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Molson Canadian Lager | Molson Coors Canada

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Molson Coors Canada
Ontario, Canada | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001

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Photo of staubot
3.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

BIt pale for my liking, maybe if it were a light beer. One finger bright white head goes down pretty quick with minimal lacing. Smells of a fresh mix of hops and malts with citrus however not super exciting to the nose. Light malt taste with even less hops. Some fruitiness and alcohol flavor lingers. Goes down smooth and light, but again, its not a light beer. Carbonation seemed to have died down fast leaving it a bit flat. Since, "I am Canadian," (Canadians will get the quotes) Its historical status alone means despite it actually being a just barely ok brew, I have to give it a 4 here for overall.

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Photo of El-blanco
1.24/5  rDev -57.2%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Probably one of the worst beers in the market. Made worse by the fact that it's so heavily promoted. Generic taste and extremely filling. If you think this is good beer, you don't know [email protected] about beer.

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Photo of DodgeStealth93
3.14/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I believe Molson is one of my go too beers when im looking for a solid adjunct lager! Pours a fizzy yellow color with a decent head retention in a mug or glass! Has a slight bready malt character taste and a strong corn aftertaste but it dont stick around very long it almost has a dry hop bite to it as well that keeps you drinking more! Can drink these all day long and enjoy them! Its not the best beer but definitely one of the better adjunct lagers these days in my opinion!

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Photo of barnzy78
3.14/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, date stamped OCT1215
A - creamy white head sits atop a very pale golden body
S - grassy hops, a bit spicy, yeast, pale malt
T - mild flavors, pale malt, spicy and grassy hops, slightly nutty grain, yeast
M - smooth and crisp, lighter body, moderate carbonation
O - the first beer I ever tried. I drank a ton of these through high school and college when I lived in Canada. This beer definitely holds some nostalgia with me.

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Photo of JPNesker
3.35/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is what it is. Thin and fizzy. Smells like funky cut grass. Over carbonated. Meh. Still, there are times I YEARN for it and nothing else will do. My beer-y version of a Big Mac.

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Photo of Bunman3
2.88/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

As far as mass-produced Canadian lagers go, Canadian is about as good as it gets. I rarely buy it, but when I do, it's pretty agreeable. It is typical - white foamy head, a bit of freshly cut grass in the nose, adjunct malt, with a fairly unassuming finish.

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Photo of ordybill
2.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. This is not a very good beer. Compared to the macros i put this way behind Bud, Schlitz, Coors and PBR. It just isn't very tasty, the color is OK.

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Photo of Chillcloud9
5/5  rDev +72.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not as cheap as genny or pbr... But good drinkable beer. I like my crafts but this might be the best tasting beer you don't have to talk about. So long as it's cold!

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Photo of soulgrowl
2.86/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, pale gold with a white head and respectable retention. Smells exclusively of sweet malts and red delicious apples, which, for the style, ain't bad. Tastes much the same; sweet and doughy, with no hops to speak of. Any semblance of balance is only provided by attenuation and carbonation. Not good, but you coul do a lot worse for this sort of thing.

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Photo of BoomerangBear
2.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Isn't the greatest and it smells like barley, but it's cheap.

Only good thing about ordering this is that you either 1. are not a college kid any more and want to relive some memories and order this or 2. want to say you drank something Canadian tonight.

Best thing about this beer is not it's taste, it's the great Canadian commercials they have about being Canadian. Oh Canada, I can't help but smile when I order one, knowing I've helped the Canadian economy, the moose and maple syrup up there.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.23/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A moderate pour from a 12 ounce twisty into a shaker pint produces a good inch of frothy white foam that dissipates quickly to a fairly sticky remnant. The beer is a well-carbonated pale ruddy golden.

Leafy hops and a bit of DMS are evident in the aroma. A refreshing grainy quality comes through in the flavor, with some herbal bitterness lingering on the tongue, and maybe just a touch of skunk. A frothy mouthfeel combined with a pleasant burpiness from the carbonation promote repeated sips.

There is nothing special about this beer, yet it is quite refreshing on a hot day and was very reasonably priced at about 10 bucks for a half-rack. It generally lacks the extreme skunkiness I’ve come to associate with some Canadian brews. I also like the fact that it’s actually still brewed in Canada, even though owned by MillerCoors.

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Photo of akdo
3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this in a bottle of 330 ml. The beer is easy to drink. As a lager, Molson Canadian has no sweetness. It tastes like hops and barley that have been lightened. As a result of that, it leaves you under the impression that you are eating a fruit that is neither bitter nor naturally sweet. It's somewhere between these two extremities. Do not expect any complexity in the taste. Overall, Molson Canadian is a decent beer I drank when I was introduced to beer in general.

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Photo of Hoss76
1.73/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I used to live this stuff a long time ago but aroma is of corn and virtually no flavor. Not bad on a hot day after working outside and perhaps slightly better than other adjunct lagers.

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Photo of Cpm972
4.18/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Better than Budweiser. And every time I partake in drinking this fine Canadian offering,I have a yearning to watch "Slapshot". What's not to like about this beer?

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Photo of justince
3.54/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

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Photo of Joshuafzylatra
2.21/5  rDev -23.8%
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

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Photo of gopens44
2.08/5  rDev -28.3%
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. This is the ceremonial first week of hockey and first week of Stanley Cup playoffs beer for me. Just seems right, and once they are cold enough they go down pretty easily.

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Photo of Spikester
3.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

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Photo of biegaman
1.55/5  rDev -46.6%
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...

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Photo of jacobkrotz
2.75/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.27/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

All things considered, this is alright for an adjunct lager. It has a bit of a malty nose, toasty taste, and a boozy-ish finish. Not something I would buy to drink at home, but it is definitely a great beer to have at a hockey game, bar, etc...

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Photo of KYGunner
2.75/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

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Photo of mhuber
4/5  rDev +37.9%

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.

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Photo of ThomasT
2/5  rDev -31%

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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.68/5  rDev +26.9%

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.

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Molson Canadian Lager from Molson Coors Canada
68 out of 100 based on 514 ratings.