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Molson Golden - Molson Coors Canada

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211 Reviews

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Reviews: 211
Hads: 599
Avg: 2.77
pDev: 38.63%
Wants: 6
Gots: 81 | 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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Photo of SometimesIfart
2.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | 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.

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Photo of Offa
3.22/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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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 Durge
3.41/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.12/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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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 MoreThanWine
2.93/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of eye2
3.18/5  rDev +14.8%
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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Photo of ZenAgnostic
1.44/5  rDev -48%
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.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.08/5  rDev +11.2%
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?

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Photo of mttfrog13
3.43/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Poured a golden yellow color less than a fingers worth of head that settle quickly to a ring with spotty lacing.

S: I'm getting a little sweet smelling malt then a light hops, not much else.

T: Tastes a lot like the smell... nice sweet malt upfront that lightens through the mid palette and finishes with a very light hops... Very little aftertaste.

M: Light bodied with a very crisp and refreshing carbonation.

D: A very drinkable beer, good ABV so you could drink a few.... But there is just not enough taste to make it really worth while. It is just a beer.

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Photo of jmdrpi
2.75/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can, bottling date on the bottom.

appears a light golden color, white head that fades fast. slight corn in the aroma. taste is fairly bland, but not bad for the style. light malt flavor, a touch of hops. thin body, higher carbonation.

interesting that I read on Molson's website that this is a blend of Ale and Lager. One of the better choices for cheap beer.

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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 david18
3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a review I wrote about the bottle version:

This is a blonde ale? Molsen has a bit of a soft spot in my heart when, back in the 70's, it was among the supperior "canadian" beers one could get when crossing the border. You should try the Brodeur. However, this is worse than heineken in terms of skunky smell (I used to think it was on purpose), old flavor and lack of maltiness. Avoid.


The draft version is not much better but it is ubiquitous in Canada and better than Bud.

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.42/5  rDev +59.6%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.72/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of dhannes
2.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Wanting to go on the cheap to get a lighter lager/pilsner, I found Molson Golden as the second lowest non-U.S. macro at Apollo Liquors ($5.49 for a 6-pack--same as Molson Canadian and 20¢ more than Point)...poured chilled into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A=I was put off by the slight greenish tint to the otherwise light gold color; head was white, but not prominent.

S=Honesty, I didn't try hard and couldn't detect any while drinking.

T=Light and crisp, but not flavorful by any stretch. Slight hops taste...but more flavorful than light beers.

M=This paired alright with the pizza...ironically, the pizza I had was my favorite and the taste seemed off...hoping it was the beer, and not a change in the pizza recipe.

O=Not quite what I was hoping for, but not bad...an okay session beer if you have friends over that like Canadian things and don't know beer.

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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 Looneybiz
1.91/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a golden transparent hue with an inch of head and a little bit of lacing.

The smell was a bit skunky like its been sitting on the shelf for too long. Behind that you got some malty aroma.

Upon tasting there isn't a whole lot going on. Served cold I was able to get it down alright but really was not impressed with the flavor. Had a wierd ending that wasn't bitter or sweet, just kinda there and not very pleasant.

Moutfeel was overly adjunct, or in other words, addjunk and watery.

First beer I've listed on here that I wouldn't drink again unless someone handed me a free one and there wasn't anything else to drink. I'd take a Molson Candian over this hands down. Not sure what Molson was thinking with this one.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
3.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good rich one finger head of dense foam, broken but clingy lace. Color is a 5 on the SRM Beer color grid. Smells of fresh cut wheat, sweet corn, and roasted barley. Taste is fresh, leading with roasted wheat, and cooked corn, then flavors of barley, and light citrus. Tangy, bite your tongue feeling in my mouth, too much carbonation for my liking. Refreshing taste that is clean and tart, but not bitter. This is a slightly better than yard work beer, but not as flavorful as the beer I like to share with my beer buddies.

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Photo of richkrull
3.22/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of JayS2629
1.23/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A- Clear pale straw yellow with thin white head, little retention, and no lace.

S- Damp hay, musky skunk, stale boiled corn, and wet grass, sulpher and boiled eggs

T- Grassy, skunky, bitter and terrible spoiled corn, stale bread

M- thin and watery, over-carbonated

D- Terribly ruined taste with strong doses of skunk and thin watery feel. Absolutely horrible drain pour.

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Photo of dacrza1
1.88/5  rDev -32.1%
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...

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Photo of mynie
2.38/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I went as a Canadian guy for Halloween and so I carried around and drank a six pack of this.

It was skunked Molson. That's it. Skunks must be made of gold, I guess.

People complain too much about some skunkiness. I don't mind it, in the right context. Back when Heineken's bottles were more translucent, that skunkiness was damn pleasant. But, you see, Heineken is actually a very well brewed european lager. Molson is a shittily brewed American adjunct, only I could tell whether or not this was adjunct because of all the skunkiness.

All things considered, though, the flavor wasn't *that* offputting. I slugged down a sixer. It's remarkably smooth, gave me no indigestion, and the back end was void of the burning fizziness that you get from a truly awful macro. Still, I won't be buying it again any time soon.

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