Full Moon Belgian White Ale - Mudshark Brewing Co.
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4.08/5 rDev +27.1%
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.
03-20-2006 03:43:40 | More by Golden2wenty1
3.65/5 rDev +13.7%
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.
05-08-2007 21:32:23 | More by NeroFiddled
3.55/5 rDev +10.6%
Poured from a bottle into a Pilsener glass.
Look - light amber color with lots of carbonation, somewhat murky, and about 2 finger's worth of light khaki-colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.
Smell - zesty, kind of hoppy, and somewhat spicy-smelling.
Taste and Mouthfeel - interesting biscuity type of taste. Sweet, with a tangy aftertaste. An almost worty type of feel is present, but very subtle, but I think that's what gives it its interesting tang. Texture is pretty well balanced!
Overall - not an extremely interesting brew, but pretty close. The taste itself is interesting, but the taste range and complexity isn't. Still a good brew.
07-28-2011 04:30:38 | More by Nerudamann
3.5/5 rDev +9%
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.
10-07-2002 09:30:12 | More by Gusler
3.38/5 rDev +5.3%
12oz Can, Sampled September 2007
The beer pours quite clear at first, but then a bunch of sediment comes in at the end. This produces and opaquely hazy, orangish-tinged, straw color. The head is initially one-finger thick and is a pale, tan tinged, off-white color. Aromas of orange peel are the first thing I notice, bread-like yeast notes, grassy malt and perhaps a hint of earthy spice character are also found in the aroma.
The flavor is yeasty, slightly sour and has a bready malt character to it. The beer finishes with a touch of astringency that is perhaps a mix of yeast, hop and spice character. A touch of malt sweetness. The yeast seems to contribute a slightly phenolic, almost plastic like note to the finish that, while not overly noticeable, definitely has an impact on the flavor. The finish almost seems a bit hot, or perhaps green. The orange, which is much more noticeable in the aroma, plays a much more subdued role in the flavor; it contributes a light, watered down orange juice like note. This is quite light, but does have some body to it that keeps this from being watery.
This has a lot more character than the just sampled Mothership Wit, but I am not sure this is much better. Here the yeast character contributes subtle off flavors. The coriander notes are much more subdued here, but overall this is a much more complex beer than the New Belgium offering. Not a bad example of a Wit, and it even seems to grow on me a bit with time. If you dig around in the aroma the malt notes become much more distinct; a by product of the yeast, wheat and barley interaction.
09-03-2007 17:50:58 | More by Gueuzedude
3.28/5 rDev +2.2%
Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a medium white. Little to no lacing.
Light aroma of sweet orange blossom and bread yeast.
Honey and citrusy orange with doughy malt backbone. There is a light spiciness (coriander?)
Medium body with syrupy texture with light carbonation.
A bit too sweet to drink a lot of. There is a bit of a fake orange taste that I find annoying. It is like drinking Sunny Delight instead of fresh orange juice.
08-05-2009 18:08:02 | More by seanbhudson
Full Moon Belgian White Ale from Mudshark Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.