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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Reviews: 201 | Ratings: 347
Photo of gpogo
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy dark golden orange body with large white head that dissipates quickly to a foam ring.

A- Smells very similar to a blue moon with an orange in it. Notes of corriander are a bit more than blue moon. Sweet orange smell, rather nice.

T- Very similar in flavor to a Blue Moon. Orange flavor is also much more present. The alcohol is definitely more noticeable, not hidden at all, but not a bad. Gives it a spicier finish.

M- Medium body moderate carbonation.

D- Eh, for the price I have seen this it isn't worth it. If you like Blue Moon and want to try something with more concentrated flavor and alcohol check it out.

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Photo of Snamnoum
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - color of golden unpopped corn, tons of sediment make this brew very hazy. Very effervescent, produced three fingers of white head which subsided quickly and left no lace.

Smell - mildly phenolic with hints of cloves, orange, citrus, and pepper, coriander, butterscotch, and a hint of bananas

Taste - begins with sweet pale malt. In the middle is more sweetness from honey and orange zest. A touch of buttery diacetyl and then a tart and dry finish. Enjoyable and drinkable.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied and heavy for a Belgian White. Aggressively carbonated and a tad bit prickly on the tongue but transitions into a creamy finish.

Overall - a highly drinkable beer for the abv. The alcohol is hidden well. I cracked this beer open not expecting much but this is not a terrible beer. Definitely not incredible, authentic, or rememberable but not bad. Basically an amped up version of the original. Over priced for what it is.

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Photo of bradcochran1234
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ok, when I first saw this beer I was stoked on the fact that I like the original, smaller version. And in reading the label I was even more stoked because they really talk up the whole "Grand Cru" version of the White Ale.
Anyway, the beer is just a little bigger in abv and a little spicier. It cost me $8. I would much rather have gotten a 6pk of regular blue moon.
I'm not giving A.S.T.M.O. on this one because it's pretty easy...just buy a six of the regular and enjoy on a hot summer day.

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Photo of godlessape
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from the bottle into a 24oz mug, and paired it with a thick, juicy T-bone with some home made pico de gallo on the side. This worked out quite well.

Appearance: Pissy orange, and extremely cloudy, with small chunks of orange peel madly swirling around like the inside of a snow globe. No head to speak of here.

Smell: Just a little malt, a little orange and coriander and a whole lot of alcohol.

Taste: This beer tastes really good. Perfect balance of malt and hops and not overly spiced--the orange comes through very nicely.

Mouthfeel: Very heavy, medium body, and just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall: Great beer, at a really great price. Oh hell, I paid $1:87 for a 24OZ bottle, thus I have no complaints here.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When i poured this beer into a pint glass it has a hazy orange body to it, with a 2 finger white head that fizzes quickly with not lacing left on the top. The smell is of orange and some spices. The taste is of wheat and orange and some coriander, to me it is like a kicked up version of the regular blue moon. This one has a decent mouth feel and overall not to bad.

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

(750ml bottle). Pours hazy golden yellow with chunky white head. Aroma has yeast, wheat, orange, and spices. Taste is sweet malt with some bitterness at the back of the throat. Medium bodied with a thick texture. Finish is a little dry but smooth and it lingers. This is an easy drinking beer which is dangerous given the abv. Pretty nice beer that will generate lower ratings because its Coors.

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Photo of aubuc1
2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

25.4 oz bottle dated best before oct 3 2011 poured into a tulip pint glass.

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a thick white head.

Smell is sort of a milkshake of coriander, wheat, bubblegum and light orange.

Taste is a sweet blend of ingredients without much jumping out but the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, but overall this isn't a great beer. Better than most coors products, but not great.

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Photo of bagpiper2005
2.17/5  rDev -35.8%
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 beerman207
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer from coors with foil on top? Ok... I've seen this for $8.99 out there in grocery stores. Just found one for $2.99 at my favorite beer store - that sounds a little more like it to sample this one.

A: Pours a deep orange yellow with a head that quickly fades. Cloudy - bubbles just cooking out of the top of this thing. Not sure if it's 7up or a beer.

S: Coriander and orange zest is strong in the nose. Malt and some faint sugar.

T: Not bad at all - taste of bitter orange, coriander, and some maybe even some pepper.

M: Over carbonated in my opinion. Makes it hard to drink

O: Good beer, it's decent. I can't say that I'm going to buy a case but I may pick up a few more bottles, they are 2 for $5 which is a steal for this beer. This one would be awesome just chugging out of the bottle during summer.

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Photo of abrodsky
2.11/5  rDev -37.6%
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 david18
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was another beer that showed up in my refridgerator from a non-beer person who thought I might like this. I really didn't. The Witbier flavors were way too over the top to the point of not enjoyable. I appreciate that they are at least addressing the flavor characteristics but it was almost as though they added some concentrated flavor or something.

Color was a very hazy straw with a relatively decent head. The color, as with many Witbiers, got hazier as I got lower in the bottle.

Smell was overpowering with all the obvious aromas such as coriander and banana.

Flavor was also very intense in coriander and banana and definitely overpowered the malt, hop or anything else that might have been otherwise detected.

Mouthfeel was thick and, in general, I found this beer to be very difficult to drink and enjoy.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer looks gorgeous, I mean it looks just like a belgian white should look, nice and hazy orange color. The head on this is white and very frothy looking. The head looks like it's leaving good lacing, it is fading quickly though. The nose on this beer is just full of coriander, you get orange, citrus and spice but the dominating factor is coriander. It doesn't smell bad, in fact it smells good, it's just overpowered by that coriander. Yeah I mean what can I say about the taste, it's Coors and Blue Moon, it's not a bad taste, it's good and refreshing, but it just can't stand toe to toe with the other belgian whites out there. The taste is very spicy and full of coriander, just like the smell indicates, but it's not out of this world. I like this beer a lot and could drink it all day, but I just have a hard time grading it too high on taste, even though the smell and look were impressive. Overall it's a decent brew, nothing wrong here, just nothing amazing.

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Photo of BetweenTheLions
4.65/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The brew appears a dark blonde fermented pissy color, with large chunks of sediment. I love it.

I smell a Super BubbleGummy Coriander dominance, with a tinge of pleasant alcohol.

The taste is awesome. It's like liquid candy. Like Carbonated Coriander Bubble Gum. The high alcohol barely comes through. I can't get enough of it, I'm taking drink after drink as I peck this review out. It's bordering on cloying, dangerously close to that Cloy Line, but it doesn't reach it.

It feels Smooth in the mouth, with a light syrupyness, both in feeling and flavor.

Drinkability? Well damn, I feel like I could go through a couple 750 ml bottles of this. Devilishly deceptively dopely drinkable.

Thanks for reading!

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Photo of IIKaRuII
3.82/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wheat glass, pours a ravishingly straw like color. has a nice milky white head that bubbles and pops quickly. cloudy shaking the glass you can see a very thick almost jelloish feel and look to it. okay jello may be a little over board. but still thick
Smell is of orange peel, and coriander. has a nice hop presence that bites begging to be noticed.
Taste is a sweet grain, with a nice sweet bitter if thats possible. has a hint of lemons, and coriander. the alcohol is certainly present and almost is over powering.
yeasty and thick, this beer is very full bodied,
the alcohol is there... and personaly it is too much for this. it is a pleasant witbier and one and done for me.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Snagged a bottle for $4.99 at consumers, great price/deal.

Cloudy with a chance of mother effing meatballs. there are tremendous gobs of yeast floating in the glass as which tells me conditioning occurred for certain. A cream white head of approximately 1 inch formed for a few minutes, but eventually settled down to a thin carpeting. The beer has the Blue Moon characteristic orange-yellow hue, but added oranges don't seem to be a requirement.

Esters from the yeast followed by citrus (even without the optional orange...Mr. blue moon commercial artist). A fairly light smelling beer that is layered with a decent amount of craft brew essence and ethanol bite. I am now glancing at the ABV, which is rather high (2x a typical blue moon). The beer is quite intriguing.

Wow, this is a powerful brew. There is a good amount of citrus and yeasty funk. Sweetness and crisp (while cold). The beer had a syrupy sweetness when approaching room temp, but overall had a refreshing, spicy, white ale taste.

A tad bit of an aftertaste when letting the beer swish around. I was not thrilled by how this cardboard aftertaste lingered, especially after warming. However, the beer has a lot of complex notes of citrus and light summer relaxation.

Fairly drinkable, highly drinkable when considering the price. I am satisfied, in fact i may consider spending my precious $5s on another one instead of a footlong from subway. There are great qualities in this beer making it a good selection for the money, but still has a long way to go in being America's Next Top Model...Beer.


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Photo of JT2875
2.9/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- A pale but golden body with a generous fluffy 3 finger white head and heavy lacing.

S- Orange and coriander

T- Sweet: Orange and coriander. Couldn't notice any hops or malt but tastes OK.

M- Feels heavy with a medium body and good carbonation.

D- No complexity and really sweet but nothing offensive making it just average.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2009 bottle (been in the back of the fridge -- hopefully it's ok)

Pours relatively clear, bright golden, almost no head, very little carbonation. Smell is spicy, slightly astringent, orangey, wheaty with hay.

Taste isn't much more than the spicy and the orange from the smell. Too much of a citrusy tang here. Overwhelms the rest of the beer.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly effervescent, maybe it's slightly acidic, not too bad. It's drinkable, but it's really just an OK beer.

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Photo of jgasparine
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 11-20-2010

A- Poured from the bottle with a thin offwhite head, which quickly evaporated to a haze layer over an extremely turbid honey-colored body. Well carbonated.

S- The aroma is a very strong honey-like nose. I'm just getting honey and some wheat-like aromatics. Very simple nose, but nice.

T- Up front the beer is malty. Midway you're hit with some mild earthy hop flavor, some tangy wheat and some mild Belgian yeast phenolics. The finish is slightly acidic and tangy (presumably from the wheat), nutty and an echo of booze. The finish was surpisingly complex and sustained.

M- Medium body. Somewhat coarse carbonation. Moderate astringency and a little heat from the ethanol.

D- Surprisingly drinkable- one of the better offerings I have had from Coors!

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.49/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #36 (Jan 2010):

So, Coors decides to jump into the big big arena now--a reactionary release of a big beer in the big-bottle format is what we see.

Cloudy and muddled, dirty straw-yellow color with a thin wisp of white lace. Coriander strongly dominates the aroma and only lets in a bit of orange peel, biscuity grain and a clean alcohol through. Same spicing as the smaller original version, just amped up to take on the girth of the malt and alcohol. Hints of bubblegum and medicinal flavor in the middle. Maltiness is tame and has no real complex side to it at all. Hops are there for bittering and are set on mute for flavor; the coriander seems to be handling the sweet- ness more. Breath of clean alcohol. Finishes a tad yeasty and dirty, with the hard spicing staying on the palate.

Nothing out of the ordinary, it tastes like a beefed-up version of their White Ale. A good example that bigger is not better, though--if you go down that road, you need to bring it. Not worth the higher price tag it garners.

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