Blue Moon Summer Honey Wheat

Reviewed by on August 18, 2015 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Coors Brewing Company

  • Origin: Golden, CO, US

  • Rated On: August 18, 2015

  • Best Before: November 23, 2015

  • ABV: 5.2%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

  • Rating: OKAY

The Review

While the MolsonCoors corporate brewing juggernaut may not be synonymous with craft brewing, they maintain a number of lines of so-called pseudo-crafty (or the like) offerings, such as Blue Moon, that go to long lengths to distance themselves from their origins.  You be the judge.

This 12oz bottle pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with one chubby finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and mostly just fizzy eggshell white head, which leaves a bit of streaky ancient cave painting lace around the glass as it quickly drops away.

It smells of faint, semi-sweet wheat grain, a twinge of wan caramel, a soft buttery honey thing, some middling lemon and orange citrus, and weak earthy, grassy, and musty hops. The taste is more sweet, innocuous wheaty malt, honeyed crackers, buttered toasted bread, more weak muddled citrus (orange peel – not so much), and rather subtle earthy, leafy hops. The carbonation is fairly average in its swirling, workaday frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and surprisingly smooth, with a teensy airy creaminess. It finishes well off-dry, the nondescript wheat, honey, and let’s just say orange fruitiness, all doing their little part for the cause.

Overall, this is much less ‘wheaty’ than even the regular Blue Moon, yet admittedly easy to drink, as nothing really wrong sticks its head out to get metaphorically lopped off. Just ok as a summertime tipple, for when your attention is definitely focused elsewhere.

Brady White

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