ZÔN - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
4.25/5 rDev +20.4%
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.
07-02-2014 06:56:17 | More by LambicPentameter
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3.8/5 rDev +7.6%
Pale yellow, cloudy body. Thin, bubbly white head on the pour, half inch thick. Reduced to nothing. Strong banana in the nose, clove rounds it out. Pretty typical for a wheat beer. Predominate wheat taste, banana and clove again. This is pretty standard again but its pretty good. Nice spiciness on the tongue. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Crisp and fairly carbonated. Nothing outstanding flavorwise, but this is somewhat expected. I like this though. Nice and refreshing, crisp. Just what I expect.
07-21-2006 02:07:01 | More by blitz134
2.65/5 rDev -24.9%
12 oz bottle, best by 8/3/09. Pours a hazy dark yellow with a pillowy white head that quickly goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.
The aroma is wheaty malts with some banana and clove spices and a little sweet fruit.
The flavor is very subdued - some wheat malts with some light banana/clove spices and bitterness at the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.
Overall, it's pretty subdued and flavorless. Otherwise had potential to be good wit.
06-11-2009 23:52:59 | More by Beaver13
3.88/5 rDev +9.9%
The beer pours a hazy, milky light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very nice. I get a lot of orange and coriander with some vanilla mixed in as well.
The flavor is not as nice as the aroma, but it still tastes pretty good. The taste starts off with some orange peel notes and then the coriander and wheat come in.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
12-03-2010 21:21:39 | More by Mora2000
3.7/5 rDev +4.8%
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Chalice.
Appearance: Very cloudy, pale yellow with frothy white head at first but quickly dies down, leaving very little behind.
Smell: Orange peel, clove, coriander and banana. All of the usual Wit players in full form.
Taste: Strong mixture of wheat and orange, with light coriander and cloves. Wheat-like aftertaste detracts slightly, as it should end more spicy.
Feel: Moderate carbonation, light body, barely dry finish.
Drinkability: Good, refreshing Wit overall that could use a drier and more spicy finish.
08-09-2010 12:51:01 | More by bsp77
3.65/5 rDev +3.4%
Pale cloudy yellow with a sizeable airy head. Not much lacing.
Smells of spices and citrus peels.
Tastes of citrus, pepper, maybe some corriander, and mild hops.
Smooth and easy to drink, but a little too light. It's not bad though and is a bit refreshing.
06-22-2008 01:06:37 | More by MOShepp
3.75/5 rDev +6.2%
Well-sedimented pale yellow with that greenish Wit tint. Minimal head, speckly in bubble sizes. Lace is very limited to dots. Clove aroma, faintest bit of orangey notes, coriander not noticeable. Flavor comes off very uniform and non-complex, all the elements come together quickly except for that slightly medicinal sense I get late in the swallow on a lot of Witbiers. Rolling ester impressions, tinged by an almost pesto-like basil herbal botanical quality. Within bounds for the style. Well-done Wit, perhaps a bit lacking in mouthfeel at the end, where it seems to flatten and get just a bit watery.
05-12-2004 13:50:32 | More by ADR
4/5 rDev +13.3%
This beer pours a pale straw yellow color, with a very thin white head. The head fades very fast, leaving a decent lacing.
This beer has a grainy aroma. It has a spicy, coriander like aroma as well. It smells of lemony citrus as well.
This beer tastes pretty much like it smells. Grain and spice up front. Lemon citrus hops after that.
This beer is crisp and refreshing. It leaves a slightly unappealing bandaide like aftertaste.
This beer would probably make a good session beer. If the listed alcohol content can be believed, it can consumed in quantity.
Overall: Thanks go to Vancer for this beer. I really liked it. The onlt problem was the bandaide aftertaste. It is still worth drinking.
01-15-2009 04:39:04 | More by OStrungT
4.08/5 rDev +15.6%
(Served in a weizen glass)
A- This beer has a hazy dark yellow body with a strong carbonation of bubbles, supporting a head of thin bubbly white foam. The color looked a bit like brown lemons.
S- The big floral yeast notes had a lemon note and a slightly sweet white bread note to finish.
T- The dry crisp lemon zest flavor was followed by a soft bread dough note and a dry carbonic acid finish. The green hop finish was soft but increased and turned a bit piney as the beer warmed.
M- The dry light mouthfeel had a slight cider texture, kind of like water but slippery, and a tight fizz finish.
D- This is a crisp refreshing beer with some good flavor but more fruit that malt/wheat flavors. There was a good amount of hops at the finish and the sweetness that came through as it warmed was soft but nice.
07-25-2008 20:48:57 | More by rhoadsrage
3.65/5 rDev +3.4%
It's May and Kansas CIty hits its first stretch of 80-90 degree days.
ZON is introduced for the summer season right on cue.
It has a delicate white head that quickly efferevesces away.
The brew is a hazy/milky juice color. My allergy troubled nose senses spice (peppery) and some citrus.
The flavor is definitely of spice and lemony but not overwhelming where you forget you are drinking a beer. (Label says brewed with orange peels and coriander).
The finish leaves you with a slight puckering and is not full.
With an ABV at just 3.4% this beer is engineered for summer quaffing and sweating!
In tandem with their Unfiltered Wheat, the Boulevard guys have a good summer line up- though I'll probably drink more of the Pale.
05-08-2004 21:03:33 | More by brewQ
ZÔN from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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