Thursday, June 12, 2014

Blue Moon Summer Honey Wheat

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (1110) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2014
I poured a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass. It had a best before date of 10/27/14. My girlfriend left a six-pack of this in the fridge (it’s not mine, I swear!).

Appearance: A lager-like appearance with a clear golden/yellow hue with plenty of visible carbonation. Pours to a small, white, soapy head which almost completely dissipates and leaves no lacing.

Smell: An odd scent of wet grain and adjuncts. No wheat beer aroma at all. Off putting.

Taste: I don’t drink “crafty” beers because they all tend to be exactly that: pseudo, faux or quasi craft and Blue Moon Summer Honey Wheat is the epitome of this. There’s no way a seasoned craft beer drinker would mistake this for even a mid-level American pale wheat ale. However, a lager drinker looking to try something new might find it interesting, which would explain the palette here.

The flavor is a bit difficult to describe because there’s so little of it. It’s an extremely mild taste of light malt and wheat from start to finish. The label indicates it’s brewed with orange peel and clover honey, though neither of those flavors are dominant here. Perhaps there’s a hint of them on the finish, and only momentarily, and only if the beer warms up significantly. Hops are nowhere to be found, and there’s a slightly dirty aftertaste. Otherwise it actually tastes a bit like a lager. Perhaps this is a kolsch or cream ale disguised as a wheat or some kind of blonde. Whatever the case may be, the fact remains it has little to no traditional wheat beer character and is entirely too bland to enjoy.

Drinkability: I don’t think anyone with a refined palate is drinking Blue Moon Summer Honey Wheat for the flavor. If you’re drinking this for the performance value, then that’s at least understandable. The mouthfeel is, not surprisingly, rather thin and crisp. It’s refreshing while in the mouth, though there’s a starchy aftertaste (but it’s easily tolerated). It has as much flavor as you’re going to get out of a 5.2% ABV macro brew. If you’re a mainstream drinker and want an easy-drinking summer beer I could see this being sessionable. 
Grade: 3/10

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