Boulevard Brewing, from Kansas City, is some awesome stuff! Today I’m having one of their smokestack series, Harvest Dance Wheatwine. I love this stuff! Wheatwine isn’t a very common style, and I think I’ve only actually ever had a few examples of the style. But the ones I’ve had are delicious! Especially this one!
A very delicious beer indeed.
Wheatwine pours a beautiful orange-ish tan color, just a little hazy, with a wonderful white head that lasts forever and leaves great lacing.
Fruity and spicy on the nose and taste, with great citrus and floral components as well. Hops aren’t real forward, nor should they be for this style, but they’re pleasantly accenting of the taste and aroma. Honestly, the commercial description pretty much describes the beer perfectly:
John Barleycorn is memorialized in English folk tradition as the personification of the barley plant, sacrificed at harvest time and then reborn as beer or ale. Our Harvest Dance Wheat Wine is a celebration of John’s Midwestern cousin, wheat. Beginning with a large portion of wheat malt, we add an equally generous helping of Hallertau and Citra hops and age the ale on both French and American oak. The result is a big, warming burst of tropical fruit flavors, highlighted by subtle wine-like notes, and rounding slowly to a long, dry, oaky finish.
I am not one to take anyone at their word on what I should think of a beer without trying it myself, but this description is pretty accurate (and I’ve had this beer multiple times). Boulevard isn’t blowing their own horn on this one, this beer actually is really good!
Citra hops, eh? I just brewed with them for the first time today. Haven’t tasted the results yet. My next blog will chronicle the event (it was an odd brew day, fittingly for citra, which has so much myth and hype around it, lol).
Why not toss in a nice bit of music to listen to whilst enjoying this delicious beer?
If you like wheatwine, or if you’re just a fan of great beer, you should try this beer!