Blue Moon Grand Cru - Coors Brewing Company
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Reviews by coldmeat23:
2.95/5 rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5
GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees, fridge chilled for approx 15 min. before pouring
This pours a pale, golden, yellow color. It has a slight haze to it. Very slight hinting of golden orange notes. One-finger head of bone-white foam sits on top. Retention is actually quite nice. Lacing is decent, but kind of slippery.
It appears as would be expected, for the style, only on the 'light' side of the scale.
This has a good amount of belgian yeastiness coming through. Mild hints of corriander and orange peels. Hints of breads with sugars and spices. Nice hints of wheatiness, although it's far from 'in your face'.
A decent nose, though a touch understated for a grand cru representation of the style (belgian white).
I find Blue Moon to be a drinkable beer, indeed. It's not my favorite, but I have nothing against it. This is like a Blue Moon, sprinkled with belgian yeast and spice notes, which makes them a touch more prevelant than in it's counterpart. Then they threw a big dose of alcohol in with it and forgot to give any of these components any time to blend.
The yeast notes are hugely bready. The spice notes are understated in the flavor area, yet burn the back of your throat in the finish. The alcohol latches on to the candi sugar and ups the prominence of both of them. It's quite sweet and alcoholic tasting, like a euro lager. There is also a lot of 'fake' banana flavor in the finish, like laffy taffy or something.
This is medium bodied and has a light-to-medium carbonation level. The feel is very slick and slightly oily. Not really all that appealing, to be honest.
I'm glad that I've tried it, but I won't search for a second bottle. Even though I know that this is a product of the Coors brewery, I was hoping for a little bit more.
The good thing is that I only paid $2 and change for it. I wouldn't recommend paying more than that for it.
EDIT: This bottle had about a solid inch of sediment at the bottom of it. I made a 'new glass' pour with this last amount in it. The abv/candi sugar was cut considerably, this way. It became a much more consumable beer.
I still won't seek out another bottle intentionally, but if I come across one, for cheap, I'd be willing to taste it again. I'll swirl the whole bottle before I pour it though, next time.
(Added 1 point to 'drinkability' score and 1/2 point to 'taste'.)
Serving type: bottle
06-30-2010 20:09:53 | More by coldmeat23
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Cloudy light orangey/brown color.
Aroma: Just a little malt, a little orange and coriander and a whole lot of alcohol.
Taste: The flavor is slightly like Blue Moon but better. Orange flavor is also much more present. The alcohol is definitely more noticeable. Sweet malts upfront with some orange. This is a full bodied ale; the finish has a twang.
Overall: Good beer, greet improvement over standard Blue Moon. The alcohol does, however, permeate through. Its full body is great on a cold night. This is a must try.
Serving type: bottle
01-03-2014 06:07:35 | More by Mike_Moe
3.64/5 rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A: Cloudy, bright orange with a steady stream of bubbles. Off-white head fades quickly and totally. Saw some suspended solids at the end of my bottle, expected for an unfiltered beer.
S: Mild, but pleasant. Coriander, orange, banana peel, wheat. Maybe some mineral?
T: Exactly as advertised; typical wheat beer with coriander, orange, and malt. Displays less of the overpowering citrus that tends to be typical for this style, however, which is appreciated, and does have a complexity that keeps me interested and refreshed through all 25.4 ounces (and I like the full European bomber volume, not 22 oz.).
M: Low viscosity, high carbonation, thirst-quenching.
O: A very good witbeer that ups the ante from their more popular Blue Moon Belgian Wheat, and also deviates pleasantly from other, more highly acclaimed contenders in this variety. Calling it a Grand Cru might be a stretch, but it does not deserve the negative tilt that many put on it (appearance is 'dirty' instead of 'cloudy', many mention an off-putting alcohol taste that I could not even slightly detect (and which I appreciate, in this 8.2% beer)). I'm not eager to pay the premium for this beer again, but I don't regret paying it once to know that the guys who also make Keystone do indeed know what they are doing.
Serving type: bottle
07-17-2013 06:51:45 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
Blue Moon Grand Cru from Coors Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.