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Molson Canadian Lager - Molson Coors Canada

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Molson Canadian LagerMolson Canadian Lager

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1,381 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,381
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 2.82
pDev: 23.76%
Wants: 17
Gots: 103 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Around the world, Canada is seen as a shining example of nature at its best. We have thousands of freshwater lakes and barley fields as far as the eye can see. That's what makes us so proud to brew Molson Canadian, our signature beer. Brewed without preservatives, from St. Johns to Vancouver, over 3000 Canadians have a hand in bringing Molson Canadian to their family, their friends, and their communities. The people who live here truly deserve a beer brewed with the best this land has to offer. That’s why we make sure our award winning lager is as clean, crisp and fresh as the incredible country it comes from.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001)
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Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
Photo of CalgaryFMC
2.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle sampled at an Edmonton Alberta restaurant. One of those "get around to it eventually" ticks/reviews and now is eventually. Obviously a top seller across this country although never as big as a few other brands in my neck of the woods, this probably does not deserve to be the standard-bearer for John Molson's rich brewing legacy but nevertheless does manage to deliver more flavor than many of its contemporaries in macro-lager land. Thin and super fizzy as expected but does have an almost buttery rounded grain sweetness that comes off better than in many other takes on this style, less DMS (albeit this is still present), and even a very faint fruitiness that recalls apple and grape hard candy. Dryish metallic grainy finish. You have to focus to taste much but what's there is less rancid than expected. Workmanlike lawn mower beer and has a place at pizza parties post-moving. Not recommended for tasting except as an example of a decent Canadian macro-brew for comparison purposes.

CalgaryFMC, Jun 24, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Of all mass produced pale lagers out there this one is one of the best (not saying much)out there.Pours a straw color with adecent little head that even leaves some lacing.Aroma has a sweetish tinge to it,taste has a decent malt accent to it pretty firm,there is a light sweet flavor.You know this isnt a incredibly bad beer when I dont have alot of money or want a case from my father-in-law I get Molson Canadian.

oberon, Nov 08, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
3.38/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Clear light yellow in color with some active carbonation but not much in the way of a head. It did what all the macros do: flared up wildly then went down in two seconds.

Smell – No skunk, just the traditional grain nose that is actually quite sharp in this Canadian macro.

Taste – The grain here is pretty good; certainly more to my liking than a regular Bud or Miller. The finish is sweet and kind of lame, but overall this one has a nice flavor profile.

Mouthfeel – This is much smoother that a standard American macro, starting things off with the fuzzy carbonation followed by a crisp dryness.

Drinkability – Better than I had hoped. I could almost consider this “pretty good,” and definitely worth a second look if I’m slumming it at a macro-only bar that doesn’t have Guinness.

RoyalT, Feb 07, 2004
Photo of cam477
1.75/5  rDev -37.9%

cam477, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of beerhunter13
2.25/5  rDev -20.2%

beerhunter13, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of tbryan5
2/5  rDev -29.1%

tbryan5, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of GameOfBeers
1.96/5  rDev -30.5%

GameOfBeers, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of Hurricane_Harry
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

Appearance - Clear and yellowish appearance. Pours thin head that disappears very quickly.

Aroma - Sweet and malty smell. Not much else. Nice for what it is though.

Mouthfeel - Prickly feel right away from the relatively strong carbonation. Leaves a little sticky feeling. Smooth though, very drinkable.

Flavor - Sweet, malty taste with hints of corn. Metallic aftertaste with a hint of sweetness.

Overall - Honestly it is what it is. It doesn't taste great but it'll get you there. I call this and beers like it 45's after the old Colt 45 slogan "Works every time". It has a high enough ABV and is cheap enough that it will do its job without tasting like Keystone or god forbid Natural Light. So it's good for what it is, but if you actually want to drink beer for beers sake it really isn't worth it.

Hurricane_Harry, Sep 10, 2014
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2/5  rDev -29.1%

FadetoBock, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of DWolf
3/5  rDev +6.4%

DWolf, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of Jpinoniemi
3/5  rDev +6.4%

Jpinoniemi, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of CaeserTits
3.25/5  rDev +15.2%

CaeserTits, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev +33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a light golden yellow or straw color with wonderful clarity. The head is big and fizzy with a white color.

Smell: The aroma is light and grainy. Corn adjunct cereal grains with some light grassy hops.

Taste/Mouth feel: Its favor is just as you would expect from the aroma. It starts off with a mildly sweet grainy taste that is very crisp. The hops add a light grassy flavor and a mild bitterness that leads into the finish that is quick and clean. There is plenty of carbonation that gives it a lively palate and a light to medium body.

Notes: This is a great beer to pair with hockey eh.

generallee, May 25, 2008
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

SmellsofMahagony, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of niangelo
1.33/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served in an 8.50 pitcher at a local top-40 bar with some work buddies - after the local smoking ban, so I didn't feel like I would skew the review. Poured a pale, non-commital pissy yellow.

Smells like veggies. Boiled cabbage. Maybe a hop hiding in there.

Mouthfeel - water, fizzy.

Taste - Ew. Adjuncts. Rice. Veggies. Anything they can fit in to make this pass as a beer and to make it as cheap as possible. Maybe ok if served on a really hot day in a frosted mug, but THAT'S IT.

The only reason I drank this was to re-affirm my reasons for moving to craft brews.

niangelo, Aug 06, 2005
Photo of Doomcifer
2.25/5  rDev -20.2%

Doomcifer, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of Danoaulseybrook
1.92/5  rDev -31.9%

Danoaulseybrook, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of petewheeler
3.25/5  rDev +15.2%

petewheeler, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of Jason
3.35/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 24 oz tall boy (can), with no freshness date. Boasts Canadian brewed and states that they are the oldest brewery in North America.

Appearance: Bright yellow hue with a tint of orange, lace sticks in the beginning.

Smell: Clean grainy aroma, faint cooked corn as well.

Taste: Wide lager crispness, ample carbonation with a light to moderate body. Clean grain with some husk on the side and a faint astringent quality to it. Hops are light with a flash of bitterness, then it is back to the light grainy sweetness that dons a touch of adjunct cooked veggie flavour. The graininess is quite refreshing and seems to be the forefront of flavour. Finishes clean and dry with soft malt in the back.

Notes: Better than Bud, Miller or Coors. Nothing spectacular though it is an all around good lager that quenches the thirst. A definite brew to pair with pepperoni pizza.

Jason, Oct 11, 2002
Photo of Billolick
2.78/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, pours lame yellow and clear, medium sized bubbles. Corn aroma. Faint malt noticed, very minimal hops detected. lawn mower brew at best, this stuff is a waste of good water. Amazing to think that back in the day, this swill was considered " the good stuff"

Billolick, May 18, 2004
Photo of fdrich29
3.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Limited Edition (1 of 3) Hockey Hall of Fame Mini Keg. Series features goalie masks in the HOF and a brief history of the owner. This one featured former Boston Bruin's goalie Gerry Cheevers and the story behind his "scars".

Pours a pale yellow, except for the piece of the tap that broke off and fell into my glass, that was black. Detergent-y head that quickly disappears leaving only faint traces of lacing. Looks like I could wash my dishes with these suds. Carbination slaps the tongue giving way to a brief, weak taste of hops. Antispetic aftertaste that lasts for a split second.

Light and extremely easy to drink if you're already drunk and at the point you dont care what passes your lips.

Unless I'm at a hockey game or in the red light district in Montreal, I'm not touching this stuff. I do like my keepsake mini keg, which will reside with my other beer momentos.

fdrich29, Mar 29, 2004
Photo of ILikeBeer13
3.6/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - clear yellow....standard, common, average generic beer look. slight head, minimal lacing.

S - ???? nothing distinct...nothing....

T - crisp, light...more flavor than expected for the appearance.

M - a little thin, but on par with the taste.

D - I am thinking summer, over 70 degrees. Light and refreshing.

ILikeBeer13, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.53/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

After watching the ladies' hockey team relish in sweet victory with a cigar and a giant jug of Molson's the other night, I decided to give this Canadian institution another try. I've traditionally avoid Canadian like the plague (on tap it gives me a wicked headache), but I thought it necessary to reevaluate this ubiquitous brew objectively. Here goes...

Poured into a lager pint glass. Surprisingly, it doesn't look too bad. The colour is a sharp golden, one of the darker variants of the adjunct style I've come across. A half inch of foamy head that dissipates into a small ring. A bit of lacing.

The smell is all adjunct lager, and definitely a bit off putting. Corn, light malts, sugar, a bif wheat, unfortunately coupled with a chemical tin scent. Not the worst, but not great either.

The taste is, at first, not too bad. I'm actually kind of enjoying it. There's something about it that seems to be agreeing with me. It's all adjunct flavours to be sure, but they're a bit more pronounced. First among mediocre equals. There's an unfortunate chemical, tinny finish that lingers near the beginning, and by the end of the pint really starts to wear the flavour down. If you're going to drink Canadian, drink it fast when it's ice cold, because given the chance to warm, it's terrible.

Mouthfeel is thin, but I wouldn't go so far as to say watery. Good levels of carbonation.

Is it boring? Absolutely. But when compared with others of the style, Canadian isn't that bad. In fact, it's quite drinkable given the proper circumstances. At a hockey arena or sports venue, it suits the atmosphere well. I doubt I'll willingly purchase it much again, but I won't refuse it out of principle anymore.

JohnnyBarman, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of avitallo
3/5  rDev +6.4%

avitallo, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of PsychoJedi
2.98/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, I am bias against Canadian beer. I just wanted to get that out to add some context to the results.

It pours a light golden color with a fast dissipating head. The smell is Canadian if I have ever smelled it. The taste is Canadian if I have ever tasted it. It does go down smooth with little to no after taste.

Verdict: Best I do not give one since I show bias against Canadian tasting beer.

PsychoJedi, Jun 17, 2009
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Molson Canadian Lager from Molson Coors Canada
66 out of 100 based on 1,381 ratings.