Blue Moon Honey Moon Summer Ale | Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)

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Blue Moon Honey Moon Summer AleBlue Moon Honey Moon Summer Ale

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

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

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Added by pmcadamis on 05-05-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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2/5  rDev -34.9%

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3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.45/5  rDev +12.4%
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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3/5  rDev -2.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -10.4%

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3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -8.8%
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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3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought a 6 pack of this for $3.99 (not a bad deal at all I must say)

Figured for that price I couldn't pass up trying it. Tastes like the standard run of the mill summer beer, meaning it's a wheat with citrus flavors and little or no body. Is a nice thirst quencher on a hot day but outside of that situation I don't think it will do me any good.

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3.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear, pale golden colour, with one finger of soapy white head, which leaves nary a speck of lace around the glass in its departure. It smells of mild white barley grain, with a bit of spicy wheatiness, and a tinge of earthy sweetness. The taste is sweet honeyed malt, a bit of mild citrus, and earthy, floral hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, somewhat smooth, and it finishes off-dry, a soft graininess offset only slightly by an earthy hoppy dryness.

A nice, muddled sweetness makes this beer an adequately drinkable summer quaffer, given its ubiquity (stateside, at least) and price point.

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3.35/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Everyone seems to be taking a stab on what beer style this is. I vote for Pale Wheat. A lackluster style with timid wheat additions. Enough to pull it above a blonde but not enough to impart any meaningful character or atributes. A lightly hazed canary hue with an abundance of carbonation. Just enough wheat to keep the brew from being fizzy. The smell and flavor are a blend of pilsner malt, cereal grains, and lemon-grass. Makes for a modestly pleasant, yet unoffensive brew. The lack of direction, makes this beer bland and uneventful. A watery finish and astringent lemon / hop lingering becomes tea-like late. Not bad, but not a Wit.

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Photo of zeff80
2.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a straw, yellow color with a pillowy, white, two finger head. It was highly carbonated and no lace.

S - It smelled of wheat and orange.

T - It tasted mostly of honey. There was some wheat and orange flavors.

M - It was crisp and a little too fizzy. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is okay, but it tastes nothing like a witbier. I'd rather drink a regular Blue Moon than this one.

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2.63/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a light golden color ale with a small foamy head with OK retention and no lacing. Aroma consists of light wheat malt with notes of orange peel and honey. Taste is also a nice mix between some wheat malt with notes of orange peel and honey. Overall this is quite bland with a limited flavour profile.

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3.16/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have had the classic blue moon belgian white with an orange, so I thought I would give this one a try during a summer night.

Poured into a pint glass.

It reminded me a lot of Leinenkugel's honey weiss. There really wasn't a lot of aroma going on, but the taste was there. It had a decent amount of honey flavor which didn't over power the beer. There was some malty taste as well, but I couldn't distinguish the flavor.

Overall, this is an alright beer. I could have a few of these, but nothing to special.

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2.75/5  rDev -10.4%

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3.97/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blue Moon's Honey Moon Summer Ale pours a clear yellow gold body beneath a full head of bright white foam. The head retention is good and it leaves some nice lace at the outset of the glass. The nose is honeyish and sweetly malty, subtly chalky with yeast, delicately fruity, and floral. It's medium bodied and creamy with a dextrinous edge and median, fine-bubbled carbonation. Honey returns in the flavor, but it's also distinctly wheaty and a touch chalky. It's sweetish but not overdone, and finishes drying. There's enough body and flavor to keep it interesting, giving it a decent amount of drinkability.

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3.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle in pint glass

golden straw color with modest white head of limited duration. Virtually no lacing. Plenty of visible carbonation.

A sweet, light flavored, and light bodied beer. Intended to be served cold on hot days, this beer holds up better than some other summer beers to warming. Some malt and wheat flavor lingers into the finish along with a modicum of light orange flavor.

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3.17/5  rDev +3.3%
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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2.31/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Pours with half a finger of white foam on top of a very clear, golden colored body with a vigorous column of bubbles rising to the surface. The head settles down rapidly and leaves little lace.

S - Grainy malt and a hint of herbal hops with some weird, honey/artificial sweetener thing going on in the background.

T - Wheat and odd tasting, sweet malt up front. The honey comes in towards the middle with some spicy, herbal qualities. Things finish up with more thin, sweet malt and light herbal hop flavor and bitterness.

M - Medium-thin body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Not very good. I will say that I don't actively dislike regular Blue Moon, but from what I have experienced, their seasonals really do suck epically. The malt is thin and somehow manages to taste strange and kind of artificial. This was one of the few truly drain pour worthy beers that I have ever encountered.

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3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.68/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, yellow body with a small, white head.

Smell: Crushed wheat crackers, light citrus, and a vague honeyish scent. There ya go!

Taste: Wheat and honey and a middling sweetness. Background taste of orange. Not much in the way of hop flavor or bitterness, though. Same till the finish, which unfortunately just deposits that cloying honey taste on your tongue. Be sure to have a glass of water handy!

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: The standard-issue Blue Moon is acceptable. This, however, is kind of icky.

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3/5  rDev -2.3%

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2.41/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

"Happiness consists of living each day as if it were the first day of your honeymoon and the last day of your vacation."


Crystalline amber with a drop or two of orange juice. Given that Honey Moon is a witbier (or is it?), I expected something more pale and more cloudy. Expect for the slightly bolder hue, it looks disturbingly like a macro lager. The beautiful cap of polished eggshell more than makes up for the beer's shortcomings. It has a wonderfully sticky texture and is leaving loads of good looking lace.

I might like the nose... if I could smell something. I was looking forward to seeing what Coors (excuse me, Blue Moon Brewing Company) could do with a 'witbier' that uses clover honey and orange peel, but no coriander. Too bad I can't appreciate much at all. Maybe a whiff of honey, but I never would have been able to make that call if I had been ingredient ignorant.

Honey Moon Summer Ale is not good beer. Honey comes through loud and clear, with citrus peel (lemon as much as orange) a distant second. I'm pretty sure this is the most honey-like ale that I've had yet. In other words, if you aren't a fan, don't bother. I like honey, but I'm not thrilled with the way it comes across here.

I think the biggest problem is an overly grainy base beer. Pale malt and malted white wheat shouldn't be too hard to screw up. This is one of those beers that will turn five degrees of nasty if it's allowed to warm up. Coriander might have been able to cover up a few of the flavor sins, but I doubt that it could have saved the day in the end.

The mouthfeel borders on pathetic. It achieves wateriness well before the swallow and goes downhill from there (if that's even possible). Even the carbonation seems uninterested. That makes two of us.

Blue Moon Honey Moon Summer Ale is a big disappointment. At one time, the original Blue Moon was my highest scoring macro, so I had every right to expect that this beer would be of similar quality. Instead, I find myself recommending a complete overhaul. This honeymoon was over before it even began.

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3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Jason
3.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown twist off bottle with a best before freshness date printed on the bottle. "Ale brewed with honey and orange peel" is stated on the label.

A- Fluffy white head, retention is solid and a few rings of lace on the glass. Very mild haze off of a bubbly golden color.

S- Hint of spicy wheat and sweet honey.

T&M- Very crisp and smooth with a velvety light body. The honey flavor is a bit forced to start but then a graininess, meek hop bitterness and orange peel help to balance that out. The wheat character is timid and the palate is nearly wet or even on the thin side. Finishes with a slight sweetness from the honey.

D- Decent, drinkable though the honey character did start getting to me after one bottle. I'll stick to their white ale even if this seasonal comes out again.

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