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Molson Golden - Molson Coors Canada

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Ratings: 572
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 2.69
pDev: 23.79%
Wants: 6
Gots: 54 | 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 far333
3.37/5  rDev +25.3%
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
2.21/5  rDev -17.8%
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 -7.1%
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
2.82/5  rDev +4.8%
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 -7.1%
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
2.81/5  rDev +4.5%
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).

Photo of kellyst
3.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A very decent macro beer. Grainy, flavorful, and balanced. I bought a 6-pack of this when with some friends (it was the best available option). They normally only drink Miller Lite, but they really liked it. Flavorful enough for me to tolerate, not too flavorful for them to tolerate. It's a beer for the masses.

Photo of CrazyMike
3.45/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden yellow appearance with a nice white head accompanies with a nice swee corn smell.

Nice taste. Hint of corn and hops, a bit grainy. The aftertaste is smooth and a bit of a dry sweetness. Very flavorful and drinkable with refreshing qualities. A major downfall is that the taste is nothing outstanding compared to what it's capable of.

Overall this is a very nice beer, nothing that leaps out at you, but nice. Would recommend a try.

Photo of billybob
3.65/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear light golden color with a large white head that fades quickly to just cover the beer, and with a minimal lacing. strong skunkly smell. taste is grainy malt up front with a skunked hop finish. mouthfeel is dry, light, lots of carbonation. very drinkable if you like the skunky smell and taste.

Photo of BuffaloBilly
3.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a nice change from molson canadian, its not as good as canadian, but its pretty good. Poured a golden yellow with a lacy head. If your a fan of molson and the like pick this one up, it'll be in my rotation from now on. It's molson what else is there to say

Photo of Greenlabel
3.82/5  rDev +42%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very surprised by this product. I wasn't expecting much as I only bought it as a mainstream product for non-micro drinkers. I also bought Stella Artois for the mainstream folks but found this to be much better than Stella.

The bottle was freshness dated (code) on the neck. The ale poured, as I would have expected, a light golden color. Smell was stronger than I'd anticipated. The body wasn't that of a craft brew but it wasn't as lacking as found in most macros. Very drinkable - wouldn't mind drinking this one at all on occasions where micros aren't available. I think it may earn a regular spot in my refrigerator - primarily for macro-drinking guests but also, on occasion, for me as a session brew.

Photo of zeff80
2.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a straw yellow color. Highly carbonated. No head/lacing.

S - It smelled of corn and a little skunk.

T - It tasted of corn and grain. Not much else.

M - A little thin, but it was NOT watery.

D - It is okay but not Canada's finest offering.

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

12 oz. green bottle with just a simple Molson label and no date anywhere on the label. The only thing I found was some kind of number and time stamped onto the bottle neck.

When poured into a simple pint glass, the beer really wasn't a golden color, but a really pale yellow color with a minimal head of white foam. I was surprised that there was an aroma to this beer. It was just sweet grains, a pinch of citrus fruits, and a touch of alcohol at the end. Noting really good, but at least it didn't have any skunk in it. This beer tasted like beer, what more can say about it? It had a taste of crisp grains like corn and rice and a bit of hops at the end. It's beer all right! The mouthfeel was light, not too watery, which why it makes it so drinkable. I drank 4 of these in a row and felt nothing after it. I could drink these again if they were cheap or the way I got them, free!

Photo of claytri
2.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer poured a light gold with a white head. The aroma was light malt and hops basic sour beer. The taste was of hops and malt. The beer was drinkable, but offered very little that was exciting or enticing. This one would be OK in a pinch, but not a very satisfying product.

Photo of tgbljb
3.7/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium yellow color with rapidly disappearing white puffy head.
Smell is very minimal with only a light sweetness noted.
Taste follows through with more sweetness, but is very unremarkable.
Nice and refreshing, but nothing outstanding.
An OK beer, but not much else

Photo of ZAP
3.11/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light golden colored....a little skunk on the nose...also a bit of european style hopping on the aroma..

Flavor is lightly sweet and mild...reminds me a little of a Munich style Helles...rounded...no skunkiness on the taste at all....a bit of spicy hops on the finish..

Body is medium...creamy mouthfeel...

Much more drinkable than a lot of the raw canadien lagers....this is smoother and creamier and to be honest much tastier. They bill it as a cross between a lager and an ale...not sure what it is exactly but it isn't bad...I'd buy a pitcher of this after a playing some hockey...slightly above average

Photo of Bighuge
3.06/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale, apple cider colored yellow. Thin head. The collar leaves sparse amounts of lace. Aroma contains light amounts of sweetness and light amounts of skunk. That's about it. Not a lot on the nose. Skunkiness is minimal on the buds. Light graininess and almost a dortmunder kind of malt/hops blend. But not quite. Nonetheless, this isn't bad. I must have a relatively fresh one as the skunk quotient is low. Body checks in around medium and the carbonation is a little aggresive, but that's almost to be expected with "macro" style lagers sometimes. It's not annoying. In any case, this is a decent beer.

Photo of lpayette
2.43/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of Kicksmile67
3.63/5  rDev +34.9%
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.

Photo of Phatz
3.18/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Photo of nicksta
3.47/5  rDev +29%
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.

Photo of Hibernator
2.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of MrSeth
2.73/5  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.

Photo of clemtig76
2.71/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of palffyfan
3.07/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Molson Golden from Molson Coors Canada
64 out of 100 based on 572 ratings.