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RATINGS: 714   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.66   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Ale brewed with honey & orange peel.
Welcome the season with Honey Moon Summer Ale, the winner of the gold medal in the Specialty Honey Lager or Ale category at the Great American Beer Festival 2006. This ale is brewed with clover honey, orange peel, pale malt and malted white wheat. Compliment any summer gathering with this crisp, refreshing ale.

Previously 5.6% abv.


2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (1181) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2014
I poured a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass. It had a best before date of 10/27/14. My girlfriend left a six-pack of this in the fridge (itís not mine, I swear!).

Appearance: A lager-like appearance with a clear golden/yellow hue with plenty of visible carbonation. Pours to a small, white, soapy head which almost completely dissipates and leaves no lacing.

Smell: An odd scent of wet grain and adjuncts. No wheat beer aroma at all. Off putting.

Taste: I donít drink ďcraftyĒ beers because they all tend to be exactly that: pseudo, faux or quasi craft and Blue Moon Summer Honey Wheat is the epitome of this. Thereís no way a seasoned craft beer drinker would mistake this for even a mid-level American pale wheat ale. However, a lager drinker looking to try something new might find it interesting, which would explain the palette here.

The flavor is a bit difficult to describe because thereís so little of it. Itís an extremely mild taste of light malt and wheat from start to finish. The label indicates itís brewed with orange peel and clover honey, though neither of those flavors are dominant here. Perhaps thereís a hint of them on the finish, and only momentarily, and only if the beer warms up significantly. Hops are nowhere to be found, and thereís a slightly dirty aftertaste. Otherwise it actually tastes a bit like a lager. Perhaps this is a kolsch or cream ale disguised as a wheat or some kind of blonde. Whatever the case may be, the fact remains it has little to no traditional wheat beer character and is entirely too bland to enjoy.

Drinkability: I donít think anyone with a refined palate is drinking Blue Moon Summer Honey Wheat for the flavor. If youíre drinking this for the performance value, then thatís at least understandable. The mouthfeel is, not surprisingly, rather thin and crisp. Itís refreshing while in the mouth, though thereís a starchy aftertaste (but itís easily tolerated). It has as much flavor as youíre going to get out of a 5.2% ABV macro brew. If youíre a mainstream drinker and want an easy-drinking summer beer I could see this being sessionable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
generallee08 (680) - New York, USA - JUN 12, 2014
It has a hazy golden straw color with a big foamy white head that hangs out and leaves nice lace on the glass. The aroma has a touch of sweet wheat malt and honey with a hint of orange peel. Its flavor has a mild wheat presence with as noticeable sweet honey character. Orange citrus and mild hop bitterness add to the crisp refreshing character. Its light to medium bodied with average carbonation and it has a slightly sweet finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
iceman15658 (128) - Acme, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2014
12oz Bottle Pours a light golden color with a small white head. The main aroma is of faint wheat. The main flavor is of a weak honey and maybe a hint of citrus

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
jsmerig (1246) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Hooked up on vacation from my Dad. Thanks Dad! Taste is sweet the mouthfeel is smooth. Slightly cloying after-taste. Not a lot of pesonality

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SNL (238) - - JUN 3, 2014
Drank from bottle. Almost no nose. Taste is wheaty, with an abrupt sour finish. Decent beer. Average carbonation, medium body.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
wedgie9 (1946) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Blue Moon Summer Honey Wheat. Tasted on 5/29/14 from a capped 12oz bottle purchased at Frugal MacDoogal. Pours clear pale orange with an average, fizzy white head that quickly recedes to thin lace. The nose is as advertised with honeyed wheat and a very light hint of citrus bitterness. The flavor is a bit more sweet up front, moving to a light citrus bitter component. The body is medium with full, fizzy carbonation and a short honeyed finish.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
berkshirejohn (4534) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2014
12oz bottle from Orchard Fresh, Orchard Park, NY. Hazy straw in colour with a tight white head; slight honey aroma; grainy body with a subtle honey taste thatís not too sweet; and a not unpleasant finish. Rather bland, but could have been far worse.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Frank (2881) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2014
This beer is not totally useless. It is not the best beer in the world but it is definitely not w/o its good qualities. It basically tastes and smells like a lemon cookie. It has a clean, wheaty malt chaacter; itís a bit sweet; and it has a touch of lemon. Despite the sweetness, vigorous carbonation keeps this feeling at least relatively light on the palate. Definitely, this is not a shining star on the craft beer scene but as far as "crafty" beers go, you could really do much worse.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ZacM612 (141) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Yellow light beer appearance. Aroma of a sweet bread dough. Sweet flavor, a little honey and citrus. Fizzy feel.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cbfobes (2294) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 22, 2014
Poured from 12oz bottle, pours a clear light yellow with a thin bubbly white head, aroma is of light wheat and maybe a hint of fruit character, not a whole lot there though, the flavor has a really sweet front end with a strange metallic like finish, meh.


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