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Belgian-Style White Ale - Cathedral Square Brewery

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BA SCORE
80
good

40 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cathedral Square Brewery visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This traditional White Ale is faithful to the Belgian style with its light body, cloudy color and touch of spice. A complex, refreshing ale that’s perfect for any season.

(Beer added by: bort11 on 03-06-2010)
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Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by GossageBrewery:
Photo of GossageBrewery
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a large bottle, I dont know the oz because they dont list it. Poured it into a pint glass. It poured a very cloudy golden color. Appearance was not great. It produced a nice amount of white creamy head but retention was very poor. There was no lacing. The smell was dominated by yeast with a small amount of citrus. This beer was undercarbonated. It was very similar to a Hoegaarden, but it didnt have as much citrus zest. Good Beer, I would put it on par with Blue Moon. Not bad for a start up brewery.

GossageBrewery, Mar 25, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of brownbeer
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is pretty dark and muddy for the style, almost a brownish orange. Bready malt, orange, and gingery spice aroma. The taste starts out ok, with dry spices and light citrus, but as the bottle goes on it turns pretty dirty. Quick, dry finish. First impressions were good, as it went on it kind of made me want to pour it down the kitchen sink.

brownbeer, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #54 (July 2011):

Big, rocky head; completely cloudy, pale amber color. Hints of musk, chalk yeast, ripe plum, subtle spicing and fresh-cut grass in the nose. Happy to run into a Witbier that doesn’t smell like the soap aisle at a health-food store. Smoothness runs deep within the medium body. Lightly toasted maltiness flexes its strength a bit, and the yeastiness is prevalent but not overwhelming. Fruity with a mild spicy backing. Ghostlike phenol drops some medicinal herbal flavor in the middle. Semidry malty finish with some lingering spice. Reminds us of the rural Witbiers in Belgium that are only served in the town they are brewed in. Stellar.

BeerAdvocate, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cathedral Square Belgian-style White Ale
22 oz. bottle, no apparent freshness dating
$3.99 @ HyVee, 14591 Stony Brook, Omaha, NE
Notes:
Appearance: standard for the style. Perhaps slightly darker in color. Head retention fair, lacing average.

Smell: limited, but typical: coriander and lemon/orange zest over light wheat malt.

Taste: limited but typical: gently tart and lemony with a dusting of spice and a thin cloak of fruit (apple, plum). Balanced by a soft, wheaty and nutty malt base, and subtle yeast chalkiness and dull bitterness. Balance rules over depth of flavor here, but it leans towards acidity and lemon notes. Great drinkability. Dry finish with quick passing lemon, and grassy/spicy hops; followed by lingering coriander and slight yeastiness. Somewhat herbal and subtly leafy/woody.

Mouthfeel: light-medium in body. Nice fine-bubbled carbonation gently bristles and zests the tongue. Crisp but not over-done.

Overall: Clean. Well-brewed. Refined. Restrained flavor, but at least it's not overly sweet or overly spiced... restrained preferred. Very drinkable.

NeroFiddled, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours an effervescent honey color with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Goes slightly hazed, decent head retention & lacing, hazing pick up once bottom of bottle is poured

S: Faint wheat notes, white pepper, a whisper of phenols

T: Breadyness, white pepper & faint juicy fruit notes up front & pears. Dryness, more pears & a trace of peppery yeast once warm. Finishes fruity, slightly peppery & dry

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation

Drinks easy, but not entirely true to the style. This in the lower echelons of Wit beers. I guess I'm glad I go to try it, maybe not...

russpowell, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

atlbravsrno1, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of stampfler07
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

stampfler07, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

jaydoc, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy honey yellow with a very thin and fizzy white head.

Aroma of Juicyfruit gum, lemon zest, Belgian yeast and light grains.

The taste matched the aroma. Light Belgian yeast and tropical fruit along with light grains.

Medium bodied and wet with very little carbonation.

A fairly average Witbier from Cathedral Square. Not bad but still disappointed.

Monkeyknife, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of wnh
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a turbid amber-ish orange, quite dark, with a frothy white head.

Aromas of bready malt, spicy funky yeast, citrus peel, brown sugar. Seems a bit dense and heavy. Continues into the palate, with more emphasis on the spice and funk. A little bit of funk in a wit usually works, but this is just a bit too much. And too much spice. The levels might work for a double wit, but not here. Bready malt and citrus show up toward the finish, lingering for a short while. There's a slight dusty cocoa note that halfway shows up as the beer warms.

Medium bodied, sprightly carbonated, off-dry, and quite soft. Not a bad beer, but not up to par.

wnh, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of jar2574
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thin head, yellow orange, cloudy appearance. Average carbonation. Very light smell, just a hint of spices, not enough there. Tastes along the lines of Hoegaarden but with lest spice and zest. Still, it's not a bad effort, just mediocre. It's mellow up front with the zip and spices coming at the tail end. Overall, the mouthfeel is average though due to too little zest. It's easy drinkin, except for some slight residue that hangs around on the tongue towards the end.

jar2574, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not bad looking at all, tan and slightly hazy with a pretty decent head and some thick chunks of lacing.

Smells quite nice. Floral aromas come through first, followed by a nice yeasty smell and a lovely spiciness.

Taste is good but not great. A bit dry. Cloves, spices, floral and wheat come to mind.

Feel is pretty light, well carbonated and pretty refreshing.

Overall it's ok but not great. Certainly it's an easy summer drinker, even if not an outstanding brew.

AlCaponeJunior, May 05, 2011
Photo of Tone
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, maize color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and poor lacing. Smells of tart malt, sweet malt, slight hop, yeast, citrus, and slight wheat. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight hop, hint of roasted malt, cereal, yeast, slight sweet malt, and slight citrus. Overall, good blend and aroma, but body was too strong for a Witbier..

Tone, May 18, 2010
Photo of EvanWilliams
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

EvanWilliams, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of ahentz
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

ahentz, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Hellpop65, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of DCon
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on-tap @ The Jive and Wail Dueling Piano Bar in St. Louis, MO for $5. Tapped from the Cathedral Square Tap Handle into a 16oz Schlafly Pint Glass (no Cathedral Square glasses left?). Served with an orange but I left it on my napkin for later to enjoy after the beer.

Aroma- Has a light aroma with mostly light sweetness, wheat, and a bit of coriander. Once these popped out, I just wanted to start drinking. No use in going back to this aroma...

Appearance- Received with no head at all... The body was an orange color with a thick cloud. Leaves only suds behind.

Flavor- The flavor starts with a huge wheaty taste and a zesty character. Light citrus but definitely present. The orange was served on the glass to add this character I'm guessing (or the bartender didn't know what she was doing...). Finishes with a light hop bitterness but present.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, semi-refreshing, and this is it... Quite a bit heavy on the palate.

Overall Impression- A good wheaty brew but not the same as I've had in bottle... Tougher to drink and had a ton of weight to it. I wouldn't mind going back to this one but would much rather buy a bottle of this. Having it on-tap was much different...

DCon, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of bort11
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass. Very tall initial head that dies down at a quick pace. It leaves a thing film on the surface and a few spidery thin rings of lace. Color is a hazy reddish gold.

Smell has a pleasant savory spice. I mild green grass hops mingles with the other spices. Not a lot of citrus, though I think I get a hint of lemon from the wheat. Taste has a pleasant peppery finish. Body has a clean finish.

Nice solid offering from a new brewery. Nothing mind blowing, but this beer could be a foundation for Cathedral Square. This was priced at $4, so a good value too.

bort11, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of kohlsm
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

kohlsm, May 16, 2013
Photo of jharris0624
4/5  rDev +15.6%

jharris0624, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of jklecko2
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

jklecko2, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of zeff80
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange/amber color with a one-finger, pillowy, head of white foam. It left little to no lace. The beer was too dark to be a Belgian-style white ale.

S - It smelled of yeast, lemon and wheat. Pretty good aroma.

T - It tasted of sweet wheat, lemon and yeast. It tasted a little more malty than I expected from a Belgian white.

M - It was crisp, sharp and dry. A light bodied ale that is pretty easy-drinking.

D - This tastes pretty good. A little too malty for a white, but it is still a good tasting beer.

zeff80, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of Houser
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Houser, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of Benvarine
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Benvarine, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of slapperloon
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

slapperloon, Dec 27, 2012
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Belgian-Style White Ale from Cathedral Square Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.