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Molson Canadian Lager - Molson Coors Canada

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Molson Canadian LagerMolson Canadian Lager

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1,477 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,477
Reviews: 487
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 23.84%
Wants: 20
Gots: 178 | FT: 0
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Molson Coors Canada visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001

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 jhubeifc
2.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I am Canadian. No, I am not quoting Molson's annoying tag for this beer, I am actually a Canadian citizen.
I am usually stunned when I talk to new American friends and they tell me how much they like this beer because to everyone I know in Canada this is just the Bud of the north. The beer that is on T.V everywhere and in every bar or club, so you kind of have to drink it sometime even though you don't really enjoy it that much.
It does the job and like Bud, when you are drunk you can pound them, but isn't that the way with any watery beer out there?
I am slightly embarrassed that this is one of the beers people from outside Canada tend to think is indicative of what Canada has to offer. Same goes for most of what Molson and Labatt have to offer. Doesn't have a place in my fridge.

Photo of ccm414
3.48/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Started with a 2 finger head to perfectly fill the glass, but quickly dissipated. Leaves very little lace, if any. Light yellow to gold with a slight amber color in appearance.

S: Mostly grain with a few sweet notes. Very little hop aromas noticeable.

T: Very similar from the smell, grain and slightly sweet. While faint, a few fruity notes are also tasted.

M: I'm going to get technical here and call this one fizzy. Very light, not too much body here.

D: Very easy to drink. A step above a light beer with the weight of many a "normal" beer. Not a bad choice if you plan on having quite a few. This won't weigh you down, but doesn't completely cut out flavor.

Photo of smakawhat
2.69/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well... so... I am going to bring back some really old memories. The beer that is very much the institution and on the tongue and name of anyone who grew up in Canada, rammed down your throats and in your face more than anything. As if some patriotic duty that you should follow. As a young man, I couldn't stand it.. so how does it stand up now so many years later? Not holding up a lot of hope, but twenty plus years after trying it later should make things interesting. Let's see how this goes. I am really only doing this for fun and interest since I NEVER drink Adjunct Lager. There's many Canucks who think that US imported Canadian macros don't taste the same in the US as they do in Canada but... I am not really convinced. Let's see how this measures up.

Poured into a pint glass, Molson Canadian appears a brass colored clear body with lots of suds when the beer hits the glass, but it doesn't make a giant head. Head is a simple white of two fingers and does actually manage to stick around. Some carbonation from the bottom is visible. You know what this actually doesn't look that bad. It looks like something you could drink. Keeps a collar and a patch while settling.

Smell ... um... not much. Faint sweet vegetative/fruit character, possibly some sweet corn, that's it. No hops, no bread... nothing... Well there isn't an offensive smell that's for sure but really not exciting. So how does taste measure up?

Well... this does NOT remind me of any of the MC I had in Canada growing up at all. It's sweet, slightly chewy but incredibly weak mouthfeel, as opposed to a giant chemical carbonated blast from the past. It has a fruit/vegetable beer style finish as if it's fruit beer which is really odd. In my younger days this beer was ridiculously carbonated and that isn't obvious here, which makes me wonder if North of the border if it is any different. Some credence to that rumor? Or just refined and aged palate that has evolved and age?

Still drinkability is surprisingly to me down the middle, and it's surprisingly not as bad as I remember it. But not the beer I want to drink at anytime since there is so much better to be had.

Photo of Kromes
3.36/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Yellow and fizzy with a thin white head. Good lacing down the glass.

S: Sweet honey malts and grain.

T: A sweet and fruity honey flavor with some grain. It finishes rather clean with a not so bad grainy flavor left over.

M: Fizzy and light.

D: This would have to be my favorite macro lager. I've spent plenty of saturdays at the bar drinking pitcher of canadian. Never lets you down.

Photo of Lemke10
3.1/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought this in a 8-pack Beers of the World variety pack from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $12 in late 2010.

So this is Canadian beer ehh? This Canadian Lager pours a pale yellowish color with the scent of cheap grains and malts. There is grains in the taste as well as hints of citrus. Not a terrible in taste it's just really weak with little taste and no volume to it. Considering the costs and taste, Miller or Bud would be a better pick.

Photo of dangerpint
4.1/5  rDev +45.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

it Poured a pale yellow with a fluffed white head. Settles to a thin head that lasts for most of the beer. some light lace but hardly any.

it smelled of sweet grainy aroma.

The taste was a Nice crisp grainy taste. It's was sweet but not too sweet.

mouthfeel was medium light carbonation , medium body to be expected for this style. quite enjoyable. I think i'll have another.

as far as drinkability i think its One of the best regular lager beers that north america offers from our freinds up in canada. a great beer if you plan on drinking quite a few beers and don't want a whole lot of that annoying fizzy adjuct taste that's found in lot of mass produced beer brands.

Photo of AwYeh
2.72/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear yellow with minimal head. Surprised to see a very (very) minute amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Smell is faint, slightly sweet, lots of corn. A bit of barley too.

T: Taste is more corn and light sweetness; all flavors are faint and on the whole, the taste is pretty watery.

M: Feels thin and watery too; medium carbonation.

D: Very little interest in drinking this; there's nothing to discover after the first sip and the taste gets very boring by the end of the glass. On the other hand, nothing difficult about it either. I'll bump the number value up a little considering the style.

While this is better than other mass-produced pale lagers I've had, it leaves a lot to be desired as a beer. Pick it up if it's being put up against the likes of PBR, Bud, etc. or "light" beers; avoid otherwise.

Photo of echoes
2.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Served in a glass.

A: Pours a pale golden-straw color. Thick white, fizzy head dissipates kind of quickly leaving practically no lacing. Slight fizziness/carbonation is visible,even after settling.

S: Almost non-existent. Slight metal mixed with malts/grains smell.

T: Light malty/grainy flavor, not exactly sure which (malts/grains). That is basically it. No bitterness whatsoever. For the style it is, American Adjunct Lager, it is actually decent tasting, and that is coming from someone who despises AALs.

M: Light, airy and fizzy. Underwhelming.

D: Drinkability is actually quite decent because of the somewhat low ABV and for the same reason mentioned in the taste: it is actually decent tasting for an AAL.

Don't get me wrong, this is not a great beer. However, for an AAL I think this may be the best one I've had yet (compared to the big breweries AALs, which are the only AALs I've had before). Unimpressive all around, but surprising in the taste. Goes down easy. Wouldn't buy it again, but if offered I'd drink it.

Photo of CaptDavyJones
2.66/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear, straw color from a 22 oz can with a decent head that dissipates fairly quickly. Freshness date on the can; no ABV.
Aroma and taste are mainly of grains and corn. Nothing much to write about regarding taste and aroma. Decent carbonation and lacing along the glass. Fairly flat taste wise. Does good at quenching thirst and that's about it. Perfect pairing with chips and pizza. Decent beer for a hot day.

Photo of Bogforce
1.36/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bottle pour into a pilsner glass..

A: Clear golden color. 1 finger head that instantly goes away. Some lacing
S: not much to describe, but bad.
T: Carbonation, not too much taste at all. Slight corn
M: Leaves a bad taste in your mouth
D: Couldn't drink this often

Photo of armock
3.3/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Vons market

A - Poured a straw color with a white head that leaves spotty lacing behind

S - IS of sweet grainy malt and corn

T - Follows the nose with sweet grainy malt the adjuncts are a lot lighter in this beer than others in the style

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

D - For the most part this is your average easy drinking macro lager with a taste that seems better than most from the style making it a decent no thought just a beer beer.

Photo of kojevergas
2.68/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a (nonreal) pint glass in low altitude New York, at JFK Airport.

A: Pours a clear yellow gold with a three finger head of moderate thickness.

Sm: Crisp malted barley - pleasant and refreshing, but ultimately pretty standard.

T: Clean open fades to a light dual note body with a fizzy finish. Notes of wheat and malt; nothing special.

Mf: A bit too smooth until the needed coarseness in the finish.

Dr: Nice, but a bit pricey. Will satisfy lager fans.

Photo of dogfishandi
2.79/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. can from the fridge into a pint glass. best before MAR2011

pours a super clear golden yellow with a nice big white head and decent lace at first.

in the aroma, musty like minerals and corn.

corn sweet cereal grain husks. mineral like lager funk.

light in body, goes down nice and smooth, watery, but not as much as most macro lagers.

easy drinker, prolly one of the better macros out there, but still average swill.

Photo of Chico1985
2.53/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11/14/11 - Gave 'ol Molson another chance (i.e. got a free bottle) and it's not so bad. Decent flavor with some slight off-tastes, not bad. Middle ground for adjunct lagers I'd say.

Original review/scores - 3/2.5/1.5/2/2

The color is your typical straw yellow, but the head remained in tact well, a tiny bit of lacing was left.

The smell although not spectacular by any means, did give me some hope for this beer, I could smell light hops/light fruit pretty easily, along with oats/grain.

But the taste let me down. Where'd those hops go? Any tastes, at all? This is almost on par with Coors Light as far as flavorless-ness goes. Only the slightest taste of grains, even when it warms, complete lack of flavor.

The mouthfeel has decent body, high but tolerable carbonation, but tastes like 98% nothing.

I had a PBR afterwords and it was heavenly compared to Molson, I could taste things.

Photo of kwjd
2/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

At the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest and the beer choices were Canadian or Coors Light. I suppose this was the best choice, though not a good choice. Poured a straw yellow without any head or lacing. Smells slightly metallic, grassy and some malt. Flavour is almost non-existent. Way too carbonated to go down easy. I had to drink several of these as it was the only option. Couldn't handle sipping it much, so whenever possible I got into chugging competition and drinking games that allowed me to down the beer in a few seconds.

Photo of A380
3.45/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Definitely a good beer, one of my favorite domestics available,
Pours a really golden colour, and has a nice clean crisp taste just like the commercial says. wow a beer commercial that actually speaks the truth?! well thats just my opinion. Do i taste a slight sweet caramel flavour? something sweet but i dont know what it is. But a really nice clean taste overall.. maybe the prairie barley? Carbonation is good and it doesnt have a bad aftertaste.. but it isnt exactly something i would love. This beers drinkability is amazing! Honestly these go down very well and its a good beer at a good price. Nothing super awesome and excellent but for a good canadian beer its awesome. Cheers

btw great for shotgunning :)

Photo of mjurney
3.93/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light golden color, clear. Lots of fine bubbles. Head looks great for an Adjunct Lager, leaves some lacing on the glass.

Grainy and some corn.

Semi sweet cereal grains up front, mild cooked corn, a little raw nut. Hops is very mild, a little grassy. Crisp and clean finish with dry grainy aftertaste. Light bodied, carbonation is pretty mild.

Very high. It's whole lot better than Coors, Bud and Miller.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.3/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by Jan 2, 2011.

A straw gold colour with a very small head of foam that shrinks to an island in the middle of the glass.

The smell is light...light grain, light malt, light bitterness. Not all that inviting.

The taste is more interesting. A good malty sweetness with some light grain and a touch of some hop bitterness. Not a bad tasting Lager.

Light to medium light bodied with lots of carbonation.

Drinkability is good for the style so the other 5 bottles won't be a chore to drink.

Photo of callmeclemens
2.8/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I`ve had this beer in a variety of formats, though on this night I drink from the bottle. Pours a yellowy orange ,with very littlehead, drinks okay, I pick up on the barley a bit, leaves no very little to no lacing, as far as macrobrewery lagers go this is okay.

Photo of mikesgroove
2.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the original that was picked up at publix today in the single section on the way home. served cold and poured into a pint glass, consumed on 08/24/2010.

a pale yellow with no head to speak of what so ever, really just a clear, over carbonated mess of a look for me. but a trudge on. weak grains, touches of light corn and bready notes abound here, again not that i was expecting a ton of wonderful flavor here, but it could have been more then the wet cardboard that i got. clean and crisp, light feel worked for the style and it went down smooth and easy,

overall i think it was ok, compared to my last beer of the night, but do not think i will be doing this one again.

Photo of ericj551
2.61/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Molson Canadian pours a clear yellow gold with a thin head that doesn't stick around. The aroma is slightly sweet and very grainy. The flavour is much the same, with some light fruitness. There is not much too it, but nothing objectionable. The finish is clean and dry, with a slight lingering astringency.

Photo of soju6
2.88/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a pale yellow with a billowy head that fades.

S: Light grain aroma

T: A bit sweet with a crisp finish.

F: Light body, lots of carbonation and somehow a bit refreshing.

D: best when served cold. at least it is a step up from the light beers.

Photo of NODAK
3.9/5  rDev +38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell here is pretty light. Some sweet grain, but definitely not much going on.

Right off, there's some adjunct taste...perhaps a bit of corn or cooked veggie. There's a medium to light degree of hop crispness that makes itself known directly afterwards. A good degree of graininess and sweetness takes over in the finish, throughout the aftertaste. The grain has a pretty long staying power after the swallow.

It's pretty tasty, actually. The label says that this beer is "the best Canada has to offer", which probably isn't ultimately true but it isn't a bad choice.

Photo of spinrsx
2.95/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Draft poured into a pint glass

Appearance - pours a clear golden yellow with lots of carbonation and a medium fizzy white head. No lacing. Head was gone in a flash.

Smell - bread/cereal, hops and yeast and barley. Some sweetness.

Taste & Mouth - not a whole lot of carbonation, and slightly watery. Tastes like a basic generic brand beer. However it is quite refreshing.

Drink - An okay beer if there's nothing else available.

Photo of MNJR
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This used to be pretty good beer, but I think that's going back 10 or 15 years or so. You want to like it because of the cool, old-timey label. It looks like a beer should look, but the taste let's you down. The color is yellow. The carbonation is good, and the mouthfeel is crisp and smooth. But, the flavor is salty, brassy/metallic, a bit sour with cheap vodka alcohol flavors. The alcohol flavor should be easy to hide but it comes right to the front in this beer because there are virtually no offsetting flavors, like hops which seem nonexistent. Brash, harsh, biting, not refreshing at all. Kind of like a weaker version of cheap-ass malt liquor. Molson has gone down the tubes.

Molson Canadian Lager from Molson Coors Canada
66 out of 100 based on 1,477 ratings.