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Moa Breakfast - Moa Brewing Company

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161 Ratings
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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 19.88%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: shand on 01-16-2012)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2013 04:26:16 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 21:36:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -5%

03-09-2013 23:21:37 | More by djrn2
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brentk56

North Carolina

2.8/5  rDev -18.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 01:35:31 | More by brentk56
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -5%

10-06-2013 00:34:43 | More by acurtis
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.3/5  rDev -32.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 02:06:35 | More by ChainGangGuy
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -5%

11-25-2012 23:02:39 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

11-25-2012 22:46:51 | More by Texasfan549
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2012 21:23:28 | More by kylehay2004
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

06-21-2012 02:55:48 | More by JAHMUR
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nickfl

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

01-09-2013 01:33:37 | More by nickfl
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

2.15/5  rDev -37.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 00:49:58 | More by Rifugium
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SocalKicks

California

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

09-25-2013 11:21:30 | More by SocalKicks
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 16:59:31 | More by StonedTrippin
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -5%

11-26-2013 21:53:53 | More by mendvicdog
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -5%

11-27-2013 04:00:38 | More by oriolesfan4
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Zorro

California

3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 17:16:13 | More by Zorro
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 21:00:05 | More by dbrauneis
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beertunes

Washington

3.59/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 00:55:13 | More by beertunes
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12.3%

09-15-2012 21:24:47 | More by rolltide8425
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 01:10:28 | More by johnnnniee
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 03:01:55 | More by LiquidAmber
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flagmantho

Washington

3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 04:18:49 | More by flagmantho
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +17%

07-01-2013 22:42:07 | More by iL0VEbeer
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CrazyDavros

Australia

2.95/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 03:59:31 | More by CrazyDavros
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Moa Breakfast from Moa Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.