BeerCritic


Blue Moon Belgian Wit

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 46, Belgian Wit, Tumbler, Weizen
ABV, Volume & Calories: 5.4 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 300 C
Purchased at: Martin’s in Waynesboro, VA for $2.49

Aroma: minimal, citrus, snow. 6 out of 10.

Visuals: cloudy, orange, white persistent head, okay lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: wheat, banana, mold. 7 out of 10.

Palate: slate, medium finish, sweet. 3 out of 5.

Overall: Not quite as good as other macro Belgian styles, such as Hoegaarden. I’ll likely have it again, since it’s everywhere. It’s not a favorite. 13 out of 20.

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
ABV: 5.6%
IBU: ?
Volume: 12 oz
Glass: Goblet
Purchased at: Ewing Discount Liquor
Consumed on: Wednesday February 20th, 2008

first impression: No head really at all, a fine pale amber color, very clear. Finest lace and wisps of bubbles. Quiet in terms of carbonation. A nice bite in hops, and a bit malty. Not bad, by any means, but mass produced, perhaps not for the masses.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt is oceanic – a bit salty, a bit sandy.
Hops are present.
Yeast/Bacteria hang on the glass, and are the most present component in my tasting.
Other flavors include wind across a field of grass, corn, or hay.

Visuals/Appearance:
Color a thin, pale orange.
Liquid is golden and brilliant.
Head/Lace is very present.

Taste/Flavor:
Sweet overtones.
Bitterness is very light.
Sour not at all.
Salty and might pair well with fast food.
Hoppiness is present, but minimal.
Maltiness is thin and syrupy.

Palate/Tactile:
Body/Mouthfeel is quite light.
Texture is cutting. Quite dry.
Carbonation is fairly light.
Finish is quite short, except for the salty seltzer finish. Refreshing in this regard.

Overall – not a bad beer by any means, but not a very deeply crafted beer. It may separate itself (as a mass produced, mass consumed beer) from Budweiser in a far superlative way, but it does not approach the beers produced by Stone, Victory, or Dogfish Head. It is quite desirable where only macros exist.