Moosehead Lager - Moosehead Breweries Ltd.

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1,132 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,132
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 22.04%
Wants: 21
Gots: 78 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-26-2001)
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Photo of canucklehead
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent beer for the style; better than Canadian or Blue. In a can there is a freshness and crispness that have not had in a bottle. To my tastes this beer lacks the corny finish of other macro lagers. At least unlike Keith's it simply is a lager with no pretences

Photo of johnd513
2.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a light golden/straw color with a one finger head that quickly disappears. Smells of German pills with some hops. The taste is watery with that is sweet at first and ends bitter. The mouthfeel is light, crisp and refreshing. This beer is quite drinkable and unoffensive.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.43/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Pale yellow/golden. A finger of white head comes and goes quickly. No lace.

S - Skunked, as expected. Some sweet malt, cereal-like, with a touch of spicy/grassy hops.

T - Very mild, grainy sweetness dominates the palate. Grassy/earthy hops provide minimal flavor but a quick bitterness. Finish is extremely clean.

M - Moderate to high carbonation with a light to medium body. Very nice for the style and flavor.

D - In the end this beer is fairly flavorless. It's not as bad as others out there but it isn't anything to seek out again.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Out of the bottle this Canuck brew was a light straw gold color with a foamy white head. The retention and lacing were mediocre and the aroma malty in a musty kind of way. The flavors were not much better, above average for a Macro lager but little more than that. Malt lager in the aftertaste and assorted wet grains in the middle with a undertone of minerals. The body was light/medium, the mouthfeel ok and the carbonation the same. Just a C class beer in general.

Photo of EatsTacos
2.2/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well I admire the marketing for Moosehead. The company's image I think is marketed very well to Canadians as being strongly independent etc. The beer isnt very great though unfortunately. I won't bother trying to describe the appearance or aroma there's nothing to talk about. The flavour is quite bland and the beer is overcarbonated. Stale tasting usually and sour. I personally drink it at bars so I don't give any more money to Labbatt or Molson or the other beer monopolies here in Canada. The bottle is nice too

Photo of JoshW
2.2/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Very light gold in color, 1/4 finger head that disappeared fast, medium carbonation

S - Smell of minty, grassy, weirdness to me... I'm not impressed and I can't think of any other way to describe this...

T - Taste is of a very watery sub-par lager, sweet at first finishes off a little bitter.

M - Thin, light, and crisp

D - Eh.. I guess it's drinkable, if you like chewing on minty blades of grass, this one is for you.

Photo of gerardoluna
1.38/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

[Eyes] Clean Yellow Brillant looking with a respectable head.

[Nouse] Some hops in there, very light Like a German pils.

[MOuth] Tastes like water with a little touch of alcohol: crisp and clean with absolutely no respectable flavor, is fresh like a comercial Comun pale lager

Serving type: bottle

Photo of tempest
2.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served a green bottle at Italiano Delight in Emmaus, Pa. I poured it into a chilled pint glass.

Meh, another fairly bland lager. The aroma is all DMS and cooked corn once this warms, no good. The flavor is pale, clean barley with a slight herbal bitterness at the end. Light in body and easy to drink, there isn't a lot of flavor, but it's ok lawnmower beer. Once the green-bottle skunk clears out, its mostly inoffensive.

Photo of TheTrevor
3.53/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a light gingerale color with a small head that didn't last long. The smell very indicative of a macro, some grain and some malt. The taste is almost all malt with a bit of hops towards the finish and little to no residual aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a little watery, but crisp due to the carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer and could easily be enjoyed by the six-pack on a hot summer day.

Photo of changeup45
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A buddy brought me a few of these from Canada. I was pleasantly surprised, but I was comparing it to typical swill. At least it wasn't foul tasting. Pretty smooth with a sweet malty flavor mixed in with some grains. A touch watery but that's expected. Drinkable and refreshing. I'd have it again.

Photo of phishgator
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a 22 oz. tall glass. Light straw color with a large creamy foam head. The carbonation is medium. The aroma is mild malts with a a touch of wet blankets. The taste is a not a overpowering in any direction. The malt aftertaste comes through with a good amount sweetness. The body is light and if your out of good options or you want something light this is better than most macros; and cheap.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Drinking cans out of my friends fridge. For the purpose of rating I cannot give it anything more than average scores being that its out of a can.

S. An upscale macro smell. Grains, cooked corn.

T. A malt/grain intro with some sweet corn in there, a bit of hop bitterness is noted but offers little in the overall taste category. Not bad at all.

M. Light bodied and easy to put away. Smooth.

D. Very drinkable, and I was obviously pretty buzzed by the time I started drinking these. I had 3 and could have had more.

Photo of kinger
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is my favorite of the standard Canadian lagers. Slightly above average in all categories. Easy drinking and tastes real good when it's nice and cold. I like to come back to this beer once in a while and most of the bars around here have it on tap so it's better than most of the other choices.

Photo of DoubleJ
2.35/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Single bottle from Tom's Farm (Corona, CA), on to the beer:

Poured into a stange, the three-finger sized head is white and fuzzy, the body being a still pale blonde. Slight skunk and sweet fruity grains in the aroma. As for the taste, well...let's just say it's fuzzy. There is some malt presence to be found, but the fizzy carbonation mutes some of the flavor. There's a processed hop bitterness found at the back of the palate.

Hmmm, this isn't doing the job for me. That's a shame, because I have a fond memory of drinking this beer on-tap on New Year's Eve 2006 in Toronto. If wasn't really "off" as it was bland.

Photo of elniko
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass

A: Light golden hue, half finger of head that quickly dissipated. High carbonation. Solid looking brew.

S: I get just the slightest skunkiness, not much on the nose.

T & M: Definitely malty but very nice crispness to the brew. Has almost a sweet aftertaste. Mouthfeel pleasant thanks to the carbonation.

D: Drinkable, one of the better Canadian beers I've had had thus far.

Photo of JamesS
3.65/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a decent golden-yellow/straw color with some nice head, but little lacing. Very clean and crisp scent, not near as skunky as a typical macro lager, with a nice malt sweetness. Good taste, crisp and refreshing, very little hoppiness, but a great malt flavor. It goes down extremely smooth, a very nice beer to have after mowing the grass.

Photo of mynie
3.63/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pour good for a macro, so-so for a straight up pils. All malt? Seriously? I doubt that for some reason. Anyhow it's clean looking with a respectable head.

Smells...smells waaaay better than Labatt or Molson. No skunkiness. No off nodes and no direct hints of adjunct. There's actually some hops in there! You still got that strange, uniquely Canadian malt you get in the other two Canadian macros, but there's none of the funk or the skunk. So I guess you got something like a cross between a far cleaner version of Molson and a very light German pils.

Tastes like it smells: crisp and clean with absolutely no off nodes. The malt is fairly rich and the hops are fairly big.

I may have a new favorite picnic beer. I should note, however, that I bought a boxed-in 12 pack and so there was no chance for this beer to get exposed to light. I don't think it could handle a skunking. As is, though, it's supremely drinkable and really one of the best surprises I've had in a long time.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.63/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1st bottle labeled E0708 (June '08?)

A- Looks VERY transparent and butterscotch color. Almost like ginger ale but with better carbonation

S- Smelt like most macro lager with faint whiff of generic malt and hops

T- Taste good with hops up-front and biscuity-malt aftertaste

M- Feels great with balanced carbonation

D- Very drinkable like most macro lager

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

Pours a paleish yellow with a gold hue and a solid white foamy head that has better than average retention with fairly consistent glass lacing.
Smell is unremarkable and very average. Some cornhusk and slight skunk.
Therefore the taste is more of a pleasant surprise, with a good balance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness full bodied for a Lager.
The Lager style is not my favorite but this is a darn good beer and for it's style it's better than most.

Photo of Schmidts
3.93/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a Pale straw yellow with a small head and lacing. Smell a bit skunky with corn smell. It has a slight Sweetness to it and is very flavorful in your Mouth. It is easy to drink and you can just sit and enjoy a few. I like this I had not had it for 20 yrs but now I have I will be getting it again. A very nice lager Beer.

Photo of nasty15108
3.73/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

I haven't drank this beer in a very long time and I remembered that when I did drink it, it was pretty good so I figured I'd give it a shot.

A - Straw colored and highly carbonated. The pour produced a head of white foam and a decent amount of random lacing.

S - Light sweet smell. Grassy and slightly skunky.

T - Sweet maltiness up front followed by a crisp dry finish. Nothing ground breaking here, but a lot better than most North American Macros.

MF&D - Thin bodied and easy drinking. Great summer session Lager.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.75/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale yellow color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of grain, light malts, along with a touch of hops, but overall it's quite off.

T: The taste is pretty much a bready and mild malt sweetness. There's a very mild hops presence that brings in a little bit of balance. The after-taste is likewise slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp with a little smoothness, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very flavorful, goes down easily enough, not filling at all, mild kick, there's really not much of anything here that would make me want to drink this beer again.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.22/5  rDev +38.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Rating is with respect to the style, and this is one of the best in its style.

Pours clear golden with generous, frothy white head.

Nose has a very pleasing herbal hop quality.

Palate is a very refreshing balance of malt & light herbal hops. Slight smoke character, similar to imported German lagers. Nothing extreme one way or another, just very balanced and thirst quenching.

Finish is rather clean. Very, very drinkable beer that has no flaws, given what the brewers were aiming for. One of the very best for this style, hands down.

Photo of Natural510
3.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with ample, inch-thick head which dissipates to leave a soapy lacing on the glass.
Smells typically-lagerish, a grainy blend of hops, yeast & barley; none particularly pronounced.
Goes down smooth, a bit thinner than most German lagers. Light malts & hops make up the flavor, with a slightly bitter pinecone aftertaste.
Remains carbonated throughout, otherwise not much pronunciation in the mouth.
Overall it is a drinkable lager, nothing too outstanding, but quaffable as a go-to beer or summer BBQ choice.
The best of the "big three" Canadian macro lagers I've tasted. Certainly more hop character than your average North American lager.

Photo of windigo32
2.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a pint glass. Clear yellow, almost straw color with streams of carbonation throughout. It poured with a finger and a half of head that dwindled to traces on the surface after about 2 minutes.

S: Not too impressed by the smell. It has a slightly dirty grain smell to it. There is a slight hint of hops as well.

T: Although not bad, the taste leaves something to be desired. Strong grain and yeast tones to it. with a slightly yeasty aftertaste.

M: There is a good level of carbonation in this one. It adds nicely to the body of the beer. If it was less carbonated, it would feel a little watery.

D: Very drinkable. Definately something you could chill on the patio with and drink. Oddly, it goes well with cigars.

Moosehead Lager from Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
71 out of 100 based on 1,132 ratings.