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Moa Breakfast - Moa Brewing Company

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56 Reviews
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Reviews: 56
Hads: 214
Avg: 3.51
pDev: 35.61%
Wants: 5
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
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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Reviews: 56 | Hads: 214
Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.75/5  rDev +35.3%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.53/5  rDev +29.1%
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!


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Photo of StuartCarter
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%
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!

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Photo of DarrellK
4.47/5  rDev +27.4%
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.

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Photo of shand
4.42/5  rDev +25.9%
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.

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Photo of 3sheets2wind
4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer is one of a kind. The nose is cherry kool-aid but the beer is dry and crisp. The cherry is only experienced in the nose. Very light straw color with striking white head. A good looking beer with a champagne-like character. Not overly bitter, slightly sour and refreshing.

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Photo of rixcat
4.23/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

That was AWESOME!!!! I truly expected something completely different and got this great effervescent beer champagne treat. Nice little head with some textbook style lacing to boot. Bright and cheerful, sweet and dry. I couldn't actually imagine having this for breakfast, but alone in a tent on a hot early fall New Jersey night, crickets surrounding my sensory palate... Be still my beating heart. I may just pass out without reading the new Norther Brewer catalog or the new issue of Brew Your Own magazine. Special night needs a special beer. To tell the truth, I bought this beer because I had Moa's 5-hop Winter Ale and thought it might be the best I've ever had. I figured I couldn't go wrong with their bottle fermented / conditioned concoction, and I was right. I couldn't resist the cork and wire hood and love the black-labeled thick champagne-styled bottles. Nice touches, perfect presentation, perfect beer.

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Photo of brureview
4.21/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a light lemon color with a 4 finger head in a pilsner glass- as suggested by the brewer.

Cherries wafting from the bottle and more so from the glass. Some lemon aroma, very floral- the Nelson hops.

Mouth feel- lightly carbonated- tingling- which would make this beer a good choice at a meal.

Taste- strong cherries with a wine-like quality. The brewer is from a vintner family and the wine is melded into the overall taste.

Overall- wonderful beer. From the reviews- it has its fans, and its detractors. The beer has a singular quality, as do other beers from this brewery. Perhaps the beer was brewed different recently because the earlier reviews from past years are not as favorable as recent reviews.

A special beer- especially if you like fruit beers. A good choice when you want a beer with character but not too strong in ABV.

Serve cold in a tall pilsner glass

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Photo of rudzud
4.16/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought this at Julio's basement clearance sale. Figured it was worth a try for the price ($3.99)

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a slightly cloudy golden hue with a fat two finger head that leaves loads of side lacing and a thick blanket.

S - Aromas of sweet berries (primarily strawberries), bright, candy like a summertime berry cooler. Light wheat and vanilla, light lemons, citrus, oranges. Holy cow. The combo of berries, cherries, lemon, citrus...very fruit punch like.

T - Taste is not anywhere near as good as the nose. Starts with a fair amount of wheat, then some light lemons. Cherry becomes rather syrupy, berry notes are super faint. Gone are the citrus and vanilla too. Nicely floral, hop notes are basically just that though. Nice earthy yeast thing going on. As it warms a bit more strawberry comes out. and the almost medicinal cherry fades into more of a generic fruit.

M - Mouthfeel is brightly carbonated, crisp, nice and dry too.

O - Overall this beer looked great and smelled amazing, however, the taste never came close to how bold and fruity the nose was. That being said this was still a really really fun beer, one that I would like to try fresh (I'm uncertain the date of this bottle) as perhaps then the fruit would pop more on the taste.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.16/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this beer is outstanding, absolutely glorious when its fresh and the nelson hops are allowed to shine in all of their glory. I cannot believe how many times I have over looked this at bottle shops, not anymore. way underrated. it is super light, clear straw color, less than yellow, with a small but vibrant white head in a red wine glass. it smells like tart cherries, off for its color, and very well hopped with the classic new Zealand nelson variety, a slightly citric and super pungent variety bursting with creamy fruits and sunshine. an outstanding combination with a really light and delicate wheat malt and the cherries, which aren't as tart as they smell, but aren't sweet either. I always assumed breakfast beer meant coffee, but it doesn't have to, and it doesn't. this beer would be expert in a morning context, but I enjoyed it with premium east coast oysters on the half shell with a tiny dollop of pomegranate granita, a sorbet like intermezzo. carbonated brightly and well hopped for a fruit based beer. a very impressive offering, majorly drinkable, and a brew I cannot wait to revisit.

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Photo of brother_rebus
4.13/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Unique subtle "berry fruit" flavor. Hazy look. Same Moa yeasty earth flavor washes through on the middle and back of the palate. A bit wheat presence. Little hop profile. Floral and there such. Herby spicy taste typical of other Moa beers is underlying on the aftertaste too. Delish.

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Photo of SPThirtyThree
4.11/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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Photo of Child_Pugh
4.11/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L- cloudy and effervescent, similar to a saison.
S- berries, sweet and floral
T- very interesting, some berry flavor, almost like elderberry or raspberry, but bitter.
F- easy, nice carbonation, doesn't linger on the palate too long.
O - would have again for sure, so interesting.

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Photo of BayouMafia
4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle into a snifter at WoB Arlington. Pours pale yellow with a thick, fluffy head. Fruity aroma with notes of passion fruit. Tastes of passion fruit, Apple, and cherry.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.07/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy golden orange in color, about like egg yolk. The head is white, robust, and rather dense. Thin, fine-beaded lacing coats the glass walls in an unbroken sheet.

Aroma: Quite pronounced note of sweet oranges and apples dominates the aroma. There is a moderate herbal hop note as well. The aroma very much invokes cider.

Taste: The taste begins with a strong wheat malt presence, which forms the backbone of the taste. Soon after, a bouquet of fruit flavors presents: bitter apple, orange rind, cherries, straw berries and watermelon. All of this is nicely balanced by a moderate herbal and floral hop presence. Finishes with a lingering tropical fruit sweetness and a lingering, mild hop presence

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, full, and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Refreshing and quite superb, would serve as an excellent summer beer.

Presentation: Packaged in a 12.7 ounce custom green glass bottle with a cork and cage, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle into a GoT snifter

Pours a hazy yellow with a big head with tons of bubbles. the smell is intense and sour - white grapes being what i think of when i inhale the huge aroma. The taste is extremely different...nothing at all like the aroma. Very yeasty...tad of vinegar but i dont get any fruit at all. Really, really yeasty and it ends in a massive amount of dryness...the dryest finish ive ever experienced in a beer. Light bodied too....with huge carbonation.

Overall an extremely different beer. Form your own opinion!

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.93/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of nztayls
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of Givemebeer
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of Resuin
3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a (corked and caged for some reason) 375 mL bottle into a snifter. I don't see a bottle date.

Appearance: Pours a hazy gold/amber/yellow with a very mild green hue. Leaves a couple fingers of white head which fizzles out quickly.

Smell: Big sweet floral, cherry up front. Mild wheat in the background, but not a whole lot else going on in this one. Reminiscent of sweet-tarts or pixie sticks.

Taste: Cherry, wheat, very mild belgian yeast, cloves in the background. This is very soda-like in flavor. Very easy drinking, even for the 5.5% ABV.

Mouth-feel: High carbonation with a light to medium body. Very smooth finish. A bit spritzy.

Overall: There isn't a whole lot going on in this beer, but it is smooth and has lots of cherry. Pretty refreshing. Not very "beer-like" but it is a beer and has high drinkability and pleasant flavors.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from awesome bottle.

Appearance - Brilliant sparkling deep straw. Very little lingering white head.

Aroma - Sweet white wine, white grape, and grassy hops.

Taste - Much the same as the aroma. Sweetness comes through without being cloying.

Mouthfeel - Dry, light-medium bodied, and sweet. Could be considered almost champagne like, without the big bubbles...

Overall - Great. I think it's a love/hate beer. I happen to love it as a "breakfast" beer... Brunch would be a better fitting name.

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Photo of momobono
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Fruitness on the nose is overpowered by a yeasty note. Flavor does much more for this beer than the aroma and the appearance (poured 3" large bubbles of head into a tulip glass), and has a combination of citrus, banana, and green apple flavors. Was happy to get this at my local packie.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into flutes. The fruity aroma coming off of this thing after I popped the cork!

Honey blonde. Solid white collar has stuck, even after an inch.

Fruity strawberry, cherry, wheat malts, and an aroma of white wine. Florally and fruitly aromatic.

Lightly fruity. Cherry finish, but it's still dry and malty. Pale malts and notes of strawberry and white cranberry. Perfumey and spritzy.

Lovely and light. Has a great spritziness to it. Very enjoyable.

A nice light fruit beer. Could make for a nice early morning riser.

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Moa Breakfast from Moa Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.