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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Photo of brewQ
2.88/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

It appears the color is a shade beyond the US macros to dark gold. A disappearing head and a cloud of skunky smell are this brew's signature. ( I've had Moosehead without the skunk so I tend to believe that they do not have control- with the green bottles and all).

The taste is grainy and light. Disappointing. Back in the late '70's Canadian brew was seen as a step up from domestics... my nostalgia is quickly destroyed.

A watery mouthfeel finsih but it is oddly quaffable on this hot summer night.

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Photo of watermelonman
2.65/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This sits as a light gold with a minimal head and it's leaving no lacing.

The smell is peppery and kind of off at that. Malts and grains are apparent in the front of the taste. The hops are pretty subdued here. The mouthfeel is light but not too shabby.

It's very plain, but at least it remains tolerable.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
2.26/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was a pale yellow beer with a short head that dissipated rather quickly.

The aroma was of bitter aromatic hops, but it was rather skunky. That was disappointing, and it colored the tasting experience as well.

It tasted lightly bitter and slightly sweet, but what I got most was a high degree of carbonation. There really wasn't much depth to it.

I remembered this beer being better than this, but that was quite some time ago. I suppose that my tastes have changed as I have sampled more varieties.

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Photo of pootz
2.85/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average...that’s all I can come up with that stands out about Moosehead. There was a day when it seemed head and body better than most of the commercial yellow fizzy drinks produced by Canuck mega brewers but there is so much micro brew out there now "the moose" just seems average. Pours a light straw color, high carbonation, small white head that goes to nothing but a ring....slight grassy hop smells mingled with sweet boiled start, medium-light body with a clean balanced finish. Better balanced in malt sweetness and hop astringency than most commercial lagers....but still average.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

ah, moosehead. it was actually a beer of choice of mine back in the day. not so much now, but i still enjoy it on occasion. it pours an unimpressive light golden colour. it's highly bubbly and looks alot closer to champagne than beer at times. the smell is typical of lagers packaged in green bottles: a bit grainy and a bit skunked. nothing more to say. luckily, this doesn't carry over into the flavour, which is nice and crisp and quite refreshing. it's nothing that breaks the bank, but it's better than any US macro, and probably better than all of the canadian ones as well. this is a relatively smooth brew overall that's quite quaffable, especially in the summer months. not great overall, but it'll quench your thirst.

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Photo of erica
2.98/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

MOOSE! Great packaging, obviously... Moosehead tends to be skunky in a 6 pack, but recently i had it from a case, so it was kept in the dark. Not so skunky. I think I prefer the skunk. Not as good as Molson Canadian in my opinion. It's a clear, light gold with some white fizzy head, smells a bit hoppy, grainy. tastes, well skunky and grainy, a little sweet maybe but not too much, maybe a bit like cornflakes but less sweet. Not bad. Mouthfeel is thin, but that adds to drinkability? I could drink a few in a night but given better choices I probably wouldn't.

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Photo of merlin48
3.18/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a pale, canary yellow body, with an attractive, white head that has minimal retention. Active carbonation is apparent.

Aroma: Euroskunk(Saaz?) hops are first to the nose. Very akin to a Heineken, but not as harsh thanks to a mild, malt presence.

Mouthfeel is dry, light bodied, and well carbonated.

Taste is dry lemongrass with an herbal bitterness. Biscuity malt adds to the dryness, and contributes some doughiness.

Not a bad pale lager. Too Euroskunky and doughy to have more than a couple.

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Photo of ngandhi
3.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A comparison tasting has left Moosehead seeming rather empty. Though the hop notes are surprisingly strong out of the bottle and there's even some elegance to the balance of malt and hop on the palette, this beer dies in the glass leaving nothing more than sharp, metallic water.

Original Rating: 3.6
Moosehead Lager is a true interpretation of the Czech pilsener and I don't care if it's a macrobrew. Saaz is all over the nose with hints of lime. The palette opens mild with more saaz and finishes clean with grain; I stress "clean" because many grainy beers dry out too much and taste far too raw.

Lighter bodied than Heineken and that quality really redeems this beer against its competition. The medium-light body amplifies the hop quality over the malt while keeping everything relatively subdued. It goes a bit thin on the end and lacks any real aftertaste, but this is one hell of a session beer and everything you could ever ask for out of a big brewery.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of cypressbob
3.39/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle

Pours with a light amber body, litle head but stays around for a fair while with some lacing towards the end

Smell is hoppy, lavender aromas. Maltiness also

Taste is dry and malty, with a fair kick of hops. Fruity

All in all, not a bad lager by any means, but doesnt taste quite as good as I remember it

This is the first beer i ever remember tasting, having a sip from my dads when i was a nipper

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Photo of putnam
3.38/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Temptingly sticky crust explosions display inside the glassware.
And the aromas are very satisfying, reminiscent of laundered gooseberries and flint...and cereal.
On the palate it is pale and dilute, offering predictible, bland clarity while it reinforces a sweet, Bounce-brand laundry sheet sweetness with iron dust bitterness. Mild, raw grains supply the mere meat.
Most industrial lagers are offensively sweet. This beer demonstrates balance.

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

At the moosehead bar in paris' chich 6th arrondisement, monday nights is 2 for 1 nights on the Moosehead lager. Why? it's obvious you rarely get a bottled beer on such a discount of it's any good. But this macro, served at extreme freezing temperatures (like just pulled out of freakin north canada) is nothing to preach favourably about. Gassy, flavourless and overhopped (when balanced against the rest of the content), it proves what the spirit of the moosehead's monday night 2 for 1 is: quantity over quality.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
3.05/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour was a very clear, light yellow. It carried a half inch head that quickly dissapated to a light white lace around the sides of the glass. The lace stuck throughout the drink.

The smell was very pungent skunk, with slight malt and hop undertones.

The drink started with malt sweetness, and was followed by more malt and it finished with even more malt. The hops never really made their presence known.

The drink was very clean and refreshing. I just wasn't that impressed with it. I guess I was hopeing for alot more hop presense. It would make a great lawnmower beer.

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Photo of deejaydan
4.02/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a better than average canadian lager. Served out of a green bottle (ack), but should be okay due to the 12 pack packaging. Nice malty-sweet taste to the beer. A head that lasts longer than most, and I was a bit surpised by the amount of lacing that this beer left, given the fact it is a macro. Slight smell of malted barley, perhaps some corn and or rice, but not as present as most macros. Could use another shot of hops, but very, very drinkable as it is.

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Photo of WesWes
3.47/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It is light with a slight malt scent and a pleasant green bottle skunky smell. The taste is good. It is light and refreshing with a nice skunky green bottle flavor and slightly bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine Canadian lager. It has a decent aroma and good lager flavor.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.15/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a bubbly white head that fades to a tiny ring of foam. Color is pale yellow. Aroma is initially skunky, mostly due to age and poor handling that it receives in Oklahoma. The skunk fades away to reveal a crisp, sweet malt aroma backed up by alcohol and noble hops. Tastes malty and tart--not as sweet as the aroma suggests. Rather dry and mildly bitter. Decent balance with residual malt sweetness and carbonation bite in the finish. Easy to drink, tastes better than I remember it being.

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Photo of Reidrover
2.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ok bought a 12 oz the green bottle
This has quite a nice appearance for a lager..nice clear golden colour with small haed, minimal lacing.
Again the aroma is on the "nice" side of average for style, Its not skunked, the hops are quite noticable.
The taste however is just below par..too much "fizz" to rerally taste much atall..what i do taste is some nice malts and small hops ( weird because the smell was all hops).
A little too carbonated for me on the palate.
This would be drinkable enough at a summer party or the like..small step up from the likes of Michelob etc.

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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 beertaster13
4.6/5  rDev +50.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Moosehead is my favorite of the canadian lagers.

Look: Comes in a green 12 oz bottle with Moosehead on front and description of the brewery history on back. Pours a golden yellow and the head is strong in the beginning and slowy fades.

Smell: The smell is of mostly barley and hops with a sweet side

Drinkability: This beer is the best canadian lager out there (hell one of the best lagers out there, a very sweet thicker than normal lager.

All in all this is a quality beer.

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Photo of Zorro
3.1/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light gold brew.

Smell is mostly Grain and sweetness.

Tastes sweeter than I remember, big grain flavor, needs more hops though.

Rather thick for a lager, I like that.

Good Drinkability, but here this isn't exactly cheap. I remember when this was “the GREATEST beer ever!” it’s OK.

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Photo of ComradeCanadia
3.62/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a favorite of mine for cheap, decent beer. Pretty much a standard good ol' fashioned lager. Very Canadian.

Appearance: Green bottle with a moose's.. uh, head on it. Pours a straw yellow with a decent enough head that vanished soon enough without much lacing. Meh.

Smell: Sweet grains and barley with a very subdued hoppiness to it. Fairly simple, yet pleasant.

Taste: Nice, crisp lager. Just enough sweet barley malt and other grainy tastes in there for my liking, with a very clean, slightly hoppy finish. Not much aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Hm. TOUCH watery, but the carbonation is spot on, and not really much in the realm of aftertaste, good or bad. I'm having trouble forming an opinion on it.

Drinkability: Perfect session beer. Carbonated just enough to keep it crisp, and have it go down smoothly - clean, easy drinking taste, and a touch of character. I really do love this beer, I'll never call it great, but it -is- good. I consider this to be a quintessential Canadian beer.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
2.71/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

With all the recent discussion about "what was your first beer" and "what's your guilty pleasure" dominating the Beer Forum, I decided it was time to revisit the beer that got me started, Moosehead Lager.
Poured from a 12oz. green (oh, no..) bottle, it had a clear straw color and a modest, bubbly white head that quickly evaporated. The aromas of grainy malts, just a bit of herbal hops, and a whiff of - get this - olives had me flashing back to the summer before going off to college. Tasting this brew, I found a husky malt flavor laced with a serious dose of sweet corn syrup up front. That was followed up by that olive flavor (just like I remember) and a mild hoppy bitterness in the finish. The feel was light-bodied leaning toward medium, dry, and packing a lot of carbonation.
Yep, pretty much the same after twenty years, still sporting that funky olive flavor that I've yet to find in any other beer. Otherwise, Moosehead is a pretty uninspiring, unremarkable beer that I can wait another twenty years before trying again.

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Photo of RoyalT
1.84/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance – Light yellow and very clear with some active carbonation. The head came up nicely but did a James Brown on me and was gone in a flash.

Smell – This one smelled like a farting skunk that ate rice for dinner.

Taste – This was horrid. The rice is subtle and is mixed with a pukish Sweet-N-Low sugary substance.

Mouthfeel – I kind of like the mouthfeel to this one. The carbonation isn’t bad, and it goes down smoother than most.

Drinkability – I can’t believe that I used to like this beer.

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Photo of proc
2.98/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer has been showing up big time in the Motown area lately. I have seen mountains of 12-packs of it in many of the local stores. It appears they are on a mission to take on Labatt and Molson here and the price was right, I figured, what the heck. It has been years since I've had Moosehead. I opted for the cans over the bottles figuring I'd be pouring it into a glass anyway and I am always a bit suspect of green bottles.

This one pours out to a slightly dark yellow in the glass with a huge head. The aroma is that of sweetened cereal and light malt. The taste is decent, which for some reason surprised me, seeing as I wasn't a big fan of it when I last had it, probably 15 years ago. There are some light hints of hops and a slightly sweet taste of malt. Both compliment each other and surprisingly make for a decent tasting "fizzy, yellow beer". It seemed a bit lighter than I remembered, but after years of stouts and IPA's, this style does seem light.

Drinkable and decent.

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Photo of avylover
2.01/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out clear yellow with a decent white head. Aroma is weak, with some slight skunkiness and a whiff of grains. Taste starts of OK, basically alot like a heineken, some faint hops and grains, then everything turns to nastiness. A saccarine sweetness kicks in halfway through your sip, with no flavor, just sweetness, like powdered sugar, making this one nasty brew. Mouthfeel is OK but that taste lingers. Drinkablity is decent if you can get past that sweetness. Pick up a cheaper macro instead.

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Photo of ipogios
3.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite impressive lager. Pours a golden colour topped by an acceptable white head that settled after a couple of sips. This beer is slightly more bitter in the flavour than other lagers though it is VERY drinkable and i wouldn't mind drinking this beer all night long.

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Moosehead Lager from Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
3.06 out of 5 based on 1,347 ratings.
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