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Moa Breakfast - Moa Brewing Company

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Reviews: 55
Hads: 212
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 19.6%
Wants: 4
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of BayouMafia
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
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. (182 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (981 characters)

Photo of brother_rebus
4.13/5  rDev +17.3%
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. (283 characters)

Photo of Child_Pugh
4.11/5  rDev +16.8%
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. (279 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (1,442 characters)

Photo of timmy2b
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (1,448 characters)

Photo of longjohnsilver
3.45/5  rDev -2%
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. (778 characters)

Photo of nztayls
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (431 characters)

Photo of Givemebeer
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (596 characters)

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.75/5  rDev +34.9%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of momobono
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (286 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.21/5  rDev +19.6%
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 (881 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (867 characters)

Photo of Resuin
3.89/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (854 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.16/5  rDev +18.2%
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. (1,104 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (576 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
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! (536 characters)

Photo of KVNBGRY
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of rixcat
4.23/5  rDev +20.2%
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. (919 characters)

Photo of TruePerception
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
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) (510 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours pale yellow with a fizzy white head. No real lace, but a ring clinging to the glass.

Big artificial cherry lifesaver nose. Some mild malt and herbal notes.

Some cherry flavor, which is not actually sweet, but more the essence, although it is a bit artificial. Pushed aside by bitterness of some hops. Some grain husk and wheat malt help this one along. I'd like it if the cherry was a bit more -- real. Not horrible by any means, and they balanced it.

Lighter bodied. Good carbonation. Palate clears well.

Overall, ok. Cherry is a bit off-putting, but by no means cloying or overboard. They give you what is advertised. (629 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (848 characters)

Photo of JohnnyRay
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of RFBrewing
2.78/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very floral with large notes of cherry. Light and very carbonated, almost champagne like. Disappointed because the cherry nose and taste both come off as cough syrup-like at first. Hop character does not come through. Growing on me as I work my way through the bottle but not sure if I'd pick up another. (304 characters)

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Moa Breakfast from Moa Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.