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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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 57
Photo of JMastrangelo
1.3/5  rDev -62.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is one Amadeus that didn't rock me. I've never heard ANYTHING about French beers, and if this is the norm, I can see why.

A slightly hazy golden pour, as expected of the style. Looked surprisingly, almost disturbingly, carbonated

Smell was nonexistent.

This tasted like they poured 20% light amber ale, 75% soda water, and 5% lemon flavorings. The subtle lemon taste was painfully artificial.

Mouthfeel was that of sudsy, carbonated water.

I drank this beer through sheer willpower of not wasting $16.

Do not buy this beer. What little character they have is stolen from Polar lemon soda water.

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Photo of jgammoniv
1.5/5  rDev -56.3%

Photo of 3SH33TS
2/5  rDev -41.7%

Photo of damndirtyape
2.14/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap and served in a branded glass at a small cafe in Lille, France.

Appearance: Cloudy hazy glowing white straw yellow beer. Huge head and lots of lacing.

Smell: Practically no smell at all other than a hint of lemon.

Taste: Grainy, watery, with lemon rind - lemon citrus sticks out most of all, but weak - balanced by some of the malt but the malt is weak as well. There is no finish to this beer - it just stops.

Mouthfeel: Watery, with OK carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: Not a good beer. Weak, insipid, poorly done. Nice looking, but substandard in all other aspects.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.15/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was a very unimpressive witbier that reminded me of lemonade or a shandy more than anything else. Definitely not recommended...if you're thinking about drinking this beer, do yourself a favor and get a Wittekerke instead.

It poured a fizzy opaque lemonade color with meringue head. Aroma was like lemon-lime soda...maybe like Squirt. Flavor was also lemon-y more than anything else, although there was a detectable amount of coriander...but mostly it was a lemonade-powder flavor. Mouthfeel was rough, uneven, and chalky.

I would not recommend this beer.

I had a big glass of this at the South Beach Food & Wine festival.

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Photo of ChicoraBoy
2.6/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Citrus, sweet aroma. Not too strong, though. Almost a fake aroma to it, like extract was added. Light yellow cloudy with very tiny white dissipating head. Very little lacing. Watery body with med-heavy carbonation. Very tart &and lemony! Not a pleasant lemon flavor, but more astringent. Light bitter finish. Watery after. Not very good - bad bottle?

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Photo of meatmallet
2.6/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A pale and cloudy light straw color with a thick white head.

Smell: Very light. Lemon drops coriander and orange peel on the nose mostly.

Taste: Now I know why this was on clearance. A very weak lemon flavor with a little bit of wheat and coriander. Not very good.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Very light body with medium carbonation. Not very impressed with this one.

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.61/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

The lemon flavor, almost to exaggeration, the nose of the beer, much more than common characteristic of a Witbier, who also appears quite lemony. The first mouth, however, leaves a slight citrus hand over her mouth to deliver a body too thin, very watery and the obvious lack of spices. This lemon zest back on the aftertaste but it is far from memorable, far from it. A bit like if we had put in a low quality Witbier two fingers of lemon concentrate.

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Photo of JanM
2.69/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very light yellow color and good, creamy foam. The smell is dominated by organges and peaches. The taste is disappointing and much thinner than the smell led me to expect. Sweet and mild citrus but basically a lot like watery fruitjuice. Even if you follow the label's advice and squeeze some lemon into it it doesn't help much.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.7/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Can into Swiss kitchenware in Z├╝rich, Switzerland. Reviewed live.

A: Two finger head of nice fluffy white cream, decent thickness, and good retention. Hazy cloudy yellow colour.

Sm: Barley foundation with lemon citrus esters riding atop. A moderate strength scent.

T: Holy lemon, batman! Lemon citrus esters join with the barley foundation to form a sort of faux-lemon lime beer, a bit like a certain American soft drink that I can't quite recall the name of. Very simple and a bit artificial; I suspect the esters are from syrups. That said, it does what it can to be refreshing. For what it's trying to do, it works.

Mf: Nicely coarse and wet. Sort of suits the flavours on the body.

Dr: Average ABV, decent price, and easy drinkability. Give her a spin, lads.

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Photo of ATPete
2.7/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle caged and corked.

A- Pours a white/yellow hue, very pale with a decent white head.

S- Mint, cloves, wheat, lemon, grass

T- Like someone didnt wash a tank all the way. Amadeus is a very soapy attempt at a witbier. You can pick up on the subtleness and balance as soon as you get past the soap character this one has. Also some lemon and orange poke through. Awkward aftertaste.

M- Light, crisp, good carbonation.

D- I didn't finish the bottle.

**i will give de Gayant the benefit of a doubt that this is a bad batch of Amadeus, if not, this is the worst Witbier attempt i've ever had.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.71/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml brown bottle.

Pours an almost opaque lacquer colored pale hay. Bright white head, one finger head that recedes o nothing very quickly. Goo bubbling though. LOTS of pineapple in thye nose of thi whit. Maybe some very ripe green apple peels too. Different, but a bit to heavy on the pineapple for my nose. Granny Smith apples hit the front of the tongue first, but are quikly overpowered by the tiny pinappls and some soft plantains. Very tart but the carbonation helps bring it down to something a bit tolerable. Fruity, exotic palate that thankfully doesn't linger too long. Uniq, but not my glass of witbier.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
2.76/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours pale cloudy yellow with a decent thick bubbly head. No lace. bubbles rising.

Big lemon peel and carbonated water scent. Some white pepper.

This one is just flat out missing the malt. Very light wheat flavor, some yeast, but this is all lemon and some white pepper and maybe some cardamon. Watery thin strength of flavor. Tart lemon thru to the finish. Light bitterness.

Light bodied, ok carbonation, but a little watery.

Bought $9 bomber. Ugh. This is not something I'll get again. Glad it is a hot day -- will chug in front of the grill.

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Photo of tjd25
2.86/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Soft creamy and foamy head, lasting a little while on an opaque and very pale golden color. The smell is fresh and sweet but kinda artificial, almost soda like. Like a mix of beer and ginger ale with some syrup. The taste is quite similar to the taste: very citric and artificial, with a light oily hoppiness.Peach and orange, but fake. The mouthfeel seems interestingly creamy at first, and then shows a slightly grainy wheat character. Nothing to get excited about...

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Photo of Jerico
2.93/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - just like the name says! Very pale peach color, cloudy, no head on my pour at all.

S - nothing extreme here - orange and lemon and a touch of banana, and some "spritz", but not much of a yeasty/wheatie/ bready smell that I thought would be there from the look.

T/M/D - this is sweet and carbonated but quite thin tasting. It'd be good on a hot summer day, but this is a bit too light for my liking. The taste reminds me of Festina Peche a bit, but otherwise this one doesn't knock my socks off.

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Photo of dstc
2.97/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly cloudy, very pale yellow with a white head that falls to nothing. Very fine lace.

Has a sweet, citrus aroma. Smells of lemons.

Definitely has a lemon flavor to it. Is a bit tangy. This beer reminds me of a shandy.

Medium bodied in the mouth with a carbonation bite.

Very average. A little disappointing actually since I have liked other beers by this brewery.

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Photo of TheMrFarnham
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Shasty
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of TexIndy
3.06/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a pint glass. Best by date of Sept 2009. The label states "Beer brewed with spices with natural flavor added" - that's never a good sign. It was a very pale white (opaque) color with some carb and slight lacing that slowly slides down the glass. It had a large fluffy white head that took awhile to dissipate.

The aroma was dominated by orange with some corrander as well. The orange was too dominant and sweet for me. It smelled like an Orange Crush. Not offensive but gets cloying. The same can be said with the taste. The orange is too dominant and needed some spice to offset it. Mouthfeel was a little watery and again reminiscent of soda.

Overall, a decent beer but I can't recommend. Too many other good wits out there. Since it's my current favorite style, I'm trying any wit I can find. This one is a checkmark and move on to the next.

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Photo of mactrail
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellowish color with a fine-grained pure white foam in the Ommegang chalice. Can't fault the creamy mouthfeel. The aroma seems lacking.

The first sip makes me think of celery tonic. So does the tenth sip. Light and fluffy with an unusual aromatic flavor. Not so much spiced as infused with something. There is a touch of lemon as well as cucumber. Quite dry but without any hint of yeasty flavors. Overall the taste is rather faint.

I guess this one's a matter of personal taste. It seems well made but to me it has a peculiar flavor that doesn't compare to the multitude of "regular" Witbiers. From the 750 corked bottle purchased for ten bucks at Ibis Food Mart in San Diego.

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Photo of albern
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm not sold on this beer. It comes in a corked 750 ml bottle and the presentation is quite good in that it pours an opaque yellow, very frothy white head, and the beer laces. This is a well carbonated beer. The color is just a bit too washed out however. The aroma is wheat, lemon citrus, orange spritz, perhaps some spices in the coriander or clove family.

The taste is refreshing, but just too refreshing and it reminds one of a lemon or orange flavored Italian soda. There is just too much spritziness to this beer, and a good part of that is from the "natural" flavors added. There is plenty of yeastiness, carbonation, wheatiness, and perhaps a bit of soapiness in there too. The spices are not quite as sharp as the aroma would lead you to believe. There is a touch of clove or coriander in the beer. As the beer settles, the efforvescence mellows and the citrus and lemon flavors emerge. This beer is too gimmicky for my tastes, and I'm just not sold on it. The finish and aftertaste are quite mild and watery. This is perhaps more a novelty beer than a serious Witbier.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lazy Saturday afternoon, time for a witbier. So, on to it:

Cloudy white grape color, soapy inch thick head, webbed lacing around the glass. The nose is fruity, in a tart, lemony way. Soft, and on the lively side.

It's refreshing, but the flavor is rather one dimensional. Again, it has a sweet lemon flavor, and there's a touch of graininess. The label says that it is brewed with spices, but I'm having a difficult time tasting them. Its body is soft, delicate, and is an okay choice for a witbier. Too bad 750's run for $9.49.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of OregonGrown7
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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