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Moosehead Light - Moosehead Breweries Ltd.

Moosehead LightMoosehead Light

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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 2.67
pDev: 21.72%

Brewed by:
Moosehead Breweries Ltd. visit their website
New Brunswick, Canada

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 07-18-2003)
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Photo of plaid75

New York

3.01/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light adjunct malt sweetness and a light grassy hop.

The taste consisted of the same adjunct malt with a grassy hop that didn't quite dry out the flavor entirely.

The mouthfeel was full for the style.

Overall a better than average light beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 19:00:42 | More by plaid75
Photo of Syl

4.98/5  rDev +86.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

With 4% ABV, this is a true canadian style light lager. It is fully fermented and cold aged with a longer aging process that creates a crisp, refreshing beer with a nice clean finish that just rolls off the tongue.

Smooth aftertaste and well balanced flavour.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 13:16:18 | More by Syl
Photo of JackSkerry

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +57.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sitting in a local pub in Saint John, NB and this appears to be the choice for the majority of patrons sitting at the bar. Served chilled in a standard shaker pint glass. This light lager certainly provides much more taste when compared to all other macro-style light lagers. Pale in colour, with a small amount of head. Very refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2012 13:19:24 | More by JackSkerry
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A random single remaining I had after a long night of session drinking.

A - Pours a pale straw colour, thin layer of head with no retention or lacing.

S - Pale grassy notes, bready biscuit, slight sour citrus and toasted cracker.

T - Bready notes dominate followed by sour apple juice, faint citrus notes and bready biscuit notes that linger.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and finishes wet.

O - I'd prefer this over Coors light, and decent enough flavour for a light lager, but definitely underwhelming on the flavour profile. If you're looking to drink a light lager that easily sessioned, this is a decent choice.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 17:06:18 | More by andrenaline
Photo of Nerudamann


2.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look - light golden color, very clear, with about a finger's worth of off-white colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - very adjunct and cereal-like smell. Not much in the smell other than that.

Taste and Mouthfeel - also much like an adjunct-like taste. Very cereal-like taste and a bit skunky aftertaste. The texture is very watery.

Overall - Not at all intriguing, but I suppose that fits its general design and purpose.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 04:16:37 | More by Nerudamann
Photo of woodychandler


2.58/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A CAN of CANadian beer for the furtherance of The CANQuest (TM)! CAN you believe how far this madness has come since its humble beginnings as a lark? I am now closing in on 500 CANs! Big thanks to BigBry for CANtinually being on the lookout for new CANs.

From the CAN: First off, it is now called "Moose Light" when it comes in a CAN. "At Moosehead, we believe our independence is our greatest strength, allowing us to brew quality beer without compromise, the way we always have, since 1867." They also have the latter en Francais, but all entries MUST be in English or be subject to deletion. Yes, I know the rules and sometimes I even obey them.

The Crack & Glug came off without a hitch and I was left with a rocky, fizzy finger of bone-white head with limited retention. Color was a pale lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled faintly sweet, slightly lager-like, but with a solid presence of adjuncts also. I CAN only shrug my shoulders at this type of thing now, having had so many of them. It is not bad for the style, but the style is lacking. Mouthfeel was thin, watery with a light malty sweetness underlain by a light corn flavor. Finish was equally ethereal. Light? Hell, if it were any lighter, it might have floated away! Why bother?

Serving type: can

04-07-2011 20:57:52 | More by woodychandler
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Moosehead - points for staying independent in this modern world - points deducted for so far not backing that up by providing anything remotely enjoyable...

This beer pours a clear, very, very pale yellow colour, with two fingers of foamy, soapy white head, which leaves a decent lattice of lace around the glass as it settles. It smells of faintly sweet grain, and acrid, grassy, stinkweed. The taste is light sweet white grain, wet hay, and mild weedy hops. Definitely way less skunky that its big brother. The carbonation is on the strong side, the body thin, and a bit prickly. It finishes dry and gassy (not grassy).

An innocuous, boring, but offensive mostly in concept, light beer. Better than BMC, but really, meh.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 23:29:29 | More by biboergosum
Photo of socon67

New York

2.68/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tried it even though I am not a fan of light beers.

A- Light yellow. Almost too light. Made me wonder if I was actually drinking beer.

S- Smelled malty. The smell had that mass produced feel like it was chruned out. It isn't bad, but you know you aren't about to have a craft beer.

T- Mediocre. There isn't anything to distinguish this beer. I wouldn't call it bad but it tasted a little watered down. I would have killed it more on this, but since I am not a fan of the style I'll be fair.

M - Again, nothing special. It certainly isn't heavy but not sure what makes it different than any other light beer.

D - Yeah, it is drinkable. I guess if you were just into pounding down a few this would work.

I would have liked to give Moosehead some kudos for being an independent, but this was not an experience I'd wish to repeat.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2010 21:44:07 | More by socon67
Photo of matty


3.4/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light gold colored beer with a rapidly fading head.This has a little more aroma and flavor than your average light lager.Smooth and refreshing.Very fresh for an imported green bottled beer.Perfect for all summer outings.This is something I would recommend and purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 13:30:27 | More by matty
Photo of nighthawk

Nova Scotia (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

473mL can with no freshness date poured into pilsener glass.

Pours a remarkably pale yellow, crystal clear, with some very fast moving carbonation visible. Had is chunky, rocky, and bigger than I expected. Retention's pretty good too, and there's a bit of lacing left behind.

Aroma is mild corn husk and a faint lemony (in that fake cleaner sort of way) smell. Something vaguely metallic in there too.

Taste is a bit of lemon, some grainy sweetness, but the finish is a leafy, stale hops flavour. None of these flavours jump out at you, of course, it's all remarkably light.

Mouthfeel is light (duh), but not too thin, and nicely carbonated, giving it a bit of a zip, but not too effervescent. Probably the best part of the beer.

Drinkability? Well, it's clean, crisp, and doesn't feel heavy in the belly. Par for the course, but there's nothing there to entice me to drink this. I guess I won't turn it down if its offered, but I won't be ordering it at any bars any time soon.

Serving type: can

05-30-2009 22:05:54 | More by nighthawk
Photo of TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Came in a green bottle, that was offered to me by my uncle. The beer poured with a half finger of head that did not retain nor lace which is not good. The beer itself is a bit more gold then most light beers though and the carbonation looks good.

Smell - It is a light beer, so the smell is somewhat subdued. I'm definitely catching a touch of dry hops with a almost wheat like smell with corn undertones. It's not bad, and it came out a bit more when warmed up. Best smell from a light beer I've had thus far. Surprisingly no skunk, but then again it is a light beer.

Taste - Well, I was expecting to taste a watered down version the Moosehead lager and that's pretty much what I got. Starts with a light corn taste and then shifts to hops and grain although the hops are clearly dominant and then ends with a watered down lemon touch. Let me make it clear, this taste would not be acceptable if this wasn't a light beer though.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is slight excessive for this beer and there is practically no aftertaste although that should be expected from a light beer. The hop dryness however does little to balance the moist and refreshing nature of this offering being a light beer as they die down far too quickly, leaving your mouth experiencing a bit of a teeter-totter effect.

Drinkability - Well, it's refreshing and good for a hot summer day that is for sure. However this beer is another case of while it possesses traits that make it so I could drink it all night (light on stomach, refreshing, goes down smooth) it also possesses traits that make me not want to drink it all night (watered down, lack of flavor, low alcohol content). The pros outweigh the cons however, and I have to give the fact it is a light beer something of a free pass.

Final Thoughts: This beer gets away with a lot because of it's style. If it was a normal lager, I'd immediately scream swill but because it's a light beer it's decent. Once again, I expected watered down Moosehead, and I got just that. If I wanted a light beer, I'd certainly buy this over Coors, or Bud or any other light offering. That being said, it's definitely not the beer that will become the savior of a style that is fundamentally bland in nature.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 05:25:11 | More by TheHammer
Photo of Drew966


2.58/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Moosehead Light pours a pale yellow with a white head from a green twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is minimal, a touch malty perhaps. The flavor is also minimal, if I try really hard I think I taste a bit of malt and even the slightest bit of hops. Okay for what it is, not offensive at least.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 21:32:01 | More by Drew966
Photo of GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice clear golden colour with a small head that dissapears.

Smells like bad homemade beer, grainy, sour and some corn, etc...

Tastes okay for a light beer, perhaps the best light beer I've tried so far.

Easy drinking to get drunk, but I would never buy this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 02:37:54 | More by GodOfBeer
Photo of bushbeer75


2.83/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Moosehead Light is a ‘golden’ yellow color with good carbonation, a big head, that runs and hides quickly. Drinks crisp, clean and easy to consume. Low hop character, a little malt, and thin in flavor – but remember, it is a light beer. It is average for the style and its price is very economical. It should be a good brew to drink on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2007 16:11:14 | More by bushbeer75
Photo of fido


2.65/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Moosehead light is a cheap beer but not bad.

Pours a clear golden color, quickly disappearing head and no lacing; Smell is weak not much aroma but malty; Flavor is watery and sweet; Good Carbonation and Very Drinkable.

Summer beer; Not bad for a light style.


Serving type: can

10-26-2006 03:06:14 | More by fido
Photo of mjarosz

New York

2.65/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Asked for the best beer they had on tap, and got Moose Light. Overall, its an above average light beer. Carbonation was above average, taste kinda wattery but more flavorful than many other light beers. I'm generally not a fan of light beers but I did enjoy this one. Quite drinkable and could have had more. Wouldn't go out of my way for more but would order it over other light beers.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2006 00:06:13 | More by mjarosz
Photo of tesguino


2.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A nice light lager beer; smell like broiled hops, malt and touch of corn starch; taste equilibrated, harmonious, very soft like malt flower; good for caesar salads; american food in general; serve in a pilsner glass, special for weekend reunions, some taste to rice too; 75% recommended.

Serving type: can

10-21-2005 17:21:13 | More by tesguino
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

1.85/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

virtually no taste, though not the worst beer I have ever head which is Bud. I could only finish one gulp. Cooking beer. A bit of malt there. Dry and sweet, though not overwheklmingy so. I can see how some people might be able to give this a pass, but not me.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2004 03:38:57 | More by Sammy
Photo of PiratePete

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Known affectionately by the locals as Moose Light this is the best tasting Light beer anywhere. OK, that statement is unfair and simply proves I haven't been that many places, but it is one fine Light beer. An attractive light golden colour flows from the bottle with an impressive head that shrinks quickly. This is one surprising Light beer - it has taste. No real aroma and no weird aftertaste except the same taste that started out in the mouth and it feels good. I've been told by a reliable person that Light is the number 1 Light in New Brunswick. Having a really late breakfast of bacon and eggs, toast etc.? Add this as the chaser. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2003 15:29:36 | More by PiratePete
Photo of Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev +18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

For a light beer they don't come much better than this.
Colour is an ultra light golden hue and the crown is high for a light but disapates quickly leaving medium glass ring with a center island lace.
Aroma is clean and nondescript really.
Carbonation is very light as is the body.
Taste is evenly balanced with no clear winner, yet prominent.
Impressive(for a light)!

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2003 23:44:25 | More by Shiloh
Moosehead Light from Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
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