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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: 44 | 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 BigRedN
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a hazy pale yellow with a white head about 1/2 an inch in height. Head fades to just a ring around the glass, leaves little lacing.

Smell: Some wheat malt, but overall the beer is dominated by a lemony citrus aromas.

Taste: Citrus fruit (lemon mostly) with a little wheaty malt and yeast in the background. OK, but not great. A little bit of a sour finish for me.

Mouthfeel: Light in body, a bit prickly in the mouth with a smooth finish.

Drinkability: An ok beer, good on a hot day, goes down easy. ABV is ridiculously low, one could drink these all day I guess, except I would tire of the taste quickly. This is my least favorite Boulevard seasonal beer.

Photo of happygnome
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: very light yellow color with three quarter inch head that dissapears very slowly leaving very little lacing
s: wheat breadness with strong notes of citrus very clean and inviting
t: lemon, strong corriander and wheat very enjoyable
m: light bodied beer with a more than average carbonation

overall this is a very refreshing beer very low abv with is good cause in the hot summer im not too eager to have a big beer

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

Very small white head which leaves no lacing. Hazy lemonaid color. Smell is fairly light, hops and a bit of lemon hints. Taste is also light, basic wheat flavor with a hint of coriander and lemon. Mouthfeel is light and a bit watery. Still this is a fairly drinkable brew, but I would buy Hoegaarden any day before this beer. Overall this is an "okay" beer, my girlfriend loves it so I end up drinking it far too often. Still its worth a try if you cant find a great beligian witbier.

Photo of zeff80
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a light clear, yelllow color with a pillowy, white, two-finger head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of citrus and a little wheat.

T - It tasted of wheat, lemon, corriander and clove.

M - It was soft and smooth. A very light-bodied beer.

D - This beer tastes pretty good. It's not really a traditional witbier but it is still drinkable.

Photo of hckyfn9999
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, pale, golden yellow color. The head is a little thin and doesnt last very long but there is a thin layer through out the life of the beer. Aroma is a very Belgian-like. There is the familiar musty, fruity yeast aroma to go along with some clove, corriander, and lemon zest. Initial taste is the Belgiany yeast noted in the aroma which gives way to some fresh grain. Good amount of spicing in this beer as well, also some light citrus. Nice sessionable, very Belgian-like Wit that would be great for a hot day, and with the very low ABV you can drink it all day.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light hazy golden color, soapy head is a little weak. Not much lacing. Points for the haze.

Aroma very light, mostly grain husk and very faint clove spicing.

Flavor is similarly light in body, good spicing which is mostly coriander I think. Very faint citric lightness, light grain flavor. Carbonation is really high, mouthfeel a little watery but spot-on for the wit style. At 3.4%, you can seriously drink a lot of these.

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

12oz brown bottle

Boulevard Zon was a very cloudy pale yellow color. The white head quickly dissipated to a thin layer. The aroma was mostly coriander with a hint of orange. The taste was also dominated by the coriander with a little citrus over a light malt base with some wheat evident. The body was medium to light with a medium to high carbonation level. This is a good refreshing summer ale.

Photo of blitz134
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow, cloudy body. Thin, bubbly white head on the pour, half inch thick. Reduced to nothing. Strong banana in the nose, clove rounds it out. Pretty typical for a wheat beer. Predominate wheat taste, banana and clove again. This is pretty standard again but its pretty good. Nice spiciness on the tongue. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Crisp and fairly carbonated. Nothing outstanding flavorwise, but this is somewhat expected. I like this though. Nice and refreshing, crisp. Just what I expect.

Photo of Mdog
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very pale yellow, a little cloudy from the yeast.

Smell: Yeast, a little citrus.

Taste: Bready, a little citrus with some yeast aftertaste. I didn't taste any of the usual "wit" spices so this was a little bland to me.

Mouthfeel: Very light.

Drinkability: Decent, but there are much better witbiers out there.

I like wits, so I tried Boulevard's version. I didn't pick up much spice in this so it got a little downgraded. It's better than their unfiltered wheat, but not as good as some of their other beers.

Photo of beerphilosopher
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy medium yellow color with a super white, fluffy head that is mountainous. Nose is strong of wheat and citrus fruit. Some flowery notes too. Palate is soft, slightly sweet, and and has a citrusy tang as well. Coriander and a little clove, orange or lemon peel, and powdered sugar. Light/medium body with a dry finish. Moderate carbonation. A very drinkable witbier.

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

Pours a cloudy off yellow with no head or lacing to speak of. The nose has a slight must to it. There are hints of orange, coriander, yeast and some bubble gum. No hops to speak of. The palate is crisp and acidic with pale malts and corriander dominating the flavor profile. Again, hints of bubble gum and yeast. The mouthfeel is light and crisp which seems appropriate for the style. Seems easy enough to drink, but I am not particularly a fan of the style so it loses drinkability points for me.

Photo of hoffman
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well I had to try this one. And before this review makes it sound like I am tearing the beer apart, I must say it is a pretty decent drink for a $6 sixer. The appearance is hazy honey gold with little if any head...it takes a vigorous pour to make the large borax white bubbles expose. The smell is faint, mostly banana yeast notes with some rough clove and weak grainy wheat. The taste is...mighty fine pretty soft up front but a bit tangy in the middle with some sour orange/lemon notes and a bit of hop character the fihish is mildy sweet and sour with some hop again and a nice yeasty bottom....pretty good. The mouthfeel is largly watery comfortably creamy, decent. Overall a very drinkable beer....not as good as Hoegaarden or Allagash about on par with Blue Moon but not quite as quaffable due to the yeasty nature. A decent drink, give it a try if you can.

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass, poured a pretty good whitish head at first, murky golden yellow, quite fizzy, with head fizzling out to half-film. Aroma is true to belgian wheat style, quite citric, with the yeast and wheat saying hi just for a sec. Taste is tart and citric up front, picking up orange peel, wheaty through the middle, kind of evening out, with a lively mouth in the finish, some lemon and/or orange zest as it falls away. Like the mouth from start to finish, and at 3.4 ABV, very drinkable and tasty to boot. I'll be picking up a few more methinks.

Photo of Vancer
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of bort11
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
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

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.24/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of thaichile
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
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

Photo of Vibbly
3.35/5  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.

Photo of thufflife
4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Photo of whynot44
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of budgood1
2.96/5  rDev -16.1%
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!

Photo of garymuchow
3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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