Blue Moon Spring Blonde Wheat Ale - Coors Brewing Company
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2.95/5 rDev +5.4%
A timid approach to wheat beers or blonde ales yields a lager-ish flavor with fruity sweetness and cereal grains to appease lovers of American light lagers and dragging them slowly into the craft beer world kicking and screaming.
The bright golden beer proves to be heavily carbonated as bubbly streams of carbonation struggle to fuel even the most timid of foam character. No lacing and low retention leaves little to celebrate outside of the misplaced bright golden color.
Grainy sweet with flavors of cereal (and I mean actual cereal like Cap'n Crunch and Fruity Pebbles) along with the over sparged flavor of raw barley and grain husks. Somewhat fruity with the taste of pez candies and also the zesty fruit of orange zest and mild spice may be yeast derived but may be from flavor additions as the beer does carry and artificial sweetness that doesn't come natural to the brewing processes.
Zesty creaminess of the initial sip is lively and spunky, but the prickle of carbonic bite fades quickly and reveals a sugary sweet feel and mild grain astringency that supplants alcohol warmth or spicy dryness.
Sweeter and fruitier than the run-of-the-mill light lager, but I can see the beer finding favor in the lover of those lagers who seek a more summery tone.
03-30-2012 04:23:52 | More by BEERchitect
3.03/5 rDev +8.2%
another leftover in the inlaws fridge that i grabbed when i ran out of what i brought. i will admit though i have had much, much worse. served cold and into a pint glass.
The pour was very nice, rich light amber in color with a good amount of cloudiness to it. Nice head of white on top reached a height of around two inches before settling back down with minimal fanfare and some nice side lacing. The aroma was bready, lots of light bread notes, hints of grain, a touch of some apricot like fruit notes perhaps. Super sweet and smooth, a rich concoction of bready notes, a light bittering hop note and a really nicely melded malt profile. Carbonation seemed spot on and the medium body was thick enough to let you get some flavor while not too heavy for the style.
Overall this was very solid. Not the best I have had but not something I would shy away from. Very nicely done.
04-28-2011 02:17:37 | More by mikesgroove
2.65/5 rDev -5.4%
A: single finger head on a murky pale golden body with some lacing.
S: grains, breads, mild citrus and a slight floral note.
T: this is blue moon with its breads, lemon and orange peel citrus and grain flavor paired with a floral, mildly bitter/grassy note.
M: light body and high carbonation.
Overall: not much change from the blue moon base beer but the change hurts drinkability and adds little elsewhere.
06-14-2012 02:10:40 | More by kylehay2004
2.58/5 rDev -7.9%
16 ounce pint - $4.50 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.
Appearance: Served up a clear, dark yellow body with a scant, white head. Okay.
Smell: Citrus flavoring additives layered over some mild malted wheat hints. Not much going on here.
Taste: Moderately sweet taste of pale and wheat malts flavored with citrus. Very, very vague notion of honey water. Hint of perceived acidity. Very low bitterness. More flavorings on the semi-dry finish. It has an unappealing taste that, after even the first sip, leaves the rest of the pint seeming like work to just fight through.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Not so good, really, and even a slight step down from the previous Rising Moon.
04-24-2011 15:58:26 | More by ChainGangGuy
2.89/5 rDev +3.2%
Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.
I enjoy blondes in the Spring (as well as brunettes, ravens, redheads)... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass-gold topped by a finger of relatively short-lived white foam. The nose comprises mild wheat, a kiss of grass, and a vague sense of citrus fruits. The taste brings in more of the same, with everything coming through a touch brighter and simultaneously a touch blander, as though everything were interpenetrating everything else to such a degree that the pieces are increasingly difficult to parse. The body is a hefty light, with a moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, an okay brew, nothing I'll overtly insult, but nothing I'll drink again on purpose.
08-04-2013 06:24:13 | More by TMoney2591
3.03/5 rDev +8.2%
A - Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a one-finger white head of bubbly foam. It left little to no lacing.
S - It smelled of lemon and wheat. Not much more.
T - Dominated by lemon and wheat with a mild spiciness.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.
O - This is a an okay wheat ale. There is nothing to make it stand out.
02-20-2012 17:38:05 | More by zeff80
2.73/5 rDev -2.5%
A - Pours with one and a half fingers of white foam on top of a clear, dark golden body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves little lace.
S - Grainy malt with some light, musty hops.
T - Light, sweet malt up front with a hint of creamy wheat. A bit of grassy hop flavor comes out in the middle with some vague spicy notes. Sugary grain in the finish (tastes oddly like cornflakes) with light bitterness and a bit more grassy hop character.
M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.
D - Not bad, it is certainly quaffable but I have a hard time coming up with a reason why I would want to drink more than one of these. There is nothing particularly offensive here, but aside from some bland coriander character there isn't any real character at all. Not really worth the effort of twisting off the cap.
02-07-2011 06:47:25 | More by nickfl
2.42/5 rDev -13.6%
Appears bright clear golden body with a bright white head, forms thin speckled lacing scattered around the sides of my glass. Aroma has some sharp wheat notes with hints of sweet fruit notes. A touch of citrus peels and grassiness going on as well. Flavor hits with a marshmallow like cremay sweetness with hints of citrus peel bitterness in the finish, seems like a wheat infused cream ale really. Mouthfeel is light bodied, carbonation is moderate, overall drinkability isn't anything to write home about. It's actually hard to drink more so than any golden beer should ever be.
01-16-2011 02:28:44 | More by WVbeergeek
2.13/5 rDev -23.9%
12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.
Thin lacing with a golden filtered clarity. Forced orange and lemon nose on a thin graininess. Crisp, easy to get to as the body is pretty thin. Orange and lemon water with an addition of grain, seriously ... it tastes like a glass of cold carbonated water that a fresh wedge of orange and lemon where put in a few hours ago. The grain is too thin to really call out. Hops, sure something could be there but the beer does not even need to be balanced ... not much to take care of. Dry finish with some citric remains.
Weak sauce ... I expected a bit more out of this one. Not much to it at all and the addition of citrus fails IMO. They would have been better off sticking to their Rising Moon Spring Ale and simply tweaking as I said.
03-05-2011 02:42:40 | More by Jason
3/5 rDev +7.1%
The beer pours a yellow to orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of grain and wheat with not too much else going on. The flavor is more of the same, with a little bit of grain and orange citrus going on. I also get some other citrus but it is fairly faint. Medium mouthfeeel and medium carbonation.
02-09-2012 04:19:32 | More by Mora2000
3.08/5 rDev +10%
A - dark golden yellow; soft, white head; quickly fades to a thin lacing
S - grainy, a hint of metal
T - grainy up front with an odd finish that offers a flash of citrus that disappears as fast as it comes on; a hint of apples; very faint grass
M - light bodied, smooth, a bit crisp
This is a rather poor offering from the Blue Moon line. It's one dimensional and offers little besides grains. Avoid.
05-25-2012 00:10:45 | More by tdm168
2.59/5 rDev -7.5%
Pours out a lighter and more clarity kind of liquid than would be expected using wheat. Might be less than 50% of the malt bill. Less than impressive head retention, it started out about 1" deep, but where it went, nobody knows. Put it at that mildly dark golden color.
Aroma had a little of the kafir lime thought playing in my head, they used the same color label, mind playin' tricks on me. Either way, citrus is welcome, even if not necessarily 'good'.
Taste, meh. Weird bitterness, lack of wheat flavor or texture. Jeez, could they overdo the carbonation a little harder on this one? Explosive (insert dre drums). MIld caramel mouthfeel if you can get past the club soda tendencies in this one. Still has that tart lime thing going along with a bit of mineral water bitterness.
They really went after a blonde ale, dropped a smidge of wheat, dropped a ton of carbonation, maybe a lime wedge. That's this beer.
I respectfully dissent.
05-06-2013 15:51:39 | More by Beerandraiderfan
2.9/5 rDev +3.6%
12 oz bottle served cold in a snifter.
Pours a clear golden-amber color with a small off-white head that soon reduces to a lasting ring.
The aroma is weak: wheat, hops and some faint malt in the background. More flavor than aroma. In addition to the components detected by nose, there is a light citrus/lemon quality and a grassy note. T = 2.75
M: light body; nicely dry finish; good, medium carbonation.
O: highly drinkable alternative to a light beer. Certainly works as an accompaniment to yard work and summer weather. Not much flavor or aroma here, but no striking flaws in this refreshing brew.
06-27-2012 22:28:00 | More by chinchill
Blue Moon Spring Blonde Wheat Ale from Coors Brewing Company
66 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.