Full Moon Belgian White Ale | Mudshark Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mudshark Brewing Co.
Arizona, United States
mudsharkbeer.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Belgium wheat ale, spiced with orange reel and coriander that is strong and smooth. The Full Moon Belgium White displays a hazy orange amber color with a light aroma of sweet orange. This is another delicious beer to enjoy on a warm Arizona evening.

Added by Gusler on 10-07-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
79
Reviews:
27
Avg:
3.14
pDev:
22.61%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
18
For Trade:
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Ratings: 79 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of Eriktheipaman
1.5/5  rDev -52.2%

Photo of GRG1313
1.68/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Notes from first tasting in June 2010 are consistent with tasting Feb. 2011. Namely,

Hazy orange with a weak and short white head.

Nose is thin tangerines with a hint of simple sugar.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with light fizzy carbonation, poor balance and no character.

Flavor is simple, one dimensional weak "orange water" with a hint of yeast.

Finish is almost non-existent, perhaps a lightly sweet water finish.

Not one to drink. This is a beer for can collectors - cool orange can with a shark.

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Photo of BrewRy
1.75/5  rDev -44.3%

Photo of yemenmocha
1.83/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Pours with virtually no head whatsoever. Cloudy straw color. Nose is light with a slight sour-like quality, perhaps an off-yeasty aroma too. Wheaty flavors on the palate with good carbonation, sour flavors, a slight cardboardy flavor in there too. Hints of juicy fruit bubblegum. Sour finish. Unpleasant.

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Photo of Eric618
2.04/5  rDev -35%

Photo of womencantsail
2.18/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Once again, Richard brings out the goods for a tasting.

A: A fluorescent orange colored beer that is reminiscent of orange soda. A finger's worth of white head to go along with it.

S: Completely sugary and sweet citrus on the nose. Seems like fake oranges and tangerines with a hint of breadiness.

T: This is the Sunny Delight of beers. Nondescript, artificial citrus flavor and sugary sweetness. Almost no malt character, but a bit of coriander, strangely enough, and a hint of vomit.

M: Very, very light bodied beer with high, soda-like carbonation.

D: This was not very good at all, and even worse when you consider the fact that it's a witbier. This is a definite pass.

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Photo of Medge
2.29/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

As a local Arizonian, I get excited when local breweries pop up and are able to distribute state-wide. Belgium wits are some of my favorite ales in this heat, so I was really optimistic until I opened it. It doesn't resemble anything like a wit, and there were some visible flaws and off-flavors. I guess it's more like a filtered American wheat or something.

This beer poured only slightly hazy and any head instantly disintegrated, which is odd considering that wheat stabilizes beer and gives it head retention. The yeast should also make the beer cloudy, which means they definitely filter.

I didn't get that beautiful bouquet of fruit and tart that I was looking forward to, instead it smelled slightly acidic and sweet, like an orange flavoring.

The actual taste was not interesting, once again acidic but also sweet. Those 2 flavors didn't react well with each other - there was something contrasting giving it an odd / cheap flavor. It was also not as crisp as I was hoping.

The best part of this beer - 6.6% abv according to the bottle. For that alcohol, it's very smooth and this is the only saving grace as to why it might be marketable. I can see tourists drinking this in Havasu on the lake, and maybe some locals who haven't had a real Belgium wit.

Overall, it's not totally undesirable, I just wish there were authentic ingredients and brewing process that would give it delicious Belgium wit flavors. If they want to do something "creative" to the Belgium classic, that's fine, but they should've marketed it as an Arizona wheat, or something like that.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of searsclone
2.54/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap. Opaque orange with a decent head that left a small amount of lace.

Smell is almost nonexistent, maybe a touch of bread.

Taste is spicy followed by a nice sweet citrus. Alcohol is hidden.

Feel is light and very smooth. Too easy to drink, considering the ABV .

Overall, not one I will look for due to high alcohol and low flavor.

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Photo of Auraan
2.57/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured a clear amber body with a thin bubbly head. Overall impression of appearance is of a pale ale or an IPA, not true to form for a witbier at all. Scents of orange peel, orange flesh and spicy coriander at moderate levels with a moderately sweet malt and light hints of honey and wheat. A slight ham-like aroma is also present, which hurts the overall aroma profile, as it should not be present in a witbier. Overall impression of aroma is of a fairly standard witbier, brought down by an off-aroma that should not be present. Not horrible, but far from an exemplar of the style. Flavor begins highly sweet with notes of orange zest, spicy yeast with flavors of white pepper, coriander and some honey sweetness. This moves into a still sweet middle with spices melding well with the malt flavors. Finish is sweet, with notes of honey and sweet malt and some light wheat flavors mingling with spicy coriander and an apparent, yet light alcohol presence that increases to moderate as the beer warms. Aftertaste is sweet malt, grainy malt and indeterminate spices. Overall impression of flavor is of a beer that while not bad on its own merits, is a terrible example of a witbier. Too sweet and boozy for the style, and lacking in the crisp character and dry to semi-dry finish of the style. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with medium-light carbonation and a creamy, thick feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is again, not bad, but not a witbier. It is too thick, too low in carbonation, too creamy and too filling for the style. Overall this is an okay beer and an abysmal witbier. Nothing about the beer other than the ham-like aroma is off, but for a beer selling itself as a witbier, it falls far short of what the style should be. It is not bad for a generic American Pale Wheat and if the brewery marketed it that way I would be far less harsh on it. But it is marketed as a witbier and I rate it as a witbier. If you want a pretty good, decently strong American Pale Wheat however, this is not a bad choice.

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Photo of st9647v3
2.64/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of arizcards
2.65/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a single from BevMo in late May for $1.59.

Beer poured orange with little to no head.

Nose is sweet with a hint of citrus.

Taste is cloyingly sweet. No orange peel or coriander to speak of.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lacking carbonation.

Overall this is a sugar bomb that does not resemble the style. Avoid.

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Photo of JohnnyJam
2.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle with no freshness date visible into a pint glass and I got 1/2 fingers of head.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with 1/2 fingers of head that dissipates quickly to leave only a soapy ring around the top of my glass. Little to no lacing.

S: Big smell of yeast and bread. Also, a smell of orange blossoms and coriander.

T: Something citric at first and then sweet like malts and then really sweet and finishes spicy. I do not detect the taste of alcohol, even though the ABV is 8.5%.

M: Thick and creamy and low carbonation.

O: This is not a beer that I would have again. I can not recommend it. Unfortunately, this is the closest beer that I have had to a drain pour since I tried Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA. That is a strong statement coming from me. I'm glad that I only bought one. This beer is just too malty and too sweet... cloyingly sweet.

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Photo of kp29
2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of disney2
2.9/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Floydster
2.92/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce can acquired in a trade with Gueuzedude as an extra, split with my roommate, poured into my Ommegang glass

A-Super light yellow color, looks more like water, soapy white head that is around an inch tall, not much retention, no lacing at all

S-Oranges, lemons, tangerines, faint raisins, honeydew, Belgian yeast, lots of sugar, bready malt aromas, and a variety of spices

T-Not much going on here, starts with some lemon juice, fades to some coriander and orange peel, lots of sugar in the middle, chewy malt offsets the small amount of hoppiness at the beginning, became too sweet when it warmed, lack of balance really showed, could have used some more hops and less sugary candy-like tastes, not much wheat which seemed to be a problem

M-Creamy and sweet mouthfeel, too much carbonation, taste did not linger long, left a somewhat dry finish, thin body

D-Could drink a few cans of this before I got sick of its sweet taste, ABV is high at eight percent, heavy on the stomach, not too complex, alcohol is hidden pretty well

Never had even heard of this brewery, still interested to seeing what they were about, plan on checking them out next time I am in Arizona even though I was not a huge fan of the two brews I tasted tonight, heard their other beers are quite good, cannot necessarily recommend this but it was cool to try this obscure beer from a little brewery in AZ, will probably stay away from this one in the future

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Photo of trappistlover
2.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(12oz can). Pours coudy orange with thin white head. Not much carbonation either. Aroma of orange, yeast and spice. Taste is semi-sweet/sour. Thin/medium bodied with sticky texture. Finish is pretty smooth. I didn't realize that this is 8.5% when I bought it. If this were lower in abv, this would be a very easy beer to drink, especially in the hot Arizona summer. Not sure why they made it this strong.

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Photo of Sammy
3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow-orangey body with a minimal notion of head. Sharp cidery aroma, boozy. Middling mouthfeel. Some taste, modest wheat. Orange and corriander there,astringency in the finish in mouthfeel, secondary sweetness. High ABV for the style. Above average carbonatin.Not that finishable.

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Photo of mikefuski17
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Photchkiss
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of SocalKicks
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of IreRican
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of beer-me-please
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of bacasnax
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of LXIXME
3.04/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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Full Moon Belgian White Ale from Mudshark Brewing Co.
3.14 out of 5 based on 79 ratings.
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