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Molson Canadian Lager - Molson Coors Canada

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Molson Canadian LagerMolson Canadian Lager

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1,296 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,296
Reviews: 463
rAvg: 2.82
pDev: 23.76%
Wants: 15
Gots: 68 | 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 billybob


3.55/5  rDev +25.9%

pours a clear golden color with a large white head with a easy pour that settles to just cover the beer and medium lacing. clean earthy smell. bready grainy malt taste with some hops there. mouthfeel light to medium and lots of carbonation. not bad for a macro beer.

05-19-2007 22:21:06 | More by billybob
Photo of BuckeyeNation


2.88/5  rDev +2.1%

The theme of Macro Smackdown XVI is The Battle for North America. It's too bad that I can't throw a Mexican lager into the fray, but comparing three beers at once (yes, I've considered it) would be pretty difficult to pull off. Of course we all know that neither one of these lagers is representative of the beer from their respective countries. Still, I had to put something on the promotional posters.

I can't pick a winner in the appearance department. This beer is marginally darker, but doesn't look better as a result. The creamy caps of ivory foam are surprising, as is the fact that they persist nicely and deposit a huge amount of lace.

Which nose one prefers is a matter of... uh... preference. I think I like the rounder, sweeter scent of this beer, but I'm not sure it's enough for a higher score to be granted. Olympia is more aromatic (and isn't offensive), so I guess that keeps things even.

I don't mind Molson Canadian one bit. It's a fraction sweeter than the other beer and is less flavorful overall. I think I prefer the U.S. beer when both are ice-cold, but I have a feeling that this one will be more palatable as it warms.

At first I thought the mouthfeel on this beer was a wee bit lighter and a wee bit smoother. Repeated samples fail to confirm that initial impression. As with just about every other attribute, this category is a dead heat.

Molson Canadian Lager (along with Labatt Blue) was a staple of mine back in the 80's. I'm pretty sure that I haven't had either a bottle or a can since. It ends up as the loser in Macro Smackdown XVI, but I hate to use that word in such a close, hotly contested grudge match. Could my American citizenship have been the deciding factor? Nah.

05-16-2007 13:20:44 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of theopholis


3.43/5  rDev +21.6%

Appearance- Body is a very clear, pale straw. Weak head with little retention. No lacing.

Aroma- Some malt sweetness, but mostly just a basic basic beer nose. Some sour mash. A touch of floral hops.

Taste- This was a pleasnat suprise. Some malt sweetness with a touch of hop bitterness. Pretty decent for an American macro lager.

MouthFeel- Light to medium body (for the style). Carbonation level just right.

Drinkability- Ver easy drinking light lager. Good for yeardwordk.

05-15-2007 06:47:14 | More by theopholis
Photo of tempest


2.3/5  rDev -18.4%

For some reason I bought into the marketing and thought a Canadian macro, might be better than an American macro. I was wrong. It reminded me a lot of Miller Lite, but the grains were slightly darker, making for a bit more caramel flavor. I also found it less offensive than Miller Lite, but I would never bu this for myself.

04-26-2007 02:33:49 | More by tempest
Photo of MrMcGibblets


2.85/5  rDev +1.1%

as far as nacro-type lagers go, this is pretty good. compared to real beer, of course, it blows. i really used to like this stuff, the noticeable adjuncts almost made it seemed malty or medium bodied before i knew anything. golden blond, force carbonated. not much bouquet other than the corn aromas. taste is very light sweetness balanced by the macro-type level of co2. no discernable hops of course. light in body, no finish to speak of.

04-25-2007 06:53:14 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of vanrassel

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev +6.4%

I drank countless Canadians during my pre-BA years without a second thought — how would it stand up to a closer examination?

It poured into my glass a pale gold with a tight, one-finger head that had surprisingly good retention. The smell was weak, just a vague bready malt aroma and no detectable hops.

The taste was sweetly malty with only a hint of corn and grain — there's actually a pretty decent bready malt flavour there. A bit of bittering from the hops finishes things dry and crisp, though it's a bit watery and thin. It's definitely better cold, with the palate a little numb to the harsher edges.

I could knock back quite a few of these without a second thought, but I'd rather have something more remarkable.

04-20-2007 22:28:58 | More by vanrassel
Photo of Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev +14.5%

This be has been a stand-by for over 25yrs as it was the beer of choice in my college days.

Lager pee yellow with a thick and fairly rich looking head that took a few minutes to settle down to a nice ring. Some lacing noted as well.

Smells of grainy and slight bready malts.

Has a bit of hop bite right at the front. Slides smoothly from there into a slightly sweet, slightly biscuity malt. This tends to be the flavour(maybe a tad more on the biscuity/bready end) that lingers. Not a bad thing for certain.

Other than that brief astringent bite/crispness the mouthfeel is quite smooth and the beer felt medium bodied at best.

I reviewed this beer comparing it to it's competitors in the macro lager category. I'll say right now it beats the pants off of most I've sampled so far, cheesy advertisements aside.

04-17-2007 00:03:10 | More by Shadman
Photo of darkcarrington


2.78/5  rDev -1.4%

Appearance: A pale golden color with some head that disappeared after a minute or two

Smell: Not a very strong smell, pretty standard for this style

Taste: Nothing offensive here, pretty standard macro lager which is to say a bit on the watery side but no bad after taste like some similar beers

Drinkability: Easily drinkable but probably not worth it.

While better than Budweiser or something of that ilk, I would much rather have a Labatt Blue if I was grabbing a Canadian beer.

04-15-2007 16:47:54 | More by darkcarrington
Photo of stevehagy

New York

2.2/5  rDev -22%

This beer is nothing special. It's something that is cheap and always there at large events held at places such as arenas and stadiums. Terrible head(if any) and a boring golden look and taste. If you are looking for something that is cheap and you have no appreciation for a good beer, go with this.

04-12-2007 20:19:07 | More by stevehagy
Photo of Mebuzzard


2.9/5  rDev +2.8%

I had this in a bottle (for free) on opening day at the Coors pre-game party. I've never had is before and was drinking Miller Light (another party) and Coors Banquet before this beer.
Came from a nicely dressed (bikini) woman tending an ice filled bucket of beer.
Cold. very cold. Smell of slightly stale malt and socks. not much to brag about, but compared with Moosehead, this is pleasant.
Taste is crisper than imagined. Smooth malt and grain flavors, not much aftertaste. Not good, but not bad. Drank this one easily. Flavor is lacking, but it's not bad.
Found a new 'party' beer.

04-03-2007 20:25:26 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of JOaikido

Quebec (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -3.2%

A- clear very pale yellow. Weak head that dissappears quickly. A few bubbles. Rather unimpressive.

S- Basic beer. Sweet/sour malt. A touch of floral hops. Very weak.

T- Watery. Some sweet malt notes. Touch of hops bitterness. Not much flavour to talk about. Nothing bad at least.

MF- Watery but somehow not too thin for style. Refreshing and inoffensive. Pretty basic macro lager.

D- Inoffensive and refreshing nature make this an easy beer to drink. Loses points for blandness.

03-23-2007 16:49:52 | More by JOaikido
Photo of Hornet2003

British Columbia (Canada)

2.03/5  rDev -28%

This beer is sick. I can't describe it any way else. It literally smells and tastes like vomit.

Pours a piss yellow( I know the connotations of "piss' are bad, but this is meant in the worst possible sense). I've never seen a beer where I could swear it would be fluorescent under lights. I'll give it props for the fantastic head retention. Smells like corny, ricey piss(the best kind!!). Now this is where the beer lets down, it tastes like what you see mother eagles regurgitating to their young on the Discovery Channel. Overly bitter, leaving a nasty corn-ish after taste. Mouthfeel is kinda blah. Quite fizzy. Leaves the sense that Satan is present in liquid form all throughout this frozen tundra we call Canada. I gave this a 3 for drinkability, because lets be honest, if you are trying to get drunk, which is what this beer was designed for, it does the trick. Leaves the digestive tract almost as pleasantly as it enters!!

02-09-2007 23:47:22 | More by Hornet2003
Photo of aychbomb

Ontario (Canada)

2.05/5  rDev -27.3%

i had this at my mother-in-laws place when she asked if i wanted a beer, i was dissapointed to see a can of canadian presented to me, but i drank it anyway so as not to be rude.

Appearance: crystal clear body with a slight pale yellow/orange hue to it. snow-white head, big bubbles that dissapates quickly

Smell: grainy malt with a slight sweetness of cooked corn. very faint note of hops bit is hard to detect at all.

Taste: slightly sweet acidic taste with a extreamly mild hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: dry, thin mouthfeel with a fizzy finish.

Drinkability: flat flavor with big fizz, no real interest. reminds me of carbonated water with a beerish flavor. when i go to a resteraunt and they tell me they have Canadian or other molson products on tap i order an iced tea.

02-04-2007 23:34:19 | More by aychbomb
Photo of SaucyA


3.85/5  rDev +36.5%

Being from Michigan, we have an abundance of Canadian beers such as Molson... so when I go out to a random sports bar or friday's type of restaraunt, they normally have at least one or two brews from our neighbors to the north.

Enter Molson. It's not the best beer in terms of taste, but it puts a lot of the American macrobrews to shame. I definitely don't mind knocking them back at a Tigers game.

It pours a bright... orangey yellow with a quickly fading head. Tastes sweet and grainy with a very quick hint of bitterness. Doesn't smell horrible, again mostly grainy. High carbonation and easy finish make it fine for a lawnmower/ballgame beer, but nothing more. They're easy to pound a few back.

By no means a favorite, Molson does the trick by providing cheap beer with DECENT taste in a market saturated with cheap beer with no taste.

01-14-2007 19:48:42 | More by SaucyA
Photo of 86sportster883

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +40.1%

Wow, I'm really surprised by some of the harsh reviews of this NA macro that is one of the best, easy drinking session beers that your wife, girlfriend or friend will like, even more than you will. I remember winning a Molson Golden mirror at the Jersey shore when I was in my teens. Throughout my life I've enjoyed various Molson products (Golden, Brador, XXX, Ice) before my beer tastes evolved to favor the Canadian version. Got hooked during a ski trip in BC at the turn of the century.

Pours a pale yellow gold with a white head that quickly fades. Smells like beer. Tastes like a lager, ... a good lager. Has a nice light crispness with a moderately light mouthfeel that has a lingering grainy finish to remind you that this 5% ABV lager is not your typical North American macro.

It's a great BBQ beer right out of the bottle, but if you’re too sophisticated for that, then pour it into a brandy snifter and run a blind taste test against it's bottled European competitors. You might be surprised.

Alright, appearance and smell are going to be lacking, but what does that matter when you're drinking it out of the bottle? When you assess this beer for what it is: a macro, a beer you drink out of the bottle, a beer that can cost less than a $1 a copy, you're not going to find many beers that are as drinkable and as appealing (to both the non-initiated and the blindfolded beer enthusiast) as Molson Canadian.

There's a perfect beer for each occasion, taste and attitude. Molson Canadian is the right beer for a vast range of times, that few other beers can span. Sometimes pure simplicity isn't a bad thing.

01-14-2007 08:49:37 | More by 86sportster883
Photo of rhoadsrage


1.7/5  rDev -39.7%

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear body with a slight pale yellow and slight orange hue to it. There is a snow-white head of big bubbles that fades a bit after the pour. There is a huge carbonation of big bubbles racing to the surface.

S- This beer has a soft pale malt hint with a slight sweetness to the cooked corn note. There is a very faint note of hops bit is hard to detect at all.

T- This beer has a big carbonic acid taste with a slight tart hop bitterness in the finish. There is a dryness to the hops but no depth or flavor other than the bitter hint.

M- This beer has a very light mouthfeel with a fizzy finish.

D- This beer has a flat flavor but a big fizz but no real interest. It reminds me of a carbonated water with a beer flavor.

01-11-2007 22:28:21 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev +3.9%

It pours a clear, rapidly carbonated straw yellow, utterly uneventful. A finger of white head dwindles to mere vestigial traces.

The aroma is mild grain sweetness, with corn notable. A skunky element moves with a thin trace of hops as well.

Upon sipping, the malt is briskly sweet and full of the expected macro adjunct corniness. The hops spice lightly, more felt than tasted, really, and dry the finish to a crisp, rather refreshing result. While it's in no way recommendable from a flavor angle, it is crisp.

Light bodied, it's thin, and were it not for the lively carbonation, it might pass with nary a trace.

The flavor is rescued by a very refreshing finish, and the fact that the overall flavor is, while not actually good, is not really distractingly bad either. For what that's worth, anyway. So it drinks well simply because it crisps up and enlivens the palate on its way out, leaving nothing behind. And I'm not sure that's a recommendation either. So now I remember what I was drinking in my college days, but I do not recall why I'd have thought it was good.

12-18-2006 20:08:26 | More by Foxman
Photo of zeff80


2.65/5  rDev -6%

A - Straw yellow color. Highly carbonated with a small, short-lived head. No lacing but I didn't really expect any.

S - It smelled of corn and a little skunky, not much but a little.

T - It really only tasted of malt and corn. A touch of bitter bite.

M - It was crisp and is light-bodied.

D - It's an okay lager. Not bad considering how many other beers of this style have little flvaor at all.

10-09-2006 22:45:57 | More by zeff80
Photo of Jhaysohn


4.43/5  rDev +57.1%

Molson is one of my favorite beers. Canadian beer, this one especially, has an exceptional smell and taste to it. When I am not drinking a heavy, dark beer, this is my favorite beer. Whether you drink it out of a bottle or can, Molson Canadian Lagar will always taste great.

10-09-2006 19:47:45 | More by Jhaysohn
Photo of davidchollar


3.53/5  rDev +25.2%

it's been a really long time since i've had an american or canadian brewed american macro lager. years ago i probably tried most of the usuals you see everywhere. but i've never had this one before, don't remember seeing it either, and i'm a little surprised by what appears to be a good-looking brew. pours out a typical clear beer yellow, but the head is big and full, good retention.

the smell is exactly what i remember a macro lager smelling like. faint malt, no trace of hops, generic adjunct beer smell. but, despite its blandness, the smell is not unpleasant. i'm definately grading this with style in mind, and lumping into that category all the japanese macros i've tried. with that in mind, this is pretty good.

same goes for the taste. nothing special or particularly interesting, but its remarkably inoffensive. balanced, clean, good when cold, very easy drinking. basically it's exactly what macro lager drinkers want, i think. bottom line: i'll stick with craft beer, micros, german lagers etc... but if you insist on drinking american macro lager, you could do a lot worse than molson candian. i'll take this over bmc, heineken, asahi, other shit. not too shabby.

thanks jeffu!

10-04-2006 13:28:04 | More by davidchollar
Photo of russpowell


3.28/5  rDev +16.3%

Had this with my pizzia tonight

Poured golden with a 1" white head & effervesence. Minimal lacing & average head retention

S: Sweet malt & a hint of floral hops

T: Sweet malt & a slight hint of floral hops. Finishes sweet & slightlty floral

MF: Light & effervesent, skews a bit too malty IMO

Drannk okay, I could do about 2 pints before I got bored. A slight cut above BMC

09-24-2006 03:54:27 | More by russpowell
Photo of jwc215


3/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours golden yellow with a white bubbly head that soon becomes a thin patch with a white ring around the edges.

The smell is of a semi-sweet huskiness.

Sweet grain flavor upfront. Some processed hops come into play to stave off the sweetness. Otherwise, not much. Has some body for the style, but nothing particularly stands out.

Not bad for a macro. Better than many of the BMC choices. Still, nothing special.

09-23-2006 02:34:46 | More by jwc215
Photo of afinepilsner


2.6/5  rDev -7.8%

12oz brown bottle

Molson Canadian Premium Lager was pale gold in color with a fizzy white head that quickly disappeared . The smell was a little grainy. The taste was crisp and grainy with a dry finish. It was light bodied with plenty of carbonation. It's easy drinking, but pretty boring.

09-22-2006 20:09:07 | More by afinepilsner
Photo of scaliasux


1.8/5  rDev -36.2%

Appearance - Clear, light gold. Sudsy head with better than average retention. Looks like an american lager should.

Smell - Faint. Light graininess.

Taste - Light sweet malt flavor. Hops, if any, barely present. Dry. Tastes a little off - but not overtly offensive. (Maybe just unbalanced to the sweet side.)

Mouthfeel - Light but highly carbonated. Average.

Drinkability - Though this beer doesn't have any real prominent flavors, something about it's taste simply does not appeal to me. I had considerable trouble choking the bottle down. Which, by the way, is a fairly attractive bottle with a mildly funny back label.

09-13-2006 01:46:21 | More by scaliasux
Photo of RJLarse


2.2/5  rDev -22%

I came home from a tail gate party with a couple of these in my cooler. Mysterious? I poured this beer in to a pint glass

Pours a pale yellow color and is clear. A bubbly two-finger white head forms, and dissipates to a champagne style ring around the side of the glass. The head produces some lacing on the sides of the glass while drinking.

The smell is fairly faint. Some hop aroma, not much else.

The taste is bland, some grain flavors, corn and barley. A mild hop finish.

The mouth feel is clean and a little watery.

This is a drinkable beer but a below average one. It lacks something in almost every respect. I’d pick a lot of other lagers over this one.

09-11-2006 05:36:32 | More by RJLarse
Molson Canadian Lager from Molson Coors Canada
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