Moosehead Cracked Canoe - Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
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1.95/5 rDev -25.3%
A very basic beer. Pours pale yellow, with quickly disapearing head. Aroma is marginally cheesy. Light mouthfeel, not burning, but not much above water. Marginally a feather of taste above the typical macros. Managd to drink one mouthfull, and poured the rest.
02-14-2010 01:27:58 | More by Sammy
2.15/5 rDev -17.6%
341ml bottle. I can't believe the marketing suits would approve any beer with 'canoe' in the name, given the old joke about this sort of thing. This brand has been cluttering up the bottom shelves of liquor stores everywhere for the past while, and is of the ilk that stops me from even considering buying any size in multiples. Ergo, selected from a downtown Indian restaurant's beer fridge, to go alongside the heat of a stellar lamb vindaloo.
This beer pours a clear, very pale straw colour, with three fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and mostly soapy dirty white head, which leaves some random splattered and specked lace around the glass as it quickly falls away.
It smells of a very mild corn and grainy, um, 'sweetness', stale lemon, and a softly skunky, grassy, and weedy astringency. The taste is lightly sweet pale grain, a hint of creamed corn, faint weedy, cooked veggies, and is more watery-tasting than beery.
The carbonation is moderate, just enough to buoy this up beyond lethargy, the body a wan featherweight, and yet still somewhat cloying in its super-simple attempt at smoothness. It finishes just off-dry, the grainy sweetness sort of plodding on, while the various astringencies slowly disappear from the radar, one by one.
Best short description I can think of before my dinner gets cold: tainted water - nothing much else really going on here. If consuming with strongly flavoured cuisine, then at least this beer is wet, and thus 'drinkable', but hardly [Premium].
03-28-2010 00:07:03 | More by biboergosum
2.3/5 rDev -11.9%
Light lagers are often light especially in regard to colour. Cracked Canoe, with its anemic complexion and pallid tone, is no exception. It appears to have been blanched to a point of acute brittleness, a ghastly and whitish beer that is paler than last year's straw and, with elated bubbles and a fine, spritzy froth, it strongly resembles a cheap sparkling wine.
The aroma, however, is all beer - not of a great one, mind you, but some kind of beer anyhow. While the scent of fresh-milled grain is perceptible, a spattering of cloying creamed corn smell ruffles the nasal passage like a stiff and foul sea breeze. Green bottles are usually cause for concern but, miraculously, this sample is free of any skunkiness.
Many light lagers taste contaminated enough to encourage a tetanus shot. Cracked Canoe isn't nearly so cringe-inducing but it does leave much to be desired. The flavour is entirely synthetic: it is of the same cloyingly sweet, corny, syrupy taste of soda-pop fame and without even a footnote reference to anything remotely toasty, grainy or wholesome.
By way of insinuating quality, brewers will often put 'premium' in the name. Seeing this word should raise flags: go to the grocery store and you'll notice it's always the processed foods that don health claims, not the natural ones that actually are nutritious. So too is the case with beer: it's typically the bad beers that need to boast about how good they are.
Cracked Canoe has not taught me anything new. I already suspected Moosehead - despite being the oldest (and last) Canadian- and family-owned big brewery - of being an operation more concerned with competing in the mass-market of industrially-produced swill, rather than crafting distinguished, integral products. This beer confirms it. Pass.
01-06-2011 14:19:13 | More by biegaman
2.35/5 rDev -10%
Tried this one at Jack's in Kingsville.
Crystal clear and pale yellow with fizzy bubbles and a thin collar of white foam. Weak aroma, some malt and grain, faint fruitiness, maybe a bit grassy. The flavour had some grainy sweetness, bitterness was quite low, and there were hints of fruity esters and spicy hops, but it all came off on the thin and watery side. Light bodied, carbonation was a little on the high side making it feel somewhat sharp rather than crisp. It really didn't have a lot of character, but it wasn't a disaster either.
08-01-2011 14:13:12 | More by DrJay
2/5 rDev -23.4%
355ml can poured into pint glass may26 2010
A just when I thought I've seen the lightest looking beer ever Moosehead comes out with this one, no head no lace to go along with no color
S some grassy hops and very little else
T again grassy hops but I'm more impressed by the total lack of flavor this beer has going on
M a little watery with no aftertaste, mind you there's no taste to begin with so that should be expected
D there's just nothing going on here, bland and boring
no reason to try this beer it's a waste of time and water
05-25-2010 20:11:46 | More by wordemupg
2.58/5 rDev -1.1%
A - Poured very pale yellow with a thin layer of white head.
S - Almost no nose. A very subdued bready sweetness is evident and not much else.
T. Slight bready malt taste. Watery. Very slight hop presense in background.
M - Light body. Moderate carbonation.
O - Not a great beer, for for 3.5% ABV, could have been a lot worse.
07-13-2012 13:28:47 | More by TheSevenDuffs
1.85/5 rDev -29.1%
Was at an Italian restaurant and they had this on tap. Curiosity got the best of me and I tried it. Pours as faint a yellow as you can get, completely see through. The head was pretty good though, some lacing too. Smell is so faint, but it smells like a typical lager almost. Very watery flavour. I didn't get any bad flavours at all. I can see this being refreshing, but so is water.
04-14-2011 14:25:30 | More by kwjd
2.5/5 rDev -4.2%
Bottle: pours a pale gold lager with a small fast disappearing cap, weak lacing.
Weak nose: light cereals, grain husk mustiness little else.
Weak, not mild, but weak character, watery mouth feel, flavor is weak as well, barely detectable cereals but hops are indefinable, fast clean watery finish.
Perhaps it was unfair throwing this one into a tasting with large beers and fresh micro fare but I don't think I'm interested enough in this lame offering to give it another try.
06-11-2010 20:35:22 | More by pootz
2.2/5 rDev -15.7%
Promised myself I would never buy a 6er so when I found a single in the mix and match bin today I figured I'd give it one a whirl...
12oz bottle poured into my SA Perfect Pint (Not that it would help much)
A- I'm sorry did I buy a bottle of water?? This is THE lightest colored beer I've ever seen. Palest of straw yellow pours ever. Half finger head lasted for seconds and fizzled to nothing. Carbonation was erupting from the bottom of the glass.
S- Grass, yeast, corn faint dirty socks or old damp dishcloth.
T- Water, nothing really else. The grass and yeast are faint but that's about it...
M- Watery but carbonation kind of improves the feel.
D- I'm giving the drinkability a 3 on this for two reasons; one positive and one negative.
Pro - Watery, tastes like almost nothing so drinking these on a hot summer day would be refreshing.
Con - At $12.50 for a sixer of "premium light beer" just makes me want to vomit. If I'm going to spend that kind of money on a sixer I'd spend the extra $2.00 and get a 60 minute IPA or Dead Guy Ale.
I understand the macro companies are starting to shift some of their focus to "light" or "low calorie" beers but the price is outlandish for 6 bottles of basically Perrier.
08-30-2010 03:16:46 | More by korguy123
1.15/5 rDev -55.9%
2 oz bottle from the lcbo- A clear and light sparkling gold, with a fizzy white cap. Nose of faint grassy hops and straw, some wet paper. tastes of very faint grassy hops and slightly sweet pale malts. Overly carbonated and quick on the finish. One of the least flavourful beers I have ever had. Pass.
07-29-2009 14:27:47 | More by mrmanning
2.08/5 rDev -20.3%
Had this at the bar, figured what the hell. Pours the usualy typical pale straw colour, with little head. What head is there quickly disipates. Plenty of carbonation and bubbles. You can actually hear this beer. Smells alright. Bit of corn, grass, and lemon. Tastes alright. The typical light beer taste. Light sweetness, bit of grass, some grapefruits. Thin, fizzy mouthfeel. Drinkable like water, at first. But their is a catch. About two hours after drinking this, I had the worst case of the belches I've ever had. I would think I would need to vomit, go to the toilet, and let out loud and violent burps that scared the cats and angered the neighbours dog. I don't know if it was the beer itself, or a combination of what I've had to eat with it. But, since the food I've had before and never had this side effect, I'm thinking the beer is to blame. I would avoid to never have to deal with that nasty side effect again.
07-18-2009 09:21:18 | More by slitherySOB
3.2/5 rDev +22.6%
Appearance: Fairly standard lager gold, not as light as I'd expect it to be. Good carbonation in the body and it produced a finger of head that didn't lace and barely retained.
Smell: Average and if it weren't a light beer it would be scored lower. Straw like malt, a touch of earthy hops that comes off a bit mossy because of a slight undertone of skunk. Not bad, nothing great and stronger then most light beers.
Taste: Pretty much standard macro lager taste. Hay like malt with a touch of corn, that turns into a slight touch of earthy hops. Once again, not bad for a light beer, but nothing to write home about and it may come off as watery to some.
Mouthfeel: Well the carbonation is done well that the transitioning is smooth, but it does cloy a little bit too much. I'd give it 3.25 if I could, but it falls on the lower end of the scale, mainly because of my earlier generosity.
Drinkability: This beer fairs very well as a guzzler, and it's really designed for hot summer days. No issues getting it down, no issues with gas or bloating and refreshing in extreme.
Final Thoughts: Well, this one fared far better then I thought it would, and I did enjoy it more the Moosehead Light, mainly because it seems simpler and not just a watered down version of Moosehead. Still, there are many better beers out there, so save your money on this one.
11-09-2010 18:44:32 | More by TheHammer
Moosehead Cracked Canoe from Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
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