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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
77
okay

5,496 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 5,496
Reviews: 1,466
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.88%
Wants: 48
Gots: 705 | 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 JoEBoBpr
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: it pours a pretty nice light orange color and a nice head that stayed for a bit

S: it had ad very attactive citrusy cmell as well as some malt not to many hops in the nose though

T: this is a pretty good beer to introduce people into the world of craft beers its not the greatest in taste but its obviously more complex than Bud and the likes. It has an orangey taste and some sweet maltines to it but not alot of hoppynes to it

M: It has a nice full body and its more complex than other beers but there is still some room for imporvement

D: Overall a good ber one that i wouldn't shy away from

JoEBoBpr, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of cichief
2.15/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I tried this beer at a chain restaurant in a large weizen type glass. I was cloudy orange-gold in color, with decent head. It smelled of orange and citrus. It was very sweet, too sweet, with orange fruit flavors. It was very gassy, too much even for the style. I would seek out other white beers to drink regularly.

cichief, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of MarkSCCOT
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have been hearing a great deal of this beer, especially right after Hoegarden is mentioned. Since I enjoy Hoeegarden as a session beer (recently have seen it everywhere), I decided I would try this beer. Call me the ultimate snob, but I was put off when I saw it was a screwcap. It had an umimpressive head and the taste was less impressive than Hoegarden. Not a great beer.

MarkSCCOT, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of BigBry
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I have never had Blue Moon before, and this was the most 'exotic' choice (out of Bud, Bud Light, Miller Lite, etc) at the restaurant we stopped for dinner. Label lists Blue Moon Brewery, Molson Canada, Toronto, tried not to let the Coors bias my opinion.
Served chilled, poured a pale yellow color, with a big frothy white head. Actually had pretty good head stability and left a thin line of lace on my glass. Smell was grainy, but with some yeast and spice. There was an aroma of citrus (more orange than lemon) and the accompanying orange slice helped rather than hindered. The taste was quite clean and refreshing. There was a bit of fruit plus some spiciness in the finish. Lots of carbonation (almost too much) gave it a foamy mouthfeel rather than the crisp clean finish in other wit beers. A decent effort, and a good cross over beer for someone new to the style. Better than expected.

BigBry, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of Olebiker
1.55/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I started to review Blue Moon after the first time I tried it at a Smokey Bones barbecue restaurant, but I was convinced that I must have just gotten a glass from a bad batch. After trying it a second time I can understand why it is often served with a slice of orange in it. They have to do something to cover up the taste.

Blue Moon looked promising in the glass, but looks are deceiving. It lacked body, even for a witbier. There are much better wheat beers out there.

Olebiker, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of kdoc8
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've had this both from a bottle and on tap at various places. I remember the first time I had it actually - I drank it to try and impress the person who gave it to me (unfiltered beers used to freak me out) - but I was very pleasantly surprised and this because a stapel to order at a bar if nothing else interesting was on tap. I've seen it on tap at Buffalo Wild Wings, Oyster Bar and several other bars in South Bend.

It pours out a yellowish-orange color, very cloudy and with a thin foamy head. Often times it's served with an orange slice to bring out the flavor. It mainly smells of hops and yeast, but the taste is more complex - hops, but also some mild citrus flavors. I always found it refreshing and delicious.

kdoc8, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- very bubbly cloudy pale orange body with white head that quickly disolves and leaves no lacing.
Smell- Strong citrus smell with wheat in the background, flowery smell can be faintly dected also
Taste- very smooth wheat taste with citrus accents. The aftertaste is a little sour but is consistant with the initial taste.
Mouth feel- highly overcarbonated which almost hides the great taste
Drinkability- It tastes good and finishes clean which makes it very drinkable.

I have been dabating whether to rate this beer on its own or as a representation of the Belgian White. This beer is very popular and is available on draft at most bars where they add an orange slice. Its a great alternative to the macro or light lager which is often the only other beers they have available on draft. On its own this stands proud above other common American beers.

That being said-this beer isn't a solid example of a Belgian White. I get annoyed when I am enjoying witbier and the bartender comments that it is similar to blue moon. It is highly overcarbonated and doesn't have the typical light taste of a witbier.

PittBeerGirl, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of ghostmech007
4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the ATR in Gainesville poured into a cool Wiezen glass. Served with and orange.

Looks great in the glass. Nice thick head. Good golden haze.

Smells like a draft outta smell. Orange, coriander, wheat, spices.

Tastes great. The body is perfect and very smooth from the wheats and carbonation. Orange, coriander, and spices are very well balanced. A very well balanced beer. Wonderful stuff. Love it.

Goes great with the Peel-N-Eat Shrimp from American Tap Room.

ghostmech007, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of Greenfloyd
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I think my favorite thing about this beer is it's smell. Blue Moon, being fairly popular, is a nice alternative option in a dominating American Macro Lager set these days...

Poured into my tulip glass (why not) with a hazy yellowy/orange like color. A respectable foamy white head lingered a bit, adding to the nose. Of course the fact that it was aggressively swirled in a large tulip helped matters I'm sure. The nose had a nice sweet, malty, vanilla aroma, as crisp hoppy traces finish it off. The taste translated fairly well from the nose, with more pronounced hops and faint notes of wheat and orange zest (I not a user of the orange slice, by the way, but many find it tasty). The light mouth feel makes this a terrific tailgate or BBQ beer, pairing well with all the grilled beasts, side dishes, chips, dips & accoutrements that cross it's $7.99 or so a six pack path...Enjoy

Greenfloyd, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
2.68/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well here we have a macro trying out the Belgian flavors. Good intentions I have to admit. If we could get more people tuned Belgians, left would be much nicer. Poured a very pale amber with a big frothy white head, which hung around for a couple minutes, just long enough to leave a little bit of lace on the glass. Visible carbonation inside made this look lively and not bad at all. Smell was light, but did have some sublte fragrences that suprised me a bit. Of course there was a large amount of bread and grain smells to get through, but once you do there are some hints at fruitness. Maybe some plum, dark fruits definate here, and some spice. Not at all bad, could be stronger, and the huge amount of malt to get through to find it made it hard. The taste was very clean. Light smooth mouthfeel, and generous carbonation made it feel fine going down. Taste was a bit different. Hints of spices and a tiny bit of fruit trying to fight against the grain here. Low ABV and light feel made this highly drinkable. Overall this was not as bad as I thought, but then again not as good as it could have been. If they keep experimenting they may be onto something, I just hope I dont see BUD DIPA!

mikesgroove, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of bort11
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Bright hazy orange/yellow color. Head is a white foam that leaves a thin lace on the glass.
Smell is slightly sour which I consider standard with wheats. Added lemon citrus notes. Tastes is slightly spicy with coriander and lemon zest.
Very light in body and refreshing. Bit of a sour after taste.
Not the greatest, but not the worst.

bort11, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of arguemaniac
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden amber with a slight orange hue. In the nose, Banana and a slight grassiness in the yeasty aroma. More of those yeasty flavors in the palate, along with some mild spice, a nice orange/citrus fruitiness and slightly sweet grain (especially towards the finish). Fairly thin mouthfeel with a mild carbonation tang.

It’s not a bad beer, it’s just a little watery compared to most other wits out there. Still, a light palate is never really a bad thing in a wit.

Recommended, but you’ll find better examples of the style before too long…

arguemaniac, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of isaac
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle to pint glass.

A - i must say i was expecting more vibrancy out of the body of this beer, a real golden haze. this, however, was more of a dirty, light orange that seemed more murky than hazy. the head, on the other hand, was pillowy and white - quite appetizing - though, this too fell, leaving a sort of film on the top of the beer in about two minutes. very light lacing that doesn't last long after each sip.

S - from the second i twisted-off the cap (gross) i was assaulted with a pungent banana/citrus odor. now, with nose thrust deep into my glass, i'm picking up hints of corriander, smooth, bready malts, and light yeastiness. the banana fades quickly and smell gets a lot better.

T - initially, i found this to be almost un-drinkable - the sourness was just way too strong, but, as i got used to the taste and it had a chance to breathe and warm up, it got better. the malts are almost pilsner-y and the citrus is nicely astringent, but there is still something missing...

M - thin, low carbonation - i.e. watery

D - not bad, refreshing even, but i wouldn't have it again.

isaac, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of auxiliary
4.43/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Pale yellow color with a nice white head on it.

smell -Fruity citrus smell to it.

taste - Citrus flavor to it, nice clean taste.

mouthfeel - Crisp feel to it, citrusy

drinkability - Refreshing beer not bad at all. Nice summer beer. Have had on tap and in bottle, many times. Made by Coors, did you know that? They should put Coors right over the Blue Moon label lol.

auxiliary, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of TheSarge
2.9/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew isn't too bad for being a Coors product. I believe it's a stepping stone for people to try something different, instead of diving into craft beer due to their angst.

Blue Moon came out on tap pretty much with zero head. There was a quick thin ring, but dissapeared within seconds. The brew is heavily carbinated and totally cloudy.

Tastes a lot like oranges and a slight hint of bubble gum. I refused the orange, as there is no need to pollute beer's natural flavors with garnish.

Overall a good refreshing beer to have, and a decent alternative to the other macro brews.

TheSarge, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of hckyfn9999
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a nice cloudy yellowish orange color with a nice thick white head although it doesnt last too long. Aroma is of a little fruity yeast and lemon peel. Taste is decent with a nice light wheat flavor and a little more lemony citrus; nothing offensive, just nothing strong. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, creamy almost, and pleasantly carbonated. This is a pretty easy drinker that is available almost everywhere. Definitley a decent brew, and a very good crossover beer, even if someone goes with the citrus slice. Overall a decent beer that I am not sure gets a fair shake because its Coors, and there are far worse options generally where this beer is available.

hckyfn9999, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of evolbob
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got a large draft at Ruby Tuesday. Was shocked slightly when the waitress brought the beer to me. Not cloudy at all, very clear, straw color, almost looked like a BMC. Very minumal head. Not much smell at all, or nothing that would define a witbier. The first sip made me think I was drinking a BMC but it was smoother. Not much of the typical orange or spice that I'm used to with the Hoegaarden, which is the only other witbier I've had. Overall, this is not a bad beer, one I could see myself drinking a few of but it's nothing spectacular.

evolbob, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L - Poured in a pint glass the color was clouded orange with a white head that left a small amount of lacing.

S - Weak whiffs of wheat and earthy aromas.

T - Wheat beer, nothing special stands out.

F - medium bodied with decent carbonation.

D - it went down pretty easy.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of lastnightintown2
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

At first, this beer strikes me as quite sweet and has a very clean finish. This may seem odd, but the smell kinda reminds me of cheese for whatever reason, mixed with the smell of a very sweet drink of some sort. This beer is different. It kinda like someone took a Sam Adams Boston Lager and poured sweet tea into it. As odd as all that may sound, I find it to be quite good and something I would enjoy to drink more of. Very smooth and pretty damn tasty. Cheers.

lastnightintown2, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of SaucyA
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blue Moon Belgian White is definitely a standout in the world of macrobrews. Whatever qualities it's lacking in, are made up for by being available nearly everywhere. It's refreshing to look at a row of taps at your local dive... Coors Light, Bud Light, and what's that? Blue Moon!

I've gone through the above scenario a few times :)

On to the beer! Blue Moon is a nice, medium yellow with a very cloudy haze throughout. It yields a nice 1.5-2 finger white head, but dissapates quickly leaving little to no lacing. Smells weak, normally, with orange peeking through. Nothing to rave about.

Sweeter on the palate than most witbiers, Blue Moon has a refreshing quality about it that makes it perfect for a summer day. It's got medium body and medium carbonation, with lots of orange coming through the entire drink. While not overwhelming, I've noticed the sweetness to become almost cloying after drinking a few.

Overall, Blue Moon is a great beer to have around. I'd choose many other witbiers over it, but if it's a Blue Moon or Bud Light decision... I think you'll know which way I'm leaning.

SaucyA, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of mpyle
2.9/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Huge lingering white head, but some coarseness in the bubbles. Not as mousse-like as want to see. Pale golden color and cloudy.

Citrus fruitiness in the aroma, with wheat and yeast related esters. Complex and smooth spices - subdued and not overpowering.

Flavor has subdued malt up front leading to a distinctly tart finish. Nice balance with no single flavor dominating. However, flavors are a little too subdued (water has a balanced flavor as well).

Medium body, smooth and creamy with no astringency. Carbonation healthy but not overpowering.

A refreshing, easy drinking wheat beer. Tartness dominates a bit as continue to drink, and really lacks the distinct flavors of a fine example.

mpyle, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of f355x3
4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers. It pours a rich amber color, and the sediments in the bottom of the bottle help proclaim that the beer is unfiltered. The head is pretty decent, though going away fairly quickly, and the nose is that of a great hefeweizen. The beer is brewed with orange peel, and you can tell when drinking it. No added citrus is really needed, but it can be good. It goes down smooth, and is definitely a beer you will want to hold in your mouth for a while.

f355x3, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of umustdrink
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fluffy head which reduces to a molecular film, slightly cloudy orange hue

S - Wheatgrass is the most prevalent smell, otherwise slightly sweet

T - Creamy, citrus(y) wheat flavors up front with a stronger citrus cream aftertaste

M - Dry to start, hold it in your mouth for a bit then you begin to taste the beer before swallowing

D - If macros were the only thing available I'd probably drink more of this beer than the others

Try it with an orange.

umustdrink, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of srrn
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Haven't had this in a while and thought I'd try it again. Pours a cloudy amber, with a quickly reducing head. Faint smell of grass and Belgian yeast. It's not fair to compare to a different style but I was expecting more of a hefe type body. Faint taste of banana and clove with a dry finish. Great for a Coors product, just ok since we've been able to get good beer in North Carolina.

srrn, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of uabigdaz
2.03/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a dark opaque yellow, with little head. Very little head retention, little to no lacing. Some sediments, as would be expected from any wheat brew.

Smells slightly sour to me. Some kind of fruity notes, lemon prominant in taste. Thin mouthfeel. Taste is lacking something, but I can't quite put my finger on it. Overall, I don't think this beer is that good. I'm halfway done with mine and having trouble wanting to finish it.

Leaves an undesireable aftertaste, which continues the sour smell of the beer. No head left at all now.

If you like this style, try it, but keep in mind, it is from Golden, CO, so it's a macro in micro disguise.

uabigdaz, Dec 28, 2006
Blue Moon Belgian White from Coors Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 5,496 ratings.