Barrel Aged Wheat Wine
Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
Ranked #13
Ranked #8,208
4.11 | pDev: 7.06%
Sunday at 08:27 PM
Oct 19, 2022
Barrel Aged Wheat WineBarrel Aged Wheat Wine
Notes: Collaboration with Firestone Walker Brewery.
A wheat wine blended and fermented with white grapes from Paso Robles, and a wheat wine fermented with Kveik yeast in Kansas City. Each beer was barrel-aged in a mix of whiskey and rye barrels and finally all blended together producing a dry, light-bodied barrel-aged wheat wine.
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
(12 oz bottle, please enjoy by 08SEP2024; purchased single off shelf at Total Wine... poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: polished-clear, garnet liquid; gloriously silky foam... a few thin ragged rings of lace before the foam fizzles out, leaving a razor-thin collar... far from a German-quality foam, but the alcohol I'm sure plays spoiler here

S: bit of a malty rye whiskey overtone... definitely floral accents atop an emergingly spicy rye foundation; hints of smoke and bubblegum slow to creep out... vanilla and caramelized bread crust undertones... subtle expression of booze, but way short of heated... overall, pleasant enough, but begging for depth

T: malty, sweety, then booming, bright, almost tart cranberry or cherry-like fruitiness upon first sip; lightly doughy, lightly toasted finish... the barrel character nearly exploded during the first trial; second sip it blossoms more; still rather fruity-malty, as opposed to toasty-spicy, though that's prickling in the background... hmm, wow does it get brown bread crustier as it goes, fruit flourishes taking a back seat, bubblegum artifacts splotching the aftertaste

F: plush texture with much levity, the aging and alcohol likely providing its lifting litheness... a bit ghostly in its touch, but at least it's not a bulbous sludgefest... some sort of woody bitterness does color its soft, spicy booze bite

O: could've sworn I'd reviewed this a month or two ago; maybe just grabbed a bottle and shared it with my bro?... an elegant wheated strong ale... I think I'm confusing this with the Rye-on-Rye I had a few months back (maybe not); this is an fascinating variation of sorts I suppose; might need to pursue a compare/contrast session (2069)
Sunday at 08:27 PM
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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Look: It pours dark amber and clear with an off white head. Head retention is very good.

Smell: It has some doughy aromas with a touch of caramel. There are some maple syrup like elements with vinous notes.

Taste: It has doughy flavors with light caramel touches. There is a bit of spiciness with a light maple syrup likeness. There is a light vinous flavor.

Feel: It has a full, chewy body with a white wine like dryness to it. There is a noticeable alcohol warming as well.

Overall, the flavors are more subtle than what I expected, but instead of being in your face, they grow on you as the beer warms and the beer is drunk.
Saturday at 11:18 PM
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Reviewed by barnzy78 from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottle
please enjoy by 08SEP2024
L: beautiful deep copper-ruby colored body, thin ivory head
S: sweet caramely bourbon, toasted coconut, vanilla, toasted oak, brown sugar, spice
T: follows the nose with notes of boozy bourbon, spicy rye, caramel, toasted coconut, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, white grape, fruity esters of cherry and fruit cake
F: medium body, lower but ample carbonation, sweeter finish while being moderately dry
O: this seems to be a love it or hate it beer. I loved it!
Saturday at 02:53 AM
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Reviewed by ilikebeer03 from Texas

4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pour is a deep ruby red. Crystal clear with a nice sidebar cap of beige foam.
Nose is a wonderful blend of oaky vanilla, bourbon, hint of white grape must,
Taste follows. Oaky vanilla, soft bourbon, grape must, hint of caramel and toffee. Everything is blended nicely. Wonderful, smooth beer.
Saturday at 01:34 AM
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This just screams thanksgiving, really hit the spot. Medium brown partially cloudy pour with a tan head. Dark wheat, whiskey, big dried dark fruit, oxidized malt and dark oat in nose. Taste adds rye, earth, anise, the dark fruits are more defined with date, red grape and prune. Feel is warm yet impeccably balanced, medium bodied smooth with a rustic flair from rye and oak on finish. Late fall in a beer, great wheatwine
Friday at 03:08 PM
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours an effervescent & not so clear hazel with a pinky of tan head. Minimal head retention & lacing. Beer brightened up after the initial pour

S: Dark fruit & Sherry, a little peach

T: Follows the nose, hints of Bourbon & Oak up front. Leafy hops, barrel dryness, a touch of persimmon, peach, figgy notes, raisins & Sherry as this beer warms through, hints of red grapes& a little woody hop as well. Finishes with Sherry, candied oranges, figs & dryness, just a kiss of booze warmth

MF: Medium body, low carbonation, warming

A super solid collab that hits about all the right notes, but a sipper for sure. Just got more complex as it warmed through
Friday at 02:31 AM
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Best by 9/8/24

It seems to be onoy the larger craft breweries doing Wheatwines these days, and even still it’s not often at all; this is only my third of the style. This Boulevard/Firestone Walker collab Wheatwine with white grapes sounds like one of the more interesting examples of the style, hopefully keeping it from becoming overly sweet. Let’s see what it’s all about

Pours a cloudy copper brown with 2 fingers of cream head that fades to a thin cap and leaves decent lacing

There’s a slightly present grape/wine vibe in the nose, giving it a nice edge. I’m picking up on aromas of sweet caramel, toasted oak, honey, white wine, vanilla, light biscuit, and sweet whiskey

Wow, it’s even more bitey in taste which I’m really digging. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting tart white grape, sweet caramel, honey, bready malt, apple skin, toasted oak, lemon tea, and light whiskey. The swallow brings notes of sweet homey, vanilla, toasted oak, white wine, whiskey, burnt sugar, and light caramel

A medium body pairs with gentle tingling carbonation, resulting in a smooth yet sharp beer. Finishes neutral with a sweetness that doesn’t overpower

I’m really digging this one. Not super boozy at 9.9% and even drinks well under that
Thursday at 05:39 AM
Rated: 3.81 by cabsandking from Ohio

Nov 23, 2022
Rated: 4.06 by Humanusfermentum from Virginia

Nov 22, 2022
Rated: 3.84 by 22Blue from Kansas

Nov 22, 2022
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Reviewed by Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Bought at Liquor Shed. Enjoy by September 8th 2024.

It pours a clear deep amber with over an inch of foam, lacing is gorgeous.

Smells sweet, big notes from the barrel, woody, fruity, grapes, I imagine.

The taste is sweet, full of the barrel aged goodness, boozy in a mild way. Fruity grapes, white wine like character. Initially, I was a bit turned off by the sweetness but it is growing on me.

I reckon that it's full bodied with the right amount of carbonation.

Tough one to rate. Some sips seem to be better than others.

I probably won't buy it again, though.
Nov 21, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by jewellrunner from Missouri

Nov 19, 2022
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.49/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Released fall 2022; drank 11/16/22 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque orange/brown appearance.

An even pour yielded a small khaki head; decent lace.

Oak, dill pickle, toffee & booze heat notes in the nose.

Medium thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Dill pickle & toffee flavors up front; oak & mild booze heat flavors.

A bit unpleasant to me; it's drinkable, and it'll make you feel good, but I wouldn't seek it out.
Nov 17, 2022
Rated: 4.04 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Nov 16, 2022
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Back on the beer horse after a week of low grade fever & phlegm. Didn’t enjoy a moment of it. But on to the 12 oz. bottle of beer.

The pour is a clear, dark, rich red with a persistence of head. Nose isn’t easy to pin down. Touch of the grape, rye pepper, caramel.

Barrel Aged Wheat Wine twists the genre. What I assume to be the off-wheatwine yeast give this a dry, earthy quality before the beer kicks in with more standard caramel. Strong grape must jumps in before a touch of rye barrel emerges & the finish reverts back to good growing earth. One bottle would have been fine; I have two more.

As an interesting experiment in the relationship between yeast, barrels, & wheatwine, the addition of the grapes veered into overkill, & the barrels were sadly underrepresented. Pretty good brew.
Nov 13, 2022
Rated: 4.04 by tobelerone from New Jersey

Nov 13, 2022
Rated: 4.13 by kjkinsey from Texas

Nov 06, 2022
Rated: 3.92 by SpaethJam from New York

Nov 04, 2022
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep ruby amber color with a one-finger creamy white head that has great retention.

S- a bold caramel & toffee aroma opens it out, followed by plenty of barrel, adding peppery rye, oak and barrel juice. Undertones of brown sugar, creme brulee, white grape and just a hint of piney hops

T- malty and sweet up front with bold notes of caramel, but quickly followed by just a hint of tart white grape. Mid-palate gives notes of brown sugar and red apple. The finish brings out the barrel, adding oak, vanilla and a peppery rye that rides into the linger, as well as more caramel and oak

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a creamy, slightly warming finish

O- the slight tartness of the grapes really pop through the maltiness of the base beer, adding a unique balance to the style.
Nov 03, 2022
Rated: 3.93 by Mikexw from New York

Nov 03, 2022
Rated: 4.19 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

Nov 02, 2022
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, dark amber color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass. It smelled of toasted caramel, toffee, whiskey, spicy rye and charred oak. Nice toffee and caramel sweetness with sharp whiskey notes and hints of vanilla.
Nov 01, 2022
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Reviewed by DIM from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Both lighter in flavor and drier than other wheatwines I've tried. I get mostly toffee, oak, and grape that work pretty well together. The brown liquor barrel affect, apart from the oak, is surprisingly subdued. Very little booze and just a hint of honey and vanilla. There is a grainy note here I don't love. Maybe the Kveik yeast is holding this back?
Oct 30, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Spade from Pennsylvania

Oct 30, 2022
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Reviewed by darktronica from Indiana

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Now that I see the descriptor text, what I'm experiencing is making so much more sense. The grapes from FSW and kveik yeast from Boulevard are both in full effect, yielding a bigger difference in flavor profile than what I would expect from, say, a wheatwine vs. a barleywine. Very interesting final product, with a melange of wine, brown sugar, pine nut, juniper, rye spice and pretty light barrel oak character; I would suspect that tannic notes are more from the grapes than the barrels. Some alcohol burn on the nose once it warms up a bit.
Oct 28, 2022
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This exceptional brew pours a dark
ruby tinged light brown with a nice head of khaki foam that settles to a
thick ring, thin dusty layer, and sports some nice lacing. Nose of spicy
rye, bourbon, faint vanilla, medium oak, cherry hints, and astringent
booze notes. Flavors pack it in (especially with warmth) giving a
fine presentation of bourbon, spicy rye whiskey, oak, cherry, faint
cranberry, subtle raisin, sweet honey and caramel malts, and light
vinous nuances. Nice mouth feel; medium body, medium mouth feel,
medium light verging on light carbonation that is nicely effervescent,
and a sweet yet lightly tart finish that is welcoming for the style that
is moderately dry.

Overall, very nice and will purchase more to lay down and
rest for a couple of years in the doomsday brew closet.

Oct 28, 2022
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Reviewed by Greywulfken from New York

4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Checking out a Boulevard and Firestone Walker collab, Barrel-Aged Wheat Wine Style Ale - 9.9% abv, features a wheat wine fermented with white grapes and a wheat wine fermented with Kveik yeast; the combination of which is then aged in a mix of whiskey, rye, and chardonnay barrels... Hey this is super! I wasn't sure in the store, and had initially only grabbed a single, but ended up grabbing another...

My first impression was "barleywine," but then there was a distinct wheatiness followed by the tang of sour white wine-type grapes... Has a fruity backbone, but the bright wine grape element really shines - maybe a bit much so, as the barrel-aged impressions are rather lost initially and this had a dry, woody finish... However, as the beer warmed, the sharper souring elements became more muddled, and I was able to appreciate both the whiskey and rye barrels - adding a vanilla to the dark fruits - and the Norwegian yeast, which had an earthy edge of funky tang... Helluva lotta fun to drink... Recommended try...
Oct 28, 2022
Rated: 4.13 by SViterileroux74 from Texas

Oct 28, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Oct 22, 2022
Rated: 4.27 by msscott1973 from North Carolina

Oct 21, 2022
Barrel Aged Wheat Wine from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 30 ratings