Blue Moon Belgian White - Coors Brewing Company
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Ratings: 5,105 | Reviews: 1,440 | Display Reviews Only:
3.6/5 rDev +5.9%
12 oz bottle, laser-stamped 'AUG1009'. Poured to a faceted-tumbler. Have had this beer occasionally, typically when it's purchased for a function at the office. This is a left-over from a Friday meeting; opened on Sunday afternoon while making up for some sick leave last week.
A: Translucently hazy butterscotch-orange. Plenty of tiny carbonation, rising to a short but brightly white head of cream, one that doesn't quite form a complete cap.
S: Light aroma: honeyed grain, mild spice, a notion of sweet orange peel.
T: Gently spiced wheat, doughy and mildly citrus-like (orange, sweet lemon). A little grassy. Finishes with a little cracked pepper, on the drier side. It's not as good as the best of the Belgians, but I believe it's similar to what Hoegaarden is (or has become), and that's OK with me.
M: Light and springy, but with a surprising creaminess. Crisp finish and clean-ish finish (a slight graininess).
D: As with most versions of the witbier style, it's refreshing and exceedingly easy to drink. This isn't a great one (won't replace a true Belgian, for example) , but it's a good introduction. Just don't feel obligated to serve with an orange wedge - it's fine as is.
04-26-2009 21:57:45 | More by msubulldog25
3.08/5 rDev -9.4%
Appearance is an attractive orange-gold with a weak white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of spices, hops and the slightest hint of grains. The taste is off balance, tipping to the spices and even strong alcohol notes. Mouthfeel is not to my liking, seems over carbonated. Drinkability is low because of the imbalance and the carbonation level.
04-26-2009 07:08:37 | More by merryjoulton
4.05/5 rDev +19.1%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by date lasered onto neck of bottle. It was a cloudy light honey/straw color. Had a carb fountain in center of glass. No lacing. It had a good sized fizzy white head that settled into some slight foam from the carb.
The aroma was orange peel, wheat and some spice. It's on the sweeter side of the wit family. Could use a little more spice in the nose. The taste was great. I love wits and find they fall into 2 main camps. The really easy drinking with a sweeter taste and the more complex ones with more spice. I love em both and this is a great sweet wit example. Sure there are some better tasting ones out there but damn it goes down smooth with more than enough flavor. Plus, it's easy to find on tap so easily my choice when in semi beer hell.
Overall, an excellent wit that I highly recommend. I think it gets a lot of backlash since people know it's from Coors and they want to bash it because of it. It this was from another name big name craft brewery, I guarantee it would be higher scores. Herd mentality definitely at play on this one. I'd still rather have White Rascal, Mothership Wit, Hoegaarden but this one earns a place in the rotation.
04-24-2009 01:44:04 | More by TexIndy
2.45/5 rDev -27.9%
Pours apricot colored and hazy, with a fizzly white head that dies down quickly. Looks like a rye hefeweizen I made once.
Aroma is very strong of sour orange and coriander. Almost overwhelming.. most witbiers you find these days are a lot subtler with the spices. Sour and rotten.. not joking.. it's like a mixture of oranges and garbage... wtf.
Taste is dominated by sour coriander... way overspiced. I've had Blue Moon before, numerous times, but sitting down with it now does not work for me. Wheat malt taste is apparent, along with the slick mouthfeel that comes with it. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy for a witbier.. very oily.
This is coming up on a drainpour for me, which is surprising. Maybe I only drink these after I've had a few or maybe this bottle is bad, but it's not clicking at all.
04-22-2009 08:28:17 | More by wiseguy142
3.63/5 rDev +6.8%
Cloudy golden straw color with a white foamy head. Some rising prickle. Innocuous nose. Fruit forward flavor that starts with a strong attack of banana. The fruit flavors fade towards the finish and the the beer finishes smooth. By the time the beer clears the mouth you could have been drinking any traditional/straightforward style or flavor of beer. I feel pretty confident that this used to be an independent brewer and surely Coors has tamed it and made it more predictably consistent. I didn't have many options as I had it in a restaurant that was definitely more about the food and family atmosphere than the beer, but I wanted a beer and this was good enough to satisfy me.
04-20-2009 18:09:50 | More by Ragingbull
4.08/5 rDev +20%
Pours a beautiful cloudy color with a thick head that disappears fairly quickly, the smell's slightly of wheat and citrus. Good taste, orange flavors come through very nicely with almost a buttery aftertaste. Mouth feel is very nice not a thick carbonation, somewhat creamy. A beer definitely built for a hot summer day, wouldn't have known that this beer was a Coors product under the guise of a micro-brew if i hadn't did some research first. Will buy again.
04-17-2009 00:11:40 | More by RollingRocker
3.3/5 rDev -2.9%
the appearance is very orange, almost yellow amber with a vague amber white head.
smell is very spciy not too much else honestly. at the moment the current smell isn't doing too much for me. Its a little yeast-y. but very spiced beneath that I'm not a fan of (personally)...
The taste is not currently a favorite. Its too spicy. the hidden citrus flavor is not white emerging from beneath the spices.
the mouth feel isn't too bad aside from the spices. all in all thats all that detracts from this very nice beer.
drinkability-wise... if you looking for a spiced Belgian ale this is nice and affordable. its just not a personal favorite honestly...
04-14-2009 00:57:09 | More by TPINC3
3.45/5 rDev +1.5%
appearance is a cloudy golden orange with a nice white head
smell is orange and hoppy
taste orange is definitely noticed, and some hop flavor
mouthfeel is average carbonation and light bodied
drinkability is definitely one you could drink for a day, some like it with an orange, others don't but not a bad beer
04-13-2009 14:44:06 | More by ensign11
3.13/5 rDev -7.9%
A: Very cloudy deep amber color with an extra large rocky white head. Combine the color with the haze and this almost looks like some kind of citrus juice blend. Leaves negligible lace.
S: Aroma mainly consists of wheat, toasted grain, and coriander spice. Pick up the faint scent of wood and citrus.
T&M: Just a little on the light side of medium body. A smooth mouthfeel brings flavors of wheat, citrus, and coriander. A minimal amount of grainy malt flavor comes through toward the end. Finishes fairly crisp and clean.
D: Not bad. This is a very drinkable beer that can be found almost anywhere. It seems to hit all the marks for the style, while not going all out in any areas. All in all, I find this to be a serviceable brew when the alternative is a macro lager. Otherwise, you could probably do better.
Note: This review was done without the benefit(?) of the brewery suggested orange slice garnish.
04-12-2009 19:29:09 | More by littleshamrocks
3.6/5 rDev +5.9%
Presentation: 16oz pint glass, iced down in the cooler...damnit, that's what I get for going to a townie bar
Appearance: Dark ultra hazy golden beer with a dense but fading soapy white cap
Smell: Sweet orange liqueur, touch of coriander...
Taste: Sweet orange, coriander, a touch of wheat twang...a bit sweet for me
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, fairly crisp finish
Conclusion: This is decent, a bit simple/one dimensional...good beer to get BMC drinkers into craft beer, however...this is alright, but I like a bit more tartness/funk/spice to my wits
04-09-2009 04:27:44 | More by BedetheVenerable
3.43/5 rDev +0.9%
Presentation: On tap, poured into a 23oz glass
Appearance: Cloudy orange with a thin white head, that leaves a small thin lacing.
Smell: A subtle lemon smell with a wheat kick. A Slight spice smells maybe coriander.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Medium body that is a tad creamy, but still has some crispness due to the wheat. Lemon and coriander are noticeable, but they drown out all the other flavors.
Drinkability: Not too heavty and sweet, makes this one go down rather easily. But the taste is kind of bland.
After Thoughts: This is not a bad attempt at this style, and is a very good product seeing it came from Coors.
04-07-2009 17:46:57 | More by earthboundagain
3.78/5 rDev +11.2%
Appearance: Pours cloudy with a golden-orange color and sufficient head.
Smell: A mainly wheaty aroma with a noticeable touch of lemon and citrus.
Taste: Crisp lemony/citric taste upfront with the wheat backbone becoming more prominent towards the middle of the tasting. Also present are orange and coriander.
Mouthfeel: Mildly watery in texture, but smooth after the initial crispness.
Drinkability: Quite drinkable. Nothing challenging to the palate.
Overall- pretty refreshing. Not as good as some higher-end witbiers but it certainly holds it own.
04-05-2009 22:36:26 | More by coalcracker
3.45/5 rDev +1.5%
Blue Moon Belgian White is our "fancy" beer for when my friends and I want to sit around and drink rather than sit around and get drunk. I drank it out of the bottle this time but it pours a hazy orangey color. Its smells of oranges or something else citrus. As soon as it is in your mouth orange hits your palate and all is good in the world. Blue Moon Belgian White is a delicious beer and I would recommend this beer to anyone.
04-04-2009 15:53:09 | More by VictorEHuskie
3.98/5 rDev +17.1%
I remember trying this beer a few years ago before I started
drinking a lot of beer, and didn't like it very much. Now that I've
had this beer with a few years of variety and a taste for good beer, I will say, Blue Moon is very good. It has a cloudy appearance, as unfiltered wheat beers have, and which I find very appealing. There are subtle hints of citrus in its smell, very enticing. The taste is quite refreshing, with a small burst of orange at the end. Its 5.4% alcohol content gives it a little heavier feel which goes excellent with its subtle orange flavor. It really drinks nice, too. I found myself going through them really fast. This is definitely a good beer. Not the best, but a solid one that one should try.
04-03-2009 02:01:25 | More by Snazzinator7290
4.5/5 rDev +32.4%
This beer is quite common these days, coast to coast. I prefer draft vs. bottled.
A) A beautiful bright yellow, bordering on orange. Almost glows when held to light. Very cloudy and dense
S) Sweet Citrus & Coriander.
T) Despite its large production, a consistently well crafted product. Sweet orange and spice, especially refreshing. I like to squeeze a slice of fresh orange or if unavailable, lemon into a full pint.
M) Level carbonation that lasts through the pour. The alcohol is balanced -- just right.
D) Blue Moon is an excellent, craft style American Witbier. Especially good when you are having more than one
03-29-2009 18:54:45 | More by bskrtz
2.88/5 rDev -15.3%
Blue Moon Belgian White
Coors Brewing Company
ABV: 5.40 %
22 oz bomber bottle>pint glass
A 3.0 - cloudy honey orange in color, okay head but gone quick. Some minor sediment.
S 3.0 - citrus sweet in smell, mild spice/coriander notes.
T 2.5 - Sweet on palate, citrus and spice to follow. Slick and a bit cloying finish.
MF 3.0 - high carbonation, thin-medium in body
D 3.5 - this is okay brew, average of the style at best. It was one of my first transition craft brews, and it's easily accesible so I give it a 3.5. It is a bit to sweet for my current palate.
03-26-2009 02:11:21 | More by unclejimbay
3.9/5 rDev +14.7%
Pours a cloudy golden orange with little head.
Smells pleasant, dominated by spice and orange.
A mild tasting witbier that's bready and spicy with orange and a touch of yeast character. The worst part is, right out of the bottle, it's prickly and way too fizzy, though it has adequate body. Given a bit of time, it does settle down.
While it's not spectacular, this is a moderately refreshing, sessionable choice that rivals Hoegaarden if I want a low-priced wit.
03-25-2009 14:10:18 | More by IMincedTheKing
3.65/5 rDev +7.4%
12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass. The freshness date is July 2009.
The pour is a hazy gold with a finger's worth of white head. The head is gone quickly, and there is some lacing.
The nose is full of citrus, especially orange, and coriander. The taste is more of the same with bready undertones.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a lot of carbonation. Drinkability is good; I could have a few.
This is a solid example of the style. If there were nothing else good available, I would have one of these.
03-23-2009 22:01:32 | More by CityBoy1986
3.63/5 rDev +6.8%
Last evening we went out to watch a few of the NCAA games and I thought, heck I have never reviewed this brew - so what the heck. Brew had a nice cloudy orange color with a thick white head that broke down pretty quickly but did have a white film throughout though it lead to just a few spots of lacing. The aroma is pretty nice, citrus fruit of orange and lemon come to mind with some very light spicing. The flavor is also very good, nice mix of spicy, coriander and malts. Nice sweet feel, goes down very easy. People who really like wit beers would probably say that this one is a little light in some of its properties but it is made for the masses and is a good representation and seems very popular. We usually do not go to restaurants that have a poor beer selection but if so and they have this one I would get this in an instant.
03-20-2009 13:02:02 | More by Stimack
3.68/5 rDev +8.2%
I've had in both a bottle and from tap with an orange wedge (while in Florida - most enjoyable blue moon I've ever had) - Orange wedge adds to the flavor but is by all means definitely not necessary
A: has a cross between an amber and a goldish color to it, a bit cloudy - with a whiteish small head that disappears quickly
S: the scent of coriander and orange is detected - not overpowering but very nice
T: sweet and nice tasting - you can taste the coriander and the orange in it - the orange wedge really adds to the flavor but is not necessary
M: crisp with good carbonation - enjoyable especially in the heat
D: I would definitely drink again
Overall: I had blue moon belgian white on it's own and with dinner - steak sandwich with onion and mushrooms, and it was a great experience either way. The sweetness was appreciated as was the refreshing taste following a day after walking around in the sun, I recommend.
03-20-2009 08:19:24 | More by Kopp
3.4/5 rDev 0%
I poured my Blue Moon into a tulip pilsner glass and watched as the head dissipated very quickly as if it was offended by my choice of glassware. I also noticed there was no lacing and no head remained on top of the beer as I drank this highly popular Coors product. These are the reasons for my low score in the appearance category.
The aroma was more impressive. Citrus zest, orange, and some faint coriander. It didn't really smell like beer due to the predominant fruity aromas.
The color reminded me of orange creamsickles or cantaloupe. The beer was hazy of course.
I think my Blue Moon might have lost some of its carbonation somehow. Maybe the twist off was slightly askew. However, I was really surprised at how fast the carbonation left this beer. The aforementioned head retention problems coupled with the fact that this beer just looked flat by the time I was halfway done with it, make me think I got damaged goods somehow. I find it highly unlikely that a brewery as technologically advanced as Coors would get something like carbonation wrong.
Drinking the Blue Moon was refreshing but uninspiring. Light acidity, very light bitterness, a small sweet kick in the end and a faint floral hop taste complemented nicely the previously mentioned aromas.
This is a tasty and refreshing, very drinkable interpretation of the style. I could have a 6 pack of these in the summer if that weren't considered alcoholism.
03-19-2009 02:57:19 | More by birdypowder
3.73/5 rDev +9.7%
Out of a bomber bottle this beer was a cloudy, honey-gold color with lots and lots of rising carbonation. The three finger head was off-white and retained quite nicely as a cap that left pretty good lacing. The aroma was pleasant and clean, orange, coriander, pale malt sweetness. The flavors were not quite as well developed but still solid. I tasted pale malt and a little adjunct (corn?) grain up front with the orange and orange peel and light spices in the middle. The finish was a little macro-ish and perhaps slightly metallic but not bad. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium and the carbonation the same. This is actually a solid, widely available, inexpensive example of a Belgian White and therefore it is also the best product the Coors Brewing Co makes, period. Try it, gulp it, order another.
03-15-2009 15:46:57 | More by thekevlarkid
3.43/5 rDev +0.9%
Pours into my wine glass with a frothy, quarter finger thick, large bubbled off-white colored head. The beer is a hazy, amber-gold color. The aroma smells of grassy coriander with a backdrop of citrus that becomes more prominent as I take subsequent draughts of the aroma. As the beer warms up the aroma begins to remind me of watered down orange juice.
Lightly sweet tasting with lots of coriander flavors, a touch of grassy grain and some cracker like malt notes. The citrus flavors are noticeable up front and move to a prickly, carbonic tasting, peppery carbonation that is pretty substantial. The carbonation is actually a bit too much, but some aggressive swirling brings it down to a more manageable level. Somehow the citrus character here starts to become more of a washed out orange juice like flavor than a bright citrus oil note that I would prefer. This is pretty light bodied, enough so that the initial carbonation made it seem a bit too fizzy.
Not bad, but seems fairly boring for a Wit. I was honestly expecting a bit more from this beer; more fermentation complexity would definitely be appreciated.
03-12-2009 03:59:39 | More by Gueuzedude
3.35/5 rDev -1.5%
not a bad beer.. nice and refreshing .. it kinda has a bazzoka bubble gum taste to it..appearance is cloudy.. avaerage head and a yellowish haze to it.. smell with oranges like a fruity drink.. taste its sweet .. can taste a wheat base.. and fruity notes..
03-06-2009 06:15:31 | More by njthebestofme
3.05/5 rDev -10.3%
Appearance - Sort of a dark straw color. Kind of cloudy. A very small head that gets lost fast.
Smell - A little sweet citrus, with some spice. Very mellow smell, but pleasant.
Taste - A little sweet citrus. With a little bit of spice. Sort of a nutty, ginger, medicine taste. Pretty mild, however. Diluted by a macro wateriness, and some thin bread.
Mouthfeel - Pretty nice. Fairly crisp with good carbonation.
Drinkability - Not too bad. It doesn't have enough going on to be objectionable. But, that sweetness builds up on you.
A totally mediocre bev. That said, one of the first "Belgian" style beers I ever had, so it was somewhat of a revelation at the time. I think it's great that this stuff exists, at least so that dumb high school kids can discover there's something other than Beast in this world.
03-06-2009 06:04:02 | More by callmescraps
Blue Moon Belgian White from Coors Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 5,105 ratings.