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White Zombie Ale | Catawba Brewing Co.

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White Zombie AleWhite Zombie Ale

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

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Deuane on 01-13-2010

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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 206
Photo of TheKingofWichita
4.6/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Sammy's in Belmont, NC. Poured into a Killian's Irish Red perfect pint. Pours a very lightly colored hazed white slightly yellow color with a thick white head and a ton of lacing. Smells of wheat and yeast, orange, lemon, and citrus rind. Tastes of wheat flavor, only vague suggestions of hops and tons of lemon and orange notes. Mouthfeel is very nice and has a nice carbonation. Drinkability is high.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Once more, my local, in-person trader tone77 has come through in a big way for me in support of The CANQuest (TM)! He keeps saying that I am a master of the CAN and yet he is a major CANtributor. I always look forward to our late-night, clandestine (since my porch light is currently OOC) handoffs. What must the neighbors think? This was the one that really threw sand into the gears as it is my picture illustrating the entry and approval took MUCH longer than normal. Cheers, jeers and more beers are all welcome if you do not like my finesse with the camera. I am a writer, not a shutterbug!

From the CAN: "A Belgium-style white ale made with coriander, orange peel, and wheat. This beer is refreshing and tasty with a sweet and shimmering frothy head."; "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!"

Dr. Frederick Wertham railed against the prevalence of zombies in 1950's comic books in "The Seduction of the Innocent", but I embrace them, especially in the form of beer. Another worthy Crack followed by an inverted Glug and low head retention. I sense a theme beginning to develop. The finger of bone-white head that I created quickly fell away to mere wisps. Color was a cloudy lemon-yellow. Nose smelled of lemon, pineapple, black pepper and simple must. Ooh. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and the combination of black pepper and citrus fruit was unbelievable! Do they still make Tropical Fruit Life Savers? I used to like taking one of each in the roll and allowing then to dissolve on my tongue at the same time. This is what that tasted like, plus a single-serve packet of black pepper. Yum! Uh oh. I am being transformed into a zombie! I need to wrap up this review and head out in search of brains. Finish was semi-dry and the CANs would certainly be worthy of anyone's summertime cooler. Enjoy and I'll catch up with you on the beach! I'll be the one seemingly covered head-to-toe in 150 SPF sunscreen until I begin munching on your internal organs ...

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Photo of chaz410
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Grabbed my first of many at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte during the Craft Beer Week.
Pours a brilliantly bright but cloudy orange hued amber body. A nicely fluffed cloudy head tops it off and lingers for a good while during your session.
Smells of sweet wheat and light amounts of barley in a fine balance. Hints of corriander and orange peel dance about the malt characters with a slight earthy hop underlying aroma. Very pleasant smell with some nice character but not overdone.
Taste extremely balanced for the style. Nice crisp belgain-esque fruity character blended over the light wheat sweetness. All of this balanced by the herbal corriander and sweet orange bits that snap across your tongue as you let it settle. A smooth and well balanced finish that is both spicey yet refreshing and inviting you for another sip.
An easy drinking, great summer beer that is well suited for any craft and want to be craft beer enthusiast!

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Photo of ordybill
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass.
Aroma- Malt, wheat and maybe coriander. Nice aroma.
Appearance- A pale yellow color with a small white head.
Taste- The wheat and citrus is present along with (?) coriander
Palate- This is a light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. It has a flavor and texture made for the warmer months.
Overall- A pretty good Witbier that I recommend and i would drink again.

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Photo of Deuane
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazy golden yellow with a thin white head that reduced to a thin veil and left spotty lace.

S-Very citrusy with notes of tangerine, orange and lemon. Nice backing of spicy coriander and biscuit malt

T-Lemon zing with subtle orange notes. Spicy coriander and chamomile herbalness. Very refreshing.

M-Light bodied, crisp with nice lingering citrus bitterness and herbal earthiness.

D-Tasty stuff, very easy to drink. A very citrus forward wit, which is what I prefer.

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Photo of VaterRoss
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into miller lite pint glass

Appearance is a clear straw yellow with a white head that stays around quite long for the style. Tons of citrus rind in the smell and some wheat light/dry notes. Taste is again orange rindy and wheaty with some hints of yeast, finishes with a light spiciness (from the hops or coriander?). No off notes. Mouthfeel is light body and medium/high carb and some dryness (not much for the style).. Very easy to drink

An interesting with that leans heavily towards the orange rind instead of the yeast and spice. Very well suited for warm weather drinking. Nice to see a light beer like this pulled off with no off notes that are so easy to come out in these light beers. Nothing wrong with this one, I just prefer the yeasty/spicy wits.

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Photo of AcetheBathound
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is probably my favorite witbier. It is super drinkable and tasty. Its a lot more subtle than a lot of wits I tried which I absolutely love! I wish I could get this in Massachusetts so I could enjoy it during the summer.

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Photo of VT9091
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light and refreshing. Had it in cans for years and now on tap in Coulwood. Love the coriander and spice flavor and smell. Lovely summer beer. Great with food but probably only one by itself although low abv.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.97/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp can poured into a pint glass. The beer pours a bright clear gold hue until the very last drops which add just a bit of haze to the beer. I get a fizzy bleached white head of 2 cm that foams up and fades instantly to a thin surface layer.
Aroma is noticeable from the can opening with citrus notes and a bit of yeasty bread. I also get some cloves and coriander with a nice wheaty twang mixed in for good measure. Nice nose on this brew.
First sip reveals a light crisp body with fine tingly carbonation. Very easy to drink and no hints of ABV, which works for such a low alcohol beer.
Flavor is twangy and almost a little tart but also similar to the nose. I get yeasty bread and some coriander with a general fruity sweetness that rolls to a very dry finish.
This is a great beer for a hot day, or for writing up a beer column, as I am currently doing. I would buy this beer for poolside or beach adventures if it was available to me.

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Photo of craytonic
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at several locations in Charlotte, NC

Appearance: Looks tasty, cloudy straw-pale-golden pour.
Aroma: Light and refreshing, some wheat, lemon, citrus and orange rind
Flavor: Similar, light wheat/rice grains followed by a crisp, clean acidity.
Mouthfeel: A bit thin, but expected for such a light beer
Drinkability: This is where this one shines, perfect for outside on a hot day, which is exactly when I had it.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale, straw colored yellow body beneath the pillowy pure white head which slowly dissolves to leave a scattered lacing about the glass.

Aromas consist of fresh citrus zest, straw hops, and just a touch of white pepper spice.

The flavor is similar offering fruity citrus zest, sharp grassy hops, a hint of peppery spice but also a nice grainy back bone.

Crisp, spicy, and zesty on the mouth with a medium body and carbonation wth a grainy finish.

A nice white ale with a fair amount of character. I look at this as more of a white ale or an American Witbier.

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Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of thehooksman
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

This seems standard for a witbier. The nose is spice, wheat, and yeast and the flavor is much the same. What I like about this one is the very smooth mouth feel. It gives it the feel of a medium body though it is a light style.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.82/5  rDev +3%
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)

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Photo of JCaweinstein
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold colored with a bubbly white head, it's cloudy and there's a large amount of arbonation.
You can smell the coriander used in this as well as the orange peel, there is also a fruity yeasty aroma Im picking up.
First I taste the wheat, followed by breast toast with an orange peel finish.
Light bodied and crisp make this a very refreshing beer. The bold wheat and bread flavors give way to a more subtle orange citrus flavor.
This is a good smelling beer that has both aroma and flavor complexity. The bold flavors really surprised me as I was expecting something more laid back. This is a unique beer.

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Photo of carolinahophead
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Found this local favorite in a can....
A: Poured a nice color with a big wheat head
S: Clean aroma with orange, spice and light malt come alive.
T : Real refreshing with citrus orange and tangerine mixed in... Then you get the spice with a nice finish.
M: It's a light mouthfeel .. an easy drinker
O : This is a great warm weather drinker .... Even a session brew . A good change from all the the big beers this time a year ...

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Photo of BrownNut
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - 3.5 - Pale yellow with a white head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S - 3.5 - Faint, a hint of honey/malt

T - 4.0 - The nicest mix of malty and orangey. The orange is kind of like candy, sort of a floral/fruity/honey. Perfectly balanced. Leaves a mild bitterness behind.

M - 3.5 - Soft, lots of gentle carbonation

O - 3.75 - A pleasant, friendly, very drinkable wit.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a cloudy pale golden yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some faint lemon + straw yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy white head that quickly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer along with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Very light aromas of wheat with some light notes of lemon zest and coriander spices. Overall a very light aroma.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of wheat with slightly stronger flavors of lemon zest and coriander along with a light hint of honey sweetness. Minimal amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades pretty quickly.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very easy to drink and enjoyable - refreshing and definitely a sessionable summer brew. I would probably grab this one again. Slightly sweet for the style but that kind of hit the spot tonight with BLTs.

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Photo of Mojo
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can -> World Market Tulip

A - hazy straw, one half inch head, no retention, and no lacing. Not a pretty looking beer at all

S - spicy smell, banana, orange peel, and coriander

T - very dry and yeasty throughout with some very spicy notes

M - decent carbonation with a slightly metallic aftertaste

O - decent to style, but not spectacular

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice cloudy pale gold. The aroma is citrus, hay, coriander and peppery spice. The taste is nice with very little bitterness. Hay, citrus and peppery flavors are quite pleasing. The beer also has a nice sweetness. Not the greatest witbier but pretty good.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new one for me, not really sure how long this one had been out, but looked like a nice was to start off the night. Served in a pint glass, and consumed on 02/09/2010.
The pour was good for the style. Very light, pale golden in color with a good bit of visible carbonation that could be seen streaming up toward the surface of the glass. Really nice little head of white foam forms on top and settles down gently into a great little head. Aroma is very light, very bright with a nice touch of lemon and citrus on the nose. Light, very bright, crisp and clean feel here. Almost sparkling at times. Very, very light. Flavor fades quickly on me though as light grains, and a light touch of citrus are really all that remains after just a few moments and the very light and dry final sips seem to pull it all together quite nicely.
Overall while not being the most terribly interesting thing in the world, it was enjoyable and the purpose and follow through were both definitely there. I could see myself having this one a couple times on a warm day.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance 3.5: Poured out a hazy, grayish yellow with a small head that quickly dissipated. This beer looks like a wheat: hazy and a strange yellowish color. Still, looks appetizing and reminds me of a saison with its appearance.

Smell 3.5: Nice bouquet. Slight hint of citrus rinds, blueberries (!) and treacly light grains. Nice hint of a low-level hop...I am thinking Saaz?

Taste 3.75: Front is spicy, with a somewhat flat malt taste. Middle brings out more of the spicy yeast taste and a big hint of perfumy citrus (it tastes better than it sounds). Finish is also somewhat flat, but is very dry and refreshing. Aftertaste features more of the blueberry, citrus and spicy yeast and fades very quickly... .

Mouthfeel 3.75: Crisp, refreshing and complementary level of carbonation.

Overall 3.75: Very good, borderline excellent beer. The blueberry taste grows on you and reminds me of a boysenberry ale that I loved that is no longer being produced. This beer is light, refreshing and entirely sessionable. Recommended...if you can find it!

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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