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:
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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Photo of Mitchmoore12
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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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 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.

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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 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 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 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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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.

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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 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 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.

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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.

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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 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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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 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 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 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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