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Molson Golden - Molson Coors Canada

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566 Ratings

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Ratings: 566
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 2.7
pDev: 23.7%
Wants: 6
Gots: 47 | 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 becktone
2.23/5  rDev -17.4%
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
3.2/5  rDev +18.5%
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
2.68/5  rDev -0.7%
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 -10.4%
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
1.5/5  rDev -44.4%
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
1.78/5  rDev -34.1%
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
1.53/5  rDev -43.3%
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 +1.9%
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
2.7/5  rDev 0%
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
1.68/5  rDev -37.8%
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 +20.4%
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 +15.9%
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
3.1/5  rDev +14.8%
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
2.03/5  rDev -24.8%
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
3/5  rDev +11.1%
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
2.3/5  rDev -14.8%
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 +17.8%
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
2.1/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

Photo of Brad007
1.63/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a light yellow/blond color with a decent head. Green bottle so there's some skunkiness (not a surprise). Decent foam though. Taste is somewhat malt-ish and dry, kind of bland up front. Nothing impressive. It's not much of a blonde ale either.

Photo of far333
3.38/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My beer of choice about 20 years ago, but I haven't had one in a long time. Perhaps the first time having one from a glass.

Pours from the bottle a pale straw yellow with a fizzy white head that bubbles up like soda and settles quickly down.

Aroma of some corny malt, a little butter, and a lot of skunky funk.

Watery and slick mouthfeel leads to a flavor of buttered corn, some fruity esters, and a fine peppery bite. Finishes a bit crisp, and mouthfeel becomes more full in the finish. Biscuity malt lingers, with some piney accents.

Interesting nostalgic trip, but I'm good on this one for a while.

Photo of phishgator
2.2/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. Highly carbonated head, light straw color. The smell is much like an off euro-pale lager. The skunk of the beer comes through in the aroma and the taste. No crispness or smoothness. The mouthfeel is lacking, but I wouls say that sense is influenced by the previous two factors. All together the drinkability is brought down, but it is no different than drinking any of the euro-pale lagers.

Photo of cyrenaica
2.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I tried this beer during the early 80s when they launched a large Canadian campaign to get beer drinkers drinking Golden again. The campaign did nothing more than make fun of the beer's name (Moslen Godlen, Molden Golson, etc). This was also the brand featured on all The Molson's commercials.

Sadly, this beer is no longer part of Molson Canada's lineup (as per their website).

Anyway, the last time I tried this, the beer was golden in colour with almost no head. The aroma was weak with a grassy tinge to it. It was very crisp and clear on the tongue with weak carbonation. The taste was also weak, not watery, but not very beer-y either.

Photo of giblet
2.85/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this is a long time favorite of mine. a good Canadian beer (better when you get it in Canadia!). i like the smell and taste of beers from Canadia.

they have been around for a long time so it is obvious that they have the know how. i wish i could find one of their products that would absolutely blow me away. like the Golden only much stronger in taste.

good beer from Cannuck land!

suckem up and movem out!


Photo of TheBierBand
2.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the green bottle into a pint glass to produce a 1/2" head of pure white loose foam. The liquid is a pale orangy/yellow. The head dissipated immediately to a thin ring leaving no lacing behind.

The smell had a spicy malt scent that I didn't find too appealing.

The taste: Unique... I'll say that.... but not too pleasant. How to describe....hmmm.... a spicey sweetness (is that corn?) with a slight hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: too thin for my taste... too carbonated... too fizzy.

Drinkability.... this is my wife's beer of choice.... I'll leave the rest for her...

Photo of tugdriver7
2.85/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Green bottle skunk--upon opening and through the pour and drink. The distinctive hops flavor overpowered any other flavors. Not in a strong way, but in a Euroskunk "been in the sun too long" way. This was a fresh bottle, but the ideas is the same. I've enjoyed it (and even bought it) before, but now that my beer palate is a bit more experienced, I can taste it for what it is--a Canadian macro. Would I turn it down? No. Would I buy it? Perhaps; for the right event. As macros go, this is probably the best Molson product available (at least in the US) and is much better than its sister Regular Coors (the hop'less wonder).

Molson Golden from Molson Coors Canada
64 out of 100 based on 566 ratings.