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ZÔN - Boulevard Brewing Co.

ZÔNZÔN

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491 Ratings
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Ratings: 491
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.81%


Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2002)
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 02:22:29 | More by vette2006c5r
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 20:15:44 | More by Gavage
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BeerWithMike

Nebraska

3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 21:28:33 | More by BeerWithMike
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beergoot

Colorado

3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
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...

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 21:17:36 | More by beergoot
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PieOhMy

Minnesota

3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 01:31:25 | More by PieOhMy
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 17:02:18 | More by JuicesFlowing
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arc3636

Kansas

3.64/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | 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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 04:38:25 | More by arc3636
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 21:48:52 | More by Axnjxn
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 06:55:16 | More by jimmah120
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nawpnawp

California

4.13/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 02:04:25 | More by nawpnawp
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 00:24:54 | More by WoodBrew
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ranger7

Texas

2.36/5  rDev -32.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 01:04:58 | More by ranger7
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DoubleJ

California

3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 05:03:37 | More by DoubleJ
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outdoor7or24

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 17:10:38 | More by outdoor7or24
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trxxpaxxs

New York

3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 16:26:15 | More by trxxpaxxs
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 23:23:52 | More by rlee1390
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lwillitz

Florida

2.68/5  rDev -23.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 19:45:21 | More by lwillitz
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metter98

New York

3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 19:25:15 | More by metter98
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 21:53:58 | More by dbrauneis
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 7/2010 notes. Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a pale opaque yellow; no head nor lacing. Aroma of light wheat, Belgian yeast and citrus. Flavor is pleasant slightly sweet wheat,tangy light coriander and citrus. Light bodied. A decent low ABV wit. Will try again.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 23:34:49 | More by LiquidAmber
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dbossman

Nebraska

3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy lemon meringue hue with a two-inch steady head; lacing is mediocre

S: Somewhat subdued but citrus, lemon rind, apples, bananas, grass still manages to peak through

T: Much more flavors stand out compared with aroma: apples, citrus, grains, grass, lemon zest; this is a very refreshing, light, crisp, sessionable beer

F: Decent creaminess though the body is a bit thin

O: This is a refreshing and decent summer beer

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 19:01:36 | More by dbossman
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rfbenavi80

Missouri

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

Bottle Best by 10-15-12.
Poured into a Nonic Pint.

A- Pours a very cloudy light yellow with 3 fingers of pillowy white head that is leaving some chunky lacing.

S- Spicy Belgian yeast, lots of banana, and other spices. A little bready.

T- Spicy Belgian yeast hits the tongue first. Followed by the smoothness from the wheat. The banana and clove flavors really stand out here. Follows nose well, and has a nice twang to it. Crisp and refreshing.

M- Very easy drinker here. Goes down good. Pleasant amount of carbonation to keep it refreshing.

O- Another solid seasonal from Boulevard. Keep them coming.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 09:44:12 | More by rfbenavi80
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mtlasley

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Zon pours a stiffly cloudy bright yellow. An incredibly active head is just about two fingers high, very soapy on the top and disappears quickly. There's a thickness when held up to the light. lacing is mild but present.

The nose is forward with a creamy wheat scent followed by the spice of Belgian yeast. Notes of bananas, cloves, and orange followed by a light bread scent. There's also a light tartness here.

Very Belgian with a light tart flavor up front followed by a peek of orange and spiciness. Bread and creamy wheat start up next but everything closes exceptionally clean.

Creamy but carried extremely well. Just the perfect amount of carbonation

A wonderful example of the witbier style and the first one I've really loved. Something easy that I could drink anyday.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 06:09:00 | More by mtlasley
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TheCondor

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up in yet another mix and match sixer. This mixer I specifically put together because I am trying to gather as many Boulevard labels as possible for a sweet idea I have for a future home bar use. But I digress…..Side poured with standard vigor from a 12oz bottle into my Boulevard tulip.

Appearance – Pours a cloudy straw color, very cloudy indeed. Fairly thin head on the brew dissipates quickly, but it left good lacing throughout the drink. Pretty impressive looking brew poured into the tulip I must say!

Smell – Yeast, citrusy hops, some orange peel, maybe even a little spices in there. A nice, pretty complex nose. I’m not much of a witbier drinker, but it is a style I should explore more because it seems like I really like them when I drink them. This is how I caught onto the saisons!

Taste – Suprisingly, the most dominant feature for me was certainly the funky banana esters that I got from this brew, much like that in hefes, tripels, and other Belgian/German styles. There is a sweet twang at the front of the taste, but the banana esters really come through in the middle. There is a background of wheat, bready yeast, and spices, but that banana really threw me, I wasn’t expecting it!

Mouthfeel – The brew finished with a bit of hop kick, a tinge of orange peel that we smelled in the nose. Finishes pretty smooth and clean, good aftertaste, excellent carbonation level and body.

Overall – I really enjoyed this beer, shockingly so. I did not expect a witbier to impress me so much, so I may need to research this style a little more (read: drink a lot). The nose and palate complexity was nice, easily drinkable, 4.4% you could session this one easily. The most surprising part about the whole deal was that the misses asked if I could get a six pack the next time I was out. She generally hates beer, and especially the porters and stouts that I like, but she enjoyed this. Kudos to Boulevard. I would highly recommend it, and I would drink and buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 03:12:32 | More by TheCondor
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swampski

Louisiana

4.48/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Spending some time in southern Illinois a few years back, I got to sample some of the regional brews, with this baby easily being the most memorable. It is close to the classic witbeer formulation, but with a subtle difference that is hard to describe - more full bodied, perhaps? Whatever it is, it most definitely works. Great citrusy flavor on top of a refined malt. This can be considered to be the American answer to the great Belgian Hoegaarden. And did I mention how cloudy it is? Can't beer a real wheat beer without being cloudy!

As I understand it, this is only a seasonal beer - summer, of course - and boy what a session beer for a hot humid American summer day! I could see being at an all day 4th of July picnic knocking down a six-pack (or two, if not driving!) with no problem. I just wish it were sold outside of Missouri and its bordering states.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 18:10:52 | More by swampski
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ZÔN from Boulevard Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.