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Molson Golden - Molson Coors Canada

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530 Ratings

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Ratings: 530
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 2.71
pDev: 23.62%
Wants: 5
Gots: 24 | 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:
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 lpayette
2.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- looks like a typical American Macro Lager with less carbonation, although apparently it is a blonde ale. Straw yellow. Big white bubbles compose the head. Head disappeared quickly.

Smell- Light malt in the nose. Subtle hops. Corny and grainy notes.

Taste- Very light malt, corn is very prevalent. A slight hop bitternes in the finish. A slight earthy note that reminds me of a kellerbier.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and fairly crisp. A bit more carbonation would be beneficial.

Drinkability- good to have on a really hot day, but not anything too special.

lpayette, Sep 10, 2006
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.

Kicksmile67, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of Phatz
3.23/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a Blonde Ale and is much better than Molson's version of the American Macro Lager IMO.

Appearance: Very golden in color with decent head that fades fast.

Smell: Very little aroma. Though mostly clean in the nose it did have hints of sweet grains.

Taste: Very crisp and full of corn flavor. It is similar to the tradition lager but more smooth and quaffable IMO. It was also sweeter and had a bit more maltyness than I expected though still very thin.

Mouthfeel: The body is light and watery but that is what I expected going into this beer.

Drinkability: This beer was surprisingly refreshing. It is a great hot weather beer. And certainly sessionable.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Jun 21, 2006
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.

nicksta, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of Hibernator
2.95/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Molson Golden
12 oz green bottle
Served mainly out of the bottle, but also served in an 8 oz juice glass
Jet ink label on the back that reads 027623 01:48B

This is one beer that served best when cold and out of the bottle...

Pours a light yellow golden color. Mini head on top that transforms to a thin lace.

Average nose with whiffs of corn and rice.

Juicy grains with a corn syrup quality. Sweet lager smoothness on the mouthfeel with a decent hop finish. The flavor reminds me of a cheap pilsner style.

Pretty average overall. A beer that brings back great summer memories on the front porch in the middle summer circa 1997.

Hibernator, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of MrSeth
2.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sketchy yellow body under a white foamy head. Reaks of skunk per usual. Phew! Tastes equally trustworthy, vaguest honeyish malt and some bitter hops.. overly carbonated. But these are great at Celtics games! I would not normally order Molson golden at a bar, but for some reason they work so well at sporting events and they are readily available.

MrSeth, Mar 24, 2006
Photo of clemtig76
2.7/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stubby green 12 oz bottle with undecipherable freshness code lasered on the neck. Pours a clear, golden color with a nice fluffy head. Smell is of freshly cut grass and corn. Taste is pure macro, some maltiness, but mostly corn and a weak hop bitterness. Refreshing, but a lawnmover beer all the way. Drink ice cold.

clemtig76, Mar 15, 2006
Photo of palffyfan
3.13/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Shiny golden color with a good deal of carbonation. Beer looks very healthy and refreshing.

Smell - Typical macrobrew smell, a tad repugnant. Feels like a highly-processed beer.

Taste - A very mild aroma, a tad watered down. Kind of surprised considering the smell of the beer wasn't too pleasant. Not bitter and doesn't taste cheap. Slight hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability - Definetely drinkable. Too bad the beer is imported and is slightly more expensive than the cheap macrobrews. Not bad for a macro, though.

palffyfan, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of Wasatch
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.

Wasatch, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of casualbeerman
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.

casualbeerman, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
2.63/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear as watered-down urine with a finely carbonated head that scatters to a mear film. Lots of carbonation running all over the glass. The mildly fruity aroma is followed by a wheat-like, grain dryness. Not much of anything going on in the smell, but not disgusting either. The taste is fruity up front with a creamy, but skunky, finish. The foul sourness (not good sourness) is a bit cloying. The mouthfeel is pretty dim and leaves a slick, oily taste which is not very enjoyable. Overall, is it bad....kind of, but it is a little better than your average BMC. One is plenty for me. Someone grab me a tripel!

ALESwhatCURESya, Jan 04, 2006
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.

PBRstreetgang, Dec 22, 2005
Photo of JoEBoBpr
2.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Despite my ratings i drink Molson prodcuts as often as i can beacsue i enjoy them personally. I do realize this isnt the best beer, in fact far from it but I enjoy the easyness of it and the fact that i can have plenty and not feel full. Its very pale, and taste similar to molson canadian exept with some more malt to it.

JoEBoBpr, Oct 26, 2005
Photo of GeoffRizzo
1.75/5  rDev -35.4%
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.

GeoffRizzo, Aug 20, 2005
Photo of Bestuurder
1.15/5  rDev -57.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Golden yellow in colouration, no head, with a metallic smell to it. First off, its too malty to be a lager thats for sure, I would not classify this as a 5.00% ABV.

Tatste is far too malty for a night event, if you plan on gettin completely smahsed, and have a few extra dollars and don't really care about taste, then this is your beer. If you enjoy a quality product without preservatives and made with high-quality ingredients, then this is definitely not your beer.

Mouthfeel - incredibly overcarbonated, and lumpy in texture, not very smooth at all.

Drinkability is very selective, it takes a special person in order to drink this. Unfortunately, I am not that person.

Bestuurder, Jul 31, 2005
Photo of granger10
2.78/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this b/c a friend of mine loves it and gave me a bottle to try. Nothing great but not terrible either. Slight bready flavor and fruity flavor in there but they are really slight. Finish is wheaty and drying at the same time. Smooth and creamy. I do think the water content of this beer, and all of Molson's beers, seems better than most American macros. Not bad but not good either.

granger10, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of Luigi
3.25/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear yellow color with a fizzy head that settles to a thin lace around the glass. clean aroma. Light malts, some grassy grains, and faint cooked veggies. Light-moderate bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Light sweet malts pull through with a light hop and faint citrust zest. No flavor is overpowering and is finishes of very clean. Clean, refreshing, and perfect for the summer time.

Luigi, Jun 28, 2005
Photo of zao77
1.83/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pouring it all you see is a very aggressive head that is short lived, leaving only a small rim of white around the edge of the glass. Kinda skunky, which is what to expect from a minimal flavored beer. Resembles Coors Original a little (not too suprising as they are the same company). Little pricey for the quality of beer, but as one of the guys said above, "it's a good lawnmowing beer".

zao77, Apr 14, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
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.

jdhilt, Apr 12, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
2.98/5  rDev +10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I like this brew. Light yellow colour with medium high carbonation. White head dissipated quickly, but left a whisp on top. Light odors of corn and straw, but not much else detected. Flavor is light, yet full, quite smooth with hops, corn and grain overtones. Finshes clean. One of the better brews from Molson. Recommended.

Frozensoul327, Mar 26, 2005
Photo of ski271
2.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hey. More free beer! A guy bought a case for a going away party at work. It went well with the pizza, but then pizza and any cheap beer usually work.
The beer is pale golden straw colored with a medium-sized, white, frothy head that was mostly gone before the first sip. The smell was a little stinky of corn and hay. The taste is bland, a slight malty sweetness and a tiny bitterness toward the finish. Thin body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Yes, I enjoyed it, but I think it was just due to the fact that it was really cold, and I got to drink at work, not because of the beer’s characteristics.

ski271, Mar 22, 2005
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.2/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was one of the first beers I'd ever had and at the time was introduced to it as a "good beer". Having tasted it before the age of 10 with my college aged brother and his friends influencing my opinion, as well as having bud, coors and miller as the only alternatives, calling it a good beer was a fair statement.
Hence, my rating and taste for this beer is a bit sentimental and biased. There is nothing outstanding about Molson Golden but there is also nothing offensive about it. Usually findable, usually for a good price, wonderful in the summertime when served cold. Generally refreshing and highly drinkable (yes, I know, so is water but this is way better than a lot of tap water I've had).
Not a beer for a beer nerd but I would much rather see people drinking this as their mindless choice of a beer as opposed to many other macrobrews.

ommegangpbr, Mar 09, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
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.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 17, 2005
Photo of Billolick
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.

Billolick, Feb 06, 2005
Photo of Bierguy5
2.6/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. green bottle.Pours a light golden color with a thick white fluffy head. Lots of bubbles streaming rapidly from the bottom of the glass. Pretty good head retention, and a fair amount of lace. Skunky and slight grainy aroma, combined with a hint of floral hops. Very pale malt flavor, smooth and just a slight amount of hop bitterness. Not much really going on here. Light body, high carbonation. Overall, not very exciting at all. Could be refreshing ice cold, but so is water.

Bierguy5, Jan 16, 2005
Molson Golden from Molson Coors Canada
64 out of 100 based on 530 ratings.