Blue Moon Belgian White Beer Review

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Blue Moon Belgian White: Appearance

Hazy orange hue (too dark for the style). Translucent with some fine carbonation visible. Pours to a small, white, soapy head which nearly completely dissipates and leaves no lacing.

Blue Moon Belgian White: Smell

Sweet orange scent, but reminiscent of artificial flavoring. Not much authentic Belgian character to it.

Blue Moon Belgian White: Taste

Blue Moon is usually scoffed at by craft beer enthusiasts, and for good reason. But a lot of us forget that the beer serves a purpose of being a stepping stone from fizzy yellow beer to good beer. And in that capacity, this beer is great. As an actual Belgian White it’s far from a good example of the style. While there’s nothing particularly wrong with the palette here, there’s nothing especially good about it, either. The flavors seem a little inauthentic and what’s there is too simple and mild.

Upon my first swig I was immediately reminded of a pumpkin beer. The orangepeel and coriander spices are noticeable right away. They create for a zingy sensation, though they seem to fade away rather quickly. Through the middle there’s a sweet, almost sugary taste of orange flavoring akin to orange-flavored soda (not rich like orange juice concentrate). It finishes with a surprisingly dull, grainy taste not unlike that of a macro lager, which is actually quite baffling. Personally, I’m not offended by this palette, but it has a long way to go to truly impress me.

Blue Moon Belgian White: Drinkability

Say what you want about the taste, but it’s hard to dispute the fact Blue Moon is highly drinkable. Even drinking it indoors on a cold winter’s night it’s remarkably refreshing. The mouthfeel is on the thinner side and noticeable crisp, but not fizzy. It leaves just a slight pasty aftertaste, though it’s easily tolerable. It doesn’t seem to take full advantage of its 5.4% ABV weight. I’m sure they could deliver the same palette on a lighter, more sessionable body. But it is drinker-friendly for sure.

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Carla Lauter was the founder of The Beer Babe and has been a beer blogger and expert for several decades. She's been interviewed in beer publications and podcasts about her favorite brews and the craft brewing scene. While she's ceased her involvement with The Beer Babe, her legacy remains in the various reviews and articles she has written.