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ZÔN - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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ZÔNZÔN

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570 Ratings
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Ratings: 570
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 9
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

t0rin0, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

spycow, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

zestar, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Texasfan549, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +2%
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.

metter98, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

GRG1313, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
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

brentk56, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

BEERchitect, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  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.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 02, 2005
Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -15%

jaydoc, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

kylehay2004, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of TMoney2591
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
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...

TMoney2591, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

emerge077, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

zeff80, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
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

StonedTrippin, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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"!

NeroFiddled, Jul 25, 2002
Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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

russpowell, May 23, 2006
Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -15%

oline73, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
4.53/5  rDev +28.3%
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.

drabmuh, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.58/5  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!

feloniousmonk, Apr 27, 2003
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

MarkyMOD, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Mora2000, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of Gavage
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Gavage, Oct 11, 2013
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ZÔN from Boulevard Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 570 ratings.