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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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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 86
Photo of meatmallet
2.6/5  rDev -24.6%
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 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 Infamous7100
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My uncorking this beer was met with some high expectations. It's 70 degrees in Cincy right now and nothing is better on a nice evening than a crisp, refreshing, wheat beer.
A: Nothing much to speak of. A cloudy, yellow, strawlike color.
S: Outstanding. We're talking a lot of lemons, some corriander and other various spices. Like opening a box of lemon heads. Craps all over Blue Moon.
T: Up front, I'm hit with the lemons and not much else. Some mild carbonation. It's good. Towards the back of the tongue, it's leaving a sour impression. That's expected, what with the lemony taste, but I guess it's sticking around too long for my liking.
M: It's carbonted, so it contains a litte bite. It's crisp, which leads me to believe it would finsh clean, but according to my palate, it sticks around too long.
D: Easy to drink. Alcohol is hidden well. It's just a bit too sour for me and doesn't finish as nice as I would like.
It's good beer, but I would recommend Southapmton Publick House Witbier or Southern Tier's wheat effort. Slainte.

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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 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 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 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 TexIndy
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
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 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 robbyc1
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice fluffy head, looks as a wit beer should.

Very lemony nose, and tastes it, like a lemon drop candy with the sugary finish, and a bit of orange comes through. A bit too sweet for my tastes but not bad for this style, a summer brew for sure.

Good carb, nice mouthfeel, overall pretty well done but I'd only seek it out for my wife.

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Photo of nick76
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The aroma has lemon and malt with pectin, yeast, and wheat. The appearance is white yellow with a nice foamy head. The flavor is like the aroma which is nice but not great. The palate is thin. Overall I like it but there is nothing special about it. I would drink again.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.71/5  rDev -21.4%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"When you're happy, a little Mozart will make you happier. And when you're sad, it will make you sadder still."

--Peter Marboe

Opalescent lemonade crowned by a thick slice of alabaster colored froth. This is one of the paler and cloudier wits in recent memory. It's a good look, because unfiltered beer looks best. Small patches of sea foam lace put the finishing touches on... well, it isn't quite a visual symphony.

Orange peel and coriander (in that order) dominate the aroma. So much so that tangy wheat isn't even appreciated. I'm onboard with any witbier that is this explosive where fruit and spice are concerned. Will it translate to the palate? Only one way to find out.

Even though Amadeus is lighter than light, it maximizes its potential on the taste buds by blasting them with juicy orange and warm, spicy coriander. If you're looking for a subtle witbier, look elsewhere.

It seems strange to decry the lack of depth and complexity in a beer of this style and this ABV, but the flavor is bolder than it is deep. At least one more layer would be wonderful. Two more would be even better. Easing back the sweetness would appreciated as well and would improve drinkability significantly.

Part of the blame for the lack of flavor fullness has to do with the mouthfeel. Given the circumstances, light is fine, but it's also thin and is a bit underbubbled. More and higher quality carbonation would do wonders.

I've just noticed the $9.99 price sticker on this corked-and-caged 750 ml bottle. That isn't too bad considering the quantity, but since quality is what any self-respecting BA is after, there won't be a repeat purchase of Amadeus White Beer.

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Photo of Jerico
2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
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 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 albern
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
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 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 Gueuzedude
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Best By Date September 2009; Sampled July 2008
Pours into my 25cl tulip glass with a four-finger thick, almost pure white colored head. The head leaves lots of lace and forms a rocky surface as it slowly recedes. The beer is a pale straw color with amber highlights. It shows a white haze and a pale color when held up to the light. Aromatics of orange peel are quite noticeable as I pour and inspect this beer. Up closer the orange notes gets even more piquant, almost like orange soda in intensity. The sweet citrus is so intense that I would guess there is something other than orange zest used here. A touch of grassy grain is noticeable if you intently smell the aroma for a bit, but the ϋber-citrus tends to dominate over all other aromas.

Dry tasting with a grassy grain flavor up front. Towards the finish the concentrated citrus notes kick in. It tastes like Picon has been added to this beer, and given that this is a French beer this is not too surprising. Very light bodied, quite a bit like water in its quenching character. This has a certain bitterness to it in the finish that is tied in with the more dominant & even lingering citrus flavors. To sum up, there is not much beer flavor to this beer.

This is certainly quaffable, even quenching, but it is quite simplistic for a Wit. The amp'd up, almost artificial citrus character is just a bit too dominant; and I even like a healthy dose of citrus character in my Wits.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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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 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 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 ATPete
2.7/5  rDev -21.7%
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 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 BeerBelcher
2.15/5  rDev -37.7%
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 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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Amadeus Biere Blanche from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
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