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Blue Moon Belgian White - Coors Brewing Company

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Blue Moon Belgian WhiteBlue Moon Belgian White

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BA SCORE
78
okay

5,280 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 5,280
Reviews: 1,454
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 18.53%
Wants: 42
Gots: 587 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-15-2001)
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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.58/5  rDev -24.1%

"There's a bad moon on the rise." -CCR

Opaque orange with an itsy bitsy foam collar around the glass. I'd blame the poor appearance on the pour but, in retrospect, I've never seen a good looking Blue Moon draft.

Smells like moldy orange. I like funk but mold is going in the wrong direction. Tastes like orange Gatorade. Soda-like carbonation. When I went to Ireland a few years ago they had a sports drink that was pretty much carbonated orange Gatorade. This could be one and the same.

donkeyrunner, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of bonapartist1
1.53/5  rDev -55%

Very bad for any given beer, and absolutely vile given witbeers are a favorite of mine that I got to when I want a low ABV beer with big character.

Has an unshakable macro-lager taste to it with every goddamn sip. I knew I hated this beer years ago, but I bought a single recently to reassure myself I wasn't being a prick when I shat all over Blue Moon in conversation. Yeah, I wasn't. This is worst witbeer I've ever had in my life. This is produced by a massive soulless corporation, and it shows. Ug. If I wasn't splitting with a friend half would of hit the drain.

Of course, Hoegarrden is now owned by Inbev-Anhauser Busch, so same goes for them - at least their beer is good to quite good despite their altering the original recipe.

bonapartist1, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of Reaper16
2.05/5  rDev -39.7%

12oz. bottle served into a pint glass
Presenting the latest installment of the hit series, "Reaper Drinks Beer that People Left at His House After a Party."

Pours a mix of yellow and orange that almost makes an eerie green, like the sky in weather conducive to spawning tornadoes. The outer edges of the body are yellow, but the inner portion is a murky off-orange color. The body is quite cloudy throughout. Less than a finger of white head. Essentially no lacing. Below average appearance, I'd say. The typical witbier will look better.

The malt smells bad. Spoiled, almost. The wheat is not zippy and crisp smelling like it should be. There is a sourness in the grain smell, and it smells more like breakfast cereal than a wheat beer. Some orange peel aroma. Not much coriander. Some sugary sweetness that, combined with everything else, smells like Fruity Pebbles.

OH C'MON COORS. WHAT THE HELL. Seriously? You used adjuncts in this witbier? I don't know why I am surprised to taste corn here. It explains the sour mash aroma I was getting. The corn flavor shows up two seconds after the beer greets your palate and it dominates the finish. Nasty, fruity breakfast cereal is what this beer tastes like. It starts off OK: a nice flush of orange with a trace amount of herbal spice to balance it. You begin to form a thought in your mind, that thought being "Hey, this isn't a half-bad witbi..." and your thought gets cut off right there when the wheat flavor gives way to the corn. How unfortunate.

There's some heft to the body here, a creaminess that works with the flavor profile. But the general impression is of a slickness that doesn't mesh with the body's size. A misstep. Drinkability is up to you: you can drink plenty of these. They go down easily. Unless you don't like how it tastes, that is. A mature palate would not abide this beer for long.

This was actually far worse than I thought it was going to be. I was expecting a decent rendition of a witbier. I got something that was slightly below average in some ways and dreadful in the most important way.

Reaper16, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of Reagan1984
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%

Have been enjoying some great witbiers lately and decided to try Blue Moon to see how it stacks up to some that I've enjoyed. Bottom line here is that this isn't a bad beer by any stretch, it's just not exciting at all.

Pours with a white head that forms and immediately vanishes. The beer is a cloudy yellow straw color with a slight touch or orange. No lacing at all.

Smells like powdered Tang. Certainly some grain...

Light bread, slight yeast, very mild flavor. Some light citrus fruit. Pretty dry flavor.

Almost powdery on the tongue, light mouth feel and body.

As I said up front, not terrible, just not exciting. Makes sense that this is a mass produced version of a Wit.

Reagan1984, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of dcook11
4/5  rDev +17.6%

A- Cloudy with floating yest particles and possibly bits of orange throughout. Light tangerine color with a fair amount of carbonation and a bright white head. The beer looks like it tastes if that makes sense.

S- Orange and malt with a slight zest at the finish.

T- Dominant orange and malt sweetness with a slight bite on termination.

M- Creamy and smooth.

D- Good session brew on a hot day

dcook11, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of HUXC
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%

S- Served from a chilled 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Partially cloudy, dull range glow with less then a fingers width of white head.

S- Delightful sent of orange and spice with a hint of lemon zest. A good summer beer that's made year round.

T- Smooth orange flavor with a slight aftertaste of spice and citrus.

M- Light beer with smooth carbonation.

D- Easy to drink light beer. Refreshing and perfect after a hard days work.

HUXC, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%

A - an impenetrable hazy yeasty looking light orange, very short white head disappeared almost instantly
S - very grainy wheat malty, definite orange zest, light yeast esters, and a hint of coriander spice
T - coriander is much stronger than the smell, nice orange zest, wheaty malt, and light belgian yeast
M - fairly strong carbonation, the maltiness is chewy smooth, spice is a little strong and you feel it in the nostrils, with a somewhat tart dry finish
D - a very refreshing brew in flavour and feel, although the coriander spice is weighted a little heavy, almost reminds me of a beer and orange juice mix, would make a nice summer session

joemcgrath27, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of StJamesGate
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours cloudy goldenrod with a creamy white head that rims but leaves little lace. Wheat, wax and citrus nose. Fanta malts with some papaya and honey, a sour metal tang, wheaty sweet middle and prickle of spice to finish. Thin, fizzy, cloys a bit when warm.

Not as bad as it could or maybe should be, but too thin and sweet to really be worthwhile.

StJamesGate, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of darkmartin
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%

Appearance: Pours to a cloudy orange with a small, fizzy white head.

Smell: Smells of orange, citrus hops, some spice, and actually a little sweet caramel. Pretty good.

Taste: The taste is dominated by spicy orange, with some nice bitter, citrusy hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Slightly medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Really good, nice smell continues into the taste. Great witbier.

darkmartin, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of deebo
4.43/5  rDev +30.3%

Best American witbier

A-slightly cloudy, typical

S-Balanced orange and coriander

T-Great balance of wheat, malt, spices and a kiss of hops

M-Good, doesn't linger but gives a nice wheat, citrus aftertaste that cleans up quickly

D-Good for a 12 pack

deebo, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of barrettf
4.78/5  rDev +40.6%

One of the best American wheat beers on the market! This beer is drinkable in any season. You can add a small slice of orange to bring out the citrus of the beer, or drink it straight from the bottle. This beer has the right balance of spices and flavors, not overpowering or underwhelming.

barrettf, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of Daniellobo
3.4/5  rDev 0%

Probably one of the better US macro offerings, and a fair wheat brew.

Presentation: 16 oz draft serving. Menu lacks any description or details. Served in a pint shaker glass with a perfunctory Blue Moon orange wedge.

A - Hazy deep gold-orange pour. Short head on a glass served almost to the rim, with medium to low retention, shy surface memory and some lacing.

S - Lightly wheaty nose, orange dominates with marked sense of spices.

T - Spices are notably dominant in the flavor profile with coriander, clove... And something else coating the orange peel sense over the wheaty touch, touch of yeast.

M - Light-medium body with generous carbonation.

D - Not particularly remarkable but it is rather drinkable even without much complexity, balance or freshness.

Notes: A touch too spiced, and despite questionable marketing practices it is not too bad a brew in the face of other offerings. However, it is worth every effort to stay away from it when one has a craft choice next to it.

Daniellobo, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of Plokhooy
4.13/5  rDev +21.5%

Even though it may not be "cool" to really enjoy this beer among purists since it is brewed by a large brewery, I would recommend this beer for any summer gathering. Oh, also to make the purists cringe, but a orange wedge in this one to really bring out the citrus tones.

Plokhooy, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%

12 oz bottle with a best by JAN3111, so this bottle is uber-fresh. Pours a hazed light gold color with a large, creamy white head. Retention is pretty good but not too much lace is left behind.

Nose is heavy on the orange peel and the coriander is fairly light. Wheat is barely noticeable as the orange dominates in here. Not bad, not as delicately delicious as say, a hoegaarden though.

Tangy wheat flavors come out a bit more on the flavor and the orange peel and coriander strike a decent balance. There is a little bitterness from citrus peel and hops, lends a rougher finish than the best witbiers out there. Lacks the softness that others display and is not quite as refreshing either. Still though, I believe this is the best of the "Moon" series I have had so far, being the original. A quality offering from my favorite of the macro breweries, Coors.

twiggamortis420, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of rcwhiteky
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%

I am going to start my review by saying this was one of my gateway beers so I am kind of biased.
A- cloudy golden yellow with a pure white head that goes away too fast for my liking.
S-Really can smell the citrus in the nose of this one very zesty with a faint hint of hops.
T-Cold out of the tap with an orange slice its great but take away any of those things mentioned above and it falls off fast.
M- little too thin for me
D- this is my go to when I am at a bar that doesnt have a huge selection.

rcwhiteky, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of sfz
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%

Drank straight from a 22 oz bottle. I didn't realize it was a Coors product when I got it, so when I came here and checked it out I was very surprised.

Has a nice light, citrusy flavor to it and is EXTREMELY easy going down. Not overly harsh in the mouth. I didn't garnish with an orange like was suggested, so I'll be sure to try that next time. A nice change of pace from higher ABV beers makes it easy to kick back more than one of these beers. Would have no reservations at all keeping this around the house just for casual drinking. Reasonably priced. Definitely one of the better (the best?) macrobrews I've had.

sfz, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of aquaphiliac
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%

I poured this beer from a 12oz bottle with a best by date of January 24th 2011, into a pint glass, without the orange slice garnish that blue moon recommends. There is about an inch head that completely dissipates in a matter of seconds; no lacing on the glass. The beer is a very cloudy yellow/gold.
The beer smells like orange peel, lemon and a musty smell that I can't quite put my finger on; perhaps the citrus-yeast combination makes for a funny smell.
Tastes pretty sweet; lots of citrus flavors upfront; orange and lemon mostly but a doughy taste through the middle and no real aftertaste to speak of. Yeast notes accompany all the aforementioned tastes.
The beer feels more substantial than your typical American Wheat beer; not heavy on the palate by any means but it seems the fact that it is brewed with oats makes for a slightly fuller feel. Carbonation is mild but noticeable.
I only had one on this occasion but I could have downed several; it's a very drinkable brew at 5.4% abv.

aquaphiliac, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of Dionysius86
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%

appearance - orange in color, cloudy. Head fades quickly to slight lacing.

smell - heavy spices and an artificial orange flavor.

taste - slightly sweet. the orange flavor is more prominent than the wheat taste. sweet aftertaste.

mouthfeel - very smooth and light. Not very much carbonation.

drinkability - very easy to toss back a couple of blue moons. not a ton of flavor, but decent for a macrobrewed beer. an orange garnish (obviously) heightens the citrus flavor.

Dionysius86, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of NODAK
2.9/5  rDev -14.7%

Smells of a bit fruity...spicy in a way. Kind of artificial though...it's just "off".

The predominant initial taste is of a vague orange flavor, not as prominent or "natural" tasting as I'd like. This leads to a spiciness that has a pretty good intensity...and some wheat showing up at the finish along with some sweetness that I wouldn't necessarily classify as any particular fruit. It's just a bit vague. Finish is pretty clean, little is leftover. What strikes me is how thin this beer seems...it's low on flavor compared to some of the better wits. It's drinkable, sure, but it isn't that wonderful of a representation of style.

NODAK, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%

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).

biboergosum, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of Treyliff
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%

This is one of my favorite widely available beers on tap. I usually squeeze the juice from the orange and them drop it in the glass.

A- Cloudy golden yellow, decent head that fades rather quickly.

S- Coriander, orange peels, citrus, wheat

T- Great combination of the wheat and orange flavor, tends to have more orange flavor, rather than lemon flavor like similar beers. Sweet on the back-end.

M- Very smooth, just enough consistency.

D- I could easily have a few of these in one sitting. Very refreshing and doesn't fill you up too quick.

Treyliff, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of rgrholmes168
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%

Poured from a 12oz bottle and all I had was a pint glass. Being a macro brew, I don't think it affected my rating, let me know if you think differently. The beer a two finger head that left the beer as quickly as it could. The beer was straw yellow that reminds one of a hayfield. The beer slightly smelled of corn without much else definitely not a very definite aroma. The beer had a distinct wheat filled taste to it like a typical witness but it was to weak for my taste. The beer is not overly complex and could be drinkable if you are in the mood for a macro brewed non complex Belgian white.

rgrholmes168, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of Tunafever73
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%

A - Typical yellowish brown haze. The head seemed to be in a hurry to disappear.

S - Coriander, slight lemony orange.

T - No bitterness. Slightly sweet.

M - Thin.

I would drink this beer again. I am partial to craft beers so I drank this with hesitation, being from one of the big boys, but not bad. The mouthfeel was very thin, nothing like Sunset Wheat, a fave. A good stand-by beer because of the wide availability.

Tunafever73, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of Kemmerlin
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%

A: poured an unfiltered golden orange color with a quickly dissipating white foamy head
S: has a citrus orange smell mixed with a dank sour yeast aroma that throws it a little for me
T: light citrus and coriander mixed with the off flavored yeast makes it taste as a traditional witbier but lacks the complexity of the really good beers of this style mainly in the aftertaste.
M/D: light bodied a little to light in my opinion but the feel actually slightly helps with the drinkability. I would recommend as a good and cheap party beer.

Kemmerlin, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of Milestone221
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%

A-Solid golden yellow. Little carbonation. Almost no head. Medium lacing. Appealing.

S-Hops overshadowed by citrus, mainly oranges and grapefruit. Very fruity.

T-Full flavor. Orange is most present along with a somewhat spicy kick. Very different from what I am used to, but love it.

M-Very spicy. Light as well.

D-High. Easy to consume. Overall a quality beer with a lot of flavor. Mine was served without an orange, but either way this a good enough beer. I like how well Molsen-Coors has hidden that they make it, trying to separate from it to make is appear %100 craft. I don't care, its a good beer and from my experiences most places carry it as there only craft.

Milestone221, Aug 22, 2010
Blue Moon Belgian White from Coors Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 5,280 ratings.