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Molson Golden - Molson Coors Canada

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495 Ratings

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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 2.71
pDev: 23.25%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | 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.

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Photo of clayrock81


2.55/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 19:44:42 | More by clayrock81
Photo of tempest


2.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a green bottle at Italiano Delight in Emmaus, PA. The bartender set it down with a frosted mug. Upon pouring the beer the a cloud of skunk hit the air. Man, this was bad, especially for a beer that was just in a cooler under a bar. Eventually the skunk cleared and I was left with a plain, light amber ale with a bready sweetness and not a lot of much else. Easy drinking, skunk aside.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 15:15:54 | More by tempest
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

2.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

and the quest to get the worst continues on. doing traveling most of this week, but managed to spot this one in a local bilo. served cold and poured into a pint glass, consumed on 08/18/2010.

actually a decent pour with a pale golden yellow that was simply loaded with carbonation. a nice head of white capped it off and reached a height of around two inches.

light aroma, mostly light grain and hints of corn. slight grassy hops, but very very light. this carried right over in the flavor which was again far too light for my tastes, but what can you do. small hop presence in the finish and a light cereal grain balance. nice feel, was not too light at all and overall not a terrible expierence by any means.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 02:27:37 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of VaTechHopHead

2.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Typical golden/straw, perfectly clear. Not a lot of head or lacing to be found.

S - Smells quite sweet, almost corn sugar-ish, like most Canadian lagers, no hop presence .

T - I don't know if my batch was bad (it was dated a month before it was to expire) but it had kind of a skunky/tinny aftertaste, almost like a sour pilsner. Quite weird/interesting but it got better the more I drank it. Other than that it was pretty smooth, not a lot of body obviously.

M/D - Very light on the palate, just enough carbonation. Easy to drink for the most part.

Given the price I'm gonna go with Moosehead or LaBatt from here on out.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 02:29:57 | More by VaTechHopHead
Photo of mralphabet


2.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Poured a golden yellow color less than a fingers worth of head that settle quickly to a ring with spotty lacing.

S: I'm getting a little sweet smelling malt then a light hops, not much else.

T: Tastes a lot like the smell... nice sweet malt upfront that lightens through the mid palette and finishes with a very light hops... Very little aftertaste.

M: Light bodied with a very crisp and refreshing carbonation.

D: A very drinkable beer, good ABV so you could drink a few.... But there is just not enough taste to make it really worth while. It is just a beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 03:24:16 | More by mralphabet
Photo of Knapp85


2.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer it's a good social brew. There isn't too many charactoristics that can be described on this. The beer is light in color, golden like the label says. The nose has some skunk on it but not enough to gross me out. The beer has a good drinkablity to it. Not a lot of head but overall it's decent.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 04:06:49 | More by Knapp85
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.

Serving type: bottle

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


2.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was the Fire Sale at the Flying Saucer last night. It poured a very clear light straw. An overall fine LOOKING beer. To bad I was not painting a picture but rather drinking a beer. The aroma was nill. The taste was similar to Coors (that is none) The mouthfeel was very light. This beer does not have much to recommend it. It was not bad so if you are with someone who wants to switch from Coors, maybe suggest this one, but other than that, skip it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2003 13:00:46 | More by LarryKemp
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.

Serving type: bottle

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


2.6/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

blahh just a bland beer with a slightly slightly sweet aftertaste. After enjoying the craftwork of Bill and Ron at Victory--materialized in the art that is Golden Monkey, I can say this...This isn't a beer, but sadly in comparison of many macros this is a good macro, which is why in the grand scheme of things i rated it as only "a little below average".

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2002 17:22:35 | More by allboutbierge
Photo of Gusler


2.63/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

2.63/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was one of my parents' favorite beers when i was growing up. Still cheap and drinkable after all these years. Pours its name with no head, lace, or frills at all. Light, corny nose with a touch of grassy fruit.

Tastes like macro town although a little svelter and less clumsy than the American versions. Thin but not too watery in the mouth. Easy to drink and uncomplicated, but not completely lacking soul.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 04:07:31 | More by daliandragon
Photo of Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice golden colour with pleasing head which quickly disapates....having said that, the body is weak, taste is non-descript...Poor thing is rather ugly tasting in a pretty sort of way........Nuff said!

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2002 18:32:51 | More by Shiloh
Photo of goblue3509


2.63/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden yellow color with a faint head. The smell is of malt grains and some floral hops. Taste is of sweet corn and some floral hops, the taste is fairly weak, not offensive and not good. The mouthfeel is watery and moderately high carbonation. The drinkability is average nothing offensive and nothing very good.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 23:05:07 | More by goblue3509
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2006 23:37:42 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
Photo of SometimesIfart


2.65/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a slightly dark see through yellow with a bubbly three finger white head. Leaves no lacing.

S - Smells of very light cooked veggies, tons of adjunct, and the slighter butterscotch I have ever witnessed

T - The taste completely follows the nose. Plentiful adjunct upfront, with butterscotch htting the back of the taste buds.

M - Mouthfeel stays the same flavorwise, with a medium body and medium carbonation

O - Overall, it's a good cheap beer, somewhat above a large number of them, but nothing fancy by any means. Would I have it again? Yes.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 01:45:08 | More by SometimesIfart
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

2.65/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium straw yellow in color with significant amounts of active visible carbonation constantly streaming from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy white head that quickly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of grainy malts with corn adjuncts and some faint aromas of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of grainy malts with light to moderate amounts of corn adjunct sweetness. Light flavors of grassy hops are present in the finish contributing a touch of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp but slightly thin/watery.

O: This takes me back to the days of college in upstate NY where this was the beer of choice due to the cheap price compared with American BMC (this was in the early 1990s so there were not a lot of craft options available). Maybe not as quite as I expected it to be from my college memories...and I was surprised that it was not skunky at all considering the green glass bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 19:22:07 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Suds


2.65/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

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


2.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 01:45:25 | More by elniko
Photo of clemtig76

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2006 15:23:20 | More by clemtig76
Photo of babaracas


2.7/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 02:32:17 | More by babaracas
Photo of smakawhat


2.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass. Blend of ale and lager? oookay... green bottle, time to spin the skunk roulette wheel.

Classic AAL looking appearance. Foamy and bright white head, with very shampoo like retention. Dissolves fairly quickly, while sitting on top of a crystal clear bright straw yellow and brass body. Small rising amounts of carbonation continue.

Slight skunky notes. Some sweet corn and bread toast, some faint mild herbal hop notes. Wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't compromised. Work on that packaging gang ....

Interesting. Skunk aroma takes a back seat to more of the sweetness of the malt. Some hinting bread a bit, and almost Kolsch like finish of sour to sweet aftertaste mixing a bit dry as well. Fairly decent mouthfeel with some body but staying away from the syrup realm. Missing just a hint of herbal crisp and hop pop.

It comes out not half bad, but is just slightly ordinary than a lawnmower beer. I am not feeling this really

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2014 23:18:55 | More by smakawhat
Photo of metter98

New York

2.73/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass, and bits of lacing down the sides.
S: Light aromas of corn and grainy malts are present in the nose along with some hints of grassy hops.
T: The taste has light flavors of grainy malts along with hints of adjuncts and sweetness; these are contrasted by a light amount of bitterness and faint amounts of grassy hops.
M: It feels light-bodied and slightly watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has a very good balance between malts and hops for a light beer. While it came in a green bottle, I couldn’t detect any skunk in the smell or taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 23:13:42 | More by metter98
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

2.73/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow color with a thin white head. The aroma is barely noticeable, a whiff of malt is barely detectable. The flavor is bland, some malt sweetness and a light bitter bite.

The mouthfeel is decent, as it is light with some crispness. Dry aftertaste as slight bitterness seems to show up on the tongue after swallowing. Average drinkability for a macro.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2004 14:26:47 | More by Gavage
Photo of OtherShoe2


2.73/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear yellow with a decent white foam head. No lacing.

A bit of skunk and some sweet malt aroma. A bit of boiled grain as well.

Flavors are a bit stronger than typical American macro, with some twists. Light sweet grain, then some corn, then some mineral bitterness. Some grassiness as well. Finishes with a sour/bitter edge.

Some decent carbonation, and actually not bad bodied.

Overall, this is lawnmower beer. Bought it on a lark, mostly out of fond memories of teenage drinking binges when this was considered "high end" beer. Luckily I'm no longer in that phase. This is better than the Corona/Bud/Coors group of brews, but not much better. Some bitterness and balance put it a step above, but it is a shallow step. So much for the trip down memory lane.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 02:33:03 | More by OtherShoe2
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