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Molson Canadian Lager - Molson Coors Canada

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Reviews: 489
Hads: 1,602
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 20.14%
Wants: 22
Gots: 298 | 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 DenisKolkin
2.71/5  rDev -7.5%

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. (777 characters)

Photo of bsp77
3.11/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of Olek4374
2.84/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (775 characters)

Photo of Jul72
1.48/5  rDev -49.5%
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. (250 characters)

Photo of bobbyr5
3.24/5  rDev +10.6%
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 (392 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
2.96/5  rDev +1%
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. (317 characters)

Photo of Meritage2
1.14/5  rDev -61.1%
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. (1,482 characters)

Photo of sharlie
3.52/5  rDev +20.1%
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. (285 characters)

Photo of Catherine8189
3.78/5  rDev +29%
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. (326 characters)

Photo of metter98
2.83/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (796 characters)

Photo of Chiefy770
3.07/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsener glass.

Appearance: Light gold body with a fluffy foam head. Plenty of bubbles floating around. The head thinned out and formed a surprisingly thick lace that stuck around for awhile.

Smell: Cornmeal and various grains. A little stronger than most AALs.

Taste: Toasted grains make up the flavor of this brew. Nothing complex here. Straightforward taste. I would say it is predictable of the style but this brew is a bit sweeter than others.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation, a bit too much for my liking. It's a rather light body, which could work for or against you depending on how you are enjoying this one.

Overall: This beer is not bad but it is not great. I prefer this one over many others of the AAL variety. I am a sucker for this beer during hockey season... makes the hockey-watching experience feel complete. It's nothing to go out of your way to get but it's not the worst investment. (938 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
1.96/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

355ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a pale yellow color forming a bubbled and aired head that dissipates quickly leaving practically no lacings

S: Standard Adjunct Malts Lager beer. Which means, a very weak smell of adjunct malts. Mainly corn. Disgusting

T: As bad as the nose. A slightly sweet malts upfront. Strong notes of adjunct malts, mainly corn. As a matter of fact, as the nose, you can barely feel some real beer in it. Some very far bitterness indicates that some few hops were used

M: Light body. Good carbonation. Terrible adjunct malts aftertaste

O: Horrible drinkability. Standard mass production Adjunct Lager. Don't drink it! (658 characters)

Photo of beergoot
2.91/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured a light straw yellow with a decent white head; lots of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. The aroma comes across bright and fruity, mixed with grass and grain notes. Thin, grain and rice-like flavor with a dull hop bitterness popping up at the finish. Light, crisp, dry, and fizzy on the palate.

There was a time decades ago where I rather liked Molson, but then, there weren't many other choices for “exotic” beers then. I guess I haven't really missed anything in through the intervening years. Rather subpar, even for an adjunct lager. This would do in a pinch, but would rather scope out a Budweiser or Strohs beer if this were the style I had to drink. (683 characters)

Photo of MikeAAL
3.43/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I was building my own 6 pack the other day and this caught my eye. I've heard of Molson's and heard it's pretty strong so I wanted to try it.

Yellow, straw color. Head dissipates quickly. Fizzy.

Smells grainy, a hint of malts and corn.

Tastes very good. A nice grainy, hoppy flavor and it was smooth.

Very carbonated, but still pretty smooth. A little heavy, but that's okay.

Overall, a pretty good beer. (409 characters)

Photo of papaglide
3.32/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- 24 ounce tall boy poured into a shaker pint. Dark straw in color with a half inch head. Head falls quickly leaving behind a nice lace.

S - sweet graininess, corn, tiny bit-o- malt

T - sweet grains at first with a tiny bit of malt towards the end. Finishes dry with an odd toasted corn aftertaste that pops in well after the finish.

M - Perfectly carbonated and full bodied. Quite pleasant actually and this aspect made this tasting enjoyable.

O - Very enjoyable tasting. This is a nice example of a drinking or session beer. This beer has more of a flavor profile than BMC and should be sought out if you need an enjoyable session beer. Keep in mind what style of beer this is when you try it and you will not be disappointed (733 characters)

Photo of Braz
3.75/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Is a crystal clear light straw color. Thin snow white head that huddles around inside of the rim. Aroma is cooked vegetable like and buttery. A lightly sweet floral taste is what I experienced foremost. Everything is very light. Not much bitterness to speak of. Has a light tingly feel with a dry finish. Not special, but much better than alot of offerings from this category. Would be a good option poolside in the summer. (423 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.75/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

O Canada...and so on and so forth... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear straw topped by a finger of relatively short-lived lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mild wheat and a tiny bit of sweet biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, with the sweetness really taking control of the proceedings. A light bit of macro funk spews forth every now and again to remind you of who made this stuff. (I wanna know what they do/use to create that character...) The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a fairly meek little beer, but one of the better, more tolerable adjunct lagers out there. (675 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
2.48/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance- Pours a golden color with a two finger fizzy head. The head fades relatively quickly to leave almost no lacing.

Smell – The nose is very light and consists of a little bit of corn and a light herbal hop and rice smell.

Taste – The taste begins with some malty and bready flavors and a light corn sweetness. As the flavor advances the bready flavors are lost to an increase in corn flavor. More toward the end of the taste a light citrus hop along with a artificial sweetness and cardboard/paper taste come to the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the slightly lighter side with a carbonation level that is a little on the higher side. Both decent for the style, but nothing too exceptional.

Overall- For an adjunct this is not one I would likely go for. It is drinkable, but not anything I would like to drink on any occasion. (898 characters)

Photo of Scrylol
2.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a one finger bright white bubbly head that disappears quickly. Golden yellow color.

Grainy, metallic smell. No hop aromas. Surprisingly no skunk smell, probably because its in a can.

Dry rice and grain like flavors on the tongue. No hop bitterness or any malt presence. Dry, rice flavor aftertaste.

Feels very watery, and has a bit too much carbonation on the tongue.

Well, it's not a very good beer. I was surprised to find no hints of skunk though. Probably due to the can. (485 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
3.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was in the mood to try some adjuncts last night for whatever reason, and Molson made my list. At $2 a bottle, I figured I'd try it, as I had heard before that it was surprisingly decent for an adjunct ... and it really is. In comparison to Budweiser, for instance ... well. There is no comparison. Molson (and Labatt even) is the better beer, and one of the best adjuncts out there, in my opinion.

I can't really get into specifics about the smell and taste, because it really is your typical adjunct fare. Rather than being corn dominant though, I feel like there's some actual malt in Molson. There's nothing special about it all, per se, but it's a respectable, cheap adjunct that I'd take any day (especially at the same price as Budweiser and such) over some others of the style. As I've already said several times... (825 characters)

Photo of Maltmaiden
2.04/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: pale straw. clear. lots or carbonation. hardly a head.

S: smells funky. like feet? fart? I do get a tiny bit of corn underneath.

T: funkiness is there but I taste more corn than I smelled. A little sweetness from the grain. I little hop bitterness. Maybe this is how this lager normally tastes but it's almost like it's on the verge of being skunked but not quite there yet.

M: I thought the body was fine for a lager but I know that the grain was the only thing making any body here.

O: I'll finish it, but that funkiness is definitely a problem. (554 characters)

Photo of Buckbamboo
2.7/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was in Owen Sound Canada a few years back and I had several Molson Canadian's which I thought were outstanding. I thought I would buy a case down here in the states and the beer purchased in the states is nothing like the Molson Canadian in Canada. It's not even close. The case of beer that I bought just a week ago had a promo called "Only one is Worthy of the Cup" and when I tried to register it said the contest expired in June of 2012 which means the beer is almost six months old, maybe older It's very weak and watery and tastes like a light beer. (557 characters)

Photo of jimilayne
3.97/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Come on, people. I get this is a craft beer site, but that doesn't mean you automatically discount commercial brews. You have to rate them objectively for what they are. If you were on a site that focused on independent music, but also gave you the option to rate all music that's ever been released, would you not give Michael Jackson's "Thriller" 5 stars?

That's why Canadian is getting a 5 star review from me. It's the best of what it is. If you don't even want to consider that, then go listen to Bon Iver and leave me alone. (532 characters)

Photo of Stephan99
3.13/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Canadian pours a light yellow straw-like color with a more than decent foamy head. The bubbles are a payoff –it’s a good bubbly beer. The aroma is that of dried hops with a light touch of malts and honey. Nothing stands out too much in the aroma but then again, remember, the context.

The beer tastes like grain, corn at first, rice later; I suspect are adjunct ingredients of the beer. It does have a touch of a metallic feel but overall, it is a better than average commercial lager with good taste, lively carbonation and a nice crisp mouth feel. This beer is obviously not, a delicacy, it’s a session beer that is best consumed at a cold temperature and while wearing a concert shirt. (695 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.08/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, straw color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of slight hops, slight sweet malt, pale malt, adjuncts, and a hint of caramel malt. Fits the style of an American Adjunct Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of adjunct, pale malt, slight hops, and slight sweet malt. Overall, an average adjunct lager with a decent appearance. (423 characters)

Molson Canadian Lager from Molson Coors Canada
69 out of 100 based on 489 ratings.