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Moa Breakfast - Moa Brewing Company

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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 18.5%
Wants: 3
Gots: 21 | FT: 2
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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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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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3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head on a hazy straw colored body. Nice lacing. Aroma is very fruity and sweet with pineapple melon and strawberry. Flavor is also fruity but not too sweet actually little tart with a nice grain background. Light carbonation and body. A fruity beer that is nicey drinkable but almost not really a beer.

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3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strangely fruity brew, medicinal and pasty but not overtly so.

Presentation: Custom 12.7 oz dark green corked and caged bottle. Simple label in black with a touch of light green in one of the lines. Actually fairly elegant and the boxed 4 pack with the illustration of the old fashion boxer is pretty attractive. Notes BB 24.2.14, and 5.5% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy straw to pale gold pour with a generous head, fair retention, good surface memory and lacing.

S - Fruity nose, cherries, bubble gum, sugar...

T - Uff, very fruity, plenty of bubble gum, medicinal cherries, light lozenges… Hint of strawberry and sugar… Not half as difficult as what it sounds but rather particular and sort of bizarre, certainly unusual..

M - Medium/light body with medium/high carbonation, relatively creamy with a dry touch after the gummy and fruity feel.

O - Not actually that cloying so it drinks fairly well but this fruity, gummy edge is not going to do it for a lot of drinkers.

Notes: What a weird mix, I had not had that flavor in my mind in years. It really took me to my first toothpaste for kids in Spain. My mom should remember the name of that brand… Worth the try, but not that stimulating for a regular repeat. My sister needs to try this...

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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.

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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.

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3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Caged and corked 12.7 (I think, black printing on a black label is kinda hard to read. Good job All Blacks!)poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a hazy straw yellow color with over 1/4 inch of white head that had moderate retention and light lacing.

The aroma had a sweet fruitiness upfront (some type of berry I think), with a nice earthy grain scent behind that. There was a spicy/fruit/floral hop aspect floating around the edges of the olfactory features. The grain was a bit more forward on the tongue, with the fruit and hops adding a nice contrast.

The body was nicely crisp and medium-light, with a semi-dry finish. Drinkability was excellent, the beer went down quickly and easily, and I certainly would have had another, if I had had one. This would go great with an omelette or French Toast. Try this brew and forget about Mimosa's forever.

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3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml green caged and corked bottle purchased from Barny's in Alexandria.

Pours a very hazy pale straw colour, with an initially frothy head of white. This settles out fairly quickly, residing as a thin fine ring around the edge that leaves minimal lacing as it goes down. Carbonation is fine although not particularly prodigious, only forming when the beer is tilted. Looks pretty good all up though.

Nose is wonderful. Big tart cherry notes mixed with an almost candy-like sweet-sour brightness. There's a sharpness to it as well which is very pleasant indeed—it pinpoints the acidity and the tartness of the cherries wonderfully. I like it a whole heap.

Unfortunately, it doesn't continue on the same trajectory when we get to the palate. Here, there's a flat, grainy basis that doesn't provide much for the cherry characters to work with—indeed, it feels really exceptionally dry, giving the aftertaste a pithy cherry pip character, but no acidity or fruit. There's a slight aspirin note towards the back, but otherwise it really just tastes quite thin, dry and bland. It's a shame.

Feel is also extremely dry, with the tiny bubbles of carbonation providing a bit of spritz.

Overall, it's certainly not bad, but the nose promised a lot more than the beer ultimately delivered. There's certainly pleasant characters here—and the cherry is really nicely utilised. I just feel that it would be showcased even better in a different beer.

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3.64/5  rDev +5.2%

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Moa Breakfast from Moa Brewing Company
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