Luna Blanca | Valley Brewing Company

14 Ratings

Brewed by:
Valley Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by illidurit on 05-12-2008

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by swungomonkey:
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4/5  rDev +5%

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Photo of Murchmac
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy yellowish orange with a creamy head that disappears. Tall dark and handsome for a with

Smells kinda soapy. Has spices, citrus, and a fruity sweetness. But I can't help wanting to cleanse myself with this beer in the shower.

Taste follows the smell minus the soap. Very tasty with sweet malts, citrus, wheaty amber waves of golden Heather Grahams.

Enjoyable beer on a hot day. I gotsta pick up more of there brews, 2 for 2 so far with me...

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.59/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: Bottle lists abv at 5.8%

Am I really the first person to review this? Odd; it's been at my local shop for a few weeks, must be doing a slow creep.

Appearance: A surprisingly clear straw gold with a slight apricot undertone, which indicates that this might be a bit beefier than an average wit. Head is creamy and rocky, but vanishes disappointingly soon and leaves little lace. Might be a bit too cold.

Smell: All good. The basics are here - the banana yeast, the papery scent of the wheat -- but the spicing comes through loud and clear as well. A nice fruit cocktail, this.

Taste: Out of the park. Starts with a mouthful of ripe banana, but unlike many wits, this brings the spice hard, with a delicious sweet orange. Sweet, but not cloying, this is a mouthful of spiced fruit; almost the beer equivalent of a navy grog, for you tiki bar fans. Finishes with a tongue-coating clove and white pepper finish. A slightly bitter hoppiness and sugar sourness linger. Really top-notch.

Mouthfeel: Depends how much of a purist you are. It's actually quite nice; mild, natural carbonation and heavier-than-normal body gives at a slick, pillowy softness - it just glides down your throat. Still, I think it should be a bit more aggressively carbonated to balance out the weight. Not deal-breaker by any means, though.

Drinkability: A bit heavier than some wits, so it may not be an ideal session. Still, IMO, this is a flat-out fantastic, assertive wit that will no doubt find a great many fans. This brewery is really on its game - I think a star is born.

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Photo of armock
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a golden color with a thin white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a citrus and wheaty nose

T - Follows the nose with citrus and wheat

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall this is an ok wit its not the worst one that I've had its just ok but still drinkable if you like wits its worth a shot

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours goldish copper with barely a trace of chill haze and a half inch head of white. A partial skim coat remained on the surface for the duration as well as some errant dots of lacing.

Aromatics lead off with bright notes of citrus, cloves, and honey-laced malt. Coriander, orange oil, and Belgian phenols.

Medium bodied with a slightly creamy mouthfeel while still crisp.

Oranges and cracked coriander start the palate. Cloves and bubblegum aplenty with sweet malt and a firm bitterness.

Finishes with lingering orange, plump malt, and spicy phenols.

Tasty but not really coming off as a Witbier. More akin to a spiced Belgian Golden. More heavily spiced than a traditional Witbier, and certainly sweeter with a darker color and lacking the classic, cloudy, white veil.

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Photo of corby112
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy dark golden orange with golden yellow and ripe banana hues when held to a light source and a one finger frothy white head.

Slightly spicy bready yeast aroma with hints of citrus peel. Hints of peppery zest, corriander, orange peel and banana. There is a slightly tart grapefruit presence probably from the citrus peel.

Creamy medium body with a bready yeast mouthfeel and hints of peppery spice and citrus notes. Lots of spicy lemon zest, pepper and corriander up front that linger throughout over the bready yeasty body and lemon and orange peel and grapefruit notes into a dry slightly tart finish. The grapefuit and orange peel are very prominent and dominate mid-palate. Very slight malt presence provides a nice balance. Very refreshing and quite quaffable. Perfect for the warmer months.

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Photo of MenloBeer
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 220z. bomber into a big mug.

A: Golden orange. Not a lot of head, but there is some retention throughout. No significant lacing to speak of. Little carbon bubbles are visible, doing their thing.

S: Citrus notes, and some perfume-y hints. Not much in the way of hop aromas to report.

T: They certainly have a Belgian yeast in there. A little grapefruit, crisp on the palate with a mildly bitter finish. I also detect some orange peel, and a malty sweetness in the front. In other words, this is a pretty good Blue Moon (Coors' version of a Belgian witbier) clone.

M: Not oily when you drink it, but it coats the tongue afterwards. Light, which you want for a summer beer.

D: Admittedly, not my fave style of beer. However, I can see the appeal to this one. At under 6% ABV, it's probably a pretty good beer for the Blue Moon crowd.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow/light amber, nice white head, fair/good retention.

S: Yeasty, coriander and orange pretty standard.

T: Big coriander flavour initially and really throughout the whole beer. Bitter finish for me, though the mild orange lightens it a bit.

M: Smooth and light-bodied, bit of a watery finish.

D: Across the board a solid wit, really middle of the road/above average. I liked this ale, nothing special, but enjoyable.

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Photo of chickencoop
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seriously thought I was going into this thing drinking a golden ale like it said and to my surprise got's me-self a witbier, whatever. Sad to say but I am a fan of this style, from old school Celis to the overdone Millercoors & AB folks and there offerings (Blue Moon and Shock Top). To the beer, this crushes the other ones i've had, this beer is bigger in body, better balance with the malts and sweetness, and overall a better beer. Pick this up if you can find it, Ledgers in Berkeley will take care of you.

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Photo of popery
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet, mildly fruit wit. I was expecting a bit more from this beer because I've thoroughly enjoyed the other Valley beers that I've tried. Witbier isn't really my favorite style, so perhaps that played into it. Anyway, the beer pours a clear, pale yellow with a small white head that dissipates rather quickly. The aroma is fruity, oranges and hops, with a mild coriander note, pretty much in line with the brewery's description. Initially, the flavor is dominated by an over-sweet malt note. Well, the very first flavor is actually a nice bright flash of orange peel and spices, but that quickly (and unfortunately, in my opinion) gives way to malt. The spicing is mild but noticeable against the malt. The finish is bad and good. There's a good hoppy bite but a bad malt stickiness. The feel is a bit thin for the sweetness. Overall, I'm disappointed, but I'd be interested to try it head-to-head against other witbier.

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Photo of MarioM
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of 1759Girl
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is Valley Brewing Co's attempt to win over the Blue Moon lovers out there. And I have to say that though I don't like Blue Moon, personally, I think they have really hit the mark. For what it is (a bluemoon imitation), it is perfect. Well done. Enjoy it, all of you Stocktonians with penchance for beer that tastes a little like citrus and perfume=)

Appearance> Cloudy. Lively. Dang, this looks delicious. No head, no lacing.
Smell> Yeast, orange, cinnamon, white pepper (seriously.. it's strong enough that I guessed it and noted the scent with a few questionmarks beside it in my notebook..., and then read it later on the menu... no cheating for this lass)
Taste> Sweet, wheat, hops, spice. Refreshing. peppery hang with perfume notes. Like a more complex blue moon.
Mouf> easy. Nice even.
Drinkability> One of the best beers at this joint. Not my bag, but very drinkable.

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Photo of Waveoff
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Luna Blanca from Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 14 ratings
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