Blue Moon Belgian White - Coors Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
okay

6,137 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 6,137
Reviews: 1,653
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 18.82%
Wants: 85
Gots: 1,465 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-15-2001

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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Surprisingly decent, courtesy on tap in Orlando at Underground Bluz. Smooth enough thought it was a micro. Nice wheaty appearance, good aroma, smeet though citrusy. Refreshing carbonation. Medium of the road mouthfeel. Coors? Did they buy this brewery?

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 12/10/12.

Pours a murky orange with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spice, yeast, and some citrus peel aromas. Taste is of malt, grain, citrus peel, and spices. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer for what it is and pretty easy to drink as well.

Photo of GRG1313
3.71/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange amber; light white head/ fades to nothing.

Nice floral nose of light oranges, light honey and light pepper.

Mouthfeel is thin/medium and actually very nice.

Flavors are clean, bright with light spice, light black pepper and undertonds of oranges an clove.

All in all quite a nice surprise from a very light beer. Pleasant/ proof positive that a lighter style beer can have nice flavors and some sophistication, even if brewed on a gigantic level. Nice surprise here.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: murky and orange. Quarter finger head.

S: wheat and citrus. Spicey notes

T: wheat. Lemon, orange peel. Nice spice combination.

M: light body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: I know its a macro brew beer but it is very good. Incredibly drinkable crisp and refreshing.

Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy yellowish orange in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a bright white head.
S: There are faint aromas of citrus in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is very citrusy but is much stronger and has flavors of oranges and wheat. There are some hints of spices in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and has some refreshing properties.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pilsner glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very murky apricot-orange color. White head and a bit of lacing. Too murky as it is completely opaque and full of haze. Nose is light orange citrus with a tad bit of spicing and a bit of light wheat. Taste is wheat, orange, and sugar; definitely quite a bit cloying, which carries over into the feel. Drinks well enough, but this is a surprisingly heavy witbier.

Photo of brentk56
3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy lemon yellow color with a modest white head that leaves shards of lacing

Smell: What little aroma there is leaves a bit of lemon and wheat in the air

Taste: Inoffensive and bland with a bit of wheat and yeasty notes but nothing else

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thick (although not heavy bodied with modest carbonation)

Drinkability: Easy to drink - I now see why the beer is so popular - it makes the drinker appear a bit edgy without taking any risk whatsoever that an offensive flavor might pass across the drinker's lips

Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A muted version of a great style. Looks murky and lemon yellow. Nice head with great retention, nice lacing. Smells lightly sweet, citrusy, and griny. Dominated by sour lemon and orange rind aromas. Not as much belgian tarness as expected. Tastes citrusy and mildly sweet. Lemons, banannas, and spices come through. Still lacks dept and sweetness. Leaves the palate a bit scrubbed and grainy. Becomes watery into finish. Fades quickly. A better beer than is expected from Coors, but still a far cry from a Hoegaardden.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours thick and cloudy dull yellow into a hefe glass with an orange peel on the side, medium white head. smells like fruity yeast, some spice, and pale malts. the yeast aroma is overpowering and a bit off though. flavor is quite fruity and zesty from the yeast. lemons, orange peel, and some herbs are there, also some mild tartness at the end. feel is fine, if a little heavy from all the suspended sediment in there. good carbonation and a medium body. overall this beer isnt as good as it used to be. its kind of weighted down and funky in the wrong ways. has refreshing properties, but there are infinitely better choices.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft: Poured a hazy orangey color ale with a small foamy had with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of sugary wheat malt with light bubblegum notes. Taste is bit too sweet for the style with some bubblegum notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad too not spiced enough with too much residual sugar.

Photo of Knapp85
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was probably one of the first 50 beers I had ever tried. I gave this one a try simply because I wanted to have something new. When I ordered my first glass of it the guy asked me if I wanted an orange wedge in it, I said sure because everyone else at the bar had one. I'm assuming he asked because I was a guy and perhaps "guys don't put fruit in their beer". Anyway though, I got the glass tossed the wedge in and gave it a look. It's a cloudy golden color with a foamy white head on top. The lacing is actually decent on this beer, I was surprised. The smell of the beer was sweet and now full of orange zest. The taste of the beer was refreshing and citrusy, makes a really nice summer beer for some people. The mouthfeel was smooth and lightly carbonated. Overall Blue Moon has never been a terrible beer in my opinion but since it's from Coors I do have a bit of an issue buying it. If it's free I'll drink it but I really don't feel the need to go out and purchase these with my own money unless it's all that's available.

Photo of largadeer
3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Opaque milky yellow, lots of suspended sediment. Pours with an enormous three finger head that falls surprisingly fast, with no stickage whatsoever. Odd.

Smell: Spice-heavy and somewhat sweet. Orange, clove, coriander. Not bad, a little sweet for the style.

Taste & mouthfeel: Creamy and sweet, medium in body and pleasantly spiced. Very yeasty, with notes of banana bread becoming more prominent as it warms. Not a hint of bitterness, nor any dryness in the finish; this is fairly flatline and a bit too sweet for the style, though it's inoffensive overall. I can see this being a decent gateway beer.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gauzy yellow-amber with a bone white head that looks soft and doesn't leave any lace. Beer color: nailed it. Head/lace: missed nail, hit thumb. The nose has a trace amount of Belgian yeastiness. It's spicy-earthy, but a musty graininess is still evident. Not bad, not good.

The flavor doesn't cut it. The beer tastes like a macro lager that is trying desperately to be something else, namely a Belgian wit. I'm having a hard time mustering up the enthusiasm to break this down. Let's just say that it's a grain-like malty, slightly sour, mildly sweet beer with the suggestion of spice. The body/mouthfeel is average at best. On a good note, it doesn't lose focus at the end of the mouthful or at the end of the bottle.

Blue Moon isn't offensive, but that's hardly a recommendation. I will say that it's the best Coors product--and maybe even the best BMC product--that I've had yet.

Photo of mikesgroove
2.68/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well here we have a macro trying out the Belgian flavors. Good intentions I have to admit. If we could get more people tuned Belgians, left would be much nicer. Poured a very pale amber with a big frothy white head, which hung around for a couple minutes, just long enough to leave a little bit of lace on the glass. Visible carbonation inside made this look lively and not bad at all. Smell was light, but did have some sublte fragrences that suprised me a bit. Of course there was a large amount of bread and grain smells to get through, but once you do there are some hints at fruitness. Maybe some plum, dark fruits definate here, and some spice. Not at all bad, could be stronger, and the huge amount of malt to get through to find it made it hard. The taste was very clean. Light smooth mouthfeel, and generous carbonation made it feel fine going down. Taste was a bit different. Hints of spices and a tiny bit of fruit trying to fight against the grain here. Low ABV and light feel made this highly drinkable. Overall this was not as bad as I thought, but then again not as good as it could have been. If they keep experimenting they may be onto something, I just hope I dont see BUD DIPA!

Photo of biboergosum
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A few years ago, Blue Moon caused a bit of fuss up here in Canada, due to its recipe being used by MolsonCoors in the production of their 'new' Canadian offering, Rickard's White. Not that anyone was made award of it at the time, of course. And I see now, from the suggestion on the label, where the stupid insistence on serving Rickard's White with a slice of orange originated...

This beer pours a dark, cloudy golden yellow tint, with one finger of soapy white head, which melts away in an instant, leaving only the faintest specks of lace around the glass. It smells of orange citrus rind, some mild coriander and clove, and wheat grain. The taste is somewhat spicy wheat grain, some nice soft orange citrus, and some fruity yeastiness. The carbonation is a bit below average, the body medium weight, smooth, and soft. It finishes off-dry, the sweet wheat pushing the milder fruit and spice aside.

A decent, if mostly uninspiring witbier, which I suppose is the trade-off for mass distribution (with the US, anyways).

Photo of womencantsail
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a cloudy orange color with a small white head on top. Fairly typical for a witbier.

S: A very intense citrus smell fills the nostrils on the first sniff. Further investigation gives off some slight spice notes, but the orange is really hard to get past.

T: Like the aroma, the primary sensation on the tongue is the orange flavor. The spice is absent for the most part with the exception of a hint on the aftertaste. The finish has a slight bitterness to it.

M: The body is medium with a moderate and tingly carbonation.

D: This beer is probably responsible for the "serve an orange with your wheat beer" trend here in the US. The beer is decent enough, but an overly powerful orange flavor and aroma is just a bit much for me.

Photo of zeff80
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap with a slice of an orange.

It has a slightly copper color and an average size head. It really had a citrusy aroma (I know the orange had something to do with that). Being a Coors product, I was really impressed about how it actually tasted Belgian. The flavor has a little kick to it, as well. It was relatively smooth and drinkable.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy, dull, golden-orange body with a small, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Notes of orangey citrus and perky spices infuse the wheaty nose of Blue Moon.

Taste: Tangy, lightly creamy malted wheat. A taste of citrus zest and a fair dose of spice interrupts the brief sweetness. Light, spicy hops and bitterness provides a bit of balance. Finishes tangy with a light, lingering hint of spice and orange.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium, fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: It certainly has some stuff going for it. It's very easily available, rather drinkable, relatively inexpensive, and isn't altogether dreadful.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chilled mug at The Tombs, complete with an orange slice.

Figured I'd revisit the past a bit and rock some Blue Moon (sans Platters). It pours a hazy orange straw topped by less than half a finger of white micro-foam (I blame the orange slice). The nose comprises wheat, coriander, and orange peel, all kinda weak, but still definitely wit-y. The taste follows along a similar vein, with notes of coriander, some cardamom, some light hoppy bitters, and a weird harsh orange/other citrus bite that leans toward lime territory. Were it not for that last part, this wouldn't be all that bad. The body is light, with a fizzy carbonation and a feel I can really only describe with the less-than-helpful term "wet". Overall, nowhere near a great wit, but they don't all have to be Oscar Wilde...it's still pretty drinkable...and nicely cheap.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy orange body is topped by a good-sized creamy white head that drops shortly but maintains a thin surface covering and leaves nice sheets of temporal lace with each sip. The bouquet is interestingly floral. Orange peel is obvious in the nose, but appears more softly lemony than orangeish. There's a very mild touch of soft coriander as well, and some gentle yeastiness. The body is medium although it appears slightly fuller due to it's smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Just as the spice is obvious in the nose, so it is in the flavor with gentle coriander and mild orange peel wrapped in lush, sweet malt. Throughout the glass the dull yeastiness develops on the palate, and some additional peppery spiciness evolves. Not a bad beer at all! It seems a bit fluffy (maybe I should say obtuse?) in comparison to most of the versions I've had from Belgium, but it's not overly done. It's flavorful, just lacking in complexity. There are better domestically brewed witbier's available, but this will do nicely in a pinch.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at The Abbey in Providence, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light orange/amber color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lemon mostly, along clove spice, some wheat & yeast, very little hops.

T: The taste is fruity and spicy with flavors of lemon, orange & clove. There’s a mild wheat flavor in the background. The malt character is very thin and there is very little hop presence.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not very filling, it’s not a bad beer and it’s a heck of a lot better on-tap that it is from the bottle. Although I would drink this over a regular macro, it definitely wouldn’t be something I would go with if I had my mind set on drinking a Witbier.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.89/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My first attempt in not drinking a straight BMC lager and to ths day this beer still impresses me. One of the best Wit's I've had and even though its mass produced it still tastes great every time I have it. I love seeing my friends transitioning towards beers like this which have 10 X the taste of Bud or Bud Light.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Buy the Blue Moon," she said. "It's less corporate."

Her boyfriend was about to acquiesce. Thankfully, yours truly intervened and saved the day.

"Blue Moon is brewed by Coors."

"Oh, really? Thanks man."

Pours a clouded orange. Small white head. Nose is dirty and kind of skunky. Flavor is citrus and grass. A little too dirty on the backside though. Feel has a decent carbonation to it and the liquid body is a tad thin. Overall not bad for a mass production. But certainly won't go down as my favorite witbier of all time.

Photo of Slatetank
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on draft at Pesce in Swatara, PA.
Served cool in a standard pint.
A - A slightly hazed golden w/ amber highlights and a thin white head. The head leaves random spots of lace.

S - A creamy wheat odor, like cereal w/ a tinge o' spice. A slightly sweet butterscotch smell that didn't seem to belong.

M - A mild medium bodied ale w/ creamy smoothness and moderate carbonation.

T - A gentle taste of almost milky wheat w/ light butterscotch flavor and a slightly nutty taste. There is a slight citrus that lingers in the background.

D - A very average wit, I can take it or leave it. I am not sure if the pint I had was the freshest as I have had it and enjoyed it slightly better in the bottle. It sometimes is the best beer available where I live, so I don't avoid it. All in all a fairly average wit, okay for summer quaffing.

Photo of Jason
3.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long twist off bottle, ink jet date printed above the label but you would not know if it is a best before or a brew on date.

Appearance: Pale cloudy orange with a creamy tiny bubbled lace, vague citrus peel hits the nose with a soft bluntness also.

Smell: Soft lemony fermented wheat twang, hint of coriander with a powdery yeast undertone in the aroma.

Taste: Moderate body, smooth and creamy with a light malt crispness which mostly comes from the wheat. Big burst of sweetness at first from the malt and coriander, hops are distant and let the spices be dominant throughout. A very well manufactured texture makes up for the loss in depth of the vague spices other than coriander. Hints of citric peel and light pepper corns find their way to the taste buds. Neutral powdery yeast creeps it way to the flavour threshold. Crisp wheat is very refreshing and seems to linger for ever and evolves into an increasingly crisp and semi dry finish.

Notes: Somewhat sweeter and softer than other Belgian Style White Ales, not bad at all but does lack some depth.

A good beer to bring to parties, seems to be the cool or fashionable beer to have around for some people that still think micro brew is a fad. Everyone that buys this beer that I know did not even have a clue that it was a Coors product.

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Blue Moon Belgian White from Coors Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 6,137 ratings.