Amadeus Biere Blanche - Les Brasseurs de Gayant

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Reviews: 57
Hads: 85
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.65%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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France

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: frank4sail on 02-06-2003

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Reviews: 57 | Hads: 85
Photo of mactrail
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellowish color with a fine-grained pure white foam in the Ommegang chalice. Can't fault the creamy mouthfeel. The aroma seems lacking.

The first sip makes me think of celery tonic. So does the tenth sip. Light and fluffy with an unusual aromatic flavor. Not so much spiced as infused with something. There is a touch of lemon as well as cucumber. Quite dry but without any hint of yeasty flavors. Overall the taste is rather faint.

I guess this one's a matter of personal taste. It seems well made but to me it has a peculiar flavor that doesn't compare to the multitude of "regular" Witbiers. From the 750 corked bottle purchased for ten bucks at Ibis Food Mart in San Diego. (692 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
2.14/5  rDev -38%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap and served in a branded glass at a small cafe in Lille, France.

Appearance: Cloudy hazy glowing white straw yellow beer. Huge head and lots of lacing.

Smell: Practically no smell at all other than a hint of lemon.

Taste: Grainy, watery, with lemon rind - lemon citrus sticks out most of all, but weak - balanced by some of the malt but the malt is weak as well. There is no finish to this beer - it just stops.

Mouthfeel: Watery, with OK carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: Not a good beer. Weak, insipid, poorly done. Nice looking, but substandard in all other aspects. (585 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus zest, spices, and herbs. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is easy to drink. (521 characters)

Photo of Pintsize31
3.89/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at the local beer cave picked it up for giggles. All in all I say its pretty good I can't say great because I am not a huge fan of fruity beers. Which leads to flavor lots of citrus in the taste and smell mildly like lemon with orange on the back. Poured really well a little bit of grain in the texture overall a pretty good beer just will not be more then an every once in awhile drink for me. (406 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lazy Saturday afternoon, time for a witbier. So, on to it:

Cloudy white grape color, soapy inch thick head, webbed lacing around the glass. The nose is fruity, in a tart, lemony way. Soft, and on the lively side.

It's refreshing, but the flavor is rather one dimensional. Again, it has a sweet lemon flavor, and there's a touch of graininess. The label says that it is brewed with spices, but I'm having a difficult time tasting them. Its body is soft, delicate, and is an okay choice for a witbier. Too bad 750's run for $9.49. (530 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and poured with a thin white head that has good retention properties and never faded away. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light aromas of lemon citrus and coriander in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is quite lemony but doesn’t really have much wheat flavors compared to other witbiers.
M: It feels light-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very refreshing and almost tastes like a sorbet. (554 characters)

Photo of frankiepop
4.82/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amadeus is still one of my favorite beers. This is a white beer with a mellow carbonation and mild flavoring in the tradition of white Belgian ales. The downside is the access to this fine beer. But if you desire a white beer that is mellow in texture and flavors with some noticeable spice then this may be the beer for you

I compared Amadeus head to head with Hoegaarden, which I also love, the heads were about the same. Hoegaarden is a little more cloudy as opposed to Amadeus French clarity. Amadeus is less citrusy & and more dry. I find Amadeus a nice thirst quencher for summers.

What I like about Amadeus best is the subtle mellow flavor and carbonation. Amadeus leaves you more open to the the spices such as the chamomile or whatever really come to the forefront and linger very nicely in the after taste.

So enjoy this amazing white beer during France's Euro Cup rainy rainy match before some poor soul gets struck by lightning. This beer also goes well with Dvorak's New World Symphony. I also think the sounds of French guitar genius Raymond Boni who most Americans are totally unaware of, but should check out ... he plays with Joe Mcphee on a few cds. Boni is the best guitarist since Django. (1,211 characters)

Photo of stephens101
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pale yellow-orange pour puts out a boisterous white head that diminishes slowly, and ultimately ending in a thick, cumulus cloud-like covering. A few wide swathes of lace linger around the glass.

Smells lemony and malty with a nice sweet bread backbone along with some clove and candied sugar floating around. Very complex. Let's hope the palate experiences the same. Tastes grainy with a squirt of lemon and not much spice. Tanginess is just right.

Body is weaker and drier than I was hoping for, especially considering the depth of the bouquet. Subsequent pulls do however open things up and reveal a bit of welcomed spice and a lemon cookie yeast.

This one is off the charts easy drinking, although the body and taste suffers a bit secondarily. (753 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ML Corked bottle. Freshness date stamped on back. Served in a tall Weisse Glass.
It pours a hazy milky lemonade color with a very fast-fading snowy white head. Some thin wispy lacing trails and dissolves.
Nice lemony and peppery smells rise at first pour. A light smell of bread dough, cloves and orange zest inch forward. Is that cardamom in the distance?
The flavors mirror the aromas in nearly every way. The tart, astringent lemon taste is perhaps a bit too over the top, but it does cut through and declare its dominance.
An odd peppery saline is noticed in the after taste, then seems to vanish. It could be the bottom of bottle sediment. I need to try this one again to be sure. (690 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is quite a light beer. Light color, light taste, light feel. But it does this well.

Lemonade looking, a bit cloudy. The head gives it away; it ain't lemonade.

Yet its aroma is zesty and citrus. Very light malt undertones. Some...some coriander.

Light taste. Lemony. Maybe this IS lemonade. A healthy portion of spice and some minty-ness makes this quite refreshing. The carbonation could use a boost. ABV is excellent for a quenching summer beer.
Overall it's good; not the best Wit, but it does the trick (517 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
2.76/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours pale cloudy yellow with a decent thick bubbly head. No lace. bubbles rising.

Big lemon peel and carbonated water scent. Some white pepper.

This one is just flat out missing the malt. Very light wheat flavor, some yeast, but this is all lemon and some white pepper and maybe some cardamon. Watery thin strength of flavor. Tart lemon thru to the finish. Light bitterness.

Light bodied, ok carbonation, but a little watery.

Bought $9 bomber. Ugh. This is not something I'll get again. Glad it is a hot day -- will chug in front of the grill. (548 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.7/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Can into Swiss kitchenware in Zürich, Switzerland. Reviewed live.

A: Two finger head of nice fluffy white cream, decent thickness, and good retention. Hazy cloudy yellow colour.

Sm: Barley foundation with lemon citrus esters riding atop. A moderate strength scent.

T: Holy lemon, batman! Lemon citrus esters join with the barley foundation to form a sort of faux-lemon lime beer, a bit like a certain American soft drink that I can't quite recall the name of. Very simple and a bit artificial; I suspect the esters are from syrups. That said, it does what it can to be refreshing. For what it's trying to do, it works.

Mf: Nicely coarse and wet. Sort of suits the flavours on the body.

Dr: Average ABV, decent price, and easy drinkability. Give her a spin, lads. (773 characters)

Photo of JMastrangelo
1.3/5  rDev -62.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is one Amadeus that didn't rock me. I've never heard ANYTHING about French beers, and if this is the norm, I can see why.

A slightly hazy golden pour, as expected of the style. Looked surprisingly, almost disturbingly, carbonated

Smell was nonexistent.

This tasted like they poured 20% light amber ale, 75% soda water, and 5% lemon flavorings. The subtle lemon taste was painfully artificial.

Mouthfeel was that of sudsy, carbonated water.

I drank this beer through sheer willpower of not wasting $16.

Do not buy this beer. What little character they have is stolen from Polar lemon soda water. (606 characters)

Photo of ThaCreep
2.61/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

The lemon flavor, almost to exaggeration, the nose of the beer, much more than common characteristic of a Witbier, who also appears quite lemony. The first mouth, however, leaves a slight citrus hand over her mouth to deliver a body too thin, very watery and the obvious lack of spices. This lemon zest back on the aftertaste but it is far from memorable, far from it. A bit like if we had put in a low quality Witbier two fingers of lemon concentrate. (452 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the corked 750 ml. bottle marked 112811-L 19207. Sampled on November 19, 2010. The pour has a definite pale yellow-white appearance with a thin, short-lasting fizzy head. Cloudy. The aroma is more of pineapple than anything else. I noted a little wheat in there but the citrus-pineapple scent was front and center. The taste also has a tart, citrus-like sensation with a more notable wheat drop as well as some distant barley malts and hops. Not much in the way of spices. This reminds me of a summer ale. (510 characters)

Photo of choyhosoi
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a glass.
A- Had a hazy yellow look like a hefe. Pours a nice white frothy head, and leaves some very nice lacing.

S-Had nice fruity tones smelt a lot of orange in this one.

T/M/D- This is avery drinkable beer that would be great in the summertime. You can barely tell your drinking a beer at first so not that much on taste here but a very interesting beer. (385 characters)

Photo of ABOWMan
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a pleasant straw-like color with some slight haziness to it with one finger of fluffy white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing what so ever.

S: Distinct lemon nose with some fruit, possibly green apple. The aroma made you begin to salivate with anticipation as to what may come.

T: Definite lemon up front with a bitter lemon zest note that followed. Some hint of coriander, but it was light and almost mistakable. Little there besides lemon. This ale was closer to a shandy than a white beer due to the predominance of fruit flavor. I missed the wheat notes and lively carbonation I was expecting to see given the style of this beer.

M: Very light and thin. Lacked the carbonation to raise the ratings in this category.

D: This is a highly drinkable brew. My comment would be that the reason for drinking it really isn't justified though. It is almost more like a very dilute lemonade with a slight amount of carbonation. Pretty much a let down. (973 characters)

Photo of BogleHill
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled version. Pours out a nice hazy lemony yellow. Nice carbonation. The lacy white head soon goes away. The flavor is more on the lemon side of citrus, compared to a Hoegaarden or Alagash White. Mouthfeel is thin and slighty sweet. The finish is on the tart side but this is a very refreshing brew! I cannot get that 80s song by Falco out of my head now "Amadeus, Amadeus!" (377 characters)

Photo of bump8628
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light straw colored with ample white foam. This may be the closest to white of any Witbier I've had.

Fresh lemons on the nose balanced by some light coriander.

Big hit of lemon up front, almost as if some lemon juice was actually squeezed into the beer. Behind that coriander and a nice musty, twangy wheat character show up. Airy with some creaminess in the mouth. Big flavored for a lower ABV beer.

If you like the tart lemony goodness, which I do, then this beer is definitely worth a try. Either way, most would probably agree this is a somewhat unique take on the style considering how many wits line the shelves. This may be one of the most purely refreshing beers I've had outside of a well-made Berliner Weisse. (722 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL caged-and-corked bottle into my Hoegaarden tumbler. Best before July 28th, 2011.

Hazy pear body with a multi-layered pasty ivory cap. Very creamy lacing and decent retention.

Coriander, lemon drops, and kumquats in the nose.

Very citrus-forward palate entry with orange zest, light yeast notes, and a hint of wheat for balance. Fairly sweet overall - reminding me of a good American wheat ale more than a traditional witbier in some ways. The finish is unusual, suggesting fresh raw oysters and a shot of limoncello.

Light bodied, soft, milky, and effervescent.

Quite refreshing though a bit sweet and overly fruity for the style. (659 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pale yellow slightly hazy brew, a white head that recedes quickly but leaves lots of lacing.

The smell is intensely of lemon, white sugar, herbs like lemon balm and green apples.

The taste is also much lemon, lemonade as it is rather sweet, some bitter lemon zest at the end.

Very low carbonation, a bit watery but with a dry finish.

Well preserved, and quite refreshing even if the carbonation was very low.

Bottle, 750 ml, best before 07-11-20, i.e. 3.5 years after that. Had kept remarkably well (cellar stored all that time). (536 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.69/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a nice medium sized white, foamy, frothy head and a little lace. Color is a very faded, hazy pale yellow - lemonadish. Aroma is a nice rose floral quality with some apice and some malt. Flavor is huge lemon. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is dominated by the lemon. Could be a session beer. (314 characters)

Photo of dstc
2.97/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly cloudy, very pale yellow with a white head that falls to nothing. Very fine lace.

Has a sweet, citrus aroma. Smells of lemons.

Definitely has a lemon flavor to it. Is a bit tangy. This beer reminds me of a shandy.

Medium bodied in the mouth with a carbonation bite.

Very average. A little disappointing actually since I have liked other beers by this brewery. (380 characters)

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.29/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

750ml into standard pint glass.

A- Amazing head and lacing. Looks like fresh, powdery snow. Color is impossibly pale... could pass for white grape juice. I've never seen a paler beer. Still, the lacing and head is outstanding.

S- Very sweet, peachy, coriander is mild but not hidden. Typical, but nice.

T- Impossibly light... the lightest beer I've ever had. Flavor is here, spot on to the nose... but damn... where's the beer? I am baffled with this one. Peachy, mild yeast and spice notes, standard wit/white... but threw me for a loop. Like a Belgian 3:2 beer.

M- Way too thin, could confuse with water. Hmm.

D- Like water, so fairly high. @ $4 and change for a 750, I'd buy it again... although this could be one of the strangest beers I've ever had. (761 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, pale, golden yellow color with a one finger, white, bubbly head. It left some soapy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled of lemon, orange peel and some wheat.

T - It had a strong lemony flavor with a mild yeasty spice. The wheat flavor takes a back seat.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light bodied beer that is very easy drinking.

D - This is an okay witbier. Heavy on the lemon but not a bad version of the style. (443 characters)

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Amadeus Biere Blanche from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
79 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.