Moosehead Lager - Moosehead Breweries Ltd.

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Reviews: 467
Hads: 1,204
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 21.86%
Wants: 23
Gots: 163 | 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 phdoig
4.2/5  rDev +35%
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! (386 characters)

Photo of Syl
4.76/5  rDev +53.1%
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. (392 characters)

Photo of Ipetitt
3.73/5  rDev +19.9%
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. (401 characters)

Photo of Mholyome
4.55/5  rDev +46.3%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of JackSkerry
4.23/5  rDev +36%
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! (268 characters)

Photo of Schooner
4.25/5  rDev +36.7%
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. (347 characters)

Photo of corrivoclaude
4.2/5  rDev +35%
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. (256 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.33/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (1,104 characters)

Photo of depechemode1983
3.35/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (508 characters)

Photo of Beerlover619
4.1/5  rDev +31.8%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of wodanick
4.02/5  rDev +29.3%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of jsisko01
4/5  rDev +28.6%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.23/5  rDev +3.9%
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 (426 characters)

Photo of drakkath
3/5  rDev -3.5%
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 (828 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
2.87/5  rDev -7.7%
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 (374 characters)

Photo of RichsStomach
2.89/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (285 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.92/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (682 characters)

Photo of adjunctjonez
4.32/5  rDev +38.9%
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. (676 characters)

Photo of wages
3.76/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance - 4.5/5 - Pours with a moderate head that slowly fades away. The color is a light yellow (basic grain color). There are lots of bubbles pooling from the bottom up.

smell - 3.5/5 - Smells like dough.

taste - 3.5/5 - Starts out with a moderate bitter hop bite that lets just a little bready flavor through on the end. The hops linger but not too long.

mouthfeel - 4.5/5 - Good carbonation level makes the hop bite effervescent. Feels refreshing.

overall - 4/5 - I had little expectations for this beer, but was surprised to find it somewhat refreshing and while not my style, certainly workable. (608 characters)

Photo of Stunner97
3.78/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer to me is good for what it is style wise, it is crisp clean and refreshing. It is certainly one that you could session all night long and not get sick of the flavor. It has just enough to it it going on that it is enjoyable to me as compared to many regular adjunct lagers that I find to be extremely undrinkable. Is it complex no but it is it refreshing and drinkable yes, could take place as occasional go to when looking for easy drinking lager. (457 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.32/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked GO411-12:15. Sampled on February 27, 2012. Too bad I can only get it in the green bottle in my area because it inevitably comes off as skunked. The pour is pale to golden yellow with a fizzy white head. Trying to block the skunkiness out of my mind I can get a solid malty scent on the nose and some crisp clean but vague hop esthers. The body is light to medium and average for the style. The taste also has a creamy, maltiness to it with a bitter hop bite playing tag on the end. In the 1980's this was a beer I drank quite often. Times and tastes change but it still is a halfway decent Canadian pale lager on occasion. (656 characters)

Photo of CowsCanBark
3.09/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into Samuel Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden hue with a white three-finger head. Minimal lacing is left on the glass.

Smell: SKUNKED! Damn green bottles...anyway, aside from skunk I can smell a hell of a lot of corn, and a tiny bit of hop smell.

Taste: Skunked again, but not as much as the smell. Very corny, and a bit of hoppyness. Watery and grassy, slight citrus tinge.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and high carbonation, easy to drink, just like an AAL.

Overall: A decent beer that really just tastes like an above average AAL. Corny and refreshing. (593 characters)

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

Poured a 2" white soap suds head, fading pretty fast. The color is standard BMC clear straw yellow and continues post-pour with a decent amount of effervescence. It smells like grass and corn. Taste is against standard BMC but it's decent. There's not much of a finish. Yes, a thoroughly average and boring mainstream beer, but there's nothing actually wrong with it. You could substitute for any BMC. (401 characters)

Photo of h20mbh
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a little darker than your average lager. could be called a pilsner.

slightly malty but not much else.

slightly malty taste. nothing unpleasant.

a little thicker than an average lager.

this used to be my go to canadian lager. it is better than canadian, blue, and other macro canadian lagers. however, after expanding my lager horizons so to speak, Sam Adams Boston Lager is significantly better and costs only slightly more. suprisingly, Pabst Blue Ribbon is slightly better costs significantly less. (546 characters)

Photo of AMiz602
2.62/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Just about another Canadian lager by many respects. Though better than some American lagers you'll find in the stores, it is a pretty cost efficient way to get a decent lager at a decent price.

Overall it is very lightly colored, and the first few sips taste the creamiest and maltiest. It quickly loses its flavor as it warms up, but has a nice mouthfeel that is not overly carbonated like some other lagers. It is smooth, and very drinkable in multiple quantities.

I'd say that it is a middle-of-the-road, "go-to" beer if you are unsure at a bar. (551 characters)

Moosehead Lager from Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
72 out of 100 based on 467 ratings.