Yes, I know this is one of Americas trendiest craft beers…you know, with the slice of orange hanging onto to the side of the glass. Actually that orange is supposed to accentuate the flavor of this beer because orange peel is one of its unique ingredients. Anyway, I don’t care what anybody says, this beer is damn good! I enjoy this brew a bit more than I should and love to use this one to accompany my greasy wings when I am out for happy hour. This is a simple wheat beer that boasts great flavor and hits the palate well during many joyous occasions. Am I telling you to pick up a twelver of this stuff today?…well of course!
At first pour, this cloudy straw colored wheat beer makes me lick my chops every time I watch that thick white 2 finger head expand to the rim of the glass. Oh, the beauty of a wheat beer! Now, it is OK to salivate over your chunk of orange, I do, however, do not throw that sucker in the brew until you have gotten a real taste of the beer itself. Then after a swig or two do what you wish with that hunk of vitamin C. The smell of this brew is of citrus and wheat. The taste is much of the same, orange and citrus come to mind with a great wheat flavor that mixes and follows well. The beer is smooth with a common wheat-like fullness on your palate. In addition, the carbonation bites gently on the tongue and remnants of hops remain faintly between sips. The drinkability is above average for this wheat beer. They seem to just keep sliding down. Maybe I am just dehydrated all the time…or not.
I don’t know what it is about this stuff?!?!? Maybe I’m caught up in the hype but I’ll tell you what, Coors has done a great job with this brew. They taste even better when you drink em’ right after you get done with the Coors brewery tour! Thanks again Cigs… By the way, I know this brew’s packaging claims it is made at the “Blue Moon Brewing Co.” Not true, it is actually made at Coors, Molson-Coors, Miller-Coors, whatever it is these days. They use the Blue Moon Brewing Co as a marketing ploy to keep people thinking they are drinking a true craft beer. My opinion…this doesn’t matter a bit, it is still a good craft beer!
I like this beer too, although I prefer Magic Hat #9 and Hacker-Pschorr.
Have you tried “Rising Moon” yet? I just saw it at Jewel yesterday. I’m curious.
I have the seasonal Blue Moon’s every year. Rising Moon was pretty good last year, I recall, a bit more refreshing than Belgian White. I’ll check it out and review it!
I enjoy the Kieffer Lime additions in Rising Moon gives it a zesty flavor. Like Michael, I too occationally indulge in the seasonal brews such as Full Moon (Winter), Harvest Moon(Fall), and Honey Moon(Summer). I guess there is a Pale Moon as well found in mixed cases.
I’ve always enjoyed Blue Moon too. And I agree with you, it’s a great accompaniment to some happy hour wings!
I tried the Pale Moon over my new years vacation. Sadly it was mixed in between several other selections and I don’t remember a thing about it. Except that it wasn’t bad. So there you go. Pale Moon was not bad.
Digitalbenjamin, I have had the rising moon and recommend that you give it a taste! It is a brew you have to wrap your own taste buds around in order to see if you like it… Cheers
This is a reasonable beer if a real craft brew isn’t available. It’s a little over-citrused IMO (kind of like Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy), but it outranks mass-brewed swill easily.
Bell’s Oberon is a more nuanced summer choice for those who are interested, as is Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat, and both are readily available in most regions.