1. Rating beers by attributes (look, smell, taste, feel, overall) is back! Read the latest update ...
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Molson Canadian Lager - Molson Coors Canada

Not Rated.
Molson Canadian LagerMolson Canadian Lager

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

1,341 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,341
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 2.82
pDev: 23.4%
Wants: 17
Gots: 83 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Molson Canadian Lager Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,341 | Reviews: 465 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of KoG
3.85/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

KoG, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev +33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

generallee, May 25, 2008
Photo of n0315
3.55/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

n0315, May 02, 2008
Photo of TwinSox33
4.33/5  rDev +53.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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?

TwinSox33, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of jaz58
3.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

jaz58, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of giblet
2.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.


giblet, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of babaracas
1.98/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

babaracas, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.58/5  rDev +27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

LumpyGuitar, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of enigmattic122
4/5  rDev +41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

enigmattic122, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of erosier
3.53/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

erosier, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of Procrastinator
3.63/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Procrastinator, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of Gambrinus1184
2.78/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Gambrinus1184, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of pmcadamis
3.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

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.

pmcadamis, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of hoegaardenhero
2.9/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

hoegaardenhero, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of Antilochus
2.25/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Antilochus, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of BeerCon5
3.33/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

BeerCon5, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of jneiswender
3.58/5  rDev +27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

jneiswender, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of Clydesdale
3.38/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Clydesdale, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of Cyberkedi
2.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Cyberkedi, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of BDIMike
3.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

BDIMike, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
3.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I knew it would be inevitable I would sample this on-tap during my last trip. I found some when I was at the Madhatter Saloon. Compared to the bottle, the aroma and taste are not as astringent, but a little more sweet. I shall also add the mouthfeel is better too.

DoubleJ, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of baos
3.05/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into King's island mug from the 1970's

A: Looks like an American lager but it Canadian! Golden color with a full hand of head that dissipates to a micro film of suds. Really good lacing up and down my mug.

S: Malt and fresh grains.

T: Tiny bit of malt. Metallica is playing metal in there. Cornmeal, and other grains. Maybe just a little sweetness after the initial swallow, but not as bad as many macros.

M: Pshaw Pshaw

D: I could drink this stuff all day. I thought it was Ginger beer at first, but fwend said it was real beer. "Its Canadian you dumbass!" he said, and I replied "Go figure."
No its not bad. I like the regular Molson better, though, if I remember there is a bit more spice in 'em. Go get 'em!

baos, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of Rddymk
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deliciously packaged and the price was right. $8.99 an 18 pack bottles. The distributor was eliminating the product.
Got home and put three in the freezer for a quick kick. After opening the first one, it foamed over. The result of the quick-chill. Allowing it to pour easy into a well-clean pilsner glass, I noticed a distinct metallic aroma that eased after the final drop. I let it sit for about five minutes and then sipped it slowly. I was eating pretzels and the taste exploded in my palate. The startches married together and gave me a nice feeling. The next day I drank one whithout eating and was overwhelmed by the false head. The taste was bland and over, over, over malty.
This is a good one with salty snacks, but alone it is dreadful.

Rddymk, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of daliandragon
3.03/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a staple of my formative years in the frozen college towns of upstate New York when I would drink any piss and thankfully beg for more. As such, it is remembered fondly, alhough I know now that this isn't really a "good beer", just a less "bad" one.

Pours a crystal clear, extremely light straw color with a thin ring of bubbles for a head. Nose is minutely sweet but mostly clean and nonexistent.

Taste is malt dominated but I do scent a faint touch of hops somewhere in the middle. Pretty watery and inoffensive overall. Goes down smooth, just kind of simple brainless drinking, which also describes me perfectly in college.

Canada's macros are a solid half point superior to ours on avarage, and Canadian fits into that pretty well. Drinkable and affordable in a pinch.

daliandragon, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of atomicbolt
2.83/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The old standby. This beer flows like water at pretty much any bar in Canada. Some people swear by it, I'm more the type that will drink it at the end of the night when I need something inexpensive and decent-tasting. Heck, I think this was the first beer I ever had. I've had it in bottles, cans and on tap, but I'll review the draught version (for the record, it's a bit worse in bottles but it's pretty similar in any format)

It's a pale yellow with a head that settles quickly. The smell's not overwhelming - grassy, musty, a bit of malt sweetness. The taste's pretty watery, grainy, a little sweet, not much in the hops department. Goes down crisp, but leaves a bit of a corny, alcohol aftertaste.

Compared to Blue (its big competitor across Canada) it's a bit of a tossup - I've gone back and forth between the two, but right now when it comes down to draught I'd rather have Blue on tap than Canadian (Canadian's too watery) but when it comes down to bottles I prefer Canadian (Blue becomes overly sweet and skunky in bottles)

Overall, it's nothing outstanding, it's got all the characteristics of a pale, semi-sweet artificial macro lager, but give it some credit that it has a bit of character to it and it's well suited for when you want to toss back a few. Recommend it to your Bud-drinking friend.

atomicbolt, Nov 20, 2007
Molson Canadian Lager from Molson Coors Canada
66 out of 100 based on 1,341 ratings.