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: 624 |  Reviews: 235
Photo of colts9016
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very hazy golden yellow with a small head but dissolves quickly. A nice Wheat malty citrus aroma with hints of honey esters and spice.
The taste is balance with wheat and malt. giving way to oranges honey esters and spice.
Finish is a nice citrus and a slight hop bittering, but very easy to drink.

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Photo of redjameskidd
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Similar to their "unfiltered american wheat" beer, with more taste. Instead of just having a creamy grain flavor, hits a few mild weizen-like notes with moderate citrus/coriander flavor.

This might very well be a good beer to give to someone who really likes drinking Blue Moon, as an example of a more restrained, balanced, less oppressively orangey example of the style.

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

One of the last few of a 12 pack Boulevard sampler I purchased.
Pours a very light gold in color with no head forming at all. Very cloudy looking.
Smell is very light lemon and not much else. This is actually, next to the Bully Porter, their least offensive beer I've had. Crisp, clean, refreshing and very easy drinking. Plenty of carbonation. Decent and would be great on a hot, sticky, summer day. I could drink this one again.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It honestly was more like weizen than a wit to me but that was alright. I love both styles. It is not as spicy as most wits. I did not taste the coriander or other spices sometimes affiliated with wits. The orange in it is also mild. There are some good citrus tones but not the usual. It is a hazy yellow color and a little creamy looking. This beer has a great white head and lace. It smells like bananas, cloves some citrus. It is very drinkable and refreshing. I thought the taste was great just don't be expecting it to taste like other wits you have tried.

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Photo of gpogo
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy yellow with small white head. The head disappeared almost instantly.

A- Subdued spicy wheat aroma with noticeable hints of coriander. Rather yeasty aroma.

T- Yeasty flavor, lots of coriander with smaller citrusy notes. Incredibly refreshing, yeasty coriander aftertaste.

M- Medium body with Moderate to high carbonation.

D- This is a great summer beer, incredibly refreshing and a great wit from the midwest. Very sessionable and not too pricey.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to brentk56 for this as a kicker.

A: Little bit darker that a wit should be but the cloudiness is dead on. Zero head.

S: Very yeasty with hints of coriander.

T: Tons of wheat up front. Nice spice to break it up. Banana in the finish strong.

M: For having no head the carbonation is on the harsh side. Little watery as well.

D: At 3.4% drinkability is not a problem. Not a big fan of wits and this did not impress me. On a hot summer day this would be awesome though. Almost October in Albany is a little out of place for this.

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

This is the second beer that I have tried from the brewery, and this beer if faring better than the wheat beer. There exists the same acidic, citrus, lemony bubblegum notes but the beer seems to fit the style better, even with these strong characteristics. The beers appearance lacks the uniform, creamy haze and soft head formation / retention expected. The yeasty spices are strong, phenolic, estery notes dominate the nose and flavors and not allowing the soft malts, breadiness, or hops to balance. The grain character rises and also keeps the soft, powdery, confection notes from shinning like they should. Lightly astringent from the lemon notes and graininess hurts the beer from the taste, on through the textures and finish. the carbonation is high with a bite and tingle, but not with the expected softness. Though they are far worse witbiers available, this one struggles to compete with the Hoegaardens and Celis of the world.

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Photo of gmfessen
4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a pale, cloudy yellow color with a thin milky head. The smell is typical for a beer of the style; spicy phenols, banana, clove, orange peel, corriander and some yeast breadyness. The taste almost reminds me of an orange-banana juice. The corriander and orange peel are just right, there is a slight hop bitterness but no apparent hop flavor. The mouthfeel is light in body and the carbonation has a creaminess about it. Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. It tastes great, would be excellent on a hot day and the low ABV makes it a very sessionable beer.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a a cloudy pale yellow color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of mild coriander, and a little orange peel. The taste has more orange and less coriander than the aroma, but is still quite mild. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation that seems a bit low for a witbier. Overall, this is a weak ezample of a wit. I don't think I will be drinking this again.

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Photo of coldmeat23
2.91/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Chilled to approx 45 degrees

A golden yellow liquid that looks like sunshine in a glass. Slightly hazy. One finger foamy white head that dissolves to nothing, quickly.

Coriander. Tangy wheat notes. Slight hint of orange and cloves.

Wheat taste is dominant. Slight spicey, citrusy notes. Powerful phenol (band aid) taste on the end.

For a very light bodied beer, it maintains a suprising creaminess. The low-level carbonation works for this one.

While I could easily see people drinking many of these on a hot summer day, personally, the phenol taste throws me off. It's just a bit too much.

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Photo of argock
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass tumbler. No freshness date.

A: A bit hazy with the initial pour with soft yellow hue and thin white head with barely any retention.

S: Lots of tangy wheat with clear coriander but a bit of clove and sweet fruit aromas as well. Not a lot of citrus though.

T: Nice witbier tang with some yeastiness and light citrus note and noticeable but not overwhelming spice flavors. Citrus component is pretty small.

M: A little too much carbonation gives it a bit of a fizzy feel but still nothing objectionable. Body is good for a wit.

D: Decent enough witbier but nothing special.

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Photo of brentk56
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy lemon color with a disappointingly brief head - down to a ringlet in a flash with no lace

Smell: Yeasty wit aroma, with orange peel and coriander in the mix

Taste: Nice wheaty taste up front, with spicy clove, coriander and banana flavor but it goes a bit too much in the band-aid phenolic direction after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate, but prickly, carbonation; a bit watery on the finish

Drinkability: Nice and refreshing but doesn't really nail the style

Thanks, Vancer, for the opportunity

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Photo of chemmie
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised by this beer. I was thinking it might end up being a pretty generic Belgian Style Wit, but it was a little better than that. The look was a pale yellow, with just a little head that quickly went away. The taste and smell is of lemon and other citrus, but not overpowering. It is light and refreshing, but still has a nice bit of flavor. Not a bad Belgian style Wit. It could have a little more kick to it, but it is still good.

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

Girlfriend bought the Sampler 12 pack... Here we go.

A - Cloudy lemon colored. Head fades quick, little lace.

S - Yeasty with a little citrus. The wheat is there.

T - Classic wit taste. A little weak on the hop and even though bottle conditioned the carbonation isn't there.

M - Again, a bit watery for my taste...

D - On a lawnmower? I'll take 9. With dinner? Pass.

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Photo of birchstick
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured yellow with a small head. Smelled very citrusy with tones of wheat and yeast. Tasted as the nose suggested it would, with strong lemon/citrus at first, with a wheat/yeast aftertaste. Not too much going on, but then again it shouldn't. This was an okay beer, a great thirst quencher.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
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 naterock
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass
A: very impressive yellowish white with a small head. classic witbier color.
S: heavy smells of lemon zest and coriander, a belgian malt character comes into the forefront with a slight hop underscent.
T: crisp lemony approach, a spicy coriander feel and a malty finish. Coriander lingers slightly but not too long. I think where most witbiers go wrong is the strong coriander aftertaste that is just overwhelming.
M: nicely carbonated helps develop the small amount of bitterness.
D: this is a perfect session beer, small ABV, crisp and clean. One of the best summer seasonals around.

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Photo of orangemoustache
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy medium bright yellow with a couple fingers of pilloy whie head that leaves some small amounts of circular lace as is quickly drops.The nose is mildly sweet and lemony with some spicy yeast in the background.This is a tasty Witbier,dry tangy citrus greets the tastebuds followed closly by smoothe Belgian flavors,the lemon within is subtle and not as overwhelming as some Hefes(imo) which is why I enjoy Wits over other German offerings.I don't taste the orange the label refers to,tho there is some sweetness(maybe banana)that comes through.The body is light and the finish is as crisp and clean as they come.I have no doubt I would finish a six pack in a night,or they may disappear even faster on a hot summer afternoon!

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

this beer poured a cloudy yellow with a nice white head that made some nice lacing. the amount of carbonation visible is vicious.

this beer smells like bananas and grapes, bunny bread and honey.

this beer tastes pretty thin flavor-wise. nothing offensive, but nothing that really grabs you.

the mouthfeel is appropriate for the style.

this beer is very easy to drink, but i've had better witbeers. nevertheless, it was a fun one to try.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not my favorite style but I'm supporting Boulevards appearance in Tn.

Pours a urine colored cloudy yellowish color with a very short lived head...

Aroma of wheat, coriander, and a faint banana..

Nothing to write home about on the taste.. Not bad, but not spectacular. Wheaty citrusy taste throughout,,

Not my favorite style but drinkable.

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Photo of Durge
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a bright cloudy yellow color with a modest white head and thin lacing. It smells slightly citrusy wheat and hints of pretzel. Somewhat thin bodied but the flavor is decent with notes of your basic wheat and citrus refreshment. Very easy drinking but it has a spicey/peppery effect. A little anemic for me but it's OK for the style.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Agressive pour into a Guiness true pint glass yields very little bone-white head that dissapates rapidly but leaves a nice slick film throughout the tasting.

Smells good...freshness, lemon zest, grapefruit and almost a hint of asparagus.

Taste is pretty good. Grapefruit and carbonation lends a nice herbaceous spicy kick. A rather enjoyable spring and summer brew. Reminds me a bit of smartees candy.

Wish the ABV was a bit higher. Couldn't see myself buying more than 1 or 2 sixers of this a year, but a good warm weather brew nonetheless.

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

Straight fours across the board seems fair here, as this beer is quite good in all categories, while not being truly exceptional in any.

The beer pours from the bottle to a somewhat cloudy golden color. Not an overly sizable head, but what was there tended to last awhile and the lacing was consistent throughout the entire glass.

The smell is much like what one would expect from a witbier, the coriander and orange peel are evident as is the wheat.

The taste is also consistent with the style. One can taste the wheat and the spicing comes out to play as well, though it's not as assertive as it could be... good all the same though.

In a lot of ways this is a tame version of an already fairly tame style, but in the Hot Missouri Summers.. this one really fits the bill and is near perfect in such a situation.

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

Pours a hazy, pale straw with a head that quickly reduces from three down to just half a finger's worth of head in seconds. Steady streams of bubbles indicate a decent vitality to this brew.

All the expected aromas of coriander, orange peel and zippy wheat delivered in an even manner. Smells correct.

Somewhat middle of the road; lacks the subtlety of some of its peers (Blanche du Chambly) or the audacity of others (Southampton Double White). Orange peel is much more restrained than on the nose although the essence of the oil is detectable on the finish. Mostly coriander-driven with the light, refreshing kick from the wheat on the back end.

Resists the overcarbonation sometimes associated with "summer" beers while still supporting enough of a body to make it respectable. Low ABV combined with an overall amiability makes this a nice choice for an 80 degree day i.e. today.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One more tonight from the Fight Club box.. 12 oz shared with my trading partner.. most goes in my shaped Sam Adams glass.. Big props to Bort11.. I've had good times so far with my previous 2 Boulevard beers, I expect no less from this offering.

2 finger white head dies back quick leaving crusty white lacey bubbles... brew is a hazy wit.

More coriander than OJ peel in the nose.. husky graininess.. some minor background yeastiness adds to the overall complexity.

Flavor is another story.. reminds me very much of a German Hefe for pretty much this entire glass now.. I still get a little bit of a yeasty twang and the same coriander and a little bit of orange peel.. but still the phenols lend toward the German side of the spectrum. Very tasty and drinkable for days.. mouthfeel is right for a Wit... but Wow... this tastes like they use a hefe yeast.. a little bit of pink bubblegum is in there as it warms. Banana and clove are definitely present.. I am still really liking it but am not sure to say as far as style guides go.. I am probably going to just go with my gut and say it is really a very good beer but that said, in a blind tasting, I would have pegged this as an American take on a German Hefe.. I do still like it a bunch though.

Cool beer from Tim.. next time send me a few so I can share them with some other local BA's and get their take. :-)

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ZÔN from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.59 out of 5 based on 624 ratings.
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