Moosehead Light
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American Light Lager
Ranked #196
Ranked #48,206
2.6 | pDev: 23.08%
Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
New Brunswick, Canada
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Photo of MatthewXIX
2.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Light bodied, not very flavorful.
A half step above club soda.
Tastes like beer flavored carbonated water.
It's a hometown staple where I'm from so its very common and accessible so I try to be more objective when tasting this beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.37/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Moosehead Breweries Ltd. "Moosehead Light"
12 fl. oz. green glass bottle, production coded but without freshness dating

Notes via stream of consciousness: Not surprisingly, Moosehead Light tastes a lot like Moosehead, it's just not as rich, nor as hoppy. I'll assume that they're just adding water to lighten it, but it could be more complicated than that. I doubt there's any high-gravity brewing going on that produces more than just one beer though, it's too clean and balanced for that. It's very well made, and the balance that you find in the regular Moosehead remains intact; it's just a little lighter and more refreshing. Of course I still prefer the standard Moosehead, but if I have to have a light beer this is one of my "go-to" lights. So let me run through its good points and bad points as compared to the regular. #1, the appearance is not as good. The clear straw-gold body is nice but the head retention and lacing are lacking. #2, the nose is lacking. The beautiful combination of sweetish grainy malt and herbal and floral hops found in the original just isn't there. It's still OK for a light beer, but not nearly as full or bright. #3, just like the aroma, the flavor is watered down (most likely literally). There's some grainy malt which is nice, and some lightly floral and softly herbal hops, but it's not completely satisfying. Again, as a light beer it works, and the cleanliness and balance are impeccable. #4, the finish is good. It remains dry but with some malt and hop character remaining, which is rare for light beers as they usually just disappear from the palate. #5, the body suffers a little bit but not by too much, and the carbonation is gently crisp. It's not too watery. Conclusion: it's at the very least refreshing, I think everyone will give it that, but it's also fairly satisfying - it's like you're drinking a real beer and not some hop-less and almost malt-less carbonated-water. Two thumbs up as far as light beers go!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.07/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Clear yellowish liquid in a green bottle. Aroma of corn, rice, husk and a bit of skunky hops. The flavor has crisp adjunct flavor and a small mineral and skunky hop presence. Light bodied, carbonated well. Subpar beer.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
2.84/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Bright pale straw color with dense pearly activity. Foamy and slightly frothy white 2 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with decent lacing. Flavors of sweet grains, soft corn and barley, lemon, syrup, caramel, and floral spices. Biscuity feel, a bit bready, with lots of sugars and low sharpness. Slick medium body with prickly carbonation. Light finish of soft salivating sugary malts, mildly syrupy, with lingering soft leafy and grassy hops. No adjunct feel. Good drinkability for a light, while overly accessible. Well refreshing but slightly metallic. Impressive one from Moosehead. Overall below average quality.

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Photo of 57md
2.1/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pours the color if ginger ale. Pretty much a watered-down version of the standard Moosehead lager. The skunkiness in the lager is lessened but so is the general flavor.

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Photo of VABA
2.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a golden color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has lemongrass hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a lemongrass flavor
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A decent beer

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Photo of misternebbie
1.75/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

nothing more than Moosehead with water added to it, bland and very little taste, they are always giving a free promos with this fare, in effort to get consumers to bite.

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Photo of PorterPro125
2.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Serving Type: 341 mL bottle

Having Been born and raised (and currently living) in New Brunswick, I've grown quite accustomed to the taste of Moosehead Light as it would easily be the most popular Light Beer in this province.

A- The typical golden straw color of the average American Macro Lager. Nothing special here but nothing to really complain about either.

S- The scent of Moosehead Light is quite sweet. Malty cereal grains is really all I can draw from the scent. Once again, nothing particularly interesting about this perspective of the beer but then again, who cares about how a light beer smells??

T- Much like the scent, the taste is fairly sweet with notes of cereal grains (similar to Molson Canadian). Not entirely pleasing but it is quite refreshing on a hot day.

M- Medium to high carbonation. Thin and water-like; a trait that pairs well with its refreshing taste.

O- Don't let my close upbringing with this beer dissuade from the fact that this beer is a great one (speaking of Light Macro Lagers, of course). No, it doesn't hold a candle to the great craft beers in the market today but I really do appreciate Moosehead Light for what it is. If you're looking for a relatively cheap and refreshing light beer and you have the opportunity to pick it up, go ahead and do so. If you go in with the likes of bud light/ coors light in your mind, you might even be a little bit impressed ;D

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Photo of dcmchew
2.96/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow pour, small white head with low retention.
Smell of sweet malts, some biscuit and grassy hops, all kinda faint.
Taste of adjuncty sweet malts, somewhat lighter, some lemon zest, touch of apple and mild generic bitterness.
Light bodied, a bit fizzy, clean.
Not many bad notes, but pretty bland. Serves it's purpose nicely, easy drinkable.

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Photo of plaid75
3.02/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of Syl
4.97/5  rDev +91.2%
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.

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Photo of JackSkerry
4.17/5  rDev +60.4%
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.

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Photo of andrenaline
2.75/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of Nerudamann
2.8/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.6/5  rDev 0%
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?

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Photo of biboergosum
2.61/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

341ml bottle. Moosehead - points for staying independent in this modern business world - points deducted for so far not backing that up by producing anything particularly enjoyable.

This beer pours a clear, very pale yellow straw colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and soapy bone-white head, which leaves a decent latticework of craggy lace around the glass as it genially settles.

It smells of semi-sweet grainy pale malt, corn cereal, hard water minerals, and acrid grassy and weedy hops. The taste is a reprisal of sorts, with some lightly sweet graininess, muddled cereal adjuncts (I don't feel like nitpicking about corn and rice), wet hay, and tame weedy, musty hops. At least this is a fair bit less skunky than its big brother.

The carbonation is measurably strong, manifesting in a tight frothiness, the body on the far side of medium-light weight, a tad thin, and just too prickly to be considered outright smooth. It finishes dry and gassy (and maybe a smidge grassy).

An innocuous, boring, but generally only offensive in concept, light beer. Better than the equivalent offerings from BMC, but really, meh. However, if you intend on drinking watery beer all night, and have an actual, informed patriotic streak, then this is your beer, man.

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Photo of socon67
2.69/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of matty
3.38/5  rDev +30%
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.

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Photo of nighthawk
2.52/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.19/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

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Photo of Drew966
2.56/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
2.73/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of bushbeer75
2.8/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of fido
2.65/5  rDev +1.9%
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.


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Photo of mjarosz
2.65/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Moosehead Light from Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
Beer rating: 66 out of 100 with 87 ratings