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Blue Moon Summer Honey Wheat - Coors Brewing Company

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Blue Moon Summer Honey WheatBlue Moon Summer Honey Wheat

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Reviews: 129
Hads: 1,018
Avg: 3
pDev: 60%
Wants: 19
Gots: 297 | FT: 0
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Coors Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: Atlas1 on 06-17-2011

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Reviews: 129 | Hads: 1,018
Photo of atr2605
2.62/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-pours a clear yellow color with a white head with poor retention
S-honey, faint green apple and wheat
T-pretty heavy honey flavor with the hops providing some bitterness but not lending much flavor. much sweeter than expected
M-light bodied
O-About what I would expect for a blue moon seasonal. Not great and won't seek it out again

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Photo of jsisko01
3.24/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a pale yellow color with a centimeter thick head that dissipates quickly. Has very nice lacing.

Smell - Sweet with honey. I also detect wheat. That's it.

Taste - Pale malts, very sweet with a light honey flavor, wheat, and citrus.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with mild carbonation.

Overall - This is a pretty good honey beer.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.38/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into weizen glass

A - crystal-clear straw yellow body under a finger-and-a-half of pure white bubbly foam; very carbonated; not how I prefer a beer to look, but certainly on par for the style; head is short-lived and leaves not a trace of lace

S - grass, faint fruitiness, flowery notes

T - honey-sweetened wheat, citrus, bittersweet citrusy finish

M - light/medium body, high carbonation, crisp and refreshing

O - not bad for a pale wheat

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.35/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not a bad honey wheat beer, and a decent summer drink. pours less cloudy than the standard blue moon, but there is still plenty of hazy under a one inch white head. smells like a wheat beer, malty, unfiltered, and a touch sweet. floral from the honey. flavor is similar, crisp though, and there isnt much sweetness. there is the essence of honey without all the sugar at the end. feel is not bad, lighter medium body, very sessionable with good carbonation. perhaps just a bit thin for me, but it adds to drinkability. overall i think this is my favorite of the blue moon seasonals, but still not a standout by any stretch of the imagination.

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Photo of TSJ4000
1.96/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This is one of the most difficult beers to drink. I felt like I could spread if over my toast in the morning. Not one part of this beverage reminded me of beer whatsoever. I felt like I was choking down spoonful after spoonful of straight honey. Maybe I'm not into overly sweet beers. This is beyond overly sweet though. Two people together couldn't finish a 6 pack of this and it was a hot day trapped on a bus. That says a lot.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass:

A: golden colored body with a large foamy head with speckled lacing sliding down the sides of the glass. There was barely any carbonation seen rising.

S: mainly honey and lemon with some wheat and orange in the background.

T: mainly the wheat with the lemon and the orange in the background. There were some light malts that were in the background as well. There was a very faint taste of hops at the end.

M: light with a semi-refreshing quality. This was mainly a drinkable beer.

O: this is a decent brew. I was mostly impressed by the appearance but other than that, this is an American Pale Wheat Ale, as far as I know. I might have it again .... maybe

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Photo of scratch69
4.35/5  rDev +45%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear golden color with a fingers worth of white head. Very little lacing.

Smell- Wheat with a faint smell of honey and oranges.

Taste- Wheat grain with honey and a light touch of oranges.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and crisp. Average amount of carbonation. No dry feeling like you get with some honey beers.

Overall- Pretty good, not as good as the regular Blue Moon, But still very enjoyable.

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Photo of bmwats
3.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Golden hue. Pours about quarter finger, bubbly, white head which vanishes without a trace almost immediately. No lacing.

S: Wheat, honey, and the characteristic orange aroma.

T: Tastes like it smells... light wheaty base, with a sweet tinge of honey, a slighter hint of orange citrus. Has a bit of a hop.

M: Light body, refreshing quality. The rich sweetness characteristic of many of their brews lingers about for the aftertaste.

D: Not much resistance here. Goes down easy, but one is enough at a time.

Atmosphere is okay. Deep golden hue, but no real head, and no lacing. Nose is wheaty, with sweet and citrus notes. Light body with a sweet, lightly fruited, wheat character. Overall, this is a fair quaff.

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Photo of paulginva
2.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: This beer, poured from a tap into a pint glass, produced a foamy white 1/2" head that dissipated somewhat slowly leaving virtually no head lacing. Carbonation was lively in the clear yellow body.

AROMA: The scent was of a quite faint corn maltiness together with a light level of honey and wheat. I couldn't discern any hop aroma.

TASTE: A faint honey taste followed quickly by a grainy, bready wheat tang and a very light citrus hit at the end. Pretty bland, actually.

MOUTHFEEL: This beer has a light body with a thin texture, lively carbonation and very little body lacing that dissipates somewhat slowly. The initial flavor is moderately sweet -- perhaps overly so -- with a lightly bitter finish that lasted for a short time.

DRINKABILITY: This beer is definitely repeatable all afternoon, particularly on a hot day, BUT (there are always buts) it's too sweet for me and lacks complexity. Quite frankly, it's hard to tell it's a wheat beer. It's mediocre at best -- not too bad but not exceptional in any way.

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Photo of tobelerone
2.76/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Very light, clear yellow beer without much head. What's there falls fast, leaving a thin, wispy band on top. Lace is thin and falls quickly.

Almost no nose at all; just hints of wheat and a light honey sweetness.

Not bad tasting per se, just very lightly flavored, touch of wheat, pale malt, and honey which gives a mild but non-offensive sweetness. Not much flavor, just enough to go along with the thin body and medium carbonation to make this a passable summer quencher. Short finish, dry, very easy to drink. Still wouldn't buy it and would easily go for something like Southern Tier's Hoppe Sun if this were the type of beer I was looking for.

Not terrible but not very interesting either.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.27/5  rDev +9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First off, this may need to be merged with the Honey Moon Summer Beer that also exists. That aside, my highest thanks to Another6Pack who sent this to me in a trade and I have no idea where he may have scored it.

From the CAN: "Seasonal Collection"; "Brewmaster's CAN"; "Wheat Ale Brewed with Orange Peel with Clover Honey Added"; "2010 Gold Medal Winner - Specialty Honey Lager or Ale - Awarded to Blue Moon Summer Honey Wheat, was brewed in Golden, CO" along with a reproduction of the GABF medal (!); "Blue Moon, Artfully Crafted"; "Our brewmaster is passionate about crafting Blue Moon, and he's now excited to be able to offer it in CANs. Eliminating nearly all exposure to light and air, and with the special liner preventing any metallic taste, the CAN ensures that the beer is as fresh as when it left the brewery."; "Whether you're relaxing after a day on the mountain or soaking up the sun at concert in the park, our brewmaster's CAN lets you enjoy the same delicious beer that you love on tap at your favorite pub."; "In a fitting tribute to those endless summer days, our Summer Honey Wheat is brewed with clover honey for a subtle hint of sweetness, balanced out with a touch of orange peel for a refreshing citrus finish."

The Crack & Glug produced two fluffy fingers of bone-white head with good retention. It even looked like marshmallow Fluf in the glass! Color was a pale lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like a wheat beer, kind of tangy and underlain by a light oranginess. I was glad that it was not as strong as the lime I had earlier. Mouthfeel was medium with that light wheat flavor that I will always remember from Drink Your Wheaties afternoon at SPTR, accompanied by a light honey sweetness and on the finish, orange zest. The finish was semi-dry and quite pleasant. I would probably enjoy it more on a hot summer day than on Halloweestmas (it snowed here two days before Hallowe'en).

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Photo of Vashtar
4.37/5  rDev +45.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a beer! I loved the hint of honey! It was just enough and it was evenly spread out. I wish I could do the same in my tea.
The smell was amazing.
The taste was a 5, but had an aftertaste of a 2.
It looked appealing and had a nice mouthfeel.
I'm not sure why the rating is so low on this website, but I'd like to run it by a few friends to see if I'm crazy... except I wouldn't want to share! This is one of my new all time favorites.

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Photo of theghost3
2.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a translucent straw color with a 1-finger white head that quickly disappears.

Smell is very faint--sour yeast and slight wheat and caramel. The taste is honey, orange, sour yeast, wheat with an astringent quality. Mouthfeel is crisply carbonated with a fair amount of acidity in the finish.

This has some refreshing qualities, but the inconsistent flavors and harsh acidity in the finish are a turn off. I thought the sourness evidenced subpar ingredients rather than wanted qualities.

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Photo of homebrew311
2.31/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into nonic glass.

A: appearance is a fizzy pale yellow, clear, thin white head, minimal retention, no lacing

S: the nose is very faint. All I detect is some mellow wheat character along with some corn. This is incredibly bland... I really have to search for any aroma at all.

T: taste starts off with faint sweetness, perhaps a touch of honey, then I get a grainy and bready wheat profile. A mild citrus at the end. Again, very bland. This tastes closer to an Adjunct Lager than a Pale Wheat.

MF: light body, high carbonation

O: very underwhelmed by this. At least the standard Blue Moon is a fair representation of its style, this one falls short. I would say this is drinkable because it is very light bodied and goes down easy... but then my question would be, why waste drinking on something so bland?

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.38/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a light gold color that is mostly translucent. I anticipated a cloudier pour, but alas, I was mistaken. About a quarter inch white fizzy head that disappears quickly.

S- Lots of honey on the nose. A rather light smell typical of other wheat ales.

T- Starts out with a surprising level of sweetness from the honey. That lingers for a bit, followed by a brief, light wheat taste. That is chased by a bit of hops bitterness, but finished quickly with little aftertaste on the palate.

M- Really light and carbonated. Definitely meant for summer, just like the name says.

Overall, this reminded me of Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss, but was definitely different. I enjoyed the sweetness and then the contrast with a little bitterness. Not sure if I'd seek this one out, but a good change of pace.

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Photo of JMad
3.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this from a pint glass...

Pours a pale, hazy golden yellow color with no head. Smells of honey, butter and wheat, it's kind of sour but not in a good way. It tastes of honey butter bread and grassy hops with a biscuity finish. This beer is thin and watery. I would never buy this beer, I didn't like it at all.

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Photo of DirtyPenny
2.65/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on draught at the one remaining Uno's I know of in New England. Uno: Won't you?

A: Light and bubbly yellow with a thin film of white foam. Sort of a cross between champagne and apple juice.

S: Musty wheat and honey. Floral hop vapors... or I could be imagining things.

T: Typical coriander and Pale malts give way to a sacchariney sweet, cloying honey flavor, which in turn falls to the subdued wheat notes. The artificial-tasting honey flavor will stick with you for a little while after you put it down. Coriander is completely smothered by it after the first taste.

M: Light but somehow a bit chewy and sticky. Ticklish carbonation.

O: Bleah. Couldn't get over the artifical sweetener taste to this. I like regular Blue Moon well enough, but it's time to go back to the drawing board on their summer beer.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. Light, honey golden color, almost clear. Minimal head and lacing.

Honey was the most potent aroma. Wheat comes in there, too, but not as much as I thought it would.

Honey Nut Cheerios was the first think that came to mind after the first taste. Sweet on the tongue.

Light body, soft carbonation. Refreshing and clean.

Pretty average beer overall, although it was quite refreshing. Not a bad summer brew, but there are some better options out there.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a hefeweissbier glass in Los Angeles. Reviewed live. Acquired as part of a blue moon sampler pack.

A: Two finger head of fair cream and thickness. Good retention. Colour is a transparent cloudy light copper.

Sm: Honey, light orange peel, and a bit of clover, as per the label. Some cream. A mild strength scent.

T: Orange peel, light honey, and clover. Some more spices are also present in smaller quantities. Maybe even nutmeg? It's a bit off-balance, but built decently. Cream comes through in the third act. I do like it for what it is, but it's a touch simple.

Mf: Smooth if sharp, and wet. It somewhat suits the flavours, but certainly isn't tailored to them.

Dr: It's pretty drinkable, rather affordable, and of limited quality. For Coors, it's not bad.

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.35/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straw, crystal clear. Average head, minimal lacing. Good retention for the style.

Aroma: Light malts. A bit floral. Some sweetness/honey.

Taste: Sweet. Grainy. Pale malts, sweet honey.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Oily.

Overall: Better than expected. Sweet, but nothing complex really. Light and drinkable.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.05/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Available at the finer and not-so-fine grocery stores across the vast American Pacific NW.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with one chubby finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and mostly just fizzy eggshell white head, which leaves a bit of streaky ancient cave painting lace around the glass as it quickly drops away.

It smells of faint, semi-sweet wheat grain, a twinge of wan caramel, a soft buttery honey thing, some middling lemon and orange citrus, and weak earthy, grassy, and musty hops. The taste is more sweet, innocuous wheaty malt, honeyed crackers, buttered toasted bread, more weak muddled citrus (orange peel - not so much), and rather subtle earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is fairly average in its swirling, workaday frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and surprisingly smooth, with a teensy airy creaminess. It finishes well off-dry, the nondescript wheat, honey, and let's just say orange fruitiness, all doing their little part for the cause.

Overall, this is much less 'wheaty' than even the regular Blue Moon, yet admittedly easy to drink, as nothing really wrong sticks its head out to get metaphorically lopped off. Just ok as a summertime tipple, for when your attention is definitely focused elsewhere.

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Photo of nickthetick
2.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear light gold into a Chimay goblet (the only beer glass at my moms) with a finger of foamy head that dissipates rather quickly, however a thin skim is kept up from the steady stream of bubbles from the nucleation site.

S: Light malt, soft honey notes, and a bit of orange.

T: Light malt is the most out there with a very odd honey flavor, either cheap or artificial. there is some citrus but not enough to distract from the cloying sweetness.

MF: Light body, smooth flavor, moderate effervescence.

O: Moderate beer that would be great as part of a summer shandy, fairly refreshing but a tad too sweet.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Transcribed from my notebook.

I am presented with the typical appearance of a transparent golden-straw yellow color, only this brew doesn't provide a head beyond a fleeting single finger that lasts less than a minute and leaves behind no lacing at all.
For once, I am pleased to not smell a metallic or sweet corn adjunct smell in the nose. Hooray! However, I also am having a hard time picking up on the honey scent promised by the name of the beer. Boooo! Taste is quite a lot sweeter than indicated by the nose... it is filled with all the honey promised by the label but not delivered by the nose. Unfortunately, the flavor is also filled with a sub-chorus of metallic BMC adjunct that wasn't present in the nose!! At least it actually delivered on the promise of honey flavor. The mouthfeel is very soda-like, but also forgettable and bland. Overall I am left with a decidedly average wheat beer with some honey flavor but faint and unpleasantly metallic malts behind it. Not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of 2xHops
2.9/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Go figures. Honey wheat? Where's the honey coming out in this beer? I can't get anything other than the typical grain coming through.

Appearance? It's average, and you can fell visually that it might be tasting thin, knowing how Coors is.

As for the taste, where the hell is the "honey wheat"? It's weak, and it's not too interesting, but what can we expect? There's nothing too exciting about the taste.

Mouthfeel? It's decent, and it's just right. I can't knock the beer in this department.

Overall, it's pretty boring, and bland. I haven't drank Blue Moon in ages, and I just bought a sampler 12-pack. It will be interesting for me to drink something that I haven't drank in, maybe... 10 years. 10 years ago I was in college and just started out drinking beer.

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Photo of centbeerfest
2.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Poured into a pint glass. Excellent active bubbles with a moderate white head that did not stick around long. clear light straw color
S-Not much going on here.
T-Just okay. A very little bit of honey at the very end and not sure it wasn't in my head because of the name. Crisp but still has some depth, enough to keep me interested.
M-Pleasant and good carbonation.

Nothing that makes me want to spend my summer drinking this beer. Better than a mainstream beer but not anything I would seek out.

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Blue Moon Summer Honey Wheat from Coors Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.