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Cold Spring Moonlight Ale - Cold Spring Brewing Co.

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Cold Spring Moonlight AleCold Spring Moonlight Ale

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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 2.95
pDev: 22.03%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cold Spring Brewing Co. visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Black & Tan |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: KeefD on 04-27-2008)
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1.5/5  rDev -49.2%

07-01-2012 20:49:54 | More by THECPJ
Photo of beertunes


1.55/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

BUTTER!!! Poured from 32oz can into straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear brown-amber color with about an inch of light tan head that light-to-medium retention and no lacing. the beer bubble and popped audibly, like a 7-Up, when poured.

The aroma was just butter. This beer was a textbook example of Diacetyl problems in beer. There was just a hint of grainy malt showing through, but the butter dominated. The taste was also overwhelmed by the butter.

The body was OK, kind of medium-thin, and very carbonated. Drinkability was terrible, due to the butter. Try this beer if you're curious, or a ticker (like me), otherwise avoid.

Serving type: can

05-13-2012 19:32:22 | More by beertunes
Photo of KeefD


1.8/5  rDev -39%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle, with a label that reads "From The Land of 10,000 Lakes" with a night-time forest image complete with full moon, into an imperial pint glass. Also reads "Brewed with Glacial Mineral Water." Sounds interesting to say the least. The name "Moonlight Ale" sounds like a ripoff of Boulevard's Lunar Ale.

Poured a very dark amber to brown color, translucent, with a thin head that dissipated rather quickly. Leaves no lacing and seems a bit dull.

Smell is of some sweet bready malts, but very light and not much else.

Taste is much the same. Very watered-down malty flavor. Light caramel flavor. Not much in the way of hops. Slightly sweet at first becomes acidic and dry at the finish.

Crisp and dry mouthfeel. Carbonation is good, but it's very light bodied. Not the best brown. Maybe it was the glacial mineral water. Would not drink again.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 06:39:12 | More by KeefD
Photo of WolfKeeper


1.83/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Picked this 32oz can up on a lark. Low price and large size should have tipped me off to the contents, even though it was prominently displayed with other quality micros at my local beer store. Nice graphics for a canned beer, reminded me of Leinenkugel labels.

Poured a dark amber with a fluffy head. Smell of fruits, cherries, caramel.

I could get past three mouthfuls before it went into the sink. Even the wife couldn't stand more than one. Little body, bad finish that tasted of metal.

Serving type: can

04-26-2010 01:52:27 | More by WolfKeeper
Photo of Strand

North Dakota

2.15/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Cold Spring Moonlight Ale is a brown ale brewed in Minnesota. I bought a sample pack of different Cold Spring beers, because I'd never had that brand before, and I always heard ads for it on the radio.

I like brown ales. Truly, I do. But this has got to be one of the poorest excuses for a brown ale that's on the market. It has a rotten taste and it smells bad. 'nuff said. Some of the other Cold Spring beers are ok, but this one is not.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 18:53:47 | More by Strand
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2.2/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes.

Dark amber color with a small tan head with fair retention. Smells of malt with some cherries. Not a very strong aroma. The flavor is light, with watered down sour cherries and some sweet malt. Light bodied, with decent carbonation. Not the worst beer I have had, but I will not be seeking this out again.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 13:39:35 | More by hardy008
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2.4/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

CAN you believe that the two things I was contemplating were Yuengling's Black and Tan and David Bowie?!? Why the latter, you ask? "(Let's sway), Under the moonlight, this serious moonlight ..." Let's dance with another quart CAN, disguised as a "Double Pints"!

I do NOT like the construct of these CANs! Short of inverting the CAN, beer drips down the side during the pour due to the placement of the opening. Wotta waste. Onward! My pour created a finger of thick light-tan head that sat like a cap above the beer. Color was a deep amber with ruby highlights and NE-quality clarity. Color me impressed! Nose had a vinous sourness, like grapey vinegar. Oof. Mouthfeel was medium with a lot of off flavors vying for superiority on the tongue. These included that same grapey sourness, a metallic tang (nothing to do with the CAN), and a bitter chocolate flavor. Double oof. Finish was not quite as bad with the chocolate lingering along with a better dried fruit taste as of raisins of prunes. Overall, though, it was not going to replace Yuengling's B&T in my cooler. Next!

Serving type: can

05-28-2010 00:23:15 | More by woodychandler
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2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

01-23-2013 01:48:49 | More by JAHMUR
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2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

10-05-2013 03:48:32 | More by Beerlover
Photo of KAF


2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

07-07-2014 02:36:44 | More by KAF
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2.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Saw this in a big can at Binny's and decided to give it a shot.

APPEARANCE: Poured a very dark brown, flirting with black. An enormous, foamy and bright, white head erupted from the can and it took me a few minutes to pour a full pint. Some lacing was noticeable by the end of the pint.

SMELL: An intensely malty and sweet smell wafted up through the foam. It was just slightly too sweet for me, but it did not offend me too much.

TASTE: Sweet, malty and brown sugar are immediately noticeable. As the smell suggested, it is on the sweet side, but the tail end of the sip does provide a tiny bit of bittering balance. A mild smoky flavor is also detectable.

MOUTHFEEL: Slightly oily to start the sip with a bite of sparkle towards the back end of the sip. Overall, on the smooth side though.

OVERALL: This is would be a pretty easy beer to drink if I had more of a sweet tooth, but this wasn't quite my style. That said, it did not completely turn me off of Cold Spring. I would be willing to try another of their beers in the future.

Serving type: can

02-16-2011 22:01:39 | More by StoneTSR
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2.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Like UCLAbrewN84 I purchased Cold Spring Moonlight Ale because of its Shelf appeal. An over-sized 32oz can for under $3. Had a rustic label and promises of quality due to the use of "natural spring water".

Poured into a pint glass from the massive can.

A | Reddish amber color, clear with a nice one-finger head with pleasing small bubbles. Lasted about 2-3 minutes. Some lacing.

S | Not much there... very thin with bready and malty notes with a slight (SLIGHT) hint of caramel, very faint. Uh-oh moment #1.

Just spilled a bunch on my keyboard. My mouth may have gone rogue and rejected that sip. Uh-oh moment #2.

T | Much stronger than the smell. Malt punch at the start. Slight, thin caramel, then a barely there, strange bitter aftertaste. Strange in that it doesn't seem to be entirely from hops.. in fact its more of a weird sensation on those bitter zones on the back of the tongue. Makes me instinctively swish my tongue around in a futile attempt to scrape it off. I'm finding myself taking more sips to alleviate the problem as the initial flavors aren't un-drinkable. Uh-oh #3.

M | Thin, watery.

O | This is a sub-par beer for something that claims to be a pure, loved product and says "Craft Beer" on the can. I don't know who "Crafted" this beer but it feels like the recipe was created to capitalize on a growing market while also being cheap and chuggable for those who just want to get drunk with a little flavor on the way. I WOULD buy this for my friends who THINK they like craft beer but really just want to pretend to be fancy while getting wasted. I will NOT purchase this again for my own consumption. Two years ago I would have bought cases of the stuff. Yay pallet evolution!

Side note, this is my first review on BA.

Serving type: can

01-03-2013 23:14:58 | More by Lucidious
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2.6/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours out a cola brown colour with a thin tannish head that reduces quickly to some spotty lace. aroma is some light chocolate covered cherries, with a bit od floral hopping, also. they say this is a blend of a porter and a bock, and i can sense that in the taste. it's all very muted and with some chalky malted milk ball flavours roaming about...and a strange sour fruit taste that is sort of off putting. in fact i don't like it at all. the body is medium light, with a cola mouthfeel. drinkability is just ok...easy quaffing enough but i don't care for the taste.

#3 in the five pack sampler. another brew that might be a step forward for cold spring...but they might have to go back and rework this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 22:47:00 | More by budgood1
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2.7/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

For whatever reason, the bars of a song often sung by Bugs Bunny and his cohorts runs through my mind whilst I ponder this beer. Oh well. This stuff pours a slightly dark garnet-sienna topped by a finger of short-lived glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises buttery biscuit and a light bit of roasted malts. During a few sniffs, the biscuit comes across as mildly charred. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a vague, blunt sweetness, not unlike corn syrup. It's like an artificially-sweetened "beer" flavor, the one your non-beer-drinking aunt will tell you all beer tastes like. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly slick feel. Overall, I think I just don't get this beer. It tastes nothing like a traditional black-and-tan, much less one's constituent parts. I think the overarching sweetness and lack of any real character beyond that hinders this stuff from ever achieving much of anything.

Serving type: can

03-18-2012 21:35:39 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of jaydoc


2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

11-12-2013 04:23:46 | More by jaydoc
Photo of bigbeers84


2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

03-25-2013 06:05:07 | More by bigbeers84
Photo of cofeeguru


2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

03-28-2013 18:00:32 | More by cofeeguru
Photo of TheKOshow


2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

07-01-2013 02:58:53 | More by TheKOshow
Photo of Latarnik

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

05-27-2014 21:08:25 | More by Latarnik
Photo of xnicknj


2.78/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

ginormous can poured into pint glass. thanks to mrmiles for this during the Nice Cans BIF II

Pours an auburn brown with an enormous head, leaving plenty of spotty lacing as it fades to a thick film.

Some faint fruit sweetness, mild caramel malt and roasted tones in the nose.

Begins with light toasted grain, faint metallic caramel, and some stark lemon zest. Bread crust tones float through along with understated hops. Light sweetness and barely noticeable hops finish this off.

Thinner body, slightly sticky, a little dry. I suppose this is drinkable, but only in the sense of slamming a 32oz can, which can be fun in its own right.

Serving type: can

11-20-2010 08:03:55 | More by xnicknj
Photo of Tone


2.88/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark amber color. 1/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of roasted malt, yeast, tart malt, grain, and slight metallic. Barley fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level and noticeable tartness. Tastes of yeast, metallic, slight hops, slight roasted malt, and some grain. Overall, the grain and tart flavors are too off-putting.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 03:12:51 | More by Tone
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2.9/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Monster 1 quart/32 ounce/"double pints" can. I couldn't pass this up when I saw it for $2.75.

Pours a clear iced tea color with a 1 inch beige head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Random small splotches of lace slide back down into the remaining beer. Smell is of grains, caramel, and interestingly enough - vinegar. Ehh. Taste is pretty watery and is of malt, caramel candies, and a slightly sour vinegar taste as well. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer with the weird vinegar quality going on. Not too good.

Serving type: can

08-12-2011 03:48:48 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New York

3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottom line on this brew is that it is non-descript.
Appearance: clear brown, thin off-white head, dissipates quickly
Taste: Sour fruit, tart maltiness, but overall not very complex at all
Smell: bready, some sourness
Mouthfeel: decent carbonation, but on the thin side.
Drinkability: Certainly not a drainpour, but not something I wanted to savor.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 22:35:09 | More by potownbill
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3/5  rDev +1.7%

01-07-2014 04:41:03 | More by Skillz
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3/5  rDev +1.7%

11-15-2012 03:21:40 | More by t0rin0
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Cold Spring Moonlight Ale from Cold Spring Brewing Co.
71 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.