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Molson Golden - Molson Coors Canada

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510 Ratings

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Ratings: 510
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 2.7
pDev: 23.7%
Wants: 4
Gots: 15 | 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 ski271


2.58/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

03-22-2005 14:19:58 | More by ski271
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

3.2/5  rDev +18.5%

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.

03-09-2005 21:21:07 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

02-17-2005 00:22:07 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of Billolick

New York

2.85/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

02-06-2005 12:33:50 | More by Billolick
Photo of Bierguy5


2.6/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

01-16-2005 04:35:09 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of wailingwench

New Mexico

2.45/5  rDev -9.3%

Eye Candy: Deep yellow, almost amber. Thin, fizzy off white head. Slow lines of rising carbonation.

The Nose Knows: Slight cooked veggie, off aroma reminds me of feet.

Tongueland: Crisp lager feel, aftertaste is not clean. Kindof pilsner-ish.

Bender: If you feel the need for a Canadian brew, go with Molson Canadian. Good if you like Heinekin.

This was my "elite" brew of choice when I was stationed down in TX. It seems to have improved.

12-31-2004 00:25:04 | More by wailingwench
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

3.15/5  rDev +16.7%

Appearance-into the pilsner glass, a very nice golden color with about an inch of head, the head sticks around, not a bad lookin beer.

Smell-hops are there, nice grainy flavor as well, a little bit of barley and alcohol top it off.

Taste-dry on the palette, grainy hops are there a slight kick near the end, finishes bitter and dry but very full.

Mouthfeel-taste is strong but not too rough on the palette, a little dry, but adequete.

Drinkability-I could have another, not too heavy for the style, a tad dry for some I'm sure though, it'll work.

Overall-a fine job for the style, I am satisfied with this beer, obviously it's nothing you'll get up and scream about but the quality is here from Molson. Not a bad brew at all.

12-19-2004 05:14:00 | More by TheDeuce
Photo of sabrills70

North Carolina

2.98/5  rDev +10.4%

Pours a medium straw color with a 1 finger head and OK lace. Smells of sweet malt with some corn and rice notes. Not much hop presence detected. Tastes of sweet malt with some lingering hop bitterness on the sides of the tounge, not much, but some. Average micro mouthfeel. Very very easy drinking beer. A bit watery, even as Canadian macros go. It's still better than American macros though - not nearly the rice and corn flavors. Not much body or complexity here, which was probably the intent. Would be great on a hot summers day as a thirst quencher.

11-10-2004 00:53:16 | More by sabrills70
Photo of merlin48


3.43/5  rDev +27%

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.

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

New York

3.2/5  rDev +18.5%

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.

09-01-2004 01:33:14 | More by WesWes
Photo of TastyTaste


2.9/5  rDev +7.4%

Written From Notes Compiled 6/04-8/04:
Light gold/straw color. 1" of white foamy head. Smells extremely grassy with light skunk nose. Taste is very cereal-grainy. If hops are there, they are hidden behind the malt. Not my cup of tea, but from a macro brewer it has a larger amount of character.

08-26-2004 14:42:06 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of ppoitras


2.93/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

08-22-2004 18:32:49 | More by ppoitras
Photo of zjungleist


3.1/5  rDev +14.8%

Certainly not my all time favorite, but it is my favorite cheap beer. I won't really drink anything cheaper. Lots of carbonation, no head to speak of. I think it smells and tastes a little bit like green apples. Great on a hot day. Crisp and refreshing. I can even get my wife to drink it! Simply put, it's better than nothing, and it's not as much as the good stuff. Great value.

08-14-2004 08:01:50 | More by zjungleist
Photo of coasterfreak75

North Carolina

2.98/5  rDev +10.4%

The pour was a light golden yellow with a one finger head that quickly dissapated to nothingness.

The smell was all malt with a hint of macro ale skunk.

The drink started with alot of carbonation the middle was malt sweetness. The finish was a very dry hop spice.

This was a quite drinkable beer that in my mind would make a great lawnmower beer. It's quite refreshing but it just lacks in the taste department.

08-05-2004 06:45:40 | More by coasterfreak75
Photo of Gusler


2.63/5  rDev -2.6%

Oh well, even I succumb to the calling of the macro sirens, been its been almost 4 years since I’ve had one of these, and my local “Beer Palace” carries them on occasion so I weakened and purchased one.

The beer after departing the green bottle sets in the glass a limpid gold color with a moderate sized white head that is somewhat creamy in texture with the lace forming a tight curtain to drape the glass. Nose is all malt; fresh and crisp, start is sweet and decently malted the top skinny in its feel to the palate. Finish is moderately carbonated, the hops adequately spicy, dry aftertaste, and I see I’ve not missed much over the last 4 years!

07-23-2004 20:13:42 | More by Gusler
Photo of Suds


2.65/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured from cans into a large pilsner glass on the back deck, this is a pale, clear, straw-colored brew. The head is puffy, white, and fairly large. It also leaves a surprising amount of lace. It's a pretty good looking beer. Not much aroma. Grainy and grassy, but not much else...neither maltiness nor flowery hops...(sigh). The taste is sweet...a lot sweeter than I remember. There's a little yeastiness and vegetable flavors, but it's all very subtle. It's a very light, almost watery beer. The finish is weak and sweeter than I'd like. A good dose of bittering hops would do this beer some good. All in all, however, it's a decent lawnmower brew.

07-05-2004 01:45:37 | More by Suds
Photo of PatandDavid


2.53/5  rDev -6.3%

Well...this was 'the best' beer they had on the menu at a place we went. Yeah I could have had water, but as a BA I thought: what the heck. Since I poured it myself, I got a beer that was medium pale gold in color, buh no real head to speak of. I was dazzled at all the bubbles rising, but not so impressed by them when drinking. My notes next to aroma say: ? which leads me to think there wasn't that much at all. Medium mouthfeel, but I must say the taste isn't all that: there's some sweetness and jelly-candy notes, but over-all I would have to say it came across as very watery.

07-03-2004 03:32:40 | More by PatandDavid
Photo of Reidrover


2.9/5  rDev +7.4%

Typical macro lager in appearance..light yellow with a small white head. Quite a strong "pilsner" like aroma..grassy and it seems fresh. Quite a smooth sweet taste then a small hop bite is detected..some bitterness left in the aftertaste. Average mouthfeel..though it does tend to become cloying. overall not that bad really for a Canadian lager.

05-16-2004 19:40:41 | More by Reidrover
Photo of CBFanWish

New York

2.45/5  rDev -9.3%

Alsa, sweet Molson, for I have loved you unconditionally, why must you treat me this way?

Molson Canadian has long been a favorite macro of mine, why does the ale have to be sub par?

Pours a straw yellow with a half inch head if poured furiously. The aroma reeked of skunk and the taste was bitter, not in a good way. there is no trace of hops only corn and grains that we here on BA like to call adjuncts.

No more of ths for me.

04-28-2004 19:04:46 | More by CBFanWish
Photo of kfoss99


2.28/5  rDev -15.6%

12 oz. green bottle, poured into a pilsner glass.
Poured with a 3/4 inch head that disappeared quickly, leaving only a thin clingy layer of foam, left a nice lace on the glass as consumed.
The beer was a pale gold at the thinner part of the glass and a nice gold at the thickest part of the glass.
A faint hop and grain smell could be detected, become increasingly skunky as warmed.
Hops could be detected at the back of the mouth, smooth finish with a corn taste. The hops keep the beer from being too sweet, but as it warmed a macro sweetness creeps in and sticks around in the aftertaste.
This beer looks nice, and is drinkable when cold, but is bland and somewhat unpleasant the warmer it gets. I would have given it higher ratings if the taste didn't disintegrate as it warmed.

04-15-2004 22:17:10 | More by kfoss99
Photo of soper2000


2.42/5  rDev -10.4%

Snagged this from my roommates fridge. This is a very clean looking beer. It poured to a golden hue with an impressive head which didn't last too long unfortunately. Aroma is very similiar to BMC. I was expecting just a little bit of fruitiness or hops from this one. Taste is pretty bland as well. Everything about this beer is understated. This is nothing spectacular but then again it had no serious problems.

04-14-2004 00:24:10 | More by soper2000
Photo of maek228


2.48/5  rDev -8.1%

Eek, this is beer is like the dude at work who is a nice guy, but never has anything relevant to say and after being around the guy for more than 5 minutes, they start to get progressively annoying

appearance: a bright gold color accompanies this beer. a foamey head about an inch thick appeared after i pured it, but it quickly dissapeared into a dissapointing lace. this beer's appearance is a bit below average, which is par for the course for this beer

smell: like a typical, mass produced, american/canadian ale. the scent contains hints of steamed veggies. the scent of this beer has a clean feel to it.

taste: im dissapointed with the taste. tastes like a slightly higher quality olde english minus the malty feel. the beer has such an average taste, but unlike unlike other average beers like bud, coors, etc., this beer is neither crisp nor refreshing. it leaves a slight, but irritating, corn tasting residue in your mouth. left me feeling a bit parched, despite the fact that i just had a glass of water a bit ago.

mouthfeel: non existent really. no hoppiness, no spice, no crispness, no nothing. very weak.

drinkability: hmmm....due to its blandness and low alcohol content, this beer does go down without too many qualms, but the soulessness of this beer becomes obnoxious after like a half a beer, making a person want to get a beer thats not molson golden. this is a beer i am going to try to avoid

04-11-2004 06:28:08 | More by maek228
Photo of Zorro


2.88/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

03-07-2004 01:59:42 | More by Zorro
Photo of SixpointJMH

New Jersey

2.83/5  rDev +4.8%

pours a medium golden colour with little to no head. smell is quite minimal, with it being basically a bit of sweetnes with some lemon and some malt perhaps. quite thin, but not nearly as bad a an american macro. the taste is quite average. not 'cheap' tastin, like bud, but not full of flavour either. this one is smooth throughout and has a basic taste that echoes the smell for the most part. again, better than an american macro and i could drink these if need be, but really only ordered it because i hadn't had one in a long time.

03-01-2004 03:46:10 | More by SixpointJMH
Photo of Boilermaker88


3/5  rDev +11.1%

Poured from a 12oz bottle, this brew had a clear golden color with lots of lively carbonation trying to stoke a bubbly white head, to no avail. The head fizzled out to a small cap and left only faint specks of lace.
The nose was a subdued blend of grassy malt and hay with a touch of floral hops. A dry, light-bodied brew, Molson Golden had a grainy malt taste and a light hops bite for a clean finish. Not much to it, really.
This is a beer I rate just ahead of the macro crowd here in the USA. Lively on the tongue but bland in taste, it might be a fall-back refresher on a hot day but not something I'd stock my fridge with.

02-15-2004 22:18:14 | More by Boilermaker88
Molson Golden from Molson Coors Canada
64 out of 100 based on 510 ratings.