Brewed by Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
Style: American Pale Lager
Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
Haven’t really drank much Canadian beer at all. I think I might have tasted Labatts once and Molson Coors a few times, which was very unimpressive. Noting the rather cool logo of a Moosehead, and with my Canadian friend in mind, I decided to purchase a few bottles of this lager in the local offy.
Moosehead Breweries is Canada’s largest and oldest independent brewer, located in Saint John, New Brunswick. The brewery was founded in 1867 by Susanna Oland. Originally called The Army and Navy Brewery, the brewery is still owned and operated today by the Oland family, now in the sixth generation of ownership under Derek Oland.
They’ve had quite a rocky history, with a variety of name changes, devastating fires that burnt down the brewery, including an explosion that killed Conrad Oland in 1917, regressive trade barriers that stopped them selling all over Canada, and the turmoil of both the Prohibition and the Great Depression, but each time they survived to come back stronger than ever.
In 1931, the symbol of the moose came into existence as George Oland launched Moosehead Pale Ale. The success of its Pale Ale, prompted a name change to Moosehead Breweries Ltd. in 1947.
Sold throughout Canada and the USA, and further afield, Moosehead Lager has won awards, in 2003, winning a Gold award at the World Beer Cup, and in 2005 winning Gold at the prestigious Monde Selection.
They are one of the last independent breweries in Canada and are proud of this fact, not pandering to fashion or the latest fad, this is as real as it gets.
Review: Bottle of Moosehead Lager: ABV: 5.0%
The flagship brand is one of the most consumed beers in Canada
Pours a really lovely clear golden yellow that produces a nice big frothy head which hangs around
Is fizzy, a lot of good carbonation,
A pretty clean lovely looking beer
Aroma: Real lager smell, hoppy, sweet and lovely, liked it, the light grains and malty aromas. Nice
Taste: Extremely smooth beer, very easy to drink, such a shame I only got the two bottles as I would have easily devoured a 6 pack of these no problem.
Very creamy on tongue
No real strong stand out flavours per say, couldn’t really taste the hops, but nice all the same
I did, though, get nice big mouthfuls of barely and malts. Very smooth finish, not a heavy beer, very refreshing, I like it.
So overall I liked it. Looks good, smells good, tastes good and very smooth, and clean and crisp. That’s all the boxes ticked, and its a beer I will pick up again. I wasn’t expecting much from a Canadian beer, so it was nice to be pleasantly surprised. Definitely a beer for a sporting occasion or a hot day, very sessionable.