Belgian-Style White Ale | Cathedral Square Brewery

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Belgian-Style White AleBelgian-Style White Ale

Brewed by:
Cathedral Square Brewery
Missouri, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This traditional White Ale is faithful to the Belgian style with its light body, cloudy color and touch of spice. A complex, refreshing ale that’s perfect for any season.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cathedral's Belgian White pours a hazy honey color; a 3 finger head with a fuzzy fizzle that brings it down to a soft ring.

Aromas are of yeasty phenols, angel food cake, banana peel, strawberry, and sun drenched straw.

Flavors start out with club soda-like blandness followed by banana strings, but finally the angel food/baked bread comes out on the finish and wraps up with crisp citrus and snap pea.

Feel is semi-creamy, and heavily carbonated. Semi-dry finish.

While I wouldn't snub my nose at this if it were offered or if it were the only Belgian White on tap, I have to say I'm severely underwhelmed and will probably pass in the future.

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Photo of Suds
3.86/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy and lightly effervescent, capped with a 1.5 finger white head, this is a pretty beer. The aroma is of fruit and spice...apricot, a touch of citric, a little peach, and coriander. Nice. The taste is semi-dry, fresh, and has a bit of pale malt in the mid-taste. Medium-light in body. This would be excellent on a hot, sunny day.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"FOURS" straight across the board! Sampled last night on 6/11/15. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "EMPYREAN FALLEN ANGEL SWEET STOUT" pint glass.

Brew pours a hazy golden-yellow in color with a small white cap. Light sediment is seen in the bottom of the bottle after the pour. Some light sheets of lacing is seen after each sip that slips back down the sides of the glass. The aroma is of yeast and spices for the most part. Bit more going on with the taste as there is some white peppercorn with a hint of fruit also. Slightly dry and crisp for the finish. Perfect balance of flavors. Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Overall a good brew.

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Photo of russpowell
3.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours an effervescent honey color with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Goes slightly hazed, decent head retention & lacing, hazing pick up once bottom of bottle is poured

S: Faint wheat notes, white pepper, a whisper of phenols

T: Breadyness, white pepper & faint juicy fruit notes up front & pears. Dryness, more pears & a trace of peppery yeast once warm. Finishes fruity, slightly peppery & dry

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation

Drinks easy, but not entirely true to the style. This in the lower echelons of Wit beers. I guess I'm glad I go to try it, maybe not...

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy honey yellow with a very thin and fizzy white head.

Aroma of Juicyfruit gum, lemon zest, Belgian yeast and light grains.

The taste matched the aroma. Light Belgian yeast and tropical fruit along with light grains.

Medium bodied and wet with very little carbonation.

A fairly average Witbier from Cathedral Square. Not bad but still disappointed.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cathedral Square Belgian-style White Ale
22 oz. bottle, no apparent freshness dating
$3.99 @ HyVee, 14591 Stony Brook, Omaha, NE
Appearance: standard for the style. Perhaps slightly darker in color. Head retention fair, lacing average.

Smell: limited, but typical: coriander and lemon/orange zest over light wheat malt.

Taste: limited but typical: gently tart and lemony with a dusting of spice and a thin cloak of fruit (apple, plum). Balanced by a soft, wheaty and nutty malt base, and subtle yeast chalkiness and dull bitterness. Balance rules over depth of flavor here, but it leans towards acidity and lemon notes. Great drinkability. Dry finish with quick passing lemon, and grassy/spicy hops; followed by lingering coriander and slight yeastiness. Somewhat herbal and subtly leafy/woody.

Mouthfeel: light-medium in body. Nice fine-bubbled carbonation gently bristles and zests the tongue. Crisp but not over-done.

Overall: Clean. Well-brewed. Refined. Restrained flavor, but at least it's not overly sweet or overly spiced... restrained preferred. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz beer was poured into a hefe glass.

Appearance:This beer poured a crazy head that is taking some time to reduce down. It is a golden straw yellow with some haziness and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: very bready, yeasty aromas, spices, sour mash, and some citrus in there too.

Taste: What I smelled in the beer came off pretty light. The taste is there, but it seemed a bit weak compared to other wits.

Mouthfeel: smooth, high carbonation, medium carbonation, chalkiness and bitterness, a bit watery, and some lingering spiciness too.

Overall: Not a bad witbier from a fairly new brewery in St. Louis. Got this bottle from volunteering at the BBF last month here in Boston. This beer does go well with this warm hurricane weather we are getting.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #54 (July 2011):

Big, rocky head; completely cloudy, pale amber color. Hints of musk, chalk yeast, ripe plum, subtle spicing and fresh-cut grass in the nose. Happy to run into a Witbier that doesn’t smell like the soap aisle at a health-food store. Smoothness runs deep within the medium body. Lightly toasted maltiness flexes its strength a bit, and the yeastiness is prevalent but not overwhelming. Fruity with a mild spicy backing. Ghostlike phenol drops some medicinal herbal flavor in the middle. Semidry malty finish with some lingering spice. Reminds us of the rural Witbiers in Belgium that are only served in the town they are brewed in. Stellar.

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Photo of DCon
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on-tap @ The Jive and Wail Dueling Piano Bar in St. Louis, MO for $5. Tapped from the Cathedral Square Tap Handle into a 16oz Schlafly Pint Glass (no Cathedral Square glasses left?). Served with an orange but I left it on my napkin for later to enjoy after the beer.

Aroma- Has a light aroma with mostly light sweetness, wheat, and a bit of coriander. Once these popped out, I just wanted to start drinking. No use in going back to this aroma...

Appearance- Received with no head at all... The body was an orange color with a thick cloud. Leaves only suds behind.

Flavor- The flavor starts with a huge wheaty taste and a zesty character. Light citrus but definitely present. The orange was served on the glass to add this character I'm guessing (or the bartender didn't know what she was doing...). Finishes with a light hop bitterness but present.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, semi-refreshing, and this is it... Quite a bit heavy on the palate.

Overall Impression- A good wheaty brew but not the same as I've had in bottle... Tougher to drink and had a ton of weight to it. I wouldn't mind going back to this one but would much rather buy a bottle of this. Having it on-tap was much different...

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.32/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not bad looking at all, tan and slightly hazy with a pretty decent head and some thick chunks of lacing.

Smells quite nice. Floral aromas come through first, followed by a nice yeasty smell and a lovely spiciness.

Taste is good but not great. A bit dry. Cloves, spices, floral and wheat come to mind.

Feel is pretty light, well carbonated and pretty refreshing.

Overall it's ok but not great. Certainly it's an easy summer drinker, even if not an outstanding brew.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a large bottle, I dont know the oz because they dont list it. Poured it into a pint glass. It poured a very cloudy golden color. Appearance was not great. It produced a nice amount of white creamy head but retention was very poor. There was no lacing. The smell was dominated by yeast with a small amount of citrus. This beer was undercarbonated. It was very similar to a Hoegaarden, but it didnt have as much citrus zest. Good Beer, I would put it on par with Blue Moon. Not bad for a start up brewery.

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Photo of jar2574
3.11/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thin head, yellow orange, cloudy appearance. Average carbonation. Very light smell, just a hint of spices, not enough there. Tastes along the lines of Hoegaarden but with lest spice and zest. Still, it's not a bad effort, just mediocre. It's mellow up front with the zip and spices coming at the tail end. Overall, the mouthfeel is average though due to too little zest. It's easy drinkin, except for some slight residue that hangs around on the tongue towards the end.

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Photo of birchstick
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amberish, hazy orange with a one finger head. Smells of coriander, spice, and grassy hops. Tasted followed the nose. Nice coriander flavor with a little bit of spicy and herbal hop. Not bad - pretty decent belgian wit. Creamy mouthfeel with a decent body. Pretty good beer that is worth trying.

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Photo of Tone
3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, maize color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and poor lacing. Smells of tart malt, sweet malt, slight hop, yeast, citrus, and slight wheat. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight hop, hint of roasted malt, cereal, yeast, slight sweet malt, and slight citrus. Overall, good blend and aroma, but body was too strong for a Witbier..

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Photo of zeff80
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange/amber color with a one-finger, pillowy, head of white foam. It left little to no lace. The beer was too dark to be a Belgian-style white ale.

S - It smelled of yeast, lemon and wheat. Pretty good aroma.

T - It tasted of sweet wheat, lemon and yeast. It tasted a little more malty than I expected from a Belgian white.

M - It was crisp, sharp and dry. A light bodied ale that is pretty easy-drinking.

D - This tastes pretty good. A little too malty for a white, but it is still a good tasting beer.

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Photo of wnh
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a turbid amber-ish orange, quite dark, with a frothy white head.

Aromas of bready malt, spicy funky yeast, citrus peel, brown sugar. Seems a bit dense and heavy. Continues into the palate, with more emphasis on the spice and funk. A little bit of funk in a wit usually works, but this is just a bit too much. And too much spice. The levels might work for a double wit, but not here. Bready malt and citrus show up toward the finish, lingering for a short while. There's a slight dusty cocoa note that halfway shows up as the beer warms.

Medium bodied, sprightly carbonated, off-dry, and quite soft. Not a bad beer, but not up to par.

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Photo of katan
3.16/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the bridge

a- pours a hazy golden color. Unfiltered. Lots of pearly white head.

s- some earthy wild notes, but overall subdued. No orangepeel or coriander.

t- starts off very dry, grainy. Lightly bitter. Finished with a husky note. Seems more like a saison.

m- light beer body, lots of carbonation feel. Finishes clean

d- easy drinking, but lightly filling. Abv appears manageable.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.32/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is pretty dark and muddy for the style, almost a brownish orange. Bready malt, orange, and gingery spice aroma. The taste starts out ok, with dry spices and light citrus, but as the bottle goes on it turns pretty dirty. Quick, dry finish. First impressions were good, as it went on it kind of made me want to pour it down the kitchen sink.

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Photo of bort11
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass. Very tall initial head that dies down at a quick pace. It leaves a thing film on the surface and a few spidery thin rings of lace. Color is a hazy reddish gold.

Smell has a pleasant savory spice. I mild green grass hops mingles with the other spices. Not a lot of citrus, though I think I get a hint of lemon from the wheat. Taste has a pleasant peppery finish. Body has a clean finish.

Nice solid offering from a new brewery. Nothing mind blowing, but this beer could be a foundation for Cathedral Square. This was priced at $4, so a good value too.

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Belgian-Style White Ale from Cathedral Square Brewery
3.51 out of 5 based on 48 ratings.
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