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Moosehead Lager - Moosehead Breweries Ltd.

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Moosehead LagerMoosehead Lager

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476 Reviews

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Reviews: 476
Hads: 1,246
Avg: 3.06
pDev: 35.29%
Wants: 27
Gots: 193 | 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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Reviews: 476 | Hads: 1,246
Photo of ZAP
3.8/5  rDev +24.2%
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..

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Photo of bditty187
2.94/5  rDev -3.9%
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!

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.13/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of allboutbierge
3.3/5  rDev +7.8%
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?).

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Photo of Kwak
3.81/5  rDev +24.5%
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

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.57/5  rDev +16.7%
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!

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In high school, this was the "exotic" canadian import. Tastes pretty much like Molson, although the moose really inspires me. Good outdoor beer (we were in high school). The taste is pleasant enough and after three, who really tasted it anyways?

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Photo of Shiloh
3.98/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I find this American style lager full bodied and most pleasing to the pallate, drinkability is very rewarding. I would rate it higher but have found no other lagers that closely associate to the overall product that is "Moosehead" to compare it with.
Think I will crack one open now....

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Photo of Mick
3.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is as good as any other Canadian. The difference I experience in the Canadians is the smooth drinkability. It seems to be their marquee note. The overall appearance is good; smell and taste are what you would expect from an above average lager. Present tones of spice and hop aromas. Goes down smooth and stays there.

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Photo of BeerBob
3.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Moosehead Lager pours a golden amber from a 12oz green bottle. Head form at two fingers then on the way down leaves lace and a well defined ring.

Nose is a yeasty sulfur and barley malt with damp corn. Palate is first malt then corn sweetness followed by the carbonation bite.

More corn than I’d like to see in a lager, but not cloy. Moosehead can suffer from being light struck in the open six pack, and the green bottle does not help. I had to return the last six pack of Moosehead Lager, just because of this.

When fresh, Moosehead Lager can be refreshing and crisp, but when light struck, you’ll want to hold your nose.

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Photo of brakspear
4.01/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There is a big difference between the skunky bottles imported into the United States, and a bottle bought in Canada...I think it is because the American version is heat pasteurized to promote a longer unrefrigerated shelf life. This review is of a bottle brought fresh from across the border.
A pale golden well-carbonated body forms a beautiful compact and foamy white head that lasts. The aroma has a hint of hop spiciness, but not much. The taste is refreshing and crisp, malt notes lead at first followed by a well-balanced hop bitterness lingering into a slightly dry mouthfeel. The Canadian version is a very nicely-brewed North American lager, too bad the same cannot be said for its American-imported version.

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Photo of Lupe
3.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nothing great but nothing bad about this brew. A clean and quick to drink lager. Better than many US lagers with a bit more quality and the same drinkability. No one aspect blows you away but not bad all together.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.22/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Slightly sweet apple notes (or maybe it was the green bottle-ugh), but bottom line nothing struck me about this beer that would make me want to try it again. Luckily I didn't get a skunky bottle.

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Photo of marc77
2.95/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear straw hue topped by a fluffy white head. Generic sweetness, light sulfur with a very subdued floral hop nose in aroma. The typically bland flavor profile is comprised of a quick snap of hop bitterness upfront, followed by dextrin sweetness and pronounced corn notes. When coupled with the watery mouthfeel, this brew goes down easy, but is uttery unremarkable. Moosehead is only a notch above typical megaswill in enjoyment.

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Photo of goindownsouth
2.26/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well, I hate to be such a conformist, but this is a really bad brew. The only good thing I can think of is the head, which was there but not too thick nor thin. The aroma was that of formaldehide or something similar. The beer is actually drinkable, but I think it is the bottle that is green that is causing all of the problems.

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Photo of canoehornpoint
2.11/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is skunky. It seems like a bit more watery Heineken. It was very pale, had a slight bubbley head that dissipated quickly. It starts with a skunky taste and finishes with an even skunkier aftertaste.

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Photo of tigerpaws
1.89/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The only thing I can really say about this brew is the attractive logo on the bottle. The smell really tuned me off before I even tasted it and then the taste confirmed it. Very skunky and such a bad after taste. I'm sure some like this beer, but its not my cup of tea or should I say beer lol.......CHEERS

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Photo of psugrad98
3.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yellow straw with crisp almost soda like carobnaton, Quickly dissapearing head. Smells pilsner like with hoppy floral aroma. Taste is nicely blended between sweet malt and sharp biting hops. Very clean and crisp. Finishes somewhat dry.

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Photo of ADR
2.06/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear gold color, decent head at 1/2 inch but adjunct in quality and duration. Slightly hoppy aroma, notes of skunk. Decent hop crispness, mouthfeel is very light aside from carbonation. The malts really fall down in quality of flavor and in providing balance. What remains is a slightly bitter, watery, and gassy beer that's not very pleasant to swallow. A slightly skunked macro in taste and impression.

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Photo of stoutman
3.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good, crisp, lager (better than budwieser).. however, this moose pee is better as a dilutive effect (about 30%) for a great black and tan (with Guiness stout being the other 70%, of course).

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Photo of Wildman
1.75/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This beer poured a pale yellow color and formed a bubbly white head that left no lace as it subsided. An aroma of hops and grain. The flavor was of hops and grain. The body is fairly light and mostly bite to hide any type of finish. I had friends in college from Canada, so I always had them introducing different beers to me from there nation. One of them loved this beer, but I have never been that impressed with it. I found the taste, mouthfeel and smell not very good at all.

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Photo of rastaman
1.5/5  rDev -51%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Funky skunk taste, watery, weak, and a waste of money for what you pay for, $16 Aussie dollars a sixer( around $8US), tastes like evry other mass produced lager ever made, quite sweet, very one dimensional mass market style lager. zzzzzzzz............

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Photo of aracauna
2.98/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Not too bad. I'd drink it over Budweiser anyday. A little light on the flavor side and a little watery, but definitely drinkable. It'd be an option for a summer cookout beer.

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Photo of Jason
3.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz green bottle with no freshness date. Blurb about the brewery and a bit of history on the back label.

Appearance: Shaded yellowish straw hue, tiny bubbled carbonation that forms a thin blanketing white lace.

Smell: Fresh milled grain and the sweetness of a malted barley mash as well as clean boiled hops come to mind, pretty much what an American lager should smell like.

Taste: Crisp medium carbonation with a moderate malty body and a smooth and inviting mouth feel. Malt is straight up one sided which is goes well with this beers disposition, clean on the palate … almost immaculate. Hops are sharp and to the point with their quick in and out bitterness. Fresh drying grain pulls any sweetness away from the tongue and puckers the mouth into a clean after taste of little residual.

Notes: A clean and quick to drink lager, better than its US counterpart while leaving a touch more quality without taking away from the swift drinkability of most American lagers.

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Photo of sponberg
3.31/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The "poor" smell is for the semi-occasional skunky bottle. Otherwise, a very drinkable golden brew with a decently clean finish. Good lawnmower beer. And I've yet to find a beer that, in all seriousness, causes people to belch as much as Moosehead. Is it the carbonation? I have no idea.

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Moosehead Lager from Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
71 out of 100 based on 476 ratings.