Review: Blue Moon Summer Honey Wheat



Blue Moon Summer Honey Wheat
Blue Moon Brewing Co. — Golden, CO

Stats:
  • Style:  Wheat Ale
  • Bitterness:  Not specified
  • ABV:  5.2%
  • Malts:   Not specified
  • Hops:  Not specified
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle

Description:  "Wheat ale crafted with clover honey for a hint of sweetness and balanced out with a touch of orange peel for subtle citrus notes.— Blue Moon Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  This is the seventh beer I’m tasting as part of my series on summer seasonal brews.  I tasted Blue Moon's Spring Blonde Wheat in February, wasn't crazy about it, and gave it a 2 star rating.  I was surprised to learn that Summer Honey Wheat won a gold medal at the 2010 Great American Beer Festival in the Specialty Honey Ale or Lager category. 

The tasting:  Gold in color, slightly hazy, with a white head that dissipated quickly, leaving no lacing on the glass.  Aroma of cereal malt, citrus, coriander, and notes of honey.  Nice aroma overallIt reminded me of a Belgian Wit.  The flavors don't match the aroma.  The wheat is prominent and a touch of honey sweetness comes through in flavor.  It has very little hop flavor or bitterness.  It's light bodied, has a smooth mouth feel, and is very drinkable.   

Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.   I was pleasantly surprised.  My low expectations for this beer were surpassed.  Overall, it's one dimensional and not memorable, but it's not a bad beer.  I expect it gets a bad wrap due to its name.  If you ever hold a blind tasting, slip it into a koozie to hide the name, and see what happens.  It might surprise you.

Have you tried Summer Honey Wheat?  Do you think of Blue Moon's beers? 


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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I know this is an old post, but I was thinking of this beer today and remembered how good it was. I really hope they brew it again this year.

Anonymous said...

It is even better if you put a 1/4 inch "fullmoon" slice of orange into the glass and squeeze it to release some of the juice.. it needs that added orange flavor!

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love this beer. I am not a beer drinker, but I am now. Please keep brewing this...it's my favorite!

Anonymous said...

This is a great beer! I wish it was available year round.

Anonymous said...

I also LOVE this beer and wish they would make it year around. I have driven more than 100 miles to buy the rest I could find in the early fall when they quit making it for the summer season.

Donald Hodgins said...

I've never been impressed with any blue moon beers, it's ok but not worth my money and remember even a garbage beer like Busch one a gold medal

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