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Moosehead Lager - Moosehead Breweries Ltd.

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Reviews: 470
Hads: 1,217
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 21.86%
Wants: 25
Gots: 170 | 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 chaduvel
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%
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. (300 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.91/5  rDev -38.6%
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... (257 characters)

Photo of PiratePete
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (445 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.6/5  rDev +15.8%
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. (699 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
2.26/5  rDev -27.3%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of clvand0
2.82/5  rDev -9.3%
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." (259 characters)

Photo of granger10
2.87/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (273 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
3.6/5  rDev +15.8%
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'. (654 characters)

Photo of BobLuvBeer
4.59/5  rDev +47.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours with a medium head, watery appearance. Slight amount of lace. Wonderful aroma of hops and citrus. Excellent blend of hop/malt and hint of fruit in taste. Very crisp and refreshing. Rests very comfortably on the palate. A great session beer. I could not only drink more of these, I want to get one right now!
No freshness date. (333 characters)

Photo of slitherySOB
3.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Still a simple, good lager. Gold, dare I say maple tree colour? with a 1/2 head that lasted. Barley malt smell, little floral hops. Sweet malt taste, slight hop bitter/spicyness, but not well balanced. Thirst quenching mouthfeel and very drinkable. Simple, good lager. (268 characters)

Photo of Beastdog75
2.43/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This brewery touts itself as Canada's oldest "independent" brewery. It's still on the level of Molson and Labatt products if you ask me. Moosehead didn't have really too many qualities that caught my attention, and I will also say that I hate green bottles.

Moosehead pours a bright straw/light gold color with a rather nice large fluffy white head that lasts awhile and leaves some whispy lace. But the minute I popped the cap off: SKUNK. Luckily, the second bottle I had after this one was less skunky and had some hints of grain and citric hops in the nose. The mouthfeel is of the standard watery/fizzy texture. The initial taste is of light grains, light skunk, and some citric taste. Kind of bland and watery. The hops lend some more lemony/citric bitterness into the finish, and that is this beer's most redeeming feature. The aftertaste is on the corny side, and this beer has little-to-no alcoholic warmth.

I'd probably rate this better if the skunk didn't get to it first, but overall, this beer seems like a average macro and is probably quite refreshing if it's a fresh batch. (1,094 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

have to concur with what all of the previous reviewers have said about Moosehead, it is a good P.L.A.I.N. beer. IMO this is the BEST when it is on tap in Canada as it is not skunky at all. I got this half-pint of Mooosehead @ the Cladagh in Montreal and it was excellent. A nice dark yellow colour on the pour, with almost no head. This smelled of some hops, and sweet malts and it tasted like...errr...welll...BEER! This has a crisp, dry mouthfeel which will leave you wanting for more of it, and a nice high drinkability to boot...A very good Canadian Beer!
Cheers!, (569 characters)

Photo of ElGuapo
2.97/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden yellow with a tiny little gathering of white foam on top. Not much going on in the aroma. Some sweetness, and grains.

Boring, but not bad flavor out of the tap for this one. It is a bit better than the bottled version. Slightly bitter, but mostly sweet with a lot of grains. It is easy to drink, and it is definitely not the worst thing you could fall back on at the bar. (382 characters)

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Overall this is a pleasant, if not impressive beer. The color, smell and taste are all quite average. Nice head, little retention. I like the packaging even though the green bottle creates the less than optimum taste and smell. This is a thirst quenching, inexpensive, and enjoyable summer beer. (295 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.48/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge snow-white head with modest carbonation and thick lace; crystal-clear medium golden color. Aroma is extremely skunky, so much so that my fiancee's cat, who was nearby when I poured this, wrinkled her nose. Also notable in the aroma is a strong grain component and slightly spicy hops. Taste begins with solid light malt flavors and a sweet, almost honey-like note, carbonation is quite smooth. Towards the finish there is a brief spike of spicy hops, there and then gone quite quickly. The finish is utterly clean. A smooth and wonderfully drinkable beer. This was a favorite of mine during college when I could afford it, just as good as I remembered it to be. (666 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I can't recall the last time I've had Moosehead....many years ago at least. I picked up this six pack at a small local store: they didn't have much else in the way of beer.
First off all, this beer is handsome on the pour. It's got a deep yellow color, appropriate carbonation, and a very nice head. The aroma is of slightly sulfury continental hops, and not a whole lot else....still, it's appropriate for a lager.
I should mention that the head makes an attempt at retention, but doesn't make it past a quarter of the way to the bottom of the glass.
Grain, malt in the background, not a lot of sweetness. Refreshing and clean taste.
Mouthfeel is a little watery, and sometimes I seemed to get a chalky sensation.
All around, an average beer, but it is a little better than I'd thought it'd be. (803 characters)

Photo of Rifrafboy
2.85/5  rDev -8.4%
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!!! (427 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is what american lagers should strive to be, a clean, crisp, flavorful lager that satisfies all those that drink it.

moosehead pours out a clear darker golden color. an ample head and a bit of lace adorns my glass. pleasant aromas of malt and grain with some light floral hopping. nice malty and grainy flavors. a definite hop character appears and fades, just for show. medium to light in body....smooth and satisfying. easy drinking and of good character. no green bottle euro skunk. 100% north american characteristics. finishes with a slight bit of crispness, and an enjoyable malt and hop aftertaste. this lager has character, and gives hope to those who think all mass produced american style lagers suck. moosehead is a canadian classic and a lager to be respected. (780 characters)

Photo of yen157
3.78/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Slightly more rich and golden than straw in color, the beer was topped with a dense layer of fine white foam which was sticking slightly to the glass. It smelled very clean like pale malt and hops, maybe a little bit of husk too. I’ll have to have another since I was a little stuffed up. Malt flavor was present which was a bit of a surprise given the style and what I’ve had in the past. Bitterness, too, was at decent levels but without any lingering. The hop bitterness along with some alcohol dried out the finish making it a very enjoyable gulping beer. Compared to many other beers of the style, Moosehead is great. (624 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.8/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.back in college (85-90) I considered this one of the best beers in the world....my how times have changed...I will still say this is one of the best American Lagers in the world...It is considerably better than the much more hyped Labatt Blue I just drank...

It pours a nice little golden color...Nose is soft graininess....not the huge adjunct corniness I got from Blue..Mouthfeel is medium for this style, but crisp, clean and creamy..A lighter style Canadien beer but it has a wonderful subtle sweetness...a great after malty aftertaste....perhaps the best macro made American Lager in the world....

This is a perfect example of what a great American Lager should taste like...kind of a mix between the overly sweet Miller Highlife and a crisper/cleaner AL like Coors or Bud....

I won't buy this often because I can't rationalize spending premium $$ on American Lagers but if they were all priced the same and I wanted an American lager this would be the choice....no questions asked.. (992 characters)

Photo of bditty187
2.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sickly pale yellow with a decent white head, it did lace well. Stale nose, husky and grainy, not inviting. Pretty damn plain tasting, the sweetness of the malt (and probably corn) is propelled into the forefront with underlying graininess to finish; light, simple… not offensive. For a flavorless beer it is tolerable, true I need not drink it again. Just as good as any of the better American Lagers, and yes, that is a compliment!

Hey, Moosehead… chuck the green bottles! (479 characters)

Photo of BeerBuilder
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a brilliant golden color with a thick white head that lasts. The aromas are of light malt and hops, with a bit of grain aromas as well. Again like in the aromas the flavors are of light hop and malt, and a bit of grain flavors. Moosehead is a very smooth, crisp, clean lager, which makes it go down really easy. It has more flavor than your average mainstream American lagers. (386 characters)

Photo of allboutbierge
3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Before a good friend by the name of Hootie introduced me to the beauty of good beer with my first Hoegardden on tap at D's this was one of my favorite beers. I still like it but my no means or to any extent does it touch my top 40 list. Smell is a little grainy. Taste is smooth smooth smooth. I always thought its had almost a 'creamy' taste to it, but by reading the reviews of many other BA's, Im starting to think that just may have been me. Flavor is far more malty than hops; hop taste is insignificant. Mouthfeel is excellent and one of the highlights of this brew. Feels great on the tongue, palate, and the rest of the way down. Many people knock this brew as 'just another Canadien Import' but it is far superior to anything that comes into my distributor (while I may in defense say I am in Meadville where the public tend to have less teeth that grades of high school completed). It just makes no sense to me that this bottle is green; why take a chance of skunkiness? Also Ive tended to stay away from this brew to its price and the fact that well the same company imports this as Corona (could that be the reason for high prices?). (1,145 characters)

Photo of Kwak
3.81/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Moosehead Lager
Nice thin head not much to remember pretty tasty though.
Crisp clean body nice yellow color, good fizz.
Good taste a little tart butt very smooth, goes down crisp. Excellent with a barbq on a hot day

good plain beer nothing special butt not bad (294 characters)

Photo of BeerAngel
3.57/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smells of sweet corn and grain come from this ultra-clear pale yellow/orange beer. It pours a large 2 1/2 finger white head that is quite impressive for the style. Although not at all complex this is an extremely smooth beer with a little character to please as well. Mild carb bite in the beginning with maybe a hint of hops and grain contained in a semi-sweet maybe light to medium bodied brew. Very drinkable. Although this is a very simple beer, it is an "easy-like" beer, but just like music "easy-like" you tend to get bored with it sooner than one that has to grow on you. Good beer in comparison to others in this style. Cheers! (643 characters)

Moosehead Lager from Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
72 out of 100 based on 470 ratings.