Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat Beer

By on March 6, 2008 @ 9 PM (4 Comments)

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 (?)

4 Comments (Add Your Comments)

  1. Dave says:

    Speaking of wheats….I just poured a Hacker-Pschorr in honor of the first true spring like day here in Chicagoland. It’s 6:30 and still sun’s still shining. This is a true unfiltered wheat and as soon as the three inch head subsides I’ll squeeze a bit of lemon and enjoy.
    Don’t give up on Boulevard….try the Pale Ale or the Lunar Ale…pretty good.

  2. Dad says:

    I tried this at K.C. and it was fresh and a hell of a lot better, than the one I tested. I know that I stored it at room temp. and let it get to old. I am finding that wheats don’t keep well. Since I had one left I tried it last night and figured out that what changed the most, it was the malt sweetness that I missed most. This beer deserves a retest. It is available everywhere in the K.C. area and is very popular but wouldn’t be if it was as so-so as our test. Hooray for craft brewers.

  3. Joe says:

    There’s a reason Boulevard doesn’t ship their unfiltered wheat.
    I don’t understand how you can honestly RATE a beer if you drank it past its EXPIRATION date.
    Why not go to wolfgang puck’s restaurant and try last week’s steak? It’s ridiculous.
    Try it again fresh or don’t bother rating beers. That’s just silly. Really, you owe the brewmeisters a lot more than rating their product past the exp. date.

  4. Rob says:

    Unfiltered Wheat by Boulevard is the unquestioned leader of the Amercan style Wheats. Not too sweet, and goes down well on the patio watching the sun going down on a 95 degree day. Try it again!
    For the belgium style wheats, New Belgium and its creation “Sunshine” is a leader with a touch of orange peel mixed well with the barley. Smooth.

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