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Molson Canadian Lager - Molson Coors Canada

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Molson Canadian LagerMolson Canadian Lager

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1,224 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,224
Reviews: 463
rAvg: 2.83
pDev: 23.32%
Wants: 14
Gots: 39 | 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 Kromes


3.4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Yellow and fizzy with a thin white head. Good lacing down the glass.

S: Sweet honey malts and grain.

T: A sweet and fruity honey flavor with some grain. It finishes rather clean with a not so bad grainy flavor left over.

M: Fizzy and light.

D: This would have to be my favorite macro lager. I've spent plenty of saturdays at the bar drinking pitcher of canadian. Never lets you down.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 21:53:18 | More by Kromes
Photo of Lemke10


3.1/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought this in a 8-pack Beers of the World variety pack from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $12 in late 2010.

So this is Canadian beer ehh? This Canadian Lager pours a pale yellowish color with the scent of cheap grains and malts. There is grains in the taste as well as hints of citrus. Not a terrible in taste it's just really weak with little taste and no volume to it. Considering the costs and taste, Miller or Bud would be a better pick.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 03:16:32 | More by Lemke10
Photo of dangerpint


4.1/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

it Poured a pale yellow with a fluffed white head. Settles to a thin head that lasts for most of the beer. some light lace but hardly any.

it smelled of sweet grainy aroma.

The taste was a Nice crisp grainy taste. It's was sweet but not too sweet.

mouthfeel was medium light carbonation , medium body to be expected for this style. quite enjoyable. I think i'll have another.

as far as drinkability i think its One of the best regular lager beers that north america offers from our freinds up in canada. a great beer if you plan on drinking quite a few beers and don't want a whole lot of that annoying fizzy adjuct taste that's found in lot of mass produced beer brands.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 03:01:07 | More by dangerpint
Photo of AwYeh


2.68/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear yellow with minimal head. Surprised to see a very (very) minute amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Smell is faint, slightly sweet, lots of corn. A bit of barley too.

T: Taste is more corn and light sweetness; all flavors are faint and on the whole, the taste is pretty watery.

M: Feels thin and watery too; medium carbonation.

D: Very little interest in drinking this; there's nothing to discover after the first sip and the taste gets very boring by the end of the glass. On the other hand, nothing difficult about it either. I'll bump the number value up a little considering the style.

While this is better than other mass-produced pale lagers I've had, it leaves a lot to be desired as a beer. Pick it up if it's being put up against the likes of PBR, Bud, etc. or "light" beers; avoid otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 19:42:45 | More by AwYeh
Photo of echoes


2.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Served in a glass.

A: Pours a pale golden-straw color. Thick white, fizzy head dissipates kind of quickly leaving practically no lacing. Slight fizziness/carbonation is visible,even after settling.

S: Almost non-existent. Slight metal mixed with malts/grains smell.

T: Light malty/grainy flavor, not exactly sure which (malts/grains). That is basically it. No bitterness whatsoever. For the style it is, American Adjunct Lager, it is actually decent tasting, and that is coming from someone who despises AALs.

M: Light, airy and fizzy. Underwhelming.

D: Drinkability is actually quite decent because of the somewhat low ABV and for the same reason mentioned in the taste: it is actually decent tasting for an AAL.

Don't get me wrong, this is not a great beer. However, for an AAL I think this may be the best one I've had yet (compared to the big breweries AALs, which are the only AALs I've had before). Unimpressive all around, but surprising in the taste. Goes down easy. Wouldn't buy it again, but if offered I'd drink it.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 05:24:12 | More by echoes
Photo of CaptDavyJones

New York

2.68/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear, straw color from a 22 oz can with a decent head that dissipates fairly quickly. Freshness date on the can; no ABV.
Aroma and taste are mainly of grains and corn. Nothing much to write about regarding taste and aroma. Decent carbonation and lacing along the glass. Fairly flat taste wise. Does good at quenching thirst and that's about it. Perfect pairing with chips and pizza. Decent beer for a hot day.

Serving type: can

12-27-2010 00:34:06 | More by CaptDavyJones
Photo of Bogforce


1.38/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bottle pour into a pilsner glass..

A: Clear golden color. 1 finger head that instantly goes away. Some lacing
S: not much to describe, but bad.
T: Carbonation, not too much taste at all. Slight corn
M: Leaves a bad taste in your mouth
D: Couldn't drink this often

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 23:05:20 | More by Bogforce
Photo of armock

New York

3.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Vons market

A - Poured a straw color with a white head that leaves spotty lacing behind

S - IS of sweet grainy malt and corn

T - Follows the nose with sweet grainy malt the adjuncts are a lot lighter in this beer than others in the style

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

D - For the most part this is your average easy drinking macro lager with a taste that seems better than most from the style making it a decent no thought just a beer beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 23:40:59 | More by armock
Photo of kojevergas


2.68/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a (nonreal) pint glass in low altitude New York, at JFK Airport.

A: Pours a clear yellow gold with a three finger head of moderate thickness.

Sm: Crisp malted barley - pleasant and refreshing, but ultimately pretty standard.

T: Clean open fades to a light dual note body with a fizzy finish. Notes of wheat and malt; nothing special.

Mf: A bit too smooth until the needed coarseness in the finish.

Dr: Nice, but a bit pricey. Will satisfy lager fans.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 01:44:15 | More by kojevergas
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

2.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. can from the fridge into a pint glass. best before MAR2011

pours a super clear golden yellow with a nice big white head and decent lace at first.

in the aroma, musty like minerals and corn.

corn sweet cereal grain husks. mineral like lager funk.

light in body, goes down nice and smooth, watery, but not as much as most macro lagers.

easy drinker, prolly one of the better macros out there, but still average swill.

Serving type: can

11-26-2010 02:35:52 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of Chico1985


2.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11/14/11 - Gave 'ol Molson another chance (i.e. got a free bottle) and it's not so bad. Decent flavor with some slight off-tastes, not bad. Middle ground for adjunct lagers I'd say.

Original review/scores - 3/2.5/1.5/2/2

The color is your typical straw yellow, but the head remained in tact well, a tiny bit of lacing was left.

The smell although not spectacular by any means, did give me some hope for this beer, I could smell light hops/light fruit pretty easily, along with oats/grain.

But the taste let me down. Where'd those hops go? Any tastes, at all? This is almost on par with Coors Light as far as flavorless-ness goes. Only the slightest taste of grains, even when it warms, complete lack of flavor.

The mouthfeel has decent body, high but tolerable carbonation, but tastes like 98% nothing.

I had a PBR afterwords and it was heavenly compared to Molson, I could taste things.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 15:39:32 | More by Chico1985
Photo of kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

At the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest and the beer choices were Canadian or Coors Light. I suppose this was the best choice, though not a good choice. Poured a straw yellow without any head or lacing. Smells slightly metallic, grassy and some malt. Flavour is almost non-existent. Way too carbonated to go down easy. I had to drink several of these as it was the only option. Couldn't handle sipping it much, so whenever possible I got into chugging competition and drinking games that allowed me to down the beer in a few seconds.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2010 05:49:56 | More by kwjd
Photo of A380

Manitoba (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Definitely a good beer, one of my favorite domestics available,
Pours a really golden colour, and has a nice clean crisp taste just like the commercial says. wow a beer commercial that actually speaks the truth?! well thats just my opinion. Do i taste a slight sweet caramel flavour? something sweet but i dont know what it is. But a really nice clean taste overall.. maybe the prairie barley? Carbonation is good and it doesnt have a bad aftertaste.. but it isnt exactly something i would love. This beers drinkability is amazing! Honestly these go down very well and its a good beer at a good price. Nothing super awesome and excellent but for a good canadian beer its awesome. Cheers

btw great for shotgunning :)

Serving type: can

10-04-2010 01:46:07 | More by A380
Photo of mjurney


3.95/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light golden color, clear. Lots of fine bubbles. Head looks great for an Adjunct Lager, leaves some lacing on the glass.

Grainy and some corn.

Semi sweet cereal grains up front, mild cooked corn, a little raw nut. Hops is very mild, a little grassy. Crisp and clean finish with dry grainy aftertaste. Light bodied, carbonation is pretty mild.

Very high. It's whole lot better than Coors, Bud and Miller.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 18:05:50 | More by mjurney
Photo of Bitterbill


3.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by Jan 2, 2011.

A straw gold colour with a very small head of foam that shrinks to an island in the middle of the glass.

The smell is light...light grain, light malt, light bitterness. Not all that inviting.

The taste is more interesting. A good malty sweetness with some light grain and a touch of some hop bitterness. Not a bad tasting Lager.

Light to medium light bodied with lots of carbonation.

Drinkability is good for the style so the other 5 bottles won't be a chore to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 22:05:45 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of callmeclemens

New Jersey

2.8/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I`ve had this beer in a variety of formats, though on this night I drink from the bottle. Pours a yellowy orange ,with very littlehead, drinks okay, I pick up on the barley a bit, leaves no very little to no lacing, as far as macrobrewery lagers go this is okay.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 18:36:27 | More by callmeclemens
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

2.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the original that was picked up at publix today in the single section on the way home. served cold and poured into a pint glass, consumed on 08/24/2010.

a pale yellow with no head to speak of what so ever, really just a clear, over carbonated mess of a look for me. but a trudge on. weak grains, touches of light corn and bready notes abound here, again not that i was expecting a ton of wonderful flavor here, but it could have been more then the wet cardboard that i got. clean and crisp, light feel worked for the style and it went down smooth and easy,

overall i think it was ok, compared to my last beer of the night, but do not think i will be doing this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 01:26:18 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Molson Canadian pours a clear yellow gold with a thin head that doesn't stick around. The aroma is slightly sweet and very grainy. The flavour is much the same, with some light fruitness. There is not much too it, but nothing objectionable. The finish is clean and dry, with a slight lingering astringency.

Serving type: can

08-23-2010 03:06:47 | More by ericj551
Photo of soju6


2.9/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a pale yellow with a billowy head that fades.

S: Light grain aroma

T: A bit sweet with a crisp finish.

F: Light body, lots of carbonation and somehow a bit refreshing.

D: best when served cold. at least it is a step up from the light beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 13:04:12 | More by soju6
Photo of NODAK


3.93/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell here is pretty light. Some sweet grain, but definitely not much going on.

Right off, there's some adjunct taste...perhaps a bit of corn or cooked veggie. There's a medium to light degree of hop crispness that makes itself known directly afterwards. A good degree of graininess and sweetness takes over in the finish, throughout the aftertaste. The grain has a pretty long staying power after the swallow.

It's pretty tasty, actually. The label says that this beer is "the best Canada has to offer", which probably isn't ultimately true but it isn't a bad choice.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 01:43:36 | More by NODAK
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Draft poured into a pint glass

Appearance - pours a clear golden yellow with lots of carbonation and a medium fizzy white head. No lacing. Head was gone in a flash.

Smell - bread/cereal, hops and yeast and barley. Some sweetness.

Taste & Mouth - not a whole lot of carbonation, and slightly watery. Tastes like a basic generic brand beer. However it is quite refreshing.

Drink - An okay beer if there's nothing else available.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2010 22:16:38 | More by spinrsx
Photo of MNJR


2.8/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This used to be pretty good beer, but I think that's going back 10 or 15 years or so. You want to like it because of the cool, old-timey label. It looks like a beer should look, but the taste let's you down. The color is yellow. The carbonation is good, and the mouthfeel is crisp and smooth. But, the flavor is salty, brassy/metallic, a bit sour with cheap vodka alcohol flavors. The alcohol flavor should be easy to hide but it comes right to the front in this beer because there are virtually no offsetting flavors, like hops which seem nonexistent. Brash, harsh, biting, not refreshing at all. Kind of like a weaker version of cheap-ass malt liquor. Molson has gone down the tubes.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 22:43:50 | More by MNJR
Photo of Otterburn

Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

950ml can 4.90$

i had an hard time to pour this big can into the small plastic cup the hotel provides.

created a massive white/cream color foamhead.
below the thick head sit a golden straw clear beer, medium/high carbonation activity.
it leaves good lacing on the cup.

smell: malt and fresh cereal

TASTE: lightly malted, clear crisp taste.

mouthfeel: watery, but medium body, small after-taste, quite dry.

drinkability: good, theres something better in this molson than the other molson member dosnt have. i cant put my finger on.

Serving type: can

08-07-2010 20:42:47 | More by Otterburn
Photo of yuenglingfan101


4.6/5  rDev +62.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good Canadian beer. Looks good. Smell of wonderful hops and the head isn't bad on this beer. Taste of golden hops that is crisp, clean and refreshing. Mouthful has the same rating see taste. Drinkability is wonderful could drink a good amount of beer with this brand. By far the best Canadian beer out there.

Serving type: can

08-03-2010 15:37:42 | More by yuenglingfan101
Photo of techfed87


2.17/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a quickly diminishing head. Color is a clear yellow.

First sip is...average, at least for beers in this category. It's a bit meh, though at the same time it does have a bit of a good quality to it. Mouthful is alright, and I guess drinkability is the bud light best.

I should admit that this type of beer is usually not my genre. True, there is a time and a place for all things, but I'm neither in a ball park, nor outside in the sun. The goal of this game is neither to cool off nor doze off. It's to appreciate what you're drinking. And as hard as I try, this doesn't really do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 02:30:39 | More by techfed87
Molson Canadian Lager from Molson Coors Canada
66 out of 100 based on 1,224 ratings.