Blue Moon Valencia Amber Ale - Coors Brewing Company

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Blue Moon Valencia Amber AleBlue Moon Valencia Amber Ale

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 463
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 18.58%
Wants: 9
Gots: 82 | FT: 0
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Coors Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: phishsihq on 01-26-2012

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Reviews: 73 | Hads: 463
Photo of Cylinsier
3.76/5  rDev +27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz.

Pours a deep clear reddish amber. Off-white head dissipates quickly.

Smells of mild citrus tartness and some sweet wheat malt elements.

Flavor is of orange blossom honey, coriander, apricot and orange zest over a standard wheat malt base.

Medium body with some stinging carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

I've had a number of Blue Moon seasonals and special releases and, for the most part, I've found them to be average at best, but this is actually pretty good. Highly drinkable with an enjoyable flavor and character. I could drink this again no problem. I think it gets a bit of a bum rap for being a Coors beer. It's really not half bad. (657 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. twistoff bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear copper/light amber with a slightly off white cap of foam which offers moderate retention.

Nose has a light hop presense but tends more towards a light pumpkin ale and with some added cinnamon in the mix along with some subdued caramel notes. Taste follows with a light caramel influence and some remote hop spice. While light in body it remains fairly well balanced. Aroma expands with warming to a degree.

Decent feel with a supportive carbonation. Touch of orange and lighttly sweet and smoky malt on the finish. Overall a bit subdued as expected but worth some merit. (637 characters)

Photo of jjclick17
3.3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Cooper hue with a slight brown tint and very clear. Very light head. Has a Citrus aroma.

Decent flavor. Has a faint taste of orange peel. Not too filing.

Overall, not great but better than average. Would consider in the future, but probably opted for something else (267 characters)

Photo of jsisko01
3.87/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear copper/amber color with an inch thick head that lasts for a minute. Leaves a very nice lacing.

Smell - All I detect is coriander and orange zest. Maybe a hint of caramel as well.. It smells great though.

Taste - Roasted malts, a hint of caramel,orange zest and citrus, with a mild bitterness and nuttiness in the finish. The finish seems to have many brown ale-like similarities.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall - This isn't your average amber ale. (506 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.05/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Almost a finger of head on a dark amber colored body.
The aroma is a mild grain and orange zest. Mild though.
The taste is mildly bitter with moderate sweetness. Bland.
The texture is crisp with moderate to high carbonation.
A lack of depth and flavor keeps this back. (268 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.07/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness info. Part of the "seasonal collection", not sure which season they are talking about.

LOOK: Pours clear amber, with a copper hue. Light tan head, that stays, leaves a thicker collar and moderate thicker blobs of lace.

SMELL: Notes of oranges dominate the nose.

TASTE: Oranges again come to mind. With some bready/toasty notes. With a strange, burnt plastic note in the finish...nasty

FEEL: Medium, with carbonation on point for the style

OVERALL: Meh, fake "craft beer", fake "seasonal" beer. Would do, in a pinch, ice cold on a hot day, or not. (583 characters)

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.1/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Valencia Amber Ale - I had high hopes for this one and ended up with a mixed experience.

Out of the bottle it looked great. It has a nice dark-yellow color with visible carbonation, a small head but with good staying power and lacing. The carbonation was just right in the mouth with little stickiness but, there was a surprising after taste I wasn't pleased with. I smelled none of the spices or citrus it claims to have, but I did taste them from a distant, sorta there, kinda there perspective. I smelled the hops and barley more than I tasted them so that much was good.

Overall, it a good brew, but nothing spectacular. (628 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.19/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

LOOK: Clear copper color with a white film on top.

SMELL: Wheat malts, bread, dusty musty aroma. Some orange soda like scents eventually emerge as well as some floral hops. An interesting nose.

TASTE: Wheat and a good bit of citrus. Mild bitter hop touches and finishes with a snap of tangy orange peel. Soft citrus skin comes through in the taste. This is a mild ale but the orange flavors grow increasingly evident as it warms. In the summer I can see this as an ideal beverage to drink ice cold out of a cooler during a cookout or something.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated and spritzy. There is a lingering finish of orange peel and citrus oils that coat the palate.

OVERALL: Not bad, and def drinks easy. For those not fond of oranges, steer clear. (762 characters)

Photo of angusdegraosta
3.09/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is not a one star beer, but not a five either. It's easy to drink and readily available - on par with Killian's Red, but with more citrus. Has a decent sweet faintly aromatic smell. No head retention and kind of watery, which is no surprise. The taste is above average. The light sweetness and orange flavor certainly have more presence than the aroma. Hops are not a big part of the picture here. The simple malt taste and a little orange peel presence are what wins it points. Overall a light easygoing brew, just fine to drink. (535 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
3.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a semi-clear amber color with a slight off-white head. There is a mild scent of wheat and orange. The flavor is fairly citrusy but is less creamy and has more of a raw orange juice flavor than regular blue moon. Better than the average macro-brew but it still isn't as good as the original. Finishes with a little bit of a tang taste. (345 characters)

Photo of Mikie
1/5  rDev -66.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

very disappointed with this beer. labeling was just a gimic. went on blue moon web site, and of course all they have is positive posts, and i could not even post my reveiw. one suprising fact is that they say one of there brewmasters was schooled in belgium. that has to be a lie. (280 characters)

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A-light beige head and a somewhat hazy amber appearance with minimal lacing.

S-sweet, fruity,wheat grain

T- Sweet, malt, wheat and orange.

M-Light, wheat not much going on

It wasn't terrible but I don't think i'll have it again. (259 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
2.83/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampler bottle.

It pours a deep amber with a nice head of foam and very good lacing.

It smells malty, bready, with a light note of some hop citrus.

The taste is malty but not overly sweet, grainy-of bread, slightly nutty, almost no hop bitterness. Dull.

Not offensive but not something I'd turn to. I'm glad I paid 0$ for the bottle. (337 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is grain, bread and a little bit of orange. The flavor is more of the same, with quite a bit of sweetness from the toffee and bread malt. There is a hint of orange, but basically this is just a beer full of grainy sweetness. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Certainly nothing special. (349 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out perfect amber colour with a modest off white head leaving a little lace. aroma of lightly caramel tinged roasted malts and a touch of citrus. the flavour profile runs to the sweet side...fairly rich caramel maltiness...a little on the nutty side with hints of orange/citrus for a refreshing splash. decent enough for a blue moon offering. overall body is medium, with a lightly textured mouthfeel making for ease of drinkability.

overall about what one might expect from the blue moon line up. a fairly tasty beer with some residual sweetness and a quasi inspirational profile. oh well...sort of hit the spot after a hard day at work. (646 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.7/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blue Moon Valencia Amber Ale has a thick, light beige head and a somewhat hazy amber appearance with minimal lacing. The aroma is pronounced- sweet, brown bread and a touch of citrus. Taste is of sweet brown bread, caramel, some slight citrus, a touch of hop bitterness, and alcohol. There’s an underlying cloying sweetness to this, which evokes malt liquor. Mouthfeel is medium and somewhat fluffy, and Blue Moon Valencia Amber Ale finishes semi-dry and relatively easy drinking. Overall, this is a good and interesting beer.

RJT (534 characters)

Photo of MaximalC
2.55/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours burnt amber with modest head and minimal lacing. Aroma has a hint of orange that accents an otherwise indefinable musk. The initial sip is actaully quite nice, with a pleasing crispness introducing a tame caramel malt flavor. The whole thing falls apart on the back end though, where the palate is flooded with the taste of stale wheat and alcohol. The body is also a little watered down in my opinion. This beer has an almost Belgian aspect to it, but it's so inexpertly done as to be hard to appreciate. I guess I'll give Blue Moon a nod for trying something different, but the result wouldn't stand up against a quality craft beer. (640 characters)

Photo of PhantasIPA
2.68/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The appearance is a medium amber color. The head was about 1/2 inch at the pour and about 1/4 inch through the drink.

The smell is very sweet. At first it reminded me of grapes followed closely by a strong malt.

The taste kept growing but in a negative sense; it is quite sweet (I smelled a sweet, grape flavor) and kept growing on my tongue with every drink. Halfway through the beer and the sweetness is very strong, there is nothing to balance the sweetness, and very little counter-acting flavor (like a hop flavor).

The mouth feel is average at best. Because it is such a sweet flavor, I cannot help but associate it with a syrupy drink, like soda. It is fairly carbonated, almost too much.

Overall the the beer is only average. The sweetness almost reminds me of Robitussin...yes, Robitussin. Very sweet upfront, then a smooth follow, but not too appealing to me. There is just no other flavor to compliment, balance, counteract, or negate the sweetness of the beer. Besides the color, I think I missed the point of defining this brew as an Amber or Red Ale. Not until the end of the beer did I realize that it reminds me of soda, carbonated and sweet! I think I will stick with the Blue Moon's with a blue label... (1,225 characters)

Photo of chapcat
1.66/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I picked up the Blue Moon Spring sampler today which included this ale, the only Blue Moon variety I have not tried in my area. Poured into a Weizen glass. The pour left a nice two finger head with the color a nice amber. Nose was of caramel malt mainly. Mouth feel was somewhat thin. Carbonation was on the money, moderate just where I like it. Unfortunately, that is where the good news ends. The taste was more malty and sweet than anything else, and there was an almost medicine like aftertaste that is just awful. I have liked every Blue Moon variety I have tried up until this one, but I must say Coors failed with the Valencia amber ale. (644 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.53/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance –A light copper mixed with amber color. It formed a huge white head upon pouring which lasted with some persistence, leaving a little bit of lacing.

Smell – Mainly malty in nature with some nice biscuit and caramel aromas. While those are the heavier aromas, there is a little bit of orange citrus aroma in it the smell as well that is more prevalent toward the end of the smell.

Taste – Sweet malt is present up front. It consists of a mix of breadiness and some orange as well. The citrus and a bit of more bitter lemon seem to come into play more toward the end of the flavor profile. These citrus and lemon taste lessen the presence of the maltiness originally present, but leave a very nice taste in the mouth.

Mouthfeel –A medium bodied brew with a lighter level of carbonation. Very normal, but not bad.

Overall – This brew has a nice citrus and malt flavor, but lacks some complexity. It is very easy to drink and definitely not a bad brew. Well worth a try and one I hope Blue Moon keeps in the rotation. (1,074 characters)

Photo of kenito799
2.07/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Crystal clear amber brew with a reddish tinge. White foamy soda-like head recedes to a ring then leaves no lace.
Aroma is good, some spicy root beer-like notes, cola, roasted malt.
On the palate, though, there is a cloying slick sweetness that is unpleasant and reminds me of high fructose corn syrup-laden soda pop. This overwhelms the promising spice and burnt orange notes, leaving a burnt malt bitterness lingering. The burnt bitterness is an unpleasant partner to the artifical-tasting sweetness. Sorrry Coors, not good. (564 characters)

Photo of nach0king
3.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 12oz into the first clean glass that came to hand - a pint glass. Grew on me over the course of the bottle. Have two more of these to go and I'm looking forward to them.

A: A nice deep copper, with a middling amount of lacing. The head fades immediately then grows smaller. Mine turned into the shape of a chicken, for which I almost gave it an extra half point.

S: A bit of sweetness but not much of the much-touted oranges that give this ale its name. No booze in the nose despite being close to 6% ABV.

T: Candy apples and slightly sour buttermilk pancakes to start with, then quickly to a minor tang, closing with bitterness at the back of the tongue that encourages more sips. The first taste wasn't that encouraging but halfway through the bottle I started to appreciate it more.

M: Would have preferred a bit more carbonation but that's a personal thing - it's the right side of medium-bodied.

An interesting one. I'm not entirely convinced by the replacement of malt with orange at the end of the taste but something keeps me coming back to it. (1,066 characters)

Photo of phishsihq
3.01/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The NEW Limited Release Blue Moon Valencia Amber Ale pours a copper color with an orange tint, a quickly disappearing head and little to no lacing. A sweet malt aroma is quite noticeable with citrus (orange) notes poking through and some copper(?) as well. The brew features a little toasted malt out front, with orange citrus hop bitterness in the finish, a balance that leads to a smooth and easy drinking ale. Valencia Amber features a lighter body with medium to high amounts of carbonation, again adding to the smoothness and drinkability (543 characters)

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Blue Moon Valencia Amber Ale from Coors Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.