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80 Acre Hoppy Wheat | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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80 Acre Hoppy Wheat80 Acre Hoppy Wheat

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

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

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Photo of ordybill
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap at the Carolina Ale House into a pint glass. The appearance is a cloudy light amber color with a large white head. The aroma is citrus and hops. The taste matches the aroma.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Interested to see how this stacks up against my fave APWL from NEBCo (no pun intended, really).

A: Attractive and bright. A sunny golden. Nice bubbling and overflowing head with a pure white color that compliments the beer perfectly. Better head retention

S: Sweet malt grains mostly. Hops come in with florals and some spice on the backing. Not as complex or differentiable, but good all the same.

M: Light bodied and highly effervescent. Smooth but has a nice sting to it.

T/O: Tart citrus lemon squeezes into a sweet pale crackery malt base, and they play off of each other very well. Light passionfruit sweetness and very nuanced. It has a really good flavor, don't get me wrong, but the overall experience lacks in something. I don't want to sound snobbish for a BA, but it doesn't seem as elegant; and NEBCo is brewing out of the back parking lot of a car dealership. What I mean is this beer is best for warm weather whereas NEBCo's Alpha Weizen I could but can't drink all yr round.

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Photo of FernMaster
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at the Boulevard Brewery.

I don't really know what the point to reviewing this is yet. You can't get this beer. You should want this beer. I tasted it and I want this beer again. I would buy this beer. How many of us love Wheat beers? They're the perfect session beer. How many of us love hops? They add complexity, flavor and so much more. Dry-hop Boulevards highest selling beer, a beer I very much respect for being the bridge that got me into the realm of beer drinking and what do you get? You get a lemony hoppy nose that's just a pure joy to drink. This beer is like the Boulevard Wheat's bigger brother that comes to the rescue whenever someone picks on it at school. It's bigger and better and everything the little brother wants to be. As it pushes the teasers face into the ground you can sit and appreciate it's flavor of attack. The same lemony wheat flavor is there that's in the wheat, but there's this hoppy grapefruit quality that comes through and creates a unique, intriguing highly profitable if sold flavor.

I started getting strange with my analogy, let's just state this the way it is: Boulevard's Dry-Hop Unfiltered Wheat is an awesome drink that should be bottled and sold. Do it Boulevard. For realsies.

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Photo of alk3kenny
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall I really like this beer hops, juicy, citrus easy to drink... Have had it a few times and keep going back. Not always the biggest fan of boulevard beers but this is probably my favorite of their line up that I have had. Great take on easy drinking wheat vs hop character! More please.

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Photo of Gatch
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by 07/29/13

A: Slightly hazy, golden-yellow with a fluffy, bright white head that builds and fades pretty quickly. Decent lace and retention.

S: Lots of hops followed by citrusy aromas and some wheat & malt.

T: Super balanced with plenty of hop flavor yet mellowed out by the wheat. Nice. Citrus is in the finish but it doesn't seem to come from the hops. Although the hops are definitely citrusy and slightly tropical. Very delicious and spot-on for the style.

M: Good body, refreshing, clean, and surprisingly citrusy while also having plenty of discernible wheat qualities.

O: Seriously delicious beer that I will seek out in 6-packs.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: 80 Acre looks like a very creamy Hoegaarden. Lemon meringue pie in a glass to be honest, complete with white peaks of foam.

Smell: Pine and lemon hops. Extremely odd for a wheat ale, but very enjoyable.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Excellent flavors. A hybrid between an IPA and a wit, complete with grapefruit, lemon, orange, and a hint of lemon. Crispy, yeasty mouthfeel to finish.

Overall: I would define this as an excellent gateway for Blue Moon drinkers looking for more excitement.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle BB 7/2/16. Hefeweizen glass.

A: pours an initially pale straw with 3 fingers fluffy white head; pouring the sediment in Tutsi things a milky yellow, but still transparent enough to see streams of carbonation flowing up. Settles down to a 1 finger foamy cap that retains very well. Lacing is very good.

S: blast of a bright, sweet, navel orange. Out of control citrus. A little grainy wheat, but just oozes citrus.

T: solid wheaty arrival, a little bubblegum, a little citrus, lingering citrus candy and light grapefruit peel. Hoppy, but never bitter. Can't be more than 15 IBUs.

M: heavier side of midweight, well carbonated, but the bubbles are small so it does not feel really carbonated; very clean finish; among the cleanest finishing wheat beers I've had.

O: this is a real winner. Very full-flavored and full bodied for a summer beer, but quite complex. Completely six-pack worthy.

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Photo of McStagger
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 11/24/2016.

A: Did the beer swirl mandatory for wheat beers. Cloudy and yellow appearance. Finger and a half of pillowy/creamy white head that collapses in on itself. Carbonation is moderate/high, with small bubbles running to the surface at a medium pace.

S: New world hoppy. Tropical and mandarin. Malt is more malt than grain, with the sweeter tones intermingling with the orange notes to form a vague creamsickle note. Reminds me a bit of a toned down Duet.

T: Orange jumps out. Slightly sweetened mandarin mixes with the bready sweetness and again we're looking at dreamsickle notes. Mid palate cleans out and tropical fruitiness pops a bit more to the forefront. Finish is soft to the touch, with a bit of residual sweetness.

M: Soft and pillowy like a wheat with a fair price of carbonation/acidity on the palate after each sip. Refreshing and easily crushable.

O: Greater than the sum of its parts. This is my favorite Boulevard beer to date. It's the wheat with a slight turbo charge. Retains good hop character with very little bitterness. A+ basically my favorite session IPA.

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Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect Pint Glass

Appearance: high carbonation, bright yellow-gold in color, one inch head, hazy

Smell: wheat and citrus hops

Taste: wheaty, grass, and citrusy hops that are especially present at the end

Mouthfeel: crisp, light bodied, high carbonation, sweetish start with bitterness coming in the middle and a bit more prominent towards the end.

Overall: Super clean. For the style, this is one of my favorites. A perfect summer beer that I could have several of. Nice pilsner like taste with a touch of pleasant bitterness that is never too bitter. One of Boulevards better small beers that I have had the pleasure of trying.

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Photo of A20sp
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from a pint glass, poured from a 12 oz bottle. 48F

L:- Pours a very hazy, translucent yellow to light gold. A decent thick one finger head which dissapates quickly. A fair amount of bubbles arise from the bottom of the glass. Leaves a soapy like lacing which slides down the glass.
S:- Wheat, a blend of light citrus nodes and a hint of spice. Similar to bubblegum or a light belgian in ways.
T:- Very clean and crisp taste. Low but pleasing amount of bitter, with a light citrus hoppiness that's excellently blended with a grainy, bready, pleasing barn like atmosphere.
F:- Crisp, creamy, and light. Perfect blend of smooth and crisp.

:- Extremely easy to knock back with a rich and pleasing taste (Quaffable as they say). Year round drinking enjoyability. Besides always being available, and at a more fare price, I believe this to be a better representation of a hoppy-wheat than some trendy competitors. Not trying to overdue itself with pricey marketing, but tastes delicious and sells itself as an excellent product.

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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 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 champ103
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazed but vibrant golden/yellow color. A dense white head rises to over two fingers with sheets of lace.
S: Citrus fruits. Lemon, orange, and grapefruit. Husky wheat aromas. A white pepper like spiciness, mixed with a light bitterness lingers.
T: Citrus fruits and grapefruit up front. Light banana esters as well, but not full on like in a regular hefe. Which works well with the hops. Cereal grains and toasted malts. Husky wheat, and white pepper. Lingering grapefruit bitterness.
M/D: A light to medium body. Soft carbonation, but still crisp and ultra smooth. So easy and enjoyable to drink. All day with this.

It is a wonder why I don't drink this more often? Always spot on. The wheat and hops work perfectly together. While different interpretations, it is up there with Karbach's Weisse Versa as one of my favorite wheat hybrids that are not full on Hefe's.

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Photo of acelin
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

This beer really deserves it's own style, as do many normally called APWAs. How about Hoppy Wheat Ales? Or Hopped Wheat Ales? Naming conventions aside, this is a very tasty beer. Has a great haze, great nose that implies it's far more bitter than it is. Instead, it has all those great floral aromas as tastes without the bitterness. What a gold mine of taste, and a knock out brew.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful hazy gold liquid with a generous white head.

Aroma is a mix of hops and citrus.

Flavor is hard to take in. The two dominant flavor notes (the hoppyness and the citrusy-wheat beeryness) to me are not team players. Both are so dominant that it feels like it would have been better for this beer to slightly tone down one of these notes, maybe by making this a Wheat Pale Ale rather than a what IPA. I also wonder how this beer might be with a little aging to round out the hops?

Mouthfeel is nice and full with a little bit of pricklyness.

Overall, this is an interesting beer. A nice change of pace but probably not one I would seek out on a regular basis.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a stubby brown bottle with a freshness date of March 2014, so plenty of time to spare. Poured into a standard 16 oz tumbler glass with the Sierra Nevada logo on the side. I've had this wonderful beer many times, but finally decided to write a full review for it.

Appearance - It's hard to describe the body of this beer as anything but liquid gold. It's that bright yellowy tone like how melted gold might be depicted in a cartoon. Bright and glowing, with some more muted hints of straw yellow and cloudy throughout. The way an American unfiltered wheat should look, imho. Atop the beautifully-toned body sits a two finger pillowy head of stark white. A slight shadow rests beneath the moderately dense head, like a Kansas thunderstorm rolling across the plains and shading the fields of wheat below. Lacing is visible but moderate, with bits of stickiness on the glass as I drink it down, but comes up short of full rings.

Smell - Bright citrus and grassy notes, with some fainter elements of floral as well as some distinct notes of lemon zest. But the hops are not the only story here. There is a nice softness, like fresh-baking bread, to the aroma that clearly comes from the predominant use of wheat in the grain bill. I like the fact that this "hoppy wheat" doesn't smell like just an IPA. It retains it's wheat beer roots.

Taste - The bright citrus from the aroma now comes through with more clarity, providing notes of lemon and starfruit. There is also the more herbal characteristics like lemongrass and rosemary. As with the aroma, the wheat is well-represented here, with notes of fresh-baked sourdough and even some whole wheat dinner rolls. The grain definitely provides the subtlety of clover honey sweetness--just enough to add a little depth to the beer.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-light bodied and moderate-to-light carbonation, with a slightly sweet finish and a faintly chewy mouthfeel.

Overall, this is one of my favorite beers from Boulevard. It's so good that if they replaced their standard Wheat beer with this one, I wouldn't be the slightest bit upset (although I speculate that there are others who would be...). In terms of comparison to other "hoppy" wheat beers, this one holds it's own just fine, and unlike some others, this one manages to remain a wheat beer with hops, rather than tasting like an IPA with some wheat in the grain bill.

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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 leroybrown10
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden-straw color with good brightness. Frothy white head which dissipates to a thin creamy looking layer of bubbles. Moderate haze. Moderate amount of fine lacing as well.

Nice aroma of grapefruit, lemon and wheat. Some straw.

Taste starts with the citrus. Lemon and grapefruit. A bit of sweet orange. Wheat comes through after. Good blend of the citrus and wheat before the finish is all wheat.

Nice mouth feel, moderate but not thin. Easy drinking. Crisp on the tongue from the carbonation. A bit dry on the aftertaste.

This is my favorite of Boulevards regular beers. Good mix of citrusy, juicy hops and classic American wheat aromas/flavors. Easy drinking.

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Photo of Mdg222
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice hybrid beer. Good mix of hops & wheat. Not overpowering on either side. Very smooth. Good flavor. No strong bitter aftertaste. If you're expecting an IPA, it's not very piney, but would buy a 6 pack & be happy.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a weizen glass
Best by: 09/21/13

A - It pours pale yellow and hazy. It is topped with two to three inches of white head.

S - I could smell the citrus as soon as I opened the bottle. Once I put my nose in the glass I could smell peach, orange, sweet grapefruit, and mango.

T - The taste has a lot of the same flavors. It starts out with a peach flavor that gives way to mild citrus. The finish has a slight bitterness. The wheat seems to mellow out the hops creating a tasty hoppy beer.

M - Medium and a bit chalky

O - This beer was just to drink in my hotel in Chicago but was so good I had to bring some home with me. It makes a great session beer.

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

Poured this one into a regular pint glass, and the brew makes a massive amount of bright white foam, and the body is mildly hazy and is whitish gold in color. Foam retains quite well.

The aroma is dominated by the lemony hops, has a slight earthiness to it, and is kind of perfume like.

The taste is dominated by the lemony hops, there is a slight orange rind flavor on the back of the tongue, and altogether is very zesty.

Feels refreshing and crisp, but also a slight dryness to the profile. This is the hoppiest wheat I've ever had!

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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 BastardKing24
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light gold/yellow with lots of white head that sticks to the glass.

Smell is very lemon like, with a malty, wheaty backbone giving it a good mix.

Taste is like a good hef with some pine and lemon, some grass, and pineapple.Also a nice wheat taste in there as well.

Feel is good, nice carbonation, and a light feel to it makes it quite the treat.

This is a very well balanced light beer.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Rustico in Ballston.

The beer is hazy and yellow with a half inch of pure white head. Aromas of citrus fruits, wheat, fresh hops. Refreshing and delicious. The wheat and big hop character work so well together. A great summer beer. Light in body and easy drinking. It would be easy to toss back a few pints of this.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a hefe glass.
Pours a cloudy straw color with a creamy white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing down the glass.
Very nice aroma on this beer with citrus and spice, maybe a little grassiness and a hint of white bread.
A tasty brew with a hint of grapefruit, a little cracker, a slight piney hop bite and a refreshing crispness.
Mouthfeel is medium and a bit creamy with plenty of carbonation to keep things going all the way through the glass.
Overall, tasty and refreshing.

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80 Acre Hoppy Wheat from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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