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Moosehead LightMoosehead Light

Brewed by:
Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
New Brunswick, Canada

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 07-18-2003

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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 78
Reviews by TheHammer:
Photo of TheHammer
3.19/5  rDev +18.6%
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 cam477
2/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of TimoP
3/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of ahugenerd
3/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of anthonymac22
2.08/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of MJ63
3/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of biboergosum
2.61/5  rDev -3%
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 Sammy
1.86/5  rDev -30.9%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
2.73/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of socon67
2.69/5  rDev 0%
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 Damian74
2/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of mjarosz
2.65/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Photo of BigAl18
2.12/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Travcofarms
2/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of Barracudas
2/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.25/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of plaid75
3.02/5  rDev +12.3%
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 patre_tim
3/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of JackSkerry
4.17/5  rDev +55%
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 bushbeer75
2.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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 DreamDeath
2.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Shiloh
3.12/5  rDev +16%
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)!

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Photo of Darhawk
3.5/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of woodychandler
2.6/5  rDev -3.3%
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 Jenessa
2.25/5  rDev -16.4%

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