Blue Moon Belgian White
Price per six-pack: $6.99
BeerAdvocate rating: 3.42 out of 5
Rate Beer rating: 2.99 out of 5
MolsonCoors doesn't go out of its way to tell folks Blue Moon is a Coors product, but craft beer fans don't go out of their way to dis it once they find out. Born in a brewpub at Coors Field in Denver, Blue Moon is a creamy, citrusy dream of a witbier that became the everyman's Belgian beer shortly after it was introduced in 1995. It's relatively inexpensive, it's refreshing and it's a great gateway to other, more complex brews. It's just too bad Coors doesn't offer many more beyond its Blue Moon line.
Shock Top Belgian White
Price per six-pack: $6.49
BeerAdvocate rating: 3.05 out of 5
Rate Beer rating: 2.59 out of 5
The geeks are a bit less kind to Shock Top's witbier, but the fact that it's Budweiser's unofficial witbier may have something to do with that. Shock Top is an Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) product and is oft treated as such by those in the know. Those who hadn't reached that realization, however, should know that A-B InBev isn't exactly a bumbling stooge when it comes to making witbier. The company's stable of beers also includes Hoegaarden, the beer Pierre Celis used to shake the witbier style out of centuries of slumber in 1965. It's slightly more expensive, which gives Shock Top the upper hand when fighting its way onto porch parties and into beer coolers this summer.
Widmer Brothers Citra Blonde Summer Brew
Price per six-pack: $7.99
BeerAdvocate rating: 3.68 out of 5
Rate Beer rating: 3.26 out of 5
Once a beer gets above $8 a six-pack, it's tough to call it inexpensive. Widmer toes that line, but gives drinkers a whole lot of value for that extra buck. The "Citra" in the name comes from citra hops, which imbue beer with a citrusy flavor that has a lot more bite than the standard witbier. Beer fans who fear the IPA shouldn't worry, as this blonde is far less bitter than its distant, hopheaded cousin. At 4.3% alchohol by volume, it's also a lot more drinkable on a warm day. P.S. Thank Anheuser-Busch Inbev for keeping the price even that low, as its 36% ownership of Widmer's Craft Brewers Alliance (BREW) and distribution deal with that group makes this beer available readily in most markets.
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