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:
80
Reviews:
28
Avg:
3.16
pDev:
22.15%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
18
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 80 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of Sammy
3/5  rDev -5.1%
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 GRG1313
1.68/5  rDev -46.8%
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 t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of SocalKicks
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of LXIXME
3.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.67/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

According to the can I'm holding, this beer is a whopping 8.5% alcohol by volume! It certainly doesn't seem like it, but it is a bit bigger than I would expect for the style.

Instead of the usually very light golden body, this is more of the orange of a hefeweizen. And the body is fuller as well, clocking in at a solid medium whereas most witbiers are medium-light. And the flavor, well, the flavor is quite solid in comparison to some of the more delicate examples of the witbier style coming out of Belgium... Wittekirke, for one. No, this one is more of a hefeweizen in character with a lot of yeast upfront, almost driving it; and it's wheaty and peppery and fruity and vanilla-ish with a delicate citrusy edge that's more orange than lemon - but not really what you'd consider "wit".

That said, and in a completely hedonistic frame of mind, forgeting that it's labeled as "Belgian White Ale", I kinda like it. It's wheaty, fruity, and gently earthy with a spiciness that appears immediately following the first sweet note of malt and hangs on long into the very long and lingering finish. And in that sense, it reminds me of a Belgian tripel. The yeastiness reminds me of a weizen, and I almost feel like there's a touch of banana to it, but it never really comes to the front.

Interesting for sure, and surprisingly strong without notice, Full Moon is an enjoyable brew without question. However, I think it lacks a bit in drinkability as there's not enough complexity or depth of flavor to warrant the strength - and you will feel the strength after one. Still, I'd certainly say it's worth giving it a try.

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Photo of mactrail
3.67/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rather attractive hazy amber brew with swirls of foam in the yes, paper cup they give you at Hampton Inn. Very nice mouthfeel, sudsy and prickly on the tongue. I wouldn't call it a Witbier, exactly, not tasting any of the usual spice. Malty, rich, and just sweet enough. A suggestion of yeast but not any real bitterness. Maybe a little of the pencil shavings finish.

I think this is quite drinkable, especially if you're in the mood for a Belgian-style malt liquor. Poured from a 32 oz crowler purchased at Whole Foods in Sedona. No, they don't tell you what the ABV is so this appears to be the weakest Belgian wheat made by Mudshark.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.18/5  rDev -31%
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 MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of tempest
3.91/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle at the Whole Foods in Sedona. No head, but appears a hazy golden orange. Tastes like a wit-tripel hybrid for the deep spicy yeast character matched with the sweeter wheat malt. The orange peel is very mild, and the earthy finishing hops make a bigger impression (a good one). Overall, a nice imperial wit. Good balance, not super complex, but interesting and tasty enough to drink another.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.2/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a murky dirty straw color with minimal head.
Smells of wheat, dough and a bit of herb. In the taste, brown sugar, citrus and a moderate bitterness. Lemon and a bit of brown sugar.
Medium body, decent carbonation, wheat in the finish.
Overall, a decent wheat, but not great.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Can, Sampled September 2007
The beer pours quite clear at first, but then a bunch of sediment comes in at the end. This produces and opaquely hazy, orangish-tinged, straw color. The head is initially one-finger thick and is a pale, tan tinged, off-white color. Aromas of orange peel are the first thing I notice, bread-like yeast notes, grassy malt and perhaps a hint of earthy spice character are also found in the aroma.

The flavor is yeasty, slightly sour and has a bready malt character to it. The beer finishes with a touch of astringency that is perhaps a mix of yeast, hop and spice character. A touch of malt sweetness. The yeast seems to contribute a slightly phenolic, almost plastic like note to the finish that, while not overly noticeable, definitely has an impact on the flavor. The finish almost seems a bit hot, or perhaps green. The orange, which is much more noticeable in the aroma, plays a much more subdued role in the flavor; it contributes a light, watered down orange juice like note. This is quite light, but does have some body to it that keeps this from being watery.

This has a lot more character than the just sampled Mothership Wit, but I am not sure this is much better. Here the yeast character contributes subtle off flavors. The coriander notes are much more subdued here, but overall this is a much more complex beer than the New Belgium offering. Not a bad example of a Wit, and it even seems to grow on me a bit with time. If you dig around in the aroma the malt notes become much more distinct; a by product of the yeast, wheat and barley interaction.

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Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of barczar
3.57/5  rDev +13%

Wheat, coriander, orange peel, orange, lightly toasted malt, and floral hops form the aroma. Flavor reveals esters of banana and clove, with orange underpinnings, slightly tart, and orange zest. Lightly toasted malt lingers in the aftertaste. Wheat is evident throughout. It's slightly sweet and certainly alcoholic, but it definitely is taking a beating in scores so far. Aside from the heat, it's not a bad beer.

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Photo of crobinso
3.19/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a cloudy orange color with the head off white and moderate in size, the lace in sheets that cling longingly to the glass. Nose is earthy, light hits of malt, citrus, clean fresh and inviting. Front is sweet and nicely malt laden with the top light. Finish is modestly hopped and the acidity tolerable, quite dry and long lasting aftertaste, a decent drinking beer.

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Photo of arizcards
2.65/5  rDev -16.1%
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 st9647v3
2.64/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BeerBeast
4/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of yemenmocha
1.83/5  rDev -42.1%
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 EyePeeAyBryan
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Floydster
2.92/5  rDev -7.6%
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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Full Moon Belgian White Ale from Mudshark Brewing Co.
3.16 out of 5 based on 80 ratings.
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