Moosehead Lager - Moosehead Breweries Ltd.

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BA SCORE
71
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1,198 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,198
Reviews: 487
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 21.71%
Wants: 22
Gots: 157 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-26-2001

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Photo of supercodes
2.05/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Classifying this as American Pale Lager is a bit generous. Beer Advocate has an adjunct American pilsner style, and this pretty much fits the bill for that classification. I am surprised by the generosity of some reviewers here, as Moosehead Lager pours, smells and tastes like most generic macros we've all encountered. There is very little prominent flavor , and no after taste to speak of. Drinking this brew ice cold is preferable, as the mouthfeel at least, is decent with the strong carbonation.

I know Labatt and Molson are not upscale beers with wholesome flavors, but I think both are preferable to Moosehead Lager.

Photo of Watershed
2.99/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Ah, Moosehead, an independent alternative to Canada's two macro flagship lagers (Labatt Blue and Molson Canadian), and superior to both -- but is it in any way a good beer?

Poured from the trademark (and controversial) 355mL green bottle into a pint glass. Maybe it's in my head -- having spent some great years in New Brunswick, I admittedly have a soft spot for this beer -- but it glows a little golder than your average macro swill, with a sudsy head that settles into a effervescent film. Smell-wise, well, this is where the controversy kicks in: Is that slight pungency a skunkiness brought on by the verboten green bottle, or is it a slight distinguishing hop character? (I'm going to hedge and say both.) In any case, that pungency mostly disappears in the taste, which shows syrupy grains and even a slight vanilla character. It's this lingering sweetness that really distinguishes Moosehead from its macro brethren, and whether one enjoys this sweetness will likely determine whether one finds it worth picking up a stray 6-pack now and again.

I buy macro two or three times a year tops, and Moosehead (along with Labatt 50 and Molson Stock Ale, plus the even better Moose Red) remains my swill of choice. Call me a sentimental Canadian, but I'd say this is worth trying at least once.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.44/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moosehead is a solid beer for a warmer day. The beer poured a pale yellow with white head that left some lacing. The scent carried grain and faint alcohol. The taste was a decent balance between malt and bittering hops. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its ok and easy to drink.

Photo of Olek4374
3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Moosehead is as Canadian as hockey and pronouncing Z as zed. It's surprisingly in the same price range as the usual suspects Kokanee and Bud and Canadian, but it offers such a nicer flavour that I am surprised it doesn't have a more solid following.

The beer pours your ordinary yellow lager colour with a moderate amount of carbonation and a good thick head that lasts longer than most macros. It smells a little skunky from the green bottle, but thankfully has a great grainy aroma to go along with it. It's not the heaviest tasting lager, and has a gentle body to it, but most importantly it lacks the unpleasant adjunct flavour that so many of the macros here carry with them, and the aftertaste is a delightful bitterness that is just weak enough not to make my face cringe.

I grab a case of this from time to time, partly cause I'm a good Canadian like that, but also because it's just a simple, refreshing, but well made beer. This is one of the Canadian beers to start with if you're going to try our beer for the first time.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and sugary aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet grain flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable but nothing too exciting going on here.

Photo of Aretis
4.71/5  rDev +54.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Moosehead has a phenomenal taste. Easily the best beer I've ever had. It has a very pleasing feel in your mouth and is good year round. The price is decent too. I have found it for around $11.99 for a 12 pack. If you don't like this beer then something is wrong with you.

Photo of Slatetank
3/5  rDev -1.3%

I enjoyed this chilled from the 12oz green bottle in a mug, review from notes.

The color is golden with crystal clarity and thin white head made up of tiny beads. Very mild aroma yet lightly grainy almost corn-like sweet ester. The feel is pretty gentle with sweetness and malt body with medium high carbonation level and slight toasted texture with semi-dry finish.

The taste is lackluster for me, malty entry with stale grain and slightly sweet cereal-like quality with low spice and mild creaminess with light smoothness of diacetyl and husky grainy taste as it finishes semi-dry. Overall I could probably find a better lager, maybe just a tad above most mass produced pale lagers...there is a mild herbal hop in this that I like

Photo of Haydn-Juby
2.73/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Served from a 341ml bottle

A: Generic pale lager color. One finger head soapy and sudsy looking.

S: Skunk. That is literally all. So potent you can smell someone opening it from 5 feet away.

T: Skunk and grain. Bitterness is low .Not completely awful but its up there. Still drinkable but not really enjoyable.

M: Crisp and refreshing on the way down. At least its got that going for it.

O: I really can't understand how this beer consistently gets decent ratings. Every single one I've ever had from a bottle has been skunky. I cannot understand green bottles. I've had it on draft and its decent then but green bottles no thank you.

Photo of gpogo
2.93/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear yellow beer. Constant bubbles and a white head with small foam cap.

A- Light sweet malt smell. Plain and lacking.

T- Light sweet malt flavor, very light bitterness throughout has a creamy vanilla/phenolic aftertaste. When moderately warm the bitterness is somewhat unpleasant.

M- Light body, moderate carbonation. Somewhat watery.

D- For what it is, not bad. That said it is on the lacking side of taste and aroma.

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Moosehead - another Canuck beer that wasn't to inspiring.

Out of the bottle the beer was your normal, everyday looking beer. It puts w thing but white and foamy head with no staying power. Smell was typical as well. Highly car instead with a watery taste not exactly what I was expecting. Overall, I scored it a little above average because of the distinct hint of sweetness to the beer. Not sure what it was but I liked it.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served in a bottle at Village Pourhouse in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow in color with some golden yellow highlights and light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy white head that quickly reduces to a thin film covering a little over half the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Upfront there is a light to moderate amount of skunk aroma (likely due to the green glass bottle) but after that dissipates there is a light amount of sweet malts with a touch of grain and just a hint of floral and grassy hops.

T: The beer is light to moderately sweet with flavors of malts and a touch of grain adjuncts. There are some very light flavors of grassy and floral hops. Light amounts of bitterness that linger into the finish, along with the overall sweetness.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with a little more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of crispness.

O: Probably one of the better examples of the AAL style with slightly more flavor than I expected (and not quite as thin or watery as most). I remember as a child thinking that Moosehead was some kind of fancy import beer - man times have changed.

Photo of Treyliff
3.4/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this one into a mug, pours a bright golden color with a decent size fizzy white head that reduces to skim the top, carbonation bubbles shoot up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell provides a bit if skunk, as expected from a green bottle. But beyond that I pick up some sweet malt with some grain, some herbal tea, and maybe even some floral hop.

T- very light and clean on the palate, some grainy malt up front, a bit if sweetness mid-palate, and finishes dry and light with just a trace of hop.

M- body is light, with spritzy yet moderate carbonation, mouthfeel is slick and just a bit foamy.

O- this isn't my style, but its one if the better ones that I've had. It's very clean and there's not much too it. But the taste isn't off-puting like many others of the style.

Photo of facundoCNB
2.22/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

clean yellow pour, lots of visible carbonation, half a finger of head. smells bread, lots of yeast, sweet malt. damn this is almost flavorless. very subtle hint of sweet grain bill. no hops.. nothing really. ugh. light-medium in body, moderate carbonation.

this is a pretty lousy beer. don't know if it's cheap, but tastes like it should be around $3 a 6pk.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.58/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half finger of head. Lot of bubbles visible in the clear, golden body.
Smell is a little honey and grain. Faint overall.
A great taste. Sweet and bitter mix well. Good bitterness to finish.
Crisp texture, moderate carbonation.
A pretty good lager. A definite "go-to."

Photo of MeanMachineCaptain
5/5  rDev +64.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm reviewing that blonde lager beer at the highest rate possible because it doesn't deserve to be under the bar of 80%. This is a top quality beer that looks like a cheap one. No matter hows the taste I could describe, there's nothing really astonishing in the bottom of that green bottle but, it is a great fuckin tasting blonde beer! Seriously, it is a lager blonde light beverage which is very refreshing no matter I you're in a high heat kinda place or even in the coldest icy lands lik here in Canada. I really think you should reconsider that lager a good tasting beer in its category and regardless of its look, it deserve a noble respect.
Cheers!

Photo of SometimesIfart
2.56/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a standard see through yellow with a frothy three finger head. Leaves very small amounts of lacing.

S - Skunk, rice, adjunct and corn adjunct.

T - Creamed corn, slight rice adjunct, seltzer water, corn flakes. Actually not terrible for a cheap beer.

M - Light body with heavy carbonation. No new flavors

O - Overall, a step above your average run of the mill mass produced beer. I actually like this more than any cheap beer that I have ever had. I would definitely get this again for a party

Photo of robinson1056
4.46/5  rDev +46.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is the best beer to drink any time of the year. It is a true go-to for any occasion. Great for the cottage or even when you're skiing. It is a very drinkable and refreshing lager. It has a great mix of hops and malts to provide a drinkable and tasty beverage. It is the true Canadian beer, owned and brewed by Canadians. And Canadians have been enjoying it since confederation.

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

One of my favorite 'cheap' lagers to swill / session without breaking the bank and without an annoying wall of hop bitter-ness common in so many contemporary micros/craft-brews.

Apparently one of the last family-owned Canadian breweries . Hope they won't sell out anytime soon .

Puts its American counter-parts to shame for price / value / taste .

I pour 2 at a time into a big tumbler. I sprinkle a little sea-salt in for a bit of zest (and less trips to the toilet ...)

Photo of phdoig
4.2/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you are looking for a good example of a golden lager, Moosehead fits the bill. Great golden coler with good foam retention on draft, this beer has a nice malty finish to go along with the lager taste. Fresh scent when first poured, the beer is best when served in an imperial pint glass. For pairings this beer does well with fresh seafood, as it comes from the east coast of Canada!

Photo of Syl
4.76/5  rDev +56.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite!
5% ABV highly refreshing golden lager.
It offers a fine balance between malt sweetness and hop bitterness.
Brewed longer with age-old yeast culture, it imparts a delicious and unique flavor.

Because of the green bottle, it is very sensitive to light so in order to avoid it being light struck, protect it from light as much as possible. I enjoy it with a slice of lime as well.

Photo of Ipetitt
3.73/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's very smooth, but full bodied. Not over the top with hoppiness, much easier to drink. A perfect beer to have after a long day of work. It has a nice golden color and is very smooth on the way down. It is not a highly alcoholic drink, but as far as lagers go it does have a nice kick without being too much to enjoy. Overall it's an easy drinking lager with a full body and mouthfeel. A great beer.

Photo of Mholyome
4.55/5  rDev +49.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A comfortable lager beer, with a nice golden colour. Not too heavy and easy to drink. Has more of the actual beer taste I am after when I drink a non amber lager. I find Moosehead Lager to be quite refreshing, and I am glad to see that it uses 100% Canadian Barley Malt. I also like the fact that this brand is still Canadian owned, and privately operated.

Photo of JackSkerry
4.23/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The green bottle certainly distinguishes this iconic Canadian brand apart from it's competition. Best served chilled- resulting in a crisp lager taste with a nice, soft clean finish. Great summer time beer, particularly when grilling lighter cuisine. Highly drinkable!

Photo of Schooner
4.25/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have been enjoying Moosehead for years. Very happy when it came out in a Light version. I find it flavorful, no after taste and it smells good. Make sure it is REALLY cold. Goes great with everything especially steak. Mix it with Clamato juice 50/50 fry up some hashbrowns, eggs and steak or ham and you have an awesome saturday morning breakfast.

Photo of corrivoclaude
4.2/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classic style lager with a hint of the noble hallertau hop, rich mouth feel and refreshing taste. Golden staw colour with a creamy white froth. Finishes slightly sweet with very little aftertaste, the bottom of the pint has you craving for the next pint.

Moosehead Lager from Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
71 out of 100 based on 1,198 ratings.