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Molson Canadian Lager - Molson Coors Canada

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Molson Canadian LagerMolson Canadian Lager

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1,296 Ratings

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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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Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

2.68/5  rDev -5%

I've had this many times (unfortunately), so I'll finally rate it.

A: Golden yellow with a white head. Very little retention or lacing.

S: Floral & peppery hops, slightly catty, sweet bread.

T: It's passable when it's ice cold, but don't let it warm up (I think it's a little offensive). The hops have a generic macro flavour (floral, catty, peppery). Modest bitterness.

M: Moderate body & carbonation with an off-dry finish.

D: Pound it while it's cold!

07-28-2008 00:21:45 | More by Derek
Photo of Haybeerman


3.58/5  rDev +27%

Appearance: Deep, clear gold colorNice golden. One-half inch head that diminished to a skim quickly. Light lacing throughout.

Smell: Clean and crips, slight hint of grain. No noticeable hop presence.

Taste: Clean and dry. Grainy more pronounced along with a slight hop biter at the finish.
Hint of fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Full and clean; suprised myself with a beer this light - no mistake though, it did have light body.

Drinkability: One of the bettermainstream lager. Very refreshing with food flavor.

07-14-2008 19:26:15 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of joezak5

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev +23.4%

Appearance: Had at a family function as it was that or wine... Poured into a tall, thin glass; clear amber gold with decent three finger solid white head, little retention but no bad lacing.

Smell: Sweet grains and a little earthy leafy action... I'm probably staring at the maple leaf label a little hard.

Mouthfeel: Light with high carbonation, just a little oily.

Taste: The light, sweet corny grain got a good mix from the ever so slight oiliness; nothing outrageous but tasty.

Drinkability: I had this on 7/6 and it had a best by date of 9/28 so I'm assuming it was pretty fresh. I had two and would get this for a gathering if fresh.

07-07-2008 01:55:46 | More by joezak5
Photo of Durge


3.68/5  rDev +30.5%

CIt pours a clear amber color with a fair but fleeting white head and minor signs of lacing. Solid wheat cereal aroma. Crisp clean wheat bread with a bit of citrus bitterness. Smooth, acqueous and plenty easy drinking. Refreshing and clean with a touch of alcohol cracker at the back of the mouth. Better than average among macro type lagers, but nothing to go out looking for.

07-01-2008 04:35:11 | More by Durge
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

3.1/5  rDev +9.9%

A: Super clear golden color. Minimal white head. Minimal lacing.

S: Sweet and adjuncty. Some grain in there as well.

T: Starts off sweet. Then goes into a grainy taste. Nothing too offensive and the adjuncts are not that bad.

M: Light body. Good amount of carbonation.

D: This beer has a special place in my heart. Super easy drinking macro. Cheap for a decent beer. While noting remarkable a decent beer.

06-18-2008 22:54:03 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of KoG


3.85/5  rDev +36.5%

Standard fare as it relates to the looks and smell. Light yellow, fizzy head, slight aromas of hop and malt but not skunked.

Surprisingly nice taste, very light on hte palate but providing a decent hop twinge. Goes down very easy as I found myself drinking these all night.

A pretty decent brew in a pinch and if its on sale. Good for hot days in the sun or mowing the lawn.

06-10-2008 03:35:10 | More by KoG
Photo of generallee

New York

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
Photo of n0315


3.55/5  rDev +25.9%

Probably the smoothest macro lager you'll find at every store. I find this to be much better than bud, miller et al. Try it, best beer going that you'll always find at a bar or a restraunt.

Has a golden appearance thats lighter than one would htink for the strength better in bottle or tap, but still drinkable in can.

05-02-2008 20:27:15 | More by n0315
Photo of TwinSox33

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +53.5%

Reviewing as I'm drinking...

Appearance: No need to pour this bad boy. I know this beer well!

Smell: Smell of light grain and grassy hops.

Taste: Smooth grain, crisp carbonation, and a clean and crisp sweet-grassy finish.

Drinkabilty: Superior to all American Macros. Open 'Em Up...Drink 'Em Down!

I am a lover of local New England Micros like Long Trail and Magic Hat, and love the Sam Adams line. I also love Hoegaarden, Bass, and Duvel, but when it comes time to go back to basics, this is the beer I reach for. Like an old friend, it never lets you down. From the land of Hockey comes this beer that is Cold, Crisp, and Refreshing! Drink one while watching your favorite NHL team..it just feels right,eh?

04-29-2008 05:06:58 | More by TwinSox33
Photo of jaz58

Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev +11%

A fair effort from Molsons. Nice clear yellow gold in the glass. No head at all. Slight yeast nose. Very simple taste. A little bit of hops. Certainly not thirst quenching. A good beer to wash firey wings down with. An ok beer from one of the big boys in canada.

04-08-2008 20:19:46 | More by jaz58
Photo of giblet


2.63/5  rDev -6.7%

a decent canadian beer. pours pale with decent head and carbonation. has that familiar canadian beer tast with a dry aftertaste. this is a decent beer especially in hot weather - as long as the beer is cold. i like the golden more but both of these dont seem as good as years ago. that may be a testament to becoming more of a macro.

suckem up and movem out.


04-07-2008 19:05:27 | More by giblet
Photo of babaracas


1.98/5  rDev -29.8%

Straw yellow with a big foamy white head which fades quickly. Minimal lacing. Smell is nondescript, slight hops. Taste is like seltzer mixed with a malt liquor. Lots of adjunct flavor, some veggie funk, sticky sweetness. Pretty light, easy to drink but no reason to.

04-07-2008 02:27:12 | More by babaracas
Photo of LumpyGuitar

New York

3.58/5  rDev +27%

Poured a golden yellow, only a tiny bit of head that didn't stick around long.

Smelled like sweet corn and malt, nothing impressive.

Taste was suprising, I didn't expect this much in an " over the counter " beer. Tasted faintly of malt, very mellow and smooth with a hint of sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel was perfect for this beer. Not to much carbonation, very mild all around and not to heavy.

Drinkability here is the best part for me. This beer doesn't have alot of flavor, but what it does have is mellow, making this excellent for just about anything. I take a 6-er of this with me when I fish, drink it when I'm cooking, amazing beer for the price. I'll be drinking this one a long time.

03-30-2008 19:35:15 | More by LumpyGuitar
Photo of enigmattic122


4/5  rDev +41.8%

I tried this for the first time at an Ottawa '67s game held in the Ottawa Civics Centre.

Appearance: Golden colour with a thin white head that reduced to lacing.

Smell: Mostly grainy, smells a lot like corn, actually.

Taste: Well balanced, with a hint of sweetness and a bit of corn.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation.

Drinkability: Amazing to drink, especially price considered. Great thirst quenching beer.

I try to keep a sixer of this on hand for use as my all around beer. I love how basic it is to be honest. And you really can't beat the taste for the price.

03-28-2008 02:53:49 | More by enigmattic122
Photo of erosier


3.53/5  rDev +25.2%

Pours a golden yellow color with a a medium bodied white head that left a decent amount of lacing down the glass. Has a light malty and hoppy aroma with no other real flavors detectable in the nose. The taste is pretty good for an American Macro Lager. It tastes of a nice amount of malts with a slightly hoppy bitterness at the end. Its not overwhelmingly anything which is pretty refreshing. The mouthfeel is pretty good with a refreshing mouthfeel. The drinkabilit is very good as I could throw back several of these for sure.

03-25-2008 00:21:13 | More by erosier
Photo of Procrastinator


3.63/5  rDev +28.7%

12 oz. brown bottle poured into Sam Adams "pint" glass. Number 22:348 stamped on bottle neck. This was part of a "Beers of the World" gift pack given to me as a present. I've had Molson Canadian many times before, but this is my first review.

Appearance: golden yellow body with a creamy white head which recedes to form sudsy lacing on glass sides. Carbonation is moderate and the glass of beer looks rather refreshing.

Smell: lightly roasted maltiness and a sweet floral aroma. A lemony hop presence in the distance.

Taste: flavors are light and soft of malt and gentle sweetness of honey. Hop bitterness is just enough to balance.

Mouthfeel: lighter side of light to medium body with thirst quenching traits. Carbonation is gentle, but thorough. Nicely balanced and simple.

Drinkability: very easy to drink. Flavors and scents are light, but not offensive. I could drink several of these during a hot summer afternoon.

03-21-2008 20:06:40 | More by Procrastinator
Photo of Gambrinus1184


2.78/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into an Otter Creek pint glass.

A: Pours a standard corn yellow, fizzy lager with a thin veil of rapidly decreasing carbonation which left no lacing.

S: Smells of faint grains, steamed corn and some very light hopping.

T: Taste is sweet cornhusk malts, a slight bitter bite, most likely artificially induced from the carbonation, an is fairly clean. The metallic nature of this macro can't be denied hough, which is an unpleasant, if not expected, side effect of the brew.

M: Mouthfeel is light, crisp, but slightly cloying in the finish.

D: A standard ABV macro lager, tastier than Busch or Miller, and about on par with a Bud or Michelob.

If it's at a party, and it's all there is, know you could be stuck with a lot worse. Molson gets a bad rap sometimes, and even though none of their lineup is worth seeking out, it's not all that bad of a macro lager.

03-16-2008 19:48:58 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of pmcadamis


3.25/5  rDev +15.2%

I had this at at lunch at The Wing Zone in Springfield.

A - Pale golden yellow with a small white head of fizzy bubbles. Head disappears quickly, and leaves almost no lace behind.

S - Smells sort of like old cereal that has been in the pantry for a few years and smells pretty good, but old. Like aged Golden Grahams or Honeycombs cereal. Not very assertive, but it sure doesn't smell bad.

T - Fruity strawberry and apricot notes over a honey and cereal base. This is really good! It's not complex or assertive, but thats not to be expected given the style.

M - Medium bodied (one of the weightiest macro lagers that I've had), moderately carbonated, and neutral at the finish.

D - This is an easy drinking lager that just may be the best basic macro lager that I've ever had. It's not outstanding, but it's definitely drinkable and pleasant going down.

03-14-2008 15:09:23 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of hoegaardenhero


2.9/5  rDev +2.8%

a: dark straw body with fluffy white head that fades fast

s: some sweet malts and hay grains; hints of hops; pretty minimal

t: first flavors of dry raw grains followed by grapy fruity flavors that come rising up

m: pretty standard macro; lots of carbo with a hint of syrupiness

d: pretty ok for a macro lager but not worth drinking unless you are playing flip cup or something; i still think the japanese are the kings of the macro lager

03-06-2008 17:14:14 | More by hoegaardenhero
Photo of Antilochus

Ontario (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -20.2%

Found this in my house after a party... I'd never buy this. Grabbed one and put it in my beer fridge. 5.00%, 355mL can. Poured into tulip nosing glass.

Appearance is clear straw, effervescent bubbles, rocky foamy white head. Head doesn't stick around for long, but it leaves some lacing.

Metallic smell. Some floral hoppiness, overpowered by sweet malt. Some yeast too. Doesn't smell too adjunct-y, give it a few minutes to warm I'd say. Oh yeah, cooked corn now.

Sweet, corny palate. Medium body, aggressive carbonation. Some weak fruitiness. Barely a bitter finish. Ends on weakly pungent cooked vegetables and syrup. WHERE IS THE FLAVOUR?. Eugh. I'd rather smell this all day than drink it.

I love the blurb on the back. "...only the finest ingredients this land has to offer. The result is a premium lager that pleases the world's toughest beer critics - Canada's beer drinkers."

I guess this is a decent macro. Not too corny and fairly balanced.

03-02-2008 22:49:54 | More by Antilochus
Photo of BeerCon5


3.33/5  rDev +18.1%

A: Clear, golden color with little head and some lacing.

S: Crisp malty smell, some wheat also.

T: A little bit sweet, taste is mostly of wheat and hops, which are well balanced.

M: Medium thickness, very smooth feel, not a lot of carbonation.

D: Very smooth, easy drinker. One of the better macro lager's.

02-27-2008 16:59:29 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of jneiswender


3.58/5  rDev +27%

Poured out of a 12 oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A--Nice white fluffy head that has lace that sticks. Golden body. Very clear.

S--Husky with a rice wine scent. Slight sulfur.

T--Nice cereal malt flavor. Saaz hop finish.

M--Clean. Light.

D--For the style, I rather like this beer. Very little thats off, and its a step up from its American competitors (Coors, Miller and Bud). Of all the crap you see at hockey games being served, buy this one.

02-12-2008 15:40:20 | More by jneiswender
Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

3.38/5  rDev +19.9%

A: Nice golden hue, reminiscent of apple juice. A bit of lacing.

S: Clean, crisp, and fresh. Somewhat grainy.

T: Again, clean and crisp. Very grainy, slight hop bite at the finish. Refreshing with just a hint of fruitiness.

M: Nice, clean finish. Smooth.

D: A really nice mainstream lager. Very refreshing with solid flavor.

02-03-2008 01:01:11 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of Cyberkedi


2.33/5  rDev -17.4%

Color is a typical straw-yellow, like most lagers. Aroma is strong, crisp and malty, but not complex - very typical. Flavor is malty, smooth and rather bland - not terrible, but nothing special. This is no different from any of a number of American mega-brews I have tasted.

01-01-2008 15:50:27 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of BDIMike


3.13/5  rDev +11%

Appearance is golden and fizzy. Little head that lasts the blink of an eye.

Smell is of wheat. Thats about it.

Taste is very normal. Balance of wheat and hops taste.

Mouthfeel is medium in thickness. Fairly smooth.

It is what it is, but I could drink these all night.

12-28-2007 00:29:34 | More by BDIMike
Molson Canadian Lager from Molson Coors Canada
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