ZÔN | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Boulevard’s summer seasonal is our interpretation of a classic Belgian witbier. ZŌN (Flemish for “sun”) combines the subtle flavors of coriander and orange peel with other traditional ingredients to create a delightful, refreshing summertime brew.

15 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2002

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.26/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle at Blanc Bottles + Burgers in Kansas City. Stamped with a best by date of 10.16.14 as well as a Julian date for those who prefer to know the bottling date, but I'm too lazy to figure it out. This is my first of this season's release, so I know it's pretty fresh. Poured into a classic 16 oz tumbler glass.

Appearance - Pour yields a glowing sunny yellow with just the faintest hints of amber where the light doesn't pass through as easily. Atop the body sits a one finger head that dissipates surprisingly quickly, leaving a healthy half finger ringlet around the edge of the glass and a few bits of film across the surface of the liquid. No lacing to speak of as I drink it down. I really do love the day-glo color of this beer, but wish it had a more beautiful show of head.

Smell - I've always loved the gentle but well-spiced aroma of this beer. If you aren't into spiced beers or wits in general, I could see why it would be offputting, because it's rich and unapologetic, but it also manages to be soft, like baking bread, even though I know that sounds somewhat contradictory. Orange zest, coriander and herbal highlights that bring to mind sage and lavender make up the aroma.

Taste - As with the aroma, I'm a bit of a sucker for the taste.With the very spice-forward aroma, you expect to take a swallow to be assaulted by coriander and Belgian yeast esters, but it's surprisingly restrained, but in an awesome way. The coriander combines with the orange peel to provide a considerable citrus vein running through, but it's gentle and refreshing--it makes me think of what a beer called Orange Julius might taste like, but not as sweet as that name would belie. Of course, there is a nice bit of sweetness to tie this beer together, but it's far from overpowering, offering just enought complement to the spicy citrus core.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and moderate carbonation, but with a juicy, almost creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, one of my favorite beers from Boulevard. I know it's not a crowd favorite, but it's one of the earliest craft beers I remember as being a game-changer for my perspective on craft beer. Finally reviewing it after all these years in order to encourage others- to give it a go.

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4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into an English pint.

A - The brew pots a hazy dark yellow with about a finger of head. It definitely is light in color and prepares you for the freshness that follows.

S - The smell is definitely citrus and zesty. It almost smells a bit funky/farmhouse-y. I might even think there was some Brett in it.

T - This is an extremely easy drinker -- and that isn't a bad thing. While this isn't complex, it delivers on what it is supposed to bring. It is a simple sessionable beer that is great for those really warm days. If it were being compared to a double IPA, then it would taste bland. But for what it's aiming for, I give it a solid 4.

M - The mouth feel is extremely refreshing. It reminds me of a nice lemonade on a hot day. The finish is dry.

O - This is one of my favorite beers for the summer. If I'm looking for something to drink where I don't have to concentrate, then this is it.

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of blitz134
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow, cloudy body. Thin, bubbly white head on the pour, half inch thick. Reduced to nothing. Strong banana in the nose, clove rounds it out. Pretty typical for a wheat beer. Predominate wheat taste, banana and clove again. This is pretty standard again but its pretty good. Nice spiciness on the tongue. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Crisp and fairly carbonated. Nothing outstanding flavorwise, but this is somewhat expected. I like this though. Nice and refreshing, crisp. Just what I expect.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Beaver13
2.73/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, best by 8/3/09. Pours a hazy dark yellow with a pillowy white head that quickly goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is wheaty malts with some banana and clove spices and a little sweet fruit.

The flavor is very subdued - some wheat malts with some light banana/clove spices and bitterness at the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, it's pretty subdued and flavorless. Otherwise had potential to be good wit.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy, milky light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very nice. I get a lot of orange and coriander with some vanilla mixed in as well.

The flavor is not as nice as the aroma, but it still tastes pretty good. The taste starts off with some orange peel notes and then the coriander and wheat come in.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of bsp77
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Chalice.

Appearance: Very cloudy, pale yellow with frothy white head at first but quickly dies down, leaving very little behind.

Smell: Orange peel, clove, coriander and banana. All of the usual Wit players in full form.

Taste: Strong mixture of wheat and orange, with light coriander and cloves. Wheat-like aftertaste detracts slightly, as it should end more spicy.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, light body, barely dry finish.

Drinkability: Good, refreshing Wit overall that could use a drier and more spicy finish.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

straw yellow with a white tint and so cloudy that virtually no light will seep through this brew. There's a quarter inch of brilliant white head. Enticing aroma of pale wheat and judiciously used coriander. I taste a nice blend of pale wheat and coriander. The mouth is very smooth, crisp, and refreshing. Great summer beer!

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of MOShepp
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale cloudy yellow with a sizeable airy head. Not much lacing.

Smells of spices and citrus peels.

Tastes of citrus, pepper, maybe some corriander, and mild hops.

Smooth and easy to drink, but a little too light. It's not bad though and is a bit refreshing.

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Photo of ADR
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well-sedimented pale yellow with that greenish Wit tint. Minimal head, speckly in bubble sizes. Lace is very limited to dots. Clove aroma, faintest bit of orangey notes, coriander not noticeable. Flavor comes off very uniform and non-complex, all the elements come together quickly except for that slightly medicinal sense I get late in the swallow on a lot of Witbiers. Rolling ester impressions, tinged by an almost pesto-like basil herbal botanical quality. Within bounds for the style. Well-done Wit, perhaps a bit lacking in mouthfeel at the end, where it seems to flatten and get just a bit watery.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of OStrungT
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a pale straw yellow color, with a very thin white head. The head fades very fast, leaving a decent lacing.

This beer has a grainy aroma. It has a spicy, coriander like aroma as well. It smells of lemony citrus as well.

This beer tastes pretty much like it smells. Grain and spice up front. Lemon citrus hops after that.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It leaves a slightly unappealing bandaide like aftertaste.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. If the listed alcohol content can be believed, it can consumed in quantity.

Overall: Thanks go to Vancer for this beer. I really liked it. The onlt problem was the bandaide aftertaste. It is still worth drinking.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.09/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a weizen glass)
A- This beer has a hazy dark yellow body with a strong carbonation of bubbles, supporting a head of thin bubbly white foam. The color looked a bit like brown lemons.

S- The big floral yeast notes had a lemon note and a slightly sweet white bread note to finish.

T- The dry crisp lemon zest flavor was followed by a soft bread dough note and a dry carbonic acid finish. The green hop finish was soft but increased and turned a bit piney as the beer warmed.

M- The dry light mouthfeel had a slight cider texture, kind of like water but slippery, and a tight fizz finish.

D- This is a crisp refreshing beer with some good flavor but more fruit that malt/wheat flavors. There was a good amount of hops at the finish and the sweetness that came through as it warmed was soft but nice.

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Photo of ste5venla
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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