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Beer – #484 – Moa – Blanc

Local beer, Not Local Music, numbers, and  self review.

Moa Blanc wheat beer is a blend of 50% wheat malt and 50% barley malt resulting in an elegantly smooth beer with hints of spice and uplifting esters. Based on a German Kristallweizen style, but in a nod to its origins, Moa Blanc is brewed using renowned Sauvignon Blanc yeast.

Moa Blanc – another of the beers that I thought I’d had, but clearly not, I have no idea how this happens but it does.

Brewed by Moa Brewing Company in that style that is of Belgian White (Witbier) and they’re in Blenheim, New Zealand

The bigger sized 750ml bottle, as is the style, from the brewer, and it’s a 5.5% ABV beer and 165 calories a serve. Cork and cage too, all fancy. 2.96 standard drinks worth in the bottle.  Lucky I went for my exercise earlier….

Moa - BlancMoa Blanc wheat beer is brewed using a blend of 65% wheat malt and 35% barley malt which results in an elegantly smooth beer, with hints of spice and uplifting esters. The slightly cloudy appearance reflects its Germanic origins and it’s customary to gently roll the bottle before opening to create an even distribution of the sediment signature. 

Moa Blanc has a fruity aroma and taste. Banana, vanilla, citrus and bubble gum fruit flavours dominate, with some phenolic characters present. Moa Blanc is a highly drinkable wheat beer, with flavours more moderate than other wheat beers. Hop aroma and bitterness are minimal. Moa Blanc is best served at approximately 4˚C in a pilsner glass.

I’ve already noticed a confusion between description (a) and (b), makes it interesting for drinking and keeps you on your toes.

I’m also sitting in the sun, in the garden, as you can see, and the music bar is playing the Pixies, just so you know what’s coming at the end.

Moa BlancI really did have to use a nutcracker to get the cork out, it was firmly in, but a gorgeous pop when it did let go.

Clear pour, and I know that this is a wheat beer, I can see the sediment in the bottom, it too is a bit in place, so I’m going to muddy it up for the second and other pours.

Nice hop aroma on opening, I’m sure that that is Wheat beer style though, it’s more a pilsner aroma than a wheat.  Great head though, nice pour, lovely colour.

I’d still not pick this as a Wheat Beer though, it really does seem more like a Pilsner. MrsPhil had a sip and though it was ok to drink, I’m not  sure that is a good or bad thing though, it could mean I have to share, it could mean I have to go buy more.

I used  a nutcracker thing to open it, for real, I'm not even joking

I used a nutcracker thing to open it, for real, I’m not even joking

This is a very lively and well carbonated beer, and I couldn’t get it to cloud up, despite a vigorous swirling, it might be my action or it might be there is no sediment to cloud it up.

This though is where I begin to have a doubt about what kind of beer this is! At the end of the bottle though the cloudiness appears, and I really did try, and then the lemony and citrus came through like the cavalry to the rescue. This just made a pleasant beer much more fun and enjoyable.

Now I know that the Moa beers are a bit hit and miss, and this as a style for them is a bit of a miss, not one of their best efforts, and frankly it’s a bit of a hodgepodge of things, I can see why there is an “Evolution” and a “Sour” version of the same, sometimes you might have to put lipstick on a pig.

The “Evolution” version, which I don’t have, by some accounts is about 3x this, and more the Wheat beer that it should be.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 a of its things from the thing, a jolly good and solid mark for a solid and go-to beer, which for me at the moment this is, mostly because the current stock with this branding is on run-out special, I’m so cheap. sometimes. Moa continue to entertain and disappoint in equal measures with their beers. At this, the run-out price, though you’d have to be a curmudgeon no to enjoy it

The double dip review

  1. Am I enjoying it? Yes I am, and I have been, and I will enjoy the rest of the stash that I have.
  2. Would I have another? Of course! Despite it’s confused style (to my mind) this is a drinkable and accessible beer.
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Yes, bring a nut-cracker and we will crack another!

Music I’ve already given away as being “The Pixies” This is “Caribou” The Pixies are an American alternative rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1986. I’m listening to an album called “Wave of Mutilation” which is a “best of”



Belgian style wheat beers are very pale, opaque, with the crisp character of wheat, plus the citric refreshment of orange peel and coriander. Ingredients sometimes also include oats for smoothness, and other spices such as grains of paradise. Serve with light cheeses or mussels


One comment on “Beer – #484 – Moa – Blanc

  1. beernotwar
    October 15, 2014

    Reblogged this on BEER not WAR.


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