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ZÔN - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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ZÔNZÔN

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518 Ratings
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Ratings: 518
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 9
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
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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

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Vancer

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sharp presentation: a hazy, lemon yellow pour with a delicate, but smallish white head. Nice labeling and a BBD of 10/1/06.

Notes of banana and wheaty clove in the aroma and taste, along with the infamous coriander and orange peel. Brew was foamy and well carbonated.

With the 4.4% abv, this makes for a solid summer session brew, and with a easy-on-the-pocket price! A darn good cut at a US version of a witbier. Wifey really enjoyed hers, I’ll be back for more of this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2006 12:44:49 | More by Vancer
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bort11

Missouri

3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler pint glass. Slight hazy yellow color. White head about a finger thick. Not much in the way of lacing. Nice lemon grass smell with hop notes. Pleasant lemon citrusy flavor. Not strong enough to create a puckery sensation. Very clean taste. Mouthfeel is light and a little oily. Very refreshing. this was great a cookout.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2006 18:15:45 | More by bort11
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.58/5  rDev +2%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2006 04:11:37 | More by russpowell
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle thanks to jhammerly.

Pours a hazy straw color with a small white head that vanishes. No lacing on the glass.

Delicate aroma. Bready and yeasty with some hints of corriander and orange.

Light flavor. Yeasty and bready with some corriander and orange. Nice balance.

Body is thin, low carbonation.

It's easy to drink and pleasant to taste. A nice summer refresher, but only average as a wit.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2006 23:12:57 | More by MaltyGoodness
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Zon, taking the base further. Further then what? Pours a very hazy lemony yellow color. The foam was limited when poured and very quickly disappeared altogether. No lacing to speak of.

The nose is good but feint for a wit. Some spice aromas, such as sweet orange and coriander are noticeable. Ties of wheat and a Belgium yeast are also in the mix. Some definite citrus appeal for sure.

The taste was light but did linger. A wheaty chalky taste was present but hidden with some lighter malt and more perceivable spices. Citrus and orange are represented but fade as other flavor emerge. Coriander is tasted near the end. Orange and hints of banana too, but light, and not much on the yeasty character either.

The body is light but ok, and the carbonation is high which is ok. Accents some of the orangey flavors. Overall I would have like the taste to have taken it further but still a alright wit.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2006 23:18:04 | More by Oxymoron
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thaichile

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden colour with a very, nice little head. Citrus and yeast on the nose. Flavors are a subdued citrus that are mixed in with a tad of spiciness and a whisp of banana. This merges into a creamy, delicious refreshing wit. I wish this were local. Great, especially summertime, thirst quencher or overall session brew. Thanks to jhammerly for the bottle

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2006 15:56:13 | More by thaichile
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Vibbly

Missouri

3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a witbier with a definite focus on refreshment. It pours with a standard "unfiltered" opacity and a quickly dissipating head. It is very mild (and possibly a bit thin tasting) but pleasant, and very drinkable. There is a definite sour citrus tang, which is perhaps not balanced well enough with other flavors, but I can see this being a sold hot weather beer. Not much to say; if you want something yeasty and fruity but not too complicated, you could do worse than ZON.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2006 17:24:11 | More by Vibbly
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thufflife

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer has a great refreshing taste with a nose of coriander and a hint of orange peel. The color is a cloudy upon pouring and tends to clear up a little after settling. Not much body, with a thin fast disappearing white head. I really enjoy this style of witbier boulevard seasonally produces and is great during the hot summer months of Kansas City.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2005 19:22:01 | More by thufflife
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whynot44

Missouri

3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light bodied, pale cloudy yellow color with a fluffy off-white head that disappears quickly.

Aroma is somewhat bready, yeasty with a definite coriander accent and a hint of citrus.

Taste is slightly tart, starts with a bit of spicy coriander, cloves, citrus and a hint of bananas over a background of slightly tangy wheat with a dry yeasty carbonated finish.

Should be a good hot weather refresher.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2005 04:26:30 | More by whynot44
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.58/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2005 13:36:13 | More by BuckeyeNation
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budgood1

Minnesota

2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

pours out a cloudy lemon yellow sun colour; semi-frothy head from active carbonation...little lace. aroma of orange and grapefruit peel...a hint of spice...smells very nice. tastes light and lemony with a hint of clove, spice and other fruit. this one goes down easy! too easy....

mouthfeel is extremely light and zesty...the body of this beer borders on watery. not much substance to this, but an outstanding hot weather quencher to say the least. i could slam a sixer after a day in the sun (or while sitting in the sun) and not have to worry about getting too buzzed or tired.

well...it's not a classic wit by any stretch of the imagination....but it has a purpose and it's pretty drinkable...or slammable. i'd buy it again to slake my thirst during the summer season. worth trying...just make sure you are thirsty!

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2005 00:20:24 | More by budgood1
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma has a nice fresh yeasty quality with bits of clove and a light fruitiness (lemons). Fresh, light, pleasant.
Cloudy light yellow. No head to speak of, mostly a ring yet shows obvious carbonation throughout.
Flavor is similar to aroma. Light, fresh, less yeastly and less phenol. More pale malt. Flavor is a little duller and flatter than the aroma. Less complex. Nice little spiciness followed by a simi-refreshing sourness.
Heavy and intense carbonation. Maybe I poured too carefully (considering no head). This leads to a heavy feeling instead of a lighter quality. On the thinnish side.
Good.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2005 16:30:16 | More by garymuchow
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mentor

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 10/01/05. Obtained from John's Grocery (Iowa City) and consumed about a week later (April 2005). Pours a one finger pure white frothy head over a dirty light lemon colored liquid. Smells funky, bready, yeasty, oranges, and coriander. It smells pretty good, which is quite a compliment as I dislike funky belgian styles (this was sold to me as a 'summer wheat'...oops). Tastes...yup, funky. Not so bad as most--perhaps my tolerance for the style is improving. Here's what I get; candy sweetness, vanilla (actually quite strong and persistent), pears, mild oranges. The flavors seem muted and watery somehow, such that nothing really knocks me over here. There is a late spicey zing, but I wouldn't quite call it coriander. A bit of acrid carbonation sting arises upon swallowing to mix with the spice. Then some aromatic 'funk' qualities that I find dispicable rise up the throat. Md-light bodied and mildly carbonated. Well, they've got the style down pretty well, just a bit watery, perhaps. But I've had enough. I still don't like funky belgian styles, so down the drain with the last of it. I will score this according to style, of course, not my personal tastes.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2005 02:57:51 | More by mentor
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babydoc

Kansas

3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from its stubby 12 ouncer labeled Best Before 10-01-05. Appearance is a light apricot juice in color and haziness, with a head that was bright white and diminuitive, fading to a thin haze. Did leave some lacing. Nose was subdued- citrus/orange and a bit of yeast and hops.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin, but tangy on the tongue and palate, crisp and dry in the finish. It tasted of wheat/white bread, with just hints of the orange and coriander the label suggested. Because of the crisp, dry finish I found it to be rather drinkable! I look forward to trying again on a hot afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2005 21:37:19 | More by babydoc
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

4.47/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As much as I've come to love the darker varieties, I'm glad to see that witbier is once again in season. There's nothing quite like downing more than a few [craft brewed] light and refreshing beverages amongst friends.

The appearance is a VERY cloudy, nearly opaque yellow with a thin and even coat of white head. From the looks, it reminds me of a real fruit juice or something, and the mouthfeel tends to second that notion. It looks exactly like I would expect a witbier to look.

The smell is of coriander and orange peel with a light dosage of hops. Also a yeasty/bready aroma. The smell is quite inviting. I could tell from the first whiff that this was going to be one hell of a refresher, though that was expected before I even had the beer out of the store.

The taste is very citrusy. Tastes like lemon and orange with a bit of wheat malt sweetness tucked in the middle and finished off by a light dosage of hops and clove spiciness. Quite tasty, and cures even the harshest case of cotton mouth rather than leaving a dry, ashy aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is kind of thick and creamy. Seems to be at both the perfect level for the style and at the perfect level for my tastes. Reveals an interesting range of flavors when swished around the mouth. I might just have to drink a shit ton of this stuff during the summer. This brew tends to get a fairly bad rep around here, even among Boulevard fans, but I find it to be just as good as their other seasonal offerings and even better than their year round offerings with the exception of the Bully! Porter. Try some for yourself if you can.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2005 05:01:04 | More by neonbrown82
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OatherS

Kansas

2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Twelve oz bottle with blue label with the sun and citrus fruit on the front.

Appearance: Cloudy lemony yellowish color. One finger head that quickly dissapates.

Smell: Subdued wit/citrusy odor. Not very strong.

Taste: The wit flavor is not very present. Slighty citrus flavor, lemons, oranges. Somewhat sour as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth mouthfeel. Pleasant against the tongue.

Drinkability: Not rushing to get another bottle out of the fridge. Although it definitely would be a good mower beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2005 21:44:22 | More by OatherS
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a hazy yellow-orange color, kinda like grapefruit juice. The aroma is of wheat malts, a hint of cloves and fruit. I get a bit of coriander as well. The flavor is of wheat malt, coriader and fruits. It has a drying finish. A good light bodied refresher.

Sampled on 5/31/04

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2004 00:20:45 | More by BeerBuilder
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RushLimbmalt

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Yellow and hazy in appearance, this beer smells very yeasty and wheaty with a hint of orange in the background. It has a very refreshing flavor of citrus and a whole lot of wheat malt. It is a bit thin and has a low ABV, but this makes the beer a great summer refresher, when you don't want a heavy beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2004 01:09:50 | More by RushLimbmalt
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow lemonade with a fizzy, white head.
Smells of tangy wheat malt, with coriander, mild oranges, and yeast.
Lightly sweet, crisp, wheat malt flavors up front. Notes of coriander, banana, and yeast accompany. Finish is tangy bitter, yeasty, and slightly medicinal, even with the low alcohol. Bubbly, champagne-like feel, yet medium-bodied (thanks to the wheat protein). A nice refreshing summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2004 21:50:36 | More by alexgash
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TheLongBeachBum

California

3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Squat 12 ounce bottle with a light sky blue colored label that incorporates a bright Sun into the word ‘ZŌN’, which is Flemish for Sun, and hints at this beers intended style. No strength indicated, but a Best By date of 10/01/04 is painted onto the bottles neck. Twist cap and a neck label with some explanatory background to the beer.

Appearance: Hazy lemon meringue body with a thin but consistent and uniform white head. Nice levels of dissolved carbonation in the body. Served in a tall 0,5l Erdinger Wießbräu Glass, it looks damn fine and very inviting on a warm afternoon.

Nose: Fresh citric tart hints, some orange and lemon peels, delicate acidity with the merest whiff of yeast and wheat. Has a very Witbier nose, crisp and refreshing.

Taste: Sharp acidic tart starts with a light lemon sweetness. Wheaty middle, a touch of yeast mixes with a reassuring cloying Wit feel. Lemon zest sharp finish, fruity at times, crisp and clean in the finish. Coriander runs through to make a late entrance in the back end.

Mouthfeel: Light, tart, sharp and refreshing.

Drinkability: Yet another Boulevard brew that has a very easy going nature coupled with a solid quaffability factor. At 3.4% I could pound a few of these with little trouble.

Overall: I often travel to Kansas City on business as it is the home to many Clients and Vendors. But I have never tried this offering from BBC before. The perfect start to a slow relaxing Saturday afternoon in a warm and sunny Long Beach.

I was planning on saving all the beers that recently arrived from Sir Big of the Huge until I send my return beers out to him. But all the big beers in my fridge seemed wrong on a hot afternoon. This light Wit was just perfect though.

:-) Sunny Smiles and a Big Thanks to BigHuge for this one!

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2004 01:03:44 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks alot like lemon juice, fizzy firm starch white cap, fizzes away quickly to a thin collar, not much lacing- very minimal spots. Aroma is of fresh cirtusy lemon and orange rinds, quite zesty, spicy with some lemon zip and crispy with wheat. Taste is a bit short lived and tame, not as long or sharp as most Wit's. The lemon is tame as is the wheat structure, spices are low and non lingering. Fades off pretty quickly leaving some woodish pulp, pear, and apple notes and finishes a bit empty if not watery. An OK beer at best. Still like Bully though.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2004 18:40:52 | More by tavernjef
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy copper color with a decent size white head. As white biers go, this one is pretty standard. Smelled slightly of citrus and yeast. Taste was crisp and uninsulting, but didn't do that much for me. This was fine on a humid, rainy summer night while grilling some steaks, but this is not a beer I would pursue again.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2004 14:48:23 | More by TastyTaste
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jimdkc

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like I get to be first to review 2004's version of this seasonal brew from Boulevard. Appearance was typical witbier: pale, straw yellow, hazy, with a small foamy white head. Left spots of lace on the glass. Smell was a nearly overpowering aroma of yeast! Seriously... uncapping this beer was like uncapping a vial of White Labs! Fortunately, though, there was a lot more going on in the taste than just yeast. Malted wheat and yeast flavor followed by citrus notes of orange and lemon. Not quite as spicy as I'd like. Medium mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable and refreshing.

Edit: Subsequent samples have been not quite as "yeasty" as my first trial! I have upgraded the smell rating accordingly! (from 2 to 3) That first bottle must have just gotten an extra heavy hit of yeast!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2004 05:35:38 | More by jimdkc
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well-sedimented pale yellow with that greenish Wit tint. Minimal head, speckly in bubble sizes. Lace is very limited to dots. Clove aroma, faintest bit of orangey notes, coriander not noticeable. Flavor comes off very uniform and non-complex, all the elements come together quickly except for that slightly medicinal sense I get late in the swallow on a lot of Witbiers. Rolling ester impressions, tinged by an almost pesto-like basil herbal botanical quality. Within bounds for the style. Well-done Wit, perhaps a bit lacking in mouthfeel at the end, where it seems to flatten and get just a bit watery.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2004 13:50:32 | More by ADR
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brewQ

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's May and Kansas CIty hits its first stretch of 80-90 degree days.
ZON is introduced for the summer season right on cue.

It has a delicate white head that quickly efferevesces away.
The brew is a hazy/milky juice color. My allergy troubled nose senses spice (peppery) and some citrus.

The flavor is definitely of spice and lemony but not overwhelming where you forget you are drinking a beer. (Label says brewed with orange peels and coriander).

The finish leaves you with a slight puckering and is not full.
With an ABV at just 3.4% this beer is engineered for summer quaffing and sweating!

In tandem with their Unfiltered Wheat, the Boulevard guys have a good summer line up- though I'll probably drink more of the Pale.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2004 21:03:33 | More by brewQ
ZÔN from Boulevard Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 518 ratings.