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Molson Canadian Lager - Molson Coors Canada

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Molson Canadian LagerMolson Canadian Lager

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Ratings: 1,384
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 2.82
pDev: 23.76%
Wants: 17
Gots: 103 | 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 PhillyStyle
3.15/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer actually surprised me and I thought that it was much better than I expected it to be. The beer was a decent light golden color, slightly better than most BMC-type beers, with a light, white, foamy head that dissipated quickly, but into a thin spotty cap. Not much of an aroma to it, grainy. Not much else. The taste was light and grainy, but again, better than most BMC-style beers. The beer was light, but I found it to be very drinkable and if I had more time I probably would have had another. Overall, way better than expected and I might actually give it a shot again.

PhillyStyle, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of minterro
3.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: transparent deep straw colored beer with orange tints. bubbly white head that doesn't stay around too long but leave bits of lacing once and a while. relentless bubbles raising from the bottom of the glass.

S: wheaty smell but there is also a metallic aroma.

T: not usually my option about beer but, this one is great when its real cold. a wheaty tasting beer for sure. a crisp clean finish, that almost leaves you thirsty and wanting another sip.

M: pretty carbonated and quite light but its alright.

D: really easy to drink, a nice relaxing beer. crack one open and hang out with some buddies.

overall: split a 28 pack with my buddy. i thought it was a great deal 14 beers for 10$ WOW. overall i enjoyed this beer mostly as a study beer as a crammed for my finals the pasted week or two. great for just hanging out (right now watching the wings v coyotes game). liked the beer and would probably spilt another one of these 28 packs again.

minterro, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of thebeerdoctor
3.63/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"An honest brew makes its own friends" and this certainly is the case with a 24 ounce can of Molson Canadian, which sells in Ohio for a $1.16, tax included.
Okay, its not an all malt lager, what it really is a classic North American lager that is simple yet refreshing.
Most certainly preferable to Budweiser, and nowhere is it monotonous like Miller High Life, (which is a slammer but not for long) . Poured from its Ball can into a wide pilsner glass, I agree with those who say this could compliment a pepperoni pizza very well.
It would be interesting to put this in a blind tasting.

thebeerdoctor, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of Danmc200
2.93/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Straw yellow color. Tons of bubbles, large white head.

S- Sweet and malty. Smells of corn adjuncts.

T - Very Sweet and malty, watery. Very faint hint of bittering hops. Crisp and clean though.

M - Thin and watery with a good amount of carbonation.

Not very interesting, but not bad.
Paid 1.09 for a 24 ounce, and for the price it can't be beat.

Danmc200, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of Spineypanda
3.78/5  rDev +34%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a golden straw color with nice carbonation and a little head that lasts even through drinking.
Smells of the basic lagers that are popular domestics. A bit bready smelling.
Tastes crisp, very crisp and has a nice little bite to it that makes it even better. The overall taste though is a nice malty one.
Great carbonation.

Good beer overall.

Spineypanda, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.48/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Looks like a typical BMC product, maybe a bit darker. Kind of bubbly.

Smell: Given that beer is essentially liquid bread, that's what this smells like. Malty with some hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Given that beer is essentially liquid bread, that's what this tastes like. Again, malty with some hops. Kind of watery.

Drinkability: Definitely a step up in the drinkability category when compared to something like Bud Light or Coors Light.

Overall: Molson reminds me of an expensive, maltier version of Miller Lite. If I had to choose, I'd take the American alternative, probably based on the money factor.

tjsdomer2, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of mtnbikerpa
2.9/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on draft with dinner. Golden yellow color with little head. Crisp clean flavors. Tastes a little of straw and grass. Pretty mellow flavor. More dry than sweet in flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth. Was pretty drinkable with a spicey ham sandwich, coleslaw and fries.

mtnbikerpa, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with a freshness stamp of JUN2010. Pours a very clear, light yellow color with a surprisingly tight, creamy white head that displays some nice retention for an AAL.

Has a decently big nose for the style and has the typical malt/corn graininess thing going on. Hops are virtually undetectable in the smell. Falls right around the middle as far as cleanliness goes, nothing overly offensive.

Not too shabby. Sweet grains are the main contributor in the flavor department. Fair amount of bittering hops dry out the finish just enough. What is notable about Molson Canadian is that is has a decidedly medium body and does not taste watery or thin. This is actually a pretty decent adjunt lager. I wont exactly be running out to the grocery store to stock up on a few cases of this, but this one is above average for the style.

twiggamortis420, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of trentley87
3.63/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pleasantly surprised for 5.55 a sixer.

Standard American lager pour, smell, and mouthfeel. I thought the flavor was nice and crisp with none of the corn or background alcohol flavors found in it's American counterparts. I think this will be my new go-to cheap beer.

trentley87, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of lumikuuro
1.5/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

On tap at Canada Hockey Place during the 2010 Winter Olympics, served in a 14oz plastic glass.

Appearance: A very yellowy gold with a sizeable white head that receded to nothing and left no lace. But then it was a plastic glass. Perhaps it would behave better in a glass glass.

Aroma: Not very pronounced in any way other than it just smells like a mass produced beer. No hop, no fruit, no malt, just smells like alcoholic urine without the urine smell.

Taste: The first mouthful or two are not that bad: nothing special, but nothing offensive. Slightly sweet, crisp, basic but functional. Then it gradually changes. Sweet, boozy, watery corn with no hop or malt profile anymore, no balance. The more you drink, the more diacetyl it becomes, and the aftertaste gradually builds into making you feel like you've already almost thrown up in your mouth.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, refreshing. Nothing special. The same could be said of a 7UP.

Drinkability: Dreadful. This really is a bad beer. I am not joking when I overheard the European hockey fans saying "this is the worst beer I've ever tasted" and "in Europe, we wash our hands with this". I only chose this to enjoy the evening, as it was either that or Coors Light or wine (which is not for me). Next time I'll go without. Disgusting.

lumikuuro, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.53/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

JohnnyBarman, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of OttoBomb
2.98/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass (December 23, 2009).

Eyes: Pours a clean golden color, darker than most macro adjunct lagers though. A full finger of fizzy foam rises and drops fairly quickly. There is some lacing, but very little.

Nose: Some toasty grains, a bit of corn, with an undertone of malt and hops.with the barest hint of malt and hops. Mediocre.

Tongue: Delivers the nose profile to the mouth. Corn, toasted grain.

Mouth: Not bad here, decent carbonation and some smooth enough without a skunky aftertaste.

Libation: Smooth and actually drinkable. It's an adjunct lager that delivers some flavor.

OttoBomb, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
2.05/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is the penultimate beer of the quest - a CAN of Molson CANadian from CANada's oldest brewery! CAN you dig it?!?

My pour resulted in two fingers' worth of rocky, bone-white head exploding with CO2 bubbles. Color was a pale golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was slightly metallic with cereal undertones and a light lager sweetness. Oof. Nobody said the CANQuest would be all tea and crumpets, that's for sure. Mouthfeel was on the thin side, a little watery even for the style. Taste was really mild, almost like a light lager, vice an American Adjunct. Finish was equally unobtrusive. Added up, it was a whole buncha not much. Sheesh! I'll leave this one up north where it came from.

woodychandler, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of franktheman
2.3/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bought this one in a can, at LCBO. Smell is ok, there is almost no head. The taste is where I have a problem! I do not like it, due to lack of flavors. Nice carbonation tho, but I would opt for a different lager. Would not recommend this to a friend.

franktheman, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of RyanBelle
4/5  rDev +41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my favorite Canadian Macro lager. Being a French-Canadian, I believe this lager represents Canadian beer fairly well at the Macro level. It's main attraction is it's balance. It's got carbonation, but just the right amount to make it exciting enough to drink all night. It's got flavor, and many dimensions of it...whether its a slightly bitter hop, a nice toasted corn, or a really malty fizzy gulp...it's all in there. The mouthfeel is very "alive", the drinkability is "all night long, every weekend" for many Canadians, and the smell is very attractive, no skunkiness, nothing offensive in this beer whatsoever. And when poured nice and cold, you'd be very hard pressed to beat this beer with another Canadian Macro Lager. Cheers...pour me another one!

RyanBelle, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of Brettster
3.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was a bottle poured into a pint glass. Poured a bubbly golden color with a creamy white two finger head. The head fades quickly to a thin lace. Has a clean slightly sweet and grainy smell. Tastes similar to many other mass produced lagers. Tastes a little grainy with light sweet flavors. Kind of a watery finish. Not bad though.

Brettster, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of dpodratsky3
2.93/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pale, but not super pale, golden yellow color, pretty bright, not watery looking, lots of active bubbles all the way through drinking the glass, head is very fizzy at pour, but settles to a foam that looks pretty chunky and sticks to the edges, pure white in color

S: Typical macro smell, mild grains is all, I like that there isn't any weird adjunct sweetness present, not much there, but very clean and no off aromas

T: Tastes very similar to what you think it will, starts with a very light malt flavor, but is definitely there, some adjunct flavors are present here, maybe some corn, but still pretty clean all around, no real hops, maybe just a faint crispness that wouldn't be there otherwise, if that is the hops, then I'm glad they are there, finishes thin but not too watery and without any bad aftertastes

M: Finishes pretty dry, decent carbonation, not overly so though, again thin but not watery

D: Pretty good, definitely not the most flavorful beer out there, but good for what it is

Notes: This beer is not the best beer ever, however for an adjunct lager I'd say its pretty good. I would much rather have this over any BMC product. It has a little uniqueness to it that American adjuncts don't have. Even if it is only the result of different adjuncts, I still like it better. This is my favorite beer to have while at a hockey game.

dpodratsky3, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of cratez
3.03/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at my local watering hole, which is pure shit for beer. I was startled by the half decent rating for Canadian - I thought it would have a 'D' at most - so I decided to reconsider it last night.

Honey yellow in colour with golden hues and a sliver of white head that dissipates quickly. Smell and taste are clean cereal grains, malty sweetness, corn sugar, vague bitterness through the middle, and a healthy dose of wheat husk to finish. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing with high carbonation. No discernible aftertaste.

Overall, I can see why someone might reach for this if they're in the mood for a simple brew that refreshes the palate. Canadian is not a good beer, but for a weak ass mega lager it surpasses expectations. Worth a try if your options are limited.

cratez, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of Vito
5/5  rDev +77.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was at the store and saw a twelve-pack of Molson Canadian Lager going for $10.99, 16 oz. bottles. Seemed like a good deal, so I went for it.

Appearance: Yep.

Smell: Good solid macrobrew smell, with no distinguishing features. For some reason I expected it to have a skunky smell like Moosehead Lager, but it didn't.

Taste: Straight-up North American lager taste, with no distractions -- no fruit flavors, no honey, no chocolate, no pink umbrellas.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent.

Overall: This is a great beer, as good as or better than any of the similarly-priced BMC products (Bud, MGD, or Coors Original). Highly recommended.

Vito, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of MadElf25
3.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is one of those lagers that you can really put down, but for pure enjoyment it is not a good choice. this is i think a session beer where if your at a bar you can definalty put a few of these down with out getting sick of it. my brother in law is a fan of this yet he is not a fan of bud, cause there really isn't much of a difference between the two other then the taste of Molson being a little bit better then Bud. if you decided to drink it it won't be to much of a disappointment but still i would go for something with a little bit more taste then this one

MadElf25, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of philbe311
2.23/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - A pale, slightly hazy, golden yellow color with a faint honey hue... A slim fizzy bone white head quickly fades leaving a minimal splotchy lacing... Loaded with carbonation that rises to the top of the glass...

S - Rice Crispies... Canned corn... Pale malts... A very muted minor hop presence... Artificially sweet...

T - Pale malts... Grainy... Corn... A tinge of bitterness...

M - Loads of fizziness... Light bodied to medium bodied... A tinge of dryness...

D - I have no desire to revisit this one in the future... Belongs in the class with the majority of macro offerings...

philbe311, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of whtguitarguy
3.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow, with a little bit of head that goes away. This is one of those cheap, gets the job done kind beers. It is a nice smooth medium bodied lager, light alcohol flavor, and very decently malty. Mouthfeel is a little fizzy, a bit too much carbonation, but this is a solid beer.

whtguitarguy, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of jdense
3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle from father-in-law's fridge 12/16/09.

Golden amber, one finger rocky white head, quick dissipation, some lacing. A bit of bready malts in the nose, no hops. Taste profile is the same. Lacking in character, IMO. One of the blandest beers I've ever had. Upon reflection, I should have had a glass of wine instead of taking Papi's last beer.

jdense, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of rednrag
3.85/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Straight from the bottle. Went to the store with some German dopplebock on my mind, decided at last minute to revisit Canadian beers. Bought this and Labbatt's blue.

As i read fellow Advocate reviews on this beer, I am actually finding myself enjoying this fine brew from our neighbors up north. I can't say i relate to the hockey connection (being a football guy) but I tell you what--this is reminding me a whole lot of Falstaff back in the 70's. And that was me and my Dad's favorite beer.

rednrag, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of BBri
3.48/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not the best Canada has to offer but certainly not bad. Pale yellow with a good head and good carbonation. Sweet grainy smell. Refreshing mouthfeel with a crisp and clean finish. Good taste for the style. A nice go-to beer if your out and want something different. This one can go all night and not get boring.

BBri, Oct 22, 2009
Molson Canadian Lager from Molson Coors Canada
66 out of 100 based on 1,384 ratings.