ZÔN - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 595
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 11
Gots: 52 | 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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Reviews by ruckus232:
Photo of ruckus232
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Ounce brown bottle

Appearance: Cloudy pale yellow in color with a little head the diminishes really fast

Smell: Very sweet/spicy smell with the coriander making a very strong point

Taste: Has good spiced flavor initially but loses it fairly quickly, I really like the taste but wish it stuck around longer

More User Reviews:
Photo of blitz134
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Beaver13
2.73/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of bsp77
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MOShepp
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of ADR
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of OStrungT
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.09/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(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.

Photo of brewQ
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Drew03cmc
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer is very citrusy with a clean finish. It is a very good summer beer and will go well sitting beside the water.

Photo of GilGarp
3.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the seasonal from my mixed twelve pack.

Best by 8/8/09.

Pours into the glass a hazy cloudy yellow color. I even followed directions and swirled some of that yeast into the glass. Not a pretty sight with that milky sediment.

Aroma is nice though with lemon citrus and corriander.

Flavor is pretty good but not nearly as good as others of this style. More lemon and corriander with a very subtle yeasty spiciness to it. Pretty mild overall.

Mouthfeel is thin and has medium-low carbonation. Drinkability is good but that's assuming I even want another, which I don't.

I could see how people might put this stuff away on a nice warm summer day but it really has little to offer other than a break from the norm.

By the way, it's almost low enough in alcohol to sell in Colorado grocery stores!

Photo of pmcadamis
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy, honey-gold brew with a two finger head of tight bubbles That makes a snapcracklepop sound and leaves a litle bit of foamy lace on the glass. A few yeasty chunks hang out near the bottom of the glass, and teh head goes away pretty quickly.

S - Spot on Belgian wit aroma! They've really nailed the style with dusty yeast, orange rind zest, coriander, and nutmeg. There isn't really anything extraordinary going on here, but it smells really nice.

T - Sweet, yeasty, tart, citric, and nicely spiced with nutmeg and coriander. Again, nothing really stands out...just a nice basic tasty wit. Maybe a bit more orange-juicy than some others.

M - Tart, acidic, quenching, with a really dry and fuzzy finish like the inside of a banana peel. Dusty and yeasty.

S - One hell of a summer session brew! This slakes thirst like water puts out fire.

Photo of dancinwillie
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light blonde pour, a little darker, and more orange/peach once in the glass. Medium white head falls quickly to a covering. A little active carbonation can be seen through the cloudiness. Head continues down until it's almost disappeared.

Coriander is the dominant scent. Luckily I like that smell, because that's about all I'm getting in the nose, maybe a hint of orange.

A lot of strong orange here, nice spicing with the coriander too. The wheat has a bit of a kick to it too, good acidity. Some floral hopping as well? It's nice to see they used Simcoe, but didn't let the strong flavors dominate their Wit. The citric qualities are definitely up front here, and I like the flavor of this beer quite a bit. Some creaminess comes out a little towards the bottom of my glass.

Tangy and tart, quaffable and refreshing. This is my new "outdoor around the grill" beer. This much solid flavor and only 3.4% ABV? That's just ridiculously awesome. I could drink a whole gang of these, and enjoy the last one as much as the first. Cheers!

Photo of graveRacker
4.62/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Some of the first craft/local beer that got me involved in the biz, found only close to Kansas City, Mo area. "(AAAGGGHHH!) why must you hold me captive here in New England!!!"

Found at local store close to Kansas/Oklahoma boarder (go figure near Oklahoma and it's homebrew laws...)

Friut/tart on first touch to lip, like most wit's nice balenced feel in mouth, and finshes with a "witty" reminder. Would comment more but words pale in compareson, and fail to do this beer justice.
"quite proper"

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

More cloudy than the light haziness I expected, but OK. Pours a bright white, but short lived head. The aroma is quite impressive - very authentically Belgian with a light citrus (lemon), some spiciness and a sweet fruitiness (peach, maybe a little mango in the back there somewhere?). I even pick up some bubblegum towards the end of the glass. The flavor is more subdued with a very limited malt and a light, dry fruitiness. There's some coriander at mid swallow, and the finish is dry with a light touch of acidity. The light bodied but zesty palate helps to pull this off. A-just-above-average beer with a good label and name that has no flaws but leaves me almost wishing it had some to give it a little bit of complexity. Of course, there are Belgian Wits that have the same straight-forward, non-complexity so I can't fault them for it. This is my perfect "lawnmower beer"!

Photo of WoodBrew
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of Brandt
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this beer poured a pale straw yellow with yeast cloudiness and little to no head

smell was a very spicy yeast character with hints of corriander and orange peel as is typical of the wit beer style and a hint of clove that went along with the subdude maltiness

taste was a warming and spicy/peppery yeast in the forefront with a slight citrus behind it. there was really no bitterness to speak of with this one

it finished a nice warming and med. body with strong yeast flavors lingering on the tongue. a very nice example of the wit beer and drinkable to boot!

Photo of dbossman
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
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

Photo of Fatehunter
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured from a 12oz bottle into a long glass. Banana colored. The lightest yellow, but still opaque. A nice half inch of white head.

S - It smells exactly like a Witbier should. Light scent overall, coriander and citrus... like a mandarin and banana.

T - The taste is a bit of a letdown from the great appearance and smell. It is like a watered down version of what it should be. I am just not picking up any real flavors out of this.

M - Soft texture but still sharp on the tongue and moderate to higher carbonation.

D - I am not a big fan of this style, but the appearance and smell really had me excited to try it. However, the taste did not have any real definition to it and the carbonation level started to be annoying as I drank it. But like I always say, try it for yourself.

Photo of russpowell
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BBD 10/06/05???

Pours mostly clear golden with a 2 fingers fluffy white head. Minimal head retention or lacing

Smell: Huge lemon & pepper notes

Taste: Lemon, peppery & a slight salty taste. Finishes yeasty. Don't think its age hurt it, no off flavors & that's good for such a low ABV beer

MF: Good carbonation & a little slick

Drinks okay, just not enough here to hold my attention. Try during the heat of summer

Photo of lawlerj
4.09/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

A - pours a pale yellowy color - nearly clear, appears to be well carbonated. Small head, doesn't retain much. No lacing to speak of.

S - Belgian type yeast and citrus and various fruity type smells. Smells very nice.

T - citrus and yeasty wheat dominate, not a whole lot else. A bit of spice in there as well. Pretty tasty.

M - medium bodied, fairly typical of the style. Easy drinking and nothing terribly offensive about it.

O - overall a tasty beer. Nice fruity taste and medium body that makes a very enjoyable brew.

Photo of bditty187
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed on April 25, 2003:

Slightly yellowy-white hue, hazy body, small white head, fair retention, almost no lace. The nose lacked in potency, the invitation of he coriander and orange peel was almost nil. The palate is refreshing and balanced but, again, where is the coriander and the orange peel? It is a decent beer, but not a very good Wit. Light-medium body, ideal carbonation… smooth. This is merely a “hyped-up” Wheat. In some ways it is better than Boulevard’s Unfiltered Wheat but it disappoints when compared to even New Belgium’s Sunshine Wheat or Blue Moon’s Belgium White.

I was disappointed in this Boulevard product. I’d drink it again but it is not worth purchasing a 6-pack of…

Photo of bashiba
3.32/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a slightly cloudy yellow with a very thin off white head quickly leaving nothing but a white soap ring.

The smell has a generous wheat aroma with a light sweetness and a bit of citrusy lemon.

The flavors are all mild with a light sweet bit of wheaty malt mixing in with lightly spicy yeast notes along with a good touch of Lemony citrus in the finish. Some pepper notes start to come through the more you drink in the finish.

The mouthfeel is thin with mild carbonation.

A pretty standard affair Belgian Wit, the flavors are all good but seem a bit lacking overall and the carbonation is a bit thin.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an ugly, straw color, does not deter from the appearance. Has a sharp aroma of wheat and grain. Some lemon, orange peel and coriander noted off the top, blended very nicely. Crisp and zesty, clearly fits the refreshing category, lightly creamy and clean, finishes a bit thin. Regardless of wheat or wit or white, a great thirst quencher.

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ZÔN from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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