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Moa Breakfast - Moa Brewing Company

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177 Ratings
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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 19.24%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | 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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Photo of SPThirtyThree
4.08/5  rDev +19%
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.

SPThirtyThree, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Sammy, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of bluesplit63
5/5  rDev +45.8%

bluesplit63, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of Brewsed
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Brewsed, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of nickfl
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

nickfl, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of beergoot
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light gold colored body topped with a thick, rocky white head. Strong lemon/citrus aroma with a weird, earthy funk. Very light, soft, effervescent body; crisp, clean, and dry. Light, tart, lemon-like flavor; soft, pungent hop bitterness; light, doughy malt character; banana.

Definitely different, but in a generally good way. Light and delicate overall, with a strong citrus flavor component. Many and varied taste components, so there is a lot to explore in that department. This would fit in nicely as a warm weather quencher and for lovers of 'light' beers.

beergoot, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of sloelco
3/5  rDev -12.5%

sloelco, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of CollegeStogie
3/5  rDev -12.5%

CollegeStogie, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of sulldaddy
2.55/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled a bottle at cellar temp poured into a snifter. The beer pours a mostly clear golden hue with fizzy bleached white head of about 1 cm that fades slowly to a sturdy surface layer. Aroma is fruity with some peaches and green apple and a bit of sweet malt toffee.
First sip reveals a light body and fine spacious carbonation.
Flavor is sweet and slightly artificial. Fruitiness again, but fake jolly rancher candy piece kind of sweetness.
Beer is very easy to drink but not overly interesting or satisfying. The label mentions artificial flavors added which should have been a warning.
Cool bottle, disappointing beer.

sulldaddy, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of BeerHunter76
3/5  rDev -12.5%

BeerHunter76, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -12.5%

pin, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.53/5  rDev +32.1%
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!

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

dbrauneis, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

kjkinsey, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Texasfan549, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of abex44
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

abex44, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of Swonkie
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Swonkie, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of frontalot
3.5/5  rDev +2%

frontalot, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of 2neardead
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

2neardead, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

flagmantho, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of Deivos
5/5  rDev +45.8%

Deivos, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
2.15/5  rDev -37.3%
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.

Rifugium, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of hackmann
2.1/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: dirty lemon-aid with a fine white head and no lacing

Aroma: cherry bubble gum, fruity,

Flavors: medicinal, cherry cough drop like flavor with a little white fruit in the mix, a little dusty wheat

Mouthfeel: light carbonation, light fruitiness, light sweetness on the front along with that medicinal note, dry and a slight hoppiness on the finish,

To the Point: the jury is still out on this one; I still can’t get over that this is a wheat type ale; with the word ‘breakfast’ on the label I was think, when I opened this, a stout type ale. An interesting ale … ‘interesting’ being a euphemism for I am not really sure about this one. Final thought – the medicinal cough drop flavor is too much of a negative.

hackmann, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of Gww1864
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Gww1864, Oct 21, 2012
Moa Breakfast from Moa Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.