscuit and wheat bread base. In subsequent sips, where some of the initial nuance of the beer is lost, the fruits can come across somewhat like a soda, but are still very nice. The aftertaste is a long lasting continuation of the main mouthful, heavily emphasizing tropical citrus notes. Mouthfeel is a very dry medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, this is good beer, though I suspect that the pineapple and melon notes might drive some off. Luckily the bubble gum aromas did not translate to the tongue, which would have been disastrous. The beer may be a bit dry, but the massive fruit esters make it seem like apple cider champagne, and the result is so interesting that it’s worth a try.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A bottle from 2012 that we've opened up at the end of its "best by" period.

It's a clear copper colored beer with a thick egg shell colored head. Lots of visible carbonation.

Floral and yeasty aromas are strongest, with a bit of alcohol.

This is a malty beer (unsurprising). Very floral and warming. Some pepper in the finish.

It's a heavy beer with strong carbonation. There is some coating, but the physical sensation that is strongest is the sense of warmth left after I swallow.

I haven't had too many wheat wines to compare this beer to, but I am enjoying it and think it is a good example of the style. I'm glad I traded for it!

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Harvest Dance from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.04 out of 5 based on 822 ratings.
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