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ZÔN - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 563
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.77%
Wants: 8
Gots: 32 | 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 thaichile
4.28/5  rDev +21.6%
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

thaichile, May 17, 2006
Photo of Vibbly
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Vibbly, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of thufflife
4.22/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

thufflife, Dec 01, 2005
Photo of whynot44
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

whynot44, Nov 14, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 02, 2005
Photo of budgood1
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
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!

budgood1, Aug 17, 2005
Photo of garymuchow
3.8/5  rDev +8%
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.

garymuchow, May 21, 2005
Photo of mentor
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

mentor, May 02, 2005
Photo of babydoc
3.45/5  rDev -2%
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.

babydoc, Apr 20, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
4.47/5  rDev +27%
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.

neonbrown82, Apr 20, 2005
Photo of OatherS
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

OatherS, Apr 17, 2005
Photo of BeerBuilder
3.73/5  rDev +6%
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

BeerBuilder, Nov 21, 2004
Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

RushLimbmalt, Nov 08, 2004
Photo of alexgash
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

alexgash, Nov 03, 2004
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

TheLongBeachBum, Aug 15, 2004
Photo of tavernjef
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

tavernjef, Jun 24, 2004
Photo of TastyTaste
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

TastyTaste, Jun 07, 2004
Photo of jimdkc
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

jimdkc, May 21, 2004
Photo of ADR
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

ADR, May 12, 2004
Photo of brewQ
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

brewQ, May 08, 2004
Photo of Chaz
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a tight white head of moderate duration and minimal lacing. Color is a murky whitish-yellow. Aroma is full of fruity esters with a healthy hint of vanilla and spice. Creamy, tangy, sharp and spicy all at first sip! The creaminess really sticks with you here, with the vanilla hints lingering nicely also. Mouthfeel is smooth, punctuated by the sharp, spicy yeastiness. Malt backbone is firm yet subtle, this is not a big beer . . . I just wanna say “all of your papers seem to be in order sir, we’ll find a spot for you in First Class!” One of the most approachable interpretations of the style I’ve had in some years, close enough to a Bavarian Hefeweizen to make the style easily approachable/drinkable to the “kids” and gals cutting their teeth on the big Bavarian exports downtown. I might take Victory’s Whirlwind Wit over this on personal preference, but nobody seems to wanna carry that Victory brand round town, so I’ll gladly drink hell outta this one : )

Chaz, May 03, 2004
Photo of Bruiser81
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the bottle a very hazy yellowish-white color. A small head settles down to a thin sheet across the top.
Smell is pleasant. Lots of citrus, slight hints of coriander. A fresh grassy appeal. Not much in hops category but a slight streak.
The taste has a lot of the same characteristics as the aroma. A lemony citrus flavor burts out first. Followed by a slight bitterness. Bannana cloves run along the backbone evident during all points of the beer. Aftertaste is a very lemony tartness.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin but not bad by any means.
Overall this is a very tasty, very drinkable beer. This is a mainstay in my fridge when its available.

Bruiser81, Apr 29, 2004
Photo of Trentonator
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have the luxury of drinking Boulevard on tap, since I live in Kansas City, and it is readily available around here. This beer is best on tap, I feel, as I have tried it both in the bottle and from the keg, and the draft version is much more lively. If you do try it from the bottle, make sure to swirl that last inch from the bottom before pouring it into your glass.

That said, the appearance is average, with even a heavy pour leaving a little finger high head that leaves very quickly. Some spotty lacing, but it's gone quickly too. Smell is not overpowering, bits of orange, coriander and yeast coming through. This beer is best served very, very cold, also. As it warms, the yeastiness becomes more prevalent (and the beer loses it's subtlety to the overwhelming yeast) .

Taste is like summertime in a bottle! Very light on the palate, goes down easy. Soft on the mouthfeel, and very drinkable, not too heavy on the alcohol. I can knock back several of these and not feel too full or too hammered.

Kudos to Boulevard!! If you are ever in the Kansas City area, take the tour! www.blvdbeer.com

Trentonator, Apr 19, 2004
Photo of DPMomutant
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You know summer is near when Boulevard brings out the Zôn brew.

The last inch poured (as recommended) into the glass produces most of the finger-thick head. The body is a very light yellow but cloudy enough to block anything out.

A bit of wheat smell, a bit of bread smell, and a bit of citrus smell makes a nice aroma but you have to sniff hard for it.

You can just catch the orange peel taste, some white (though good and fresh) bread taste from the yeast. Some hints of other spices in here. Would like a little more of that.

A nice mouthfeel with little carbonation. Basically what one would look for in a 'summer' beer.

This is a very drinkable beer. Light in ABV and on the palate with a decent taste. I can enjoy a session of these even if there is better out there.

Really, the taste is the thing most 'wrong' with this beer and it's not objectionable.

DPMomutant, Apr 19, 2004
Photo of Quaffer
4.22/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: True to the style, this was a washed out yellow beer that had a white appearance to it. Even with an aggressive pour, the fizzy, coarse white head only rose up to about one finger. It was gone within the minute. By the time I had taken a few drinks, there was not a trace of it left.

Smell: This beer had a very lively aroma that consisted of strong, slightly sweet grains, oranges, cloves and coriander.

Mouthfeel: A little on the thin side, but the grain presence still gives it some chewiness. This was not a rough beer, but it did have a lot of tingle to it, on both the tongue and the cheeks.

Taste: The flavors were a mix of everything that was present in the aroma. Upfront was a slight sweetness that quickly gave was to a citrus bite. That was also when the spices made their presence known. Then, on the finish, the wheat and grain flavors developed. They were chewy and really filled the mouth. On a few of the drinks I could detect just a hint of bitterness, but those tastes were few and far between.

I look forward to this seasonal from Boulevard every year. This is some good beer.

Quaffer, Aug 16, 2003
ZÔN from Boulevard Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 563 ratings.