Blue Moon Grand Cru
Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)

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Style:
Belgian Witbier
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
78
Avg:
3.4 | pDev: 18.53%
Reviews:
201
Ratings:
349
From:
Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
78
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Reviews by AKuehn47:
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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Photo of bagpiper2005
2.17/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pour: Extremely cloudy yellow-orange color with large pieces of sediement. Two and a half fingers of white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Faint. Wow. Mostly alcohol, but some hint of orange as well. Not much here.

Taste: Pretty bitter, but not as in hops. Like really bitter orange peels. Only a little bit of malt at the front, but gets a bit sweeter as it warms. Alcohol asserts its presence. Not good.

Mouthfeel: Very overly carbonated (almost as much carbonation as a clear soda). Medium bodied.

Drinkability: Not enjoying this at all. I'm having to work to get this down.

Final Notes: Stick to just plain old Blue Moon. I actually like that beer. This beer is overly alcoholic and overall unpleasant. I guess this goes to show that wheat beers weren't meant to be high in alcohol. Ugh.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this bottle for 2.49 for 750ml at a local liquor store so grabbed one, thinking the wife would like to split it with me, and she liked it.

Poured into a pint glass without an Orange.

Appearance-Cloudy light orangy/brown. Plenty of floaties. 2 finger off white head that dissipates almost immediately, no lacing.

Smell-Orange and Bananas. Some Pepperiness in there as well.

Taste-Sweet malts upfront with some orange. Finish is very hefeweizen like with some banana, clove, pepper. Slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel-Light to medium bodied, little watery. Medium amount of carbonation.

Overall-This beer reminded me that some BMCs can be pretty good. I don't love it, but for 2.49 a 750 I'll have another if theres any left.

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Photo of kingcrowing
2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a very cloudy light golden wheaty color with a small white fluffy head. Nose is wheaty and very yeasty - that's about it.

Taste is very similar to regular blue moon just with more of a Belgian yeast character and spiciness. It's a really decent BMC beer but not worth ~$10.

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Photo of RoryOMoore
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of crossovert
2.52/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

750ml bottle purchased for 4.99 i would never blow 8.99 on this.

Pours a milky peach color with a large white head that leavs some bizarre, ugly, and sticky looking lacing.

At first there isn't much smell but after a large whiff it smells like orange dreamsicle with a very sickly sweet smelling orange scent.

The flavor is reall bad, it tastes like creamed orange bread, yuck. The mouthfeel is disgusting.

Overall I wasted my money but at least I can say I tried it.

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Photo of pukahi91
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I remember being surprised by how much I enjoyed this a couple years ago, so I'm anxious to see how things pan out today. This stuff pours a clear golden-brass topped by a finger of relatively short-lived lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, light coriander, very light banana peel, and a sizable portion of blunt, vague wheat. The taste brings in more of the same, with a bit more of a spicy edge (particularly coriander) and enough orange character to keep those damn Florida grove-tenders on the phone 24/7 with their lawyers, trying desperately to maintain their virtual monopoly on that fresh-squeezed flavor. It's surprisingly effective (the flavoring, not the Floridians' efforts). The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this stuff is still pretty enjoyable. It's nothing earth-shattering or anything, but I'll readily take it over most any other Blue Moon variant I've come across thus far.

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Photo of bbeane
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured in to a 16oz nucleated pint glass... very light orange color... very cloudy with lots of sediment. On top is a finger thick fizzy white head that lingers and leaves some lacing

S- Smells very sweet... definate notes of orange and spices. Maybe some cinnamon or nutmeg

T- Starts off very smooth, a bit sweet yet tart. Finishes with a taste of all the spices clinging in your mouth. The 8.2% abv is very well masked. IMO, definitely better than a regular blue moon

M- Very smooth. Light to medium carbonation, very clean finish

D- Very drinkable taste wise... but a bit high in alcohol to be sessionable. And though tasty, not tasty enough to carry the price tag that it does. Worth a try, but not something I would seek regularly if it was always available

CHEERS!!

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Photo of CheckMate
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle obtained at Hannaford in Derry. 2009 Vintage. Split with BA MrHurmateeowish. pours a murky golden yellow with an inch of off white head that dissipated quickly. scents of orange citrus, orange peel, coriander, spices, and malt. tastes of spices, orange peel, lots of coriander, lemon, biscuit in the background. medium bodied. not bad for a macro brew.

Cheers!

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Photo of tone77
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 25.4 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is alive with citrus and spice. Taste is crisp, a bit boozy, citrus, a touch of spice and a tad tart. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of twbeecher
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

10.99 750ml.. saw this and *had* to try it.

A- Not much different than regular Blue Moon. Very nice, frothy, foamy, but quickly settling head. Pale, hazy, and very nice for a witbier.

S- Pretty damn pungent. Coriander is the main event. Wow. This is how I like my witbiers... very agressive for a wit. Nice.

T- Bubblegum, bananas, and cloves/coriander. Hmm, I like it. The nose was a bit more aggressive than the taste.. but I'm OK with that. Flavors work really well together. Pretty strong bubblegum/banana, so if that's not your thing, stay away.

M- Considering the ABV, I'm impressed. Crisp, good carbonation, nice bubbly mouthfeel, and a good finish.

D- Fairly high. The price point is over the top... Proof the big boys can make a decent... even good beer if they try. Not terribly complex, but def. miles beyond the regular Blue Moon offerings.

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Flame away, but I think it is pretty tasty. Too expensive, though... I can get a 750ml Lost Abbey for this price.

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Photo of sensorglitch
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - This beer poured a sort of orange-gold color, there wasn't really any lacing, and the head wasn't notable

S- Smelled of fruits, could smell almost a bannana smell, but it wasn't really a standout smell from other beers

T - Didn't care for the taste, it was a very mediocre beer, which was a little yeasty. Nothing I really cared for.

M - It had a full body, there was a lot of carbonation

D - This beer isn't worth everything I have heard about it, I was not impressed in the least bit. It was drinkable, but why would I bother? It wasn't really so drinkable I would pay the price, nor so cheap I would stomach it's shortcomings.

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Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of jwg782
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of stevenseg
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It's not fair to compare a beer to anything except what the brewers want it to be. Blue Moon is one of the few ales brewed by the mega-brewers. Congrats to Coors for at least ATTEMPTING to put out a bomber of quality beer. Of any mega-beer I would like to see a limited edition of, it's Blue Moon. That said, I am expecting this beer not to rival any trappist (Rochefort brewery has had 414 years to get it right, and the have) or traditional Belgian ales, but to be a souped-up version of Blue Moon itself.

Upon first pour, a nice creamy pinky-width head formed with a medium pour into my pint glass. The head is nice and sticky and has thus far (5 minutes) stuck around with a nice lacing.

The sniffage emits a Belgian yeast and coriander mixture with a hint of the great wheat sweetness. The citrus comes through subtly, but I expect much more of that on the palate.

True to what I expected...this is Blue Moon with more blue and more moon...and definitely more alcohol. The alcohol is extremely subtle for it's 8.2% ABV. It's body is a bit heavier and I detect a bit more hop character than the original, which is a very pleasant contrast to the sweet wheat malts.

As noted before, the Grand Cru body has a bit more to it. It is more creamy than sticky (creamy doesn't leave quite the lacing that creamy does), but the carbonation is a little rougher than expected, but by no means is it abrasive. Typical Belgian non-Trappist beers tend to have large dense bubbles, so I take the Grand Cru carbonation as pretty traditional.

Grand Cru is pretty much Blue Moon amped up a bit. Heavier body, heavier alcohol content, heavier spice flavor. Being a drinker of strong ales, this is really a unique twist on typical strong Belgian ales. Trappists have their own character, and so do the champagney Belgian-style ales from the US and abroad (Unabrue in Canada). I like the flavor and drinkability of Blue Moon in general (at least as a session when nothing else is available), and the same style made into a higher-quality strong ale is definitely a win for Coors.

If you're going to give Grand Cru a shot, drink a regular Blue Moon, cleanse your palate, and then sip some Cru so you can get the amped-up effect Coors was going for. And again...cudos to a mega-brewery for even ATTEMPTING a high-gravity style. Hopefully others follow suit.

UPDATE: After a single pint of the 750ml, the high ABV made my eyes bulge. Very smooth and clean effect. Another 12oz to go and I am pretty excited. Oh, and tip the beer upside down for a second before your first pour or you'll get all your sediment in your glass upon the second pour like I did. I happen to like sediment, so no biggie, but tipping probably would have evened it out...cheers!

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Photo of dpnelson1978
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

$11.99 / ea.

55°F

S: Sweet lemon (pardon the oxymoron) with a distinct wheat aroma. A bit like Fruit Loops if that is your thing.

A: Cloudy straw body topped by a big loose head that dissipates immediately leaving no lacing and sparse cover.

T: Much sweeter than I expected. Again the lemon taste dominates up front, but the back end is all wheat. No distinguishable hop character. Just a tad too syrupy sweet.

M: Medium or better body and medium carbonation. Very smooth, bordering on oily.

D: Good party beer. Fill your cup half as often, and wait in line for the bathroom half as often. A bit too sweet for me personally, but it goes down fast and hard like the sorority crowd that will jump all over it.

O: Good try by Blue Moon / Coors but still a bit too bubble gum sweet for my taste. It is awesome to see the effort thought.

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Photo of BeerPhan86
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've never really cared for anything but the original Blue Moon. I got this as a present for my dad who loves the original. I have to say it was better than the other "seasonal" beers Blue Moon has attempted.

A - Hazy golden-orange body with a two finger foamy white head. Lots of sediment floating in the second pour.

S - Lots of orange peel, coriander and pale malt.

T - Didn't find it to be as strong or offputting as I was expecting. Tastes like a sweeter Blue Moon with more flavor but I didn't think it was overdone. I have had Imperial White ales before and it is a hard style to pull off, as they generally are just way too sweet and spicy for me. Lots of wheat and sweet malt in the aftertaste, and unfortunately, lots of alcohol.

M - Light but creamy. Medium carbonation with a little alcohol burn in the aftertaste.

D - Not very sessionable but a good after dinner beer.

Overall, it was okay. I like Blue Moon just fine, but this was a tad expensive. It was a treat for my dad and he thoroughly enjoyed it, as Blue Moon is one of the few good beers I have ever gotten him to love.

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Photo of abrodsky
2.11/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The higher alcohol content of this beer really took away from the taste normally expected with blue moon. There was still hints of the orange a coriander, but the higher alcohol content of this one really hid it and took away from the experience. Stick to normal Blue Moon.

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Photo of SamN
1.62/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured in a large hefe glass.

A- A thick pouring wheat beer, with a thick cloudy orange color, thin head that fades quickly. Opaque with quite a lot of sediment floating in my glass. Not a wholly appealing sight.

S- Oranges, first off. Thick orange peels, a deep chemical-like scent, creamy scents of corriander and Christmas spices. I prefer the original Blue Moon aroma; this one is too thick and too "imperial" for a belgian wit. Soft and delicate is the name of the game, this is the wrong beer to double up on.

T- This is a big beer; classic Blue Moon taste- the creamy, Americanized version of a delicious belgian wit. That's the good part. The bad part is when the "grand cru" part kicks in-- rotten orange peels, dry lingering metallic taste, you can can taste the seams in this beer, it does not fit together well. Not a good tasting beer, it's a bad tasting Blue Moon.

M- Spicy carbonation that is too much, the finer points of this imperial wit are lost under the blanket of distracting bubbles. Poorly done.

D- Ouch. I love Blue Moon, and I love a good wit, but this special beer absolutely fails.

Poor taste, awful look, goddamn chunks of something floating in my beer and all for the low low price of nearly 12 bucks for a bomber. No thanks.

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Photo of Neskimo
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A pretty good golden yellow with a decent white head. Head dissipated to a small coating pretty quickly but retained well from there.

S - One of the better traits of this beer. The macro grain bill is well balance with a solid bit of wheat and some orange and citrus notes. Very malt centric.

T - About the best I can say is it started out much better than I expected from Coors. Unfortunately about half way through the bottle that changed for the worst. After that point the macro-ness came back in force and all i could taste was a very substantial coors like grain bill, that adjunct bitterness. Any sort of yeast esters and orange accents were not noticable.

M - Mouthfeel was good, carbonation was as expected, not too harsh or too mild.

D - Another miss. Started out quite refreshing and somewhat spoke of quality more than expected. However, half way through my initially appreciation had gone away and the grain bill was starting to make me regret going as far as I had.

Overall, started out better than expected from Coors, and finished disappointing as usual.

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Photo of KidRagnarok
4/5  rDev +17.6%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of ryanonline
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a hazy gold orange color with lots and lots of fluffy white head that leaves moderate lacing.

honestly, i wish i could say it any other way, this beer smells like a blue moon but slightly spicier. maybe some cinnamon on top of the orange and coriander scent.

yeah...it tastes like a blue moon too.

has sort of a creamy mouthfeel with a bit of heavy carbonation, though it may be slightly lighter bodied than blue moon. it has sort of an acrid finish to it, slightly bitter and kind of biting.

kind of filling and not necessarily the best flavor, dunno if i would want to many.

the only thing that makes this beer better than blue moon is the higher alcohol content, so you don't have to drink too many. that being said i would probably just as soon drop a shot of grand marnier into a leinenkugel sunset wheat and be happier for it (i've never tried that i bet it would be good).

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Blue Moon Grand Cru from Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 349 ratings