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Molson Golden - Molson Coors Canada

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456 Ratings

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Ratings: 456
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 2.71
pDev: 22.88%

Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A smooth, mellow beer of moderate sweetness, not too bitter and slightly malty.

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Photo of Brenden


2.48/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Why? Sometimes, with beers like this, I just don't know anymore.

I'm not surprised by the pale so called straw-yellow look, or by the fizz and the weak, thin foam it forms. What does surprise me is that any lace of any kind exists at all, but some tiny, sparsely deposited spotting is there nonetheless.
There's very little to the nose. There's corn husk and a slightly sulfuric (not skunky) vegetal note. There's also grass. What is that, hops? Hope yet lives.
A bit sweeter on the tongue, it does have some substance yet. It's just not much. Still corn, vegetation, grains, and a bit of fruit are better than some things offered by this type of beer.
Sometimes note having a terribly thin, watery body can be a detractor for this style. Odd, I know. But this beer has a thickness and a certain slickness that's worse than if it had a weaker body, though it is light regardless. It's sort of a clash on the palate, though a bite of crispness cuts through it some.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 20:03:05 | More by Brenden
Photo of Retroman40


3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is just your basic Canadian beer.

A - Pours out a light yellow (golden?) color with a fleeting head.

S - Grains with some hop note.

T - Good sharp flavor with a balance of malt and hops.

M - Very pleasant, a bit of a hoppy finish.

O - This is a solid choice for any Canadian beer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 10:38:49 | More by Retroman40
Photo of cliffyp17

New Hampshire

3.66/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

its molson golden...10.99 per !2er at pharmacy...no elaborate review here but 2.5 times Bud for overall drinkability..when it comes to this watery sweet style there is really only one other option i would consider for a nice mellow session: and that would have to be Coors Xtra Gold

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 00:35:28 | More by cliffyp17
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

2.65/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium straw yellow in color with significant amounts of active visible carbonation constantly streaming from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy white head that quickly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of grainy malts with corn adjuncts and some faint aromas of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of grainy malts with light to moderate amounts of corn adjunct sweetness. Light flavors of grassy hops are present in the finish contributing a touch of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp but slightly thin/watery.

O: This takes me back to the days of college in upstate NY where this was the beer of choice due to the cheap price compared with American BMC (this was in the early 1990s so there were not a lot of craft options available). Maybe not as quite as I expected it to be from my college memories...and I was surprised that it was not skunky at all considering the green glass bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 19:22:07 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of sommersb


2.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Tasted On: 10-11-2013
Freshness: Best by 01-2014
Packaging: 12 oz. green bottle, screw-cap
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: 6-pack from Kroger

A: Big white head on the golden-colored and clear beer. Shows good head retention and OK lacing.

S: Smells of light malty sweetness and some hay notes in the hops. Some vegetable aromas are a detraction.

T/M: Taste has a little sweetness and no bitterness. Crisp and clean mouthfeel with a light body.

O: A simple brew that's not remarkable or offensive.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 00:52:34 | More by sommersb
Photo of JuicesFlowing


2.98/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Clear light golden color. Bubbles rising from the bottom, white head that leaves a film. Light lacing.

Aroma: Faint adjuncts, slight sweetness.

Taste: A harsh metallic note. Some malts, adjuncts? Slightly skunky finish.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated.

Overall: I have no idea what I just drank. It could have been any number of mass produced American pale lagers.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 23:51:53 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of Tr0janSlay3r


2.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Initially, I was a fan of Molson brews. They were one of my bridge beers that got me into exploring the ever expanding craft beer industry. (I know it is not a craft beer) However, I have not had this beer since I was young with my Dad and I cannot wait to review it.

Appearance- Totally see through with many carbonation bubbles. It has color that has a light yellow/straw or even "Golden" hue to it. With a fierce poor a two fingered pure white head was present and lasted about two minutes before disappearing into a thin skin of foam on the surface. As I finished it lacing does say on the glass just a bit.

Smell- With the initial whiff, I really only smell corn and rice. With the second smell, I really detect a sweet grain to this beer. Really, I was expecting a bit better smell; clearly there was not any adventure in brewing this mass marketed beer.

Taste- With the first hit of the palate I am getting an overwhelming corn and grain taste. It leaves a skunky aftertaste as well even with the first gulp. With the second taste, I gather even more corn; you can really make out the natural sweetness of corn in this brew.

Mouthfeel- Molson Golden mouthfeel is definitely better than other mass marketed beers. Without a doubt it is not "as" watery as others. For being so light in color, the body of this beer is heavier than I presumed but still very very light.

Overall- Disappointed. I was not expecting a whole lot however the earthiness of the beer dominated its entire presence. This is the definition of a chugging beer, because you do NOT want to just sip on it. I would recommend this as a lawn mower beer or when you invite your buddies over for the big game. This is not a one of a kind brew. CHEERS!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 00:00:33 | More by Tr0janSlay3r
Photo of stella77artois

New York

3.31/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

There's just something about this beer. It's definitely nothing special, in fact, it's fairly ordinary. I just happen to love it! I rarely buy cheaper brews, but when I do, it's often this.

Has a light, yet good flavor. Nice and crisp, and has a unique sweetness to it reminiscent of carmel.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 16:48:15 | More by stella77artois
Photo of Jimmys


2.11/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle. dated May 13 13. I have to imagine that may be a best before rather than a bottled-on...

A: very pale "golden" hue. crystal clear. not a lot of carb coming up. bright white head is tightly bubbled. retention is more of a rim. spotted lacing.

S: virtually no hop aroma. a sweetened, corn-ish aroma that may have a touch of DMS to it.

T: starts with enough carb to take any potential flavor out of my mind. a bit grainy? finish is tad bland. dry, simple cereal.

M: big and distracting. light bodied for sure.

D: I wish I had more to say about this brew, but between the unappealing aroma and lack of flavor it is tough to use more words in this review. if the purpose of drinking a beer is to drink some fizzy liquid that has alcohol in it, this could suffice. for everyone using this website, pass.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 03:54:31 | More by Jimmys
Photo of metter98

New York

2.73/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass, and bits of lacing down the sides.
S: Light aromas of corn and grainy malts are present in the nose along with some hints of grassy hops.
T: The taste has light flavors of grainy malts along with hints of adjuncts and sweetness; these are contrasted by a light amount of bitterness and faint amounts of grassy hops.
M: It feels light-bodied and slightly watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has a very good balance between malts and hops for a light beer. While it came in a green bottle, I couldn’t detect any skunk in the smell or taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 23:13:42 | More by metter98
Photo of jjamadorphd


3.43/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is one of those beers I've heard about for a very long time but had never had the opportunity to try. Well I got my chance recently...

The beer, like its name, pours out a beautiful golden color, rather appealing really. The smell and taste were surprising in a way, there was a distant hint of citrus I am certain I tasted. The single reason why I rated it better than average. Mouthfeel was average at best and it actually felt a bit watery sloshing around. Overall, it was better than what I expected and have enjoyed a few more than one since.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 03:06:15 | More by jjamadorphd
Photo of TMoney2591


2.3/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

How did I miss this stuff during my trip to Windsor those years ago...? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear pale gold topped by a relatively short-lived finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises wheat, very light lemon peel, and mineral water. The taste brings in more of the same, with both the wheat and the lemon gaining that usual macro funk (one day I'll find a better way to describe that quality (or lack thereof)). The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a meek, bland, sad little beer. 'Nuff said, really.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 23:01:03 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Curtis


4.35/5  rDev +60.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A totally underrated beer. This pours clear, golden, beautiful. a nice head, not too much, not too little. the smell is as beer should be: hops, malt .. yum. It can get a little skunky, which to be honest, I really don't mind if it is not excessive. The alc kick is decent, and actually a little surprising as the flavor of alc doesn't come through at all. It is very, very drinkable, maybe a little too much so. I can down three of these in a half hour and not realise it.. until the buzz hits.. which is nice and smooth, not heavy and sickening. All around, a true favorite.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 05:03:33 | More by Curtis
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4/5  rDev +47.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Molson Golden has a thick, white head, heavy lacing left on the glass, a clear, golden appearance, and lots of bubbles streaming up. The aroma is strange- like an old basement, with sweetness. Taste is more or less like typical beer, but one can detect sweet grain and a higher than average hop bitterness in the middle and end of the sip. There is a grassy note here as well. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Molson Golden finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and dry. Overall, this is a very good beer.


Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 20:47:21 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of SometimesIfart


2.65/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a slightly dark see through yellow with a bubbly three finger white head. Leaves no lacing.

S - Smells of very light cooked veggies, tons of adjunct, and the slighter butterscotch I have ever witnessed

T - The taste completely follows the nose. Plentiful adjunct upfront, with butterscotch htting the back of the taste buds.

M - Mouthfeel stays the same flavorwise, with a medium body and medium carbonation

O - Overall, it's a good cheap beer, somewhat above a large number of them, but nothing fancy by any means. Would I have it again? Yes.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 01:45:08 | More by SometimesIfart
Photo of Offa


3.25/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is decently enjoyable, the kind of blond ale that is largely similar to a fairly good basic pale lager.

Gold, it has a smallish white head steadily shrinking.

Aroma is fruity grain, apple, sulphur grass.

Taste is nice, creamy grain, malt-o-meal, light spritzy apple and grass. It's simple and light but fairly good. It seems a bit more flavourful and enjoyable than the Molson Canadian.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 06:32:22 | More by Offa
Photo of StonedTrippin


2.78/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

there is much worse out these. pours see through and very light yellow color with a decent white head thats gone in an instant. smells kind of like the can, watery malt body, i dont know, just kind of like a stale beer. flavor is moderately better, drinkable and crisp, really watery taste, but there are some hops in the finish, just enough to remind you that its a beer, but there is nothing craft about this thing. metallic in the finish. feel isnt that bad, ultra light and well carbonated, which makes for good golf course beer some some similar application. i think its better than canadian, maybe equal to it, but not as good as export, which isnt bad at all. overall it has its place in the 18pack of cans hall of once a summer drinks.

Serving type: can

06-18-2012 22:16:54 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of Durge


3.43/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear but radiant golden color with an impressive white foam on top and lacing to match. The aroma brings out a slightly metallic wheat grain that fills out into a somewhat pleasant peppery-yeast bread idea. Quite nice actually, and the metallic hint pretty much disappears. The taste is relatively light cereal grain with a citrus kiss. There’s a mild malt backbone that brings a sweetness into the blend that becomes more prominent as you get near the end. It’s medium light bodied with a tingly midland feel. This was one of my favorite beers during my youthful barhopping years, and is actually one of the few revisits that didn’t make me think now “what was I thinking then?”. Really pleasant and refreshing and I’m happy to know I can happily accept one if that’s what the host is offering.

Serving type: can

04-13-2012 02:07:22 | More by Durge
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.1/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the green bottle marked APR1612-EO8050822. Sampled on January 14, 2012. The pour is golden yellow with a small but slightly lingering head. Green bottle aromas are not as noticeable as other instances but there is a mild skunkiness. Beyond that I get grains and crisp hops. The body is thin to medium and very typical. The taste is grainy with a clean enough finish. There is a reason this is a big seller.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 20:55:13 | More by puboflyons
Photo of stakem


3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden yellow in color with a fizzy white head about a finger strong. The cap doesn't hold long until falling back to a white lace supported by rising bubbles. A few spots of lace stick to the glass.

Pale grain sweetness is present mixed with a bit of sulfur touch. The sweetness increases with a bit of bubblegum or candy-like sweetness that loses its initial grain character and gets more like sugar than grain.

The taste is mildly sweet with a note of sulfur. Very mild bitterness keeps the initial sweetness in check. The aftertaste clings inside the mouth with a flavor almost like corn. Fairly crisp aftertaste.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall fairly clean and easy drinking as far as the style is concerned. This is one best enjoyed while colder as the sweet aftertaste increases as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 16:20:12 | More by stakem
Photo of MoreThanWine


2.95/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 1/2" white soap suds head which dissipated quickly. Clear yellow body only slightly deeper than the standard straw yellow American-lager beers. Smells of grass. Taste too is straight BMC. The only plus is the texture is creamier than most of its peer beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 13:31:33 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of eye2


3.23/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Yellow to light amber. It looks good. It looks like what you'd expect from this type of beer.

S: A little skunky but not too bad. Could be mistaken for mellow spices or vegetable peelings.

T: Here's where this beer shines. Unexpectedly "super" delicious. A little more spicy than your everyday outdoor beer. There's a good quality to this beer that was planned for. A taste that some people really like.

M: Sparkling and refreshing. Smooth and pleasant.

Overall: Compared to some other OTS Canadian beers, this one holds it's own. Recommended for drinking outdoors or at a party.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 02:12:14 | More by eye2
Photo of ZenAgnostic


1.43/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Bottom of neck stamped JAN0912.

Appearance - Pour white one finger head with good stick and low retention. Clear pale straw body.

Smell - Distinctly skunky marijuana. You could smell it from several feet away after the pour. That's the only character.

Taste - Extreme taste of dust. Very acidic. Bone dry.

Mouthfeel - Effervescent. Acidic and astringent. Light to medium body; somewhat sticky.

Overall Drinkability - Must be a skunked bottle. Beers like this make me really wish breweries would get over green bottles. I have no sympathy because I feel the skunking is an almost inevitable part of the design of this product, as such.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 06:52:52 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.08/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass:

A: clear yellow body, dense foamy white head quickly dies, slight broken yet clingy lace speckles the pint glass

S: wheat, sweet corn, roasted barley

T: bitter, and sweet at different times slightly bland, dull

M: light, refreshing qualities made it feel watery, came out really clean, sessionable, no aftertaste nor finish

O: hmmm . . . not sure what to say on this part, but its originally Canadian, so might be good for watchin' hockey, eh?

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 01:22:07 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of mttfrog13

New York

3.45/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance = tan/amber/brown color. White head

smell = malty with a bit of fruitiness

taste = It has a lot of fruitiness, but it's not the main flavor. It is pretty malty and full flavored, and kind of just "normal" tasting.

mouthfeel = Full flavored, light, and balanced

overall = I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I like it more than regular moson probably.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 02:13:38 | More by mttfrog13
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Molson Golden from Molson Coors Canada
64 out of 100 based on 456 ratings.