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Moosehead Lager - Moosehead Breweries Ltd.

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1,088 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,088
Reviews: 457
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 21.71%
Wants: 20
Gots: 55 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-26-2001)
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Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.73/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a perfectly clear yellow with a little fizzy head that disappears quickly.

Smell has that distinct lager smell, slightly skunky.

Taste is smooth and very crisp, also has lots of carbonation which I rather like for this beer.

For a macro lager its fairly decent, because it's Canadian, it's not as watered down as the more common American cousins.

deltatauhobbit, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of Foxman
2.93/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours an absolutely crystal clear and avidly carbonated golden yellow. A finger of puffy bright white head sustains as long as it should. Squiggles of lacing wiggle along the inside of the glass.

The aroma is typical, but a touch more skunky than preferred, with a metallic hop spiciness poking through the odor. The malt is obviously sweet and slightly vegetal, leaning toward corn. The overall impression is clean.

Upon tasting, the malt is light and sweet, with a very mild grassiness that seems to come from adjuncts. The hops are more sensed as bitterness than tasted as spice. Residual malt is distantly doughy sweet. The finish is very crisp and markedly clean. It's by far not even close to the worst I've tasted, so average is not so bad.

Light bodied, the real presence is the crisp, dry cleansing experienced by the palate, aided by some peppy carbonation.

One taste and I was transported back to my early twenties, when Moosehead seemed to represent a step up from the standard issue macro lager. Even now, it is still upscale in comparison. It's just that now, I know how much higher in quality beer can really be. Regardless, the clean, crisp character makes it drinkable, but getting around the aroma is a challenge now that really didn't present itself decades ago. But hey, if you want to stick one in my hand, I'll find a way to get it past my nose.

Foxman, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of abriggs1
4.15/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Moosehead is the best bang for your buck. It's just a good smooth lager that has that typical Canadian lager taste; a little bitter and refreshing. This is a great beer to take camping or fishing in the summer. There's nothing like Moosehead after working out.

abriggs1, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of Bookseeb
3.58/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light golden in appearance with a thin head that dissapated rather quickly. Smell is skunky, but clean. I can taste the malt with some grass that is slightly bitter sweet. Mouthfeel is light with a good spike of carbonation. One of the better macro lagers I can enjoy.

Bookseeb, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of SargeC
3.73/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale golden yellow with a decent white head.

Smell: Grassy hops, clean malt.

Taste: Clean malt flavor with minimal hop presence. Does not go out on a limb, but does not need to.

Mouthfeel: Has a light body but provides a good amount of fullness for the style.

Drinkability: Solid brew. Very refreshing while also satisfying the taste buds.

SargeC, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of Brad007
2.4/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very clear yellow color with a thick, foamy head. Aroma is skunky with some malt and not much else. Skunkiness kind of overwhelms here. Taste is very smooth, crisp and malty. Inoffensive and average are two words I'd use to describe this beer. It's certainly not much impressive. A good lawn-mower beer and nothing more.

Brad007, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of Floydster
2.8/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

My buddy brought a twelve pack of this over last night and I had a few 12 ounce bottles

Poured into a pint glass with a golden yellow color and a 1/2 inch soapy head that disappeared rather quickly, no lacing at all but that is common for a lager

Smell was skunky and there was a lot of yeast, a lot of malt in the aroma

Taste was okay for a lager but still lacked definitely lacked something, at first was crisp and similar to a Heineken, but then the finish was a sour taste that could be recognized in its smell

This beer was extremely carbonated, too much for my liking

This is very easy to drink because it is light and low in alcohol, but the taste would get old after a while

Recommended over some American lagers, but I would stay away from it otherwise

Floydster, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
2.65/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Moosehead Lager pours a big fluffy head over a clear
pale yellow brew. Carbonation is slow but steady, and
the nose is faint light malt, lager yeast, and a note of
skunk. The flavor is actually a little better than I imagined
it might be- there's sweetish corn adjuncts for sure, but
also a real note of barley malt as well, all balanced with
a surprisingly strong (by macro standards) note of herbal
hop in the finish. The mouthfeel is thin, and not especially
crisp either. There's a bit of malt and a bit of hop in the
aftertaste. By all means try it.

If it's on sale.

shadow1961, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of sweetkness
3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Foamy head which settled quickly. Watery yellow color.

Smell - You get that nice "skunky" hop aroma which I like in these lagers. Slight malt aroma.

Taste - Nice sweetness but not too much. Noticable hop taste.

Mouthfeel - Didn't feel overcarbonated like many in this style.

Drinkability - Smooth, drinkable, but with a nice flavor. I could easily drink 2 or 3 of these.

A nice lager example. Noticably better than other popular Canadian lagers I've sampled.


sweetkness, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of genog
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright yellow color with virtually no head left once I poured. Smell is of grain, corn and a slight skunky smell. The taste on this one is initially bitter followed by a slight sweetness and more bittering skunk kind of flavor. Body is light and somewhat watery. Carbonation is active and somewhat filling. Better than the average macro lager.

genog, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of baos
3.85/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. into favorite Trappist glass.

A: Pretty golden yellow hue. 1 finger head that goes down to a very thin lacy pattern.

S: Fresh grainy and a but malty and a kind of pungent kind bud or skunk weed smell.

T: I've always like this beer. Its a bit sweet for my taste buds sometimes but its a good beer. Appley with mild hops and grains. Finishes a bit drier than most lagers and a little bitter, but good bitter.

M: I was impressed it has nice mouth feel more than any other similar macro that I've tried.

D: Good. this beer is good on a hot day and in the Winter as well. I give her a B.

baos, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of GrimmReaper
2.83/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this one a while back and figured i'd better try again before putting in my 2 bits.
Pours a clear pale yellow with a white bubbly head that is gone in a flash and minimal lacing.
Fresh water aroma with mild skunk,a little grainy and corn.Not much there really.
Taste is grainy,some corn and very lite bitterness,and some stale water around the middle,but nonetheless,,,,it goes down rather easily and refreshing,especially ice cold.
Medium mouthfeel with a refreshment feel to it.Very easy to consume in mass quantities,not bad,better than what i could remember from when i first tried it.I would have again,nothing special though,don't want to get everyone's hope's up.

GrimmReaper, Sep 24, 2007
Photo of allengarvin
3.08/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Into a 12-oz glass, this beer is a bright, crystal-clear gold, with an airy head that fades quickly. Sweet grainy aroma, with no hops in evidence; a slight hint of sulfuriness. Taste is somewhat better than the average mass-produced lager, with some modest malt character, a hint of toastiness, though hops are still low. Texture is crisp, with moderate carbonation.

A slight--very slight--improvement over Budweiser.

allengarvin, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.15/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light straw yellow with a thin white head that fizzles to barely a patch.

The smell is of some sweet grain. Slight "skunk" soon dissipates.

The taste is of sweet grain that is interrupted occassionally by (Cluster?) hop sharpness. It has an abrupt, mostly clean, finish.

Light bodied, smooth, inoffensive. It beats most macros, but I can think of so many better lagers...A decent choice to bring to a party of macro drinkers as it is easy but has something to it.

jwc215, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of BeerDreadz
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12onz reclyced green bottle

Appearance : Yellow straw color with a small head.

Smell : Grainy and malted,very nice.

Taste: Hops are very present in this beer,grainy ,some bitterness but not in bad way.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability : Very nice to drink,this beer reminds why you like beer

BeerDreadz, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of daliandragon
3.53/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thiis is pretty old school. We considered this a good beer my freshman year of college. Of course by the "lets funnel a case of warm Natty Ice every weekend" standards, this still is a pretty good beer.

The head shows surprising resliance and nice lace effect after it does die. The carbonation free body and pee yellow color do leave me a bit cold. Nose is pale malt and skunk. That is what the style calls for, except in Brooklyn.

Taste is crisp and clean and totally inoffensive. Texture is thinner than I'd like and a little oversweet in the aftertaste but not a dealkiller. I honestly could drink a twelver of these and be quite pleased. They go down smooth and easy and very quickly. Not unbelieveable, but honest and dependable.

daliandragon, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of cowboy9from0hell
4.33/5  rDev +42.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I find this American All Malt style lager full bodied and most pleasing to the pallate, drinkability is very rewarding. I could knock back about a sixer a night of moosehead. Its a lot better thne saranac.

I think this is my favorite canadian if had. way better then molson products and labatt products.

cowboy9from0hell, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of Drew966
2.65/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Moosehead lager pours a golden yellow with a thick white head from a green twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is sweet malt and grain. The flavor is mostly sweet malt and a touch of hops and grain. Inoffensive, but not inspiring. A reasonably better alternative to b/m/c.

Drew966, Aug 06, 2007
Photo of biggmike
2.42/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a decent looking clear pale color with nice white head that dissipated quickly and left a little bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma was skunky. Flavor was less skunky and a light grassy flavor. Carbonation was heavy while mouthfeel was light. Nothing I would ever seek out again.

biggmike, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of drpimento
1.95/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Can't figure out why these breweries don't wise up with the green glass thing. First thing I noticed upon pouring this was the skunky aroma. Had a nice big frothy head though. Some lace. That all faded pretty quickly. Lovely golden color. Maybe over carbonated. Skunkiness wasn't as apparent in the flavor. Which was dominated with some play between bitterness and some grainy sweetness. Sweet finish. Not as good as I recalled.

drpimento, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
2.63/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. green bottle

A: Pale yellow with white head, average lager appearance.

S: Bits of malt and hops, really nothing.

T: Bits of hops and skunk.

M: Very light on the palate, less than what I was expecting, fizzy.

D: Good, but didn't feel like having another, it just got boring at the end. Not a bad beer, but it just didn't make an impression on me.

Halcyondays, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of giblet
3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

upon further review...i had this again in april of 2008. the canadian taste that i expected. strong and bold like years ago of canadian beer.

i was expecting strong taste from a beer from Canadia. it really did have the taste and body i want - not enough of a fine head and lace. it is yellow in color.

decent smell and taste.

my guess is it would be very bad if it gets a lil warm! so drinkem cold.

suckem up and movem out!


giblet, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of cyrenaica
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

At best this is an average beer with an average look and taste. I've heard it was much better before interprovincial barriers caused the mass production. It is not a beer that I would go out of my way to buy, but if it is all that is available, it can be quite refreshing.

It pours a golden yellow colour that is very clear. The aroma is grainy with some yeasty aftersmells. The mouthfeel is crisp and clear as a lager should be, some mild carbonation on the tongue. The taste is bland and non-descript with some hints of malt and grass.

cyrenaica, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of 2wheeledpirate
3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Although I am not typically a lager fan, I will grab a moosehead when it's available especially if I'm eating at the time.

Pours slightly darker than the average "american lager", with a quick head that doesn't hang around. Nothing real powerful or surprising with the smell. The malt is the best presence in the taste, and as I alluded to earlier the thing I like best about it is it stands up to foods (in particular spicy or italian food) where other lagers lose. Carbonation seems appropriate.

Too bad about the green bottle though. oh well, I guess it looks "cool".

2wheeledpirate, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of BBM
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had heard from a friend that this is some good stuff, so when I went to Canada I figured I'd give it a shot. It pours a slightly amber clear color into a pint glass, one-finger white head. Aroma is pretty standard for a lager, that is to say there isn't much of one.

This beer didn't wow me in any sense, but it really wasn't bad either. It's less corn/cereal-heavy than its American counterparts and much smoother with less skunk than the Euro pale lagers. So in that regard Moosehead is successful. Again, it's really just an average lager, but it did have a pretty nice aftertaste, and is pretty drinkable.

BBM, May 31, 2007
Moosehead Lager from Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
71 out of 100 based on 1,088 ratings.