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 nickfl
2.31/5  rDev -25.7%
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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Photo of Nerudamann
3.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - Golden colored, clear, with about half a finger of foam that dissipates quickly. Good carbonation. Clearer than I was expecting, I was thinking it would be a little murkier due to the wheat.

Smell - the smell was how I expected it to be, it being a wheat beer. A little hoppy, and very "cereal" like because of the added wheat.

Taste and Mouthfeel - also much like a normal wheat beer. Not bitter at all, and a little sweet (probably from the honey), which helps it perk up a bit in the finish. Texture is pretty well-balanced, and the brew is pretty refreshing in general.

Overall - not a bad brew, but not terribly complicated. It's a good mix and makes for a good general drinking beer.

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Photo of SamN
2.48/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a imperial pint glass from a brewmaster's can (btw, first can review so take that you suckas). Label says "Summer Honey Wheat".

Pours a pretty honey golden color. Nearly perfectly clear, lively, lots of visible carbonation. Bright, bone white head, but quickly fades into very thin wisps of weak foam. Smell is adjuncts, weak honey sweetness, some doughy malts, lemongrass and water oddly enough. Faint odor, requires swirling to get a good whiff. Not bad, definitely not great. Taste is also pretty adjunct dominant, those damned metal tastes I always taste from adjunct dominated beers. Sweet (sort of), some lemony tartness, finishes a touch dry. Has a sugary streak through it that makes it difficult to drink. Medium light body, definitely has a little more heft than I expected. Still doesn't improve this poor beer.

A disappointment. Most Blue Moon brews are not half-bad at best, and at least drinkable at their worst. This beer is the latter. Overly sweet, adjuncty and just not very good.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
2.92/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well for starters, the appearance of this is awful, it looks like an average macro lager, it is completely yellow, and it only is cloudy in certain areas, most of it is completely see through, which is not acceptable from a wheat beer. The head disappears in seconds and leaves very little lacing. Overall I'm not pleased with the appearance on this. The smell is very small, I get a little honey, and a little bit of that macro lager smell, maybe even some corn in there, not too great on the smell. The only reason the smell isn't a 2.5 also is because it's a step up from a macro lager, the appearance is exactly like a macro lager, where as the smell is a small step up. I get very little honey on this beer, and I get mostly generic beer taste, there is a little honey which makes it nice to drink, but mostly it's not the most amazing taste ever. It's not a god awful taste, but it really just tastes like a macro with honey in it, so how can I like that? It is refreshing and light, so it's easy to drink, but other than that there aren't too many redeeming factors. The mouthfeel is pretty crappy for a wheat ale. Overall a pretty average, perhaps below average beer here.

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Photo of philbertk
3.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Honey Moon Summer Ale--Blue Moon Seasonal Collection--2007 12 oz. Bottle. 5.60% ABV--15 IBU’s.? (4.0 / 5.0) Wheat Ale--Honey Orange. Mild lace head. Clear bright dark yellow color. Mild coriander orange wheat hop front. Tangy mild body dry sweet honey tangy mild orange citrus wheat ester body. Refreshing clean crisp mild spice end. Sampled 5/18/2007.

Honey Moon Summer Ale--Blue Moon Seasonal Collection--A Refreshing Summer Ale With Honey & Orange Peel--2008 12 oz. Bottle. 5.60% ABV--15 IBU’s.? (4.0 / 5.0) Wheat Ale--Honey Orange. Foamy lacy white head. Cloudy bright lemon color. Mild hop citrus orange peel front. Dry sweet cloying mild creamy clover honey crisp citrus malty wheat body. Clean mild tangy mild hop citrus spice refreshing end. Rich citrus Summer Wheat! Sampled 4/27/2008. 6-Pack $8.39.

Honey Moon Summer Ale--Blue Moon Seasonal Collection--A Refreshing Summer Ale With Honey & Orange Peel--2009 12 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV--15 IBU’s.? (4.25 / 5.0) Wheat Ale--Honey Orange. No sediment. Thin big foamy mild lace white head. Fizzy clear bright yellow gold color. Mild hop soft wheat ester orange peel front. Mild creamy mellow sweet soft cloying honey wheat body. Refreshing smooth crisp zesty mild hop cloying malt end. Tasty Balanced. Sampled 7/5/2009. 6-Pack $6.99.

Blue Moon Brewing Company--Adolph J. Coors Brewing Company--Honey Moon Summer Ale--Blue Moon Seasonal Collection--Ale Brewed With Orange Peel & With Honey Added--A classic summer ale made even better with real clover honey, fresh orange peeland both pale and white wheat malts. Proof that brewing the perfect summer ale is a true art.--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV. 10 IBU’s? (4.0 / 5.0) Wheat Ale--Honey Orange. No sediment. Foamy mild lace white head. Clear fizzy bright thin gold color. Mild orange peel wheat ester front. Crisp zesty pale wheat dry sweet mild fruit body built on cloying honey base. Mellow tasty flavor. Mild citrus cloying honey dry crisp refreshing end. Sampled 7/1/2010. 6-Pack $6.99.

Blue Moon Brewing Company--Adolph J. Coors Brewing Company--Blue Moon Summer Honey Wheat--Seasonal Collection--Wheat Ale Brewed With Orange Peel With Clover Honey Added--2011 12 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV. 10 IBU’s? (4.0 / 50) Thin thin lace white head. Clear thin bright gold color. Spicy orange peel wheat ester mild hop front. Crisp zesty refreshing dry sweet mild orange honey citrus wheat body. Lingering cloying rich clover honey notesat back of the tongue. Crisp tangy dry sweet mild citrus spice end. Mild orange peel notes & very zesty rich honey flavors. 3rd bottle starts to taste a little harsh. Sampled 3/29/2011. Purchased 6-Pack for $6.99 @ Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 3/29/2011.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.62/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Tasted Apr. 6th 20011 - From notes

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Golden copper, half finger white head, some lacing

S - Honey, nuts, earth, toasted wheat and barley, a dash of earthy hops, citrus and a bit floral. Yeast is nice and sweet smelling

T - Honey, wheat, yeast, a slight bitterness, citrus hops, earth, barley and definitely nutty. The toasted smell doesn't translate into the taste. The water used is so fresh and mineral filled

M - Short finish, light but nice, crisp and flavorful. Not at all sticky, or chewy but has a nice oomph

D - Goes down like water, but taste a lot better. Not big but nicely balanced. For a honey brew, this one is tops

Final thought - $12 a 12 pack, this is the beer you can drink all day, all spring and all summer. Enjoy it nice and cold. Not an A beer, but in it's category it sure is

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Photo of chinchill
3.01/5  rDev -3.2%
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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5/5  rDev +60.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cloudy Straw color.

Fantastic smell of a honey sweet.

I've had this on tap and bottles. I so like the tap a bit better but who don't. This to me is the perfect summer beer.

Each mouthful takes me to a black sandy beach in Fiji. This goes perfect with a higher end cigar.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
1.78/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy pale yellow color with a thick rocky white head that sticks around awhile and some lacing. Smells of wheat gluten and some sweetness and maybe some orange peel. Taste is terrible. Bitterness blended with sparkling water. Terrible beer. Mouthfeel is thin. And drinkability is poor because flavor is terrible.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle not dated

Blue Moon Honey Moon Summer Ale poured a clear light and bright gold that produced a small 1-finger white head that left behind spotty lacing. The fine carbonation rushed to the top of my mug.

The aroma is of light sweet honey and fruity. Taste is crisp and dominated by light sweet honey, fruit and a little orange zest. Mouth feel is light and crisp and a little on the thin side making it an easy drinker.

Honey Moon is an average summer brew - however, I much prefer Blue Moon Belgian White.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honey Moonhas a light straw colour and a decent head that lasts about a minute but always maintains lacing. This beer smells like wet barn straw. There isn't much flavour to begin with but the honey really comes through in the aftertaste. It's a pleasant and extremely drinkable beer.

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Photo of therica
3.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= light amber, bubbly head.

S= not strong but honey, vague hints of the promised orange peel and clove.

T= medium weight, not strong but refreshing, easily identified natural honey, slightly tart (probably the orange peel or could be some undiscerned hops bitters), slight clove.

M= very clean, light honey lingering, slight tartness, not unbalanced.

D= session if you were in the mood. I'm not a big fan of the newly popular Blue Moon or its Belgian but this is nice stuff. Might be nice with some donuts or chocolate.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.45/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blue Moon's summer seasonal is a clear amber wheat ale brewed with clover honey and orange peel for added zing. The flavor is overwhelmingly sweet, and heavy on the honey, though Honey Moon feels lighter and less filling than the signature Blue Moon, so it's a better fit for those steamy summer days. Pretty tasty stuff...not too complex but refreshing just the same.

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Photo of dragonWhale
2.7/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What better accompaniment for a goat roast than two cases of Honey Moon?
(How bout a keg of Vanilla Bean Mead aged in bourbon barrels for two years?)
Ok that. But otherwise?
Somehow most of this beer made it through the party unscathed, so it was up to me to make sure that not all of this fine microbrewed lager (micro means brewed on Earth right?) went to waste.

Clear straw color, vaguely unappetizing but mostly just uninspiring. Probably better to drink it out of the bottle and not look at it.

bread with honey and oranges on it. Now that doesn't sound too bad. The sweetness of the honey and the bitter orange could me a nice combo, and it starts out pleasant enough. Finishes sticky and gets stickier by the sip. Finishes with a kiss on the cheek.

Hey, Blue Moon, let's just be friends.

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Photo of jamesn80
3.77/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a better than average summer beer. It smells and tastes like honey with a hint of orange and lemon. It is sweet without being too sweet. The mouthfeel is a little too heavy for a summer beer. I would like it better if it was a little lighter. It is easy to drink a couple of these.

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Photo of sellmeagod
2.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There was a time when I would find this to be a regular drinkable beer, but things have changed and made the sweet/wheat combination taste a little much for me on this one.

The yellow bottle and "honey" title should let you know what's going on and it isn't wonderful tho it is technically sweet. It feels alright, smells alright, and drinks alright, so that's passable for a seasonable although it doesn't come close to making me feel relaxed and summery. This beer cuts corners to preserve the honey, which is lame.

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Photo of socon67
3.52/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I like Blue Moon, but generally don't like their seasonals. This one falls into the same pattern.

A - Golden in color, and fairly clear.

S - You can smell honey, and a little bit of citrus. But it also has a bit of a skunky smell. Not liking that.

T - Sweet, and tangy. But there is no trace of hops, wheat or any grain. This really misses the mark there.

M - Okay. Its just so darned bland that I'm not getting anything. No finish of any kind.

D - It is a drnkable beer. If you like this type, you can have more than one.

Overall not a good showing from BM. A shame since their regular Blue Moon is tasty on tap, even though its made by one of the big guys. They should scrap the seasonals.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
2.66/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12oz brown screw top bottle...forgot to look for a best by date

Appearance: Medium rich gold hue w/bright clarity (I don't really appreciate that in this style) and attractive beading carbonation in an etched Belgian chalice...the white head is fairly meagre, however, even after a strong pour, and soon fades to a thin, flimsy, and rapidly-fading film.

Smell: The aromas aren't too bad. There's definitely a honeyed sweetness, which I like 'cos I love honey, and it's backed by a very light candied orange aroma and a bit of grainy malt. Simple, but fairly attractive.

Taste: Damnit. I was really actually hoping for something here. It's got a nice, natural honey flavor to it, but that's overlaid on what tastes like maybe all-malt macro-lager. Sweet graininess and that kinda odd steely bitterness typical of easy-drinkin macro lagers. I don't really get any wheat or yeast flavors here at all. Disappointing.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated w/a medium body

Drinkability: One is enough

Conclusion: If I get drug along to a place where all they have is generic lagers and perhaps a Blue Moon on tap, I'll take a Blue Moon if I'm in a beer mood. Especially on draft, it can kinda hit the spot. No, I'm not a BMC guy, but I have no problem admitting that if it's not old or served with dirty lines, a Blue Moon is sometimes just damn tasty (esp. if served in a black 'n tan fashion w/Guinness). Their seasonals, however, should be avoided. This is the best one of 'em, but that's not saying much...

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Photo of tigg924
2.43/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had on tap at the Cedarville BBC

Appearance: gold in color, 1/4 inch head, clear, high carbonation

Smell: honey and grain

Taste: the honey bursts out at the beginning and lasts well to the end, there is also grass and hops

Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation, sweet start that slowly becomes bitter

Drinkability: This tastes like a bad pilsner mixed with honey. I appreciate Blue Moon, but this beer is a one and done for me. The sweetness is borderline cloying at times and does not mix well.

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Photo of sauron681
3.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden color, very fizzy. Has a great head, however dissipates quickly. The lacing stays around for almost the entire session.

Very smooth and clean in the mouth. Has hints of malt and honey. Very sweet taste. A light fruity aroma with floral accents as well. Couldnt pickup any orange flavor.

Ive always been a fan of blue moon, this summer ale is quite good.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
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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Photo of Tunafever73
2.87/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thin head disapeared quickly. Not much of anything to smell. Nice color. Very slight honey flavor, even less citrus. Not a bad beer, but nothing exceptional. This is one of those beers that you forget about because it is right in the middle. Not good, not bad, its just there. It's a blue suit, a plain t-shirt, a romantic comedy.

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

Poured from the bottle into my new pint glass from Barefoot Bernie's in OBX NC. Thin wispy head only lasted a few seconds then dissipated into nothing. Smell was bright and citrusy with a bit of sweetness coming through due to the honey. Taste was somewhat bland with the macro wheat taste and a bit of honey. Somewhat sweet. Mouthfeel was thin and drinkability was good. Would be good to have a few by the pool but not really something a beer advocate would drink routinely.

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Photo of DFN
3.4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Although not technically a "light" beer, this Summer Ale has a light taste and feel to it. It is seasoned with just a hint of both citrus and honey, giving it a bit of a lemonade-y quality. The head is light and frothy and fades fast. Overall it's fairly insubstantial, but it's the kind of beer you could drink quite a few of on a hot summer day. Not great, not bad.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.63/5  rDev -15.4%
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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