Moa Original

It’s been in Georgia for a few weeks now so I decided to take the plunge with one of the three Moa beers available here. All in 750’s, all corked and caged and all $7.99. Reliably informed that these beers are bottle conditioned with champagne yeast. Opening the bottle backs that up with a BIG, impressive pop. Pour also suggests massive carbonation with an ice-cream, fine bubbled head on top of a murky, orange body. Looks good.
The head IS impressive but fades surprisingly quickly to give a complex but light, lace pattern.
Nose is a little grainy with some macro, adjunct characteristics. It seems like some highly carbonated malts.
Tastes are surprisingly neutral and although there is some bitterness, to say that this beer has any kind of noble, Saaz like hop bite would be a bit of a stretch and as such the German Pilsener moniker seems optimistic to me. Much more like a highly carbonated, Euro Lager in my book. Nevertheless, not really a problem as the beer drinks nicely with a simplicity and (the best part) a lively carbonation. A few earthy notes especially in the finish.
The carbonation is probably the best features and is enjoyable and perhaps hides some other shortcomings. I could see drinking this in large amounts at a summer wedding!
Without the carbonation a pretty ordinary beer, and not such of a Pils, however it was non-offensive and in the regard I didn’t dislike the beer. Not bad value either.

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03/27/2010
Format:
bottle
ABV: 5.5 %
Appearance: 3.5
Taste: 3
Mouthfeel: 4
Smell: 3
Overall: 3.5
Total: 3.23
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