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Moosehead Lager - Moosehead Breweries Ltd.

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1,156 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,156
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 22.04%
Wants: 23
Gots: 107 | 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 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.


Photo of genog
2.96/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright yellow color with virtually no head left once I poured. Smell is of grain, corn and a slight skunky smell. The taste on this one is initially bitter followed by a slight sweetness and more bittering skunk kind of flavor. Body is light and somewhat watery. Carbonation is active and somewhat filling. Better than the average macro lager.

Photo of baos
3.82/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. into favorite Trappist glass.

A: Pretty golden yellow hue. 1 finger head that goes down to a very thin lacy pattern.

S: Fresh grainy and a but malty and a kind of pungent kind bud or skunk weed smell.

T: I've always like this beer. Its a bit sweet for my taste buds sometimes but its a good beer. Appley with mild hops and grains. Finishes a bit drier than most lagers and a little bitter, but good bitter.

M: I was impressed it has nice mouth feel more than any other similar macro that I've tried.

D: Good. this beer is good on a hot day and in the Winter as well. I give her a B.

Photo of GrimmReaper
2.8/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this one a while back and figured i'd better try again before putting in my 2 bits.
Pours a clear pale yellow with a white bubbly head that is gone in a flash and minimal lacing.
Fresh water aroma with mild skunk,a little grainy and corn.Not much there really.
Taste is grainy,some corn and very lite bitterness,and some stale water around the middle,but nonetheless,,,,it goes down rather easily and refreshing,especially ice cold.
Medium mouthfeel with a refreshment feel to it.Very easy to consume in mass quantities,not bad,better than what i could remember from when i first tried it.I would have again,nothing special though,don't want to get everyone's hope's up.

Photo of allengarvin
3.08/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Into a 12-oz glass, this beer is a bright, crystal-clear gold, with an airy head that fades quickly. Sweet grainy aroma, with no hops in evidence; a slight hint of sulfuriness. Taste is somewhat better than the average mass-produced lager, with some modest malt character, a hint of toastiness, though hops are still low. Texture is crisp, with moderate carbonation.

A slight--very slight--improvement over Budweiser.

Photo of jwc215
3.15/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light straw yellow with a thin white head that fizzles to barely a patch.

The smell is of some sweet grain. Slight "skunk" soon dissipates.

The taste is of sweet grain that is interrupted occassionally by (Cluster?) hop sharpness. It has an abrupt, mostly clean, finish.

Light bodied, smooth, inoffensive. It beats most macros, but I can think of so many better lagers...A decent choice to bring to a party of macro drinkers as it is easy but has something to it.

Photo of BeerDreadz
3.22/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12onz reclyced green bottle

Appearance : Yellow straw color with a small head.

Smell : Grainy and malted,very nice.

Taste: Hops are very present in this beer,grainy ,some bitterness but not in bad way.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability : Very nice to drink,this beer reminds why you like beer

Photo of daliandragon
3.52/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thiis is pretty old school. We considered this a good beer my freshman year of college. Of course by the "lets funnel a case of warm Natty Ice every weekend" standards, this still is a pretty good beer.

The head shows surprising resliance and nice lace effect after it does die. The carbonation free body and pee yellow color do leave me a bit cold. Nose is pale malt and skunk. That is what the style calls for, except in Brooklyn.

Taste is crisp and clean and totally inoffensive. Texture is thinner than I'd like and a little oversweet in the aftertaste but not a dealkiller. I honestly could drink a twelver of these and be quite pleased. They go down smooth and easy and very quickly. Not unbelieveable, but honest and dependable.

Photo of cowboy9from0hell
4.3/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I find this American All Malt style lager full bodied and most pleasing to the pallate, drinkability is very rewarding. I could knock back about a sixer a night of moosehead. Its a lot better thne saranac.

I think this is my favorite canadian if had. way better then molson products and labatt products.

Photo of Drew966
2.65/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Moosehead lager pours a golden yellow with a thick white head from a green twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is sweet malt and grain. The flavor is mostly sweet malt and a touch of hops and grain. Inoffensive, but not inspiring. A reasonably better alternative to b/m/c.

Photo of biggmike
2.41/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a decent looking clear pale color with nice white head that dissipated quickly and left a little bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma was skunky. Flavor was less skunky and a light grassy flavor. Carbonation was heavy while mouthfeel was light. Nothing I would ever seek out again.

Photo of drpimento
1.94/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Can't figure out why these breweries don't wise up with the green glass thing. First thing I noticed upon pouring this was the skunky aroma. Had a nice big frothy head though. Some lace. That all faded pretty quickly. Lovely golden color. Maybe over carbonated. Skunkiness wasn't as apparent in the flavor. Which was dominated with some play between bitterness and some grainy sweetness. Sweet finish. Not as good as I recalled.

Photo of Halcyondays
2.61/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. green bottle

A: Pale yellow with white head, average lager appearance.

S: Bits of malt and hops, really nothing.

T: Bits of hops and skunk.

M: Very light on the palate, less than what I was expecting, fizzy.

D: Good, but didn't feel like having another, it just got boring at the end. Not a bad beer, but it just didn't make an impression on me.

Photo of giblet
3.4/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

upon further review...i had this again in april of 2008. the canadian taste that i expected. strong and bold like years ago of canadian beer.

i was expecting strong taste from a beer from Canadia. it really did have the taste and body i want - not enough of a fine head and lace. it is yellow in color.

decent smell and taste.

my guess is it would be very bad if it gets a lil warm! so drinkem cold.

suckem up and movem out!


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

At best this is an average beer with an average look and taste. I've heard it was much better before interprovincial barriers caused the mass production. It is not a beer that I would go out of my way to buy, but if it is all that is available, it can be quite refreshing.

It pours a golden yellow colour that is very clear. The aroma is grainy with some yeasty aftersmells. The mouthfeel is crisp and clear as a lager should be, some mild carbonation on the tongue. The taste is bland and non-descript with some hints of malt and grass.

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.

Moosehead Lager from Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
71 out of 100 based on 1,156 ratings.