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Amadeus Biere Blanche - Les Brasseurs de Gayant

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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 18.66%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Ratings: 85 | Reviews: 57
Reviews by damndirtyape:
Photo of damndirtyape
2.14/5  rDev -37.6%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of MisterDeeds
4.42/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow. Yeasty white head.

Very strong citrus aroma. Lemon? Orange? Both?

The citrus taste comesthrough right away. Seems to be a blend of Orange, Lemon and Lime. Perfect. This could be the most drinkable and tastiest beer that has ever been packaged in a corked 750.

Mouthfeel is very confusing. It tastes light, but leaves a little coating and a thirst for another sip.

Yes. Very drinkable. Could rival some of the classic "Summer" favorites.

I would highly recommend finding a bottle, and trying it at the end of a warm day. You won't be disappointed.

Photo of frankiepop
4.82/5  rDev +40.5%
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.

Photo of augustgarage
3.66/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of Infamous7100
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My uncorking this beer was met with some high expectations. It's 70 degrees in Cincy right now and nothing is better on a nice evening than a crisp, refreshing, wheat beer.
A: Nothing much to speak of. A cloudy, yellow, strawlike color.
S: Outstanding. We're talking a lot of lemons, some corriander and other various spices. Like opening a box of lemon heads. Craps all over Blue Moon.
T: Up front, I'm hit with the lemons and not much else. Some mild carbonation. It's good. Towards the back of the tongue, it's leaving a sour impression. That's expected, what with the lemony taste, but I guess it's sticking around too long for my liking.
M: It's carbonted, so it contains a litte bite. It's crisp, which leads me to believe it would finsh clean, but according to my palate, it sticks around too long.
D: Easy to drink. Alcohol is hidden well. It's just a bit too sour for me and doesn't finish as nice as I would like.
It's good beer, but I would recommend Southapmton Publick House Witbier or Southern Tier's wheat effort. Slainte.

Photo of puboflyons
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light golden clear yellow color ale with some white hue and a big foamy head with less then average retention. Aroma of citrus syrup with some weak malt and some sugar is reminiscent of coolers. Taste is dominated by some weak malt with a good dose of citrus notes. A bit too sweet for my palate but still very refreshing. I’m sure this could have turned out worse then what I drank; overall it kind of reminded me of those Lindemans beers.

Photo of GhostMilk
4.02/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy pale yellow and the smell is very fragrant and redolent of citrus. After the initial sip, the mouthfeel is light but not overly so. The beer's flavor is really exceptional. The citrus notes mentioned immediately standout - characterizing the overall taste while fully complementing the beer's wheat flavor. The sweetness is perfectly balanced, not too sweet, and though fruitier than most witbier I've tried I didn't find it to be overly fruity either. All in all a delicious and eminently drinkable beer that should be a surefire thirst-quencher in the summer, but could certainly be enjoyed year-round.

Photo of TexIndy
3.06/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a pint glass. Best by date of Sept 2009. The label states "Beer brewed with spices with natural flavor added" - that's never a good sign. It was a very pale white (opaque) color with some carb and slight lacing that slowly slides down the glass. It had a large fluffy white head that took awhile to dissipate.

The aroma was dominated by orange with some corrander as well. The orange was too dominant and sweet for me. It smelled like an Orange Crush. Not offensive but gets cloying. The same can be said with the taste. The orange is too dominant and needed some spice to offset it. Mouthfeel was a little watery and again reminiscent of soda.

Overall, a decent beer but I can't recommend. Too many other good wits out there. Since it's my current favorite style, I'm trying any wit I can find. This one is a checkmark and move on to the next.

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of endincolorado
4.18/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a fizzy, pale straw with a huge, bubbly white head that reminds me of Sprite. Little to no lace.

Smell- Upon opening the bottle, I notice a strange aroma that smells almost exactly like orange juice. After pouring a glass, there's more of that powerful citrus. Honestly, there's something about this nose that puts me off. Something pungent. I really don't want to compare it to urine, but then... Maybe it's just like smelling the skin of a walnut, right off the tree.

Taste- Thank god it's delicious. With each sip, there's that overpowering fruity aroma, but then the cool, mild floral flavor of hops, citrus (in moderation) and a dryness that cleans the palate. Some pale malt to balance and a faint honey-like sweetness lingers on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, almost a bit creamy. Good carbonation.

Drinkability- Actually this one comes across as an excellent drinker. No evident alcohol, balanced flavors, and a nice clean finish that leaves me wanting more.

Photo of ThaCreep
2.61/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.42/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap in Paris about six years ago and remains one of my favorite. Amadeus had a very golden color to it and a strong citrus taste, lemon very prevalent. First witbier I ever tried and I tend to judge all others to this one. Beer was VERY sweet and goes down easily, a friend of mine says it tastes just like lemonade with a little bit of hop balance, and underestimated the punch it gave her as she downed it a bit too fast (on an empty stomach no less).

Those who don't like sweet beers though, it is recommended to avoid. Strong orange and lemon presence.

Photo of ChicoraBoy
2.6/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Citrus, sweet aroma. Not too strong, though. Almost a fake aroma to it, like extract was added. Light yellow cloudy with very tiny white dissipating head. Very little lacing. Watery body with med-heavy carbonation. Very tart &and lemony! Not a pleasant lemon flavor, but more astringent. Light bitter finish. Watery after. Not very good - bad bottle?

Photo of frank4sail
4.33/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in a grocery in Paris this magnum was dated 28.08.03. Sweet yeast nose with a wiff of corriander. Cloudy light orange color with a sticky thick creamy white head. There is a nice white sheen that settles and creates a sticky lace on the glass. Smooth slight citrus taste (lemon) with light notes of corrieander and nutmeg. Quite light overall but the brew still does have nice smoothness on the tongue. Its flavors are subtile, rounded, and light. This would be a great wit for spring and summer months. Nothing in the brew is overpowering yet the brew is not watery. Its taste is balanced well with refreshing citrus and spice. I wish I had bought two!

Photo of dstc
2.97/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of MTNboy
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It has a white soapy thick head with some great lacing. The body is a super pale yellow hazy straw color. It has a strong piney and citric aroma at the same time. It has a very light and lemony taste. The mouthfeel is thin and carbonated. It is not as great as the guy at the store said but it is a good beer overall. I liked the lemon flavor it was a good change of pace.

Photo of Zorro
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ML corked and caged bottle.

Cloudy pale yellow with a good white head, per the style.

Strong orange scent with witbier yeast spiciness. Powdery yeast and faint coriander but this is very much an orange scented beer. Little bit of green and fresh black pepper aroma.

The taste starts mildly sweet and quite strong orange flavor. Belch brings the oranges back quite strongly. Pretty much a dry spiced orange beer this is quite mildly flavored.

Mouthfeel is good.

BEST known beer for orange flavored anything or salad. Tasty and VERY mild just about the most orange tasting beer I have had that wasn't more like orange soda.

But if you don't like oranges skip this beer.

Photo of geexploitation
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light, pale yellow color, dirtied up with bright suspended yeast. No head to speak of. The aroma is straight citrus: lemon and lime, with just a touch of coriander underneath it all to provide a warming foundation. On the palate, things are light and fresh, with an initial burst of citrus giving way to smooth coriander and cereal grain notes. Nothing too complex flavor-wise, just simple and refreshing. The finish is dry and of medium length, while mouthfeel is characterized by bright acidity and full carbonation that slaps the tongue around a bit. Overall, this is decent, drinkable witbier. It lacks the complexity and other highs reached by its betters, but it remains in the middle of the pack due to its bright flavor and refreshing mouthfeel.

Photo of rarbring
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
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).

Photo of JanM
2.69/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very light yellow color and good, creamy foam. The smell is dominated by organges and peaches. The taste is disappointing and much thinner than the smell led me to expect. Sweet and mild citrus but basically a lot like watery fruitjuice. Even if you follow the label's advice and squeeze some lemon into it it doesn't help much.

Photo of robbyc1
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice fluffy head, looks as a wit beer should.

Very lemony nose, and tastes it, like a lemon drop candy with the sugary finish, and a bit of orange comes through. A bit too sweet for my tastes but not bad for this style, a summer brew for sure.

Good carb, nice mouthfeel, overall pretty well done but I'd only seek it out for my wife.

Photo of tjd25
2.86/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Soft creamy and foamy head, lasting a little while on an opaque and very pale golden color. The smell is fresh and sweet but kinda artificial, almost soda like. Like a mix of beer and ginger ale with some syrup. The taste is quite similar to the taste: very citric and artificial, with a light oily hoppiness.Peach and orange, but fake. The mouthfeel seems interestingly creamy at first, and then shows a slightly grainy wheat character. Nothing to get excited about...

Photo of dauss
3.86/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 750ml caged and corked. Had a stamp of 09.28.09 on the bottle. No blurb or anything. Uneventful pop of the cork. Definitely not as carbonated as other caged and corked beers, but also no signs that it would even start to gush.

Appearance: Beautiful cloudy light straw colored beer. Sizeable solid white head rests on top. Retention is good. Carbonation seems a little on the low side.

Smell: Wow, you get a huge hit of oranges up front, almost too overpowering. Slight minty notes with very subdued coriander in the background. Really, that orange is just the dominant aroma, almost like a Sunkist or Fanta Orange soda thing going on. Definitely a very interesting aroma, and I like it.

Taste: Upfront is just even more orange. It truly reminds me of Sunkist or Fanta orange soda. At first the malt is sweet, light on the palate with a creamy effervescence, then dries out and the body lightens near the finish with a touch of lemon. Not much in terms of the aftertaste. Clean and dry finish. Where's the coriander?

Notes: I'm torn over this beer. I'm always out for new and interesting brews. The aroma on this one is just overpowering with oranges, but I really like it even though the balance of the malt, coriander, and yeast in the aroma just isn't there. The taste, wow, even more oranges upfront, almost like I squeezed a half an orange into it(which I absolutely abhor, fruit in my beer? Vile!), starts off like a soda, but then finishes as an uninteresting Witbier. Starts sweet, but finishes dry. Even the burps have an orange flavor. Extremely easy drinking beer, crisp, clean, and thirst-quenching. I can see from a stylistic standpoint that this really isn’t an authentic example of a Witbier, but it’s interesting nonetheless.

Photo of Jerico
2.93/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - just like the name says! Very pale peach color, cloudy, no head on my pour at all.

S - nothing extreme here - orange and lemon and a touch of banana, and some "spritz", but not much of a yeasty/wheatie/ bready smell that I thought would be there from the look.

T/M/D - this is sweet and carbonated but quite thin tasting. It'd be good on a hot summer day, but this is a bit too light for my liking. The taste reminds me of Festina Peche a bit, but otherwise this one doesn't knock my socks off.

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Amadeus Biere Blanche from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
79 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.