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 metter98
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of bananas from the yeast are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of bananas, wheat and yeast along with hints of sweet malts and oak.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little dry on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. R
O: This beer seemed to taste more like a tripel compared to a wheatwine and wasn't nearly as drinkable compared to other beers in the style.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Hazy gold with a fizzy white head that leaves some slight lacing

S-Belgian Yeast, spicy, a hint of hops-smells like a tripel or a saison

T-Yeasty, semi spicy, hint of clove, and some booze. It tastes like a tripel or a very flavorful saison.

M-pretty thick and chewy

D-very drinkable, but its high abv will definitely cut into the amount you can drink in a setting

Overall, this was my first wheatwine and I enjoyed it. I would drink this again.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First time trying a Wheatwine.

Pours out an extremely hazy golden/orange with a thick 3 fingers of white, fluffy head.

The aroma is a combination of sweeter tropical fruit hop notes, some bready malt, a big white wine/white grape characteristic and some lemon zest.

The flavor is packed with a huge white grape note that is followed by the tropical fruit notes like mango, peach, pineapple and a nice orange peel too. There is some subtle spice characteristic, but mainly this drinks like white wine with some tropical fruit notes from the hops.

The body is light-medium and the mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and creamy. You can't really smell the alcohol, but there is a definite bite and warmth as it goes down. A tad aggressive.

This is a great beer, but the ABV could be better hidden and there could be more subtleties in it as well. Worth checking out!

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Photo of ianjsullivan
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

ST: 750 poured into a snifter.

A: Light amber, almost orange, with a thick white head.

S: Strong wheat, lots of grapefruit, bubblegum, medicinal, stone fruit.

T: Spicy grapefruit, sweet red grapefruit, vanilla from the oak, alcohol ethanol.

M: Very full and creamy from the wheat.

O: Wonderful, complex flavor with a noticeable mouthfeel, Harvest Dance is a winner. I would buy it again, happily.

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Photo of brian60625
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle for $6.99. Aroma is wheat husk, crushed malt grains, lime, banana, and peppermint. Appearance is dark, grey yellow with a lot of foam. Taste is lime, paprika, cornbread and orange zest. There’s a wooden earthiness that adds a complementary dimension. Palate is medium bodied and heavily carbonated. Overall, it’s crisp, filling due to the big carbonation dose, refreshing, sweet. Pretty good.

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Photo of Prince_Casual
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 750ml poured into std issue total wine belgian glass... nice color but Boulevard, ALWAYS with the over carbonation!? I knew going in (from experience) to be careful, but anything less than a 100% attention to pour will give you an overflow. OK, fine, the lacing is actually beautiful :)

S: Smells like sweet wine more than anything else. Apricots and saison'ish bannanas. A little musty and some fat belgian-y yeasts. This is actually my favorite part of the beer so far.

T: Eh coriander and citrus rind. It really is a lot like the peel of a clementine after the zest has been sprayed. There's a bit of unfiltered funk and that's nice.

M: Mango taste and

O: This is my second time trying this beer, I feel the same way as I did the first time: give this as a gift to a lady who loves H-Garden or B-Moon. Tell her to pour it in a champagne flute and party.

She'll love you <-> her bf will hate you

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Photo of King_KongDCO93
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle (9.5%) Golden and has large white head. It is also continuously carbonating.

Has some fruity aroma and is almost like corn meal.

has some caramel, citrus, wheat, and mascato taste. Slightly bitter and sweet.

med-large body and creamy and citrusy.

Great wheat beer

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Photo of zac16125
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle into a snifter
Batch number/ best by: 2012-1 / 06-2013

A: Pours a hazy golden, dark straw color with a big, dense 2 plus fingers width of slightly off white head. Very good retention as it takes minutes to dissipate down to a thick film that hangs around for the remainder of the drink. Leaves tons of lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Lots of estery belgian yeast aromas, a surprising amount of musty funk which I wasnt expecting, lots of herbaceous notes like wheat and lemongrass, along with lemony citrus and a hint of spice. Aromas are strong, but it smells light and refreshing.

T: Wheat, clove and white pepper spiciness, estery sweetness. Really surprised by the high degree of spice. Citrus in the form of lemon and orange peel. Some mild banana notes on finish. I get very little hop characters. Flavors as a whole are quite strong. Im not very familiar with the wheat wine style but this one tastes a lot like a spice heavy Tripel.

M/D: Full bodied, almost thick, but with a really heavy carbonation that makes it feel lighter than it is. Drinkability is somewhat limited by the huge carbonation, but considering the near double digit ABV its pretty good.

O: Overall, I enjoyed this one. As I said above Im not very familiar with the wheatwine style, the only other one I've had was White Chocolate which is amazing but I dont think is representative of the style. To me this one was definitely reminiscent of a Tripel. I could see myself enjoying this on a hot summer day, which certainly isnt always the case with high gravity beers. I enjoyed this, would recommend, and plan to keep an eye out for more in the style to compare.

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Photo of MickeyD
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 750 ml bottle into a clean tulip glass.

Appearance: poured a nice golden brown with thick large bubbles of foam. A single large column of bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass. It looks like it should be in a beer commercial.

Smell: smells like a hoppy grapefruit, very citrusy.

Taste: hops are not over bearing at all a lot of citrus. I am getting strong grapefruit tastes. A good carbonated bite.

Mouth feel: an interesting foamy fullness fills my mouth with every drink.

Overall: This is the first wheat wine I have tasted however compared to the description of a fluffy mouth feel I would say this beer is spot on in style. This style actually reminds me of a farmhouse ale/saison. Personally it’s a little too citrusy for me. I don’t know why this is maybe it is the wheat malt.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a wine glass

A: Pours a rich golden color, ever so slightly hazy with a small amount of sediment suspended throughout the beer. There is a big, foamy white head which craters away of the course of a minute or two leaving light, spotty lacing.

S: A more vibrant aroma than I had expected. The nose opens with some mild, approachable barnyard funk, but quickly develops a fruitier character. A light bit of zest along with some lemon and tart cherry all soars over a pleasant wheat backbone.

T: Again some barnyard notes on the attack, but they are very mild. They set the stage for the soft, lightly bitter wheat flavor. Some Belgian esters and banana complement the wheat flavor remarkably well. Alcohol becomes a notable flavor as the beer warms, but it melds well with the other flavors. The finish is moderate in length and highlights some of the beers more Belgian characteristics. There is a slightly vinous character that I attribute to the Muscat grapes, but it is minimal.

M: Medium-thick with small, foamy bubbles. A vinous sort of dryness, especially in the finish. Alcohol heat is moderate but complements the style.

O: Much better than I expected. This had been sitting on the shelf at my beer store for months before I thought I'd give it a try, and it's actually very good. The wheatwine style seems to lend itself to the Belgian flavors. Overall a wonderful beer.

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Photo of Pencible
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy gold with tons of off white head.
S: It smelled like strong fresh wheat, with bitter citrus zest and wild honey and lemongrass.
T: It tasted like citrus zest and fresh wheat, with some wild honey and subtle oak. It had a clean and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was oily with lots of natural carbonation. Great body.
D: This was a unique wheat wine with a very "true" wheat scent and taste. The body was refined, and the finish was smooth, and the alcohol was well hidden. So it was surprisingly easy to drink. It would probably age well, but it was also good fresh. I wish the barrel character was more prominent, but this was otherwise a very well constructed and enjoyable beer.

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

Another excellent beer from Boulevard.

The beer poured a beautiful light honey color in a tulip with a big head, which eventually was about 2 fingers. Nice lacing to the top of the glass.

Immediate spice, lemon, from the head. Warming deepened the aroma with more tropical fruit.

Mouthfeel was carbonated and puckering- quite pleasant and added to the drinkability of the beer.

The taste is highly complex. Spice, lemon, cloves, light alcohol and a touch of bitterness.. Eventually the taste evolved with more spice character, cloves blended with citrus.

Great beer!

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Photo of rajendra82
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The orange-amber color made this beer look more like a DIPA, than a wheatwine. The beer was well carbonated, and a four finger thick head formed rapidly in my Duvel tulip glass. The beer smelled strongly like oranges and roses. The taste was quite a bit more hoppy than I was expecting, because I did not read the back label first. The orange juice like flavor from the wheat malt phenols was balanced by very citric hops. There were notes of clove and pepper in the finish, as well as some white grape vinousness. The body was light and the fluffy feel given by the carbonation aided in drinkability. The alcohol was very well concealed, as there was no burn. Another well made beer from Boulevard.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; batch 2012-1, best before 6/2013. Pours cloudy golden amber color with a nice 2-3 finger fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge lemon zest, orange zest, pineapple, tangerine, peach, pear, honey, wheat, bread, light pine, floral, grass, and herbal. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity hop notes with a moderate malt balance. Taste of big lemon zest, orange zest, peach, tangerine, pineapple, pear, floral, wheat, bread, pine, grass, and herbal earthiness. Fair amount of floral citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, floral, pine, wheat, bread, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of citrus and tropical hop complexity; with a solid malt balance still showcasing hop flavors; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick, creamy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic wheatwine style. Fantastic balance and complexity of citrus and tropical hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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

Corked bottle...poured in Corsendonk chalice. Bought locally in Denver (Mayfair).
Significant pop...pours gold with large head. Quite a bit of floating particulates, even from first pour of a settled bottle.
Aroma of scones, wheat, mango yogurt, tropical citrus, shaved #2 pencils.
Significant carbonation...modest mouthfeel with some tingly elements.
Flavors of a rich wheat beer with some funky fruit and slight bitter notes. Big amber malt, mango rind, bitter hops and/or alcohol hotness and/or pepper esters. Let me give it 5 minutes...
OK...at least 15 minutes into this bottle...nice head remains on slightly cloudy gold-copper colored wheat wine. Bread and slight tropical fruit aroma. Flavors are rich, complex, intriguing...bitter, tropical fruit rind, creamy malts, a touch of lemon and hay...different and intriguing. Not for everyone, but I find this fun enough...9.5%, rich and creamy helps. A robust load of malts, hops and oak aging...some funky fruit rind...oooh baby...esters galore...different from the wheat wines I've had in the past, but that's OK...nicely done.

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Photo of Etan
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml, bottled January 2012, so about a year old.

A: Pours a clear gold body with an enormous white head.

S: Belgian yeast esters and light tropical notes from the hops meld in the aroma. Pineapple notes are most prominent, along with vanilla and mild wheat.

T: Marshmallow, pineapple, light oaky bitterness, cakey yeast, a bit of orange peel.

M: Frothy carbonation, light-bodied.

O: Sort of an odd choice to use a Belgian yeast strain for a wheatwine, but this tastes pretty good.

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Photo of Boto
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle: This one pours a cloudy, slightly orange tinged golden color. There was a huge frothy head on it that lingers awhile and leaves a little lacing. The nose is wheaty and bready. Maybe some spice and grassiness also. The taste is good. Wheat, some spiciness, bready, a bit dry. Perhaps some lighter fruits in the background. A bit of Saison-like characteristics to it. This is a really good beer.

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Photo of tdm168
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - dark orange with a huge, white head that has great retention and leaves great lacing on the glass

S - tropical fruit, spicy hops, some herbal aromas

T - spicy hops, tropical fruit, apricots, wheat, some yeast, alcohol, faintly herbal, bitter finish

M - medium bodied, warming alcohol, crisp but well carbonated

This was a really impressive beer. I'm not a huge fan of wheatwines, but this one has depth, character, and a really tremendous flavor profile. I thought for 9% the ABV was well hidden and only added warmth and body. The fruit and hop flavors are tremendous. They alone make this worth trying. In all this is a really good beer. It's impressive and worth your time.

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Photo of brewdude1982
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This was a 750 ml poured into a pint glass.

It pours orange with a frothy head with large bubbles. It smells fruity and bready but my review does not give its fragrance justice because it has a quite pleasing aroma. It has a pleasant fruit taste...maybe apricots and a nice yeast character. Being such a weird style of beer it has a nicely balanced body and great carbonation with what I would call amazing lacing. I would highly recommend this beer to pretty much everyone including people who don't like beer.

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Photo of Bung
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Draft at Duckworths. Bright yet foggy good pour. Frothy white head. Stuck to the glass a bit.

Aroma, quite a bit of orange and lemon zest. Some wheaty breadiness.

Taste, Some bready and woody malt, bunch of citrus and fruitcake to support. Some light lemongrass and lighter earthy Italian spice notes. Seems to have some Saison flair to it.

The wheat malt is nice and mouth filling. Actually seems pretty light, almost creamy carbonation. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. Dangerously drinkable. Mouthfeel is the highlight for me.
I've liked my wheat wines a little sweeter, but fertainly worth trying.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Holy freaking head! Tons of white fluffy topped and soapy bottomed head. Almost an annoying amount of head. Brew is cloudy orange with reds and yellows.

Tons of wheat, lemon, orange, and coriander, vanilla, pepper, and spice.

Super high carbonation...whoa. Sweet wheat, with nice dryness. Oak is prevalent and doesn't over add or detract. Orange and spice dominate the flavor. Very nice finish with tailing flavors that last for a while.

Highly recommended offering from Boulevard, it's one to hang on to and keep coming back to. But watch out, it'll mess you up!!

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

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Boulevard Smokestack Series branded tulip glass

Pours hazy golden with amber and orangish hues. Substantial fluffy white two and half finger head. Excellent retention and abundant splotchy lacing. Citrus, honey, flora, and peppery alcohol on the nose. Bready as can be but very smooth, light citrus, and white grape skin. Hints of oak...Yeasty-hints of Belgian yeast typical of Belgian tripels. Very malty but finishes very dry with spicy, peppery alcohol. Heavier side of medium body, smooth and a touch of syrup on the edges. Persistent carbonation. Certainly one of the better wheatwines I've enjoyed.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

So happy to have this one return to the Boulevard lineup after it took a one year hiatus. Enjoyed out of a 750 mL dark brown bottle with cork and cage holding the liquid inside. It's the 2014 edition, and on the back, it is stamped with an enjoy by date of June 2015. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack series tulip glass.

Appearance (4.25) - Pours a slightly hazy rusty orange hue with enough fine particulate and cloudiness floating through to reveal the bottle conditioning, but it's not as cloudy as you might expect from Boulevard's wheat beer, for example. I can still vaguely make out things through the liquid on the other side of the glass, but barely. Atop the body sits a towering three and a half finger head that begins to evolve immediately as the smaller bubbles expand, revealing a sort of ciabatta-like look, with big air pockets, although more uniform than bread. Retention is excellent, and swaths of sticky lace intermittently cling to the sides of the glass.

Smell (4.0) - The massive head mutes the aromas somewhat, but after waiting for it to recede a bit, I stick my nose down in the glass to a blend of muted citrus and tropical juiciness and a healthy does of phenolic spice from the yeast profile. There is also an undertone of the pale and wheat malt, and a barely detectible presence of vanilla, presumably from the oak aging.

Taste (4.5) - Delivering on the promise of the nose, but with a bit more vigor. The citrus and tropical notes are now more pronounced and play well with the more rustic undercurrent of grainy wheat and a more involved contribution from the oak, with vanilla and perhaps faint hints of coconut?

Mouthfeel (4.0) - A big presence from the carbonation isn't ideal, but after letting it sit out for a few minutes, it calms down and allows the flavors to shine, instead of getting in the way. The body is medium-to-light, and the finish is dry.

Overall (4.25), one of my favorite Boulevard beers, and one of the better wheatwines available, in my opinion. The oak aging adds a level of complexity without the overpowering nature that can come with 2nd use barrels--it's still fundamentally a wheatwine, calling to mind it's German ancestor, the weizenbock, but with a distinctively American flair.

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Photo of BeerWizard
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My wife got me this for my birthday, and first off, awesome label: folky image of the Grim Reaper dancing with a bail of wheat.

Pours a medium, slightly burnt peach color, hazy with visible sediment, and has a big billowy head of soapy bubbles, diminishing after a few moments and leaving some rather thick lacing on the glass. Orange-candy citrus and peach mainly on the nose with some oak underneath. Nice flavor of peach, canteloupe, citrus, wood and alcohol, though the alcohol is well hidden. Impressive, as it is 9.5%. Nice balance. The mouthfeel I gave a perfect five; light, but hits all the right notes and doesn't leave anything lacking.

Overall, I dig it. First time I've had it, and definitely one of my favorites from Boulevard's Smokestack Series.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour yields a golden straw coloured liquid. Medium opacity and particilates.

Nose is spicy with that musky wheatiness. Some fruits in there as well.

Taste follows suit. Bready yeast with some wheat spice and musk.
Decent carbonation. Good overall but not one i anticipate fiending for

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Harvest Dance from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.04 out of 5 based on 821 ratings.
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