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

6,140 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 6,140
Reviews: 1,655
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 18.82%
Wants: 87
Gots: 1,472 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-15-2001

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Photo of techdiver
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Having had this previously bottled and having found it respectable opted to have this in a new establishment since it was on tap. Of course requesting a "large", had it served in a huge weizen glass. Could have done without the orange section garnish, but still found it refreshing and very drinkable. So much in fact, it's been the only brew I drink when returning there.

Photo of Fuller
3.64/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - hazy golden orange body with a small white head that had very little retention.

S - Nose is citrus fruit, mostly orange and lemon along with some hints of wheat and spice.

T - just like the smell. Wheat, lemon, orange and a little spice.

M - crisp and clean with high carbonation.

D - drinkability is high. I could easily put down a few of these, especially on a sumer afternoon.

Not as good as a Hoegaarden, but for a beer from a company like Coors, it is very good.

Photo of psinderson
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Buffalo Wild Wings...served in tall glass.

Appearance: Mostly typical of the style, meaning a pale golden color, cloudy with a bubbly white head.

Smell: Of course, this was served way too cold and the initial aroma was non-existent. After it warmed, I could definitely pick out the orange and coriander aromas.

Taste: The taste didn't seem to meet expectations based on the aroma. There was some spice, some fruitiness, but very subdued. The predominant taste was citrus.

Mouthfeel: A little thin for the style but good carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy drinking thirst quencher.

If you put aside any prejudices regarding this being brewed by Coors, it is a decent example of the style. Not quite up there with others such as Hoegaarden in my opinion, but not bad.

Photo of brjr508
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy yellow-orange. Blue Moon seems to be much more pale than other beers of this style. The foamy head dissapates very quickly, too.

Smell: The smell isn't bad, but it's not overwhelmingly good, either. It at least tries to bring out some of the citrus notes.

Taste: Blue Moon is what it is. It's by no means a fine beer, but the taste is enjoyable, if not somewhat lacking compared to other beers of this style. It is, nonetheless, fairly tasty and something that I find pleasing.

Mouthfeel: This where I was least impressed with Blue Moon. I had gone several months without drinking it, and when I returned the mouthfeel was less than stellar. This is very much a macrobrew and feels fairly watered-down, and when you couple this with it's taste the lack of presence leaves you wanting more.

Drinkability: Very high. This is a beer that's fairly refreshing and due to it's more watery character can be drunk pretty frequently or in a session. Due to the lack of concentration of flavor, it's really easy to drink a lot of this in searching for more taste.

Photo of plaid75
4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium cloudy straw hue with a two finger pillowy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an excellent yeasty aroma which was cut with the presence of lemon peel and peppery coriander.

The flavor was nice and smooth. A chewy wheaty body with a very pleasant light lemon spice. Very nice really.

The mouthfeel was of medium fullness, maybe a bit on the thin side, with a nice spicy tingle.

Overall a VERY drinkable wit. I was very pleasantly suprised and will definitely reach for this one again.

Photo of TechMyst
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Container Volume: 355ml

Container type: bottle

Fresh: y

Purchased @: meijers

Cost: $8/6pack

Head: some

Lace: some

Color:
Reflected- hazy brown
Transmitted- hazy orange

Aroma: orange

Mouthfeel: med

Palate: I do not like this style so I'm trying to rate it as objectively as I possibly can

Comments: Good smooth taste. Has much carbonation bite/sting though. aroma is good, but taste is flat in comparison. I do not get why everyone says this style is "refreshing", I find it disgusting actually...

Conditions:
Mowing/Working on car- n
With Friends- n
Sipping- n
Get my buzz on- n

Photo of Tallboy
3.49/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

It looked to be a cloudy golden color when poured . The scent was of citrus and hops . The head was off white and evaporated rather quickly . The taste was a strong but rather nice citrus,that mixed in well with the coriander and other spices The mouthfeel it was a lil bit wet and wattery but nothing that would keep me from coming back for more. Overall I rather like this beer and would recomend it to anyone.

Photo of rarevos
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into white wine glass. Don't ask.

A: Pours an opaque yellow/orange. No head at all, and created light lacing instantly that quickly became a ring of foam.

S: Citrus up front with a slight hint of grain. There's a little bit of coriander. Not much.

T: Mild, mild, mild. But it's not that bad. I've had quite a few craft wits that aren't as good as Blue Moon, actually. Citrus hits first, followed by the wheat, and the finish has a tiny hint of coriander and a very slight bitterness.

M: Light-bodied, crisp. A bit tingly.

D: It's easy to put a few of these back, sure. It's not my favorite wit, but it's inoffensive, refreshing, and easily available. Plus, my wife likes these, so we usually have some around.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Okay, I bought this one on a capitalist principle. I heard recently that MolsonCoors’ numbers were up in general, and in double digits with this particular beer. The macros should be more adventurous... Smells sweet and citrusy. Uniformly murky orange-yellow body with initially thick but fairly quickly dissipating white head. Tastes sweet and citrusy. Some hints of vanilla or something like it. Pleasant, but rather one-dimensional. About what I expected. If I’m looking for a real Belgian white, I’ll go with the Allagash version made right here in Maine. Nonetheless it beats the heck out of most macro offerings.

Photo of doppelmeup
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Average looking beer. Half inch white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Not much lacing. Cloudy lemony yellow color.

Aromas of orange, coriander. Very mild smelling.

Flavor was good. Orange flavors dominate. I could see having this beer with an orange slice as suggested on the label.

Slightly dry finish. Hints of orange in the aftertaste.

Quite refreshing. Easy to drink. A nice summer beer, readily available.

Hats off to Coors for producing a beer that is not "run of the mill American Macro lager." This is a decent beer that I will buy again.

Photo of Rudgers73
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coors' best beer. It figures the best thing to come out of this company would be a foreign-style beer haha.

I was skeptical at first to try a beer that is normally served with an orange slice floating on the top but my girlfriend told me that it wasn't bad. Poured from the tap it has a murky, orange color. Kind of like watered down orange juice with a little fizz. This beer IS fizzy too, which I don't particularly like, but it ended up growing on me a little. It is a nice break from drinking heavy porters and stouts without having to lower your taste to a light american beer.

You can definatly tell this is a wheat beer when you taste it. It is mellow and zingy at the same time. Good for drinking with your fish fry or chicken dish.

Photo of bjohnson
2.68/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a peachish yellow color with a one finger white fizzy head. Slight retention and not much lace. Lots of fizz going on inside.
S: Grassy aroma notes with some lemon and spicy.
T/M: Grassy wheatyness with some lemon notes come through first. Refreshing and easy drinking, but not very dynamic. Gets a bit watery and earthy tasting. Not one of the better wits out there.
D: Not highly drinkable, but a good starter beer for someone looking to get into craft even though its brewed by the giant Coors. Could be a good summers drink if you had to.

Photo of dungaree
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised to find that this was made by Coors as a macro because I think this one is pretty decent.
Served on tap in a tall pilsner glass with a wedge of orange (I usually don't like the fruity stuff but it worked this time).
A very yeasty, fruity taste that was quite refreshing. Orange and lemon flavors.
Very drinkable, goes down quite nicely.
Since this is one of the few good brews at my local wings restaurant, I'll be having this one again.

Photo of kkosmoski
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz. longneck into a regular pint glass

Appearance - Hazy golden with a fizzy white head that stays around for a while

Smell - Not a whole lot going on here. Definately wheat, but other than that, not much doing.

Taste - Some citrusy tones to start, not from hops, but likely from the yeast or maybe spices used in brewing. There is a yeasty flavor throughout, and the finish is characterized by the wheat.

Mouthfeel - A light-bodied brew, remaining charcteristic of the coors beers. Lots of bubbly carbonation in the mouthfeel, which I think takes away from the flavor somewhat.

Drinkability - A pretty decent drinking beer if it is a hot summer day and you need your thirst quenched. Otherwise, I wouldn't be ordering this too often. However, it is a better choice than most macros.

Photo of psugrad98
4.13/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden, with moderate head. Sweet citrus smell overlapped by spicy hints of corriander and allspice. Smooth drinking, with moderate carbonation. Light in flavor with citrus notes, coupled with spicy undertones. Very little trace of bitterness, drink is dominated by wheat sweetness. Goes down super smooth; great on a summer evening listening to oldies. Good summer brew!!

Photo of EvilKeith
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes of 08/08/06 visit to Lonie Walker's Underground Wonder Bar, Chicago, IL.

Poured into the glass a yeast hazed golden orange color. The head was a finger of tight white foam.

The smell was citrusy orange, coriander and mild yeasty notes.
The taste was slightly tart citrus, yeast, and spices.

Somewhat creamy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.

This one is very easy to drink. I always keep Blue Moon in the fridge at home. All of my BMC drinking friends actually enjoy this one and some have actually started trying Hefes and other styles.

Photo of BryanCarey
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blue Moon has a orange/golden hue and the body of the beer is cloudy. The active carbonation releases the scent of wheat and light spice into the air, whetting the appetite in anticipation of that first sip.

There are some good flavors present in Blue Moon that convince me to appreciate this beer a little more than I otherwise would. The flavors of wheat, orange, clove, and coriander can all be tasted, along with a touch of lemon. Hops can be detected, but barely. The other flavors dominate this ale.

Blue Moon Belgian White is certainly no substitute for any of the world’s premier Belgian ales but it still offers a good taste that beats most mass- market products and it is sold for a relatively low price. It is widely available, too, making it a good beer to offer to someone who is new to the world of craft brew.

Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.91/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard to believe this is from Coors (Molson, whoever) Pours a hazy orange color, smells sweet in a way almost sugary. Tastes better though, sweet orange, banana, a little bit yogurty too but not too much and it balances out well. Better mouthfeel than most macros. Overall this is pretty good. In some ways it seems a little too much not like a beer but it is really nice to drink anyway. Worth checking out.

Photo of Derek
2.45/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I had this on-tap at Bennigan's in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

A: Yellow-straw, opaque haze, no head or lace.

S: Mild aroma: Pineapple, pepper, light clove, hint of banana.

T: Wheat, lemon, slight hint of cloves.

M: Moderate body, moderately-high carbonation (too much, but this could be the fault of the restaurant).

D: It's not bad, but I didn't finish it.

Photo of jwc215
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 12/17

Poured clouded light yellow with a thin, fairly well-retained, white head.
The smell was thin, but inoffensive. Some hints at orange and coriander.
The taste was also thin, but inoffensive. A bit too watery. Orange and coriander were noticeable. The flavors didn't stick around too long.
It was mainly watery with a hint of refreshing creaminess. It's nothing special, a bit weak, pretty easy to drink and not bad. Nothing special, either.

Photo of TrickKnee
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A pretty decent Witbier. Definetly the best that Coors has to offer. Had with a lice of orange that really brings out the citrus small and aroma, or it could have just been the orange. Cloudy color with a decent white head. Mouthfeel was pretty good however i really dont think i could sit and drink a bunch of these in a row, just doesnt have that ability.

Photo of barefootbrewer
2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was poured from a 12 oz. bottle. It was a deep straw/golden color. The head was small, even though I poured it vigorously. The head dissipated quickly. The smell is a slight bit skunky. This taste is a bit on the bland side with a little bit of a bite at the end. The mouthfeel is clean and a little watery. I'd consider this a drinkable beer and perhaps refreshing if served extra cold on a hot day.

Photo of neenerzig
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got a glass of this ontap at a bar last night. I hadn't had this beer in a really long time before having it last night. There was a head for about 5 seconds after being drawn from the tap. It was my first time having this beer on tap. After that it had about zero head or lacing to speak of. I thought this to be quite odd indeed. I found the glass I had to be average at best in just about everyway. It also smelled and tasted sort of skunked. I was almost surprised I was able to finish the entire beer. Taste and smell wise it reminded me a bit of lemons or lemonade, which is not a bad thing. Funny because I never remember this beer being that bad any of the other times I have had it. It makes me want to get a bottle of this beer soon so can I see if I like the beer any better from the bottle. Besides the negative qualities listed above it had some nice fruity hints in both taste and smell as well as a bit of yeats or malt, a hint of wheat. The taste was also sort of bland and watery. No aromas or other hints of spice present, as is usually the case with witbiers. It had a somewhat crisp mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is ok. I'll have to try this one again, only out of the bottle next time before I truly make up my mind about how I feel about this beer.

Eric

Photo of mithrascruor
2.48/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy whitish-yellow-peach color, with a bubbly head that dissipates quite fast.

Smell: An interesting lemony scent, with a bit of other fruits as well (peach?). A bit yeast aroma is present as well. Doesn't really have the spicy/peppery smell of other white ales.

Taste: A bit of orange and yeast... pretty bland. Really not much here!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied feel. The biggest problem is the carbonation -- it's excessive, feels artificial, and is way too tingly.

Drinkability: It's perfectly drinkable -- nothing bad to the taste, I guess, and the alcohol isn't anything excessive -- but you'll have to bear the mediocrity and the carbonation that can make it a bit hard to swallow.

Overall, a mediocre beer. It looks ok and smells so-so, but the taste is just worthless. Hardly a Belgian white ale, when it comes to smell, taste, and mouthfeel. It has none of the subtlety, spicyness, or feel. Yet somehow it's very popular. Stay away, and get a Hoegaarden instead.

Photo of ThaSmokinGun
1.96/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This review is a review of the Molson-brewed version of Blue Moon. Shortly after Coors and Molson merged, they stopped brewing this beer in Memphis, Tennessee, changed the recipe, and started brewing it in Canada at a Molson brewery. Since then:

-Less wheat is used. The head is not as foamy and not as pure white. Color of the beer is darker than it used to be. It is also less hazy.

-The wrong yeast is used. It now tastes like Hefeweizen yeast.

-A different mix of hops is used. The finish, in particular, is different. It is sharper than it used to be. The finish reminds me of pilsener hopping.

-Less coriander and orange flavor are present. There is a difference between old beer where the flavor and smell have faded and beer where less is used. You can barely taste and smell the orange peel and coriander.

-Mouthfeel is entirely different. This new recipe seems more acidic than the old one, and more thin.

The new, Molson-brewed version of this beer is more like Erdinger Schnee-Weisse (a spiced winter Hefeweizen) than a Belgian Witbier. Bear in mind that it is with great sadness that I write this poor review, because the previous recipe of Blue Moon was my favorite American beer. I ranked the old recipe as second only to Hoegaarden Witbier, and even above some other Belgian Witbiers, like Brugges. Unfortunately, the new Molson-brewed Blue Moon is not a Witbier at all.

Perhaps Sam Adams will fix their Witbier recipe and put it in regular distribution?

Blue Moon Belgian White from Coors Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 6,140 ratings.