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Molson Canadian Lager - Molson Coors Canada

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Molson Canadian LagerMolson Canadian Lager

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1,383 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,383
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 2.82
pDev: 23.76%
Wants: 17
Gots: 103 | 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 SaucyA
3.85/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

SaucyA, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of 86sportster883
3.95/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

86sportster883, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
1.7/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

(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.

rhoadsrage, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of Foxman
2.93/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Foxman, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of zeff80
2.65/5  rDev -6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

zeff80, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of Jhaysohn
4.43/5  rDev +57.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Jhaysohn, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of davidchollar
3.53/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

davidchollar, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of russpowell
3.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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

russpowell, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of jwc215
3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

jwc215, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of afinepilsner
2.6/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

afinepilsner, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of scaliasux
1.8/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

scaliasux, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of RJLarse
2.2/5  rDev -22%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

RJLarse, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of Rudgers73
2.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank straight from the bottle.

A- It was in a bottle so I didn't see the beer but I have poured this into a glass before and it is a pale yellow. Carbonation. Short-lived head.

S- Doesn't really smell like anything. Very thin, typical macro.

T- Doesn't really taste like much of anything either. Watered down malty taste. A little bit of bitterness in the aftertaste, but not much.

M- Nothing special, thin, cold, fizzy on the tongue.

D- Well, if there is nothing good around I can see myself drinking this all night at a party--that is, as long as it's cold enough to not try to show me any flavor.

Rudgers73, Sep 09, 2006
Photo of arnulfooxblood
3.85/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

Appearence--light golden color, not as thin looking as many macros. Poor head retention.

Smell--nothing too spectacular, maybe some mild malts

Taste--for a macro lager, this is pretty good. Nice and crisp, good carbonation. The colder the better.

Drinability--goes down very easily.

Notes--nothing beats watching Hockey Night in Canada and drinking a bunch of Molson's!

arnulfooxblood, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of gbarron
2.93/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

"Enjoyed" on tap in a 22 oz. glass at the Toronto airport.

A - bright yellow, straw colored, perfectly clear. Head is smallish, but very active and bright white. Absolutely no lacing, head retention fair.

S - light DMS smell, cooked corn or cream corn. Lots of graininess. Little hop aroma, what's there is of the noble spice or grassy variety.

T - taste mirrors the aroma. Very grainy and dry with notes of cooked corn. Fairly well balanced beer, neither sweet nor bitter. Hop presence is evident, more evident than in your regular macro lagers, flavor is grassy and even a little floral.

M - light bodied, but thicker than most of your standard macros. Dry finish, carbonation high.

D - well, if you have to drink a macro lager, you could do much worse than Molson Canadian. But not a beer I will have again if I can help it.

gbarron, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
1.58/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a very pale clear gold. Rocky and dense pure white head. Smells of grassy, lightly sour pale malt.

Taste is thin pale malt. Sweetish with no discernable hop character. Bland and limp. From the bottle, I used to think this was decent. From the glass, it's not good. Drink ice cold or not at all.

ViveLaChouffe, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.38/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty standard Lager. Enjoyed at the Detroit Airport. All beers taste pretty good when you are trying to cure boredom while waiting in an airport. This beer begins with a very solid pilsner malt base-grain that shows more light maltiness than grain flavors. Quite sweet and bready, but still with a cleansing carbonation and smooth mouthfeel. Perhaps a bit buttery in flavor and texture with a mild skunk-hoppiness that subsided. Earthy spices from the hops late helps to round out the sweetness and adds character. A good beer for chasing a Pizza.

BEERchitect, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of SilentSabre
3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For what type of beer this is, I thought it was fantastic. A fantastic lawnmower / pizza / need lots of beer for event X kind of beer. Poured crystal clear golden straw colour with a 4mm white foam layer that dissolved in about 40 seconds. Smelled faintly biscuity and a bit sweet. Tasted biscuity, as well with a dryness about it. Little hops to speak of. Mouthfeel was light and easy to drink. I would certainly take this over BMC any time. It is what it is I suppose.

SilentSabre, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of plaid75
2.78/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger white foamy head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell was reminiscent of boiled corn. Mild biscuity aroma as well.

The taste was similar to the smell. A mild sweetness also detected.

The mouthfeel was crisp and relatively clean. A little slick.

Overall, a drinkable lager. This was left in my cooler by someone, as I wouldn't normally buy it myself. You could do a lot worse.

plaid75, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of xtremejammn
3.38/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is my review of Molson Canadian Lager from a bottle.

A: Pours a gray/yellowish color with an average head that fades within 3 minutes after pouring. Not impressed.

S: Smells very hoppy, and very spicy.

T: Tastes very hoppy, and very spicy, with a dry aftertaste that isn't quite that unpleasent.

M: A nice pleasent mouthfeel although it is a little bubbly.

D: Very drinkable, leaves a weak hoppy taste after a drink.

I prefer the bottled Molson compared to the alluminum canned molson. I would like to thank my father for hooking me up with this case of molson. My last note, another unimpressive macro lager. Cheers

xtremejammn, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of neenerzig
3.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a glass of this on tap last night at a bar. Molson was $2.00 per glass so I figured why not? I had not had this beer in a very long time before having it last night. This beer is a clear golden color. Mine had a decent sized head that went away rather quickly. Didn't leave much lacing either. Typical grainy/corny smell with a touch of malt and maybe a bit of hops as well. Sort of a sweet, grainy, and corny taste with a small touch of hops at times. Nothing too special going on here. Decent, smooth and slightly watery, meduim to light bodied mouthfeel with minimum to moderate carbonation. Quite easy to drink. Nothing horrible. Somewhat better than a lot of American macro lagers, but certainly nothing special either.


neenerzig, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of Noxious26
2.93/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured in a pilsener glass. Had this at a wedding last night where the only choices were Canadian, Pilsener or Coors Light. It's been years since I've had a Canadian and at a buck a drink ticket, this was the time to reacquaint myself.

Clear, pale yellow in colour. White head is 1/8 inch on the pour and recedes to a thin ring around the outside. Every once in a while a spot of lace would show up, but not consistently.

Typical macro aroma of grains with a touch of corn.

Taste is pretty standard as well. Grains off the start with a touch of sweetness. A flash of floral hop bitterness in the middle with some petrol notes. Even, grainy finish. Aftertaste is off-veggie and grains.

Thin mouthfeel with average macro carbonation. Touch of caustic mouthfeel in the middle with the bitterness and petrol notes.

This really isn't as bad as I remembered it. Years ago when I first started drinking, I used to hate this beer. Since then I've usually seemed to favour Labatt products over Molson. This really wasn't a bad beer though. In general, I would say that it is pretty much the standard average for a Canadian Macro Lager. Take this as what should be average, and judge other beers against it for above or below average ratings. I'd drink it again in another macro only environment.

Noxious26, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of Mitchster
3.15/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hehe...how can a beer called "Canadian" be an "American Macro Lager"? Anywhoo (as those Canadians says), this one pours out to a sparkingly clear orange-golden, forming a modest bone white head with good retention and some lacing. Carbonation is medium. The aroma is adjuncty with the faintest suggestion of floral hops and some distant grain husk. Mouthfeel is semi-spritzy and smooth with a very clean finish and light body. This one would be good ice-cold, better than most domestic macro lagers. The taste is quite average. Bitterness is very mild and there is a faint grassy sweetness towards the back of the tongue in the aftertaste.

As far as macros go, this one isn't offensive, which is nice. I could see myself drinking this over other macros in a pinch. Not too shabby for the style. The quintessential "pizza beer".

Mitchster, Jun 23, 2006
Photo of tallar
3.03/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours like a typical macro, golden-yellow with a white head that quickly disappears and leaves next to no lacing. The aroma is nothing spectular, mostly faint hints of malt, possibly some grain, and maybe just maybe some hops.

As for taste, its pretty unimposing. Fairly bland with some malts. No bitterness or anything else for that matter. Crisp, clean, refreshing and highly carbonated, it is what it is: above average macro.

tallar, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of slyke
2.83/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Molson Canadian pours a clear yellow with a healthy white head. The head fades after a couple of minutes to a thin cap. Very little lacing.

Smell is unremarkable, but not bad. There isn't much there except the faint aroma of grain.

Taste is bland, not bad or offensive. A little malt, a hint of hops, a lot of wet.

Mouthfeel is decent on this beer. It feels like a beer in the mouth rather than water. A statement that can't be made about all macro lagers.

Drinkability is alright. I could put 2 or 3 of these away. This is not a beer that I seek out for its remarkablility, but rather its traditions.

I love to have one while watching a hockey game, especially one featuring a Canadian team - I fondly recall their advertisements from days when they sponsored Hockey Night in Canada and I spent a lot more time paying attention to the NHL. The series of clever statements on their backlabel are fun too.

This beer beats BMC, but not by a mile.

slyke, Jun 10, 2006
Molson Canadian Lager from Molson Coors Canada
66 out of 100 based on 1,383 ratings.