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Molson Canadian Lager - Molson Coors Canada

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BA SCORE
66
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1,296 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 1,296
Reviews: 463
rAvg: 2.82
pDev: 23.76%
Wants: 15
Gots: 68 | 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.

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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

1.58/5  rDev -44%

Had to have it. It was hot and there wasn't water only sugary soda pop as substitute. This is nothing special at all but at least I could swallow one or two gulps. Corn sweet Veggie, large carbonation, light malt, mildy bitter and sweet aftertaste as in most national Canadian beers.

09-12-2004 02:12:05 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev +6.4%

11-22-2012 03:39:12 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev +6.4%

12-01-2011 21:19:41 | More by djrn2
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev +6.4%

12-05-2011 01:49:15 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

2.83/5  rDev +0.4%

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.

03-26-2013 22:53:42 | More by metter98
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.88/5  rDev +2.1%

The theme of Macro Smackdown XVI is The Battle for North America. It's too bad that I can't throw a Mexican lager into the fray, but comparing three beers at once (yes, I've considered it) would be pretty difficult to pull off. Of course we all know that neither one of these lagers is representative of the beer from their respective countries. Still, I had to put something on the promotional posters.

I can't pick a winner in the appearance department. This beer is marginally darker, but doesn't look better as a result. The creamy caps of ivory foam are surprising, as is the fact that they persist nicely and deposit a huge amount of lace.

Which nose one prefers is a matter of... uh... preference. I think I like the rounder, sweeter scent of this beer, but I'm not sure it's enough for a higher score to be granted. Olympia is more aromatic (and isn't offensive), so I guess that keeps things even.

I don't mind Molson Canadian one bit. It's a fraction sweeter than the other beer and is less flavorful overall. I think I prefer the U.S. beer when both are ice-cold, but I have a feeling that this one will be more palatable as it warms.

At first I thought the mouthfeel on this beer was a wee bit lighter and a wee bit smoother. Repeated samples fail to confirm that initial impression. As with just about every other attribute, this category is a dead heat.

Molson Canadian Lager (along with Labatt Blue) was a staple of mine back in the 80's. I'm pretty sure that I haven't had either a bottle or a can since. It ends up as the loser in Macro Smackdown XVI, but I hate to use that word in such a close, hotly contested grudge match. Could my American citizenship have been the deciding factor? Nah.

05-16-2007 13:20:44 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

2.65/5  rDev -6%

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.

08-25-2010 01:26:18 | More by mikesgroove
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.38/5  rDev +19.9%

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.

08-07-2006 14:23:14 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

1.5/5  rDev -46.8%

01-22-2012 01:07:36 | More by acurtis
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.33/5  rDev -17.4%

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.

06-09-2005 19:31:09 | More by Phyl21ca
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2/5  rDev -29.1%

01-15-2012 08:25:53 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

3/5  rDev +6.4%

03-11-2013 06:51:53 | More by spycow
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

1.75/5  rDev -37.9%

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with a small, white head.

Smell: Sweetish cereal nose with a bit of stale grain and some almost imperceptible floral hints.

Taste: Light pale malts with a cereal sweetness. It just has a feeling of very poor quality. Very minor floral hop character and even less bitterness. Short, sweetish finish, but you're left with a lingering, downright icky stale flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not recommended. Sure, alot of these pale lagers are harmless and are generally tasteless, but these lagers that deliver some foulness to the palate really get under my skin.

11-19-2008 20:18:21 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

12-19-2013 03:51:36 | More by jaydoc
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kylehay2004

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

03-23-2013 18:09:03 | More by kylehay2004
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.23/5  rDev -20.9%

Another adjunct lager... Such a bummer. The color is the standard yellow brew with a little head on it. Quickly fades. This beer isn't skunky which is awesome. It's rather pleasant to drink. This beer is one of the better generic beers from Canada, it's much better than XXX from them.

03-24-2011 03:49:25 | More by Knapp85
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oberon

North Carolina

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
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.73/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

01-05-2013 00:03:21 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

2.65/5  rDev -6%

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.

10-09-2006 22:45:57 | More by zeff80
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

02-14-2009 21:58:58 | More by biboergosum
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.98/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

04-02-2009 00:17:55 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Jason

Massachusetts

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
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2.78/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

01-20-2003 19:33:58 | More by WVbeergeek
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.28/5  rDev +16.3%

Had this with my pizzia tonight

Poured golden with a 1" white head & effervesence. Minimal lacing & average head retention

S: Sweet malt & a hint of floral hops

T: Sweet malt & a slight hint of floral hops. Finishes sweet & slightlty floral

MF: Light & effervesent, skews a bit too malty IMO

Drannk okay, I could do about 2 pints before I got bored. A slight cut above BMC

09-24-2006 03:54:27 | More by russpowell
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

1.9/5  rDev -32.6%

Thin, faded, pale golde...no, not that, not even near-yellow..like a slightly stained nothingness, under a cap of snow-white froth.
Aroma is again a null set, a wide open, slighty sweet, cooked veggies smell, a mineral/herbal hint, but a quiet bracket of blandness.
taste...I'm sorry, will have to quote Homer Simpson here: "Hello? Taste? Are you there?" It's wet, and it's easy to slog down the gullet, but there's no flavor to be discerned at all.
There's nothing actually bad or offensive here, but it's as innocuous as a beer can be...you can drink it, sure, but there's no fun involved, no real measure to be gained in sending it down the throat.
Again to quote Homer: "BOR-RING!"
Also, worst christmas present EVER!

12-28-2004 03:49:19 | More by feloniousmonk
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Molson Canadian Lager from Molson Coors Canada
66 out of 100 based on 1,296 ratings.