ZÔN - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 593
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 11
Gots: 51 | 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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Ratings: 593 | Reviews: 232
Photo of dbrauneis
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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 rfbenavi80
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of mtlasley
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of TheCondor
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of swampski
4.48/5  rDev +26.9%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
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

Photo of Hopswagger
2.18/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle best by 10/15/11

P: Poured a light golden pineapple juice appearance with no head. Good amount of bubbles but docile for the most part.

S: Wheat, yeast, Taft mild citrus with small amount of spice.

T/M: Nice carbonation, mild bitterness, citrus and dirty wheat. Tastes like watered down grapefruit juice with a lingering b-vitamin aftertaste.

O: Not a fan! I was excited to try this since I loved the Two Jokers, but odiously this one has it's flaws. I will try a fresh bottle next time to get a fair evaluation.

Photo of KTCamm
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours cloudy golden yellow. Good haze. Light foam. Nose is wheat, slight citrus. Taste is a subtle tart, lemonym banked by a clean wheat. Easy finish. Light carbonation - smooth and balanced. Good summer beer for sure.

Photo of corby112
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a cloudy straw yellow-gold with three fingers of white head.

S: Nice Belgian yeast aroma. Citrus hops are also present, along with lemon and spices.

T: Wheat twang is mild and hops are weaker than I thought, but the spice isn't too strong and the balance is nice.

D: Great drinkabilty. The flavours are a little weak but its quaffable stuff. Mouthfeel is a little too thin.

Overall: Not a bad brew, but there are better Wits out there. I bought the Boulevard sampler pack and this was actually one of the better ones from the overall weak pack.

Photo of Forb
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle...

Appearance: Vivid yet hazy golden body with a minimal white foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind a clean glass.

Smell: A common scent here for the style with the yeast and wheat elements coming through most predominantly.

Taste: Wheat, yeast, lemon zest, corriander, orange peel, and a spicy quality that is interesting and unique to this specific beer.

Mouthfeel: Clean, crisp, and a highly drinkable level of refreshment.

Overall: Great summer choice but then again this beer is representative of the "Sun."

Photo of Mississipping
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy bright golden color with a small white head that dissipates quickly, settling to a thin patch foam and a small ring.  Almost no lacing is left behind on the edges of the glass. 

S: The aroma is pretty typical for a Belgian wit beer.  There is a good bit of citrus peel, coriander, and wheat.  There is a hint of clove as well, but it is subdued, fortunately.  Malty sweetness is miles behind in the background, but it adds a bit more complexity.  There is also a hint of alphalpha, which reminds me of feeding my hamster as a child.  It's comforting, I suppose, but it's out of place.

T: There is a nice sweetness up front that accompanies the citrus and the coriander.  The citrus and coriander, and the clove, become a little more pronounced through the middle and then the finish ends strong with coriander, orange peel, and clove.  It gets spicier and spicier with each taste, and as the beer warms.  

M: Thinner side of medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.  Creamy, yet a little prickly on the tongue.  Starts out slightly sweet and transitions to a nice spiciness with a touch of hops.  Only a little drying at the finish. 

D: This beer goes down extremely easily.  This isn't one of my favorite styles, but it is a very easily approachable one.  Tasty, slightly complex, and well balanced.  Pretty solid beer from a very solid brewery. 

Photo of homebrew311
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours pale yellow, a bit hazy, thin dense white head, heavy lacing

S: the nose features loads of lemon zest, doughy yeast quality, a dash of coriander, a bit of a citrus twang on the end

T: front is light, fruity, notes of lemon and orange, this is followed up by heavy yeast/dough/bread character, finish is spicy and yeasty. Not a great balance of flavors here, the yeast and spice outweigh the malt character

MF: very light and thin, medium carbonation

O: this brew is kind of blah, some good flavors in there but they don't balance with each other

Photo of nach0king
2.73/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Not impressed.

A: Anaemic, and a thrilling installment of the Great Disappearing Head Mystery.

S: Redeemed itself a little here. A little bit of cinnamon then lemony wit smells.

T: Fairly substandard. It's got a little bit of tang to it and a fairly appealing sweetness halfway through the glass but you could forget that this is a wit.

M: The one thing I expect from a bottle is good carbonation. That just didn't happen here. Feels thin and dishwatery, especially so when coupled with the look.

Would drink this again on a hot day but will never go looking for it.

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 DCon
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a Boulevard 12- Mix Pack w/ GeoffTheAleMan @ Dierbergs in Creve Couer, MO for $15.49. Poured from the Bright Blue bottle with ZON in yellow into my 0,47l New Belgium Tulip Glass and has BEST BY 11/01/11 on front.

Aroma- Nice banana and medium sweetness from the malt. Has a bit of citrus but mostly has this sweet/herbal smell all the way through. Has also a peppery and spice in here.

Appearance- Pours a 3 fingers that stay for a decent amount of time. Has a cloudy but good for style, medium orange colored body and leaves good sudsy lacing on the glass.

Flavor- Very nice orange/citrus beginning with good character and moderate sweetness. Peppery and light spiciness follow up this taste and has a medium hop bitterness. Very different for this style!

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Smooth, Creamy, and nice acidic finish. Effervescent and refreshing!

Overall Impression- Such a nice refreshing Witbier! Awesome taste and mouthfeel! I enjoy seeing this spice and peppery feel in this one with good citrus tastes. Will be looking for again! My first time enjoying and am a huge fan.

Photo of beagle75
4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Hazy, pale golden color with over one finger of fluffy white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Aggressively bready, showing a bold combination of wheat and yeast. A strong but balanced coriander presence lends savoriness, leaving an earthy impression that matches well with the bread notes.

T: Begins off-dry, with wheat-imbued malt and Meyer lemon flesh. Acidity is moderate, citric in nature and fleeting in duration. Savory yeast and coriander fill the middle. Bready yeast stretches into the finish, where lemony flavors regroup alongside mild leafy bitterness.

M: Medium viscosity, wet yet coherent on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Full of delicious and style-appropriate flavor, this seasonal wit from Boulevard came as a pleasant and unexpected surprise. With no new moves to display, it is instead like an old friend that has returned after too long. It is capable of reminding even a jaded beer enthusiast of what they used to like about the style, before they moved on to more extreme terrain. Simply a delight.

Photo of flagmantho
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on tap in a pint glass at Finn MacCool's in Seattle.

Appearance: cloudy yellow color with a thin layer of white head which dissipated somewhat quickly. Not bad, though.

Smell: light floral aroma which works well enough for the style.

Taste: very floral and wheaty flavor which is a little chalky and minimally bitter. It's not too bad, really, but its spicing seems all wrong for a witbier.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and light, smooth mouthfeel. Again, not too bad.

Overall: this beer has some flavor flaws but other than that is pretty decent. I'd give it another try if I saw it around.

Photo of jcartamdg
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with no head and no lacing. Aroma of coriander upfront with some citrus in the back. Taste follows the nose. Very pure and true to the style wit beer. Not the beat but really damn good. I like this a hell of a lot better than hoegarden. Smooth and easy drinking. I like it.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
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...

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

This beer pours a hazy pale orange color with a thing bright white head sitting on top that quickly fades to a faint film.

The aroma is just what I want. Corriander, citrus, and pale malt. I really like it.

The taste is fine. Some pale grain hits me up front with some citrus, banana, and corriander through the middle and a light bitterness on the finish. It's light and refreshing and seems relatively traditional to me. It's simple but I really do look forward to this beer.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied with a high concentration of very fine carbonation which is perfect for this Belgian style.

Overall this is a solid beer. It's nothing out of the ordinary, but a great seasonal offering that is definitely well crafted.

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 Jayhawk
4.42/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It had been a few years since I had this beer, so I decided to add this beer to a mix and match 6 pack from my local liquor store. Poured the bottle into a standard pint glass, and immediately was hit by the smell of coriander, slight orange peel, and clove.

The beer has the classic witbier pale straw color, and had a nice 3 finger head that quickly dissipated and left little to no lacing. Be sure and follow the label on the bottle since this is an unfiltered beer (not to mention the fact that boulevard bottle conditions their beers) - no swirl, and your not getting the full experience as the yeast add definite flavor to the beer.

The beer tastes much better than I remember...maybe I've just grown to like this style better with age. It tastes like it smells - coriander, clove, slight malty sweetness, a bit of orange peel...overall, a good representation of the style.

It's boulevard's summer seasonal beer, and a fantastic choice as a summer beer in Kansas City. I had this beer after spending an hour in 100 degree heat (with some nice humidity to make it even more fun) taking care of our horse, and I can tell you the low alcohol level is wonderful in the beer. This is a definite hot weather, session beer.

My only regret is that I bought on 2 bottles of Zon in my mix and match 6 pack, and my wife has already drank the other bottle.

ZÔN from Boulevard Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 593 ratings.