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RATINGS: 702   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.


cooplander's rating

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2012
gold yellow color, aroma of wheat, grain, honey, flavors are the same, nothing exciting but drinkable


2.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Maxbier (139) - Maryland, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Golden yellow with dissipating white head. Aroma has some yeast, some wheat, and some cardboard. Flavor; slightly sweet, hint of honey and extracted citrus. Finish is orange-ish with a touch of yeast esters. Tried this in a glass and out of the bottle. Significantly more drinkable from the bottle served as cold as possible.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
jrodooo5 (910) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Bubbly gold pour w/ a white head that dissipates instantly. The aroma has an odd malt scent to it. The taste is actually quite off putting. Something isnít working here - not sure if itís the honey or what but this is not good! Watery on the palate w/ a strange aftertaste. Not a fan!

1.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
lb4lb (2453) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Pours light gold. Smell is grain, tart malt almost skunky. Taste is very sweet grainy cereal honey. Too sweet. Ugh...diabeetus.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
b3shine (5132) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Bottle to half-pint glass (shared with the Mrs.). Looks solid; a transparent honey gold with white head. Smells mildly sweet with notes of orange and yeast. Tastes like it smells with an average (at best) mouthfeel. Not bad for what it is.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarkSachon (551) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2014
12 oz bottle from the sampler case. This is just so-so and kind of refreshing on a hot summer day. Just remember itís a Miller Brewing product.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
bubblehouse (308) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Looks like it tastes, piss poor. Hardly any aroma with sub par taste that lasts to long in the mouth.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerbaaron (1126) - Arizona, USA - JUN 15, 2014
Aroma was grain with a top layer of honey and light citrus over the top. Flavor was about the same. Fairly dull. Not much action on the palate either. Good drinkability at least. A serviceable poolside chugger.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gripweed57 (589) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2014
12 ounce bottle. Pours a pale straw golden color. Small rocky white head. Light lemony grainy malt aroma. Sweet lemon wheat malt. Noticeable honey notes. Refreshing, but very thin bodied. Your not drinking this for itís complexity and character. This is strictly a hot weather session beer. My wife thinks this is delicious. Me, I would rather have a German wheat bier.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (1126) - 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 (506) - 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.


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