ZÔN | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: 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

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Photo of corby112
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy, dark golden banana color with a thin, fizzy white head that quickly fades. Minimal lacing left behind.

The nose of this beer is dominated by zesty, peppery spice with lots of clove and coriander along with hints of citrus rind and bready yeast.

Fuller bodied than expected with a nice crisp, spicy bite that lingers over the sweetness into a slight dry finish. Lots of zesty spice with hints of pepper, clove and lemon zest which is countered mid-palate by the bready yeast, citrus fruit and banana. The yeast adds fullness to the palate and along with the sweetener notes provides flavorful balance. Complex, flavorful and very easy to drink, especially in warmer weather.

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Photo of Braseltonage
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Pjev11
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of BigJarv79
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Travisnin
5/5  rDev +39.3%

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a cloudy straw yellow-gold with three fingers of white head.

S: Nice Belgian yeast aroma. Citrus hops are also present, along with lemon and spices.

T: Wheat twang is mild and hops are weaker than I thought, but the spice isn't too strong and the balance is nice.

D: Great drinkabilty. The flavours are a little weak but its quaffable stuff. Mouthfeel is a little too thin.

Overall: Not a bad brew, but there are better Wits out there. I bought the Boulevard sampler pack and this was actually one of the better ones from the overall weak pack.

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Photo of Forb
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle...

Appearance: Vivid yet hazy golden body with a minimal white foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind a clean glass.

Smell: A common scent here for the style with the yeast and wheat elements coming through most predominantly.

Taste: Wheat, yeast, lemon zest, corriander, orange peel, and a spicy quality that is interesting and unique to this specific beer.

Mouthfeel: Clean, crisp, and a highly drinkable level of refreshment.

Overall: Great summer choice but then again this beer is representative of the "Sun."

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Photo of Mississipping
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy bright golden color with a small white head that dissipates quickly, settling to a thin patch foam and a small ring.  Almost no lacing is left behind on the edges of the glass. 

S: The aroma is pretty typical for a Belgian wit beer.  There is a good bit of citrus peel, coriander, and wheat.  There is a hint of clove as well, but it is subdued, fortunately.  Malty sweetness is miles behind in the background, but it adds a bit more complexity.  There is also a hint of alphalpha, which reminds me of feeding my hamster as a child.  It's comforting, I suppose, but it's out of place.

T: There is a nice sweetness up front that accompanies the citrus and the coriander.  The citrus and coriander, and the clove, become a little more pronounced through the middle and then the finish ends strong with coriander, orange peel, and clove.  It gets spicier and spicier with each taste, and as the beer warms.  

M: Thinner side of medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.  Creamy, yet a little prickly on the tongue.  Starts out slightly sweet and transitions to a nice spiciness with a touch of hops.  Only a little drying at the finish. 

D: This beer goes down extremely easily.  This isn't one of my favorite styles, but it is a very easily approachable one.  Tasty, slightly complex, and well balanced.  Pretty solid beer from a very solid brewery. 

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Photo of homebrew311
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours pale yellow, a bit hazy, thin dense white head, heavy lacing

S: the nose features loads of lemon zest, doughy yeast quality, a dash of coriander, a bit of a citrus twang on the end

T: front is light, fruity, notes of lemon and orange, this is followed up by heavy yeast/dough/bread character, finish is spicy and yeasty. Not a great balance of flavors here, the yeast and spice outweigh the malt character

MF: very light and thin, medium carbonation

O: this brew is kind of blah, some good flavors in there but they don't balance with each other

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Photo of nach0king
2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Not impressed.

A: Anaemic, and a thrilling installment of the Great Disappearing Head Mystery.

S: Redeemed itself a little here. A little bit of cinnamon then lemony wit smells.

T: Fairly substandard. It's got a little bit of tang to it and a fairly appealing sweetness halfway through the glass but you could forget that this is a wit.

M: The one thing I expect from a bottle is good carbonation. That just didn't happen here. Feels thin and dishwatery, especially so when coupled with the look.

Would drink this again on a hot day but will never go looking for it.

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Photo of bashiba
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a slightly cloudy yellow with a very thin off white head quickly leaving nothing but a white soap ring.

The smell has a generous wheat aroma with a light sweetness and a bit of citrusy lemon.

The flavors are all mild with a light sweet bit of wheaty malt mixing in with lightly spicy yeast notes along with a good touch of Lemony citrus in the finish. Some pepper notes start to come through the more you drink in the finish.

The mouthfeel is thin with mild carbonation.

A pretty standard affair Belgian Wit, the flavors are all good but seem a bit lacking overall and the carbonation is a bit thin.

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Photo of DCon
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a Boulevard 12- Mix Pack w/ GeoffTheAleMan @ Dierbergs in Creve Couer, MO for $15.49. Poured from the Bright Blue bottle with ZON in yellow into my 0,47l New Belgium Tulip Glass and has BEST BY 11/01/11 on front.

Aroma- Nice banana and medium sweetness from the malt. Has a bit of citrus but mostly has this sweet/herbal smell all the way through. Has also a peppery and spice in here.

Appearance- Pours a 3 fingers that stay for a decent amount of time. Has a cloudy but good for style, medium orange colored body and leaves good sudsy lacing on the glass.

Flavor- Very nice orange/citrus beginning with good character and moderate sweetness. Peppery and light spiciness follow up this taste and has a medium hop bitterness. Very different for this style!

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Smooth, Creamy, and nice acidic finish. Effervescent and refreshing!

Overall Impression- Such a nice refreshing Witbier! Awesome taste and mouthfeel! I enjoy seeing this spice and peppery feel in this one with good citrus tastes. Will be looking for again! My first time enjoying and am a huge fan.

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Photo of beagle75
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Hazy, pale golden color with over one finger of fluffy white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Aggressively bready, showing a bold combination of wheat and yeast. A strong but balanced coriander presence lends savoriness, leaving an earthy impression that matches well with the bread notes.

T: Begins off-dry, with wheat-imbued malt and Meyer lemon flesh. Acidity is moderate, citric in nature and fleeting in duration. Savory yeast and coriander fill the middle. Bready yeast stretches into the finish, where lemony flavors regroup alongside mild leafy bitterness.

M: Medium viscosity, wet yet coherent on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Full of delicious and style-appropriate flavor, this seasonal wit from Boulevard came as a pleasant and unexpected surprise. With no new moves to display, it is instead like an old friend that has returned after too long. It is capable of reminding even a jaded beer enthusiast of what they used to like about the style, before they moved on to more extreme terrain. Simply a delight.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on tap in a pint glass at Finn MacCool's in Seattle.

Appearance: cloudy yellow color with a thin layer of white head which dissipated somewhat quickly. Not bad, though.

Smell: light floral aroma which works well enough for the style.

Taste: very floral and wheaty flavor which is a little chalky and minimally bitter. It's not too bad, really, but its spicing seems all wrong for a witbier.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and light, smooth mouthfeel. Again, not too bad.

Overall: this beer has some flavor flaws but other than that is pretty decent. I'd give it another try if I saw it around.

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Photo of jcartamdg
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with no head and no lacing. Aroma of coriander upfront with some citrus in the back. Taste follows the nose. Very pure and true to the style wit beer. Not the beat but really damn good. I like this a hell of a lot better than hoegarden. Smooth and easy drinking. I like it.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Back to workin' my way through the Boulevard variety pack. This bit pours a cloudy pale straw topped by a finger of bright white foam. The nose comprises wheat, coriander, black pepper, salt, Belgian yeast, lemon zest, white bread, and a small current of sweet caramel waaayyy in the back. The taste doesn't change too much up, though the lemon comes through stronger and the salt is amped heavily. I wouldn't necessarily call the result "salty", but it's far from "not at all salty". The body is a hefty light, with a light carbonation and a grainy feel. Overall, an okay wit, but the saltiness is not too becoming. beyond that, though, it ain't too bad...

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Photo of Goliath
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy pale orange color with a thing bright white head sitting on top that quickly fades to a faint film.

The aroma is just what I want. Corriander, citrus, and pale malt. I really like it.

The taste is fine. Some pale grain hits me up front with some citrus, banana, and corriander through the middle and a light bitterness on the finish. It's light and refreshing and seems relatively traditional to me. It's simple but I really do look forward to this beer.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied with a high concentration of very fine carbonation which is perfect for this Belgian style.

Overall this is a solid beer. It's nothing out of the ordinary, but a great seasonal offering that is definitely well crafted.

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Photo of lawlerj
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

A - pours a pale yellowy color - nearly clear, appears to be well carbonated. Small head, doesn't retain much. No lacing to speak of.

S - Belgian type yeast and citrus and various fruity type smells. Smells very nice.

T - citrus and yeasty wheat dominate, not a whole lot else. A bit of spice in there as well. Pretty tasty.

M - medium bodied, fairly typical of the style. Easy drinking and nothing terribly offensive about it.

O - overall a tasty beer. Nice fruity taste and medium body that makes a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Jayhawk
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It had been a few years since I had this beer, so I decided to add this beer to a mix and match 6 pack from my local liquor store. Poured the bottle into a standard pint glass, and immediately was hit by the smell of coriander, slight orange peel, and clove.

The beer has the classic witbier pale straw color, and had a nice 3 finger head that quickly dissipated and left little to no lacing. Be sure and follow the label on the bottle since this is an unfiltered beer (not to mention the fact that boulevard bottle conditions their beers) - no swirl, and your not getting the full experience as the yeast add definite flavor to the beer.

The beer tastes much better than I remember...maybe I've just grown to like this style better with age. It tastes like it smells - coriander, clove, slight malty sweetness, a bit of orange peel...overall, a good representation of the style.

It's boulevard's summer seasonal beer, and a fantastic choice as a summer beer in Kansas City. I had this beer after spending an hour in 100 degree heat (with some nice humidity to make it even more fun) taking care of our horse, and I can tell you the low alcohol level is wonderful in the beer. This is a definite hot weather, session beer.

My only regret is that I bought on 2 bottles of Zon in my mix and match 6 pack, and my wife has already drank the other bottle.

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Photo of mikeylol
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy, very pale straw color, exactly what I think of when I think of Witbier. Creamy two finger head goes away in a hurry, light lacing.

S- Very pronounced citrus and spice. Plenty of orange, lemon, coriander and clove. Minimal hop presence with sweet malt in the background.

T&M- Thin and heavily carbonated. Tastes just like the aroma, tons of citrus and spice followed by sweet bready malts. Slightly sweet alcohol taste in the finish. Not a lot of hop character, but the spice notes do a good job of balancing everything,

O- Very solid Belgian Wit, very refreshing on a hot day working in the sun.

Notes: One of the best Witbiers I've had. Just when I was ready to give up on American wheat beers, this guy comes along.

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Photo of tito42
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to a Boulevard tulip. Best by 10/15/2011 stamped on bottle.

A: Very cloudy and pale straw in color with thin, white head that doesn't leave much lacing.

S: Dominated by coriander and clove with some yeasty wheat and a hint of orange.

T: Coriander dominates. Zesty wheat and bubblegum notes from the yeast.

M: Medium-bodied. Tangy wheat and spice without drying the mouth out too much. Smooth throughout with a bite and a bit of dryness at the finish.

O: A good witbier. I like Motership Wit a bit better, but this is right behind. Well balanced and doesn't knock you over with carbonation or spice at the finish.

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Photo of JMad
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a pint glass...

The liquid pours a hazy pale yellow color with a thick foamy white head that left a lot of lacing. It smells of banana clove wheat belgian yeast and hay. The taste is very similar but also has some bubblegum flavor as well. It is very soft and light with lots of simooth carbonation. This is a very easy drinking and flavorful wit, I wish the abv was a little higher though.

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Photo of mothman
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Decent retention with a bit of lace left.

Aroma: Very zesty and wheaty. A lot of lemon citrus and some spice. Very clean.

Taste: Lemon zest, cloves and spice, and wheat. Earthy.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, smooth, and refreshing. Light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends a tad dry.

Overall, an easy drinking wit. Decent flavor. Definitely enjoyable in the summer months.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, best by Oct 15, 2011. Served at around 45F.

Pours very hazy yellow with a small one finger white head.

Aroma is quite strong on the coriander along with wheat, orange citrus, some bread. Very good strength (if you like coriander).

Flavor is again heavy on the coriander with some orange and lemon citrus, wheat, a hint of banana. Mild sweetness, no bitterness, no alcohol.

Mouthfeel is light with lively carbonation.

Trying this back to back with their Unfiltered Wheat and what a difference some coriander makes! Pretty strong on those notes, light and pretty drinkable. Another good wheat style beer from Boulevard although I personally would prefer the standard offering.

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ZÔN from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.59 out of 5 based on 627 ratings.
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