This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Blue Moon Table Pils.
If you were to just look at the name of the brew, you would think that this is a ho hum Pilsner. After all, calling this beer a Table Pils implies that it is a Pilsner. It would be a little bit odd for Blue Moon to produce a Pilsner since every Blue Moon product that I have seen has been an Ale. But regardless of the rationale behind the name of the beer, it is NOT a Pilsner.
The label of the beer indicates that it is a Belgian Style Pilsner. The Blue Moon website explains that the beer is "a sessionable Belgian Style Pilsner brewed with mandarin orange peel and two row Moravian barley." However, the experts at BA do not call this a Pilsner and instead they have classified it as an American Pale Lager. Me, personally - I see this as a mutt - a bizarre cross between a fruit infused lager and some earthy other brew that I can't put my finger on.
Although this review may seem to be negative, I did thoroughly enjoy this concoction. The beer has an interesting tartness to it which may be a result of the mandarin orange peel, but it also has some nice malt from the lager backbone. The resulting beer is lower in alcohol (4.2%) but refreshing and eminently drinkable. This is the kind of beer that you can drink in a Sukkah or maybe on a hot day after spending some time in the yard.
Blue Moon Belgian Table Pils is certified kosher by the Orthodox Union, as is every other current variety of beer produced by Blue Moon. For the experts take on this beer, please click here beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/306/221564.
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