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Molson Canadian Lager - Molson Coors Canada

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Molson Canadian LagerMolson Canadian Lager

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1,248 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,248
Reviews: 463
rAvg: 2.83
pDev: 23.32%
Wants: 14
Gots: 49 | 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 Donerik


3.4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I could drink this all day if I were stuck at a nascar event(see irony: Canadian beer, American sport). It's better than most macro brews sold in my area. Easily edges out other lagers in my heart when I need a lot of bottles of something and I don't want to pay a lot; this is my go to for that.

L: Looks yellow/brown, crisp, I typically drink these out of the bottle.
S: smells like a lager, no distinct or interesting notes.
T: Like a lager, typically fresher flavors
M: Nothing Special, goes down smooth takes its flavor with it.

Plus: It's the official import of the Detroit Red Wings. Comedic labels.

I'd drink this if I wanted to get hammered, I was having non-beer geek friends over, or I wanted to get hammered while choking down ballpark franks a family reunion.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 16:33:50 | More by Donerik
Photo of civilizedpsycho


2.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured bottle into mug.

Appearance: Golden and clear with a big head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Slightly funky malt smell, but pretty bland overall.

Taste: Fairly bland with a mildly bitter kick. It's not the smoothest thing it the world.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery.

Drinkability: It's not bad, but it's not something I'm going to rush out and buy every weekend.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 03:49:49 | More by civilizedpsycho
Photo of william5586


2.6/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A- Crystal clear see through yellow. There was almost a finger of head and before that disappeared it looked ok. The left over head also left some very spotty lace that slid down the glass.

S- The only thing that I can really detect is a hint of sweetness.

T & M- Very very thin watery taste is apparent right from the start. Not much at all going on except for some sweetness and a very slight bitterness that gives way to a watery finish. The bitterness was very fleeting and after about half the glass the sweetness took over.

Not the worst macro lager by any means. I could drink this if there was nothing better to be had.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 22:49:40 | More by william5586
Photo of DoctorStrangiato

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a draught glass.

Appearance - light golder colour with a quickly dissolved white head. Reduced to thin suface bubbles with a thin ring of lace. Looks restaurant-esque where they serve this product by the bucketful.

Smell - fresh, inoffensive light malt smell. The scent gives away the fact that this is going to be one sweet beer. Thin corn syrup aroma sets the tone.

Taste - pretty balanced up front and then the decent malt taste comes in with a wave of cotton-candy sweet syrupy flavour. Not a lot of hops but what is there dries out the saliva reaction to all that sugar.

Mouthfeel - fairly soft on the palate overall, but the carbonation that is there covers the flavour and there's a delay in picking up the character. I'm sure this is a reason for how this stuff is so popular.

Drinkability - there's no question that this is highly quaffable if you suspend all interest in complex flavours. The sweetness for me definitely gets annoying and is probably the cause of much vomiting over the years, along with the bad pizza that accompanied the night of binging. This one has the advertising juggernaut behind it though so it will be a mainstay for many for years to come.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 23:44:03 | More by DoctorStrangiato
Photo of hockeyhead


3.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured from 24oz tall boy
A: pours nice golden color and a large head with lots of bubbles indicating this to be very carbinated
S: smells of a little sweet grain but corn mostly dominates the smell
T: taste is sweet and light malt and a roasted corn taste finishes off the palate
M: light watery body and is highly carbinated
D: very tasty beer i can drink a couple of these cans

Serving type: can

07-16-2009 06:06:38 | More by hockeyhead
Photo of KenOnBass

New York

2/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I drank this beer off tap while waiting at Pearson for a flight to JFK. I vaguely remembered it being decent while in college. Not so much.

The taste was so different from what I remembered that either my tastes have changed drastically or it may have actually been a different brew on tap in Canada than in a bottle in the States a few years ago.

A: Not much of a head. Could see through it, it was so light.

S: Not much of a smell, almost skunky.

T: Light, tasteless, plain.

M: As said before, light, nothing there.

D: For cheap beer I guess it's okay but it tastes like a light beer. Overall it is lacking. It would be good if I just started college and drinking there.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2009 01:40:39 | More by KenOnBass
Photo of tone77


3.3/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a pale straw color with a 1/2 inch head. Smells slightly sweet with a touch of corn. Taste is not bad but rather bland. Not a lot of flavor here. Feels watery in the mouth. Goes down smooth, drinkability is good. Overall an average lager.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 23:43:58 | More by tone77
Photo of association330


3.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a healthy golden color. A finger of foam disappears to a ring of bubbles in about a minute. Surprisingly, there is a bit of initial lacing.

S - Vegetal cooked corn smell, with a trace of misused, metallic hops. Par for the course.

T - Sweet cooked corn gives way to toasted grains and a grazing of hops marks the finish. Better than many of this style.

M - Again, notably better than most in this style - less watery. Carbonation level lends a slightly creamy swallow that helps mask what would otherwise be a thinnish brew.

D - Goes down smooth. A solid lawnmower beer, or something worthy of washing down food at your next summer BBQ.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 22:39:49 | More by association330
Photo of bill93063

New Hampshire

3.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A solid inexpensive lager in the tradition of German Bavarian lagers. It far surpasses many of the big name Germans including Becks and St. Pauli Girl and beats the American big 3 hands down. That said it is a good but not great brew that diminishes in direct contrast to its temperature. As it warms it loses appeal. it is best served at 40-45 degrees during the summer months. The flavor mix is also a tad weak but I'll take weak over unpleasant any day!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 15:19:02 | More by bill93063
Photo of PsychoJedi


2.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, I am bias against Canadian beer. I just wanted to get that out to add some context to the results.

It pours a light golden color with a fast dissipating head. The smell is Canadian if I have ever smelled it. The taste is Canadian if I have ever tasted it. It does go down smooth with little to no after taste.

Verdict: Best I do not give one since I show bias against Canadian tasting beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 00:14:37 | More by PsychoJedi
Photo of TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is the beer of my youth, and I can't remember how many of these I put back. I got this one at a Stag and Doe for a friend's sister, but it's not like it's hard to find this beer when you are in Ontario.

Appearance: Standard stuff, poured with a thumb of head. The head doesn't retain too well, and the lacing is present but on the lighter side. The beer itself is a slightly darker gold color then most adjuncts of it's kind.

Smell: It smells pretty much like your average beer. There are notes of corn, toasted grains, with the barest hint of malt and hops. It's not subdued and doesn't take too much warming to come out. In a word, average.

Taste: Starts with a slight sweeter corn and malt flavor that turns to a morn toasted grain flavor and ends with a touch of hops. It's not bad, it's not really good, it's just average and generic.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is quite good as the generic aftertaste doesn't linger. The carbonation is surprisingly and pleasantly light. It's a very clean beer, that's neither dry nor watered down.

Drinkability: This beer is fairly refreshing, and it's smooth going down. There are also no gas issues, however the beer can start to get heavy and bloat after a couple.

Final Thoughts: When I was younger, and didn't know any better, the reasons for drinking Canadian were a mixture of national pride, funny commercials and getting used to beer in general. Over time, other beer became available and I expanded my horizons. To this day, Canadian remains the yard stick for me, as so far as what an average, generic beer tastes like and should be. I'll still have it on the occasion for nostalgia's sake, usually only because I have to choose between other macro brews.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 17:12:04 | More by TheHammer
Photo of penguinjive7

New York

2.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing out of the ordinary here. This was pretty much everything I expected it to be. Pale golden color with this white head. Grassy malt profile in aroma and taste. There was actually a bit more body than I expected, which was a pleasant surprise. An adjunct lager to the core. Not a bad choice if you are looking to grab a adjunct lager.

Serving type: can

06-06-2009 15:06:57 | More by penguinjive7
Photo of philipquarles


2.1/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a perfectly clear straw yellow with a surprisingly resilient white head. Smells slightly sweet and...adjuncty. Very light, somewhat grainy taste. Grain water might actually be the best descriptor. Feel is actually decent for the style, but still lacking. Easy to drink, and nice for what it is, but in the end just another characterless, flavorless macro.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2009 02:40:11 | More by philipquarles
Photo of LordAdmNelson


2.9/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Nothing special. A very light yellow with little rapidly fading white head.

S- Corn with some biscuity malt. Not much else, although I guess it is a little stronger than most adjuncts.

T- Adjunct malt. Corn with some biscuit. Pretty malty for the style, but still nothing too pleasing. One dimensional.

M- Light and moderately carbonated.

D- Drinks pretty well, although I would reach for something more exciting.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 01:35:01 | More by LordAdmNelson
Photo of nighthawk

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

473mL can poured into pint glass.

Pours a clear yellow with lots of carbonation visible. Generous white head is produced, but shrinks pretty quickly to a small cap that stays around until the end.

Aroma is a bit bready and sweet, with some corn.

Taste seems dominated at first taste by cooked sweet corn. Further in I find a honey-like sweetness, some grains.

Mouthfeel is medium body, surprisingly light carbonation. Clean and a bit on the dry side.

Though it's nothing special, this beer goes down easily and cleanly, and I like it a lot more than many in the style. This used to be the beer that fuelled my weekends in university. Thankfully better taste has prevailed, but I still drink this when it's cheap out at the bars.

Serving type: can

05-17-2009 20:48:58 | More by nighthawk
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

2.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a clear yellowish gold with a slight white head, no lacing.

The smell is a sweet but grainy feel a tiny floral feel to it, not very strong.

The taste is pretty light, tastes a bit sweet with a ceral type flavor. Not very strong in flavor.

This beer is a bit light and easy drinking. Some nice crispness to the feel and a bit refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 14:09:34 | More by Duhast500
Photo of skeeordye11

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours transparent yellow with a thin white head
S- hints of sulfur and corn. Reminds me of champagne for some reason? Smells like a light american lager.
T- Slight corn flavor. No hop flavor whatsoever.
M- Very thin. Very slightly creamy.
D- One of my favorites for an all day affair such as tailgating etc.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 22:24:35 | More by skeeordye11
Photo of Brenden


3.23/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was left over from a friend after Easter dinner. I wouldn't usually get an American Adjunct for myself, but I saw no reason not to try it.

The appearance is pretty typical, although a slightly more coppery color than most of its kind. Head retention isn't great but there is some light lacing at the start that sticks to the top of the glass.
The aroma is corn and toasted grains. I detect very light notes of malt and hops, both behind.
The flavors a little light but not too much so. The sweetness is up front as expected with corn husk and grains, but the balance isn't atrocious. When the hops and malt appear, it actually all works together fairly well.
One thing about this style I've discovered is that it is usually very crisp, clean and refreshing. A little light, of course, but good.
Overall this is quite drinkable and perhaps a small step above others of its kind.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 13:44:07 | More by Brenden
Photo of Caguama


4.43/5  rDev +56.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I found this to be an exceptional lager beer. I especially enjoyed its taste and drinkability. It is a far suerior product to those watered down versions put out by Bush, Bud, or Bud Light and - at a significantly lower price per bottle I might add. I will make it a point to always keep some on hand (for myself if no one else).

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 12:51:11 | More by Caguama
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Rhode Island

2.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale gold color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light & sweet malts and adjuncts with a touch of hops.

T: The taste has your typical adjunct sweetness with bready flavors of grain and barley but it's a little bit more balanced than most in the style. The hops presence is mild but decent for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Flavorful for the style, goes down easily, not filling at all, mild kick, good representation of style for whatever that may be worth, while it wouldn't be the first beer I'd pick, it's better than most other adjunct lagers.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 00:17:55 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of mashedpotatoes


3.63/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent straw yellow with a largely carbonated pillowy head. Smell is minimal, taste is very crisp and clean. Mouthfeel is a bit watery. Drinkability is high due to the ultra clean flavor. Highly recommended vs. domestics such as Bud/Bud Light, this is the same price and is much more friendly to the palate.

Serving type: can

03-31-2009 01:02:27 | More by mashedpotatoes
Photo of BeerFMAndy


2.73/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a pale yellow straw with very little head.

S - Intense smell of a typical mass-produced lager. Malt, grain, a tiny hint of hops.

T - Light malty flavor. Very little flavor here.

M - Crisp and refreshing. Good level of carbonation.

D - Easily a session beer. Not interesting in the least bit though.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 21:53:56 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of TheQuietMan22


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

Appearance: Poured a clean, clear, pale straw yellow and two fingers of head dissipated quickly to leave a spotted lacing and ring of foam on the edge.

Smell: I immediately picked up on the grainy, malty aroma after opening the bottle. Kind of has that dirty dishrag macrolager smell. Just a hint of hoppiness to make it interesting.

Taste: Smooth and malty. Very clean but not complex. There was a slight hop tail.

Drinkability: Another perfect bottle beer from the Great White North. It would make a nice brew for a hot summer weekend. Too bad they don't have those in Canada.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 05:58:30 | More by TheQuietMan22
Photo of RievyRW


3.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Source: 12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pale yellow hue with a minimal head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: A grain/malt smell that I was more than I expected

Taste: Some grain/malt flavor. I would compare it to a PBR-like beer.

Drinkability: I was actually surprised by this one. It was pretty darn good for what it is a fairly good tasting, underappreciated mass beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 16:53:21 | More by RievyRW
Photo of UDbeernut

New York

3.38/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into standard pint, drink before June 09.

A: golden straw color, slight head with little rention. Good amount of bubbling carbonation

S: malt with a note of noble hop aroma

T: crisp maltish biscuit taste, well balanced with noble hop flavor. Slightly watery, but refreshing

M&d: clean mouth, unlike other adjunct lagers, it lacks the familiar burnt corn flavor

Decent brew

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 02:36:50 | More by UDbeernut
Molson Canadian Lager from Molson Coors Canada
66 out of 100 based on 1,248 ratings.