Blue Moon Agave Nectar Ale
Brewed by: Blue Moon
Beer Classification and Specs
- Style: Pale Ale
- Variation: American, Wheat
- Seasonal: Summer
- ABV: 5.6%
- IBU: 14
Notes: Agave nectar is a natural sweetener similar to honey, but with a nuttier taste.
Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients
Inspired by our brewmaster’s travels through Mexico, our Agave Nectar Ale is crafted with agave nectar and white wheat for a subtle sweetness and a smooth, crisp finish. It’s like a little shade in a bottle.
Malts: Pale, White Wheat, Munich
Additional: Agave nectar
Artwork: Follows the Blue Moon label template, using agave plants underneath the banner.
Color: Light amber.
Aroma: Slight sweetness.
Arrived in: Bottle
Served in: Pilsner glass
I saw Blue Moon Agave Nectar Ale, and of course wanted to try it, but was afraid of having to buy 6-12 of them. Nothing is worse than having beer in the fridge that you don’t like. Luckily Vons saved the day, and had a few of them for individual sale.
Agave nectar is not as thick as molasses, but it comes pretty close. I was curious how that texture would come across in the beer itself, along with how sweet the taste would be.
Agave is also used to make some tequilas, which is what the grilled chicken quesadillas we paired this beer with were marinated in. They complemented each other well.
I make it a point to not drink a lot of Blue Moon’s flagship beer, but if I recalled correctly, Agave Nectar Ale tasted just like a sweetened version of Blue Moon Belgian White. In other words, I found this ale to be an improvement over their most popular offering.
Final Score: 2.5/5
Blue Moon Agave Nectar Ale was so-so. To be honest, I was expecting the worst based on the addition of syrupy agave nectar, but it doesn’t get in the way of the ale flavor or texture. The beer still tasted like a beer, not overly sweetened. If you’re into trying beer brewed with unique flavoring, give it a shot, otherwise you will probably find it forgettable.