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Molson Golden - Molson Coors Canada

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573 Ratings

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Ratings: 573
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 2.69
pDev: 23.79%
Wants: 6
Gots: 55 | 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 Shaw
3.75/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold in color with a nice white head that reduces to a ring and an island in my glass.

It has a nice aroma of biscuit, grains and grassy hops.

The taste is also good. There is lots of malt flavor but also a note of adjuncts. The sweetness from the malt is stronger than the light hop bite.

The body is light, but still has some substance: This beer isn't watery.

Overall this is a fine beer. I was very impressed by Canada's beers during a recent trip and wanted to try some more back home. Canada mass produces beer with flavor.

Photo of PatrickJR
2.06/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear yellow, with a slight golden tint. A finger of white head recedes quickly to a thick collar, very minimal lacing.

S - A nasty skunkiness that isn't going away prevails. Some biscuity/slightly caramel malt is evident, but it's almost chemical in nature. Strange smelling at the very least.

T - Bland bready sweetness hits the palate initially. Light grassy/spicy hops hit late palate with a very mild bitterness.

M - Light bodied with almost no carbonation. This brew needs quite a hit of C02 to provide crispness to the almost cloying sweetness.

D - I don't really care for blonde ales in general, but this is about as bad as it can get. Virtually flavorless, with a sickening sweetness accompanied by skunky hops. Top it off with a nearly flat mouthfeel, and this is one tough-to-stomach brew.

Photo of JamesS
2.81/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a light straw color with some very nice initial head, almost no lacing, and a lot of carbonation. Complete malt scent, but even that was a bit weak. Nice crisp flavor, but almost entirely malt, nearly a macro lager, no hop balance at all. Goes down very smoothly, though, even considering the amount of carbonation. A good thirst quencher if not a great beer.

Photo of Devilsfan87
2.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this in a 6 pack at my local Hannaford (Maine) for 7.99 +tax &deposit.. Not as good as its brother Molson Canadian, its name doesn't lie, it is very deep yellow in appearance. The smell is strong. I didn't care for the taste a little bitter for me, its mouthfeel and drinkability were nothing to write home about. All in all if you want to try Molson, try Molson Canadian first.

Photo of gerardoluna
2/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into LAGER glass
[Eyes] High carbonation, very little head. brillant yellow ambar clean color.

[nose] Aroma quite malty and bready, a llittle steel in deep...

[Mouth] a little bitterness and high crispness Mouthfeel is decent due to carbonation but aftertaste is short, is fresh

Serving type: bottle

Photo of clayrock81
2.58/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

My dad likes this beer, which is more of an indictment than an endorsement. Pours a dark yellow with some good head retention due to high carbonation. Has that typical grainy, adjunct smell, but it is light and not pungent like other cheap beers. Pale and dry, this tastes like a really generic beer/really cheap pils. Guess that minimal hop bite/dryness on the backbite makes it a "beer" rather than watery piss. I can't even see drinking this while eat hot wings or pizza during a hockey game when there's Labatt's or, excuse me, REAL beer.

Photo of changeup45
2.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Probably the best of the Molsons I've had and I'd rather not try any more to see if I can find better. Golden colored, a thin white head with a little sticking arouund. Flavor is malty sweet, cereal, and a bit stale tasting but it's at least not skunked or foul (ie Molson Ice). Not horrible.

Photo of becktone
2.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Eye: Damn good looking beer. Great head formation and retention. Color is paler than straw yellow and is extremely clear. A fizzy yellow beer....Head has great retention, and is about 1.5 fingers in height. Consistency of it is frothy. Lacing looks really nice as well. Really impressed with this one....Really I've never seen anything with a shittier reputation (in the world of good beer) look better.

Nose: Smells like a macro. High levels of rice are noticeable. The aroma gives it away. Not really much more too it than that. Pretty much no malt character, hops are there, faint floral and spicy notes...noble.

Tongue: No sweet malt flavor here! HAHAH! If you've ever wondered what rice tasted like in beer, or needed to know how to detect it, well this is the beer for you! Hops are even low key, not really any flavor...just some bitterness and that is only SOME bitterness. Really this beer just tastes like rice...Let me tell you, I've had better drinks that are made (I think) by just soaking rice in water (maybe with some sugar), its called Shi-Ke (check the spelling there..pronounced "Shi-Kay") Very nice full flavored and sweet beverage. Its amazing how one can't taste rice in that product... but in something, like this beer, where the rice has been altered and cooked, and been mixed with malted barley and hops, that it can be, and that it can make, the overall product less appealing.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Anyone could drink this all night. But why would you want to less you were trying to get smashed...even then I'd drink something tastier to get me going, then when real buzzed start on this shit. Light in body and on carbonation. There is nothing special about this beer's body, feel or drinkabilty. Its not a worthy beer so steer clear, less you really, really want to try it. I came by it for free so I figured I'd try and review this one bottle....

Photo of therica
3.22/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm sure the cumulative totals of my individual-category scores will be a bit higher than my overall modest impression of this beer. Maybe we need a new category for "zen effect" or something.

Not bad for an inexpensive macro swiller. It had a few plus notes. I'm lucky that my 12-pack wasn't skunked or otherwise detracted.

A= for a cheap beer, impressive, golden-gold, sudsy white head that stayed for a good while after pouring in a glass stein, amazing amount of lacing for a cheapie.

S= surprising whiffs of floral hops, corn, slightly musty malts.

T= a bit watery but quenching. Less carbonation than many belch-heavy macro's. Slight old-bitter hops taste but not nasty like AnBuschMilCoor types. Very acceptable.

M= clean, a slight astringency and modest flat hops-bite in the follow, slight sweetness.

D= if you're having a great time at a picnic or party and this is all there is to drink, I believe you will survive without much complaint.

Photo of elniko
2.7/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass

A: High carbonation, very little head. Average looking brew.

S: Smells quite malty and bready. Not objectionable but not great either.

T & M: There is just a slight amount of bitterness and crispness but just not a lot of flavor to the brew. Mouthfeel is decent due to carbonation but aftertaste leaves something to be desired.

D: Drinkable but I wouldn't seek out this beer.

Photo of Onslow
2.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

bought at specs as a broken six pack single, no glass ... not much smell .. very health wise head, lacing too ... quite a smooth lager with no real offensive lyrics ..some corn (cob) in the taste department (dmv?) a pretty easy going lager from america's hat ...P-A-R-T - why? b'cuz i gotta!!

Photo of beerthulhu
1.51/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: Poured a bright gold with a sudsy, off white head that was thin and spotty from the start. Visible carbonation was medium-strong.

S: A noticeable skunkiness upon first opening. There was some sour skunky hopping as well.

T: Some sour corn with a light skunkiness and sour flowery bittering. Not much else to say but was pretty bad.

M: light, watery with an unpleasant sour finish. The quicker off the tongue the better.

D: One of the worst ive experienced even for a macro and that's not being biased. It's a dumper and my first 1.0 drinkability rating.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.79/5  rDev -33.5%
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.

Photo of biegaman
1.54/5  rDev -42.8%
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.

Photo of Seanibus
2.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours very pale golden with a big fluffy head. The head dissipates quickly but does leave decent lacing for a mass-market beer. The beer has an astringent, but not unpleasant, aroma that carries through to the surprisingly malty flavor. There is a slight hop bite, though everything evaporates quickly, leaving hardly any finish. The mouthfeel is extremely watery. Not a bass mass market beer, but little more than that.

Photo of babaracas
2.71/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold with fast fading white head. Nice lacing. Smell: slight skunk, husky grain, slightly grassy. Taste: light pale malts, astringent off flavors, bit of dms, lemony, metallic. Mouthfeel: light bodied, smooth but a bit thin. Pretty easy drinking but nothing good.

Photo of avalon07
1.7/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

More adventures in raiding other people's refrigerators.

Poured from a green bottle (?!) to a pint glass. Had a thin, golden appearance and not much else. No head, no lacing.

There was a somewhat skunky smell along with malt, corn and hops.

The taste was watery, thin with traces of malt and hops. Very uninteresting.

This one isn't especially highly carbonated and has a metallic mouthfeel for an uninspired mouthfeel.

This is not a drinkable beer. It's a macro beer, made for the masses who don't want personality in a beer.

Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.25/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Molson Golden!!! Back in my macro drinking days, this beer was my Alpha & Omega. I LOVED this stuff, and any place that served it on tap instantly went to the top of my list of favorites!! Budweiser be damned, THIS was the King of Beers IMHO!!! Let's see how it stands the test of time.

Pours from the 12 oz green bottle (potential skunk alert!!!) the advertised golden color with a large foamy head that settles into a thin collar that clings to the sides of the glass. Good carbonation. The aroma is a mix of malt, corn, and a metallic, hoppy bitterness. Taste is somewhat dry and grainy, clean malt with mild hops bitterness. It has a kind of subdued pilsner flavor. Mouthfeel is good...light, but not watery. I could DEFINETLY still pound quite a few of these over the course of a night. Overall, my palate has changed, my tastes have changed, and this is no longer my absolute #1 favorite beer, but I think it is STILL head & shoulders above any other mass produced pale macro lager out there (yes I gave it a couple of nostalgia points, but no one said that's not allowed). When money's tight between paychecks, or i'm hanging out with macro drinking friends, this will remain my macro beer of choice.

Photo of plaid75
3.13/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.09/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Photo of rodenbach99
1.99/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

bouteille brune de 341 ml.

classique de la gamme Molson, la golden se révèle d'une belle couleur dorée (comme son nom) ressemble à la pluspart des autres bières molson, peu de houblon, peu de malt, vraiment ordinaire. le nez est presque absent, peu de goût, beaucoup de maux de tête!!

Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Molson Golden is imported, so it MUST be good, right? It pours a ... golden color. With that comes a foamy off-white head. Very, very little lacing on the glass. The smell is a bit sweet and grainy; taste follows suit. Kinda dry tho', which is nice. A good amount of carbonation makes this a crisp beer, with a nice mouthfeel, and therefore it could be a great session beer while watching football or eating burgers in the backyard on a hot summer day. Tasty swill. Better than Bud or Coors.

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
2.33/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Pours a light yellow color with apparent carbonation and little head.

Smell- Smells like a watery, cheap, macro, rice and water.

Taste- Watery on the tongue, basically just water and wheat, not that good.

Mouthfeel- Clean on the mouth, its basically water afterall.

Drinkability- You could have a lot of these, if you only want to get drunk.

Photo of cjgator3
3.18/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz green bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden yellow color with a white head that has pretty decent retention and lacing. The aroma is slightly skunky with some faint grainy malt and hops. The taste is crisp and refreshing with some malt and a touch of hops in the finish. The taste is a little watery but has more flavor than most macro lagers on the market. Overall, there is nothing special about this brew, but it is certainly better than the average macro lager out there. Drink it while it is cold, because the taste quickly deteriorates as it heats up.

Photo of Drew966
2.11/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Molson Golden pours a golden yellow with a thick white head from a green twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is grainy and mildly skunky. Flavor is very grainy, and quite a bit skunky too. There is also, for lack of a better description, a woody flavor. The green bottle is not doing this one a favor.

Molson Golden from Molson Coors Canada
64 out of 100 based on 573 ratings.