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Moosehead Lager - Moosehead Breweries Ltd.

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1,140 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,140
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 21.71%
Wants: 22
Gots: 89 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moosehead Breweries Ltd. visit their website
New Brunswick, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale 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 sevineyes
2.62/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from an aluminum can with a moose head on the side.

A: Pale straw color with little head, little carbonation and no lacing

S: Definitely a grassy smell.

T: Shallow flavor that doesn't build on the smell. Clean finish with no bitterness at all.

M: Slightly oily, light body.

D: Could drink this without problems, but probably wouldn't order another unless my selections were limited.

Overall: Not too much of an improvement over several other more commercially-marketed American lagers, but I have to say that it is better than some.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
1.92/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light gold with a pathetic head and anemic lacing. The aroma is light malt, grain husk and a wisp of hops. The taste is so boring. Just some sweetish malts. Also some vegetal DMS and earthy hops. Diacetyl and grain are prominent in the finish. The mouthfeel is too watery.

This is worse than Bud. The vegetal flavors are too prominent.

Photo of evanackerman
3.47/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

this beer pours a light yellow with fizzy head that is still clinging to life halfway through the glass, plenty of lacing.

Aroma is pilsner like with a touch more malt.

taste is mostly of hops (although not strong by any means) with just a hint of malt, definitely could use more malt presence, rather weak taste.

I think this beer is close to being really good but is just a bit light on flavor, it is better than most American Macros however, and not a bad beer at all.

Photo of tesguino
3.82/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A real good beer, little better than its sister; smell clean, like green malt, taste light bitter, wide and round, full bodied, special for the american food; try with mexican and goat cheese´s; drink from the bottle and in a pilsner glass; try too in a mug; 90% recommended.

Photo of fisherman34
3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow in colour with loads of carbonation. There's some faint grassy/spicy hop aroma to this one. I suspect its Tettnanger, but I could be wrong. There's a touch of light malt and sulphur too, but not enough to be offensive. Light malt flavors abound, with the spice element of the hops coming though a bit more clearly. The bitterness is slightly higher than most North American macros, but still on the low side generally speaking. This beer is my last fall back when it comes to eating/drinking at places that don't have much (or any) good beer.

Photo of ozmodium
3.15/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Upon unscrewing the top, hop aroma screamed out of the bottle mouth. Ok this is a hoppy beer.

I drank it straight from the bottle so i have no idea what the colour is out of the bottle, as its a dark green. No frothing evident, even as I caroused around the bar, bottle in hand.

The smell is almost overpoweringly hoppy. Almost reminds me of bud...not the beer...but not skunky bud! Sharp, sour, citrusy and piney. Interesting.

Tastes just like it smells. Being as hoppy as it is its very dry, but suprisingly not too bitter. This is definately a departure from the normal Canadian macros. I like it! Very refreshing.

Nicely carbonated and while very cold this is a decent beer. It goes down well. You'll want to eat somethign salty with it, but you'll want to drink more.

Overall this is an ok beer. Im suprised its panned as much as it is. Its nothing special, but its not bad by any stretch of the imagination.

Photo of jettjon
3.47/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Highs: Pleasant nose and citrus flavor.

Lows: Nothing really stands out.

Pours golden clear with a thick white head that fades quickly to nothing. Pleasant, citrus and malt nose. Flavor is about average for a typical lager: slightly bitter with yeast, wheat, and malt, with the same citrus notes and a hint of hops. Finish is again citrus, and slightly bitter. Mouth is watery, bubbly, and refreshing, lending toward slightly above average drinkability. In all, about an average lager.

Photo of Viggo
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow, clear, big white head, no lace. Smell is sweet malt, some spicy hops. Taste is lagery and sweet, some spicy hops in the middle, slight bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is acidic, high carbonation, light body. I remembered this being a lot worse, not as bad as some.

Photo of whynot44
3.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale straw color with a shortlived foamy white head that disipates to barely a ring with no real lacing.

The aroma is mild, grainy, slightly skunky.

The taste is very mild malt/grain flavor with a hint of spicy hops. Overall, a typical mass produced lager, but better than many.

A good hot weather beer - mild, crisp and fairly refreshing.

Photo of arizcards
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Spent a long weekend in the sticks of Indiana this past weekend and this is what an uncle in law brought over.

This brew poured a light golden yellow with a thin white head that dispersed rapidly. Nose was crisp with well blended hops and malts. Taste was a refreshing dry malt start with a clean hop finish. Mouthfeel was pretty average, nothing noteworthy. Overall drinkability is OK, makes for an easy drinking session beer.

Photo of Ahhdball
2.73/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold, decent head, gentle lace.
Small hop aroma. Somewhat of a skunk aroma, nonetheless unoticeable to my nose.
The taste was of course an average macro but not too terrible. Hints of malt and I do mean HINTS. A slight corn which lingered for a while past the initial drink. Bitter.

Would I drink this again? Maybe, I wouldn't turn down a freebie. I doubt I'd actually buy it. I remember drinking this in my earlier uneducated days just because it was from Canada. Same reason I drank Molson, Labatt, etcetera.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Solid gold with a thin head that quickly fades to good lacing. Rich hoppy smell, blended well with malt. Skunk aftertaste makes this a sipping beer, and it is very filling. But the smooth mouthfeel and crisp, well balanced taste boost an otherwise very low drinkabilty. A full flavored lager, less expensive than other inferior canadian imports. Extra style points.

Photo of paterlodie
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kind of a dull beer. Not much off taste but nothing great to detect either. Good but not that lasting head, golden collored and clear beer. Nose is some maltarome, litle citric note litle aplearome but all dosed very low. As taste is; litle maltarome, litle sweetness, little bitter, fresh but overal a dull brew. Drinkable but so is Molson

Photo of palliko
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this with high hopes that it would be as good as the movie “Never Cry Wolf” made it sound. Appearance is standard golden, with white foam and soon-gone lace. Aroma contains barley, sweet malt and mild hops. Initial taste is clean and mildly carbonated, a bit of malt, and a snappish hop kick. Finish is dry and leaves no aftertaste. Okay, but not great.

Photo of misterscooter
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was one of the first beers that someone called a step up from the average American macro brews. I took them at their word and assumed that it was a better than average beer. Now I disagree with that assessment but at the time, it helped me to realize that there was more out there than Bud and Miller.

This beer isn't anything special. It is not pretty in color or head (which doesn't hold well) and has a beery, slightly bitter smell, sometimes skunky and sour.

It tastes like your average lager and that's about it. Grains, malts, hoppy at times. Goes down quick and easy which makes it great for a hot afternoon when you want something to gulp.

Photo of mentor
2.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle obtained from a local grocery store (HyVee) and consumed a couple days later. Pours a two-finger white fluffy head over a crystal clear light straw liquid. Streams up bubbles race to the top. Smells tinny (like Saaz hops) with a very gentle malt sweetness. Cut dried hay, like my in-laws barn (but not dirty smelling). Taste starts rough bitter then a gentle malt sweet rolls in. Mild and clean. There also is a watery flavor. Later, a mild floral hangs around in the aftertaste. Sharp carbonation that's not too distracting, but carbonation is part of the flavor profile. Super-thin mouthfeel.

Photo of kbnooshay
1.93/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The moose is a cool animal but does this beer offer more than the coolness of the moose? The aroma contains skunkiness but overall fairly clean. The white head dissapears quickly. The taste is so damn malty and sweet. Not pickin much up in terms of hoppage though. The sweet plastic tasting nastiness is really gross. At first this was fairly easy to drink but the taste just got more and more annoying. Now i don't like budwesier but this is worse, it is jsut plain queer. Really dissapointing. They tried to complicate something that was meant to be simple.

Photo of mmmbeer
1.88/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. with no freshness date - served chilled in a pilsner glass. Pours a pale gold/straw with lots of streams of carbonation and a 1/2 inch head that fades fairly quickly but doesn't die, leaving some lacing toward the end. Has the grassy/skunky/metallic scent of a Euro macro. On the palate there is sweet grain, hops, skunk, and wet paper. It's the last flavor that ruins it for me and leads me to believe it's a bad bottle. The body is light and tingly with not much aftertaste and I'm sure I could make a session beer out of some fresh ones (which I would then re-review).

Photo of KoG
3.93/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pale yellow that is so similar to light lagers it's not funny. Good head and nice amount of lace give it a better look.

Smell is light. Hops and a light amount of malt give it a clean aroma.

Taste is crisp and clean with no off flavors. Light malt flavor is met with a decent amount of hop.

A very decent lager that is rather affordable and doesn't use/have the adjunct flavor of other lower price brews.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of the best examples of the best Canadian macros out there (eat your heart out, Labatt and Molson). This is a crisp, clean and very drinkable beer. Color is crystal clear gold, moderate head. Smell is cereal grain and malt, slightly grassy. Clean, and no off flavors. No Unibroue, but still one of my favorite Canadian Lagers.

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

Pours with a two-finger white head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Slight hoppy/skunky nose. Starts with a mix of hops and sweetness, finish is clean, better than American lagers. $1.50 for a 12oz green bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Photo of karst
2.51/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

8 13 3 lazer printed on green 12 oz bottle above atractive label. From my last trip to to Corall liquors in Granite City, Ill. Found it lurking behind a few cases of Little Yeomans.

Unpleasant aroma - maybe lightstruck. Carbonation level helps mouthfeel which helps stand this out from Macro lagers. Recomend you try it from the tap. Its hops and their bitter finish help and this sweet tasting Lager does not loose much if any of its drinkability as it warms up.

Pair with moose head soup, boiled moose nose, moose tongue sandwich.

Photo of Pepeton
3.05/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Since some two years to now this Canadian lager is easy to find in my city, Monterrey, México.
Quite cheap for an imported beer, so you can find it in most Sunday barbecues. Some fellows steer away from it because of it's price: If it's cheap, it must be bad.

Yellow and clear color, some head and lacing, too.
Grainy smell, with hops and some mild roasted maltiness.
Taste is crisp, hoppy and more bitter than most macro lagers.
Stingy due to it's carbonation, but not bad at all.
Ice cold you can have plenty.


Photo of Luigi
3.4/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale yellow color with a white lace for a head. Smells grainy with some sweet malts and clean mild hops. Taste like grains and sweet malts. A clean hop background and a clean finish. A good amount of carbonation and a meduim light body. All around tasty easy to drink lager.

Photo of Barraclou
1.92/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: 12oz green bottle, 5.0% ABV

Appearance: Golden straw color with some carbonation. Average.

Smell: SKUNK. More stinky and you hit a skunk. TOTALLY AWFUL.

Taste: Some drinkers won't trade their Moosehead for anything else, but lots of others drinkers avoid it. I am one of them. I never really liked its taste, but I wanted to give it another chance for this review. Wrong idea. The taste is also skunky.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and fun, but the taste is not very good. So, it reduces your mouthfeel quality.

Drinkability: Not really drinkable. Some bottles might be ok, but it is usally crap you will get with this brand. It's sad, but I don't know why. If I am in the Maritimes, I will rather drink Alexander Keith's or Alpine. Moosehead sounds better to me for its hockey team rather than its premium beer.

Moosehead Lager from Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
71 out of 100 based on 1,140 ratings.