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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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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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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.

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I'm not sure what style of beer this is but it certainly brings to mind a nicely soured and fruity lambic.

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Moa Breakfast from Moa Brewing Company
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