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Moosehead Lager - Moosehead Breweries Ltd.

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BA SCORE
71
okay

1,128 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,128
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 22.04%
Wants: 21
Gots: 75 | 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 witster18
2.7/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Moosehead is a lager with a light straw hue and a euro lager taste. It's not as 'skunky' as grolsch or heiny but this is headed in that direction. The malt is right up front and comes off crisp....with a bite from the alcohol. little to no head or lacing. very drinkable though. I prefer this very cold...and in that state it is easily the best canadian lager(masspro) other than labatts 50...maybe...but definately better than blue or molsen. However, if it warms the negative qualities(alcohol/skunkiness) become more prominent. A good thirst quencher but not an award winner by any means. Priced right for a decent import.

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

Poured a pale golden color with a foamy head. Some lacing on the glass. Smell was of malt, hops, grain and a slight hint of corn. Taste was good for basically a "run-of-the-mill" lager, with the malt and corn taste coming through with a slight sweetness. A goood amount of carbonation. A step above a Bud I'd say. With easy drinkability, this could be a good session beer.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
2.95/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It poured a drak straw yellow with a head that lasted a few seconds. Its a great beer for the awesome and sometimes hot (2 days a year) WNY weather during the summer. It has a somewhat plain taste but its overall a good brew to have alot during the summer

Photo of bierman2000
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a light thirst quenching lager, once thought Canadian beers like this were good. Fizzy head pale color, very little nose to the beer. It's a good summer beer with enough ommphh and goes well with burgers and pizza. Quite drinkable on hot days.

Photo of DogFood11
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz green bottle poured into a tall pils glass. It forms a loose white head that leaves a rather nice ring of lace with each pull. Pale yellow and ultra filtered. Medium sized carbonation.

These warm (75 today) winter days had me hankering for a clean refreshing lager and this is exactly what moosehead delivers. Grain bill makes up the jist of the flavor. Some mild sweetness and a fairly mild but certainly worthy of not hop presence that really helps this thing along. VERY clean and crisp and did the trick as far as cooling down a tempid day.

Notes: While I haven't had a moosehead in quite some time I will be back for more when I'm in the mood. Right up there with Pabst Blue Ribbon as the finest examples of macro lagers. You gotta get this fresh though and without any markings on the bottle its a crap shoot. This one was very fresh w/ zero off flavor. Thumbs up to a Brewery that is very important to St John's economy.

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

Clean eggshell white that drops a full peg although its imprints remain stitched into the glass. Processions of bubbles parade top to bottom. A lusterless cider complexion. It looks about as standard a macro lager as there is.

The smell is trademark macro lager stink: corn, chemicals, and stale water. My nose can detect some malted grain that is spoiled by the aforementioned. The fact that I can still manage to extract some sense of straw says a little something; at least it is not completely ridden with corn.

The taste is ripe with sweet yellow corn with a quenching finish of straw malt. A flavour saturated with damp grains give it some weight on the palate, the 'damp' far more responsible than the grain bill. It is a little watery, which is better than adjunct-y. The aftertaste and unpleasantness is minimal, although a complete absence of bitterness allows a lot of sweetness to go unwelcomely unchecked.

I've seen these green bottles in open six packs as far West as California and as far East as Poland. I've never had an issue with it, but I'd advise a change because "Canada's oldest independent brewery" does in fact offer a lager a little cleaner drinking than its now foreign owned counterparts. Drink it cold, and expect what is to be expected.

Photo of tgbljb
3.83/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pale yellow color with a massive white chunky head. Little retention.
Smell is sweetly maly with some nice background hops also present.
Taste matches the smell with a firm malty sweetness combined with a slight hop character.
Easy to drink. A step above your normal lager.

Photo of fido
3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another average lager.

Moosehead lager, pours a very clear golden color, little head and little lace; Smells some corn; Flavor is of wheat and grainy; Mouthfeel is watery and thin with little carbonation; Drinkability is good and some refreshing.

¡Salud !

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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...


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

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.

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.

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.
Cheers!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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*)

Moosehead Lager from Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
71 out of 100 based on 1,128 ratings.