Moa Methode - Moa Brewing Company

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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews by spoony:
Photo of spoony
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 350 ml bottle into a pint glass at Satchel's on 6th Ave.

A-The brew is quite carbonated and a normal pour produces a healthy, three-finger head of pillowy, slow-to-fade, white foam. The beer is light and bright in color with vigorous carbonation. It is slightly cloudy.

S-The smell is dry with biscuity, chalky malts, and a light hop spice of pepper. Nice balance and slightly unique, but definitely a pils. There is a touch of lemon.

T-The taste was mild, mostly clean, and dry on the finish. There is more yeast flavor here than in other pils I have had, which sort of cuts the crispness. Things are pretty well balanced, but I could have used a little more biscuity malts and spice like I smelled.

M-The carbonation is decent-strength and more fine in character than other beers of this style. It is easy to drink and light. Slightly different than other pils, but pleasing.

O-This is not my favorite pils, but it is not a bad one, either. It is pretty attractive and provides a slight twist on the style that manages to keep some traditional flavors while adding a little something. This would be a great brew for an afternoon session on hot summer day, but is perhaps a little on the pricey side for repeated drinking.

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 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 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 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 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 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'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 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.

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.94/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Aroma of lemon zest, herbal, faint grain, crackers, grass, floral. Taste light sweet spices, lemon, dry hops, herbal, malt. Ok Pils!

Photo of Samuel906
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

Photo of movingtrain
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, my local beer store got a case of this in for a special order, and I got to pick up a bottle. A beer from New Zealand? Interesting. Drinking this one cold.

1 pint, 9.3 oz green corked bottle sampled from a 12 ounce snifter.

Pours a clouded straw color with some slight orange hues. Some decent carbonation and a minimal, though steady, head.

The aroma is quite citrusy...very sour. It has a lemon aroma and some earthy funk. There is a malty backbone, rising dough. The aroma is quite Belgian-esque, actually. Almost like a funky farmhouse ale.

And the flavor here is quite refreshing. Very sour on the tongue, and a good crisp bite. Some bready notes, light malts, and citrus. Some green peppercorn flavor, as well.

I am quite surprised by this one. I wasn't expecting this...I was thinking it would taste something more along the lines of a Budweiser, much sweeter and plain...especially seeing as the label simply reads "Premium Lager of New Zealand." But the flavor here isn't that reminiscent of a mass-produced lager, it is more along the lines of a drinkable, though not too complex, sour ale.

Photo of John_M
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At the recommendation of the owner of Vineyards Elite, I picked up a bottle of this completely new to me brewery and beer. I can see why he was so enthusiastic about it.

Interesting presentation with this one; the beer comes in 750 ml bottle with a champagne cork and cage. Carbonation is very active and I'm assuming this beer is bottled conditioned. The label indicates that this beer is a premium lager and is very rare. From what I can tell, that seems to be the case.

The beer pours a somewhat hazy light gold color with very impressive head retention and lacing. Frankly, this beer looks more like a Belgain wit then any lager/pilsner I've ever seen. The head is very frothy and never really complete subsides. So yes, this is a very impressive looking beer.

The nose on this bad boy is pretty interesting. There is the expected honey and hoppy bitterness, but as the beer warms a bit I get a slight ginger/soap aroma, which later (as God is my witness) turns into almost a lavendar smell. On the palate this beer is very rich for a lager/pilsner. In fact it's almost excessively sweet and malty, but is balanced by enough hops to keep it from becoming heavy or tiring. I'm surprised and impressed that the brewery somehow managed to get this level of richness in a beer, and yet kept the abv. below 6%. The beer comes across as almost meaty on the palate, though I wouldn't describe it as viscuous. The beer is very smooth on the palate, and I confess I wish it had just a bit more hops. I want this beer to retain some crispness, which I think would make the beer more drinkable and refreshing. However, it just doesn't have it and I think that hurts the drinkability just a bit.

This is a very fine beer, one that reminds me of some exotic Belgian pale ale (in some ways) more then any lager or pilsner I've ever had. The beer has so much flavor for a lager, I'm not exactly sure what to make of it. Very interesting beer. One I'm very glad I had the chance to try.

Quite a surprise to find this beer available at my local, neighborhood beer store.

Photo of NiceTaps
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap in a proper flute glass.

A- Very bright and bubbly golden color with a touch of orange hue, a bit of sediment, too. Slight white head tapers to a thin film leaving very little lacing.

S- A pleasant nose for a pils, grassy and grainy with a bit of hop fruitiness and malts, all without the pils bitter skunkiness.

T- Some malt body with herbal and spice flavors.

M- Big body for a pils with lively carbonation and tingle, some bite, too. I can't imagine a beer any more fresh and clean.

O- A nice take on German pils, crisp and clean.

Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a pale yellow color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: Smelled of citrus, malt, mild hops, and unfortunately, a little skunky quality (what's with the green bottles?).

T: Tasted of hops, lemon, malt, and a little bit of grassiness thrown in. A very clean, light and refreshing flavor. Fairly complex as pilseners go.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is a very easy to drink - and easy to like - beer. I'm not the biggest fan of the style, but this is a good example of it.

Photo of kojevergas
2.47/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12.7 fl oz green glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Fort Collins Brewing pilsner glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a three finger head of bad thickness, no cream, and decent retention. A cloudy yellow colour.

Sm: Cannabis - heavy! Indubiably weed-centric. Floral.

T: Floral, slightly piney, and a bit citrusy. Pleasant but simple. Decently balanced.

Mf: Coarse and wet. Doesn't at all suit the flavours.

Dr: Drinkable but bad. I wouldn't have it again - even on draught.

Photo of Cannoneer
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The opening salvo for this beer was outstanding.
Very inviting translucent ripe lemon color with a creamy head. Fresh grass and meadow flowers nose. I was really looking forward to the first gulp.

The taste was less than impressive, given these high expectations. While a solid German-style lager, I found Moa Original to be too watery for my taste. If not for that, it would be a very close copy of Jever - grassy, dry and bitter. On the aftertaste, it had the unpleasant note of mineral water, all too common among mass produced beers. It would probably be a good counterpart for delicate dishes, such as sushi, but I'm afraid wouldn't be able to stand up to heartier foods.

In the end, I decided I'd pick Jever over this beer if I wanted a dry, grassy, somewhat straightforward German-style Pilsener.

Photo of magpieken
3.75/5  rDev 0%

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.

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Moa Methode from Moa Brewing Company
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