Saturday, December 26, 2015

Boulevard Brewing Co. - Unfiltered Wheat

For the Second Beer of Christmas, I decided to turn off my filter, too. No, wait, that's probably not a good idea.

Boulevard Brewing
Unfiltered Wheat
Boulevard Brewing's Unfiltered Wheat is a crisp, clean beer that anyone (from a IPA-fan to a stout heavyweight, to a Budweiser drinker) can enjoy.

Pouring up a deep yellow, almost gold, the beer is predictably cloudy. A thick head formed in the glass and I had to pause to keep it from overflowing. Very little lacing was left behind and the head fizzled away by the time I was halfway through the glass.

Unlike a hefeweizen or Belgian wit, this wheat beer lacks the scent of bananas and cloves that I usually associate with wheat beers. However, it is fresh if you focus you'll get a touch of floral, a bit of yeast, and a lemony undertone. If you're trying to convert a Bud/Coors drinker, the smell of this beer will not scare them away.

Similarly, the taste is very smooth and clean with a light touch of lemon. It was a bit too clean and too understated for me. Not bad, just not enough there for me. Perhaps I've grown too accustomed to the hefes and wits. However, it is extremely refreshing and is not a challenge, especially for new craft beer drinkers. If my local pub, which I frequent every week, had this on tap, I'd would just as often have this as the usual Shiner Bock that I order. The clean taste is finished off by a slight dryness which makes this light-bodied beer extremely drinkable. On a hot day, it would be a definite thirst quencher.

Keep this one in your refrigerator and any beer drinker who stops by will enjoy it.

Brewer: Boulevard Brewing Co.
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Style: American Pale Wheat Ale
Alcohol Content: 4.40% ABV
Interesting Note: I haven't visited this brewery but I can already tell that I would enjoy it. I like breweries that like to be involved with their patrons. From their blog, sponsored events, and tours, you can tell they like to be involved. They take it a step further, though, with brewery rentals. That's right. You could get married or have a party or even hold your conference right in the brewery. I've seen lots of wineries that offer that kind of event service, but this is one of the few breweries that seem to. I'm looking forward to visiting sometime soon.

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