Moa Blanc | Moa Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Moa Brewing Company
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Moa Blanc wheat beer is brewed using a blend of 65% wheat malt and 35% barley malt which results in an elegantly smooth beer, with hints of spice and uplifting esters. The slightly cloudy appearance reflects its Germanic origins and it’s customary to gently roll the bottle before opening to create an even distribution of the sediment signature.

Added by VitBAficionado on 03-27-2007

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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 34
Reviews by doktorhops:
Photo of doktorhops
3.89/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Some people might think I've caught 'Moa fever' with all the Moa reviews I've been writing of late. The answer is "no" however 'Moa fever' is a very serious condition and if contracted please seek attention from a bottle-shop professional for ways to combat this affliction (or just drink more Moa). In any case next in the Moa line is the Blanc, and I was debating with myself whether this is a Witbier or a Weizen, and which glass it shall be drunk from... so I went with a nonic pint.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint *WARNING: THIS BEER MAY EXPLODE OUT OF THE BOTTLE*.

A: Hazy pale straw body with a very big frothy white head that died down as quickly as it came to a thin lacing.

S: Quite fruity for a Wit/Weizen, another unique spin here from Moa; it has overtones of melon, apple-peel, cardamom and cloves with a touch of coriander as well.

T: Pepper, cloves and nutmeg upfront on the palate with a bread yeast mid leading on to an apple/lemon finish. Fairly crisp for a Wit, which I'm now convinced it is. The finish is however is Germanic and dry, like a Weizen.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation (was expecting over the top carbonation actually).

D: Crisp, refreshing and spicy - a great summer ale combination. Priced at a reasonably high price point though, so that is one thing to consider if you were planning on a good summer drinking session ($23 for 4 x 330ml bottles). Overall though it does throw a unique Moa 'spanner in the works', which I'm starting to believe is a trend for them... aka 'I love those guys'.

Food match: Light summer BBQ fare such as grilled chicken thighs with a salad that most certainly requires cherry tomatoes dammit!

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Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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 hazy light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is strong wheat and lemon. The flavor is bubble gum along with wheat and lemon. This is a very light-flavor beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours brilliant gold under a 2” persistent and clingy white foam collar.
S: faint wheat and spice.
T: Herby and dry with light wheat flavors seasoned with light banana and clove.
F: light body, medium to medium high carbonation
O: Light and refreshing. this is a German Kristallweizen, not a Belgian Wit

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Photo of Vanz
2.5/5  rDev -29%

Photo of drinkin-beeers
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of StuartCarter
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light golden brown. Massive billowy head collapses to a little light lacing.

Smell: grassy, fresh smelling.

Taste: a hint of Belgian wit beer. Very carbonated, surprisingly so. Overall: a refreshing easy drinking wheat beer that should pair well with fresh cheeses like neufchatel, le roule, or cream cheese.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a sudsy white head. Nose is uber-skunky but this quickly fades to reveal hints of lemon and wheat. Similar lemon flavours, quite acidic and tangy as well. Otherwise just a little bit of wheat and sweet unchallenged malt. Carbonation is way too high.

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Photo of LJWalker
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of BeTheBall
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very bright golden, almost white color, hazy with yeast; a nice full creamy head. Smelled fruity and tart. Taste up front had me thinking apple, but after taste was a little "rusty", just a touch. I did get apples more than anything. Quite refreshing and easy to drink, but not the best Witbier I've had. Mouthfeel is average to good, and drinkability is good, smooth to drink and easy on the pallet.

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Photo of jerefreakinmiah
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of freduardo
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Sydneybeer
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JayS2629
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow with lots of carbonation, a fizzy white, thick head that fades fast but leaves behind nice lace.

The aroma is of wheat, lemon zest, and spice with some earthy notes and black pepper. Skunk makes a faint appearance.

The flavor is wheat, lemon pepper, coriander and grassy hops.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin and fizzy.

Overall it is just ok. Easy to drink.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a Chimay chalice.

B/B4 22.08.10

A: Pours a hazy, straw/gold color with some suspended sediment. The head quickly builds to a fizzy one finger before switching over to a layer of cream that slowly ments away. Surprisingly, lace was at a minimum.

S: When I popped the cap, I noticed a whiff of "green bottle skunk". As I worked my way through the glass, I figured out that it wasn't necessarily skunk as much as a funky and tart green apple smell. Also noticed some mildly toasted grain and a bit of Wit yeast.

T: See above. Also along for the ride was some citrus-y and grassy hops and a mere suggestion of pineapple way in the background of the finish.

M: Prickly and spicy with a fruity tang that sticks to the sides of my tongue.

D: Enjoyable and inoffensive. Can't wait to try this again in the middle of the upcoming Chicago summer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, wheat, spices, light caramelized malts, some citrus and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat, Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character for the style. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors citrus and spices. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and pretty smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of kaufmaal
3.14/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a starch-white head that doesn't budge. Not much of a smell: some sour cherries, a bit of yeasty funk. This is a fairly one-dimensional tasting beer: clean, lemony, chardonnay sweetness on the back end. It's a refreshing beer that comes close to tasting like a wine cooler, but not quite as sweet as one. While the carbonation is significant, the bubbles are fine, like a good champagne.

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Photo of RichThatchr
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this in an expensive 4 pack at Bellport Cold Beer ($20) and we tasted it in little glasses with friends around a table after trying some other ales.

The Moa Blanc poured like a cloudy wit beer mixed with champagne bubbles emanating from the sides. Light in its approach, the soft beer sparkled with nuances rather than bold tastes. I liked the fragrant aroma with citrus notes as I finished one little glass after another to conclude a bottle or two in good company.

I liked the light approach of the beer as it could be served anywhere, but it's price would make it a sparingly used item in my opinion.

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Photo of Kelrel9
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of bigalgochu
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light golden colour

Good head that dies down quickly leaving a little lacing

Hops on the nose & polyurethane?? Defo something solventy

Tasting not as good a I had hoped.. Far from my fav. from Moa. An easy drinker without too many characteristics.

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Photo of avalon07
3.31/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color a hazy consistency. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: Not that it's totally overwhelming, but the second you open the bottle the skunk hits you (why does any craft brewer still use green bottles?). However, there are nice notes of malt and spices.

T: Tasted of malt, coriander, wheat, a little pepper and the aforementioned skunk. Way too mild for the style - it needs to have a bit more zest to it.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is a wildly uneven beer. Could've been better.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
2.83/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pale translucent gold with a short lacy fizzy head. Very bubbly and has lots of small particulate matter.
S - a mild wheaty sweetness with a lemon twist. There is a spice in there but just barely.
T - not much happening here. Just a faint sweet mild wheat background with some dilute lemons. Still can't quite find the spice.
M - watery and heavily carbonated.
D - reminds me too much of mass market American beers to make it onto a repeat list.

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Photo of aquatonex
2.64/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Found this at Shoreline Beverage in Huntington...

Comes in a champagne bottle with a basketed cork, very nice. Pours pale gold with the cloudiness expected of the style. Very effervescent, champagne-like with a 1-2 finger foamy head that leave a little bit of bubbly lacing. Nose is originally a bit skunky like mediocre beer, but as it sits that does tone down a bit leaving a yeasty and slight citrusy notes. Taste is so-so, similar to yeast that has rotted, rather acrid and sour without being refined or balanced. Almost reminiscent of a Heineken quality beer. I would probably not get this again.

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Photo of lisagirl
1.75/5  rDev -50.3%

Photo of jeremiahoden
4/5  rDev +13.6%

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Moa Blanc from Moa Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 60 ratings
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