Blue Moon Rising Moon Spring Ale
Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)

Blue Moon Rising Moon Spring AleBlue Moon Rising Moon Spring Ale
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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #1,187
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2.97 | pDev: 17.17%
Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)
Colorado, United States
Blue Moon Rising Moon Spring AleBlue Moon Rising Moon Spring Ale
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.99/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Light amber appearance, reveals a nice amount of carbonation leading to the formation of 1/2" white head. Aroma had some lime notes. Not much else.

The bitterness is pronounced for something that doesn't feel like it was hopped all that much. I guess lime will do that, or a long boil of high alpha acid hops in small quantity. I mean, this is substantial bitterness above 60ibu I would guess, or maybe it is just lacking in the malt department making it feel so bitter.

May 27, 2016
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thagr81us from South Carolina

3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger slightly off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, caramel, and caramel hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, lime, lime rine, and caramel hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was an average brew. I did like the citrus character I got in this one as it helped to make the brew a little more enjoyable. However, you can't add chocolate to crap and make it into a gourmet dish. While this one wasn't crap it definitely wasn't a great representation of the style either. A decent attempt by a brewery not known for brewing this style, but still just feel a little short of what I personally would have wanted.

Nov 08, 2011
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mttfrog13 from New York

3.65/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance = Nice amber color

smell = floral, slightly hoppy.

taste = It has a really nice flavor, but somehow it seems a bit "empty". It tastes similar to pale moon, but a bit more flavorless which is why I like pale moon more.

mouthfeel = Very crisp, but is lacking a flavor to contrast.

overall = Decent beer. I would go with pale moon first, but if you like this brand, try all of them.

Nov 01, 2011
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cagocubs from Illinois

3.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours copper color with decent head and good lacing. Strong scent of citrus and fruit. Lime scent was the most prevalent citrus smell. Nice citrus taste which makes the beer crisp and smooth. Good carbonation, mouthfeel is nothing special but I found this to be very drinkable especially on a spring day. I enjoyed this beer and would look for it again.

Aug 17, 2011
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righthereisay from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was much better than expected. As somebody who is very suspect to mass produced beer, I was very surprised with this one.

The deep complex flavoring was a surprise. I purchased this at the beach in April, and its nice lime tint was a great surprise. Not too overwhelming at all.

I definitely recommend a beer enthusiast try this,as this is not like the other mass produced one a be beers.

May 14, 2011
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a bottle of this back in MArch of 2008. I hadn't even realized that it was retired. You learn something new everyday. Anyhow, this beer was a amberish color with a decent on it. The guy who gave it to me specifically told me about how it was brewed with limes in it. Doesn't matter to me, I'll give it a try no matter what. The aromas were pretty standard not much lime there... the Taste was basically the same. The lime must have been very faint in there because I wasn't getting any. This beer wasn't bad, I would have tried it again it I could.

Apr 09, 2011
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shwhat from New York

3.47/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i've gotta say...i'm extremely upset with blue moon's decision to switch things up and get rid of rising moon in favor of 'spring blonde wheat ale.'

this light bodied, sweet brew may not necessarily be the best beer out there. and it's probably more suited for the summer. however, it's WAY better than their new version.

there is really no hops to speak of...the bitterness is very very low. it's not incredibly malty either, just enough without being too bready or caramel-y. very light bodied, but not to the point of say a 'bmc light.' in actuality, i really like this beer. the citrus flavor is definitely there, but not too much so. i think the flavors balance well. i'd love to kick back a few in the summer by the pool...but not only is this not available in summer, it's not available at all anymore.

i had my first (and unfortunately last) pint of this at a restaurant on cape cod last week. tried to find it in the grocery store nearby, only to see that they don't make it anymore. so lame.

Apr 07, 2011
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boudreaux from Alabama

2.82/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured amber; rich, creamy head with great retention; great lacing that lasted throughout

S: little/no aroma; maybe a hint of citrus/lime and fresh-cut grass; if anything, smells like summer in the south

T: very malty, with just a touch of lime; a mix of bitter and sweet that ends up balancing well; fresh cut grass also present here; surprisingly decent

M: fresh and clean; light with just the right amount of carbonation; a great value for a summer brew

D: Goes down easy, as most beers like this do

Jan 25, 2011
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

actually managed to make it through all the blue moon seasonals this year, not that i should brag, but what can you do, served cold and into a pint glass.

aroma is light blend of grain, cereal and a light tart citrus, like lemon or grapefruit that gives it some balance but not too much and not over the top. clean and crisp as the light amber ale seems to hold itself together quite nicely and i was surprised at how well the flavors blended. nice hints of citrus dotted through the malty profile and the light feel seemed to work quite well.

overall i have to admit i have had much, much worse. really a very decent, average offering but i have had worse.

Jan 11, 2011
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therica from Maryland

3.22/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A= light amber-orange, bubbly white head turning to off-white pooling.

S= mild malt nose, hints of citrus.

T= modest flavor, some tartness from the Kafir Lime, far more malts than a Macro but nothing in the great zone.

M= clean with tartness, some malty aftertaste lingering.

D= very drinkable if one is in the lime-tart mood, probably a nice summer variation for those who enjoy Blue Moon Belgian styles. Might actually go well with fresh veggie stick appetizers.

Oct 11, 2010
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OWSLEY069 from Pennsylvania

2.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean pale orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, somewhat wheaty, spices, mostly cinnamon. In the taste, cinnamon, a small citrus and wheat notes. A spicy bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry faint cinnamon aftertaste. Big cinnamon spice, ok, but the masses would love it.

Aug 07, 2010
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Church89 from North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brown bottle with the label emphasizing limes.

Pours honey brown, little head that fades fast.

Hardly any smell, traces of lime is about it.

Surprisingly bland flavor for a beer that totes the label "Wheat Ale"

Drinkability saves it for me. Big improvement over the other lime flavored macro brews. Nice feature at a BBQ.

Jul 16, 2010
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

2.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a four finger white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Crystal clear pale amber color. Nose has hints of malt, no hint of lime. Flavor is mellow - very light malt. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

Jun 21, 2010
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ahatch551 from Massachusetts

3.56/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nice golden almost biscuit color almost no aroma. Good mouthfeel and body. Slight apricot and honey notes with a crisp doughy feel. Taste is definitely better than the smell made me expect. Would be a fine beer for outdoors on hot days but nothing too special.

May 09, 2010
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Sixofsigmas from California

2.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a golden amber color with an inch of head which receded very quickly. There was a tiny bit of lacing, but I think that was on accident.

Sweet malt smell mixed with faint notes of lime that I might not have detected had I not been looking for it. Slight floral hop smell.

Taste was corn, malt, FAINT lime, totally and wholly unremarkable.

Mouth was creamy and highly carbonated with a slight tongue bite.

It's very easy to drink, but the beer offers so little that I don't know why you would want to. It might not be bad on a day when you're out working/playing in the sun, but that's the secret code for watery light-bodied beer. Everything has its place though.

May 03, 2010
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KickInTheChalice from Illinois

2.55/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The head bubbles up to 3 cm as I pour it, but before I put the bottle down it is completely gone. Very pale golden amber color, with light visible carbonation rising in the glass.

Smell: Trying to find any real aroma here almost made me think I had a cold. There is just nothing there. Some subdued malt aroma, nothing related to lime or citrus.

Taste: Extremely processed sort of taste. More corn than malt flavor; what malt is there is of the pale variety. Lime shows up as it warms a little bit. Finishes sweet and chemically smooth.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy soda pop tingling sensation from the carbonation, but only a little bit crisp. Mostly watery in a light-to-medium body. Almost a chemical residue after each sip.

Drinkability: This was a very boring beer. I might adjust rankings if this was moved to the adjunct category, but as is, this is just not worth drinking.

May 02, 2010
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MrStark from North Carolina

2.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is a clear golden amber with a one finger off white head that dissipated within a few minutes. Not any lacing to be seen really.

Smell is pretty faint, only a vague hint of lime and some malt.

Taste is better than the smell would lead me to think but still nothing impressive. The lime is there in the flavor as well as some simple malts with no real hop bitterness that I could detect.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is ok. It does go down easy and doesn't leave any linger aftertaste. The flavor is not terrible but certainly nothing special. I would drink it if it happened to be around but its not something I would go out to look for.

Apr 13, 2010
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine April 2007.

Yet another spawn of the very popular Blue Moon Belgian White has hit the shelves: an Amber Wheat Ale brewed with kieffer lime leaves and lime peel. Looks like someone's been watching a few of the smaller craft brewers out there. Interesting. Also, the Blue Moon brand is now brewed in Canada, apparently.

Thin, foamy white lace stays for a good while. Stunning amber color shows off a good clarity. Earthy lime aroma is light, but the peel is prominent. Cooked cereal smell from the wheat; more or less a clean nose. Crisp and smooth with a moderate body. Wheat flavor dangles that crispness underneath the flash of lime-peel flavor. Minimal hop bitterness with a clean palate. Finishes dry, with hints of cake frosting, lime candy and wheat cereal.

Not bad at all, but they would've been better off making this a bit more pale, bumping up the lime flavor a notch and making it a summer seasonal. Are they trying to please the beer geek and the Blue Moon loyalist at the same time? Some tequila and lime-marinated chicken with mango salsa and black beans sounds like a great pairing.

Apr 07, 2010
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Shamgar from Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Guiness pint glass.

A- Golden color. Some carbonation. No lasting head or defined lacing. average at best.

S- Some lime off the top, sweat malt underneath.

T- Better than the smell. The malt is more to the front with some acsents of lime peel. Not bad.

M- Medium bodied. Slides down smoothly enough even with a little carbonation popping out here and there.

D- Easy to drink. Probably the best feature to the beer.

Overall this is an okay beer. I would drink it again if it were offered to me on a social occassion, but I would not pursue it again.

Apr 04, 2010
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stingrayvr6 from New Jersey

3.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass, light amber, hints of yellow, big white head, decent retention. Bottle says brewed with lime peel and smell is actually quite big and sweet with definite lime in there. High hopes before that first sip. Should have stopped there. Very faint malt, watery up front, lots of carbonation, some lime and barely perceptible grassy hops in the finish. Citrus comes back at the very end. Not bad, just not really good either. Great summer beer to give to those who only know BMC.

Apr 03, 2010
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MikeBrandman from Connecticut

3.24/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 3 fingers of head into a hefeweizen glass. Quickly fades to a thin layer of head with decent legs. Good amount of carbonation visible through the transparent caramel body.

S - Not much smell here. Slight grass and lime.

T - Again, lime taste. A little caramel. Sweetness could get a little cloying though. No bitterness or alcohol taste.

MF - Fairly thin. Good body for the flavor.

D - Good drinkability, but the flavor is kind of offputting at point.

Apr 01, 2010
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kneeland from North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a six pack of this on a whim, hoping it would be as good as most Blue Moon seasonals. It's not, but that doesn't make it bad. It tastes exactly as they say it does. Crisp, with a subtle citrus taste. But overall, it sort of has a watered down feel to it. It is owned by Coors after all (ba-zing!)

Apr 01, 2010
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Metalmonk from North Carolina

3.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours the color of washed out an old sun-bleached penny. Head is thin and kind of wispy, thinning to a skim/crown within about a minute. Lots of bubble action.

Aroma is nondescript, the lime barely makes itself known, only there as a flash of some kind of citrus. The rest is steamed vegetable and a lightly metallic element.

Flavor is okay, nothing amazing, but fine enough for hot spring day drinking. The lime is well-incorporated, not entirely artificial tasting, although the weak malt presence does nothing to give this beer the depth is really needs. The hops are crisp, but as with everything else here they're super laid-back and not assertive in any way.

Crisp, clean mouthfeel, has a slight bit of creaminess that creeps up until a mineral/metallic character comes to shut it down. The finish is typical corporate-lager, unfortunately. You know, weak and dry and metallic and just not very appealing.

Despite my gripes, it would be a totally decent beer for backyard cookouts, mowing the lawn, staring at the clouds and any number of other outdoor activities. If, that is, you can't find a beer under 6% that tastes better, and I know of a couple hundred that would do the trick better than this. This is just probably cheaper and more readily available.

Mar 29, 2010
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TtheGrey from Connecticut

2.36/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - average, not too much here.

S - Hint of citrus

T - Not a lot of flavor going on here at all.

M - Light, not much there.

D - Easy to throw these down, especially conmsidering 5.6% ABV.

I could see drinking these in the midst of summer, but I would not seek these out for their own merits due to lack of taste, this coming from a guy that loves Bud Light.

Mar 29, 2010
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SimplySinister from Florida

2.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Golden Amber, adequate carbonation, poor lacing and head retention.

S - Lime and hops are at the forefront here.

T - I'm really not impressed whatsoever with the taste of this one. I think its trying its best to be a summer ale, but falls far too short. Overly bitter, simplistic, hoppy taste. Acidic.

M - Not much to say here. I guess the mouthfeel is rather typical as far as macros are concerned.

D - Not so good. I can't get past the synthetic lime flavoring. Its just too much.

In conclusion, I decided to give Rising moon a go considering the limited Walmart beer selection and my mediorce respect for its older brother Blue moon. Unfortunatly, it was a mistake that I will not repeat. I suggest, in all honesty, that Coors either totally revamp this brew, or discontinue it. I don't mean to be too harsh, but for the price I expected higher quality. Furthermore, we struggle with so many blatently dispicable macro brews in the United States that marketing another is like pouring salt on the wound.

Mar 29, 2010
Blue Moon Rising Moon Spring Ale from Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)
Beer rating: 70 out of 100 with 351 ratings