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80 Acre Hoppy Wheat | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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88
very good
229 Reviews
80 Acre Hoppy Wheat80 Acre Hoppy Wheat
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
boulevard.com

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
With roots in two of today's most popular brewing styles, 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat Beer is the result of careful cultivation by our brewers and cellarmen. Their efforts to craft a hybrid yielded a bumper crop of flavor; a delightfully distinctive ale with the aroma of an IPA and the refreshing taste of a wheat beer.

21 IBU

Added by Reaper16 on 01-07-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
229
Ratings:
1,658
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
28.93%
 
 
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Reviews: 229 | Ratings: 1,658
Photo of mikeburd1128
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

On tap at the Cloverleaf Tavern, Caldwell, NJ.

Decent beer. Nice lemony hop profile, but I'm getting a strong herbal flavor and it's off-putting. Seems to be subsiding as I'm making my way through the glass though. Orange is coming through a bit more. Finishes really clean and dry. I dk. Decent beer I guess, but I'm still getting these herbal notes that are typical of witbiers. Low carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with best by date 08/08/2013. Acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. A beer from Boulevard that I haven't tried yet. Looking forward to it; I have generally been impressed with what Boulevard has to offer.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours three big fingers of towering white froth for a head, on top of a light lemon-straw-yellow colored body. Tons of carbonation bubbles going crazy everywhere, and lots of fine sediment. Head retention is pretty significant. Nice fat sheets of lace.

S - Smell is of light earthy / pine hoppiness, tart lemongrass, watermelon rind, dusty grainy wheat malts, and some yeast presence.

T - Taste is of lightly toasted grain, pine hops, lemon, some herbal / grassy qualities. A fairly tame tasting beer. Reminds me of what the Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat Beer would taste like with a nice dose of hops added to it. Light to medium bodied, and definitely over carbonated.

M - Feel is smooth & clean, with a bit of sticky juiciness and hop resins lingering around.

Overall, not my favorite outing from Boulevard, that's for sure. A light, sessionable, drinkable beer, but too carbonated and bloating for my liking, and not enough hops or lemon fruitiness to keep me interested. I'll stick with Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat Beer and Boulevard Single Wide IPA.

Boulevard 80 Acre Hoppy Wheat Beer ---3.5/5

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Photo of sweethome
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is hazy golden color with a decent white head.

Nose of pine cone and orange blossom.

Entry is crisp, snappy hops, lacks much flavor. This is all about the hops. Lacks wheat beer flavors.

A crisp summer-sipper. I like the snap of this beer on the palate, but lacks depth and flavor profile.

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Photo of beagle75
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Hazy, pale golden color with over one finger of persistent white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Dominant smells include ruby red grapefruit juice and green plant stems. Not particularly complex, although a fine thread of grain threatens to peek through the volatile aromas.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with blended hop aromatics that are a weak rendition of the smell--with a side of pine. Acidity is moderate into the middle where pine and green plants become more mellow but persist. Some clean wheat is also projected, adding some bready depth. The wheat quality overlaps into the mildly bitter and herbaceous finish.

M: Medium viscosity, creamy on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: While this beer's application of hops isn't particularly inspired, it does reflect a purposeful step in the correct direction for the universe of American pale wheat ales. More interesting that a Bell's Oberon or Sam Adam's seasonal wheat-whatever, it could have benefited from a more aggressive application of Amarillo hops post-boil. Otherwise it is a solid wheat... which Boulevard should have pinned by now, right?

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampling right now on 3/26/15. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage "Boulevard" tulip glass.

Brew pours a hazy golden-yellow in color with a good 2-finger foamy white head that finally settled down to around 5mm after a while. A good amount of sticky ring-like lacing is seen when sipped that sticks to the sides of the glass.. The aroma is of pine and floral hops for the most part. Pretty much the same for the taste with some citrus zest also. Really not as hoppy as you might think and not a I.P.A. style brew either which I am not a big fan of. Just a very slight bitter finish is noted BUT wasn't bad and didn't last long. medium-bodied with good carbonation. Overall not a bad brew as I am not really a big fan of American Pale Ales for the most part.

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Photo of GarrettB
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

December 23rd, 2013 - Boulevard's 80 Acre Hoppy Wheat brings a lot of vivaciousness to a style that often sits and stews in its own, mulling, lazy flavors. The aroma begins with fruits and esters, replete with bananas, and even a touch of a grapefruit. On reflection, this makes a great deal of sense, given the title and style. Also, somewhere on the periphery of the scent, is a little white grape, giving a bit of a boost to acidity and brightness. The flavor is wheaty, but I note this in my notes as "wheaty?" The grain touch is lighter than I might have expected, replaced with a custardy banana mush, a touch of pear, and a nice-fruity hops balance. I actually prefer this over the usual cracked wheat flavor, though it might buck style guides.

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Photo of Zorro
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow colored beer with a small white head.

Smell is light honeysuckle malt with a citrus hop aroma. Herbal scented with a good dose of grapefruit to it.

Starts out with the taste of hard water and grapefruit. Fairly dry in the mouth. Mild bitterness, pretty much a mild mannered wheat beer with a little hop kick.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a nice wheat beer.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: straw yellow to a golden yellow color. huge 2-3 finger foamy white head that fades a little too quickly but leaves a nice strong lacing behind. completely cloudy and opaque.

Smell: very sweet wheaty smell, a touch of bubblegum, the smell is quite hoppy, lots of citrus, some earthiness and a little pine.

Taste: opens up with lots of initial sweetness, lots from wheat, some caramel malts and some bubblegum. Hops come in at the end but are completely overwhelmed by the sweet malts. some citrus, earth and pine again.

Mouthfeel: nice and light, not quite as refreshing as i'd like do to the overpowering sweetness

Overall: the hoppiness worked very well in the aroma, but falls off just a little too much in the taste. If that balance worked out this would be a very nice wheat beer.

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Photo of MrBoz21
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Cl.oudy yellow with 1/4-inch foamy white head that leaves nice lacing. Very effervescent.

Aroma: Wheat and citrus with light coriander. Lemongrass comes through as it warms.

Taste: Subdued floral hops rides the tongue - bitterness increases as beer warms. Wheat malt is present. Spice and lemon notes.

Mouthfeel: Dry ... ish, with a bit of slick in the mouth.

Overall: Lacks some of the characteristics of a good wheat, nevertheless, a good warm weather beer with some nuance.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours very hazy straw yellow with a huge rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is wheaty malts, tropical fruits and some piney, lightly resiny, hops.

The flavor is slightly sweet wheaty malts and some tropical fruits with decent piney / resiny bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an interesting hoppy wheat.

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Photo of tdm168
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - bright yellow with a huge, dense, thick, pure white head that has great retention

S - huge orange peel aroma

T - wheat, huge orange peel and citrus, mild herbal bitterness in the finish

M - light to medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a nice wheat beer and it is indeed hoppy, but the I prefer a bit of bitterness from my hops. This was about as much citrus as you could possibly get out hops. In the end it wasn't bad, but for something claiming to be "a hoppy wheat beer", I'm expecting a bit more.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Cloudy yellow with 1 finger of white head. Light carbonation with slight yeast sediment.

Nose
Lemon, wheat, white grapefruit, and papaya.

Taste
Very lemony. Tangy wheat, lemon juice, lemongrass, and touches of papaya. Crisp wheaty backbone with notes of pale maltiness. Perhaps a drizzle of caramel.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, clean, and refreshing.

Overall
Sure has a decent wheat bill. Slightly tangy with lots of lemon.

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Photo of nmann08
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Big Hunt.

Pours a hazy golden yellow. Very active carbonation in the glass. Thin pale head on top.

Smell of wheat and citrus hops. A little sweet smell.

Taste follows the smell. Sweeter upfront, enough hops to notice, but balanced well with the wheat. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but smooth going down.

Overall, not bad.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy pale gold. White foam trace head but with decent lacing. Smells fairly light of wheat and is non-descript. Taste is lemony, crisp, mildly bitter and clean. A very light washing of sweetness. Decent medium body with a firm body. Crisp carbonation. Overall is crisp, refreshing and enjoyable if not fantastic.

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Photo of argock
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint glass at Boylan Heights (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Lemon juice hue with tons of haze and barely any head and a tiny spittle of lacing.

S: Super hoppy aroma of grapefruit and pine aromas, some floral notes as well, and a lot of tanginess.

T: The flavor is very citric with the grapefruit and lemon flavors being a bit overpowering and not balanced with any other flavors. I don't taste any of the floral or other more complex hops notes. The malt component is pretty bland. It is undoubtedly drinkable but one-dimensional. There is no yeast element in the flavor and the bitterness is low. A little more malt sweetness would help with the hops charge -- or just less hops.

M: Thin but it's supposed to be, but even this is less substantitve in body than I would like. THe carbonation seemed off as the beer drank like water, and not in a good way.

O: Not a big fan and tastes like it could use some revisions -- reminds me of a so-so homebrew version of Gumballhead -- no nuance or complexity, just hits you over the head with a couple of of hops flavors without much else.

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Photo of sjones5045
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8/14/15 Washington House

Look is hazy yellow. Kind of flat looking with a thin minimal head that disaptes quickly.

The smell is ok. Sweet hops but rather faint.

The taste is ok. Thin on hops and bitterness. It really doesn't give you much of anything. And a thin feel too. A bit watery.

Not good. Just and on to below ok beer.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very golden straw color with some foamy white head. Smell is pretty sweet, with a lot of wheat and malt aroma and a touch of hops. Taste is almost all wheat beer. Not bad at all, but not really any hop flavor. 3 or 4 years ago I would have absolutely loved this beer. It is just missing that kick that Sumpin' Sumpin' and Gumballhead have. Don't get me wrong. Still a very good beer and I will drink the 6 I have happily. However, if you are looking for a true "hoppy wheat" try one of the others. If you are looking for something more balanced, or even tipping the scale the other way, I would recommend this for sure.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazey banana peel color. Godd head and a nice thick layer of foamy head with tiny, sluggish bubbles underneath.

Spicey, floral, and light citrus hop aromas mixed with crackers and mildly toasted malt grain.

Spicey, lightly toasted biscuits hit the palate first. The middle has a more citrus and cracker flavor. The finish is light and bitter, but with some earthy unmalted graininess.

Refreshing and tasty. Great Summer beer.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, Boulevard tulip, best by 10/16/12.

Luminous pale yellow, with a crisp, clean white head of excellent quality, which looks like a sheep in the shape of a cloud. Bare hints of orange. Reminiscent of a Wit.

Juicy, voluminous Cascade-like hopping. Delicate but full citrus.

It has a yeasty, but clean wheat profile with yellow grapefruit piled on top. An almost citrus juice middle and a rough grapefruit bitterness in the finish tilts this definitively towards hoppy.

The mouthfeel is thin, but it works. This is certainly an easy drinking beer, but not quenching. The bitterness is not crisp enough to cleanse the palate.

American Pale Wheat Ale seems to be an emerging style that is predominately heading towards the refreshing fusion of a clean wheat beer with forward American hopping. 8 Acre out hops and beats another example from Boulevard's region, Tallgrass Halcyon, though it's no slouch.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by 9/25/15.

Pours a murky golden-yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, grain, earth, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with wheat, earth, citrus fruit, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice mix of wheat and citrus forward hop qualities that are slightly better in the taste to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fine-hazed yellow with the occasional larger fleck and a quite light pink tint. Rocky, fluffy whitish head of medium to high retention. Orange peel aroma, pleasant, but not very strong. So far, everything about this beer, even its appearance, screams "citrus!" Tastes good, but not really like an IPA or even "similar" hoppy wheat ales (like Gumballhead) as suggested. An IPL, maybe? Not much for citrus other than lemon, maybe a pinch of orange. Mind you, it is almost tart, but certainly not sour. Wheat detectable, kind of sweet. A yeast mustiness is there also, but in comparison to hops, very subdued. Hops bring forth light peppercorn, herb, and rind notes as you approach the finish. Body is medium, feel is creamy and smooth. Suds galore, refreshing. Good beer. A tad overrated in my opinion, and here I was expecting to be on the high side.

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Photo of oberon
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a nonic a hazed lemony color with a fluffy one finger bones white head atop.Aromas of toasted wheat and light citric hops,the aromaes underwhelmed me a little.Anice low carbonated feel to the beer,toasted with that tinge of iron on the palate with a smack of citric hops to save the day in the finish.With a good shot of hops I could see myself driniking this on a humid summer day and being satisfied with it.

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Photo of THSdrummer
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy bright yellow, with a medium-thick white foamy head. Head retention is moderate, with good lacing left behind. Wheat, and pine hop notes form a simplistic, summer drinkin' aroma. Taste is lemon, with wheat and pine hops. Very easy to drink despite being labeled as "hoppy". Feel is medium-thin, and easy to drink. Overall, a good brew with some solid hop presence and yet it remains easy to drink.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of RespectableThug
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Heard they just stocked up at the grocery, figured I'd give it a go. Have never been drawn to Wheat Beers but it seemed like an interesting concept.

The color was that of a wheat, but it smells as IPA'y as anything I have come across- citrusy hops. The sequence of tastes was exactly as the name describes- hoppy wheat. At very first, hops are all that is discernible but it finishes like a wheat and you forget the hops were there. It was really odd to me that it was so black then white.

I wish it was a bit more harmonious but not a bad beer. I like it more than their wheat for sure. So I'd say it's worth trying at least once. Not bad, not great.

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Photo of tronester
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a medium white head that has great retention and lacing. Aromas of a freshly mowed lawn. Taste begins with a huge lemon peel component, followed by a bit of saltine cracker, then a massive grassy, herbal flavor. Citrus aftertaste. Mouthfeel is good. Overall a quite good beer, but a little bit grassier tasting than I typically would like.

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80 Acre Hoppy Wheat from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.94 out of 5 based on 1,658 ratings.
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