ZÔN | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2002

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Ratings: 623 |  Reviews: 235
Photo of Baraka
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at a local restaurant, reviewing from notes

A: Hazy light gold with a thin, quickly vanishing head.

S: Lemon and Coriander, yeast

T/M: Wheaty yeast flavors with a liberal amount of the lemon and coriander. Delicious crisp, carbonated finish. This beer just tastes like summer to me.

D: Very high! The low ABV make it very sesssionable while the flavors make me want to keep reaching for another. This is a cool style of summer beer- of of my favorites.

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Photo of bump8628
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy and straw-colored with a pure white head that recedes to wispy rings.

Lots of citrus and coriander going on in this Wit, but the tangy, rustic wheat comes through as well. Behind that there is some apple and clove lending complexity. Nice and dry on the finish with proper carbonation.

A little heavy-handed on the coriander, but Zon is a step above the average, run-of-the-mill Spring/Summer Wits that line the shelves this time of year. And the lower ABV definitely makes it possible to drink these all afternoon long on a hot day.

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Photo of mmva321
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: About a finger of white bubbly head dissipates rapidly into a body that is swampy and murky. It's a very pale orangish-yellow that to me is not that appealing, though it may be appropriate for the style.

S: I really enjoy the aroma of this beer a lot. It reminds me of a grassy or piney Tripel, though the smell is perhaps, unfortunately simple. Strong but light hops blend well with earthy tones along with some citrus (mostly orange). The coriander is overwhelming, but it is pleasing in a very unsubtle way.

T: The taste pretty much follows the nose. The orange peel comes through a little more, but the coriander is still very strong. Still, this doesn't make the beer taste poorly. It doesn't quite have the charm of simplicity, it's just unsubtle.

M: Appropriately thin and bubbly. It leaves the mouth feeling a little dry when you're done.

D: This isn't a great beer by any means, it's a little too unrefined and too heavy on the coriander. However, the beer tastes good, and is very easy and a great pleasure to drink. Despite its shortcomings, this seasonal will probably become an annual purchase for me.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.01/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Finally got around to reviewing this one. Poured a 12oz bottle into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. This beer pours a hazy lemon with a 2 inch head that fades into just a thin cap. Very little lacing is present. The nose is a odd mixture of a traditional hefe and a witbier. Clove and banana are therefrom the traditional hefe and coriander, wheat tanginess, and just a hint of citrus from the wit. To me, its just a odd blend of a.romas The taste is holy coriander. Note to Boulevard, please calm down with the coriander. After that its just a little sour wheat and clove. Man, I get clove and banana off my palate. Just not a huge fan of Zons flavor profile. The mouthfeel is light and mildly carbonated. Overall, I'm just not a fan of this beer.

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

This beer I'm giving very high ratings because, frankly, I just really like the stuff. I was delighted when I first got one of these in a sampler pack. A couple days later I had bought a twelve pack, and will no doubt keep this as a staple summer beer in the future.

It's got a golden color, slightly cloudy appearance, with an average head. It looks inviting, but smells even better. You can smell the spiciness and it leaves you wanting to taste it ASAP. The taste delivers in delicious fashion. You can taste the citrus, but not overwhelmingly so. The yeast provides wonderful, complex flavors that dance around your mouth. Cloves and spices are plentiful. An easy going malt base is balanced with just a touch of hops. It has a light body and great lightly sweet, yeasty finish. Very drinkable.

I should note that I really like this brewery. It's American made, available regularly (and in variety) in my locale, and it's producing good beers. This is a very solid seasonal brew.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a somewhat cloudy, yet inviting, light straw color, with a big, rocky white head. Not a whole lot in the aroma, maybe a little lemon, some spice and a bit of yeast. On the palate, this one is a little bready, yeasty and spicy. Refreshing and simple, a nice antidote to a warm spring afternoon.

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Photo of ccrida
4.37/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle (best by 08/22/09) poured into a flute, ZÔN is a hazy straw yellow with a quickly fizzling white head.

Smell is good nice fruity esters indicative of an authentic wit strain, a little sourness from the wheat.

Taste is pretty good, this is very much in the classic style that I think the average US beer drinker would miss, sorry! A bit grainy, sweet, with a hint of orange and coriander but overall showing great restraint with the spices, really my taste in the style for sure. This is not supposed to be a flavor bomb, and it isn't - but it's damn good.

Mouthfeel is smooth, light but not thin, with a nice dry crispness that adds to the refreshingness.

Drinkability is great - I love this style of beer, and judging by the scores, it's obviously very misunderstood. Bummer. I can drink these all summer long (and in fact do, from a very similar home brewed version).

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Photo of roblowther
2.82/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

White cloudy gold with a minimal head that disappears before I finish typing this
Smells of oranges, caramel, and wood.
Tastes of apples and sugar, very mild. Too mild, really.
Mouthfeel is silky but too thin.
Drinkability is good. Nothing to stop you but nothing to keep you

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Photo of Tone
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, yellow color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of clove, yeast, sweet malt, citrus (banana), and and very slight hop. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of clove, yeast, citrus (banana), and slight sweet malt. Body is lacking, mouth feel is a little watery, carbonation level is too high, and appearance is poor.

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Photo of Brandt
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this beer poured a pale straw yellow with yeast cloudiness and little to no head

smell was a very spicy yeast character with hints of corriander and orange peel as is typical of the wit beer style and a hint of clove that went along with the subdude maltiness

taste was a warming and spicy/peppery yeast in the forefront with a slight citrus behind it. there was really no bitterness to speak of with this one

it finished a nice warming and med. body with strong yeast flavors lingering on the tongue. a very nice example of the wit beer and drinkable to boot!

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Photo of Blakaeris
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours hazy pale yellow with a thick fluffy head that hangs around awhile.

Aroma is lemon zest, bubblegum, and a touch of yeasty funk.

Taste is sweet and lemony as the nose suggested. Grainy pale malt. Yeast character is musty, with coriander and clove that creates a sort of medicinal flavor. Finish holds slight tartness that lingers.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side.

I found this Wit to be uninspiring. Overall flavor is bland....

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Photo of climax
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled in October*

That being said it poured a cloudy pale, but vibrant in the light, yellow. Large fluffy head faded quickly to a film.

Smell was predominately coriander with some soft banana and vague citrus. The citrus (orange peel like the disclaimer suggested) was not as powerful as i would have liked or expected nonetheless.

Taste was soft, an extension of the smell and nothing to extraordinary. Coriander for the most part with a bit more citrus bitterness than was predicted from the nose. Lingering bitter sourness remained through the finish.

Lots of spike from the carbonation made up the mouthfeel, a little more than i would have liked. However it coated the mouth quite nice with a yeasty dryness.

Easy to drink, low ABV would make it a good one to sit outside on a summer day and tear through a 6er. However it's a bit chilly up here in the Midwest on a late October evening....

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Photo of HeroJH
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice example of a white. Like I said on other Boulevard Beers, I think these are nice examples of each style. Right in the middle where you can show a friend what a style is, and then venture out from there.

A - Rich yellow, no head
S - Citrus and belgian like yeast
T - clean and flavorful, nice zesty aftertast
M - clean and bubbly
D - good.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, best by date 10/10/09. Pours a cloudy yellow color with a small, fizzy white head, disappears quickly. Aroma is yeast, citrus (orange), floral, wheat, and spices. Flavor is sweet, citrus (orange again), and wheat. Mouthfeel is pretty light, dry, and a touch of bitterness at the end. Very drinkable, not my favorite one, but good lawnmower beer.

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

Attractive looking beer, nice cloudy yellowish orange body. Good sized head, sticky lacing, and very lively carbonation.

Aroma has a great Belgian-esque aroma. A touch of chalky yeastiness, earthy malt, and hints of oranges and light coriander.

Upfront flavor has a nice citrusy orange sweetness to it, then midway is followed by some tart drying notes. Herbal and spicy notes also take stage and meld together nicely. Nice spectrum of balance, and it all works nicely. Finishes with the tart, tangy stingy carbonation - all while it maintains a dry dusty mouthfeel.

Decent beer, solid in many aspects - but very forgettable.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Strong but hazy golden straw color with minimal head but active carbonation.

S - Orange peel and distinct wheat smell. Refreshing smell and hints of sweet clove plus some spice.

T - Initial clove taste that quietly turns into a wheaty and yeasty bread taste. There is a citrus finish that is finished off by some hop dryness.

M - crisp, well-balanced, light

R - Very drinkable

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Photo of johnnybgood1999
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a cloudy straw yellow with less head than expected. Looks like a nice creamy Wit.

S: Yeast and orange. Ok. Nothing great and nothing offensive.

T: Initially, I was not fond of this, as it came across lacking in orange peel and coriander. As I continued to drink it the spices that were expected come through. Although, not in every drink, which is weird. The beer does taste pleasant as I get farther down the pint glass.

M: One thing I like in a Wit is a creamy mouthfeel and that is present in this beer. Good carbonation to go along the creamy mouthfeel.

D: Drinkability is excellent. A first year sorority girl could pound these, at least for a few minutes!

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Stubby 12oz brown twist-off bottle with freshness date clearly marked

Appearance: Super-hazy straw gold beer capped with a stark white head with decent retention:

Smell: Tart citrus and big sharp (pleasantly so) wheaty tones...this is fresh and zesty...looking forward to it

Taste: Very much in keeping with the flavors...zesty citrus (orange and lemon) backed with crisp wheat tones...a bit bitter on the finish (this is my only real complaint here, the bitterness comes through a touch more than I'd like for the style )...this one's better a bit colder than cellar temperature..straightforward, but crisp and refreshing nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium, a bit tart on the finish

Drinkability: Fairly high

Conclusion: Not my favorite Wit, but definitely a solid representation of the style, and not overly sweet like many American Wits.

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Photo of Docer
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle acquired in a trade... a nice extra w/ a best by date of 10/01/09. Served at about 50 Deg. C

- Light cloudy golden straw yellow... almost glows like a small lantern.. thick white head down to a froth of lace.

- Wonderful bready yeast aroma with slight herbal notes and a lemony zest. Little bit of banana..

- Zesty and bready wit with some lemon zest, banana yeast, creamy wheat, and coriander.. a pleasant surprise, and a very good wit that holds true.

- Pleasant aftertaste.. little thick and creamy.. meaty.

- Huge on drinkablility.. very light, flavorful, and can drink all day!

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Photo of Boto
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught: This one pours a hazy, cloudy golden color. There was a small white head on mine. The aroma is nice. There are notes of banana, wheat, yeast, breadiness, some spices. The taste is along the same lines. This one has a slightly creamy body. Overall, this is a pretty decent Wit. It was especially nice to find a decent beer at a Royals game.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from two 12oz glasses into two generic goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Best By 10/1/09

A: Pours a perfectly hazy and unfiltered pale gold color topped with a creamy, one-finger, bright-white head.

S: Toasty wheat, coriander, orange peel, and other spices.

T: Same as above with some lemon or grapefruit rind thrown in to boot.

M: Slick and spicy. Equal parts dry, oily, and spicy.

D: Excellent and very refreshing! Great summer beer.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.55/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was fortunate enough to go on the Boulevard brewery tour while I was in KC recently. The tour was not very informative as far as beer tours go, but the tasting at the end was excellent and turned me onto several beers that I had not heard of.

I bought a 6 pack of this beer after the tour and took it home. I served it in a pint glass. There are a few beers that I say you can just smell forever. And people comment to me sometimes how long i smell some beers before I taste them, this was one of them. The beer was light in color and cloudy. The smell was amazing, a mixture of yeast and the sweet ether smell associated with some belgian styles. It went down smooth and had very little after taste. This beer was excellent. Wit is not my favorite style, but there was no citrus aftertaste sometime associated with some Wit beers. It was great.

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Photo of NODAK
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is sweet with banana esters and a heavy dose of clove goodness. Yummy.

Body is only slightly sweet but with a strong presence of spices (cloves) and maybe a little orange hiding in there as well but nowhere near what many wits have. Finishes a bit more tart and citrusy....leaving only some spices left over on the aftertaste. Otherwise pretty dry on the finish. Refreshing, not overpowering like some other wits.

Overall it isn't a bad offering at all. I would have liked it to be a bit bolder but it's still very drinkable and a solid beer during the summer months.

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Photo of hike20
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours pale yellow, very cloudy. Smells of malt, yeast, and a bit of citrus. Quickly vanishing white head. Tastes of spices and citrus as well as wheat and malt. Strongly carbonated with a medium-thin feel. Overall not bad at all, good on a hot summer day.

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

a: hazy yellow color, little head finishes as a ring, nice thick ring of lace
s: strong citrus smells with wheat undertones and minor spices
t: starts with nice mix of sweet and tart taste, citrus/orange, sharp tartness in middle, yeast with a tiny bitter finish
m: light to medium body, plenty of carbonation, crisp finish
d: highly drinkable, solid brew with some good balance in the flavor

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ZÔN from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.59 out of 5 based on 623 ratings.
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