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Moa Breakfast

Formerly brewed at Moa Brewing Company
Style: Fruit Beer
Marlborough, New Zealand
Serve in Flute, Shaker


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RATINGS: 198   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Moa Breakfast is a European style beer brewed with a blend of premium wheat malt and a variety of floral hops. A very refreshing lager with an abundance of cherry character and aromas, Moa Breakfast is more commonly enjoyed as a mid-afternoon beverage here 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.

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   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Pour out of 375 mL bottle, thanks Aaron! Pour is clear yellow with white head, aroma brings notes of robitussen, some bubble tape, hints of vanilla, cherry cola vanilla, touch of earth and cough syrup, yuck. Taste is nasty cough syrup, biscuit, vanilla, bitter grimey medicine notes, finishing with some chalk, alkaline nastiness, finishing bitter and dry and chalky. This is really, really bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Bottle @ Dan’s house. Fairly clear yellow appearance with a white head. Spritzy, off brand cherry cola/candy, very carbonated aroma. Tangy, cherry cough syrup, very carbonated, bubble gum flavor. Seriously, what the fuck.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BigBeer45 (1436) - Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2012
Bottle, this ale had a yellow-gold pour (there was a little haze), and made a two to three finger white head that receded to a thin cover, the glass had a medium or so stream of carbonation in the center, it left some spots and small fingers of lacing on the sides of the glass, and I found a thin partial cover of sediment on the bottom of the bottle, there were aromas of sweet cherry fruit with a little banana and pineapple in the background, wine grapes, it had lots of fruit sweetness, sugary sweetness, the sweetness is sort of overbearing on the nose, it was hard for me to detect any else on the nose, the flavors were wheat, some cherry fruit and a little fruit sweetness, there was a faint bitterness after the finish, the flavor was not as sweet compared to the nose, the mouth feel was light with airy carbonation on the tongue, the nose was very sweet and I could hardly smell anything else, almost an overbearing sweetness, the flavor was not so sweet, and this beer was light and some what refreshing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
petergaynor (137) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 18, 2012
375ml bottle, pours golden yellow with a small amount of white head, sugary fruity beer, can taste some wheat but overall forgettable

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackEyePA (573) - USA - AUG 6, 2012
Really like the grape/cherry aroma taste from the NS hops, soft pillowy floral notes. Light straw in color. Has light touches all throughout, malt holds back and hops stand on their own to showcase the fruitiness of Nelson hops and very light cherry. Complex and well brewed

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2012 Bottle to Weizen glass. I tried to pour slowly but saw a clump of lees leap from the bottle into the glass. Light golden pour that is very effervescent. Looks like a marigold champagne with the tiny bubbles racing to the top of the glass making sure the 1/2 finger white head stays around. Aroma is raspberry, strawberry, honeydew, and pear. Taste is wheat up front followerd by a mixed berry sweetness. Hop bitterness appears at the end of the sip. I didn’t think age would help this beer much but I’m thinking that 6-9 months might be enough time for the flavors,to blend together better than they do today. The berry-like character was a pleasant surprise.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (9146) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2012 bottle. lightly hazed golden body, highly effervescent with soda sized bubbles and a tall white head that settles quickly. perfumed floral cider nose has a distinct antacid calcium and fruit quality, at times resembling pink bismuth tablets and other times smelling of berry-scented bath soap. light body starts clean but the calcium, chalky dried bubble gum, banana-flavored candy and floral soap character grows. I don’t find myself enjoying it even though the body and carbonation are nice, it’s the flavor that’s all sorts of yuck, truly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cantabrian (990) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 29, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2012 If you think a good breakfast beer can only be a hearty ale, here’s something to prove you wrong. This is a lovely, refreshing, crisp beer, Banana Bread style. Pours light blond but healthy golden, with a generous white head and jolly carbonation. Aromas of berries and banana, perhaps some of that Juicy Fruits chewing gum too. Medium body, with a brilliant combination of malty flavours and cherry, Juicy Fruits and hops. Finish is long, with a delicious bitterness holding the fruitiness down. To have for breakfast - nice weekend light breakfast, with fruits, cereal and yoghurts. I love it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2012
Bright, incredibly fruity, banana, vanilla, toffee, lots of esters...bubblegum, overripe berries, aspartame. Spritsy. Ample carbonation. Unique and cider-like. Interesting but not overly enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2012
Pours a clear pale straw color which results in an explosive three finger that quickly collapses to a thin lacing dies down. Tons of lively carbonation and bubble trails lends to a champagne-like appearance.Big aroma of cherry, bubblegum, and licorice are the first smells to land. A moderately malty toasted grain and floral hop notes help balance things out slightly. I also noted some underlying yeast.As the first sip settles on the front palate the first thing I noticed was a combination of Belgian yeast and cherry licorice follow by a very dry bitter bite similar to seltzer water. It’s a unique taste that it hard to put into words. I found it more pleasant as the pour warmed a bit. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic and bitter. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and fairly light Finish is dry and lightly astringent. Very drinkable.Overall, I was somewhat impressed by this beer. Although, I have to admit, I picked it up partly because I thought the packaging was pretty cool and I liked the concept of a “Breakfast Beer.” This was my first Moa beer and while it was offbeat, I enjoyed the experience.

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