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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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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 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 BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The whole time that I was drinking this beer, I was thinking about the 80's song, "Rock Me Amadeus". Aah, good times-- I miss prom. After the fond memories, the beer has a sharp, acidic nose of lemons, peppers, pilsner malts, and herbal hops- clean, inviting, and refreshing up front. A light canary-yellow hue has significant haze, stark-white, fluffy head retention and some lacing. Flavors have an intense lactic / citric action going on with the lemons, oranges, apples, and pears. A soft milk flavor fades in and out of the taste, giving added complexity and fullness. Peppery (part from phenols / part from added spices) give a balance to the sweetness with white peppercorns, paradise seed, curacco orange peel, and corriander. Creamy, malty textures are sliced by the citric acids, making it very drinkable and refreshing. Finishes with a spicy, lemony note and very clean. Now back to the jukebox in my head... (919 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"When you're happy, a little Mozart will make you happier. And when you're sad, it will make you sadder still."

--Peter Marboe

Opalescent lemonade crowned by a thick slice of alabaster colored froth. This is one of the paler and cloudier wits in recent memory. It's a good look, because unfiltered beer looks best. Small patches of sea foam lace put the finishing touches on... well, it isn't quite a visual symphony.

Orange peel and coriander (in that order) dominate the aroma. So much so that tangy wheat isn't even appreciated. I'm onboard with any witbier that is this explosive where fruit and spice are concerned. Will it translate to the palate? Only one way to find out.

Even though Amadeus is lighter than light, it maximizes its potential on the taste buds by blasting them with juicy orange and warm, spicy coriander. If you're looking for a subtle witbier, look elsewhere.

It seems strange to decry the lack of depth and complexity in a beer of this style and this ABV, but the flavor is bolder than it is deep. At least one more layer would be wonderful. Two more would be even better. Easing back the sweetness would appreciated as well and would improve drinkability significantly.

Part of the blame for the lack of flavor fullness has to do with the mouthfeel. Given the circumstances, light is fine, but it's also thin and is a bit underbubbled. More and higher quality carbonation would do wonders.

I've just noticed the $9.99 price sticker on this corked-and-caged 750 ml bottle. That isn't too bad considering the quantity, but since quality is what any self-respecting BA is after, there won't be a repeat purchase of Amadeus White Beer. (1,666 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)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Best By: 11.28.09.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale yellow body with fine effervescence throughout and a smallish, white head.

Smell: A toss of confectioners' sugar over a waft lightly tangy malted wheat with a scent of spice and lemon zest, the latter of which grows more fragrant upon warming.

Taste: Upfront taste of washed out lemon juice with a mild sweetness. Fairly restrained wheat character overall. Light coriander spice. Slight, soft floral hints paired with a medium-low bitterness. Lightly sour yeast component. Drying, lemony finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Though light in flavor overall, I still found it to be an enjoyable, highly drinkable, and rather refreshing wit. (729 characters)

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 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 Gueuzedude
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Best By Date September 2009; Sampled July 2008
Pours into my 25cl tulip glass with a four-finger thick, almost pure white colored head. The head leaves lots of lace and forms a rocky surface as it slowly recedes. The beer is a pale straw color with amber highlights. It shows a white haze and a pale color when held up to the light. Aromatics of orange peel are quite noticeable as I pour and inspect this beer. Up closer the orange notes gets even more piquant, almost like orange soda in intensity. The sweet citrus is so intense that I would guess there is something other than orange zest used here. A touch of grassy grain is noticeable if you intently smell the aroma for a bit, but the ϋber-citrus tends to dominate over all other aromas.

Dry tasting with a grassy grain flavor up front. Towards the finish the concentrated citrus notes kick in. It tastes like Picon has been added to this beer, and given that this is a French beer this is not too surprising. Very light bodied, quite a bit like water in its quenching character. This has a certain bitterness to it in the finish that is tied in with the more dominant & even lingering citrus flavors. To sum up, there is not much beer flavor to this beer.

This is certainly quaffable, even quenching, but it is quite simplistic for a Wit. The amp'd up, almost artificial citrus character is just a bit too dominant; and I even like a healthy dose of citrus character in my Wits.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ (1,481 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 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 Zorro
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (677 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 Brad007
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale white color with a one-finger head into my goblet. Mild amount of carbonation.

Aroma is strong with coriander and orange peel showing through in the nose. A bit of alcohol on the nose as well.

Taste is full of coriander, orange peel and very smooth. A tad bit overspiced. Lots of citrus overtones.

Crisp, light and silky mouthfeel. Citrus and spice linger in the mouth.

Has a nice mouthfeel but feels a bit overspiced. The wheat should shine through more but the citrus and coriander tend to overshadow it. Otherwise, a sipping beer that is an interesting take on the style. (592 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
2.71/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml brown bottle.

Pours an almost opaque lacquer colored pale hay. Bright white head, one finger head that recedes o nothing very quickly. Goo bubbling though. LOTS of pineapple in thye nose of thi whit. Maybe some very ripe green apple peels too. Different, but a bit to heavy on the pineapple for my nose. Granny Smith apples hit the front of the tongue first, but are quikly overpowered by the tiny pinappls and some soft plantains. Very tart but the carbonation helps bring it down to something a bit tolerable. Fruity, exotic palate that thankfully doesn't linger too long. Uniq, but not my glass of witbier. (648 characters)

Photo of bark
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour ig pale orange-yellow. The beer is bottle conditioned, but the yeast is quite firm and the liquid is almost clear. I might have poured the beer the wrong way, but I didn’t get any foam at all.

The not-too-strong smell is very fruity (carambola, apricots, bananas, oranges, lemons) with some sour motes and a hint of bitterness.

The taste is much sweeter than I am used from the Belgian witbiers that I have come across. The taste is very fruity with sweet bananas, oranges, passion fruits, lemons, green apples and banana peels. The sour notes with flavours of green tea and lime balances the sweetness. There is absolutely no bitterness in this brew but a slight dry (banana peels-style) hint in the finishing notes.

The carbonation is much stronger than I had expected from the looks (nu bubbles, no head). Small bubbles. Refreshing!

A more fruity and more discreet witbier then the Belgian ones. (923 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 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 thierrynantes
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33 cl & 75 cl), tasted in 2002.

Appearance : White beer (50% of wheat), very pale yellow
Smell : citrus notes
Taste and mouthfeel : delicate mouth, slightly acid
Drinkability : a good white beer brewers of Gayant

Review added 11-18-2007, translated from french 1-12-2008 (285 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 deltatauhobbit
4.42/5  rDev +28.1%
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. (570 characters)

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

I'm not sold on this beer. It comes in a corked 750 ml bottle and the presentation is quite good in that it pours an opaque yellow, very frothy white head, and the beer laces. This is a well carbonated beer. The color is just a bit too washed out however. The aroma is wheat, lemon citrus, orange spritz, perhaps some spices in the coriander or clove family.

The taste is refreshing, but just too refreshing and it reminds one of a lemon or orange flavored Italian soda. There is just too much spritziness to this beer, and a good part of that is from the "natural" flavors added. There is plenty of yeastiness, carbonation, wheatiness, and perhaps a bit of soapiness in there too. The spices are not quite as sharp as the aroma would lead you to believe. There is a touch of clove or coriander in the beer. As the beer settles, the efforvescence mellows and the citrus and lemon flavors emerge. This beer is too gimmicky for my tastes, and I'm just not sold on it. The finish and aftertaste are quite mild and watery. This is perhaps more a novelty beer than a serious Witbier. (1,080 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)

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Amadeus Biere Blanche from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
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