Blue Moon Gingerbread Spiced Ale

Val and I went to Brick House with my sister and they didn’t have much on tap that sounded interesting. Val ended up with this beer, which was their “Blue Moon Seasonal.” I haven’t reviewed a Blue Moon beer since 2012.


ABV: 5.9%

Style: Herbed/Spiced Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Not too long ago, we asked fans to suggest ingredients for a new limited winter release that would best fit the season. After lots of great suggestions and tastings with fans, Gingerbread Spiced Ale came out on top. With tastes of ginger, cinnamon, and molasses, it’s clear why they chose this wintery brew.”

Random: This is a “limited” Winter release, although I highly doubt you’ll have any trouble finding it if you want to try it.

This beer poured with half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly and actually left some lacing on the glass. The body was a medium-amber color and clear with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had gingerbread and brown sugar, but then had a citrus note as well, most reminiscent of orange segments. The cinnamon and ginger came through on the nose too. The taste started with orange segments and then went into ginger and clove, with some cinnamon. The body was light with prickly carbonation. It had a quick finish with spice. I was prepared to hate this beer, but it wasn’t awful. The transition from citrus into spice wasn’t seamless, but the flavor was alright. Given what I expected of this beer, that’s a compliment. I wouldn’t order it again or search it out, but it’s drinkable.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0


A few weeks ago, my sister and I went out to brunch. Our brunch was awful. I got this chicken sandwich that had more bones in than a piece of fish. It was seriously gross and I couldn’t even eat. We ended up in the bar next door to watch a baseball game afterwards. Although they advertised having some craft beer, they were ones that I had already reviewed, so I sat down with this classic brew to give a try.

ABV: 5%

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Trivia: Right now, Coors has four different heritage cans. You can see them here.

Random: Even the label on this one looks like an antique. I don’t think I’ve had one of these brews since I was in my early twenties.

I had the option to try this one in a “frosty glass.” I shockingly declined. This one poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, dark yellow color with light carbonation visible throughout. The nose gave off whiffs of corn…and that was it, although it wasn’t surprising. The taste was heavy with corn and then some honey sweetness right behind it. It had a slight hint of skunk at the end of the sip. The body had moderate carbonation and was relatively heavy for the style. The finish was way too long with corn. This beer had very few redeeming qualities. It didn’t have much flavor and it was one of those beers that was wet and that’s the most that you can expect. I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

Coors Third Shift Amber Lager

Ever try a product to see how truly awful it is? It makes me sound like a glutton for punishment. Perhaps I am. In my quest to try every beer possible, it sometimes forces me to try beers that are less than desirable. So, I finally broke down while I was out to dinner with my sister. This was advertised as one of the restaurant’s “craft” offerings. I have no words for that really.

ABV: 5.3%

Style: Vienna Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Third Shift Amber Lager is the first release in a series of award-winning beers brewed by the Band of Brewers – a group of talented brewers across the MillerCoors network. Third Shift is as much about collaboration as it is invention – the shared pride that comes from creating something truly great. The Band of Brewers joined forces to create Third Shift – a smooth and easy drinking amber lager – well balanced with a sweet maltiness that dominates slightly over a clean – hop bitterness. The result is a gold-medal winning amber lager that is complex yet well-balanced.”

Random: As I was drinking this, the bar manager came over and told me how much he loved it. I then told him how much I didn’t love it (oops, spoiler alert) in a nice way and asked if there were plans to get other (read: real) craft beers on tap. He said there were, especially when I started telling him how great some of the local offerings were.

This brew poured with a finger of white head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the pint glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow (what I could see in the limited lighting) with lots of carbonation. The nose was sweet grain and not much else. The taste was borderline awful. I got sweet grain and skunking. Not a thing else. The body was way too watery and the carbonation was too high. There wasn’t (thankfully) even a finish on this one. This is one of the few beers that I can honestly say that I wouldn’t drink if it was handed to me. Its only redeeming quality is that it was wet. Despite the fact I hated this beer, I encourage you to try it, just to see what a wonderful “crafty” beer this is.

Untappd Rating: 1.5/5.0

Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale

Today was a Murphy’s Law type of day. I got reservations at Nicholas in Red Bank for my anniversary. Around noon today, I got told I needed to be on a conference call for work at 6:30 that wouldn’t end until around 8. Okay, time to cancel reservations and make new ones somewhere else. So, I find out at 5 that I don’t need to be on the conference call, but I get hit with a bunch of other things and finally leave a little after 7. I come home to find Kate in bed with what I think is a bad battle with food poisoning. So, dinner for me was leftover mac and cheese. This was a beer that I had while Christmas shopping over the weekend…

ABV: 5.6%

Style: Dubbel

Trivia: This is a winter seasonal from Blue Moon.

Random: I’m really getting into the documentaries on the Current Channel. I’ve watched 2 on prison so far.

I ordered this one primarily because it was one of the few brews on the menu that I didn’t have. It came out in a large hefeweizen glass (seriously?) and it was rimmed with a cinnamon sugar mixture. The head was a finger high and off white. The body was a deep and clear mahogany color. The nose was overwhelmed with cinnamon from the rim. I didn’t get anything else. The taste had cinnamon from the rim, but also some Belgian flavors too. I got a touch of dark fruit with Belgian yeast and spice. Don’t get me wrong, compared to other beers of the style, this was awful, but for a Coors product, it was decent. The body was a moderate thickness with decent carbonation. The finish was relatively long with some spice. Although this wasn’t a great dubbel, it’s probably the best Blue Moon beer I’ve had so far. I wouldn’t search this one out, but it’s drinkable.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

George Killian’s Irish Red

Today was another busy day at work. I capped it off with a really good chest/biceps/calves workout at the gym. It was an absolutely beautiful day out and on the drive home, I listened to more of my ESPN audiobook with the windows down. It doesn’t get much better than that. Tonight I’m having another beer from my “Irish” six-pack, although most people know that this is made by Coors. I don’t have high hopes for this one…

ABV: 4.9%

Style: American Amber/Red Lager

Trivia:  According to the brewery website this is what the brew should taste like, “Toasted/roasted caramel malt introduction with nice bready characteristics.”

Random: This is one of the beers that I used to drink when I first turned 21. I think the experience tonight is going to be a bit different.

I pulled the bottle out of the fridge and initially noticed that this was a screw off cap. This is not a good sign. The brew poured with a half finger of off white head which was surprising. It lasted for awhile too, but didn’t leave any lacing on the glass. The body was a clear reddish-brown with a huge amount of carbonation visible. The nose started with some sweet bready malts with a hint of metal behind it. The taste was on the sweet side. It had a lot of sweet malts that followed up with a flavor of buttered bread. The body was middle of the road with a lot of carbonation. The finish was relatively swift with a bit of the sweet malt that made itself well-known in the flavor. Although I used to love this beer when I was younger, I just didn’t have the same affection for it now. It’s drinkable, but I wouldn’t rush back to have this. Yet, it does have a bit more flavor than the typical macros.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

Blue Moon Belgian White

Today was the end of a very rough work week. I went out with my buddy to one of my favorite sports bars to grab some dinner and a brew. I was planning on doing the strongman tomorrow, but I just managed to twist my knee. I’m thinking that perhaps a strongman is not the best idea. Anyways, back to the beer. They really didn’t have a lot to choose from. And again, I’m getting to the point that I’ve had so many beers that it’s a struggle to find one to review at a normal bar. This is a beer I’ve had many times and I really can’t believe that I haven’t reviewed it.

ABV: 5.4%

Style: Witbier

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “The most literal meaning of blue moon is when the moon (not necessarily a full moon) appears to a casual observer to be unusually bluish, which is a rare event. The effect can be caused by smoke or dust particles in the atmosphere, as has happened after forest fires in Sweden and Canada in 1950 and 1951, and after the eruption of Krakatoa in 1883, which caused the moon to appear blue for nearly two years. Other less potent volcanos have also turned the moon blue. People saw blue moons in 1983 after the eruption of the El Chichon volcano in Mexico, and there are reports of blue moons caused by Mt. St. Helens in 1980 and Mount Pinatubo in 1991.”

Random: This was one of the beers that got me into craft beer. It took me awhile to figure out it was made by Coors…

This is a beer that people either enjoy or seem to love to hate. For me, it has a certain sentimental value. Whenever I drink Blue Moon, it brings me back to the good times that I’ve had (usually at outdoor bars) when I was in my early twenties. So, I guess for me, it has more sentimental value than anything. It’s also a beer that I’ll drink if I’m at a bar that has nothing else on tap except macros. Now that I’ve brought you down memory lane, let’s get into the review. The beer poured a cloudy orange color with no visible carbonation due to the color. The head on the beer was pure white and barely one finger and dissipated quickly with no lacing left on the glass. The nose was a bit of citrus, a hint of spice and a little wheat. On the taste, the citrus was definitely the dominant flavor. The spice was pretty muted and wheat was also apparent. The finish was quick and fruity. Despite the fact that I’ve found much better witbiers, this one is still an easy drinker and incredibly refreshing. I’ll definitely have it again, even if it’s made by Coors.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Coors Light

After working a 12 hour dispatching shift (how I love overtime), the next logical thing to do was go to the bar to watch the Yankees game with Joe and down a beer or two. Due to wonderful selection at the bar and the fact that I have to be up at 5:30 tomorrow, I chose a macro to do a review on. Speaking of baseball, the Phils won, which is great. I love early baseball because all these crazy teams start doing well and then later implode with injuries and such. Like, Cleveland is leading the AL Central at 6-2. We know that’s not going to last…although it doesn’t look like a very strong division. And Tampa Bay and Boston have only won 1 game so far. I bet no one saw that coming. Anyways, onto the swill for the night.

ABV: 4.2%

Style: Light Lager

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “Coors Light is a light beer produced by the Coors Brewing Company. It was first produced in 1978. The beer has a ‘Cold Certified’ label which turns the mountains on the label from white to blue when the beer’s temperature is lowered to 4 degrees Celsius (39 degrees Fahrenheit).”

Random: I love that Beer Advocate has no top examples for light lager…somehow I don’t think this is a coincidence.

Yes, I’m reviewing Coors Light. I know, I know. The beer poured with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly, leaving no lacing on the glass. The body was a straw yellow color with moderate visible carbonation. On the nose, there was a bit of corn and metal and not much else. On the taste, this was boring. A bit of fizz and corn, not much else. It goes down like water. I would only have this if I had to. The finish is quick and unremarkable. And as a side note, I have no idea why they couldn’t just give this to me in a pint glass.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

Blue Moon Honey Moon

This tap just said “Blue Moon Seasonal” on it, so I didn’t actually know which seasonal I was having, the fall or the summer. One sip pretty much gave it away. I like regular Blue Moon for an everyday drinker if nothing else is around, but I’ve never been a fan of their seasonals.

ABV: 5.2%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “Originally ‘honeymoon’ simply described the period just after the wedding when things are at their sweetest; it is assumed to wane in a month. The earliest term for this in English was hony moone, which was recorded as early as 1546.”

Random: I’ve heard that the term honeymoon came from the mead the couple was served at the wedding. Guess I was wrong.

This beer poured with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly. The body is a straw yellow color and clear with some visible carbonation on the body. It looks like a regular macro beer. On the nose there is nothing, and I mean NOTHING. I almost stuck my nose in the glass to get a hint of sweetness. On the taste, there is a little bit of honey, but not much else. This brew is boring. There isn’t even a lot to write about it, because it’s that boring. It’s also under carbonated. I wouldn’t have this beer again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0