Moa Breakfast | Moa Brewing Company

Moa BreakfastMoa Breakfast
BA SCORE
38.1%
Liked This Beer
3.48 w/ 223 ratings
Moa BreakfastMoa Breakfast
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
Ranking:
#39,915
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
223
Liked:
85
Avg:
3.48/5
pDev:
18.1%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
31
Trade:
1
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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
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 longjohnsilver
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours with lots of lacy, airy head like sea foam. The in-bottle fermentation leaves lots of gas which starts off with large bubbles, but after a minute settles down to a mild carbonation. A chilled glass might be best for serving.

The aroma comes off right away and can be smelled almost as soon as the bottle is opened. The first smell is of a sharp candy smell like sour-apple or smarties. It opens to some yeasty sours with grape as well as candy apple.

The flavor matches the aroma and is overall sour with sugary cotton candy. There is a lot of middle-to-front tongue bitterness but it's hard to distinguish where the slight bitter ends and where the sour starts.

I'm not sure what style of beer this is but it certainly brings to mind a nicely soured and fruity lambic.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours pale golden, slight haze. Nice white head.

S - CHERRIES!, as in a lot of cherries - and not much else.

T - Nice bite, with good levels of bitterness. Cherry flavour is there, but not overpowering or sweet.

M - Medium mouthfeel, good levels of carbonation, reasonably dry.

O - while I am not sure I would have it for breakfast, this is a great beer - especially on a hot summer day. Very refreshing and easy drinking.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pale golden with a nice white head.

S: Bursting with fresh cherries. I can smell this from yards away.

T: Begins with the cherries but not as much as I expected from the nose. Moves on a slightly floral citrusy hop profile certainly from the nelson hops. Also grainy slightly bitter. The end goes back to the cherries.

M: Light bodies and pretty crisp.

O: Tough to judge. I do not like fruit beers usually. As a beer its slightly above average, for a fruit beer, probably the best I've had. Much more complex than your average fruit beer that will boast a fake syrupy cough medicine taste.

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Moa Breakfast from Moa Brewing Company
Beer rating: 38.1% out of 100 with 223 ratings
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