poured two 12oz bottles into a weizen glass. They had a best before
date of 5/19/14 and came as part of a 12-pack for $14.47 ($1.20 per
bottle or $0.10 per ounce).
Appearance: Hazy orange hue (too dark for the style). Translucent with
some fine carbonation visible. Pours to a small, white, soapy head which
nearly completely dissipates and leaves no lacing.
Smell: Sweet orange scent, but reminiscent of artificial flavoring. Not much authentic Belgian character to it.
Taste: Blue Moon is usually scoffed at by craft beer enthusiasts, and
for good reason. But a lot of us forget that the beer serves a purpose
of being a stepping stone from fizzy yellow beer to good beer. And in
that capacity, this beer is great. As an actual Belgian White it’s far
from a good example of the style. While there’s nothing particularly
wrong with the palette here, there’s nothing especially good about it,
either. The flavors seem a little inauthentic and what’s there is too
simple and mild.
Upon my first swig I was immediately reminded of a pumpkin beer. The
orangepeel and coriander spices are noticeable right away. They create
for a zingy sensation, though they seem to fade away rather quickly.
Through the middle there’s a sweet, almost sugary taste of orange
flavoring akin to orange-flavored soda (not rich like orange juice
concentrate). It finishes with a surprisingly dull, grainy taste not
unlike that of a macro lager, which is actually quite baffling.
Personally, I’m not offended by this palette, but it has a long way to
go to truly impress me.
Drinkability: Say what you want about the taste, but it’s hard to
dispute the fact Blue Moon is highly drinkable. Even drinking it indoors
on a cold winter’s night it’s remarkably refreshing. The mouthfeel is
on the thinner side and noticeable crisp, but not fizzy. It leaves just a
slight pasty aftertaste, though it’s easily tolerable. It doesn’t seem
to take full advantage of its 5.4% ABV weight. I’m sure they could
deliver the same palette on a lighter, more sessionable body. But it is
drinker-friendly for sure.