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Moosehead Lager - Moosehead Breweries Ltd.

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1,153 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,153
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 22.04%
Wants: 24
Gots: 104 | 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 Mandrake
2.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear straw yellow with a small, fizzy, white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. Smell is slightly skunked, but with a decent malt profile underneath. Taste is light and malty, with a touch of hops in the finish and nothing offensive to get in the way. Mouthfeel is pretty crisp and well carbonated, and drinkability isn't bad at all. I had this at a wedding, where I was beset by limited choices, and it's really not that bad. Not something I'd buy for myself, but if I was offered one I'd drink it without much complaint.

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

12fl.oz.green bottle pours a pale yellow-gold with a finger of white, short lasting bubble head, with a fairly aggressive pour. A bit of lace and good clarity with this all-malt Lager.

Smell is a bit skunked, with a more sour than sweet malt aroma. Subsiquent sniffs reveal the hop presense which seems to take over the sweet, making a bittering sourness, so to speak. Also smells a bit pissy, literaly. I'm not real sure of the freshness of the particular bottle I'm reviewing here, but I'm thinking it's older and deteriorating a tad. Haven't had the Moose in years, so I'm not sure how I remember it exactly and I'll review it again soon to compare.

With all that said...time to taste. Hmmm, tastes ok, dry grainy pale malt, mildly sweet that quickly bitters with a zesty hop finish. Not to shabby, pretty much tastes like your typical American Macro-Lager, with a little more pizz-azz. A little agitation builds some more head, carbonation and mouthfeel a little fizzy but doesn't annoy.

Light to medium body, no presence of alcohol so to speak, an easy enough of a drinker. Overall it's an average Macro tasting Lager, brewed by the mighty Canadians...Cheers!

Photo of hopsaplenty
3.12/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. green bottle, C2306 15:43 inkjetted

Sparkling 8 karat gold topped with a brilliant white head of loosely packed medium bubbles. Ample vibrant carbonation streams jet to the surface. The head settles to nothing shortly after pouring leaving no lacing. The smell is fresh and clean, sweet with fresh grain and some hop edge. The taste is crisp initially, giving way to a distinct sweetness, which is a tad heavy. Finishes with a soft but firm hop edge that doesn't linger. Light body and filled with roiling carbonation which somewhat offsets the medium sweetness. Nice and crisp and good for a warm day. A good ball park beer.

Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice straw hue with a fluffy two finger head. Decent retention and good lacing.

The smell was a clean malty aroma - not too sweet. A good hop nose was noticed as well. Estery. I was happy to get a pure malt aroma, absent of an corn or adjunct.

The taste was a nice clean malt and hop balance. A nice dry finish. Again, happy to be without the usual Canadian graininess.

The mouthfeel was clean as well. Crisp throughout with a nice dry finish. A very good experience.

A very drinkable Canadian lager. Head and shoulders above the other Canadian lagers. Beats a Keith's.

Photo of dubman003
3.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I understand why this beer has a 'not recommended' rating, because in the grand scheme of beers, Moosehead Lager is just another. But for lagers, Moosehead is a king. It is priced decently and tastes wonderfully.

I bought the beer on a whim and was surprised. I expected little from the lager, I was just hoping against Bud Light in a different bottle. This beer is a great recommendation for drinkers who don't care for dark beers; certainly a high lager.

Photo of hanco005
3.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This was on sale at my local store so I thought I would give it a try. 12 oz bottle, marked M1605 12:37 3, poured into a pint glass. I have not idea what the numbers mean.

A—pours pale faint sunshine yellow, crystal clear with a short fizzy head that is gone immediately, spotty lacing is produced

S—sweet grains, hops, a little spice

T—corn, wheat, other grains, balanced well, nothing offensive in this one

M—light bodied, crisp, but pretty fizzy in the mouth

D—this one is ok. I can see it being highly drinkable on a hot day. I bought a 12 pack since it was on sale. I’ll save the rest for next month when I can sit outside on the deck.

Photo of mdagnew
3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a light golden yellow / orange colour... White head poured medium sized and faded to almost nothing...

Aroma - Very light hops and malts, lemony, slight saltiness, some corn sweetness, slight nuttiness, grassy...

Taste – Light lemony sweetness, light corn notes, some light fruitiness (orange ?), metallic traces...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry. Light / medium bodied. Quite drinkable...

Overall - An average beer... worth a try once....

Photo of squish059
2.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

tried this drink last night and i don't think my experience with this beer was as good as expected. the smell of this one was very skunky...almost unbearable, i do believe this was light struck. nonetheless i drank it and it was alright, nice head that stayed ok. plenty of carbonation. tasted nice and hoppy, i'll try this drink again, hopefully with a better review.

Photo of BEERchitect
2.09/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Typical for 'green bottled' beer. Pungent odors emit from the bottle. Aromas of light skunk, earthy, and grain. Getting into the flavor, the odors subside a bit, leaving a cereal grain flavor with a mouthfeel of light huskiness and graininess. Malt sweetness and breadiness is moderate and improves until the sharp and almost astringent finish. Leaving a grain-like aftertaste. Though I've had worse, this is not likely to be a beer that I will revisit.

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

A pale yellow looking lager. But apperance shouldn't be everything, this is about taste.

Overall, I found this to be a refreshing, smooth Lager. A nice mixture of sweetness and malt. The smell is a bit sweet. Low on carbonation and good hoppy taste.

One of my favorite popular Canadian Lagers, the taste is not as strong as some beers, but it's definitely good in it's own way. Would recommend.

Photo of MSchae1017
1.87/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This was tasted in a pilsener glass from the bottle.

There is a good golden color with poor head retention. This beer makes you suspect that the color might be artificial. It smells every so slightly hoppy but there are no presence of malts. You can defeinetly smell that skunk though. Again the taste is skunk. This overpowers and other hops or malts. The beer is watery but there is good carbonation. This could be artificial too though. Maybe if this beer was cold enough, your tastebuds cold be numbed enough just to enjoy a buzz.

Photo of jmz62565
1.75/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A light golden color with a small head,although it does have alot of carbonation bubbles.The smell has a slight hoppiness,but nothing else.The taste is, light,weak,and watery.It has a slight carmel aftertaste,but this is pretty bad.The m/f is like the taste,weak and watery.I can't imagine ever having this again.

Photo of danielharper
2.26/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from Target in Jones Valley, Huntsville, AL.

Pours a dingy yellow color, clear-bodied, with a full and bubble-filled head. The head dissipates down to a mere coating on top of the beer after a minute or two, and leaves no lacing. Not bad for style.

Smells... well, like malt liquor. Strong grassy aroma that I generally associate with pilseners and Euro Pale Lagers, but without the clean undertones. No hops present at all, and no subtlety to aroma.

Taste is actually fairly interesting. Sure, it's just a malt liquor, but it has a kind of tart up-front with a clean, sweet finish. Goes down easy, at least for the style. I expected a lot worse. As it warms, strong corn flavors begin to come out.

Mouthfeel is thicker than expected, fairly thick for a macro lager, and miles better than most BMC products.

Overall, this is fairly drinkable, more so than many macro lagers, but obviously not something I'd seek out. Drink it out of the bottle if you're going to drink it at all -- it's better if you can't get the smell as much. In a pinch, I'd drink one or two of these.

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.

Moosehead Lager from Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
71 out of 100 based on 1,153 ratings.