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Moosehead Lager - Moosehead Breweries Ltd.

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1,089 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,089
Reviews: 457
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 21.71%
Wants: 20
Gots: 56 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-26-2001)
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Photo of Andreji
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

At the moosehead bar in paris' chich 6th arrondisement, monday nights is 2 for 1 nights on the Moosehead lager. Why? it's obvious you rarely get a bottled beer on such a discount of it's any good. But this macro, served at extreme freezing temperatures (like just pulled out of freakin north canada) is nothing to preach favourably about. Gassy, flavourless and overhopped (when balanced against the rest of the content), it proves what the spirit of the moosehead's monday night 2 for 1 is: quantity over quality.

Andreji, Apr 20, 2004
Photo of coasterfreak75
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour was a very clear, light yellow. It carried a half inch head that quickly dissapated to a light white lace around the sides of the glass. The lace stuck throughout the drink.

The smell was very pungent skunk, with slight malt and hop undertones.

The drink started with malt sweetness, and was followed by more malt and it finished with even more malt. The hops never really made their presence known.

The drink was very clean and refreshing. I just wasn't that impressed with it. I guess I was hopeing for alot more hop presense. It would make a great lawnmower beer.

coasterfreak75, Apr 18, 2004
Photo of deejaydan
4.03/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a better than average canadian lager. Served out of a green bottle (ack), but should be okay due to the 12 pack packaging. Nice malty-sweet taste to the beer. A head that lasts longer than most, and I was a bit surpised by the amount of lacing that this beer left, given the fact it is a macro. Slight smell of malted barley, perhaps some corn and or rice, but not as present as most macros. Could use another shot of hops, but very, very drinkable as it is.

deejaydan, Mar 30, 2004
Photo of WesWes
3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It is light with a slight malt scent and a pleasant green bottle skunky smell. The taste is good. It is light and refreshing with a nice skunky green bottle flavor and slightly bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine Canadian lager. It has a decent aroma and good lager flavor.

WesWes, Mar 20, 2004
Photo of EagleTalon
3.15/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a bubbly white head that fades to a tiny ring of foam. Color is pale yellow. Aroma is initially skunky, mostly due to age and poor handling that it receives in Oklahoma. The skunk fades away to reveal a crisp, sweet malt aroma backed up by alcohol and noble hops. Tastes malty and tart--not as sweet as the aroma suggests. Rather dry and mildly bitter. Decent balance with residual malt sweetness and carbonation bite in the finish. Easy to drink, tastes better than I remember it being.

EagleTalon, Mar 20, 2004
Photo of Reidrover
2.73/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ok bought a 12 oz single..in the green bottle
This has quite a nice appearance for a lager..nice clear golden colour with small haed, minimal lacing.
Again the aroma is on the "nice" side of average for style, Its not skunked, the hops are quite noticable.
The taste however is just below par..too much "fizz" to rerally taste much atall..what i do taste is some nice malts and small hops ( weird because the smell was all hops).
A little too carbonated for me on the palate.
This would be drinkable enough at a summer party or the like..small step up from the likes of Michelob etc.

Reidrover, Mar 05, 2004
Photo of Sammy
2.65/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Better than the national brands by a moose whisker. If youa re surrounded by national brands, you can get by on one of these if you sip it as some maltiness and carbonation. Unattractive Yellow and short but immense sudsy foam. Grainy, more drinkable with food.

Sammy, Feb 22, 2004
Photo of beertaster13
4.65/5  rDev +53%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Moosehead is my favorite of the canadian lagers.

Look: Comes in a green 12 oz bottle with Moosehead on front and description of the brewery history on back. Pours a golden yellow and the head is strong in the beginning and slowy fades.

Smell: The smell is of mostly barley and hops with a sweet side

Drinkability: This beer is the best canadian lager out there (hell one of the best lagers out there, a very sweet thicker than normal lager.

All in all this is a quality beer.

beertaster13, Feb 15, 2004
Photo of Zorro
3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light gold brew.

Smell is mostly Grain and sweetness.

Tastes sweeter than I remember, big grain flavor, needs more hops though.

Rather thick for a lager, I like that.

Good Drinkability, but here this isn't exactly cheap. I remember when this was “the GREATEST beer ever!” it’s OK.

Zorro, Feb 14, 2004
Photo of ComradeCanadia
3.63/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a favorite of mine for cheap, decent beer. Pretty much a standard good ol' fashioned lager. Very Canadian.

Appearance: Green bottle with a moose's.. uh, head on it. Pours a straw yellow with a decent enough head that vanished soon enough without much lacing. Meh.

Smell: Sweet grains and barley with a very subdued hoppiness to it. Fairly simple, yet pleasant.

Taste: Nice, crisp lager. Just enough sweet barley malt and other grainy tastes in there for my liking, with a very clean, slightly hoppy finish. Not much aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Hm. TOUCH watery, but the carbonation is spot on, and not really much in the realm of aftertaste, good or bad. I'm having trouble forming an opinion on it.

Drinkability: Perfect session beer. Carbonated just enough to keep it crisp, and have it go down smoothly - clean, easy drinking taste, and a touch of character. I really do love this beer, I'll never call it great, but it -is- good. I consider this to be a quintessential Canadian beer.

ComradeCanadia, Feb 11, 2004
Photo of Boilermaker88
2.7/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

With all the recent discussion about "what was your first beer" and "what's your guilty pleasure" dominating the Beer Forum, I decided it was time to revisit the beer that got me started, Moosehead Lager.
Poured from a 12oz. green (oh, no..) bottle, it had a clear straw color and a modest, bubbly white head that quickly evaporated. The aromas of grainy malts, just a bit of herbal hops, and a whiff of - get this - olives had me flashing back to the summer before going off to college. Tasting this brew, I found a husky malt flavor laced with a serious dose of sweet corn syrup up front. That was followed up by that olive flavor (just like I remember) and a mild hoppy bitterness in the finish. The feel was light-bodied leaning toward medium, dry, and packing a lot of carbonation.
Yep, pretty much the same after twenty years, still sporting that funky olive flavor that I've yet to find in any other beer. Otherwise, Moosehead is a pretty uninspiring, unremarkable beer that I can wait another twenty years before trying again.

Boilermaker88, Feb 06, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
1.83/5  rDev -39.8%
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.

RoyalT, Feb 06, 2004
Photo of proc
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer has been showing up big time in the Motown area lately. I have seen mountains of 12-packs of it in many of the local stores. It appears they are on a mission to take on Labatt and Molson here and the price was right, I figured, what the heck. It has been years since I've had Moosehead. I opted for the cans over the bottles figuring I'd be pouring it into a glass anyway and I am always a bit suspect of green bottles.

This one pours out to a slightly dark yellow in the glass with a huge head. The aroma is that of sweetened cereal and light malt. The taste is decent, which for some reason surprised me, seeing as I wasn't a big fan of it when I last had it, probably 15 years ago. There are some light hints of hops and a slightly sweet taste of malt. Both compliment each other and surprisingly make for a decent tasting "fizzy, yellow beer". It seemed a bit lighter than I remembered, but after years of stouts and IPA's, this style does seem light.

Drinkable and decent.

proc, Jan 16, 2004
Photo of avylover
1.98/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out clear yellow with a decent white head. Aroma is weak, with some slight skunkiness and a whiff of grains. Taste starts of OK, basically alot like a heineken, some faint hops and grains, then everything turns to nastiness. A saccarine sweetness kicks in halfway through your sip, with no flavor, just sweetness, like powdered sugar, making this one nasty brew. Mouthfeel is OK but that taste lingers. Drinkablity is decent if you can get past that sweetness. Pick up a cheaper macro instead.

avylover, Dec 28, 2003
Photo of ipogios
3.6/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite impressive lager. Pours a golden colour topped by an acceptable white head that settled after a couple of sips. This beer is slightly more bitter in the flavour than other lagers though it is VERY drinkable and i wouldn't mind drinking this beer all night long.

ipogios, Dec 20, 2003
Photo of Frozensoul327
2.73/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tried this one for the first time and found it to be a unique beer. Each one had a hint of skunky flavor, but not to the extent that it ruined all the flavor (from earlier postings, i suppose this is the effect that this brew is supposed to have). Besides the touch of stale flavor, it was rather smooth and crisp, with a aftertaste that was not all that displeasing. Poured out to a lighter golden color with a decent over bubbly head. For some reason this beer was not what I thought it would be, not better, not worse, just different. I don't know if i'd buy this brew again as it was kind of expensive for the overall experience, but it may be for you. Worth a try if you are open to a different kind of beer.

Frozensoul327, Nov 15, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.45/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

WVbeergeek, Nov 10, 2003
Photo of chaduvel
2.45/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Mother Hubbard's in Chicago. Pale golden, ahh the color of urine. Decent head, not bad retention. Smell is very clean mostly grain and rice. Taste is similar. Grains, bland malts and not much in the way of hops. Lots of adjuncts on the finish and in the aftertaste. This beer is pretty bad.

chaduvel, Nov 06, 2003
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.93/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nice golden brew with a generous head. Strong skunky taste with a small malt aftertaste. This is a very light brew. This is one of the worst macro I had for a while. I don't see the need to drink this again and again why are they using light green bottle...

Phyl21ca, Oct 14, 2003
Photo of PiratePete
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Known to people in New Brunswick as Moose Green (the label is green). A near perfect clear gold that has a small but aromatic releasing head. The smell of malt is very pleasant and you can taste it. But you can also taste the hops too. Feels pretty good in the mouth and is still refreshing after its gone down. It stands alone well on a summer afternoon or with a hamburger done on the BBQ on a cold January First. Its a better lager than most.

PiratePete, Sep 25, 2003
Photo of IronDjinn
3.6/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Back in the day, before the Prairie Invasion of half the Maritimes, this used to be grade A, hard-to-find, "exotique" Eastern seaboard beer here in Alberta. Now it's head to head, stack to stack with Alexander Keith's in any given beer store.

It's an over-all above average average lager, and tops any macro I've had on the market. Clear golden body, not much head. Nose is sweet grainy malt. Flavour is crisp sweet malt, with a hint of floral hops in there if you imagine hard enough. Refreshing, smooth, very drinkable. Straight and simple. A session lager for pool, darts or karaoke, it lets you focus on what you are doing rather than on what you are drinking--lets you get down to business.

IronDjinn, Sep 23, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
2.28/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very pale gold color, small head. A light malt aroma. A medium bodied sweet tasting lager. There is some maltyness and some hoppyness but its masked by the sweetness. Very carbonated. Better than most of the Euro-lagers, but still not very good. I used to love this stuff, either my tastes have changed or this beer is really different. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

beerguy101, Sep 03, 2003
Photo of clvand0
2.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another mundane Canadian beer. This beer is yellow with little to no head and nothing interesting about it. Very average beer but very drinkable as well. It fits in with the other Canadian beers like Lebatt and Molson. "Nothing to see here folks, move along."

clvand0, Aug 18, 2003
Photo of granger10
2.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one looked like a normal lager but definitely not light which is good. Smelled sweet and nice. Taste is of generic malts and little hops. Finishes better than most lagers but nothing stands out. Too much money for its quality. Better from the tap than from the bottle.

granger10, Aug 08, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
3.6/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-Tap: Color is straw gold, somewhat pale, thin loose white head with small spots of lacing. Smell is of fresh grains with good malted barley sweetness and clean easy hops. Taste is crisp medium maltyness, very clean, a bit breadish, hops linger in quickly with a small amount of bitterness and then leaves with a fresh drying grain texture that kinda pulls any harsh sweetness away lending a crisp, clean after taste. And since it comes in a green bottle; that harsh sweetness can be overbearing if its old and been exposed to alot of light, thats why I stick with it being on-tap. Its much fresher in this form and makes for some pretty easy drinkin'.

tavernjef, Jul 19, 2003
Moosehead Lager from Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
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