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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:
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Photo of xav33
2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blue Moon Belgian White Ale
12 oz bottle
Moderate pour in a weizen glass
Best before 10/07, observed 06/30/07(actual blue moon day!)

Poured a hazy bright orange yellow with a medium slightly lasting fizzy white head.

Smelt of moderate citrus, white bread and laundry detergent lavender.

Taste was upfront moderate bittersweet oranges and perfume followed by a moderate bitter yeasty dough and light sweet and sour orange on a moderate finish.

Palate was light to medium bodied, slightly oily on a dry finish, fizzy and lightly astringent and puckering.

Overall, this is a fairly standard light witbier. Common and mass marketed, it's a great intro to the beer world, but nothing too excellent. Enjoyed it thoroughly though on an actual blue moon day!

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Photo of GPHarris
2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a five-fingers thick bubbly white head into a weizen glass. like a lot of these macro craft beer attempts, the huge head is probably from overcarbonation to make it look impressive and fool you. the body was a hazy straw gold color.
s - hints of oranges and some sweet fruitiness.
t - citrusy but very faint.
m - thin and watery.
d - i used to really like this beer, about 3 years ago, but i've since expanded my palate and this just doesn't cut it. it will do in a pinch and people will usually have this at a party or something like that. it's easily drinkable and coors could do a lot worse.

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Photo of pb9613
2.97/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love getting this beer with a burger and fries from Red Robin.

The beer has a golden color with a hint of orange. This is probably why they stick the slice of orange on the bottle. The head is a bright white color but extremely thin.

The smell and taste is clean and balanced. There are not off notes but just a hint of citrus. this could be from the orange slice.

This beer does an awesome job of cleaning the palate while eating a burger and fries.

It is a good standard for draft beer when the resteraunt has nothing else but the standards, "Bud, Lite, etc."

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Photo of Keg-Stand-Kenny
2.97/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I know this beer is quite popular, but this was the first time I had ever tried it.
12 ounce bottle poured into a 16 ounce beer glass. The beer pours with very little head. It is a foggy golden yellow color. The visual appearance is of this beer is pretty nice overall. The smell of this beer is too mild in my opinion. I detect sweet fruity citrus aromas more than anything. There is an extremely faint hops aroma. I typically do not enjoy beers that smell this fruity. Though I will say this beer does have it's own distinct smell to it. The beer tastes alright. The flavors I taste are quite mild for this style of beer. I tastes of sweet citrus, hops, and malt. But the taste is overly fruity. There is also a fruity aftertaste that I'm not fond of. The feel of this beer is nice. It has a light, smooth, foamy feel to it.

Overall, I don't see why this beer is as popular as at is. It has an overly fruity taste to it. If your are looking for a witbier, then you can do a lot better than Blue Moon without spending a whole lot more money. I would not recommend this beer, unless you enjoy extremely fruity smelling and tasting beers.


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Photo of youngleo
2.97/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured to a offwhite head that didnt hang around very long. Ale was a cloudy yellow. No lacing was evident on the glass. I thought there would be at least a little, but no. Smelled of lemon and yeast. Tasted of citrus, yeast, and coriander. Had a slight lemon bitter aftertaste. Felt good in the mouth. Carbonation was about right. Just thought maybe a little on the watery side. I didnt know that Blue Moon was brewed by Coors. I guess you learn something new everyday. I dont think I would like to make this a session beer. But once in a Blue Moon it would be ok.

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Photo of gdfan47
2.97/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had this on draft night mostly cause it was the special and there wasnt really anything crazy on draft

it pours a stawy yellow with a good amount of head
you can smell the wheat

its pretty easy drinking , def better than some of other macros. but I would not drink this over most witbiers

also its a coors product, i like to support the little guy most of the time

not bad but when compared to southhampton double white, blanche de chambly,wittereke, St Bernardous, allagash white, and numerous others... im not gonna grab for the blue moon

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.97/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very hazy, even cloudy, dull yellowish orange body. Plenty of carbonation. Off white snowball head with largish bubbles and lots of "snap, crackle, pop".

Aroma ? Basically none. I've had water with stronger scent. Extremely mild scent of spice/pepper.

Light wheaty beginning to the taste. Bit of spice/pepper gently builds, peaks at the swallow, and a slight spice aftertaste. Dollop of lemon at the swallow. Additional wheat twang at the finish which cleans things up a bit.

Pleasant soft light airy mouthfeel. Easy drinkability.

An inoffensive hot weather quaffer, but I'd go with Hoegarrden instead (and did during a sweltering hot picnic/party).

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Photo of TerryW
2.97/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yawn. I really hate when a brewer just scoops up the name of a style and cooks up something that resembles that style in passing. Like this. A vague effort, drinkable, but uninspired. Sorta wheaty. Sorta yeasty. Sorta spicy. Meh. Won't hurt you, but won't thrill you either. Zzzzzz.

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Photo of JayS2629
2.96/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Cloudy light amber with thin white head, little retention and creamy rings of lace.

S- Orange peel and coriander. Wheat and sweet malts.

T- Watery bready notes with hints of citus and herbs.

M- Light and watery.

D- Watery and easy to drink . Nice hins of orange.

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Photo of VaterRoss
2.96/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into mason jar, best-by July 2, 2012.

Appearance is a cloudy orange-yellow, pours with a strong head (as befits the style) which soon recedes to a more manageable level. Active carb is visible even through the haze, head diminishes to a ring that remains throughout. The Smell is of very subdued yeast and spiciness with some wheat sweetness detected at the end. Taste starts with yeast and spices then a very sweet malt. There is an unpleasant late taste that I must hesitantly call the "macro taste." Mouthfeel is tingly due to the high carb and spiciness. Low weight and a bit watery.

An average witbier, that comes off more like an imitation of the style. Not spicy enough to be a good wit, and not yeasty enough to be a good weizen. Wide distribution and reasonable pricing make this beer slightly above average.

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Photo of StoneTSR
2.96/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

APPEARANCE: Hazy and blonde in color with a pretty decent looking head upon first pour. It forms a very homogenous head (in terms of bubble size) that’s about a finger thick. The retention is not so great, however, as it settles into a very thin cap, which reveals a little brown blob of something floating on top. Sediment maybe? The lacing is actually quite nice.

SMELL: There is almost nothing on the nose, even before the head falls. What is there smells like a typical Belgian White, a little spicy (clove) and a very faint fruity smell.

TASTE: This tastes better than I expected, but it is much thinner than most Belgian beers. It is clearly meant to be inoffensive to as many people as possible. I get a tiny bit of orange peel, a bigger dose of clove and some faint banana. There is also a kind of odd (but not unpleasant) 7UP-like taste.

MOUTHFEEL: I can’t complain about the mouthfeel at all. Light bodied, but creeping towards medium with just slightly less sparkle than the optimal level.

OVERALL: I’m pretty surprised at my review of this. I thought I’d be trashing this beer like it was Stella. That said, exceeding my expectations was not a difficult thing to do. This beer is certainly not what I would choose out of any lineup, even if it was a lineup of all Belgian Whites, but it is tolerable…I’m just still freaked out about this little brown blob that’s still floating in the beer. I’m sure it’s fine, but it creeps me out.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
2.96/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a weiss glass.

Pours a light straw with an impressive head. Beautiful cloud and chunks of yeast and wheat sediment throughout the glass.

Aroma is of oranges and oranges. Slight yeasty aroma with a little ride of crystal malt.

Taste is ....orange citrus and corn? DMS and adjunct flavors overpower. The wonderful subtleties of weiss yeast are lost completely. There is too much adjunct addition here, it ruins the beer. When I say adjunct, I mean orange as well as cheap cereal grains.

Mouthfeel is flat and thin. There is a little oiliness to the beer, probably from the sediment.

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Photo of mcmidc
2.96/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy golden color, with 1 finger of white head that left a slight lacing. The smell was of some citrus and a little yeast. Quite a bit of carbonation, citrus, and orange peel round out the taste of this beer. Not bad for a massed produced beer. Good for a hot day, or when your looking to have more than 1 or 2.

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Photo of musicman575
2.96/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A lot of hype about this beer in the non-craft beer drinking community. Every time I mention that I like microbrews and craft beer to one of these people, they almost always respond with "What's that one stuff I had with an orange that one time? Oh yea, I love Blue Moon, that's my favorite microbrew."

Anyway, the stuff looks good from the start. Nice and cloudy pale yellow with a decent frothy head that hangs around. The smell wasn't bad, but I do not like the smell of imitation apricot extract. Imitation or not, that's how it smells. On top of that, there was a mild spiciness. There is a lot of cracker in the taste, definitely not a smooth, balanced crackery taste either. I can see why people drink it with orange, like with so many American wheat beers, it's to get that taste out of the mouth! Hops didn't make an appearance.

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Photo of TheHopMonster
2.96/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy Orange, with a thick white foam head. Very good retention. Not going to lie it looks pretty good, but I'd be damned if I was going to put an orange peel on this thing.

Orange peel, coriander, cloves, and a slight dish soap aroma.

Belgian yeast plays very nice early but as I let this beer sit in my mouth and I take a couple more sips I slowly lose my interest in it. I start to lose the flavors and a stale almost faint cleaner taste begins to form.

Started out good but it disappointed me at the end. I know a lot of people drink this regularly but I probably couldn't. I'll drink it if it's the only thing available but I'm not going out of my way for it.

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Photo of BayernMunchen3113
2.96/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Blue Moon is a decent beer. Very citrusy and has a pretty smooth finish. At 5.4% ABV you can get a pretty decent buzz on. However, this is not a craft beer and I am upset that they try to market it as such. It's made by Coors, so don't be fooled people.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Boy it's been ages since I had one of these. Poured into a Hoegarden glass.

A very surprising orange body color, deep and a mix of light peach color, through a classic unfiltered body. Head comes up creamy and standard, two fingers with some retention. Falls though a little quickly. Not too bad looking, but considerably darker than most witbiers I've had.

Nose is interesting. Orange juice. Not much malt presence or sense of spice. Clean. kind of neutral and inoffensive. A strange hiding acidic sense in the background. Fairly alright.

Palate is pretty much, well, pretty much neutral. Much of the flavor seems to come in the finish. Aftertaste brings some creamy senses of milk, and lots of orange quality. Tang like, with a little bit of fizz, but some decent body to make the flavor come forward. Strangely though, there's no sense of of herb or citrus freshness to this, or more importantly any malt depth.

Overall it's a very inoffensive brew, but for style wise there is so much better out there. Where is the grain behind this? It's beer Tang strangely enough but is pretty easy drinking.

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Photo of angrybabboon
2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Consumed 4/20/12

Appearance: Pours a hazy, yet mostly clear pale, golden orange - fizzy white head to start, fades quickly and leaves very little lacing

Smell: Pretty mild, but features some typical witbier aromas, like lemon and wheat - some orange, and a hint of spices (like clove), but this is really fruit-forward - some pale malts underneath, and something that reminds me of sweet corn

Taste: Mild and inoffensive, with a lot of fruity sweetness - orange peel, lemon, and some sweetness from the malts, including some sweet wheat (like, wheat sprinkled with sugar) - a very mild bitterness - some spices, peppery - malts are pretty bland, pale with something that tastes like corn (I might be crazy)

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, and somehow both overly effervescent and sticky - doesn't make sense, but this is how it feels on my tongue, a bit cloying

Overall: Easy to hate, but easy to drink

This is a very average witbier, with "average" not implying that it is bad. It's definitely drinkable. Obviously Blue Moon gets some (and deserves some) criticism for hiding the fact that it is a Coors product, but this beer is not awful. At the very least, it may inspire some segment of the population to seek out other witbiers and other styles.

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Photo of mmbeer
2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Serving type: pint (proper wit style glass)
Serving type: much too warm, probably closer to 12 degrees Celsius
Feb 19, 2013

A: opaque, with an orange straw colour, about a finger of head that dissipated within five minutes leaving random lacing.

S: fairly true to style with light citrus, wheat, yeast and some light coriander.

T: citrus (primarily orange), a little banana, wheat, and yeast both very prominent.

M: this is where I take issue to this beer, it felt much to heavy and buttery(?) to me, the alcohol and acidity didn't cause this beer to become any crisper and it just felt tired and sluggish. Granted this may well be due to my pint coming from an older keg.

O: this is not a beer that I would seek out again, but if put in front of me properly chilled I would have no problem drinking it again.

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Photo of FBarber
2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy orange with tons of carbonation bubbles. Two finger off-white head dissipates leaving a thin frothy foamy head.

Smell has aromas of wheat, coriander, pepper and hints of subdued citrus and orange.

Taste is subdued. Wheat comes through with some notes of spice and orange. Overall rather bland and muted.

Feel has medium carbonation, pretty drinkable.

Overall a poor example of a witbier, rather bland, nothing to drink with so many better offerings out there.

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Photo of AlexJ
2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

An old stand by when nothing else is available(and when it's on sale for $5 a sixer at Lowe's Foods).

An agressive pour yields a hazy amber yellow beer topped with a fluffy, loose white head of medium large bubbles. Head is short lived and leaves not a trace of lace.

Smell is dominated by sugary sweet orange and spice tones followed by a hint of lemon and buttery wheat. Too sweet and lacking in depth and complexity.

Flavor is citrus sweet with cinnamon, clove, and corriander. It almost tastes like an orange creamsicle. A little character from the unmalted wheat comes through on the finish, but it is too little, too late. Too sweet and unbalanced. The orange flavor almost has to be artificial, is it?

Big bubbles of quickly dyeing carbonation land to a flat mouthfeel supported by a light, watery body. In spite of all it's shortcomings, it is still easy to drink, almost like soda. 5$ a sixer...good for budget drinking or for cooling off on a hot day. I can hardly even compare it to Troublette or Ommegang Witte.

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Photo of putnam
2.94/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks OK.
Egad! What is that nose? Hoppy beers work and earn street creds, right? So what about coriandery beer? Makes sense. Max it out dude! Pulverize a bushel of coriander seeds in a poorly ventilated room, with a dripping faucet and sticky, dried Mountain Dew on the floor and you have the smell of this beer.
Perhaps it is a cold vs. warm thing. Maybe ice-cold this would seem refreshing and balanced. But at 45 F it is heavy and awkward.
After several sips it deadens all of the right receptors in my head and it begins to seem inviting, on a crude, thirsty, hungry level. Honey is observed wrapping around sun-tosted coriander still on the plant. Asian dishes involving sauteed bean sprouts, bamboo and cilantro are suggested, though never emulated in their naturalness. Iron bitterness closes it out, then explodes, leaving shards of sweetness.

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Photo of FlyingKneeStrike
2.94/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy orange color with a thin head. Smells appetizing but doesn't taste quite as good as it smells. Mouthfeel is decent, just slightly too watery for my taste but not bad at all. Easy drinking, 5.4% gives it just a little more kick than a 5% beer. A good choice on a hot California day.

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Photo of Foyle
2.94/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a 1" white sudsy head that drops slowly with some mild lacing. Color is hazy golden/orange.

Aroma: mild grassiness, coriander, and orange.

Mouthfeel: light to medium, soda like with a somewhat wet finish.

Flavor: malt breadiness, wheat grass, orange, and some coriander and other spices.

Overall: decent, no off flavors.

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Photo of pjkelley82
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I used to like Blue moon a lot. Definitely good with orange on draft.. agree that it's a good gateway beer to craft beer. Definitely good gateway into Belgium beer. However I have tasted far superior beers and would not recommend. Although it's not the worst beer you will ever drink.

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Blue Moon Belgian White from Coors Brewing Company
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