Molson Canadian Lager - Molson Coors Canada
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Reviews by weizenbob:
3.3/5 rDev +17%
When I was young and impressionable, a gentleman I knew who was trying to kick a keg of Molson Canadian poured me a glass. It was the smoothest beer I'd tasted to that point; and for years after, Molson Canadian was my corn lager of choice. It has been at least half a decade since I last drank Molson, and I'm scared to revisit it for fear that it will ruin my memories of good ol' Ca-Na-Da!
This 24 ounce can was purchased at the Meijer gas station in Ludington, MI for $1.69. There is a drink by date of April 1, 2012 printed on the bottom of the can. The can itself boasts "The best Canada has to offer," and from my memories of both Canada, and Molson Canadian, I would probably agree.
I cracked the top and poured into a pilsner glass. A pint sized pour yields a finger tall, slightly off-white head. Head retention is moderate. Lacing isn't happening. The brew is crystal clear and the color rests neatly between golden and copper. It is darker than I expected, and a steady stream of bubbles rises to the top of the glass. For the style it is very nice looking.
The aroma initially gives off a good amount of corn. There is also a strong malty backbone smelling sweet like wet straw. Unless I'm fooling myself I'm catching the faintest whiff of noble hop varieties behind the sweet corny maltiness. Thankfully it doesn't smell watery.
Ah, my fears can be put to rest. Though this glass of Molson is not as tasty as my memory serves, it is still one of the best beers of its style, and I still prefer it over its domestic counterparts, save for my beloved Schlitz. Following the nose closely, there is an aggressive straw-like maltiness that is paired with a solid amount of sweet corn. Hop bitterness is nowhere to be found; however there is a slight bitter attack from the high level of carbonation. Unfortunately it is slightly watery, but as a whole this is still near the top of the industrial lager pile.
The mouthfeel is on the heaviest end of light. It has a thicker viscosity than its domestic brethren, while still retaining its refreshing light-lager feel. The high carbonation level presents a small carbonic burn on the tongue. I'm not a fan of the sting. Even if the overall feel does stand in contrast with the watery norm of the style I don't feel that it is particularly strong on its own terms either.
Overall I'm finding Canadian to be a decent little beer that could easily become a summer standby. It is a good balance of flavor and refreshment; and though its import status makes it slightly pricier than a Bud, the superior flavor makes the added cost a non-burden. Best of all, my fond memories remain intact.
The Two-Schlitz Scale: (reference my profile for an explanation)
I give a Schlitz for Molson Canadian. And this time around it's an apples to apples comparison.
02-01-2012 04:00:53 | More by weizenbob
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3.13/5 rDev +11%
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.
11-08-2003 23:09:15 | More by oberon
3.38/5 rDev +19.9%
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 Im slumming it at a macro-only bar that doesnt have Guinness.
02-07-2004 00:49:32 | More by RoyalT
3.75/5 rDev +33%
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.
05-25-2008 21:51:47 | More by generallee
1.33/5 rDev -52.8%
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.
08-06-2005 06:47:35 | More by niangelo
3.35/5 rDev +18.8%
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.
10-11-2002 19:33:39 | More by Jason
2.78/5 rDev -1.4%
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"
05-18-2004 11:29:09 | More by Billolick
3.2/5 rDev +13.5%
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.
03-29-2004 05:26:30 | More by fdrich29
3.6/5 rDev +27.7%
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.
03-12-2011 03:40:20 | More by ILikeBeer13
2.53/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
02-27-2010 19:31:24 | More by JohnnyBarman
2.98/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
06-17-2009 00:14:37 | More by PsychoJedi
3.1/5 rDev +9.9%
Serving glass: Drank straight from the can. I really shouldn't review this, but I had it for a few days in a row while fishing and think that is good enough.
Appearance: Well, it is a fine looking can. But the beer inside looked a little richer than most Adjunct Lagers.
Smell: Not really sure. Next!
Taste: Tastes like a macro lager, but a relatively full flavored one. Some light hops at the finish, with an aftertaste that is both decent and distracting.
Feel: High carbonation, light to medium body. I wish the finish was dryer.
Overall: Good fishing beer.
06-12-2013 04:59:28 | More by bsp77
2.88/5 rDev +2.1%
Another Canadian lager. These always seem better than their US counterparts. Pours clear gold, white head. Mineral and cereal aroma. Sharp, clean taste of crystal malt. Refreshing, but lacks a lot of flavor. Kind of a sharp aftertaste. I always thought this was just re-labeled Molson Export, but it does not taste as good.
12-10-2008 21:56:59 | More by magictrokini
Molson Canadian Lager from Molson Coors Canada
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