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Molson Golden - Molson Coors Canada

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64
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458 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 458
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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2005 00:22:07 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

2.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 02:27:37 | More by mikesgroove
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

2.45/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 04:21:39 | More by BEERchitect
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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
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

1.78/5  rDev -34.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2008 20:39:38 | More by ChainGangGuy
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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
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WesWes

New York

3.2/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2004 01:33:14 | More by WesWes
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zeff80

Missouri

2.4/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2007 02:45:51 | More by zeff80
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 04:06:49 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.1/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 03:31:27 | More by jwc215
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Gavage

New Jersey

2.73/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2004 14:26:47 | More by Gavage
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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
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tempest

Pennsylvania

2.58/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 15:15:54 | More by tempest
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Billolick

New York

2.85/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2005 12:33:50 | More by Billolick
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

1.95/5  rDev -28%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2005 22:25:28 | More by jdhilt
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Jason

Massachusetts

2.75/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2003 19:35:55 | More by Jason
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Zorro

California

2.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2004 01:59:42 | More by Zorro
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Wasatch

Utah

2.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2006 16:13:31 | More by Wasatch
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

2.93/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can scrounged from my parents' cooler after showing sheep all morning at the Westfield Fair.

Slight white head over light straw brew. Head gone bye-bye in a jiffy, little-to-no lacing. Negligible aroma. Taste is minimal, but what's there isn't offesive, just not much good to note. High point is it's cold, and goes down smooth with the sausage ginder and onion rings I enjoyed for lunch. I think all beers have their place, and this one worked today. Mouthfeel fine, and drinkability, for the situation, was great.

Serving type: can

08-22-2004 18:32:49 | More by ppoitras
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

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
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stakem

Pennsylvania

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
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

1.53/5  rDev -43.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 02:51:59 | More by biegaman
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plaid75

New York

3.13/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 01:54:29 | More by plaid75
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.75/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 16:21:58 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale, apple cider colored yellow. Thin head. The collar leaves sparse amounts of lace. Aroma contains light amounts of sweetness and light amounts of skunk. That's about it. Not a lot on the nose. Skunkiness is minimal on the buds. Light graininess and almost a dortmunder kind of malt/hops blend. But not quite. Nonetheless, this isn't bad. I must have a relatively fresh one as the skunk quotient is low. Body checks in around medium and the carbonation is a little aggresive, but that's almost to be expected with "macro" style lagers sometimes. It's not annoying. In any case, this is a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2006 20:45:58 | More by Bighuge
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Molson Golden from Molson Coors Canada
64 out of 100 based on 458 ratings.