Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat Beer
The latest Thursday night phone review between Father and Son Beer Love features the Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat Beer from Boulevard Brewing Co. in Kansas City, Mo. This one is bottle conditioned in a 12 oz bottle with a 4.5% ABV. It should be noted that we had gone over the expiration date on this when we reviewed, which Father Beer Love feels certain affected our rating. He remembers drinking this one in Missouri and promised me it was much better than this.
We served it up in a Weizen glass where it produced a huge 3 inch rocky white head. The head laced a fair amount and dissipated quite slowly. Not a bad start. The golden yellow body had the typical wheat haziness that you look for – translucent in appearance with a soft carbonation.
The aromas included biscuit, cereal (grape nuts), wheat, light honey, yeast, citrus and lemon. The smell was quite strong but the taste was only lightly sweet and slightly tart. No new flavors came through we didn’t pick up in the aroma – as a matter of fact fewer tastes came through in the flavor than in the smell. The aromas tended to bait us into thinking it might be something better than it was. The finish was short with a light bitter and light tart. The mouthfeel was somewhat watery.
Overall it had a mild hop bitterness to it and the taste just wasn’t nearly as complex as it could have been. Was it refreshing? Yes. Could we drink another? Yes (especially if the heat index is in triple digits). Overall though it’s not memorable and didn’t have that wow factor we look for in a good beer. It’s not nearly as good as a hefe and is somewhat unremarkable. There’s a lot of other good options to pick up before this one.
Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat Beer Rating: 3 out of 10 (?)
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