Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...

Blue Moon Valencia Amber Ale | Coors Brewing Company

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Blue Moon Valencia Amber AleBlue Moon Valencia Amber Ale
BA SCORE
3.06/5
Okay
472 Ratings
Blue Moon Valencia Amber AleBlue Moon Valencia Amber Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by phishsihq on 01-26-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,705
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
472
pDev:
16.99%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
93
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 472 |  Reviews: 73
Photo of WVbeergeek
3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of BeerBabe247
5/5  rDev +63.4%

Photo of jgunther71
3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of tkdchampxi
1.93/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Bottom line - This beer is both poor quality and nauseatingly sweet. My gf and I both could not finish our 4oz sample. I wanted to throw up. Never again.

Appearance: The beer looked inoffensive enough, golden in color with a slightly darker red tint to it.

Smell: The beer smelled clearly of orange, with a standard wheat beer scent.

Taste: As noted above, it was overwhelmingly sweet, with notes of fake orange cough syrup. I was allowed to sample this beer in a small 4oz pour. The bartender told me that the beer was made using a standard process then infused with the Valencia orange flavor afterwards. This is plainly evident, in that the beer taste like it is an average beer that had orange-flavored cough syrup added to it.

Mouthfeel: It felt like I was going to throw up in my mouth.

 796 characters

Photo of emwild12
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Packman4IL
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of icehawk
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of soxandbeer
4/5  rDev +30.7%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.01/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

"Valencia!? These are juice oranges!" Ahem, anyway, this stuff pours a clear tawny-brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises mild biscuit, light orange peel, and a hint of minty grass. The taste brings in more of the same, with the orange playing a clear second fiddle (at best) to the honey-laden biscuit. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, an okay brew, but not much of a Valencia showcase. It's not bad, but I'd likely only drink it if gifted it as part of a forced severance package...

 610 characters

Photo of Lirhetoricfe
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of OgreSanchez
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of DiscGolfRobot
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of krome
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of MJKauz
3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of jvoss7
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Sinfull
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of AJ01923
2.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of Jadjunk
3.27/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

"Our Valencia Grove Amber is crafted with roasted malts, Valencia orange peel, and a touch of wheat for an uplifting orange, caramel aroma. It's the perfect inspiration for taking advantage of the season." Brewed in the style of an American Amber ale. First released in Spring 2013, this is the newest Blue Moon spring seasonal. Available in both 6 packs and the 12 pack mixed variety.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Blue Moon pint glass. Served north of 51º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a sudsy golden-white head over a mildly hazy orange body with substantial busy carbonation in tow. Retention is below average, surface cover is shallow and there is no lacing. While many of these visual flaws aren't surprising across the Blue Moon line, they set the appeal that this beer has apart from more heady and robust Amber ales. 2.5

(Smell) Pale, clean malts base with a pinch of mild bready amber malt depth. Moderate levels of herbal and citrusy hops and a semi-potent orange profile, probably Valencia if I had to venture a guess. The orange is a bit rind-like despite a mellow tartness, but focal in the build of the aroma, which is overall simple but approachable. Potency is medium at best. 3.5

(Taste) Moderate breaded malt profile reminiscent of German styles (Munich) with a pinch of lightly toasted caramel grain and a light syrupy toffee sweet finish. Where'd the orange go? It's almost completely gone past the nose, if anything remains it's a pinch of orange juice that contributes nothing aside from sugar into the forward malt body. Hops are also subdued in flavor, bitterness does a decent job at rounding out the flavor, yet it's still settled on the sweet side- not by a bothersome margin. As anticipated, drinkability is very high and few off-flavors are discernible, which is amongst some of the highest praise I can give to this beer. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Malt profile is slick from some light syrup and a touch chewy from the biscuity and bready malt profile, carbonation adds a bit of fluff but no significant creaminess, keeping the body slick and feeling thick. Body is just shy of medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is slightly sweet but you wouldn't be able to easily tell. Drinkability is naturally high. It's not a bad texture, although a more busy carbonation wouldn't kill this beer. 3.25

(Overall) Blue Moon seems to continue putting out styles that have me guessing at other styles. I found the malt-forward, German-oriented grain choices indicative of a mild, drinkable bock beer, very clean and smooth drinking with a light enough body to be a good session choice. As usual, I'm pleased with the malt side of this beer despite an elevated sweetness and underwhelmed by just about everything else. The namesake Valencia never really came into its own and the hop profile, while offering some decent bitterness and balance, doesn't contribute any flavor depth either. If you can fight past these wasted chances for increased flavor and depth, you may find something to enjoy in this beer. 3.25

Coors Brewing Company's
Blue Moon Valencia Grove Amber
3.26/5.00

 3,107 characters

Photo of snowmg
3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Paul_Apsley
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of msanborn
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of bushwack
3.75/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of cwalter
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of sajaffe1
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

Blue Moon Valencia Amber Ale from Coors Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.06 out of 5 with 472 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.