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Full Moon Belgian White Ale - Mudshark Brewing Co.

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75
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66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 20.56%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mudshark Brewing Co. visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gusler on 10-07-2002

A Belgium wheat ale, spiced with orange reel and coriander that is strong and smooth. The Full Moon Belgium White displays a hazy orange amber color with a light aroma of sweet orange. This is another delicious beer to enjoy on a warm Arizona evening.
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Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 24
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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Auraan
2.57/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured a clear amber body with a thin bubbly head. Overall impression of appearance is of a pale ale or an IPA, not true to form for a witbier at all. Scents of orange peel, orange flesh and spicy coriander at moderate levels with a moderately sweet malt and light hints of honey and wheat. A slight ham-like aroma is also present, which hurts the overall aroma profile, as it should not be present in a witbier. Overall impression of aroma is of a fairly standard witbier, brought down by an off-aroma that should not be present. Not horrible, but far from an exemplar of the style. Flavor begins highly sweet with notes of orange zest, spicy yeast with flavors of white pepper, coriander and some honey sweetness. This moves into a still sweet middle with spices melding well with the malt flavors. Finish is sweet, with notes of honey and sweet malt and some light wheat flavors mingling with spicy coriander and an apparent, yet light alcohol presence that increases to moderate as the beer warms. Aftertaste is sweet malt, grainy malt and indeterminate spices. Overall impression of flavor is of a beer that while not bad on its own merits, is a terrible example of a witbier. Too sweet and boozy for the style, and lacking in the crisp character and dry to semi-dry finish of the style. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with medium-light carbonation and a creamy, thick feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is again, not bad, but not a witbier. It is too thick, too low in carbonation, too creamy and too filling for the style. Overall this is an okay beer and an abysmal witbier. Nothing about the beer other than the ham-like aroma is off, but for a beer selling itself as a witbier, it falls far short of what the style should be. It is not bad for a generic American Pale Wheat and if the brewery marketed it that way I would be far less harsh on it. But it is marketed as a witbier and I rate it as a witbier. If you want a pretty good, decently strong American Pale Wheat however, this is not a bad choice.

Photo of skholbrook1982
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Sammy
3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow-orangey body with a minimal notion of head. Sharp cidery aroma, boozy. Middling mouthfeel. Some taste, modest wheat. Orange and corriander there,astringency in the finish in mouthfeel, secondary sweetness. High ABV for the style. Above average carbonatin.Not that finishable.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.08/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at the Mudshark brew-pub several times over my week-long stay in Lake Havasu City for Spring Break.

Pours a bright, unfiltered, golden yellow with a finger of snow white foam and an orange slice on the rim, promptly pawned off on my girlfriend. Nose is strong on the advertised coriander and orange peel, with a hearty, musty yeast. Taste reflects the spice, citrus, and yeast in the nose, with some other light tropical fruit notes and a dry champagne finish. The 7.9% abv was highly-touted by the waitstaff and well-hidden. Another solid Mudshark brew, refreshing on a hot Arizona night.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.67/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

According to the can I'm holding, this beer is a whopping 8.5% alcohol by volume! It certainly doesn't seem like it, but it is a bit bigger than I would expect for the style.

Instead of the usually very light golden body, this is more of the orange of a hefeweizen. And the body is fuller as well, clocking in at a solid medium whereas most witbiers are medium-light. And the flavor, well, the flavor is quite solid in comparison to some of the more delicate examples of the witbier style coming out of Belgium... Wittekirke, for one. No, this one is more of a hefeweizen in character with a lot of yeast upfront, almost driving it; and it's wheaty and peppery and fruity and vanilla-ish with a delicate citrusy edge that's more orange than lemon - but not really what you'd consider "wit".

That said, and in a completely hedonistic frame of mind, forgeting that it's labeled as "Belgian White Ale", I kinda like it. It's wheaty, fruity, and gently earthy with a spiciness that appears immediately following the first sweet note of malt and hangs on long into the very long and lingering finish. And in that sense, it reminds me of a Belgian tripel. The yeastiness reminds me of a weizen, and I almost feel like there's a touch of banana to it, but it never really comes to the front.

Interesting for sure, and surprisingly strong without notice, Full Moon is an enjoyable brew without question. However, I think it lacks a bit in drinkability as there's not enough complexity or depth of flavor to warrant the strength - and you will feel the strength after one. Still, I'd certainly say it's worth giving it a try.

Photo of Kylo76
4/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of mikefuski17
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of GRG1313
1.68/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Notes from first tasting in June 2010 are consistent with tasting Feb. 2011. Namely,

Hazy orange with a weak and short white head.

Nose is thin tangerines with a hint of simple sugar.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with light fizzy carbonation, poor balance and no character.

Flavor is simple, one dimensional weak "orange water" with a hint of yeast.

Finish is almost non-existent, perhaps a lightly sweet water finish.

Not one to drink. This is a beer for can collectors - cool orange can with a shark.

Photo of trappistlover
2.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(12oz can). Pours coudy orange with thin white head. Not much carbonation either. Aroma of orange, yeast and spice. Taste is semi-sweet/sour. Thin/medium bodied with sticky texture. Finish is pretty smooth. I didn't realize that this is 8.5% when I bought it. If this were lower in abv, this would be a very easy beer to drink, especially in the hot Arizona summer. Not sure why they made it this strong.

Photo of Links41
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Chilly_E
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of st9647v3
2.64/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a cloudy orange color with the head off white and moderate in size, the lace in sheets that cling longingly to the glass. Nose is earthy, light hits of malt, citrus, clean fresh and inviting. Front is sweet and nicely malt laden with the top light. Finish is modestly hopped and the acidity tolerable, quite dry and long lasting aftertaste, a decent drinking beer.

Photo of BrewRy
1.75/5  rDev -45.5%

Photo of 1Joe1
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of BellsFan
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of kerry4porters
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of thebeeler
4/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of DesertDevil
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of apf
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of HavasuDG
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of constantine_272
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Eric618
2.04/5  rDev -36.4%

Photo of Medge
2.29/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

As a local Arizonian, I get excited when local breweries pop up and are able to distribute state-wide. Belgium wits are some of my favorite ales in this heat, so I was really optimistic until I opened it. It doesn't resemble anything like a wit, and there were some visible flaws and off-flavors. I guess it's more like a filtered American wheat or something.

This beer poured only slightly hazy and any head instantly disintegrated, which is odd considering that wheat stabilizes beer and gives it head retention. The yeast should also make the beer cloudy, which means they definitely filter.

I didn't get that beautiful bouquet of fruit and tart that I was looking forward to, instead it smelled slightly acidic and sweet, like an orange flavoring.

The actual taste was not interesting, once again acidic but also sweet. Those 2 flavors didn't react well with each other - there was something contrasting giving it an odd / cheap flavor. It was also not as crisp as I was hoping.

The best part of this beer - 6.6% abv according to the bottle. For that alcohol, it's very smooth and this is the only saving grace as to why it might be marketable. I can see tourists drinking this in Havasu on the lake, and maybe some locals who haven't had a real Belgium wit.

Overall, it's not totally undesirable, I just wish there were authentic ingredients and brewing process that would give it delicious Belgium wit flavors. If they want to do something "creative" to the Belgium classic, that's fine, but they should've marketed it as an Arizona wheat, or something like that.

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Full Moon Belgian White Ale from Mudshark Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.