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Moosehead Cracked Canoe | Moosehead Breweries Ltd.

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67 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
New Brunswick, Canada
moosehead.ca

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by bobsy on 05-26-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,403
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
67
pDev:
30.97%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of Sammy
1.95/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A very basic beer. Pours pale yellow, with quickly disapearing head. Aroma is marginally cheesy. Light mouthfeel, not burning, but not much above water. Marginally a feather of taste above the typical macros. Managd to drink one mouthfull, and poured the rest.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.14/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

341ml bottle. I can't believe the marketing suits would approve any beer with 'canoe' in the name, given the old joke about this sort of thing. This brand has been cluttering up the bottom shelves of liquor stores everywhere for the past while, and is of the ilk that stops me from even considering buying any size in multiples. Ergo, selected from a downtown Indian restaurant's beer fridge, to go alongside the heat of a stellar lamb vindaloo.

This beer pours a clear, very pale straw colour, with three fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and mostly soapy dirty white head, which leaves some random splattered and specked lace around the glass as it quickly falls away.

It smells of a very mild corn and grainy, um, 'sweetness', stale lemon, and a softly skunky, grassy, and weedy astringency. The taste is lightly sweet pale grain, a hint of creamed corn, faint weedy, cooked veggies, and is more watery-tasting than beery.

The carbonation is moderate, just enough to buoy this up beyond lethargy, the body a wan featherweight, and yet still somewhat cloying in its super-simple attempt at smoothness. It finishes just off-dry, the grainy sweetness sort of plodding on, while the various astringencies slowly disappear from the radar, one by one.

Best short description I can think of before my dinner gets cold: tainted water - nothing much else really going on here. If consuming with strongly flavoured cuisine, then at least this beer is wet, and thus 'drinkable', but hardly [Premium].

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.58/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured very pale yellow with a thin layer of white head.

S - Almost no nose. A very subdued bready sweetness is evident and not much else.

T. Slight bready malt taste. Watery. Very slight hop presense in background.

M - Light body. Moderate carbonation.

O - Not a great beer, for for 3.5% ABV, could have been a lot worse.

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Photo of biegaman
2.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light lagers are often light especially in regard to colour. Cracked Canoe, with its anemic complexion and pallid tone, is no exception. It appears to have been blanched to a point of acute brittleness, a ghastly and whitish beer that is paler than last year's straw and, with elated bubbles and a fine, spritzy froth, it strongly resembles a cheap sparkling wine.

The aroma, however, is all beer - not of a great one, mind you, but some kind of beer anyhow. While the scent of fresh-milled grain is perceptible, a spattering of cloying creamed corn smell ruffles the nasal passage like a stiff and foul sea breeze. Green bottles are usually cause for concern but, miraculously, this sample is free of any skunkiness.

Many light lagers taste contaminated enough to encourage a tetanus shot. Cracked Canoe isn't nearly so cringe-inducing but it does leave much to be desired. The flavour is entirely synthetic: it is of the same cloyingly sweet, corny, syrupy taste of soda-pop fame and without even a footnote reference to anything remotely toasty, grainy or wholesome.

By way of insinuating quality, brewers will often put 'premium' in the name. Seeing this word should raise flags: go to the grocery store and you'll notice it's always the processed foods that don health claims, not the natural ones that actually are nutritious. So too is the case with beer: it's typically the bad beers that need to boast about how good they are.

Cracked Canoe has not taught me anything new. I already suspected Moosehead - despite being the oldest (and last) Canadian- and family-owned big brewery - of being an operation more concerned with competing in the mass-market of industrially-produced swill, rather than crafting distinguished, integral products. This beer confirms it. Pass.

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Photo of wordemupg
2/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

355ml can poured into pint glass may26 2010

A just when I thought I've seen the lightest looking beer ever Moosehead comes out with this one, no head no lace to go along with no color

S some grassy hops and very little else

T again grassy hops but I'm more impressed by the total lack of flavor this beer has going on

M a little watery with no aftertaste, mind you there's no taste to begin with so that should be expected

D there's just nothing going on here, bland and boring

no reason to try this beer it's a waste of time and water

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Photo of DrJay
2.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tried this one at Jack's in Kingsville.
Crystal clear and pale yellow with fizzy bubbles and a thin collar of white foam. Weak aroma, some malt and grain, faint fruitiness, maybe a bit grassy. The flavour had some grainy sweetness, bitterness was quite low, and there were hints of fruity esters and spicy hops, but it all came off on the thin and watery side. Light bodied, carbonation was a little on the high side making it feel somewhat sharp rather than crisp. It really didn't have a lot of character, but it wasn't a disaster either.

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Photo of kwjd
1.89/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Was at an Italian restaurant and they had this on tap. Curiosity got the best of me and I tried it. Pours as faint a yellow as you can get, completely see through. The head was pretty good though, some lacing too. Smell is so faint, but it smells like a typical lager almost. Very watery flavour. I didn't get any bad flavours at all. I can see this being refreshing, but so is water.

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Photo of ZachT
2.34/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of safaricook
2.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of misternebbie
2.87/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Danielr26
2.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of oldp0rt
2/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
1.5/5  rDev -44%

Photo of taxandbeerguy
2.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

473ml can served cold into a pint glass. Picked this up on a whim, and probably the first time I've seen it in singles in forever. Initial rating back in 2013, finally reviewed this in October of 2017.

Appearance - super pale, near clear color. Very light golden aspect. A half finger of head is poured and dismisses to nothing inside a minute.

Smell - not much, some light grainy notes and a thin vegetative note. Nothing really off.

Taste - very thin very mild, next to no flavor, with a very very gentle grainy note at the end. Again nothing off.

Mouthfeel - thin bodied, light carbonation is appropriate.

Overall - a decent light lager with no off notes. I guess if that's your cup (of beer) then give it a shot. For most BA's, they won't even look towards a beer like this,

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Photo of Corson
1.75/5  rDev -34.7%

Photo of GoHabsGo
2.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of pootz
2.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: pours a pale gold lager with a small fast disappearing cap, weak lacing.

Weak nose: light cereals, grain husk mustiness little else.

Weak, not mild, but weak character, watery mouth feel, flavor is weak as well, barely detectable cereals but hops are indefinable, fast clean watery finish.

Perhaps it was unfair throwing this one into a tasting with large beers and fresh micro fare but I don't think I'm interested enough in this lame offering to give it another try.

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Photo of Jotora
2.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of MidwestBA
2.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Bf_89
2.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Barleycorn
2.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of boszormeny
1.5/5  rDev -44%

Photo of Cycle69
2.37/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Pmicdee
3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tastes like cheap macro American beer even though its from a large Canadian "Micro". Mild, watery taste. Pale colour. This just isn't a good tasting beer.

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Photo of headlessparrot
2.52/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

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Moosehead Cracked Canoe from Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
Beer rating: 2.68 out of 5 with 67 ratings
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