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Blue Moon Rising Moon Spring Ale - Coors Brewing Company

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Blue Moon Rising Moon Spring AleBlue Moon Rising Moon Spring Ale

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Reviews: 231
Hads: 346
Avg: 2.97
pDev: 17.51%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: armock on 01-12-2008

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Photo of GClarkage
2.62/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

06/21/09- Received by a friend.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Kind of a murky amber colored pour. Smaller 1/4 inch head and no real lace marking to speak of.

Smell- No real outgoing scent. Not offensive though. Maybe a touch of sugar and a light note of wheat.

Taste- I really have no idea what style this is. I do taste the wheat and it's definitely over sugared. I do not taste any kaffir lime leaves or any real lime to speak of though. Just and odd, but not bad flavor.

Mouthfeel- Sugary trails left on my tongue with a medium to a bit lower carbonation level.

Drinkability- I'm almost sensing an over sugared iced tea flavor. Just weird. Wasn't a drain pour, but wasn't something I'd feel the need to try again.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, this is a beer I acquired merely for the sake of reviewing it. A buddy was serving this at a recent party and while I didn't have one that night, (there was Berkshire Imperial Stout in tap!) I did ask if I could take one home for review purposes. Spotty lacing

Well here goes.

Well it pours with a rather nice fizzy white head that sits above a perfectly clear amber colored beer. The head actually shows decent retention.

The aroma is of cinnamon, mineral and toasted malt.

Tastes like almonds, toasted wheat bread, and cinnamon. Flavor is actually pretty nice. Crisp finish. Slightly sweet. No hop presence at all.

The body is a bit too light, if this had a little more depth to it, this could be a very good beer. A touch too watery.

It's rather drinkable and a session beer for sure. I frankly wasn't expecting too much and it was pretty good. Could have been better.

I don't detect any line in this beer.

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Photo of skinny0ne
3.07/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blue Moon creates an amber ale infused with lime. It has a nice amber color with a full head. There is little aroma. Upfront there is plenty of malt sweetness. Sugary almost. Very close to a sweet red ale. Then the lime kicks in. It's not big but enough to cut the sweetness through the finish. It ends cleanly with very little aftertaste. I never would have pegged this as a wheat beer. I don't get wheat at all. Really, this tastes like a red brew with a bit of lime.

Not bad, but rather safe. Certainly not like the other lime beers out there today. So if you have to have lime, this is your best bet. But I'd like to see something better.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.78/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of weeare138
2.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a light amber with a small white head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of floral notes with a lemon & lime zest.
Taste is a mix of pils malt, grainy huskiness, and citrusy zest that seems a bit out of place. It actually reminds me a bit of Blue Moon but with that strange lemon and lime flavors coming through.
Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, a bit of heavy carbonation, with a thin finish.

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Photo of wmthorne
3.18/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have always enjoyed wheat beers since my first hefe in Bavaria. That being said I was a little disappointed with this offering from blue moon brand of coors.

I was pleased with the pour. Nice color. Good head

I was hoping for more lime smell based on the label.

The beer has more spice to it than I was expecting. That helped the overall taste

I wouldn't turn it down if offered but I don't think I'll buy another 6

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Photo of Duhast500
2.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the tap into a pint glass

The color is a light amber, not very dark with a foamy white head with very little lacing.

The smell is muted, does have a slight hop flavor with a slight citrus feel.

The taste is sweet but not very strong. A week citrus flavor is also present with a hint of orange and a little lemon.

This beer is better than most macro beers but I did still find myself wanting a little more flavor. It didn't feel like it was that much more different than the year-round Blue Moon.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.84/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a best buy date of 07/12/09 poured into a weizen glass.

A - Im immediately surprised by this beer. It has a nice clear amber color accented by a good level of carbonation and a huge 3 finger off-white head that's loose but billowing. It went down nice and slow but left no lacing.

S - Despite it's wheat with lime leaves and peels, its main smell is malts and slight hops, also surprising, but not in a good way. Slight crisp zest of the lime hints at the end but not like one would expect.

T - This beer's flavors, if you can call them that, are there and gone so quickly they may have never been there at all. Malty but cheap, crisp and light like water. Where is the lime? Dry on the finish hints at the lime, but there really isn't any.

M - Crisp, thin, light, and full of carbonation. All the makings of a summer lawnmower beer you don't care to taste.

D - I suppose the drinkability of this beer is good, but why would you want to? You may as well have a High-Life instead and save the extra $ for a good beer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.55/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear dark golden color with a thick light beige head that has good retention but no lacing. I like my wheat beers alot cloudier than this one, but it is not a bad looking beer.

Has a tangy wheat nose with a dose of lemon-lime soda. The lime peels are noticeable, if not a bit underwhelming. Has a bit of a stale malty smell that reminds me of their Full Moon and seems a bit out of place for a citrusy spring beer.

I'm not a big fan of the malt bill here, I am wanting more of a lighter malt and wheat kick to go with the somewhat pleasant hints of citrus. The toasty flavors seem a bit out of place, but really this is not a bad brewski. Yes, it is a bit thin and geared towards the masses, but I find it to be decently enjoyable and fairly unique.

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Photo of berserker256
2.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The head dissappeared quite soon after pouring this beer into my pint glass and there's no lacing whatsoever. Nice deep amber color, though. It smells earthy and grassy with maybe a bit of lime and corn... and perhaps medicine. Sounds odd but that's what I smell. There's a small hint of lime and a little bit of sweet malty flavor but it's actually quite bland and watery. It's not very good beer.

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Photo of tweeder263
2.56/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of brianlg
2.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light amber color with a fairly small head, about a finger width. Smells very much light wheat, grain, and a hint of citrus. On first sip this is a very sweet beer, whoa. Not sure if I like the sweetness yet. After a couple more sips the sweetness kind of gets old. It's not bad tasting, but it is very sweet. Mouthfeel is thin and smooth. I bought a 6 pack of these in Vegas, and forced myself to drink four in a row. I saved the other two for the next night. Not fantastic, but not bad. I'm gad I gave this a try.

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Photo of PatrickJR
2.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear, light amber with a finger of white head. Retention is short with mild lacing.

S - Mild malt character with faint touches of graininess and sweetness. Slight herbal smell as well, probably from the lime leaves. Quite weak and bland.

T - A little more flavor than the nose would suggest. Lots of graininess here, very minimal malt profile. Bizarre sourness hits mid palate with a strange, slightly citric flavor that I can assume is somewhat related to the added lime leaves. Sourness persists into late palate and eventually leads to a fairly strong, earthy, but unsubstantiated bitterness. The flavors are sort of alright by themselves, but overall the brew needs a stronger backbone and more harmonious blend of flavors.

M - Very thin, somewhat watery, with a high carbonation. Not too pleasant in the mouth, this brew needs A LOT more body to carry the flavors.

D - Rising Moon is certainly not on par with the rest of the "Blue Moon" line. This is a weak and directionless brew. Strange to say the least.

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Photo of CityBoy1986
2.67/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle with the freshness date of 21 June 2009. So far, so good.

The pour is a clear copper with plenty of rising bubbles. A finger's white head is gone quickly and only leaves some lacing.

The nose is of citrus, lime and wheat. Neither is overpowering. The same isn't true in the taste, where the lime definitely stands out. A very sour aftertaste is present. Some metallic taste is also there.

The mouthfeel is light and watery. Drinkability is about average; the lime is just too overpowering for my tastes.

While I can say I've had worse, I prefer their winter offering to this one. If they retool this with less lime next year, I'll give it a try. Otherwise, no thanks.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear gold color with a very large, densely foamy off-white head. Retention is nice, with some solid lacing. Tight bubbles of carbonation are visible.

S: Some light lime/citrus aroma. Some vaguely yeasty/wheaty notes as well. Vague toasted grains and a slight metallic nose.

T: Malts are lightly toasty, and that's about it. Some faint lime/lemongrass flavor. Hops are earthy, surprisingly, providing a balanced bitterness into the finish. Some doughlike notes as well.

M: Rather light bodied. On the crisp side, with a dry, sticky aftertaste.

D: It's somewhat refreshing, but it's just a bit out of whack. About what you'd expect out of a "microbrew" from Coors. Unremarkable.

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Photo of endincolorado
2.63/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber with white head that recedes quickly, smells fairly unimpressive- reminds me strongly of a macro-lager with some scents of fruit- maybe citrus, wheat and slight maltiness, tastes initially like a macro lager as well, with some additional flavors of lime and some pale malt, the wheat comes out a bit in the finish, thin mouthfeel makes for fairly low drinkability. Not having expected much from this beer, I can say that given the opportunity, i'll probably pass next time.

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Photo of KarlHungus
1.96/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a clear pale amber color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes into decent lacing. The aroma is of faint caramel malt, and hints of lime. The taste is of lime with hints of malt. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied with carbonation that is very high and gets in the way of the flavor. Overall, this is one difficult beer to drink. While fruity wheat beers aren't my favorite I can usually appreciate what the brewer is trying to do with the fruit. This beer, however, is too much artifical fruit flavoring, and not enough beer for my liking. I will not drink this again.

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Photo of thespaceman
2.46/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: Hazy amber in color, small size head gives way to very good lacing and retention. Sticky all the way down the glass.

Smell: A bit of wheat, lemon grass, some citrus properties, and a small hop note. Most of the aroma is artificial citrus consistency, not much in the way of a true amber.

Taste: Artificial to say the least, the lime peel flavor is a bit over done, not much in the way of refreshing when the lime overpowers the toasted malt finish. Citrusy and sour are the only real words I can use to describe this, almost like a sour patch kid with carbonation, too sour for its own good.

Mouthfeel: Decent amount of carbonation dominates here, a light to medium body, a little harsh when sitting on the tongue for a minute, the sour properties are too strong in order for this one to have a good feeling on the tongue. Maybe a bit more malt here would smooth it out.

Drinkability: Can't say this isn't refreshing because it is, but it's very rushed, overpowering with it's lime addition, and too sour to be enjoyed sessionably. Stray away when there are alot of other spring seasonals that are much better!

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Photo of tugdriver7
3.88/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this been brewed by one of the known craft breweries, the ratings would have been higher. I was pleasantly surprised by this offering from (gasp) Coors. It poured a nice deep amber in the glass, left a nice lacing, had a decent mouthfeel with a touch more carbonation (at first) than your typical amber ale, but the taste was really hard to pin down. In the end, I liked it. A touch of fruity malt in the nose, but the taste started tart (the lime peel, I guess) and then a biscuity malt that, when the flavor started to hint at either too much lime or too much alcohol would kick in and balance the whole thing out. Really a surprisingly complex and enjoyable mix of flavors. I wondered about the lime, but this was not a "Bud Lime" or anything of the sort. A very subtle (could be hops in fact) bitterness and tiny hint of lime in the flavor matrix, coupled with the aforementioned malt. Top it off with a clean finish and you have a real session beer on your hands. Nothing I expected... nothing I thought I'd like... but this is one I'd keep around. It's about time the big breweries started getting it right. Bud did an OK job with their American Ale. This one is easily as good, but far more unique in flavor.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of dfolmste
3.35/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Finally caved and bought a spring seasonal even though it is currently snowing outside.

Appearance: Dark amber color with medium carbonation and 2 inch head that slowly fades away. Not much lacing either. Girlfriend cut up oranges for the beer though it probably would have been better with a lime.

Smell: Its advertised as having been brewed with lime leaves, but the smell is overwhelmingly malty with a touch of lime. The lime does bring something different to the table but only enough to be a little above average.

Taste: The taste is identical to the smell. Lime taste is weak and the taste is like a darker blue moon. This is probably Coors' answer to the Bud Light Lime and Miller Chill trend. I applaud their effort in the sense that is is made with natural limes, but it doesn't really do much for me.

Mouthfeel: Average body and feel, but the lime taste could have been better balanced with the strong wheat/bread flavors.

Drinkability: This beer would have its place at a cookout or on the beach, but in the middle of the Syracuse winter its not really doing the trick. Refreshing and easy to drink. Not bad, but it is probably best it just stays a spring seasonal.

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Photo of climax
3.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

mostly clear amber, a crater of 2 finger off-white head faded slowly to a creamy film

smell - very bready and slightly skunky, malts definitely overpowered any hoppiness, hints of apple and lime as the bottle suggested

flavor is pretty dull, a bit sweet and almost lager-like if not for copious breadiness, hops didnt care to show up. however i did hint at some spices as the beer warmed and a finish of grape and apple, maybe just the tiniest hint of lime perhaps because i was searching for it

mouthfeel was light/medium bodied with modest carbonation, pretty crisp initially gave way to a smooth creaminess with an oily finish

this beer is never harsh or offensive, however its never exciting or inspiring. if your looking for hoppiness...look elsewhere. it's easy to drink, but i was never really all that pumped to take another sip.... blends in like an empty seat at a vikings game

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Photo of sweetwaterman
3.08/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Kinda underwhelmed. I read all about the limes and keffier lime leaves on the box and on the label and I'm expecting something really citrus. Alas, I found there to be no real citrus presence of the ingredients that they claim are the hallmarks of the ale.

Now, this is not a "bad beer". It's certainly a respectable ale and it's lighter than BMBC's winter ale, so I guess that makes it "spring-like", but I was ultimately left going "Where's the Lime?".

I won't buy it again, but I certainly wouldn't pour it out if someone handed me one.

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Photo of allengarvin
2.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a clear copper color with just a layer of foamy film across the top. The aroma is very very faint, just a hint of malt. The taste is also bland, grainy, with a light hint of spiciness, but that's it. No hint of the kaffir lime leaves the label promotes.

Bland. I was hoping for a beer like New Belgian Loft or Skinny Dip. No luck here. Avoid this.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.4/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 2/16/2009 (bottle JUN2109):

Pours a clear amber brown colored body with a huge creamy white head, lasting. Very fresh citrus fruity aroma, some malts too. Some spicy hops too. Effervescent. Carbonated nutty taste, nutty aftertaste, maybe hazelnut. Fruity taste. Malty beery goodness. Refreshing taste. Fruity like banana or peach.

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Blue Moon Rising Moon Spring Ale from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.