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Beer – #449 – Blue Moon – Belgian White Ale

This most certainly isn’t craft beer is it. Blue Moon Belgian White Ale.

“Brewed with oats for creaminess and spiced with the perfect combination of orange peel and coriander. An unfiltered wheat ale spiced in the Belgian tradition for an uncommonly smooth taste.”

Brewed by Coors Brewing Company (MillerCoors) in the style they think is  Belgian White (Witbier) and they are in GoldenColorado USA

Bottle is 5.4% ABV and 355Ml so that should be about 192 calories a serve, and makes this bottle 1.51 standard drink units in NZ. This might register at 9 IBU’s too.

Blue Moon - Belgian White AleBlue Moon Belgian White, Belgian-style wheat ale, is a refreshing, medium-bodied, unfiltered Belgian-style wheat ale spiced with fresh coriander and orange peel for a uniquely complex taste and an uncommonly smooth finish.

Much of this beer’s production now comes from the Molson brewery in Toronto. A small portion of Denver draught production comes from the SandLot brewery. Still other product may continue to hail from Golden.  Which is where my bottle is from, and it’s made specifically for NZ with country specific label and everything.

I first had this in Australia, and it had fruit in the glass, I think an orange slice, but that was then….

So no orange slice, umbrella or plastic tiki. just the beer, just a glass.

To be fair and honest I’ve had this before and drank 4 of the 6 pack before I got to writing about it, so I come in prepped. But don’t take that for soft. I like this style of beer, and the choice might be Hoegaarden or Leffe, but on a price point and beer to drink level this might win. Let me get to that.

Let me just say that they talk this up on their web site.  The glass was the most surprising.


Lemony orange on opening.

It is cloudy orange on pouring, like they say, and this time I got no head, but then that sort of a thing the way I pour.

The orange notes are apparent in the bloom, but they are not that strong or strong enough.

This is fruity and sweet, but lacks the alcohol astringent in it that some Belgium beers of this type may have. It also lacks the soft full mouthfeel, so lacks caramel sugars in the middle perhaps.

I don’t have an orange to peel and slice to add to this, I’m not sure it’d make a difference except turn it into a beer that ladies might like. I’ve had beer with lemons in it, sort of like that affectation that you get with Corona and the slice of lemon or lime, to add flavour mostly, or perhaps it’s a disinfectant.

I belittle this though.  The beer stands ok on it’s own for and what it is. It isn’t however a patch on a decent Witbeer, but it is a decent drinking beer.

So I drink this then as my starter for the early evening sunshine, because it’s easy going, because it’s different and doesn’t challenge me. I also drink this at the end of the evening as the finisher, the roadie just to top it off, when it adds that little bit of sweetness and hints of orange or fruit to pique your tastebuds back again.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 a of its things from the thing.

The double dip review

  1. Am I enjoying it? Yes I like this style. Do I enthuse about it? Not so much.
  2. Would I have another? I Would and will
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Yes, it’s not so bad, makes a change from other domestics and therefore makes it ok in my book.

On the loud machine we have Kings of Leon!!!  – Only by Night and this track “Closer”

This track and most of the album needed to be on 11….


Belgian style wheat beers are very pale, opaque, with the crisp character of wheat, plus the citric refreshment of orange peel and coriander. Ingredients sometimes also include oats for smoothness, and other spices such as grains of paradise. Serve with light cheeses or mussels.



2 comments on “Beer – #449 – Blue Moon – Belgian White Ale

  1. Optimistic Kid
    August 24, 2014

    Just came to say that you have a good taste of music.


    • Philip Walter
      August 25, 2014

      Thanks. I try to enjoy everything and like to listen to recommends. Feel free to make suggestions I’d probably listen.


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