Blue Moon Grand Cru | Coors Brewing Company

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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:
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Added by Bitterbill on 11-13-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium color hazy amber with a short but nice pure white head.

Nose perfumy lemon meringue, somewhat simple but sweetly lemony pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium bodies with some "half and half" creamy character and light champagne type carbonation.

Flavors are elegant and plansant. Flavors have hints of spice and oranges, undertones of ginger and coriander. There is a pleasant lavendar character.

This beer is wonderfully balanced and elegant. I love big, giant beers; big giant flavors. Yet, this one is elegant, refined and remarkably attractive and drinkable. Very flavorful in it's elegance and quite nice.

Finish is spice, light grapefruit skin and bitter-sweet lemon.

(Please, avoid using the orange slice suggested on the back of the bottle! Otherwise, a bit simple but a very decent drink).

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Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

PIcked up a bottle of this and I suppose I was hoping for something special here. This poured out as a hazy orange color with a white head on top much like the regular Blue Moon does. The smell of the beer had some light citrus aromas and wheat in there. The taste of the beer is pretty typical of what blue moon is, it's got some light spice notes and a little bit of citrus fruit in there. The mouthfeel of this beer was drinkable but also pretty light. OVerall it's not somehting I'd put the name Grand Cru on. It just didn't wow me enough.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy yellow in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down rather quickly, leaving some bubbles on the surface and a thick ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of orange peel in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has notes of coriander and wheat flavors; the spices particularly linger through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate (definitely fuller in body compared to most witbiers) and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn’t quite as drinkable as the standard Blue Moon but for the most part the added alcohol is well hidden from the taste, particularly when it is cold.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This review could be summed up by saying that it's just like Blue Moon, just stronger.

However, in comparison the Grand Cru thrusts itself into the double/imperial Witbier catagory. The beer is much sweeter with the higher gravity, more wheat and more malt inclusions. Higher alcohols give strength and power to the beer while amplifying the fruity esters. Spicy with orange and corriander the beer balances pretty well. Herbal hops add to the spicy mix while offering a bitter counterpart to the sweetness. A bit hot and rough around the edges, this beer (as most stronger Witbiers do), loose the soft, silky, powdery, and seductive textures that are so famed with Hoegaarden and Witkerkke.

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Photo of oline73
2/5  rDev -40.8%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange color with gold highlights. It had a three-finger, bubbly head of white foam that left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of orange peel, wheat and yeast. Overall, a nice smelling brew.

T - It tasted of strong wheat flavors with yeasty spice. There were notes of coriander and orange peel, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light bodied beer that hides its alcohol flavor very well.

D - This is a pretty good wit. It tastes like a much better version of the original Blue Moon.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I don't normally mention packaging, but Blue Moon has done a great job with this one. Quite nice.

I was quite surprised when I poured it to find large flakes of sedimented yeast, and possibly proteins, swirling about the glass. The majority of the large chunks broke up and settled to the bottom of the glass, but much of it remained suspended like stars in the sky.

Beyond that, the body was an orange color, and it was quite cloudy. I dipped my finger into it and had to bring it within a half inch of the glass to be able to see it. Prior to that I waited to see how well the head held up, and unfortunately it didn't do real well. It initially rose up with about a half inch or so of creamy foam, but that readily dropped to a quarter before it started dissolving in the center, leaving it with an eighth inch or so of creamy collar. It left full rings of thin lacing about the glass, however, which was nice; but they also eroded more quickly than they should have.

In the nose it was, not surprisingly, fairly yeasty. Some very nice orange character came through, and made up the bulk of its scent. Hmm, there's perhaps a bit of lemon (or is that lime?) as well. Coriander, like the dried seeds (not ground), rounds it out. And the fruitiness of the standard Blue Moon was there as well. In fact, it smelled quite like the regular Blue Moon with a tiny bit of not quite describable spicing.

In the flavor the comparison to the standard offering continues. And I guess that's not surprising as 90 or so percent of what we 'taste' is actually smell. NOTE: "Duh", it says right on the back label that it's a "bolder take on our classic". So there you have it. Except I will certainly say that this is far more balanced. When I enjoy a Blue Moon I always feel that it's a little over-done for the style, that it's heavy handed on malt, and this is not. It's much more rounded or 'flat' with the sweet malt lessened and the alcohol thinning what's there. That said, the alcohol never really appears. It's nicely masked, although at 8.2% with a little bit of spicing involved, that's not too hard to do.

The body is medium leaning towards a thin edge, and it's brightly crisp despite the seemingly natural carbonation. The comparison is now inevitable, so I'll say that I find it 'at least seemingly' thinner than the regular... maybe that's the alcohol cutting through. (?)

As to drinkability, I plowed through the large bottle in no time, although the alcohol did slow me with about 9 ounces to go. That's pretty good. But then the question remains, 'would I want another one'? I don't know. I guess I'd have to say no. I'd definitely want another one for a future tasting, but there's not really enough complexity to it to make me want to have any more in one sitting; and I guess to be honest, the lack of complexity was what led me to consume it so quickly in the first place.

It's a good beer. I liked it. I enjoyed it. I don't think it was worth the price, and I think there are better beers out there, but in all honesty I think I'll probably buy more to bring to holiday dinners and what not as it's not uber expensive and people will appreciate it and be charmed by it. "Now to the spicy brown ale".

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Photo of oberon
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I split this with my wife last,I was hoping this would be a more complex larger version og the standard,I was wrong.Pourred into atulip glass a hazed orange with a decent white fluffy head atop.Sweet aromas of artificial fruit,a little toasted cereal grain th there as well.Much sweeter than the the standard but the alcohol isnt in your face,again that artificial fruit flavor and toasted cereal in the finish.I didnt really care for the beer but its not awful,its just not worthy of the price I paid for it.

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2.55/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, citrus fruit, light malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a bready wheat flavor that is quickly followed by a strong orange flavor and some spice. Then some estery flavors of alcohol and a little Belgian yeast come in. the malt character is hearty and there's a mild hops presence but very little balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, it's definitely an amped up version of the regular Blue Moon, but I don't like either version and would not choose this beer again.

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Photo of russpowell
3.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed up peach color with a pinky of sand colored head. Stays hazy with a trace of lacing & head retention

S: Dirty apple skins & some apple blossom

T: Peach, light citrus hop signature & honey up front, plus a bit of white pepper. As this warms, grainyness & apple peels come to the front, along with phenols, coriander, pineapple & juicy fruit gum. Finished fruitty, grainy with a touch of booze & grapefruit. If this would've pulled together a bit better, ii would've pulled a 4.0

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation

Drinks easy enough, but for the money there are better IMP Wits or Wits, call it what you will...

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For the past few weeks, the local Taco Mac chain has been serving up MYSTERY BEERS every Tuesday night in an effort to pare down their bottle selection. Each beer, which can range from a simple twelve ounce bottle to a large 750ml bottle is priced at $2.50 and served with a whimsical "TADA!" from the barstaff. That was how I first met Blue Moon Grand Cru.

Appearance: Pours out a cloudy, straw-hued yellow body with a head that quickly settles into a lasting ¼ inch of white foam.

Smell: Lightly sweetish nose smelling of crisp white wheat dosed up with citrus-scented orange peels. The coriander addition, though present in the aroma, is not particularly fragrant, only adding background peppery accents. While it is a tad boozy in the nose, it's not as stinging as some of these imperialized witbiers.

Taste: Initially, a taste of wheat with some unsalted saltine crackery tones and meager handful of sweet cookie crumbs. The spicy coriander is a bit more appreciable in the taste than in the smell. The citrusy inclusion of orange peel arrives on the tongue alongside some higher alcohols, giving a suggestion of triple sec. An iota of hop bitterness. Touch of yeastiness. Finishes drying, warming, and with a lingering of mild spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied lended some creaminess from the inclusion of wheat. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Generally, I'm not a particularly big fan of these amped up wits, though, thankfully, Coors didn't ratchet this thing up into the 9-11% ABV territory and simply give their standard Blue Moon a slight nudge. Just as I've always thought their Blue Moon was okay, so, too, do I feel this Grand Cru is okay. Then again, it's hard to get too angry with a $2.50 beer!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.17/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lightly hazy pastel orange with daffodil hued highlights. Multiple streams of lively bubbles can be seen rushing up to a soft and nearly featureless cap of beige colored foam that is beginning to leave no more than a few dots and spots of lace... that don't last.

The nose is underpowered. BMGC smells like a witbier, just not enough like one. Given the ABV, the absence of alcohol in the aroma deserves mention. Here's hoping the flavor has more punching power or this will be $9.99 foolishly spent. Did I really pay that much for a Coors product?

Blue Moon Grand Cru isn't the worst Imperial wit in the world, but it's light years from the best. It helps if you like the style (natch) and it also helps if you have a penchant for big beer. All 8.2% is present and accounted for.

The basic outlines of the style are present, though they could have been colored in with deeper and richer colors. A bigger blast of orange peel, a spicier bite of coriander, more pale malt and less obtrusive alcohol (yeah, that's quite a few changes) would have given this Limited Edition a chance to be better than merely decent.

Although it's a little less full than it should be, the sneakily smooth and creamy mouthfeel might be the star of this otherwise unimpressive show. Sparkly bubbles give the beer a bright, refreshing character. Still, drinking quickly isn't recommended.

In the end, Grand Cru isn't much better than the original Blue Moon. It's hard to imagine many of their regular customers finding much enjoyment here... and craft beer lovers have plenty of better options to choose from. I'll be surprised if this is a yearly release.

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a xmas gift from my mom, who always tries. she got me the bud limitted bock a couple years back, but hey what can you do.

opened it up and served it in a flute as i was advised it had a champagne like quality to it and was definitely right about that. light in colo with a tight little head of white and loads of carbonation that bubbled up throughout the session. aroma is light citrus, hints of grass and light hay with a nice well rounded fruit touch that brightened it up nicely. crisp, clean and drinkable as i felt none of the that 8 percent abv it finished with a dry and satisfying taste.

overall it was much better then i thought it would be and i was shocked that it really was not bad at all. dont know what she paid, i am sure too much but i actually enjoyed it.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a somewhat hazy orange and straw color with a nice white head.

S: Lots of spices (primarily coriander) and overly sweet oranges, not all that different from Blue Moon. A bit of sweet wheat and grain, too.

T: The flavor is not quite as enjoyable as I had anticipated. Cloyingly sweet from what seems to be the oranges and wheat/grains. The spice notes are a bit more subtle and there is a bit of alcohol.

M: The body is medium, or thereabouts, and the carbonation is in the same ballpark.

D: This is not as good as Blue Moon, which is sort of against the purpose of this beer. Oh well, what can you expect from Coors?

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Photo of orangesol
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.69/5  rDev +9.2%
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 johnnnniee
3.31/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Blue Moon Grand Cru, whoda thunk?
Pours a cloudy lemon straw color with a tightly bubbled bright white head that sticks around forever. I was hoping to find more in the nose, but I was sadly disappointed. Aromas of citrus, mostly lemons, pepper, spicy wheat malt, and a spice that I assume is coriander. Taste is a lemon and orange kind of feel with some spicy yeast, wheat, alcohol and some pepper. Creamy smooth mouthfeel is the greatest asset to this brew. Vibrantly carbonated, slick mouthfeel. Not bad, but definitely lackluster. I don't think I'll be buying anymore of these especially with the $10.75 price tag.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.43/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appears a cloudy yeast filled chunky slurry of goodness. Orange glazed body with yeast sediment galore, this beer forms thick with white bright head, uh oh! Some redeeming qualities coming my way. Even minimal lacing early on let's see how things transgress.

Aroma has a solvent alcohol smell with strong orange/lemon citrus peels flooding my senses. It makes you tingle up and down your backbone. What a crazy experience.

This beer's flavor gets ten fold worse with each sip comes a strong syrupy astringency blended with orange peel pith bitterness. I may just throw this sample up it's that disgusting it burns the throat and your senses to the point of inebriation and back again.

Imagine stronger Blue Moon, the orange juice gives you acid reflux and then some this is disgusting I can't take another sip the worse beer experience I've had in quite some time. Cloying residual sugars join the alcohol induced partay.

Drinkability is piss poor a beer I would like to send as a castaway with Jay Leno right now, I hope Jay get's ship wrecked and stranded on an island with just this beer to drink. It sucks that bad I want no one else to come in contact but Jay Leno himself, muther fucka bumpin my boy Conan out of his earned seat.

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Photo of stakem
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy yellowish orange color that really looks like a form of watered down glass of orange juice. Initially it has more than a finger of white head that doesn't have muh retension and quickly fades to just a lace upon the beer. Nose is yeasty with the spice of coriander and a bold orange peel aroma. Taste is sweet upfront with a ton of the orange and coriander present. Finishes a little spicy and warming. Slightly bitter and malty. Not really picking up on any hop flavor. Lingering taste left in the mouth that is very similar to orange juice but with the alcohol kick. Med to high carb with a medium feel. It is a nice change from the usual blue moon but one was enough for me.

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Blue Moon Grand Cru from Coors Brewing Company
3.38 out of 5 based on 347 ratings.
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