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Molson Canadian Lager - Molson Coors Canada

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Molson Canadian LagerMolson Canadian Lager

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1,476 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,476
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 23.84%
Wants: 20
Gots: 177 | 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:
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 TheQuietMan22
3.3/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Photo of RievyRW
3.4/5  rDev +21%
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.

Photo of UDbeernut
3.35/5  rDev +19.2%
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

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.15/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of LibertyAvenue
2.5/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
2.53/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of wiseguy142
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%
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.

Photo of Joepro
3.1/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of Rhynes2
2.15/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

Photo of kimcgolf
2.43/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Photo of Hoagie1973
2.88/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of bmwats
2.97/5  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.

Photo of SirSketch
1.43/5  rDev -49.1%
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.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.28/5  rDev +16.7%
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)

Photo of steeler
2.08/5  rDev -26%
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.

Photo of yesyouam
1.86/5  rDev -33.8%
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)

Photo of magictrokini
2.85/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of WakeandBake
2.83/5  rDev +0.7%
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

Photo of EatsTacos
3/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of zach8270
2.55/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.77/5  rDev -37%
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.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.23/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Photo of BMoney575
3.31/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Photo of Offa
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%
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.

Molson Canadian Lager from Molson Coors Canada
66 out of 100 based on 1,476 ratings.