White Zombie Ale
Catawba Brewing Co.

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Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #408
Ranked #42,606
3.62 | pDev: 13.81%
Catawba Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States
White Zombie AleWhite Zombie Ale
Notes: 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!
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hottenot from North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light for an ale.
Mild hops and Malt.
A lot of fizz, which dissipates upon warming.
Which is a mark of a good Ale or Lager.
If it tastes good at 45-50F then I think you would be safe to say, this is good Ale/Lager
I learned this while living in Germany.
Tastes like what American AAL could be.
If it were an Ale.
No discernible adjuncts.
I could see getting someone into craft with this inoffensive but tasty Ale.

Mar 08, 2020
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

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

Pours a hazy yellow with some head. Smells of hops and malt. Taste follows with a spice touch. Light mouthfeel and an aftertaste of malt and spice. Average beer in all areas

Feb 29, 2020
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Somewhat bland, though not terrible...

Nice pale yellow looking brew, very effervescent with thin foam and some lacing. The smell is all wheat with a taste that was some wheat and very light on citrus. Mouthfeel is very carbonated - not one of its appealing qualities. Not a bad beer, just nothing very special.

Feb 02, 2020
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jmc65267 from Georgia

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

Honestly not great. Pretty disappointed I was expecting better. The flavor is lackluster and not really there. I would probably not get again given the opportunity.

Jan 18, 2020
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concernicus from Tennessee

4.26/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Wow this is one tasty and delicious beer. Even from a can the beer just cannot be smoother from lips to gut. The beer is not overly sweet like many other 'witbiers' that I have been subjected to. Immediately this becomes a brew that I will be on the lookout for when looking for a refreshing drinker.

Sep 02, 2019
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PhantomWolf from Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a man who is not the biggest fan of witbiers, I have to say, this impressed me. I enjoy beers in this style as far as flavour, but the mouth feel ruins them for me.

This beer was sweet with a crisp finish that held a little perfume and spice. I drank a can from a friend's basement fridge, so there is no telling how it was, otherwise I'd add that I'd like to have a little more carbonation.

Aug 20, 2019
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Sgt_1991 from Georgia

4.36/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Used to blue moon and shock-top this beer is surprisingly tasty and light. Coriander and orange peel is prominent. Mouth feel is medium light more lager like. Great find from a pick-six from a NC gas station.

Jun 16, 2019
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chinchill from South Carolina

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

Nov 12, 2018
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edward_boumil from New York

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.

Nov 09, 2018
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hoptheology from South Dakota

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.

Sep 07, 2018
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comrade_hanson from Georgia

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.

Aug 04, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

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...

Jul 24, 2018
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superspak from Michigan

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.

May 19, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

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.

May 02, 2018
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SmokySignals from North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. can, poured into mini pub glass (shared the can), with a slice of a clementine mini orange hanging, like a dumb tv ad.
Looks like a pale light ale, turns orange from the fruit slice reflection, decent fizzy head.
Smells like the orange
Tastes like an orange 7 up with out the sweet syrup
Feels light fizzy and fun.
Overall, I get no nuances of anything other than the fruit I put in it, and that isa good thing. Refreshing and light -
Popular in these here parts, and I like the other Catawaba brews very much. Blow the head off a zombie!

Oct 19, 2017
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Decent, solid wit. Pours a hazy gold color with a few fingers of white, rocky head. Cap settles to a few floating streaks, spotty lacing. Aromas of wheat and white pepper, coriander. Flavor is coriander and peppery upfront, with a wheat body followed by a lemony/orange finish. Decent body. Solid wit, nothing flashy.

Sep 25, 2017
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Mitchmoore12 from Texas

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - 3.5 - hazy yellowish gold, white head, lacing present. Almost opaque. Large floaters hanging around

Taste 3.25 sweetness from malt, lots of yeast character, but not the greatest yeast character. No hop bitterness or flavor. Almost corn/honey like sweetness but not cloying

Smell 3.5 - sweet honey, malty, slightly spicy. Smells of grainy wheat.

Feel 3.5 medium carbonation, medium light body. Spritzy bubbles. No alcohol warmth. Maybe a little on the thin side for body.

Overall nothing to special to bring home, but not bad or unenjoyable. Needs more characters​ I'm flavor and body IMO.

Apr 13, 2017
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metter98 from New York

3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very hazy pale light yellow in color and has lots of fine particulates floating in suspension along with a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that died down and left a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of coriander and peppery spices are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has notes of wheat, which particularly stand out in the finish. Hints of orange peel are also noticeable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little coarse on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This witbier is a little coarser compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: can

Dec 26, 2016
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

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

Appearance - Cloudy yellow thin white head that quickly dissipates to nothing not much lacing

Smell - Light wheat, little bit of coriander, slight citrus as well.

Taste - Much more wheat flavor and spice in the taste than the smell. Little bit of floral taste mixed with a bit of maltiness.

Feel - Lighter bodied slightly dry finish well carbonated.

Overall - A decent beer judging by the smell I was not expecting much but the wheat and spices come out well in the flavor.

Oct 12, 2016
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the Kannapolis Intimidator baseball game. Pours with a nice 1 finger head. Smell is sweet malts. Flavor is similar. Kind of disappointing on both fronts. When I have a witbier, I look forward to the the Belgian yeast flavor. This has none at all. Boring.

Aug 15, 2016
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OldManMetal from North Carolina

3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

White Zombie certainly looks like a Witbier: it's an effervescent, moderately hazy straw-colored beer capped by a giant pillowy white head that leaves scant lacing in the form of thin swoops and blotches. The aroma is medium in intensity: tartish citrus, hints of spice and a modest yeast bite over a well-displayed, somewhat muddled wheat foundation; it's a fairly typical witbier nose. The palate leads with an assertive black-pepper-and-coriander spice character, with hints of pumpkin-pie spice, backed by much more subtle citrus notes, a modest dry, earthy hop character and hints of oatmeal, all over a fairly clean, super-light wheat foundation. The finish is pretty clean, just a bit of very light caramel and wheat, and ends somewhat dry; the linger is a mild earthy bitterness that lasts for a few minutes. Mouthfeel is commensurate with the light body, and the texture is medium-creamy and quite peppery from the assertive carbonation. (12 oz can, 74 days after pkg)

Jul 16, 2016
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

White Zombie is a pretty strong name. The snippet on the back about blowing the head off a zombie is also key. As for the beer itself, it pours a mellow yellow, with a solid white head that caps after a few minutes. Thin lace arrives later. The smell is lemon and some basic malts.

I can definitely see where previous reviewers have lauded this beer for its being understated. Normally, that's not something I looki for in a beer, but for this style it works. Some basic wheat and bread malts, overlaid with spioce and lemon zest. The whole thing, again to borrow from my predecessors, is subtle. A touch of sweetness but it works with the flavor and the texture.

Honestly, I'm surprised because apart from a few exemplars, this isn't a style I generally enjoy. I'm a fan. This is well crafted, and I imagine delicious on a hot July afternoon.

Apr 16, 2016
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Gavage from Nevada

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy pale yellow in color with a 2" head that stuck around a while.

Smell: coriander and citrus were easily picked up by the nose.

Taste: orange and lemon citrus, coriander, a bit of clove, and a bit of hay rounds it out. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish.

Overall: a very easy to drink witbier, and nicely refreshing.

Apr 03, 2016
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

White Zombie is a solid witbeer. It pours a slightly hazy yellow with white head and no lace. The scent carries hints of bread and touch of citrus. The taste is evenly balanced and sessinable. It isn't as potent as some wits....which I like the subtly. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its quite nice.

Jan 16, 2016
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hman43 from North Carolina

2.94/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Look: Light golden and clear in appearance.

Smell: A sweet aroma with citrus and a bit of floral.

Taste: Flavors of citrus, floral with a pale malt backbone and slightly earthy flavors.

Feel: It has a sweet finish. It is also a smooth drinking ale.

Overall: It is a little subtle in the aromas and the taste is a bit simple. It seemed to lack the fruity aroma and flavor that is associate with other brews in the same category. Overall it was good.

Nov 15, 2015
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