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Moa Breakfast - Moa Brewing Company

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201 Ratings
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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 18.5%
Wants: 3
Gots: 21 | 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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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 UCLABrewN84
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some fruity cough medicine aromas. Taste is much the same with a medicinal flavor on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer due to the medicinal aromas and flavors that aren't all that pleasant.

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of kylehay2004
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.

Photo of brentk56
2.82/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Apperance: Looks like a great pilsner, with a massive head perched on top of the clear golden liquid

Smell: Cherry licorice

Taste: Cherry licorice dominates the front end, with a medicinal bitterness emerging in the back; a very odd combination

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with spritzy carbonation

Overall: It is fascinating to look at the polarized reviews but, to my palate, the flavors, while interesting, are just not very approachable and I had no desire to finish the bottle

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.16/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.32/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12.7 ounce bottle - $4.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

BB 24.2.14

Appearance: Pours a hazed, light gold body with a medium-sized, fizz-fueled, white head.

Smell: Ah, geez, it's one of those five-buck medicinal cherry beers. I want this cleared up right now!

Taste: You can tell there's a wheat-laced lager underneath a cherry flavor leaning towards Robitussin, which is the bulk of the taste lasting beyond the crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: The medicinal quality of this one is an instant turn off for me. Not the best use of five bucks, I must say.

Photo of JAHMUR
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of nickfl
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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 oriolesfan4
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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 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 lacqueredmouse
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.

Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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 iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of rolltide8425
3/5  rDev -13.3%

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.

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Moa Breakfast from Moa Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.