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White Zin | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Floydster on 03-15-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by 0110x011:
Photo of 0110x011
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Bruery's 1st Anniversary party. Reviewed from notes.

A - Light, hazy peach color. Like the color of fresh grapefruit juice. Tiny head leaves little lace behind.

S - Lemons, sour grapes, horsey funk, and red wine. Reminds me qite a bit of St Lamvinus in the nose, with the interplay of sour citrus and wine.

T - Lemon rind & tart grapefruit hit first, followed closely by dirty funk and red wine. Nicely balanced & complex. Not as much of the grape influence on the palate as the nose. Slightly oaky.

M - Light, crisp and dry. The Zin grapes give a distinctly tannic pucker to the mouthfeel. Big, champagney carbonation.

D - Very high, especially for sourheads.

A very nice sour, unique for California. A treat for anyone wanting to expand their sour palate.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of augustgarage
3.36/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a Bruery tulip.

Liquid is a pale orange/coral with a tall velvet head which recedes quickly but leaves decent lacing behind.

There are subtle yeast aromas, a mild spirit smell, mild fruit (almost a hint of kiwi). Complexity doesn't increase as the beverage warms...

Taste is (unsurprisingly) potent white Zinfandel with a long finish. A little yeast adds a touch of sweetness and mustiness. The impression is like that of a sour or a dry lambic, but this is more tannic than most. Not particularly complex, but still rather experimental. Fairly sharp on the tongue; medium-bodied, smooth, soft, lightly carbonated...which is an odd contrast with the wine-like astringency. Quite warming.

Too confounding to be guzzled, this would pair best with food.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from tap into a Bruery sampler imperial pint at the Reserve Society Party. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a minimal white head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, and grapes. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, tart, and dark fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this brew was excellent in all aspects. Had very nice light sour notes in this one that blended extremely well with the dark fruit that was present. This one goes down really smooth and was quite enjoyable. Definitely glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of bombadil
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of rallison
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice, unique beer.

Cloudy reddish amber pour with a fizzy white head that quickly dies.

Vibrant red grapes in the aroma with some nice sour/tart notes. Nothing much in the way of funk.

The zinfandel grapes play a prominent role here and work nicely against a soft body. A pleasant, but not overpowering, sourness is also present. All in all, nicely mellow with a great emphasis on the grapes. Maybe the slightest bit of funk, but the emphasis here seems to really be on the grapes and the sour character. Raspberry and wheat notes round out the flavor nicely.

Soft carbonation works well with this beer once warmed up enough. At tap temperature, the middle is a bit watery. Let this one warm up.

Drinks extremely easily. The sour and tart character is soft, so you can easily drink a glass of this.

Highly recommended. Not super complex, super amazing, but a wonderful, unique little beer that could be a great crossover beer for wine drinkers. Try a glass if you have the chance.

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Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at City Beer Store. Cloudy pale amber, the finger of head dissipates pretty quickly. Nice musty bretty aroma with a bit of white wine vinegar beneath it, simple with a pleasant fruit component. As it warms, a bit of fruity sweetness comes out in the aroma. The taste is slightly sweet at first, but quickly segues into sour and tannic. Very fruit-forward, but not syrupy. Sourness is pleasant but restrained, acetic in character but not overwhelmingly so. Crisp and dry in the finish, I found this one very easy to drink and could have gone back for a second glass had my sobriety not already been severely compromised.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of deniserat
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of jgap
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

At stone- poured into one of their stupid mini-pint glasses. I love stone but I want the old goblets back! Anyways, it's a cloudy orange-yellow... Looks like melted butter. No head to speak of. Smell is bright lemon citrus with a sour, brett element but only a hint. Taste is smooth, clean at first. It's a sweet, light white grape that strengthens then turns 'zesty.' It's the perfect balance of carbonation and sour Brett with some acidic notes to dazzle your pallet. There's orange peel and white grape throughout. It reminds me of a less complex Isabella that hasn't had time to mature and is still slightly raw. It lacks the 'buttery' sense of a bella and is much less complex with much more white grape and much less lemon/orange peel, but is still a fantastic beer in its own right- a must have for a sour junkie!

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Photo of Chambic
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Stone.

A: Cloudy peach type color, no visibility through the glass at all. No head.

S: Interesting combination of sweet and sour. Lots of fruit, some unripe, some ripe. The ones I noticed were grapes (not surprising since it's aged in Zin barrels), apples, and maybe it was just the color, but peaches.

T: Excellent tartness, but good sweet flavor as well. Grapes and peaches after the initial (intense) sourness. Very good balance.

M: Kind of flat, medium bodied.

D: Great sour beer, I wish I could have had more of this.

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Photo of Jstark5150
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of FosterJM
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

169th review on BA
On tap at RS Party

App- Orangish/reddish color that matches with a grapefruit. Little bit of head to it from the pour.

Smell-Big bit of zin grapes with an acidic tartiness. Had a detectable sweetness to it as well. 7.5% got no trace of the booze on the nose. Wasn't able to pick up any hops/malt.

Taste-A very strong flavor of the grapes. I mean a beer brewed with 1000 pounds should right? It was tarty and a slight bit sweet.

Mouth- A bit dry but I expected that after talking to some people at the event before the keg was tapped. It was medium bodied with a small carbonation. Very nice on the palate one of my favs of the day.

Drink- It was quite different and I was looking for that today. I was excited to try this one and it didn't dissapoint.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone, served in a snifter

A: Amber with a thin white head. Retention is pretty good.

S: Great vinous combination of sourness and grapes. Mildly sweet with some caramel. Sourness is very clean with a light acetic character with some lemony sourness as well. Excellent

T/M: On the palate, it's similar, opening up with lemony sourness and a strong grape character. Medium in body with a mild sweetness with caramel and honey. Tart and drying on the finish with crisp carbonation.

D: The Bruery continues to impress me after a disappointing start, and this beer is no exception. Very drinkable.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sac Brew for Bruery night.

A - Pours a hazy yellow, with a 1 fingered white head. Dissipates moderately leaves no lacing.

S/T - Honey, grapes, brett and slight oakiness.

M - Full-bodied and well-balanced. Great.

D - Great again, would definitely seek out again.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Stone. The beer was poured in that lame 8 ounce pint glass. As I do every time, I asked for an empty 16 ounce glass and poured White Zin into that. That being said, I was very happy to find this on tap at Stone. I was afraid I wouldn't get to try this beer.

The beer appears very cloudy. A miniature bubbly head rapidly rises and falls. It's pretty much still. The color is mix between tangerine and peach.

The aroma is of Zinfandel grapes with acetic acid. There's a mild tartness in the nose, as well as a low level of mustiness and sweetness. No alcohol or hops are noticeable, and there's no discernable malt character.

The taste is sweet up front, quickly segueing into a light tartness. Fruity wine-like notes are present, mostly white grapes, as well as a healthy dose of vinegar and a low level of acidity. The Zinfandel grapes dominate the flavor and are delicious. No alcohol is noticeable. The finish is dry and nicely balanced between sweet and tart, with a mild yeastiness. Sweetness lingers.

White Zin is medium bodied with low carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth, vinous, and prickly. This beer is a sipper.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the source, and I still feel the wreckage it brought to my palate. On to the beer:

The beer's color looks like the inside of a grapefruit, and the head slowly goes away. I expected sour in the nose, and that is what I get. Quite sour and tart, with a squirt of citrus. In the mouth, it has a mild acidicy for the sour beer style. Lots of bubbles in this beer, more bubbly than sparkling. I find it refreshing in this case. Tart in the mouth, with a bit of grapefruit and citrus. There's just a hint of the barrel echoing in the aftertaste.

Take Cuvée Jeune, add grapefruit color and flavor, throw in a whisper of wood, and you got White Zin. That means White Zin is good beer, but with subtle flavor differences between this and the Cuvée Jeune it originates from.

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Photo of Swimsum
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just found some old reviews from 2009. Had this on tap at Belmont Station on 7/15/09. Served in a tulip glass

Came a copper color in the glass with a small white head that settled to a ring around the glass within a couple minutes of getting the glass. When held to the light it's a mandarin orange color. Swirling the glass brings the head back for a bit but eventually fades again. No lacing is left down the glass.

Smells of funk and white zinfandel grapes. Not overly sour from the smell, pretty interesting.

A lot of white wine flavor comes though in the taste right away. A bit of funk is also present. There is also a tart/slight sour taste in the finish of this one. I'm not the biggest white wine fan so I wish there was a bit more complexity to this.

Tons of carbonation in this one. Almost champagne like feel on the tongue. I would have liked this to be a bit less carbonated to my taste.

I could only have one of these due to the overwhelming white wine characteristics of this beer. I'm glad I got to try this one though. If there had been more complexity to this, I would have rated it much higher.

Note: I had this back when I really wasn't experienced with sours and I believe this was my first light body colored sour (ie stuff like Temptation). I believe that if I were to have this today, I would rate it much differently but I stand by this review for where I was in the drinking experience at the time.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange with pale yellow highlights that had a thin frothy head and left some good lacing sticking to the glass. Lots of fruit character pop out on the nose consisting of peaches, pineapple, and grapes along with oaky, vinous, citrusy wine notes. The taste blended the wine citrusy sour flavors quite well with peach pineapple vinous fruit accents with a touch of oaky acidic notes. The brew was light to medium in body with a nice amount of tingly carbonation which had a winey, fruity, oaky, and sour finish. It was one of my favorite beers of the day that was very tasty and drank really good I'm really glad I got to try this brew.

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Photo of ccrida
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draught at Belmont Station's Pucker Fest. Served in a Delirium Tremens snifter, White Zin is a hazy peach with a white collar that left little to no lace, but had a nice glow and steady column of bubbles streaming up from the elephant etching on the bottom of the glass.

Smell is apricot and watermelon, wine grapes for sure, but over all not very strong.

Taste is also very vinous, fruity, a little rubbery phenols, some tartness, but not a ton, with a bit of pucker on the finish. Pretty good but not as much complexity as better examples of the style.

Mouthfeel is dry, with a medium body and crisp carbonation.

Drinkability is good but not great. Needs more souring and less wine.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of kbutler1
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bruery Reserve Initiation party 2011. Pours a murky apricot orange color with very little head. Sour fruit (grape) type notes in the nose that are fairly light and delicate, nothing to in your face but nice and subtle. Light mouthfeel. The taste is more pronounced than the nose with nice fruit flavors of grape, peach, and apricot. Ends semi dry. Not a complete stand out but very drinkable and pleasant.

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Photo of Floydster
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at The Bruery a few hours ago, I ordered this but was given something else, so Patrick went and filled me up a sample glass of it, very cool of him, he never disappoints, look forward to drinking more of this in a few weeks, here is a brief description of the beer: "It's a beer for which we've blended that Cuvee Juene with our Zinbier, a Belgian blonde fermented with almost 1,000 lbs of zinfandel grapes."

The color was a mix between purple and orange, definitely looked more like a wine than a typical beer, 3/4 inch foamy white head that left a little ring around the glass, good retention, aroma consists of grapes, vines, sweetness, tarty scents, lemons, berries, Belgian yeast, and soft malt, taste starts off slightly sweet with very little but grapes, middle is lambic-like with a nice mellow tart though, fades into some more fruity sourness in the finish, has a big grape flavor but is fairs well when mixed with the young lambic, very enjoyable flavor, sweet, tart, and fruity mouthfeel, medium bodied, nice crisp carbonation, could drink a good amount of this stuff, sweet character might catch up to me after a few but still above average drinkability for what it is, I was very excited to get down there and try this brew, Patrick and the gang brewed another awesome and unique beer, look forward to more, recommended

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Photo of Overlord
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite of the Bruery offerings at the fest.

Pours an interesting cloudy amber. I expected it to be, I don't know, closer to white in color. Nice frothy head.

Smells like unripe pears, apples, peaches, and some other familiar fruits. Got a nice, vinegar vinous quality to it. Some funk in nose.

Funk a bit more predominant in flavor, but it's a "fruit forward" beer. Slightly, just slightly, sweet, and some nice controlled funk and sourness.

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Photo of abecall98
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at SacBrew.

A - This is one of the most beutiful beers I have ever laid eyes upon. A nice amber like red color, with an amazing white lacing head. The best part however, was the constant carbonation, with the addition of more head after every drink. It never went away.

S - This beer smelled very sour and sweet upon the first sniff. After a few more wiffs, I notice the sweet grapes and vinager.

T - This beer had me puckering. The first taste started out sour, lead into a tangy grape taste, and finished with a smooth pop.

M - Very dry, and an explosion of sour mother watering puckerness. Can't really describe it to non-sour beer drinkers, but this is a very dry pleasant mouthfeel.

D - at 7.5%, you wouldn't even notice there was alcohol in this brew. The beer stays well carbonated, flavors up as it warms, and every drink makes you want more. Very drinkable beer.

For a bruery that is just over a year old, I have to say, I am amazed at what this brewery, the bruery is capable of. This beer is proof of a recession proof brewery that has a statement to make in America. They have potential to be one of the most saught after breweries with beers like White Zin.

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