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Molson Golden - Molson Coors Canada

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582 Ratings
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Ratings: 582
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 2.69
pDev: 23.42%
Wants: 5
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001

A smooth, mellow beer of moderate sweetness, not too bitter and slightly malty.
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Ratings: 582 | Reviews: 215
Reviews by Reagan1984:
Photo of Reagan1984
3.3/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best Before March '09 freshness date on label.

Very light golden color with perfect clarity. Some visible carbonation. Thin foamy ½ finger head forms, then vanishes. No lacing at all.

Milled grain and yeasty aroma. A touch more fruit than the others, but not a great deal.

Seems to be the most corn like flavor of the three Molson beers (Ice, Canadian, Golden)
A bit too sweet and lacks some balance. The Canadian is definitely the most balanced of the three that I've reviewed/sampled. This is a bit too sweet and could use the help of a touch more hops for balance and depth.

Mouth feel seems a little thicker than the Molson Canadian. Has some more body and not quite as watery. If "Canadian" had this mouth feel with it's flavor, that would be the best Molson item.

Drinkable like water, only a touch sweeter.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Light yellow in color with some effervescence and a modest head, just like all the other Molson’s that I’ve had.

Smell – The smoothness of the grain and lack of funk give this one a thumbs up.

Taste – This one is lighter in flavor than the standard Canadian Lager and has a more pronounced sweetness at the finish.

Mouthfeel – Lively carbonated and crisp with a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability – This one is on par with the other Molson’s that I’ve had. They aren’t putting out anything stellar, but they are a small notch above the other macros.

Photo of Jason
2.73/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz green twist off bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Golden straw and very clear, thin foaming after pouring and dissipates to a ring of lace.

Smell: Corny, veggie and a hint of grassy malt. Clean but not much there.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Full mouth of smoothness in a light to moderate body. Light malt flavour, mild hopping and a twang of ale fermentation.

Notes: Plain tasting, bland. Could be refreshing if it was 100* F and it was ice cold but then I would not even be drinking it for the taste.

Photo of merlin48
3.4/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, light yellow body with a very small, white head that vanishes in seconds. No lacing.
Aroma is slightly sweetish with pale malt and faint, floral hops. No skunkiness.
Mouthfeel is light bodied and highly carbonated.
The taste is quite nice for a mainstream, Blonde ale. Very clean, and very simple. Slightly sweet maltiness is balanced well by a herbal, hops bitterness. No off flavors.
Nothing complex about this one, but it's a clean, easy drinking, well balanced ale that would make for an ideal, session or "lawnmower beer". Refreshing and thirst quenching, but don't expect a lot of flavor or any complexity. Very decent for a Canadian macro.

Photo of Billolick
2.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ouncer sampled. It poured very light, pissy yellow, very clear, meager bright white head, minor lacing left behind. Nose is vegetal, cabadgy in fact. This is a fairly flavorful blond ale, skunky notes, corn, grainy, chalky hops. Amazing to think this was "the good stuff" back in the day...Probably a decent very warm weather brew.

Photo of magictrokini
2.85/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I always feel white-trashy when I drink this beer. It does taste good, especially ice-cold out of a cooler. My real question is how this is classified as an American Blonde. It looks like one; gold pour, big white head. The aroma is sweet and grainy, with a bit of floral hops. But the taste is a lager. Pale malt, sweet, and grainy. Nothing special, but not a blonde, in my opinion.

Photo of far333
3.37/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My beer of choice about 20 years ago, but I haven't had one in a long time. Perhaps the first time having one from a glass.

Pours from the bottle a pale straw yellow with a fizzy white head that bubbles up like soda and settles quickly down.

Aroma of some corny malt, a little butter, and a lot of skunky funk.

Watery and slick mouthfeel leads to a flavor of buttered corn, some fruity esters, and a fine peppery bite. Finishes a bit crisp, and mouthfeel becomes more full in the finish. Biscuity malt lingers, with some piney accents.

Interesting nostalgic trip, but I'm good on this one for a while.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Just a shade darker than pale straw yellow, absolutely no head retention, dissipates quicker than a paycheck at an indian casino. Grassy corn aroma, not terrible, mild skunk, not in the level of Euro lagers though, which is actually better from a guy who likes his green bottle skunk.

Not a bad taste actually, faint hop metallic bitterness, easy to drink, very light, no off flavors, small skunkiness. Lots of carbonation to give that spritzy vibe to it. Corn aroma did not lead to corn husk taste, which is nice. A decent hot weather pick, but they still charge too much for this stuff.

Photo of ADR
2.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear dark yellow appearance, biggish head that clears to nothing in 20 seconds. No lacing in the pint glass. A blend of vague lemon and corn to the aroma, some tassel and pollen-like stuff going on. Taste is pretty stripped-down, a little bit of diacetyl and mild corn syrup, quite a bit of carbonation. Decent hop crispness late, not bad balance. The malts seem more at fault, this beer just doesn't generate a flavor profile. Can't really recommend this one.

Photo of richkrull
3.22/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very pale straw color

S - Skunky. What is it with these Canadian beers and their skunky smell? I don't get how that's appealing.

T - Not bad, little skunky though not as bad as the smell. Decent tasting beer.

M - Pretty average light feel.

D- Good. i could have a few more of these. It's a pretty good tasting beer once you get past the skunkiness.

Photo of Brenden
2.48/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of zjungleist
3.08/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Certainly not my all time favorite, but it is my favorite cheap beer. I won't really drink anything cheaper. Lots of carbonation, no head to speak of. I think it smells and tastes a little bit like green apples. Great on a hot day. Crisp and refreshing. I can even get my wife to drink it! Simply put, it's better than nothing, and it's not as much as the good stuff. Great value.

Photo of dacrza1
1.88/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The Moment: Enjoying the return of smell and taste, long shelved since allergies took their toll...
Glassware: Cleveland Browns pilsner...
Appearance: Pours a pale, tawny yellow, the color of dead grass; head quickly settles to a thin, uneven bubbly white...
Aroma: corn and malt that together is omewhat pungeant; airy, oxygenated vapor sits in the doughy strength...
Palate: approximates seltzer with its late fiz and medium-bodied tongue--almost like an Italian soda...
Taste: late pilsner accents with an aftretaste that lingers; syrupy aroma invades the sip; looking forward to ChexMix to marry this beer to its purpose...
Overall: As cases go, this can work; as fortunate as I feel to be able to rate beer again, I was a bit foolish to welcome myself back with this watery fare; mouth-quenching with a bit of beef bite that doesn't make the beer as easy-drinking as it should be...

Photo of soper2000
2.41/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Snagged this from my roommates fridge. This is a very clean looking beer. It poured to a golden hue with an impressive head which didn't last too long unfortunately. Aroma is very similiar to BMC. I was expecting just a little bit of fruitiness or hops from this one. Taste is pretty bland as well. Everything about this beer is understated. This is nothing spectacular but then again it had no serious problems.

Photo of Retroman40
3/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of tdm168
2.16/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a pale golden yellow with 1/4" of soapy, foamy head that recedes after about a minute. The smell is quite grainy at first, but just a tiny amount of hops are noticeable after a few minutes. The taste is grainy with a bold bitterness in the finish; mostly corn here. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a good deal of carbonation.

This is yet another forgettable mass produced beer.

Photo of cjgator3
3.18/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz green bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden yellow color with a white head that has pretty decent retention and lacing. The aroma is slightly skunky with some faint grainy malt and hops. The taste is crisp and refreshing with some malt and a touch of hops in the finish. The taste is a little watery but has more flavor than most macro lagers on the market. Overall, there is nothing special about this brew, but it is certainly better than the average macro lager out there. Drink it while it is cold, because the taste quickly deteriorates as it heats up.

Photo of tempest
2.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a green bottle at Italiano Delight in Emmaus, PA. The bartender set it down with a frosted mug. Upon pouring the beer the a cloud of skunk hit the air. Man, this was bad, especially for a beer that was just in a cooler under a bar. Eventually the skunk cleared and I was left with a plain, light amber ale with a bready sweetness and not a lot of much else. Easy drinking, skunk aside.

Photo of beerluvr
3.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

There once was a time in the early '80's when my friends and I thought that this was the best beer! (It had to be...it cost $2.65 a six back then!) But as I'm drinking one now, I laugh at that thought. Now it just seems like any other light-bodied mass-produced lager/ale. Hell, which is it anyway? Not something I'd go out and purchase myself these days, this one was one of a fresh 12 pak given to me. I don't know if it's me and my palate growing more umm, sophisticated, or the brewery's recipe being doctored over the years.

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3.23/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can opens with a resounding "poop". Smell fills my nostrils as I close my eyes and bring the can to my lips. I take a can opener and pop another hole in the back of the can as I tilt my head and allow the sweet nector to fill my gullet. The only way to drink this "beer" is frat style. Not a sipping beer.

Photo of mttfrog13
3.43/5  rDev +27.5%
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.

Photo of bditty187
2.23/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Blonde, slightly golden hue, translucent, 1/4 of an inch of brilliant white head, no lace. Faintly sweet nose, boring, clean actually. Yawn… slightly sweet taste, equally floral, mildly pathetic malt undertones. Dry, lackluster finish. Carbonation provides the mouthfeel… yes… it is that dreadful. I fail to notice anything positive about Molson Golden. Skip it.

Thankfully, I only paid 89c for a single of this beer.

Photo of BigIrishman
3.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours straw yellow with little head that dissapears quickly

Smell: Corn chips over a bed of cooked veggies, not all that powerful but surprisingly not skunky for a green bottled beer.

Taste: Similar to the smell but pretty mild and not offensive.

Mouthfeel: Thin and crisp

Drinkability: Fairly decent for a macro lager, not too offensive which makes it fine for drinkingon a hot summer day.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
1.73/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Clear green bottle; throws a light gold in color, a nearly non-existent patchy white head. Grains, malt and corn on the nose. Sweet malts, burnt cooked veggies and day old biscuits in the body, a raw-adjunct filled palate. Light in the body, dull and lackluster; skip it.

Photo of eye2
3.18/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

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Molson Golden from Molson Coors Canada
64 out of 100 based on 582 ratings.