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Moa Brewing Company
New Zealand (Aotearoa) | website

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
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
219
Avg:
3.51
pDev:
35.9%
 
 
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4
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Photo of Sammy
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Wheat beer on tap at Engine 15. Fruity aroma, getting orange and apples (not cherries - perhaps this is a different batch?). Hoppy like an IPA. Decent drinkability.
If not for the fruit tea and wheat beer match, but just an IPA this would have worked. Maybe would be interesting cask without as much hops, going the other way.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some fruity cough medicine aromas. Taste is much the same with a medicinal flavor on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer due to the medicinal aromas and flavors that aren't all that pleasant.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head on a hazy straw colored body. Nice lacing. Aroma is very fruity and sweet with pineapple melon and strawberry. Flavor is also fruity but not too sweet actually little tart with a nice grain background. Light carbonation and body. A fruity beer that is nicey drinkable but almost not really a beer.

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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 brentk56
2.82/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Apperance: Looks like a great pilsner, with a massive head perched on top of the clear golden liquid

Smell: Cherry licorice

Taste: Cherry licorice dominates the front end, with a medicinal bitterness emerging in the back; a very odd combination

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with spritzy carbonation

Overall: It is fascinating to look at the polarized reviews but, to my palate, the flavors, while interesting, are just not very approachable and I had no desire to finish the bottle

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.32/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12.7 ounce bottle - $4.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

BB 24.2.14

Appearance: Pours a hazed, light gold body with a medium-sized, fizz-fueled, white head.

Smell: Ah, geez, it's one of those five-buck medicinal cherry beers. I want this cleared up right now!

Taste: You can tell there's a wheat-laced lager underneath a cherry flavor leaning towards Robitussin, which is the bulk of the taste lasting beyond the crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: The medicinal quality of this one is an instant turn off for me. Not the best use of five bucks, I must say.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lightly tart cherry, lemon, white grape, white wine, berries, wheat, cracker, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright/floral hops, cherry, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lightly tart cherry, lemon, white grape, white wine, berries, wheat, cracker, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cherry, lemon, white grape, white wine, berries, wheat, cracker, grass, and herbal/floral earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice balance and complexity of bright/earthy hops, cherry, and pale malt flavors; with a nice crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly dry mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice fruited lager style. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of bright/earthy hops, cherry, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.21/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First had: bottle from [I think] Capone's, Norristown, PA

Poured into a Sam Adams Triple Bock mini-snifter. Pale straw-yellow pour with a slight haze, bubbly carbonation, and a small fizzy cap of white head. Fruity candy aroma, Bazooka Joe bubblegum and Twizzlers. More of the same in the taste, cherry candy, bubblegum, scented dishwasher soap, finished quite dry, stale, and slightly metallic. Light body, soda-like, fairly easy to drink, but overall not very tasty. Worth a try I guess, but this ended up being a drain pour.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.11/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium straw yellow in color with heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy bright white head that slowly reduces to a mottled thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass (this is actually pretty good retention considering how it initially poured).Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Upfront the aroma of this beer is a moderate strength cherry licorice. There are lighter notes of wheat and some floral/herbal/medicinal hop aromas.

T: Like the smell, upfront this beer has the flavors of cherry licorice candy with moderate amounts of sweetness that fades into some lighter wheat flavors and just a touch of floral, herbal, and slightly medicinal hops. Very light hints of bitterness that fade quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is definitely a very interesting beer and I'm glad I picked it up to try - not sure that I would get it again but it is worth trying.

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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 LiquidAmber
4.07/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a light straw amber. Thick, fine two finger bright white head with great retention and lacing; constantly renewed by active carbonation. Unusual aroma of cherries, light fruit, light malt, very floral and aromatic. Flavor is also unusual, wheat with mild cherries, strawberry, apple; also somewhat floral. A subdued flavor after the aroma. Dry, fast finish leaving a faint fruit and floral aftertaste and light hops. Light, crisp mouthfeel. Different and refreshing. I liked this. Although the level of floral perfume could get old after a while, I enjoyed the whole glass. This is my second Moa beer and both have been off beat, but well done. I will definitely try all their beers.

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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 flagmantho
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 375mL corked & caged bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: lightly hazy light-golden hue with a strong effervescence and a thin layer of fizzy white foam. I love the strength of the carbonation in these Moa beers.

Smell: sweet, floral, fruity aroma with a hint of tartness. Cherry character is there, but it is interesting; not particularly deep, but kind of candylike. Reminds me a bit of smartees. Maybe not the best thing in the world, but I like the bit of cherry idea that is present.

Taste: decent malt backbone with a sweet, aspartame-like flavor. Cherry character seems toned down from the aroma, but is still present. Unfortunately, there's quite a bit of artificial-ness here. It's not terrible, but it just doesn't really work for me.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a mammoth carbonation and a bodacious creaminess. Great.

Overall: an interesting beer with some qualities I don't exactly love. As always with cherry beers though, I tend to give this one the benefit of the doubt.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml green caged and corked bottle purchased from Barny's in Alexandria.

Pours a very hazy pale straw colour, with an initially frothy head of white. This settles out fairly quickly, residing as a thin fine ring around the edge that leaves minimal lacing as it goes down. Carbonation is fine although not particularly prodigious, only forming when the beer is tilted. Looks pretty good all up though.

Nose is wonderful. Big tart cherry notes mixed with an almost candy-like sweet-sour brightness. There's a sharpness to it as well which is very pleasant indeed—it pinpoints the acidity and the tartness of the cherries wonderfully. I like it a whole heap.

Unfortunately, it doesn't continue on the same trajectory when we get to the palate. Here, there's a flat, grainy basis that doesn't provide much for the cherry characters to work with—indeed, it feels really exceptionally dry, giving the aftertaste a pithy cherry pip character, but no acidity or fruit. There's a slight aspirin note towards the back, but otherwise it really just tastes quite thin, dry and bland. It's a shame.

Feel is also extremely dry, with the tiny bubbles of carbonation providing a bit of spritz.

Overall, it's certainly not bad, but the nose promised a lot more than the beer ultimately delivered. There's certainly pleasant characters here—and the cherry is really nicely utilised. I just feel that it would be showcased even better in a different beer.

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Photo of rudzud
4.16/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought this at Julio's basement clearance sale. Figured it was worth a try for the price ($3.99)

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a slightly cloudy golden hue with a fat two finger head that leaves loads of side lacing and a thick blanket.

S - Aromas of sweet berries (primarily strawberries), bright, candy like a summertime berry cooler. Light wheat and vanilla, light lemons, citrus, oranges. Holy cow. The combo of berries, cherries, lemon, citrus...very fruit punch like.

T - Taste is not anywhere near as good as the nose. Starts with a fair amount of wheat, then some light lemons. Cherry becomes rather syrupy, berry notes are super faint. Gone are the citrus and vanilla too. Nicely floral, hop notes are basically just that though. Nice earthy yeast thing going on. As it warms a bit more strawberry comes out. and the almost medicinal cherry fades into more of a generic fruit.

M - Mouthfeel is brightly carbonated, crisp, nice and dry too.

O - Overall this beer looked great and smelled amazing, however, the taste never came close to how bold and fruity the nose was. That being said this was still a really really fun beer, one that I would like to try fresh (I'm uncertain the date of this bottle) as perhaps then the fruit would pop more on the taste.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of kscaldef
2.45/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Okay, I'll admit, when I grabbed this off the shelf at the store, I thought it was a breakfast stout and it wasn't until I got home that I looked more closely and discovered it's a "Belgian Style Wheat Beer, Brewed with Natural Flavor"

A: Pale straw, lots of bubble trails, minimal head. Champagne-like appearance.

S: Strawberry, rose, raspberry, with a mild wheat underbody. Enticing.

T: Tastes like getting a mouthful of perfume. Soapy, bitter finish. Seriously unpleasant.

M: Dry, lightly astringent. Good carbonation.

O: Everything about this beer seems promising. Too bad it tastes horrible. I struggled through about a quarter of it, hoping it might improve before pouring the rest down the drain.

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Photo of beertunes
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Caged and corked 12.7 (I think, black printing on a black label is kinda hard to read. Good job All Blacks!)poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a hazy straw yellow color with over 1/4 inch of white head that had moderate retention and light lacing.

The aroma had a sweet fruitiness upfront (some type of berry I think), with a nice earthy grain scent behind that. There was a spicy/fruit/floral hop aspect floating around the edges of the olfactory features. The grain was a bit more forward on the tongue, with the fruit and hops adding a nice contrast.

The body was nicely crisp and medium-light, with a semi-dry finish. Drinkability was excellent, the beer went down quickly and easily, and I certainly would have had another, if I had had one. This would go great with an omelette or French Toast. Try this brew and forget about Mimosa's forever.

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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 VelvetExtract
3.16/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Pours a foggy straw yellow. Head is modest. Straight white. Head fizzles off a bit. Leaves soft webs of lacing along the glass.

S-Smells of lager yeast and of cocktail cherries. Definitely making the connection to cherry flavored cough syrup or cherry lozenges; maybe a bit closer to cherry flavored seltzer water. Long wheat notes in the middle after my nose becomes accustomed to the cherries.

T-The lozenge/cough syrup applies perfectly to the flavor. Wheaty and lager yeasty. I can faintly detect the Nelson Sauvin hops, as they show some light hoppy spice and herbal components. But the cherries steal the show and I am not sure I am all too enamored with it.

M-Light bodied. Sips very easily, but the artificial cherry clings to the palate and refuses to let go. Somewhat dry. Carbonation is aggressive. No bitterness.

O/D-For the price, this is not worth it. Not loving the cherries. Too medicinal. The bottle looks phenomenal. The beer looks quite attractive too, but the nose and the flavor are where all the money lies. And the flavor does not equate to the price tag. Sorry, Moa. No MOA for me.

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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 CrazyDavros
2.96/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours pale gold with a large, fading head.
Nose shows bubblegum, cherries, floral notes, banana, lollies, roses. Seems pretty artificial though.
Similar flavours; bubblegum, cherries, musk sticks. Too artificial and sweet.
Way too much carbonation.
Definitely interesting but a bit cloying.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strangely fruity brew, medicinal and pasty but not overtly so.

Presentation: Custom 12.7 oz dark green corked and caged bottle. Simple label in black with a touch of light green in one of the lines. Actually fairly elegant and the boxed 4 pack with the illustration of the old fashion boxer is pretty attractive. Notes BB 24.2.14, and 5.5% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy straw to pale gold pour with a generous head, fair retention, good surface memory and lacing.

S - Fruity nose, cherries, bubble gum, sugar...

T - Uff, very fruity, plenty of bubble gum, medicinal cherries, light lozenges… Hint of strawberry and sugar… Not half as difficult as what it sounds but rather particular and sort of bizarre, certainly unusual..

M - Medium/light body with medium/high carbonation, relatively creamy with a dry touch after the gummy and fruity feel.

O - Not actually that cloying so it drinks fairly well but this fruity, gummy edge is not going to do it for a lot of drinkers.

Notes: What a weird mix, I had not had that flavor in my mind in years. It really took me to my first toothpaste for kids in Spain. My mom should remember the name of that brand… Worth the try, but not that stimulating for a regular repeat. My sister needs to try this...

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.53/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moa Breakfast has a very thick, fluffy, white head, nice, thick lacing on the glass, and a bright, yellow-golden appearance, with champagne-style bubble streams. The aroma and flavor are unusual, but one can smell wheat and strong fruitiness, and the taste is of white wheat bread, underlying cherries, pleasant bitterness, and other things I can’t describe. The alcohol does come into play in the back-end of the sip. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Moa Breakfast finishes crisp, clean, flinty, refreshing, sweet, and delicious. I think this is an outstanding flavored beer!

RJT

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Photo of ADZA
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden yellow hue which leaves a three finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is cherries,malted wheat,raspberry liquorice and floral hops,the mouthfeel is really lightbodied and weak which really lets it down and the taste is pretty average too with tastes of sweet cherries which are really dominant followed by some sweet raspberry candy followed by a touch of wheat to give you a little roundish mouthfeel at the end but not much and overall its pretty average and very sweet and i dont think i will try it again anytime soon cheers.

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Photo of beergoot
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light gold colored body topped with a thick, rocky white head. Strong lemon/citrus aroma with a weird, earthy funk. Very light, soft, effervescent body; crisp, clean, and dry. Light, tart, lemon-like flavor; soft, pungent hop bitterness; light, doughy malt character; banana.

Definitely different, but in a generally good way. Light and delicate overall, with a strong citrus flavor component. Many and varied taste components, so there is a lot to explore in that department. This would fit in nicely as a warm weather quencher and for lovers of 'light' beers.

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