Moosehead Lager - Moosehead Breweries Ltd.

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Reviews: 474
Hads: 1,231
Avg: 3.06
pDev: 35.29%
Wants: 25
Gots: 185 | 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 Treyliff
3.4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
2.22/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.58/5  rDev +17%
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."

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Photo of MeanMachineCaptain
5/5  rDev +63.4%
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.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of robinson1056
4.46/5  rDev +45.8%
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.

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Photo of Foam
2.75/5  rDev -10.1%
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 ...)

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Photo of phdoig
4.2/5  rDev +37.3%
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!

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Photo of Syl
4.76/5  rDev +55.6%
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.

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Photo of Ipetitt
3.73/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

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Photo of Mholyome
4.55/5  rDev +48.7%
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.

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Photo of JackSkerry
4.23/5  rDev +38.2%
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!

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Photo of Schooner
4.25/5  rDev +38.9%
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.

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Photo of corrivoclaude
4.2/5  rDev +37.3%
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.

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Photo of CHickman
3.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear yellow like apple juice with bubbles racing up the middle and a 2 finger snow white head that fades quickly and leaves a foamy layer on top and decent spotty lacing.

Smell is very basic, with grains, sweet malt, light floral hops, husk like vegetables or lettuce and some musk like yeast or an old shoe; pretty spot on for an old school classic lager.

Taste is pretty basic and again in line with the old school classic lager profile, with grains, malt, light floral hops, husk, a slight funk like yeast, and a clean earthy and malty finish.

Mouthfeel is very light, clean, refreshing and crisp, with light fizzy carbonation, a watery feel and an overall good session beer that’s just impossible not to drink fast.

I bought a 12 pack for a party I was hosting, hoping my friends would be as nostalgic as I was and enjoy pounding these beers and thinking about when we first had them in the mid-80’s; they were a hit and most were downed except this one used for the review. The taste is always average, but it’s a solid beer and a classic lager that is always enjoyable.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.35/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden wheat in color. Carbonation looks high. The head is white with minimal retention. No lacing on this on.

S - Skunk up front. Getting faint hops but mostly a corn like sweetness.

T - The skunk is gone. There is a nice crisp grain flavor that aint half bad. It sorta defines the whole taste and finishes clean.

M - Clean, semi dry, refreshing carbonation. Not bad.

O - Aside from the skunky nose this beer isn't too bad. Ive had worse in the style. I wouldn't recommend it but you could do worse.

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Photo of Beerlover619
4.1/5  rDev +34%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first time tasting this beer was a couple weeks ago. Before then i never even heard of it. My brother and I decided to get a random 12 pack. We went to the store and seen moosehead and decided what the heck will try it.

I thought the beer would be kinda harsh. Actually this is one of my favorites now. It really is a refreshing lager. Be perfect for the summer doing yard work. Overall a real good beer.

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Photo of wodanick
4.02/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my all-time favorites. You would expect to be overwhelmed by the smell, but the first drink is just as refreshing as the last. a mid-yellow in color, this beer has a strong scent of hops but the taste is not that strong. You expect it to be somewhat harsh, but this beer is so smoothe that there is no harshness found. Very balanced in elements, I wouldn't classify this as sweet or dry, bitter or bland, this beer is just downright smoothe. Best just sitting on the couch and relaxing.

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Photo of jsisko01
4/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear golden color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Has some nice, creamy lacing.

Smell - Very skunky. When first opening the bottle the skunk filled the room. Behind that strong aroma I think I can smell some pale malts and corn. It's pretty hard to tell..

Taste - It's quite sweet.. Has the skunkiness, corn, buttery bread, and light hops.

Mouthfeel - Light body and mild carbonation.

Overall - Moosehead Lager is very drinkable.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.23/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gold color. Crystal clear with a whisp of foam top. 3.5

Grain husks, and Euro hop mutings. Not much, but very clean. 3.0

Flatline flavor. Some pale malts whispering cereal notes and some Euro stank. A kiss of hop bitterness and a clean, almost apple-fruity finish. 3.5

Not carbonated enough. Thin body. 3.0

I prefer this over the BMC, but that's not saying a whole lot. The few sparing notes of interest seal the deal. 3.0

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

Poured from a 12 oz green bottle into my 32oz mug, "coded" freshness date

a: pours a clear golden, with about a 2 inch white head which quickly receded with some lacing down the glass 3/5

s: can't pick up too much here, some skunkiness and some malty sweetness, albeit very faint 3/5

t: first taste to me is corn, then the sweet malt, followed by a very mild hop presence, but it all mixes into the overall flavor and is gone with a swallow with nothing really lingering 3/5

m: very very crisp and smooth, perfect carbonation makes this go down very easy, it's just very very light 3/5

o: this is my first experience with Moosehead and I am not disappointed because it's great for what I got it for -- sipping while doing some yardwork in the 85 degree Alabama spring. This is a very good, albeit somewhat light, lager. 3/5

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Photo of andrenaline
2.87/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First review on iPhone...

A - pours a pale straw colour, finger of head which quickly recedes leaving no lacing

S - grassy notes, sweet corn, biscuit and toasted bread

T - sweet corn, buttered bread, grassy hop notes, biscuit and toasted saltines

M - medium, smooth and wet

O - classic lager flavours, though still rather mild, nothing spectacular, but easily drinkable

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Photo of RichsStomach
2.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A clean clear looking beer. Can have a skunky odour but this seems to be common with beer in green colour bottles. It is the type of beer that tastes better the colder it is and the warmer you are. No lingering tastes.

Overall this is a clean beer that is not filling with some taste.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours a decent straw/golden. A snow white finger of fizz, fading but slowly due to quite a feed of bubbles from below. Lots of Swiss cheese lacing on the glass as this one goes down.

Aroma - an initial blast of skunk on opening and pouring. After some setup, some malt comes through but the skunk hangs around as well.

Taste - much better than I feared. A decent malt base, no skunk. Grain, some husk. A light bite of lemon, some balancing hops. Clean finish, a small alcohol edge. Fairly tasty and dynamic for the style.

Mouthfeel - very crisp, thinnish, tis the pale lager way.

Drinkability - a pleasant surprise, though it'd be way more sessionable out of a can.

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Photo of adjunctjonez
4.32/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moosehead lager is my favorite canadian beer and one of my top lager choices. I consider it to be an adjunct since I believe corn is used in the recipe but not sure. Moosehead's bottling means 6 packs are prone to skunkiness, therefore stick with 12 packs. It is brewed only 150 miles away so it always seems fresh and enjoyable here. Appearance is golden with limited head that fades away. The smell is hoppy with floral overtones, some malt/grain. The taste has a very nice blend of distinct hop bite and crisp lager flavor. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, very drinkable. Mooshead seems to be the only canadian brewer that still tastes like I remember from 20 years ago.

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Moosehead Lager from Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
71 out of 100 based on 474 ratings.