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Molson Golden - Molson Coors Canada

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211 Reviews

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Reviews: 211
Hads: 602
Avg: 2.77
pDev: 38.63%
Wants: 7
Gots: 86 | 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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Reviews: 211 | Hads: 602
Photo of metter98
2.72/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.75/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.58/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer it's a good social brew. There isn't too many charactoristics that can be described on this. The beer is light in color, golden like the label says. The nose has some skunk on it but not enough to gross me out. The beer has a good drinkablity to it. Not a lot of head but overall it's decent.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.45/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I am a bit surprised to see this beer classified as a Blonde Ale. Though it has a sweeter fruitier side, it does still drink like an American style Lager.

The beer pours with a strong straw color, bright clarity, airy yet froathy head, fair retainage, and light on lacing. Par for the course I guess.

Aromas are predominantly of pilsner malt with raw grain scents and with pungent European hops giving a big earthy, nearly skunk character.

Flavors of sweet grains are much more than I expected; not all malt, maybe additions of corn or rice are lingering on the palate. Hops give light flavors and bitterness but no where matches the character found in the nose. Pears, apples, and light mangos give a fruity note that amplifies the sweetness, but this could be attributed to aged ester character.

The body is a bit more full because of the impressions from sweetness and more moderate carbonation. Sometimes seemingly a bit too heavy to drink easily.

In the end, the beer fares about as well as Budweiser- where we are giving up on crispness and cleanliness we are adding fruity complexity and slightly more maltiness.

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Photo of zeff80
2.36/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a straw yellow color. Highly carbonated. No head/lacing.

S - It smelled of corn and a little skunk.

T - It tasted of corn and grain. Not much else.

M - A little thin, but it was NOT watery.

D - It is okay but not Canada's finest offering.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Moderately dusty, sweet corn yellow with a large cap of off-white foam that appears after a high altitude pour. Actually, it isn't a bad looking lid; this beer might have some potential after all. It's large-bubbled, but dense, and is tacky enough to leave more than a token amount of lace. Unfortunately, that lace is melting away much too quickly.

The nose is a notch or two above the average macro lager, but not much better than that. It smells of sweet grain--corn primarily--with the suggestion of noble hops. No skunkiness and no trace of any off-aromas.

No surprises one way or the other on the palate. There isn't a great deal of malt present, but at least it's noticeable. It's also light on hops with very little bitterness and is sweeter than expected (which makes it taste like a lower ABV malt liquor). The body is light to light-medium and doesn't degrade into wateriness, even with warming. A low level of carbonation makes it poundable if one were so inclined.

Molson Goldon drinks like a dressed up, beefed up, smoothed out macro lager. The website describes it as 'a unique blend of an ale and a lager'. How is that even possible unless they actually blended two different beers? Is it good enough for those of us used to quality craft beer? Not as far as I'm concerned. In a roomful of macros though, Molson Golden might be one of the better options.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.56/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

and the quest to get the worst continues on. doing traveling most of this week, but managed to spot this one in a local bilo. served cold and poured into a pint glass, consumed on 08/18/2010.

actually a decent pour with a pale golden yellow that was simply loaded with carbonation. a nice head of white capped it off and reached a height of around two inches.

light aroma, mostly light grain and hints of corn. slight grassy hops, but very very light. this carried right over in the flavor which was again far too light for my tastes, but what can you do. small hop presence in the finish and a light cereal grain balance. nice feel, was not too light at all and overall not a terrible expierence by any means.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.79/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Strong skunkiness, you can smell it immediately upon opening. Beyond that, there's a scent of over boiled corn niblets. Take your pick.

Taste: Corny taste with a medium corn syrup sweet. Yeesh. Shamefully skunky. Mild bitterness. Finishes with a slight sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty gross, actually. The beer totally nose-dived after the appearance. Not recommended whatsoever.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.33/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of Jason
2.73/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.09/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw yellow with a creamy, thin head that lasts, leaving lacing on the glass.

The smell is grassy/grainy. "Euro-skunk" comes to mind, though it is mild. Some light floral notes mix in, but it's somewhat unpleasant.

The taste is of sweet grain with veggie or corn - something macro-lagerish. Some balancing floral notes give it a nod towards being an ale rather than a macro lager. A touch of "wet cardboard" in the pretty fizzy finish.

Light bodied. Not bad overall for a macro. It has some blonde ale features. Overall, pretty bland and the grassy/sulfurish notes don't help it in any particular way.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.67/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
2.16/5  rDev -22%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.22/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a crisp, clean, pale malt scent that is slightly skunky and dry. The taste is average. It has a light, plain, pale malt flavor with a slightly skunky taste and a dry finish. The mouthfeel is average. It is a low bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a decent drinking Canadian lager. It is devoid of complexity and flavor, but it goes down quick.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.83/5  rDev +38.3%
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!

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Photo of smakawhat
2.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass. Blend of ale and lager? oookay... green bottle, time to spin the skunk roulette wheel.

Classic AAL looking appearance. Foamy and bright white head, with very shampoo like retention. Dissolves fairly quickly, while sitting on top of a crystal clear bright straw yellow and brass body. Small rising amounts of carbonation continue.

Slight skunky notes. Some sweet corn and bread toast, some faint mild herbal hop notes. Wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't compromised. Work on that packaging gang ....

Interesting. Skunk aroma takes a back seat to more of the sweetness of the malt. Some hinting bread a bit, and almost Kolsch like finish of sour to sweet aftertaste mixing a bit dry as well. Fairly decent mouthfeel with some body but staying away from the syrup realm. Missing just a hint of herbal crisp and hop pop.

It comes out not half bad, but is just slightly ordinary than a lawnmower beer. I am not feeling this really

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Photo of Billolick
2.83/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
2.73/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow color with a thin white head. The aroma is barely noticeable, a whiff of malt is barely detectable. The flavor is bland, some malt sweetness and a light bitter bite.

The mouthfeel is decent, as it is light with some crispness. Dry aftertaste as slight bitterness seems to show up on the tongue after swallowing. Average drinkability for a macro.

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Photo of tempest
2.56/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
2.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear light gold with a fair bit of carbonation to it.

Smell is grain and grassy with yeast smells, smells a little sweet. Smell is similar to a Heineken.

Taste is sweet with a grainy flavor. No real hop presence, ok but a bit bland.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin.

A drinkable brew, but just not a first choice type of beer.

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Photo of biegaman
1.54/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

341ml twist off bottle.

A 'golden' bodied beer, indeed, with a slowly dissipating paper white head. A healthy stream of bubbles and perfect clarity.

The aroma reminds me of pennies. It is akin to something I might expect smelling from those fountains people throw change in. A fairly straightforward mix between metals and cleaning products - it honestly smells corrosive.

I bring the glass to my lips wondering 'should I be wearing gloves?' Well, fortunately, the first two or three sips didn't kill me; they did, however, turn me right off of taking any more.

The carbonation is stiflingly high while the mouthfeel has a disreputable feeling to it. All parts of the mouth/throat feel coated in a syrupy, sticky starchiness. It is bloating. How weak must your palate be for this to pass as even refreshing?

The corn is not so outright in this one, although likening it to corn syrup would be quite accurate. I can make out a small ounce of malt, but it comes across tasting like crackers, plain Wonderbread, or in particular, those stale, wafer ice cream cones. Luckily, these tastes are weak.

It doesn't seize to amaze me how nearly every Molson beer is essentially the same. I also struggle with coming to grips with how poor they all are. While most macro lagers tend to do a disservice to beer, Molson surely must be one of the worst offenders ... and I won't even get into their advertising.

Do avoid.

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Photo of Wasatch
2.53/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a yellow pale color, not much carbonation, small head, not much lacing afterwards. Scents of sweet malts and citrus. The taste is kinda tangy and bland, not much of an aftertaste. Light-Medium body. Drinkable I guess, but not by much. For a macro it's not bad though.

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Photo of plaid75
3.13/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light to medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured an initial musty and spicy noble hop that quickly gave way to a cooked corn aroma and subtle grainy malt. A bit metallic as well.

The taste consisted of a light doughiness with a flowery hop and a bit of a metallic element.

The mouthfeel was a touch light for the style and well carbonated.

Overall a decent macro. Certainly Molson's best offering.

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Photo of jdhilt
1.92/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a one-finger white head that fades fairly quickly leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light bodied. Strong skunky nose. Starts smooth and sweet - I was expecting skunk juice - but no real strong flavors, no hops to speak of. Good lawnmower beer. $1.65 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Molson Golden from Molson Coors Canada
66 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.