Moosehead Lager | Moosehead Breweries Ltd.

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Moosehead LagerMoosehead Lager

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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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Photo of Sammy
2.67/5  rDev -12.7%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev +1.3%
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 +2.3%
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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Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev +22.5%
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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Photo of metter98
3.04/5  rDev -0.7%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
2.09/5  rDev -31.7%
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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Photo of biboergosum
2.73/5  rDev -10.8%
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 -36.9%
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 -37.6%
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 +4.6%
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +30.7%
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 TheManiacalOne
1.71/5  rDev -44.1%
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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Photo of Rifugium
1/5  rDev -67.3%
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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Photo of dbrauneis
3.02/5  rDev -1.3%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.11/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours the predictable clear, yellow body with a foamy, white head.

Smell: A bit skunky initially. Then, after the stink has had some time to waft away, you get some sweetish malt hints and floral, lightly grassy hops.

Taste: Sweet, lightly husky light pale maltiness with some floral, herbaceous hoppy accents and restrained bitterness. Finishes dry, crisp, and with some enduring grainy hints.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation with an overall crisp mouthfeel.

Drinkability: An acceptable, easily drinkable lager that, forgiving the minor skunkiness, is just a hair more distinctive than the rest of the macro lagers out there.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.26/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Crystal clear pale maize with accents the color of butter (not gaudy margarine yellow, but pale butter yellow). The head is airy and semi-stiff, but still looks like it has more substance than the average mass-produced lager. The cap lingers at a fat one finger for a bit with one undulating ring of lace just above the surface of the beer.

There was a big blast of skunk on top popping that, although it's much less noticeable now, hasn't completely faded. I doubt that this bottle is truly skunked though, even with the green glass. It's anything but an enticing aroma and is weak enough that it can be easily ignored.

I drank my share of Moosehead back in the day and this Moosehead doesn't taste like I remember. Little wonder since it's been 15+ years and 700+ beers ago. I preferred Labatt Blue back then because I always found The Moose to be too bitter. Well, this beer is anything but. It doesn't have enough flavor to be bitter.

Light, weak flavor is carried on a light, weak body. There's some slight hoppiness I guess, but the IBUs have to be in the single digits. Again, it isn't assertive enough to have a bad flavor, and is, in that sense at least, drinkable. This is one of the weakest non-light beers that I've ever consumed.

Why is this Canadian-brewed beer an *American* all-malt lager and not an adjunct lager? (note: the 'adjunct lager' style has since been changed to 'macro lager'). Moosehead Breweries Ltd. may not have used adjuncts, but perhaps they should have. At least then, there'd be some flavor. Better yet, add more ingredients and give us some beer with our beer.

Moosehead Lager is an unoffensive rehydrater. Hey, at least I didn't make any moose <liquid waste product> references.

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Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If this'd been an eurolager it would've scored better

Pours straw colored, effervescent with 1" of white head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Some herbal hop notes, sweet malt & grassyness

T: Sweet malt, herbal hops & grassyness up front. Sweet malt follows along with a little herbal hops. Finishes slightlty fruitty & a little lemony hops

MF: Light/medium bodied with a good carbonation & skew a little too malty balance-wise

Drinks pretty easy, a little more complexity would help. Nice revist to a blast from my past (84-90 I drank a fare amount of this stuff)

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.08/5  rDev -32%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Still cannot believe Alex showed up with this one. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/08/2010.

Hazy straw yellow on the pour, but that was to be expected. Small head of white that quickly fades leaving a bare top and minimal lacing that is less then impressive.

Aroma is light, practically non existent as you wade your way into it. Light malted grains, a touch of corn and hay. Your typical macro lager without much in the way of originatly. Crisp, clean, an flavorless finish leaves nothing behind. When its ice cold it is not terrible, but once it warms it is damn near intolerable.

Overall another in a long line of not very goo beers that I tried over the last week.

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Photo of Slatetank
3/5  rDev -2%

I enjoyed this chilled from the 12oz green bottle in a mug, review from notes.

The color is golden with crystal clarity and thin white head made up of tiny beads. Very mild aroma yet lightly grainy almost corn-like sweet ester. The feel is pretty gentle with sweetness and malt body with medium high carbonation level and slight toasted texture with semi-dry finish.

The taste is lackluster for me, malty entry with stale grain and slightly sweet cereal-like quality with low spice and mild creaminess with light smoothness of diacetyl and husky grainy taste as it finishes semi-dry. Overall I could probably find a better lager, maybe just a tad above most mass produced pale lagers...there is a mild herbal hop in this that I like

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Photo of Jason
3.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz green bottle with no freshness date. Blurb about the brewery and a bit of history on the back label.

Appearance: Shaded yellowish straw hue, tiny bubbled carbonation that forms a thin blanketing white lace.

Smell: Fresh milled grain and the sweetness of a malted barley mash as well as clean boiled hops come to mind, pretty much what an American lager should smell like.

Taste: Crisp medium carbonation with a moderate malty body and a smooth and inviting mouth feel. Malt is straight up one sided which is goes well with this beers disposition, clean on the palate … almost immaculate. Hops are sharp and to the point with their quick in and out bitterness. Fresh drying grain pulls any sweetness away from the tongue and puckers the mouth into a clean after taste of little residual.

Notes: A clean and quick to drink lager, better than its US counterpart while leaving a touch more quality without taking away from the swift drinkability of most American lagers.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The CANQuest (TM) loves CANned beer from CANada, if you CAN believe it!

From the CAN: "At Moosehead, we believe our independence is our greatest strength, allowing us to brew quality beer without compromise, the way we always have, since 1867."

I got a finger of bubbling bone-white head that fizzled out like a cheap piece of fireworks off of my pour. Color was a light sunshine-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a very characteristic lager sweetness. It was a welcome change from its adjunct-laden counterparts as well as a nice contrast to my buddy's skunked green bottles in 1986/'87, a smell that still haunts me. Mouthfeel was medium with a pleasant lager sweetness on the tongue. It was definitely NOT skunked, making another solid case for beer in a CAN, vice out of a green bottle. Finish was smooth, slightly sweet, definitely drinkable. This is definitely cooler-worthy.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.43/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Straw golden hue with a creamy mountainous white head very nicely textured leaves behind thickests of lacing. Primarily smells of sweet grain not bad at all but there is a hop aroma here to balance the sweetness good representation of a solid all around drinkable lager, very clean and inviting but there have been times when I've had 6 packs this time I sided with a 12 pack split with a friend only five bucks a piece not bad eh? Taste, is full on sweetness fresh cracked grains a malty lager with a nice bite of hops in the finish considered flavorful side by side other macro North American lagers. Could be a staple for the right price, mouthfeel is slightly creamy medium to light in body good carbonation solid brew. Drinkability, tasty, refreshing, and all around decent brew.

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Photo of tdm168
2.96/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale gold with 1/2" of head with decent retention. There's noticeable carbonation bubbles quickly rising to the top. Smells musty and skunky like a euro pale lager. Taste is grainy and malty with a mild hop character. A little lager yeast and alcohol are noticeable but only faintly. Mouthfeel is light and crisp.

Very drinkable but void of any real flavor.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moosehead is a solid beer for a warmer day. The beer poured a pale yellow with white head that left some lacing. The scent carried grain and faint alcohol. The taste was a decent balance between malt and bittering hops. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its ok and easy to drink.

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Photo of jwc215
3.15/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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