Cracked Canoe
Moosehead Breweries Ltd.

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Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
New Brunswick, Canada
Light Lager
Ranked #98
Ranked #29,138
2.76 | pDev: 29.71%
Oct 25, 2023
May 26, 2009
Our master brewers use only premium ingredients and expert techniques to craft a light beer that drinks like a refreshing, full-bodied lager. With Cracked Canoe, there are no compromises with less calories and more flavour.


2020 Canadian Brewing Awards: Bronze in Best Light (Calorie Reduced) Lager Category
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Rated: 2.42 by benjaminsa from Vermont

Oct 25, 2023
Rated: 2.59 by aklavall from Canada (AB)

May 14, 2023
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Reviewed by Spark420

1.8/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
If you take a can or bottle of regular moosehead, pour out half and fill back up with water you will have a cracked canoe. Very watery with almost no taste. I put 3 for taste because it does not taste bad if you like water. Not unpleasant but I’ll never buy again.
Mar 07, 2022
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Reviewed by CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

3.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Pours crystal clear straw with a wispy head. Light graininess in the aroma. Some vegetal notes. The taste is lightly malty with a touch of sweetness. Prickly carbonation in the light mouthfeel. Short, dry finish.

This is a very basic Light Lager with minimal flavor. Not my style and a bit watery even for a Light Lager.
Feb 27, 2022
Rated: 2.2 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

Jul 01, 2021
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Reviewed by ewpass from Canada (PE)

3.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Clear pale gold with a modest, fast-disappearing head. Sweet grassy nose, not unpleasant. Very light body per style, very mild flavour. Some dryness and crisp enough. Ok for style, it did earn Bronze after all.
May 26, 2021
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Rated by MatthewXIX

3.66/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Light, smooth, easy drinking.
Nothing special but tastes like beer and no off flavors. Something to drink if its there.
Sep 23, 2019
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Reviewed by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.23/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Tallboy from the LCBO; coded C14 9 (Mar 14 2019) and served well chilled. One of the few beers that has been readily accessible to me for literally a decade now, yet has somehow avoided review up until this point.

Pours crystal clear and pale golden-yellow, with one finger of soapy white head that lasts for less than two minutes' time. A modest collar of foam sticks around, along with a few far-flung strands of lace; looks about right for the style. The nose is hard to describe, in the sense that there's not much there to describe in the first place - maybe a hint of grain husk and grassy hops, with an asterisk beside the latter.

Very straightforward and frankly, bland - I'm getting corn husk, apple skin and graininess for the most part, with hints of cardboard and cereal sweetness on the back end and into the aftertaste. Light in body, with aggressive carbonation that prickles the palate continuously throughout the glass; nice, crisp, lively texture, which is what I like in this style. A sixer of this would not last long while spending time around the campfire.

Final Grade: 3.23, a C+. Cracked Canoe is nothing special, but as someone who does try to grade to style, it's kinda underrated. Basically inoffensive, in a manner similar to club soda - this one's weakly grainy aspects do make it a slight bit more flavourful than straight-up carbonated water, though. I wouldn't pay money for this again, but if someone handed it to me I'd thank them and toss it back without complaint. About on par with Miller Lite.
Jul 16, 2019
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Reviewed by FortyNorth from Canada (ON)

4.38/5  rDev +58.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
This is an excellent light beer. Easy to drink, not bloaty or overly fizzy. Tastes like beer, pleasingly flavourful- it is a light beer but much better than the typical lineup. No obscure potpourri hops or lingering aftertastes. My new keep-it-on-hand standard beer that anyone who likes beer will enjoy. Beer snobs feel free to rip it but I guarantee lots of folks are choking down your craft choices just to be polite.
Apr 27, 2019
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Reviewed by MichaelGennings from Canada (ON)

3.94/5  rDev +42.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Cracked Canoe Premium Light Lager by Moosehead Breweries, Saint John, New Brunswick. 3.5% alc.

The beer has a fluffy white head that lingers for a few moments and then essentially disappears.

The beer itself is a pale yellow and very clear with lots of tiny bubbles.

The smell is subtle and consists of white bread, cereal grain, a hint of hops, and a touch of grassiness. All of this transfers to the taste.

The mouthfeel is prickly carbonation.

This is a light bodied beer with a crisp and clean finish.

It gets a poor rating on Beer Advocate and I don’t get that.

For what this is it is extremely well made and worth trying.
Jan 20, 2019
Rated: 2.8 by Isaac_L95 from Canada (ON)

Oct 22, 2018
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Rated by a_mcqueen89 from Canada (ON)

3.96/5  rDev +43.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Smooth and refreshing on a hot day!
Jan 12, 2018
Rated: 3.38 by spokenwheels from Canada (BC)

Nov 11, 2017
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Reviewed by Tony4536 from Canada (ON)

4.85/5  rDev +75.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Like another reviewer pointed out, you have to judge this beer within its own category. The flavour and mouthfeel is really special for a super light beer. Easily the best light beer I've had in years.
Sep 03, 2017
Rated: 3.33 by Boo-urns from Canada (ON)

May 17, 2016
Rated: 2.23 by Mousel from Canada (ON)

Feb 20, 2016
Rated: 2.25 by fortyfield from Canada (ON)

Jan 27, 2016
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Reviewed by Pmicdee from Canada (ON)

3.28/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Pours light straw colour with a small but noticed head. Smell is all grains and cereals. Taste reminds me of most other light lagers, not much of it. Mouthfeel is ok, with ample carbonation. Although I’m a big Moosehead fan, there are better light alternatives on the market. I would probably chose them. I believe this beer tasted better before they started putting a nutritional label on it.
Dec 26 2021
Jan 23, 2016
Rated: 2.69 by Simon212 from Canada (ON)

Dec 25, 2015
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Reviewed by InsideLiquorMan from Canada (AB)

4.43/5  rDev +60.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
The problem with the reviewing system here is that people review almost every beer as if it was meant to be a craft brew. Let's all be honest here: domestics and crafts are two completely different worlds and are to be reviewed as such. Cracked Canoe is an honest, refreshing, light beer that is amazing for quenching thirst. This is the kind of beer that belongs in the fridge for when the boys come over or popped into the cooler for game day. It's an honest brew from a reputable brewery and it does exactly what it was designed to do: cool you down and keep the calories off.

For a light beer, this is one you don't see often and it's sure to please with a crowd. Skip the snobby craft reviews and enjoy this beer.
Nov 14, 2015
Cracked Canoe from Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
Beer rating: 67 out of 100 with 79 ratings