Blue Moon Grand Cru | Coors Brewing Company

Blue Moon Grand CruBlue Moon Grand Cru
348 Ratings
Blue Moon Grand CruBlue Moon Grand Cru

Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bitterbill on 11-13-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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1/5  rDev -70.1%

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1/5  rDev -70.1%

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1.4/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Chilled 750mL into a glass. Thanks to nickd717 for sharing this.

A: Cloudy milky yellow. Finger of off-white head. No lace. When viewed from the side, there appear to be chunks of... crap floating in it (it's not yeast -- we didn't get far enough into the bottle to attack the slug). Ew.

S: Lemon, orange peel, and yeast. It smells like largadeer on a hot day.

T: Lemon, orange peel, yeast, with a strongly spicy (clove?) finish and aftertaste. Somewhat grainy. Way imbalanced on the spice, and the rest of the flavors simply don't have enough depth to compensate.

M: Thin bodied. Watery flavor, with a distractingly spicy finish. The only thing that saves this from a 1 is that it's not overly boozy for its 8% (though the spice burn can be mistaken for such).

D: Substantially worse than base Blue Moon and several times more expensive. Good job.

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1.5/5  rDev -55.1%

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1.5/5  rDev -55.1%

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1.5/5  rDev -55.1%

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1.5/5  rDev -55.1%

Photo of SamN
1.62/5  rDev -51.5%
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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1.72/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pour produces a cloudy orange hazy colored body. Chunks of sediment throughout. Head is light and fluffy, about 2 fingers of cream colored lace. Aroma contains notes of coriander and orange peel. More witbier aromas than traditional grand cru belgian beer. Big aroma of wheat backing. Taste contains a very fluid, watery wheat taste. Alcohol takes over the wheat style, with too much fume at the center. Sour/tart orange rind/lemon zest kills the palate towards the finish, with zesty flavoring lingering into the aftertaste accopanied by overbooozyness. Overall, this beer is not good, not worth the money, and very disappointing despite my less than optimistic hope for the beer actually being good.

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1.86/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I love grand cru style beers and this was a very poor example, tasted like a slightly more hopy coorslight YuK! The cool I found was way to clear and the yeast flavor that has shined in other cru's is just not there. It felt more like I was drinking an IPA.

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2/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750ml bottle from BevMo.

Pours a sickly looking hazy golden-orange with some chunks floating in the beer. Small, fading white head.

Aroma is not good. Orange peel, coriander, and wheat, as expected.

Flavor is also pretty...well...meh. Like a boozier Blue Moon really. Orange, coriander, and rough wheat. Not at all balanced.

Palate is too boozy and thin. Not too much to it.

This beer is nasty, not because it's BMC, but because it's nasty. Should've been a drain pour, but I choked my 5oz down. Fail.

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2/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

2009 vintage 750 mL bottle with two extra stickers in order to help fancy it up. $9.

Pours a cloudy golden, not quite white. Generous snow white head has decent retention, though it is not very sticky. Chunky sediment in suspended in the last third of the bottle, not good. Smells like orange, lemon, Fruity Pebbles breakfast cereal, slight amount of banana. Label recommends garnishing with an orange slice, which seems completely unnecessary. Tastes of citrus, mostly orange, which increases into bitter orange peel on the midpalate. Lemons detectable, though it comes with an artificial flavoring. No detectable wheat presence. Bitter spices and fusel alcohols on the finish. Light to medium bodied, with medium-high carbonation, lightly creamy.

This is not good. Most reminds me of Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat, but not as good. I would rather drink regular Blue Moon also, though I do not make a habit of drinking either. Ultimately, This is MillerCoors trying to use thier most indie brand name to cash in on the upswing in artisan craft beer mystique. "Artfully Crafted" is even a registered trademark now to describe Blue Moon. Wow. This isn't as good as Bud Light Golden Wheat. Borderline drainpour.

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2/5  rDev -40.1%

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2/5  rDev -40.1%

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2/5  rDev -40.1%

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2/5  rDev -40.1%

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2/5  rDev -40.1%

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2/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2/5  rDev -40.1%

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2/5  rDev -40.1%

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2.04/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - This came out a dull and bespeckled orange in color with a decent head that even left some lacing.

Smell - The spices at the nose are huge and drown out the other smells just like its junior partner does. This one goes a step farther and adds some medicinal alcohol notes that mess things up even more.

Taste - The malt flavor actually isn't bad but once again everything is trounced by the dull hammer of spices. The rubbing alcohol flavor doesn't help, either.

Mouthfeel - This medium-bodied Wit lacks the carbonation one comes to expect of the style and the texture of this ale is quite clumsy.

Sinkability - This was actually worse than the regular Blue Moon.

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2.11/5  rDev -36.8%
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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2.17/5  rDev -35%
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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2.21/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12.31.09 at Streets of San Francisco party.

A: hazy gold through the plastic cup

S: citrus on the nose, maybe orange peel, with some coriander

T: like regular Blue Moon

M: lots of carbonation, highlighting the lack of depth

D: only other beer available at an open-bar party, tastes like regular Blue Moon to me, although I haven't had that in awhile, and don't plan on confirming that thought anytime soon

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2.23/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A - Very cloudy and pale yellow color. Lots of junk floating around in the beer. Very high visible carbonation. Left a fairly large head in my Duvel glass, but the glass is prone to doing that with nearly every beer.

S - Strong orange rind smell mixed with slight alcohol. I was hoping for a bit more complex scent, but orange and alcohol sums this up pretty much.

T - Orange peel notes are the first taste to hit, but they fade away very quickly because the actual taste of orange is pretty underwhelming. Coriander and bitter hops follow the orange which gives way to a warming alcohol sensation which is a little offputting for me. It's a clean finish that leaves barely any aftertaste. The orange taste gets a little more bitter and sour the more you drink.

M - Based on the high amount of bubbles, I thought it would have a bit more of a carbonated taste than it did. It was medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Pretty smooth mouthfeel.

D - Based on the taste alone it's drinkability isn't as high as you'd think because I feel the taste alone is poor. Mix that in with the high alcohol and you don't have a very good drinkability.

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Blue Moon Grand Cru from Coors Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 348 ratings
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