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Full Moon Belgian White Ale - Mudshark Brewing Co.

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 19.75%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: Golden2wenty1 on 03-20-2006)
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3/5  rDev -7.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

t0rin0, Nov 22, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

HavasuDG, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of searsclone
2.6/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap. Opaque orange with a decent head that left a small amount of lace.

Smell is almost nonexistent, maybe a touch of bread.

Taste is spicy followed by a nice sweet citrus. Alcohol is hidden.

Feel is light and very smooth. Too easy to drink, considering the ABV .

Overall, not one I will look for due to high alcohol and low flavor.

searsclone, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of mtschmitz
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A) Nice golden orange color. Good cloudy appearance.

S) Nice malty wheat smell with hints of bitter orange peel.

T) For 8.5abv the alcohol is really hidden in this one. Masked by pleasant malt undertones and refreshing coriander and orange. honey, grass, pepper.

M) Medium bodied, good carbonation.

O) A decent beer. The color is great but the taste is a bit lacking. Overall, a beer that I would probably pick up a six pack of in the future.

mtschmitz, Sep 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +23.5%

kree, Aug 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +23.5%

MarkyMOD, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of Nerudamann
3.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Nerudamann, Jul 28, 2011
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2.25/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

Medge, Jul 06, 2011
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1.65/5  rDev -49.1%
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.

GRG1313, Feb 10, 2011
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2.95/5  rDev -9%
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.

trappistlover, Jan 15, 2011
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2.15/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Once again, Richard brings out the goods for a tasting.

A: A fluorescent orange colored beer that is reminiscent of orange soda. A finger's worth of white head to go along with it.

S: Completely sugary and sweet citrus on the nose. Seems like fake oranges and tangerines with a hint of breadiness.

T: This is the Sunny Delight of beers. Nondescript, artificial citrus flavor and sugary sweetness. Almost no malt character, but a bit of coriander, strangely enough, and a hint of vomit.

M: Very, very light bodied beer with high, soda-like carbonation.

D: This was not very good at all, and even worse when you consider the fact that it's a witbier. This is a definite pass.

womencantsail, Jun 16, 2010
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3.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE:
Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a medium white. Little to no lacing.
AROMA:
Light aroma of sweet orange blossom and bread yeast.
FLAVOR:
Honey and citrusy orange with doughy malt backbone. There is a light spiciness (coriander?)
MOUTHFEEL:
Medium body with syrupy texture with light carbonation.
DRINKABILITY:
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.
NOTES: BBCSD-0907-Tim

seanbhudson, Aug 05, 2009
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3/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Sammy, Mar 31, 2008
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2.88/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce can acquired in a trade with Gueuzedude as an extra, split with my roommate, poured into my Ommegang glass

A-Super light yellow color, looks more like water, soapy white head that is around an inch tall, not much retention, no lacing at all

S-Oranges, lemons, tangerines, faint raisins, honeydew, Belgian yeast, lots of sugar, bready malt aromas, and a variety of spices

T-Not much going on here, starts with some lemon juice, fades to some coriander and orange peel, lots of sugar in the middle, chewy malt offsets the small amount of hoppiness at the beginning, became too sweet when it warmed, lack of balance really showed, could have used some more hops and less sugary candy-like tastes, not much wheat which seemed to be a problem

M-Creamy and sweet mouthfeel, too much carbonation, taste did not linger long, left a somewhat dry finish, thin body

D-Could drink a few cans of this before I got sick of its sweet taste, ABV is high at eight percent, heavy on the stomach, not too complex, alcohol is hidden pretty well

Never had even heard of this brewery, still interested to seeing what they were about, plan on checking them out next time I am in Arizona even though I was not a huge fan of the two brews I tasted tonight, heard their other beers are quite good, cannot necessarily recommend this but it was cool to try this obscure beer from a little brewery in AZ, will probably stay away from this one in the future

Floydster, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Gueuzedude, Sep 03, 2007
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3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Nice hazy and glowing orange hue. Thin head of white wispy foam that dies pretty quickly. Not alot of carbonation visible really.

S: Light citrus nose, tangy, and perhaps a bit metallic. Notes of lemon, melon, yeast and a hint of bready malt.

T: Weak flavor, dry and subtle melon with som elemon more toward the finish. Not a whole lot going on as it doesn't change much from start to finish.

MF: Light body, decent foaminess, not bad.

D: I wasn't too impressed. Not enough flavor to make me believe this could be almost 8% ABV. I would consider drinking it on a very hot day maybe, but I would weight my options first...

bennetj17, Aug 07, 2007
Full Moon Belgian White Ale from Mudshark Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.