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Moa Methode - Moa Brewing Company

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Moa MethodeMoa Methode

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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: vancurly on 03-23-2007

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.
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Ratings: 100 | Reviews: 52
Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml green bottle purchased for me by @LaitueGonflable from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours a deep but light golden colour, with solid haze, and a very frothy and full head of white that settles pretty quickly. Carbonation is very fine and sits solidly in the body when tilted. No lace. Overall, it looks pretty refined, no matter what else happens.

Nose is very pleasant. Fresh, clean hop fragrance, mingled with some odd fluffy sweetness: hints of rosewater and candy floss. There's a roundness to the aroma too: almost a Belgian yeast character, but not quite. It doesn't have the esters and spice, but it adds a depth. It's very pleasant indeed.

Taste is very good as well. Very clean, bright flavours, with tingles of zesty sweetness. Finish dives into a herbal greenness with a clean organic flavour. It's dried out by the end, with a pleasant tingle from the hops, but very refreshing.

Feel is solid: smooth, but with a pleasant fine effervescence to enliven the palate.

This is really good stuff. Superbly drinkable, with such refined flavours. This is just the sort of supreme balance craft lagers can deliver. Exceptional stuff.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On a sweltering hot day like today I search out more drinkable beers without compromising flavor,this fit the bill very nicely.Poured into a pilsner a slight hazed lemon yellow with a great fluffy,skicky egg shell colored head.Aromas had the beginnings of some skunk (damn green bottles!)but it didnt hide the toastiness,sharp hop,and lemon pith.Lighter mouthfeel was nice and easy to handle,flavors are lemony and bright and toasted on the palate with a sharp bitter bite in the finish.A hopped up pilsner with some very nice traits and very refreshing.

Photo of Guinnsslvr
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a semi-hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is lemon and wheat. The flavor is lemon, wheat and honey with some biscuit malt. Light mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not much going on here.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of JonnyBeers
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml silver foil wrapped, caged and corked bottle, 5.0% ABV, with a red seal proclaiming 'Super Premium Pilsner'. Another Moa offering available solely at the monopolistic liquor store concern in Alberta.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden yellow hue, with three healthy fingers of puffy, bulbous, and thinly foamy eggshell white head, which renders a few instances of chunky, sudsy lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of sharply grainy pale malt, toasted white bread, earthy yeast, acidic lemon, and leafy, hay-like, somewhat skunky hops. The taste is a bit of a revelation - soft bready, lightly biscuity pale malt, lemon tarts, rather subtle sourdough yeast, further grapefruit and orange fruitiness, a burgeoning floral honey sweetness, and bitter leafy, spicy hops. Very complex for a pilsener.

The carbonation is light, frothy, a tad fizzy, and pervasive, yet without getting in anyone's way, the body a decently hefty medium weight, and quite pleasantly smooth, with more than a nod towards a lilting creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the bready, semi-sweet malt, fading doughy yeast, and lightly fruity hops all making nice and playing us out gracefully.

A genuinely smooth and supple German Pils, with the attendant malt and hops, respectful bottle-borne yeast, and gently fruitiness. Quite easy to drink, this wine bottle went down all too well. Were that the others in this series were as enjoyably integrated, and at least somewhat beholden to truth in advertising, as this one.

Photo of Sammy
2.63/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle picked up by Mathieu at S.A.Q. for me. Heard about it but found it overrated. Gushing foamer. very light colour, with of course lots of white head.A somewhat beery aroma. Dry, a little hoppy, not much taste. Average at best mouthfeel. Not finishable.

Photo of Vanz
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of jwg782
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Gmann
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a fantastic pure white head that left some purty lacing. The aroma is of a nice cracker malt, spicy hops, pepper, and some nice saison aromas to boot. This is a really nice smelling pils. The taste is more of a bready malt, not very dry, good spicy hop profile, and some yeasty spice characteristics. The feel is fairly light with fizzy carbonation, a bit more malty than your typical pils. Finishes more sweet than dry. This is a dang good pils. A nice Kiwi twist to the German pils. Some nice yeasty flavors.

Photo of nick_asian
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of kylesobrien
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750 mL of this brew at my local Whole Paycheck. I was a little surprised to see a label describing it as a "New Zealand Lager," given that it was crowned with a cork and appeared to have some yeast sediment. Feeling it was all a bit incongruous, I had to give it a try.

Pours a hazy, effervescent yellow with a nice tuft of marshmallow-white head. Definite lacing around the edge of the glass. One of the more visually appealing bottled lagers I've had in recent memory.

The scent is grainy, with some noble hop aromas rounding things out. Slightly spicy.

First taste had a pleasant grassy, bitter quality with slight sweetness -- this is definitely not Steinlager (which puts me much at ease, as I stare at the remaining 345 mL). As others have remarked, there's not a lot of body, but I don't mind that since this is a Pilsener-style lager. Not really known for tremendous mouthfeel, you know?

All in all, a very pleasant beer. If it weren't bottle conditioned and so damn attractive in the glass, I might be less inclined to review it favorably. But as it stands, one of the finer bottled lagers I can find around here, and worth trying if you see it around your local shop.

Photo of StuartCarter
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: clean bitterness.

Appearance: beautiful cloudy gold colour with streaming bubbles like champagne.

Taste: crisp, dry bitterness with a delicate lingering bitterness and subtle malt character.

A wonderfully different beer that drinks much more like a champagne! Serve in champagne flute for the full effect.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale golden with a large, persistent, but unappealing (in a pond scum kinda way) frothy head.
The aroma is quite hoppy, seems to be a mix of grassy, spicy euro hops and the more subtle white wine-like NZ hops. Hints of DMS surface but nothing too offensive, the light sweet malt hides it.
Flavours include sweet malt and cooked corn alongside a sparkling white wine note. Light bitterness shows in the finish.
High carbonation suits the beer nicely.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color pilsner with a super huge foamy pure white head with frothy retention and super great lacing- almost reminiscent of Orval. Aroma of semi sweet malt with floral and grassy notes and light dry hoppy finish. Taste is dominated by refreshing semi-sweet malt with light grassy notes and floral undertones and light hoppy Saaz finish. Body is quite full with super great carbonation. Very well done thought more Saaz hops would have benefited this beer.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Warsteiner pokal. Pours a light golden amber. Fine one finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Constant healthy carbonation. Looks good. Aroma of sweet malt, floral, grassy hops and a hint of grain. Fairly complex flavor of biscuit malt and grassy hops with a light mixture of wheat and citrus. Bitter hop finish with slight sourness; there is almost a saison yeast element here, but subtle. I found the flavor combination to be pleasant and intriguing, very flavorful for a low ABV pilsner. Light to medium bodied, but nice mouth feel from the carbonation. I like the high carbonation from the bottle conditioning, very enjoyable I and will buy this again.

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought back by my parents from a world cruise: green 375ml bottle, best before 21 Oct 2013. Poured into a Duvel glass on 23 May 2012.

Really impressed with this beer: golden with a huge white head.

Great tasting brew with a yeasty, piney nose. It may well be classed as a german Pilsner by the brewers but it carries a lot more bite, flavour and body than any other beer I've had in that style.

Another reason why I'd like to visit New Zealand.

Photo of blakelive784
2.06/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12.7 fl oz bottle served in a nonic pint glass, reviewed from notes:

A - Pours a murky straw golden/honey color with a soapy 3 finger head. Retention is surprisingly decent.

S - Skunky weed, honey, clean pilsner malt, grassy hops, and more weed. Maybe this one's skunked? If you like the smell of cannabis, this one's for you.

T - Bitter, dank weed; light pale malt. Watery. Still reminiscent of cannabis. Plain, boring, and just plain awful.

M - A bit coarse, but entirely too wet for a lager. Not good at all.

D - I may have had a skunked beer (in which case I blame the green glass), or maybe it's supposed to be this way. It's built poorly, poorly executed, and doesn't even taste good. Do yourself a favor and pass on this one.

Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden colored ale with a tall white colored head.

Smells strongly herbal with a lot of noble hop to it. Smells spicy and grassy and even a little soapy. Smells very Hoppy.

Starts out mildly sweet with a strong flavor of grass and hay. Herbal with a hop snap that bites you back a little bit. In the upper 20% of Pilsner in the hop bite level. Aftertaste is a little astringent. Full flavored.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a damn tasty beer. This is a Pilsner that fights back.

Photo of CHickman
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy yellow with a 1 inch creamy white head that looked like a cloud. It smelled of yeast, bread and/or wheat. Very light and crisp with carbonation on the medium to heavy side, and the initial sip and taste experience is quite refreshing. It goes down smooth, and has a nice wheat and malt mix that seems to blend a hefe-wiezen and a pilsner or a light Belgian. It has a dry finish and some lingering spice and citrus flavors which give it just enough moxie to set it apart from a pilsner or lager...it's somewhere in between, and maybe not even in one of those categories.

I don't know how "rare" this beer is, as the label states, but I do know that this beer was great and I would have it again. It's a bit expensive, which comes with the territory for bottle fermented beers, but there is something unique about this beer that puts it in a class of it's own. It's the type of beer you could savor as a slow sipper or as a session brew to drink all night, because it's light and very tasty. A good beer to enjoy on a nice summer evening out on the deck under the stars.

Photo of fehrminator
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.85/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light yellow color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin and spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains pungent lager yeast, light caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then a decent hops presence for the style comes in along with some mild sweetness. However there isn’t much balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are definitely a lot of other beers in the style that I would pick before this one.

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Moa Methode from Moa Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.