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White Zombie Ale - Catawba Valley Brewing Company

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White Zombie AleWhite Zombie Ale

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BA SCORE
81
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92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.8%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Catawba Valley Brewing Company 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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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2010 15:40:36 | More by mikesgroove
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

02-11-2014 00:38:17 | More by ygtbsm94
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

11-08-2012 04:07:28 | More by kylehay2004
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nickfl

Florida

3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: can

11-08-2012 04:07:53 | More by nickfl
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

10-29-2013 23:31:48 | More by Kegatron
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

05-28-2013 01:32:54 | More by Rifugium
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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."

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 ...

Serving type: can

05-25-2013 18:17:47 | More by woodychandler
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: can

07-28-2013 00:29:17 | More by dbrauneis
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

03-29-2013 04:29:45 | More by DrunkinYogi
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: can

05-26-2012 17:29:16 | More by tdm168
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +11.7%

06-21-2014 13:01:59 | More by Kelp
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2014 17:14:32 | More by thagr81us
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

03-30-2013 19:16:39 | More by tone77
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AngusOg

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

10-18-2013 21:13:33 | More by AngusOg
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2010 13:14:24 | More by Deuane
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

11-20-2013 12:07:07 | More by williamjbauer
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

11-05-2013 01:29:31 | More by ZEB89
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buckyp

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

05-02-2013 23:35:50 | More by buckyp
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ADTaber

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

04-13-2014 11:39:17 | More by ADTaber
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

09-16-2013 02:33:32 | More by sulldaddy
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -16.2%

05-12-2013 23:46:40 | More by RedneckBeerz
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tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +11.7%

12-03-2011 23:56:34 | More by tclapper
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

07-23-2012 04:26:11 | More by Gatordaddy
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Falcone

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

09-19-2013 20:27:04 | More by Falcone
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Lukass

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

03-22-2014 20:19:08 | More by Lukass
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White Zombie Ale from Catawba Valley Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.