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 overall—It 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?