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Brewed by Moa Brewing Company
Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
Blenheim, New Zealand

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Moa Noir is a traditionally brewed European style dark lager with an abundance of distinct aromas and flavours. Chocolate and richly roasted coffee beans dominate the senses with a full flavoured palate, giving Moa Noir a long smooth finish. A perfect beer for the changing of seasons.

Tasting Notes
Moa Noir is a European style dark lager/ Munchner Dunkel. It is a dark brown beer with hues of red and a characteristic strong white foam. Malt dominates with chocolate, coffee and biscuit flavours apparent. Bitterness is low to emphasise malt flavours. Subtle bitterness rounds out the after taste and mouth feel. Hop aroma is minimal. Moa Noir is best served at approximately 6˚C in a pilsner glass.

Awards
Silver – Brew NZ Awards
Bronze – Brew NZ Awards


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dean (29) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 16, 2011
Bottle shared with 4 friends plenty of head. Dark colour. Drinkable but I was hoping for more oomph.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2010
375ml Bottle: Aroma of roasted malt, light chocolate, slight caramel, and Earthy hops. Poured brown in color with a small to medium-sized, creamy, dense, tan head that lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of roasted malt and light chocolate. Medium body. Lightly dry, slightly sticky texture. Average carbonation. Roasted malt and chocolate finish. One-dimensional and boring.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
coldbrewky (1423) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Bottle via beer world....aging and past prime.. faint chocolate turning an actually pleasant sour. A nice copper brown on the glass with fluffy head. Nose of acorns. No coffee on the radar whatsoever.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - NOV 16, 2010
Pours a reddish brown with an off white head. There is a slight malty aroma with some hops. Flavor has some hops and a caramel and chocolate malt.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (9794) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2010
750 ml corked and caged green bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of carmel, light fruittiness and light roast. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, light roastiness and light fruittiness with a crisp dry lingering carmel finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimhilt (2403) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Pours a two finger off-white head that fades slowly to a ring leaving some lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Opaque brown color. Nose is slight malt. Flavor is caramel and baked molasses. Smooth, surprisingly good being in a green bottle. $4.25 for a 375ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6216) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2010
Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, fully lasting. Body is dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (cocoa, toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers). Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Simple and dull aroma, equally bland in the mouth. Looks nice, but otherwise a snoozer.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SpringsLicker (3132) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 4, 2010
Green bottle. A dense off-white head forms over this garnet-tinged dark brown brew. Sweet candy malt aroma. The flavor starts sweet but never really builds up enough momentum to go any further. Some dryness towards the finish. Thin, empty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cybercat (3304) - Georgia, USA - JUL 29, 2010
Pours a slightly hazy warm brown with a decent, if not persistent, pale tan head. Aroma is malty and just slightly nutty, not strong but still inviting. Flavor is malty with nutty and hoppy hints - not wonderful, but enjoyable nevertheless. Texture is smooth and fizzy, leaving a bit of a tingle behind, along with a hint of hops.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (2965) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2010
750 ml bottle
A mostly unexceptional lager this beer has the distinction of being the best of two new Zealand beers that I have tried in the past few years. I don’t know what that says about the country but it beats ticking off a bottle of Steinlager. At the price point though I will not be buying its companion any time soon.

Aroma / Appearance - The great surge of cream filled the glass like the inside of a custard doughnut. A gradient of deep brown to medium red finally emerged after it had some time to settle down. The aromas that escaped were par for the course - black cherry pits, malt base, blackberry jam, and caramel brownies (from a box rather than homemade). Hops are evident but do not go so far as to overpower the rest.

Flavor / Palate - Chocolate brownies which have been left too long in the oven fill the mouth with a mildly harsh taste. Gravelly transitions to a flat finish force me to rate this a bit lower. It is still very drinkable with some positive aspects. However I find myself wondering if time has not changed the nature of the beer since it was bottled halfway around the world. I can do better at several brewpubs around the area and guarantee a much fresher product.


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