Molson Canadian Lager - Molson Coors Canada

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Molson Canadian LagerMolson Canadian Lager

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BA SCORE
66
poor

1,572 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 1,572
Reviews: 515
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 23.84%
Wants: 21
Gots: 275 | 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 justince
3.54/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

FOR WHAT IT IS, it's phenominal

if you want a cheap, easy to go down beer that you can put several down with the boys then this is by far the best tasting option.

it goes down smooth. actually tastes like a lager somewhat. and it's very refreshing

when i'm not in the mood to make my stomach feel bloated but want a beer, this is a solid go-to. just wish it was more available in the states since it's miles ahead of any macro we have.

Photo of Bartimus-prime
5/5  rDev +77.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Super tasty easy to drink

Photo of duey23
3.66/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad tasting can of beer, a bit too carbonated for me

Photo of CMHillsy55
3.49/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Great Canadian beer. Good choice in a hockey household!

Photo of Joshuafzylatra
2.21/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Standard fair bland lager...great when it's very hot when u are at the beach..light crisp goes flat quickly not as bad as most mass produced soulless beer

Photo of Foam
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

decent macro-swill for when you just want something simple and refreshing without a tidal wave of caustic hop bitterness.

Photo of bauerodb
1.83/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Very watery taste and feel. Only Bud Light is worse

Photo of sgoyette
2.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Simple...not complicated...and not Budweiser

Photo of gopens44
2.08/5  rDev -26%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Compared to other AAL's, this isn't horrible. Little sweet with a kick of carbonated water on the finish.

Photo of Eloel
4.73/5  rDev +68.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Softly drunk, strong enough, amazing taste.

Photo of GeneralBees
3.1/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Stadium beer. Personally I'll take it over Budweiser, Coors, or Miller any day.

Photo of Spikester
3.25/5  rDev +15.7%

Clean tasty Canadian Lager as similar to American Lagers in its own way. Hard to tell from Labatts or Moosehead. Very malty with no detectable hop flavor. I guess you would cal it well balanced but a beer like Samuel Adams Boston Lager is much bolder and has a good deal more flavor. Recommended for Bud or Miller drinkers in search of slightly more flavor. No bad attributes just a bit average.

Photo of nelsonsaigon
3.25/5  rDev +15.7%

Experienced in : Victoria, BC, US
Appealing to me : - - -
Less appealing to me : - - -

I am neutral on this beer.

Photo of biegaman
1.55/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

The fact that Molson Canadian has traditionally equated itself with images of pristine nature is sheer irony; the beer is no more natural than a Twinkie. Sure, this sparkling, clear yellow lager and its bleach white head no doubt looks immaculate but, make no mistake, it's chock full of adjuncts.

Canadians are no strangers to referendums, and I'd bet if we were to have one on the question of whether or not this aroma is offensive, the 'yes' vote would prevail. I've suddenly developed a fear of drowning in a silo of high fructose corn syrup - this would be the last thing I smelled.

It's been confirmed - this is about as bad as it gets. Molson Canadian may suit ants or hummingbirds, but this incredibly, artificially sweetened flavour profile doesn't jive with my tastes. It's like fizzy sugar water, and that sugariness is the only thing keeping it from tasting as foul as it smells. How much of this can is just corn syrup? It's a very fair question.

Let me be clear: there is nothing to this beer beyond the marketing claptrap. It has no real character or content (other than the corn syrup) and is so bland as to barely even resemble a lager. And this is not a slight against mass-produced beer - to be able to regularly offer something that is reliable, consistent, and palatable is, in many ways, brewing at its best...

But this just drinks like bready vodka. Molson Canadian is our national shame. I've always been found of saying that 'no beer is perfect in every occasion, but every beer is perfect for some occasion' and Molson Canadian is suitable to only the most desperate, last-ditch circumstances. This regrettable lager is criminally overvalued. Those that drink this live sad lives indeed...

Photo of jacobkrotz
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%

This is one of the better macro lagers. It is crisp, but is limited on taste but at least there is a hint of taste unlike other mass produced beer. For those with allergies to some of the preservatives commonly found in macro beers....this beer has no preservatives. This beer is best to drink while watching hockey. I have no idea why this is the case, it just is.

Photo of KYGunner
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%

This is very crisp, very clean in its feel and flavor and actually tops Molson Canadian, despite it being an adjunct. The adjuncts are not obvious and flavor tends to a more Pilsner malt. The corn seems absent, the rice more for smoothness. The flavor is crackery malt with and easy dry crispness.

Photo of mhuber
4/5  rDev +42.3%

Pours clear, light golden color. A thin, course head that dissipates completely in a matter of seconds. No lacing. A sweet aroma and citrusy flavor. Clean finish, almost no aftertaste. A very refreshing brew, even though it lacks character.

Photo of ThomasT
2/5  rDev -28.8%

Served very cold in a pint glass.
Appearance: Straw colour with a reasonable head and some lacing.
Smell: Rice and yeast are most prominent. Slightly astringent (and no, it was not skunked).
Taste: Has a corn sweetness to it. Rice and yeast are also present, as is a definite astringent flavour. Very slight bitterness on finish. Moderate body.
Overall: A poor beer. It is drinkable if you get it really cold, but if it heats up at all I toss it. Way too much corn and rice, but the real kicker is the astringent flavour that is always present.

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.68/5  rDev +31%

O Canada!

Maple Leaf Victory. Hopefully.

Appearance (3.5) : A fuzzy, creamy white cap, about 2 fingers tall. Body is a typical straw american adjunct lager color. Transparent.

Aroma (3.75) : Crisp, clean rice, corn, and barley. Light citrus hop behind it. Cleaner than most other lagers I've nosed.

Taste (3.75) : Carbonation hits first with a robust, malty character and a good flavor profile. There's roasted corn, toasted barley, a little bit of hard boiled egg (which some would say is a defect but I like it here), and a mild sour hop finish.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : Light, airy, crisp. Ends semi-dry with hop character.

Overall (3.68) : If I lived in Canada and I had no alternative lager like Rolling Rock, Old Style, Hauenstein, or Coors, I'd grab this in a heartbeat. It competes well with all of those brands which are my favorite lagers. It's flavorful, sweet, toasty, and has a bit of hop character. Not ashamed to drink this one.

Photo of anon6655
3.08/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My favorite macro brew. Prefer it poured into a glass but out of the can/bottle is just fine too.

Photo of pastadutchie
3.75/5  rDev +33.5%

Very nice lager with a pleasant hoppy aftertaste. One of the better mass produced lagers of North America.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.69/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Molson Canadian
12 oz. brown glass bottle

I'm surprised that Molson Canadian gets such bad scores on BA. Compared to Budweiser I'd have it every day, not that Bud is bad (they're both solid beers) but I prefer the Molson as it's got a little more bite to it. I find Molson Golden a little bit below average because it's kind of dull all around, but Molson Canadian has a nice malt to it, some decent herbal and grassy hops, albeit it limited, and a nice balance of crisp carbonation and firm bitterness. It's always clean, and it's refreshing.

Photo of kevofficiel
2.25/5  rDev -19.9%

Since I leave in Canada I had to try a molson Canadian.
The look of it is really light. You have that yellow golden color. You can see trough the glasse.
The smell remind me of the Molson Dry. So I was a bit worried about it since I hate the Molson Dry.
The taste of it is corny taste. Really watery remind me of the Coors Light for a bit and then of the after taste you have that punch of corn. It last for 4 or 5 seconds then disappear. It is not enjoyable at all. This beer is between a Molson dry and a Molson Export.
So overall would I recommend it ? NO. If you wanna drink Molson go crab Coors Light or Molson Export but not this one. If you choosing between a Budweiser or a Molson Canadian go get a Budweiser. Overall I am disapointed about that beer still have 19 cans to finish. Damn it's gonna be hard

Photo of furburger69
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%

good stuff

Photo of Hurricane_Harry
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Appearance - Clear and yellowish appearance. Pours thin head that disappears very quickly.

Aroma - Sweet and malty smell. Not much else. Nice for what it is though.

Mouthfeel - Prickly feel right away from the relatively strong carbonation. Leaves a little sticky feeling. Smooth though, very drinkable.

Flavor - Sweet, malty taste with hints of corn. Metallic aftertaste with a hint of sweetness.

Overall - Honestly it is what it is. It doesn't taste great but it'll get you there. I call this and beers like it 45's after the old Colt 45 slogan "Works every time". It has a high enough ABV and is cheap enough that it will do its job without tasting like Keystone or god forbid Natural Light. So it's good for what it is, but if you actually want to drink beer for beers sake it really isn't worth it.

Molson Canadian Lager from Molson Coors Canada
66 out of 100 based on 1,572 ratings.