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Moa Methode - Moa Brewing Company

Moa MethodeMoa Methode

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very good

78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%

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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Reviews by mrfrancis:
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3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 14:25:33 | More by mrfrancis
More User Reviews:
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3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 03:58:06 | More by StonedTrippin
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

03-22-2014 18:16:56 | More by dunlap926
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

03-11-2014 21:06:19 | More by RyanCFriedrich
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 01:56:58 | More by rixcat
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-27-2014 22:51:40 | More by Vanz
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

01-12-2014 05:34:30 | More by mungus
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

01-09-2014 21:51:27 | More by krome
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-28-2013 05:39:47 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-24-2013 00:54:57 | More by largadeer
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-06-2013 20:51:11 | More by jwg782
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4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 02:14:46 | More by Zorro
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Alberta (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 01:49:34 | More by biboergosum
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3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with yeast and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors but I am surprised to see this is listed as a pilsner based on my drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 03:04:37 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

10-29-2013 02:35:41 | More by nick_asian
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

10-15-2013 20:33:26 | More by harpus
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

08-29-2013 01:08:55 | More by Brendog9
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New Zealand (Aotearoa)

4/5  rDev +5.5%

08-26-2013 10:45:05 | More by JohnnyRay
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Rhode Island

2.86/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2013 04:54:44 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

08-12-2013 05:04:32 | More by Poupae
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

07-29-2013 16:19:26 | More by dgherm
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

07-23-2013 17:55:37 | More by kingmaker
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4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Moa brew, this is one flightless giant bird that won't get away. New Zealand truly does have some decent beers despite being ham-fisted by the plethora of macro brewers that make shitty beers (not unlike Australia in this respect). First up for review from Moa is a German style Pilsener called "Methode", well let's hope their brewing method is sound.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Stein.

A: Cloudy antimony yellow body with a boisterous 3cm white head. Looks quite appealing.

S: Aromas of grapefruit, bitter orange, sour yeast, cracked pepper with a floral hop note in the background. An interesting combination for a Pilsener, and one I suspect will taste good too.

T: The grapefruit, bitter orange and sour yeast really come to the fore in this brew giving it a decent bitter/sour combo straight off the bat. Mid palate honey sweetness adds to the flavour combination, and is finished off with those floral, but bitter, hops. Has a slight sour after taste as well. Balanced and complex for any Pilsener.

M: Medium bodied with a light and frizzante carbonation.

D: The flavour is interesting, like a mix of a Saison with a Pilsener, it's easy to drink and the price is reasonable for an imported craft brew. All in all this is a beer that I would be delighted to try again, a pleasant surprise from those flightless bird brewers at Moa.

Food match: A brew like this would work well with seafood, particularly: fish, calamari, mussels and oysters. It would also complement certain salads, ones that contain ingredients like Quinoa, chickpea, English baby spinach, rocket, lentil and baby beetroot.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 06:41:21 | More by doktorhops
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

06-27-2013 05:14:47 | More by schopenhauerale
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

06-25-2013 20:36:05 | More by petermethot
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Moa Methode from Moa Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.