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Moosehead Lager - Moosehead Breweries Ltd.

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1,126 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,126
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 22.04%
Wants: 21
Gots: 75 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.7/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a straw-yellow color with a thin white, kind of fizzy head.

Not much of a scent, mostly grains.

The taste is mostly of dry grains with some slight hop bitterness.

Light bodied, very crisp and highly carbonated.

Very easy to drink. This is probably one of the better American Lagers I've had. Very refreshing.

Photo of MadTown1000
3.85/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a glass with a tremendous quantity of thick foam - it settles slowly and leaves a solid trail of lace down the side of the glass. Very, very light color - almost indistinguishable from ginger ale. It's actually a little bit disconcerting.

Can smell in from a foot away as soon as I open the can, and definitely at the top of the glass. It just smells like beer, but points for strength.

Moosehead has long been one of my favorite all-purpose beers. It's very malty, with a substantial feel in my mouth. A bit of a mild aftertaste, and only the slightest bit of hop bitterness. Easy drinking, but it does start to fill you up after a while; I don't think I'd want to pound it all day. If you haven't tried Moosehead, I'd highly recommend - if nothing else, I'd be hard pressed to find anything objectionable about it unless you're a die-hard flavorphobic Coors Light fanatic.

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

A - pours a sparkling straw color with a perfectly clear body. Small white quick fading head sits on top.

S - Sweet malt with a hint of grass. Not hop bitterness.

T - Not offensive, but not complex either. Very clean with virtually no aftertaste. Straight malt flavors.

M - Almost not mouth feel aside from a bit of carbonation.

D - due to the lack of mouthfell and little taste these can cruise down.

Photo of Psilo707
2.65/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale liquid with minimal head and lacing when poured into mug. Smells bad. Very corn based and pungent; like a cheap beer. Tastes the same, nothing special to comment about and doesn't flow well int the mouth. Mouthfeel is stingy and not creamy in any way. Drinkability is higher than the rest but only slightly.

Overall there is absolutely no reason to buy this beer.

Photo of BeerTaster
2.45/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I see this beer and think of Moose hunting in the far north returning from a long days hunt to the cabin to sit by the fire swap stories and enjoy some good brew. This beer is nothing like that.

Appearance this is the best quality lite straw in color white head that leaves some lace

Smell light malt and some adjunents

Taste very bland worse than most american lagers

Mouthfeel thin

Drinkability I can finish what I have left but wont be buying it again

Photo of originalsin
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found an assortment of untouched beers in the fridge tonight (whose I'm not quite sure) and decided I'd be reviewing a few of them. First on the list is Moosehead Lager from Canada. How'd the Canadians ever get around to brewing what's here called an "American Pale Lager" anyway? Can't we just call this one a 'Canadian Super-Pale Lager, eh" ?

Buncha hosers they musta been that brewed this one... Shouldn't be too harsh, sorry. The pour is all kinds of pale with a little bit of head that disappears right away. If it weren't for the slight touch of head sitting on top of the beer I'd possibly mistake this for a heavily carbonated apple juice. Hopefully I won't be wanting one after this...

This beer smells like ice hockey.

This tastes a lot like I expected it to taste--it's really not that awful. Let's give Moosehead some credit here for this one. It tastes just like a Canadian Super-Pale Lager, eh? should. It's a clean, crisp, lager with some lingering malty flavors.

Goes down easy- I see people referring to a lot of beers like this as lawnmower beers: I've been spending too much money on beer so I can't quite afford one but as of right now we're gonna go ahead and refer to this as a "sit on my ass and get yelled at by my mom while I watch myself sweat on the porch" beer.


Photo of IBUnit63
2.78/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from an Ottawa LCBO...into a Moosehead mug from the brewery itself...

Looks very light...1/2 finger head that goes quickly. Lots of carbonation rising through the chartreuse lemon-colored body.

A bit of the dreaded Saaz silage, dry Pilsener mal and strong corn. Nothing special here.

Well, this isn't horrible but it's not much. Slightly clean with a little Saaz silage - doesn't finish with that overwhelming stewed vegetal taste like a lot of these do.

Palate feel is cleaner than the nose would suggest (thankfully). Slight Pilsener malt perfume provides a balanced and crisp finish.

This doesn't drink too badly but it gets warm quickly. Not for savoring.

Photo of diabecktic
3.55/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Head formation is fairly quick, but the retention is fairly short. About ~1 finger of creamy foam forms - quickly dissipating with minimal lacing. The beer itself is a pale golden straw color with plenty of rising carbonation.

The aroma is quite grainy with a hint of hops. Mild grass and spice tones are present, but it basically smells like a field on a warm summer day. You can also detect the smell of alcohol. Other than that, there's really not much to say.

Hop character is fairly strong; bitterness is moderately strong with a decent kick. Maltiness is minimal, but becomes manifest in the aftertaste portion of the sampling. The alcohol is subtle - also becoming more apparent in the aftertaste segment.

Bitterness definately tingles the tongue, but this beer is quite smooth. I would rate this as a light bodied brew with a lot of kick and a clean finish.

It's quite easy to drink this beer quickly. With simple flavor, a clean finish, and plenty of alcohol I wouldn't drink it any other way.

I picked up a six pack (on sale!) to commemorate the Chicago Blackhawks' ascension to the post season ranks. Why not get blitzed with some good 'ol Canadian beer? As is custom, I had to write a review for at least one of these, so here I am. This beer isn't anything special, but it's a good brew at a (relatively) cheap price. I would recommend drinking it with some kind of BBQ and/or during a hockey game! It's not something that I would go out of my way to get on a regular basis, but it's worth having every now and then.

Photo of minterro
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

nice golden straw color, thin head, clear appearance .

Dank hoppy attractive smell. smells like cannabis food (weed cooked in butter), but let be honest cannabis and hops share the same "order" if you are going to get scientific with it.

Beautiful bitter taste, not all that well balanced, but really good taste still.

Not all that great feeling in my mouth, better then most, a light thin feel.

A good beer for its price, I'm ready to drink another.

Overall a good beer, happy that i made the purchase it. good beer for its price.

Photo of Cakanator
1.63/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

How could I turn down having the good ole moose. Somehow between the thinner yellow color and even thinner taste, I didn't manage to pour this one out. Its not totally offensive as say for instance Busch Light. Its bland, but not skunked. It's what we call a lawnmower beer when all other lawnmower beers have been exhausted.

Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I tasted this 350ml bottle on 12.04.2009 (in date).
It poured a crystal clear yellow brew with a thin whitish head (pilsner appearence). Some lacing left on the glass.
Smelled grassy and fresh. Tasted nice and crisp; a refreshing pilsner type lager with an acidic note.
Nice beer for a thirst quencher on a summer's day.

Photo of billybob
3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours light gold in color with a quickly fading white head and thin fading lace. smells of fresh cut grass and corn. taste is fresh and clean with no funky after taste your its your basic lager only brewed in canada. mouthfeel and carbonation both are good. not much else to say on the plus side other than it would be ok for something quick and cold on a hot summer day.

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
4.18/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - pale yellow colour with a nice ultra-thin frothy head with impressive lacing. Consistent haze of bubbles at surface, pretty inspiring.

Smell - faint barley and hop aromas, light citrusy-apple with grassy undertones.

Taste - is a slow, almost neutral start but gives way to good barley malt flavours. Prominent citrus-fruit impact during the middle, and then a slow, mild bitterness at the finish. Unspectacular but stands firmly on its feet.

Mouthfeel - much smoother than the canned version, which seemed much more active in terms of both carbonation and balance.

Drinkability - same comments. Many nights have been spent pounding back numerous of these. How can it not be a 5 for me?

Photo of G14IT
1.68/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Light yellow , not much head retention

Smell: Think watered down Bud Light and ad some skunk

Taste: Same as smell

Mouthfeel: Club soda

Drinkability: not bad if guzzled but leaves a chemical taste. Terrible if you try to savor the flavor.

My dad calls it "moose piss" and now I get why. PBR is a better all around beer in my opinion.

Photo of brentk56
1.95/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pour a clear pale golden color with a rich marshmallow of a head that leaves plenty of lace, but dissipates rather quickly

Smell: What would you expect from a green bottle - the skunk

Taste: Fortunately, the taste was not skunked (if that could be called fortunate in the case of this beer); sweet, with a developing bitter grainy accent by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sugary sweetness persists well into the finish although the raw grainy taste never really fades

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, almost watery, with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: If you like sugar water, you will probably like Moosehead

Photo of OtherShoe2
2.7/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours light yellow with a white fizzy head. Some light lacing. Nothing gorgeous, but it is clear and has enough head and bubbles to be interesting.

Scent is not all that great. This one had some serious skunk, but who knows how long this has been sitting on a restaurant shelf. I'd like to say that there was something else there, but skunk dominated. Can't knock the category rating any lower, because it may not be the producer, but the procurer who is responsible.

Light grainy malt with firm bitterness and a fairly clean finish. Some boiled grain elements, and I've had worse, but this one is ok. The hops help balance the sour grain-mash element, and some cutting flavors of grain husk give this another characteristic.

Well carbonated, not exactly medium bodied, but not light either.

This is pizza swill (or in this case, Thai). I suppose that an icy bucket of these on a hot day would hit the spot (and I remember buying this by the case when I was in my 20's, so more than a few of these were tipped by me after a hot day at work). Not exactly the sipper -- just not enough complexity here. Still, not a horrific effort.

Photo of madvoice
2.63/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a light straw colour with very little head which disappeared pretty quickly. Looked to have pretty much no fizz.

It smelled a bit skunky and fruity but not totally unpleasant.

Tastes a bit like cornmeal without salt. Nothing exciting.

Mouthfeel is pretty watery and almost no carbonation.

It is drinkable in the same way water is drinkable. I'd drink it again only if it was free.

Photo of Nick3
2.7/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golden straw in color, beer looks lifeless, no head and minimal carbonation. I can't smell anything from this beer, I'll give it a 2.0 since I guess it's better to smell nothing then to smell something bad. Taste is what I expected from this style. Mild maltiness and then some grains and mild hop finish. Easy to drink but similar to water in mouthfeel. I wouldn't recommend this unless you like beer that is odorless and minimal in flavor.

Photo of Strand
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moosehead Lager is a pretty decent Canadian lager. There isn't anything particularly noteworthy about it, just kind of an average lager. It has a bit of a skunky taste, not unlike Heineken, but once you get used to that, it's actually kind of refreshing. The smell isn't all that wonderful, so I don't recommend pouring it into a glass. But straight from the bottle, Moosehead Lager is an alright beer.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a clean, clear straw yellow. A finger of foamy head developed and dissipated quickly to leave a slight lacing and then a ring around the edge.

Smell: Grains dominate. It also has that distinct skunk scent, which, thankfully, is not as offensive and rank as the real thing.

Taste: My first mouthful was foul. My taste buds were a little out of whack because I didn't remember Moosehead tasting that bad before. Subsequent sips were more even and balanced -- more brew-like. Grains dominate as in the smell. Not much complexity, which should be expected, though it's definitely better than the major macros brewed farther south.

Drinkability: It's an ideal drinking brew for all you kids out there. The perfect bottle beer. After seven or eight Don Cherry might look chic.

Photo of TheHammer
3.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Comes in a green bottle with a freshness date. Moose logo and quip about how the brewery is proudly independent. Pours with a decent inch of head that sustains decently but sadly doesn't lace very much. Beer itself is a clear gold color with clear signs of carbonation.

Smell: A little bit skunky but I've certainly experienced worse. Has a corn and grain scent to it with undertones of lemon and mild hops. If it wasn't for the skunk, it would get a 3. Nothing special, but nothing bad.

Taste: Taste is well distinctly average. Starts with a corn flavour and then transitions to the hops and grain, which come off just bitter enough. Ends with a little bit more grain tamed with a little bit of lemon. Nothing special here, but once again nothing bad.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is excellent and doesn't get carried away. Practically no unpleasant aftertaste, as what you do get disappears fast. Doesn't leave the mouth dry, nor like you just drank water. Not bad, whatsoever.

Drinkability - The beer goes down smoothly, the taste doesn't linger, feels good and tastes what you'd expect from a beer. My only problem is, it does seem to cause a little bit of bloating which hamstrings it's drinkability.

Final Thoughts - For the most part, this beer is slightly above average. It's nothing worthy going out of your way for, but it's also not a bad choice. Really, I find myself drinking this beer because I don't have a more interesting option and I feel it's certainly a step up from the standard macro offerings.

Photo of BR549
2/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

it's been 5 years since i've had this paticular beer, and i know the reason it has been so long this beer is not good it has less taste than most of the macro beers i've had, it probably would go good with a funnel. it also had kind of a skunky smell, probably due to the green bottle or the age of the beer

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.15/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Half inch of bleached head, leaves some lacing. Typical mainstream lager appearence.
Skunked aroma with a stale malty hit to follow.
Sweet lemon taste assualts the palate. Very slight bitter finsh. Very little taste whatsover. Extremely watery.
Very easy drinking, possibly ok for beach/bbq, if you can get over how watery this is.

Photo of mdcrouser
2/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass, it gleams a crisp yellow-gold.

Smells off and unlike beer really should - not in a spoiled way, mind you, but just not good. It literally creeps its' way into your nose, with a mildly nauseating corniness.

Smooth, with a salty maltiness, screaming of adjunct, sitting at the back of the tongue like a wet washcloth.

It's dry in the mouth, quickly soaking into the tongue and past the throat.

Drinkable only in that it is akin to water, with little taste so it goes down relatively easy.

Yeesh! Maybe good for a fishing trip when it's cold enough that your lips don't taste much, but not good for here on the sofa.

Photo of Vito
4.5/5  rDev +48%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Appearance: Green bottle with a picture of a moose on the label. I poured the beer into a 16 oz. mug, and the moose mysteriously vanished. What a trip!

Smell: No offense, but they might want to change the name of this beer to "Skunkhead".

Taste: Despite the skunky aroma, this beer tastes good. REAL good. I can't identify the many elements of this beer's complexity, but it has a mild, pleasant flavor that I really like.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation that matches the mild flavor. Very nice.

Drinkability: Five big ones!

Overall: Moosehead!

Moosehead Lager from Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
71 out of 100 based on 1,126 ratings.