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Moa Methode - Moa Brewing Company

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Moa MethodeMoa Methode

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97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moa Brewing Company visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Moa Methode is bottle fermented and conditioned to give a natural, more consistent carbonation and flavour. Due to the natural brewing process of Methode Moa, a light, beneficial sediment will remain. This sediment protects the beer from premature aging and leaves full, slightly spicy characters on the palate.

(Beer added by: vancurly on 03-23-2007)
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Photo of SmashPants
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: an embossed light brown / green 330mL bottle with a somewhat stylish macro label.

Appearance: a hazy golden amber with moderate visible carbonation. A fluffy off-white head drops to a thin cap, with sporadic lacing.

Aroma: the predominant aroma here is standard lager yeasts, floral, earth and herbal notes. A bit sharp.

Taste: all of the characteristics transfer from the nose, but much more balanced, without the sharpness.

Aftertaste: the flavours linger for a short time, but are met with that awkward sharpness again.

Mouth feel: fairly light in feel with a moderate but spritely carbonation. Pretty good for a pilsner.

Overall: one of the better Moa beers I have had so far, which is to say that it is fair. The only one that is close thus far to being worth the AU$65 a case price tag. Still far from being my favourite pilsner though.

SmashPants, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of Samuel906
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Picked this up randomly from the import section of BevMo, never heard anything about it before tasting. I was pleasantly surprised. Pours a hazy slightly red wheat color that reminds me a lot of the way grapefruit juice looks. Nose is very pleasant, some hops, sweet malt, mild citrus. Taste is along the same vein, but this beer is surprisingly flavorful. It is among one of the most flavorful and delicious pilsners I've had, up with some Imperial Pilsners like My Antonia. Hops, honey, lavender, lemon, grapefruit, bread. Feel is medium bodied and cream smooth, but still refreshing and light. Overall, fantastic, one of my new favorite pilsners.

Samuel906, Nov 04, 2014
Photo of shelby415
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

shelby415, Oct 28, 2014
Photo of superspak
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy bright golden color with a 1 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense foamy lacing clings down the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the the head. Awesome appearance. Aromas of lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange zest, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of bright citrus/earthy hops and moderate pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange zest, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange zest, cracker, bread, light pine, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and robustness of citrus/earthy hops and pale malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean flavors as well, with pretty much zero yeast ester presence. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice German pilsener style. All around good balance and robustness of citrus/earthy hops and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Oct 23, 2014
Photo of JonnyBeers
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

JonnyBeers, Sep 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

RummyRedbeard, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

dmorgan310, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of Exeter
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Exeter, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Gregwa
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Gregwa, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Keizerjl
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Keizerjl, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of fox227
4/5  rDev +6.1%

fox227, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Latarnik, May 31, 2014
Photo of magpieken
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

330ml bottle. Pours a hazy light yellow with a large frothy white head which hangs around. Smells like citrus, grass and some spice. Tastes yeasty, sour with a well balanced hop bitterness. Medium body with a dry bitter finish. Quite complex and rather like a saison.

magpieken, May 28, 2014
Photo of Beervana
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Beervana, May 26, 2014
Photo of dfhhead25
3/5  rDev -20.4%

dfhhead25, May 23, 2014
Photo of QueerBeer
2.79/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

(Bottle I got was a different label design than that pictured.) Pours with a hellacious, quick-to-build head. Nice pale orange hue, just a touch hazy- did not expect that from a pilsner, bottle-conditioned as it may be. Things went south on the nose though. Skunked beer. Not terribly, but skunky nonetheless. Drank it anyway to see if I could pick up anything, but no. Mouthfeel was exactly what you'd want from a pils- light, smooth drinking. Would love to get one of these fresh and try again.

QueerBeer, May 17, 2014
Photo of amalburg
4/5  rDev +6.1%

amalburg, May 01, 2014
Photo of Resuin
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Resuin, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

you know what, maybe the long haul from new zealand, some extended time in the bottle from what we think we know about when beer is ready to drink, and this whole fermenting not just reconditioning in the bottle thing really can make magic happen, not just overlookable shelf turds. this is genius beer, and i dont care who knows i think that. its wonderful. yeah, maybe not the most true to style german pils anymore, but somewhere between the best euro pilseners and a bright american wild ale or saison, there isnt funk to it, but the yeast character and extreme zero gravity type dryness make it one of a kind. hazy blonde and bubbly and heady as hell, more than three inches rise up almost uncontrollably, bone white, in my tulip, and hardly fade, but into white lacing. its smells yeasty driven, not like stale pilsener malt, there is a brilliance here if this is calculated. if it just aged flatteringly over the last year, well then good on you guys moa! the success is in the feel, which is frothy and grainy still, but soft and delicate, lacy, and crispy dry without compromising a yeasty finish. so fun, so drinkable, we need more beers like this, and so far, from what my experience has been, all of this moa stuff deserves a whole lot more attention for being great.

StonedTrippin, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of dunlap926
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

dunlap926, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of RyanCFriedrich
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

RyanCFriedrich, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of mrfrancis
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly hazy gold with an enormous, frothy white head that takes quite some time to recede.

S: Aromas of grain, straw, honey, grass, lemon, lime, herbs, and mildly spicy yeast dominate the nose.

T: Robust notes of straw, grass, lemon, and lime are contrasted with muted flavors of crackers, biscuits, grain, minerals, honey, and spicy yeast. The finish is clipped with notes of lemon, lime, crackers, minerals, and straw.

M: In terms of body, this ale is slight and thin for the style and very gentle in the mouth. Carbonation is airy, delicate, and unobtrusive. Delightful and easy to drink, though I generally prefer my pilsners to be a bit fuller in body and more forcefully carbonated.

O: A great effort and a very sophisticated beer, but it is a little tame to be sure. As is, this is a good lager, but with a little work on the mouthfeel, this would be outstanding in every way.

mrfrancis, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of rixcat
4.75/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I pity you poor fools that can actually find something wrong with this yummy bottle conditioned pilsner. This beer is nearly perfect, similar to Moa's other amazing concoctions. I got big fluffy clouds of rocky chunk fluff lace endowing foam. My only regret is that it doesn't come in one of those caged cork bottles. Mine had a fat cap atop its Belgian opening. Chilly, dry, and fizzy. I dropped this baby in the snow before walking in the house and fetched it right after eating dinner. I milked this long-lasting frosty little baby in a pint glass and drank it with a delicious scoop of creme de minthe chocolate chip ice cream on top of a spoon of peanut butter and a 2-inch cube of brownie. What a perfect match. This is my first beer made with champagne yeast and I like it. Spicy hops and crispy arid frigid thirst-quenching luxury. Aloof only in it's complicated and varied profile, this beer is a cinch down the most superior discerning hatch. I wish I bought two of these. Another sure winner from Moa.

rixcat, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of Vanz
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Vanz, Jan 27, 2014
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Moa Methode from Moa Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.