Note: This is a series I call Caveman Beer Reviews, because I like to drink beer but am a caveman when it comes to beer knowledge. I know only the basics, and do not have a refined palate. I’ll review the beers on price and what they look, smell, and taste like to me.
Beer: Blue Moon
Bottom Line: A slightly expensive wheat beer with a light wheat-y taste that is easy to drink and best had with an orange wedge.
Price: About $13.49 for a 12-pack of 12 ounce bottles.
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Back in the day (a few years ago) when beer (and hipsters) came back in style and everyone suddenly stopped drinking Budweiser and began to drink all sorts of new brews, I started to drink Blue Moon. At the time, I really liked it, but my fondness for it has slightly withered, as my taste has skewed towards the stronger and bitterer creations. Nonetheless, I still occasionally enjoy it, and did so recently.
Origin: My dear Colorado
Looks: A dark yellow-ish bottle with a stylized label showing a blue moon. The beer itself has a hazy, light yellow color.
Smell: Somewhat wheat-y smell.
Taste: Being a wheat beer, Blue Moon has a somewhat unusual taste in that it’s not a malt taste, but rather a wheat one. It’s really gaseous and has a hint of orange (the label says it’s brewed with Valencia orange peel; I have no idea what a Valencia orange is, but you can taste it). It’s easy to drink and refreshing, and leaves a slight wheat-y aftertaste on the roof of the mouth.
Overall, it’s got a medium-light taste and medium body. Having it with an orange wedge seems to bring out the taste more.
Hangover Factor: Normal for a non-light beer; nothing unusual. I’m a male in reasonably good health born in 1983.
Blue Moon is pretty good, although it does not have the luster it had back when it came out. I don’t drink it that much anymore because it’s best to have it with an orange wedge, but it takes too much effort to get the wedges.
The One In Debt says
I love Blue Moon on tap (with an orange) compared to the bottle. For some reason BM poured or drank from the bottle does not have the same luster.
I was looking through your series. If you haven’t tried, you will probably enjoy shock top (with an orange). Then there is Fat Tire and 805.
The Rich Miser says
Thanks for the ideas, I’ll keep them in mind!
J. Money says
Stop making me thirsty!!
The Rich Miser says
Ha! It definitely hits the spot on a hot July day!