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ZÔN - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 556
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 9
Gots: 29 | 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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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Stubby 12oz brown twist-off bottle with freshness date clearly marked

Appearance: Super-hazy straw gold beer capped with a stark white head with decent retention:

Smell: Tart citrus and big sharp (pleasantly so) wheaty tones...this is fresh and zesty...looking forward to it

Taste: Very much in keeping with the flavors...zesty citrus (orange and lemon) backed with crisp wheat tones...a bit bitter on the finish (this is my only real complaint here, the bitterness comes through a touch more than I'd like for the style )...this one's better a bit colder than cellar temperature..straightforward, but crisp and refreshing nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium, a bit tart on the finish

Drinkability: Fairly high

Conclusion: Not my favorite Wit, but definitely a solid representation of the style, and not overly sweet like many American Wits.

BedetheVenerable, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of Docer
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle acquired in a trade... a nice extra w/ a best by date of 10/01/09. Served at about 50 Deg. C

- Light cloudy golden straw yellow... almost glows like a small lantern.. thick white head down to a froth of lace.

- Wonderful bready yeast aroma with slight herbal notes and a lemony zest. Little bit of banana..

- Zesty and bready wit with some lemon zest, banana yeast, creamy wheat, and coriander.. a pleasant surprise, and a very good wit that holds true.

- Pleasant aftertaste.. little thick and creamy.. meaty.

- Huge on drinkablility.. very light, flavorful, and can drink all day!

Docer, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught: This one pours a hazy, cloudy golden color. There was a small white head on mine. The aroma is nice. There are notes of banana, wheat, yeast, breadiness, some spices. The taste is along the same lines. This one has a slightly creamy body. Overall, this is a pretty decent Wit. It was especially nice to find a decent beer at a Royals game.

Boto, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from two 12oz glasses into two generic goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Best By 10/1/09

A: Pours a perfectly hazy and unfiltered pale gold color topped with a creamy, one-finger, bright-white head.

S: Toasty wheat, coriander, orange peel, and other spices.

T: Same as above with some lemon or grapefruit rind thrown in to boot.

M: Slick and spicy. Equal parts dry, oily, and spicy.

D: Excellent and very refreshing! Great summer beer.

GbVDave, Jul 23, 2009
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 NODAK
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is sweet with banana esters and a heavy dose of clove goodness. Yummy.

Body is only slightly sweet but with a strong presence of spices (cloves) and maybe a little orange hiding in there as well but nowhere near what many wits have. Finishes a bit more tart and citrusy....leaving only some spices left over on the aftertaste. Otherwise pretty dry on the finish. Refreshing, not overpowering like some other wits.

Overall it isn't a bad offering at all. I would have liked it to be a bit bolder but it's still very drinkable and a solid beer during the summer months.

NODAK, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of hike20
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours pale yellow, very cloudy. Smells of malt, yeast, and a bit of citrus. Quickly vanishing white head. Tastes of spices and citrus as well as wheat and malt. Strongly carbonated with a medium-thin feel. Overall not bad at all, good on a hot summer day.

hike20, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: hazy yellow color, little head finishes as a ring, nice thick ring of lace
s: strong citrus smells with wheat undertones and minor spices
t: starts with nice mix of sweet and tart taste, citrus/orange, sharp tartness in middle, yeast with a tiny bitter finish
m: light to medium body, plenty of carbonation, crisp finish
d: highly drinkable, solid brew with some good balance in the flavor

belgbeerdrinker, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of woemad
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.49.Best by 08/22 of this year, according to the info stamped on the bottleneck. My first beer from Boulevard, and probably the first beer I've had that was actually brewed in Missouri, seeing as how A-B beers could come from anywhere.

Poured a very hazy lemony color. Big, fizzy, noisy white head that dropped fast but left a substantial collar behind. Spotty lace.

Tart and fruity in the nose. Mainly I get lemon, though there's some bitter spices and an earthy grain scents as well. About what I expected.

The taste starts out with a lemon-like fruit flavor, but it's almost immediately matched with a bitter spiciness that keeps the fruit flavor way in check. Very dry at the swallow.

Somewhat thin-bodied, but not alarmingly so. In the mouthfeel department, things are very prickly and coating in the way that a glass of lemonade is coating, as opposed to the kind of coating one gets from an IPA or a stout.

This is a refreshing but not insipid version of a Belgian witbier. It's too tart to please someone whose idea of a wheat beer is something brewed by Pyramid or Widmer, but if you want to save some coin and buy a domestically-brewed beer instead of, say, a Hoegaarden, you could do a lot worse than this. Consumed on a summer night, but it could have hit the spot in the middle of a hot day as well.

woemad, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of jsh420
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy pale yellow with a 1 finger white head that leaves spotted lacing

smell is of wheat banana cloves very close to hefe

taste - has a little spice at first then wheat banana clove - again this beer is more of a hefe then a wit imo

mouthfeel is crisp light and refreshing just like the bottle says

drinkability is great - a beer with an abv under 5% that taste this good and this very reasonable $$ - i think i just found my summer session beer

jsh420, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of ruckus232
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
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

ruckus232, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of TexIndy
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by date of 8/3/09 lasered onto neck. It was solid straw color with tons of darker than normal yeast bits floating (pepper?). Slight carb and some sliding lace. I stirred the bottle up halfway thru the pour to get the sediment so it had a large white head that slowly settled to a collar and whispy film.

The aroma was great. Classic wit with wheat, yeast, corriander and good amount orange peel. More on the sweet instead of dry side. A little more spice wouldn't hurt though. The taste was great as well but was missing a little bit of spice kick to offset the sweet. Little more spice and/or dry would have been good. Still a very easy drinking beer. Mouthfeel had good carb levels and smooth finish but was a little watery.

Overall, a very good wit that I give high recommendation. This one finds a semi-home in my wit rotational. It's a summer seasonal so works out well so not to burn out on it. Will be perfect for hot Texas summers.

TexIndy, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of Beaver13
2.65/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Beaver13, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of wheatyweiss
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a St. Pauli Girl baby wheat glass.

Pours a light straw with an active effervescent head that recedes quickly. Moderatly cloudy with little stick.

Aroma is of light wheat and yeast. Lemon and orange. coriander with a little bit of dustiness.

Flavor is of wheat and light citrus. Very light bodied with a crispy bubbly mouthfeel. A little watery but a decent amount of flavor.

Very light, refreshing but a little thin an lacking character.

wheatyweiss, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden yellow color, hazy as expected with a short filmy head, looks exactly like you would expect a witbier to look. Smells yeasty and like floral soap. There is a lot more yeast in the flavor, citrus notes, spices, pretty good but not overpowering. Very easy to drink...

ArrogantB, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of drpimento
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured with a nice white head that mostly subsided and no lace. Color is a hazy medium yellow. Aroma is good with a spice tartness. Smells fresh! Flavor isgood also. I pick up some spice and a little malt, tart light lemon qualities along with some yeast. Body is a tad on the thin side and well carbonated. Finish is clean from the tartness. Don't know if I'd personally want it as a session beer, but could see as how some folks would.

drpimento, May 31, 2009
Photo of Rayek
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Unfortunately, Zon is the second beer from my Boulevard sampler that didn't impress in the appearance department. The cloudy banana color gives a good beginning. A soapy eggshell cap forms on top only to disappear into nothing after a few minutes. A couple of wisps of lace were left behind.

S: Coriander, clove, orange peel and bit of yeast interplay nicely as they jockey for the lead aroma spot.

T: Subdued spiciness was my overall impression. Wheat is there with a dry breadiness. Spices come on in the middle with a nice combination of coriander and clove. An orange flavor rests in the background. Finishes tart, but not as dry as I'd like.

M: Light body is grainy and has sharp carbonation.

D: Pretty standard Wirbier fare, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Light body makes it go down easy. A decent summer quaffing beer.

Rayek, May 29, 2009
Photo of tronester
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a super cloudy yellow, with a thin white head. Smells of spices and wheat. Taste is dry, malty, hint of tartness from the wheat. The Belgian yeast strain used is very evident too. Aftertaste is of spices. Mouthfeel is slightly thin, nice low carbonation levels. Drinkability is very high, low alcohol, light, refreshing, yet not bland makes this a super summer beer.

tronester, May 25, 2009
Photo of KI9A
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours hazy yellow, a bit of a fast, but, disappering head. No lace.

S: Wheat, spice, fruit. Typical of a Wit.

T: Sweet candy, malt, yeasty. Even a bit of funkiness at the back. Obviously some clove, corrinder, and citrus..oh yeah, orange. Good stuff.

M: Light, very dry finish. Seemed to be above average carbonation compared to other Wits.

D: High on the list. Cool that I can just grab a sixer at the grocery store. That helps.

KI9A, May 23, 2009
Photo of stumac
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Boulevard is a gangsta brewery. Beer and nose candy. what...?

this brew pours up a cloudy golden color with a small white head. the nose is a lotta yeast, bananananana, slight citrus. the taste is the same as the nose but with more citrus. medium bodied and low carbo. This beer is caliente!

stumac, May 15, 2009
Photo of Mistofminn
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Since I am a fan of Belgian beers and anything close to them, I have been looking forward to this beer every since I started drinking Boulevards offerings. Purchased a sixer from Surdyks.

Pours a hazy white lemonade color. Small white head produced, but quickly disappears. Lively carbonation.

The nose is pretty impressive. Wheat malt and yeast. Spicey and fruity. Definitely get some clove and coriander, and even some orange peel (I think). It smells like most other Wit's I've had, but just a bit more impressive.

Boy, what a let down. At first, the taste is exactly what you would expect from the nose, and it's dang good. However, after the spiceyness wares off, I get a watered down taste, very disappointing. Maybe it's because I had a Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier earlier today, but this one just fell a bit short.

Decent mouthfeel, a little lighter than I had hoped, but thats ok. Very drinkable, I could definitely see myself drinking this all summer long, especially on warm summer days. The price tag wont make too big a dent in your bank account either.

Another solid offering from Boulevard. Not my favorite, but solid none the less.

Mistofminn, May 07, 2009
Photo of scoobybrew
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - cloudy straw color with a thick foamy head, good retention

S - wheat malt aroma with traces of spices (coriander, orange peel) that are somewhat faint

T - dominant wheat malt flavor with a touch of hops and coriander on the finish

M - creamy medium body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a decent enough witbier, but perhaps a bit average. Nonetheless, it's pretty refreshing on a spring/summer day.

scoobybrew, May 07, 2009
Photo of dancinwillie
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

dancinwillie, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of Wheelinb
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am trying to rehab my taste buds after burning them out on increasingly heavy IBUs. This has a pale yellowish color and I could smell citrus right away. I liked the higher carbonation than expected and was able to taste the citrus and maybe coriander? Very well balanced. A beer you could have several of.

Wheelinb, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of rowew
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle, best by date of 8/3/09 on the neck.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow, average head fades quickly.

Smell: Typical wit - lots of citrus, some spice. There is a good amount of wheat aroma as well.

Taste: Thin mouthfeel, high carbonation. Wheat, citrus - definitely can taste a bit of coriander. There is a slight metallic twinge to it.

Overall impression: Decent session beer, but nothing I will seek out again.

rowew, Mar 31, 2009
ZÔN from Boulevard Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 556 ratings.