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Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Wheat | Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)
Colorado, United States
millercoors.com

Style: Pumpkin Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale

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Reviews by SplitTheAtom:
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2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

A moderate pour produce a billowy two inch head which sticks ok. The beer is a slightly hazy pale amber with moderate carbonation.

Definitely both pumpkin and spice in the aroma, which follows through in the flavor. Nutmeg is most prominent, but it's not overdone. Caramel and bready flavors in the malt base. Clean finish with just a little lingering spice. Just a kiss of earthy hops.

Not an over the top beer by any means, but worthy of a try. The flavor evokes pumpkin without overwhelming the malt.

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Photo of brewqueno
2.43/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This is not a pumpkin ale. Maybe they added pumpkin - maybe they forgot to add it to the batch... Maybe a hint of spice.... Tastes like a basic brown ale to me. Not bad, though. It's good, but not what I'm looking for in the fall.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.27/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a clear amber with a ten finger off white head. The head dissapates quickly leaving no lacing.

S - Aroma is pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.

T - The taste is a very mild mix of pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg and bready malts.

M - Medium body with medium/low carbonation. Watery mouthfeel with a soft finish.

O - This is a watered down version of a pumpkin ale. Very underwhelming.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.78/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Polished kumquat beneath a large lid the color of sweet potato ice cream. A high-altitude pour filled at least half the pint glass with a clump of foam that is turning out to be on the persistent side. A nice array of attractive lace is another positive. There's nothing wrong with the way this one looks.

It appears as though the brewers got the aroma right as well. More power and more pumpkin would have been good, but the spices are pretty well done. The rear label lists clove, nutmeg and allspice. Nutmeg is most prominent by my nose. Cinnamon seems an odd omission.

Hate to say it, but Harvest Moon tastes like it was brewed by Coors. My hope, whenever I pop open a beer by any of the Big 3, is that it will taste like it was brewed by someone else. The pleasant surprises have been few and far between. Come to think of it, I've been really impressed by at least one offering from A-B and Miller, but not by one (so far) from these guys.

The biggest problem is the base beer. It tastes like an undermalted amber ale mixed 80:20 with a macro lager. It's mildly grain and husk-like, with an off-flavor that would be right at home in Coors Original. The spice load is decent, although indistinct, but it has no chance because it has no malt support.

With so little barley in the brewhouse, the mouthfeel can't help but be thin and waterlogged. The lack of heft doesn't permit the flavors to make any sort of impact (not a negative in this case) and it causes the finish to be as brief as it is insipid. How hard is it to add more malt?

I've probably had worse pumpkin ales, but I can't think of one at the moment. It looks like the suits at Coors decided to brew a pumpkin ale for their usual customers rather than for those who actually appreciate a well-crafted ale. I can't blame them for wanting to pay the bills, but that doesn't mean that any of us need to help them do so.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Well, its halloween/thanksgiving so I figured I might as well try all the pumpkin beers and octoberfest beers before the winter beers come out. This came in a 6 pack and had some neat artwork on the box.

The beer has a real nice dark red color when it pours and its very clear but the foam was kinda sickly looking as it fell apart and disapeared very quickly. The beer didn't smell as strong as I thought it might for a pumpkin beer but as far as what it did smell like: pumpkin and cheap (coors) beer.

The taste was alright, kinda right in the middle for this style. Had a bit of the macro lager taste in there despite the fact that this is an ale. But it also had some strong points. Like the last guy said, its not pure pumpkin pie, but its got some good pumpkin spiciness in there. The mouthfeel was a bit thin and overall this is a drinkable beer but I'm not sure I'd pay for it again in the future.

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Photo of mothman
3.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap (special for $1 pint which was why I tried it).

Poured a nice creamy head and stayed around for a decent amount of time, only slight lacing observed. Color was nice autumn/amber red. I have to say that the looks of this beer were appealing.

Smell was mainly of spices, with a hint of the obvious pumkin. Taste was much similar, only more of the pumkin taste.

Cabonation level was not to bad and the mouthfeel was very smooth.

Overall, I wasn't expecting this to be too impressive, but it turned out to be pretty good and I ordered another (you can't go wrong for a buck). If you not looking for something to expensive, I'd give this a try.

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Photo of colts9016
3.26/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A frothy creamy three finger head with okay retention. The head does dissipate rather quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is SRM 10 a pale amber to a medium amber with copper hues. The clarity of the beer is clear with a ton of carbonation bubbles visible.

The first aroma of the beer is wheat and pumpkin. Baking spices do push through cinnamon and nutmeg. Other aromas in the beer are grass, floral, earthy, and some yeasty notes.

The first initial taste is wheat and squash notes with grass and floral. Some baking spices do push their way on the pallet. Other flavors I am getting are some earthy, an odd muted phenolic taste, yeast, caramel, and grainy.

The mouthfeel of the beer is medium- body, the carbonation is medium, a touch of astringency, and a medium finish.

Is this a pumpkin beer worthy of craft brewing? That is the thought that is circling my head, I say yes and no. The company has the potential to push this beer to the next level and really make this beer worthy. The flavors in the beer just ebb and flow, the other thing is this odd muted phenolic taste.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.15/5  rDev +1%

The beer pours a pretty red-orange with a tantalizing head that unfortunately fades to the outer rim.

The smell is of faint pumpkin and pumpkin spices and lager malt.

It tastes not bad after the first sip. Slightly sweet bready malt with an decent dose of pumpkin and pumpkin spice. Subsequent sips left me wanting more, however. I can't shake the blue moon in the both the taste and mouthfeel. Too much carbonation and too light bodied for me. The aftertaste is of pumpkin spice but with a sour bready malt.

Overall it's an ok Pumpkin beer, quite predictable. Have it at a party, but spend your money on Anderson Valley, Uinta or Shipyard.

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Photo of mchegash
2.93/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - 3.6/5
A fairly nice light orange-brown. Extremely clear. About 2/3 finger of head when initially poured, dissipated to head within 30 seconds or so. Can see a moderate amount of carbonation rising rapidly to the top.

Smell - 3/5
Nutmeg, pumpkin, alcohol, sweet malts. The aroma is not very strong.

Taste - 2.75/5
Sweet malts are the predominate flavor, followed by subtle fall spices including nutmeg, as well as a fruity alcohol character. Don't taste any pumpkin. Something doesn't seem quite right about the taste, maybe the spices are imbalanced, or the flavor is weird, or something, but I don't particularly like the taste a lot.

Mouthfeel - 3.1/5
Light bodied, fairly crisp. Carbonation is light to moderate. Smooth drink overall.

Overall - 3/5
Overall this is just a pretty weak beer. It's not terrible in any particular aspect, but it is just completely mediochre or less in every way. The aroma is not very strong, the taste seems slightly off, the beer seems a little too watery perhaps. I've definitely had worse pumpkin ales, but you could do much better than this brew.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.72/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It seemed like a good idea when I was at the store. Actually, not a bad beer, but other breweries have made pretty good Pumpkin ales with success. I shouldn't expect the same from this. Pours an orange-rust color. Highly carbonated. Almost fizzy head. Aromas of grain (cereal) with some pumpkin thrown in. Flavors of pumpkin and Thanksgiving spices (cinnamon, clove, nutmeg) add to the light malty sweetness. Mouthfeel leaves much to yearn for--weak and a bit over carbonated. Finishes with a bitterness that is more astingent than hop derived. The flavors are fine, but I feel like all pumpkin and spices are artificial and have not melded well. Weak body doesn't help.

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Photo of TheMarkE
2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

Appearance: Amber orange with a decent head that disappears quickly, decent lacing, and a lot of carbonation.

Smell: Pumpkin and spice.

Taste: Pumpkin pie with cloves and nutmeg.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied, somewhat creamy.

The Verdict: It’s OK. An average pumpkin ale, the flavor seems to disappear quickly as it warms.

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Photo of russpowell
3.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I would've sworn I've reviewed this before, but here goes:

Pours an effervescent copper with a pinky of tan head, looks the part up front. Traces of lacing & zero head retention

S: Brown sugar & not much else, maybe a whisper of phenols once warm

T: Caramel, leafy hops, cinnamon & cloves up front. Slight metallic hop notes & brown sugar sweetness as this warms, plus more cinnamon. Finishes sweet with cinnamon & brown sugar & a touch cherries trying to stomp on a still noticeable metallic taste hanging on at the fringes

MF: Light bodied with low carbonation

Drinks alright, but lacks the squashy pumpkin flavor I seek in this style, plus any real complexity. Would do in a jam for a beer or so, no more than that though

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.16/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: single finger off white head with little lacing on a burnt orange clear body.

S: mostly caramel malt with mild pumpkin spice aroma.

T: Fairly pumpkin-y, more on the spice and pie side with a decent malt backbone. Sweet but not overly so.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: A very drinkable beer. They tried to keep it sweet without going too overboard on the pumpkin flavor. Not terrible but doesn't compare to southern tier or dogfish head's version.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Pours a clear copper color with a really good 2 finger head that hangs around a while leaving decent lacing on a 20oz pub glass.

Smell is pretty good. I get pumpkin and spice along with that wheat smell that is characteristic of all blue moon beer.

Taste is pretty good too. Once again that pumpkin is the main player with the spice taste too. Oh and that wheat taste of a blue moon is there too.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation.

Overall, a decent pumpkin beer. I wouldnt rush out and get some of this, there are definitely better choices but with good availability and an above average beer I would not hesitate to buy it if I was craving the pumpkin taste in the fall.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Yet another review from old notes.

A: The pour is copper in color with about two fingers of off-white head.

S: First thing I seem to notice is a lack of pumpkin aroma here. Not only that, but it seems to be lacking in terms of the usual pumpkin pie spices as well. Some mild sweetness of caramel and toffee, and some toasted malt and grain.

T: The flavor is moderately sweet with just a hint of bitterness. I don't get much pumpkin or pie spice on the flavor either, maybe just a touch of nutmeg. Slight caramel and toffee with a decent breadiness.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: Definitely one of the weaker pumpkin ales, but I guess I wasn't terribly surprised.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.08/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer review from BA Mag Oct 2007.

Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale is a spawn of the Blue Moon portfolio, which is part of the Molson Coors Brewing Company. It's been around since September 1996 and is now brewed in Toronto, Canada.

Right away we noticed the exceptional head retention, with tiny bubbles that leave some lacing behind. Bright copper color; clarity is perfect. Spicy sweet aroma, smell of gingersnaps, biscotti and caramel. A bit of smoothness comes out from the crisp moderately sized body. Spicy over the top with a hint of alcohol that warms after each sip; bready malt flavors for the base peak in the middle yet fade quickly. The caramel malt flavor seems to have more of an impact on the palate and does seem to balance the spiciness for the most part. Minimal hopping lets the spices come through fully with more of an allspice flavor than anything else. Finishes just as spicy as it started with a slow drying end.

We'll say it: too clean. Perhaps the lack of hops and bitterness? But this is to be expected coming from a big brewer. With that said, it just does not have the same gritty raw feel to it and it's hard to imagine a brewer chopping pumpkins for the mash when a beer is this clean. A good beer for the faint of palate.

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Photo of superspak
3.48/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 1/11/2016. Pours slightly cloudy orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, caramel, brown sugar, wheat, toasted biscuit, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of pumpkin/spices and dark/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, caramel, brown sugar, wheat, toasted biscuit, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good complexity, balance, and solid robustness of pumpkin/spice and dark/bready malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, lightly creamy/bready, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is okay. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a solid pumpkin ale style. All around good balance, complexity, and solid robustness of pumpkin/spices and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of proc
3.27/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out to an orange-ish/red in the glass with a slight head. Aroma is that of malt with a slight sweetness to it. A bit of vegetal smell is present as well. Taste is that of light caramel with a slight sweetness to it. Not a flavor powerhouse, but it is a nice change of pace. Paired this up with a thyme/rosemary/garlic encrusted pork loin and sweet potatoes which seemed to bring out the taste a bit.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into mug.

Beautiful pour, with a large off-white head that hangs around for a long time over a chill-hazed orange to amber colored body.

Virtually no aroma - picked up some cardboard, and if I try really hard, some very light spices.

Nice on the palate, with a moderate carbonation, but pretty smooth overall. Easy drinking, without much discernable - or should I say, overpowering - spice quality. Light vegetal quality as it warms. Good roasted malt quality, to give it an edge of Fall. Light English hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly rich for the ABV, but not thick - well done there.

Overall, I have to give this pretty high marks relative to some standard Pumpkin Ales - it's easy drinking, with nothing offensive, and just enough "meat" for the Fall.

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Photo of HeavyG
4.5/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This ale pours a amber orange color. A nice head but not to think.

S: This is one of my favorite fall beers due to the smell. There is a very nice smell of pumpkin and spice. It is not over the top with pumpkin.

T: You can taste the pumpkin and nutmeg spices. Just like the smell the pumpkin is not overpowering.

M: Very very smooth.

D: A easy beer to drink. Not heavy.

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Photo of sneezye
2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of TwinButte
2.98/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I have drank this one over the years and thought it was a great offering for the season. Now that I have "seen the light" its just an average brew. Not tasting much of the pumpkin that I had anticipated. It has a great color and good carbonation and is a great session type beer BUT has a hight ABV of 5.7%. That was a nice surprise for a lower price six pack.

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Photo of maketheheartglad
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of hankofthehill
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Wheat from Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)
Beer rating: 3.12 out of 5 with 2,804 ratings