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

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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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Photo of colt45n
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light hazy yellow with a fizzy white head.

S: Getting mosty citrus flavors of orange and lemon, little bit a hay as well

T: Very refreshing! light mouthful with a good amount of carbonation, mosty light oranage and lemon citrus flavors in the mouthful

Overall a very enjoyable brew, very refreshing on a hot summer day, low abv makes it very drinkable

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

A: golden yellow, slight cloudy body, good lacing

S: big lemon, little hint of orange coriander, yeast

t: sweet yeast, hint of lemon, wheat, light spicy finish

M: light/med body, fair carbonation

D: Good summer beer, solid style representation.
Enjoyable session brew.
I could drink more than a few.

Good beer for the summer still prefer their smokestack line of beer.

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Photo of tedsox31
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on draft at the Flying Saucer in Kansas City.

Appearance is hazy yellow with a fluffy white head that stays around and leaves lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell is consistent with the witbier style. Subtle citrus notes, along with coriander and some spicy esters from the yeast. Some light malt/biscuit.

Taste is less than what the aroma foretold. Coriander is pretty heavy up front along with yeast esters, but everything else takes a backseat. I get very little citrus, although the malt pokes through better once the beer warms a bit.

Mouthfeel is creamy but finishes dry. Slight coriander notes left behind after swallowing.

This is a decent beer. The problem is that the coriander overwhelms many of the other flavors, causing the beer to be out of balance. It is refreshing, however, and very sessionable.

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Photo of JLeege
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best by 10/15/11

Appearance- Pours a hazy yellow, with a small white, and quickly dissipating head. Seems to be a common them so far in this Boulevard variety pack.

Smell- Holy yeast! it has a big presence on the nose, and smells quite nice. Some banana, subtle lemon, coriander and clove. Smells good, and like it should. Inviting.

Taste- Malted wheat, and Belgian spice. Clove, coriander, banana, somewhat spicy. Has a distinct grassiness towards the finish. A little lingering yeast on the palate. Follows the aroma ok, but with much less flavor than the nose would suggest.

Mouthfeel- Light body and a bit watery. This is pretty highly carbonated, despite producing not much of a head.

Overall- Well it smells quite pleasant. Though unfortunately the rest of the aspects don’t quite stack up. And it is a fairly watery. I will have no problem drinking my other bottle, but my affair with it will end there.

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Photo of jwinship83
2.62/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle picked up in the boulevard mixed 12 pack. drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass. best by august of 2011.

A- a hearty pour yields a pale straw colored body with a moderate haze to it. there is a small bright white head that forms on top. the head falls pretty fast and leaves behind only small spots of lacing.

S- the smell is pretty subdued. light odor of malted wheat comes up first followed by a small amount of clove and yeast. light lemon zest and earthy hops at the end.

T- the taste starts out with the malted wheat that i could smell and is supplimented with other pale malts. after that i get a small amount of yeast and some faint clove. lemon zest sneaks in after that. at the finish there are some faint earthy hops.

M- the body is light and watery with a high level of carbonation. not the best combination.

O- this is a pretty weak beer overall. not something i can see myself seeking out again. the one thing it has going for it is the weak strength, but there are more flavorful beers out there with the same ABV

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It was a hot, muggy, beast of a day for our soldiers in brown. Those UPS trucks have no A/C, hell most don't event have power steering!
Finally getting around to cracking a beer...

Served in a lost abbey tumbler.
Best before 10/15/11 clearly stamped on neck (already going to get a free half point somewhere for bottledating! Only a half point though because it's a "best by" and not a "bottled on.")

Nice cloudy yellow hue with a bright white head that leaves a nice collar. Minimal lacing, but I dont expect too much.
Smells of lemon zest, malted wheat, and a little grassiness. Not bad.
Taste follows nose-- sweet malts with some spicy dry wheat notes and lemony citrus finish. Not really a clean finish, but that's ok.
The body could be the beer's only negative: it's slightly too carbonated. I'd prefer a little less. (free halfpoint to even it up to a 3!)
Overall, not too shabby. I'll be down in MO next week on vacation, and I'll probably grab a sixer while I'm there.

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Photo of HaysAmerica
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the typical 12oz. bottle w/ a best by date of 10/01/11 into a stemmed tumbler (this is the best I can explain it as it's not like any other glass I have). This one pours w/ some 2-finger white head w/ good carbonation & then it reduces to a slight layer. Bright orangish yellow & cloudy. Lacing is poor.

The nose is of orange peel, coriander, peppery & yeasty. Has some floral hops to it which I find this to be a well pulled together beer for the style. A nice stab at it so far.

Taste has the expected: orange peel up front, w/ peppery notes following & some coriander thrown in. Pepper is actually pretty restrained in this one. Quite refreshing. Finish is moist & tart. I could have used more of a pepper & yeast character in this.

Has the light body you'd expect, feels almost fluffy. Somewhat watered down from what I was looking for. Comes off quite light across the palate. A nice summer beer. Drinkability is high. A good seasonal that hits the spot in the warmer months without a doubt. Prosit!

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: golden yellow, slight cloudy body, finger head, good lacing

S: big lemon, coriander, yeast

T: sweet yeast, hint of lemon, wheat, light spicy finish

M: light/med body, fair carbonation

D: Good summer beer, solid style representation.
Enjoyable session brew.
I could drink more than a few.


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Photo of Reaper16
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served into a pint glass

Pours a nearly neon yellow color. This is way brighter than I expected. It reminds me of Hi-C Ecto Cooler from back in the day. It has some nice visible carbonation, and a solid finger of very-white head. This bottle is a bit past its prime (it's not of the new batch hitting shelves now), so the color and head formation might be affected by age. But it looks fine enough.

Zon never has been and never will be about innovation. It's a straight-up witbier: coriander, orange zest, lots of lemonade and tangy malted wheat. There's a bit of a floral, lilac note here too. Pretty nice aroma for the style.

It translates to the palate just like you'd think it would. Orange peel, wheat bread, lemon and lemonade are the dominant flavors. But coriander shows up along with a pretty hefty (for the style) accent of earthy hops.

Medium to light bodied and still possessing of carbonation despite its moderate age means that Zon has an alright mouthfeel. I can't say that it is exemplary or anything, but it doesn't do anything wrong either.

This is a solid, above-average witbier. Nothing more, nothing less. An excellent hot weather beer.

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Photo of boudreaux
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: golden and opaque, with yeasty bits swirling around; a decently thick head, pure white color

S: big and citrusy; lemon zest and bread are everywhere; the yeast balances lemon well

T: the bread and lemon come through up front, like in the smell; but now, accompanied with coriander, providing a touch of spice; very well balanced and true to the style

M: light/medium body, with a touch of carbonation; creamy yeast feel on the tongue balanced by bite from citrus

D: easy to drink; light flavors and crisp feel make it refreshing and easy to down

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

A: Foggy golden yellow with a decent white head.
S: Lemon and sweet yeasty smell.
T: More lemon, coriander, mild spice taste.
M: Moderate carbonation and medium-light mouthfeel. Smooth.
D: High drinkability. Good aftertaste, light and refreshing overall.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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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Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hwwty4 for this 12 oz bottle. A little out of season, but what's it to ya?

A: The witbier is a cloudy metamucil color, somewhere between yellow and orange but a pulpy look. A small head is no more than a thin band around the mouth of the glass.

S: A light nose, some wheat and spices running around.

T: Coriander jumps out first, citrusy orange follows. Both flavors are light. Surprisingly, the wheat that follows isn't that intense either. The result is a nondescript witbier, mildly tangy. A stronger coriander presence near the end of each sip provides a measure of redemption.

M: The mouthfeel is like a turtle, you need to gently coax it out of its shell. The coriander, much more than the citrus, stands out.

D: A good start to my Sunday (let's go Ravens!). It's no Smokestack but it'll do in a pinch.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured from a 12oz bottle into a long glass. Banana colored. The lightest yellow, but still opaque. A nice half inch of white head.

S - It smells exactly like a Witbier should. Light scent overall, coriander and citrus... like a mandarin and banana.

T - The taste is a bit of a letdown from the great appearance and smell. It is like a watered down version of what it should be. I am just not picking up any real flavors out of this.

M - Soft texture but still sharp on the tongue and moderate to higher carbonation.

D - I am not a big fan of this style, but the appearance and smell really had me excited to try it. However, the taste did not have any real definition to it and the carbonation level started to be annoying as I drank it. But like I always say, try it for yourself.

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Photo of Adamthome1
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle, best by 10/15/10. drank 10/24

Pour is exquisite, looks like lemonade poring and is a nice cloudy golden, very inviting unfiltered beer.

Citrus in the smell, very similar to the Boulevard Wheat...

Taste is also comparable to the Boulevard Wheat, a bit more orange peel flavor and carbonation. Very inviting and very easy to drink, perfect after a days labour. The extra carbonation is just right, my favorite aspect of the beer.

It does taste a little bit old, unfiltered wheats don't taste the best if consumed after their best by dates but this is a fine beer even out of date, definitely recommend

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

obtained as extra in a trade. best by date of 08/03/09. from notes, tasted in june 2009.

pale, yellow straw color. cloudy. 1.5-finger head, fades to constant thin layer. very sparse, splotchy lace.

aroma: lemon peel, coriander, parsley. yeasty, lightly toasted bread. anise? gentle euro hops. trace phenols in back.

taste: flavors very similar. ever so slightly watery in the malt and wheat, but ok. herbal euro hops meet coriander, spice and lemon peel w/ phenols. gentle bitterness.

light but not too water. light acidity, crisp carb helps with body. faint astringency in finish.

not too bad overall. taste should be 3.8 and drinkability 3.5, but compensated the scores to reflect that.

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Photo of chumba526
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appears cloudy yellow with a small white head.

Smells like lemon, sugar. There is a yeasty fruity smell as well.

It tastes a bit of lemon, a bit of pepper there is a fruity sweetness as well. This seems to have more citrus notes then most wits. It is quite refreshing.

The carbonation is moderate high which seems average for the style.

The drinkability is good it is pretty light I could drink a few of these.

Overall a nice light wit. Not the best wit but it would hit the spot on a hot day.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm getting tired of stating that this review is courtesy of Ryan, but I'm a name dropping whore, so... This was gifted to me by Ryan.

A- White like a witbier is supposed to be. There isn't any head or lacing.

S- Lots of banana ethers. Coriander spice and some floral and citrus notes.

T- Lots and lots of banana. Some light citrus but mostly banana. Its sol pretty good.

One of the better blvd flagships I've had.

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Photo of DAllspaw
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours straw colored and cloudy, reminiscent of a saison without as much head.

smell is citrus and a yeast, a little bready.

nice taste, fairly light, but enough going on to keep your interest. This is certainly a light summer drinker, but not at all thin or lacking for what it is.

easily drinkable, low alcohol content, this is a very easy drinker for warm night. Will buy again, good stuff.

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ZÔN from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.59 out of 5 based on 619 ratings.
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