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Molson Canadian Lager - Molson Coors Canada

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Molson Canadian LagerMolson Canadian Lager

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BA SCORE
66
poor

1,386 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 1,386
Reviews: 471
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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Ratings: 1,386 | Reviews: 471 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by djcreepshow:
Photo of djcreepshow
2/5  rDev -29.1%

djcreepshow, Apr 30, 2012
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 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 WVbeergeek
2.78/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden hue with the same white fizzy head macros are known for, chalk full of adjuncts. In my opinion, one of the better Canadian macro lagers that gives off a faint hop yet malty aroma. A very mellow flavor, not much going on here. What this beer does have is a very sweet finish of mostly two row malt, and the fact that it goes down very easy. A beer that is capable of being drunk in mass quantities, but it doesn't have me wanting another one for pure enjoyment. Overall, far from a great beer yet much better than most American macros.

WVbeergeek, Jan 20, 2003
Photo of biboergosum
2.53/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is the most ubiquitous beer in all of Canada, available anywhere that has a liquor license, with few exceptions - I have only found one place that doesn't serve it, and I do look.

I always thought the colloquial (in Canada, anyways) term "Molson Muscle" had more to do with the midsection of those who enjoy it a little too much. Perhaps it also should refer to another affected muscle, the one between the ears of those swayed by 'tradition' and 'patriotism' in their choices of bar swill.

Anyways, after the last game of my team's indoor season, we finished first, so of course it's time to go for a few celebratory rounds, and this is, of course, the beverage of choice.

Numerous 16oz pints. This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow hue, with two fingers of puffy, thinly foamy wan off-white head, which leaves some decent, sparsely strewn islet lace around the glass as it quickly fades away.

It smells slightly rank, with a very pale grainy maltiness, equal parts pale malt and corn/rice hegemony, and some stale, mildly grassy, weedy hops. The taste is semi-sweet grainy corn and astringently pithy rice, a hint of pale malt, and a bit of weirdly bitter earthy, floral hops, sort of implied rather than overt and in your face - how Canadian.

The carbonation seems to overwhelm everything at first with its teeming frothiness, but it soon calms the hell down, the sensation becoming more of a dull hum, the body medium-light in weight for the style, and begrudgingly smooth. It finishes a bit on the sweet side, the adjunct and pale malts working a tandem of the condemned.

Acceptable enough, I suppose, for lowest common denominator outings such as these, and other captive audiences, but hardly worthy of opting for, given a choice. It does make me wistful for the days of first year university dorms, and my future off-campus roommate's 'Molson Man' decorating prowess.

biboergosum, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.7/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Molson Canadian
12 oz. brown glass bottle

I'm surprised that Molson Canadian gets such bad scores on BA. Compared to Budweiser I'd have it every day, not that Bud is bad (they're both solid beers) but I prefer the Molson as it's got a little more bite to it. I find Molson Golden a little bit below average because it's kind of dull all around, but Molson Canadian has a nice malt to it, some decent herbal and grassy hops, albeit it limited, and a nice balance of crisp carbonation and firm bitterness. It's always clean, and it's refreshing.

NeroFiddled, Oct 09, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tap: Poured alight yellow color ale with a small head with no retention. Aroma is quite weak with some malt being discernable. Taste is very smooth with no aftertaste (almost no hops) and watery feeling at the end. While it is in no way good it is not as worst as some other macro beer out there and this one probably benefited from the CO2 from the tap.

Phyl21ca, Jun 09, 2005
Photo of mikesgroove
2.65/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the original that was picked up at publix today in the single section on the way home. served cold and poured into a pint glass, consumed on 08/24/2010.

a pale yellow with no head to speak of what so ever, really just a clear, over carbonated mess of a look for me. but a trudge on. weak grains, touches of light corn and bready notes abound here, again not that i was expecting a ton of wonderful flavor here, but it could have been more then the wet cardboard that i got. clean and crisp, light feel worked for the style and it went down smooth and easy,

overall i think it was ok, compared to my last beer of the night, but do not think i will be doing this one again.

mikesgroove, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of metter98
2.83/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of corn flakes are present in the nose along with slight hints of floral hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of corn and rice, although these adjunct malts aren't as prominent compared to other beers in the style. A slight amount of bitterness is present along with associated hints of floral hops.
M: It feels light-bodied, somewhat watery and a little clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Although this beer isn't that flavorful, it's definitely very easy to drink and goes down easily.

metter98, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.98/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale gold color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light & sweet malts and adjuncts with a touch of hops.

T: The taste has your typical adjunct sweetness with bready flavors of grain and barley but it's a little bit more balanced than most in the style. The hops presence is mild but decent for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Flavorful for the style, goes down easily, not filling at all, mild kick, good representation of style for whatever that may be worth, while it wouldn't be the first beer I'd pick, it's better than most other adjunct lagers.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of TMoney2591
2.73/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

O Canada...and so on and so forth... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear straw topped by a finger of relatively short-lived lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mild wheat and a tiny bit of sweet biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, with the sweetness really taking control of the proceedings. A light bit of macro funk spews forth every now and again to remind you of who made this stuff. (I wanna know what they do/use to create that character...) The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a fairly meek little beer, but one of the better, more tolerable adjunct lagers out there.

TMoney2591, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.38/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty standard Lager. Enjoyed at the Detroit Airport. All beers taste pretty good when you are trying to cure boredom while waiting in an airport. This beer begins with a very solid pilsner malt base-grain that shows more light maltiness than grain flavors. Quite sweet and bready, but still with a cleansing carbonation and smooth mouthfeel. Perhaps a bit buttery in flavor and texture with a mild skunk-hoppiness that subsided. Earthy spices from the hops late helps to round out the sweetness and adds character. A good beer for chasing a Pizza.

BEERchitect, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of zeff80
2.65/5  rDev -6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Straw yellow color. Highly carbonated with a small, short-lived head. No lacing but I didn't really expect any.

S - It smelled of corn and a little skunky, not much but a little.

T - It really only tasted of malt and corn. A touch of bitter bite.

M - It was crisp and is light-bodied.

D - It's an okay lager. Not bad considering how many other beers of this style have little flvaor at all.

zeff80, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of BuffaloBilly
4.83/5  rDev +71.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My second favorite beer. I can't believe these reviews, this is one of the greatest beers ever made. If you love beer (especially canadian beer) then you are going to love molson canadian. This is a great beer, I highly recommend it. If I had the money I would buy this beer everytime, its that good. Pours a nice golden colour, with a frothy head. Molson canadian+buffalo pizza=bliss

BuffaloBilly, Aug 08, 2005
Photo of StonedTrippin
2.78/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

stadium beer. pours a corn color with a small white head that turns to nothing. smells like a frat house, better than a budlight, but not by much. this beer is at every sports event there is, and it can be decent after a hockey game, but its just another mass produced lager. taste isnt bad, doesnt taste like the container it was served from, which is a plus. light feel, good carbonation. makes this an easy drinker, especialy when its cold. better than the other beers in its price range, i cant hate this too bad, but at the end of the day these are all the same. not sure why its my old man's go to, but it still is. nothing distinct, no hop presence dectable, and very approachable. whatever kind of drink for me.

StonedTrippin, Feb 11, 2012
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
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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
Photo of FadetoBock
2/5  rDev -29.1%

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

DWolf, Mar 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev +6.4%

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

CaeserTits, Feb 25, 2012
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Molson Canadian Lager from Molson Coors Canada
66 out of 100 based on 1,386 ratings.