873: Blue Moon

Name: Blue Moon
Brewery: Blue Moon Brewing Company
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Golden, Colorado
Style: Belgian Witbier
Alcohol Content (ABV): 5.4%
First Brewed: 1995
Price: $1.29

Tasting Notes
Blue Moon pours a hazy gold; it posses a very aromatic nose, dominated by citrus and “green” coriander that hints at celery. Light on the tongue, with more orange flavors and a moderate sweetness balanced by tartness from the wheat.

Ricky’s Thoughts

I’ve had this beer before. I have had this beer many times before. But because it is on the list, I am sure I will like it even more! Not every beer on the list can be special… and today, after having been to Taste of Tops and Angel’s Trumpet Ale House, we needed a low ABV beer to sample. Oh, and we went to Brat Haus, too. The bartender served me a free glass of St. Bernardus Abt 12… so there’s that! We don’t have an orange for this one, so I hope it still turns out OK. But let’s get into a beer that we have all had, or at least heard of before.

In the Glass: I did a hard pour to see what kind of bubbles this beer could produce. Good job beer… lots of them! I did the same pour in Sheryl’s glass, but she said hers looked flat. Not sure what happened there. Anyway, the beer is a light golden color in the glass. I remember this beer being orange… maybe that is because you are supposed to fruit the glass with an orange wedge. No oranges here.

Nose: For a beer that is mass produced, I am immersed with the amount of aroma. There is a ton of citrus there, and it has a certain thinness to it… smells like a cheap, mass produced beer should. I taught a class the other night at Total Wine on beer, and I used Blue Moon as an example of a beer that people who think they know craft beer drink. If you drink this on a regular basis, that’s fine… but you are not a beer snob.

Flavor: That’s the smooth citrus flavor that I remember. There is almost too much citrus. It reminds me of a freshly squeezed glass of orange juice. I wonder why a beer with so much orange flavor is garnished with an orange. Oh well, it looks nice in a pint glass. The bottles calls this a Belgian White. It’s also a wheat beer… a Belgian-style wheat ale to be exact.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is boring. There isn’t much going on. It’s here and gone just as fast. A little bit of creaminess comes through in the bubbles, but not enough to pay attention to. The mouthfeel is decent at best.

Aftertaste: What aftertaste? What little aftertaste there is… you guessed it, oranges. The aftertaste is there, and wants to hang around. Then you swallow again, and it’s gone. But what can you expect from a beer like this.

The beer is decent. It’s a good place to start for someone that says, “What does craft beer taste like?” A seasoned drinker won’t order this unless there is nothing else on tap, or unless he or she is drunk and it doesn’t matter what they are drinking! There are a lot of flavors here, but the biggest and most obvious flavor is orange and orange peel. If you like oranges, then bottoms up!

Blue Moon – The bottle says: “A refreshing, unfiltered wheat ale brewed and spiced in the Belgian tradition for a uniquely complex taste and uncommonly smooth finish.

“Brewed with white wheat and oats, Blue Moon features a crisp wheat finish and the perfect combination of orange peel and coriander. Bring out Blue Moon’s natural spices by searing it in a Pilsner glass with an orange slice garnish.”

Rating: 3/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts

Tonight’s beer is a pretty familiar one.  I have had this beer many times before, and it is really common, so it will be interesting to write a review of it.  Everyone’s tried Blue Moon, right?  It is pretty much the epitome of a wheat beer, and one of the first beers that got me to actually liking to drink beer.

In the glass, Ricky’s beer has a lot of head, but mine has basically none.  I almost wondered if it was going to be like the beer that we started to try a while back, the one that made it from Indiana and ended up completely flat and gross.  But this is one we just bought here in Arizona a few days ago, so it should be ok.  In the glass, it looks kind of an orange yellow color, with no head, as I mentioned.  Usually if it is served in a restaurant, it has plenty of head and is served with an orange.  It is kind of thick looking, but not too much.  The beer doesn’t have a lot of smell to it, but what is there smells citrusy.  Let’s find out what it tastes like.

Blue Moon is a good, but not great, beer.  It is a very standard, easy-to-find beer in most bars in America, I think.  It’s a good introductory wheat beer.  The taste is citrusy and well-balanced with an easy-to-drink bit of fruitiness to it.  Don’t get me wrong, I like Blue Moon.  It is even one of my go-to beers, honestly.  But it’s also pretty boring as far as the list of beers that Ricky and I like to drink goes.  But I can also see why it would be on this list.  Blue Moon is a standard, must-try beer.  And one I am sure I will continue to come back to again and again.

Rating: 3/5

872 bottles of beer on the wall…

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