White Zombie Ale | Catawba Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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!

Added by Deuane on 01-13-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
217
Reviews:
39
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
13.75%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
64
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 217 |  Reviews: 39
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.

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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 oriolesfan4
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oline73
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

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 Kegatron
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Rifugium
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of duceswild
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of smithj4
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 ZEB89
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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 thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 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.

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Photo of AlexFields
3/5  rDev -19.1%

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 BEER88
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IPAchris
2.99/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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White Zombie Ale from Catawba Brewing Co.
3.71 out of 5 based on 217 ratings.
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