Moa Methode | Moa Brewing Company

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Moa MethodeMoa Methode

Brewed by:
Moa Brewing Company
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by vancurly on 03-23-2007

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Ratings: 109 |  Reviews: 54
Reviews by dunlap926:
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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Photo of oberon
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On a sweltering hot day like today I search out more drinkable beers without compromising flavor,this fit the bill very nicely.Poured into a pilsner a slight hazed lemon yellow with a great fluffy,skicky egg shell colored head.Aromas had the beginnings of some skunk (damn green bottles!)but it didnt hide the toastiness,sharp hop,and lemon pith.Lighter mouthfeel was nice and easy to handle,flavors are lemony and bright and toasted on the palate with a sharp bitter bite in the finish.A hopped up pilsner with some very nice traits and very refreshing.

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Photo of Guinnsslvr
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a semi-hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is lemon and wheat. The flavor is lemon, wheat and honey with some biscuit malt. Light mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not much going on here.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JonnyBeers
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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 Sammy
2.63/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle picked up by Mathieu at S.A.Q. for me. Heard about it but found it overrated. Gushing foamer. very light colour, with of course lots of white head.A somewhat beery aroma. Dry, a little hoppy, not much taste. Average at best mouthfeel. Not finishable.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Gmann
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a fantastic pure white head that left some purty lacing. The aroma is of a nice cracker malt, spicy hops, pepper, and some nice saison aromas to boot. This is a really nice smelling pils. The taste is more of a bready malt, not very dry, good spicy hop profile, and some yeasty spice characteristics. The feel is fairly light with fizzy carbonation, a bit more malty than your typical pils. Finishes more sweet than dry. This is a dang good pils. A nice Kiwi twist to the German pils. Some nice yeasty flavors.

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Photo of bwood06
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
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 nick_asian
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of kylesobrien
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750 mL of this brew at my local Whole Paycheck. I was a little surprised to see a label describing it as a "New Zealand Lager," given that it was crowned with a cork and appeared to have some yeast sediment. Feeling it was all a bit incongruous, I had to give it a try.

Pours a hazy, effervescent yellow with a nice tuft of marshmallow-white head. Definite lacing around the edge of the glass. One of the more visually appealing bottled lagers I've had in recent memory.

The scent is grainy, with some noble hop aromas rounding things out. Slightly spicy.

First taste had a pleasant grassy, bitter quality with slight sweetness -- this is definitely not Steinlager (which puts me much at ease, as I stare at the remaining 345 mL). As others have remarked, there's not a lot of body, but I don't mind that since this is a Pilsener-style lager. Not really known for tremendous mouthfeel, you know?

All in all, a very pleasant beer. If it weren't bottle conditioned and so damn attractive in the glass, I might be less inclined to review it favorably. But as it stands, one of the finer bottled lagers I can find around here, and worth trying if you see it around your local shop.

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Photo of StuartCarter
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: clean bitterness.

Appearance: beautiful cloudy gold colour with streaming bubbles like champagne.

Taste: crisp, dry bitterness with a delicate lingering bitterness and subtle malt character.

A wonderfully different beer that drinks much more like a champagne! Serve in champagne flute for the full effect.

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Photo of nick_perry
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
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 CrazyDavros
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale golden with a large, persistent, but unappealing (in a pond scum kinda way) frothy head.
The aroma is quite hoppy, seems to be a mix of grassy, spicy euro hops and the more subtle white wine-like NZ hops. Hints of DMS surface but nothing too offensive, the light sweet malt hides it.
Flavours include sweet malt and cooked corn alongside a sparkling white wine note. Light bitterness shows in the finish.
High carbonation suits the beer nicely.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color pilsner with a super huge foamy pure white head with frothy retention and super great lacing- almost reminiscent of Orval. Aroma of semi sweet malt with floral and grassy notes and light dry hoppy finish. Taste is dominated by refreshing semi-sweet malt with light grassy notes and floral undertones and light hoppy Saaz finish. Body is quite full with super great carbonation. Very well done thought more Saaz hops would have benefited this beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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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Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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 blakelive784
2.06/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12.7 fl oz bottle served in a nonic pint glass, reviewed from notes:

A - Pours a murky straw golden/honey color with a soapy 3 finger head. Retention is surprisingly decent.

S - Skunky weed, honey, clean pilsner malt, grassy hops, and more weed. Maybe this one's skunked? If you like the smell of cannabis, this one's for you.

T - Bitter, dank weed; light pale malt. Watery. Still reminiscent of cannabis. Plain, boring, and just plain awful.

M - A bit coarse, but entirely too wet for a lager. Not good at all.

D - I may have had a skunked beer (in which case I blame the green glass), or maybe it's supposed to be this way. It's built poorly, poorly executed, and doesn't even taste good. Do yourself a favor and pass on this one.

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Moa Methode from Moa Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 109 ratings