Moa Blanc Evolution | Moa Brewing Company

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Moa Blanc EvolutionMoa Blanc Evolution

Brewed by:
Moa Brewing Company
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by bylerteck on 03-04-2012

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 57
Reviews by MusicaleMike:
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3.09/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fantastic packaging with a heavy 12 oz dark green bottle that is corked and caged. Embossed beer bottle with a Moa (extinct bird from NZ) on the neck. Black bowtie label. Very expensive looking...and it is! $7 for the 12oz bottle.
Massive white head sits atop this hazy yellow-golden body, but with a quickness shrinks down to a thin white layer.
Smells of a Belgian Witbier with some raw coriander notes and a wheat aroma under that. Not much else to it...some fruitiness from the yeast maybe? Apples and other fruits are present in the nose...
Taste is sharp. Definitely should be smoother, but the coriander comes out well and there is a pleasant finish. Not quite to style though. Not sure what they were going Imperial Witbier? Just not quite elegant enough, since this is rough and not gentle like a witbier should be.
Mouthfeel is high carbonation with some medium bodied tartness. Decent for the style.
This is not a bad beer! It tastes similar to the true Belgian Witbier, but where it differs, I think it falls flat. I felt like they need to reassess what the goal of this beer actually is (Imperial Wit? Belgian Wit? Creative interpretation of Belgian Wit?) and make some adjustments.
Worth a try!

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Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of chickenm
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JonnyBeers
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

375ml caged and corked mini sparkling wine bottle. Can you use the Olympic rings on your label, without the IOC siccing their lawyers on you?

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden yellow hue, with a tower of aggressively puffy, thinly foamy, and chunky eggshell white head, which leaves a few broad swaths of chunky, sudsy USSR landmap lace around the glass as it rather slowly abates.

It smells of grainy pale wheat malt, lemon pith, earthy yeast, bubblegum, plain coriander, and leafy, grassy, hops. The taste is more semi-sweet, grainy wheat malt, lemon and orange fleshy fruit, gritty dry yeast, understatedly spicy coriander, and more softly grassy, leafy hops. Simple, it would seem, but in a pleasantly robust way.

The carbonation is quite fizzy, frothy, and playful all at the same time, the body medium-light in weight, and well, hard to deem smooth with all those high-palate bubbles bursting and reforming. It finishes off-dry, the lingering yeast and spice draining just enough sweetness out of the already waning malt.

A decently flavoured witbier, the spice, malt, fruit, and yeast all well balanced, integrated, and pleasing. So why fuck with that, by messing with the bubbles? Any further (expected) nuances from the conditioning are lost in the overwrought fizziness, from cork pop, through the finish, without gap. So tasty, yet hard to drink, within this context.

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Photo of Vanz
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jennybeer
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows citrus peel, coriander, sweet malt and doughy wheat. Very floral and sweet.
Flavours are less impressive; some coriander and doughy wheat along with citrus peel, but a bit too much booze shows through.
Carbonation is nicely high.

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Photo of Phillyandrew
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Syracuse12
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jaemeno3
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnnyRay
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It poured with a huge head that stayed well, dying down after a while with some lacing.

There was light carbonation in a cloudy, almost rose gold body.

Not much smell, just some wheat.

The taste was of spice & wheat with some tartness.

I like the marketing of this brewery - the beer comes in an attractive bottle with a cork, and the image of the native bird of New Zealand, the Moa, moulded on the glass bottle.

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Photo of lillitnn92
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of NJBeer265
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Azpittil57
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of bmwats
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pint.

A: Deep golden hue. Pours a 2 finger, loose, bubbly, white head. Settles quickly leaving a thick blanket. Slight lacing mostly retreats into the body of the brew. Continually rising effervescence.

S: Wheat, honey, and lemon citrus.

T: Wheat and lemon. A little coriander or maybe clove.

M: Light but full-bodied. Syrupy. Lightly spicy and lemony aftertaste.

D: Can be consumed session style.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Fair head, and some slight lacing. Nose is a well-balanced combination of wheat, honey, and lemon citrus. Tastes like it smells... wheat and lemon with some savory spice. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of WynnO
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Keizerjl
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of aussiebeer
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 3/16/2014. Pours moderately hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big lemon, pear, orange peel, coriander, floral, wheat, bread, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of lemon, orange peel, pear, wheat, coriander, floral, bread, pepper, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus peel, light fruits, wheat, coriander, pepper, floral, clove, bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice flavor balance with good complexity; though it is a bit watery; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Quite dry on the finish as well. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good witbier style. Nice flavor balance and complexity; and extremely smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable and refreshing offering.

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Photo of Zekenyce
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of coolandy007
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of RyanCFriedrich
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

MOA Blanc Evolution
Hazy orange gold with creamy champagne froth. 4.5
Bubble gum, pencil eraser, candle, and herbal nose. 3.75
Snap wheat crackers with oily herb, rubber, and grassy hops. 3.75
Fizzy, some cling, halfway to medium. 3.75

-- Good wit with a whack of hop fruit. Champagne character to it. Not aimed at beer drinkers, and better for it. 4

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Moa Blanc Evolution from Moa Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 57 ratings.
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