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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

5,387 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 5,387
Reviews: 1,459
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 18.82%
Wants: 46
Gots: 646 | 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 NODAK
2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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%
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).

biboergosum, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of Treyliff
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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 24, 2010
Photo of Kemmerlin
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Gold with tiny bits of sediment and a frothy yet compact head.

S-Citrus and wheat ofcourse. Some other fruity notes as well.

T-Better than I had expected since I had refused to try one until quite recently. Orange and spicy. Wheat kicks in. Not half bad.

M-Decent. Lighter body with some fizz.

D-Easy to drink. Overall, when several Macro companies try to make an actually tasty brew they fail. Coors actually succeeds.

VelvetExtract, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of Erish
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a wheat beer glass.

A: hazy orange amber, nice foamy white head.

S: orange, coriander, some fruity yeast funk.

T: pretty much mirrors the smell, there is plenty of orange, lemon, coriander, clove, and gummy bears up front, the middle is estery with a decent acidity, the finish is mostly clean with some yeasty funk residue.

M: slightly oily, the carbonation is decent but subdued.

D: a good summer sipper. Skip the orange slice.

Erish, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of BobJustBob
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a stolen Pizza Inn globe goblet.
The colour was what I would expect from a Wit. Dense, orangish-amber and nearly opaque.
The head was a little disappointing, as I expected it to hold on a little longer than it did.
Remember the old "Bass-O-Matic" sketch on "Saturday Night Live", where Dan Ackroyd threw a whole Bass into a blender? Well, Blue Moon Belgian Wheat sort of reminds me of what would happen if Paddington Bear tossed one of his trademark Marmalade sandwiches into this device, with a can of Extra Gold to aid in liquefaction.
This is not necessarily a put down, as I'm even more fanatical about Marmalade than Beer at times. It really has a strong note of Robertson's Scotch.
I didn't try the Orange slice garnish recommended on the label, but I do think this one would benefit from it. The addition of a Maraschino Cherry would probably be really pleasant as well.
Blue Moon Belgian Wheat would be quite acceptable as a Cocktail. As a Beer it fares far less successfully.
I kind of liked it, but probably will only buy more to undre...uhh...impress a few unfortunate ladies that dare visit the man cave.

BobJustBob, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of nrbw23
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a hazy orangeish color with a white fizzy head. Head has very little retention and leaves pretty much no lacing.

S- Smells wheaty with hints of orange and spices.

T- Very fruity with strong wheat flavors as well. Hints of spices in the background mainly coriander.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and higher side of carbonation.

D- Not my favorite of the style but ok. Pretty easy to drink.

nrbw23, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The CANQuest (TM) had a notification from huey782 about Blue Moon in a CAN but since our trade had gone off and it was agreed that I should be able to find it locally, it took until now for me to tick it off (an allusion to a recent thread about traders and ticking), if you CAN dig it. Well, CAN you?

From the CAN: "Brewmaster's CAN". I did not mean to rip somebody off. That's like having a Mai Tai. You CAN have a Your Tai, I'm having My Tai. Same with Mylanta. If you want some, get your own, this is mine. Now I have to CANtact their brewmaster to see what he wants done with his CAN. "Blue Moon. Artfully Crafted. (Reg. TM)" Don't get me started on what one CAN legally get away with using a trademarked slogan! "Brewed with white wheat and oats, this Belgian-style ale features a crisp finish and the perfect combination of orange peel and coriander. Our Brewmaster's CAN protects the taste of Blue Moon so it is as fresh as it was when it left the brewery. Garnish with an orange and enjoy."

I CANnot decide which auditory quality of CANned beer I enjoy more - the "Glug, glug, glug" of the pour or the fizzing of the massive head as it falls like a quiche upon slamming the oven door. Call it better than a finger's worth of bone-white head with low retention. Color was a deeply cloudy orangish-yellow. Nose was both spicy and fruity, like an orange sprinkled liberally with black pepper. Nice! Mouthfeel was medium with an upfront taste of orange citrus. Finish was dry with the black pepper flavor noted on the nose. Honestly, this was pretty doggone tasty, especially on a hot summer afternoon. I probably would not want a steady diet of it, but after all of the crappy AALs that I have reviewed in a CAN, I don't relish the ongoing steady diet of them, either. I'd put some in the cooler, headed to the beach or somewhere warm.

Cue Frankie Blue Eyes, but with my modifications:

Blue Moon, I saw you sittin' in the cooler
Without a thought in my head, without a CAN of my own
Blue Moon, you knew just what I was there for
You heard me sayin' a prayer for
A CAN I really could care for

And then there suddenly appeared before me
The only one my hand will hold
I heard somebody whisper "please adore me"
And when I looked, my credit card had turned to gold

Blue Moon, now I'm no longer alone
Without a thought in my head
Without a CAN of my own

And then there suddenly appeared before me
The only CAN my hand will hold for the next few minutes
I heard somebody whisper "please adore me"
And when I looked, my credit card had turned to gold

Blue Moon, now I'm no longer sober
Without a thought in my head
Without a CAN of my own

Blue Moon, now I'm no longer sober
Without a thought in my head
Without a CAN of my own

woodychandler, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of Mosstrooper
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, bright golden color with a large but thin and quickly-dissipating white head that doesn't really leave behind lace as it goes.

Smell: Citrus, yeast, and spices- very appetizing.

Taste: Begins with a lemon-zest flavor and a hint of spice, finishing yeasty with more citrus (lemon still,m plus orange).

Mouthfeel: Light body with light carbonation and a watery, refreshing finish.

Drinkability: For a beer made by one of the "big three" this is actually quite good. Flavorful, but also refreshing and inexpensive enough to just have around as a "lawnmower" beer.

Mosstrooper, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pillowing, fluffy head. I had no orange to garnish my glass with so I did feel a bit let down. Strong scents of orange and also some sugar cookie scents. Taste has an orange like flavor a bit dry on the finish. Mouthfeel is nice and solid. This beer is very refreshing in the summer and is a good one to look for at most bars as an alternative to most BMC stuff. Overall the drinkable nature is great.

mtnbikerpa, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of kingcrowing
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can.

Pours a light cloudy yellow, nose is light and wheaty, light orange peel.

Taste is light and wheaty, it's a bit sharp and fresh. For cheap beer it's ok but I wouldn't seek it out. Mouth feel is creamy and sharp and finish is dry. Overall decent macro.

kingcrowing, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of mlazzaro
4.2/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

twist off 12 oz bottle.

Looks like a light wheat beer. Thin head with very dismal head retention.

Someone once told me they thought there was blueberries in this beer, to my knowledge there isn't. But I can definitely smell a dark berry in the aroma. Elderberries, blueberries, some appetizing yeast esters.

Tastes like a citrousy wheat beer. Smooth mouthfeel. Quenching and tasty.

This is a good universal beer. It appeals to beer drinkers of all kinds, the headie craft beer drinkers, and the common mega swill drinkers. I often use Blue Moon as a bridge to "enlighten" people to the availability different beer in the world. Highly drinkable, delicious Belgiany. Good American craft beer.

mlazzaro, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of Beasticles
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours orange and cloudy with a modest head that laces the glass. Yeast particles are visible.

S: Yeast and bread with oranges.

T: See smell. Plenty of citrus and a light wheat and yeast.

M: On par with many other white beers. Not too much carbonation.

D: Solid go to beer when you have to please a variety of palates. Very drinkable and appropriate for any time of year.

Beasticles, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of gboy515duo
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden hazy color with little yeast pieces in it. Topped with an orange slice, smells like citrus, bread, wheat, coriander, and possibly a strong yeast smell....

mouthfeel is extremely sharp and sticks to the palate, i disliked the feeling but the taste overpowers it. it has an amazing citrus and bready taste with a strong wheat aftertaste. It is extremel light and easy to drink, just like coors to put this out.

gboy515duo, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of dopehousex3
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I some times drink blue moon in my local pub and I got to say its not that bad. It looks great and does have a smooth taste and a good smell. Just get a pitcher cut up some orange slices and you'll enjoy the rich wheat taste it gives after a couple drinks. My final thought its not the best or the worst but its worth a try.

dopehousex3, Jul 31, 2010
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.

TMoney2591, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.7/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This by far is the best of any brewed by Coors Brewing Company. Looks excellent. Smells really fresh and crisp. Taste and mouthful are really good. No words really to describe its taste. Drinkability is good. Could go through a six pack feeling good. For some reason this beer reminds me of winter and winterfresh gum in taste and appearance

yuenglingfan101, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of gkunkle
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy pale orange hue. smells wheatey with a bit of orange. Has a wheatey taste, like the smell that goes smoothly across the palate. it has a medium body and goes down smoothly. Overall, its an alright beer that is pretty common at restaurants and the like, so i'll enjoy one there, but not something i'll buy for myself. there are better witbiers out there. one positive note is that it has been a good starting point for me to get my friends interested in craft beer, since its made by coors, it isn't a big risk for them.

gkunkle, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of sluggermatt15
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A hazy, cloudy orangish yellow color. Decent appearance.

S- Hazy, some malts to it, orangish spices.

T- A hint of spices, malts. Mildly thickness to it. I slightly enjoyed the taste. This is definitely a witbier.

M- Good carbonation and feel in mouth. Not very bubbly.

D- Drinkable. This was on special when I had it, so I could have probably gone for one or two more. I only had one because I wanted to try it out.

This was my first witbier and I thought it was alright. Overall, I'd recommend it. Now I'm looking to try its other varieties - the summer ale and honeymoon.

sluggermatt15, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of LuthersMug
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky (not in a bad way), muted orange hue, hazy and cloudy (this is a witbier). Nice light and frothy head with lacing throughout.

S - Definite smell of oranges (and that was without an orange slice in the beer)

T - One of my favorite beers when I first started trying out a variety of beers. Today, however, the taste was good, but not spectacular. Hint of oranges and grains.

M - Good carbonation, very smooth beer.

D - I could drink one after another of this one.

LuthersMug, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of DrJay
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber. Hazy gold with a short white cap that settled to a collar. Short-lived spotty lace. Lots of orange zest in the aroma, mild coriander, slight yeastiness. Low bitterness with some malt up front. Orange flavour really dominated the finish, nearly juicy, and spices were very light, slightly peppery. Light to medium bodied with lively carbonation, decent texture. It's pretty solid all around and a good choice when you're in an establishment without a craft beer selection.

DrJay, Jul 24, 2010
Blue Moon Belgian White from Coors Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 5,387 ratings.