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Molson Canadian Lager - Molson Coors Canada

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Molson Canadian LagerMolson Canadian Lager

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BA SCORE
66
poor

1,357 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 1,357
Reviews: 467
rAvg: 2.82
pDev: 23.4%
Wants: 17
Gots: 90 | 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 EatsTacos
3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I would have to say that this beer is average in every way. I wouldn't turn it down if it was offered to me and at the same time I'd never buy this from the beer store. I prefer bud or blue. There is a real wet cardboard smell to it I find and the malt overpowers the hop bitterness too much. Too carbonated IMHO.

EatsTacos, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of zach8270
2.58/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

bottle - 12 oz

Appearance - Has a nice golden color and decent head that doesn't last too long. Not overly carbonated and certainly not flat.

Aroma - Has a light aroma of hops... not too overpowering.

Taste - Goes down smooth and leaves a faint aftertaste of the hops. Not too bitter.

Drinkability - On the whole, not a bad beer, but nothing to write home about. A good warm weather beer, it is refreshing. It's not too expensive. I would drink it again, but I don't think I'd go out of my way to get some of it.

zach8270, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.75/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with a small, white head.

Smell: Sweetish cereal nose with a bit of stale grain and some almost imperceptible floral hints.

Taste: Light pale malts with a cereal sweetness. It just has a feeling of very poor quality. Very minor floral hop character and even less bitterness. Short, sweetish finish, but you're left with a lingering, downright icky stale flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not recommended. Sure, alot of these pale lagers are harmless and are generally tasteless, but these lagers that deliver some foulness to the palate really get under my skin.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
3.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear, pale yellow. With a hard pour I got almost 3 fingers of head. Retention is short, but never falls below a decent patch of foam. Lacing is actually very nice considering the style.

S - A lot like a blonde all. Biscuity, and slightly buttery. A hint of corn-like sweetness, and a somewhat unpleasant metallic twang.

T - Not much going on here, but a little better than the basic American macro. Sweet biscuit malt, followed by a moderate hit of DMS. A lemon-pith-like bitterness hits late palate with a surprising bitterness.

M - Highly carbonated with a light to medium body. Very nice for the style. Crisp with some substance.

D - This beer excels in a number of aspects when considering the style, but overall the sweetness comes off as malt-liquor-esque. Ultimately it isn't quite dry or tasteless enough to take the place of other American macros, but a tasty example nonetheless.

PatrickJR, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of BMoney575
3.38/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 10-6-08
Best before 12-21-08

Pours...nope, straight from the can. Nice red and white colors though.

Smell is lots of macro, sweet and adjuncty.

Taste is not bad, the sweetness feels like real malt, and there's a strange flavor in the back to keep the sweetness in check.

Mouthfeel is good, what you'd expect from a macro.

Drinkability is very good, nowhere near as harsh as other beers in the style.

Overall, one of the better ones.

BMoney575, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of Offa
3.5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a basiaclly good, enjoyable standard lager, easy to drink, pleasant, and actually tasty.

Golden, with a faint orange hue and slightly more bubbly than others, it has a medium, fairly long-lasting white head but no real lace.

The aroma is simple but straightforward and pleasant, with clean, aromatic and perfumy grain with corn, hints of hay honey, alcohol. It seems a bit on the sweetly pefumy side.

The taste is simple, light sweet grain, corn and cooked rice, with a light bitterness that has only a slight perfumy grassy quality. It's a bit on the thin side but quite drinkable and refreshing with a nice grain finish and aftertaste.

Offa, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of kshankar
3.73/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light gold, pale straw color...typical for a macro lager..with a small head that went quickly. Little lacing left.

Aroma: Pretty mild, but mostly grains are what I can pick up. Can't get too much hops from it.

Taste: There is very minimal hops that I can get from this, along with a grainy taste. As expected. Finishes dry

Mouthfeel: Has a clean and crisp feel, with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent for things like barbecues, I guess..it would work on a warm day. Its not very complex so its taste won't really be influencing the food (or vice versa).

Overall a drinkable, well made macro lager. Probably one of my favorite mainstreams.

kshankar, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
2.8/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a seethru, light yellow with a tad bit of murky cloudiness and minor lacings. Light, airy smell of corn, rice and other adjuncts. Has a smoothness on the front and a dry bite on the end. In between is fluffy carbonation that fills your mouth even though the body is light. Minor hop taste w/ no malts to speak of; sorta bland and watery. I wouldn't turn one down, but I'm not a big fan of this beer.

clayrock81, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of jushoppy2beer
3.03/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the better North American megabrewery products. It pours a thick white head atop a light golden liquid. The head produces a very nice lacing on the glass. The nose is very soft, but gives hints of the maltiness that comes across as a light sweetness on the palate. The finish is slightly bitter. The mouthfeel is smooth and not too watery. This combination makes the beer very refreshing and drinkable.

jushoppy2beer, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of jdmorgan
2.73/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a faint gold/straw color with a small white head. My friend's dad used to buy alot of this growing up.

The smell is faint with a light hop and malt aroma. Taste is light and subdued with a light malt body and some grain taste as well. The hop flavor is very light with a light bitterness. Consistency is thin/medium and carbonation is medium/high.

Not a bad beer for a macro, but not worth the hype. Better than some other common beers though. I could drink a bunch since I'm not picky, but you might get sick of this after a while and crave some body.

jdmorgan, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of kinger
2.7/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is one of the best mass produced Canadian lagers available to me. Beats Labbatts hands down. Easy to drink and pleasant to the taste buds. Six packs are generally on sale so I can't even complain about it being over priced, highly recommended as a beer to grab when in doubt.

kinger, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of Derek
2.68/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've had this many times (unfortunately), so I'll finally rate it.

A: Golden yellow with a white head. Very little retention or lacing.

S: Floral & peppery hops, slightly catty, sweet bread.

T: It's passable when it's ice cold, but don't let it warm up (I think it's a little offensive). The hops have a generic macro flavour (floral, catty, peppery). Modest bitterness.

M: Moderate body & carbonation with an off-dry finish.

D: Pound it while it's cold!

Derek, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
3.58/5  rDev +27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep, clear gold colorNice golden. One-half inch head that diminished to a skim quickly. Light lacing throughout.

Smell: Clean and crips, slight hint of grain. No noticeable hop presence.

Taste: Clean and dry. Grainy more pronounced along with a slight hop biter at the finish.
Hint of fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Full and clean; suprised myself with a beer this light - no mistake though, it did have light body.

Drinkability: One of the bettermainstream lager. Very refreshing with food flavor.

Haybeerman, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of joezak5
3.48/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Had at a family function as it was that or wine... Poured into a tall, thin glass; clear amber gold with decent three finger solid white head, little retention but no bad lacing.

Smell: Sweet grains and a little earthy leafy action... I'm probably staring at the maple leaf label a little hard.

Mouthfeel: Light with high carbonation, just a little oily.

Taste: The light, sweet corny grain got a good mix from the ever so slight oiliness; nothing outrageous but tasty.

Drinkability: I had this on 7/6 and it had a best by date of 9/28 so I'm assuming it was pretty fresh. I had two and would get this for a gathering if fresh.

joezak5, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of Durge
3.68/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

CIt pours a clear amber color with a fair but fleeting white head and minor signs of lacing. Solid wheat cereal aroma. Crisp clean wheat bread with a bit of citrus bitterness. Smooth, acqueous and plenty easy drinking. Refreshing and clean with a touch of alcohol cracker at the back of the mouth. Better than average among macro type lagers, but nothing to go out looking for.

Durge, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
3.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Super clear golden color. Minimal white head. Minimal lacing.

S: Sweet and adjuncty. Some grain in there as well.

T: Starts off sweet. Then goes into a grainy taste. Nothing too offensive and the adjuncts are not that bad.

M: Light body. Good amount of carbonation.

D: This beer has a special place in my heart. Super easy drinking macro. Cheap for a decent beer. While noting remarkable a decent beer.

aerozeppl, Jun 18, 2008
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

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
Molson Canadian Lager from Molson Coors Canada
66 out of 100 based on 1,357 ratings.