Moosehead [Radler] Beer + Juice
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Moosehead [Radler] Beer + JuiceMoosehead [Radler] Beer + Juice
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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #351
ABV:
4%
Score:
82
Ranked #36,559
Avg:
3.66 | pDev: 14.21%
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
49
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Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
 
New Brunswick, Canada
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Year-round
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Photo of Squire
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear light gold color with white cap and lacing.

Aroma of sharp grapefruit backed by sweet/tart citrus.

Adult grapefruit cream soda. Definitely sweet yet tart enough to be refreshing. Simple flavors of grapefruit with a touch of lemon that finishes clean. No hops, no alcohol, nothing else really but what it has is sufficient for purpose.

Full texture with balancing carbonation.

Good effort here, simple, unpretentious yet certainly above average. I generally don't bother with Radlers because they usually don't offer anything I can't get with a Kolsch and Rads don't have hops, or at least enough to notice. Yet I can certainly see the appeal for well made examples such as this one.

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. the appearance is a slightly cloudy yellow color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is all citrus. Excelkent fruit flavor. The best beer these guys make!

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy verlight golden color. Has a nice two fingers of a foamy white head.

Smells like bitter grapefruit. Almost like a pink grapefruit? Slightly sugary scent something like a soda.

Taste is some citrus leke lemon or orange mixed in with the grapefruit. A bit malty and sweet on the taste.

Mouth leans to the mid range of light and is somewhat wet but yet refreshing on the finish. Not quite as soda like on the mouth as the Speigl Radler.

Now this is goodness all around. Served ice cold on a hot day this would be almost like anadult grapefruit soda, yet with a bit more of a body to it. And for $10.99 a 12 pack I could see icing down a 12 in a cooler and hauling this to the parks, cans making it that much more convenient. For all that I give this Canadian offering a bit of a boost.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, no can dating. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy medium golden/yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big ruby red grapefruit, lemon, lime, white grape, wheat, cracker, bread, and light herbal. Very nice aromas with good balance of citrus/fruit juice and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big ruby red grapefruit, lemon, lime, white grape, wheat, cracker, bread, and light herbal. Light herbal bitterness and fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon, lime, white grape, wheat, cracker, bread, and light herbal on the finish for a good bit. Great robustness and balance of citrus/fruit juice and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/tartness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Lightly drying from bitter/tartness as well. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/grainy, and lightly acidic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4%. Overall this is a great radler! All around great robustness and balance of citrus/fruit juice and bready malt flavors; very smooth, clean, and refreshing to drink. Really flavorful for the low abv. Still has nice beer flavors alongside the fruit juices, without feeling like soda. One of the better radlers I’ve had, very enjoyable.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow with an inch of foam from my can.

The smell is of grapefruit and lemon. The juice is strong.

Tastes like it smells except I do get some grapes that I didn't get in the smell.

Nice mouthfeel and very easy to drink. Colour me impressed with this low brow but tasty beverage.

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Photo of Spikester
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow with two fingers of white head. Clumps of lace.
Smell is all grapefruit.
Taste is grapefruit with a bit of bready malt.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation. Finish is lightly dry.
Overall a tasty radler.

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Photo of jeffdr123
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Exactly what we were looking for my wife who doesn't like beer. But with a twist. The grapefruit was a surprise. This is what you call a gateway beer.

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Photo of Foyle
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12 oz can into pint glass.
Pours a 1" pillowy white head that drops slowly with a web of lacing. Color is cloudy yellow-orange with plenty of streaming carbonation and lots of sediment in suspension. Aroma is more lemonade than beer but the malt is there in the background. Light and frothy mouthfeel, similar to a carbonated soda. Flavor is sweet lemon dominate with some breadiness in the background. Overall this is pleasant, easy drinking beverage for a warm sunny day. Taste much like a Fresca with a slight alcohol kick. If I was going to drink a radler (a very rare option), this would be a good choice.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed from the can in a snifter via a friend from work---Thanks Kevin!
This rather nice little radler pours a cloudy yellow tinged amber with a
pretty nice head of white foam that settles to a thick ring, light pool, and
features some pretty nice lacing. Nose of grapefruit, nice but one dimensional.
Flavors follow the nose with grapefruit and sweet malts on all sides, again one
dimensional but solid. Nice mouth feel, crisp and effervescent with lively bubbles
making me think more of a spritzer than a beer with a sweet and tart grapefruit
finish that is lightly dry. Overall a nice brew for the hot months of summer.

Cheers

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Photo of puboflyons
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. can stamped on the bottom E036512303. Sampled on July 28, 2016.

The pour is a light pale yellow with fruit pulp floating about and a fizzy white head.

The aroma is grapefruit, lemon, and maybe some cherry but not much in the way of malts of hops. But it doesn't seem quite as overpowering as some of is competitors.

Light, refreshing summer-like body.

The taste is alive with grapefruit, lemon, lime but it does not seem overly tart. Then I also pick up a slight bready malt presence to remind me that this is a beer in disguise. I am not a fan of this style but this one seems a little more tolerable than some.

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Photo of 57md
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours an opaque grapefruit juice color. The nose has notes of grapefruit. The flavor is dominated by grapefruit and other citrus fruits but the classic Moosehead skunkiness can still be discerned in the background.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a cloudy pale straw yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy foamy bright white head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film covering a little more than half the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of slightly sweet citrus grapefruit juice (more like a grapefruit juice cocktail than actual grapefruit juice).

T: Upfront there is a very light flavor of grainy malts that is quickly overtaken by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of sweet grapefruit juice (more like a grapefruit juice cocktail than actual grapefruit juice) with a hint of the peppery flavor associated with the pith. No detectible hop presence and no bitterness is present.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink, refreshing, and enjoyable... not quite as good as the Stiegl but still very enjoyable. I could easily have a few of these in a session and it is quite refreshing on a hot summer evening.

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Photo of Tone
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, golden color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong citrus (mango and orange?), wheat, pale malt, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of a Fruit / Vegetable Beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of strong citrus, fruit, wheat, pale malt, and a cloying sweetness. Overall, strongly sweet, citrus dominated, and therefore an average Radler.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

473 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Purchased from the LCBO for $2.25 CDN.

Appearance - hazy, pale yellow color with some orange hints. Decent head of about two fingers that is egg shell white in color. Some small amounts of lacing. A good looking radler.

Smell - loads of grapefruit up front, some lemon. Grapefruit aroma is almost too complete and well rounded that gives it a juice or artificial aroma. Still pretty inviting.

Taste - thin, watery, some grapefruit, but mostly artificial. Not enough bitterness or sourness as it comes across as way too sweet.

Mouthfeel - smooth, light, fairly juicy with lots of carbonation. About right for a radler.

Overall - not a half bad radler with plenty of grapefruit a Roma, however the sweetness is a little too much to be as refreshing as some of the heavy hitters in this beer type namely steigl radler.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Tallboy purchased at the LCBO; dated Mar 4 2016 and served well-chilled.

Pours a hazy pale yellow colour, topped with nearly an inch of puffy, soapy white foam that proceeds to dissipate over the next 2 minutes or so. An attractive ring of lace is thrown up against the interior of the glass, hanging just above the surviving collar of froth. Pink grapefruit tartness and lemon acidity come through clearly, with suggestions of white grape and hard candy sweetness.

A respectable radler, but it leans on the sweet side. Citrusy flavours of pink grapefruit flesh and lemon pith start out strong, but these weaken and fade by mid-sip. The taste is dominated on the back end by a grape juice-y, sugary sweetness that reminds me of oversweetened lemonade. Finishes with some light lemonade tartness. Light-bodied, with assertive carbonation and a bubbly, prickly mouthfeel that is crisp and refreshing. Extremely drinkable; not the best radler I've ever had, but it's fine for what it is.

Final Grade: 3.29, a C+. I don't mind Moosehead [Radler], but it probably wouldn't be my first choice in the category - tone down the sugary sweetness a bit, and amp up the tartness. At $2.50 a can, the price isn't prohibitive by radler standards, and I do appreciate the fact that it isn't a meagre 2.0-2.5%. Worth a shot if you're into this style I suppose, but a forgettable effort compared to some of the competition.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is strong grapefruit and mild lime and malts. The flavor is grapefruit, mild lime, malts, citrus and a mix of slight sweetness and tart in the finish.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

as radlers go, this isnt a bad one, not by any stretch, but it definitely knocks moosehead down a peg for me. i always held their regular lager in somewhat higher esteem than most american macro lagers, its from a part of the world i really like, my dad drinks it, and i have generally liked it better than any BMC beers out there. this though, seems as gimmicky as budweiser black crown or something, designed to sell, not to taste good. it so happens it tastes alright, really acidic and bright and pretty genuine on the grapefruit, i can definitely get there from here, but it basically stops being a beer somewhere in the middle and just turns into a glass of grapefruit juice from concentrate. no grain or hops or yeast really on display at all here, i think the blend went a bit too far, but im sure this will sell like crazy for them. its not too sweet either, and despite a little metallic tang on the back end, its drinkable enough too. i wont buy this though i dont think, a lot of craftier options to fill this void, but when ice cold, there is some confirmed refreshment value here. i can attest to that, but dont come in to this one expecting it to taste anything like beer...

edit: either this has gotten worse, or i was drunk when i said nice things about it, its brutal, ordered one last night on a whim and couldnt finish it, it tastes like melting plastic, nothing like beer, and is insanely sweet and cheap tasting, couldnt do it, even cut with a big melvin ipa i couldnt make it work for me. i have to lower some scores from my original review, this stuff is rough!

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Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the previous reviewer, the mighty woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a yellow/whitish color with a 1 inch head. Smell is strong of grapefruit. Taste is grapefruit, some tartness, some sweetness. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall a good beer I could see myself crushing several of on a hot summer day.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.77/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Wow, what an oddball for The CANQuest (tm)! Radlers are becoming more common, I suppose, but this one came out of nowhere. Actually, it came from The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop, purveyors of fine beverages of all stripes. Once procured, I took & resized the picture & submitted it for approval, which happened lickety-split. Now, all that remains is a review.

From the CAN: "Refreshingly Different".

I Crack!ed that Moose's head right open and turned it upside down for an inverted Glug. This created a finger of dense, foamy, bone-white head with decent retention before falling to wisps. Color was a hazy Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 - 2). Nose had a sweetish grapefruit smell, more like CANdy than fruit. Mouthfeel was thin, kind of watery. The taste was reminiscent of Pink Grapefruit Juice Cocktail, which also has a very sweet aspect. Finish was semi-sweet with the inherent tartness of the grapefruit juice taking some of the edge off of the sweetness, but not enough to suit me. I think that a radler should be much more tart & dry. This was like one of those alcopops that are all the rage currently. If you like that sort of thing, more power to you, but for me, this was a swing & a miss.

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Moosehead [Radler] Beer + Juice from Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 49 ratings