Blue Moon Honey Moon Summer Ale | Coors Brewing Company

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Blue Moon Honey Moon Summer AleBlue Moon Honey Moon Summer Ale

Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by pmcadamis on 05-05-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Mild yellow color with a little bit of sediment and almost an inch of white head that fades quickly.

Aroma was sweet and not wheaty.

A little bit of sweetness, corn, lemon. Too much sugar. Honey maybe. Needs more malt. Something to cut the sweetness from seeming like a malternative beverage for teens.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.45/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

in the bottle when this came out, a long time ago, it was really really good. i mean, good as an underage kid drinking one of his first craft beers around a bonfire in a summer setting where you feel king of the world, but for where we have all evolved to since then as craft beer people, its not adequate. its clear looking (not sure it used to be), and its head is short lived. it smells like honey for sure, very sweet, but yeasty too, which is what makes it different and worthwhile (even still), but there is no doubt this beer has changed some. heavy to drink much of because of the residual sugar, and i dont get the same spice i used to, white pepper and coriander and even funk. medium bodied sits weird from the tap, this is one of those beers on the edge of craft, yet another one, that works a lot better form the bottle than it does from the tap. in a context of macro beer, this is a clear winner for me, but from a craft standpoint, especially an adult one, it is a step or two back. end of the day, its a lot better than some of the other blue moon seasonals. ill hold a memory rather than another bottle to commemorate the old times...

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Photo of hdf561
3.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer for free from a guy I know at the Coors Brewery in Virginia.

Had little expectation for this beer, as I usually do not like regular blue moon.

This actually surprised me, the lemon smell is right off the bat, and you can really taste it in the flavor as well. I really like the lemon flavor in a summer beer and this does not disappoint. This is just a solid beer and doesn't try to do too much and knows what it is.

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Photo of tronester
3.18/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear golden with a small white head. barely perceptible light grain aroma. taste begins with some honey sweetness, then a hawaiian bread middle, and a lightly earthy finish. mouthfeel is light, medium carbonation. overall a decent beer though a little bit bland.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.17/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains honey, wheat, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of honey and citrus. Then some breadiness comes in from wheat and a thin malt character. The hops presence is very mild but brings a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are definitely a lot of other beers in the style that I would pick first.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.15/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a standard shaker pint.

pours a clear golden yellow while yielding a short-lived 3/4" spritzy white head. nose is relatively tame, offers a good amount of graininess with some background citric notes, maybe a touch of honey.

flavor is an improvement, albeit a modest one. mostly follows the aroma with a grainy, citric, honey profile. nothing to write home about but palatable. thin, light bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, not a great beer by any stretch, but far from a drainpour. inoffensive, even a bit refreshing. bottom line, coors product or no, i can think of worse things to be offered at a summer barbecue.

(originally reviewed: 09-06-2011)

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.7/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Straw yellow from millercoors again, decent 3/4" white head that evaporates into nothing leaving no remnants behind. Sweet was the first descriptor of the aroma. Lacking wheatness.

More sweet, touch of corn, touch of wheat, lemon on the first sip. Just too much of the honey/sweetness thing for me to really get behind this beer. They should bulk up the wheat to offset this. Not a horrible beer, pretty much what you'd expect. Feed these to unsuspecting women in the summer.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.32/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Twist off cap bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Pours an apple juice gold with lots of active carbonation feeding the thin bubbly white head that quickly minimizes to a thin cap and disappears.

S: Extremely surprised with depth of smell. You can put your finger on the orange, citrus, hops, and sweet honey. Some of that apple juice balanced smell overall.

T: The taste is good, just good. It doesn't quite match the smell but does give you the citrus sip with a nice juicy honey sweet finish.

M: Very refreshing and crisp. "Wet" all the way through and easy to drink. Nice aftertaste.

O: Great improvement coming from Blue Moon. While the beer is good, it won't have that lasting appeal other APAs have.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.27/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a standard shaker pint.

pours a clear golden yellow while yielding a short-lived 3/4" spritzy white head.

nose is relatively tame, offers a good amount of graininess with some background citric notes, maybe a touch of honey.

flavor is an improvement, albeit a modest one. mostly follows the aroma with a grainy, citric, honey profile. nothing to write home about but palatable. thin, light bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, not a great beer by a long shot, but far from a drainpour. i can think of worse things to be offered at a summer barbecue-type setting.

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Photo of Goliath
3.18/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear golden color with a thin white head. The head receeds quickly and leaves nothing behind.

The aroma is ok. It's lightly with notes of honey and pale grain. It's simple, and relatively pleasant.

The taste is ok. Pale wheat offers a touch of sweetness which is aided by a touch of honey. There's not much going on beyond that.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated with a moderate bubble. It is also lightly dry on the finish.

The drinkability is relatively high. Although it lacks in the nose and taste, it's not terrible. It's a pleasant enough sessionable beer. Barbeque worthy if nothing else.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.16/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a clear golden yellow color with a white head. The aroma is grain and wheat with some grass from the hops mixed in. I don't get any honey in the aroma. The flavor is somewhat bland. I get a lot of wheat notes as well as quite a bit of sugar, possibly from the honey. I also get a little bit of a honey flavor. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Lauthaha
4.17/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Beer pours a light golden color with very light carbonation visible through the slightly murky liquid. Head is white, airy, and fades quickly to nothingness.

Smell: A thin, wheaty maltiness chock-full of moderate hop flavor and dotted lightly with honey, and even more lightly with some sort of citrus fruit.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Good! Beer comes in smooth with a leading honey taste. As the carbonation unfolds, there are hints of hops and a moderate malty backbone, but the honey holds on until the semi-sweet end. Aftertaste is bittersweet with more of an emphasis on sweet, and completely pleasant. Very nice!

Overall: A solid beer here. The honey addition really makes this otherwise 'normal' pale wheat ale something really special...and they did it perfectly.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.85/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Bubbly, soapy carbonation overall. A thin layer of dense lacing throughout that I really enjoy. Small layer of foam. Definitely a honey-like color. Really good.

Smell: A slight metallic smell with overtones of honey. First part is not so good, but the honey is nice. After a few of these the honey stands out much more. Apple and lemon as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Heavy on the pepper and lemon rind. Initially strong with a cooling honey in the finish. Pepper has a second bite after this. Medium-bodied with a spritzy finish. The finish flattens out a bit.

Drinkability: Above average summer ale.

Overall: Worth a shot.

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Photo of miket163
2.95/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. 1" foamy head with a brilliant gold colour with minimal lacing.

The nose was fairly faint, but fresh: honey, orange, and some vegetal qaulities. The taste was fresh and biscuty, but the honey added a cloying sweetness that I did not really dig. The citrus notes were more subdued, and there was only a touch of hop bitterness...more hops would have balanced the sweetness and made this a good beer. There was a nice jolt of carbonation in this one.

Okay beer, but in my opinion Blue Moon's original Witbier and Winter offering are much better, heck I would even take a Harvest Moon over this. I would recommend this to the BMC drinker who wanted something a bit "craftier".

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Photo of Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours out a little on the clear side. The head comes and goes not leaving much behind. The smell is mostly sweet malts and some wheat. The taste is pretty light and has a slight honey sweetness to it. There is a hint of yeast in there too but not much. The mouthfeel is pretty clean and smooth. A bit too light overall for me. Would have liked something a little more flavorful.

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

Appearance: Clear golden/straw yellow with good carbonation; minimal white head dissipates very quickly, leaving no lacing

Smell: Sweet malt; light wheat & citrus notes; some traces of corn; no honey noticeable

Taste: Sweet biscuits with a touch of honey; light citrus taste to it also, almost lemony

Mouthfeel: Light body; good carbonation; slightly chewy

Drinkability: Goes down easy; light body makes it nice choice for summer

Overall, Honey Moon (or whatever the name's been changed to) is average at best. I've had other Blue Moon seasonals that I believe were better, but I'd still take this over any of the Coors line up. It's a nice, light, easy drinking beer for the summer season; have one while grilling or mowing the lawn. But if you're looking for more taste, look elsewhere ...

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

Pours out light golden in color with a pale head that recedes after a couple of minutes.

Smell is faint and sweet with hints of wheat, light malts, and honey

The taste of honey is the first thing noticeable to me in this beer. Tastes of cereal grains and wheat follow.

Mouth feel is light and thin making this brew easy drinking. Its an original concept but doesn't offer anything all that great.

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Photo of bump8628
2.18/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear gold with a head more akin to 7up.

Weak, pale barley is the dominant flavor with an odd lemon Pledge note right before a tannic, slightly off finish.

I'm growing tired of all these pseudo-craft BMC endeavors. Leave the brewing to the real craftsmen and go back to your chemistry experiments.

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Photo of scootny
2.98/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice summer thirst quencher. Light gold with a fast fading head. No lacing to speak of. Smell is light wheat malt and lemony citrus. Nice clean taste with sweet wheat malt, orangey citrus notes, a bit of mild hops leading to a smooth honeyed finish. Some spices as well. Medium weight with a mild effervescence. Goes down quite nicely. A solid brew for the grilling season.

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Photo of BilbosNuts
2.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark yellow/light golden color. It has a small, thin white head that fades rather quickly. It appears to have limited carbonation. Doesn't look like anything special.

S: It has a grassy aroma combined with a wheat-like smell. Based on its name I was expecting some sort of honey scent or at least something sweet, but there wasn't anything like this present.

T: It tastes mostly of wheat. That's about it- kind of bland. One must ask, where's the honey?

M: It has a very light, watery feel. It does drink very smoothly and goes down quite easy.

D: Overall, it isn't really anything special. I would've liked to see more input from honey attributes.

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Photo of champ103
2.46/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On vacation, and swilling some beers with the old man.

A: Pours with good clarity. A golden yellow color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. The foam gently recedes to a ring with some light lace.
S: Earthy, husky aromas from the wheat. Metallic and sulfur like that really detracts for me.
T: Follows the nose. Husky wheat and pale malts. Cereal grains and that metallic sulfur flavor. Not much difference between this and an adjunct lager as far as I can tell.
M/D: A light and thin body. High carbonation and very watery. Not hard to drink, but whats the point?

Drinking this during vacation and on the beach. Even then, not all that appealing. Luckily I have plenty of Sweetwater and Palmetto to get me through. Not something I would recommend and even a week offering for a Blue Moon beer.

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Photo of NickRivers
3.6/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A&S - Pours a hazy pale yellow with a good size white foamy head. Lots of wheat on the nose, very sweet, a lot of that honey, little yeasty alcohol.

T&M - Sweet and light, the bitter wheat kicks in with more thick honey, kinda flat but carbonated for the most part, then more wheat in the aftertaste.

O - A pretty good beer considering its style.

First off, I never got the chance to try Full Moon, Honey Moon, or the Rising Moon, therefor I cannot compare the two, however I have heard from beer drinkers that the Honey Moon was quite nice and not bad for a Coors product. I wasn't too excited about the recipe change. The Winter Abbey was okay, The Spring Blonde was okay, and im anxious to try the new Harvest Moon. This one on the other hand has some hope. I do not like wheat in beer, especially Hefs, Belgian Whites are okay for the most part but never hit it out of the park. This one didn't do that either, but it still was tasty, it has lots of sweet honey flavor that goes pretty well with the wheat and citrus. Only problem is that its kinda flat. Thats what Shock Top has that Blue Moon doesn't, the carbonation. It just seems right with ST, you look at original Wits like Hoegaarden, they're all super crisp, they all have sediment, it just feels right. I hope Blue Moon can do a decent job on the Fall brew. Go pick this one up its very refreshing and very easy to drink. Stay thirsty my friends!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.64/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Yellow in color. The pour creates a larger than expected head that is white and fluffy. The head maintains and even laces well. Looks better than expected.

S-Light and sweet. A barely noticeable honey aspect is the most flattering portion of the aroma. Overall, pretty bland.

T-Overly sweet honey attack on the palate. A bit of citrus is there but I was turned off by the honey aspect. Not something I would want to experience again.

M-Watery with some residual sugary stickiness. Just overall not very flattering.

O/D-I truly don't mind normal Blue Moon. This one, along with the Spring seasonal are the only two I have tried. Both were not very good.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap McCormick and Schmicks.

A: Pours a clear orangish yellow color with a really small white foam head that quickly dissipates. Not real lacing.

S: Not much happening here, some slightly sweet honey flavors, some small undertone of wheat and orange. Flavors are really faint.

T: Starts out with a slightly sweet and creamy honey taste. The middle brings out a nice amount of citrus peel and more honey. Finishes with the same taste as the middle.

M: A nice light bodied beer that is clean and crisp.

O: Not necessarily a beer I would have seeked out, but enjoyed it. Not overly complex but something that would be good to drink after mowing the lawn.

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Photo of HugePlume
2.69/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint.

A- pours a loose foamy 3 finger head that quickly dissipates. Brilliant clear artificial yellow color, with a greenish tint on the edges that almost makes it look like diesel fuel. Lots of large bubbles rising early, but it exhausts itself quickly.

S- Smells like an adjunct, not a wheat beer. There is a menthol like aroma which I think is their attempt at the clove the label mentions.

T- Totally benign taste. Unremarkable in the utmost of ways. tastes like beer. not wheat beer. Not bad either,

M- Very highly carbonated. Almost like a soda-pop. Very dry finish, no aftertaste.

O- If its the only thing to drink, don't fear, it doesn't taste bad. thats the only good thing you can say as on all other accounts its a failure.

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