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Molson Canadian Lager | Molson Coors Canada

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Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada
Ontario, Canada | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001

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Reviews: 513 | Ratings: 1,704
Photo of Rock_Glenn
2.23/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Tastes of fresh barley and is actually impressive for it's fine flavor. But just plain tastes watered down. Like they actually added a bunch of water after brewing. And always seems under carbonated to me.

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Photo of Beerdrinking
3.74/5  rDev +29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Solid beer for drinking. A great basic beer. The beer I support during stanley cup playoffs and other times of the year. Obviously not a craft but it's my beer for casual drinking. Good enough.

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Photo of Josephkeene
3.69/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 fl oz bottle from 12 pack - locally priced at $11.99 (one of the cheaper deals locally)

Pours a similar colour to the straw like grains used in the beer and also gives off a similar smell of roasted corn.

The taste is unique - solid hops up front greeted by carbonation and then malt, which lingers about on the palate but is strangely satisfying. Among the beers in the Molson line this one is a better choice IMO and isn't too bad to session before a night out.

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Photo of Ob512316
3.07/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

My go to beer during the Stanley Cup playoffs, people way too often expect too much out of macro beer.
Look: Light Yellow
Smell: generic Adjunct lager corn and grain
Taste: Smooth, crisp and no strong/ weird aftertaste
Feel: High carbonation
Overall: This beer always refreshing, people way too often rate it way lower than it deserves because it is a macro.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle, pours a clear yellow with a small white head that slowly disapates. Aroma corn, grain, sweet, malt. Taste malty, corn, crisp, clean, sweet not to bad.

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Photo of johnnyjj
1.06/5  rDev -63.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

All I can really say about this beer is: Wow! I have tasted a lot of beers but I am hard pressed to call this a beer. Maybe a long long time ago when I used to drink the American mass produced gnat urine I would have called this a beer. But having lived in the Pacific NW 28 years and drinking the micros, this Molson is more like seltzer. To think people actually pay money to drink this junk amazes me, but when you look at who we elect to public office it fits in.

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Photo of Noelan
3.24/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is my go to beer when I visit places without craft, or go to parties where the intention is to get drunk, not appreciate mirco brews.

Look: The generic macro brew color, piss yellow, slightly darker than others. A finger of head that fades at a medium rate. 2.75

Smell: Typical of a lager, grain, veggies and some sweetness. Different from most though, the best a macro brewery has to offer. 3.0

Taste: This beer is delicious. Crisp, refreshing and great if you're in the sun. 3.5

Feel: High carbonation. 3.0

Overall: 3.25. This beer will always hold a place in my heart.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
1.87/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bright straw color with lots of pearly activity. Slightly foamy white 2 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with moderate legs. Flavors of sweet grains, corn, syrup, faint hops. Very weak smell. Highly sugary and syrupy. Slick medium body with prickly carbonation. Light finish, lingering corn and sugary barley. Watery and bland. Passable freshness. Although doesn't feel too much adjunct. Overall bad quality stuff, but still slightly better than other most popular brands.

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Photo of nds76
5/5  rDev +72.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent beer. Canadians know how to do it right! I just started drinking beer again after a 10 year hiatus and Molson was always a go to beer. Still is...

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Photo of MilkLeg
3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one has sentimental value, maybe it's from all the commercials I've watched over the years reminding me what it means to be a Canadian, or maybe it's the nights spent drinking this stuff until it actually tasted pretty good, thought it was worthy of at least a few words.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.5/5  rDev +55.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Molson Canadian Lager, brewed by Molson Coors Canada, with an ABV of 5.0% This brew pours out a nice golden amber color with a nice white head. The smell is rich with grains and malts. There is also a hit of hops at the end of the smell of this brew. Now for the taste , it is bold and smooth with flavors. You pick up on rich grins, malts, and hops. Molson Canadian Lager has a real nice smooth balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. There is a small amount of lacing to this brew. To me this is how beer should be. Molson Canadian Lager is a real nice example of an American Adjunct Lager. The mouthfeel of Molson Canadian Lager is rich, bold, clean, and refreshing. Overall I'm giving Molson Canadian Lager a 4.5 out of 5. Molson Coors Canada , did a real nice job with this one. I would buy this brew again. If you are looking for a good drinking brew look this brew up.

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Photo of Almasi_
3.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The best affordable "piss yellow" beer there is. I'm eternally grateful to be a Buffalonian as we have access to Canada's Labatt and Molson at any grocery store or gas station. I enjoy both, but would argue that Molson is better. Refreshing, malty and subtly sweet.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
2.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Ahhh, one of the beers of my youth. Growing up in upstate NY, this was a common choice for teenagers, dive bar goers, and hockey game attendees. I have been all those things. Brought back some nice memories,but also reminds me why I like craft beer.

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Photo of JWU
3.32/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz. bottle poured into a pint/tumbler glass

A- A clear goldenrod, with a nice white cap, but doesn't last too long.

S- A clean lagery grain bill, a bit of cooked veggie, but better than most adj. lagers

T- Clean grains, a wide lagery crispness, a touch of a hop bitterness, but very feint. Some slight cooked veggie on the backend, but much less than most

M- crisp, high carbonation.

O- Certainly on the "better than most" side of adjunct lagers. I'll certainly have another when I'm in the mood for cheap lager.

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Photo of Aegelis
3.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crisp, a little dry, light scent, solid flavour. Washes clean with little to no aftertaste. Could use more depth of colour and a bit too little froth.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Weak ass faint straw yellow with ample clarity, white head in the 3/8" range. Aroma was corn and corn syrup.

Taste is corn again, super carbonated mouthfeel. Alcohol and skunkiness on it, but in a cool kitsche kinda way at this point. Solid choice at a hockey game.

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Photo of hdf561
2.8/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a English style pub glass

Dark golden look, smell was actually plain no real notes of anything. Taste nothing really stands out almost a soapy taste, mouth feel smooth but fizzy.

Overall not terrible but nothing special

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Photo of vabeerguy
2.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic glass. Color and smell is what you would expect from a Bud, Coors, or similar product. Taste is similar. This beer is just as good (or bad depending on your perspective) as its US competitors. I think I would buy a Labatt Blue or a Moosehead before this one.

Of course, if it was free I would consume as many as I could.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
2.72/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Looks like your standard American Style lager. Sudsy, foamy head.

S- Corn, corn husks, and vegital notes. Light biscuit notes. Not impressive.

T- Same as the nose. Corn, corn husks, and vegital notes. It's like cook veggies. It's pretty strong. Not disgusting, but it's there in full force.

M- It's very crisp, kinda clean, and extremely refreshing. It's mild, but full flavored.

Overall, Molson Canadian is big on the adjunct flavors. I am not into that aspect. But in general, it's a standard American lager type beer. I'd give it a C letter grade. I remember liking this beer more earlier in my 6 pk than this, but it's just a slightly more adjunct forward, standard, style American lager.

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Photo of Metalbrew
2.69/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Boring Lager that is quite overrated, Molson Canadian is a beer that has barely any flavor and lacks character. Pours a light yellow with a bit of head, the beer goes down easy, and has a watery finish. Of all the Canadian beers there is, Molson Canadian is among the worst. Overall just a bland, unimpressive beer.

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Photo of tomghiley
1/5  rDev -65.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

of all the american adjunk lagers i've had, Molson Canadian is definitely the worst. it's much shittier than Budweiser or Labatt Blue, by a LONGSHOT. if drinking carbonated preservatives is your jam, congratulations, you're an idiot, and this thing will attest to how badly you want stomach ulcers.

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Photo of BigMFDaddy
2.75/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a plain pale white body and appearance much like many other AAL. However head holds for well over 5 minutes along the glass. Taste is as plain as any experienced player making a tackle. It's a solid 3.5 but Never any more the smell is similar to yuengling but not as delicious

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.97/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear pale to medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly form the bottom of the glass and faint lemon + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy bright white head that reduces to a large patch of mottled medium thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of corn adjuncts and cereal grain malts with a light aroma of floral hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of cereal grain malts with a light amount of corn adjuncts and just a hint of sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of floral hops which imparts a very light amount of bitterness which does not linger for long.

M: Light bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and clean

O: Easy to drink and refreshing though not overly flavorful - definitely a nostalgia beer as I drank a lot of these in college in the 1990s.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.6/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a decent head and gold color. Aroma is grainy and grassy. There's decent light hoppiness. Flavor is clean, crispbut cheap and corny. But for what it is. Very nice

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Photo of staubot
3.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

BIt pale for my liking, maybe if it were a light beer. One finger bright white head goes down pretty quick with minimal lacing. Smells of a fresh mix of hops and malts with citrus however not super exciting to the nose. Light malt taste with even less hops. Some fruitiness and alcohol flavor lingers. Goes down smooth and light, but again, its not a light beer. Carbonation seemed to have died down fast leaving it a bit flat. Since, "I am Canadian," (Canadians will get the quotes) Its historical status alone means despite it actually being a just barely ok brew, I have to give it a 4 here for overall.

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Molson Canadian Lager from Molson Coors Canada
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