Moosehead Lager
Moosehead Breweries Ltd.

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American Lager
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3.07 | pDev: 21.82%
Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
New Brunswick, Canada
Moosehead LagerMoosehead Lager
Notes: Sold throughout Canada, The United States, and in select countries around the world, our flagship Moosehead Lager is often regarded as Canada’s premium lager. This golden, refreshing lager offers a fine balance between malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Brewed with 100% Canadian two-row pale malt and Moosehead’s own lager yeast, Moosehead Lager is cool-fermented and cold-aged to impart its award-winning flavour.
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Photo of Gajo74
3.14/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, it pours a clear pale straw color with visible carbonation. A moderate foamy head quickly dissipates.

The aroma emits notes of grainy malts and grass. It is not particularly skunky despite the green bottle.

Crisp, clean and light bodied. There is moderate grainy sweetness throughout and a modest grassy hops spice that yields a touch of bitterness. The finish is clean and dry. Not over carbonated like others, this one feels right.

Not bad at all for what it is. It satisfied my thirst and I can see myself having another.

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Photo of ChadSchwenk
5/5  rDev +62.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A real tradition of a beer and independently brewed. A classic lager that goes down super easy with a great taste. I especially love it from a draft, and recommend you try it from a draft if there is one available. If not, the glass bottle is just as good. A real winner of a beer and you can never go wrong with a Moosehead!


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Photo of Greywulfken
3.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden-colored and clear, with a coupla fingers of white foam in a pilsner glass... Rustic, chewy, grainy, mild bitterness, smooth and clean... Was a big deal when I was in my 20's, which was the last time I had it, and this was a good return - very enjoyable...

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Crystal clear gold. Three fingers of foamy white head with decent retention.

Smell: Despite being in a can, slightly skunked. Resinous, dank hops with a light floral note. Some sweet malt at the very bottom.

Taste: Biscuity malt with a very minor piney hop flavor. Almost no bitterness, leaving it relatively sweet.

Mouthfeel: Full body with decent carbonation.

Overall: While it looks like a cheap adjunct lager on the shelf, this is a pretty okay beer without any adjuncts.

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Photo of joeagain
3.94/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice fluffy head gradually fades away, leaving some Belgian lace down to the bottom of the glass.
Straw gold in color, not much nose, really.
Fine carbonation doesn't overwhelm the flavor or body.
Starts out malty, some hop bitterness and flavor that has a Hallertauer ring to it, finishes fairly dry.
Probably my favorite main stream Canadien lager beer.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.14/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Half a finger white head, clear yellow body.

Smell: See below.

Taste: Sweet malt, mild noble hops, saltine crackers.

Feel: Light body, medium-high carbonation. Mildly sweet upfront, dry finish.

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Photo of TheRealMrWillis
3.43/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

L: A nice, unassuming light golden. Fairly large head that quickly appears then disappates.

S: Hoppy with some graininess.

T: Surprisingly decent. Hoppy without being bitter with a decent amount of spice to it.

F: Really meh on the mouthfeel. The spiciness makes this one not want to linger too much, the head helps round it out somewhat.

O: Not too shabby. Leaves an interesting aftertaste and is probably a little better than most of the bigger beers.

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Photo of willcull78
3.73/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smooth with a crisp aftertaste. First, being union-made is a rare thing to see these days; and the quality still remains. Paid $5.99 for a 4-pack of pints. I have been wanting to try this beer for several months and finally was able to. A clear pale yellow with a slight delightful scent of malt and hops. Pours a clear, slight foamy-head, dispersing that slight flavorful aroma. The taste was actually better than expected. Not bitter but mellow with a crisp aftertaste. Filled my pint-class to the top without any run-over. The aftertaste is actually delightful. I would not mind having this lager with some ham & swiss sandwiches. Certainly worth trying. Quite good as lagers go.

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Photo of jkblr
3.78/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can stamped H 13 9 17:05 (presumably 8/13/19) poured into a becher glass at fridge temp 5% ABV. The beer pours bright straw yellow with nearly white head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is faint with a little grain and lawn grass. The taste is barely sweet two row malt with a tangy, mildly bitter finish revealing a touch of grassy hops. There is some DMS or diacetyl, but it's not overpowering. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with above average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, good. I would prefer a cleaner lagering, but this is still good to drink and would be perfect with food or company.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.15/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16oz can; I always drank this from a green bottle = skunked, so it was never my favorite. Crystal clear golden beer with a foamy white head that holds decent retention. Aroma is mild biscuity malt and spicy, grassy hops. Balanced and easy drinking lager flavors of biscuity grain, a slight nuttiness, along with spicy and grassy hops. Lighter body, nicr carbonation, crisp and clean finish. Much better than I remember. Glad I grabbed the 4 pack for the re-review.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Can (nice improvement from the green bottles in many ways)
Canned: Indecipherable (Consumed Oct-26)

Pours crystal, brassy with a finger plus of white head that is short lived but decent for this type of beer, I'd say.. The smell is Euro hop grassiness, a faint floral character and some grainy sweetness. Grainy, moderate underlying sweetness that calls to mind beers made with corn, but supposedly this one isn't (from the yeast maybe?), some grassy hops dry out the finish. Dry, crisp, active carbonation, lingering sweetish twang in the finish. This is a decent overall beer for what it is.


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Photo of MatthewXIX
3.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light, crisp, essentially party beer. Golden hay color, no off flavors, rather smooth.
VERY susceptible to skunking if you aren't careful. Overall I would say it is an enjoyable drink, just don't go into it expecting exceptional flavors or mouthfeel.

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Photo of Peko
4.15/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

This is a good one to quench the thirst quickly. Very light and almost no flavor, but satisfying 1st drink to gulp after shower. What I like is that there is no heavy aftertastes. Also it makes a good chaser/keep your lips busy and not missing the action of sipping between heavier ales.

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Photo of PhantomWolf
2.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale, hay coloured beer with a decent head if not poured too slow- Soapy and white. Clean and a little sweet. The hops hangs around past the finish for me (as do many green bottle lagers with few exceptions). Skunky. Lagers of this kind smell terrible to me. Honey/stinky breath/and mild skunk. I just may not be a fan of the specific hops they use. Not a favourite, but refreshing when ice cold in a mug. This beer was a solid choice for me for awhile back in the days before the micro brewing revolution.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(12 oz green bottle; code C149 0955; purchased off shelf... poured into simple mug)

L: (another) brilliantly-polished clear, pale gold liquid; ample, rocky-spongy, white foam on the pour... hmm, a few tiny specks floating about... a couple thin scars of lace; thin collar

S: bit of skunk detected through the neck after crown removal... interesting - once in the glass, the skunk is gone, and a lightly-fruity, almost cream ale note dominates, almost like an apple fruit roll-up(??) (mixed with band-aid plastic??)...

T: estery, toasty caramel blend - I dare say, there's a sort of fruity (apple, peach?) hard candy note dominant; minuscule note of green-leafy bitterness in the back... it's not sweet, much, but that toasty caramel essence does linger; malty, but syrup-malty

F: phantom presence of silky body up front that washes away before halfway through; bit of a sizzly finish... as it goes, the carbonation is the only thing saving this from being a chore to drink

O: this might be my first time having this in over 20 years... I want to say I remember back then enjoying it (maybe), but likely crisp and cold from the bottle... there's a beery flavor at the back that rings a bell... decent, but not doing much for me; it's basically a mellow malt liquor - just bump it up (1439)

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Photo of defunksta
3.9/5  rDev +27%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale, golden color with a mild white head. (3.75)

Aroma: Aromas of wet grass, cooked vegetable, and some skunk. (3.75)

Flavor: Flavor is much different than the nose. I get a lot of yeast and grains on the tongue. Less wet hops than the aroma. A little grass. Dry and crisp on the end. (4.0)

Feel: Medium-bodied. Very well-carbonated. The yeast and carbonation completely dry the palate. Not bitter. Nothing left on the palate. (4.25)

Overall: I am quite pleased with this one. It's crisp, clean, and dry, but excellent carbonation and yeast. I'd actually peg it as more of a European pale lager based on the grassy & vegetable flavors than American. Yes, slightly skunked as expected. But overall, much better & more dynamic than most American lagers (Final Rating: 3.90)

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Photo of mngermanshepherd
3.42/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cool, updated label. Green bottle, which undoubtedly contributes to the skunk taste I get, aside from it, a good lager. Carbonated with a decent finish.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.71/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent golden yellow with almost no head. Very spotty lacing.
Nose is a little sour. Aroma of tart red apple and white grape juice. . .very faint notions of white bread.

Palate is surprisingly savory and rich for a lager. Lots of pale malt flavor. Starts off tasting of biscuits/shortbread/crackers, finishes on floral flavors of freshly cut grass with a little white grape and red apple in the background.

Mid-weight, moderate carbonation. Not necessarily "crisp" but still thirst quenching. Sessionable.

I'm really pleasantly surprised with this, I was expecting much worse (especially after smelling the nose which was very acidic). It tastes like beer - unpretentious and unadulterated. Nothing mind blowing but a decent quality session lager that offers good flavor. Simple, straightforward but delicious.

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Photo of EMH73
3.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I saw this beer and had to take a stroll down memory lane, it was one of my favorites a lifetime ago. Revisiting it so many years later it is a solid AAL that is highly drinkable, not too sweet, nice hop presence. Great on a hot day sitting outside. So glad I tried it again.

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Photo of CedricoSuave
4/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just tried this beer for the first time. Six pack of bottles, purchased in Florida. I've noticed a lot of other reviews saying, "this isn't my favorite beer but...", and that is an accurate description of this beer. Poured into a pint glass, I noticed a lot of carbonation, but only a small head. It looked slightly darker than Budweiser. I would say there is nothing incredibly remarkable about this beer, but that is it's strong suit. It tastes how I like beer to taste, it smells pleasant, and it has a good mouth feel. The only aftertaste I detect is... yummy beer flavor. I could easily drink several of these and not tire of it. There is nothing offensive about this beer. It may not be the best ever, but I was impressed enough that I started an account just to write this review. In other words, I like it.

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Photo of PMakowski
2.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - very typical lager with the yellow pale color. Small foam head recedes with no lacing on glass.
Smell - very reminiscent of Molson Golden. Sweet grains and musty corn. Little bit of grassiness.
Taste - It's clean, crisp, and refreshing. Has an adjunct aftertaste of corn. That little grain alcohol flavor. This is almost identical to Molson Golden, it's remarkable really. Carbonation is medium-high and drinkability is high. A six pack would be no problem on a hot day.

Overall, it's disappointing because i want this to be better than most AAL's and that's not the case. This very, very similar to Molson and Miller high life. No hop flavor whatsoever. Just not my type of beer, too simple and lacks character. Grade is a C+

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Photo of Guppy314
2.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From a tap, pours as clear straw with a thin quickly disbursing white head. Aroma is slightly malty. Taste is much like a common American Budweiser with perhaps more hops flavor. This Moosehead (from a Canadian tab) tastes fresher than a bottles Moosehead in the states. Better, but still just an ordinary commercial beer.

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Photo of FBarber
3.74/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can(s).

Pours a crystal clear bright, pale gold color. Two finger white foamy head collapses quickly leaving just a splotch of foam on top of the beer. Lightly effervescent with bubbles coursing upwards long after the beer has been poured.

Aroma has some notes of floral hops and sweet grainy malt notes. Simple and straightforward yet inviting.

Taste is clean and clear with notes of sweet grainy malts, light floral hop notes with some fruity notes that take on a apple-y character. Lightly sweet, but not overly so. Flavors drop off quickly leaving not much lingering on the palate.

Vibrant semi-crisp carbonation. Feel is light and magnified so by the quick drop off of flavors on the finish.

Overall, this is a solid beer. For the style this would be one of my first choices to go to for price and flavor.

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Photo of NHBeerSnob
3.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A very respectable lager at a good price point, unlikely to disappoint. No bias, I believe the "okay" rating is a bit too subdued for what it is: a simple, crisp, clean lager. Its good!

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

Crisp carbonation. Refreshing and clean.

Emphasizes 2-row (not six row, which is surprisingly rare in mass-produced lagers) and faint grassy hops/old stale cannabis. Slightly grainy. I find no off-flavours or booze. It's not watery or syrupy like so many beers at this price and production level. Mineral flavours come through.

Call me crazy, but I pick up on a scintilla of vanilla/vanillin up front.

It's a quenching don't-think-too-hard-about-it lager that offers decent balance and a clean palatable taste. I don't taste any adjunct or anything, and it's quite drinkable.

It's not going to dazzle discerning drinkers, but it's an affordable import lager and it met my expectations. Sure, I'd sooner buy sixers of Trader Joe's house beers or Gennesee Cream Ale if I want more flavour for less money, but I'm glad I tried Moosehead even if I wouldn't recommend it to friends.

High C (3.00) / AVERAGE

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Moosehead Lager from Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
Beer rating: 71 out of 100 with 1554 ratings