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Amadeus Biere Blanche | Les Brasseurs de Gayant

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Amadeus Biere BlancheAmadeus Biere Blanche

Brewed by:
Les Brasseurs de Gayant

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by frank4sail on 02-06-2003

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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 86
Photo of frankiepop
4.82/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amadeus is still one of my favorite beers. This is a white beer with a mellow carbonation and mild flavoring in the tradition of white Belgian ales. The downside is the access to this fine beer. But if you desire a white beer that is mellow in texture and flavors with some noticeable spice then this may be the beer for you

I compared Amadeus head to head with Hoegaarden, which I also love, the heads were about the same. Hoegaarden is a little more cloudy as opposed to Amadeus French clarity. Amadeus is less citrusy & and more dry. I find Amadeus a nice thirst quencher for summers.

What I like about Amadeus best is the subtle mellow flavor and carbonation. Amadeus leaves you more open to the the spices such as the chamomile or whatever really come to the forefront and linger very nicely in the after taste.

So enjoy this amazing white beer during France's Euro Cup rainy rainy match before some poor soul gets struck by lightning. This beer also goes well with Dvorak's New World Symphony. I also think the sounds of French guitar genius Raymond Boni who most Americans are totally unaware of, but should check out ... he plays with Joe Mcphee on a few cds. Boni is the best guitarist since Django.

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Photo of fingerlaker
4.77/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I gave this a 5 on taste, even though the fruit presence is stronger than the beer flavor and there is a salty aftertaste.

I gave it a 4.5 on mouthfeel even though it is one of the most watery beers I have had, if one doesn't count anything macrolager.

Am I insane? No. This really is extra special. Everything about it goes against my normal judgement for beers- it's watery, with very little hops and doesn't have a strong ale flavor. But I couldn't put this French creation down, despite the $10 pricetag.

Pouring it out of the imperial bottle that chilled in my friend's refrigerator into a tall glass, one gets the pure-white head that stays and a mildy hazy apperance. The smell is overwhelmingly fruity. Orange and lemon.

First sip I was put off by the extra-light body. But that changed shortly thereafter. The fruit hits you right off, and the beer flavor comes in afterwards. After swallowing, a salty taste takes over that was quite shocking but seemed perfectly appropriate.

I didn't think I would like this. It's too light. Far too light. But it's one of my favorites and it's more complex than what I would ever imagine it would be.

Buy it on a hot day and serve it to women you want to impress with your "culture."

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Photo of MisterDeeds
4.42/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow. Yeasty white head.

Very strong citrus aroma. Lemon? Orange? Both?

The citrus taste comesthrough right away. Seems to be a blend of Orange, Lemon and Lime. Perfect. This could be the most drinkable and tastiest beer that has ever been packaged in a corked 750.

Mouthfeel is very confusing. It tastes light, but leaves a little coating and a thirst for another sip.

Yes. Very drinkable. Could rival some of the classic "Summer" favorites.

I would highly recommend finding a bottle, and trying it at the end of a warm day. You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.42/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap in Paris about six years ago and remains one of my favorite. Amadeus had a very golden color to it and a strong citrus taste, lemon very prevalent. First witbier I ever tried and I tend to judge all others to this one. Beer was VERY sweet and goes down easily, a friend of mine says it tastes just like lemonade with a little bit of hop balance, and underestimated the punch it gave her as she downed it a bit too fast (on an empty stomach no less).

Those who don't like sweet beers though, it is recommended to avoid. Strong orange and lemon presence.

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Photo of whynot44
4.35/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Very hazy pale straw color with a soapy looking white head that didn't stay long but did manage a bit of lacing.

The aroma is mild, lemony, with hints of coriander and pine.

The taste is is very light, citric - lemon with a bit of orange - a hint of coriander, very light cloves, maybe a bit of mint. Mildly sweet, slightly tart, with a salty aftertaste that, strangely seems to enhance the experience.

Very light bodied, extremely drinkable, compliments food very well, especially lighter flavored foods like fish or poultry. This would be a great summer cooler and is really worth a try even though it is almost totally opposite of what I usually go for in a beer.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.33/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in a grocery in Paris this magnum was dated 28.08.03. Sweet yeast nose with a wiff of corriander. Cloudy light orange color with a sticky thick creamy white head. There is a nice white sheen that settles and creates a sticky lace on the glass. Smooth slight citrus taste (lemon) with light notes of corrieander and nutmeg. Quite light overall but the brew still does have nice smoothness on the tongue. Its flavors are subtile, rounded, and light. This would be a great wit for spring and summer months. Nothing in the brew is overpowering yet the brew is not watery. Its taste is balanced well with refreshing citrus and spice. I wish I had bought two!

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Photo of endincolorado
4.18/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a fizzy, pale straw with a huge, bubbly white head that reminds me of Sprite. Little to no lace.

Smell- Upon opening the bottle, I notice a strange aroma that smells almost exactly like orange juice. After pouring a glass, there's more of that powerful citrus. Honestly, there's something about this nose that puts me off. Something pungent. I really don't want to compare it to urine, but then... Maybe it's just like smelling the skin of a walnut, right off the tree.

Taste- Thank god it's delicious. With each sip, there's that overpowering fruity aroma, but then the cool, mild floral flavor of hops, citrus (in moderation) and a dryness that cleans the palate. Some pale malt to balance and a faint honey-like sweetness lingers on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, almost a bit creamy. Good carbonation.

Drinkability- Actually this one comes across as an excellent drinker. No evident alcohol, balanced flavors, and a nice clean finish that leaves me wanting more.

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Photo of bump8628
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light straw colored with ample white foam. This may be the closest to white of any Witbier I've had.

Fresh lemons on the nose balanced by some light coriander.

Big hit of lemon up front, almost as if some lemon juice was actually squeezed into the beer. Behind that coriander and a nice musty, twangy wheat character show up. Airy with some creaminess in the mouth. Big flavored for a lower ABV beer.

If you like the tart lemony goodness, which I do, then this beer is definitely worth a try. Either way, most would probably agree this is a somewhat unique take on the style considering how many wits line the shelves. This may be one of the most purely refreshing beers I've had outside of a well-made Berliner Weisse.

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Photo of GhostMilk
4.02/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy pale yellow and the smell is very fragrant and redolent of citrus. After the initial sip, the mouthfeel is light but not overly so. The beer's flavor is really exceptional. The citrus notes mentioned immediately standout - characterizing the overall taste while fully complementing the beer's wheat flavor. The sweetness is perfectly balanced, not too sweet, and though fruitier than most witbier I've tried I didn't find it to be overly fruity either. All in all a delicious and eminently drinkable beer that should be a surefire thirst-quencher in the summer, but could certainly be enjoyed year-round.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The whole time that I was drinking this beer, I was thinking about the 80's song, "Rock Me Amadeus". Aah, good times-- I miss prom. After the fond memories, the beer has a sharp, acidic nose of lemons, peppers, pilsner malts, and herbal hops- clean, inviting, and refreshing up front. A light canary-yellow hue has significant haze, stark-white, fluffy head retention and some lacing. Flavors have an intense lactic / citric action going on with the lemons, oranges, apples, and pears. A soft milk flavor fades in and out of the taste, giving added complexity and fullness. Peppery (part from phenols / part from added spices) give a balance to the sweetness with white peppercorns, paradise seed, curacco orange peel, and corriander. Creamy, malty textures are sliced by the citric acids, making it very drinkable and refreshing. Finishes with a spicy, lemony note and very clean. Now back to the jukebox in my head...

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Photo of MTNboy
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It has a white soapy thick head with some great lacing. The body is a super pale yellow hazy straw color. It has a strong piney and citric aroma at the same time. It has a very light and lemony taste. The mouthfeel is thin and carbonated. It is not as great as the guy at the store said but it is a good beer overall. I liked the lemon flavor it was a good change of pace.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is quite a light beer. Light color, light taste, light feel. But it does this well.

Lemonade looking, a bit cloudy. The head gives it away; it ain't lemonade.

Yet its aroma is zesty and citrus. Very light malt undertones. Some...some coriander.

Light taste. Lemony. Maybe this IS lemonade. A healthy portion of spice and some minty-ness makes this quite refreshing. The carbonation could use a boost. ABV is excellent for a quenching summer beer.
Overall it's good; not the best Wit, but it does the trick

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Photo of Pintsize31
3.89/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at the local beer cave picked it up for giggles. All in all I say its pretty good I can't say great because I am not a huge fan of fruity beers. Which leads to flavor lots of citrus in the taste and smell mildly like lemon with orange on the back. Poured really well a little bit of grain in the texture overall a pretty good beer just will not be more then an every once in awhile drink for me.

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Photo of Brad007
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale white color with a one-finger head into my goblet. Mild amount of carbonation.

Aroma is strong with coriander and orange peel showing through in the nose. A bit of alcohol on the nose as well.

Taste is full of coriander, orange peel and very smooth. A tad bit overspiced. Lots of citrus overtones.

Crisp, light and silky mouthfeel. Citrus and spice linger in the mouth.

Has a nice mouthfeel but feels a bit overspiced. The wheat should shine through more but the citrus and coriander tend to overshadow it. Otherwise, a sipping beer that is an interesting take on the style.

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Photo of dauss
3.86/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 750ml caged and corked. Had a stamp of 09.28.09 on the bottle. No blurb or anything. Uneventful pop of the cork. Definitely not as carbonated as other caged and corked beers, but also no signs that it would even start to gush.

Appearance: Beautiful cloudy light straw colored beer. Sizeable solid white head rests on top. Retention is good. Carbonation seems a little on the low side.

Smell: Wow, you get a huge hit of oranges up front, almost too overpowering. Slight minty notes with very subdued coriander in the background. Really, that orange is just the dominant aroma, almost like a Sunkist or Fanta Orange soda thing going on. Definitely a very interesting aroma, and I like it.

Taste: Upfront is just even more orange. It truly reminds me of Sunkist or Fanta orange soda. At first the malt is sweet, light on the palate with a creamy effervescence, then dries out and the body lightens near the finish with a touch of lemon. Not much in terms of the aftertaste. Clean and dry finish. Where's the coriander?

Notes: I'm torn over this beer. I'm always out for new and interesting brews. The aroma on this one is just overpowering with oranges, but I really like it even though the balance of the malt, coriander, and yeast in the aroma just isn't there. The taste, wow, even more oranges upfront, almost like I squeezed a half an orange into it(which I absolutely abhor, fruit in my beer? Vile!), starts off like a soda, but then finishes as an uninteresting Witbier. Starts sweet, but finishes dry. Even the burps have an orange flavor. Extremely easy drinking beer, crisp, clean, and thirst-quenching. I can see from a stylistic standpoint that this really isn’t an authentic example of a Witbier, but it’s interesting nonetheless.

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Photo of BogleHill
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled version. Pours out a nice hazy lemony yellow. Nice carbonation. The lacy white head soon goes away. The flavor is more on the lemon side of citrus, compared to a Hoegaarden or Alagash White. Mouthfeel is thin and slighty sweet. The finish is on the tart side but this is a very refreshing brew! I cannot get that 80s song by Falco out of my head now "Amadeus, Amadeus!"

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Photo of bark
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour ig pale orange-yellow. The beer is bottle conditioned, but the yeast is quite firm and the liquid is almost clear. I might have poured the beer the wrong way, but I didn’t get any foam at all.

The not-too-strong smell is very fruity (carambola, apricots, bananas, oranges, lemons) with some sour motes and a hint of bitterness.

The taste is much sweeter than I am used from the Belgian witbiers that I have come across. The taste is very fruity with sweet bananas, oranges, passion fruits, lemons, green apples and banana peels. The sour notes with flavours of green tea and lime balances the sweetness. There is absolutely no bitterness in this brew but a slight dry (banana peels-style) hint in the finishing notes.

The carbonation is much stronger than I had expected from the looks (nu bubbles, no head). Small bubbles. Refreshing!

A more fruity and more discreet witbier then the Belgian ones.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light, pale yellow color, dirtied up with bright suspended yeast. No head to speak of. The aroma is straight citrus: lemon and lime, with just a touch of coriander underneath it all to provide a warming foundation. On the palate, things are light and fresh, with an initial burst of citrus giving way to smooth coriander and cereal grain notes. Nothing too complex flavor-wise, just simple and refreshing. The finish is dry and of medium length, while mouthfeel is characterized by bright acidity and full carbonation that slaps the tongue around a bit. Overall, this is decent, drinkable witbier. It lacks the complexity and other highs reached by its betters, but it remains in the middle of the pack due to its bright flavor and refreshing mouthfeel.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ML Corked bottle. Freshness date stamped on back. Served in a tall Weisse Glass.
It pours a hazy milky lemonade color with a very fast-fading snowy white head. Some thin wispy lacing trails and dissolves.
Nice lemony and peppery smells rise at first pour. A light smell of bread dough, cloves and orange zest inch forward. Is that cardamom in the distance?
The flavors mirror the aromas in nearly every way. The tart, astringent lemon taste is perhaps a bit too over the top, but it does cut through and declare its dominance.
An odd peppery saline is noticed in the after taste, then seems to vanish. It could be the bottom of bottle sediment. I need to try this one again to be sure.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Best By: 11.28.09.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale yellow body with fine effervescence throughout and a smallish, white head.

Smell: A toss of confectioners' sugar over a waft lightly tangy malted wheat with a scent of spice and lemon zest, the latter of which grows more fragrant upon warming.

Taste: Upfront taste of washed out lemon juice with a mild sweetness. Fairly restrained wheat character overall. Light coriander spice. Slight, soft floral hints paired with a medium-low bitterness. Lightly sour yeast component. Drying, lemony finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Though light in flavor overall, I still found it to be an enjoyable, highly drinkable, and rather refreshing wit.

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Photo of drpimento
3.69/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a nice medium sized white, foamy, frothy head and a little lace. Color is a very faded, hazy pale yellow - lemonadish. Aroma is a nice rose floral quality with some apice and some malt. Flavor is huge lemon. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is dominated by the lemon. Could be a session beer.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL caged-and-corked bottle into my Hoegaarden tumbler. Best before July 28th, 2011.

Hazy pear body with a multi-layered pasty ivory cap. Very creamy lacing and decent retention.

Coriander, lemon drops, and kumquats in the nose.

Very citrus-forward palate entry with orange zest, light yeast notes, and a hint of wheat for balance. Fairly sweet overall - reminding me of a good American wheat ale more than a traditional witbier in some ways. The finish is unusual, suggesting fresh raw oysters and a shot of limoncello.

Light bodied, soft, milky, and effervescent.

Quite refreshing though a bit sweet and overly fruity for the style.

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Photo of Zorro
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ML corked and caged bottle.

Cloudy pale yellow with a good white head, per the style.

Strong orange scent with witbier yeast spiciness. Powdery yeast and faint coriander but this is very much an orange scented beer. Little bit of green and fresh black pepper aroma.

The taste starts mildly sweet and quite strong orange flavor. Belch brings the oranges back quite strongly. Pretty much a dry spiced orange beer this is quite mildly flavored.

Mouthfeel is good.

BEST known beer for orange flavored anything or salad. Tasty and VERY mild just about the most orange tasting beer I have had that wasn't more like orange soda.

But if you don't like oranges skip this beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, pale, golden yellow color with a one finger, white, bubbly head. It left some soapy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled of lemon, orange peel and some wheat.

T - It had a strong lemony flavor with a mild yeasty spice. The wheat flavor takes a back seat.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light bodied beer that is very easy drinking.

D - This is an okay witbier. Heavy on the lemon but not a bad version of the style.

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Photo of stephens101
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pale yellow-orange pour puts out a boisterous white head that diminishes slowly, and ultimately ending in a thick, cumulus cloud-like covering. A few wide swathes of lace linger around the glass.

Smells lemony and malty with a nice sweet bread backbone along with some clove and candied sugar floating around. Very complex. Let's hope the palate experiences the same. Tastes grainy with a squirt of lemon and not much spice. Tanginess is just right.

Body is weaker and drier than I was hoping for, especially considering the depth of the bouquet. Subsequent pulls do however open things up and reveal a bit of welcomed spice and a lemon cookie yeast.

This one is off the charts easy drinking, although the body and taste suffers a bit secondarily.

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