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Moosehead Lager - Moosehead Breweries Ltd.

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1,140 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,140
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 21.71%
Wants: 22
Gots: 88 | 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 2wheeledpirate
3.15/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Although I am not typically a lager fan, I will grab a moosehead when it's available especially if I'm eating at the time.

Pours slightly darker than the average "american lager", with a quick head that doesn't hang around. Nothing real powerful or surprising with the smell. The malt is the best presence in the taste, and as I alluded to earlier the thing I like best about it is it stands up to foods (in particular spicy or italian food) where other lagers lose. Carbonation seems appropriate.

Too bad about the green bottle though. oh well, I guess it looks "cool".

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

I had heard from a friend that this is some good stuff, so when I went to Canada I figured I'd give it a shot. It pours a slightly amber clear color into a pint glass, one-finger white head. Aroma is pretty standard for a lager, that is to say there isn't much of one.

This beer didn't wow me in any sense, but it really wasn't bad either. It's less corn/cereal-heavy than its American counterparts and much smoother with less skunk than the Euro pale lagers. So in that regard Moosehead is successful. Again, it's really just an average lager, but it did have a pretty nice aftertaste, and is pretty drinkable.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.73/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

man, when i was 16 this was high-end shit. looks like your normal macro lager, smells like your normal macro lager, and tastes like your normal macro lager. corn adjuncts. spritzy. the difference is that there is a bit more going on than bmc, but not much. would only drink this if bmc were the only other options and i absolutely needed a beer.

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

Ahh, Moosehead. 25 years ago my bro-law and I were poor homebodies with newborns. Scott would bring over the <import> Mooses and we thought we were living the good life – and we were.

Nice pour – clear straw yellow, decent white head and laces. I can sure notice the euro yeast skunk now, and the taste has a ton of corn and cooked veggies in there, even though it’s suppose to be all malt. Crisp and dry, it has enough redeeming qualities to give it a thumbs up.

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

Apparently the largest wholly canadian owned brewer.

Pale, clear lager yellow. Not much head to speak of, pretty decent lacing. Faint smell of grainy malt. Crisp malt taste at the front end, followed by a vert quick bite of hops that exit almost imediately. Went a bit watery before ending with a dry, almost tart aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, a nice, easy to drink lager.

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

served from a green 341ml twist off bottle into a pint glass.

A- pale straw color. Finger thick head disappears in a minute or two, laving a little lace around the glass.

S- malty sweet,a little grass, light hop aroma.

T- slightly bitter/skunky, spicy hops and nice malt, a little grassy/earthy.

M- Light bodied with great carbonation.

D- A tad malty but really refreshing.

Overall this is a better choice than your basic macro. Dont be disappointed if you go to a party and this is all that there is in the fridge.
A decent lager.

Photo of Cyberkedi
2.97/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This used to be my favorite beer (I was born in Canada) and I hadn't drunk any in quite a while. I did my best to suppress any prejudices in favor of it; even so, I found it rather pleasant to drink. Color is a typical golden-yellow, not much head. Aroma is sharp and malty. The crisp, malty taste is not complex but is refreshing. It definitely has an "edge" to the flavor and mouthfeel that most lagers lack. This is a good party beer.

Photo of bigdeuce
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

In my pre-micro brew days, this was one of my alltime favorites. I had tried this a few years ago and swear when Moosehead got bought out, they changed the formula. Nonetheless, this beer looks like yellow piss. Will leave some lacing, and has a candy like taste on the nose. Terrific session beer and the cornyness dwindles if drank very cold. Goes down easily and is about the same price it was 20 years ago when I first loved it. Better than most american macros.

Photo of JOaikido
2.73/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

341 ml green bottle. Brewed under license by McAuslan for Quebec.

A- Pale golden. Pure white head. Some bubbles rising up in the beer. Head settle far too quickly.

S- Smells like a euro-lager. Faint malt and hops (floral meadow).

T- Watery. A clean crispness to it though. Faint pale malt. Lightly hopped (grassy and floral). Very slightly skunked.

MF- Clean. crisp lager. A bit watery.

D- Easy to drink, refreshing but far too bland. Nothing really wrong with this beer, but it lacks any real character.

Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If this'd been an eurolager it would've scored better

Pours straw colored, effervescent with 1" of white head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Some herbal hop notes, sweet malt & grassyness

T: Sweet malt, herbal hops & grassyness up front. Sweet malt follows along with a little herbal hops. Finishes slightlty fruitty & a little lemony hops

MF: Light/medium bodied with a good carbonation & skew a little too malty balance-wise

Drinks pretty easy, a little more complexity would help. Nice revist to a blast from my past (84-90 I drank a fare amount of this stuff)

Photo of soupyman10
3.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very light, small head and no lacing, light yellow color, macro-lager but lighter, crystal clear
S - Smell of floral and sour apples, mostly sweet malty
T - Very refreshing taste, lacks the sick metallic/skunky of most macro-lagers, overall as very smooth but mild flavor that's mostly malt with no real hoppiness, hints of sour apple now, more focused on general light floral malt taste
M - Thin-bodied, well-carbonated, no real coating
D - highly drinkable because of how refreshing it is, not an amazing lager but one you could throw down a bunch of, with no real turn-offs; it's lacking in the skunkiness of a Heineken but doesn't really bring a whole lot to the table for itself either

Photo of Cadyfatcat
1.45/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Nose of metal, and cats pee (for those of who that don’t know cats pee is a legitimate smell description often used by winos.) Taste is watery, grainy and rather sweet. A cloying sweetness with faint hints of artificial grape flavor is present instead of bittering. This is a nasty beer. It seems so innocuous, and I have never encountered any American macros I simply could not handle, but this one will go down as the first. I gave this one to my roommate. Puke

Photo of witster18
2.67/5  rDev -12.2%
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
3.16/5  rDev +3.9%
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
3.8/5  rDev +25%
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
3.88/5  rDev +27.6%
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
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
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
3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
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
3.02/5  rDev -0.7%
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...

Moosehead Lager from Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
71 out of 100 based on 1,140 ratings.