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Brewed by Moa Brewing Company
Style: Wheat Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand
Serve in Shaker, Weizen

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 177   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Moa Breakfast 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 in New Zealand. Although not always.

Tasting Notes
Moa Breakfast is a wheat beer based lager with a subtle, sweet cherry aroma and taste. Hints of almond, banana and vanilla characters can also be detected. Low bitterness levels and an absence of strong malt characters emphasise these fruit flavours. Moa Breakfast can either be poured carefully off the lees or alternatively with the lees mixed in if a stronger yeast character is desired. Moa Breakfast is best served at approximately 4°C in a pilsner glass.

Awards
Silver - Asia Beer Awards


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11453) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Draft. Medium white head with hazy straw body. Aroma is moderately sweet, cherry (mostly sweet, hint of tart), light cereal, grape. Taste is moderately sweet, cherry, light grape, cereal. Soft light-medium body, surprisingly drinkable.

1.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
craftycarl21 (2221) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Draft at Churchkey. Clear light gold. Nose holds pure corn starch and red Twizzlers. Flavor might actually be worse, with bits of sweet vanilla working in with the disgusting mareschino sweetness. Really just awful, I don’t know how this beer is getting good reviews; this was from a fresh key keg. Maybe just a weird batch or something strange happened in transport? Alas.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mansquito (3361) - Nueva York, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Whole Foods, Bowery 375ml ($7): Pours a peach color with a white head. Aroma is cherry, hops, and some other fruit flavors. Taste is slightly sweet at the front and then gets more bitter towards the finish, with a sort of dry feel towards the back. Fruitiness is way lower than I expected at the outset. Aftertaste is, however, very cherry. Pretty good beer. Would be a nice session. Alas, too expensive.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2013
Not the best beer, lacks the balance i was hoping for. I would not enjoy it form breakfast.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rickyleepotts (99) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 19, 2013
This is my third Moa beer, and I haven’t been that impressed. But this one is new (newer) and I had to try it. The beer pours a light orange and has a lovely aroma. The flavor is... well, WOW. It is loaded with orange zest and leave the mouth with a pillow of flavor. VERY well done and my favorite Moa beer so far.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NikkTwist (1605) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Draft at Eulogy. Yellow amber with a large marshmallow white head. Medicinal strawberry off the nose. Floral cherry on the tongue. Juicier than most flavored lagers/wheat beers but still feels way too light. Good enough for breakfast I suppose but otherwise like a soda pop.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3sheets2wind (77) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2013
This beer is one of a kind. The nose is cherry kool-aid but the beer is dry and crisp. The cherry is only experienced in the nose. Very light with striking white head. A good looking beer with a champagne-like character. Not overly bitter, slightly sour and light in a good way.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Brouwerij (920) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2013 Bottle. Pours a hazy orange gold with a finger of quickly settling rocky white head. Aroma is fruity, yeasty, cherry, sweet, bread, slight syrup/medicine. Flavor is sweet wheat and cherries up front fading into mild bitter wheat finish. Slightly syrupy/medicinal after taste. Moderate carbonation, light body, and a slightly crisp but ultimately watery texture. Claims to use natural flavoring but tastes quite artificial to me. A mediocre fruit beer, my least favorite of moa’s offerings.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (3871) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Location: 12.7 oz cork and caged bottle from Total Wine-McLean, 2/5/13

Aroma: The nose is extremely sweet, with lots of fruit on the nose: berries, cherries, etc
Appearance: It pours a hazed golden-orange color with a small froth of white head
Flavor: It tastes rather sweet, but it has enough of something to keep the sweetness a little in balance
Palate: The body is fairly light, it clean feel, soft-to-average carbonation, and is minimally cloying
Overall Impression: I figured I’d drink this one "mid-afternoon," since that is the time it is most commonly enjoyed. Anyway, this is an interesting one. It is rather sweet and fruity, which is not something I always enjoy, but the fruitiness works pretty well here. Overall, a very solid fruit beer. Even though it is sweet, the sweetness isn’t too cloying. Nicely done. I could see drinking this one for breakfast.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cduncan14 (138) - Sandy Springs, Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Aromas of sugar-free bubble gum and sliced apples. It’s a hazy, blonde copper color with a thin, soapy head. Initial flavors of banana and vanilla, but it has a very unusual transition midway. It has a biting, not-quite-bitter finish. It has a very effervescent, unusual mouthfeel, almost like a sparkling wine.


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