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Moosehead Lager - Moosehead Breweries Ltd.

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Moosehead LagerMoosehead Lager

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-26-2001)
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Photo of malcolm723
3.93/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear pale golden color

S- Hints of sweetness. Typical american lager smell

T- Very smooth. Little bit on the upper end of carbonation. Malts are strong in this beer. Nice sweet taste, great for hot days.

Overall: I enjoyed this beer, one of the better ones to come out of Canada.

malcolm723, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of wedge
3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crystalline pale yellow with a decent, somewhat creamy white head that shrinks to a bubbly ring. Smells faintly sweet and fresh...not too much is desernable but it smells fine. Clean, solid grainy sweet flavor with a flicker of grassy hops - no adjunct flavors to be found here. Light, crisp, and well carbonated.

Cheap, refreshing Canadian beer...accomplishes what it set out to do.

wedge, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of tastybeer
3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden with a small white head. Smells sweet with grains and bread malt, and a light floral hop. Tastes crisp and smoothly malty, with steady herbal, floral hops. Quick bitterness and a little dryness. Not bad for this style, and especially not bad for an 10.99 12 pack. Clean and crisp, with a decent mouthfeel that is slightly coating. Carbonation isn't to heavy and extends through nicely. Drinkability is fine.

Nothing offensive here. Very basic. Would be good with food.

tastybeer, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of liquorsuit
4.15/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Being in Buffalo, NY Molson and Labatt's are shoved down our throats. Moosehead is a great alternative. A bit more malty than the big two Canadian breweries. Watch out for the green glass though. This stuff can get light struck and can have a nasty skunk smell. Dig deep in the beer cooler for a six pack that is out of harms way.
Would love to try some of the breweries other offerings.

liquorsuit, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of MMansfield
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a case at the NSLC.

Appearance: Pours a golden blonde colour with a one inch white head. Dissolves into a lace ring.

Aroma: Lots of malts with bit of floral tones. Also smell the typical cheap beer ingredients.

Taste: Not much character here, quite an average canadian lager. Malts overpower anything good in this beer. The finish is typical of a macro lager.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, very easy drinking. Good level of carbonation for the style.

Final Statement: I poured it in a glass for this review, however I prefer to leave it in the nice green bottle. This is a beer of choice for me on hot summer days, goes down smooth, it's crisp and refreshing, especially on a hot maritime day by the water. It is what it is...

MMansfield, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of afinepilsner
2.83/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz green bottle

Moosehead Lager was a clear pale golden color with a white head that had poor retention. The smell was skunky with a little malt in the backround. The taste was fairly light and clean with a bitter finish. The mouthfeel was light with medium carbontion. It's a fairly drinkable light tasting lager.

afinepilsner, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of TechMyst
1.5/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Container Volume: 355ml

Container type: bottle

Fresh: y

Purchased @: anywhere

Cost: expensive

Head: none

Lace: none

Color: pale yellow

Aroma: tinny

Mouthfeel: light

Palate: curls the tongue

Taste: 15 years ago my friends and I always thought this was 8% ABV so we would get past the nasty tase because we thought we were drinking more alcohol...silly us I guess...

Mowing/Working on car- n
With Friends- n
Sipping- n
Get my buzz on- n

TechMyst, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of UncleJimbo
2.95/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This lager poured a clear, yellow color with white foam that settled quickly. There was very little carbonation apparent from the bottom of the glass. The smell was lightly sweet (perhaps corn? hard to tell) with a bit of malt. The taste was lightly sweet with very minimal hoppiness. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium-light body and light carbonation. Thin flavor overall. This was an OK, inoffensive macro lager.

UncleJimbo, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of trevorwideman
3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a pilsener glass. Generous head and pretty carbonation, a bit of lace, but not much. Nose is clean and malty with an earthy hop presence in the background.

Taste tends to get a little bit on the cheap "beery" side as this one warms, but when cold the malts are clean and there's a citric acidity that makes this beer a little more interesting and well-balanced than most Canadian macro lagers. A good thirst quencher at any rate. Carbonation is medium-high, with a thick creamy mouthfeel, lots of body. I stand by this beer, but serve cold and make sure you get one that hasn't been light-struck. It can get brutally skunky.

trevorwideman, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of Phatz
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a pale straw yellow color with a bleach white head. There is lots of active carbonation rising from the bottom.

Smell: Grain and sweet malt aromas are apropos for the style. Impressive, maybe not but sweet and pleasant, certainly.

Taste: This is an average macro. It is far better than BMC to me and as an All Malt lager it holds its own though many micros are superior, this one is damn cheep. For the price you could buy PBR or Moosehead Lager.
It has a sweet grain and malty barley flavor that that ends with hop bitter, dry finish but little flavor from the hop flower. There is just enough sweet and dry balanced flavor to make it somewhat interesting.

Mouthfeel: Smooth typical malty body that is light in weight and crisp around the edges.

Drinkability: Okay, so I thought I was going to hate this beer but it turns out I was surprised to find a bit of flavor. Still, this is a session beer to choose when you are aiming for quantity per $ not quality. In other words it is a suitable choice for a party beer.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of variousartists
3.05/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Not bad for what it is. Unattractive light gold color, not much of a head, and average clarity. Not much of an aroma. Smells a bit of mixed malt and floral scents. Taste is slightly blah but compared to other beers in this category its not bad. Light bodied but good carbonation gives it a decent feel. Like this style and the APA's it can be drank at whatever pace you like, great drinkability.

variousartists, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
2.45/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad for a mass produced Canadian beer, but not a lot to offer either. Probably best after you have had a couple good beers (like some Canadian Unibroue offerings), and taste and quality is not as big an issue...then several of these will hit the spot.

kimcgolf, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of RJLarse
2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked up a six pack of Moosehead Lager at a grocery store to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a pale yellow/gold color and is crystal clear. A small fizzy head forms and dissipates quickly to a thin fizz film. I like the bottle. It’s a pale green with the words “Moosehead Quality & Tradition” molded in to the glass.

The smell is faint and generally unremarkable, mostly cereal grain aromas. No skunk smell even with the green glass bottle.

The taste is also unremarkable and plain. There is a bit of a cereal flavor, corn maybe, and a mild hop finish.

The mouth feel is clean and crisp, but also thin and watery. The beer is significantly carbonated.

This is a very drinkable beer, but a very plain one. It’s a great thirst quencher, and I think it’s probably better than most macros, but it lacks something in all areas.

NOTE: It’s been a long time since I had a Moosehead. There was a day 25+ years ago when we thought this was a great beer. The craft beer movement wasn’t nearly what it is today, and Moosehead was “imported.” In retrospect we didn’t know jack, but I’ll always have fond memories of Moosehead just the same.

RJLarse, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moosehead pours a crystal-clear, dark gold body beneath a thick finger of bright-white foam that holds remarkably well and leaves some very nice lace about the glass. The nose welcomes you with a beautiful combination of sweetish grainy malt and herbal and floral hops. That combination carries over in the flavor where the hops really come into their own. Initially they seem more herbal, but as it warms a bit some of the more floral nuances appear. The malt doesn't appear as sweet as the nose suggests, and it's also backed by a solid bitterness. In combination with the crisp carbonation and medium-light body, the bitterness cuts through nicely. It finishes dry with some quickly passing, lightly sweet malt up front; a slap of floral hops; and then lingering herbal hops amidst a long-lasting bitterness. Refreshing, satisfying, and highly drinkable!

NeroFiddled, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of BigBry
3.6/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No better sound than the crack of an ice cold can of beer on a hot summer's day. Pours out a crystal clear golden color. Starts with a pretty thick white head, looks impressive but doesn't last. Smell is of sweet grainy malt. Flavor is clean sweet maltiness, with the slightest floral hop. Clean and refreshing, no aftertaste. Smooth, very drinkable. Slightly above average for a lager, much better than the big brewers Molson or Labatt for a sessional.

BigBry, Jul 05, 2006
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.85/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly crisp, pale colored, nice tasting all malt lager. Easy to drink. Has a bitterness, but it's not offensive. It's good, but not good enough for me to pay extra money to drink it. If there is a drink special where you can get one of these cheap, try it out. You can drink a lot of these and not get too full.

jasonjlewis, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of Mechphisto
3.4/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another cold lager that seems and tastes like a stronger, better macro brew. Like a macro that's still a macro, but done right. Unpretentious, not complex, not very interesting, but not bad. Drinkable and OK.

The color, for personal reasons, is off-putting. I don't like golden colored beers. But, as golden colored beers go, looks good. No head to speak of, and certainly carbonated.

A faint apple-like aroma. If I had let it warm up more I might have gotten other notes, but I doubt it. This is definitely best drank cold. No real bitterness, pretty smooth. The warmer it got the closer it started tasting to warm Bud Light. But so long as it stays cold, it's pretty good.
(I guess not a real problem in northern Canada. *grin*)

Mechphisto, May 26, 2006
Photo of Mandrake
2.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear straw yellow with a small, fizzy, white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. Smell is slightly skunked, but with a decent malt profile underneath. Taste is light and malty, with a touch of hops in the finish and nothing offensive to get in the way. Mouthfeel is pretty crisp and well carbonated, and drinkability isn't bad at all. I had this at a wedding, where I was beset by limited choices, and it's really not that bad. Not something I'd buy for myself, but if I was offered one I'd drink it without much complaint.

Mandrake, May 23, 2006
Photo of scottoale
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12fl.oz.green bottle pours a pale yellow-gold with a finger of white, short lasting bubble head, with a fairly aggressive pour. A bit of lace and good clarity with this all-malt Lager.

Smell is a bit skunked, with a more sour than sweet malt aroma. Subsiquent sniffs reveal the hop presense which seems to take over the sweet, making a bittering sourness, so to speak. Also smells a bit pissy, literaly. I'm not real sure of the freshness of the particular bottle I'm reviewing here, but I'm thinking it's older and deteriorating a tad. Haven't had the Moose in years, so I'm not sure how I remember it exactly and I'll review it again soon to compare.

With all that said...time to taste. Hmmm, tastes ok, dry grainy pale malt, mildly sweet that quickly bitters with a zesty hop finish. Not to shabby, pretty much tastes like your typical American Macro-Lager, with a little more pizz-azz. A little agitation builds some more head, carbonation and mouthfeel a little fizzy but doesn't annoy.

Light to medium body, no presence of alcohol so to speak, an easy enough of a drinker. Overall it's an average Macro tasting Lager, brewed by the mighty Canadians...Cheers!

scottoale, May 13, 2006
Photo of hopsaplenty
3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. green bottle, C2306 15:43 inkjetted

Sparkling 8 karat gold topped with a brilliant white head of loosely packed medium bubbles. Ample vibrant carbonation streams jet to the surface. The head settles to nothing shortly after pouring leaving no lacing. The smell is fresh and clean, sweet with fresh grain and some hop edge. The taste is crisp initially, giving way to a distinct sweetness, which is a tad heavy. Finishes with a soft but firm hop edge that doesn't linger. Light body and filled with roiling carbonation which somewhat offsets the medium sweetness. Nice and crisp and good for a warm day. A good ball park beer.

hopsaplenty, May 02, 2006
Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice straw hue with a fluffy two finger head. Decent retention and good lacing.

The smell was a clean malty aroma - not too sweet. A good hop nose was noticed as well. Estery. I was happy to get a pure malt aroma, absent of an corn or adjunct.

The taste was a nice clean malt and hop balance. A nice dry finish. Again, happy to be without the usual Canadian graininess.

The mouthfeel was clean as well. Crisp throughout with a nice dry finish. A very good experience.

A very drinkable Canadian lager. Head and shoulders above the other Canadian lagers. Beats a Keith's.

plaid75, Apr 27, 2006
Photo of dubman003
3.65/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I understand why this beer has a 'not recommended' rating, because in the grand scheme of beers, Moosehead Lager is just another. But for lagers, Moosehead is a king. It is priced decently and tastes wonderfully.

I bought the beer on a whim and was surprised. I expected little from the lager, I was just hoping against Bud Light in a different bottle. This beer is a great recommendation for drinkers who don't care for dark beers; certainly a high lager.

dubman003, Apr 12, 2006
Photo of hanco005
3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This was on sale at my local store so I thought I would give it a try. 12 oz bottle, marked M1605 12:37 3, poured into a pint glass. I have not idea what the numbers mean.

A—pours pale faint sunshine yellow, crystal clear with a short fizzy head that is gone immediately, spotty lacing is produced

S—sweet grains, hops, a little spice

T—corn, wheat, other grains, balanced well, nothing offensive in this one

M—light bodied, crisp, but pretty fizzy in the mouth

D—this one is ok. I can see it being highly drinkable on a hot day. I bought a 12 pack since it was on sale. I’ll save the rest for next month when I can sit outside on the deck.

hanco005, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of mdagnew
3.4/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a light golden yellow / orange colour... White head poured medium sized and faded to almost nothing...

Aroma - Very light hops and malts, lemony, slight saltiness, some corn sweetness, slight nuttiness, grassy...

Taste – Light lemony sweetness, light corn notes, some light fruitiness (orange ?), metallic traces...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry. Light / medium bodied. Quite drinkable...

Overall - An average beer... worth a try once....

mdagnew, Mar 28, 2006
Photo of squish059
2.93/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

tried this drink last night and i don't think my experience with this beer was as good as expected. the smell of this one was very skunky...almost unbearable, i do believe this was light struck. nonetheless i drank it and it was alright, nice head that stayed ok. plenty of carbonation. tasted nice and hoppy, i'll try this drink again, hopefully with a better review.

squish059, Mar 28, 2006
Moosehead Lager from Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
69 out of 100 based on 1,095 ratings.