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Molson Canadian Lager - Molson Coors Canada

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Molson Canadian LagerMolson Canadian Lager

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Ratings: 1,227
Reviews: 463
rAvg: 2.83
pDev: 23.32%
Wants: 14
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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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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Ontario (Canada)

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

After watching the ladies' hockey team relish in sweet victory with a cigar and a giant jug of Molson's the other night, I decided to give this Canadian institution another try. I've traditionally avoid Canadian like the plague (on tap it gives me a wicked headache), but I thought it necessary to reevaluate this ubiquitous brew objectively. Here goes...

Poured into a lager pint glass. Surprisingly, it doesn't look too bad. The colour is a sharp golden, one of the darker variants of the adjunct style I've come across. A half inch of foamy head that dissipates into a small ring. A bit of lacing.

The smell is all adjunct lager, and definitely a bit off putting. Corn, light malts, sugar, a bif wheat, unfortunately coupled with a chemical tin scent. Not the worst, but not great either.

The taste is, at first, not too bad. I'm actually kind of enjoying it. There's something about it that seems to be agreeing with me. It's all adjunct flavours to be sure, but they're a bit more pronounced. First among mediocre equals. There's an unfortunate chemical, tinny finish that lingers near the beginning, and by the end of the pint really starts to wear the flavour down. If you're going to drink Canadian, drink it fast when it's ice cold, because given the chance to warm, it's terrible.

Mouthfeel is thin, but I wouldn't go so far as to say watery. Good levels of carbonation.

Is it boring? Absolutely. But when compared with others of the style, Canadian isn't that bad. In fact, it's quite drinkable given the proper circumstances. At a hockey arena or sports venue, it suits the atmosphere well. I doubt I'll willingly purchase it much again, but I won't refuse it out of principle anymore.

Serving type: can

02-27-2010 19:31:24 | More by JohnnyBarman
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2.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass (December 23, 2009).

Eyes: Pours a clean golden color, darker than most macro adjunct lagers though. A full finger of fizzy foam rises and drops fairly quickly. There is some lacing, but very little.

Nose: Some toasty grains, a bit of corn, with an undertone of malt and hops.with the barest hint of malt and hops. Mediocre.

Tongue: Delivers the nose profile to the mouth. Corn, toasted grain.

Mouth: Not bad here, decent carbonation and some smooth enough without a skunky aftertaste.

Libation: Smooth and actually drinkable. It's an adjunct lager that delivers some flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 06:47:27 | More by OttoBomb
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2.05/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is the penultimate beer of the quest - a CAN of Molson CANadian from CANada's oldest brewery! CAN you dig it?!?

My pour resulted in two fingers' worth of rocky, bone-white head exploding with CO2 bubbles. Color was a pale golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was slightly metallic with cereal undertones and a light lager sweetness. Oof. Nobody said the CANQuest would be all tea and crumpets, that's for sure. Mouthfeel was on the thin side, a little watery even for the style. Taste was really mild, almost like a light lager, vice an American Adjunct. Finish was equally unobtrusive. Added up, it was a whole buncha not much. Sheesh! I'll leave this one up north where it came from.

Serving type: can

02-20-2010 17:14:12 | More by woodychandler
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Ontario (Canada)

2.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bought this one in a can, at LCBO. Smell is ok, there is almost no head. The taste is where I have a problem! I do not like it, due to lack of flavors. Nice carbonation tho, but I would opt for a different lager. Would not recommend this to a friend.

Serving type: can

02-18-2010 03:23:56 | More by franktheman
Photo of RyanBelle

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my favorite Canadian Macro lager. Being a French-Canadian, I believe this lager represents Canadian beer fairly well at the Macro level. It's main attraction is it's balance. It's got carbonation, but just the right amount to make it exciting enough to drink all night. It's got flavor, and many dimensions of it...whether its a slightly bitter hop, a nice toasted corn, or a really malty fizzy gulp...it's all in there. The mouthfeel is very "alive", the drinkability is "all night long, every weekend" for many Canadians, and the smell is very attractive, no skunkiness, nothing offensive in this beer whatsoever. And when poured nice and cold, you'd be very hard pressed to beat this beer with another Canadian Macro Lager. Cheers...pour me another one!

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 05:11:38 | More by RyanBelle
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3.13/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was a bottle poured into a pint glass. Poured a bubbly golden color with a creamy white two finger head. The head fades quickly to a thin lace. Has a clean slightly sweet and grainy smell. Tastes similar to many other mass produced lagers. Tastes a little grainy with light sweet flavors. Kind of a watery finish. Not bad though.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 22:33:44 | More by Brettster
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North Carolina

2.93/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pale, but not super pale, golden yellow color, pretty bright, not watery looking, lots of active bubbles all the way through drinking the glass, head is very fizzy at pour, but settles to a foam that looks pretty chunky and sticks to the edges, pure white in color

S: Typical macro smell, mild grains is all, I like that there isn't any weird adjunct sweetness present, not much there, but very clean and no off aromas

T: Tastes very similar to what you think it will, starts with a very light malt flavor, but is definitely there, some adjunct flavors are present here, maybe some corn, but still pretty clean all around, no real hops, maybe just a faint crispness that wouldn't be there otherwise, if that is the hops, then I'm glad they are there, finishes thin but not too watery and without any bad aftertastes

M: Finishes pretty dry, decent carbonation, not overly so though, again thin but not watery

D: Pretty good, definitely not the most flavorful beer out there, but good for what it is

Notes: This beer is not the best beer ever, however for an adjunct lager I'd say its pretty good. I would much rather have this over any BMC product. It has a little uniqueness to it that American adjuncts don't have. Even if it is only the result of different adjuncts, I still like it better. This is my favorite beer to have while at a hockey game.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 05:32:36 | More by dpodratsky3
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Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at my local watering hole, which is pure shit for beer. I was startled by the half decent rating for Canadian - I thought it would have a 'D' at most - so I decided to reconsider it last night.

Honey yellow in colour with golden hues and a sliver of white head that dissipates quickly. Smell and taste are clean cereal grains, malty sweetness, corn sugar, vague bitterness through the middle, and a healthy dose of wheat husk to finish. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing with high carbonation. No discernible aftertaste.

Overall, I can see why someone might reach for this if they're in the mood for a simple brew that refreshes the palate. Canadian is not a good beer, but for a weak ass mega lager it surpasses expectations. Worth a try if your options are limited.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2010 18:19:52 | More by cratez
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5/5  rDev +76.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was at the store and saw a twelve-pack of Molson Canadian Lager going for $10.99, 16 oz. bottles. Seemed like a good deal, so I went for it.

Appearance: Yep.

Smell: Good solid macrobrew smell, with no distinguishing features. For some reason I expected it to have a skunky smell like Moosehead Lager, but it didn't.

Taste: Straight-up North American lager taste, with no distractions -- no fruit flavors, no honey, no chocolate, no pink umbrellas.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent.

Overall: This is a great beer, as good as or better than any of the similarly-priced BMC products (Bud, MGD, or Coors Original). Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 21:54:04 | More by Vito
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New York

3.1/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is one of those lagers that you can really put down, but for pure enjoyment it is not a good choice. this is i think a session beer where if your at a bar you can definalty put a few of these down with out getting sick of it. my brother in law is a fan of this yet he is not a fan of bud, cause there really isn't much of a difference between the two other then the taste of Molson being a little bit better then Bud. if you decided to drink it it won't be to much of a disappointment but still i would go for something with a little bit more taste then this one

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 21:12:12 | More by MadElf25
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2.23/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - A pale, slightly hazy, golden yellow color with a faint honey hue... A slim fizzy bone white head quickly fades leaving a minimal splotchy lacing... Loaded with carbonation that rises to the top of the glass...

S - Rice Crispies... Canned corn... Pale malts... A very muted minor hop presence... Artificially sweet...

T - Pale malts... Grainy... Corn... A tinge of bitterness...

M - Loads of fizziness... Light bodied to medium bodied... A tinge of dryness...

D - I have no desire to revisit this one in the future... Belongs in the class with the majority of macro offerings...

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 02:25:45 | More by philbe311
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3.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow, with a little bit of head that goes away. This is one of those cheap, gets the job done kind beers. It is a nice smooth medium bodied lager, light alcohol flavor, and very decently malty. Mouthfeel is a little fizzy, a bit too much carbonation, but this is a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 21:58:25 | More by whtguitarguy
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3/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle from father-in-law's fridge 12/16/09.

Golden amber, one finger rocky white head, quick dissipation, some lacing. A bit of bready malts in the nose, no hops. Taste profile is the same. Lacking in character, IMO. One of the blandest beers I've ever had. Upon reflection, I should have had a glass of wine instead of taking Papi's last beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 13:05:30 | More by jdense
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3.85/5  rDev +36%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Straight from the bottle. Went to the store with some German dopplebock on my mind, decided at last minute to revisit Canadian beers. Bought this and Labbatt's blue.

As i read fellow Advocate reviews on this beer, I am actually finding myself enjoying this fine brew from our neighbors up north. I can't say i relate to the hockey connection (being a football guy) but I tell you what--this is reminding me a whole lot of Falstaff back in the 70's. And that was me and my Dad's favorite beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 20:47:48 | More by rednrag
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New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev +23%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not the best Canada has to offer but certainly not bad. Pale yellow with a good head and good carbonation. Sweet grainy smell. Refreshing mouthfeel with a crisp and clean finish. Good taste for the style. A nice go-to beer if your out and want something different. This one can go all night and not get boring.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 14:56:53 | More by BBri
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3.5/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good reliable extended beer in the American Adjunct variety. My go-to beer beats American macros.
Yellow head and slightly off golden color of liquid with a quickly dissipating amount of foam leaves behind a thrist quenching even flavored brew.
A little malt with an occasional slight bitterness with no dryness and pleasant aftertaste.
Not too heavily carbonated providing consistency throughout the tasting.

Poured from a bottle into a frosted stein.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 02:01:01 | More by chetripley
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3.2/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear yellow-gold, fading head.

Smell: Mild corn and hay aroma, a little sweet.

Taste: Semi-sweet corn flavor balanced with some nondescript bitterness.

Drinkability: Definitely easy to "session", lawnmower/football-watching beer.

12 packs of Molson were on sale so I figured I'd try the one not in the green bottle. It's not bad for a quick thirst quencher or something to drink while watching the game.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 01:11:35 | More by Mdog
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Alberta (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

473ml can poured into pint glass oct5 2009

A crystal clear straw yellow with good carbonation, a decent
head that hung around for longer then expected and even left some lace

S some sweet grains and some grass

T as it smells, nothing offensive but nothing special

M on par for the style, watery with decent carbonation

D pretty average macro, drinkable but boring

not what I want people to think of when they hear Canadian beer. this beer looks better then it is don't go looking this one, I doubt you would have too look far anyways

Serving type: can

10-06-2009 06:35:40 | More by wordemupg
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3.23/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So, in honor of the start of hockey season, a Canadian beer. But, not just any Canadian beer, one that borrows the legitimacy of the Canadian people on the lable by calling itself simply "Canadian."

Looks unassuming. Yellow, nice head, a little better than par for the adjunct course.

Smells sweet and corny. Not bad, but not too good, either.

Taste isn't bad for the style. It's neither good enough nor bad enough to distract you from a hockey game.

In the mouth is is light and carbonated. A it watery, but not too bad considering the style. I dare say refreshing.

Ok, this isn't horrible. Better than the "King of Beers", but not my drink of choice.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 04:54:14 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- golden yellow color clear with decent carbonation, thick white head off the pour, nice appearance for the style

Smell- slight hops and grain, little bit of corn on the nose, nothing overwhelming,

Taste- nice crisp flavor, very typical of the style, nothing overwhelming but nothing bad either, nice corn and grain finish with mild hop, nice lingering flavor on the finish,

Mouthfeel- decently carbonated and overall smooth mouthfeel

Drinkability- Actually highly drinkable and its does grow on you a bit, certainly has more flavor then alot of the other mass produced lagers, nothing world changing but for the cheap price 5.69 for a 6 pack something i would certainly visit again, nice session beer good for watching sports and having some nice pizza

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 20:10:34 | More by Stunner97
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1.88/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Thirsty for a beer, so I reach deep into the fridge, wrap my hands around the first can I feel, and pull out...Canada's finest! Oh joy.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a finger of off-white head that sticks around. To be honest, it really looks refreshing!

Smells of cereal grains, light hops, grass. Pleasent.

Taste is a bitter, rough taste at first that mellows out to a flat cold wasteland of one--dimensional flavors. Truly awful tasting, no redeeming taste qualities, and I get a small shock of that rough taste up front with every sip. My god, how awful. This is easily one of the worst tasting adjuncts on the market. Poor me, I have 11.8 ounces to go.

Mouthfeel is poor; rough carbonation overpowers any delicate flavors you might detect. Boring and bland in your mouth.

Drinkability? I recommend this beer for getting drunk only, and may I recommend a pack of unfiltered Luckies to help mask the taste of this awful beer?

Serving type: can

09-23-2009 02:10:32 | More by SamN
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2.35/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a pale gold, with a surprisingly full head, solid retention for the style.

S: Light grain notes, cereal.

T: Again, simple adjunct lager grain, with a very very light hop note.

M: Terrible, feels like soda in the mouth.

D: Honestly I thought this would be better than it turned out to be. I could actually drink it pretty fast, but really there's nothing to go back to.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 20:12:38 | More by Halcyondays
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3/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was looking for something different to drink and the lady and our local distributor told to try this.

Overall it's not a bad beer, but it doesn't knock your socks off either. It's smooth, not to carbonated, and tastes a little watery to me. I'll be serving it at a party today and I'll be interested in what the people have to say about it. For me, I'd drink it if my favorites weren't available, it's better than a light beer.

Serving type: can

09-20-2009 13:23:27 | More by wordhog61
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Ontario (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

473ml can poured into pint glass

A - Poured a clear yellow with a deceiving big bubbly white head that didn't last long. Little lacing.

S - Mild, light sweetness, some grassiness.

T - Light sweetness and some slightly off putting bitterness.

M - Average carbonation. Feels a bit watery.

D - Average. Not offensive but doesn't stand out either.

This is just your typical macro brewed beer.

Serving type: can

09-19-2009 17:29:34 | More by decimator
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3.55/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought a 24 pack for tailgating. My bro and I were seeing OAR so we needed something half way decent to sip on.

A: Surprisingly not bad. Kind of a tan yellow color. Some bubbles making their way to the top. Great looking head that was about two inches thick when I poured it. It's almost gone now that I'm done typing this.

S: Spicy hop character. Not too different from your typical American Lager but it had some zest to it.

T: Quite sweet and smooth. A lot like the smell, a little hoppy and spicy too. Probably one of the better lagers I've tasted.

M: Thin, not much carbonation. Light to light medium feel.

D: Very drinkable. When in a cooler surrounded by ice, this is one smooth and very drinkable beer. I can easily take out 12 if I'm in the mood.

Overall, my favorite macro out there. If I don't go for a craft brew, which isn't very often, I definitely grab a Molson Canadian. I would take it over Budweiser many times over.

Serving type: can

09-10-2009 00:36:52 | More by BigAl723
Molson Canadian Lager from Molson Coors Canada
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