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Molson Canadian Lager - Molson Coors Canada

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Molson Canadian LagerMolson Canadian Lager

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1,262 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,262
Reviews: 463
rAvg: 2.83
pDev: 23.32%
Wants: 14
Gots: 53 | 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 animal69


3.25/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

one of my staples now that i'm in NY, everyone loves canadian beer here, and it's cheap; pours a pale yellow w/ a fluffy white head which dissapates quickly and has minimal lacing; has some hop aroma w/ a "macro" type adjunct filled beer smell; a slight hop flavor as well, fairly watered down tasting though, a ricey malt prof. under it all; light in body but high in carbonation, would prob. be dry if it wasn't so watered down; i could (and have on occasion) drink a few 6's on a hot day easily

Serving type: can

10-23-2007 19:41:04 | More by animal69
Photo of splat215


2.58/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - This is actually a pretty decent looking beer despite the price. Straw yellow with a slightly dark tint, massive head that lingers forever

S - Yikes - what do we have here .. not pretty. Grassy, metallic, chemically... not nice

T - Grassy hops, good lager taste, not too complex. It is what it is.

M - Watery, thin, carbonation saves it a bit

D - Had two of these, could barely polish off the third. Cheap beer admittedly, but not cheap beer I want to drink a lot of.

Serving type: can

10-21-2007 00:59:42 | More by splat215
Photo of andjusticeforale


3.1/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had the opportunity to drink a bunch of these on a boat that had only CANADIAN and Budweiser. Last night I uncorked one into a galss and here is the review.

Not much color ro speak of. A bit more amber than your regular Macro. A clean taste, thin and sweet and finishing with a bitterness that is not part of the flavor, just there for the bitterness. No hop flavor. But the bitterness may save it from being overly carbonated and overly sweet. Defiinitely loads of flavor beyond Budweiser, the bench mark for american macro fizzy yellow rice water.
It is better from a bottle that is pulled out of a cooler after sitting in there so long that the ice has melted down to floaters and the label is worn off, but you could do much worse buying canned beer.

Serving type: can

10-15-2007 11:56:58 | More by andjusticeforale
Photo of Slatetank


2.68/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this on draft at Pesce in Swatara, PA.
Served cold in a standard pint.
A - Clear golden w/ an inch of white microfoam.

S - Light malt and possible adjunct aroma, not much else goin' on.

M - A moderately sweet lager w/ tinges of hop spice. A spritzy carbonated feel.

T - Malty smoothness w/ a lightly honey tinges sweetness. Nice taste at first, but it falls flat rapidly and doesn't recover.

D - A basic Macro lager w/ lackluster qualities. Ok for quaffing w/ wings or if nothing else is available. Could be an ok lawnmower beer, but I will definitely not be trying this again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2007 14:16:06 | More by Slatetank
Photo of GrimmReaper

British Columbia (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one on tap in a pint glass at a Spaghetti/Pizza place.
Pale faint yellow with small white head that fades quickly and little to no lacing.
Smell is mild hops and strong greens,stale and earthy.
Taste's like corn mild grass and grains with very mild bitterness.
Mouth was medium full with some carbonation.
Not a bad beer at the time cause i needed it just to relax and was quite thirsty...i've had worst but not something to go out of your way for.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2007 03:12:40 | More by GrimmReaper
Photo of meechum


3.1/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This wasn't bad..it's got a little more flavor than most macro lagers..

A - Straw yellow with white head that goes away quickly leaving little to no lacing

S - Not much there to begin with, mostly the malty smell with a hint of hops that is weak

T - Crisp, clean with a low to moderate hop bite that mellows to malty sweetness

M - High carbonation makes it good

D - This isn't a terrible choice when stacked against other macro lagers

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2007 13:45:02 | More by meechum
Photo of genog


3.03/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bright yellow, almost neon color with a thick, bubbly white head that disappears like Houdini to leave nothing behind. Smell is of corn and grains and not much else. Taste is a little of the same malt and grains. Carbonation is heavy and not very watery making it a little more enjoyable than most macros.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2007 02:09:58 | More by genog
Photo of errantnight


2.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Not as bad as I expected...

Poured out a beautiful, crisp, clear golden with a couple fingers of frothy white foam and... um, well, no head retention, at all. Ah well.

Smells clean and malty, perhaps even a note of citrus! Will it have noticeable hopping?!?!

No. Mainly cooked corn, and as shockingly noticeable as this taste is, it kinda disappears, leaving a mostly clean palette. Other "flavors" are a bit of that pale Euro malt flavor (not saying they use Euro malts, just that that taste is there) and some candy sweetness (not sweet, just a note of it).

Body was good, carbonation good.

I didn't hate it! I didn't LIKE it, either, and even though I think I like it a bit more than a Budweiser I wouldn't over it over one because someone is wasting resources to import this mediocre brew... but if I'm ever in Canada, and you buy one for me, I won't be secretly cringing.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2007 05:10:51 | More by errantnight
Photo of phishgator


2.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. Nice lacy white head and a light golden/straw color. The aroma is a faint grainy malt. A smell of sweetness is there that is hard to describe. The taste is slightly watery up front, but a smoothiness is present as the beer goes down. The body is thin. Not the worst lager to be drinking, but not the best. The beer is typically cheap and I prefer it to most of the big three.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2007 02:42:18 | More by phishgator
Photo of dustylong


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

Pours a pale yellow color, with a small, quickly dissipating head, and no lacing (poured from a bottle into a pint glass). Smells like boring macro lager, very corny (is that a pun), and ricey. The taste matches the aroma for the most part. Nice and smooth, feels nice on the palate. Good amount of carbonation. A decent beer for the style, better than most products by Anheuser-Busch, or Coors, but I still think Miller products (MGD especially) are better for the most part.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2007 16:49:38 | More by dustylong
Photo of Brad007


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

Pours a light clear color with a head that surprisingly sticks around a bit. Aroma is one of corn and somewhat sweet. Taste is much of the same except that there's a nice corn aftertaste to the beer. Much better than a rice aftertaste but not by too much. Not too bad and honestly, I usually find Canadian lagers to be more flavorful (if not by much) than their American counterparts.

Serving type: can

07-24-2007 03:53:20 | More by Brad007
Photo of mooseisloose


2.5/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Smell is real corny and sweet. Pours to a golden pale yellow. Not much head. Taste is corny malt with a very minimal bitter finish. Not much flavor overall. Mouthfeel has lots of carbonation. Quite a bland beer overall. I would drink this for free, but wouldn't go out of my way to purchase it.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 17:59:26 | More by mooseisloose
Photo of irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A true Canadian taste, whatever. Has a bit more colour than most macros but nothing special. Head dies quickly and has some lace left behind. I can actually smell something that doesnt remind me of funny water, there is a hint of malt but not much else. Not to much taste to it ( witch is to be expected) some sweetness. The only reason I don't totally bash this beer is because it was the first beer I ever had.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2007 05:22:25 | More by irishkyle21
Photo of TheBierBand


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

Poured from the can into my pint glass to produce a loose foamy head of 1-1/2" that quickly diminished to a foamy ring. The beer is clear pale yellow.

The smell was nothing special...a sweetish carmel with some grain.

The Taste: Very average... grainy/grassy...sweetness with a tart twang.

mouthfeel: too carbonated... very thin.... no body.

Drinkability.... last resort.

Serving type: can

06-27-2007 17:11:40 | More by TheBierBand
Photo of cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Molson Canadian, what beers all about. Or so the commercials said.

This was the first beer I ever tried. It is an alright beer to grow your chops on.

This beer is a golden colour with a white head that lasts a while. It has a smell of malt and corn. It has a decent taste replete with a strong aftertaste. It has a very crisp mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation for my palate.

I think the best memories I have of this beer are all those commercials in the 80s that had bikini clad women...what man with a beer belly doesn't like bikini clad women?

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2007 04:01:10 | More by cyrenaica
Photo of DogFood11


2.93/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Warm sunny day had me craving a crisp lager all day. Poured this into a tall pils glass. It forms a whispy white head that leaves tons of chunky lace. Highly carbonated yellow body.

It hits all the marks from the get-go. Grainy and some suggestions of corn husk. The thing that stands out to me is that this is ultra clean. Deep in the background I get a sort of cooked cereal malt.

Notes: This is along the lines of budweiser. There doesn't seem to be too much difference although this feels even lighter on the palate and maybe even a bit cleaner. Hot weather brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2007 00:00:26 | More by DogFood11
Photo of billybob


3.55/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear golden color with a large white head with a easy pour that settles to just cover the beer and medium lacing. clean earthy smell. bready grainy malt taste with some hops there. mouthfeel light to medium and lots of carbonation. not bad for a macro beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2007 22:21:06 | More by billybob
Photo of BuckeyeNation


2.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: can

05-16-2007 13:20:44 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of theopholis


3.43/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance- Body is a very clear, pale straw. Weak head with little retention. No lacing.

Aroma- Some malt sweetness, but mostly just a basic basic beer nose. Some sour mash. A touch of floral hops.

Taste- This was a pleasnat suprise. Some malt sweetness with a touch of hop bitterness. Pretty decent for an American macro lager.

MouthFeel- Light to medium body (for the style). Carbonation level just right.

Drinkability- Ver easy drinking light lager. Good for yeardwordk.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2007 06:47:14 | More by theopholis
Photo of tempest


2.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

For some reason I bought into the marketing and thought a Canadian macro, might be better than an American macro. I was wrong. It reminded me a lot of Miller Lite, but the grains were slightly darker, making for a bit more caramel flavor. I also found it less offensive than Miller Lite, but I would never bu this for myself.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2007 02:33:49 | More by tempest
Photo of MrMcGibblets


2.85/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

as far as nacro-type lagers go, this is pretty good. compared to real beer, of course, it blows. i really used to like this stuff, the noticeable adjuncts almost made it seemed malty or medium bodied before i knew anything. golden blond, force carbonated. not much bouquet other than the corn aromas. taste is very light sweetness balanced by the macro-type level of co2. no discernable hops of course. light in body, no finish to speak of.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2007 06:53:14 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of vanrassel

Alberta (Canada)

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

I drank countless Canadians during my pre-BA years without a second thought — how would it stand up to a closer examination?

It poured into my glass a pale gold with a tight, one-finger head that had surprisingly good retention. The smell was weak, just a vague bready malt aroma and no detectable hops.

The taste was sweetly malty with only a hint of corn and grain — there's actually a pretty decent bready malt flavour there. A bit of bittering from the hops finishes things dry and crisp, though it's a bit watery and thin. It's definitely better cold, with the palate a little numb to the harsher edges.

I could knock back quite a few of these without a second thought, but I'd rather have something more remarkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2007 22:28:58 | More by vanrassel
Photo of Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This be has been a stand-by for over 25yrs as it was the beer of choice in my college days.

Lager pee yellow with a thick and fairly rich looking head that took a few minutes to settle down to a nice ring. Some lacing noted as well.

Smells of grainy and slight bready malts.

Has a bit of hop bite right at the front. Slides smoothly from there into a slightly sweet, slightly biscuity malt. This tends to be the flavour(maybe a tad more on the biscuity/bready end) that lingers. Not a bad thing for certain.

Other than that brief astringent bite/crispness the mouthfeel is quite smooth and the beer felt medium bodied at best.

I reviewed this beer comparing it to it's competitors in the macro lager category. I'll say right now it beats the pants off of most I've sampled so far, cheesy advertisements aside.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2007 00:03:10 | More by Shadman
Photo of darkcarrington


2.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A pale golden color with some head that disappeared after a minute or two

Smell: Not a very strong smell, pretty standard for this style

Taste: Nothing offensive here, pretty standard macro lager which is to say a bit on the watery side but no bad after taste like some similar beers

Drinkability: Easily drinkable but probably not worth it.

While better than Budweiser or something of that ilk, I would much rather have a Labatt Blue if I was grabbing a Canadian beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2007 16:47:54 | More by darkcarrington
Photo of stevehagy

New York

2.2/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer is nothing special. It's something that is cheap and always there at large events held at places such as arenas and stadiums. Terrible head(if any) and a boring golden look and taste. If you are looking for something that is cheap and you have no appreciation for a good beer, go with this.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2007 20:19:07 | More by stevehagy
Molson Canadian Lager from Molson Coors Canada
66 out of 100 based on 1,262 ratings.