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Moosehead Lager - Moosehead Breweries Ltd.

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1,165 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,165
Reviews: 474
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 21.71%
Wants: 23
Gots: 121 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-26-2001

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.6/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1st bottle labeled E0708 (June '08?)

A- Looks VERY transparent and butterscotch color. Almost like ginger ale but with better carbonation

S- Smelt like most macro lager with faint whiff of generic malt and hops

T- Taste good with hops up-front and biscuity-malt aftertaste

M- Feels great with balanced carbonation

D- Very drinkable like most macro lager

Photo of jadpsu
3.53/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a paleish yellow with a gold hue and a solid white foamy head that has better than average retention with fairly consistent glass lacing.
Smell is unremarkable and very average. Some cornhusk and slight skunk.
Therefore the taste is more of a pleasant surprise, with a good balance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness full bodied for a Lager.
The Lager style is not my favorite but this is a darn good beer and for it's style it's better than most.

Photo of Schmidts
3.9/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a Pale straw yellow with a small head and lacing. Smell a bit skunky with corn smell. It has a slight Sweetness to it and is very flavorful in your Mouth. It is easy to drink and you can just sit and enjoy a few. I like this I had not had it for 20 yrs but now I have I will be getting it again. A very nice lager Beer.

Photo of nasty15108
3.72/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

I haven't drank this beer in a very long time and I remembered that when I did drink it, it was pretty good so I figured I'd give it a shot.

A - Straw colored and highly carbonated. The pour produced a head of white foam and a decent amount of random lacing.

S - Light sweet smell. Grassy and slightly skunky.

T - Sweet maltiness up front followed by a crisp dry finish. Nothing ground breaking here, but a lot better than most North American Macros.

MF&D - Thin bodied and easy drinking. Great summer session Lager.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.71/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale yellow color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of grain, light malts, along with a touch of hops, but overall it's quite off.

T: The taste is pretty much a bready and mild malt sweetness. There's a very mild hops presence that brings in a little bit of balance. The after-taste is likewise slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp with a little smoothness, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very flavorful, goes down easily enough, not filling at all, mild kick, there's really not much of anything here that would make me want to drink this beer again.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.23/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Rating is with respect to the style, and this is one of the best in its style.

Pours clear golden with generous, frothy white head.

Nose has a very pleasing herbal hop quality.

Palate is a very refreshing balance of malt & light herbal hops. Slight smoke character, similar to imported German lagers. Nothing extreme one way or another, just very balanced and thirst quenching.

Finish is rather clean. Very, very drinkable beer that has no flaws, given what the brewers were aiming for. One of the very best for this style, hands down.

Photo of Natural510
3.43/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with ample, inch-thick head which dissipates to leave a soapy lacing on the glass.
Smells typically-lagerish, a grainy blend of hops, yeast & barley; none particularly pronounced.
Goes down smooth, a bit thinner than most German lagers. Light malts & hops make up the flavor, with a slightly bitter pinecone aftertaste.
Remains carbonated throughout, otherwise not much pronunciation in the mouth.
Overall it is a drinkable lager, nothing too outstanding, but quaffable as a go-to beer or summer BBQ choice.
The best of the "big three" Canadian macro lagers I've tasted. Certainly more hop character than your average North American lager.

Photo of windigo32
2.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a pint glass. Clear yellow, almost straw color with streams of carbonation throughout. It poured with a finger and a half of head that dwindled to traces on the surface after about 2 minutes.

S: Not too impressed by the smell. It has a slightly dirty grain smell to it. There is a slight hint of hops as well.

T: Although not bad, the taste leaves something to be desired. Strong grain and yeast tones to it. with a slightly yeasty aftertaste.

M: There is a good level of carbonation in this one. It adds nicely to the body of the beer. If it was less carbonated, it would feel a little watery.

D: Very drinkable. Definately something you could chill on the patio with and drink. Oddly, it goes well with cigars.

Photo of AlexJ
2.83/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow pour with a dense white head with average retention.

Aroma is light malt sweetness, toasted grain, and very light bitterness.

Flavor is cereal and light crackery malt followed by light grass and earth notes of light hop bitterness.

Body and drinkability are medium. This is one of those beers I used to really enjoy back in the 90's. My how things have changed.

Photo of donteatpoop
3.58/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty much what I expected it to be but with a slightly sweeter malt.

Pours a pale straw tellow with a decent amount of head to it, though the head doesn't last long.

Smells of malts and hay.

Tastes like a lager, semi-sweet malts and hops.

Great for a day to just pound a few down, I'll probably buy this again during football season and see if my dad digs on it. This seems like a beer my old man would appreciate.

Photo of botham
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass. pours a pale straw color with four fingers of tight white head. a standard pale lager in appearance. head has good retension, about six minutes.

aroma is malty, with pale malts dominating. a touch of floral yeast is present as well, with little else.

taste is more of the same, with only pale malts and a bit of floral yeast showing through. finishes very crisp and clean, with little aftertaste.

mouthfeel is watery thin and light bodied, with a thin finish. mildly slick mouthfeel after finishing.

drinkability is decent. this is a standard pale lager, without anything special. could use a bit more in profile, but not bad otherwise.

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.

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Moosehead Lager from Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
71 out of 100 based on 1,165 ratings.