Moa Breakfast | Moa Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Moa Brewing Company
New Zealand (Aotearoa)
moabeer.co.nz

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by shand on 01-16-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
222
Reviews:
57
Avg:
3.51
pDev:
17.95%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
31
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 222 |  Reviews: 57
Photo of johnnnniee
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from colonial spirits.
Holy shit that smells like fruit loops.
Pours a mostly clear medium golden color with a huge fluffy white head that persists forever. Very fruity aroma, cherry, raspberry, banana, powdered sugar, with hints of clove and a light yeasty phenol. The flavor is sweet and fruity less like fruit loops but more like skittles. Sweet sugar mixed with strawberry, raspberry, cherry and banana. Lingering sweet fruity sugary flavor long after every sip. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet slick bubbly mouthfeel. This is certainly different, but I really enjoyed it. The flavors are kind of artificial but they don't hit you over the head or cloy. I could drink this again, and given the price I might just do that. About half what that other New Zealand brewery that distributes here charges and in a much cooler bottle.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Resuin
3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a (corked and caged for some reason) 375 mL bottle into a snifter. I don't see a bottle date.

Appearance: Pours a hazy gold/amber/yellow with a very mild green hue. Leaves a couple fingers of white head which fizzles out quickly.

Smell: Big sweet floral, cherry up front. Mild wheat in the background, but not a whole lot else going on in this one. Reminiscent of sweet-tarts or pixie sticks.

Taste: Cherry, wheat, very mild belgian yeast, cloves in the background. This is very soda-like in flavor. Very easy drinking, even for the 5.5% ABV.

Mouth-feel: High carbonation with a light to medium body. Very smooth finish. A bit spritzy.

Overall: There isn't a whole lot going on in this beer, but it is smooth and has lots of cherry. Pretty refreshing. Not very "beer-like" but it is a beer and has high drinkability and pleasant flavors.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.16/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this beer is outstanding, absolutely glorious when its fresh and the nelson hops are allowed to shine in all of their glory. I cannot believe how many times I have over looked this at bottle shops, not anymore. way underrated. it is super light, clear straw color, less than yellow, with a small but vibrant white head in a red wine glass. it smells like tart cherries, off for its color, and very well hopped with the classic new Zealand nelson variety, a slightly citric and super pungent variety bursting with creamy fruits and sunshine. an outstanding combination with a really light and delicate wheat malt and the cherries, which aren't as tart as they smell, but aren't sweet either. I always assumed breakfast beer meant coffee, but it doesn't have to, and it doesn't. this beer would be expert in a morning context, but I enjoyed it with premium east coast oysters on the half shell with a tiny dollop of pomegranate granita, a sorbet like intermezzo. carbonated brightly and well hopped for a fruit based beer. a very impressive offering, majorly drinkable, and a brew I cannot wait to revisit.

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Photo of mrebeka
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Smiles72
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Zorro
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

OK so it says it is a "Breakfast Beer" and I have the day off lets give it a try.

Cloudy orange beer with a small white colored head.

Smells sweet and fruity with a strong scent of cherry and powdery yeast. Spicy smells a bit like Dr. Pepper.

Starts out drier than it smells with a bitter tail in the finish. Strongly fruity and floral. Mildly sweet with the flavor of cherry but I detect a bit of passion fruit taste. Little bit of bubblegum and banana flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall an OK beer. Worth a try, but now that I have tasted it I don't need a second one.

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Photo of Chiefmanynames
2.25/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of hopley
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Axnjxn
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle into a GoT snifter

Pours a hazy yellow with a big head with tons of bubbles. the smell is intense and sour - white grapes being what i think of when i inhale the huge aroma. The taste is extremely different...nothing at all like the aroma. Very yeasty...tad of vinegar but i dont get any fruit at all. Really, really yeasty and it ends in a massive amount of dryness...the dryest finish ive ever experienced in a beer. Light bodied too....with huge carbonation.

Overall an extremely different beer. Form your own opinion!

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Photo of jzlyo
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of BuzzLitebier
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Syracuse12
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Glibber
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of JohnTurano
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of KVNBGRY
3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from awesome bottle.

Appearance - Brilliant sparkling deep straw. Very little lingering white head.

Aroma - Sweet white wine, white grape, and grassy hops.

Taste - Much the same as the aroma. Sweetness comes through without being cloying.

Mouthfeel - Dry, light-medium bodied, and sweet. Could be considered almost champagne like, without the big bubbles...

Overall - Great. I think it's a love/hate beer. I happen to love it as a "breakfast" beer... Brunch would be a better fitting name.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of rixcat
4.23/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

That was AWESOME!!!! I truly expected something completely different and got this great effervescent beer champagne treat. Nice little head with some textbook style lacing to boot. Bright and cheerful, sweet and dry. I couldn't actually imagine having this for breakfast, but alone in a tent on a hot early fall New Jersey night, crickets surrounding my sensory palate... Be still my beating heart. I may just pass out without reading the new Norther Brewer catalog or the new issue of Brew Your Own magazine. Special night needs a special beer. To tell the truth, I bought this beer because I had Moa's 5-hop Winter Ale and thought it might be the best I've ever had. I figured I couldn't go wrong with their bottle fermented / conditioned concoction, and I was right. I couldn't resist the cork and wire hood and love the black-labeled thick champagne-styled bottles. Nice touches, perfect presentation, perfect beer.

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Photo of mmarv74
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Scamboogery
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of TruePerception
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Found lost notes)

Moa Breakfast Ale, a Belgian-style wheat ale from New Zealand. 5.5% ABV.

Agh! Very active pop! And, a whiff of tartness hit me right away.

Appearance: Three fingers+ of head. Slow, pillowy dissolve. Hazy yellow with a slight green tinge, and some thin wisps.

Smell: Slight wheat smell, with a little musty apple.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A weird, sharp tartness on the tongue. Slight apple seed and peach skin bitternesses. Very drinkable, but not a great taste to it. (Rating: Pretty good)

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours pale yellow with a fizzy white head. No real lace, but a ring clinging to the glass.

Big artificial cherry lifesaver nose. Some mild malt and herbal notes.

Some cherry flavor, which is not actually sweet, but more the essence, although it is a bit artificial. Pushed aside by bitterness of some hops. Some grain husk and wheat malt help this one along. I'd like it if the cherry was a bit more -- real. Not horrible by any means, and they balanced it.

Lighter bodied. Good carbonation. Palate clears well.

Overall, ok. Cherry is a bit off-putting, but by no means cloying or overboard. They give you what is advertised.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Agentveba
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Moa Breakfast from Moa Brewing Company
3.51 out of 5 based on 222 ratings.
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