White Zombie Ale | Catawba Brewing Co.

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3.62/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Catawba Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States
catawbabrewing.com

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Although named as a Halloween seasonal, Zombie's refreshing taste makes it a year round staple. It is brewed in the Belgian witbier tradition of using unmalted wheat to create the light body and white sheen. Additions of coriander and orange peel give it a fruity and spicy character, while the hops are subtle and lightly detected. Don't be scared to blow the head off a Zombie and drink up!

Added by Deuane on 01-13-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34,308
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
260
pDev:
14.09%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
83
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0
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Ratings: 260 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of Tipsythegza
5/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of KMcGrath
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ed_Crip
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like it and my neighbors like it, so I continually have it on tap. A good beer that I think anyone can or would drink.

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Photo of MrCruz23
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smoothish zombie....

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Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can from ATL with a 2018 canning date.
Pours with a lightly hazy, golden body topped by a short white head that has decent retention but that leaves limited of lacing.
Fruity and wheaty aroma.
The flavor is lightly sweet, with a generous amount of orange and coriander. Mildly bitter aftertaste.
Light+ body with medium+ carbonation.
Overall: mild, fruity, refreshing

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Overall a good witbier, nothing offensive about it but nothing that stands out about it. Certainly easy drinking and approachable.
Look is on point for style. Aroma is of strong barley. Taste is a bit more complex, strong barley, slight spicey notes. Don’t get much of the orange personally. Mouthfeel is very smooth, medium carbonation, light and frothy.

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Photo of safphoto
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VeganUndead
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased in Macon, GA for $1.69. 12 oz can, poured into GI nonic pint.

Hazy hay color with an 80% opacity. Fleeting 1 finger of creamy head receding to a fingernail with sparse lacing.

Aromas of hay, green pilsner malt, restroom, slight barnyard.

Flavor comes forward with a sharp bite hop followed by nice waves of clove, green malt, slight banana, coriander/pepper, hay, white breads.

Creamy feel with a popping carbonation, starchy finish.

Overall a within spec witbier with a little extra pepper. Nothing I'd recommend seeking out unless you really are a witbier fan.

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Photo of Try-em-all
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Boone757
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of markallmon
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Bryant1985
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of comrade_hanson
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up because I wanted to try a nice witbier that wasn't Blue Moon or Allagash White. Poured into a pint glass, with a hazy white appearance with minimal, lacy head. Aroma and taste were skunkier than I would have hoped for this style, but still not terrible. After acclimating to it, I began to get definite hints of orange, with some peppercorn, vanilla, and cardamom. Mouthfeel was creamy, almost like a vanilla-orange shake. The finish in general was quite sweet; not a whole lot of evolution in the flavor. All in all, this beer is an acceptable witbier and is quite quaffable, but there are definitely better examples of this style.

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Photo of jbehlar
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

i had way higher hopes for this, my first beer from catawba, one that seems to be just about everywhere around town there, and what appears to be their most popular beer. i am hoping it came through a stinky line or something, because while it wasnt bad, it sure didnt seem good enough to justify such widespread distribution, despite being real easy drinking. a shade more orange than i am used to in a wit, but with a familiar haziness and white head on it. the aroma is classic wit type yeast esters of white wine, green grape, green apple, white pepper, light anise, and even fennel, with the orange and the coriander additions quite obvious, which is also true of the flavor. its really a little messy though, not as dry as i like these to be, with a lot of body from the wheat but less of the flavor, a little more untidy there and weirdly mild for the texture. it also finishes slowly, without the carbonation it should have or any bitterness from the orange. maybe this keg isnt fully fresh, ill have to revisit the beer when i am back in town, but i expected to like this way more given its popularity... not bad, but leaves something to be desired for me...

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Photo of Coho11
2/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of lemmy187
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 7/28/2017. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy pale golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, orange peel, pear, red apple, melon, coriander, peppercorn, clove, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, spices, and moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, orange peel, pear, red apple, melon, coriander, peppercorn, clove, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/grassy/citrus peel bitterness, yeast spiciness, and wheat tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, orange peel, pear, red apple, melon, coriander, peppercorn, clove, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, spices, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitter/spiciness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and creamy/bready/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.1%. Overall this is a very nice witbier. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, spices, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink with the mildly bitter/spicy/drying finish. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Very well balanced between all flavors. A very enjoyable offering. Very classic tasting spot on style example.

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Photo of TheRock7755
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of avalon07
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Had this beer on-tap at Gene's Haufbrau, poured into a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a somewhat hazy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Below average lacing.

S: A decent, but not fantastic, aroma of citrus, malt, hops, and spices.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of malt, light hops notes (barely noticeable), some citrus (orange, mostly), a fair amount of spices (coriander, pepper), and a hint of wheat. Not a bad flavor for the most part, but it's a little spotty in places. It could have used a bit more citrus fruit, but had enough spices to keep things interesting.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is an uneven beer, but you can't completely hate it. Worth a look.

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Photo of Ceezer
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had this both, in can and on-tap

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Photo of superwho24
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jasonsurratt
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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White Zombie Ale from Catawba Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 260 ratings