Moa Methode
Moa Brewing Company

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German Pilsner
Ranked #115
Ranked #25,147
3.8 | pDev: 12.11%
Moa Brewing Company
New Zealand
Very Good
Moa MethodeMoa Methode
Notes: Moa Methode is bottle fermented and conditioned to give a natural, more consistent carbonation and flavour. Due to the natural brewing process of Methode Moa, a light, beneficial sediment will remain. This sediment protects the beer from premature aging and leaves full, slightly spicy characters on the palate.
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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 109
Photo of nick_perry
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow color. Foamy white head, with a lot of retention. Well pronounced botanicals and fruity esters in the aroma. Flavor matches, along with a tart and dry quality imparted by the Champagne yeast, all balanced on a wheaty, malty backbone. Dry, alcoholic finish.

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Photo of bwood06
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked this beer up while in NZ and decided to bring it home with me since I had not found anything else that I really wanted to pack into my luggage. This, as well as a beer from Hobbiton, made it home nice and safe.

This beer pours a glowing straw color with a massive amount of carbonation that is visible despite the cloudy nature of the liquid. The head is a bright white and a sparse froth that dissipates very quickly to a light ghostly foam. 3.25./5 The aroma is of moderate strength and leans more toward sweet than sharp and dry. The malt in the aroma is quite heavy on grain and bread with a touch of caramel (but not much). The hops are very spicy and citrusy with a nice touch of lemon zest and white pepper. There is a bit of yeasty esters that come through as well presenting as banana and clove. 4/5 The flavor is nice and strong with a very nice balance to it. It leans neither sweet nor bitter, instead drawing a line between the two and hitting a middle mark dead on. The malt comes out up front with raw grain and white bread, with just a touch of caramel to add to the sweetness. As with the aroma, the hops focus mainly on spicy and citrus notes with lemon zest and white pepper leading the way, finishing with a bit of grass. The bitterness is moderate here and actually has a stronger lingering flavor that it does when the beer is in the mouth. I don't get the banana and clove as much in the flavor as I did in the aroma, although they are still there as undertones. 3.75/5 This is a light bodied beer with a lively carbonation that melts away to a drying and slightly astringent sensation with a lingering dryness after swallowing. The finish is medium in length and fairly strong, and heavily leaning towards dry and bitter. 4/5 This is a very good Pilsener that sticks to the German style nicely and is a very easy drinking beer. I did quite like this beer, although I do wish the head would have stuck around a bit more. 3.75/5

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I received a bottle of this as a gift, not the normal beer I consume, but I love to try new things. The beer was a bit cloudy, rather bubbly, and a pale golden color. A nice, frothy head that left some lacing. The aroma is earthy, herbal, and yeast. The flavor is nice, pungent earth with a hint of lemon, and some bread-like sweetness from the malt. It is medium bodied, and has a slightly thick mouthfeel with some bitterness from the hops. It was still refreshing, and not bad for my first beer from New Zealand.

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Photo of chogm54
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle poured into a pils glass

L - shade orange more than straw, pours a good sized (4cm thick) frothy white head, clear

S - bready malts and a strong earthy/grassy aroma, hint of orange and kiwi fruit.

T - bread malts, sweet yeasts to begin with, some spicy peppery bitterness coming in at the middle (along with hint of lemon and orange). The bitterness intensifies towards the finish, but is at no point overpowering.

F - soapy texture, medium bodied, middle of the road carbonation.

O - decent, refreshing pils. Slightly more bitter than the average pils, but with that standard grassy odours.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: an embossed light brown / green 330mL bottle with a somewhat stylish macro label.

Appearance: a hazy golden amber with moderate visible carbonation. A fluffy off-white head drops to a thin cap, with sporadic lacing.

Aroma: the predominant aroma here is standard lager yeasts, floral, earth and herbal notes. A bit sharp.

Taste: all of the characteristics transfer from the nose, but much more balanced, without the sharpness.

Aftertaste: the flavours linger for a short time, but are met with that awkward sharpness again.

Mouth feel: fairly light in feel with a moderate but spritely carbonation. Pretty good for a pilsner.

Overall: one of the better Moa beers I have had so far, which is to say that it is fair. The only one that is close thus far to being worth the AU$65 a case price tag. Still far from being my favourite pilsner though.

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Photo of Samuel906
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Picked this up randomly from the import section of BevMo, never heard anything about it before tasting. I was pleasantly surprised. Pours a hazy slightly red wheat color that reminds me a lot of the way grapefruit juice looks. Nose is very pleasant, some hops, sweet malt, mild citrus. Taste is along the same vein, but this beer is surprisingly flavorful. It is among one of the most flavorful and delicious pilsners I've had, up with some Imperial Pilsners like My Antonia. Hops, honey, lavender, lemon, grapefruit, bread. Feel is medium bodied and cream smooth, but still refreshing and light. Overall, fantastic, one of my new favorite pilsners.

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Photo of superspak
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy bright golden color with a 1 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense foamy lacing clings down the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the the head. Awesome appearance. Aromas of lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange zest, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of bright citrus/earthy hops and moderate pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange zest, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange zest, cracker, bread, light pine, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and robustness of citrus/earthy hops and pale malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean flavors as well, with pretty much zero yeast ester presence. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice German pilsener style. All around good balance and robustness of citrus/earthy hops and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of magpieken
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

330ml bottle. Pours a hazy light yellow with a large frothy white head which hangs around. Smells like citrus, grass and some spice. Tastes yeasty, sour with a well balanced hop bitterness. Medium body with a dry bitter finish. Quite complex and rather like a saison.

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Photo of QueerBeer
2.77/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

(Bottle I got was a different label design than that pictured.) Pours with a hellacious, quick-to-build head. Nice pale orange hue, just a touch hazy- did not expect that from a pilsner, bottle-conditioned as it may be. Things went south on the nose though. Skunked beer. Not terribly, but skunky nonetheless. Drank it anyway to see if I could pick up anything, but no. Mouthfeel was exactly what you'd want from a pils- light, smooth drinking. Would love to get one of these fresh and try again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

you know what, maybe the long haul from new zealand, some extended time in the bottle from what we think we know about when beer is ready to drink, and this whole fermenting not just reconditioning in the bottle thing really can make magic happen, not just overlookable shelf turds. this is genius beer, and i dont care who knows i think that. its wonderful. yeah, maybe not the most true to style german pils anymore, but somewhere between the best euro pilseners and a bright american wild ale or saison, there isnt funk to it, but the yeast character and extreme zero gravity type dryness make it one of a kind. hazy blonde and bubbly and heady as hell, more than three inches rise up almost uncontrollably, bone white, in my tulip, and hardly fade, but into white lacing. its smells yeasty driven, not like stale pilsener malt, there is a brilliance here if this is calculated. if it just aged flatteringly over the last year, well then good on you guys moa! the success is in the feel, which is frothy and grainy still, but soft and delicate, lacy, and crispy dry without compromising a yeasty finish. so fun, so drinkable, we need more beers like this, and so far, from what my experience has been, all of this moa stuff deserves a whole lot more attention for being great.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly hazy gold with an enormous, frothy white head that takes quite some time to recede.

S: Aromas of grain, straw, honey, grass, lemon, lime, herbs, and mildly spicy yeast dominate the nose.

T: Robust notes of straw, grass, lemon, and lime are contrasted with muted flavors of crackers, biscuits, grain, minerals, honey, and spicy yeast. The finish is clipped with notes of lemon, lime, crackers, minerals, and straw.

M: In terms of body, this ale is slight and thin for the style and very gentle in the mouth. Carbonation is airy, delicate, and unobtrusive. Delightful and easy to drink, though I generally prefer my pilsners to be a bit fuller in body and more forcefully carbonated.

O: A great effort and a very sophisticated beer, but it is a little tame to be sure. As is, this is a good lager, but with a little work on the mouthfeel, this would be outstanding in every way.

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Photo of rixcat
4.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I pity you poor fools that can actually find something wrong with this yummy bottle conditioned pilsner. This beer is nearly perfect, similar to Moa's other amazing concoctions. I got big fluffy clouds of rocky chunk fluff lace endowing foam. My only regret is that it doesn't come in one of those caged cork bottles. Mine had a fat cap atop its Belgian opening. Chilly, dry, and fizzy. I dropped this baby in the snow before walking in the house and fetched it right after eating dinner. I milked this long-lasting frosty little baby in a pint glass and drank it with a delicious scoop of creme de minthe chocolate chip ice cream on top of a spoon of peanut butter and a 2-inch cube of brownie. What a perfect match. This is my first beer made with champagne yeast and I like it. Spicy hops and crispy arid frigid thirst-quenching luxury. Aloof only in it's complicated and varied profile, this beer is a cinch down the most superior discerning hatch. I wish I bought two of these. Another sure winner from Moa.

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Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden colored ale with a tall white colored head.

Smells strongly herbal with a lot of noble hop to it. Smells spicy and grassy and even a little soapy. Smells very Hoppy.

Starts out mildly sweet with a strong flavor of grass and hay. Herbal with a hop snap that bites you back a little bit. In the upper 20% of Pilsner in the hop bite level. Aftertaste is a little astringent. Full flavored.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a damn tasty beer. This is a Pilsner that fights back.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml silver foil wrapped, caged and corked bottle, 5.0% ABV, with a red seal proclaiming 'Super Premium Pilsner'. Another Moa offering available solely at the monopolistic liquor store concern in Alberta.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden yellow hue, with three healthy fingers of puffy, bulbous, and thinly foamy eggshell white head, which renders a few instances of chunky, sudsy lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of sharply grainy pale malt, toasted white bread, earthy yeast, acidic lemon, and leafy, hay-like, somewhat skunky hops. The taste is a bit of a revelation - soft bready, lightly biscuity pale malt, lemon tarts, rather subtle sourdough yeast, further grapefruit and orange fruitiness, a burgeoning floral honey sweetness, and bitter leafy, spicy hops. Very complex for a pilsener.

The carbonation is light, frothy, a tad fizzy, and pervasive, yet without getting in anyone's way, the body a decently hefty medium weight, and quite pleasantly smooth, with more than a nod towards a lilting creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the bready, semi-sweet malt, fading doughy yeast, and lightly fruity hops all making nice and playing us out gracefully.

A genuinely smooth and supple German Pils, with the attendant malt and hops, respectful bottle-borne yeast, and gently fruitiness. Quite easy to drink, this wine bottle went down all too well. Were that the others in this series were as enjoyably integrated, and at least somewhat beholden to truth in advertising, as this one.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with yeast and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors but I am surprised to see this is listed as a pilsner based on my drinking experience.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.85/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light yellow color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin and spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains pungent lager yeast, light caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then a decent hops presence for the style comes in along with some mild sweetness. However there isn’t much balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are definitely a lot of other beers in the style that I would pick before this one.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Moa brew, this is one flightless giant bird that won't get away. New Zealand truly does have some decent beers despite being ham-fisted by the plethora of macro brewers that make shitty beers (not unlike Australia in this respect). First up for review from Moa is a German style Pilsener called "Methode", well let's hope their brewing method is sound.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Stein.

A: Cloudy antimony yellow body with a boisterous 3cm white head. Looks quite appealing.

S: Aromas of grapefruit, bitter orange, sour yeast, cracked pepper with a floral hop note in the background. An interesting combination for a Pilsener, and one I suspect will taste good too.

T: The grapefruit, bitter orange and sour yeast really come to the fore in this brew giving it a decent bitter/sour combo straight off the bat. Mid palate honey sweetness adds to the flavour combination, and is finished off with those floral, but bitter, hops. Has a slight sour after taste as well. Balanced and complex for any Pilsener.

M: Medium bodied with a light and frizzante carbonation.

D: The flavour is interesting, like a mix of a Saison with a Pilsener, it's easy to drink and the price is reasonable for an imported craft brew. All in all this is a beer that I would be delighted to try again, a pleasant surprise from those flightless bird brewers at Moa.

Food match: A brew like this would work well with seafood, particularly: fish, calamari, mussels and oysters. It would also complement certain salads, ones that contain ingredients like Quinoa, chickpea, English baby spinach, rocket, lentil and baby beetroot.

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Photo of beergoot
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pale, straw-yellow body topped with a creamy, thick, white head. Strong resinous pine aroma; fruity and aromatic with a light bread-like note. Lightly spiced malt flavors overall. Smooth and soft mouthfeel; clean and crisp finish.

An interesting light and bright pilsner with an overall great malt and hop balance. A mellow spiciness adds some distinctive flavor characteristics. An interesting take on a traditional style and, apparently, bottle fermented and conditioned. I'll be making repeat visits to this brew...

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Photo of spoony
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 350 ml bottle into a pint glass at Satchel's on 6th Ave.

A-The brew is quite carbonated and a normal pour produces a healthy, three-finger head of pillowy, slow-to-fade, white foam. The beer is light and bright in color with vigorous carbonation. It is slightly cloudy.

S-The smell is dry with biscuity, chalky malts, and a light hop spice of pepper. Nice balance and slightly unique, but definitely a pils. There is a touch of lemon.

T-The taste was mild, mostly clean, and dry on the finish. There is more yeast flavor here than in other pils I have had, which sort of cuts the crispness. Things are pretty well balanced, but I could have used a little more biscuity malts and spice like I smelled.

M-The carbonation is decent-strength and more fine in character than other beers of this style. It is easy to drink and light. Slightly different than other pils, but pleasing.

O-This is not my favorite pils, but it is not a bad one, either. It is pretty attractive and provides a slight twist on the style that manages to keep some traditional flavors while adding a little something. This would be a great brew for an afternoon session on hot summer day, but is perhaps a little on the pricey side for repeated drinking.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap in a proper flute glass.

A- Very bright and bubbly golden color with a touch of orange hue, a bit of sediment, too. Slight white head tapers to a thin film leaving very little lacing.

S- A pleasant nose for a pils, grassy and grainy with a bit of hop fruitiness and malts, all without the pils bitter skunkiness.

T- Some malt body with herbal and spice flavors.

M- Big body for a pils with lively carbonation and tingle, some bite, too. I can't imagine a beer any more fresh and clean.

O- A nice take on German pils, crisp and clean.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml green bottle purchased for me by @LaitueGonflable from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours a deep but light golden colour, with solid haze, and a very frothy and full head of white that settles pretty quickly. Carbonation is very fine and sits solidly in the body when tilted. No lace. Overall, it looks pretty refined, no matter what else happens.

Nose is very pleasant. Fresh, clean hop fragrance, mingled with some odd fluffy sweetness: hints of rosewater and candy floss. There's a roundness to the aroma too: almost a Belgian yeast character, but not quite. It doesn't have the esters and spice, but it adds a depth. It's very pleasant indeed.

Taste is very good as well. Very clean, bright flavours, with tingles of zesty sweetness. Finish dives into a herbal greenness with a clean organic flavour. It's dried out by the end, with a pleasant tingle from the hops, but very refreshing.

Feel is solid: smooth, but with a pleasant fine effervescence to enliven the palate.

This is really good stuff. Superbly drinkable, with such refined flavours. This is just the sort of supreme balance craft lagers can deliver. Exceptional stuff.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 375mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light gold hue with a touch of haze and a huge effervescence. Head is three fingers of frothy, pillowy white foam which dissipate leaving a nice lace. Good!

Smell: spicy, earthy hop character is not quite that of noble hops, but still quite nice. The sweet, light malt aroma is more reminiscent of a Belgian golden ale than a German Pilsner; still, I like it.

Taste: light, sweet malt with a great hop flavor; very much like the aroma. Again, that Belgian-y character sticks around, which I happen to really like. Stylistically spot-on? Not really. But tasty? You bet.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a great carbonation and a mammoth, mouth-filling creaminess. Moa bottle-conditions most of their beers, it seems ... I love it!

Overall: a tasty beer which probably doesn't fit into any style that well, despite the intention of the brewer. I'd definitely have this again.

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Photo of ADZA
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden hue which leaves a two finger creamy head and lacing everywhere the smell is floral driven hops,lavender,daffodils and honey,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with tastes of floral hops,honey,lemongrass,herbs,a touch of sherbet and finished with a dry slightly bitter hop finish and overall thank god i saved the best til last as its definately a unique take on the style that really works and yeah id drink this again cheers.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought back by my parents from a world cruise: green 375ml bottle, best before 21 Oct 2013. Poured into a Duvel glass on 23 May 2012.

Really impressed with this beer: golden with a huge white head.

Great tasting brew with a yeasty, piney nose. It may well be classed as a german Pilsner by the brewers but it carries a lot more bite, flavour and body than any other beer I've had in that style.

Another reason why I'd like to visit New Zealand.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Warsteiner pokal. Pours a light golden amber. Fine one finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Constant healthy carbonation. Looks good. Aroma of sweet malt, floral, grassy hops and a hint of grain. Fairly complex flavor of biscuit malt and grassy hops with a light mixture of wheat and citrus. Bitter hop finish with slight sourness; there is almost a saison yeast element here, but subtle. I found the flavor combination to be pleasant and intriguing, very flavorful for a low ABV pilsner. Light to medium bodied, but nice mouth feel from the carbonation. I like the high carbonation from the bottle conditioning, very enjoyable I and will buy this again.

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Moa Methode from Moa Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 109 ratings