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80 Acre Hoppy Wheat | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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 Beerguy1969
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Was a little Leary about this beer when I read it was "hoppy" but was pleasantly surprised by the taste. Light on the pallet with light aftertaste. Recommend !

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Photo of farrago
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pure white head, crests around half a finger and quickly sizzles off to a light surface dusting, while wispy what lacing there is sticks quite well to the glass sides. The liquid is cloudy but does not display any floating particulate, widespread and super-active bubbles fill the glass, overall a light orange to yellow color. The nose shows off the wheat proudly but it’s mainly an explosion of grapefruit and orange citrus, not overly hoppy, there is a bubblegum to pie dough element, at the same time there’s a burst of black pepper and green tea, strong presence without being overpowering. Medium-bodied, sour from all that muscular citrus, the powerful carbonation both brings prickle and limits the soaking in of the pucker factor. Floral with that same bubblegum aspect, delivers more peach, apricot, cherry fruit flavors here. Notes of clove and lesser pepper. Not that dry but closer to that end of the spectrum even as you never feel the flavors are truncated as a result. Maybe a too clingy for full-on refreshment but its liveliness is very attractive and it is easy to keep on sipping. Pulls it off well.

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Photo of qchic
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Feeling a little ambivalent about this one. It's a hoppy wheat, and I was looking for something both hoppier and wheatier. It's very subdued in the aroma, but the flavor is good and refreshing with some lemon tartness. I'll have no problem drinking the other 5. Def a change of pace for the season, but perhaps would be better appreciated in the sun.

Edit: makes for an excellent shower beer

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Photo of Wasatch
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle
Best By: 10/11/14

Poured into a pint glass a very nice cloudy yellow color, very nice carbonation with a nice one-finger plus white fizzy head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is slightly hoppy, mostly wheaty/grassy, some yeast notes. The taste is slightly hoppy, with lots of grassy notes. Medium body slightly dry finish. Overall not a bad brew, would have liked to get some fresher bottles.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass., "best by" date 3-9-15.

APPEARANCE: pours a hazy light golden color with 1 finger white head that dissipated quickly leaving a ring of small bubbles around the glass, there was some lacing present, medium carbonation.

SMELL: the nose is subtle, lemon, bread, flowers.

TASTE: initially very sweet then citrus and bread with a mild and pleasant hop profile that you would not normally get from a wheat beer but it's definitely not going to be mistaken for an IPA.

PALATE: medium carbonation and body.

OVERALL: this beer combines everything I like about wheat beer and gave it a better hop profile, but not too overpowering. Another terrific beer from Boulevard. I will definitely buy this again.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.27/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz. Brown glass. Generally appealing label art. Branded pry-off pressure cap.

Served cold into a nonic glass and allowed to slightly warm over the course of consumption.

5.5% ABV. Best by: 03/09/15.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 5 fingers wide. White colour. Fluffy soft-looking head. Decently creamy and fairly thick. Retains well - for 7-8 minutes. Leaves light webby lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Clear albeit lightly hazy yellow colour. Translucent and transparent. Clean; no yeast particles or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it appears well-carbonated. Not a unique or special looking brew, but nice looking.

AROMA: Floral hops, clean barley, wheat, perfumey lemon citrus, pale malts, citrusy zest. A contained yet appealing aroma of average intensity and mild appeal. A biteen grassy. No overt yeast character, off-notes, or alcohol is/are detectable.

TASTE: Lemon zest, grassiness, floral hops, wheat, pale malts, clean barley, generic citrus, and soapy pale malts. Overall, it's decently balanced but wanting. Complex enough, and subtle enough, but far from impressive or notable. It's nicely put together, but doesn't amount to a gestalt build. Cohesive and decently balanced, but not impressive. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Nice flavour amplitude. I do like it, and it's very approachable, but it doesn't stand out as unique or special.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, refreshing, slightly overcarbonated, medium-bodied, aptly thick, and crisp. Could be softer. The texture is a nice complement to the taste, but doesn't elevate the beer. In fairness, there isn't much subtlety in the taste for the texture to accentuate.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, scratchy, dragging, dry, or coarse on the palate. Overall presence on the palate is nice. There's ample room for improvement.

OVERALL: A tasty wheat brew with plenty of interesting flavour to keep me coming back. But it's far from world-class and while I'd certainly get it again, I wouldn't recommend it to friends or trade partners. Very drinkable and very enjoyable, but not a paragon of the style. I'll enjoy finishing it. More good work from Boulevard. Hides its ABV well. Certainly above average.

Low B-

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but consistently left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of lemony hops and wheat are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but has stronger flavors of both lemon citrus and wheat. Hints of grassy hops are also perceptible along with a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate. A high amount of carbonation also makes it seem airy.
O: This beer is an interesting hybrid and seems to do a good job at blending lemony flavors from the hops with the light body of a wheat bear. It is very easy to drink and refreshing, making it a good choice for a beer during the summer months.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of KTCamm
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

10/29...pours hazy cloudy yellowish gold. Lots of foam, settles, and laces. Wheaty pine nose. Light wheaty taste, lemon citrus backed, fast finish. Bitter burst in middle that all but vanishes. Cool.

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Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a golden yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was a big, foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A solid aroma of wheat, citrus, and some malt.

T: Tasted of a good amount of wheat, malt, citrus (especially lemon), and a slight graininess. A very light and sweet flavor. Different than what I expected, but worthwhile.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: Better than most American Pale Wheat Ales. Light, easy to drink, and well done.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Cloudy golden hay color with a stalwart head. Smells like grass and bread dough. Unmistakable new tire smell too. A little sweet on the palette like sweet dough or a Twinkie with some grassy citrus. Soapy at times. Some prickly resin on the tongue for depth.

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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 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 teromous
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Best by: 08/10/14 -- So it is past its best by date. I'm pretty disappointed by that.

Appearance: Hazy light golden body with a fluffy white head that stands very well and leaves some spotted lacing.

Aroma: Very fresh hop aroma. Spicy with a bit of earthy bay leaf smell to it. It's very nice.

Taste: More of that spicy earthy flavor to it. It taste a bit like thyme. A hint of mint in the backgrond. I don't get any wheat flavor which is a bit disappointing, and there isn't any perceptible yeast character.

Mouthfeel: It's smooth and light, medium bitterness, and a bit drier than I'd expect from a wheat beer...it also doesn't have the presence on the palate that most wheat beers have.

Overall: Despite being past the best by date on the bottle, the beer was good. I think it could be because the store I bought it from kept it refrigerated. The only thing that might identify this beer as a wheat beer to me is by the appearance...there really was no tell-tale sign in the aroma or flavor. The hop aroma and flavors are excellent. If you are an APA fan where you want a lot of hop flavor and aroma but not a ton of bitterness, this is right up your alley. If you don't like wheat beers, don't be turned off by this beer because it doesn't show. If you do like wheat beers, this leaves a lot to be desired. Overall it is a really good beer though, and the framework really relies on the hops...and if it were a house that frame would be made of solid oak.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle from a variety pack. Pours hazy golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head, nice lacing and lovely carbonation. Aroma is of citrusy hops, wheat malt, spices and ripe pears and oranges. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Citrusy hops, wheat malt, yeast, ripe pears and spices fill the mouth. Finish is long and semi-dry. Nice, easy drinking brew.

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Photo of Samp01
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy pale yellow with a medium slowly fading white head, some light lacing. Aroma is sweet citrus, mild grapefruity notes, wheat, citrus floral hops. Taste sane as aroma with a mild citrus grapefruit hops bitterness. Palate is medium body, mildly crisp on the palate. Finishes with a wheat some grassy flavor, mildly sweet citrus grapefruit hops bitterness. Overall a pleasant and easy going brew.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4/5  rDev +1.5%

I'm not a fan of American wheat beers but with Boulevard new to SePa I bought one to sample and much to my dismay it was pretty good.
It was hoppy in the taste and in the nose.
In the nose it had a citrusy lemony grapefruit smell.
The taste reminded me alot of lemon drop candies.
Hazy straw color with a decent head.

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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 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 DeadGuyRyan
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Great beer, i really enjoy the hop profile yet the bitterness for me is real smooth, very bright and citrusy and a little more carbonated which works in its favor

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Photo of Beric
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 20 August 2014

Appearance: Pours a hazy light yellow color with lively carbonation and a one and a half finger head that dissipates to a half finger. Leaves great lacing. Looks like a pale wheat beer. 4/5

Smell: This is where the beer begins to stand out- the nose has some of the sweet balancing effects of the wheat- some notes of banana softness- but is also overlaid with a nice clean and lively citrus hoppiness. 4/5

Taste: This is where the beer stands out above the rest. The beer is magnificently balanced in almost all regards- you drink this and you can tell it's a wheat beer from the soft sweetness and slight white-wine and banana notes from the interplay with the wheat and the yeast. At the same time, a refreshing citrus hop bite is there, but in the perfect proportion- it doesn't overpower the beer and it doesn't give it a harsh edge like many other hoppy pale wheats. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and good body. 4/5.

Overall: An incredible pale wheat beer, and importantly, one that isn't trying to be something it's not. While Oberon is and remains the standard for traditional pale wheat ales, this in my book is a marvelous middle ground between Oberon and A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' which is a wheat ale that drinks like an IPA. This is definitely a wheat beer, but has just enough additional hops to really stand out without blurring the style line too much. Very impressed.

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Photo of zimm421
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a SA Perfect Pint. Dated best by 8/10/14. Appears a hazy golden color with one finger of white, bubbly head. The head dissipates quickly to a white ring around the glass.

The nose is slightly sweet from the wheat, along with nice citrus note. That is more muted, but guessing it is a touch more present if it was more fresh. The taste is very refreshing, with the wheat and citrus coming through nicely. There is also a touch of tropical fruit, which fits in very well here. The finish is slightly bitter, but is not overpowering.

The mouthfeel is medium-light, with a good amount of carbonation. The finish is slightly sticky. Overall, this is a very refreshing beer. The light feel, tropical and citrus notes, and higher levels of carbonation keep you going back for more.

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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 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 GreesyFizeek
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle brought home from Maryland by my girlfriend. Thanks Jola!
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Pours a hazy golden yellow/orange, with a small half inch head that fades away quickly, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like wheat, and juicy citrusy hops- orange, pineapple, and a little bit of grapefruit.

Tastes similar. Some wheat and yeast bitterness, followed by juicy and fruity hop flavor- grapefruit, oranges, lemons, and finishes with some more yeast bitterness, along with some piney and grassy bitterness. This one's about 4 months old, so maybe the hops are faded, but they taste pretty good to me right now.

Light bodied, but full for a wheat. Crisp, biting mouthfeel, nice bitterness that lingers from many sides- hops, wheat, yeast, etc. Very drinkable, high carbonation.

This was pretty good, one of the better wheat beers I've had. Helps that it was hopped up, of course.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 fluid ounce bottle.
“Best by” date of 07/10/2014

Hazy gold body with a reasonable amount of carbonation flowing throughout. A modest white head folded and left a traceable amount of foamy lacing.

Plenty of hops present in the nose. Fresh notes of citrus. Very subtle grainy notes from the malts.

Citrusy hops hit the tongue first: lemon peel and grapefruit to be exact. Sweet grainy notes balance out the hops: sweet rolls and general grains are the most prominent flavours the malts present.

Light-Medium body. Appropriate carbonation for the style.

Overall: A very complete wheat ale. Hop-forward with a satisfying grainy finish. Recommended.

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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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