Review: Blue Moon Spring Blonde Wheat Ale

Blue Moon Spring Blonde Wheat Ale
Blue Moon Brewing Co. — Golden, CO

  • Style:  Wheat Ale
  • Bitterness:  Not provided
  • ABV: 5.4%
  • Malts:   Not provided
  • Hops:  Not provided
  • Calories:  167 per 12 oz. serving
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle

Description:  "Our wheat ale is the perfect way to celebrate the season.  A blonde-colored ale brewed with orange and lemon peel for a smooth and refreshing beer with a crisp citrus finish.  It goes great with those first warm days of spring." — Blue Moon Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:   Blue Moon Brewing is owned by MillerCoors.  I stood in front of the beer case for a few minutes silently debating (with myself) if I should review this beer. Since it's being positioned as a craft brew, I figured I'd give it a shot.  This is part of my series on Spring Seasonals.

The tasting:  Golden straw in color (clear) with a white head that dissipated quickly, leaving no lacing.  I can see lots of effervescent bubbles floating to the top.  Aroma of bready malts and yeast—it reminds me of a pilsner lager.  Flavor is very similar to the aroma.  I'm not picking up the any of the citrus flavors listed in the description.  It's very light in body and has medium carbonation.  It has a crisp, effervescent mouth feel and finishes dry with a bready malt aftertaste.  

Rating:  2 star.  Drinkable, but not sure I want to.   I hope I wasn't negatively influenced by Blue Moon's macro beer parentage, and I wish I could have tasted it blind.  However, the flavor reminded me exactly of the industrial lagers I vowed never to drink again.  I'd pass on Blue Moon Spring Blonde Wheat Ale. 

Have you tried any Blue Moon beers?

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