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Moosehead Lager | Moosehead Breweries Ltd.

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Moosehead LagerMoosehead Lager

Brewed by:
Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
New Brunswick, Canada

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-26-2001

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Ratings: 1,391 |  Reviews: 505
Photo of Sammy
2.67/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Better than the national brands by a moose whisker. If youa re surrounded by national brands, you can get by on one of these if you sip it as some maltiness and carbonation. Unattractive Yellow and short but immense sudsy foam. Grainy, more drinkable with food.

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2.25/5  rDev -25.7%

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2/5  rDev -34%

Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and sugary aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet grain flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable but nothing too exciting going on here.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

this is one of my dads favorite brews, so naturally I have consumed my share of it. my issue with it is the green bottle, so when it shows up in the states, even in the northeast, it often has that green bottle skunk to it, really frustrating because this can be quite nice when its fresh. the color is clear straw colored, richer than other yellow lagers, and although the head fades fast, its tall and bone white. the nose often has a skunk on it, but shows a pale and pils malt base that's quite light, and the cleanness of patient lagering. the flavor actually has some hops to it too, a lot more than other American takes on the style. its clean drinking beer, very refreshing and has a unique malt flavor that sets it apart from its peers. the handling and packaging of it are extremely problematic, but when once in awhile a fresh sixer is found, it can be tremendously refreshing. it is occasionally proof that cheap yellow beer can be delicious. orders of magnitude better than the BMC stuff here in the states, even at its worst.

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3.5/5  rDev +15.5%

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3/5  rDev -1%

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3/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoy Moosehead from time to time. I prefer it the most when I see it on tap somewhere. I know it's just a typical lager but something about it makes me like it.

The beer poured out as a clear golden color with a thin fizzy head on it. There is no lacing on brew. The smell of grains a malts on the nose with the slight hop aroma in there. The taste of the beer is crisp and had a sharp hop character to it with some sweet grainy malts in there too. The mouthfeel is clean and Simple. Overall, like I said before, if I had to pick a lager to drink for the rest of my life this would probably be in the top 5.

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3/5  rDev -1%

Photo of metter98
3.04/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge along with some lacing down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grainy malts and sweetness are present in the nose.
T: The overall taste mostly follows the smell and has hints of grassy hops with light amounts of bitterness and sweetness that contrast each other.
M: It feels clean and a bit more than light-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and isn't overly malty or sweet. Although it came in a green bottle, no skunk is perceptible.

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2.09/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Typical for 'green bottled' beer. Pungent odors emit from the bottle. Aromas of light skunk, earthy, and grain. Getting into the flavor, the odors subside a bit, leaving a cereal grain flavor with a mouthfeel of light huskiness and graininess. Malt sweetness and breadiness is moderate and improves until the sharp and almost astringent finish. Leaving a grain-like aftertaste. Though I've had worse, this is not likely to be a beer that I will revisit.

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2.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

20oz pint at a pub on Whyte Ave that is more well known (at least to my liver) as a cocktail joint.

This beer appears a clear pale golden straw colour, with a two skinny fingers of puffy, mildly foamy bone-white head, which leaves a bit of snow rime lace around the glass as it evenly recedes.

It smells of grainy, crackery, and somewhat corny pale malt, a hint of bland black pepper, and moderately skunky, leafy, herbal hops. The taste is a semi-sweet, sort of mushed white cracker graininess, a certain hollow sugary character, and more lightly skunky, dead grassy hops.

The carbonation is rather high pitched at first, but fades to a dull frothiness, the body a less than medium weight, a tad chalky, kind of cloying, and not quite smooth. It finishes well off-dry, with a subtle feint at crispness, some lingering sweet pale malt, and a persistent grassy skunk factor.

I know Moosehead is revered for being the last of the Canadian ownership holdouts among macro brewers, but their flagship beer is nothing that I would seek out - it's barely more palatable than the adjunct-laden offerings of their bigger competitors.

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Photo of brentk56
1.93/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pour a clear pale golden color with a rich marshmallow of a head that leaves plenty of lace, but dissipates rather quickly

Smell: What would you expect from a green bottle - the skunk

Taste: Fortunately, the taste was not skunked (if that could be called fortunate in the case of this beer); sweet, with a developing bitter grainy accent by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sugary sweetness persists well into the finish although the raw grainy taste never really fades

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, almost watery, with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: If you like sugar water, you will probably like Moosehead

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.91/5  rDev -37%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nice golden brew with a generous head. Strong skunky taste with a small malt aftertaste. This is a very light brew. This is one of the worst macro I had for a while. I don't see the need to drink this again and again why are they using light green bottle...

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Photo of zeff80
3.2/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Decided to revisist an old favorite from college.

A - Poured out a golden, yellow color with a small, fizzy, white head. It didn't leave much in the way of lace.

S - It smelled of corn and sweet malt.

T - It tasted of sweet malt and light spiciness from hops.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is still a pretty good lager. It is easy drinking and very sessionable.

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3/5  rDev -1%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moosehead pours a crystal-clear, dark gold body beneath a thick finger of bright-white foam that holds remarkably well and leaves some very nice lace about the glass. The nose welcomes you with a beautiful combination of sweetish grainy malt and herbal and floral hops. That combination carries over in the flavor where the hops really come into their own. Initially they seem more herbal, but as it warms a bit some of the more floral nuances appear. The malt doesn't appear as sweet as the nose suggests, and it's also backed by a solid bitterness. In combination with the crisp carbonation and medium-light body, the bitterness cuts through nicely. It finishes dry with some quickly passing, lightly sweet malt up front; a slap of floral hops; and then lingering herbal hops amidst a long-lasting bitterness. Refreshing, satisfying, and highly drinkable!

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.02/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served in a bottle at Village Pourhouse in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow in color with some golden yellow highlights and light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy white head that quickly reduces to a thin film covering a little over half the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Upfront there is a light to moderate amount of skunk aroma (likely due to the green glass bottle) but after that dissipates there is a light amount of sweet malts with a touch of grain and just a hint of floral and grassy hops.

T: The beer is light to moderately sweet with flavors of malts and a touch of grain adjuncts. There are some very light flavors of grassy and floral hops. Light amounts of bitterness that linger into the finish, along with the overall sweetness.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with a little more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of crispness.

O: Probably one of the better examples of the AAL style with slightly more flavor than I expected (and not quite as thin or watery as most). I remember as a child thinking that Moosehead was some kind of fancy import beer - man times have changed.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.71/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale yellow color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of grain, light malts, along with a touch of hops, but overall it's quite off.

T: The taste is pretty much a bready and mild malt sweetness. There's a very mild hops presence that brings in a little bit of balance. The after-taste is likewise slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp with a little smoothness, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very flavorful, goes down easily enough, not filling at all, mild kick, there's really not much of anything here that would make me want to drink this beer again.

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3/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Rifugium
1/5  rDev -67%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

First had: bottle from some friend's cooler

First beer I ever had. Good thing I kept trying.

Pours a clear straw color with a small, white head that fizzles out rather quickly. Not much in the smell other than skunk and some light malts. About the same in the taste: stale malts and lots of skunk. Fizzy and weak, light bodied, and none to drinkable. Please avoid.

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2/5  rDev -34%

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