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Moosehead Lager - Moosehead Breweries Ltd.

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Moosehead LagerMoosehead Lager

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1,155 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,155
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 22.04%
Wants: 24
Gots: 105 | 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 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
2.16/5  rDev -28.9%
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
1.98/5  rDev -34.9%
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
4.4/5  rDev +44.7%
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!

Photo of OStrungT
2.56/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a pale straw yellow color, with a thin white head that fades fast, leaving a slight lacing.

It has an aroma of boiled cabbage. Not too good. Maybe a slight grainy aroma to it. Nut much else.

This beer tastes slightly better than it smells. Some slight grainy flavor. A little boiled cabbage also.

This beer is crisp. It leaves a slightly grainy aftertaste. Carbonation is good.

This beer would make a good session eber if it tasted better. As it stands, I dont even particularly want to finish the one I have.

Overall: Not very good beer, but better than some I have had. I will definately never have this one again.

Photo of yuenglings
3.26/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: very clear light golden yellow good head at first and laceing

S: Kind of smells like my clothes do the day after a good all day keg party , stale beer. it also smells a little grasslike

T: Like it smells wit a little sweet hoppyness to it

M: Not watery like the color would have u beleve has a good haveyness to it with good carbanation.

D: I find this beer very easy to drink i take it to the dirt track races in the summer, (no bottles allowed) and always find myself with a empty coloer on the way out

Photo of illidurit
2.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour: 12 oz bottle to pint glass. Clear pale straw color with a decently formed white head. Even leaves some lacing.

Nose: No skunk, just plain ol' corn and grain.

Mouth: Surprising heft of flavor. Not as watery as your average pale lager. Lightly toasted cereal grains with a touch of adjunct sweetness. Inoffensive. Semidry, sort of slimy and astringent on the palate. High drinkability, low desirability.

Photo of ruckus232
2.96/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 Ounce Green Bottle

Appearance: Clear yellow color with little head and little to no lacing

Smell: A little hard to describe but would say it has a strong bitter almost skunky smell

Taste: Has a lot better taste then smell which was a little surprising. Actually has more of a sweet flavor with a hint of yeast or bread flavor.

Comments: This is better then expected and the taste is better then the smell but still not great.

Photo of xhcadamx
2.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Cloudy yellow which surprised me. Typical white head. Not so typical decent lacing.

S - Old grain that got sprayed with a skunk.

T - Similar to the smell and a lot of sweetness.

M - Full bodied for the style. Nice amount of carbonation

D - If it were really hot and I was really thirsty.... sure. But I am neither so not really.

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

12 oz green bottle.

A - Clear straw color. Mild carbonation with white head.

S - Malts and grains, possibly some hops present, but its hard to tell. Pretty typical of an American lager.

T - Grains and malts. Short lived hop bitterness, but thats about it.

M - Light body, light carbonation.

D - Very drinkable. Something I will definitely have again.

Photo of Tone
3.21/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, pale yellow. Good 1/2 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of a Euro Lager, lots of yeast. Fits the style. Smooth, crisp, and low carbonation. Low malt flavor along with the lager taste. Doesn't really taste clearly of adjuncts. Also, an associated skunk aroma and taste but not very strong. If this skunk flavor wasn't there, the beer would be pretty darn good, oh well.

Photo of wahhmaster
1.86/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 19 oz. pilsner glass.

Appearance: Golden and translucent; pretty much like most macros. Small bubbly head that dissipates almost instantly, leaving almost no lace. The best part of the beer.

Smell: Pretty bland. Smells kind of sweet and grassy. Not really much going on here.

Taste: Not good. Almost no flavor. Whatever is there is very slightly hopped (I mean like literally one hop) and kind of grassy.

Mouthfeel: Thin and highly carbonated. No good.

Drinkability: Honestly, am I drinking beer or sparkling water? Better than most macros but still nothing good.

Photo of magictrokini
2.42/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A decent lager, always a better choice than Budweiser. Pours clear gold, white head. Sweet, grassy aroma with pale malt. Sweeter tasting, smoother, with an okay finish. This beer will easily skunk. If so, the taste will stay with you for a while. Similar to the taste you will have the next morning with that ringing hangover.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into 19oz pilsner

Appearance: Golden, with a small white head that leaves fast and leaves behind a good lace.

Smell: Smells sweet and grassy with a slight hop spice.

Taste: Starts sweet with a little bit of a hop spice then sweetness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Thin, good carbonation balance.

Drinkability: Refreshing and not too bad, but nothing I would buy normally. Better than most American macros, but not a standout.

Photo of colts9016
2.93/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pick it up as a single from the liquor store. The beer was pour in an English pint glass. The smell of this beer could threw me off, but the flavor compensates for it. A light color with some flavor and a bit of malt. After being in the pint glass the aroma dissipated.

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.

Moosehead Lager from Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
71 out of 100 based on 1,155 ratings.