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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%
 
 
Wants:
91
Gots:
436
For Trade:
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Reviews: 229 | Ratings: 1,658
Photo of Ed_Johnson
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellow head with a hint of gold, with a white head, some lacing.

Deep citrus and some pine, a really nice nose.

A punch of hoppiness with some citrus - lots of lemons and mango.

Finished with a clean, slight hop bitterness. Good beer and I would drink it again.

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Photo of match1112
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: slightly cloudy golden straw color with a two finger head that lasts awhile.

s: smelled like there was a fresh orange slice in the glass on top of the beer. behind that were muted aromas of pine and wheat.

t: very refreshing. more of the orange and pine that were big up front but fall off in the end.

m: light, crisp, well carbonated, dry on the finish.

o: impressed by this one.

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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 AlCaponeJunior
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking wheat beer. The head was two fingers and lasted forever, leaving sticky lace. The beer is pretty much like their regular wheat beer in color and clarity, tan and fairly cloudy. I suspect there's overlap in the recipes, but not just from the appearance.

The aroma is quite hoppy, also bready, with a little fruit and wheat too.

Taste is a bit odd, but delicious. It really tastes like boulevard wheat with a bunch of hops in it. It's got yeasty notes, wheat, citrus, grassy hops, malt, lots of good stuff in there.

Body is typically wheat beer, light and easy to drink, but almost chewy with body. A lightly sweet, hoppy aftertaste denotes the finish.

It's definitely a very different beer, and I like it. Wonderful for summer laziness. I'll definitely be drinking this one again. Great value too.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Recieved as an extra in a trade

12oz bottle

A - Pours a hazy yellow with a two finger off white head. Head retention is good and there is a nice amount of lacing to be had here...

S - Mango, grapefruit, lemon, wheat, and some grassy hops...

T - Pretty much follows the nose except the hops are alot more subdued. Finishes on a wheat note with some soft grassy hops. Bitterenss is really kept in check here...

M - Light bodied with a good amount of carboantion...

O - Could see myself drinking a few of these after being in the sun for a while. Definitely an easy drinker, and something I could see myself drinking on a fairly regular basis if it was available in my area...

Cheers...

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Photo of mdcrouser
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow leaning to gold, with a finger of white head that recedes to nearly nothing.

Bready, with deep citrus and even some pine - that's a really nice nose.

Fresh - an obvious spin-off from their Unfiltered Wheat, but a muted form of it, ramped up with the addition of a citrussy punch of hoppiness - mostly a fruitful combination of lemons and mango.

Pops of carbonation help underscore the bite of the hops - relatively juicy, but still oddly dry.

A great addition to the Blvd roster - right there with Single-Wide in my book - hoppy, but not overblown. Tasty, but not pretentious.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to dujayhawk for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Very hazy; dark yellow to gold. One-finger white head recedes to foam fairly quickly, and there is moderate visible carbonation.

S: Smells like bread, with citrus & pine hops.

T: Wheat/grainy flavors up front, citrus & pine hops. This fades to some lemony orange pith bitterness and then a chewy bready hang.

M: Heavier mouthfeel than expected, well-carbonated, no alcohol presence to speak of.

O: Man...this was almost really really good. But at the end, just when I expected some sweet & tart fruity hop flavors to take over near the swallow, the bready flavors take over in the hang. It definitely isn't a deal-breaker, but just enough to stop me from loving it. Definitely a solid beer, and I'm glad I had the chance to try it.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from a sixer I picked up for $6.99, nice price. Bright yellow-orange color, sort of hazy appearance. Sticky lace, short head. Hoppy, citrusy smell, faintest hint of wheat and crackers. Flavor is slightly citrusy, hoppy, more faint wheat. I'd say this is more hop dominated but its not a hop bomb like say Lil' Sumpin Sumpin. Its quite easy to drink so

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Photo of GregSVT
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a nice white head that fades to a large ring + a small layering and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose starts with a great hoppy presence in the form of tropical fruits and pine. After it settles you get some big notes of wheat, sweet bread, and a hint of green apples. It almost smells belgian...like a wheat based Saison.

T: The taste is really unique with good hoppy notes yet sweet malty notes as well. The hops are there yet very balanced by the wheat and malt. There's also a fruity element in the form of plantains.

M: The feel is pretty creamy and medium bodied due to the thick carbonation.

O: This is a pretty good beer but I still have to give the nod to Lil Sumpin' Sumpin' as the best Pale Wheat Ale I've had so far. I plan on drinking this one on occasion during the rest of the summer and years to come though.

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Photo of bfields4
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A lightly hazy pale straw body. Nice frothy white head with good retention. Looks much the wheat beer.

Aroma is nice. Citrus from the hops and wheat blend together nicely. Has good sweet citrus and a cut of lemon from the wheat.

Really get a nice fruity character from the hop without being overpowering. Some pine and lemon round out the spicier flavors. Nice little touch of sweetness from the wheat.

Nice smooth mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. This beer will be a must in the summertime. I think Boulevard has done something special here. Right up there with little sumpin sumpin, oberon and gumballhead for me as top american wheats.

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Photo of bump8628
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much anticipated. Pours a slightly hazy straw gold with a big-bubbled head of fizzy foam that collapses into thin lacing. Aroma is lightly citrusy with lemon drop, lime peel, and pineapple. More of the same on the palate. Subtle, but vibrant hoppiness with a faint background of crackery wheat. Clean, dry, and well carbonated. I was expecting an IPA level of hoppiness, which this is not. Just a slightly bigger and hoppier version of their wheat, but with a more nuanced and interesting hop character. I guess I can't say I'm disappointed since I have bought two sixers since its Oklahoma release last week. Certainly makes a great late summer beer.

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Photo of Living816
3.34/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

To call it "hoppy wheat" in my mind means a decent hop bitterness, not just smell. Not in the case of Hoppy Wheat. At its core, this is a dry hopped wheat beer with an abundance of carbonation. That's not at all what I expected.

It pours with a brilliant golden color. Somewhat hazy. I like the bottle bits, so I gave it a swirl to dump the bottle conditioning yeast in. I've always done this with Boulevard's beers.

The initial smell is unmistakable hops. More piney and grassy than citrus, but a little of all.

Taste a bit confused. It's part wheat beer, part IPA, part hefe. There's some hefe inspired clove flavors, along with the anticipated wheat base. But the carbonation is excessive, harsh.

It finishes just the way it started. With a slight hops bitterness.

Overall, it's a overlayered, noisy beer. The complexity takes away from, rather than adds to the beer.

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

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a very nice slightly hazy wheaty straw yellow. There is a nice 0.5 inch head that is white and soappy but alos dense.

Aroma of citrusy hops notes. Lemony and some tangerines in the nose with some grassy hop character that is enticing yet mild. Nice earthy and grainy wheat notes with some good bready sweetness as well. Very appealing nose.

Flavors starts out with some fruit sweetness and a nice grassy herbal hop note that once again is there but is mild and refreshing. There is some nice wheat sweetness and grain notes with nice bread and earthy notes as well. Very delicious true wheat ale that has a hoppy background but non of the overwhelming hop resins and bitterness that other hoppy wheat ales have. The finish is refreshing and crisp with nice wheat flavors and some slight bitterness. Incredible beer. This is up there with the best. Mouthfeel is light and crisp but incredibly flavorful.

This brew is great. True to the wheat ale style but with a nice refreshing hop kick that is lemony and citrusy without being a hop bomb. Nice earthy and grainy wheat notes with some nice herbal hop notes to back it up. My favorite of Blvds regular line up.

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Photo of Flatlands
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass
A-very nice white head, great unfiltered yellow
S-not a strong hop smell, more lemon and citrus, great smell that really makes this beer
T-my first one I was expecting hops but this is more of a wheat-belgium-mild IPA.
M-much more then Boulevard's unfiltered wheat, just right in that it is full, has some great character but is still something you can just drink after mowing the yard
O - This will be my new go-to Boulevard for when I want to enjoy multiple beers. The price is right and this is a great wheat style all it's own. Nice Job Boulevard!

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Photo of tito42
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to a weizen glass, best by 10/16/2012.

A: Fluffy, white head with lemon yellow body, golden hues, slightly cloudy.

S: Wheat, citrusy hops, and a slightly Belgian profile of coriander and lemon peel.

T: Very tasty brew for a regular release, albeit a new one. Wheat, citrusy hops, lemon peel, grapefruit, and a bit of bubble gum. Very nicely done.

M: Refreshing without being watery, hoppy without ripping your tongue off.

O: Very well executed new entry by Boulevard. I believe this is going to be a year-round regular release, and may very well be my new favorite at this tier from Blvd.

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Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent & slightly chill hazed straw color with 2 fingers cream colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Lemons & greassyness

T: Follows the nose, wheaty tartness & dryness up front. Grassyness & dryness as this warms, slight pineyness as well, some lemon zest & some cereal notes. Finishes with some white grape, drynness & lemons & grapefruit, just a bit of juicy fruit too

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation

Very drinkable but not in the league of Lagunita's itteration

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Boulevard tulip glass.

The body is murky, and a color that Crayola would be proud to call Sunburnt Hay. A white foam cap recedes to an even film while very light lacing comes and goes. The aroma has sharp citrus notes like orange, and the faintest touch of sweet apricot. The taste conveys the perfect blend of hops and wheat. Lemon zest and orange peel dominate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, dry.

Overall, a perfectly drinkable beer with lots of citrus.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new year round beer from Boulevard, 80 Acre just hit the shelves here in KC. Had to pick up a sixer.
Best by 10-16-12. Poured into a Nonic Pint.

A- Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with 3 fingers of pillowy white head that has some staying power and looks like it will lace well.

S- Super dose of hops on the nose. Lots of pungent pine and grapefruit and other citrus fruits. Slightly floral. Smells like a true hop bomb.

T- Hmmm. The hop bomb on the nose is not really there in the taste. It is hoppy don't get me wrong, but the hops are not near as front and center as the nose suggests. Nice smooth easy drinkablity form the base wheat beer. Interesting and refreshing.

M- Crisp on the palate. The carbonation is spot on and add another refreshing layer to this beer. If feels pretty light in body. This could easily be sessionable.

O- I am pleased. Boulevard calls this "a delightfully distinctive ale with the aroma of and IPA and the refreshing taste of a wheat beer." I think they got it right. This is an easy drinker that will make a great offering to an already solid line up.

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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 JEdmund
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks a lot like a Belgian wheat with it’s butter yellow and hazy appearance; very good head formation, with a tall, foamy, white cap; retention is good too, as is the lacing

I could smell the hops in the air a couple feet from my glass, so yeah, it’s hoppy. Not sure what varieties were used, but it somewhat reminds me of Odell’s IPA or maybe their St. Lupulin. Somewhat floral and citrusy hops; a bit delicate and not nearly as oily/pungent as say a West Coast IPA. There’s also a nice wheat component detectable, further adding to the mix.

Taste delivers a lot of hops, though it’s not as assertive and bracing as a full-on IPA. I think it must be the wheat countering them. And I really like it. 80 Acre is very drinkable and delicious. Body is light-medium, making this a nice one for the summer. Finishes hoppy, but not especially bitter—just a good hop flavor lingering. Hops are bright, with mainly citrus notes, though there almost seems to be a light hint of mint.

I like Boulevard’s core lineup, but I don’t buy them often at all. I think that’s changed now with 80 Acre. I will be buying this one again soon, and I can’t wait to try it on tap somewhere. This is nice new beer by Boulevard, and I’m excited to see them offer something that’s a newer style.

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Photo of Chirpie
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm under the impression that this one had been sitting in the brewery under a name of test hoppy for a little while.

I picked up a 6 pack upon it's first day of release in our area and have now had 3 of these.

Pouring it out, it builds a fast 2 to 3 finger head in my tulip glass. Really cloudy beer, it's a nice pale yellow appearance.

My absolute favorite point of this beer is the smell. Pure lemongrass and a twist of bitter citrus. I almost hate drinking it, as it's just a joy to sniff on the nose for a while.

The taste, for the most part follows the nose. About the only real knock I have against it is the hoppy flavor isn't very pronounced. Even though it's in the name, it's not in your face at all. While I would describe the mouthfeel as medium to thin, it doesn't hurt this beer at all. In fact, it makes it that much more of a sessionable beer.

Be ready for a flavor that's a bit light, but in spite of that, this may be my new goto lawnmower beer for the summer months sub-planting the Bridgeport IPA's I've been keeping around. It's just a pleasure to gulp down even as you take in the aroma. A definite step up from Boulevard's mainstream beer Unfiltered Wheat.

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Photo of hydrolaw
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A -Poured very cloudy, just what I would expect to see in a good wheat beer. Minimum white head and little lacing,

S - This definitely has an IPA influence. In the nose the citrusy,piny, hoppy notes take over. Very pleasing aroma.

T -The very first thing you taste is hops. That quickly turns to a sweet wheat flavor with some citrus overtones, lemon specifically. It finishes with a sweet, but not overly dry finish. The boulevard website says that this only has 20 IBU's, which is very surprising. Although it isn't bitter, the flavor of the hops is very apparent throughout the taste of this beer. Superb

M - Very crisp and smooth.

O - This is a delicious beer. I'm normally an IPA guy, so of course I like it. But this is more than just a great IPA or Wheat Beer alone. I'm glad to see that this is a year-round offering, because it has earned a permanent spot in my fridge.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly hazy straw color with a white head. The aroma has a good bit of pine, as well as some light orange citrus notes. There is also some nice wheat in the aroma. The flavor is very similar. The wheat really comes through up front, with some lighter pine and orange notes, as well as some grass and a bit of pepper. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice.

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Photo of Jeffy5050
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I visited the Boulevard Brewery a week ago and got to try this up and coming beer. The official name for it is 80 Acre Hoppy Wheat.

Light golden color with a medium size white head that dissipated at a medium rate.

Taste is similar to the unfiltered wheat with some hop to it. Very subtle hints of citrus that compliment the overall taste very well.

Very good combination of the two styles of beer. Can't wait for this to be available.

This should be available sometime this year (2012) according to the brewery in 6-pack bottles.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a New Belgium tulip at Red's during the New Belgium tap takeover yesterday. Reviewed from notes. Menu listed ABV as 5.0%

A: Pours a cloudy, pale orange color with one finger of nearly white head. Good retention and lace.

S: Nice, light citrus aromas.

T: Tasty combination of citrus, apricot and peach. Not too bitter. Really nice flavor.

M: Light and smooth, with good carbonation.

O: This is a tasty beer, reminiscent of Gumballhead and Little Sumpin Sumpin. Word is that this will appear in bottles sometime next year, and I know I'll be looking for it.

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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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