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Moa Blanc

Formerly brewed at Moa Brewing Company
Style: Wheat Ale
Marlborough, New Zealand
Serve in Shaker, Weizen


on tap

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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.84/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Based on a German Kristallweizen style beer, but in a nod to its origins, Moa Blanc is brewed using renowned Sauvignon Blanc wine yeast. A blend of 50% wheat malt and 50% barley malt results in an elegantly smooth beer with hints of spice and uplifting esters.

Tasting Notes
Moa Blanc has a fruity aroma and taste. Banana, vanilla, citrus and bubble gum fruit flavours dominate, with some phenolic characters present. Moa Blanc is a highly drinkable wheat beer, with flavours more moderate than other wheat beers. Hop aroma and bitterness are minimal. Moa Blanc is best served at approximately 4˚C in a pilsner glass.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cantabrian (959) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 8, 2013
Another unusual Belgian White, but on a different way than the 1664 Blanc. This Moa has a much darker colour, slightly cloudy, like a pale ale, and an incredibly creamy white head that will stay there forever. Thereís a constant cascade of carbonation in the middle of the glass. The aroma is that typical "something wrong with it" of the style. On the flavours I get more of a light banana bubblegum taste, as in a Weizen, behind a weak allspice biscuit base. Slight zestiness, with citrus. Someone at Moa told me the coriander was in powder form, which is tolerable. I wonder if they use fresh coriander (cilantro) for the traditional Belgian Whites and that is what would make them so vile. This one is totally drinkable. In the end, because I ended up liking two very unusual white beers, I cannot really tell what the true Belgian whites taste like at the source. Bartlebeer will have to get me one on the spot. I will wait to try more when I get to Belgium one day. Besides, thatís always an excuse to have some more mussels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
WheatKing (1328) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - AUG 22, 2013
This isnít a wit; all the wheat is malted. They say it has "Germanic" roots but I think it should just be considered a "wheat ale" here, the hops take centre stage. Hazy golden, nice head retention. Nose is vinous, with lots of grape, floral, and some lemon. Flavour is pretty muted, some lemon, tannic finish - not sure if itís the brewing process or just an aspect of these hops, but thatís what I taste. Pretty dry. Fairly similar to their St Josephs Tripel, lighter, but nowhere near as good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DenverLogan (961) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2013
From big corked bottle...nice pop! Poured in a medium Duvel glass. Pours a straw-gold with moderate head and lace. Aroma of sweet malts, sweet bread. Flavors of light straw hops, slight minerals, citrus, spice. Overall light with light malts and hops, a touch industrial, but not bad as a near water beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ShaneJ (771) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 8, 2013
Bottle from Beer Cartel. (old-ish notes found on my phone) floral, citrus, slightly spicy, some yeast character. Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jkwood04 (4956) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Big, corked bottle in a tumbler. Pours golden with an off-white head. Aroma of pale malts and wheat plus light hops and spices. Flavor the same. Average texture. Nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zacgillbanks (3574) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2013
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. Pale straw coloured with toffee and earthy flavours, banana notes and a spicy, peppery finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Idiosynkrasie (5327) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAY 25, 2013
330ml bottle. Filmy golden colour with small, frothy, diminishing, minimally lacing, white head. Slightly floral aroma, some lemon, a spicy touch. Taste is initially slightly muggy grainy, later dry, spicy with a soapy touch, cautious unspecific hints of fruit.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 11, 2013
my introduction to wheat beers hasnít been all that flash, though this and the napa smith probably arenít the first places to look for quality. that unpleasant flavour that i now associate with wheat is present, as well as a thin body and a bit of yeast. not my thing.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Vanz (189) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 10, 2013
Aroma: Quite a weak aroma, not very strong or distinct, slight banana & citrus. Appearance: Very large frothy white head, quite dispersed. Cloudy liquid with a classic hazy golden appearance. Taste: Medium sourness and slight bitterness, no hints of sweetness with heavy citrus flavours. Palate: Light body, thin feel, soft carbonation, with a lingering citrus aftertaste. Overall: Pours with a very large foamy head, low aroma and an overly citrus flavour. An average Belgian White at best.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (11766) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2013
750 ml green corked and caged bottle poured a hazy gold with a lasting creamy white head. Aromas of wheat, yeast, citrus and a hint of spice. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of wheat, lemon zest, light yeast and a hint of spice with a crisp lingering lemon zest finish.

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