St. Cloud Belgian White | World Brews

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71
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St. Cloud Belgian WhiteSt. Cloud Belgian White
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
World Brews
California, United States
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Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by largadeer on 06-14-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
71
Reviews:
29
Avg:
2.69
pDev:
25.65%
 
 
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1/5  rDev -62.8%

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1/5  rDev -62.8%

Photo of WCKDVBZ
1.06/5  rDev -60.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Good God! What the hell is this? Tasted like dirty soap water.

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Photo of sam972
1.25/5  rDev -53.5%

Photo of Crossmd
1.55/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured 40 degrees Fahrenheit into a Sam Adams pint glass. $1.50 for a single 12oz.

Pours an almost completely clear light gold with a 1 finger head that dissipates within 30 seconds.

Nose is almost non existent, but is there with some yeasts and the slightest hint of coriander maybe?

Taste is surprisingly thin for what I was expecting of a wheat beer. Tastes like a weak adjunct lager. No hints of any wheat. I think I taste mostly corn. I would rather have a Coors Light than one of these.

It's really pretty hard to try and review this as the style it claims to be, as it doesn't even do that. Regardless though, as a beer of any kind, just generally unpleasant to drink. This will probably be a drainpour.

75.

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Photo of 95stategrad
1.63/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This is not a good Belgian White. Some sort of aftertaste ruins it. Wrong hops, wrong spices, astringincy, something. Word Brews needs to go back to the drawingboard on this one. Completely redo with all new ingredients because this is not right. Will not buy again...ugh.

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Photo of popery
1.86/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Decent looking wit. Nice yellow-orange body, good haze. Head dissipates too quickly. The aroma is musty grains, weak spices/wheat and simple sugariness. It lacks the complexity and rich, fresh grain flavors necessary to the style. Taste starts sweet, picks up a touch of spice and finishes with that terrible macro sweetness. Some yeast flavor tries to dry things out in the finish, but it’s overwhelmed. Mouthfeel is fine. I’d compare it to Blue Moon, but it’s been a very long time since I drank one. On the other hand, this beer compares quite unfavorably to something like StB Wit. The cloying finish is unfortunate. I’m not a big fan of witbier, but I can appreciate a good one. This is very skippable.

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Photo of avaldivia
1.91/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. This will be a short review and will start with, I did not like this at all. The appearance is standard. It looked like most other Witbiers. Smell was okay. a bit of spice but nothing too noticeable to point out. Tasted like a watered down Blue Moon. Mouthfeel was light and crisp. Drain poured after having about 1/3 of glass. Not interesting enough to finish. Would not get again.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
1.93/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Weird yellow pour that has lots of clarity, not to style at all. So much spice rack and coriander in the nose.

Taste was weirdly bitter, where is this coming from? Kind of weird in the style to have clarity, bitterness. This is out there. Frankenstein beer.

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Photo of largadeer
1.95/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks for this one, Will. Maybe.

Muddy straw gold with a quickly fading head, looks pretty standard. Smells decent, very citrusy with strong lemon notes, backed by orange peel, rising bread and raw grain. The palate is surprisingly awful, exhibiting a strong fruity sweetness followed by brash astringency, like over-steeped tea rather than hop bite. The astringency fades into a bland, thin wheaty finish that's oddly slick. Pretty bad stuff, one of the worst wits I can remember having.

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Photo of TexasZach
2/5  rDev -25.7%

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2/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of willsy
2/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of mattyrubes
2/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of metter98
2.04/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are very light aromas of citrus and wheat in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, there are muted flavors of citrus and wheat in the taste. There are some hints of spices and yeast towards the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The yeast and spices adds a little bit of dryness to the finish, which seems unusual for the style.
O: The beer isn’t difficult to drink and has some hints of refreshing properties, but there’s nothing interesting about the taste that would make me want to try it again.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.09/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear yellow pour. Fail. Almost nothing makes up the aroma. Coriander and faint grain.

Taste, not supposed to be this bitter. No delicate flowery touch, no good yeast esters, no banana, no fruit strip gum, whatthedillio? Did they just replace some genny light or something with this label? Tastes like if shocktop made a light beer.

I dunno who talked Whole Foods into this deal, its reminiscient of the Indian Wells contract. Avoid.

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Photo of crob3888
2.25/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of HowlingTurkey
2.25/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of buckyp
2.25/5  rDev -16.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of bzach
2.25/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of jktedder12
2.33/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a hazy orange/yellow color with a quarter inch foamy head. Slight lacing. Fruity aroma detectable. Taste and mouthfeel are not bad, medium body, hops detectable, wheat flavor, but not exactly what I'd consider to be belgian. Overall a decent attempt. Probably wouldn't have another though.

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Photo of ant1
2.5/5  rDev -7.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of kojevergas
2.5/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"1 pint" aluminum can acquired at Whole Foods as part of a 4 pack which had a total cost of $4.99. I know what I'm getting into given it's a World Brews beer. Expectations are pretty low, but every beer gets a chance. Brewed by World Brews, Rochester, NY. "Ale brewed with spices." "Belgian-Style Wheat Ale." Reviewed as a witbier; the label (and name) identifies it as a Belgian white. The label doesn't corroborate the currently listed 5.4% ABV. Served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours almost entirely foam/head. Seven finger head width suggests dire overcarbonation and serious issues. Light creaminess. Okay thickness. Troublingly long (~8 minute) retention.

Body colour lacks the cloudy appearance typical of every beer (whether good or bad) in the style; there's something seriously off here. It's a lemon-yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Translucent and clear. Average vibrance.

The appearance concerns me. A proper witbier this is not.

Sm: Stale lemon peel and dirty wheat. A generic ester. Minimal mass-produced floral hop character. Light in strength. Not at all appealing or fresh. Bleh.

T: Generic wheat. Artificial lemon. Lightly syrupy. A generic lemon ester. Clean barley. Minimal floral hop character. Horridly built for a witbier. Simple, bland, and boring. A bit of froth up front. Not a fan of this. Lacks balance, complexity, and subtlety. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Fairly clean. Not at all crisp. Overcarbonated. Lightly syrupy. Too thick The body is all off for the style. Too heavy on the palate for a witbier, even overbearing. Doesn't suit the flavour profile or style well at all. Luckily, it's not watery or oily. A biteen buttery - which is actually kind of nice here.

Dr: Definitely won't be getting this again. There are far better budget beers out there. Another dud from World Brews. Even for its modest ambitions as a budget brew, it's pretty subpar. Not recommended. Drinkable but crappy.

High D+

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St. Cloud Belgian White from World Brews
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