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.


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.

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.

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

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.

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.