Blue Moon Belgian White | Coors Brewing Company

Blue Moon Belgian WhiteBlue Moon Belgian White
7,015 Ratings
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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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I’ve had this beer before. I have had this beer many times before. But because it is on the list, I am sure I will like it even more! Not every beer on the list can be special… and today, after having been to Taste of Tops and Angel’s Trumpet Ale House, we needed a low ABV beer to sample. Oh, and we went to Brat Haus, too. The bartender served me a free glass of St. Bernardus Abt 12… so there’s that! We don’t have an orange for this one, so I hope it still turns out OK. But let’s get into a beer that we have all had, or at least heard of before.

In the Glass: I did a hard pour to see what kind of bubbles this beer could produce. Good job beer… lots of them! I did the same pour in Sheryl’s glass, but she said hers looked flat. Not sure what happened there. Anyway, the beer is a light golden color in the glass. I remember this beer being orange… maybe that is because you are supposed to fruit the glass with an orange wedge. No oranges here.

Nose: For a beer that is mass produced, I am immersed with the amount of aroma. There is a ton of citrus there, and it has a certain thinness to it… smells like a cheap, mass produced beer should. I taught a class the other night at Total Wine on beer, and I used Blue Moon as an example of a beer that people who think they know craft beer drink. If you drink this on a regular basis, that’s fine… but you are not a beer snob.

Flavor: That’s the smooth citrus flavor that I remember. There is almost too much citrus. It reminds me of a freshly squeezed glass of orange juice. I wonder why a beer with so much orange flavor is garnished with an orange. Oh well, it looks nice in a pint glass. The bottles calls this a Belgian White. It’s also a wheat beer… a Belgian-style wheat ale to be exact.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is boring. There isn’t much going on. It’s here and gone just as fast. A little bit of creaminess comes through in the bubbles, but not enough to pay attention to. The mouthfeel is decent at best.

Aftertaste: What aftertaste? What little aftertaste there is… you guessed it, oranges. The aftertaste is there, and wants to hang around. Then you swallow again, and it’s gone. But what can you expect from a beer like this.

The beer is decent. It’s a good place to start for someone that says, “What does craft beer taste like?” A seasoned drinker won’t order this unless there is nothing else on tap, or unless he or she is drunk and it doesn’t matter what they are drinking! There are a lot of flavors here, but the biggest and most obvious flavor is orange and orange peel. If you like oranges, then bottoms up!

Blue Moon – The bottle says: “A refreshing, unfiltered wheat ale brewed and spiced in the Belgian tradition for a uniquely complex taste and uncommonly smooth finish.

“Brewed with white wheat and oats, Blue Moon features a crisp wheat finish and the perfect combination of orange peel and coriander. Bring out Blue Moon’s natural spices by searing it in a Pilsner glass with an orange slice garnish.”

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 355ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2012. Picked up from a supermarket some time back. A US macro take on a Belgian wit.

Poured into a straight pint glass (with swirling to suspend the yeast). A translucent golden-amber colour; very hazy. Forms a large head of creamy white foam that hangs around for a while before disappearing. Aroma of fruity, spicy yeast; notes of orange, coriander, earthy yeast, clove and banana. Accompanied by undertones of wheat and grainy malt. A hint of sweetness.

Tastes fruity and yeasty, with wheat/malt and a dry finish. Notes of orange, coriander, earthy yeast, cloves, wheat and faint banana. Very dry and slightly sweet. No bitterness to speak of; a mild yeasty finish upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and very tingly, with effervescent carbonation. Decent body but overcarbonated. Quite astringent, with an aftertaste of fruit and yeast notes.

Hmmm - so so. Streaks ahead of other macro offerings in terms of character, but doesn't stand up to genuine Belgian wits. Looks OK, but the flavour and aroma are unbalanced - too much orange/spice relative to the malt and yeast. The sweetness doesn't improve things either. A decent if flawed effort - I'd have this again if there was nothing else going. However it's nothing special. No need to seek it out.

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Blue Moon Belgian White from Coors Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 7,015 ratings
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