Blue Moon Rising Moon Spring Ale - Coors Brewing Company
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3/5 rDev +1.7%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine April 2007.
Yet another spawn of the very popular Blue Moon Belgian White has hit the shelves: an Amber Wheat Ale brewed with kieffer lime leaves and lime peel. Looks like someone's been watching a few of the smaller craft brewers out there. Interesting. Also, the Blue Moon brand is now brewed in Canada, apparently.
Thin, foamy white lace stays for a good while. Stunning amber color shows off a good clarity. Earthy lime aroma is light, but the peel is prominent. Cooked cereal smell from the wheat; more or less a clean nose. Crisp and smooth with a moderate body. Wheat flavor dangles that crispness underneath the flash of lime-peel flavor. Minimal hop bitterness with a clean palate. Finishes dry, with hints of cake frosting, lime candy and wheat cereal.
Not bad at all, but they would've been better off making this a bit more pale, bumping up the lime flavor a notch and making it a summer seasonal. Are they trying to please the beer geek and the Blue Moon loyalist at the same time? Some tequila and lime-marinated chicken with mango salsa and black beans sounds like a great pairing.
04-07-2010 20:05:29 | More by BeerAdvocate
More User Reviews:
2.6/5 rDev -11.9%
Appearance - Enticing golden-amber color. Nearly clear. Thin, sheet white head that quickly subsides to a lace. Nicely carbonated.
Smell - An earthy, grassy smell with a trace of citrus and wheat character.
Taste - A light acidity up front, with a low profile hop bitterness. Nothing exciting, almost dull to be honest. Very minimal trace of lime. A slightly sour finish. After taste seemed almost...minty I guess. Not strong.
Mouth feel - Fairly thin, a little too watery for my likes.
Drinkability - Moderate. It was smooth I guess, but a little filling. Nothing really made me want another sip. Kind of disappointed. I suppose the writing around the neck that spoke of lime zest and leaves and green bottle set my expectations of taste a little higher than this beer was able to live up to.
04-28-2007 22:35:08 | More by laughatdanger11
2.53/5 rDev -14.2%
Reviewed from notes. Consumed 3/10/09
Picked this up for the GF as she has always been a fan of the blue moon line. Poured from a 12oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Hardy pour generates a 1/4 inch of white head that has faded to a skim in the time it's taken me to write this sentence. Left a partial ring of lace. Color is a transparent copper tinged amber.
Nose- Hint of lime, faint whisper of caramel and roasted nuts.
Palate- Reminds me of a dressed up macro pils. Caramel comes through, but almost in an artificial sense. Hints of lime come through in the end. Finishes a little dry.
Mouthfeel- Thin, watery, active, mild dry finish.
Drinkability- Ok. Not memorable.
08-14-2009 02:35:20 | More by Kraken
3.11/5 rDev +5.4%
Amber color, good carbonation/head. Aroma, minimal lime. Good so far.
Definitely a bitter beer. Not really from hops, but probably the lime leaves? Kinda unique and zesty. Decent malt heft to back it up, remaining balanced.
Mouthfeel, a lot of bitter and limes. Might be the most bitter mass produced beer I can think of. Doesn't let up either. Price, a little much, but its easy drinking despite its bitterness and the unique form of it.
03-24-2010 23:13:59 | More by Beerandraiderfan
2.28/5 rDev -22.7%
Appears a lightly hazed copper amber hue with a nice sized off white crem head floats above the rim of the glass leaves light streaks of lacing unevenly around my pint glass. Aroma light malt sweetness minimal citrus content with herbal grassy sensations not overly lime it's infact not enough a bit of a mineral character going on here but errily light for all of the description on the bottle about the Kaffir lime influences in this amber wheat ale, which brings up another point it's hard to pick out the wheat character here. Flavors immediately tastes like stems and leave but the lime and citrus appeal is very low here malts are minimally sweet with a bitterness coating the palate without much from the hop department just mediocre here. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied carbonation seems unnatural and covers the tongue with terrible finish. Drinkability not my idea of a refreshing spring ale but hey it's a mass produced amber ale if you want one go try it but I'm not revisiting this six pack especially at $7.50.
05-10-2007 13:48:14 | More by WVbeergeek
3/5 rDev +1.7%
The color is a clear but thick amber in the dark that shows itself to be a more golden yellow in the light. A soft white head pours and seems to be willing to sit around for a while but fades to a foam that seems like it's leaving something of itself behind, which in fact recedes and doesn't stick.
The aroma's okay if not a bit light. It's pretty clean with grains that don't hint of adjuncts just yet and a nip of citrus zest, with something a bit earthy but sour.
The first thing that hits me is the grains, initially with a very adjunct flavor backing, followed by a curious lime rind bitter / sour mix. Without having seen the bottle yet, having been served in a glass, I was able to discern that the flavor is lime rather than lemon. I was pleased to read the bottle later and find that to be the case. Those who can distinguish between lemon and lime will notice. It's nice in its way, but it seems a little unbalanced. The malts seem to be the least showcased flavor here.
The mouthfeel seems somewhat thick at first, perhaps because the refrigerator is too cold, but it really thins out. It's spritzy more than anything, but there is a creaminess in the mouth.
This isn't exactly undrinkable, though by no means exciting. Coors does an average job with the "moon" series as opposed to the other filth it produces.
03-26-2010 16:45:20 | More by Brenden
3.6/5 rDev +22%
Maybe my expectations were off on this one. I expected it to be a bit closer to Blue Moon, which I actually rather like. This however, is less sweet, less yeasty, and in general less good. BA lists it as an amber, but the color's off for that, and ther hops aren't right. This one's just flat out dissapointing.
02-22-2008 01:09:44 | More by SetarconeX
2.68/5 rDev -9.2%
Coors- Rising Moon Spring Ale
A- Clear golden orange with a huge frothy white head. Big ringed lacing. Good looking beer!
S- Light sugary sweet malt, corn husk and sunflower seed dominate.
T- Light sugary malt with hints of caramel, butter, and and dusty light grains.
M- Again light and sugary sweet. Slight slick malty body and finish.
Overall- Looked promising, but falls short of a decent Amber. I wanted to like this 1 but this is too weak and the flavor almost lifeless compared to other Ambers.
02-23-2009 20:22:43 | More by NJpadreFan
3.08/5 rDev +4.4%
Pours the color of washed out reddish-copper...like an old sun-bleached penny. Head is thin and kind of wispy, thinning to a skim/crown within about a minute. Lots of bubble action.
Aroma is nondescript, the lime barely makes itself known, only there as a flash of some kind of citrus. The rest is steamed vegetable and a lightly metallic element.
Flavor is okay, nothing amazing, but fine enough for hot spring day drinking. The lime is well-incorporated, not entirely artificial tasting, although the weak malt presence does nothing to give this beer the depth is really needs. The hops are crisp, but as with everything else here they're super laid-back and not assertive in any way.
Crisp, clean mouthfeel, has a slight bit of creaminess that creeps up until a mineral/metallic character comes to shut it down. The finish is typical corporate-lager, unfortunately. You know, weak and dry and metallic and just not very appealing.
Despite my gripes, it would be a totally decent beer for backyard cookouts, mowing the lawn, staring at the clouds and any number of other outdoor activities. If, that is, you can't find a beer under 6% that tastes better, and I know of a couple hundred that would do the trick better than this. This is just probably cheaper and more readily available.
03-29-2010 21:31:02 | More by Metalmonk
2.55/5 rDev -13.6%
Pours out a light clear amber brew with thick head. Mildly carbonated. Smells pretty crappy,almost like a coors light, i smell no lime that they say is in this.In fact i dont really smell much. Tastes pretty pale. Mildly sweet but thats about it. No lime to speak of not much else. Little mouthfeel. A disappointment in the drinkability department.
03-28-2009 20:25:57 | More by tweeder263
1.8/5 rDev -39%
I've never seen this before, so I picked some up at the grocery store.
A - A good two finger head shows some orangish tan hues and floats like a pillowy cloud above a light brown/amber brew that is perfectly clear. The head shows good retention and gets fluffy as it recedes to a fat cap. Some light lace coats the glass, and the foam looks like I could blow it away.
S - Hearty cereal malts...like oatmeal. No trace of hops whatsoever. No lime either despite the label.
T - Ah, there it is. This is like a funky corn-based lager with a lemon lime soda mixer. Not much like a red ale at all. More of a "dark" psuedo-micro macro like Amber Bock with a bunch of lime wedges ringed around the rim of the glass.
M - Seltzer water. Limey water and overly aggressive carbonation. The finish leaves a lingering aftertaste of Alka-Seltzer in my mouth.se
D - I really hated this beer during my first one, but I must have had a bad bottle. I liked the second bottle much more than the first. This really isn't that bad. I gave this a 1.4 the first time, and although I'm still not a big fan, I'm upping that score a little bit.
Note: People might really like this, especially non-BAs, but it's not realy my cup of tea. This might be a hit...just look at the Miller Chill phenomenon.
03-05-2008 05:46:31 | More by pmcadamis
3.8/5 rDev +28.8%
Blue Moon's spring ale pours a crystal-clear amber body with golden highlights beneath a thick head of pillowy off-white foam. The retention is good, and it leaves some nice splashes and smears of lace across the glass.
The aroma displays the lime leaves over a delicate bit of caramelish malt. It's interesting.
The lime appears in the flavor as well, amidst a clean, caramelish malt base. The bitterness is restrained, and it's not acidic at all. I'll admit to expecting a golden-slightly tart-lime beer but the caramelish malt throws a twist. It's nothing like a Corona with lime - far from, it's more of an amber beer with an unusual fruit and herb addition. Interesting.
The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a medium body and moderate carbonation level.
Drinkability, however, is a little bit questionable for me though. I've never had more than one at a time, but I don't think I would. Maybe if the tap selection was limited. But I've enjoyed what I've had. Hmmm. I still think it a "one" beer for me. Maybe you'll think differently.
05-14-2009 21:11:35 | More by NeroFiddled
3/5 rDev +1.7%
Aroma is harsh malty, with some dust and very light lime hops. Not to pleasant. Appearence is nice sparkling copper with a big off-white head that stays. Pretty decent lacing too. The taste starts a bit salty then goes to a bitter/sour hoppy flavor. Somewhat watery. Dry mouthfeel.
01-20-2008 21:57:55 | More by Rootdog316
2.65/5 rDev -10.2%
"Amber wheat ale with Kieffer lime leaves & lime peel"
Best before JUL0608. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours an unfiltered amber color with an off-white head that leaves decent lacing. Not much lime in the nose, maybe just hint, with some wheat and not much else. The aroma is pretty flavorless for the most part. Thankfully the taste has a little more flavor than the aroma (which isn't saying much), but there is nothing to brag about. The taste is watered down with some wheat and spices. Overall, this is another bland offering from Blue Moon. I am all for the Big 3 trying to enter into the craft market, but you need to put a little more creativity to win over many serious beer drinkers.
02-26-2008 04:25:29 | More by cjgator3
3.63/5 rDev +23.1%
appearance = Nice amber color
smell = floral, slightly hoppy.
taste = It has a really nice flavor, but somehow it seems a bit "empty". It tastes similar to pale moon, but a bit more flavorless which is why I like pale moon more.
mouthfeel = Very crisp, but is lacking a flavor to contrast.
overall = Decent beer. I would go with pale moon first, but if you like this brand, try all of them.
11-01-2011 02:20:22 | More by mttfrog13
3.55/5 rDev +20.3%
Pours amber with 1" of fluffy whiite head. Average head retention & above average lacing
S: Slight caramel notes & some pepper
T: Caramel & a slight lemon hop presence up front, then I pick up some lime & a little pepper. Caramel sweetness. a little herbal + lemon hops hops & lime zest in the finish
MF: Medium bodied with average carbonation, balances well
This is a different kind of amber, but more of a one off, but a very easy drinker. Honestly thought I'd hate this, but alright IMO, wpuld work well on a hot day
05-15-2007 03:37:08 | More by russpowell
3/5 rDev +1.7%
Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger slightly off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, caramel, and caramel hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, lime, lime rine, and caramel hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was an average brew. I did like the citrus character I got in this one as it helped to make the brew a little more enjoyable. However, you can't add chocolate to crap and make it into a gourmet dish. While this one wasn't crap it definitely wasn't a great representation of the style either. A decent attempt by a brewery not known for brewing this style, but still just feel a little short of what I personally would have wanted.
11-08-2011 13:52:53 | More by thagr81us
2.88/5 rDev -2.4%
Pours a clear toasted grain color with a nice dense off-white head that settled into a nice cap. The smell is grainy, rusty metal, and a limeony citrus aroma. The taste is of grainy malt, a rusty water bitterness which dovetails with the added lime flavors to give it a bizarre twanginess. The feel is light with active carbnation, a bit tart and astringent from the lime. A decent looking brew that has flavor, albeit a mishmash of sorts, and an easy drinking feel. An ok brew for a change of pace.
06-21-2008 01:52:51 | More by Gmann
Blue Moon Rising Moon Spring Ale from Coors Brewing Company
69 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.