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Brewed by Moa Brewing Company
Style: Pilsener
Blenheim, New Zealand

bottled
common

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available

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RATINGS: 195   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Moa Methode is bottle fermented and conditioned to give a natural, more consistent carbonation and flavour. Due to the natural brewing process of Methode Moa, a light, beneficial sediment will remain. This sediment protects the beer from premature aging and leaves full, slightly spicy characters on the palate.

Tasting Notes
Moa Methode is a German style pilsner with a high bitterness balanced with a relatively full mouth feel. Citrus hop characters dominate aroma with the presence of fresh bread yeast notes. It can either be poured carefully off the lees or alternatively with the lees mixed in if a strong yeast character is desired. Moa Methode is a complex pilsner best served in a pilsner glass at approximately 6˚C to maximise aromatic release.

Awards
Gold - Asia Beer Awards
Bronze – Australian Intl. Beer Awards
Bronze – Brew NZ Awards


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
TAR (2410) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2012
Pristine golden. Billowing white mousse cakes the glass with intricate lace. Exquisite hop aromas of flowers (violet, rose, lilac, dandelion), lemongrass, kumquat, lychee, spruce tips, honeydew melon. Background whiff of minerals and uncured hay. Considerably phenolic and distinctly perfumey. Fluffy, feathery-soft carbonation. Expressive hoppiness both bites at and prickles the tongue with bitter oils, zesty kumquat and a peppery vivacity, yet soothes with layer after layer of lip-smacking nectary succulence. Malt is graceful and weightless, on one end, and perfectly clean and supportive on the other, stacking the more-luscious melonlike hop derivatives with plentiful dry-cracker tones. Curiously phenolic, from the bottle-conditioning, which only complements the airiness. Though, as the temps rise, mouth-filling malt-derived starches bloom to fill out the impeccably attenuated airiness and mineral-laden body. Bright perfumey hop tingle stimulates the appetite and repeatedly allures with its sizzling acids. Oodles of tropical fruitiness akin to starfruit and white-grapefruit pith continues to unravel. Closes dry and elegantly hopcentric, yet with an equally juicy hop showcase punctuated by clean, lean malt. If I were blinded on this, I can pretty much say with certainty I would peg this for a Belgian golden as there is lots going on beyond the "basic" hop/malt interplay. Quite the classy little pils, and serious kudos for being bottle-conditioned!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
skortila (4347) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - FEB 14, 2014
On tap @ Moa, Blenheim. New Zealand holiday 2011-12. Old notes. The aroma has grass, is not too strong. Slightly hazy, yellow coloured beer with a white head. The taste is slightly sweet, has citrus, some grass, little maltiness. The beer has a lingering hopbitterness. Quite good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Imaena (1703) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Bottle at the Air NZ lounge in Sydney. This is an exceptionally good pilsner. The hop character and crisp spare palette really make this an unique and complex brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (1414) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2014
Bottle from National brewery centre, burton. Hazy golden orange beer with large foam head. Aroma is citrus, yeast and a little bread. Taste is yeast, citrus peel, a little pepper and oranges. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Excellent stuff, best pilsner I have ever had.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rondphoto (1544) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - FEB 22, 2014
@ Party Town / Florence kY --- Slightly hazy dirty amber, thick rocky head, bumpy stripes of lace. Taste is light malt augmented by solid European hops. Strong bittering, but by no means overwhelming. An appealing brew, taste is outside of the typical American pilsner, which is too bad for us.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrickctenchi (3093) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2014
Bottle: Pours pale, light gold with a huge white head. Bright citrus, grass aroma. Taste is sweetly yeasty, citrus, floral...spice. Light floral hops at finish. Excellent.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Leonardus (19) - - NOV 26, 2013
This beer tastes very much like, and has the appearance of a weissbier not a pilsner. Disappointed as I was led to believe by the label that it was a pilsner.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
M_Sack (275) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 3, 2014
Bottle. Cloudy straw colour with a billowing white head that sticks to the glass. Simplistic but delicious fruit salad aromas with just a subtle back note of yeast. Spicy front palate backed up with fruit salad flavours, bread like yeast and a gentle pine hop finish. Highly carbonated with a long, dry bitterness creating a great mouthfeel for a pils.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (4081) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Bottle. Clear golden pour, with a white head. Nice hoppy aroma, grain, citrus peel, and melon. Flavors of grass, dry grain, melon, light citrus, light fruity sweetness, and floral. Quite enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (4490) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Crisp, slightly hazy golden coloured body with a thick, five centimetre tall perfectly microfoamed white head with zillions of small bubbles rising from the bottom. Aroma of grass, hay, light hops, flowers, sugar and some honeysuckle - very nice. Light-bodied; Assertive effervescence; Strong grassy and herbal notes throughout with a pungent south pacific hop flavour with an assertive bitterness and a smooth light, airy finish. Aftertaste shows some complexity through the malt, hops and especially grassy, herbal finish. Overall, a very nice and still light beer with a good amount of complexity, but an even better hop and dry finish. Definitely one to get your hands on if you can find it! I sampled this 37,5 cL split bottle purchased from Liqour Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 06-July-2013 for US$4.76 sampled at home in Washington on 20-March-2014.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KyleCameron (20) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 30, 2013
A light Pilsner that carry’s itself well. Very fruity on the nose and palate, with a light hop bitterness that creeps in over the duration of the beer. Malt bill is light with a lack of palate weight.


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