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ZÔN - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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ZÔNZÔN

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231 Reviews
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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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Reviews: 231 | Hads: 602
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 StonedTrippin
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pretty neat little belgian ale here. very summer. pours a hazy small headed hay color with a nose of belgian yeast, wheat malt, and citrus. sort of pollenated feeling flavor, yeasty and bright, orange and spice. mouthfeel is nice too, pleanty of bubbles and a moderate mody, this side of medium. cloudy mashy finish lends well to the experience. nice beer, more suited to july than january, but a nice brew (406 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy lemon color with a disappointingly brief head - down to a ringlet in a flash with no lace

Smell: Yeasty wit aroma, with orange peel and coriander in the mix

Taste: Nice wheaty taste up front, with spicy clove, coriander and banana flavor but it goes a bit too much in the band-aid phenolic direction after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate, but prickly, carbonation; a bit watery on the finish

Drinkability: Nice and refreshing but doesn't really nail the style

Thanks, Vancer, for the opportunity (553 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the second beer that I have tried from the brewery, and this beer if faring better than the wheat beer. There exists the same acidic, citrus, lemony bubblegum notes but the beer seems to fit the style better, even with these strong characteristics. The beers appearance lacks the uniform, creamy haze and soft head formation / retention expected. The yeasty spices are strong, phenolic, estery notes dominate the nose and flavors and not allowing the soft malts, breadiness, or hops to balance. The grain character rises and also keeps the soft, powdery, confection notes from shinning like they should. Lightly astringent from the lemon notes and graininess hurts the beer from the taste, on through the textures and finish. the carbonation is high with a bite and tingle, but not with the expected softness. Though they are far worse witbiers available, this one struggles to compete with the Hoegaardens and Celis of the world. (938 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. single from Famous Liquors in Bloomington IL.

Pours a cloudy pale yellow, white foam, typical Wit appearance. Big earthy coriander in the nose, not much citrus.

Spicy coriander seems to be front and center with this brew, good wheaty backbone to it as well. Not much citrus. Fairly mellow, not too tart or bitter. Wheat lends a certain smoothness to the mouthfeel. Super refreshing...i'm regretting not buying a couple six packs of this. (447 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blurry pastel lemon that becomes more clear and more amberish with backlighting. The pearl colored head is small despite my attempts to generate something larger. Not only that, but it's as mealy and as soft as anything one might find on a macro lager. A stunted collar of lace appears above the shrinking cap, and then it too is gone.

The nose gives a little better accounting of itself. Coriander is the focal point. Also present is a wheaty sourness and whiff of citrusiness. However, I'd be hard-pressed to identify it as orange peel if it didn't say so right there on the label (and if I didn't know that orange is a classic witbier ingredient).

Zon isn't a bad little wit. The tangy wheatiness comes through loud and clear and reminds me of a hefe weizen. In addition, I swear I can taste clove and I think there might be more banana present than orange. Hefe weizen yeast? The fact that coriander is so prominent, though, brings the focus squarely back to the witbier style. Hey Boulevard, if you're taking requests, I'd like less coriander and more orange peel.

The mouth presence is just about right for a witbier that's also a summer seasonal. One complaint is that the slightly too aggressive carbonation results in a mouthfeel that favors harsh rather than soft and caressing.

Zon is an acceptable witbier. On the few occasions that I drink beer of this style, I don't think I'll have any difficulty locating a better one. Having said that, it went down easily enough; and given the shockingly low ABV, it would make a great session beer for those who don't want to get 'in the Zon' too quickly. (1,619 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a light clear, yelllow color with a pillowy, white, two-finger head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of citrus and a little wheat.

T - It tasted of wheat, lemon, corriander and clove.

M - It was soft and smooth. A very light-bodied beer.

D - This beer tastes pretty good. It's not really a traditional witbier but it is still drinkable. (358 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale yellow body with a small, bubbly, white head.

Smell: Aroma smelling of tangy-scented wheat malt, a skimpy pinch of citrus peel, and a few discarded cloves.

Taste: Lightly tangy wheat flavor with an equally light touch of sweetness. Tastes of orange peel and cracked cloves follow. Mild bitterness. Finishes dry, citrusy, and quite crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Huh. Very similar to their Wheat beer, except, of course, for the additions of coriander and citrus peel. As with their Wheat beer, it's just a tad too prickly in carbonation for me. (620 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Back to workin' my way through the Boulevard variety pack. This bit pours a cloudy pale straw topped by a finger of bright white foam. The nose comprises wheat, coriander, black pepper, salt, Belgian yeast, lemon zest, white bread, and a small current of sweet caramel waaayyy in the back. The taste doesn't change too much up, though the lemon comes through stronger and the salt is amped heavily. I wouldn't necessarily call the result "salty", but it's far from "not at all salty". The body is a hefty light, with a light carbonation and a grainy feel. Overall, an okay wit, but the saltiness is not too becoming. beyond that, though, it ain't too bad... (689 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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"! (880 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
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 (427 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

To create maximum head, I poured this one into a Weihenstephaner glass, to absolutely no effect. Color is a cloudy straw yellow, whiter around the edges. Aroma beautifully pegs the witbier style: orange and lemon + spice, zesty, alert, and arousing!
Generous texture, tasty wheat, deliciously gritty and satisfying.
They have captured the very essence of a wit in this one, though it never inches beyond what is expected. Eminently drinkable, though, and quite a thirst-quencher. I'd slam 'em down 'til the cows come home in summertime!
Much thanks to marc77! (562 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.55/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was fortunate enough to go on the Boulevard brewery tour while I was in KC recently. The tour was not very informative as far as beer tours go, but the tasting at the end was excellent and turned me onto several beers that I had not heard of.

I bought a 6 pack of this beer after the tour and took it home. I served it in a pint glass. There are a few beers that I say you can just smell forever. And people comment to me sometimes how long i smell some beers before I taste them, this was one of them. The beer was light in color and cloudy. The smell was amazing, a mixture of yeast and the sweet ether smell associated with some belgian styles. It went down smooth and had very little after taste. This beer was excellent. Wit is not my favorite style, but there was no citrus aftertaste sometime associated with some Wit beers. It was great. (849 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)

Photo of mothman
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Decent retention with a bit of lace left.

Aroma: Very zesty and wheaty. A lot of lemon citrus and some spice. Very clean.

Taste: Lemon zest, cloves and spice, and wheat. Earthy.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, smooth, and refreshing. Light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends a tad dry.

Overall, an easy drinking wit. Decent flavor. Definitely enjoyable in the summer months. (418 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (371 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 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 corby112
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy, dark golden banana color with a thin, fizzy white head that quickly fades. Minimal lacing left behind.

The nose of this beer is dominated by zesty, peppery spice with lots of clove and coriander along with hints of citrus rind and bready yeast.

Fuller bodied than expected with a nice crisp, spicy bite that lingers over the sweetness into a slight dry finish. Lots of zesty spice with hints of pepper, clove and lemon zest which is countered mid-palate by the bready yeast, citrus fruit and banana. The yeast adds fullness to the palate and along with the sweetener notes provides flavorful balance. Complex, flavorful and very easy to drink, especially in warmer weather. (698 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.09/5  rDev +13%
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. (814 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hwwty4 for this 12 oz bottle. A little out of season, but what's it to ya?

A: The witbier is a cloudy metamucil color, somewhere between yellow and orange but a pulpy look. A small head is no more than a thin band around the mouth of the glass.

S: A light nose, some wheat and spices running around.

T: Coriander jumps out first, citrusy orange follows. Both flavors are light. Surprisingly, the wheat that follows isn't that intense either. The result is a nondescript witbier, mildly tangy. A stronger coriander presence near the end of each sip provides a measure of redemption.

M: The mouthfeel is like a turtle, you need to gently coax it out of its shell. The coriander, much more than the citrus, stands out.

D: A good start to my Sunday (let's go Ravens!). It's no Smokestack but it'll do in a pinch. (824 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 JohnGalt1
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One more tonight from the Fight Club box.. 12 oz shared with my trading partner.. most goes in my shaped Sam Adams glass.. Big props to Bort11.. I've had good times so far with my previous 2 Boulevard beers, I expect no less from this offering.

2 finger white head dies back quick leaving crusty white lacey bubbles... brew is a hazy wit.

More coriander than OJ peel in the nose.. husky graininess.. some minor background yeastiness adds to the overall complexity.

Flavor is another story.. reminds me very much of a German Hefe for pretty much this entire glass now.. I still get a little bit of a yeasty twang and the same coriander and a little bit of orange peel.. but still the phenols lend toward the German side of the spectrum. Very tasty and drinkable for days.. mouthfeel is right for a Wit... but Wow... this tastes like they use a hefe yeast.. a little bit of pink bubblegum is in there as it warms. Banana and clove are definitely present.. I am still really liking it but am not sure to say as far as style guides go.. I am probably going to just go with my gut and say it is really a very good beer but that said, in a blind tasting, I would have pegged this as an American take on a German Hefe.. I do still like it a bunch though.

Cool beer from Tim.. next time send me a few so I can share them with some other local BA's and get their take. :-) (1,368 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 Tone
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, yellow color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of clove, yeast, sweet malt, citrus (banana), and and very slight hop. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of clove, yeast, citrus (banana), and slight sweet malt. Body is lacking, mouth feel is a little watery, carbonation level is too high, and appearance is poor. (428 characters)

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