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Moosehead Lager - Moosehead Breweries Ltd.

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1,154 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,154
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 22.04%
Wants: 24
Gots: 104 | 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 Lexluthor33
3.55/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours Pale yellow with a medium sized head that settles into a lace. The aroma is of malts,grains with notes of alcohol. The taste is malty,sweet with mild hops that are slightly bitter. The hops are not dominant in any way; the overall flavor is sweet and well balanced for it's style. There are some fruit/citrus/caramel notes.

The feel is light-medium carbonation with a clean,crisp sensations and an almost dry ending.

Notes: I will say it beats the American competition for the style and I paid very little for the taste. I really do not prefer beers of this style,but I can appreciate a good one and this beer is worth having every now and then. On a really hot day I can see myself having one or two,but not for session.

Photo of AltBock
2.1/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. green bottle that has simple oval label with a small drawing of a golden moose head in the middle. This moose looks a little pissed off, but I think they always have that look on their face. No date, but there is a funky bottle code on the label as well as the neck label.

I decide to pour this one into a Flying Fish standard pint glass. What came out was a really clear straw yellow with an OK less than 1/2 inch head of white foam. It quickly dissipated into a few white rings along the edge. It didn't bother to leave any white lace behind. The aroma was very grainy with malted corn and rice, a drop of apple juice, and a hint of juicy fruits in the back. The taste was nothing but grains. No subtle fruit or hops, just malted corn and rice with a hint of malted wheat in the background. It was clearly a light beer with a grainy aftertaste of malted corn and rice. What kind of aftertaste could I have been expecting after a very grainy taste? In the end, it's better than some of the macro lagers I've had and I wouldn't really mind on having another one of these. If you like drinking youir grains, you have to drink a Moosehead!

Photo of Proteus93
3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A pale blonde, fizzy and short head. Nothing extraordinary.

S: A very mild, slightly grassy scent with a touch of a sweet nose.

T: A slightly sweet, light citrus flavour. Not too bad for the style at all, really.

M + D: Maybe a little flat feeling, but decently smooth and finishes semi-dry. An easy drinker, though not something I think I would session, really... wouldn't complain about it sitting in the fridge, though, either.

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

This is a nice, basic lager that is very drinkable yet still has nice flavour and is very clean and crisp.

Bright, yet slightly deep, gold, it has a big white head that steadily shrinks to a smaller, permanent head and leaves a little weak lace.

The aroma is juniper with hints of fresh grain and a faint sulphur quality. Thus, it's similar to, but a little different from, the standard basic lager.

The taste is mostly lightly sweet with very faint bitterness, brief but clean and cleansing. It's smooth and fairly full-bodied for what it is, whit a nice, firm, long-lasting grain flavour with faint hints of juniper, apple, and flowers. It's very drinkable and pleasant and far superior to many macro lagers.

Photo of zeff80
3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Decided to revisist an old favorite from college.

A - Poured out a golden, yellow color with a small, fizzy, white head. It didn't leave much in the way of lace.

S - It smelled of corn and sweet malt.

T - It tasted of sweet malt and light spiciness from hops.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is still a pretty good lager. It is easy drinking and very sessionable.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a very clear yellow golden color with big carbonation and a lively but thin, clear-white head. The retention is rather slow with minimal lacing.

The scent is green, herbal hops, sour and salty scented yeast and a semi-sweet, doughy malt.

Very crips and clean, corn soup and grains with a wheatie malt, slight green herbs and spices hop effect with the earthy and slightly sour yeast has pretty good balance. Very light and crisp, refreshing but perhaps much too thin and slightly watery. Not exactly bursting with flavor, but it's balanced and clean.

This is really not a bad choice for something cheap.

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.32/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Of the mass produced lagers, this ranks near the top. It's not going to blow your mind, but it doesn't offend either. Just a modest, humble beer that wants to be enjoyed once in a while.

It's much grainier than other lagers, which more of a wheatlike bread flavor rather than the standard corn. Very clean and crisp, and easy to drink.

Photo of fav628
3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

American all malt lager or Munich Helles lager? I have been looking for a good refressing beer that will not break the bank. I think I may have found it. This beer has a very light color with a head that went away fast. Very little hop taste mildly sweet malt. Much better then B/M/C. I compared this beer to Victory lager and found them to be pretty similar. I am partial to Penn. craft brews but when I dont want a beer that is to complex I would buy this again. One note : my bottle says 3.2 alcohol by weight. That is 4.0 abv not 5

Photo of cdkrenz
2.16/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - The body is golden yellow and transparent. The head is pure white but fades very fast. The head as it fades is very loud and leaves allot of bubbles seen rising to the surface once it is gone.

Smell - Malty scent with a hint of soap. The aroma is strong during the pour but weak from the pint.

Taste - The flavor is a sweet malt and not complex.

Mouthfeel - The feel is wet and travels down relatively smooth. There is a subtle coarseness just behind the tip of my tongue.

~ I'm sitting here trying to really enjoy this brew and finding it difficult to do. I'll pass on another round.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.12/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of MOShepp
3.53/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Photo of garymuchow
3.31/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of Gehrig
2.84/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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.

Photo of JDV
2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of Adam2200
3.52/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.69/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of Foxman
2.91/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of abriggs1
4.14/5  rDev +36.2%
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.

Photo of Bookseeb
3.56/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Photo of SargeC
3.68/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

Photo of Brad007
2.32/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

Photo of Floydster
2.82/5  rDev -7.2%
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

Photo of shadow1961
2.61/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Photo of sweetkness
3.36/5  rDev +10.5%
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.


Moosehead Lager from Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
71 out of 100 based on 1,154 ratings.