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ZÔN - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 231
Hads: 602
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 12
Gots: 57 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2002

Boulevard’s summer seasonal is our interpretation of a classic Belgian witbier. ZŌN (Flemish for “sun”) combines the subtle flavors of coriander and orange peel with other traditional ingredients to create a delightful, refreshing summertime brew.

15 IBU
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Photo of Franziskaner
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

straw yellow with a white tint and so cloudy that virtually no light will seep through this brew. There's a quarter inch of brilliant white head. Enticing aroma of pale wheat and judiciously used coriander. I taste a nice blend of pale wheat and coriander. The mouth is very smooth, crisp, and refreshing. Great summer beer! (330 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. This Belgian wit style pours a hazy, cloudy ,yellowish orange with a subtle white head of foam that dissipates to a thin layer and a thick ring with light lacing. Nose of soft wheat, oranges zest, lemon zest, and light spice. Flavors follow with lemon zest and wheat dancing about a light sweet malt character with a light orange and Belgian spice note on the back. Smooth and lightly creamy mouth feel finishes moderately dry and refreshing. Very nice for the style.

Cheers (529 characters)

Photo of HoppyBastard
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "Best by" date 10-16-14.

APPEARANCE: pours a very cloudy straw color with less than 1 finger off white head that quickly dissipated almost completely, medium carbonation and no lacing present.

SMELL: funky Belgian yeast, bread, coriander, a little citrus.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet then some funky Belgian yeast, coriander and citrus.

PALATE: medium carbonation, medium body.

OVERALL: this is a good Belgian witbier but nothing special, I would recommend to anyone who likes the style, solid but not spectacular. (603 characters)

Photo of matjack85
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My nephew brought these over for our 4th of July celebration. Hadn't tried or seen this Boulevard offering before, so I was glad to get the chance to try something new. 12oz brown bottles with no freshness date. Website says Zσn means "sun" in Flemish.

The beer poured a cloudy pale yellow color but produced just a ½-finger's worth of white head that didn't last that long and didn't leave much lacing.

Nice wit aroma of citrus, orange peel, coriander, and Belgian yeast.

Slightly sweet wheat bread and malt flavor combined with fruity and bitter orange peel, citrusy lemon, spicy coriander, and Belgian yeast. I found the bitterness to be higher than the 15 IBU score the beer is listed at.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

It's alright but nothing special. (773 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.26/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle at Blanc Bottles + Burgers in Kansas City. Stamped with a best by date of 10.16.14 as well as a Julian date for those who prefer to know the bottling date, but I'm too lazy to figure it out. This is my first of this season's release, so I know it's pretty fresh. Poured into a classic 16 oz tumbler glass.

Appearance - Pour yields a glowing sunny yellow with just the faintest hints of amber where the light doesn't pass through as easily. Atop the body sits a one finger head that dissipates surprisingly quickly, leaving a healthy half finger ringlet around the edge of the glass and a few bits of film across the surface of the liquid. No lacing to speak of as I drink it down. I really do love the day-glo color of this beer, but wish it had a more beautiful show of head.

Smell - I've always loved the gentle but well-spiced aroma of this beer. If you aren't into spiced beers or wits in general, I could see why it would be offputting, because it's rich and unapologetic, but it also manages to be soft, like baking bread, even though I know that sounds somewhat contradictory. Orange zest, coriander and herbal highlights that bring to mind sage and lavender make up the aroma.

Taste - As with the aroma, I'm a bit of a sucker for the taste.With the very spice-forward aroma, you expect to take a swallow to be assaulted by coriander and Belgian yeast esters, but it's surprisingly restrained, but in an awesome way. The coriander combines with the orange peel to provide a considerable citrus vein running through, but it's gentle and refreshing--it makes me think of what a beer called Orange Julius might taste like, but not as sweet as that name would belie. Of course, there is a nice bit of sweetness to tie this beer together, but it's far from overpowering, offering just enought complement to the spicy citrus core.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and moderate carbonation, but with a juicy, almost creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, one of my favorite beers from Boulevard. I know it's not a crowd favorite, but it's one of the earliest craft beers I remember as being a game-changer for my perspective on craft beer. Finally reviewing it after all these years in order to encourage others- to give it a go. (2,250 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle with a best by 10.16.14 date on it

A - Pale yellow and cloudy, no clarity. 1 full finger of head that does not recede, and of course lace left all over the glass as the beer goes down

S - Citrus and coriander

T - Light coriander and citrus, belgian yeast and malted barley. Light doses of each flavor and well balanced. Refreshing!

M - Light bodied and medium carbonation.

O - A tasty take on the Belgian wit. Definitely a great summertime brew. Worth checking out, and buying again (503 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Zon pours a bright cloudy golden color with a small non lacing head. There is a citrus like aroma with a lot of yeasty notes. The taste is full of citrus, mainly lemon notes, lots of yeasty like flavors, and good Belgian candy notes, good wheat like backbone. Drinkable, good body, and drinkable. Overall a nice drinkable and refreshing witbier. (345 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: hazy light yellow color with a 1" head that falls apaprt quickly.

Smell: orange, coriander, and some other soft spices are easy to detect.

Taste: mild grainy malt presence with orange, coriander, pepper, some banana, and a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Very crisp and refreshing from start to finish. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a very easy to drink witbier. Refreshing and hits the spot on a warm day. (442 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 9/7/13. Chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler and served in a pilsner glass.. Pours a hazy orange/yellow with a small white head. Some lacing is seen. Average carbonation but not overly done. The aroma is of mostly grains, wheat and coriander. The coriander really is the first thing you taste with a hint of citrus with a slight 'hoppy' aftertaste. (367 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Soft, cloudy, yellow body with a rich, creamy white head. Aroma of old, wet grass and some citrus tones. Soft, wheat-like grain flavor offset with a zesty citrus note throughout; slightly bitter. Medium-light body; soft effervescence; clean and dry.

An overall satisfying summer ale. Nothing mind-boggling, no new trends established. Just a solid, tasty witbier, very suitable for the dog days of summer... (407 characters)

Photo of PieOhMy
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into snifter.

A Hazy yellow/orange. Thin white head fades and leaves a pencil lacing. No foam down the glass.

S Herbs. Banana. Clove. Light grains. Some hops.

T Spicy clove. Banana. Malty and caramely. Peppery finish.

M Light, but a little oozy for the style. No stickiness.

O Good Summertimer. Nothing stands out. Might be a little rich for really hot days, relatively speaking. It's good, not great. (414 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Hazy wheat color. Fizzy white head that quickly recedes to a light film with little lacing.

Aroma: Mostly coriander, some yeast and citrus.

Taste: Yeasty, coriander dominates but the orange peel adds some nice citrus flavor. Maybe a touch of banana as well.

Mouthfeel: Light, citric, bright.

Overall: Pretty refreshing, really. Nothing wrong here. (391 characters)

Photo of arc3636
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very cloudy with very little head. Could easily be mistaken for a mixture of orange and apple juice. Aroma is citrus with a nice kick of spices. Taste also citrus and spice, along with banana. Mouthfeel is medium-light. Overall very light and refreshing, a perfect summer beer. (283 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

best by 10/15/13.

bottle into a pint glass. pours a pale yellow with not much head. kind of blah looking. smell is of orange zest just as the bottle suggests. taste is the same but kind of bland and not too strong. easy drinking,light bodied with low combination.

overall kind of boring, but easy to drink. was expecting a bit more. (335 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

small pour at a sampling. review is from notes

it looks like a wheat bier. light yellow, cloudy, with a small white head. smell is some sunky wheat, citrus zest, spice. taste is similar but subdued, with a cloying finish that lingers.

decent but overpriced for what it is. their pale wheat beer is much better (311 characters)

Photo of nawpnawp
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into an English pint.

A - The brew pots a hazy dark yellow with about a finger of head. It definitely is light in color and prepares you for the freshness that follows.

S - The smell is definitely citrus and zesty. It almost smells a bit funky/farmhouse-y. I might even think there was some Brett in it.

T - This is an extremely easy drinker -- and that isn't a bad thing. While this isn't complex, it delivers on what it is supposed to bring. It is a simple sessionable beer that is great for those really warm days. If it were being compared to a double IPA, then it would taste bland. But for what it's aiming for, I give it a solid 4.

M - The mouth feel is extremely refreshing. It reminds me of a nice lemonade on a hot day. The finish is dry.

O - This is one of my favorite beers for the summer. If I'm looking for something to drink where I don't have to concentrate, then this is it. (914 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Trying the ZON for the first time in awhile. I found this in the reduced price bin at Binny's. The beer pours a pee cloudy yellow with almost no head and no lace. The scent carries wisps of spice and lemon citrus. The taste follows the scent fairly closely. Some decent bitterness with good balanced sweet belgium style malt. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its OK....good fro warmer summer months. (430 characters)

Photo of ranger7
2.38/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this in a custom 6-pack from World Market.
Poured from a bottle into a chalice.

A - Hazy yellow, like freshly squeezed lemon juice.

S - A hint of orange, but nothing else.

T - Very light taste, maybe some citrus flavor, but not much.

M - Carbonated and easy to drink with little to no aftertaste.

Summary - Not very good overall. It's really not much of a beer. It's too light and flavorless to be a Witbier. I'm not getting this one again. Glad I didn't get a 6-pack. (477 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Starting the 2,118th installment of beer reviews with this witbier from the city of KC. Best by 11/15/12 is printed above the label. On to the beer:

The stereotypical looks of a witbier. Cloudy, super pale yellow body crossing into white, and a sturdish inch thick head on the pour. Creamy strokes of lace cling around the glass. But not to be outdone, the aroma matches that of the stereotypical witbier as well. Soft, spicy nose, creamy of wheat, dash of citrus....it's too bad summer is over, but I can pretend it still is.

A little lighter in taste than I was expecting, yet still is tasty enough and remains very refreshing. Coriandor hits first before gentle orange notes slide into play. The spice kicks up in the aftertaste. Subtle grassy hop note brings a slight bitterness. The beer is light bodied, slight creaminess at points, with moderate yet active carbonation.

Right on the mark per style. ZÔN is an obvious choice for those hot Midwestern summer days. (974 characters)

Photo of outdoor7or24
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from boulevard's 12 pack sampler pack poured into pint glass.

A: cloudy golden straw yellow, 1 finger creamy off white head that slowly fades, some initial lacing, bubbles from carbonation, some yeast in bottom.

S: clove dominates the nose up front, banana, mild lemon and orange peel scent.

M: light and slightly watery, some carbonation

T: clove hits the tongue first, coriander, followed by banana, slight wateriness, lemon tartness, orange peel at the end

O: I really enjoyed this boulevard selection, will drink again. (541 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to FTowne for this bottle...

A: Pours a cloudy light straw with one full finger of pure white head. The foam settles pretty quickly, leaving a tin right around the edges of the glass. There is just a bit of lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is banana, cracked wheat, and slight orange peel. It smells good. Light and refreshing.

T: It starts off light with mild banana and a touch of clove. As it moves to the middle, the banana picks up a bit and mixes with some juicy citrus. Some spice begins to take hold in the finish, where the banana comes on strong.

M: Light bodied beer. This beer is pretty par for the course when it comes to wheat beers. Light, refreshing, flavorful, and super drinkable. Nothing lingers for longer than it is supposed to.

O: Solid beer. It's a good wheat beer and would be perfect on hot summer days. The flavors are nice, but nothing about this beer really stands out. I would have liked a bit more clove punch and maybe some stronger banana esters. But overall, I dig it. I'd drink it again if it was around, but I don't see myself buying a whole lot of it. (1,103 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy bright yellow orange, well carbonated with a light two finger head.

S-Lots of clove, banana and wheat. Along with some lemon.

T-A let down from the nose. Clove, banana and wheat flavors are still there but not as strong. No bitterness.

M-Light, highly carbonation and borderline crisp.

O-An easy drinking summer beer, it smells great but the rest of the beer doesn't hold up. (388 characters)

Photo of lwillitz
2.63/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12-oz bottle into small glass mug

A - large foamy white head over a cloudy light yellow body; lots of small rising carbonation bubbles

S - funky like Belgian yeast, cloves, maybe a hint of wheat; not appealing to my taste

T - Belgian yeast, orange and spice, wheat

M - creamy light body, low/medium carbonation, refreshing

O - just not very good all-around (361 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy light yellow in color. It poured with a thin bright white head that gradually died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of wheat in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of wheat along with notes of lemon citrus.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink, refreshing and thirst-quenching. I would have no problem drinking several of these back-to-back on a hot summer day. (559 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

S: Light aromas of wheat with notes of yeast and lemon/citrus. Very light hints of peppery spice.

T: Moderate flavors of creamy wheat with a light tartness from the lemon citrus and lots of yeast - including some light peppery spice.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Refreshing, easy to drink, and very sessionable. A very nice beer for the summer. (730 characters)

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ZÔN from Boulevard Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.