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Molson Canadian Lager - Molson Coors Canada

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1,382 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,382
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 skeeordye11
3.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours transparent yellow with a thin white head
S- hints of sulfur and corn. Reminds me of champagne for some reason? Smells like a light american lager.
T- Slight corn flavor. No hop flavor whatsoever.
M- Very thin. Very slightly creamy.
D- One of my favorites for an all day affair such as tailgating etc.

skeeordye11, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of Brenden
3.23/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was left over from a friend after Easter dinner. I wouldn't usually get an American Adjunct for myself, but I saw no reason not to try it.

The appearance is pretty typical, although a slightly more coppery color than most of its kind. Head retention isn't great but there is some light lacing at the start that sticks to the top of the glass.
The aroma is corn and toasted grains. I detect very light notes of malt and hops, both behind.
The flavors a little light but not too much so. The sweetness is up front as expected with corn husk and grains, but the balance isn't atrocious. When the hops and malt appear, it actually all works together fairly well.
One thing about this style I've discovered is that it is usually very crisp, clean and refreshing. A little light, of course, but good.
Overall this is quite drinkable and perhaps a small step above others of its kind.

Brenden, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of Caguama
4.43/5  rDev +57.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I found this to be an exceptional lager beer. I especially enjoyed its taste and drinkability. It is a far suerior product to those watered down versions put out by Bush, Bud, or Bud Light and - at a significantly lower price per bottle I might add. I will make it a point to always keep some on hand (for myself if no one else).

Caguama, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.98/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale gold color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light & sweet malts and adjuncts with a touch of hops.

T: The taste has your typical adjunct sweetness with bready flavors of grain and barley but it's a little bit more balanced than most in the style. The hops presence is mild but decent for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Flavorful for the style, goes down easily, not filling at all, mild kick, good representation of style for whatever that may be worth, while it wouldn't be the first beer I'd pick, it's better than most other adjunct lagers.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of mashedpotatoes
3.63/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent straw yellow with a largely carbonated pillowy head. Smell is minimal, taste is very crisp and clean. Mouthfeel is a bit watery. Drinkability is high due to the ultra clean flavor. Highly recommended vs. domestics such as Bud/Bud Light, this is the same price and is much more friendly to the palate.

mashedpotatoes, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.73/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a pale yellow straw with very little head.

S - Intense smell of a typical mass-produced lager. Malt, grain, a tiny hint of hops.

T - Light malty flavor. Very little flavor here.

M - Crisp and refreshing. Good level of carbonation.

D - Easily a session beer. Not interesting in the least bit though.

BeerFMAndy, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.33/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a clean, clear, pale straw yellow and two fingers of head dissipated quickly to leave a spotted lacing and ring of foam on the edge.

Smell: I immediately picked up on the grainy, malty aroma after opening the bottle. Kind of has that dirty dishrag macrolager smell. Just a hint of hoppiness to make it interesting.

Taste: Smooth and malty. Very clean but not complex. There was a slight hop tail.

Drinkability: Another perfect bottle beer from the Great White North. It would make a nice brew for a hot summer weekend. Too bad they don't have those in Canada.

TheQuietMan22, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of RievyRW
3.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Source: 12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pale yellow hue with a minimal head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: A grain/malt smell that I was more than I expected

Taste: Some grain/malt flavor. I would compare it to a PBR-like beer.

Drinkability: I was actually surprised by this one. It was pretty darn good for what it is a fairly good tasting, underappreciated mass beer.

RievyRW, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of UDbeernut
3.38/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into standard pint, drink before June 09.

A: golden straw color, slight head with little rention. Good amount of bubbling carbonation

S: malt with a note of noble hop aroma

T: crisp maltish biscuit taste, well balanced with noble hop flavor. Slightly watery, but refreshing

M&d: clean mouth, unlike other adjunct lagers, it lacks the familiar burnt corn flavor

Decent brew

UDbeernut, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Out of a bottle this beer was a pale gold color with good clarity and rising carbonation. The one-finger of white head displayed decent retention and pretty good, consistent lacing. The aroma was lightly sweet, pale malt with some stale grains. The flavors started quite dry and grainy before giving way to lager malt, sweet malt and pale malt. I detected a touch of sourness as it warmed up along with a rather macro-lager note that it finished on. Rather acidic making it less sessionable. Though washed out, as one would expect for the style, this beer was rather well balanced between the dry graininess and malty sweetness. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium/light and the carbonation medium/high. If you gotta go cheap, this is a pretty good choice.

thekevlarkid, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of LibertyAvenue
2.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I paid 22- for a case of this. It is piss. I have enjoyed Molson products in the past, but in a blind taste test you couldn't differentiate this beer from mil best or golden anniversary. Insanely avg for its price. I did drink it down though thank you very much.

LibertyAvenue, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
2.53/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is the most ubiquitous beer in all of Canada, available anywhere that has a liquor license, with few exceptions - I have only found one place that doesn't serve it, and I do look.

I always thought the colloquial (in Canada, anyways) term "Molson Muscle" had more to do with the midsection of those who enjoy it a little too much. Perhaps it also should refer to another affected muscle, the one between the ears of those swayed by 'tradition' and 'patriotism' in their choices of bar swill.

Anyways, after the last game of my team's indoor season, we finished first, so of course it's time to go for a few celebratory rounds, and this is, of course, the beverage of choice.

Numerous 16oz pints. This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow hue, with two fingers of puffy, thinly foamy wan off-white head, which leaves some decent, sparsely strewn islet lace around the glass as it quickly fades away.

It smells slightly rank, with a very pale grainy maltiness, equal parts pale malt and corn/rice hegemony, and some stale, mildly grassy, weedy hops. The taste is semi-sweet grainy corn and astringently pithy rice, a hint of pale malt, and a bit of weirdly bitter earthy, floral hops, sort of implied rather than overt and in your face - how Canadian.

The carbonation seems to overwhelm everything at first with its teeming frothiness, but it soon calms the hell down, the sensation becoming more of a dull hum, the body medium-light in weight for the style, and begrudgingly smooth. It finishes a bit on the sweet side, the adjunct and pale malts working a tandem of the condemned.

Acceptable enough, I suppose, for lowest common denominator outings such as these, and other captive audiences, but hardly worthy of opting for, given a choice. It does make me wistful for the days of first year university dorms, and my future off-campus roommate's 'Molson Man' decorating prowess.

biboergosum, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of wiseguy142
3.5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Man, I used to drink this stuff all the time my sophomore year of college. Right before my homebrewing/craft beer revolution. Haven't had one of these in a long time so we'll see how it goes over.

Pours macro yellow, maybe a little darker than some others, with nice carbonation and surprisingly little head. THe carbonation looks ince with lots of individual bubbles rising up from the middle of the glass.

Aroma is a little heavier on the corn, a little lighter on the metal than some of the other macros with an attractive floral scent. Doesn't smell like the inside of a beruit cup, doesn't smell like aluminum, looking good in my book so far.

Taste is a lot closer to a pilsner than bud or other macros. Very clean malt taste, somewhere in between budweiser and miller high life. Not too biscuity (MHL) and not too light (bud) but easy to drink with a good amount of carbonation and medium mouthfeel. Tastes, looks, smells like a real beer.

When you break this beer down, it's a lot better than some of the other cheap stuff out there. At the same time, it also comes out as very "neutral." As bad of a beer as Bud Light is, there is something about being super cold and super light that is refreshing at times. This is a bit of a confusing mix between a good pilsner and a bad macro.

wiseguy142, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of Joepro
3.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Light golden. Looks like most macro lagers.

S: malt, wheat, and a dash of hops- the smell is not very strong-which is ok.

T: Grainy taste, with some malt and barely any hops.

M: Not too watery, slight bitterness on finnish.

D: Goes down well, I could drink a good amount of this compared to the other macros, almost like a light beer.

Average macro lager, not much aroma at all, highly carbonated, hops barely there. The taste is mostly grainy but not strong overall. It better that the BMC, and probably take it over labatts as well.

Joepro, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of Rhynes2
2.15/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I suppose this beer would go hand in hand with Labbatt. I would say this one comes out on top but not by much. Color is a kinda pale shade and head dissipates quickly. Not too great with food either. Smell is a little displeasing. Cheap though so if thats what your going for, do it. Not the beer for me.

Rhynes2, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of kimcgolf
2.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 24 oz. can to a pale golden yellow with a white skim of a head that dissipated quickly to no lacing. Aroma, if any, was grainy, as was the taste. Finish was bland and short,k with the aftertaste of grain.

Had this at a hockey game, and the saving grace was that the beer was isce cold....probably would have rated lower if its true colors came out. Molson.... a Canadian version of BMC.

kimcgolf, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of Hoagie1973
2.9/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pretty average lager overall. Smells grainy and malty. Flavor starts that way as well. Finishes crisp with a grassy hop bitterness that sets it apart slightly from the other Canadian macros. Moderate to heavy carbonation levels. Average body. Not bad, but nothing special either. I'll take it over Labatt I guess. Better out of the bottle or can than on tap.

Hoagie1973, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of bmwats
2.98/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint.

A: Light golden. Medium carbonation pours into a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Quickly dissipates completely. Carbonation continues to rise throughout. No lacing.

S: Conglomeration of light malt, wheat, and hops.

T: Light malty flavor, subtle hoppiness, with a tiny hint of lemon.

M: Light and carbonated. The malt first, the soft hops remain.

D: Pretty good drinkability. It's just really light in character, and goes down easy.

Worth the drink if you want something really light. Light and refreshing, flavor is fairly generic, but not bad. Overall, decent quaff.

bmwats, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of SirSketch
1.4/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I found this just as bad if not worse than most american macros.

Extremely light in color and a ridiculous amount of visible carbonation. The smell is just terrible: very sour and skunky. Any flavor that this beer might have is gone before you realize it was there and you're left with a nasty aftertaste. Just terrible.

SirSketch, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
3.5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am doing an interesting experiment today. Reviewing three Molson products. (Ice, Canadian and Golden)

This is a very light gold color with a great deal of visible carbonation. There was a thin foamy white head that formed then faded quickly. Some tiny clumps of lacing remain, not really much.

Smell is of grains perhaps some corn and a slight sense of grass. Unlike the "Ice" I can detect a sense of some hops here. I am assuming that we'll get a slightly stronger hop presence in this brew.

Flavor here seems more balanced than the Ice. There is a grain/bread flavor up front with some sweetness. Then you get a moment of some muted hop bitterness that does play well with the sweetness. Towards the end of finishes quite crisply.

Mouth feel is bright and refreshing and very light. Still a touch watery.

Definitely one to have after mowing the lawn.

Reagan1984, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.3/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottles.

Darker than most adjunct lagers. Looks decent.
Smells of light malt and some cracker like yeast.
Taste is actually semi-malty. A bit of hops and a slight roasted edge. Not much corn in the taste. Cereal grains are there but not too astringent.
Crisp and smooth mouthfeel and light to medium body.
Drinkability is about average, more filling than most of the style, but more flavorful and quality overall too. Brown bottles harder to skunk. The best of the mass produced lagers (BMC etc)

Stinkypuss, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of steeler
2.03/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Well this is considered a staple for most people in ontario, anyway onto the review. Pours out a nice golden yellow, with a slight head, looks decent. Smells like wet cardboard, with aluminum in the background. Bruuutal. Taste is even worse, it goes down smooth but thats it, it has very little hop flavoring, and very little malt, but one thing i do notice about this beer (cold or warm) is that it feels oily going down. Brutal. Mouthfeel is watery, like most molson brews. (although black ice is nice and full) I can barely drink this brew, i really do hate the way it tastes, i avoid this at all costs. Avoid!

P.s. If you want a decent molson brew, try black ice.

steeler, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of yesyouam
1.9/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Molson Canadian is a very clear, light golden lager with a white ring of foam for a head. The aroma is sweet and corny. It's light bodied and not too watery with a crisp finish. The flavor is corny and sweet with a slight taste of grassy hops at the end. Certainly not the worst macro brew.
(rated Aug 17, 2008)

yesyouam, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
2.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another Canadian lager. These always seem better than their US counterparts. Pours clear gold, white head. Mineral and cereal aroma. Sharp, clean taste of crystal malt. Refreshing, but lacks a lot of flavor. Kind of a sharp aftertaste. I always thought this was just re-labeled Molson Export, but it does not taste as good.

magictrokini, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of WakeandBake
2.85/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, yellow body with a small, white head.Sweetish cereal nose with a bit of stale grain and some very faint floral hints. Taste is light pale malts with a cereal sweetness. Very minor floral hop character and even less bitterness. Short, sweetish finish, but you're left with a lingering stale flavor. Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.Drinkable

WakeandBake, Dec 09, 2008
Molson Canadian Lager from Molson Coors Canada
66 out of 100 based on 1,382 ratings.