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Molson Canadian Lager - Molson Coors Canada

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Molson Canadian LagerMolson Canadian Lager

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1,477 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,477
Reviews: 487
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 23.84%
Wants: 20
Gots: 178 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001

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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2.98/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottom of neck stamped JAN1512.

Appearance - Pours loose white two-finger head with decent to low retention and decent to low stick. Clear pale gold body.

Smell - Slightly sweet corn. Could not separate this from Budweiser in a blind smell test.

Taste - Musky corn. Damp cellar. Faint toothpaste. Some alcohol in the finish. Generally mild. Clean aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied. Somewhat syrupy. Some slight effervescence, but generally feels flat.

Overall Drinkability - Truly a once in a lifetime beer. And by that I mean I'm not planning on buying it again. Light, only slightly flavorful, and mostly inoffensive. Basically an imported Budweiser.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.98/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Crystal clarity with a pale, macro-yellow color shows a fairly strong visible carbonation. The head was quite the surprise, frothy at first, it retains rather nicely settling to a creamy covering, chalk white in color. Moderate coverage on the glass for lace with some whispy lashes. All in all for an American, or rather north American macro-lager have to give some cred.

S: Neutral nose, true to style. Some hints of fresh grain with average expectations being met.

T: Surprisingly grainy, lightly dry, with a touch of grainy sweetness. Light green leafy corn ears and light maize. The overall flavor was bad, it didn’t offend, though it didn’t exactly set my pants afire either. Sits on the fence of neutral acceptability.

M: Light bodied, slippery texture. Rather mundane with a quiet carbonation. Not bad but could of used some tingling and crispness.

O: Overall non-offensive flavor, easy enough drinkability if your into the style or not. Rather clean even when warmed up when compared to south of the border examples.

Photo of mttfrog13
3.25/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance = basic, light beer with white foam.

smell = malty, and a bit of hops maybe

taste = Crisp, easy to drink flavor. Has that weird "canadian beer" taste that is more apparent in labatt, but I don't know enough about beer to know exactly what it is. Prety good tho.

mouthfeel = very crisp

overall = This is my go to cheap beer. Doesn't have as much of that weird canadian beer taste as labatt, but is sitll very crisp.

Photo of UnsungBeero
2.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12. oz. can poured into 16 oz. glass (I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels a little silly doing this with a macro brew, even if it's an import)

A- Pours a smooth, yellow, macro color which is a little darker than I expected, with a thin, white head that dissipates quickly. A lot of carbonation seems to be bubbling up.

S- Smells kind of grainy and of something I can only really describe as "outdoorsy", with a slight hint of alcohol. Also as expected with most macro lagers.

T- Tastes like it smells, real grainy with a bit of hop bitterness and a metallic after taste. I notice the flavor seems to water itself down the more I drink. Or is that just me?

M- Light and very carbonated, yet initially bolder than other beers I've had that fall into the category of adjunct lagers. Watery finish.

O- Overall, while far from my favorite, I think this is a very good, drinkable beer for what it is. I bought a 24 pack of this that was on sale for a little get together I hosted recently, and it went over big with my non-craft friends, for what that's worth. While you can definitely find worse for the price, I'm not sure if I would go out of my way to buy this again if something else were available.

Photo of DerekP
3.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I work with a guy who considers this beer his favorite. While Molson Canadian Lager might not be the world's tastiest brew, it does have notable qualities and I don't mind drinking it.

Appears golden yellow with active carbonation and a fluffy egg white head. Smells like a North American pilsner (light malts and soapy, floral hops).

Taste is mild with just a touch of sweetness, bittering hops and a surprisingly creamy body.

MCL sets itself apart from most U.S. macro adjuncts/pale lagers and Canada's Labatt Blue shouldn't even be mentioned in the same sentence (edit...edit...). Still, not as good as Narragansett's interpretation of the style.

Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.15/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a .4L pilsner glass

A - Pale gold, small head that doesn't stick around much, not much lacing

S - Pretty mild, light grain and some metal

T - Lightly floral, buttery euro lager body, dry finish

M - Light and airy, good carbonation

O - A good basic lager, should be considered a EPL instead of a AAL

Photo of stakem
2.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my brother for the tick with this one. 12oz can into a pint glass. This brew appears a perfectly clear light yellow color with nearly 2 fingers worth of white froth. Bubbles of carbonation stream through the brew and support the cap. A closer look reveals some very faint particulate floating around disturbed by the rising bubbles of carbonation. The large rising bubbles support the cap with a retaining power better than the typical adjunct lager. Some minor patches and spots of lace stick to the glass.

The smell of this brew includes a light touch of herbal hops, sulfur and a bit of a mineral element. As it warms up there is a bit of a grainy sweetness mixed with a scent reminiscent of original pink bubblegum. A swirl of the glass brings out more sulfur notes that get to be a bit unpleasant mixed almost with something like stinky cheese.

The taste includes some light bitterness which doesn't provide any distinguishable hop characteristics other than the mild bitterness which does a decent job of breaking up the residual sweetness in this brew. There is a sulfur element throughout and a sweetness that at times seems a bit cereal-like.

Perhaps the best attribute of this brew is it's crisp finish that leaves hardly any aftertaste. It is light bodied and modestly carbonated. Clearly this is a beer to be consumed as cold as possible for maximum enjoyment with a numbed sense of smell and taste. As this brew got warm, it became a burden. Sitting here trying to enjoy something with flavor and aroma is a failure. It does however fit the bill of an adjunct brew and it is for the most part without fault. This isn't something that I would purchase if given options. However, I will admit that in my years between the age of 16 and 20 I consumed a metric shit ton of this as well as Yuengling. Sitting here tonight I am thankful I have seen the light of what quality beer really is.

Molson Canadian Lager from Molson Coors Canada
66 out of 100 based on 1,477 ratings.