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Blue Moon Agave Nectar AleBlue Moon Agave Nectar Ale

Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Botulizard
3.21/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Deep amber, 2-inch head. Not much carbonation visually.

S: Smells of wheat and yeast with faint tequila-like notes

T: Tastes strongly of agave.

M: Moderately thick, with light carb. Sort of unpleasant.

O: I didn't like it very much, but I can see what they were trying to do with this one. I appreciate the effort, but I won't drink it again.

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Photo of azjoel
3.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Pale amber color; clear; tons of bubbles rising to the top; thin fizzy head, like soda, that dissipates to nothing within about 2 minutes.

Smell- Honey. A hint of citrus.

Taste- Sweet. Continues to get sweeter through the finish and aftertaste. Agave nectar is apparent-- Tastes like honey was squirted into the glass. Could get unbearable because of the sweetness. A bit of hops to balance it would be nice.

Mouthfeel- Medium-bodied. Almost can detect a bit of thickness along with the agave nectar sweetness, again, like there was some nectar squirted into my glass. A positive this time. Perfect, crisp carbonation.

Overall- This would be really good with food. I could definitely enjoy a couple of these with barbecued meat. The sweetness is overbearing without some salty food to balance it. Still impressed, considering the brewery.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
2.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with best by date October 14, 2013 printed on the bottleneck. I haven't drank anything from Blue Moon Brewing Co. in quite a while, and this is a new one for me. Acquired as part of the summer seasonal variety pack. Expectations are average given the fact this is a Coors product.

Poured into a Miller Lite pint glass.

A - Pours just over a finger of light tan / khaki foam. Body color is a brassy goldenrod with some tiny specks of sediment floating around. Some bubbles lazily floating topside. Looks alright, for what it is.

S - Smell is pretty bland and boring. Some pale dusty malt, grains, and a bit of sugary sweetness, which I'm going to attribute to the agave syrup.

T - Taste is about what I expected. Some wheat, corn, grain. Some sugary syrupy sweetness, which I'm going to assume is the "agave nectar". Doesn't taste bad, but it's not natural tasting, and the quality of the ingredients used shows through here.

M - Feel is again, sugary, syrupy, and sticky with a bit of carbonation dancing on the tongue.

Overall, it's an easy drinking beer that I could see pairing well with some summer / autumn barbeque, but otherwise there isn't much to see. Tastewise, I would take this over Blue Moon Belgian White any day.

Blue Moon Agave Nectar Ale ---3/5.

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Photo of jtierney89
2/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear deep golden hue with white head. Honestly taste like a full bodied American pale lager with a hint of agave flavoring. Full body, rich cereal grains, finishes clean with a faint lingering agave sweetness. Pretty bland, drinkable. Slightly tart possibly from the agave, gains a little bit of Pucker like flavor as you keep drinking. I was hoping for more agave flavor, if that's what your looking for you'll be severely let down with a mediocre grainy beer.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)


Blue Moon's Agave Nectar: 5.6%; Appearance: very clear, bright golden-yellow; Smell: fairly pilsnerish, touch of agave, hint of lime peel, faint pear; Taste/Mouthfeel: very clean, refreshing, hint of lime peel, bitter burnt syrup backing; decent/pretty good; pair with Mexican BBQ.

Poured into a pint glass.

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Photo of skyisland
1.91/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.25

Pardon me for the following abrupt comment, but someone needs to say it:
Next time I will just drink a coke...same cloyish sweetness. This this thing tastes like a childrens' breakfast cereal. Reminds me of the 'swayt tay' or sweet tea that rural Texans are so fond of.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, deep golden amber with a huge white head which retains very well, with classic Belgian lacing, and vigorous streams of slow-rising carbonation.

Aroma: Notable bready wheat maltiness with a fairly dense note of bitter lime.

Taste: Opens with strong wheat malt flavors, a touch bready, and a bit spicy as well. Early in the taste, the agave appears, offering up a bitter, earthy lime note, which dominates the taste throughout. Finishes with a flourish of lingering, slightly earthy bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, full and pleasant, with the slightest sting of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: An interesting example, very appropriate for summer. I found the agave/bitter lime a touch heavy-handed, a bit less might offer a better contrast to the spicy wheat malt.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice. Best by date of 09-02-2013.

Sourcing: A gift from Bill B., a connoisseur and brewer of great Scottish and Scotch ales.

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Photo of inxy
1.81/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

My first ever drain pour. Tastes like extra crisp cheap malt liquor.
You know, that unnatural, chemically sweetness that you get in any cheap high gravity 40.
I would never buy this again. There's no niche situation where this is a good idea.

Go with a cider instead.

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Photo of llevise
2.51/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm a huge fan of Blue Moon for my everyday beer. I was excited when I got a couple of bottles of this in the summer seasonal pack. In fact, they were the first ones opened (one for my husband too). We were both disappointed. This is a combination that just doesn't work. It tastes nothing like any other Blue Moon product, in fact I can't think of any other beer that it tastes like. It's sweet, too sweet, and not even a good tasting sweet. Leaves an awful aftertaste. I love a good tequila now and then, and others have said it's similar. I didn't get that from this beer at all. It was just not an enjoyable drink. It wasn't awful, I did finish the bottle. In fact, my husband didn't like his, so I finished his too. I usually don't mind a beer a little warm. This was NOT good. Much better cold. I wouldn't buy this again and really don't recommend it unless someone is really into sweet beers.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.18/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

"Inspired by our brewmaster's travels through Mexico, our Agave Nectar Ale is crafted with agave nectar and white wheat for a subtle sweetness and a smooth, crisp finish. It's like a little shade in a bottle." Brewed in the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale with Agave Nectar added. Available as a Summer seasonal, this was a limited Summer seasonal beer in 2012, and has replaced summer honey wheat for 2013. Available in 6 packs and amongst the 12 pack variety pack.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Blue Moon pint glass. Served north of 52º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a 1 finger thick fizzy cream head of an off-white tone over a medium amber body color with moderate sediment. Mild, relaxed carbonation. Head retention is below average, and there is no lacing either. Body is a medium orange amber with a ton of busy carbonation, medium hazy. Not a very pleasing. 2.5

(Smell) Syrupy cereal sweet wheat aroma with a mild tartness. I suppose this is the agave- it's the centerpiece of the aroma for certain, likely because the flavors around it are too mild to compare. There's little else to find; the wheat tones are very mild and provide little aroma but a waft of grassy hops gives a bit more dimension and a mild bitterness to the brew. Pleasing yet simple. 3.25

(Taste) That sugary sweetness rests upon a tart wheat and fruit body. Fortunately, the flavors aren't too cloyingly sweet but the sweetness of the agave is the greatest impact on the flavor of this beer. Despite being a simple blonde ale, it may be seen as too sweet for some, with a heavier syrup body than expected. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Slick and lightly syrupy with a mild crispness from carbonation. The body is medium/heavy for a blonde ale, medium overall. Alcohol presence is low. In terms of pairing with the taste, I found the carbonation a bit underutilized. It could certainly have just a bit more fizz to the texture. 3

(Overall) This is likely to be a divisive beer, even by Blue Moon standards, due to the higher than normal syrupy concentration in it. The agave nectar is a pretty unique addition, however, and the fruit subtleties it provides do give this beer some redeeming qualities. I'd advise seeking this out in a variety pack or buy a single bottle to see if it's something you could fathom more than a single bottle of. 3.25

Coors Brewing Company's
Blue Moon Agave Blonde Ale

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clean deep yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, a faint light fruitiness. In the taste, a dry fruitiness, almost honey like. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dryer honey like aftertaste. Kind of sticky, very big honey presence, eh...

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Photo of TastyAdventure
3.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - clear smooth glowing orange-yellow nectar. 1 1/2 finger head

S - Very average beer. maybe some crisp apple and husks of grain

T - crisp apple. refreshing crispness of a nice kolsh with a mildly earthy yeastyness of a wheat beer. nice

M - medium high carb. nice for style

Overall, a nice, cheap, refreshing summer beer

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Photo of mynie
1.15/5  rDev -61.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Ticks have been debased. Ratebeer has always been shit, and the “Gots” section on beeradvocate has it made it so somewhere around 50% of any given beer’s ratings are illegitimate. There was a time when I took having had X number of beers as a reliable measure of ones beersmanshp. Back then, I would review every beer I drank and try my best to get hold of as many new beers as possible, no matter how bad they looked, because adding to my review total was all that mattered.

Back then, I would have tried this months ago. Not now. Now, even if someone had given it to me at a party, I normally wouldn’t have thought to review it. Because why bother, you know? It don’t matter.

Plus, most big brewer beers are pretty okay. A friend gave me a Michelob Ultra pomegranate. Know what it tasted like? Watery beer and pomegranate. That is, it didn’t taste bad. Not great, not beery, but not awful. It was product that someone had paid money for, and so Adheiser Busch made sure it didn’t taste horrible.

Blue moon is rot. It’s a horrible concoction made by shitty people and marketed to know-nothing dickheads who assume that a higher price always necessarily yields a superior product. These people wouldn’t be caught dead serving Bud or Miller at their parties, because those are what poor people drink, but they’re too stupid and lame to buy something that isn’t awful. This beer was made especially for them, especially for the worst people in the world.

Blue Moon Agave is one of the most revolting things I’ve ever drank, and I need to prevent others from succumbing to it.

Who the fuck thought it was a good idea to mix agave nectar and beer? Don’t blame Tequiza or Miller Chill. Those at least try to taste like margaritas, meaning their flavor is mostly lime and salt. Who thought that it was a good idea to mix shitty, burny, chemical-tasting well tequila with an American Pale Wheat? That person was fucking stupid.

It tastes like something your body doesn’t want inside of it. It’s an awful attempt at an awful product and it’s just surprisingly bad, even from Coors.

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Photo of teromous
2.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Brilliantly transparent dark golden body with a medium-sized white head that doesn't last long. Pretty low carbonation. No lacing on the glass.

S: Some mild spicy noble hop aroma. Nothing else comes out.

T: Some lighthearted caramel flavor...the caramel flavor is very pronounced but it isn't full tasting, and lifts a bit at the end of drinking. I guess this is supposed to have agave nectar in it? I don't pick up what the agave nectar contributes to the beer. I don't get any wheat flavor either. If either of these flavors were supposed to be the showcase, they've failed to make it to the show. There is a familiar noble hop bitterness in the background which is very nice.

M: The mouthfeel is pretty lackluster. It feels too thin for a wheat beer, feels under-carbonated, and just lacking in general. It is a very easy drinker though.

O: Overall it was a pretty mediocre beer. It's not something I'll probably pick up again, but it'll do in a pinch. I feel that it is important to note that this is not a flavored version of the standard Blue Moon style beer. This is a completely different beer. The beer doesn't taste bad or anything, but nothing really stands out in this forgettable brew.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.78/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Served on-tap at The Pourhouse in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a clear medium amber in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation and some orange + brassy highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall off-white head that quickly reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of grain and corn adjunct malts over light notes of wheat with some hints of lime sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of grain and malt adjunct with a lighter amount of wheat. There is a light amount of sweetness from the agave with light hints of artificial lime and some metallic notes. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which lingers but not for too long.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly watery.

O: This beer is drinkable but not one that I would really desire to have again - it had some strange artificial flavors as well as metallic notes. The overall beer was rather one dimension with the sweetened graininess.

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Photo of scratch69
3.52/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear golden color with two fingers worth of head. Light amount of lacing.

Smell- Wheat malt and grain aromas.

Taste- Wheat malt flavor with some nectar-like sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and smooth. An average amount of carbonation.

Overall- Not as good as a regular Blue Moon it is a decent alternative.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.02/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle from CJ's NY for $2

Appearance - Clear golden with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is a very high amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, corn, apples

Taste & Mouth - There is high amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains mixed with some corn and apples. There is also a light spiciness and I can pick up on a bit of the nectar. It ends with a fruity sweet aftertaste.

Overall - Better than I thought it would be. It's not too cloying and it's fairly refreshing. Not something I would buy/drink again probably, but a beer that was worth a shot.

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Photo of mactrail
2.64/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear light amber in the tall Peroni lager glass. Nice head. Pleasantly carbonated. A fruity smell, and something like cotton candy in the nose.

The taste is more like candy than beer, and not just the sweetness. It tastes like the agave syrup from the grocery. Not trace of hops, although there is some medicinal bitterness. If ever a beer was needing some crispness, this is the one. I'd call this a fruit/vegetable beer even if it was brewed from rye. I'm glad I only had a single of this one. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Barons Marketplace in San Diego.

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Photo of FLima
3.28/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Slightly hazy amber color with a thin head with low retention.
Light aroma of vanilla and wheat.
Different taste that you would expect to a wheat beer given the addition of agave nectar, which is subtle but gives its personality.
Light body with a good carbonation and a spicy and crisp feeling.
Interesting that even if it does not taste like tequila (thank you!), you can feel it and connect the agave here to its end product. Worth one try.

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Photo of tdm168
3.08/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - clear golden orange with a thin, soft, fizzy white head that dissipates quickly

S - grainy, very sweet

T - caramel, grains, husk, sweet, mild bitterness

M - light to medium bodied, crisp, a bit sugary and sticky

This isn't really anything to write home about. If this were less grainy it would probably do better. If there was a more pronounced wheat presence offering some more husk and straw notes, then the sweetness would be a bit more balanced. As it stands it's a bit bland offering only faint notes of agave which are masked by an intense, sugary sweetness. This was nice to try and tick, but I won't be having it again.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

On-tap 6/23/2013 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a tapered mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

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

T: The taste starts out very bready with strong flavors of wheat and a hearty malt character. Then some bitterness comes in but it doesn’t taste like it comes from the hops presence which is very mild. There’s a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

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

O: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, not the representation of style, there are a lot of other beers in the style that I would pick over this one.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.46/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I bought this for my girlfriend, who ended up disliking it. I didn't mind it so much, as long as I got it down when it was ice cold, the warm version of this is brutal. the pour is a pretty clear golden color for a blue moon, copper hues and a short lived half inch of white bubbles. the agave gives it a sweeter smell, unfermented sugars, with that familiar tequila vibe. malts are bigger than they need to be here, too much caramel in the context of the agave sweetness, its one or the other here, not both. still, its only in the finish that the sweetness hits, and its a malty summery sort of brew beforehand, which when ice cold, really isn't too bad. more carbonation would help, or better carbonation retention, and a slightly lighter body would make it a better hot weather beer. I really didn't mind this one though, I think its creative and reasonably well put together for a blue moon.

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Photo of LilBilly666
2.76/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was another "meh" release from Blue Moon.

Served from a 12oz bottle.

A: A tad bit lighter, and thinner color that a standard Blue. Light orange/yellowish.

S: It smelled just like a regular Blue Moon. No notes of anything else.

T: Much improved taste from the regular. I liked the sweetness that the agave nectar added to it.

MF: Average, leaning towards a bit on the light side. Watery...

Overall: I'd say this is better than a regular BM. Not great, but not horrible.

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Photo of JuanBlanco
4/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Do you like tequila? Do you like beer? Have them both now. Pick your self up a six pack and slam them down. Enjoy it you will thank yourself for it. So the first beer play out as the following "Hello, how are you today. What you came to party? " the second beer tells you that you drank the first way too slow and I got friends that want to join in." We'll so the fourth one comes in and says "hey I know you yes I told you this was a party." Well I'm gonna enjoy the other 2 now they asked about you i told them you would join them soon. So don't let them down and pick yourself up some of the Blue Moon seasonal.

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Photo of watermelonman
2.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured to a pale and clear shade of orange, without any fanfare and a lone thin ring of lace.

The smell is reasonable, made up of malt, grain, and a few hints of various sugars. Agave, according to the label, but I would have a tough time positively identifying that. The taste is a little less interesting but a little more appealing, sharing the malt and sugar, and real or perceived I did get the agave this time. A touch of bitterness dots the finish. Mouthfeel is somewhat sharp.

Beats regular Blue Moon, but that is a low bar.

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Blue Moon Agave Nectar Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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