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Moosehead Lager - Moosehead Breweries Ltd.

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Reviews: 474
Hads: 1,232
Avg: 3.06
pDev: 35.29%
Wants: 26
Gots: 186 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moosehead Breweries Ltd. visit their website
New Brunswick, Canada

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-26-2001

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.07/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Moosehead Lager brewed by Moosehead Breweries Ltd., with an ABV of 5.0% This brew pours out a nice amber color, with a nice white. The head to this brew is small but it is nice. Smells of skunky grains, and malts. The skunk smell is a huge turn off for this brew. Now for the taste , it is not as bad as the smell. You do pick up on some of the skunk in the taste but not much. There are some nice grains and malts in this brew. For being a brew in a green bottle, it not to bad. At least you can drink it and not be all skunk out. The mouth feel of Moosehead Lagar is rich , bold and flavoraful. Overall I'm giving Moosehead Lager a 3 out of 5. I feel it would have been better if this brew was right off tap or in a brown bottle. Light just kills these brews. I was really looking forward to this brew. It has been on my want list for sometime now. Hopefully in the future I will have it on tap. But for what it is worth this is not the worst skunked brew I have drink.
It would be a coin toss if I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of TopherBreski
2.35/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Hey, I'd rather have it over Budweiser. And when your friends come over for football they'll be delighted they are drinking an import. You also get what you pay for.

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Photo of ordybill
3.63/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. This is a clear golden colored beer with minimal white head. The flavor is a slightly hoppy lager taste. The beer is a light bodied brew.

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Photo of william_971
3.96/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I gotta say, when you're reaaaally thirsty, like after a sporting match of some sort, this stuff is what you want. The smooth lager has a light-med malt, slight corny taste that comes through first and you get a little hop bite at the end. After sporting matches these tastes really came together fast and much more enhanced - was beautiful. Just drinking a beer on the bbq, or to chill, i noticed the flavour profiles were a lot more reduced - but was still there for sure I just diidint get overexcited to go grab another, but i certainly enjoyed drinking them, several. The finish is nice and dry.and this is one of the few beers i could drink like a mad man and still wake up feeling like pumpkin pie

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Photo of IronLover
3.79/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep yellow in color with good clarity. Poured with a short, soapy, bright white foam with low retention. Light grainy and malt aromas with light green apple notes. No hop aromas. Medium light bodied with a creamy smooth feel and medium high carbonation. Medium-light grainy malt flavor up front followed by light green apple notes and light hop bitterness to the end. No hop flavors. Finished crisp and dry with a light grainy aftertaste. Nicely balanced, refreshing and very drinkable.

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Photo of dryfly24
4.44/5  rDev +45.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Snobs may turn their noses up at this mainstream offering but on a hot day after the honey-doo's are done, this is one of my favorites. Very sessionable and refreshing. Don't let its humble commercial origins put you off...

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Photo of DodgeStealth93
2.64/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a clear white color with a bubbly soapy head that doesnt stick around for very long! Prefer this one in cans because bottles get skunky very quick! Smell is almost bland not much there! It is a bit lacking in flavor as well but goes down smooth! The taste is slightly bready and a hint of hop character in the aftertaste! Its a sessionable beer on a hot summer day after cutting the grass! This is what i like to call a solid lawn mower beer!

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Photo of Bigbadbeerguy
4.8/5  rDev +56.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As far as mainstream lagers go, this one is probably the best and most definitely my favorite, great taste, feint hint of hops, not an unpleasant after taste (quite dry, not pasty like many mainstream lagers). If you compare this to pricey craft beers it might not rank, but I am guessing you would enjoy 6 or 8 of these in a row (VERY sessionable) rather than 6 or 8 pricey, hoppy IPAs.
Beers should be compared category by category, and Moosehead is one of the best in its lane, maybe it is the fresh Canadian water, maybe it is because they don't outsource production, either way its a damn fine lager, and sometimes a lager is the perfect beer..

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Photo of Canis-Lupis
3.59/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As a large commercial beer this rates as one of the best. Its taste and feel goes well on a warm summer day. Rated next to a craft beer probably isn't fair. If you want a beer after you cut the lawn, this is for you.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'll agree with others here: this isn't a great beer. It's maybe not even a *good* beer. But it's the kind of beer that's coloured by expectations and by history.

Once upon a time, this was the best beer you could get in a bar in Canada. Full stop. That's no longer the case, but it's probably still one of the best American Adjunct Lagers in the world (don't be fooled by the categorization on Beer Advocate; the company has admitted using adjuncts). And honestly, the mildly skunky flavour is (weirdly?) a net benefit.

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Photo of J_Chavez15
4.03/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Skunk stinks with this one. Thought my bottle was skunked. Guess thats what the Moose gives off. Smooth and refreshing. Hops and cereal grains are present. Lawnmower brew. Cheers!

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Photo of alec24
4.42/5  rDev +44.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a very nice smooth refreshing taste. It ends with a nice carbonated zing. I really like this beer, its nice to have on a hot summer day. This will be one of my go to beers this summer.

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Photo of uvachief
3.53/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Call me crazy but I still like this beer. Maybe because we use to splurge once in a while in college and buy a 12 pack of it. Always liked it. Really thought this was top shelf stuff 20+ years ago :). Was at an amusement park for a wine and food festival. They had it on tap so I had to get one. Still as enjoyable as I remember. It was also 96 degrees and humid as hades. Went down really quick and easy.

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Photo of akdo
3.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Once poured in a glass, the beer is initially a pale yellow. In the blink of an eye, the beer's colour turns to something between yellow and gold.

As a whole, I felt that this beer was made with the minimum requirements in the brewing textbook. It is just an ordinary beer made with hops and lightened with malt. What you should expect is a beer whose taste is between the bitterness of the best American Pale Lager and a passable one.

Moreover, the beer's taste doesn't have any tweaks. As a result of that, the Moosehead is a decent beer that doesn't stand out. Try it once and pair it with a corn.

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Photo of JobiWanKenob
3.94/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this lager to be very well done, drank straight from the bottle it was clean, crisp with nice hop and cereal hints. Not heavy whatsoever, a beer i could certainly drink all night. A great intro to Moosehead Lager, my new favorite beer! I drank 8 bottles and woke up with no headache whatsover, which tells me that clean, natural ingredients are used by the brewery. Highly recommended!

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Photo of UPBrewer92
1.55/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I have had this once and it was the definition of a skunky beer. I can't speak for how this normally tastes, but what I had was definitely beer gone bad

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Photo of kevinlater
2.66/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

473ml can into pils glass or something

a: super transparent pale yellow, two fingers of quickly-dissipating white head

s: grainy, skunky, grassy. skunk notes are odd, coming from the can

t: not so much skunk in the taste. grassy and grainy. somewhat prominent metallic notes. finishes with lingering malty grainy notes and a mild hop bitterness

m: light-bodied of course, with medium carbonation

o: not a terrible macro lager, but not something to go back to

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Photo of Bunman3
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

This is a rock solid alternative to macro lagers. Proudly independent for as long as Canada has been a nation, Moosehead deserves a pat on the back and a Wiser's slow clap for sticking with a winning formula. This beer reminds me of Henry Weinhard's Blue Boar Ale and brings back great memories. In short, it's a nicely hopped lager that smells like a canoe cooler on a hot day. It's easy to down several of these in hurry - be forewarned!

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Photo of Ag-Hag
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

I always liked Moosehead, although I haven't had one in years. Nice body, flavor balance, and finish make this a solid and easy to drink beer. Kind of sweetish finish. Clean, easy to like. Very respectable, but there are other brews more interesting these days. Definitely born of the 80's.

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Photo of kevofficiel
2.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Moosehead. One of the oldest independent breweries in the world.
The look of head is pretty simple. Yellow golden color. Lots of carbonation in the glass. About 1 finger of head that leaves after you drink half of the glass.
The smell is pretty sweet. You have that Lager typical smell.
About the taste. Everything was going pretty good until the taste. I find it a bit over carbonated. You have plenty of bubble going on tongue with that watery sensation.
After you swallowed it you have that stronger after taste that doesn t match up with the beginning. Im sad that it is an American Pale Lager. I wish it could be more as an European Ale Lager. It would way more enjoyable.
So overall would I recommend it ? No, there is not enough for me to recommend it. It is not a easy drinking beer. A bit disappointed. There is something that this beer is missing. Even the Grolsch Premium Lager is much better than this one.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.13/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

this is one of my dads favorite brews, so naturally I have consumed my share of it. my issue with it is the green bottle, so when it shows up in the states, even in the northeast, it often has that green bottle skunk to it, really frustrating because this can be quite nice when its fresh. the color is clear straw colored, richer than other yellow lagers, and although the head fades fast, its tall and bone white. the nose often has a skunk on it, but shows a pale and pils malt base that's quite light, and the cleanness of patient lagering. the flavor actually has some hops to it too, a lot more than other American takes on the style. its clean drinking beer, very refreshing and has a unique malt flavor that sets it apart from its peers. the handling and packaging of it are extremely problematic, but when once in awhile a fresh sixer is found, it can be tremendously refreshing. it is occasionally proof that cheap yellow beer can be delicious. orders of magnitude better than the BMC stuff here in the states, even at its worst.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.66/5  rDev -13.1%
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...

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Photo of BeerLovinWoman87
2.71/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Type: bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a thin white head that disappears quickly. Clear golden color. The taste is slightly hoppy. The mouthfeel is good as well. This is far from the best beer in the world, but it's good after a long hot day. I would drink it again if offered.

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Photo of beergoot
3.16/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A light gold body with slowly rising carbonation bubbles and and decent, lasting white head; globs of foam sticking to the glass. Smells of old grass clippings. Light grain flavor with a corresponding level of hop bitterness for balance; slight metallic aftertaste. Light bodied; crisp, clean and dry.

An old favorite from my young man days. The beer is still pretty drinkable if unexciting. It borders on blandness but manages to deliver a modicum of flavor. Nope, it wouldn't be my first choice for a light lager beer, but depending on other options, Moosehead is still a fair consideration.

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Photo of Foyle
3.34/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a thin 1/2" white head that recedes quickly with no lacing. Color is a clear straw/light golden with abundant carbonation streaming.
Aroma: a grassy aroma dominates with some toasted barley and a faint hop aroma.
Mouthfeel: light and crisp with a dry finish.
Flavor: malty sweetness dominates, slight bit of lemon, and a mild hop flavor in the finish.

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Moosehead Lager from Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
71 out of 100 based on 474 ratings.