Pale Lager • 5.0 % ABV • Saint John, Canada
Over to Canada now and a beer from their oldest independent brewery and the last major brewery still owned by Candaians.
Moosehead Brewery have gone through a number of guises since its inception back in 1867.
Starting life as The Army and Navy brewery under Susannah & John Oland in Nova Scotia, Canada.
When John passed away in 1870, the brewery was renamed S. Oland, Sons and Co. where the brewery had to deal with two fires but persistence saved the day.
When Suzannah passed away in 1886, her two sons Conrad and George carried the business forward under the name Maritime Brewing & Malting co.
In 1917 a French cargo ship carrying high explosives known as SS Mont- Blanc collided with a Norwegian ship known as SS IMO which resulted in the Halifax Explosion. This disaster took with it 2000 lives, the brewery and Conrad Oland.
Finally in 1928 George Oland bought a second brewery facility in Saint John, Canada where the success of their Moosehead Pale Ale resulted in the brewery name change of Moosehead Breweries Ltd in 1947. The brewery has remained at this site ever since.
Although my next beer was brewed after Moosehead Pale, it’s often regarded as the forerunner.
Moosehead Lager uses 100% Canadian two-row pale malt, hops and a top secret blend of their own yeast. The lager is then cool fermented and cold aged.
According the Moosehead, this ensures a fine balance between malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Taste time.
Moosehead Lager pours with a crystal clear yet pale gold colour. A small white head forms but settles very quickly, this meant that I had to work quick for the photo or else lose it altogether. Small bubbles rise from the base of the glass but still help to produce an enticing looking beer.
From the point the bottle was cracked, a savoury yet malty aroma filled the room. This reminded my so much of those Ryvita Original Crackerbreads. With a little agitation, I swear I could make an almost wheat beer ester too. A slight hop sharpness made an appearance right at the very end.
Unfortunately, the flavour was a little underwhelming. What felt like it was going to offer a malt kick seemed to dissipate really quickly leaving you with a fairly subtle flavour.
The maltiness and hoppyness where there but it just wasn’t enough to offer a distinct flavour.
Don’t get me wrong, Moosehead Lager isn’t an unpleasant beer. It gave plenty of carbonation to help boost the body of the beer but there just wasn’t enough here to excite me or my tastebuds. The aroma promised but the flavour undelivered.
If you have had an opportunity to try a bottle, then tweet #biertaster and let me know what you thought of Moosehead Lager.