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Blue Moon Grand Cru - Coors Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
77
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345 Ratings
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Ratings: 345
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 18.86%
Wants: 5
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 11-13-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Blue Moon Grand Cru, whoda thunk?
Pours a cloudy lemon straw color with a tightly bubbled bright white head that sticks around forever. I was hoping to find more in the nose, but I was sadly disappointed. Aromas of citrus, mostly lemons, pepper, spicy wheat malt, and a spice that I assume is coriander. Taste is a lemon and orange kind of feel with some spicy yeast, wheat, alcohol and some pepper. Creamy smooth mouthfeel is the greatest asset to this brew. Vibrantly carbonated, slick mouthfeel. Not bad, but definitely lackluster. I don't think I'll be buying anymore of these especially with the $10.75 price tag.

Photo of budgood1
3.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. $10.

pours out a a bright golden/lemon yellow sun colour...lots of floaties and chunks as i never was careful to decant. little head and sparse lace. spicy nose of coriander and lemon zest...slightly phenolic. the taste is thinly veiled attempt at making regular blue moon at double strenghth...lost of wit flavours along with some sweet orange and alcohol spice. some back end bitterness from the hopping quickly gets lost in the boozy burn of a finish. it does taste pleasant enough, just not anything special. big bodied and smooth enough in the mouthfeel to make it enjoyable. sippability is great. in spite of the higher ABV it won't take me too long to get through this.

a double blue moon it is. nothing spectacular but nothing to complain about except for one huge glaring thing....the price tag. at $5 a bottle i could see this as a relative bargain. at twice that price or more, a relative rip off. no doubt we'll be seeing this at a steep discount after the first of the year.

Photo of Brad007
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Four words I thought I'd never see: Blue Moon Grand Cru. Still, I had to check this out.

Pours a cloudy orange-blond-white color with a two-finger head into my fluted tulip. Very good, presentation-wise.

Aroma is full of citrus (orange, lemon) and coriander in the nose with a good hint of wheat malt. Somewhat peppery as well.

Taste is full of orange, coriander, lemon and pepper. Alcohol makes its' presence known. Good amount of wheat (bready) and even a bit chewy.

Mouthfeel is pretty much the same but alcohol heat starts to take over and overwhelm other flavors by just a bit.

A decent stab at a double white here. With some aging, it might be even more desirable. Complex and maybe it will help Blue Moon drinkers make the transition to stronger beers. Then again, maybe not. Still worth a try even at nearly $10 a bottle.

Photo of BierFan
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 3/4 liter bottle into a cervoise.

Appearance: Cloudy sunset orange body with a off-white head.

Smell: Heavy dose of coriander in the smell. Orange peel and yeast, as well.

Taste: Alot like the normal Blue Moon but way better. There's a little bit of kick from the alcohol. Tart/sour/yeasty aftertaste.

Photo of bbeane
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured in to a 16oz nucleated pint glass... very light orange color... very cloudy with lots of sediment. On top is a finger thick fizzy white head that lingers and leaves some lacing

S- Smells very sweet... definate notes of orange and spices. Maybe some cinnamon or nutmeg

T- Starts off very smooth, a bit sweet yet tart. Finishes with a taste of all the spices clinging in your mouth. The 8.2% abv is very well masked. IMO, definitely better than a regular blue moon

M- Very smooth. Light to medium carbonation, very clean finish

D- Very drinkable taste wise... but a bit high in alcohol to be sessionable. And though tasty, not tasty enough to carry the price tag that it does. Worth a try, but not something I would seek regularly if it was always available

CHEERS!!

Photo of Fugazme
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dull straw/gold color... moderate head with little retention. Very cloudy... little clarity and lots of floaties. Looks okay.
The aroma is near non-existent for me. A nice wheat smell with a touch of the coriander, but I was expecting a lot more from this.
Mouthfeel is a touch watery... I was expecting a bit of thick and creaminess from the looks of the beer, but it wasn't there.
Taste works pretty well... I like the strong coriander finish. Nice citrus in the middle and quite malty. The coriander stays strong on the palate. I like it, but I don't think it is anything special... probably not even in my top 10 of witbiers... and at $12.99 a bottle... yikes. Probably the last one I'll ever have.

Photo of Gmann
2.52/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale orange color and has that whitish glow that wits have. It has a tight white head that settles down into a solid ring. The aroma has that same funk vegetal smell that their Belgian White has, which I find rather unpleasant. It must be the mix of the coriander and orange peel. The taste is of the coriander and lemon which is quickly overcome by a very grainy malt and raw alcohol flavor. The grain and alcohol gives the brew very earthy flavor which dominates everything else and strays away from what a wit should taste like, or a BSPA for that matter. The feel is fairly light with fizzy carbonation; finishes with a raw alcohol bitterness. This is a strikeout. It looks the part, smells a lot like their Belgian White (which some might like), but just misses on the flavor. The higher ABV is noticable and kills all of the other flavors. I think prefer this taste over the funk vegetal flavor of their Belgian White, but this does not resemble a wit bier or BSPA. Tastes like alcohol.

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

Pours very crisp, cloudy, apricot in color. Decent head but doesn't last very long. Smells just like a blue moon. Aroma is mild and mostly citrus. Mild lacing. A ton of floating yum-yums...and extremely cloudy in glass.
Taste kinda funky at first. Citrus...orange. Not bad, but kind of what I expected. Like a big brother, boozier and fruitier version of the original Blue moon.
Not a bad mouth feel...pretty drinkable. A decent, but nothing special brew.

Photo of hdofu
4.2/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I saw this and new I had to split a bottle with my brother. This beer was quite sweet, almost peach tasting. It poured out cloudy mango colored with a white head and some sediment. Smell was almost fruity . The beer was really thick. I could definetly go for another. Pretty good beer

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

10.99 750ml.. saw this and *had* to try it.

A- Not much different than regular Blue Moon. Very nice, frothy, foamy, but quickly settling head. Pale, hazy, and very nice for a witbier.

S- Pretty damn pungent. Coriander is the main event. Wow. This is how I like my witbiers... very agressive for a wit. Nice.

T- Bubblegum, bananas, and cloves/coriander. Hmm, I like it. The nose was a bit more aggressive than the taste.. but I'm OK with that. Flavors work really well together. Pretty strong bubblegum/banana, so if that's not your thing, stay away.

M- Considering the ABV, I'm impressed. Crisp, good carbonation, nice bubbly mouthfeel, and a good finish.

D- Fairly high. The price point is over the top... Proof the big boys can make a decent... even good beer if they try. Not terribly complex, but def. miles beyond the regular Blue Moon offerings.

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Flame away, but I think it is pretty tasty. Too expensive, though... I can get a 750ml Lost Abbey for this price.

Photo of allengarvin
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pricy $12 bottle of Blue Moon. I poured it into a Val Dieu chalice. It's a very cloudy straw color, with some chunks of floaty yeasty-bits, and a small, thin white head on top. The nose is highly perfumy, with a lot of coriander, bitter orange, light fruitiness. The taste is moderately sweet at first, with plenty of coriander though less than I thought from the nose. Yeasty phenols are plenty, giving a tad medicinal taste that is somewhat harsh. Alcohol is lightly apparent at the finish. The body could use some extra carbonation--a thicker, corked bottle might help support more.

Generally, a pretty good beer from Coors. I've had much worse craft-brewed strong wits. A good beer if you like lots of coriander.

Photo of jjanega08
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A= pours a hazy dark yellow color. Not quite a fizzy yellow color but not quite an amber. The head has large bubbles and is about one finger high with some decent retention and some pretty nice lacing as well. Not bad looking at all.
S= Loads of orange and corriander. Smells unusually sweet and candy like. A little bit of bubble gum in it and some lemon. Pretty good smelling but a little sweet and candy.
T= Tastes just like it smells. You get a ton of corriander and orange. The lemon is a little held in back but is still present. I get a lot of biscuity deliciousness in the finish. It finishes really wheaty. Beyond the up front sweetness this is pretty good. Really spritzy. I don't see why people are hating this so much
M= A little too bubbly. Not too bad about what I would expect from Blue Moon actually.
D= Not a bad beer at all. The price however is just plain silly. That's the reason I will never buy this again. If i could show the big guys that I appreciate their efforts I would concider it but at 10 bucks a bottle WTF? I'm straight.

Photo of vacax
2/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

2009 vintage 750 mL bottle with two extra stickers in order to help fancy it up. $9.

Pours a cloudy golden, not quite white. Generous snow white head has decent retention, though it is not very sticky. Chunky sediment in suspended in the last third of the bottle, not good. Smells like orange, lemon, Fruity Pebbles breakfast cereal, slight amount of banana. Label recommends garnishing with an orange slice, which seems completely unnecessary. Tastes of citrus, mostly orange, which increases into bitter orange peel on the midpalate. Lemons detectable, though it comes with an artificial flavoring. No detectable wheat presence. Bitter spices and fusel alcohols on the finish. Light to medium bodied, with medium-high carbonation, lightly creamy.

This is not good. Most reminds me of Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat, but not as good. I would rather drink regular Blue Moon also, though I do not make a habit of drinking either. Ultimately, This is MillerCoors trying to use thier most indie brand name to cash in on the upswing in artisan craft beer mystique. "Artfully Crafted" is even a registered trademark now to describe Blue Moon. Wow. This isn't as good as Bud Light Golden Wheat. Borderline drainpour.

Photo of BevMoAndrew
3.77/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at about 35-40 degrees

Pours an unfiltered honey straw in the glass with a white froth that dissipates pretty quick and decent lacing. The nose presents soft & pretty aromas of banana, orange peel, lemon, pineapple, clove, coriander, fresh baked bread, very subtle white pepper, and a soft apple skin. All of the aromas cross over into flavors along with a crisp and dry texture, full, but lean mouthfeel, & a long finish. Very smooth for a 8.2% abv witbier! Overall a tremendous effort by the crew over at Coors! A fantastic beer that is very crisp & refreshing! Why they put the vintage date on here I'll never know (marketing maybe), but I'd definitely recommend grabbing one of these and drinking now!

Photo of willmc
4.07/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aromas of flowers and lemonly citrus wheat on the nose. Taste is a little sweeter than I was expecting, wheat and earthy. Poured nicely into a pilsner glass with a finger thick white head, which fizzels out very quickly leaving no lacing what so ever. Over all I think this is a pretty good beer, great effort by the guys over at Coors. Very drinkable. cheers!

Photo of dpnelson1978
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

$11.99 / ea.

55°F

S: Sweet lemon (pardon the oxymoron) with a distinct wheat aroma. A bit like Fruit Loops if that is your thing.

A: Cloudy straw body topped by a big loose head that dissipates immediately leaving no lacing and sparse cover.

T: Much sweeter than I expected. Again the lemon taste dominates up front, but the back end is all wheat. No distinguishable hop character. Just a tad too syrupy sweet.

M: Medium or better body and medium carbonation. Very smooth, bordering on oily.

D: Good party beer. Fill your cup half as often, and wait in line for the bathroom half as often. A bit too sweet for me personally, but it goes down fast and hard like the sorority crowd that will jump all over it.

O: Good try by Blue Moon / Coors but still a bit too bubble gum sweet for my taste. It is awesome to see the effort thought.

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

750ml bottle

Pours a very hazy/cloudy pale yellow color with a medium sized and sticky white head. Instant banana yeast esters rise from the glass as soon as the brew is poured, nothing shocking here some coriander and orange peel with a slight wave of alcohol. Smells a bit more intense than its little bro. Soft, toasty and pronounced wheat character. On the lighter side of medium bodied, highly carbonated and very drinkable for 8.2%. Not bad at all, i actually quite enjoyed this one.

Photo of russpowell
3.64/5  rDev +9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed up peach color with a pinky of sand colored head. Stays hazy with a trace of lacing & head retention

S: Dirty apple skins & some apple blossom

T: Peach, light citrus hop signature & honey up front, plus a bit of white pepper. As this warms, grainyness & apple peels come to the front, along with phenols, coriander, pineapple & juicy fruit gum. Finished fruitty, grainy with a touch of booze & grapefruit. If this would've pulled together a bit better, ii would've pulled a 4.0

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation

Drinks easy enough, but for the money there are better IMP Wits or Wits, call it what you will...

Photo of Bitterbill
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a 750ml bottle with a cap that has a small strip taped over it. Best by April 12 2010 is stamped on the bottle.

It pours a cloudy orangy yellow with a +2 finger head of foam and what looks to be some good lacing.

The smell has some spicy notes of coriander and some tones of orange that bring a slight hint of some sweet and some tartness.

First sip in....and I notice the lightish spiciness from the coriander and a graininess from the wheat, a light flavour of orange zest, a bit of pepper, and an earthy maltiness. Interesting. Some very slight warming from the alcohol at this point but that could change, as it often does, when things warm up some.

Now that it is closer to cellar temp, the alcohol does play a bigger part as I get more warming but it still isn't overpowering so overall, I'd say it is hidden pretty well.

Overall, flavourwise, I'm sipping on this amped up Witbier and though it tastes ok to me, I really don't see the point of creating a Grand Cru, the so called high point in a brewer's line of brews, a Witbier. Witbiers are supposed to be thirst quenching, sessionable brews so I'm kind of shaking my head.

It is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Not a bad thing in my book.

Drinkability? When I'm done with the bottle, I'll be done and I have no ambition to try this again. It's a decent brew but at over US$12 a bottle, I think I can spend my money more wisely elsewhere...

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Blue Moon Grand Cru from Coors Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.