The Moa Brewery is situated between the vines in the world famous winemaking region of Marlborough, New Zealand, which isn’t surprising considering the founder of Moa, Josh Scott, is also a winemaker and according to him, “It takes a lot of beer to make a good wine”. Conveniently, it’s quite a nice place to live and provides the perfect environment for brewing.
The name “Moa” (New Zealand’s giant dinosaur bird) also derives from the region, as in the early days Josh hand delivered brews to archaeologists working a Moa bone dig near the brewery.
The international award winning range of Moa beers are brewed using traditional costly, inefficient and labour intensive techniques, with a focus on local ingredients, including internationally renowned New Zealand hops. They are rounded off through the use of winemaking techniques, like barrel ageing and bottle fermentation and conditioning (like they do with Champagne).
Moa Beer comes from Marlborough, which is interesting because Marlborough is notorious for its wine. Moa uses the same deep bore water locals use to grow grapes and put out house fires. Moa beer is made by lots of people, and not very many machines. It is made the way people used to make beer before everyone started making it differently.
- MOA Blanc Evolution – Moa Blanc Evolution is bottle fermented in the Belgian-style with a small amount of coriander added during its extended maturation time giving it its unique spiciness. Described as a rich, mouth-filling beer, it’s really a true wheat lover’s beer and a staple of the Moa Reserve range
- Taste Profile – Moa Blanc Evolution has a slight fruity aroma and a crisp, refreshing finish. Stone fruit and hazelnut flavors compliment the distinctive dominant spicy and phenolic characters. With a subtle hop aroma and bitterness, Moa Blanc Evolution is well paired with lightly aged cheeses, smoked and savoury meals, or on its own for a satisfying pint.
- MOA Blanc – Moa 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 is customary to gently roll the bottle before opening to create an even distribution of the sediment signature.
- Taste Profile – Moa Blanc has a fruity aroma and taste. Banana, vanilla, citrus and bubble gum fruit flavors dominate, with some phenolic characters present. Moa Blanc is a highly drinkable wheat beer, with flavors more moderate than other wheat beers. Hop aroma and bitterness are minimal.
- MOA Breakfast – Moa Breakfast Beer is a blend of premium wheat malt, floral Nelson hops and cherries. A very refreshing and fruity lager specifically designed as a European-style breakfast beer but more commonly enjoyed as a mid-afternoon beverage here in New Zealand. Although not always.
- Taste Profile – Moa Breakfast is a wheat beer based lager with a subtle, sweet cherry aroma and taste. Hints of almond, banana and vanilla characters can also be detected. Low bitterness levels and an absence of strong malt characters emphasize these fruit flavors. Moa Breakfast can either be poured carefully off the lees or alternatively with lees mixed in if a stronger yeast character is desired.
- MOA Five Hop – Moa Five Hop Winter Ale shows the unique signatures of traditional North European bottle conditioning. Displaying a Nelson-dominant hoppy nose with a subtle oak character leaving extra smooth and creamy, honeyed characters on the palate. A well-balanced companion to eastern style spiced foods. Traditionally served just below room temperature.
- Taste Profile – Moa Five Hop Winter Ale utilizes pilsner, Vienna, Munich and crystal malts to produce a distinctive mouth feel and flavor. New Zealand grown Saaz and Hallertau aroma hops are used to produce an ale with an extremely high bitterness. An English ale yeast completes this “Brewer’s Beer.” Moa Five Hop is astrong ale fermented at warm temperatures to maximize aromatic and floral aromas. The English ale yeast provides a low apparent attenuation and sweeter finish. Bottle conditioned. Moa Five Hop will age well.
- MOA Imperial Stout – Moa Imperial Stout Barrel Reserve is a very strong, upfront and rich offering of this famous Moa style. Aged in oak Pinot Noir barrels, this beer not only displays coffee and mocha characters but also some sweet and savory notes unique to Moa Imperial. This award winning Stout is seasonally produced and available for short periods each year.
- Taste Profile – Moa Imperial Stout is a very strong, bold, upfront, and rich offering of a famous beer style. This beer not only displays coffee and mocha charters but also some sweet and spicy notes. A tannin like finish and an oak induced mellow bitterness makes it a serious stout Moa imperial Stout is best served just below room temperature in a tulip glass.
- MOA Methode – Moa Methode is bottle fermented and conditioned to give a natural, more consistent carbonation and flavor. 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.
- Taste Profile – 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 Noir – Moa Noir is traditionally brewed European style dark lager with an abundance of distinct aromas and flavors. Chocolate and richly roasted coffee beans dominate the sense with a full flavored palate, giving Moa Noir a long, smooth finish. A perfect beer for the changing of seasons.
- Taste Profile – Moa Noir is a European style dark lager/ Munchner Dunkel. It is a dark brown beer with hues ofr red and a characteristic strong white foam. Malt dominates with chocolate, coffee and biscuit flavors apparent. Bitterness is low to emphasize malt flavors. Subtle bitterness rounds out the after taste and mouth feel. Hop aroma is minimal.
- MOA Pale Ale – Moa Pale Ale is a New Zealand take on a popular North American beer style. Using famous Cascade and Nelson Sauvin hops, the dominant features in this beer are unique to New Zealand and the Moa Bottle conditioned brewing method. Its hoppy strength displays powerful floral, citrus, and tropical notes, and like its northern cousins, is a beer best enjoyed just below room temperature.
- Taste Profile – While the intensity of the typical Nelson hop bitterness is well presented in Moa Pale Ale, there are also luscious sweet malts and bright passion fruit flavors. Offering a heightened complexity, this exceptional beer displays flirty and mineralistic characters.
- MOA St Josephs – Moa St Josephs is brewed in the traditional style of classic Belgian Tripel. Strong spice3 and clove characters create complex flavors and aromas which are heightened by its extended bottle conditioning, with a combination of malt and candy sugars complimenting the high alcohol content produced by the Belgian ale yeast..
- Taste Profile – Moa St Josephs is a true abbey style tripel with strong clove and spice flavors apparent with a noticeable fruit ester profile. Smokey phenolic characters can be detected. The bitterness is designed to be complimentary rather than dominant. Moa St Josephs is a complex beer that has no added herbs or spices.
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