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St. Cloud Belgian White - World Brews

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St. Cloud Belgian WhiteSt. Cloud Belgian White

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BA SCORE
67
poor

68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 2.7
pDev: 25.19%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: largadeer on 06-14-2011)
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Photo of Billolick
3.43/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, no freshness info, purchased for $5.99/sixpack @ Whole Foods

Suprised by the crushingly low scores for this one. Maybe this years batch is a major up grade from what people sampled last year.

Has the look of a typical wit beer, with decent retention on the off white tiny bubble head.

Some light spice in the nose, nothing remarkable.

Moderate spice, pepper most notable, quite dry in the finish. Ehh, this is a near the middle of the road wit, nothing too exciting, but it work fine on a warm summers day as a refreshing quaffer, which is not that bad of a thing to be relagated to. Bring on some salads, bread and cheese and this a low cost addition to a decent summer's meal.

Photo of ant1
2.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of juicebox
3/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of jminch
3.5/5  rDev +29.6%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.08/5  rDev -23%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear yellow pour. Fail. Almost nothing makes up the aroma. Coriander and faint grain.

Taste, not supposed to be this bitter. No delicate flowery touch, no good yeast esters, no banana, no fruit strip gum, whatthedillio? Did they just replace some genny light or something with this label? Tastes like if shocktop made a light beer.

I dunno who talked Whole Foods into this deal, its reminiscient of the Indian Wells contract. Avoid.

Photo of BrianCuoz
4.25/5  rDev +57.4%

Photo of samtrillo
2.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of tdm168
2.58/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - copper-yellow with a thin lacing of loose, white head

S - citrus and grains

T - lemon, citrus, grains, faint hops and sweetness in the finish

M - light to medium bodied, crisp

This is nothing near a Witbier. There is nothing that separates this from a poor pale ale. I have a hard time finding anything that separates this from the Tap Room 21 Pale Ale that they sell for Kroger. I would avoid this at all costs.

Photo of secondtooth
3.48/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow with a huge head of carbonation and some sediment, almost to excess. Large spoke-style lacing makes up for the lack of clarity.

Aroma nicely wheat-based, with a hint of orange/citrus.

Smooth in body, and sweet in taste. Mild hint of spice, with definite tones of orange peel in there. Overall, not bad, and quite drinkable, though lacking in complexity or character.

Photo of atlbravsrno1
2.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of tone77
3.18/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer comes from the creator of the can quest, woodychandler. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of wheat, some mild spices. Taste is mild, some wheat, lihtly spiced, nothing offensive, but a bit bland. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

Photo of largadeer
1.88/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks for this one, Will. Maybe.

Muddy straw gold with a quickly fading head, looks pretty standard. Smells decent, very citrusy with strong lemon notes, backed by orange peel, rising bread and raw grain. The palate is surprisingly awful, exhibiting a strong fruity sweetness followed by brash astringency, like over-steeped tea rather than hop bite. The astringency fades into a bland, thin wheaty finish that's oddly slick. Pretty bad stuff, one of the worst wits I can remember having.

Photo of metter98
2.03/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are very light aromas of citrus and wheat in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, there are muted flavors of citrus and wheat in the taste. There are some hints of spices and yeast towards the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The yeast and spices adds a little bit of dryness to the finish, which seems unusual for the style.
O: The beer isn’t difficult to drink and has some hints of refreshing properties, but there’s nothing interesting about the taste that would make me want to try it again.

Photo of MikeDre
3/5  rDev +11.1%

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2/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of M_C_Hampton
2.68/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: poured from a 16 oz can into a mug, light straw colored with a loose big white head that dissipates leaving little lacing, cloudy

S: grain with a little yeast, no hint of spice, nose of an American adjunct lager

T: slightly sour up front, coriander, spice, very light flavor

M: thin and watery

O: not very representative of the style

Photo of crob3888
2.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of woodychandler
3.08/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A guy walks into Whole Foods in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, D.C. and he walks out with some new CANs for the furtherance of The CANQuest (TM). There has to be the basis for a joke in there somewhere, right? Perhaps Jesskidden is right - this whole CAN thing has morphed from an obsession to a vice and now to a fetish. I CAN't help myself any longer. If I see a new CAN, I just feel CANpelled to bring it home for a review.

From the CAN: "Soar with St. Cloud[,]Take flavor to new heights"; "Ale brewed with spices"; "Crafted with the freshest of ingredients". I gotta say, the town that the biplane is flying over looks like something out of M.C. Escher or Breughel.

The Crack & Glug was most welcome, providing auditory input as well as revealing a brimful CAN. I got a lot of foam initially, but it quickly cascaded upwards, resulting in two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, eggshell-white head with good retention. Color was a St. Cloudy lemon-yellow and I hope that first-time readers of my reviews will forgive my digressions and transgressions as I simply CANnot help myself. Nose was quite sweet and reminded me somehow of blueberries. Is that supposed to happen? No kidding, it had a very fruity nose. So be it. Mouthfeel was medium and it really had a taste like blueberry muffin on the tongue. Where were these spices that they crafted this beer with? Finish was semi-sweet so maybe the spices helped to take some of the edge off of the inherent sweetness, but it seemed somehow lacking in totality. Still, for the price point, I CANnot complain too loudly.

Photo of sam972
1.25/5  rDev -53.7%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.28/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Kona shaker pint glass at Whole Foods - Schaumburg.

When you're low on cash but still want a beer at the bar, you've gotta go for the bargain-priced offerings. This one pours a partly-hazy brass topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises cracked wheat, mild orange zest, black pepper, clove, and a dash of cardamom. I actually like the peppered wheat thing going on here. The taste holds notes of wheat, coriander, light orange peel, clove, a pinch of black pepper, and a twist of lemon. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this could have been a solid wit, based on what the smell seemed to foretell. Instead, it turned out to be a slightly watered-down version of the style. Disappointment, indeed.

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2.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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2.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of mralphabet
2.68/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into Samuel Adams Pint glass

A: Pours golden pale yellow.. with a little haze, finger and a half of head that settles to a nice layer and ring. Visible carbonation from start to finish... Good lacing.. very soapy looking. Very nice looking beer.

S: I'm getting wheat up front with citrus mixed in.. Lemon and orange peel... Just a tiny hint of colander.

T: Kind of like the smell... Wheat malt upfront.... little spice and lemon mid palate... finish is a little yeast and straight up orange flavors.

M: Very light bodied, kind of watered down... a little sharp carbonation at the start, but settles down as it warms up.

O: Very easy to drink..I'd put the ABV around 5%. It is very refreshing and not bad, but it is not very exciting.

Photo of avaldivia
1.88/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. This will be a short review and will start with, I did not like this at all. The appearance is standard. It looked like most other Witbiers. Smell was okay. a bit of spice but nothing too noticeable to point out. Tasted like a watered down Blue Moon. Mouthfeel was light and crisp. Drain poured after having about 1/3 of glass. Not interesting enough to finish. Would not get again.

Photo of kojevergas
2.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"1 pint" aluminum can acquired at Whole Foods as part of a 4 pack which had a total cost of $4.99. I know what I'm getting into given it's a World Brews beer. Expectations are pretty low, but every beer gets a chance. Brewed by World Brews, Rochester, NY. "Ale brewed with spices." "Belgian-Style Wheat Ale." Reviewed as a witbier; the label (and name) identifies it as a Belgian white. The label doesn't corroborate the currently listed 5.4% ABV. Served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours almost entirely foam/head. Seven finger head width suggests dire overcarbonation and serious issues. Light creaminess. Okay thickness. Troublingly long (~8 minute) retention.

Body colour lacks the cloudy appearance typical of every beer (whether good or bad) in the style; there's something seriously off here. It's a lemon-yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Translucent and clear. Average vibrance.

The appearance concerns me. A proper witbier this is not.

Sm: Stale lemon peel and dirty wheat. A generic ester. Minimal mass-produced floral hop character. Light in strength. Not at all appealing or fresh. Bleh.

T: Generic wheat. Artificial lemon. Lightly syrupy. A generic lemon ester. Clean barley. Minimal floral hop character. Horridly built for a witbier. Simple, bland, and boring. A bit of froth up front. Not a fan of this. Lacks balance, complexity, and subtlety. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Fairly clean. Not at all crisp. Overcarbonated. Lightly syrupy. Too thick The body is all off for the style. Too heavy on the palate for a witbier, even overbearing. Doesn't suit the flavour profile or style well at all. Luckily, it's not watery or oily. A biteen buttery - which is actually kind of nice here.

Dr: Definitely won't be getting this again. There are far better budget beers out there. Another dud from World Brews. Even for its modest ambitions as a budget brew, it's pretty subpar. Not recommended. Drinkable but crappy.

High D+

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St. Cloud Belgian White from World Brews
67 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.