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Moosehead Lager - Moosehead Breweries Ltd.

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1,140 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,140
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 21.71%
Wants: 22
Gots: 89 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moosehead Breweries Ltd. visit their website
New Brunswick, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale 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 Overlord
2.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow. Large bubbly white foam head. Smells like skunk, and maybe a bit ... just a bit ... of piney/floral hops. Which I didn't expect.

Taste is ... moderately pleasing! Wow, a macrolager (or quasi-macro lager) that's not abominably bad. That's a minor miracle in my recent tasting career. There's a bit of skunk to it, but also some crisp, citrus-y malt (not much, but it gives it an edge) and a slight bitter twang.

Thin, watery, and drinkable.

Photo of Doomcifer
2.03/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very pale, straw-like color with lots of bubbles rising to the surface. Minimal head. Not a heck of a lot of aroma...some faint grains, and a weird, almost skunky smell. Taste is also not very impressive or even shows much flavors except some light grains and adjunct flavors. Finishes with an off flavor. Lots of carbonation, very prickly, crisp. Grab something else if it's available.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.33/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This green 350ml bottle has a date of 6th May 2009 on its shoulder, it was drank and reviewed on a cold but dry November Saturday in 2008, at on in my lounge in Shropshire, England.

I poured it into one of my Duvel glasses and stared at it for a while. All the little bubbles that fixed themselves to the side of the glass began to break away and rise to the white head above. I was left with a golden, clear brew with no pin-head sized bubbles on the glass. Interesting, but not enough to stop me smelling and tasting the beer.

The aroma wasn't to great, in fact there was very little to pick up at all, some malts and grain if I'm being kind, otherwise 'nowt'. So my bog standard score of 3 for lager/pilsners is awarded.

The taste isn't strong enough, I expect a malt lager to taste of malt, this almost made it, but failed.

Not enough 'umph' for me I'm afraid. Just a boring lager which has travelled a long way to be slagged off by a Brit.

Mouthfeel and drinkability effected by the non-taste and general blandness of the product.

Photo of LordofTime25
2.18/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours to a pale golden with a thin white head that leaves very quickly, but films on the surface. Leaves a little lacing.

I don't if it was just this beer, but it smelled very skunky! Very overpowering smell.

The taste was of sweet malts and some bitter hops.

Had a medium to light body with a little too much carbonation in my opinon.

I don't recomend this beer.

Photo of dfolmste
1.78/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Almost no carbonation, no head and color. It's light light yellow. Even Bud looks better than this.

Smell: Terrible. Smells extremely skunky upon opening and slowly yields to nothing. Aside from adjuncts, nothing going on here.

Taste: Sweet and metallic. Just want to pound through this to get it over with.

Mouthfeel: Watery, astringent with a steel aftertaste.

Drinkability: Absolutely do not want another one of these. Worse than almost every other macro lager I've ever had. Won't buy this ever again. Can't believe Canada's oldest independent brewery has been around this long. i thought Canadian beer was supposed to be good?

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear pale yellow with big, quickly dissipating, fizzy head. After a minute or so, a slightly sticky halo is all that remains.

Smell: Sweet, crisp, and somewhat citrusy. Grainy malt aroma is there, but not as strong as expected.

Taste: Sweet , creamy, malt up front with a kick of citrus and grass in the finish. Overall flavor is light, but decent.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and malty (slightly chewy) and light. Not overly carbonated like many beers of this genre.

Drinkability: Better than your run-of-the-mill American lager. and something that we wouldn't mind drinking this again.

Photo of kevman527
3.73/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't had the beer in a while, then my friend gave me a 6-pack of it.

A: Straw yellow color, with a light foamy head, which settled quickly. OK lacing down the sides.

S: Nothing noticable, no hop presence in the smell. Nothing bad though.

T: Tastes like most yellow-fizzy beers, but I like beers out of green bottles, has a distinct skunkiness that goes away after you let it breathe for a while. I do notice a little bit of bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Very smooth, medium carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink, could drink a 6-pack with out knowing it. Goes down good.

I recommend this beer if you want something easy to drink.

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

A: Pale gold with active carbonation. Soapy white head doesn't retain well. Leaves a bit of lace.

S: Mild maltiness and a bit of pepper

T: Crisp and clean. Malt is sweet and clean. Bitterness is spicy, but also a bit metallic. Finishes clean.

M: Medium-light body is a bit too fizzy.

D: Not great, but certainly a step up from the average macro. A safe bed for someone moving up from the BMC standards.

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
2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
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
3.42/5  rDev +12.5%
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
2.18/5  rDev -28.3%
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
1.4/5  rDev -53.9%
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
2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
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
3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
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
3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
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
3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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
2.4/5  rDev -21.1%
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
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
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
3.67/5  rDev +20.7%
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
3.62/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

Moosehead Lager from Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
71 out of 100 based on 1,140 ratings.