Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

White Zombie Ale | Catawba Brewing Co.

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
37 Reviews
no score
Send samples
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Deuane on 01-13-2010

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 207
Photo of CM31
2.03/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A truly horrible beer to me due to the peculiar "Cheap Vanilla Icing" taste that I picked up. Looks decent and smells very forgettable.
I had this on tap as well.

 162 characters

Photo of dvmin98
2.9/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

 280 characters

Photo of hman43
2.94/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

 455 characters

Photo of tdm168
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pours bright yellow with a big, dense, white head that has good retention.

S - heavy lemon zest, faint straw

T - straw, coriander, orange peel, lemon zest

M - light to medium bodied, smooth, very crisp

This is a light, easy to drink beer. It has a heavy citrusy character and the carbonation is a bit heavy, but overall it's not bad.

 341 characters

Photo of tillmac62
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

COD 163/14. Pours a hazy gold with a nice head. Lacing and retention are somewhat poor. The final pour from the bottom of the can yields heavy flocculants. Light nose with citrus and spice elements. Light medium body with average carbonation that yields a touch of effervescence on the finish. Nice smooth texture. The flavor profile is subdued, but balanced. Light citrus notes with a touch of spice. Light hop flavor on the finish. An OK beer.

 454 characters

Photo of benloho
3.34/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: A very light yellow color with a finger of head. A little hazy as most belgian wits and not much lacing.
S: I could smell the orange peel and the wheat, but something was a little off. Whenever I put my nose to this it seemed a little off putting.
T: I taste the wheat and the orange. A little bit of spice. Tastes a little watery to me. Nothing special but nothing bad.
MF: Nice and crisp. Great carb on this beer. This is a great beer in warm weather. And its in the 80s today. This is going down nicely.
O: Nothing special. This is a great summer beer. Has a little more going on than a Blue Moon or Shock Top.

 616 characters

Photo of NCSeb
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pretty nice beer. Very light overtone of heffeweisen on a mostly american pale ale. It could stand to have more taste and aroma. The aroma is almost non-existent.

Very refreshing in the summer.

 194 characters

Photo of tone77
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a whiteish/yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of spices, some citrus. Taste is crisp, spices, wheat, lemons, mild but very refreshing and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

 254 characters

Photo of nickfl
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of white foam on top of a straw colored, slightly hazy body.

S - Te aroma is typical of the style with notes of coriander, wheat, vanilla, and slightly musty yeast.

T - Light, slightly watery grain flavor up front with some coriander in the middle. Finishes with clean grain, a touch of generic spice and a bit of musty hop flavor.

M - Light body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Nothing unpleasant here, but it is unusually light and bland. Still, it hits the basic notes of the style and isn't any worse than the majority of American attempts at a Belgian style wit.

 627 characters

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head with some retention and lacing on a hazy golden body.

S: grains, sweet corn, light sweet lemon and honey.

T: grains, musty pale malts, hint of lemon tartness and herbs.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: how good can a beer in this category really be. Its not one I would get routinely or have more than one or two of at a time.

 377 characters

Photo of thagr81us
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap in to a shaker. Poured a hazy pale golden yellow with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a half finger amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, grain, earth, and subtle spice. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, wheat, grain, and very subtle fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. For the style this one wasn't too bad with all of the usual aspects o e would expect, but sadly it didn't really do much more than that for me. It could have used a little more of a sweet profile to help balance out the earthy notes going one. Still not too bad for a nice sunny day out.

 724 characters

Photo of KYGunner
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This had a very corny flavor for a Witbier, but I did get some coriander and spice. Very light wheat but it resembled, at times, an adjunct. Lots of corn maltiness.

 164 characters

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.

 338 characters

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.

 1,057 characters

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!

 1,047 characters

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.

 477 characters

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.

 254 characters

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

 354 characters

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.

 969 characters

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.

 374 characters

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 ...

 432 characters

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)

 977 characters

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.

 605 characters

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.

 230 characters

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.

 380 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
White Zombie Ale from Catawba Brewing Co.
3.71 out of 5 based on 207 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!