Blue Moon Belgian White | Coors Brewing Company

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Blue Moon Belgian WhiteBlue Moon Belgian White

Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also know as Belgian Moon in Alberta & British Columbia

Added by kbub6f on 08-15-2001

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Photo of doppelmeup
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Average looking beer. Half inch white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Not much lacing. Cloudy lemony yellow color.

Aromas of orange, coriander. Very mild smelling.

Flavor was good. Orange flavors dominate. I could see having this beer with an orange slice as suggested on the label.

Slightly dry finish. Hints of orange in the aftertaste.

Quite refreshing. Easy to drink. A nice summer beer, readily available.

Hats off to Coors for producing a beer that is not "run of the mill American Macro lager." This is a decent beer that I will buy again.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coors' best beer. It figures the best thing to come out of this company would be a foreign-style beer haha.

I was skeptical at first to try a beer that is normally served with an orange slice floating on the top but my girlfriend told me that it wasn't bad. Poured from the tap it has a murky, orange color. Kind of like watered down orange juice with a little fizz. This beer IS fizzy too, which I don't particularly like, but it ended up growing on me a little. It is a nice break from drinking heavy porters and stouts without having to lower your taste to a light american beer.

You can definatly tell this is a wheat beer when you taste it. It is mellow and zingy at the same time. Good for drinking with your fish fry or chicken dish.

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Photo of bjohnson
2.68/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a peachish yellow color with a one finger white fizzy head. Slight retention and not much lace. Lots of fizz going on inside.
S: Grassy aroma notes with some lemon and spicy.
T/M: Grassy wheatyness with some lemon notes come through first. Refreshing and easy drinking, but not very dynamic. Gets a bit watery and earthy tasting. Not one of the better wits out there.
D: Not highly drinkable, but a good starter beer for someone looking to get into craft even though its brewed by the giant Coors. Could be a good summers drink if you had to.

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Photo of dungaree
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised to find that this was made by Coors as a macro because I think this one is pretty decent.
Served on tap in a tall pilsner glass with a wedge of orange (I usually don't like the fruity stuff but it worked this time).
A very yeasty, fruity taste that was quite refreshing. Orange and lemon flavors.
Very drinkable, goes down quite nicely.
Since this is one of the few good brews at my local wings restaurant, I'll be having this one again.

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Photo of kkosmoski
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz. longneck into a regular pint glass

Appearance - Hazy golden with a fizzy white head that stays around for a while

Smell - Not a whole lot going on here. Definately wheat, but other than that, not much doing.

Taste - Some citrusy tones to start, not from hops, but likely from the yeast or maybe spices used in brewing. There is a yeasty flavor throughout, and the finish is characterized by the wheat.

Mouthfeel - A light-bodied brew, remaining charcteristic of the coors beers. Lots of bubbly carbonation in the mouthfeel, which I think takes away from the flavor somewhat.

Drinkability - A pretty decent drinking beer if it is a hot summer day and you need your thirst quenched. Otherwise, I wouldn't be ordering this too often. However, it is a better choice than most macros.

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Photo of psugrad98
4.13/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden, with moderate head. Sweet citrus smell overlapped by spicy hints of corriander and allspice. Smooth drinking, with moderate carbonation. Light in flavor with citrus notes, coupled with spicy undertones. Very little trace of bitterness, drink is dominated by wheat sweetness. Goes down super smooth; great on a summer evening listening to oldies. Good summer brew!!

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Photo of EvilKeith
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes of 08/08/06 visit to Lonie Walker's Underground Wonder Bar, Chicago, IL.

Poured into the glass a yeast hazed golden orange color. The head was a finger of tight white foam.

The smell was citrusy orange, coriander and mild yeasty notes.
The taste was slightly tart citrus, yeast, and spices.

Somewhat creamy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.

This one is very easy to drink. I always keep Blue Moon in the fridge at home. All of my BMC drinking friends actually enjoy this one and some have actually started trying Hefes and other styles.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blue Moon has a orange/golden hue and the body of the beer is cloudy. The active carbonation releases the scent of wheat and light spice into the air, whetting the appetite in anticipation of that first sip.

There are some good flavors present in Blue Moon that convince me to appreciate this beer a little more than I otherwise would. The flavors of wheat, orange, clove, and coriander can all be tasted, along with a touch of lemon. Hops can be detected, but barely. The other flavors dominate this ale.

Blue Moon Belgian White is certainly no substitute for any of the worldÂ’s premier Belgian ales but it still offers a good taste that beats most mass- market products and it is sold for a relatively low price. It is widely available, too, making it a good beer to offer to someone who is new to the world of craft brew.

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.91/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard to believe this is from Coors (Molson, whoever) Pours a hazy orange color, smells sweet in a way almost sugary. Tastes better though, sweet orange, banana, a little bit yogurty too but not too much and it balances out well. Better mouthfeel than most macros. Overall this is pretty good. In some ways it seems a little too much not like a beer but it is really nice to drink anyway. Worth checking out.

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Photo of Derek
2.45/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I had this on-tap at Bennigan's in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

A: Yellow-straw, opaque haze, no head or lace.

S: Mild aroma: Pineapple, pepper, light clove, hint of banana.

T: Wheat, lemon, slight hint of cloves.

M: Moderate body, moderately-high carbonation (too much, but this could be the fault of the restaurant).

D: It's not bad, but I didn't finish it.

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Photo of jwc215
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 12/17

Poured clouded light yellow with a thin, fairly well-retained, white head.
The smell was thin, but inoffensive. Some hints at orange and coriander.
The taste was also thin, but inoffensive. A bit too watery. Orange and coriander were noticeable. The flavors didn't stick around too long.
It was mainly watery with a hint of refreshing creaminess. It's nothing special, a bit weak, pretty easy to drink and not bad. Nothing special, either.

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Photo of TrickKnee
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A pretty decent Witbier. Definetly the best that Coors has to offer. Had with a lice of orange that really brings out the citrus small and aroma, or it could have just been the orange. Cloudy color with a decent white head. Mouthfeel was pretty good however i really dont think i could sit and drink a bunch of these in a row, just doesnt have that ability.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was poured from a 12 oz. bottle. It was a deep straw/golden color. The head was small, even though I poured it vigorously. The head dissipated quickly. The smell is a slight bit skunky. This taste is a bit on the bland side with a little bit of a bite at the end. The mouthfeel is clean and a little watery. I'd consider this a drinkable beer and perhaps refreshing if served extra cold on a hot day.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got a glass of this ontap at a bar last night. I hadn't had this beer in a really long time before having it last night. There was a head for about 5 seconds after being drawn from the tap. It was my first time having this beer on tap. After that it had about zero head or lacing to speak of. I thought this to be quite odd indeed. I found the glass I had to be average at best in just about everyway. It also smelled and tasted sort of skunked. I was almost surprised I was able to finish the entire beer. Taste and smell wise it reminded me a bit of lemons or lemonade, which is not a bad thing. Funny because I never remember this beer being that bad any of the other times I have had it. It makes me want to get a bottle of this beer soon so can I see if I like the beer any better from the bottle. Besides the negative qualities listed above it had some nice fruity hints in both taste and smell as well as a bit of yeats or malt, a hint of wheat. The taste was also sort of bland and watery. No aromas or other hints of spice present, as is usually the case with witbiers. It had a somewhat crisp mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is ok. I'll have to try this one again, only out of the bottle next time before I truly make up my mind about how I feel about this beer.


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Photo of mithrascruor
2.48/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy whitish-yellow-peach color, with a bubbly head that dissipates quite fast.

Smell: An interesting lemony scent, with a bit of other fruits as well (peach?). A bit yeast aroma is present as well. Doesn't really have the spicy/peppery smell of other white ales.

Taste: A bit of orange and yeast... pretty bland. Really not much here!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied feel. The biggest problem is the carbonation -- it's excessive, feels artificial, and is way too tingly.

Drinkability: It's perfectly drinkable -- nothing bad to the taste, I guess, and the alcohol isn't anything excessive -- but you'll have to bear the mediocrity and the carbonation that can make it a bit hard to swallow.

Overall, a mediocre beer. It looks ok and smells so-so, but the taste is just worthless. Hardly a Belgian white ale, when it comes to smell, taste, and mouthfeel. It has none of the subtlety, spicyness, or feel. Yet somehow it's very popular. Stay away, and get a Hoegaarden instead.

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Photo of ThaSmokinGun
1.96/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This review is a review of the Molson-brewed version of Blue Moon. Shortly after Coors and Molson merged, they stopped brewing this beer in Memphis, Tennessee, changed the recipe, and started brewing it in Canada at a Molson brewery. Since then:

-Less wheat is used. The head is not as foamy and not as pure white. Color of the beer is darker than it used to be. It is also less hazy.

-The wrong yeast is used. It now tastes like Hefeweizen yeast.

-A different mix of hops is used. The finish, in particular, is different. It is sharper than it used to be. The finish reminds me of pilsener hopping.

-Less coriander and orange flavor are present. There is a difference between old beer where the flavor and smell have faded and beer where less is used. You can barely taste and smell the orange peel and coriander.

-Mouthfeel is entirely different. This new recipe seems more acidic than the old one, and more thin.

The new, Molson-brewed version of this beer is more like Erdinger Schnee-Weisse (a spiced winter Hefeweizen) than a Belgian Witbier. Bear in mind that it is with great sadness that I write this poor review, because the previous recipe of Blue Moon was my favorite American beer. I ranked the old recipe as second only to Hoegaarden Witbier, and even above some other Belgian Witbiers, like Brugges. Unfortunately, the new Molson-brewed Blue Moon is not a Witbier at all.

Perhaps Sam Adams will fix their Witbier recipe and put it in regular distribution?

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Photo of soultrain
2.05/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a Hennipen glass.

A-Hazy golden orange beer. 3/4" white head fades to zero head in seconds.
S-Oranges. Coriander. Some French candy from childhood that came in a round tin (pastilles?) morphes into some too-sweet American Easter chicks. I once left a moving blanket on the ground over the winter, when I peeled it off of the grass, there was a moldy smell of decay; some of that is hinted at here, too.
T-Slight orange fruity taste. Moldy cardboard. Cheap perfume.
M-Fair carbonation. Thin.
D-One is more than enough. 11 left in the 12-pack? Crap.

CRUX: DISAPPOINTING. Maybe it's better on-tap?

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.16/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours cloudy without a lot of head retention. It smells very nicely when you drink it, the smell complements the flavor. Taste is very nice and sweet, but lacks some complexity. Mouthfeel is light but very fulfilling. I could drink one after the other. Very nice and sweet when you feel like having a sweet beer.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I know, I's a coors product. But the beer is pretty good. Are there better wits? Of course, but on a hot day this beer holds up well. Fruity and wheaty with no hops really detected. Sweet and slightly malty, with the only bad part, over carbonated. That being said, it looks pretty average is thin in the body, but so are most wits and it is extremely tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of nyjets1248
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first had this Beer on tap at one of those restaraunts that requires the wait staff to wear pieces of "flare" and later bought a six pack to try it again. The appearance is cloudy gold with a white head that is completely gone is short order. It smells, as expected, of citrus zest and wheat. The taste is sweet citrus and subdued wheat with no hoppiness to speak of. It is thin in body, but finishes crisp and refreshing. I think this beer catches a lot of negativity because it is a Coors product. However, I found it to be very drinkable and it serves it's purpose for what it is - A clean quenching Summer Beer.

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Photo of kimcgolf
2.54/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured to a nice golden color, hazy as expected. Unfortunately, the faomy white head dissipated alomost immediately. This was very light, with a hint of fruit, but no aroma that I could detect. My wife would probably enjoy this, especially ion a warm summer night, but I want more beer taste.

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Photo of hbh739
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I had this beer at a local restaurant (because there was nothing else). I was pleased with my choice. It was served very cold the waitress said 36F. It poured and looked like what I would expect from a wheat beer. Cloudy and a pale golden color. The scent was that of citrus and hops nothing that just blew my world. The small off white head ( about 1/2") was completely gone in less than 10 seconds. The taste was consistant with the style I felt that the strong citrus taste on the first sip was a bit much but it was more subdued on the following sips. The mouthfeel it was a very watery but smooth not bad but nothing special. I would drink this beer again. It went very well with the pasta I had last night and I think it would be very good on a hot summer day.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap aftet drinking many bottles of this stuff.

This beer came with an orange slice which I quickly removed from the rim of the glass.
A hazy lighter amber body sits under a light and small white head.
Smell is not much besides slight citrus and wheat beer smell.
Taste is rather smooth with a crisp citrus to it.
Mouthfeel is pretty smooth though nothing great.
Drinkingability is very good.

This is a good fallback beer and cheaper than most wheat beers. Go for this one if only BMC is available and you'll be happy.

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Photo of wjimson
2.7/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The best before date on this one is Oct 06. Looked just like another pale wheat beer. It has a bland wheat flavour without being creamy, and a putrid yeast taste. Slightly dryer than the average wheat beer. The mouthfeel was alright. In general, the quality of this beer is not up to the average Belgian wheat beer.

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Photo of znarf
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a relevantly easy to find OK beer when choices are limited. Not at all bad for drinking while BBQing during summer. The smell is indistinct. It pours a golden wheat color.

Finnish taste is definitely that of a wheat beer. This would not be my top pick in a good pub, but it is not a bad back pocket beer when the picks are limited.

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Blue Moon Belgian White from Coors Brewing Company
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