Schnabelhund (108) - TAIWAN - JUL 19, 2017 TAR (2793) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
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!
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2017 Atom (2578) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2017
Moa Methode Pilsner pours hazy pale golden with a medium-sized frothy head with some lacing. The nose has notes of citrus, apricot, and bright tropical fruits with a hint of caramel. While it is mildly bready up front, the bitterness kicks in in the mid-palate along with the bright fruit notes and some earthiness and peppery spiciness. It transitions into the slightly resiny, yeasty dry finish smoothly while the bitterness intensifies. Despite its name, this brew is not a pilsner - the carbonation is too fine, the body is too full, the hops are non-noble, and the finish isn’t clean enough to give you the snappy pils feel.
Bottle pours a clear pale golden yellow with a huge white head. Spicy citrus aroma bordering on Belgian yeast esters like a Belgian blond. Taste of dry citrus hop with a light spice, light grassy hops, dry malt, with Belgian yeast esters. Few to no pilsners qualities, closer to a Belgian blond or Belgian pale ale. tombutlin (370) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 26, 2017
This was served as a palate cleanser after some pretty headstrong fresh hopped IPAs and a 16% imperial stout. Hardly surprising that it stacked up like a dandelion in a hurricane. It did cleanse the palate, I guess, but was entirely forgettable. explosivedog (1676) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 5, 2017
On tap at Moa. Biscuit, tart lemon, floral. Quite cloying, pretty much the opposite of crisp. Not great. MoaZealand (17) - Ohoka, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 30, 2016
A nice beer to enjoy in small or medium quantities. One of the better beers available in New Zealand for any such occasion. Not too overpowering for a German style pilsner which is very pleasing.
wombat23 (1832) - Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2016
12.7 oz. bottle. Gold color with a huge foamy white head that exhibits excellent retention. Heavy lacing. Aroma of pils malt, citrus and spice. Taste follows nose. Orange peel and bread. Finish is lightly bitter, peppery and dry. Good. obguthr (6733) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2016
Draft: Very mild lemongrass nose. Cloudy amber, headless. Honey, corn, some DMS, grass. Medium body, easy carbonation. Drinks stronger than an ordinary pils, more like an IPL. Probably past its prime. hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2016
Bottle. Poured a hazy yellow color with an averaged sized head. Grass, citrus, and some yeastiness. GuideDogSaint (1767) - Xiamen, CHINA - FEB 20, 2016
330ml bottle from Asia Market supermarket in Siem Reap. Pours hazy golden yellow with a thin white head. Floral aroma with malt. Bittersweet sticky finish. Nice. fiulijn (21399) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle at the Pumphouse, Richmond, corked
Deep blond color, hazy, with medium sized head. Pilsner? Tastes like a dry and spicy Ale, bitter, also some esters, a bit of cork that complements the flavor.