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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-26-2001

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Reviews: 498 | Ratings: 1,350
Photo of nds76
5/5  rDev +63.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Moosehead Lager is one of my go to beers. The taste is pretty good and has some decent carbonation...which I like. I would just like to mention that this beer is highly prone to skunking as it comes in a green bottle. If cans of this were available in the states I would buy that instead.

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Photo of Libeertarian
2.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

From notes taken 01/17/17:

Very clear straw pale gold, capped in mostly uniform just barely off-white frothy foam of decent retention. Grass, grain, slight rind and lemon, a little honey on the nose. These all dissipate quite a bit and a ready, almost yeasty quality comes forth. Grass, light bread, nearly cracker, and subdued honey and citric flavors to taste. Light-bodied, spritzy at first but approaches creamy by finish.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
2.28/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I can find.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear light yellow color with less than one-finger, white head that quickly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of small bubbles remained, there is moderate lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: skunky bread and honey.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet honey and a skunky hop profile that was unpleasant.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: I drank this in my youth before micro brews existed and it was a treat just because it was something different, thankfully beer making has evolved and good beers are in abundance now so I will never have to buy this again.

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Photo of Schlitz74
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a basic lager color, to me smells like a Euro lager, leaves slight lacing on the glass, better than most lagers but nothing special. I give points for not selling to the big boys.

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Photo of ksquare
3.75/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I like skunky beer. It's almost like Stella or Heineken. The only negative thing I havery to say is the aftertaste isn't fabulous. But overall a great brew!

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Photo of machineglen
3.62/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

served this from a bottle, poured into a tulip glasslook: straw yellow brilliantly clear, lackluster head that doesn't stay long, some lacing. smell:. not much going on, a little bit of biscuit, and some cheesy hop aroma which dissipates quickly. Taste is above average for a macro lager, I enjoy it more than your typical BMC swill, well balanced, hint of adjunct grains, bit of hop flavour, might even be a grade above warrior hops. This is a refreshing beer with a bit more flavour than BMC. mouthfeel is typical macro lager, thin and fizzy. Overall, is it as good as a craft beer,.. nope. is it better than bud lite... yep. This is my goto lager, it is a good balance of quality vs price, and a IPA or stout doesn't taste right after mowing the lawn

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
2.8/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright pale straw color with moderate activity. Slightly frothy and foamy white 3 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with good amounts of legs. Flavors of sweet grains, corn syrup, barley, lemon, light caramel, floral spices. Cereal feel, slightly syrupy, lots of sugars with mild sharpness. Slick medium body with prickly carbonation. Light finish, the malts are heavily sugary on the tongue, with lingering soft leafy spices and a hint of skunk from probable noble spices. Feels a bit adjunct, but way less than most macro brands. Missing some sharpness but it's more of a tender sugary lager that doesn't have strong bitterness. The freshness is pretty good and although the flavors are a bit faint, they are not off and unpleasant. Overall average quality craft, good drinkability for a macro lager.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.82/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

When you get a pour that looks like a light beer but isn't marketed as such. . .

Light feint yellow pour, super thin. Mild skunk aroma, could be all in my head as it comes in a green bottle.

Lots of carbonation, prickly noble hops paired with it, very light body. Some bitterness. Nothing offensive, just tastes like a mix of AAL and Euro Skunk lager. Price is high for what you get, being that it is SNPA level pricing.

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Photo of wexmary
4.25/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am not a lager fan. I am into craft beer, double IPAs, barletwine ales, the other side of the beer spectrum. I will drink lagers away from home. Moosehead a Singha are my two favorites. It is tart with a lot of sub-flavors, almost unheard-of in a lager. Just a very well-made lager.

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Photo of VbolieuV
3.54/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty standard looking for a lager but whit a nice golden color. Lots of carbonation small head.

Not a bad smell, lots of cereals and a little bit of caramel.

Crisp and refreshing taste, lots of cereals in the mouth. Pretty smooth too.

Overall it's a pretty decent lager for what it is.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.62/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden body with a decent bit of creamy head that quickly dissipates. The scent is fairly week, but is mainly sweet and cereal based. The taste is fairly crisp with light cereal and some basic bittering hops accenting the palate. Clean, crisp, simple - but it's the kind of simple that works well.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a straw pale color out of the green bottle into my can-shaped glass. The head is impressive, 3 fingers, doesn't even recede in time for me to top it off without it spilling over. Lace left on the sides of the glass. Light hazy flecks float here and there.

Smell is slightly skunky, with grass, straw, pale barley, a slight fruity citrus aroma. The skunk overtakes the majority of it, though.

The flavor is thankfully a bit better, introducing some white bread and crusts, but still hangs quite heavily on corn and straw, wrapping up on a bitey, spicy finish.

Feel is almost non existent, just very carbonated, very light. A touch of dryness and spiciness on the finish.

Overall, this isn't half bad, I've had much worse. Maybe not quite as good as Molson, but better than LaBatt.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.28/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, no apparent bottled on date. No abv listed on the bottle either. My first encounter with a bottle of Moosehead, given to me by my neighbor.

Poured to clear tulip-ish stemware.

A - Pours a typical gold lager body. Some streaming carbonation that feeds about a finger of frothy white head that settles as a foam. Some minor spotty lacing that falls back into the beer. Looks okay for what it is.

S - Aroma of cereal grains, some huskiness, some mustiness, lightly skunky. Not unpleasant for what it is.

T - Flavor is the same: crisp clean cereal grains, lightly fruity, apples / grapey, grassy, musty. skunky. Not unpleasant, and it will please the discerning drinker.

M - Feel is smooth crisp clean, drinkable.

Overall, a decent imported example of the style from Moosehead

Moosehead Lager -----3/5.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle, Pours a clear gold with a fizzy off white head. Aroma corn, grains, sweet typical lager smell. Taste grainey, corn, sweet. Not to bad very easy to crush.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
2.31/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

This is a super light beer (I can't imagine how light the ''light'' version of this is since the regular already tastes like a light beer). Skunky flavor for the minimal flavor you get.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
3.86/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review: Bottle of Moosehead Lager: ABV: 5.0%

The flagship brand is one of the most consumed beers in Canada

Pours a really lovely clear golden yellow that produces a nice big frothy head which hangs around

Is fizzy, a lot of good carbonation,

A pretty clean lovely looking beer

Aroma: Real lager smell, hoppy, sweet and lovely, liked it, the light grains and malty aromas. Nice

Taste: Extremely smooth beer, very easy to drink, such a shame I only got the two bottles as I would have easily devoured a 6 pack of these no problem.
Very creamy on tongue
No real strong stand out flavours per say, couldn’t really taste the hops, but nice all the same
I did, though, get nice big mouthfuls of barely and malts. Very smooth finish, not a heavy beer, very refreshing, I like it.

So overall I liked it. Looks good, smells good, tastes good and very smooth, and clean and crisp. That’s all the boxes ticked, and its a beer I will pick up again. I wasn’t expecting much from a Canadian beer, so it was nice to be pleasantly surprised. Definitely a beer for a sporting occasion on a hot day, very sessionable.

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Photo of Squire123
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

The Bull Moose has been neutered.

Years ago this was good beer, rich, flavorful, malty with just enough hop bite. Not so much now. Buyouts, streamlined production, competition imposing a price ceiling, whatever, it's changed and not for the better. Most recent tasting revealed something lightened up with less of what made it desirable, less hops, less malt, less balance. Sorta like a committee designed AAL.

Good pounder for football game parties. If your friends normally drink Bud Light they might even consider this the good stuff.

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Photo of mixxer
5/5  rDev +63.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Moosehead beer is , without question, Nectar Of The Gods!! It is an iconic brew that has been true since 1867... It has a distinct taste that is unmistakable and pairs perfectly with hot days and skunk#1.... Solid in taste and alcohol content... Not a fad beer ... Not pandering to the latest fashion... Proudly independent... As far as the test of time, THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!!! Unapologetically authentic and bows to no fashion , real men can drink it and celebrate ;). Fashion beer of the month club, look elsewhere!

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.73/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear gold color with a thin foamy white head and a ton of streaming bubbles.

Smell is slightly sweet with a bready, yeasty mustiness.

Taste is of barley and malts up front with some hop notes playing across the back of the tongue.

Mouth feel is light and watery with a nice smooth finish.

Overall I like this beer for a good price point beer. Cheap to drink and good taste really says a lot for this beer. On a side note I really liked this one better when I was drinking it out of the bottle versus pouring it into a glass.

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Photo of 57md
2.29/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light straw color with less than a finger of head. This is basically a less skunky version of Heineken in both nose and flavor. The finish is clean.

Not terrible for a mass produced lager. Bonus: it is union-made by my brothers and sisters in the Teamsters.

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Photo of KevsUnderground
3.1/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Due to the rediculousness of the Beer Store giant in Canada and its monopoly on beers in Canada, i repeatedly find myself going back to this beer, i believe as a result of a lack of great beers available. It is a higher grade beer in my opinion than your average offerings. Undeniably clean, refreshing for sure. If youre looking for aroma and explosion of flavour... Youre not gonna find that here. Like others have said. Easy drinking, refreshing.. Its not something you're going to sip and analyze its complexities.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
2.41/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Moosehead Breweries Limited by Moosehead Lager
Bevis Maun is drinking a Moosehead Lager by Moosehead Breweries Limited at Dusk 'til Pawn

Malty but not a he'll of a lot else, refreshing though

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Photo of Caveworm
4/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moosehead Lager - Moosehead Breweries Ltd. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this beer's head is two fingers thick, with lateral lacing, and a clear medium-light golden body.

Smells like earthy, grassy grains with a touch of "skunkedness"

I taste brighter, crisper grains with a touch of dare I say, apple? Not as bad as I thought based off the aroma.

The mouthfeel I'm getting here is clean and crisp.

Overall,I'll give Moosehead Lager - Moosehead Breweries Ltd. a solid 4. This was much better than I thought it would be; I'll say it again. I'd like to try and canned or draft version of this.

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Photo of josanguapo
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From Club del Gourmet of El Corte Ingles. In Ikea's pilsner glass. Warching Zombie diaries. Typical industrial lager. Nothing special here. Not worth more than a few cents.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Moosehead Lager brewed by Moosehead Breweries Ltd., with an ABV of 5.0% This brew pours out a nice amber color, with a nice white. The head to this brew is small but it is nice. Smells of skunky grains, and malts. The skunk smell is a huge turn off for this brew. Now for the taste , it is not as bad as the smell. You do pick up on some of the skunk in the taste but not much. There are some nice grains and malts in this brew. For being a brew in a green bottle, it not to bad. At least you can drink it and not be all skunk out. The mouth feel of Moosehead Lagar is rich , bold and flavoraful. Overall I'm giving Moosehead Lager a 3.25 out of 5. I feel it would have been better if this brew was right off tap or in a brown bottle. Light just kills these brews. I was really looking forward to this brew. It has been on my want list for sometime now. Hopefully in the future I will have it on tap. But for what it is worth this is not the worst skunked brew I have drink.
It would be a coin toss if I would buy this brew again.

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