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White Zombie Ale - Catawba Brewing Co.

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White Zombie AleWhite Zombie Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

115 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.75%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Catawba Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Deuane on 01-13-2010)
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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%

A new one for me, not really sure how long this one had been out, but looked like a nice was to start off the night. Served in a pint glass, and consumed on 02/09/2010.
 
The pour was good for the style. Very light, pale golden in color with a good bit of visible carbonation that could be seen streaming up toward the surface of the glass. Really nice little head of white foam forms on top and settles down gently into a great little head. Aroma is very light, very bright with a nice touch of lemon and citrus on the nose. Light, very bright, crisp and clean feel here. Almost sparkling at times. Very, very light. Flavor fades quickly on me though as light grains, and a light touch of citrus are really all that remains after just a few moments and the very light and dry final sips seem to pull it all together quite nicely.
 
Overall while not being the most terribly interesting thing in the world, it was enjoyable and the purpose and follow through were both definitely there. I could see myself having this one a couple times on a warm day.

mikesgroove, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -24%

ygtbsm94, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

A: single finger head with some retention and lacing on a hazy golden body.

S: grains, sweet corn, light sweet lemon and honey.

T: grains, musty pale malts, hint of lemon tartness and herbs.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: how good can a beer in this category really be. Its not one I would get routinely or have more than one or two of at a time.

kylehay2004, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of nickfl
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of white foam on top of a straw colored, slightly hazy body.

S - Te aroma is typical of the style with notes of coriander, wheat, vanilla, and slightly musty yeast.

T - Light, slightly watery grain flavor up front with some coriander in the middle. Finishes with clean grain, a touch of generic spice and a bit of musty hop flavor.

M - Light body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Nothing unpleasant here, but it is unusually light and bland. Still, it hits the basic notes of the style and isn't any worse than the majority of American attempts at a Belgian style wit.

nickfl, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Kegatron, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Rifugium, May 28, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
4.31/5  rDev +19.1%

Once more, my local, in-person trader tone77 has come through in a big way for me in support of The CANQuest (TM)! He keeps saying that I am a master of the CAN and yet he is a major CANtributor. I always look forward to our late-night, clandestine (since my porch light is currently OOC) handoffs. What must the neighbors think? This was the one that really threw sand into the gears as it is my picture illustrating the entry and approval took MUCH longer than normal. Cheers, jeers and more beers are all welcome if you do not like my finesse with the camera. I am a writer, not a shutterbug!

From the CAN: "A Belgium-style white ale made with coriander, orange peel, and wheat. This beer is refreshing and tasty with a sweet and shimmering frothy head."; "Although named as a Halloween seasonal, Zombie's refreshing taste makes it a year round staple. It is brewed in the Belgian Witbier tradition of using unmalted wheat to create the light body and white sheen. Additions of coriander and orange peel give it a fruity and spicy character, while the hops are subtle and lightly detected. Don't be scared to blow the head off a Zombie and drink up!"

Dr. Frederick Wertham railed against the prevalence of zombies in 1950's comic books in "The Seduction of the Innocent", but I embrace them, especially in the form of beer. Another worthy Crack followed by an inverted Glug and low head retention. I sense a theme beginning to develop. The finger of bone-white head that I created quickly fell away to mere wisps. Color was a cloudy lemon-yellow. Nose smelled of lemon, pineapple, black pepper and simple must. Ooh. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and the combination of black pepper and citrus fruit was unbelievable! Do they still make Tropical Fruit Life Savers? I used to like taking one of each in the roll and allowing then to dissolve on my tongue at the same time. This is what that tasted like, plus a single-serve packet of black pepper. Yum! Uh oh. I am being transformed into a zombie! I need to wrap up this review and head out in search of brains. Finish was semi-dry and the CANs would certainly be worthy of anyone's summertime cooler. Enjoy and I'll catch up with you on the beach! I'll be the one seemingly covered head-to-toe in 150 SPF sunscreen until I begin munching on your internal organs ...

woodychandler, May 25, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev +3%

A: Pours a cloudy pale golden yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some faint lemon + straw yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy white head that quickly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer along with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Very light aromas of wheat with some light notes of lemon zest and coriander spices. Overall a very light aroma.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of wheat with slightly stronger flavors of lemon zest and coriander along with a light hint of honey sweetness. Minimal amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades pretty quickly.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very easy to drink and enjoyable - refreshing and definitely a sessionable summer brew. I would probably grab this one again. Slightly sweet for the style but that kind of hit the spot tonight with BLTs.

dbrauneis, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +10.5%

wrightst, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of tdm168
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%

A - pours bright yellow with a big, dense, white head that has good retention.

S - heavy lemon zest, faint straw

T - straw, coriander, orange peel, lemon zest

M - light to medium bodied, smooth, very crisp

This is a light, easy to drink beer. It has a heavy citrusy character and the carbonation is a bit heavy, but overall it's not bad.

tdm168, May 26, 2012
Photo of Kelp
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Kelp, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a whiteish/yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of spices, some citrus. Taste is crisp, spices, wheat, lemons, mild but very refreshing and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

tone77, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of thagr81us
3.51/5  rDev -3%

Served from tap in to a shaker. Poured a hazy pale golden yellow with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a half finger amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, grain, earth, and subtle spice. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, wheat, grain, and very subtle fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. For the style this one wasn't too bad with all of the usual aspects o e would expect, but sadly it didn't really do much more than that for me. It could have used a little more of a sweet profile to help balance out the earthy notes going one. Still not too bad for a nice sunny day out.

thagr81us, May 03, 2014
Photo of ZEB89
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

ZEB89, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of AngusOg
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

AngusOg, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of Deuane
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%

A-Hazy golden yellow with a thin white head that reduced to a thin veil and left spotty lace.

S-Very citrusy with notes of tangerine, orange and lemon. Nice backing of spicy coriander and biscuit malt

T-Lemon zing with subtle orange notes. Spicy coriander and chamomile herbalness. Very refreshing.

M-Light bodied, crisp with nice lingering citrus bitterness and herbal earthiness.

D-Tasty stuff, very easy to drink. A very citrus forward wit, which is what I prefer.

Deuane, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

thatoneguymike, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of williamjbauer
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

williamjbauer, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of Gatordaddy
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Gatordaddy, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of ncstateplaya
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

ncstateplaya, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of ADTaber
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

ADTaber, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of buckyp
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

buckyp, May 02, 2013
Photo of sulldaddy
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%

Sampling a cellar temp can poured into a pint glass. The beer pours a bright clear gold hue until the very last drops which add just a bit of haze to the beer. I get a fizzy bleached white head of 2 cm that foams up and fades instantly to a thin surface layer.
Aroma is noticeable from the can opening with citrus notes and a bit of yeasty bread. I also get some cloves and coriander with a nice wheaty twang mixed in for good measure. Nice nose on this brew.
First sip reveals a light crisp body with fine tingly carbonation. Very easy to drink and no hints of ABV, which works for such a low alcohol beer.
Flavor is twangy and almost a little tart but also similar to the nose. I get yeasty bread and some coriander with a general fruity sweetness that rolls to a very dry finish.
This is a great beer for a hot day, or for writing up a beer column, as I am currently doing. I would buy this beer for poolside or beach adventures if it was available to me.

sulldaddy, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of RedneckBeerz
3/5  rDev -17.1%

RedneckBeerz, May 12, 2013
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White Zombie Ale from Catawba Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.