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Molson Canadian Lager - Molson Coors Canada

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Reviews: 503
Hads: 1,662
Avg: 2.89
pDev: 42.21%
Wants: 25
Gots: 342 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada
Ontario, Canada | website

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 FrozenJoe
2.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Slightly above average. Typical macro lager.

Average at best. Mild. Corn.

Mild. Corn. Stale.

Slightly above average.

Smooth, easy drinking, fermented corn juice. There is too much corn adjunct in this beer. Not that pleasant to drink.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a small pint glass: color is straw gold, head is thin, bright white and dissipates very quickly, some lacing of the head on the glass.

Smell is grainy, corn flavor prominent, maybe some other off, adjunct aromas noted.

Taste is also, grainy, corn prominent, touch of base malt is noticeable, flavor is not off putting and better than many adjunct lagers.

Mouthfeel is crisp, not overcarbonated as many of this style are, flavors linger on the tongue and some light feel on the cheek.

Overall, a better adjunct lager than many others out there, not overcarbonated which plays well with its flavor and drinkability.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.51/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had a truly outstanding appearance. Poured with brilliant clarity and the light color of straw gold. Plenty of bubbles making their way to the top to become part of a fat white head of foam that fell rocky and left lace to look at as I drank.

Nose is light sweet grain and sweet corn. Cooked corn but no vegetable scents. There is a sweet grass on this that is delightful and not harsh and a bit of husk from the grain. As this warms it develops an apple skin but nothing so loud as to be unpleasant. Very clean overall.

taste is sweet with light grains that are integrated well. The corn is sweet like corn on the cob. In the drink there is a touch of herbal and sweet grass that takes you to a pleasant faint hop bitter in the dry finish. The herbal is a touch more bitter in the drink than it is on the nose. In addition to the faint appleskin as it warms there is a touch of lemon citrus as this finishes.

The body is light and has only a mild slickness and there is taste from what you might call fresh water. It permeates the beer and makes it clean tasting and refreshing without adding any kind of flavor except that you will notice it. The mouthfeel is light to moderate.

Good beer that would pair well with picnic type foods in summer. Going fishing? Canoeing? Potato salad, hamburgers hot dogs and salty sandwiches like pastrami and ham would all fare well alongside this lightly sweet beer.

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Photo of RyanPollock
3.39/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer on tap, served sub zero is actually rather refreshing and enjoyable but still nothing to rave about. Mild hoppy taste that is grainy with a sweet aftertaste but it is more watery than anything else. A good beer to get on draft and to session with. The more you drink this the more tolerable it is. A good beer to have while at the bar eating wings and spending the night splitting a pitcher with friends. A perfect example of how marketing can sell a beer, despite what the commercials say, enjoying this beer does not make you Canadian.

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.19/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Serving Type: Standard Can poured into an Alexander Keiths Pint Glass

Picked up a 20 pack of Molson Canadian over the weekend for a price too low to resist jumping on. After drinking a couple of cans, I thought I would give my two-cents worth and review this beer based on the style rather than how I enjoyed it as a beer.

A- Molson Canadian pours the straw golden colour and the two finger quick-to-disappear head that is commonplace in the style. Nothing special here, just your standard for inexpensive North American Lagers.

S- What struck me when first smelling this is that, unlike Budweiser and similar lagers, you do not get a bomb of piss striking your olfactory senses in one punch! Although it is nothing to rave about by any means, what you get is a pleasant, sweet smelling hit of cereal grains. Nothing else comes to mind when smelling this lager.

T- Once again, Molson Canadian surprised me in a good way! Rather than being overwhelmingly corny and ricey, the taste, like the smell, is filled with cereal grains such as barley and wheat! The wheat is what really carries this beer to the finish; the finish, by the way, is incredibly clean and satisfying.

M- Although the body is light, it does not have soft drink like carbonation like many others of the style do which is quite pleasing. I would say the carbonation is medium to medium-high. Finish is quite crisp and refreshing.

O- This beer is nothing to phone home about but I do have to say that it is well worth the price that I paid for it. When comparing Molson to other beers of the style, it is definitely centrefield in my mind. If you are in the mood for a refreshing lager or a satisfying "lawnmower" beer, I recommend that you give Molson Canadian a try. If you happen to pay $20.99 plus tax for a 20 pack like I did, all the better! Cheers Bros.

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Photo of DrCDPriest
3.9/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a mass produced bottled beer, this is the one to drink as the flavor, smell and feel are far superior to any American high volume brewery. No preservatives, slight hops, malty aroma and taste, and important to me, it is not over carbonated (I think American beer, Miller, Bud, Coors, etc., is typically over carbonated to hide the corn favors - just my theory).
I poured a cold lager into a glass, nice 1-1,5 finger head with some lacing throughout the glass.
Overall, it is a good beer for a cold Minnesota day.

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Photo of Cylinsier
2.99/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Pours clear golden with sugar white suds for a head.

Smells of mild barley and corn adjunct.

Dry sweet barley malt and a mild dry non-bitter hop finish.

Light body with fizzy carbonation.

A so-so macro style lager, a notch better than our US counterparts like Bud and Miller. Probably closest to Coors, but less corn in the flavor which is a plus. Overall, not especially good, put pairs with food well enough and you can ignore it at least.

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Photo of Philoveritas
3.68/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok this is my go-to beer...even when I worked in the head-office of arch-enemy Labatt's...nothing to blow you away just one of the worlds very best Macrobrew lagers. I drink my beer lukewarm which is the real test of flavour. Canadian doesn't ever disappoint. It is THE exemplar of generic Canadian beer. Hoppier and punchier than any American offering but not bitter like a European brew. It's a crowd pleaser...not one to blow the socks off of an afficianado. But really if you are out in North America it is a safe call for a decent beer that is readily commercially available. Funny enough it is actually a premium brand in Canada with a premium pricetag. American beer is cheap as dirt here with a flavour to match. I still don't mind paying a little bit more for quality. Simple fact is there isn't much of a nose to any Canadian beer, I mean really if your wife has complained about how you smell so much like beer that she wants some then she is a special lady. Canadian beer has a certain standard amount of malty sweetness that is uncharacteristic of other beers worldwide, but it really adds to the drinkability factor. I am just more of a mass-appeal beer drinker than a niche-market microbrew kinda guy. But for the most part I notice that my everyday beers are still rated "good for a macro brew" by even the educated drinkers amongst us. I drink Canadian warm for christsake and would still reccommend it to anyone who will listen. I have had beers from all over the civilized world, it's comes down to personal taste. I personally like Canadian, Belgian, and Danish beer, in that order. That is just me though...

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Photo of Ron860
3.41/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: I haven't had this brew in quite some time so I figured I would pick up a six when I saw it in the case. At $5.99 you can't beat it. The label design is different than I remember and it does not resemble the one in the photo. There was also a freshness date stamped on the shoulder reading MAR 16 14. So, I was good to go!

Appearance - A clear yellow color with a medium carbonation, poured with a nice 10 mm head that had some decent retention. The beer left a very nice lacing in the glass. Not dissapointing at all.

Smell - American style adjunct lager but more of a floral aroma than Bud or Coors. Nothing offensive but nothing to brag about either.

Taste - Towards the sweet side with more of a malty flavor than hops, but they are evident. The aftertaste was surprisingly pleasant and left me wanting to try another.

Mouthfeel - Quite smooth and better than I expected. Somehow, I think they have really improved this beer since I've tried it last. It is refreshing.

Overall - I'd have to say I'm impressed with the quality of this beer now. Of course, I will need to continue to purchase one every so often to make sure the quality remains consistent. Only then will I be convinced. If you haven't tried one in a while, I recommend giving it another chance. Molson seems to have stepped up their game with this one and you may be pleasantly surprised as well.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.05/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

DATE TASTED: November 30, 2013... GLASSWARE: standard pilsner...OCCASION: Cavs take on the Rose-less Bulls-suddenly, a fair fight... APPEARANCE: surprise--golden!--with a thin, off-white head that offers few bubbles; no lacing of significance... AROMA: tinny, bready and rather nondescript... PALATE: thin, drinkable and unfilling--a bit gassy but also a tad more substantial than the standard adjunct...TASTE: beefy in the aftertaste; the 40 oz. malts underpin a drinkable, thin lager--not much else to profile...OVERALL: rather drinking this than other Coors products is not high praise, but as a Turkey-day offering beyond the standard lights, Molson held interest and please a few guests with its presence; overall, a slightly more substantial mouth rinser...

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Photo of Mike4TN
3.88/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's a Molson!! One of the best commercial beers in my unwanted opinion!! In the top 5 commercial / mainstream beers out there..This is a everyday drinker..Great beer for a mass produced brew dontcha know eh! The best part about this beer is it makes you wish it was hockey season!!

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Photo of bullwinkle88
3.75/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Molson. I've had a million of these. Funny, in US this seems to be the most popular variant, while in Canada i feel Molson Export or even Molson Dry is the big money maker in recent years at least. At any rate this is a solid and pretty well selling beer anywhere in North America. Pours a solid golden color, smell is pretty unobtrusive if not entirely mindblowing. Tastes very crisp, with a kind of sweet finish rather than the dry stickiness I find with budweiser and its ilk. Not the best beer in the world, in regards to the style I prefer Sleeman's, but now that I no longer live in Canada I'll take what I can get. The definitive "B+" brew, Molson is a damn fine beer year round.

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Photo of mikethebeerguy
3.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is one of the few beers (I've had draft, bottled, and canned) that is best canned. It's a great summer beer if you're looking to throw back with old friends and get wasted (lol). Cheap price, but decent brew. It is almost sweet. Lots of flavor and a bit of an aftertaste. All in all a beer I recommend.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.74/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

24 oz can into a glass. Woo, 'Merica! Wait...

A: Pours a straw color. The three-finger white head actually has a bit of duration to it - a good duration, actually. There's even some spotty lacing left on the glass. For a macro lager, this looks damn good.

S: The aroma is generally pretty corny, with some lime sweetness. Not as bad as, say, Budweiser.

T: It starts with a notable presence of cereal grains. Aside from a subtle fruit ester quality and the faintest twinge of hops on the aftertaste, there isn't a whole lot of flavor. The best feature isn't that it's great, because it clearly isn't, but that the bad elements of the style are restrained acceptably.

M: It feels sweet and even a bit slimy on the palate. However, if there's a positive trade-off, it's that the raging carbonation ever-so-prevalent in the style is dialed back well. Very easy to drink, but I wish it was drier - the sweetness is a bit cloying to me.

O: I've had FAR worse macro lagers than this. And I've even had worse craft beers than this, too. This is perfectly okay, if not exactly good. I can now see where some of you Canadians are coming from - this blows our BMC out of the water. Hell, I'd even drink this again.

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Photo of Damian
3.39/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. (355ml) bottle purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits, Somerville, MA
Served in a pint glass

Crystal clear brassy yellow. A creamy, bright white, one-finger head topped the liquid, but it quickly fell. Small drops of lacing trickled down the glass.

Dry, crisp, lager yeast notes dominated the aroma. Grainy, slightly toasty malts were also noticeable. Some candy-like sweetness. There was a slight grassy and earthy hop presence as well. Overall, pretty decent.

The flavor profile was fairly similar to the aroma. It started out well with lots of husky, grainy malts. Slightly sweet. Tart, wheaty and somewhat lemony in the center. The finish was crisp, dry and semi-bitter with hints of earthy hops. The adjunct notes that would eventually round things out made the beer a bit off putting however.

The mouthfeel was quite notable for the style. Medium bodied. Creamy, slick and smooth on the palate with a fine and zippy carbonation.

Like just about all American adjunct lagers, Molson Canadian failed to blow me away. For the style, however, this beer was pretty solid.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
2.71/5  rDev -6.2%

Finally doing a full review for an old standby. Probably one of the first beers many Canadians tried growing up. Purchased 473 ml can for $2.40 CDN. Served cold into a glass.

Appearance - pale yellows piss coloured beer. A finger and a bit of white head, but minimal retention time. Crystal clear and surprisingly few bubbles are present. Abut of lacing.

Smell - light general grainy aroma, not much else. Slight adjunct metallic smell.

Taste - bland, a bit of adjunct sweetness. Not much else.

Mouthfeel - low carbonation, dry feel, relatively light body.

Overall - very surprised with the very low carbonation, it's not a good beer, but it does it's job well, quenching your thirst that is. Inoffensive and better than others in the style, but really just non- descript.

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Photo of bsp77
3.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Serving glass: Drank straight from the can. I really shouldn't review this, but I had it for a few days in a row while fishing and think that is good enough.

Appearance: Well, it is a fine looking can. But the beer inside looked a little richer than most Adjunct Lagers.

Smell: Not really sure. Next!

Taste: Tastes like a macro lager, but a relatively full flavored one. Some light hops at the finish, with an aftertaste that is both decent and distracting.

Feel: High carbonation, light to medium body. I wish the finish was dryer.

Overall: Good fishing beer.

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Photo of Olek4374
2.84/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

For any Americans reading this, believe it or not, this is not the most popular beer in Canada. At least in my locale: Bud and Kokanee are the top two. Even Coors Light is ahead of
Canadian, which battles for fourth spot with Bud Light probably.

Regardless, this was the first beer I had, and I am sure it is the first beer of many Canadians - the advertising really did its work here and now this beer is a national symbol, at least to some people.

But the beer itself is okay - it`s got a lot of corny taste but some nice wheat notes as well. The flavour is pretty potent for a beer of its type, but not terribly offensive either. At the end of the day, this is the typical swill that Canadians who are not desparate enough to buy Lucky Lager will get - if it`s on sale.

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Photo of Jul72
1.48/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

It's not a bad beer. I have been spoiled by the micro beers both in Seattle and western Canada. That being said, this beer is solid for what it is. Pretty similar to most domestics in the US. Smooth and drinkable. A very good choice for a
Cheap beer.

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Photo of bobbyr5
3.24/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Serving type: molson pint glass from a bottle

A: Yellow/gold color.
S: light, below average smell. Smell the barley. I expect that from a cheap beer

T: Like the taste I think that this is an above average taste for a cheap beer. Strong taste, but nothing complex. I only really tasted barley and a barley after taste.

M: Strong carbonation, too much

Purchased at: Mejiers in Canton, MI

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Photo of AdamBear
2.96/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A-gold with a thin white head

S-cheap corn. Very faint. Very adjunct lager smelling.

T-comes in with a light and crisp flavor of corn. Other than that, flavorless.

M-medium and creamy.

O-it doesn't taste bad. It's just completely boring. It is very drinkable of course. Yuengling would've been the better choice.

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Photo of Meritage2
1.14/5  rDev -60.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

How this beer has gained the popularity of the vast Canadian population puzzles me. It also is a strong indicator that the vast population has very low standards for quality of beer and quality of taste. This is one of the worst beers I have tasted. The appearance is typical of mass produced lagers, golden yellow color. The smell is terrible, perhaps even a stale smell. The taste is equally as poor as the smell. My first thoughts are that this is a very cheap beer. The after taste reinforces the cheap impression. Not fragrant, and nor it is calling me to take additional sips, let alone drink it. Unfortunately, when you are at any public even in Canada, you choices are extremely limited, and all of which do not allow you to get a descent beer. Everything served is mass produced swill. The carbonation of this beer is very much like soda-pop, again proving more evident of a cheap, low quality beer. The foam dissipates very quickly. I say foam, because it can hardly be said that it was a head. Also disappointing, but following suit to beer mass production.

In addition to my overall rating of this beer being very poor, cheap and low quality I also want to make mention that after drinking this Molson product it is also appears that it is loaded with preservatives. Again, another reason why I choose to avoid low quality products such as this. A very disappointing experience all in all, and has reinforced why I generally avoid mass produced Canadian beer products.

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Photo of sharlie
3.52/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

If what your looking for in a beer is very simple with the main characteristics of cold, crisp and refreshing, then this beer is for you. This beer is served best on tap, in Canada, it really brings it all together. This beer does not have many specialties, it is just you common beer.

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Photo of Catherine8189
3.78/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If you are looking for a simple cold, crisp, refreshing beer than this is the beer for you. Please try this beer on tap and in the country where it is brewed. There is something about drinking the beer in Canada that makes it that much better. This is the beer to grab when you do not want to mess around with too many frills.

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Photo of metter98
2.83/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of corn flakes are present in the nose along with slight hints of floral hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of corn and rice, although these adjunct malts aren't as prominent compared to other beers in the style. A slight amount of bitterness is present along with associated hints of floral hops.
M: It feels light-bodied, somewhat watery and a little clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Although this beer isn't that flavorful, it's definitely very easy to drink and goes down easily.

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Molson Canadian Lager from Molson Coors Canada
68 out of 100 based on 503 ratings.