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.