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ZÔN - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 578
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 9
Gots: 37 | 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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Photo of DocTheDJ
3.07/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

DON't take this review seriously. I thought this was the worst out of the trial 12pack I got and now I know why. Bottle says best by 10/01/08. Herbs and spices that might have been nice and delicate in this one have long lost their ability to tast good I'm sure so I will have to come back and try this one again someday.

Make sure it is still worth the time spent drinking it!

I have to file a a beer spy on this one!



Photo of htomsirveaux
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, tried 1 Sep 2008.

Pours with a large light white head tinged with yellow. Well carbonated. Cloudy sunny yellow color. Aroma of coriander and sweet meyer lemons. Starts lemony and slightly tart. Yeasty, coriander and orange zest. Finish and aftertaste quite citrusy, like the pith and zest of grapefruit. Medium body.

Overall light and refreshing.

Photo of OStrungT
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a pale straw yellow color, with a very thin white head. The head fades very fast, leaving a decent lacing.

This beer has a grainy aroma. It has a spicy, coriander like aroma as well. It smells of lemony citrus as well.

This beer tastes pretty much like it smells. Grain and spice up front. Lemon citrus hops after that.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It leaves a slightly unappealing bandaide like aftertaste.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. If the listed alcohol content can be believed, it can consumed in quantity.

Overall: Thanks go to Vancer for this beer. I really liked it. The onlt problem was the bandaide aftertaste. It is still worth drinking.

Photo of meatmallet
2.53/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Cloudy golden yellow with a thick head.

Smell: Wheat, orange, and coriander. Nothing powerful, very soft.

Taste: A citrus and yeast overpower the coriander and banana. Again nothing special.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: High carbonation is good but it is a bit watery and plain.

Photo of colts9016
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very hazy golden yellow with a small head but dissolves quickly. A nice Wheat malty citrus aroma with hints of honey esters and spice.
The taste is balance with wheat and malt. giving way to oranges honey esters and spice.
Finish is a nice citrus and a slight hop bittering, but very easy to drink.

Photo of redjameskidd
3.37/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Similar to their "unfiltered american wheat" beer, with more taste. Instead of just having a creamy grain flavor, hits a few mild weizen-like notes with moderate citrus/coriander flavor.

This might very well be a good beer to give to someone who really likes drinking Blue Moon, as an example of a more restrained, balanced, less oppressively orangey example of the style.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the last few of a 12 pack Boulevard sampler I purchased.
Pours a very light gold in color with no head forming at all. Very cloudy looking.
Smell is very light lemon and not much else. This is actually, next to the Bully Porter, their least offensive beer I've had. Crisp, clean, refreshing and very easy drinking. Plenty of carbonation. Decent and would be great on a hot, sticky, summer day. I could drink this one again.

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

It honestly was more like weizen than a wit to me but that was alright. I love both styles. It is not as spicy as most wits. I did not taste the coriander or other spices sometimes affiliated with wits. The orange in it is also mild. There are some good citrus tones but not the usual. It is a hazy yellow color and a little creamy looking. This beer has a great white head and lace. It smells like bananas, cloves some citrus. It is very drinkable and refreshing. I thought the taste was great just don't be expecting it to taste like other wits you have tried.

Photo of gpogo
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy yellow with small white head. The head disappeared almost instantly.

A- Subdued spicy wheat aroma with noticeable hints of coriander. Rather yeasty aroma.

T- Yeasty flavor, lots of coriander with smaller citrusy notes. Incredibly refreshing, yeasty coriander aftertaste.

M- Medium body with Moderate to high carbonation.

D- This is a great summer beer, incredibly refreshing and a great wit from the midwest. Very sessionable and not too pricey.

Photo of aerozeppl
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to brentk56 for this as a kicker.

A: Little bit darker that a wit should be but the cloudiness is dead on. Zero head.

S: Very yeasty with hints of coriander.

T: Tons of wheat up front. Nice spice to break it up. Banana in the finish strong.

M: For having no head the carbonation is on the harsh side. Little watery as well.

D: At 3.4% drinkability is not a problem. Not a big fan of wits and this did not impress me. On a hot summer day this would be awesome though. Almost October in Albany is a little out of place for this.

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.

Photo of gmfessen
4.4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a pale, cloudy yellow color with a thin milky head. The smell is typical for a beer of the style; spicy phenols, banana, clove, orange peel, corriander and some yeast breadyness. The taste almost reminds me of an orange-banana juice. The corriander and orange peel are just right, there is a slight hop bitterness but no apparent hop flavor. The mouthfeel is light in body and the carbonation has a creaminess about it. Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. It tastes great, would be excellent on a hot day and the low ABV makes it a very sessionable beer.

Photo of KarlHungus
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a a cloudy pale yellow color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of mild coriander, and a little orange peel. The taste has more orange and less coriander than the aroma, but is still quite mild. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation that seems a bit low for a witbier. Overall, this is a weak ezample of a wit. I don't think I will be drinking this again.

Photo of coldmeat23
2.91/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Chilled to approx 45 degrees

A golden yellow liquid that looks like sunshine in a glass. Slightly hazy. One finger foamy white head that dissolves to nothing, quickly.

Coriander. Tangy wheat notes. Slight hint of orange and cloves.

Wheat taste is dominant. Slight spicey, citrusy notes. Powerful phenol (band aid) taste on the end.

For a very light bodied beer, it maintains a suprising creaminess. The low-level carbonation works for this one.

While I could easily see people drinking many of these on a hot summer day, personally, the phenol taste throws me off. It's just a bit too much.

Photo of argock
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass tumbler. No freshness date.

A: A bit hazy with the initial pour with soft yellow hue and thin white head with barely any retention.

S: Lots of tangy wheat with clear coriander but a bit of clove and sweet fruit aromas as well. Not a lot of citrus though.

T: Nice witbier tang with some yeastiness and light citrus note and noticeable but not overwhelming spice flavors. Citrus component is pretty small.

M: A little too much carbonation gives it a bit of a fizzy feel but still nothing objectionable. Body is good for a wit.

D: Decent enough witbier but nothing special.

Photo of brentk56
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
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

Photo of chemmie
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised by this beer. I was thinking it might end up being a pretty generic Belgian Style Wit, but it was a little better than that. The look was a pale yellow, with just a little head that quickly went away. The taste and smell is of lemon and other citrus, but not overpowering. It is light and refreshing, but still has a nice bit of flavor. Not a bad Belgian style Wit. It could have a little more kick to it, but it is still good.

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

Girlfriend bought the Sampler 12 pack... Here we go.

A - Cloudy lemon colored. Head fades quick, little lace.

S - Yeasty with a little citrus. The wheat is there.

T - Classic wit taste. A little weak on the hop and even though bottle conditioned the carbonation isn't there.

M - Again, a bit watery for my taste...

D - On a lawnmower? I'll take 9. With dinner? Pass.

Photo of birchstick
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured yellow with a small head. Smelled very citrusy with tones of wheat and yeast. Tasted as the nose suggested it would, with strong lemon/citrus at first, with a wheat/yeast aftertaste. Not too much going on, but then again it shouldn't. This was an okay beer, a great thirst quencher.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.09/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a weizen glass)
A- This beer has a hazy dark yellow body with a strong carbonation of bubbles, supporting a head of thin bubbly white foam. The color looked a bit like brown lemons.

S- The big floral yeast notes had a lemon note and a slightly sweet white bread note to finish.

T- The dry crisp lemon zest flavor was followed by a soft bread dough note and a dry carbonic acid finish. The green hop finish was soft but increased and turned a bit piney as the beer warmed.

M- The dry light mouthfeel had a slight cider texture, kind of like water but slippery, and a tight fizz finish.

D- This is a crisp refreshing beer with some good flavor but more fruit that malt/wheat flavors. There was a good amount of hops at the finish and the sweetness that came through as it warmed was soft but nice.

Photo of naterock
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass
A: very impressive yellowish white with a small head. classic witbier color.
S: heavy smells of lemon zest and coriander, a belgian malt character comes into the forefront with a slight hop underscent.
T: crisp lemony approach, a spicy coriander feel and a malty finish. Coriander lingers slightly but not too long. I think where most witbiers go wrong is the strong coriander aftertaste that is just overwhelming.
M: nicely carbonated helps develop the small amount of bitterness.
D: this is a perfect session beer, small ABV, crisp and clean. One of the best summer seasonals around.

Photo of orangemoustache
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy medium bright yellow with a couple fingers of pilloy whie head that leaves some small amounts of circular lace as is quickly drops.The nose is mildly sweet and lemony with some spicy yeast in the background.This is a tasty Witbier,dry tangy citrus greets the tastebuds followed closly by smoothe Belgian flavors,the lemon within is subtle and not as overwhelming as some Hefes(imo) which is why I enjoy Wits over other German offerings.I don't taste the orange the label refers to,tho there is some sweetness(maybe banana)that comes through.The body is light and the finish is as crisp and clean as they come.I have no doubt I would finish a six pack in a night,or they may disappear even faster on a hot summer afternoon!

Photo of deepsouth
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer poured a cloudy yellow with a nice white head that made some nice lacing. the amount of carbonation visible is vicious.

this beer smells like bananas and grapes, bunny bread and honey.

this beer tastes pretty thin flavor-wise. nothing offensive, but nothing that really grabs you.

the mouthfeel is appropriate for the style.

this beer is very easy to drink, but i've had better witbeers. nevertheless, it was a fun one to try.

Photo of Tilley4
3.24/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not my favorite style but I'm supporting Boulevards appearance in Tn.

Pours a urine colored cloudy yellowish color with a very short lived head...

Aroma of wheat, coriander, and a faint banana..

Nothing to write home about on the taste.. Not bad, but not spectacular. Wheaty citrusy taste throughout,,

Not my favorite style but drinkable.

Photo of Durge
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a bright cloudy yellow color with a modest white head and thin lacing. It smells slightly citrusy wheat and hints of pretzel. Somewhat thin bodied but the flavor is decent with notes of your basic wheat and citrus refreshment. Very easy drinking but it has a spicey/peppery effect. A little anemic for me but it's OK for the style.

ZÔN from Boulevard Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 578 ratings.