Blue Moon Vintage Blonde Ale - Coors Brewing Company
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3.55/5 rDev +6.6%
Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.
Pours a clear light orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spices, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a mild yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is actually pretty nice for a Blue Moon beer.
12-02-2012 22:28:26 | More by UCLABrewN84
2.98/5 rDev -10.5%
I think it's sometimes tough to review beers like this because there's a tendency to roll your eyes at the maker being Blue Moon (or more specifically, Coors). However, we need to review the beer for what it is, fairly, as if it was produced by a craft brewery. So here goes.
Smell is very, very reminiscent of a white wine, which isn't very surprising, but it's actually pretty strong and sweet. I know chardonney tends to be a bit drier than many whites, but this has a real sweet white grape juice aroma going. I poured it into my glass...not too surprisingly, it's bright golden. Head fizzes away almost immediately. So that part isn't so hot.
Now for the taste. Carbonation is pretty average, but not too high for a beer that's supposed to be a Belgian style. Really, it's all semi-sweet white grape juice and notes of apple to me. I also get a bit of yeast on the finish, but that's about it. Honestly, it feels to me as if I'm drinking a decent, rather sweet white wine with carbonation. So if that's what they were going for, I'd say it's fine. As a beer?? Not as much, and not for the price tag.
So I think this "beer" doesn't quite hold up on its merits....not because of who makes it, but because it really just fails to be very distinctive or complex.
10-18-2012 01:28:07 | More by NODAK
3.1/5 rDev -6.9%
Served in a Founders shaker pint glass.
Figured I'd share a bottle o' this with VDubb during this visit, if for no other reason than to keep expanding his sense of how much of a ticker I am. This stuff pours a mostly clear golden straw topped by a half-finger at best of off-white foam that dies away almost immediately, no trace left behind. The nose comprises light lemon rind, white wine (very close to some oaked chardonnay), light funky wheat, and a glance of honey. The taste brings in more of the same, with the grapes trying to assert themselves in vain over a din of unsupportive citrus and wheat. It almost comes together, but falls apart at the end, like busy, unorganized people unable to get together for dinner. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a nice attempt at a beer/wine hybrid thingy, but one that just comes across as half-hearted.
10-16-2012 17:34:04 | More by TMoney2591
1.65/5 rDev -50.5%
22oz bottle into a goblet.
A light gold, no head,no lacing, tiniest whit ring around the glass. Crystal clear.
S bananas, green apples
T very simple... Banana runts and green apple jolly rancher. Nothing complex. Not very good.
M thin and flat
O I would not buy or drink this again... DON'T DO IT.
10-03-2012 02:14:10 | More by Lare453
3.18/5 rDev -4.5%
Appears like a white wine--no head at all, no lace naturally. No bubbles. A cross between straw and gold yellow color.
Sour apple aroma.
Sour apple flavor. Would pass as a cider. Mild wheat in the background. There's a surprising level of carbonation. Moderate body.
09-08-2012 16:14:24 | More by smcolw
3.35/5 rDev +0.6%
Poured from a 750 ml bottle, into a tulip.
A: Hay color. Pours into a half finger, bubbly, white head. Settles very quickly, leaving no traces. Pretty heavy carbonation. No lacing.
S: Kind of a buttery light malt tone, with basil, a little lemon citrus, and a little lavender.
T: Light malt with a little lemon citrus, but a heavy flavor of grape. A malty champagne might be the best way to describe it.
M: Light ant crisp. Sweetness is a a little cloying.
D: Light body enables a power-thru.
Atmosphere is okay. Pretty unimpressive and generic appearance. Nose is full, with some sweet and spicy components. Light body, and a little too sweet. Not horribly done, just the sort of thing that a little is enough. Overall, this is a decent quaff.
09-02-2012 03:20:09 | More by bmwats
3.55/5 rDev +6.6%
A - bright gold with a short-lived white head
S - grapes, grains, sweet
T - chardonnay grapes come through, sweet grains, a bit of warming alcohol
M - medium bodied, smooth, warm alcohol, well carbonated
This is a pretty winy beer. The grapes are very noticeable as is the traditional Coors grainy sweetness. This isn't very impressive, but Chardonnay lover will really enjoy it.
09-01-2012 20:34:06 | More by tdm168
3.78/5 rDev +13.5%
Poured a hazy gold with a finger of quick-fading bright white head. Aroma dominated by grapes with a touch of honey and light spice.
Moderate carbonation and a slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Taste is all grapes up front followed by some banana sweetness, lemon, and light clove on the finish.
Tasty and refreshing with big Chardonnay grape flavor and just a hint of booze. Could have used a little more carbonation and a little less sweetness; had a fairly "winey" feel.
08-21-2012 02:49:11 | More by grittybrews
Blue Moon Vintage Blonde Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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