Moosehead Breweries Ltd.

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Lager - American
Ranked #461
Ranked #50,104
3.08 | pDev: 21.75%
Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
New Brunswick, Canada
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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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

2.79/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Clear gold body with a white head that fades completely along with the lacing.
Aroma: Vegetal with a bit of grain. Light floral hops.
Taste: Grainy sweetness. Still too corny to want another. Some lingering herbal hops in the aftertaste.
Feel: Light bodied, decently carbonated.
Overall: It's hard going back to this one, even if it is a classic. Maybe if it was colder and on draft I could appreciate it more.

Jun 08, 2021
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BPVandenbroek from Canada (AB)

3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Moosehead Lager is crstal clear and a pale gold in color. Like straw, only a little lighter. The head is cloudy, bone white, and has decent retention.

At first blush, Moosehead smells like pretty much any half decent lager. it has an up front sweetness to it, supported by the bready, grainy, soda cracker aromas of pale malt. The center is only slightly rounded with notes of sulfur. Buried in with the sulfur is a sweetness that does smell somewhat of corn. That aroma of corn is subtle enough that I could be imagining it as corn thanks to the adjacent presence of sulfur. The finish is lightly hoppy, smelling appropriately of fresh cut grass.

On the tongue, Moosehead feels a little more mainstream in nature. For one thing, it starts off light in body and fairly dry in nature. Pale malts are a little more dominant in the form of graininess coupled with soda crackers. Roundness builds slightly but not quite enough to give any real refreshing quality to the lager. Rather, notes of sulfur come through, only helping to lend support to Moosehead's overall dryness.

Moosehead Lager isn't terrible by any means. It's just not as good as it could be. The problem with lagers is when faults creep their way into your beer there's no place for them to hide. So when this one doesn't quite round itself off enough, the lager doesn't become as refreshing as it otherwise might be.

May 11, 2021
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Jsteez from Utah

2.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Balanced malty sweetness with some hops in the backend. But the hops in this particular can we're muted, but still slightly detectable. Good golden look with some soapy bubbles, nice! Tastes like corn and grains. Easy and smooth; on the lighter side of medium-bodied. Not bad. Better than many other adjuncts!

Better than Bud!

Mar 04, 2021
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

2.89/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Lager pours a golden color, with no bubbles, but a very small, nicely lacing head. Aroma is chemically, and a bit skunky. Flavor has is sweet, creamy, but still has notes of skunks, and vats of random chemicals. A bit flat. Overall, there is worse, much worse. Does have a fair amount of flavor, and sweetness does help.

Dec 08, 2020
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crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

3.39/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from my home tap.
If I'm buying a yellow beer, this is my favorite. It is nothing special but it goes down smooth with little flaws.
It is so much better on tap than in bottles.

Nov 15, 2020
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spectru from Florida

2.86/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

10/12/2020 Crystal clear pale amber with a fluffy white head, recedes rather quickly, would get a much higher Look score if it retained its head; Mild, faintly pleasant beer smell; not a lot of flavor, disappointing; Tangy, nicely carbonated; Not particularly impressive but I've had worse, a little on the bland side.

Oct 12, 2020
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

3.16/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Moosehead is a classic of sorts, an adjunct lager made with high-quality 2-row barely and Canadian corn alongside soft Canadian water. Poured into a mug the light yellow lager has high carbonation and a nice white retaining lacing on the top. Corn adjuncts are overwhelmingly noticeable from the smell, but in the first quaff the corn adjunct is subtle and nearly hidden. I get more of a sweet malt, rich yeast, and a bit of hops over any corn. Billed as an American lager, I believe this should be relabeled as a adjunct lager - however, this is very flavorful and on par with Molson Canadian if not more flavourful.

Sep 27, 2020
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Gordono from Nevada

2.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Picked up a 12pk that was on sale at the local liquor store.
Poured and looked as you’d expect for an AAL.
The aroma was quite skunky, which I liked! I haven’t had a beer that skunky in a long time.
Other than the skunk, the beer was ordinary, good and easy to drink but nothing outstanding.

Sep 25, 2020
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into pint glass. Pours a deep straw color with a substantial bright white head. Initial impression is a lot of grains, sweet, subdued flavors. Mouthfeel is refreshing/. Finish is sweet and grassy. Overall, a middle of the road AAL. Not bad at all.

Sep 18, 2020
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Peach63 from New York

3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours pale yellow with a one inch white head, which dissipates to a wisp. light lacing.

Aroma is a bit skunky, malty, grassy.

Taste follows nose: Skunky, malty, grassy. Slightly sweet.

Light bodied, moderate carbonation. Semi-sweet finish.

This is a decent mass produced lager. Better than Bud.

Aug 01, 2020
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Tony787 from Canada (ON)

3.49/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bought 2 cans of moosehead lager at the lcbo pours a 1 finger head into a glass smells ok and the taste is refreshing and crisp easy drinking lager .
Average Canadian lager beer.

Jul 29, 2020
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

3.02/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this to be a pretty decent Lager style beer. The taste was mild, nothing overpowering came through, though I have to say the finish was a bit flat (to me). Would I pass up other beers just to take this, but I would not feel slighted if this was served to me at a summer event.

Jul 02, 2020
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VoxRationis from New York

4.18/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a "nonic" pint glass; no production date, code stamp is 2807918B11436.
A: Pours a crystal clear, straw color with gorgeous champagne-style bubbles, a frothy, white, one to two finger head, rim and solid cap retention, and stringy, but foamy rings of lacing
S: Tart side of tangy. Aromas grasses and grains (especially light barley). pepper. Maybe a golden delicious apple note. Very nice nose on this.
T: Dry. Palate follows the nose closely. Very light bitterness, but enough to impart character and crisp, refreshing finish without astringency.
M: Light bodied with light, but steady carbonation overall. Refreshing.
O: This is a very easy drinking, refreshing, dare I say lovely (North) American Lager. As usual, the ratings on the AALs are ridiculously low: this deserves better.

Jul 01, 2020
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BWED from Colorado

3.2/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a can into a classic lager mug.
A- Crystal clear straw color. Head is white, but dies pretty quickly into a thin pad.
S- Grainy, grassy malt. Hops a bit earthy, with a bit of spice. Noble in nature. A mild sweetness wafts as well.
T- Grainy and mild earth hop. A mild sweetness, but pretty bland overall.
M- Body light, with a crisp finish.
O- Typical mass produced, underwhelming lager.

Jun 11, 2020
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BitterBru from Kansas

3.92/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Golden color with a slight head; very effervescent.
Smell: Skunk that is overpowering in a bottle, but tolerably aromatic in an open glass.
Taste: Crisp and light, slight bitterness with a glimpse of malt and a nice, airy feel. Subdued aftertaste.
Feel: Sturdy and invigorating.
Overall: An easy-drinking, all-day kind of beer. Would pair well with sandwiches or bar-b-qued brisket.

Jun 05, 2020
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Gajo74 from New York

3.14/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Apr 20, 2020
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5/5  rDev +62.3%
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!


Mar 31, 2020
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Greywulfken from New York

3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
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...

Mar 07, 2020
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.52/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Jan 30, 2020
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joeagain from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev +27.9%
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.

Jan 23, 2020
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Cthulhusquid from Washington

4.14/5  rDev +34.4%
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.

Jan 10, 2020
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TheRealMrWillis from Maryland

3.43/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Jan 01, 2020
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willcull78 from Ohio

3.73/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

Dec 26, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

3.78/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

Dec 07, 2019
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.15/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Oct 30, 2019
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