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Beer – #906 – Moa – White Lager

Moa White Lager. I’d not normally be keen on waxing lyrical on beer you buy by the dozen, but I’m honestly about 3 dozen into these and I’m going to share without a care.  This is beer that is similarly priced to other lager types, you know the green bottle ones with German sounding names.

silky smooth

These are 330ml bottles of a 4.7% ABV beer, that’ 1.2 standard drink in a serve size, and about 141 calories.

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Brewed by Moa Brewing Company this is in the style: German Kristallweizen and they are in Marlborough, New Zealand

I know what's coming

I know what’s coming

Moa White Lager is an easy drinking, silky smooth, crystal wheat beer with hints of spice.

Brewed with a blend of premium wheat and pilsner malts, subtly hopped with the renowned Motueka hop, and bottle conditioned with a wine yeast, this beer shows an array of delicate tropical fruit and citrus characters.

So, What could possibly go wrong? A New Style of beer for me !

Zest is the way to describe this on opening, fruity, light, sweet.

Pours a clear light yellow with a small white foam of head, which fades to a film. Lovely and clear in the glass. Aroma is lovely, fruity sweet, if you’re pushing perhaps a little of that bubblegum.

moa-white-lager-copyFor me this is just my happy place for a lager style beer, I know it’s not a lager, but it’s a beer in that end of the spectrum and colours. This is less full and sugary than a Belgium beer, and not as hoppy bite as a pilsener. This offers up a lovely median point between a fuller wheat beers and the hefeweizens.

Think of it as a filtered what beer perhaps, it is it’s own style and taste, and is very similar to the other two styles.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 9 of its things from the thing. I’ve brought this beer more than I’ve brought other beers in the last few months, and I’ll buy it again.  This really is top drinking beer at a normal price where it makes no sense to buy the other stuff.  A Brilliant NZ take on a german classic style with local ingredients and a twist, delivering in spaces something worth buying by the dozen

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? They’re in places where 12 packs  are sold.
  • Am I enjoying it? Yes, I’m in love with this beer.
  • Would I have another? I have a dozen in the fridge (less a couple of course)
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? I’ve shared this beer with others who have brought it an enjoy it, it won’t be for everyone, and it’s probably a beer I’d take to a party or gathering where I get to enjoy a decent flavoured beer from a fancy brewer without raising eyebrows.

Music for this:  ” Hippo Campus” with ” Landmark” on Spotify 

Hippo Campus is an indie rock band from St. Paul, Minnesota. They are signed to Grand Jury Records in the United States and Transgressive Records in the UK


Kristalweizens are the third member of the German Wheat trifecta. Deriding by many beer lovers as castrated hefeweizens, kristalweizens are known for their filtered, sparkling colour. They have the classic spritzy carbonation of wheat beers, and the same tart wheat notes and signature components of banana, bubblegum and spice. The body is light, and alcohol ranging around the 5% mark, give or take half a point.


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