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ZÔN - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 581
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 9
Gots: 43 | 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: 581 | Reviews: 229
Photo of bnes09
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright, hazy yellow-orange ale. Thick and bubbly, white head forms and sticks to the glass.

Assertive yeast aroma as well as some citrus fruits. Sweet on the nose.

Lots of live yeast hits you palate right away and seems to be fermenting sugars even as you drink it. Spicy from the coriander with just a hint of pepper. Nice touch of orange and lemon zest. Malt has a wheat bread-like character. Fairly assertive hop spice as well.

Light-medium bodied and a tad over-carbonated. Yeast seem to impart a course texture.

Overall, a solid wit and true to the style. Fruity and refreshing. If you are in the mood for a full-flavored wit, this is definetly one to try.

Photo of jtm3
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy yellow/gold. Little to no head retention or lacing patterns. Looks really thin.

S: Typical for the style. Clove, coriander, banana, phenol, citrus (strong lemon).

T: Follows the smell. Disappointed by lack of spiciness in finish.

M: Thin and watery. Good carbonation level, though.

D: Went down really well after a hot, muggy, summer day.

Overall: Refreshing, but some missing elements that would make it a really good beer (e.g. spice).

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 jkdrummer
2.84/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Boulevard showed up at our Fred Meyer. Cool lil cardboard box six pack, but I wish that put as much thought into their beer as they did for package it comes in. Pours very flat. Hazy. Some carb. Watery and very drinkable. Sad taste compared to the real Belgian wits. Not impressed at all. Buy something else from Europe.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of a mixed 12 pack, best by Oct 31, 2010.

It pours a hazy then cloudy lemon yellow with a large head of foam with some lacing.

Lots of spice in the smell, coriander and light pepper and clove, light fruit.

The taste matches the smell. Clove is more assertive, wheat, pepper, coriander. A good tasting Wit.

Light bodied with lowish carbonation, the mouthfeel comes across as rather thin.

Drinkability? Easy enough to drink, I guess, I find it an ok Wit Bier.

Photo of Fnord
3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - It's a cloudy yellowish-white color, is very effervescent and has a large white head.

Smell - Orange, coriander, pepper, and a little wheat.

Taste - A slightly sweet and peppery start which gains tartness and fruitiness toward the end. The orange peel bitterness subtle but present, as is the yeast.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and high carbonation.

Notes - An above average witbier, this is nice on a hot summer night. I'd like to try it on draft.

Photo of JEdmund
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy butter yellow, good white head

S: Inviting aroma with those characteristic phenols.

T & M: Lively carbonation with a light and airy texture. Pleasing flavor of soft wheat and citrus punch.

D: Nicely done. Very approachable and delicious. Good summer beer.

Photo of Prostman81
2.6/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Not very impressed with this beer. Feels like they took their Unfiltered Wheat beer and tried to make it into a witbier.

Pours very hazy off yellow with not much head. Has almost zero aroma. Mouthfeel/drinkability is VERY watery, very akin to BMC. Taste gives only a slight hint of coriander and lemon, but it leaves so quickly I had to continually take sips to re-affirm that it was there.

I wouldn't buy this one, and would opt for the Unfiltered Wheat if faced with the choice because at least the Unfiltered Wheat version doesn't pretend to be something it isn't. This is really a bad interpretation of a witbier, and there are many other better beers that could be had if this was the style that was being sought.

Photo of Baraka
4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at a local restaurant, reviewing from notes

A: Hazy light gold with a thin, quickly vanishing head.

S: Lemon and Coriander, yeast

T/M: Wheaty yeast flavors with a liberal amount of the lemon and coriander. Delicious crisp, carbonated finish. This beer just tastes like summer to me.

D: Very high! The low ABV make it very sesssionable while the flavors make me want to keep reaching for another. This is a cool style of summer beer- of of my favorites.

Photo of bump8628
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy and straw-colored with a pure white head that recedes to wispy rings.

Lots of citrus and coriander going on in this Wit, but the tangy, rustic wheat comes through as well. Behind that there is some apple and clove lending complexity. Nice and dry on the finish with proper carbonation.

A little heavy-handed on the coriander, but Zon is a step above the average, run-of-the-mill Spring/Summer Wits that line the shelves this time of year. And the lower ABV definitely makes it possible to drink these all afternoon long on a hot day.

Photo of mmva321
4.04/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: About a finger of white bubbly head dissipates rapidly into a body that is swampy and murky. It's a very pale orangish-yellow that to me is not that appealing, though it may be appropriate for the style.

S: I really enjoy the aroma of this beer a lot. It reminds me of a grassy or piney Tripel, though the smell is perhaps, unfortunately simple. Strong but light hops blend well with earthy tones along with some citrus (mostly orange). The coriander is overwhelming, but it is pleasing in a very unsubtle way.

T: The taste pretty much follows the nose. The orange peel comes through a little more, but the coriander is still very strong. Still, this doesn't make the beer taste poorly. It doesn't quite have the charm of simplicity, it's just unsubtle.

M: Appropriately thin and bubbly. It leaves the mouth feeling a little dry when you're done.

D: This isn't a great beer by any means, it's a little too unrefined and too heavy on the coriander. However, the beer tastes good, and is very easy and a great pleasure to drink. Despite its shortcomings, this seasonal will probably become an annual purchase for me.

Photo of hwwty4
3.01/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Finally got around to reviewing this one. Poured a 12oz bottle into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. This beer pours a hazy lemon with a 2 inch head that fades into just a thin cap. Very little lacing is present. The nose is a odd mixture of a traditional hefe and a witbier. Clove and banana are therefrom the traditional hefe and coriander, wheat tanginess, and just a hint of citrus from the wit. To me, its just a odd blend of a.romas The taste is holy coriander. Note to Boulevard, please calm down with the coriander. After that its just a little sour wheat and clove. Man, I get clove and banana off my palate. Just not a huge fan of Zons flavor profile. The mouthfeel is light and mildly carbonated. Overall, I'm just not a fan of this beer.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer I'm giving very high ratings because, frankly, I just really like the stuff. I was delighted when I first got one of these in a sampler pack. A couple days later I had bought a twelve pack, and will no doubt keep this as a staple summer beer in the future.

It's got a golden color, slightly cloudy appearance, with an average head. It looks inviting, but smells even better. You can smell the spiciness and it leaves you wanting to taste it ASAP. The taste delivers in delicious fashion. You can taste the citrus, but not overwhelmingly so. The yeast provides wonderful, complex flavors that dance around your mouth. Cloves and spices are plentiful. An easy going malt base is balanced with just a touch of hops. It has a light body and great lightly sweet, yeasty finish. Very drinkable.

I should note that I really like this brewery. It's American made, available regularly (and in variety) in my locale, and it's producing good beers. This is a very solid seasonal brew.

Photo of emmasdad
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a somewhat cloudy, yet inviting, light straw color, with a big, rocky white head. Not a whole lot in the aroma, maybe a little lemon, some spice and a bit of yeast. On the palate, this one is a little bready, yeasty and spicy. Refreshing and simple, a nice antidote to a warm spring afternoon.

Photo of ccrida
4.37/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle (best by 08/22/09) poured into a flute, ZÔN is a hazy straw yellow with a quickly fizzling white head.

Smell is good nice fruity esters indicative of an authentic wit strain, a little sourness from the wheat.

Taste is pretty good, this is very much in the classic style that I think the average US beer drinker would miss, sorry! A bit grainy, sweet, with a hint of orange and coriander but overall showing great restraint with the spices, really my taste in the style for sure. This is not supposed to be a flavor bomb, and it isn't - but it's damn good.

Mouthfeel is smooth, light but not thin, with a nice dry crispness that adds to the refreshingness.

Drinkability is great - I love this style of beer, and judging by the scores, it's obviously very misunderstood. Bummer. I can drink these all summer long (and in fact do, from a very similar home brewed version).

Photo of roblowther
2.82/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

White cloudy gold with a minimal head that disappears before I finish typing this
Smells of oranges, caramel, and wood.
Tastes of apples and sugar, very mild. Too mild, really.
Mouthfeel is silky but too thin.
Drinkability is good. Nothing to stop you but nothing to keep you

Photo of Tone
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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 Blakaeris
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours hazy pale yellow with a thick fluffy head that hangs around awhile.

Aroma is lemon zest, bubblegum, and a touch of yeasty funk.

Taste is sweet and lemony as the nose suggested. Grainy pale malt. Yeast character is musty, with coriander and clove that creates a sort of medicinal flavor. Finish holds slight tartness that lingers.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side.

I found this Wit to be uninspiring. Overall flavor is bland....

Photo of climax
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled in October*

That being said it poured a cloudy pale, but vibrant in the light, yellow. Large fluffy head faded quickly to a film.

Smell was predominately coriander with some soft banana and vague citrus. The citrus (orange peel like the disclaimer suggested) was not as powerful as i would have liked or expected nonetheless.

Taste was soft, an extension of the smell and nothing to extraordinary. Coriander for the most part with a bit more citrus bitterness than was predicted from the nose. Lingering bitter sourness remained through the finish.

Lots of spike from the carbonation made up the mouthfeel, a little more than i would have liked. However it coated the mouth quite nice with a yeasty dryness.

Easy to drink, low ABV would make it a good one to sit outside on a summer day and tear through a 6er. However it's a bit chilly up here in the Midwest on a late October evening....

Photo of HeroJH
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice example of a white. Like I said on other Boulevard Beers, I think these are nice examples of each style. Right in the middle where you can show a friend what a style is, and then venture out from there.

A - Rich yellow, no head
S - Citrus and belgian like yeast
T - clean and flavorful, nice zesty aftertast
M - clean and bubbly
D - good.

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.27/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, best by date 10/10/09. Pours a cloudy yellow color with a small, fizzy white head, disappears quickly. Aroma is yeast, citrus (orange), floral, wheat, and spices. Flavor is sweet, citrus (orange again), and wheat. Mouthfeel is pretty light, dry, and a touch of bitterness at the end. Very drinkable, not my favorite one, but good lawnmower beer.

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

Attractive looking beer, nice cloudy yellowish orange body. Good sized head, sticky lacing, and very lively carbonation.

Aroma has a great Belgian-esque aroma. A touch of chalky yeastiness, earthy malt, and hints of oranges and light coriander.

Upfront flavor has a nice citrusy orange sweetness to it, then midway is followed by some tart drying notes. Herbal and spicy notes also take stage and meld together nicely. Nice spectrum of balance, and it all works nicely. Finishes with the tart, tangy stingy carbonation - all while it maintains a dry dusty mouthfeel.

Decent beer, solid in many aspects - but very forgettable.

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

A - Strong but hazy golden straw color with minimal head but active carbonation.

S - Orange peel and distinct wheat smell. Refreshing smell and hints of sweet clove plus some spice.

T - Initial clove taste that quietly turns into a wheaty and yeasty bread taste. There is a citrus finish that is finished off by some hop dryness.

M - crisp, well-balanced, light

R - Very drinkable

Photo of johnnybgood1999
4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a cloudy straw yellow with less head than expected. Looks like a nice creamy Wit.

S: Yeast and orange. Ok. Nothing great and nothing offensive.

T: Initially, I was not fond of this, as it came across lacking in orange peel and coriander. As I continued to drink it the spices that were expected come through. Although, not in every drink, which is weird. The beer does taste pleasant as I get farther down the pint glass.

M: One thing I like in a Wit is a creamy mouthfeel and that is present in this beer. Good carbonation to go along the creamy mouthfeel.

D: Drinkability is excellent. A first year sorority girl could pound these, at least for a few minutes!

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ZÔN from Boulevard Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 581 ratings.