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Moa Blanc - Moa Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

52 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Moa Brewing Company visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Moa Blanc wheat beer is brewed using a blend of 65% wheat malt and 35% barley malt which results in an elegantly smooth beer, with hints of spice and uplifting esters. The slightly cloudy appearance reflects its Germanic origins and it’s customary to gently roll the bottle before opening to create an even distribution of the sediment signature.

(Beer added by: VitBAficionado on 03-27-2007)
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Reviews by doktorhops:
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doktorhops

Australia

3.9/5  rDev +10.8%

Some people might think I've caught 'Moa fever' with all the Moa reviews I've been writing of late. The answer is "no" however 'Moa fever' is a very serious condition and if contracted please seek attention from a bottle-shop professional for ways to combat this affliction (or just drink more Moa). In any case next in the Moa line is the Blanc, and I was debating with myself whether this is a Witbier or a Weizen, and which glass it shall be drunk from... so I went with a nonic pint.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint *WARNING: THIS BEER MAY EXPLODE OUT OF THE BOTTLE*.

A: Hazy pale straw body with a very big frothy white head that died down as quickly as it came to a thin lacing.

S: Quite fruity for a Wit/Weizen, another unique spin here from Moa; it has overtones of melon, apple-peel, cardamom and cloves with a touch of coriander as well.

T: Pepper, cloves and nutmeg upfront on the palate with a bread yeast mid leading on to an apple/lemon finish. Fairly crisp for a Wit, which I'm now convinced it is. The finish is however is Germanic and dry, like a Weizen.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation (was expecting over the top carbonation actually).

D: Crisp, refreshing and spicy - a great summer ale combination. Priced at a reasonably high price point though, so that is one thing to consider if you were planning on a good summer drinking session ($23 for 4 x 330ml bottles). Overall though it does throw a unique Moa 'spanner in the works', which I'm starting to believe is a trend for them... aka 'I love those guys'.

Food match: Light summer BBQ fare such as grilled chicken thighs with a salad that most certainly requires cherry tomatoes dammit!

07-08-2013 09:58:47 | More by doktorhops
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

04-28-2013 16:24:19 | More by Jason
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Mora2000

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is strong wheat and lemon. The flavor is bubble gum along with wheat and lemon. This is a very light-flavor beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

04-28-2010 01:51:14 | More by Mora2000
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Vanz

Australia

2.5/5  rDev -29%

01-27-2014 22:52:40 | More by Vanz
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drinkin-beeers

Montana

3/5  rDev -14.8%

07-31-2014 00:56:31 | More by drinkin-beeers
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StuartCarter

Alabama

4/5  rDev +13.6%

Appearance: light golden brown. Massive billowy head collapses to a little light lacing.

Smell: grassy, fresh smelling.

Taste: a hint of Belgian wit beer. Very carbonated, surprisingly so. Overall: a refreshing easy drinking wheat beer that should pair well with fresh cheeses like neufchatel, le roule, or cream cheese.

02-25-2012 19:28:05 | More by StuartCarter
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CrazyDavros

Australia

2.78/5  rDev -21%

Pours amber with a sudsy white head. Nose is uber-skunky but this quickly fades to reveal hints of lemon and wheat. Similar lemon flavours, quite acidic and tangy as well. Otherwise just a little bit of wheat and sweet unchallenged malt. Carbonation is way too high.

02-21-2011 23:36:09 | More by CrazyDavros
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LJWalker

Alabama

4/5  rDev +13.6%

02-06-2012 17:41:32 | More by LJWalker
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BeTheBall

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -3.4%

Poured a very bright golden, almost white color, hazy with yeast; a nice full creamy head. Smelled fruity and tart. Taste up front had me thinking apple, but after taste was a little "rusty", just a touch. I did get apples more than anything. Quite refreshing and easy to drink, but not the best Witbier I've had. Mouthfeel is average to good, and drinkability is good, smooth to drink and easy on the pallet.

02-19-2009 18:14:17 | More by BeTheBall
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jerefreakinmiah

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

11-09-2013 01:07:21 | More by jerefreakinmiah
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freduardo

Alabama

4/5  rDev +13.6%

02-16-2012 03:38:37 | More by freduardo
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JayS2629

Alabama

3.73/5  rDev +6%

Pours a hazy yellow with lots of carbonation, a fizzy white, thick head that fades fast but leaves behind nice lace.

The aroma is of wheat, lemon zest, and spice with some earthy notes and black pepper. Skunk makes a faint appearance.

The flavor is wheat, lemon pepper, coriander and grassy hops.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin and fizzy.

Overall it is just ok. Easy to drink.

10-20-2011 16:26:58 | More by JayS2629
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GbVDave

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +10.8%

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a Chimay chalice.

B/B4 22.08.10

A: Pours a hazy, straw/gold color with some suspended sediment. The head quickly builds to a fizzy one finger before switching over to a layer of cream that slowly ments away. Surprisingly, lace was at a minimum.

S: When I popped the cap, I noticed a whiff of "green bottle skunk". As I worked my way through the glass, I figured out that it wasn't necessarily skunk as much as a funky and tart green apple smell. Also noticed some mildly toasted grain and a bit of Wit yeast.

T: See above. Also along for the ride was some citrus-y and grassy hops and a mere suggestion of pineapple way in the background of the finish.

M: Prickly and spicy with a fruity tang that sticks to the sides of my tongue.

D: Enjoyable and inoffensive. Can't wait to try this again in the middle of the upcoming Chicago summer.

03-29-2010 00:15:09 | More by GbVDave
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev +4.5%

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

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, wheat, spices, light caramelized malts, some citrus and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat, Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character for the style. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors citrus and spices. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and pretty smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

07-17-2013 00:44:08 | More by TheManiacalOne
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kaufmaal

Alabama

3.13/5  rDev -11.1%

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a starch-white head that doesn't budge. Not much of a smell: some sour cherries, a bit of yeasty funk. This is a fairly one-dimensional tasting beer: clean, lemony, chardonnay sweetness on the back end. It's a refreshing beer that comes close to tasting like a wine cooler, but not quite as sweet as one. While the carbonation is significant, the bubbles are fine, like a good champagne.

03-03-2014 04:16:13 | More by kaufmaal
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bonbright7

Florida

4/5  rDev +13.6%

I found this in an expensive 4 pack at Bellport Cold Beer ($20) and we tasted it in little glasses with friends around a table after trying some other ales.

The Moa Blanc poured like a cloudy wit beer mixed with champagne bubbles emanating from the sides. Light in its approach, the soft beer sparkled with nuances rather than bold tastes. I liked the fragrant aroma with citrus notes as I finished one little glass after another to conclude a bottle or two in good company.

I liked the light approach of the beer as it could be served anywhere, but it's price would make it a sparingly used item in my opinion.

12-28-2008 13:25:41 | More by bonbright7
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Kelrel9

Maryland

4/5  rDev +13.6%

07-11-2013 01:21:22 | More by Kelrel9
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bigalgochu

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

3.43/5  rDev -2.6%

Light golden colour

Good head that dies down quickly leaving a little lacing

Hops on the nose & polyurethane?? Defo something solventy

Tasting not as good a I had hoped.. Far from my fav. from Moa. An easy drinker without too many characteristics.

06-18-2014 07:27:04 | More by bigalgochu
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -6.8%

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

S: Not that it's totally overwhelming, but the second you open the bottle the skunk hits you (why does any craft brewer still use green bottles?). However, there are nice notes of malt and spices.

T: Tasted of malt, coriander, wheat, a little pepper and the aforementioned skunk. Way too mild for the style - it needs to have a bit more zest to it.

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

O: This is a wildly uneven beer. Could've been better.

05-26-2011 12:41:35 | More by avalon07
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Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

2.8/5  rDev -20.5%

A - pale translucent gold with a short lacy fizzy head. Very bubbly and has lots of small particulate matter.
S - a mild wheaty sweetness with a lemon twist. There is a spice in there but just barely.
T - not much happening here. Just a faint sweet mild wheat background with some dilute lemons. Still can't quite find the spice.
M - watery and heavily carbonated.
D - reminds me too much of mass market American beers to make it onto a repeat list.

10-11-2011 23:20:53 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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aquatonex

New York

2.63/5  rDev -25.3%

Found this at Shoreline Beverage in Huntington...

Comes in a champagne bottle with a basketed cork, very nice. Pours pale gold with the cloudiness expected of the style. Very effervescent, champagne-like with a 1-2 finger foamy head that leave a little bit of bubbly lacing. Nose is originally a bit skunky like mediocre beer, but as it sits that does tone down a bit leaving a yeasty and slight citrusy notes. Taste is so-so, similar to yeast that has rotted, rather acrid and sour without being refined or balanced. Almost reminiscent of a Heineken quality beer. I would probably not get this again.

03-31-2009 02:46:36 | More by aquatonex
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lisagirl

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

1.75/5  rDev -50.3%

05-12-2013 07:57:05 | More by lisagirl
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RyanCFriedrich

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

03-11-2014 21:09:49 | More by RyanCFriedrich
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lamarr04

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +7.4%

350 ml bottle poured into a glass mug.

A: Pours a hazy straw with one and a half inch white head and lots of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. Leaves some lacing down the glass.

S: Starts out with a lot of sour funk from the yeast. Followed by some fresh cut grass hay like notes. As the beer warms banana and coriander come through.

T: Raw grain, spicy hops, sour yeast. Finishes with a but of sweetness.

M: Crisp carbonation punctuates a lightish body. Wheat definitely comes through on the mouthfeel, lending to a dry finish.

D: Very nice. I like the house wine yeast funk that the two moa beers I have had so far feature quite prominently. The blanc was a bit less complex and lighter than the original but that almost makes it more drinkable.

05-28-2009 06:58:53 | More by lamarr04
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gfreed

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

When held against straightforward wheat/wit beers, Moa's could be considered a total failure. However, on its own merits it isn't so bad. Every wheat characteristic is toned down: the head is merely big but not towering; the aromas are hop-heavy with cloves and bananas about five steps behind; the body is thin and the fizz is more than moderate; the taste is hoppier than you'd expect with only light tones of cloves/bananas/lemons/citrus. In other words, it's a sort-of wit beer. But it's definitely refreshing and, as it warms, becomes more layered. Just leave your expectations at your refrigerator door.

08-01-2010 15:59:18 | More by gfreed
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Moa Blanc from Moa Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.