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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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5,893 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,893
Reviews: 1,543
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.88%
Wants: 68
Gots: 1,102 | 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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Photo of robwestcott
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle into a dogfish head signature glass - 1 finger head lasting maybe a minute or two. hazy orange with a fairly fruity nose.

i suppose this is a belgian, but only because it says so on the label. its not that its a bad beer, its just not a great beer. best in the summer on a hot day, ice cold from a cooler, i'd guess.

Photo of remmyreel
2.12/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This is a preferential review, because honestly, this is a "girl beer". Way too sweet, feels like melted butter in my mouth, with a not so fresh or crisp aftertaste.

On a warm day, this is probably the worst brew to grab if you're wanting to quench your thirst or refresh your senses. It always leaves me feeling bloated and displeased.

There are far better Belgian Ales out there, it's a shame this is the one that's most popular.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First time I've seen this in cans. Best by Sept 2010.

Pours a cloudy yellow orange with a solid 1 finger head of foam and some good lacing.

A strong but nice aroma of coriander and oranges with wheat ones. A good nose.

The taste is big on the coriander, lesser so with the oranges except in the finish. Light clove with a tiny hint of banana but I'm not too sure about the latter. Decent tasting.

Light bodied bordering at times on medium with the carbonation fairly low.

Drinkability? I drink this on occasion but it isn't one for me to session on. Decent drinkability.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Blue Moon has a dark orange/gold color. Only a little bit of foam. There is less foam if you put an orange slice in the beer (which I only sometimes will do). Overall, a very pleasing appearance that changes shades with the light. Definitely looks like a wheat beer.

Smell: Good smell...orange zest and spices (nutmeg? cinnamon? coriander?) give it a nice bite. Fairly complex.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Again, tastes basically light orange-ey citrus. Heavily and nicely spiced. Definitely a smooth beer since the carbonation does not overwhelm. Maybe a bit too bitter for my liking.

Drinkability: Smoothness makes this very easy to drink, but it can be a bit thick.

Overall: Great, easy-to-find beer. A good staple wheat beer. Orange slice doesn't actually add much other than to appearance...it can actually make the beer a bit bitter and flat.

Photo of mattcrill
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't believe I haven't reviewed this beer until now.

Aroma: Mild orange and spicy notes up front. Dough-like bready malt base. No hop aroma.

Appearance: Very cloudy deep gold colored pour. Moderate white head that suprisingly isn't that big.

Flavor: A touch of acidic sourness followed by more doughy bread-like flavors. No spice flavors which was surprising based on the aroma. Earthy background hop bitterness but the doughy complex malt character definitely dominates the palate. Finish is crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with high carbonation. Prickly due to carbonation. No alcohol heat.

Overall impression: Good summer beer. Not a fan of Wits and this is a pretty safe example. Still, well crafted and enjoyable.

Photo of bamadog
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review is from notes taken on 4/3/2010 and poured from the tap to a pint glass.

Appearance: Comes from the tap a bit like grapefruit juice and lemonade shade in color and starts with a one finger white head that fades rather quickly to a thin, full, yet uneven skim; body is very cloudy and there is really no chance to see if there is any carbonation bubbling within; faint and scant washes of lacing hold to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Not too shabby -- a fair blend of citrusy and juicy orange; black pepper, yeasty and a tall dry wheatiness; smell is fairly potent and I feel it really gives me a solid idea as to what it's going to taste like.

Taste: Part of me really wants to hate this beer, but it's actually pretty solid -- a nice blend of the scentes appearing in flavor form -- nice juicy citrusy orange; firm peppery spiciness; a pretty fair yeast and a strong wheaty/bready background. Dammit.

Mouthfeel: Solid carbonation that comes across as very tiny, but strong, bubbles; body is of medium weight, but doesn't feel too heavy; the roof of the mouth is left powdery dry and the mouth, overall, is left dry and cottony.

Drinkability: Like I said, I kind of want to hate this beer, but it's pretty solid, flavorful and drinkable; I like the flavor and spicy/peppery notes; body isn't too heavy and the ABV isn't too bad at the 5.4% mark... Dammit. A nice summer beer.

Photo of jeffthecheff
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 22 oz. frosted pint glass, with an orange.

It's dark in here but from what I can see, Blue Moon has an orange amber color with good haze. The head is almost non existent, and I know the orange hurt but it still looked worse than most wheat beers with fruit in the glass.

The aroma is full and fruity with some orange peel subtleties and a spicy yeast character in the back end. It's not very complex, but it's fresh smelling and straight forward.

The taste is tame for the style, but I'm surprised that I'm not calling it dumbed down. It's got a good orange flavor, some coriander, and a nice malty sweetness in the background. There is also a slight vanilla flavor on the finish. Overall, it tastes good but not great.

The aroma and flavor were both nice, but it's the mouthfeel where Coors really dumbed it down. After the first sip, I imagined some suit yelling "lighter!! thinner!" at some poor brewer until they ended up with this. It's light and crisp, but not in the way you want a wheat based beer to feel. It seems a bit lifeless, with a fizzy, empty feeling carbonation. There is no full, wheat feeling at all and it just feels empty. This is disappointing because to me, the mouthfeel of a witbier is worth more to me than the 10% BA weighs.

Photo of fullsweep
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: orange-tinted brown with a thin head and cloudy appearance--looks great!

S: orange comes through in the nose as well, but with some mild spice and vanilla.

T: I was impressed with this beer, knowing that it was an American macro in disguise as a craft beer. Nonetheless, it tastes and smells great.

M: Only downside, IMO, was the mouthfeel was a bit lacking, which is a minor complaint. Rather than having a bite or smooth mouthfeel, there was a sort of powdery feel (not sure how else to describe it).

D: Would definitely drink again, it would fair well against other American macro-brewed beers.

Photo of srandycarter
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy light copper with a .5 inch near white head. Pretty to start. Head fades to ring fast, little to no residual lace.

S - Orange and lemon. Wheat faint but there as well. A little bit like a cleaning product.

T - Dull. Not much wheat, malt, anything. Not bad tasting, just not much taste at all. Small wheat front and a bitter finish.

M - Somewhat creamy, well carbed, balanced for the flavors.

D - Drink it all day. Not a high ABV and not challenging to the palate.

Photo of bturton
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Mug
One of my personal favorite "main stream" beers. Has a nice golden color to it, with a pretty small white head, which remains for the majority of the time it took to drink it. Pretty citrusy flavor, which is best complimented by a slice of citrus fruit squeezed into the beer itself, although the beer is great without the fruit. Very drinkable, if you are looking for something that is easy to drink, Blue Moon is the way to go.

Photo of gloriousglo2
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at a local la-de-da country club. They served it with an orange slice in it, which I promptly took out and deposited in the nearest available cocktail napkin. Orange color, smelled kinda sweet, pretty good head. Forgot what it smelled like, so not much. Taste was pleasant, not as spicy as some of the better wits I've had. Could drink a few of these, though

Photo of rarbring
3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy yellow beer, a hint of orange, a white head, leaving some lacing.

The smell is in the citric area, lemon and orange, a little spicy, coriander, yeast.

Also the typical wheat flavors, lemon, a little spice, some sweet bread, yeast of course.

Low carbonation, a refreshing watery feeling.

As many wheat bears refreshing in warm weather. This one keeps rather low profile and should fit beginners.

Photo of Wasatch
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a orange/yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeasty/wheat, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, yeasty, with some spice notes. Medium body. Slightly drinkable, would not buy again.

Photo of rossthefireman
3.06/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- decent orange amber yellow color, decent head for a bit but a little watery looking.

S- light citrus smell, a little yeast very little hops

T- orange citrus with a bread like finish. A tingle of alcohol. No real coriander flavor and I swear they add orange blossoms to his beer.

M- Mouthfeel is decent. Nice carbonation and refreshing.

D- very drinkable, lik ei nt the "Im going to drink 10 of these' sense.

Ahh Blue Moon, the beer that isn't a craft but most people dont know otherwise.
This isnt a great wit. There are a bazillion other wits that are far better than this. This beer just cant hold a candle to other wits.
However, this is a great summer back yard party beer. Its easy light and refreshing and good for hot summer BBQ's. If you can forget its trying to pass itself off as a serious wit, its and easy drinker while hanging with the friends by the pool eating a burger. But if your looking for a quality wit, this isnt the beer.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Blue Moon pours a golden color with a good sized head. There is a citrus like order to it thats is pretty unquie to blue moon. The taste is the same, it has a cirtuis like taste, and overall is unquie, and light. Even though its lighter I find it hard to drink a few of these, the taste becomes unpleasent after a while. Overall not a bad beer, and is very easy to find too.

Photo of AmberMan22
2.93/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap last night since I'd had everything there was to offer there already. Gave me the idea to retry my least favorite beer they offer...and here we are.

A: pours a hazy orange with a slightly offwhite head. The cup was plastic so not much of a chance for lacing.

S: Smells incredibly sweet. A blueberry patch mixed with fruit loops, then someone threw some wheat in.

T: I don't understand why people like this beer. Especially have recently come from europe, with access to fantastic wheat beers I think my opinion is further polarized.
It tastes way too sweet and fruity, almost no hop taste as far as I can tell, but the wheat taste is at a decent level though.

M: fresh and on tap yields an above average score for mouthfeel, pretty decent texture to this.

They didn't even give me an orange with the damn thing...that would've been the best part.

Photo of BeerCon5
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a misty orangish color with about 1 finger of bubbly white head.

Scent of citrus and wheat.

The taste was of citrus, some light hops, wheat, coriander and some yeast notes.

Light bodied, smooth and crisp, high carbonation.

Very easy to drink, this beer was pretty flavorful and refreshing.

Photo of heissebier
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bomber of this to see what all the fuss was about.

Appearance- A nice cloudy yellow with a less than impressive head. For all intents and purposes a good looking beer.

Smell- This is the first wheat beer I've had in awhile and I can say I definately miss the smell. Sweet and light with spice notes.

Taste- Sweet and fruity. Easy on the palate but doesn't really have a whole lot of depth.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth and light. Not a bad feeling beer.

Drinkability- I could drink a few of these although it's not my first choice. It's a little too sweet and could get boring after awhile.

Photo of Chadpaq
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've had this beer on numerous occasions. Usually I'll scoop a 12-pack when a friend and I are trying to step our game up from Coors Light and enjoy ourselves without breaking the bank. I ended up getting this on tap last night at Carolina Ale House.

Appearance was a light orange to a dark yellow. Garnished with an orange slice. Looks damn good; damn refreshing.

Smelled fruity, as it always does. Got a big hit of, guess? Orange! Also some coriander and other spices in there. Fairly hoppy aroma.

Tastes sweet, fruity. Even though it's early March, I'm transported back to summer, sitting on my back porch, enjoying the sunshine and the refreshing fruitiness of a cool Blue Moon.

Mouthfeel, at least on this one, wasn't remarkable. Perhaps the keg was a bit old, but it wasn't quite as carbonated as I would have liked it. Probably would have preferred it from the bottle, on this night anyway.

Went down smooth. Blue Moon is probably one of the easiest beers to consume. It isn't too heavy, and it has a lot of fruity flavor without being overbearing.

As I said, the keg was a little dead, but that's no fault of the beer's. Perhaps a bit off on this night, but as a rule, very consistent and good.

Photo of WeimtimeBier
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy dark yellow with a thin head. Some retention but nothing spectacular.

S- Clove, coriander, and orange smell. No perceived hop. bready malt in back of that.

T- Spicy and orange citrus. coriander was the spice I think and still no hop presence. Bready and thick.

M- Lighter carbonation masked by the spices and esters. on the medium to heavy side in body.

D- Drinkable, and smooth. Good drinkability.

Photo of bump8628
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy gold with an orange glow and an adequate amount of white foam.

Aroma is sweet, perfumy orange with noticeable coriander and crackery wheat.

Taste is big on the sweet orange, which seems kind of artificial tasting and it overpowers what little flavor I get from the grainy wheat and coriander. Also, the finish is quite a bit sweeter and softer than some of the more authentic interpretations.

Blue Moon used to be a go to beer for me when I was at a bar that was unfriendly to craft beer. However, recently the orange character of the beer has become artificial tasting and much too prominent. Also, the sweetness really makes it tough for me to have more than one or two. I don't know for a fact that the recipe has changed, but it wouldn't surprise me since it comes from a corporate brewer, and they're always looking for cost cutting moves.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pilsner glass on 12/16/09

Dated 5/3/10

A - Very hazy & cloudy pineapple gold color. ½ inch of white foam. Good retention for the first half & decent throughout. Lacing is alright.

S - Aromas of wheat, grass & yeast. Hints of light fruits - orange zest & faint apple. Coriander & spice undertones.

T - Mostly wheat & other notes of foliage - grass & hay. Nips of spiciness on the front (probably clove) with wisps of coriander & undertones of orange peel. Seems kind of muddled.

M - Medium-light body. Moderate carbonation is fairly lively. Somewhat clean finish with a few residuals.

D - Blue Moon is ok in the "middle of the road" sense. On the whole, I think it is lacking clarity. It could be a lot better or a lot worse.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-pours a hazy dark golden orange color with a lot of big bubbles flowing through the beer. The head is off white in color, very bubbly and thin. Lots of carbonation at the top and no lace.

S-skunky yeast, corriander, orange peel, bitter lemon notes, phenolic.

T-the taste follows the nose, a skunky yeast, very phenolic, soft orange peel gives it a sweet layer. Hint of bitterness at the finish.

M-smooth and creamy, light body with a biting finish from too much carbonation

D-its kind of funky and seems to have some weird funky yeast flavor. It is smooth and creamy with a fair amount of citrus sweetness.

Photo of smithza9
2.55/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a very average beer in my opinion. I poured it in a hurricane glass and cut an orange to garnish it with. It is more tart than other beers I have had and I am not one for tart beers. I recommend it on a cool, relaxing night while sitting by the fire.


Photo of irishking1977
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ahh, Blue Moon. This is the beer, when it first came out many moons ago (pun intended), that piqued my interest in various craft and imported beers, and styles. From this one, Hoegaarden was found, and the expansion continued into other styles even DIPA's.

A: Cloudy orange hue with a small white head that disappears almost immediately, leaving some lacing behind.

S: Coriander and spice, though there is bit of a funky unnatural yeasty scent to it.

T: It's got your typcial witbier qualities to it, such as citrus and coriander and vanilla. Finishes mildly spicy.

M: High carbonation that adds to the spiciness of the brew. Leaves a bit of a funky, unnatural yeasty aftertaste, as I found initially in the smell.

D: Since my first one, (ahh to reminisce. a beer is never quite the same after that first one, the realization and amazement of each brew tried the first time, loses some appeal) I've had probably millions of pints of this, on tap, etc. It can be sessioned, but not as easily drinkable as Hoegaarden is (I can drink that stuff like water) But at a dive bar that has MBC, or this, I'd choose this. The only exception occurred during New Years, when I chose Guinness over this.

Blue Moon Belgian White from Coors Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 5,893 ratings.