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Moa Breakfast - Moa Brewing Company

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203 Ratings
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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 18.5%
Wants: 3
Gots: 22 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Moa Brewing Company visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: shand on 01-16-2012

Moa Breakfast Beer is a blend of premium wheat malt, floral Nelson hops and cherries. A very refreshing and fruity lager specifically designed as a European-style breakfast beer but more commonly enjoyed as a mid-afternoon beverage here in New Zealand. Although not always.
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Ratings: 203 | Reviews: 53
Reviews by Givemebeer:
Photo of Givemebeer
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pale golden with a nice white head.

S: Bursting with fresh cherries. I can smell this from yards away.

T: Begins with the cherries but not as much as I expected from the nose. Moves on a slightly floral citrusy hop profile certainly from the nelson hops. Also grainy slightly bitter. The end goes back to the cherries.

M: Light bodies and pretty crisp.

O: Tough to judge. I do not like fruit beers usually. As a beer its slightly above average, for a fruit beer, probably the best I've had. Much more complex than your average fruit beer that will boast a fake syrupy cough medicine taste.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DarrellK
4.47/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a cherry wheat beer and it deserves the label declaration of Belgian Style.

Poured into a tulip glass, the fine head quickly dissapated. Being color blind I have a bit of trouble with appearance but is is pale clear and almost champagne like.

The nose is clearly cherry and comes on very strong and stay very noticeable thru the whole glass.
The mouth is very light. maybe the lightest I've had in a while.

The finish brings back the cherries and some acidity. I'm pleasantly surprise athe rekatively low gravity of this beer, which is a good thing. Kind of resembles a Kriek is characteristics without the color.

Photo of Sammy
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Wheat beer on tap at Engine 15. Fruity aroma, getting orange and apples (not cherries - perhaps this is a different batch?). Hoppy like an IPA. Decent drinkability.
If not for the fruit tea and wheat beer match, but just an IPA this would have worked. Maybe would be interesting cask without as much hops, going the other way.

Photo of StuartCarter
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: cherries. It really isn’t subtle here!

Appearance: beautiful golden yellow. Head collapses to a thin lacing.

Taste: stunning. Very rich and fruity, but not sweet. No strong after taste - it drops its flavour and goes, leaving just a faint hint of cherry fruitiness at the back of the mouth. Very quaffable!

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.96/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours pale gold with a large, fading head.
Nose shows bubblegum, cherries, floral notes, banana, lollies, roses. Seems pretty artificial though.
Similar flavours; bubblegum, cherries, musk sticks. Too artificial and sweet.
Way too much carbonation.
Definitely interesting but a bit cloying.

Photo of Gobigvt7
2.74/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12.7oz bottle into tulip.

very pale straw colored with good bubbling throughout, but no head support. champagne like. More pale than a duvel, less head too, but along the same lines

fruity, estery yeast and cherries. a tad cough syrupy, an easy comparison. doesn't smell entirely legit.

weird. front of palate is very belgian yeasty, then light cough syrup *ugh*, banana, bitterness. dry finish.

high carbonation, pretty light body. prickly.

All in all, wanted to like this beer. Eww. Tastes like fake cherries. Tastes like a slightly more belgiany, more effervescent mic ultra fruit beer. Which is bad. Especially at this price range.

Photo of TruePerception
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Found lost notes)

Moa Breakfast Ale, a Belgian-style wheat ale from New Zealand. 5.5% ABV.

Agh! Very active pop! And, a whiff of tartness hit me right away.

Appearance: Three fingers+ of head. Slow, pillowy dissolve. Hazy yellow with a slight green tinge, and some thin wisps.

Smell: Slight wheat smell, with a little musty apple.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A weird, sharp tartness on the tongue. Slight apple seed and peach skin bitternesses. Very drinkable, but not a great taste to it. (Rating: Pretty good)

Photo of nztayls
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours pale golden, slight haze. Nice white head.

S - CHERRIES!, as in a lot of cherries - and not much else.

T - Nice bite, with good levels of bitterness. Cherry flavour is there, but not overpowering or sweet.

M - Medium mouthfeel, good levels of carbonation, reasonably dry.

O - while I am not sure I would have it for breakfast, this is a great beer - especially on a hot summer day. Very refreshing and easy drinking.

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured out into a pint glass, the fruit aromas are enticing: apple, grapes, and cherry come on strong, mild floral notes also ride along into your nose. The Body itself is a light blonde/yellowish color and is hazy. It’s topped off with a nice thick white head that quickly dissipates into a layer of thin bubbles with some pretty good lacing. It is light-to-medium bodied, crisp and tart throughout. The cherry barely comes through, the spices are strong but not over powering. It dry and light, some berry flavors do come through in its aftertaste. Overall not a bad beer.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a light straw amber. Thick, fine two finger bright white head with great retention and lacing; constantly renewed by active carbonation. Unusual aroma of cherries, light fruit, light malt, very floral and aromatic. Flavor is also unusual, wheat with mild cherries, strawberry, apple; also somewhat floral. A subdued flavor after the aroma. Dry, fast finish leaving a faint fruit and floral aftertaste and light hops. Light, crisp mouthfeel. Different and refreshing. I liked this. Although the level of floral perfume could get old after a while, I enjoyed the whole glass. This is my second Moa beer and both have been off beat, but well done. I will definitely try all their beers.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.53/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moa Breakfast has a very thick, fluffy, white head, nice, thick lacing on the glass, and a bright, yellow-golden appearance, with champagne-style bubble streams. The aroma and flavor are unusual, but one can smell wheat and strong fruitiness, and the taste is of white wheat bread, underlying cherries, pleasant bitterness, and other things I can’t describe. The alcohol does come into play in the back-end of the sip. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Moa Breakfast finishes crisp, clean, flinty, refreshing, sweet, and delicious. I think this is an outstanding flavored beer!

RJT

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.75/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This pours a near perfect golden color that is mildly cloudy with a thin white head and virtually no lacing down the glass. But that is not a bad thing with this beer.

The nose ins wonderfully complex and fruity with strong malt and floral notes. The hops are subtle to the nose.

The taste is even more complex.No wear near as fruity as I expected with a nicely hopped flavor that is perfectly balanced with the sweetness of the malt.

The mouth feel is richer than I expected and is close to perfect as well.

Overall this is excellent and will be drunk by me again for certain.

Photo of Zorro
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

OK so it says it is a "Breakfast Beer" and I have the day off lets give it a try.

Cloudy orange beer with a small white colored head.

Smells sweet and fruity with a strong scent of cherry and powdery yeast. Spicy smells a bit like Dr. Pepper.

Starts out drier than it smells with a bitter tail in the finish. Strongly fruity and floral. Mildly sweet with the flavor of cherry but I detect a bit of passion fruit taste. Little bit of bubblegum and banana flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall an OK beer. Worth a try, but now that I have tasted it I don't need a second one.

Photo of shand
4.42/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an awesome 375ml corked and caged bottle, really stands out on the shelf.

Aroma is bright yellow with a big fluffy white head and huge amounts of carbonation. Aroma is of sweet cherries, wheat, and yeast. The taste is also very good, it's an expertly blended beer that has the excellent cherry flavors mingling well with wheat and subtle yeast. A very flavorful and easy-drinking lager that would indeed go very well with breakfast. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and fairly light, and the drinkability is very good. Overall, I was very impressed by this beer. I picked it up solely because I thought the packaging was excellent, but it's also delicious enough to back up the great packaging.

Photo of JohnnyRay
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes in a nice 375ml bottle with a cork. I love the idea of a breakfast beer. On popping the cork some white smoke drifts out of the bottle & a sweet smell of cherries & bubblegum hit me.

It pours with a good three fingers of white head which died down after a couple of minutes to about half a finger. It pretty much stayed like that from then on. There was some light carbonation in what was a muddy yellow coloured body.

The taste was sweet with cherry flavour and bubblegum, with a long dry finish.

It's not my favourite beer from Moa, but was worth trying.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.11/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium straw yellow in color with heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy bright white head that slowly reduces to a mottled thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass (this is actually pretty good retention considering how it initially poured).Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Upfront the aroma of this beer is a moderate strength cherry licorice. There are lighter notes of wheat and some floral/herbal/medicinal hop aromas.

T: Like the smell, upfront this beer has the flavors of cherry licorice candy with moderate amounts of sweetness that fades into some lighter wheat flavors and just a touch of floral, herbal, and slightly medicinal hops. Very light hints of bitterness that fade quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is definitely a very interesting beer and I'm glad I picked it up to try - not sure that I would get it again but it is worth trying.

Photo of Rifugium
2.21/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First had: bottle from [I think] Capone's, Norristown, PA

Poured into a Sam Adams Triple Bock mini-snifter. Pale straw-yellow pour with a slight haze, bubbly carbonation, and a small fizzy cap of white head. Fruity candy aroma, Bazooka Joe bubblegum and Twizzlers. More of the same in the taste, cherry candy, bubblegum, scented dishwasher soap, finished quite dry, stale, and slightly metallic. Light body, soda-like, fairly easy to drink, but overall not very tasty. Worth a try I guess, but this ended up being a drain pour.

Photo of sulldaddy
2.61/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled a bottle at cellar temp poured into a snifter. The beer pours a mostly clear golden hue with fizzy bleached white head of about 1 cm that fades slowly to a sturdy surface layer. Aroma is fruity with some peaches and green apple and a bit of sweet malt toffee.
First sip reveals a light body and fine spacious carbonation.
Flavor is sweet and slightly artificial. Fruitiness again, but fake jolly rancher candy piece kind of sweetness.
Beer is very easy to drink but not overly interesting or satisfying. The label mentions artificial flavors added which should have been a warning.
Cool bottle, disappointing beer.

Photo of longjohnsilver
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours with lots of lacy, airy head like sea foam. The in-bottle fermentation leaves lots of gas which starts off with large bubbles, but after a minute settles down to a mild carbonation. A chilled glass might be best for serving.

The aroma comes off right away and can be smelled almost as soon as the bottle is opened. The first smell is of a sharp candy smell like sour-apple or smarties. It opens to some yeasty sours with grape as well as candy apple.

The flavor matches the aroma and is overall sour with sugary cotton candy. There is a lot of middle-to-front tongue bitterness but it's hard to distinguish where the slight bitter ends and where the sour starts.

I'm not sure what style of beer this is but it certainly brings to mind a nicely soured and fruity lambic.

Photo of SPThirtyThree
4.11/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

A smallish 12.7 oz. bottle with a tall neck, that came as a 4-pack in a clumsy box. Corked and caged. The label is chiq black-on-black, matte and gloss, with "BREAKFAST ale brewed with natural flavor" popping out in bright green print. Bottle-conditioned.

A: Popping the cork produces a light, misty fog in the bottleneck that eagerly cascades into my glass ahead of the champagne-like beer. A white, foamy two-finger head climbs atop the bright, fizzy, clear liquid. It's effervescent and a gorgeous straw yellow, with a tinge of pink. Maybe I'm imagining the tinge.

S: From two feet away, sweet melon wafts to my nose. The breakfast beer is sweet and citrusy, with rose hips, and hints of tart berries. topped with lemongrass hop.

T: Drier and crisp. I expected the breakfast beer to be sticky sweet, but it's surprisingly tart and hoppy. Earthy hops assert themselves more than I'd like, but it's not overbearing. Juicy flavors linger in the flavor: floral notes of sweet pineapple, sour cherries, sugar-cookie malt, tart apple. A subtle, crisp, dry malt lies underneath,

M: Startlingly astringent, but aside from that, crisp, with a subtle chalkiness.

D: Medium. The smooth, pleasant nature of this beer makes it more drinkable.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from colonial spirits.
Holy shit that smells like fruit loops.
Pours a mostly clear medium golden color with a huge fluffy white head that persists forever. Very fruity aroma, cherry, raspberry, banana, powdered sugar, with hints of clove and a light yeasty phenol. The flavor is sweet and fruity less like fruit loops but more like skittles. Sweet sugar mixed with strawberry, raspberry, cherry and banana. Lingering sweet fruity sugary flavor long after every sip. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet slick bubbly mouthfeel. This is certainly different, but I really enjoyed it. The flavors are kind of artificial but they don't hit you over the head or cloy. I could drink this again, and given the price I might just do that. About half what that other New Zealand brewery that distributes here charges and in a much cooler bottle.

Photo of RockAZ
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

What a wonderfully silly beer for breakfast! Are you the kind of person that scoops out a grapefruit for breakfast with a slice of toast? Then you should definitely try this unusual beer. I got cherry smell right off as the cork was popped off with a satisfying champagne like report followed by the ghost of vapor and bubbling inside. Both tart and sweet, lot of fruit flavor becoming more apple as the sips went on. I kept wanting to compare the mouthfeel to a good Lemoncello, so before the glass was empty I did a shot - Nope, there is no lemon in this, but I would compare the taste sensation to an ice cold low sugar glass of lemonade.

Carbonation on the glass walls was active and intense like champagne, but the light foamy head settled down fairly quickly. Tartness/bitterness challenged what I kept wanting to think was a really sweet base hiding in there but although the sugary notes were there I would have to call the final finish as tart. Not everyone is going to like this beer, but it is not some alco-pop thing, it is a finely crafted beverage of an extraordinary nature. I could see splashing some of this in a nice bitter stout for a change up, or making a "shandy" out of it, overall think of an apple/cherry lambic blended with a tart champagne. I really liked this, more than the scoring I put down. Everyone should at least try this to find one edge of what people are calling beer.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lightly tart cherry, lemon, white grape, white wine, berries, wheat, cracker, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright/floral hops, cherry, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lightly tart cherry, lemon, white grape, white wine, berries, wheat, cracker, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cherry, lemon, white grape, white wine, berries, wheat, cracker, grass, and herbal/floral earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice balance and complexity of bright/earthy hops, cherry, and pale malt flavors; with a nice crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly dry mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice fruited lager style. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of bright/earthy hops, cherry, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of flagmantho
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 375mL corked & caged bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: lightly hazy light-golden hue with a strong effervescence and a thin layer of fizzy white foam. I love the strength of the carbonation in these Moa beers.

Smell: sweet, floral, fruity aroma with a hint of tartness. Cherry character is there, but it is interesting; not particularly deep, but kind of candylike. Reminds me a bit of smartees. Maybe not the best thing in the world, but I like the bit of cherry idea that is present.

Taste: decent malt backbone with a sweet, aspartame-like flavor. Cherry character seems toned down from the aroma, but is still present. Unfortunately, there's quite a bit of artificial-ness here. It's not terrible, but it just doesn't really work for me.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a mammoth carbonation and a bodacious creaminess. Great.

Overall: an interesting beer with some qualities I don't exactly love. As always with cherry beers though, I tend to give this one the benefit of the doubt.

Photo of timmy2b
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow with a small amount of head which lingers for a while. Cherry is light but present in the nose along with a small amount of sour. Very light in the mouth with some sour lingering on the tongue in the aftertaste. This is a little dry like a cider, but is also very drinkable and I agree with the description which states this is an afternoon beer. Would try again.

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Moa Breakfast from Moa Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.