Molson Canadian Lager - Molson Coors Canada

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Ratings: 1,462
Reviews: 480
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 24.2%
Wants: 21
Gots: 139 | 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)
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Photo of A380
3.48/5  rDev +23.8%
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
3.95/5  rDev +40.6%
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
3.33/5  rDev +18.5%
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
2.63/5  rDev -6.4%
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
2.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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
3.93/5  rDev +39.9%
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
2.8/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

Photo of Otterburn
3.73/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

950ml can 4.90$

i had an hard time to pour this big can into the small plastic cup the hotel provides.

created a massive white/cream color foamhead.
below the thick head sit a golden straw clear beer, medium/high carbonation activity.
it leaves good lacing on the cup.

smell: malt and fresh cereal

TASTE: lightly malted, clear crisp taste.

mouthfeel: watery, but medium body, small after-taste, quite dry.

drinkability: good, theres something better in this molson than the other molson member dosnt have. i cant put my finger on.

Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.6/5  rDev +63.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good Canadian beer. Looks good. Smell of wonderful hops and the head isn't bad on this beer. Taste of golden hops that is crisp, clean and refreshing. Mouthful has the same rating see taste. Drinkability is wonderful could drink a good amount of beer with this brand. By far the best Canadian beer out there.

Photo of techfed87
2.17/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a quickly diminishing head. Color is a clear yellow.

First sip is...average, at least for beers in this category. It's a bit meh, though at the same time it does have a bit of a good quality to it. Mouthful is alright, and I guess drinkability is the bud light best.

I should admit that this type of beer is usually not my genre. True, there is a time and a place for all things, but I'm neither in a ball park, nor outside in the sun. The goal of this game is neither to cool off nor doze off. It's to appreciate what you're drinking. And as hard as I try, this doesn't really do it for me.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Canadian interpretation of American swill, er, adjunct lager. Faint straw like yellow appearance, no head, retention. Aroma of BMC.

Taste, massive carbonation hides the lack of flavor. Minimal hops or malt, neat fruit strain of yeast I guess. Crisp, always tastes fresh, but that could just be the pristine water. I can't understand why this is $6+ a 6er, there's not much to it.

Photo of sophisticated
2.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ya know, its an adjunct lager.
Pale apple juice-looking with sudsy white head.
Extremely mild smell, just a bit of sweet apple and corn. Taste is well-balanced and inoffensive. Sweet white grape malts turn into a slightly bitter hop taste. A bit of hay or grass. With a touch of delicious metallic aftertaste. Crisp, smooth, mild, and affordable.

Not tasty, flavorful, or delicious, but certainly drinkable. I'd take this over miller/bud/coors.

Photo of puboflyons
3.05/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked NOV0710-00823NA. Sampled on July 10, 2010. It pours a fizzy, pale yellow with a frosty, bubbly topping and busy carbonation. Very typical look for the style. The aroma has a light malty note along with that usual Canadian grainy scent. The mouthfeel is a bit watered down but not intolerable while the taste is a mish-mosh of grains, malts, and adjunts with little in the way of hops. However they are not entirely absent. Better than the Molson Golden I think.

Photo of GNR4life2
4.68/5  rDev +66.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My friend hates American beer and only drinks imports. He recommended this to me and I LOVE IT!!

A:Yellow with a head that takes a while to "foam down"

S: Not a very strong scent that I've noticed to this beer, maybe a little...very little hoppy smell.

T: My favorite of the import beers; and best tasting in my opinion. It tastes hoppy like a beer should but has a "I am not drinking" no bloat feeling like Miller Lite which is awesome in my book

M: Crisp, refreshing, light and a bit of carbonation.

D: Its a winner but be careful this beer is a creeper and will knock you on your ass.

Photo of jsprain1
3.28/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Yellow. Slightly richer than most adjuncts. Very, very, clear.
S- A bit grainy, with a bit of corn.
T- Mostly it is grain flavored throughout, with just mild hints of hops, corn, and vegetable flavors appearing. mildly sweet, but not artificially so.
M- Very crisp, light body, well carbonated.
D- If you're going adjunct, this is a good place to go. Vies with PBR as the best adjunct i've had.
last edit: 7/14/10.

Photo of jfro
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A local tradition in the Wester New York area.

A- Yellow. As it should be

S- nothing offensive, a bit more malty than a BMC product

T- nothing offensive, but then again, nothing remarkable

M- The a.lager I cut my teeth on- a bit more hearty than the american varieties

D- All night!

Photo of Nerudamann
3.53/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look - Golden, light amber color with good carbonation, but just a little bit of foam, not even half a finger's worth.

Smell - It smells like it could be a light lager, but with a certain crispness to it. It smells sweet, kind of ciedery.

Taste - Not quite as sweet as I was expecting. Very good balance, but I can't distinguish any specific tastes other than a good lager taste.

Mouthfeel - creamy, but only slightly so. Good mouthfeel in my opinion.

Drinkability - I had a good friend who used to swear by this beer, but I didn't really see it. Now that my taste buds have been about a bit, I can kinda see where he was going with this one. It's a good all around, every day kind of beer.

Photo of akorsak
3.15/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at dinner. Not my normal chouce but I wasn't buying...

A: The lager is fizzy and yellow, a bright yellow no doubt. The lager is crystal clear, looking nice with a finger of tight bubbles.

S: The nose is restrained, sweeted with a creamed corn aroma. The faintest of faint hop aromas is hanging around.

T: The taste doesn't improve much from the nose, grainy breads are light. Instead the adjuncts deliver significantly all of the lager's flavor, and that is not a good thing. The fizziness is welcome, clearing out some of the adjuncts with each sip.

M: There are no heavy flavors, just nothing that makes me want another sip.

D: Couldn't they at least triple hop this beer? A little more in the flavor department would be appreciated.

Photo of Brabander
3.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this beer from my aunt who is visiting Holland for a few weeks. Poured the beer in my Struise glass. The beer looks good with a firm steady head but reasonable low carbonation.

The taste is a bit dry and the hop gives a taste i never had before, not unpleasant but also not great.

The rest is average. A beer to drink and then go on with the better beers there are. Nice though from my aunt, thanks tante Toos!!!

Photo of majesticsock
3.08/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks like processed apple juice with fizz and has a strong head. I have a difficult time placing the smell of this one, it almost smells metallic and chemically. Taste isn't all that bad, up front is that metallic/chemical taste, but it makes up for it with a nice wheat aftertaste. Mouthfeel is nothing to brag about, similar to a bud or labatt. I live in upstate NY, so this beer is fairly cheap, since I'm close to the border. I can see myself drinking a few of these if I'm on a tight budget.

Photo of eschbach
2.78/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 6 pack of Molson at the gas station. I never had Molson before. My opinion on Canadian products is that they are the same quality as American ones but more expensive. This beer would fall into that classification.

This beer looks decent. It has a respectable look for an adjunct lager. the smell is really strange. It smells like malt liquor and not a lager. I can smell no hops at all. It is one of the most malty lagers I ever have had. It smells like malt and tastes like malt. this beer tastes almost identical to Icehouse. The mouthfeel is reall average. It's not a difficult beer to drink. It goes down smoothly and is sort of refreshing.

I'd say avoid this beer. You end up paying more for it because it is imported, but you can buy a lot of other better imported beers for the same money. I cannot see why Molson is sold in the US. It tastes like a low end beer, but it costs that of an imported beer.

Photo of animalchin
3.25/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a typical lager with some impressive head action and loose and mobile lacing.

S - Rusty/metallic adjunct and grains.

T- Buttery, creamy grain and corn. A little more robust in nature for a lager (especially macro)

M - Carbonation gets to you after a while, but a nice smooth balance to go along.

D - Modest weight and body. A good session, and at 5% - it's the cut-off point.

I've reviewed out of the bottle already, but the can was certainly different. A lot more grain action than I recall from the bottle. Still one of the best macro lagers available today.

Molson Canadian Lager from Molson Coors Canada
66 out of 100 based on 1,462 ratings.