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Moosehead Lager - Moosehead Breweries Ltd.

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1,095 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,095
Reviews: 458
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 22.04%
Wants: 20
Gots: 56 | 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 Dukeofearl
3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

6 pack picked up by my dad. He's looking for "new flavor" in beer but isn't willing to try ("waste") my more expensive craft beers. Good first steps in beer advocacy, I guess.

Pours a pale golden, clear, a bit darker than the other lagers I think of in this genre. Minor carbonation keeps a creamy white head from idsappearing during the session.

Aroma of grains and some heavier breakfast cereals. Definite hop bite in the aroma- decent for the style.

Flavor is bready with a moderately sharp hop ending. Light sweet undertone adds to a fairly rich and full mouthfeel (for the style). Pretty creamy- I have mixed feelings as to whether this is a good thing.

Overall, a decent lawnmower beer, I might like it more on a hot day. Better than some, worse than others.

Dukeofearl, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of MOShepp
3.58/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw yellow with skiff of a head and some carbonation. Clean hoppy smell with some sweetness. Tastes a lot like it smells with citrus and a hoppy bite, clean and smooth, nice balance of hops and malt. Easy to drink and beats most American lagers of the same style.

MOShepp, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of garymuchow
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure of the age on this bottle and I don't see any dating on the bottle.
Quite a sweet lager aroma that masks the occasional spicy hop. As with many lager there is a watery quality to the aroma too. Nothing special, nothing terrible.
Looks as it should. Water clear even with a deep golden hue. Bright white head and lots and lots of rising bubbles.
A fuller malt character than most and without all the sweetness of the aroma, yet the sweetness is there. Nice balancing bitterness that is soft and rather brief. Finishes with a short dryness at the end too.
Fullness from the carbonation, but this is also heavier than most of this style too. Relatively soft too, but ultimately too filling (gas!).
Best when cold. Overall not that bad. It is what it is. Going well with chips, salsa and sour cream.

garymuchow, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I first tried Moosehead way back when, before I transferred into my propensity for darks and various styles. Even then, the skunkiness was onerous. Now, upon having this again, it's almost painful.

It pours a finger of off-white head on a medium-golden body--pretty decent. Ah, but the smell. To quote Mr. Krabs from "Spongebob Squarepants," "it's a smell, a kind of smelly smell, a smelly smell that smells...smelly." The infernal green bottle thoroughly undoes this lager, adversely affecting an otherwise decent if straightforward taste that offers decent semi-sweet malt and a modest bite in the finish. I find that the ample carbonation is one of the best features of this. It's a shame that there isn't more and better flavor with which to circulate in it.

Why the aversion to brown bottles among Moosehead and Molson, I'll never know. But green in this sense does not mean go, certainly not for me.

Gehrig, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of mltobin
3.55/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Green bottle with guess what? a moose logo, poured into a pint glass.

The smell is kind of strong of barley, grains, etc.

The taste is crisp, slightly bitter, but it is enjoyable and certainly better than most lagers from the United States.

MF is clean and finishes smooth, drinks quick and is a great beer for a party.

Drinkability is good, goes well with burgers and other standard pub fare.

mltobin, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of JDV
2.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light golden color with a medium thickness white creamy head. Smell is slight skunk at first followed by some malt. Taste is clean, smooth, creamy, and a tad watery. Of the pale lagers I've had, this is definitely the best. Has a hint of bitterness, but finishes with a fairly pleasant bitter-sweetness. This isn't a jaw dropping beer, but for the style, this is very drinkable, and much better tasting than your standard bud/miller/coors selection, with slightly more body, even though it is still a bit watery.

JDV, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of Adam2200
3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

the taste and aroma of the beer act alike. the clear and crisp bite that feels great on my tongue. this beer is very good going down and is hard to keep away. there are not many Canadian beers in the USA but this one hits the top of my list. I will drink this beer again.

Adam2200, Jan 26, 2008
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
Moosehead Lager from Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
69 out of 100 based on 1,095 ratings.