Moa Noir | Moa Brewing Company

Moa NoirMoa Noir
65 Ratings
Moa NoirMoa Noir

Brewed by:
Moa Brewing Company
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Moa Noir is a traditionally brewed European style dark lager with an abundance of distinct aromas and flavours. Chocolate and richly roasted coffee beans dominate the senses with a full flavoured palate, giving Moa Noir a long smooth finish. A perfect beer for the changing of seasons.

Added by vancurly on 03-23-2007

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Photo of q33jeff
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to goblet. Dark black, but thin. Small head. Nose is chocolate, dark fruits, plum, raspberry. Taste is Similar flavors. Very nice. Feel is a little thin and flat, but this is A nice beer.

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Photo of chogm54
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml poured into tulip

L - black, thinnish biege creamy head, clear

S - nice, good mix of roasted black coffee, choc, earth, roasted malts, hint of licorce

T - solid roasted malt throughout, with molasses, dates, and grassy hops. dryish finish

F - moderate carbonation and body, semi-dry texture

O - good schwartzbier, strong malt profile, good mix of flavours, solid.

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Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smithj4
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of skriv
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of deg
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of ambruns1979
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Rwalford74
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of ChicagoNick
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

how they call this thing a black lager i dont understand, i mean, while that might be true of this, it is certainly a whole lot more than that, and to call it that is a major understatement. more than dark malt and lager yeast i taste blackberries, fresh and sweet and almost jammy. if thats achieved with grain alone, then hats off to you moa! the feel is also different for the declared style, robust in both body and carbonation, perhaps a product of the bottle fermentation. i am sick of hearing people bash these beers and watching them sit on shelves, they are splendid, especially for the price, and while i dont love this as much as their breakfast, i think it speaks volumes about quality and uniqueness of this brewing culture. where to the berries come from, and all the body while still being low alcohol? all these bubbles make it sing like an ale, yet refresh like the stated lager. i am confused but happily surprised by this. really well made beer that stands out from the crowd. making something complex out of something simple isnt always good, but in this case its stupendous.

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Photo of Vanz
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

750ml, silver foil capped, caged and corked Burgundian bottle. Apparently only available at the local liquor store monopoly chain, and another of those offerings where, if you don't have a corkscrew handy, you are SOL. I blame the importer here.

This beer pours a mildly hazy, dark ruddy brown colour, with four (and counting) fingers of broadly puffy, lazily foamy, and mostly fizzy beige head, which leaves some random sudsy splattered lace around the glass as things slowly subside.

It smells of sweet, sugary in a Christmas cake manner sense, caramel malt, bittersweet cocoa, faint coffee, a bit of yeasty wheat graininess, bubblegum candy, and musty, earthy hops. The taste is grainy pale and caramel malt, an overly sweet drupe and black fruitiness, somewhat acrid yeast, an independent ashy char, and more earthy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is the story here, with a tightly frothy, palate-abusing fizziness, one acceptable in very few styles, and honey, this sure as hell ain't one of 'em, the body medium-light in weight, and way too tacky from the swirling effervescence to be considered all that smooth. It finishes mostly dry, the caramel malt going bready, the free-radical sugars evaporating, and the yeast just hanging out like it owns the place.

Brown lager, Euro dark lager, whatevs - this sort of beer is already borderline in terms of lack of sexiness - so applying a yeasty, overly carbonated bottle treatment is hardly the cure, lads. All it does is transfer the focus of banality, a little like re-arranging lifeboats on the Titanic. Not worth the 10 bones this goes for around here, that much is certain.

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Photo of AudioGilz
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of doktorhops
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Last in the "3 for" Moa deal is the Noir, which is my favourite genre... of film. Dark beers themselves rate quite highly for me, especially in the winter months when their bold coffee flavours and brandy characteristics warm the belly and compliment a hearty stew.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Champagne fizz is quite noticeable as in the other two. Body presents a clear dark chocolate colour, not as strong as in a Guinness but getting there. The head is a centimetre tall, khaki and resolute.

S: Dark chocolate is the predominant aroma, followed by; roasted coffee beans, a hint of vanilla and a roasted barley malt base. Hints of molasses are also noted.

T: Has a nice earthy cacao taste upfront, mid palate it is very much coffee, chocolate and roasted barley, which then leads to a bitter-sweet (with that molasses hint) finish. The earthiness of this brew lends a rough/raw flavour to the mix that makes it more interesting than it should otherwise be. There is dryness in the finish similar to an Irish Stout.

M: Mid to light body, slight wateriness with medium carbonation.

D: An enjoyable beer, not quite as good as the Methode but better than the Pale Ale. Would make a decent night cap brew after a session of Methode, however the Methode is easily the beer I would come back to given the choice. I liked the earthy cacao note as it's not something I was expecting.

Food match: Would suit both dessert and a main course - I'm drinking it with a vegan pie that has ale in it and they go together well, and I could see this working with char-grilled steaks too, or with a chocolate tart for dessert.

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Photo of beergoot
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brownish amber body with loads of carbonation and topped with a very thick, creamy tan head. Pleasant charred grains and cocoa aroma with a vaguely melon fruitiness. Decent flavor overall; roasted malts, chocolate, fairly assertive hop bitterness rising through the malt sweetness at the finish. Medium-light body, smooth mouthfeel.

A delightful dark lager with a lightly sweet character well-balanced with roasted grain notes and a decent hop bitterness all rolled into a smooth drinking lager beer body.

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Photo of lisagirl
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Poupae
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of chippo33
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of bluesplit63
5/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of Chisfinest84
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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Moa Noir from Moa Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 65 ratings
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