Saturday, October 24, 2009
Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
New Brunswick, Canada
American Pale Lager
Yes, I am going to review Moosehead Lager. So let me tell you how I got to this point.
Pours a clear golden pale straw color with a bright white head. This is also a highly carbonated beer with lots of tiny bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass.
Light crystal malt? and a hint of flowering hops on the nose. This beer does not have that grainy aromas that most American lagers have.
Light smooth and refreshing. I really can’t believe I just said that but it’s true. The taste starts out with a light malt sweetness then a very refreshing effervescence over the tongue followed by a hop drying finish without the hop bitterness and the final taste is a very clean and almost sweet fresh taste of hops and malt, although both or very subtle.
This is really fresh clean refreshing beer. There is not much to it but there is nothing offensive or even unpleasant about it. And this style of beer, American Pale Lager, doesn’t have much going for it anyway.
I purposely let this beer sit for a while to see how it is after it warms up. This is a very risky proposition for an American Pale Lager. I would not even attempt it with one of the macro lagers.
Now at 70 degrees and this is still a drinkable beer. There is actually a fail amount of carbonation left in it also. I continue to be surprised by this beer, I thought for sure it would develop a foul or at least an unpleasant taste after warming up to 70 but it didn’t.
This is a very good Pale Lager; clean and refreshing and it has a very pleasant fresh almost sweet finish. Now for a rating; wow this is a bit of dilemma for a craft beer enthusiast. Oh well I have to rate it like I always try to do, by style. So for an American Pale Lager this has got to be a B+ if not an A.