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Molson Golden - Molson Coors Canada

Molson GoldenMolson Golden

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459 Ratings

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Ratings: 459
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001)
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Photo of BeerDocT


4.43/5  rDev +63.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

UPDATE: This was a review of a Molson Golden brewed in Canada. I do not endorse, and no longer buy, Molson Golden brewed in Colorado, USA.

Poured the beer from a bottle into a wide-mouthed, chilled glass.

-Appearance 4.0: Beautiful light golden color. This is a deeper gold than any other lager I can think of. Slight head. Carbonation visible; very small bubbles.

-Smell 4.5: Smells...very good. I smell slight yeast, hops, grains...there is also something else in there that I cannot put my finger on. Very refreshing just to smell this beer.

-Taste 4.5: Smooth taste, slight hoppy flavor. Nice barley notes and a very refreshing taste. I could see myself drinking these all night!

-Mouthfeel 4.0: Very "big" mouthfeel. An almost perfect level of carbonation. Few lingering tastes afterward. Smooth and enjoyable.

-Overall 4.5: Refreshing, reliable and delicious. Goes well with food, but I reserve it as an always dependable session beer.

Molson Golden is a highly underrated beer. I consider it to be the best Macro-beer brewed in North America. I think some people have had bad experiences because of skunkiness caused by the green bottle, which is a shame. Try to find a bottle with a "best by" date at least three months away.

$10.99 for a twelve pack in Acworth, GA.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 19:24:55 | More by BeerDocT
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 steeler

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +55.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well i had this molson offering last night. Pours out a nice deep golden color, with a small head that doesn't last, and then fades to a small ring of laceing. Looks decent. Smell was average for a macro, and that trademark corny molson smell. Better than Canadian's smell. This was a great tasteing brew tho, goes down smooth, well carbonated with a sweet, tart after taste. Quite pleasing. This is a beer that can be slammed all night, and that's what i did. I HIGHLY recommend this beer, its light years ahead of Canadian. Highly enjoyable, tastey and light! Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 19:02:39 | More by steeler
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 PBRstreetgang


3.88/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an ultra clear pale gold. Streaming carbonation under a quasi-dense 1 1/2 finger head that will stick for a while. Very decent waves of lace. Noble hops and some sweet fruits phenols like stawberries. Very mild malt presence, almost wheat-like; but a slight vinous character keeps the taste balanced well against light german hop flavors. Dry and somewhat tart aftertaste, but the mouthfeel remains crisp and refreshing. The all around flavor is a bit timid for the style, but the clean finish makes a great drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2005 09:51:49 | More by PBRstreetgang
Photo of Greenlabel

New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very surprised by this product. I wasn't expecting much as I only bought it as a mainstream product for non-micro drinkers. I also bought Stella Artois for the mainstream folks but found this to be much better than Stella.

The bottle was freshness dated (code) on the neck. The ale poured, as I would have expected, a light golden color. Smell was stronger than I'd anticipated. The body wasn't that of a craft brew but it wasn't as lacking as found in most macros. Very drinkable - wouldn't mind drinking this one at all on occasions where micros aren't available. I think it may earn a regular spot in my refrigerator - primarily for macro-drinking guests but also, on occasion, for me as a session brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2007 02:03:59 | More by Greenlabel
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3.85/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A CAN from CANada's oldest brewery! CAN you dig it?!?

Wow, did my pour ever result in some nice head - two finger's worth of thick, foamy, bone-white head with decent retention! Color was a golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Talk about truth in advertising ... Nose had a slightly sweet cast to it, more lager-like than ale. Mouthfeel was medium with a slightly sweet taste, not much hops in evidence, but not overwhelmed by malt, either, striking a nice balance. Finish was slightly dry, and quite tasty, especially compared to Molson CANadian. If you did not enjoy this in a bottle, I urge you to give it a re-visit in a CAN!

Serving type: can

02-20-2010 18:38:32 | More by woodychandler
Photo of Brent


3.75/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very pleasant beer, with well balanced hops and slightly sweet malt. I like this a little better than Molson Canadian Lager.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2001 23:10:20 | More by Brent
Photo of tgbljb


3.73/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium yellow color with rapidly disappearing white puffy head.
Smell is very minimal with only a light sweetness noted.
Taste follows through with more sweetness, but is very unremarkable.
Nice and refreshing, but nothing outstanding.
An OK beer, but not much else

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2006 21:41:39 | More by tgbljb
Photo of Shaw


3.73/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold in color with a nice white head that reduces to a ring and an island in my glass.

It has a nice aroma of biscuit, grains and grassy hops.

The taste is also good. There is lots of malt flavor but also a note of adjuncts. The sweetness from the malt is stronger than the light hop bite.

The body is light, but still has some substance: This beer isn't watery.

Overall this is a fine beer. I was very impressed by Canada's beers during a recent trip and wanted to try some more back home. Canada mass produces beer with flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 05:13:52 | More by Shaw
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 billybob


3.65/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear light golden color with a large white head that fades quickly to just cover the beer, and with a minimal lacing. strong skunkly smell. taste is grainy malt up front with a skunked hop finish. mouthfeel is dry, light, lots of carbonation. very drinkable if you like the skunky smell and taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 18:28:09 | More by billybob
Photo of Kicksmile67


3.63/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty decent "drinking" beer. Its clean and clear, but not as golden as the title hints at. There is a lot of carbonation and the head fades quick. The smell is nothing special but not bad either. The taste is smooth and light with only a traditional "beer" taste about it. No subtle hints of anything else. The mouth feel is thin but refreshing, more so than any soda can provide. The over all drinkability is good I think for this one, and I was kind of suprised to see such a low mark. This is probably due to the fact its an enzyme manufactured beer and many have refined pallets.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2006 16:54:31 | More by Kicksmile67
Photo of katan


3.63/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Extremely clear, golden color. Light white head formation, turns into a film. Well retained. Bubbling is at a minimum. Looks like a pils.

S - Speaking of pils, I detect the grainy essence of pilsner malt. Light malt sweetness with that almost "funk" of pilsner. No hops detected here.

T - Starts off with a light malt note, which quickly turns to a pilsner malt dominated nose. Almost skunky at times. Mid-stream does show some bitterness, but hops are nowhere to be found. This beer intends to be non-offensive, and succeeds. Finishes with a pilsner malt hit. Aftertaste is non-existent.

M - Light, thin beer body. Some carbonation bite, edge. Little to no retained sensation on the palette.

D - Very drinkable. Smooth, moderate and manageable abv. I would think if i was in a pils mood this beer would certainly suffice.

Nothing at all wrong with this beer, besides I'm sure in many folks opinion, the label. That and the stupidly skunk inducing green bottle that is.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 01:48:20 | More by katan
Photo of sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

3.6/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden hue with a huge rocky head that faded fairly quickly bubbles streaming upward at a constant quick pace. Looks slightly better than every other macro.
Smelled of sweet light malt and not much else.
Tasted sweet malty and unlike a macro I picked up only a slight corn taste but this has more of a sweetness to it like good late summer sweet corn.
Mouthfeel is a thicker light not much wateriness in this one.
This ones not too bad I'd be happy to drop a few in the cooler for friends and give them a slightly better option over "cold water"

Serving type: can

08-28-2010 20:45:20 | More by sliverX
Photo of Grandwazoo


3.55/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very clean golden color, befitting the name. Head is creamy enough and beer is refreshing at first, but after a while the sweetness begins to take over.

Ap -- Clear, golden. Creamy head

Ar -- Shaved wood and honey with mild hops. Traces of warm bread

T -- Sweet beginning. Mild bitterness at end to counter sweetness, though honey-sweetness dominates by end of bottle

M -- Round and pleasant...a little cloying by end

D -- Great for one, perhaps a bit too sweet for more than one

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 02:48:18 | More by Grandwazoo
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3.55/5  rDev +31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured out a very pale yellow color with thin head that disappears quickly. Little lacing.

Smells of some woody grains and a little bit of maple product. Pretty sweet.

Taste is sweet and mapley with a bit of malt and grainy taste.

Mouthfeel is very light and smooth, with some bubbly character.

Drinkability is amazing. Sweet enough to be tasty, but very light and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 20:03:34 | More by tittymcj
Photo of IrishRedRock


3.53/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light and smooth are the defining characteristics of this beer. Not much taste difference than any other simple cheaper beer, but a bit more flavorful, and certainly not as nasty smelling. Doesn't have that terrible corn flavor either. All in all a refreshing crisp beer that goes down smooth. Good, but certainly nothing special. And it beats dirty Molson Ice any day.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2002 20:54:40 | More by IrishRedRock
Photo of Stunner97

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- pours a very golden yellow color, nice clear and golden color, nice bubbles stream up the glass to what starts as a nice white foam head

Smell- very slight malts and hops can be lightly noticed, a slight grain smell,

Taste- very short finish but has a good slight hop bitterness more so then the regular lager, slight grain and malt, overall and enjoyable flavor,

Mouthfeel- medium to light bodied with decent carbonation, feels very smooth

Drinkability- very drinkable and for the price especially a very nice sessionable lager, I really thing to most of the mass produced things molson puts out a pretty solid product, and served up ice cold you would have no problem enjoying a few of these, a refreshing lager when looking for a no fuss cheaper priced beer

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 07:14:35 | More by Stunner97
Photo of nicksta


3.48/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: It is a fairly dark gold with carbonation that continually rises and a thin head. Just like the original.

S: Similar to the american macros. It is cereal sweet, but I also dectect a hint of citrus, more specifically lemons and oranges.

T: Reminds me of a Kolsch, the Pick Axe Blonde. Some basic malt sweetness, hints of citrus, and it also has that mild pine sol smell taste to it like the Kolsch. Unlike the kolsch there is the small hops kiss at the end. Very hard to figure out, just like a Kolsch.

M: The mouthfeel is good. No carbonation sticks to your mouth, unlike the original.

D: Quite drinkable if you don't let the ambiguous taste get to you.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2006 05:43:48 | More by nicksta
Photo of CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden yellow appearance with a nice white head accompanies with a nice swee corn smell.

Nice taste. Hint of corn and hops, a bit grainy. The aftertaste is smooth and a bit of a dry sweetness. Very flavorful and drinkable with refreshing qualities. A major downfall is that the taste is nothing outstanding compared to what it's capable of.

Overall this is a very nice beer, nothing that leaps out at you, but nice. Would recommend a try.

Serving type: can

04-18-2007 19:40:18 | More by CrazyMike
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
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

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

doesn't seem like an ale to me, but it is a little dark in flavor, and smooth for an economic beer. it goes down with great ease, and it is no problem to have a few. a decent to good brew that you can drink with a good flavor and a medium body

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2002 21:01:32 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of merlin48


3.43/5  rDev +26.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2004 00:07:21 | More by merlin48
Photo of casualbeerman

New Jersey

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

Appearance was a yellow/amber a little on the bright side. Head was small and quickly disapated with no lacing. Smell was a little sweet, some grain and something hard to describe. Kind of chemical-like but not real objectionable. The taste was (as is almost always the case) more of the same. It's kind of sweet, a little grainy, a little citrusy-sour, and there is a bit of chemical aftertaste. But its not too bitter and not too objectionable. Mouthfeel is average like almost mouthfeel almost always is. Drinkability is good, I could drink several of these. Bottom line- This quality isn't awesome, but tastes ok and its pretty interesting for such a pale beer. Maybe that's the ale yeast at work. If I hadn't repeatedly read that this was a type of ale I would swear its a lager. And if any Brits read this and then happen to get ahold of a Molson Golden DO NOT drink it warm. Your native ales taste fine warm (by which I mean Newcastle and Bass, I'm not a British Ale afficionado), but this beer does NOT warm well. I didn't deduct anything for that since I didn't give this beer a real high rating anyway and I don't drink beer warm on purpose, but you don't want this unless its at least cool.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2006 06:26:13 | More by casualbeerman
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Molson Golden from Molson Coors Canada
64 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.