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    Full Moon Winter Ale

    Full Moon Winter Ale

    3.67 average, 6 votes
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    by David Lauterbach
    2009 December 23
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    It’s the most wonderful time of the beer.

    Winter brews go great at winter parties. Typically a little hoppier and a little heavier than your spring and summer beer, the brews that line the shelves during the holidays make you feel warm inside.

    Just the other day, I commented that MillerCoors’ Blue Moon “doesn’t suck, but I don’t really care for it.” So I was surprised to find myself buying a six-pack of their seasonal beer called Full Moon.

    Full Moon Winter Ale is defined as an “Abbey Ale brewed with a hint of dark Belgian sugar,” and knowing the girls I work with like Blue Moon, I got a six in addition to some other brews to try to make everyone happy at the office party.  Turns out, the guys all enjoyed and drank it.

    The ale had a nice rich amber color and the sugary reference on the label did not make it too sweet… although when the Full Moon was gone and I switched to Sam Adams Winter Lager, the sweetness of Full Moon became a little more obvious compared to Sammy’s stronger taste.  The aroma was a little (just a little) nutty, probably from the brown sugar, and overall it had a malty, winter character.

    The ABV was 5.6% – a bit higher than today’s average.

    Considering that this is brewed by a major bottler, it’s actually pretty good… and I felt it was better than the Blue Moon.  An Abbey Ale it is not, but I’ll keep my eyes open for their other seasonals now that I have enjoyed this one.

    Pardon us while we pay for beer...

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    Mike

    Also not a Full Moon fan, wife is, but this was a very good holiday offering. Lighter than most but still with some flavor.

    Dawn

    I had this on christmas for the first time and it was delicious! A really good seasonal that is rather easy to find right now… and that is key.

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