Blue Moon Belgian White - Coors Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
okay

1,532 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 1,532
Hads: 6,189
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 16.33%
Wants: 87
Gots: 1,540 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-15-2001

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Reviews: 1,532 | Hads: 6,189
Photo of petercmartin1
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ok, so this beer is brewed by one of the "Big Boys", but hey, at least Coors has stepped it up a little and tried something different, for them at least. Judge this beer against true belgian wit beers and it fails miserably, but judged on its own, it's not a bad beer. Pours a light golden caramel color and nice and cloudy like a wit should be. Head tends to fall rather rapidly. Aroma is nice and spicy with a hint of coriander and citrus, but very faint. Flavor is solid. It has most of the components that a wit beer should have, but just not of it. This beer was definately created to appeal to the masses who are looking for something a little different but not too far out of their norm. It's a very drinkable beer, easy to find yourself comsuming pint after pint especially in a bar where this is the farthest from the "standards" that you will come. My hope for this beer is that someone will drink it and be interested enough by its slightly different taste to break out of their MGD induced trance and start on the road to true beer enlightenment. (1,058 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
2.52/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle - 3.2% ABW. Pours a very cloudy and murky golden almost brownish. It has a fizzy white head that quickly disappears completely.

The aroma is yeast, corriander, wheat and some musty fruitiness.

The flavor is pretty subdued for a wit. There's sweet malt and wheat with some yeast and spiciness but it's pretty far in the background. It has a slightly bitter finish. There's some unpleasant acidic mustiness. The mouthfeel is pretty watery and undercarbonated.

Overall, a decent offering by macro standards, but pretty substandard for a wit. (560 characters)

Photo of hoffman
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blue Moon is still a damn fine beer in my book. But my reveiw of it nearly 9 months ago is terrible. The beer is smooth, with tones of citrus fruit. It is easy to drink and enjoyable to the max. Cheap and plentiful...if I am at an impromptu MacroFest and this beer is there I know what I am drinking...hell if I want a cheap beer and don't want to think about what I am drinking this is what I grab. Enjoy it.


This is a great everyday beer. I enjoy the cloudy look the head if i could change one thing about the pour it would be the head, it is weak and does not last. The smell is very citrus and extremely enjoyable. As far as taste goes for a macro this beer stands up it isn't overly impressive but decent. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy as a witbier should be. Overall I will continue to drink this beer at barbecues, ball games, and anywhere that I need an affordable beer. (888 characters)

Photo of robertp1024
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think that Coors Brewing company did a pretty damn good job for a macrobrewer at making a belgian white with that American microbrew flavor. This Blue Moon pours a cloudy yellow, not quite golden color. The scent is wheat and citrus. Quite a nice scent. My second one I had with an orange, which was nice as well. The flavor was sweet and flavorful. The flavors of lemon, orange, and wheat were quite present. All in all a nice smooth refreshing white beer. For the price and convienience, I would definitely recommend it. (524 characters)

Photo of cubedbee
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dull yellowish orange with a thin off white head and a slight bit of lacing. Smell is very lemony, with some faint spiciness coming through as well. Taste has a strong wheat malt presence and a weak lemon and orange peel flavor, and hardly any spices present at all. A little on the thin side, the carbonation level is high for a palate cleansing feel. Unoffending but not particularly interesting, this is probably the best beer I've had but out by one of the big 3. (475 characters)

Photo of Rootdog316
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Four things conspire to make this a good thirst-quenching summer beer. The citrus adds an evident sharp cut. The wheat, by the nature of how it behaves in the mash, strengthens this sharpness with a slightly acidic touch. The fizzy carbonation puts an edge on the beer. And the coriander cleans up the beer and lends a crisp top dressing overall. The only real complaint I have is that they don't do quite enough; the beer could be lighter and more quenching. (459 characters)

Photo of whynot44
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light bodied, slightly cloudy gold with a foamy white head that dissipates slowly with a fair amount of lace.

The aroma is coriander and citrus with a touch of cloves and bananas.

The taste is all orange zest coriander. Spicy and refreshing, creamy smooth. An decent wheat ale. (285 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a nice hazy orangish ciolor with a moderate white head. Smell is spicy with a nice background of cloves. Taste seems to reveal corriander along with the cloves and is pleasant to the tongue. Aftertaste leaves the remaines ot the spiciness. Overall a good beer at a good price. (283 characters)

Photo of watermelonman
2.03/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This poured to a dark straw color that doesn't look so great. The head was unimpressive to begin with, shrank to nothing, and left no lace.

The smell consists entirely of a coriander and citrus, and it's not very appealing at all. The taste is more acceptable, but too sweet and zesty. The flavors here are fairly plain and overdone. The mouthfeel is fine, but the drinkability takes big hit for the simple fact that it just isn't very appealing.

On it's own this is a reasonable alternative to bad beer, but it falls flat for the style. (543 characters)

Photo of Ricochet
3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I first bought this in a growler from a Louisville KY beer store, I had no idea it was made by Coors. Back then, not being a BA but having discovered micros, if I'd known it was from Coors, I probably would have ignored this beer. I remembered the biggest impression of this beer was the buttery quality of it, unlike anything I'd had to that point. Maybe that was because it was from a keg....

A: Very cloudy, light orange , slight carbs and little head.

S: Fruity note, hint of a buttery scent, mostly a wheat smell.

M: A lot more spirited that I remember , it did have a small bit of the buttery finish at the end. More welcome from the bottle.

T: As a wheat, this is very good. Because I haven't reviewed witbeer before , I'll just go with my impressions. Why have I been shunning this beer? Just like JWD's Pale, this is pretty tasty, and definately better than standard Coors fare. Very citrus flavored, perhaps more of a lemon taste that a Hefe. Alcohol was there, but barely tasted. Good balance, a great summer taste.

Drinkability: I'm glad I tried this one again. From the bottle it was better than from the tap, and a lively beer and a good summer taste. Because this is more available, I could see buying this for daytime cookouts. Good wheat. (1,278 characters)

Photo of Gritsak
3.86/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- hazy orange with a white head. head sticks around but doesnt lace at all.

S- sweet fruity smell.

T- very fruity flavor with a tiny hint of hops at the finish. banana and malt are the most noticable

M- nice feel to this beer. not to watery but not thick. mild carbonation

D- very easy to drink and smooth taste make this pretty high

overall- i was suprised with this since it comes from the same people that make coors. very smooth and crisp taste. easy to find and worth a try. (496 characters)

Photo of thechaacster
3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy gold/orange with a modest fluffy white head that sticks around for a few minutes. If you add a slice of orange you can expect the head to drop as if it was a Coca-Cola, but the orange is far from necessary. Smell is pleasing but by no means complex.

Lots of sweetness from the wheat, orange peel, and coriander. A bit of spicy character and a nice smooth mouthfeel. Finish is comparatively dry. Regarding the obligatory orange slice, I think Blue Moon has plenty of citrus character as it is, and the orange slice will kill the head quickly, so I usually pass. But if you have a sweet tooth (as I am known to) then go for it.

Being that Blue Moon is available on tap at basically every bar I've gone to lately, and given its extremely easy drinkability, it's become my "go-to" beer when nothing else really interests me. This is a beer I could drink all night. (886 characters)

Photo of bceaglejoe
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured a hazy orange-yellow color, with a white finger-thick head that had pretty good retention. This beer certainly was cloudy, as is expected with the style. The scent was of faint orange and coriander, as well as a little bit of lemon. It was a very sweet aroma. It wasn't strong enough, however, to get above the score it received.

Tasting: Sweet malt and citric notes hit the front of the tongue, followed by a somewhat satisfying middle of lemony tart and malt flavor. It seemed like a slightly lighter version of the style, without as much full character as other Witbiers. It was not as good as it warmed within my mouth. It sure did quench my thirst, however. It was very drinkable.

Notes: I'm glad to see Coors branching out a bit to this style. It's not the best Witbier, but it certainly is more adventurous than some of the other offerings of the Big Three. A pleasant surprise. (912 characters)

Photo of jdm
4.19/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

1.5 finger head that dissipates quickly. pale yellow with chill haze expected from un-filtered wheat beer. citrus and spiciness to the nose. smells great. malt sweetness ansd hop bittering very balanced. dry finish. smells get even better as beer warms. blue moon rocks. oh yeah, i'm not so fond of coors either, but this definitely is not a coors lite. if they marketed this beer with scantily clad fine chicks it could become my favorite. (440 characters)

Photo of ITK4ever
4.04/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good summer beer. I keep this stocked for my neighbor. He drinks it with an orange slice. Cloudy yellow witbier color, nice fruity and clovy aroma. Minimal head, avg lacing. Taste is refreshing, nothing strong. Good "lawnmower" quality. I never thought I'd say this...but not bad for a Coors product. Worth a try. (313 characters)

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

Pours a hazy pale yellow body, with a frothy white head. Aroma of cloves, citrus and lemon. Light bodied, smooth mouthfeel. Taste of cloves, some spice, some tartness and ends dry. A pretty good product from Coors. Has ok flavour, easy drinking and a decent wit when nothing else is around. (290 characters)

Photo of KoG
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow with some very faint orange. Decent head that stays a bit and leaves a small amount of lacing and a small ring of pillowy head on the surface.

Smell is not super powerful. Light and refreshing with a grain base and slight citric notes.

Taste is sweet, sweeter than many Witbiers anyway. Grain and what seems like candy suger evident with a light hop bitterness. A bit too sweet for the other flavors but still balanced.

Not bad, I seem to remember liking this more before I started in on other great Witbiers. (532 characters)

Photo of AlexJ
2.95/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

An old stand by when nothing else is available(and when it's on sale for $5 a sixer at Lowe's Foods).

An agressive pour yields a hazy amber yellow beer topped with a fluffy, loose white head of medium large bubbles. Head is short lived and leaves not a trace of lace.

Smell is dominated by sugary sweet orange and spice tones followed by a hint of lemon and buttery wheat. Too sweet and lacking in depth and complexity.

Flavor is citrus sweet with cinnamon, clove, and corriander. It almost tastes like an orange creamsicle. A little character from the unmalted wheat comes through on the finish, but it is too little, too late. Too sweet and unbalanced. The orange flavor almost has to be artificial, is it?

Big bubbles of quickly dyeing carbonation land to a flat mouthfeel supported by a light, watery body. In spite of all it's shortcomings, it is still easy to drink, almost like soda. 5$ a sixer...good for budget drinking or for cooling off on a hot day. I can hardly even compare it to Troublette or Ommegang Witte. (1,035 characters)

Photo of redmosquito
3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served a translucent yellow with a thin white head and an orange slice, the orange is nice for appearance, but I decided to remove it. A really soft and sweet aroma, slight citrus and even slighter spice. The flavor was sweet and slightly spicey, with strong malt flavors. The body was good, the beer smooth, but it seemed to be a little light on the carbonation, perhaps due to the slice of orange. Overall a good beer, but I’d rather have an Oberon, a Whitsun, or a Zoomer Wit. (480 characters)

Photo of kbnooshay
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I know everyone on here loves hoegaarden, but to me that was really dissapointing. This is hell of a lot more refreshing. It smells so nice and sweet, wheatey and fruity. The head is gorgeous and it looks great. It is carbonated and very hazy. It tastes great, really refreshing too. The spices are interesting. Wheaty and sweet. The mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Very drinkable. (388 characters)

Photo of SilentSabre
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a lot better than I would have thought it to be. I like the label; think it's a really nice package. However, the thought of American made 'knock-off' Belgian white ale just doesn't sound appealing to me. I am, however, very glad I gave it a go. Its smell is a bit musty with a hint of fruit and some faint malt. The taste is a little sweet but not very strong. I'd say pleasantly sweet, and with a touch of hops, too. It's quite cloudy and yellowy - orange in colour. It's quite smooth and very easy to drink. A wonderful brew for the warmer weather!! (561 characters)

Photo of riversider76
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good beer. Nice refreshing taste. Has a bit of a fruity flavor,but not overwelming.. Great color,and the head lasts just long enough. I bought just one bottle of this to give it a try.I was expecting less,but was fairly impressed. Not bad for a Coors product !


Next time I'll try a six pack,or maybe a twelve!! (325 characters)

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

Appearance: Cloudy, orangy color. Served on draft by someone who didn't believe in head. No lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Nothing detected.

Taste: Lemony, malty, wheaty. Good. Even my wife liked it.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant

Drinkability: Decent. I wouldn't make a habit of drinking this, but it'll be a nice alternative. (331 characters)

Photo of karst
3.02/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Two pint glasses for price of one at Ground Round. Thin film and collar supported by beading - heads never made it to the table from the tap.

Unfiltered turbid pale apricot color. The citrus, and spice, witbier aroma got my taste buds salvating.

I hung the lemon wedge alongside of another on the second glass. Belgium yeast and lactic acid contribute to the aroma.

According to "Sky and Telescope"*, the traditional definition of a Blue Moon is the third Full Moon in a season which has four Full Moons. Compilers of almanacs such as the Maine Farmer's Almanac would use a coloured symbol to denote this third Full Moon, hence the name.

Starts with fruit taste , looses interest with a thin mouthfeel and water middle although helped by a supporting CO2 texture and some tartness (carbondated water) ending with lactic acid and dry pucker on the back of the tongue and esophagus. Hops lost in this lactic aftertaste.

Mostly clean tasting spicey fruit flavors keep you drinking it. But each mouthful gives the same old same old disappointing thought of some other more desirable Belgium beers. Second glass sat getting warm and flat as the food finally reached the table.

Pairs with cod fish but not as well with a rueben sandwitch.
I would drink this ONCE in a Blue Moon but never twice!

*http://www.obliquity.com/astro/seasonal.html (1,358 characters)

Blue Moon Belgian White from Coors Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 1,532 ratings.