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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
New Brunswick, Canada | website

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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487
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1,317
Avg:
3.06
pDev:
35.62%
 
 
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Photo of uvachief
3.53/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Call me crazy but I still like this beer. Maybe because we use to splurge once in a while in college and buy a 12 pack of it. Always liked it. Really thought this was top shelf stuff 20+ years ago :). Was at an amusement park for a wine and food festival. They had it on tap so I had to get one. Still as enjoyable as I remember. It was also 96 degrees and humid as hades. Went down really quick and easy.

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Photo of akdo
3.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Once poured in a glass, the beer is initially a pale yellow. In the blink of an eye, the beer's colour turns to something between yellow and gold.

As a whole, I felt that this beer was made with the minimum requirements in the brewing textbook. It is just an ordinary beer made with hops and lightened with malt. What you should expect is a beer whose taste is between the bitterness of the best American Pale Lager and a passable one.

Moreover, the beer's taste doesn't have any tweaks. As a result of that, the Moosehead is a decent beer that doesn't stand out. Try it once and pair it with a corn.

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Photo of JobiWanKenob
3.94/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this lager to be very well done, drank straight from the bottle it was clean, crisp with nice hop and cereal hints. Not heavy whatsoever, a beer i could certainly drink all night. A great intro to Moosehead Lager, my new favorite beer! I drank 8 bottles and woke up with no headache whatsover, which tells me that clean, natural ingredients are used by the brewery. Highly recommended!

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Photo of UPBrewer92
1.55/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I have had this once and it was the definition of a skunky beer. I can't speak for how this normally tastes, but what I had was definitely beer gone bad

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Photo of kevinlater
2.66/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

473ml can into pils glass or something

a: super transparent pale yellow, two fingers of quickly-dissipating white head

s: grainy, skunky, grassy. skunk notes are odd, coming from the can

t: not so much skunk in the taste. grassy and grainy. somewhat prominent metallic notes. finishes with lingering malty grainy notes and a mild hop bitterness

m: light-bodied of course, with medium carbonation

o: not a terrible macro lager, but not something to go back to

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Photo of Bunman3
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

This is a rock solid alternative to macro lagers. Proudly independent for as long as Canada has been a nation, Moosehead deserves a pat on the back and a Wiser's slow clap for sticking with a winning formula. This beer reminds me of Henry Weinhard's Blue Boar Ale and brings back great memories. In short, it's a nicely hopped lager that smells like a canoe cooler on a hot day. It's easy to down several of these in hurry - be forewarned!

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Photo of Ag-Hag
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

I always liked Moosehead, although I haven't had one in years. Nice body, flavor balance, and finish make this a solid and easy to drink beer. Kind of sweetish finish. Clean, easy to like. Very respectable, but there are other brews more interesting these days. Definitely born of the 80's.

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Photo of kevofficiel
2.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Moosehead. One of the oldest independent breweries in the world.
The look of head is pretty simple. Yellow golden color. Lots of carbonation in the glass. About 1 finger of head that leaves after you drink half of the glass.
The smell is pretty sweet. You have that Lager typical smell.
About the taste. Everything was going pretty good until the taste. I find it a bit over carbonated. You have plenty of bubble going on tongue with that watery sensation.
After you swallowed it you have that stronger after taste that doesn t match up with the beginning. Im sad that it is an American Pale Lager. I wish it could be more as an European Ale Lager. It would way more enjoyable.
So overall would I recommend it ? No, there is not enough for me to recommend it. It is not a easy drinking beer. A bit disappointed. There is something that this beer is missing. Even the Grolsch Premium Lager is much better than this one.

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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 dacrza1
2.66/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

DATE REVIEWED: July 19, 2014... GLASSWARE: Warsteiner pokal... OCCASION: family visiting day completed...APPEARANCE: lively, effervescent body of pale yellow straw; thick, two-finger foamy head that creates surprisingly beautiful white lacing; wonderful cirrus clouds ring the glass... AROMA: heavy dough and biscuit; hops are slightly aromatic;, but more corny than floral; enough tin to suggest a metallic base... PALATE: medium-bodied, refreshingly swift in the aftertaste; a bit grassy and slightly beefy... TASTE: beefy, meaty malts are strong and dominate the profile; subtler flowers include metallic water hose and, to a lesser extent, honey... OVERALL: a college indulgence--just as step above the Natty Lights of the world--becomes a decent Saturday night lager; requires some attention while sipping...

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Photo of BeerLovinWoman87
2.71/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Type: bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a thin white head that disappears quickly. Clear golden color. The taste is slightly hoppy. The mouthfeel is good as well. This is far from the best beer in the world, but it's good after a long hot day. I would drink it again if offered.

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Photo of beergoot
3.16/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A light gold body with slowly rising carbonation bubbles and and decent, lasting white head; globs of foam sticking to the glass. Smells of old grass clippings. Light grain flavor with a corresponding level of hop bitterness for balance; slight metallic aftertaste. Light bodied; crisp, clean and dry.

An old favorite from my young man days. The beer is still pretty drinkable if unexciting. It borders on blandness but manages to deliver a modicum of flavor. Nope, it wouldn't be my first choice for a light lager beer, but depending on other options, Moosehead is still a fair consideration.

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Photo of Foyle
3.34/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a thin 1/2" white head that recedes quickly with no lacing. Color is a clear straw/light golden with abundant carbonation streaming.
Aroma: a grassy aroma dominates with some toasted barley and a faint hop aroma.
Mouthfeel: light and crisp with a dry finish.
Flavor: malty sweetness dominates, slight bit of lemon, and a mild hop flavor in the finish.

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

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden yellow with a thin white head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Mild hops, maybe some sugars or corn.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of mild hops, corn, and malts.

Overall: Glad to have tried it. Probably will not buy this one again, nothing special.

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Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
1.55/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

A traditional mass produced Canadian beer. It pours light golden, with a faint aroma, and a medium white foamy head. It has a light lager taste, that leaves your palate dry and somewhat unquenched. It does have hints of cereal, wheat, and grassy flavors. They are easy to drink and filling, leaving you feeling kind of bloated. I was able to procure this beer at Feldman's Market in McAllen, Texas.

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

Picked up some of this because my German friend Stahlsturm says it's one of his favorite N. American beers. I think he just likes it because the brewery is still independent, not been gobbled up by a big conglomerate.

I used to drink this all the time back in the early to mid-80s, but I probably haven't had it since then.

Green 12 ounce bottle from a covered 12 pack, no recognizable date code anywhere.

A -- Clear, painfully pail straw-yellow color with a smooth, tightly bubbled white head that settles slowly and leaves okay lacing.

S -- Mild DMS and mild grain -- end of.

T -- Mildly sweet graininess with the lightest of spicy hops back, some sweet adjunct maltiness in the finish and absolutely no aftertaste.

M -- Crisp to smooth mouthfeel with a minor touch of carbonation bite. Light body.

O -- My first swallow reminded me of some of the regional premiums from my early beer days; Augsburger, Berghoff, even Andeker. This is a great "lawnmower" beer as they call them. Not offensive in any way, easy to gulp down, but just not that interesting that I'd want to drink it all night. In fact, the very grainy finish starts to fatigue after a while and I start to crave richer barley malt. Sorry Stahl, this doesn't stand up to the German imports I can get... even if they aren't independent.

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Photo of MarkoNm
2.18/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Looks just like any other lager - clear, golden color, small and quickly disappearing white head.
There's not much to the nose - slightly smelly hops and perhaps also some grains. Perhaps.
The taste starts sweet, followed by a very slight bitterness in the body. The finish is pretty neutral, nothing special there.
Nice and drinkable.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.28/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Revisiting this long time favorite with a full review. Purchased 473 ml can from LCBO for about $2.50 CDN. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear, pale golden color with only 1 finger of head that dissipated quickly. Minimal bubbling to the top of the beer too.

Smell - Slightly floral with some grassy notes. Smells clean and refreshing, but a slight metallicness to this particular can.

Taste - Creeal grains, with a mild sweetness Also slight floral undercurrents on the tongue. Quite tasty and well executed for what it is.

Mouthfeel - Smooth with medium-high carbonation (despite its appearance). A bit of a fizzy characteristics in the mouth.

Overall - A fine beer with that is an easy daily drinker. This used to be my beer of choice before I really started looking for new things. I thought then when i revisited it, I would rate it significantly lower. While this has occurred to a certain extent it still holds up over time, and isn't like to suffer the drop upon re-review that many AAL's will. A solid choice that is extremely accessible and superior to a lot of the macro beer available in Canada.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pub style glass

A: Pours a nice clear golden color with a thick head of long lasting tightly packed foam that leaves lacing on the glass.

S: Slight citrus/fruity/floral aroma with a malty sweetness

T: The malt is the predominant taste with a slight hops presence. The bitterness is there but does not linger.

M: Light bodied and refreshing

O: This is a good, refreshing lawnmower beer. it would be good to take along on a picnic and would go well with burgers and dogs on a hot summer day.

This is the first I have tasted Moosehead Lager in over 20 years. It does bring back memories. I received a case for Christmas from my brother-in-law and decided to give it a test run tonight. I am not disappointed. I think it is much better than the big 3 lagers.

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Photo of alankwak
3.74/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: light golden lager with low/medium carbonation and average lacing.

S: Nice hop odor is dominant.

T:I was floored by the malt quality in this beer which I assumed to be a domestic beer. This beer features very high quality malted barley and has a nice hop flavor . One thing a beer lover knows is the quality of the barley backbone of a beer and this has it.

M: light/ medium mouthfeel.

O: I was impressed by this beer which I foolishly assumed was similar to bud, etc.,. Wrong! This is a quality beer with all the flavor. It might just need some carapils for mouthfeel but does taste/smells great!! Must be made with a fine brewing process.

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Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber
2.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 341 mL bottle into a tulip glass.

1.5-finger head, settled in a couple minutes. A light yellow appearance, much like apple juice.

Smell was a sweet bitterness.

Tasted like cherry cough medicine. Not very appealing.

Strong carbonation, which is nice.

Overall, I can't rate this too highly (I don't like Pale beers).

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

I drank Moosehead years ago . It was on sale at the my local store so I decided to buy without an expecting much more then taste of miller or Budweiser taste. I was pleasantly surprise of quality of Moose head beer.

Appearance ; It looks like a golden lager.

Smell: It smells much better then AA Lager. It has grassy hops and grain smell

Taste: It has some grassy and floral hops taste to it. Their is bitterness which lingers to end. It has great balance of bitter and sweet. It very refreshing because no adjunct added to it. Astronomical high drinkability to this beer! Their are a few beer which are close to it drinkability but not many.

Mouthfeel: Body is light to mild goes well with style. Carbonation is high then settles when you drank it.

Overall: This beer is perfect for my taste. It exceptional simple and clean, refreshing lager with some good beer taste to it. Moosehead beers beats out 99.99 lagers out on the market even European Lagers without the European Lager high price.

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

A pale straw color with white lace, poured from a green bottle. This beer is a bit of a Canadian cult classic but I am only trying it now ... Happened to be a few kicking around at last night's house party and it was early enough in the evening to actually focus on the characteristics and produce an acceptable review. Aroma was fairly fresh sweet grains, some fruity citrus esters, maybe a hint of herbal hops. More pleasant than expected considering the green bottle. I did not get much skunk, presumably thanks to this example being fairly fresh and properly handled. Palate was a bit interesting. There was too much fizz, way too much, but there was also quite a bit of lemon zest, a little peach, a whiff of floral vanilla. A lot of esters for a lager and these added something to the pedestrian sweetish lager malt backbone. Hops are buried deep, not really tasting them at all. Finish was sweetish but reasonably clean. Few obvious faults although things were a tad medicinal and this combined with the aforementioned lemon notes made me think of cold medicine like Neo-Citran or something of that ilk. Still, surprisingly unskunky and with some fresh sweet character than would make me sample again, particularly if the other options are the adjunct lager standards that usually appear at parties (looking at you, Lucky Lager).

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Photo of rustyrazor
2.31/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm reviewing the beer that I had from a bottle. I've also had it on tap and if my memory serves me correctly, it wasn't all that bad.

This beer is a little bit better than Canadian or Blue except they made one fatal mistake. They didn't put the beer in a brown bottle. I'm not going to assume that everyone knows why this is a problem so here goes:

If beer is exposed to light for even short periods of time it will go skunky (unless it's light stable). If stored in a brown bottle it is protected for much longer. Companies that decide to put their beer in a bottle that isn't brown are either ignorant of one of the basic concepts of beer or they deliberately made the decision to risk skunky beer just so that their beer would have "cool looking green bottle". The problem is that the restaurant owners will most likely stick the beer in a glass front cooler and you end up with ruined skunky beer.

If I were to be honest about it the smell and taste rating should have been 0 but I've had the beer before and I know that it isn't really that bad.

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