Blue Moon Grand Cru | Coors Brewing Company

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78
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347 Ratings
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Blue Moon Grand CruBlue Moon Grand Cru
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
coors.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
347
Reviews:
201
Avg:
3.38
pDev:
18.64%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
18
For Trade:
0
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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 jds1469
4.01/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The appearance was light in color and the head was ample and went away quickly.

The smell was orangery (just like anything from Blue Moon). There were a few different spices coming from my glass, but I could not identify them as they could not provide me with a sniffer only a pint glass to drink from.

The taste was a little bland but was ok, just not what I was in the mood for. At the price I expected more.

Mouthefeel was surprisingly good, it was light and bubbly like a champagne but with a beer taste.

Drinkability was good, I could drink this all night long.

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Photo of aepb1
2.95/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Cloudy golden brown body with a generous fluffy white head

S- Fruit, some coriander, mostly fruit

T- Citrus and sweet... no real balance between the sweet and the hops and barely any malt body

M- Crisp, medium body and good carbonation

D- No complexity, just sweet but nothing offensive making it just average

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Photo of shand
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an extra tall pilsner glass.

This is the haziest beer I've ever seen in my life. There's more sediment in here than the average bottle-conditioned beer. The head is minimal though, and retention and lacing are very poor. The smell is about par for the Blue Moon course, oranges and wheat. There's a touch more alcohol than the normal Blue Moon in the nose though, to be expected by the extra 4% ABV.

The taste is pretty par to the original Blue Moon as well, just shuffled up. The wheat comes in first, instead of the strong orange from the last one. The middle brings in a vaguely noticable estery alcoholic burn, yeast, and spices. The end finally brings in the orange to finish off the whole thing. It's a pleasant taste, especially for the ABV, but it's nothing impressive.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and medium-bodied. The beer looks extremely carbonated, but it really doesn't translate over to the mouthfeel, which is strange. It's also quite drinkable for the ABV, it tastes very different than most beers of this ABV here, there's no super-strong malt or hop flavors here, which makes this an interesting beer that's worth a try. Don't pay more than 7 dollars.

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Photo of MikeInThe517
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got this as a Secret Santa gift at work--luckily for me, my secret santa was one of the 3 guys (out of 20 employees) in my department.

Poured it into a navy blue chalice. Maybe that made the difference.

I'm neither a big Blue Moon nor witbier fan, but this was really solid. I wouldn't call it elite, but I enjoyed it.

I saw a previous comment that the 8.2 abv didn't do much for the taste/experience. I would have to disagree. I think any beer that's above 8.0 abv that doesn't have that "heavy alcohol" taste has to be given high marks for that particular aspect and generally good marks overall.

There is definitely the fruit flavor and aroma, although I didn't think the hops were excessive, but then again, I'm a Michigander who drinks more than my share of Bell's and Founder's and Dark Horse and whatever else.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cruising the supermarket picking up pizza and, what next, beer, saw the big neck of this "true bomber" 25.4 oz, 1 liter and pulled it from it's back stashed position. When I saw Coors I was disappointed but intrigued, as the checkout rang it up at $7.99! Well Blue Moon is always a value, let's give it's potentially overpriced brother a whirl. Starting with the appearance, when it was still in the frig this baby had alot of fish food flake sized floaties. Let's pop it. Popping the top, and once it as cracked it almost blew off, I get a nice sweet rush of zest. Pouring into a chalice reveals an opaque bright yellow orange brew with a micro bubble head that disappears quickly. On the taste this beer makes its marks. Starts a s a citrus-y orange then quickly delivers some of the 8.2 ABV warming, followed by a zesty and spice filled middle, ending with a champagne like semi-bitter finish and aftertaste. An extremely refreshing beer, would have went great with the pizza but saved it to drink later. This is almost like a wheaty mimosa. A great specialty by a BMC brewer that, contrary to popular opinion, can brew a beer that blows Joe Craft Brewer into the weeds, but hey, they are in the business to make money and until the masses convert, we will only chastize them. I'll buy this again it's a real bomber volume (1 liter) that beats the other guys by 15% right off the bat!

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Photo of czechsaaz
3.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Since this normally retails at over $10 near me and it's coors I've never bought it. But one of the big supermarkets was blowing them out $4.99.

Aroma is spicy with coriander and then lots of candi sugar. That's about it though. Not much malt or any wheat, just the sugar.

Pours with a small head that lasts and leaves traces of lacing. Very cloudy (O.K. for style) and pretty dark gold. I know getting a 8+ percent beer and keeping the color of a wit is next to impossible, but it says "white" on the label. So as a belgian strong, probably a 3.5-4 on look. As a Wit...

Flavor is actually pretty good. Lots of barely malt and some honey malt and some wheat tartness. The spice that I'd expect in a wheat isn't there at all. The hops are strictly for bittering but they do linger as a bitter note in the aftertaste.

Full bodied with light carbonation. It's kind of got kind of a thick body.

To be fair...I like it. But if I had spent $10 on it or was looking for a nice wit, I'd be disappointed.

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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 theembalmer
1.86/5  rDev -45%
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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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2009 Release; Sampled October 2010
A steady pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a rich gold color that shows a hazed, bright gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells strongly of orange peel and you have to dig a bit to get anything else. There seems to be a touch of clean, lightly earthy / herbal coriander here in the middle, though this is pretty soft. After digging I get notes of dried hay-like grain, some cracker like malt character and not a whole lot else.

Pretty sweet tasting and this is accentuated (or exacerbated depending on your outlook) by the orange peel and the fact that this beer has an almost non-existent balancing bitterness. A touch of earthy coriander is noticeable in the middle, but it becomes more pronounced and actually dominates the long finish of this beer. The orange zest and sweetness couple with the soft malt character to produce a flavor that is something like citrus honey. The sweetness makes this beer seem a bit cloying and suggests at more body than this actually has; it is not as dry or light bodied as I prefer in my Belgian beers, but there are a lot of examples from Belgium that basically hit the same parameter.

Not bad, certainly not offensive, it is just a bit too simplistic with its focus on the orange peel, though the coriander is here as well, but that doesn't really seem to be helping anything.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
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 megahurts4
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Blue Moon Grand Cru

Appearance: Honey colored, medium head, and some good lacing.

Smell: Wheat, coriander, and citrus.

Taste: Wheat, coriander, slight yeast, and slight citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium.

Overall:
It has a good first impression. It does tend to get slightly weaker as you drink.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Basically given away, it says 2009 on the bottle. Considering we're rounding out 2010, I have to wander how this was stored.

A: Pours a cloudy golden color with two finger head that dissipates quickly. Hardly any lacing.

S: Smells like alcohol, with a bit of orange.

T: I don't really understand the difference between this and Blue Moon...Very light and refreshing, with a bit of orange flavor. I've never really been able to compare Blue Moon to real Belgian beers, however.

MF: Very light, not much carbonation

D: Very high, this beer is light and tastes OK for the ABV. I mean, it isn't awful. To be honest, I see this as Blue Moon with a higher ABV...nothing special.

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Photo of bonapartist1
2.73/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A drinkable and decently enjoyable beer, but awful unbalanced for a witbier. Blue Moon is FAR and away the worst Witbier I've ever had in my life, so it's good to see this isn't complete swill. Only purchased because it was marked down to 4.50 for a 25oz.

This beer gains nothing from it's 8+ abv. It's not really detectable except barely on the finish, and does nothing to lend it big character. Aroma is more balanced than flavor, and is unassuming, although sweet witbier all over. Taste is nuts. I actually like it, but it's a trainwreck for a wit.

ORANGE. And HOPS. Way too much of both. The yeast, wheat and coriander character are slaughtered in their sleep by orange peel and a big dose of late addition hops. Totally inappropriate for the style, but as a hop head, it's not unwelcome in a beer. The whole hoppy-orange vibe actually reminded me greatly of the Bridgeport Hop Czar IIPA I had a chance to try.

Again, a badly balanced wit, but not a bad beer to quaff if you can get it at the pitance I did. Do NOT make a repeat purchase since you're giving your money to the swine at Coors-Miller, encouraging their march of mediocrity - just one, for educational purposes.

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

Fruity apricot and pear esters yet with a chemical additive tinge. A little rubber in the nose as well.

A clear golden amber pour with some rye like spiciness upfront, followed by some imitation honeydew melon, oranges, and all wrapped up in a boozy, hot and thin middle. Coriander notes are prevalent, and some herbal flavors manifest as well. Film like coating on the tongue with a cola-like level of carbonation. Ends bready. Better than I would have guessed, but the off-putting industrial flavors are still noticeable.

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Photo of generallee
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a short description of the beer, a freshness date of "APR1210" printed on the bottle, the ABV% (8.2) and year it was made. (2009)

Appearance: The body has a pale hazy orange tan color with a small white head. The head fades out quickly leaving nothing behind and making no lacing at all. Inside the body there are a few small deposits of yeast floating around.

Smell: The aroma is quite fruity. It has a heavy orange like character with notes of orange blossom and mandarin orange peel. Under this are decent sweet bready and wheaty notes.

Taste/Palate: There is defiantly a lot fruity orange and yeast character here. I get this fruity pebbles cereal thing with notes of bready yeast, wheat malt and a warm alcohol presence. It is sweet overall with just a little leafy hop bitterness towards the finish. The palate has a smooth, slick and heavy feel with very soft carbonation.

Notes: I can't help thinking that this is just a pumped up version of there regular Blue Moon.

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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 Pardishcreel
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

color is golden tranlucent head stays around and looks good.

smell very heavy spice smell not in a bad way pleasing spices.

Taste the spices steal the show again its a heff that you cant even taste the yeast. The spices clean out all of that. The after taste is almost non existent leaving your pallet clean.

The drinkability is hurt by this beers price point. There are cheaper better beers in this category, so while I enjoyed this beer I will never be buying it again.

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Photo of epicness
2.23/5  rDev -34%
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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Photo of dstc
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color with a huge, foamy white head. Head falls to a very small one but remains. Thinnest of lace.

Spicy aroma with a bit of citrus. Wee bit if alcohol.

Nice flavor of malts mixed with plenty of spice, citrus and mild booze as well.

Medium bodied and somewhat smooth mouthfeel.

Not too bad, I don't mind this one actually. Was expecting something less pleasant. Go ahead and give it a try.

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

A: Cloudy, blond color. Poured a 2 finger white head that dissipated to an even skim. Lacing washed down the glass.

S: Wheat malts and orange peel; that's about it.

T: Consistent with smell on more prominent; wheat orange peel. Coriander comes through as it lingers a bit in the finish. Alcohol; especially as the beer warmed.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth Wit until the warm and dry finish.

D: Its a really big Blue Moon but looses balance and sessionability.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees, fridge chilled for approx 15 min. before pouring
VINTAGE: 2009

This pours a pale, golden, yellow color. It has a slight haze to it. Very slight hinting of golden orange notes. One-finger head of bone-white foam sits on top. Retention is actually quite nice. Lacing is decent, but kind of slippery.
It appears as would be expected, for the style, only on the 'light' side of the scale.

This has a good amount of belgian yeastiness coming through. Mild hints of corriander and orange peels. Hints of breads with sugars and spices. Nice hints of wheatiness, although it's far from 'in your face'.
A decent nose, though a touch understated for a grand cru representation of the style (belgian white).

I find Blue Moon to be a drinkable beer, indeed. It's not my favorite, but I have nothing against it. This is like a Blue Moon, sprinkled with belgian yeast and spice notes, which makes them a touch more prevelant than in it's counterpart. Then they threw a big dose of alcohol in with it and forgot to give any of these components any time to blend.
The yeast notes are hugely bready. The spice notes are understated in the flavor area, yet burn the back of your throat in the finish. The alcohol latches on to the candi sugar and ups the prominence of both of them. It's quite sweet and alcoholic tasting, like a euro lager. There is also a lot of 'fake' banana flavor in the finish, like laffy taffy or something.

This is medium bodied and has a light-to-medium carbonation level. The feel is very slick and slightly oily. Not really all that appealing, to be honest.

I'm glad that I've tried it, but I won't search for a second bottle. Even though I know that this is a product of the Coors brewery, I was hoping for a little bit more.
The good thing is that I only paid $2 and change for it. I wouldn't recommend paying more than that for it.

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EDIT: This bottle had about a solid inch of sediment at the bottom of it. I made a 'new glass' pour with this last amount in it. The abv/candi sugar was cut considerably, this way. It became a much more consumable beer.
I still won't seek out another bottle intentionally, but if I come across one, for cheap, I'd be willing to taste it again. I'll swirl the whole bottle before I pour it though, next time.
(Added 1 point to 'drinkability' score and 1/2 point to 'taste'.)

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Photo of Arbitrator
1.4/5  rDev -58.6%
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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Photo of nickd717
2/5  rDev -40.8%
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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Photo of mntlover
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice hazy orange color with a small head that falls with no real lace.

Aroma is light wheat malts, light orange notes not much spice even though it should have coriander in it.

Taste is better then the nose, at least a little anyway. Wheat malts, orange finish does have some lingering coriander.

Mouthfeel is medium carbonation is a little to bubbly for my taste.

Drinkability is well Blue Moon on steroids, which is saying much. You can do much better for the price, think most are buying this once because there curious.

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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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