Moosehead Lager - Moosehead Breweries Ltd.

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Moosehead LagerMoosehead Lager

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1,197 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,197
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 21.71%
Wants: 22
Gots: 155 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moosehead Breweries Ltd. visit their website
New Brunswick, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-26-2001

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Photo of RoyalT
1.84/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance – Light yellow and very clear with some active carbonation. The head came up nicely but did a James Brown on me and was gone in a flash.

Smell – This one smelled like a farting skunk that ate rice for dinner.

Taste – This was horrid. The rice is subtle and is mixed with a pukish Sweet-N-Low sugary substance.

Mouthfeel – I kind of like the mouthfeel to this one. The carbonation isn’t bad, and it goes down smoother than most.

Drinkability – I can’t believe that I used to like this beer.

Photo of Dmann
2.53/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer was ok but something about it did not really agree with me. It poured your standard macro lager color with a bit of a white frothy head that faded quick but left decent lace on my glass. The smell was overly sweet with malt and grain. The flavor was way too sweet and had little to no bitterness to balance it out. The grain flavors snuck in as well but the overly sweet flavor dominated too much. Not recommended at all.

Photo of BeerDreadz
3.22/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12onz reclyced green bottle

Appearance : Yellow straw color with a small head.

Smell : Grainy and malted,very nice.

Taste: Hops are very present in this beer,grainy ,some bitterness but not in bad way.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability : Very nice to drink,this beer reminds why you like beer

Photo of sponberg
3.31/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The "poor" smell is for the semi-occasional skunky bottle. Otherwise, a very drinkable golden brew with a decently clean finish. Good lawnmower beer. And I've yet to find a beer that, in all seriousness, causes people to belch as much as Moosehead. Is it the carbonation? I have no idea.

Photo of Doomcifer
2.03/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very pale, straw-like color with lots of bubbles rising to the surface. Minimal head. Not a heck of a lot of aroma...some faint grains, and a weird, almost skunky smell. Taste is also not very impressive or even shows much flavors except some light grains and adjunct flavors. Finishes with an off flavor. Lots of carbonation, very prickly, crisp. Grab something else if it's available.

Photo of Jason
3.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz green bottle with no freshness date. Blurb about the brewery and a bit of history on the back label.

Appearance: Shaded yellowish straw hue, tiny bubbled carbonation that forms a thin blanketing white lace.

Smell: Fresh milled grain and the sweetness of a malted barley mash as well as clean boiled hops come to mind, pretty much what an American lager should smell like.

Taste: Crisp medium carbonation with a moderate malty body and a smooth and inviting mouth feel. Malt is straight up one sided which is goes well with this beers disposition, clean on the palate … almost immaculate. Hops are sharp and to the point with their quick in and out bitterness. Fresh drying grain pulls any sweetness away from the tongue and puckers the mouth into a clean after taste of little residual.

Notes: A clean and quick to drink lager, better than its US counterpart while leaving a touch more quality without taking away from the swift drinkability of most American lagers.

Photo of Rifrafboy
2.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is THE Canadian beer in my book. It's definately a mass produced beer, but the quality shows through. It is average to above average in all respects. Pours medium yellow with a good head. The taste is malty with decent hoppiness. Has a crisp, distinct flavor. A little skunk did not deter the experience. I liked this. I wish all macros tasted this good. I have also tried this from a keg and it is excellent. OH CANADA!!!

Photo of merlin48
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a pale, canary yellow body, with an attractive, white head that has minimal retention. Active carbonation is apparent.

Aroma: Euroskunk(Saaz?) hops are first to the nose. Very akin to a Heineken, but not as harsh thanks to a mild, malt presence.

Mouthfeel is dry, light bodied, and well carbonated.

Taste is dry lemongrass with an herbal bitterness. Biscuity malt adds to the dryness, and contributes some doughiness.

Not a bad pale lager. Too Euroskunky and doughy to have more than a couple.

Photo of walloon
3.93/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is probably underappreciated because it goes down so quickly.

It's wet, grassy, cannabisy, and slightly hoppy to the nose. Lots of little bubbles meet the palate and then, it starts off dry, gets citrusy, and turns flowery before it ends with spice.

Heineken and Stella Artois should taste like this should taste like this, but they don't, not in North America, anyway.

This is one of the best beers of its mass-produced type.

Photo of Cavanaghty
2.31/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden yellow with a thin white head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Mild hops, maybe some sugars or corn.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of mild hops, corn, and malts.

Overall: Glad to have tried it. Probably will not buy this one again, nothing special.

Photo of magictrokini
2.42/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A decent lager, always a better choice than Budweiser. Pours clear gold, white head. Sweet, grassy aroma with pale malt. Sweeter tasting, smoother, with an okay finish. This beer will easily skunk. If so, the taste will stay with you for a while. Similar to the taste you will have the next morning with that ringing hangover.

Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Refreshing, crisp, and very drinkable. Drinks like a light Lager, almost like a cheap end Pilsner, but better. Good taste, and the ability to get you drunk quick if you don't watch out, due to it's easy consumption. A good beer to have around for tail-gating, barbecues, and with heavy foods. I liked this beer, it wasn't to bad.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Meh, a light lager not advertised as light. Thin, pale, clear appearance, aroma, skunky, but in a decent way, not the way you might expect from a green colored bottle.

Taste, thin, but not offensive, decent hop zest, but nothing to write home about. Better than most mass produced lagers. Mouthfeel, eh, not much to savor, but again, it isn't offensive. It's drinkable for sure, and it will get better. Pair with hot food, barbecue.

Photo of MOShepp
3.53/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw yellow with skiff of a head and some carbonation. Clean hoppy smell with some sweetness. Tastes a lot like it smells with citrus and a hoppy bite, clean and smooth, nice balance of hops and malt. Easy to drink and beats most American lagers of the same style.

Photo of ADR
2.06/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear gold color, decent head at 1/2 inch but adjunct in quality and duration. Slightly hoppy aroma, notes of skunk. Decent hop crispness, mouthfeel is very light aside from carbonation. The malts really fall down in quality of flavor and in providing balance. What remains is a slightly bitter, watery, and gassy beer that's not very pleasant to swallow. A slightly skunked macro in taste and impression.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.43/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Straw golden hue with a creamy mountainous white head very nicely textured leaves behind thickests of lacing. Primarily smells of sweet grain not bad at all but there is a hop aroma here to balance the sweetness good representation of a solid all around drinkable lager, very clean and inviting but there have been times when I've had 6 packs this time I sided with a 12 pack split with a friend only five bucks a piece not bad eh? Taste, is full on sweetness fresh cracked grains a malty lager with a nice bite of hops in the finish considered flavorful side by side other macro North American lagers. Could be a staple for the right price, mouthfeel is slightly creamy medium to light in body good carbonation solid brew. Drinkability, tasty, refreshing, and all around decent brew.

Photo of OStrungT
2.56/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a pale straw yellow color, with a thin white head that fades fast, leaving a slight lacing.

It has an aroma of boiled cabbage. Not too good. Maybe a slight grainy aroma to it. Nut much else.

This beer tastes slightly better than it smells. Some slight grainy flavor. A little boiled cabbage also.

This beer is crisp. It leaves a slightly grainy aftertaste. Carbonation is good.

This beer would make a good session eber if it tasted better. As it stands, I dont even particularly want to finish the one I have.

Overall: Not very good beer, but better than some I have had. I will definately never have this one again.

Photo of rastaman
1.5/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Funky skunk taste, watery, weak, and a waste of money for what you pay for, $16 Aussie dollars a sixer( around $8US), tastes like evry other mass produced lager ever made, quite sweet, very one dimensional mass market style lager. zzzzzzzz............

Photo of richkrull
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mixed 6 pack from Sentry in Lake Mills, WI.

A - Very pale straw color. Almost no head.

S - This beer literally smells like a skunk. Not skunky, an actual skunk.

T - Certainly tastes better than it smells. I'd compare it to a PBR or something along those lines.

M - Very light.

D - If you can get by the smell, this is a pretty easy drinking beer. I wouldn't turn down a free one, but not sure I'd buy it again. If it was a good deal, I'm sure I would.

It's not too bad of a beer. If not for the smell, I'd probably really like it.

Photo of LordofTime25
2.18/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours to a pale golden with a thin white head that leaves very quickly, but films on the surface. Leaves a little lacing.

I don't if it was just this beer, but it smelled very skunky! Very overpowering smell.

The taste was of sweet malts and some bitter hops.

Had a medium to light body with a little too much carbonation in my opinon.

I don't recomend this beer.

Photo of brewQ
2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

It appears the color is a shade beyond the US macros to dark gold. A disappearing head and a cloud of skunky smell are this brew's signature. ( I've had Moosehead without the skunk so I tend to believe that they do not have control- with the green bottles and all).

The taste is grainy and light. Disappointing. Back in the late '70's Canadian brew was seen as a step up from domestics... my nostalgia is quickly destroyed.

A watery mouthfeel finsih but it is oddly quaffable on this hot summer night.

Photo of watermelonman
2.65/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This sits as a light gold with a minimal head and it's leaving no lacing.

The smell is peppery and kind of off at that. Malts and grains are apparent in the front of the taste. The hops are pretty subdued here. The mouthfeel is light but not too shabby.

It's very plain, but at least it remains tolerable.

Photo of biboergosum
2.73/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

20oz pint at a pub on Whyte Ave that is more well known (at least to my liver) as a cocktail joint.

This beer appears a clear pale golden straw colour, with a two skinny fingers of puffy, mildly foamy bone-white head, which leaves a bit of snow rime lace around the glass as it evenly recedes.

It smells of grainy, crackery, and somewhat corny pale malt, a hint of bland black pepper, and moderately skunky, leafy, herbal hops. The taste is a semi-sweet, sort of mushed white cracker graininess, a certain hollow sugary character, and more lightly skunky, dead grassy hops.

The carbonation is rather high pitched at first, but fades to a dull frothiness, the body a less than medium weight, a tad chalky, kind of cloying, and not quite smooth. It finishes well off-dry, with a subtle feint at crispness, some lingering sweet pale malt, and a persistent grassy skunk factor.

I know Moosehead is revered for being the last of the Canadian ownership holdouts among macro brewers, but their flagship beer is nothing that I would seek out - it's barely more palatable than the adjunct-laden offerings of their bigger competitors.

Photo of dacrza1
2.66/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

DATE REVIEWED: July 19, 2014... GLASSWARE: Warsteiner pokal... OCCASION: family visiting day completed...APPEARANCE: lively, effervescent body of pale yellow straw; thick, two-finger foamy head that creates surprisingly beautiful white lacing; wonderful cirrus clouds ring the glass... AROMA: heavy dough and biscuit; hops are slightly aromatic;, but more corny than floral; enough tin to suggest a metallic base... PALATE: medium-bodied, refreshingly swift in the aftertaste; a bit grassy and slightly beefy... TASTE: beefy, meaty malts are strong and dominate the profile; subtler flowers include metallic water hose and, to a lesser extent, honey... OVERALL: a college indulgence--just as step above the Natty Lights of the world--becomes a decent Saturday night lager; requires some attention while sipping...

Photo of soper2000
2.65/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This was one of my first beers outside the BMC ring, albeit it's not much different. Although I assume that i'll always have a little soft spot for the moose. Definately won't be purchasing in bulk anytime soon but a bottle every 6 months or so brings back some memories. Pours a super light straw color with a head consisting of rather large bubbles and the air is filled with that skunked funk (which I actually don't mind that much). Taste is very similiar to american macros, but there is a little little little (can't emphasize this enough) taste of some hoppiness. Mouthfeel is very light. Despite the blandness of this beer, I don't really mind it. But I don't see why I always seemed to purchase this in times past.

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Moosehead Lager from Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
71 out of 100 based on 1,197 ratings.