Blue Moon Grand Cru - Coors Brewing Company

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Blue Moon Grand CruBlue Moon Grand Cru

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BA SCORE
77
okay

344 Ratings
THE BROS
60
poor

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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 18.86%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 11-13-2009)
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Photo of Brent
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was so shocked to see this stocked at my local Kroger that I put it in the shopping cart, not really expecting much. While it didn't knock me off my feet, this is a better than average take on what seemed more in line with a Belgian strong pale ale. Some distinct spice, but more spicy than spiced flavored. Finished slightly dry with firm bittering. Not something I'll spend money on again, but interesting to try.

Photo of Bookseeb
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was a little reluctant to spend $9.00 on this bottle, considering, but I had to give it a try. Appearance is a hazy golden wheat with a healthy crisp head, no lace. Smell of citrus (orange juice in particular, light spice and wheat. Taste compliments the aroma with a little bitterness in the citrus and the alchohol is present but not overwhelming. Mouthfeel has a backbone and carbonation is ok. A good try considering its Pretty much a glorified regular blue moon.

Photo of WesWes
4.03/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an earthy/yeasty scent along with a subtle hint of coriander and orange peel. The pale and wheat malt aroma is well integrated making this a very well rounded beer. The taste is good. It has a monster malt kick as well as an equally large yeast finish. The orange peel is faint at best. The same goes for the coriander. This is actually a damn good beer. I think these guys finally figured something out. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pleasant surprise from Coors. I like Blue Moon, but I was skeptical about this one due to the recent Blue Moon spin-offs.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into St. Bernardus chalice. 2009 vintage.

A - About half way through the bottle I'm starting to get a lot of sediment. The brew pours a moderately to heavily hazy orange, much like fresh squeezed orange juice or early stage of sunset. A half inch, maybe less of white foam rises and dissipates quickly into a thin collar. Minimal lacing.

S - Remarkably like original Blue Moon. I really wish I had a Blue Moon sitting around to compare this too. Strong coriander note riding atop a background of orange juice (more juice than peel, to be sure) mixed with grain. A little chalkiness pops in at times giving an overall impression of orange sherbert with coriander sprinkled on top. No alcohol, no increased intensity...just like a Blue Moon. Good or bad?... We'll see...

T - Again like Blue Moon, but with with a bit more substance. A bit of coriander at first but early-mid palate is consumed with the orange sherbert-like flavor. Tangy at first, and then slipping into some sweet-sour flavor with a grainy taste creeping up in the background. Coriander hits it's peak late palate, sweeping away some of the sweetness and providing some decent counterpoint to the tangy aspect. Chalky/slightly nutty yeast flavor rounds out the finish, with a touch of bitterness from the alcohol. For a BMC product, I gave this an entire half point based on the undetectableness of the alcohol.

M - Great medium body here with a decent medium high carbonation. Sticky enough to let you know it's there, but keeping with the style with a degree of crispness. Again, another aspect that I'm surprised Coors nailed with a "bigger" beer.

D - As the bottle has drained, I've realized the flavor is definitely more intense than the original Blue Moon, but it's still sort of the same. To the novice, it'll be a little heavy. But to the seasoned beer drinker who immediately thinks this is simply BM with more alcohol, it slides down so easy that it's hard to realize there's a beefy ABV here. Worth the price? No way, but if they put this shit is sixers for a buck or two more than Blue Moon, I'd sure give it a shot on occasion. Kudos to Coors for this interesting and highly drinkable beer. Blue Moon Grand Cru just goes to show what big brewers could do with beer if they put their minds to it.

Photo of Kromes
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy orange in color and a thin line of white bubbles on top of the beer. Nothing too special in the appearance.

S: There's an orange aroma with some grain/malt. Kind of has that stale/warm beer aroma you get the morning after a frat party.

T: The flavors are pretty decent. The orange and alcohol flavors are very noticable and up front. There is a wheat-like flavor to the beer also. The finish is somewhat bitter and peppery due to the carbonation and alcohol.

M: The carbonation gives the beer a little kick. Not bad.

D: It's ok, not really worth the price tag. If you are really looking for blue moon with a bunch big alcohol kick, then this beer is for you...otherwise spend your money on something else. Taste is ok, but drinkability is limited.

Photo of mjaskula
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bottle with two friends. I got the end of the bottle so it was pretty thick and yeasty. Served in a pint glass, pours an orangish brown, like a light cider. Little head, no lacing.

I can't help but compare this directly to regular Blue Moon. The aroma is full of coriander, a bit of alcohol, and some citrus and orange peel. Flavor follows the aroma with the orange coming through more. There's a bit of sweetness, but no malt and little wheat flavor. Carbonation is high.

A nice divergence from the regular blue moon, but not far enough to alienate non beer geek fans. Overall a good offering.

Photo of CheckMate
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle obtained at Hannaford in Derry. 2009 Vintage. Split with BA MrHurmateeowish. pours a murky golden yellow with an inch of off white head that dissipated quickly. scents of orange citrus, orange peel, coriander, spices, and malt. tastes of spices, orange peel, lots of coriander, lemon, biscuit in the background. medium bodied. not bad for a macro brew.

Cheers!

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2009 vintage, purchased at Hannaford in Derry, split with BA CheckMate. Pours a murky golden yellow with chunks of yeast and nearly an inch of short-lived off-white head. Grapefruit, orange, lemon, and a touch of spice characterize the aroma. Orange and lemon jump out of the flavor initially, with touches of coriander, vanilla, pith... Somewhat sour. Light to medium in body with moderate to ample carbonation. Alcohol is somewhat present with some warming and a touch in the flavor too.

This is about what I would've imagined an amped-up version of Blue Moon Belgian Wit would be like. Flavors mesh well, but are somewhat muted. Just tastes a lot like regular Blue Moon to me. Not a bad beer, but I'm not sure I'd buy this again due to the price tag. There are better beers out there that cost as much or less.

Photo of hops4me
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very hazy gold. Lots of shtuff in suspension. Looked like a meaty beer. Smelled spicy but not much else. I was looking for more in the nose. Taste was very nice. As other posters have said...alot like Blue Moon...just more. I would agree but it was spicier. There was certainly more to peppery and clove flavor to this one then the original. It was light to light-medium in body...close to what it should be. Nice drinkability. I thought it was nicely balanced with no aspect being too over the top...except the price. It was about 8$. That is just a tad too much for this. I would buy once just to try though.

Photo of kingcrowing
2.9/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a very cloudy light golden wheaty color with a small white fluffy head. Nose is wheaty and very yeasty - that's about it.

Taste is very similar to regular blue moon just with more of a Belgian yeast character and spiciness. It's a really decent BMC beer but not worth ~$10.

Photo of kbnooshay
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this beer poured a mirky as fuck orange color, with lots of big waxy chunks suspended throughout the beer. The off-white head was huge at first, but settled down quickly. the aroma has hints of orange, apricot, bubblegum, and blue moon (haha). No alcohol presence detected in the nose. Tastes similar to a Blue Moon, but with a less wheaty flavor, less wheat aftertaste. Packs more of an alcoholic punch. Most likely the only beer made by Coors that has shit floating in it. A decent offering from a Brewery that I don't want to make a decent offering. Mouth feel is slick/slippery, moderate bodied, with minimal carbonation tingle. Drinkability is high considering this is blue moon that punches you in the butt.

Photo of david131
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- A cloudy, luminescent orange liquid with some yellow highlights at the edges. The head is thin, white, and creamy. Looks very appealing.

S- Orange peel, coriander, pepper, white bread, and alcohol. There is just a hint of Blue Moon in the back end too.

T- Sweet oranges with the peel, coriander, white bread, pepper, some alcohol, and that Blue Moon-ness that always reminds me of something itchy... Better than normal Blue Moon, though. Man, this is sweet.

M- Pretty creamy and then a dry tail end.

D- Better than I anticipated, but the sweetness and apparent alcohol is a bit much for me. This would have been better suited in 12 oz. bottles.

Photo of RoyalT
2.03/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - This came out a dull and bespeckled orange in color with a decent head that even left some lacing.

Smell - The spices at the nose are huge and drown out the other smells just like its junior partner does. This one goes a step farther and adds some medicinal alcohol notes that mess things up even more.

Taste - The malt flavor actually isn't bad but once again everything is trounced by the dull hammer of spices. The rubbing alcohol flavor doesn't help, either.

Mouthfeel - This medium-bodied Wit lacks the carbonation one comes to expect of the style and the texture of this ale is quite clumsy.

Sinkability - This was actually worse than the regular Blue Moon.

Photo of curasowa
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had a little mini tasting with my main man Rudgers73 and this was our first beer. Poured a cloudy yellow color with a ton of chunky sediment and 1 finger of head that faded slowly. Smells like I expected; yeasty with some spicy, citrus notes. Taste is pretty good, too. Has a typical Belgian taste initially but then a bit of unbalance comes into play. The finish tastes just like an orange peel with some mildly unpleasant bitterness and an astringent finish. Overall, however, a very solid effort.

Photo of TLove
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Palm snifter.

Very hazy, dirty cream/yellow color with some big, flaky sediment mixed in. Not much of a head from a grand cru, even with an aggressive pour. A lot of orange in the body, with a moderate yeast character, despite the half ton of unfiltered yeast floating around in there.

As with the regular blue moon, this is a strong crisp and citrus component. Aside from the moderate yeast body and 8.2% ABV, this is basically a fancy version of the regular blue moon witbier style.

Photo of yemenmocha
2.45/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Let this one warm up some to appreciate how it changes with temperature.

Appearance is good - beautiful pale golden/straw color with white head. Lots of floaties.

Nose has a clean banana character with artificial orange air fresheners.

Alcohol is apparent on the palate and worsens as it warms. Flavors don't cover it up, and the orange because a somewhat off-flavor in the beer. Wheaty malt flavors are in the background but the orangey-alcohol steals the attention.

Photo of PhillipJFry
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Resembles a cloudier/oranger version of the original. Plenty of foam and sediment are present after the pour.

S - Heavy doses of oranges and spices.

T - Honestly, it reminded me of orange juice. Not neccessarily in a bad way.

M - Sharp, dry flavors hide the high ABV.

D - It drinks well for a high gravity wheat beer.

Photo of zeff80
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange color with gold highlights. It had a three-finger, bubbly head of white foam that left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of orange peel, wheat and yeast. Overall, a nice smelling brew.

T - It tasted of strong wheat flavors with yeasty spice. There were notes of coriander and orange peel, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light bodied beer that hides its alcohol flavor very well.

D - This is a pretty good wit. It tastes like a much better version of the original Blue Moon.

Photo of BMoney575
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 12-5-09
Best before 4-12-10

Pours a completely cloudy pale orange color, with lots of bubbles rising to the surface. A filmy white head rings the edges, and slowly slides down.

Smell is all banana, a bit of coriander, and a little wheaty. Not very complex, but really quite enjoyable.

Taste is exactly like the smell, bready with a fruity edge. The finish is surprisingly clean, with a light booze in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is right for the style, thick with just the perfect amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is very good, you could drink this all night.

Overall, I'm impressed. Even though it's made by Coors, I've had many witbiers that are not this well made.

Photo of Beejay
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Orange-ish straw in color, very cloudy with a whole lot of floaties in there. Decent head, though it dissipates quite quickly.

S: Wheat, orange and a good bit of spice in there as well. I don't get anything major from the yeast. Fairly subtle.

T: Tastes an awful like like a super powered Blue moon. A little more aggressive, not as watery, and a little thicker. Orange and coriander still at the front.

M: Fairly smooth, a bit of a creamy mouthfeel that contrasts the sharp citrus notes.. carbonation is appropriate, but maybe slightly over done.

D: Fairly drinkable, though not something I am going to buy a whole lot of. Like Blue moon on steroids, bigger and thicker, but not necessarily in an elegant way. It seems like this is it's big boozy tasting cousin. Interesting... new favorite? No.

Photo of Spineypanda
4.13/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a strong golden color and is very cloudy with a lot of sediment, and a large long lasting head.
Smells of citrus fruits and the classic wheat smell with some peppery smells as well.
Tastes very citrusy and the alcohol flavor is strong and blends well with it.
A great beer from a source not expected.

Photo of stakem
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy yellowish orange color that really looks like a form of watered down glass of orange juice. Initially it has more than a finger of white head that doesn't have muh retension and quickly fades to just a lace upon the beer. Nose is yeasty with the spice of coriander and a bold orange peel aroma. Taste is sweet upfront with a ton of the orange and coriander present. Finishes a little spicy and warming. Slightly bitter and malty. Not really picking up on any hop flavor. Lingering taste left in the mouth that is very similar to orange juice but with the alcohol kick. Med to high carb with a medium feel. It is a nice change from the usual blue moon but one was enough for me.

Photo of Zorro
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow orange colored beer with no head formation.

Smells sweet with caramel, coriander and powdery yeast scents. Little bit of soda cracker malt scent. Thing is though this is very mildly scented.

Starts out dryish with a faint banana on a soda cracker flavor. Usual Witbier flavors are here plus the banana. Really mild flavor though, expected a super Blue Moon witbier, this is actually quite dry.

Mouthfeel is full.

Certainly easy to drink but I expected more fight and flavor from this beer. For a quite hefty wheat beer it is really mild mannered. Alcohol level is completely hidden; this could sneak up on you very easily.

Photo of merryjoulton
3.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light and cloudy yellow with a thin bubbly head that dissipates without leaving much lacing for the glass. Smell is very nice and spicy, wheaty, yeasty, orangy, zesty, almost a sweet soapy smell from the hops. Taste is spicy and I am catching some coriander and citrus. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy. I noticed a LOT of sediment before I opened the bottle. Huge head too, though it faded to a nicely textured, medium bubbled, two finger bright white head. Beer is yellow-gold, but pale/faded.

S: Spicey, the corriander and orange come through, but not hops or malt. Some wheat and even a smidge of brett or some other Belgiany yeast.

T: Pretty much like imperial Blue Moon, it's actually pretty good. Solid citrus, spice, wheat flavors. Smooth, really nothing to complain about, but nothing to wow either.

M: Smooth, good body but not heavy.

D: Very, good for the ABV, but not worth the dollar value.

Blue Moon Grand Cru from Coors Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.