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Molson Ice - Molson Coors Canada

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167 Reviews

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Reviews: 167
Hads: 459
Avg: 2.59
pDev: 42.86%
Wants: 3
Gots: 53 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-03-2001

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Reviews: 167 | Hads: 459
Photo of dbrauneis
3.03/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy bright white head that quickly reduces to large patch of thin film covering about 80% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet grainy malts and corn adjuncts with just a hint of wheat. There is a very light aroma of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of sweet grainy malts, corn adjuncts adding a touch of sweetness, and a hint of wheat. There is something slightly metallic mid palate and just a hint of grassy hops which imparts a light amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: This was a nostalgia purchase - we drank tons of this stuff in college in the mid-1990s due to the higher ABV for the same price (it was also the hey day of the Ice American Adjunct lager). I have more fond memories of the beer than it tastes/smells when having it today. Not too bad, pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of DrainBamage
1.55/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a light golden color with a nice lace of head. Smell is of super sweet adjunct aromas. Putrid at best. Taste is like all other adjunct lagers, but with fusel alcohols added. Goes down dry with a bitter aftertaste. One of the worst adjunct lagers I've had, and probably the worst Ice beer I've had. This one is gonna be hard to finish.

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
2.45/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

All about that urine yellow aal color flow, 11th graaaade., no retention, no lace. Hard times. The aroma just wafts alcohol all up in yo nose. Is this an ice lager, or a eisbock? Woof. Green bottle brings that skunkiness, which is actually helpful because it obscures some of the almost fusel alcohol.

Taste, a little bit of rubbing alcohol for ya. The colder the better, and I usually loathe cold ass beer. Save it for the pop country lyrics. Brings the bubbles in terms of carbonation. This does get better the more you drink it, but you're in no man's land if you're having to drink more than 12 oz of this in a day.

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Photo of AdmiralBaltimore_29
4.44/5  rDev +71.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canadian beers are great and Molson Ice? Takes the cake as one of the best beers in Canada. Molson Ice is good for two things... drinking... and marinating a roast in it because the flavor is absolutely excellent.

I gave it an overall 4 because it could've been better. I keep buying it because of the swell taste of it. It's not this: "punch you in the kidneys" taste.

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Photo of Marraybay
3/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this many moons ago and remembered thinking it wasn't bad at the time. Very light, clean, taste, slight upfront sweetness, clean-vanishing finish. No complexity, no depth, certainly wouldn't be something you'd sit down and sip or analyse.

So what would you do with it??

As a beverage with seafood or something spicey, as a thirst quencher, as a palate cleanser, as a no brainer non-thought provoking brew when you want to keep things simple.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.76/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear and bubbly corn colour, 1" of foam.

Has that adjunct Lager smell that's perfumy with corny vegetable notes.

Corn sweetish flavour with a mild bitterness, usual mouthfeel for the style, which ain't a bad thing.

Picked up in a mixed 6 pack. Only way to go..

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Photo of Stunner97
3.58/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer is good value for the price. Nice flavor and for the style of American adjunct very on point and I rate it against style. For 6.49 for 6 pack would visit again as I have in the past.

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Photo of Beerwolf666
1.74/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

While drinking this Beer,I noticed it is now Brewed by Coors in America,and even says in Very small print "Product of U.S.A." ~anyway it Looks fine [pretty much like most American Adjunct Lagers] Sort of a clear Straw Color,..however the Smell is very odd,and not in a good way,almost like Moldy Corn that has soured~also some Chemical notes,and just plain nasty to be honest~the Taste is not as bad as the smell...however you get a TON of Corn,and pick up some of that Moldy corn flavor,and a light Chemical taste,..you REALLY have chill this beer down,just as you would a "Malt Liquor" and drink em fast,because when it warms all those Moldy,Chemical,and off flavors become even stronger~would I buy this Beer Again? NO! however I have had much worse,and it is drinkable to a degree,but a chugging Beer all the way,you really do not want to savor a Beer this bad,cheers!

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Photo of BeerWithMike
2.8/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Sampled on 1/18/15 while watching NFL football. Comes in a 12 ounce bottle (355ml). Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a Coor's Light" football glass.

Pours a straw-yellow in color with a good 1/2+ finger white fizzy/foamy head that finally settles down to a thin layer after about 10 minutes or so. Some spotyy lacing is seen that stuck to the glass when sipped. The aroma is of hops and sweet corn. Pretty much the same is said for the taste. Starts out a bit dry and finishes with a slight bitter taste. Lighter+ bodied with good carbonation. Overall, it was just OK but not a big deal. Just a one time deal for me.

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Photo of Zorro
2.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Old beer I haven't tried in about 15 years at one time I remember liking this stuff.

Crystal clear gold with a small white colored head, it does look like a Pilsner.

Smells sweet and corny with a slight kiss of noble hop. Certainly not aromatic though.

Starts out dry with a mild bitter finish. Mostly no flavor except for the hop at the end.

Mouthfeel is present.

Overall it isn't offensive but it isn't note worthy either.

I can sum the experience as follows "Just a Beer."

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Photo of dacrza1
2.5/5  rDev -3.5%

DATE TASTED: September 12, 2014... GLASSWARE: Baltika stange...OCCASION: O's double-header sweep... APPEARANCE: shockingly lucid soft yellow body that is thinly bubbly; thick, foamy three-finger head laces sporadically; surprisingly tangible patterns .. AROMA: definite biscuit mats present; hops are slightly corny, a bit funky and gassy? noxious? some light bubblegum too--odd... PALATE: firm, medium-bodied, oily and lingering, though the aftertaste is light and unobtrusive...TASTE: lightly toasted, with some beechwood in the aftertaste; sweet and malty when swished; nondescript otherwise...OVERALL: mellow-not at all the Ice that one expects; at 5.6 ABV, it provides a bit more heft than the usual rote pilsener; sweet, cleansing and soft by its end...like the oversized can, but not much making this experience memorable...

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Photo of the3rdtriumph
4.26/5  rDev +64.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

I don't understand the "poor" rating this beer has.

This beer pours like a lager should. Nice head, clear and yellow. What are lagers supposed to look like again? Last time I checked, this!

Smells of corn and barley. Smells like Mickey's. If that's a bad thing, I don't know beer. Smells like it's going to be easy drinking yet give you a generous amount of alcohol.

Taste: oh my. Think of malt liquor, without the cloying sweetness. Or off putting aftertastes for you purists. This tastes great! Little hit of alcohol, but the watery mouthfeel washes it away nicely. Malty. Spiffy! Clean water, light hop bitterness (it IS there), picking up hardly any corn taste, just a nice mild beer flavor. Very good ice brewed beer.

Overall I'd say go and try this if you're tired of drinking bitter pinetree-esque brew for a quick buzz. Not too shabby on price, and it's easy drinking. Definitely not deserving of it's "poor" rating. That's reserved for Big Flats or Beer 30 for crying out loud. GET SOME.

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Photo of flagmantho
2.72/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a light effervescence and a thin layer of creamy white foam. Not too bad for the style.

Smell: a little bit of sweetness and a little malt character. Not many obvious flaws, but essentially no useful aroma at all.

Taste: sweet malt with a little bit of adjunct off-flavor. Hops are nonexistent and bitterness is almost unnoticeable. Not great, and not a lot of character, but otherwise not gross or anything.

Mouthfeel: light body with a big carbonation and, while not creamy, it's interesting enough.

Overall: this beer is not horrible. It doesn't have a lot of flavor, but that means it's not disgusting. Just kind of blah.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.18/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tall pilsner glass: color is straw, big effervescent bubbles and a big bright white head that lingers pretty well.

Smell is very underdone, some thin malt, adjunct type flavors, corn, off grains.

Taste is pretty good, i prefer molson to many other adjunct lagers, and the ice version is decent, some of the malt flavors are concentrated a bit more than standard adjunct lager: some light malt like flavors but the adjunct flavors take over.

Mouthfeel is a bit less crisp, in a good way, than many other adjunct lagers, the strength probably helps this bit.

Overall, a good adjunct lager with some softer mouthfeel, but still uninspiring flavor profile. Score are based on to style rating.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.83/5  rDev +47.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Molson Ice is an Ice Brew with an abv of 5.6. Not a bad brew. The taste is ok reminds me a of Budweiser. The color is a dark amber. The brew is smooth but it has a kick. This brew is better than what I thought it would be. I will be buying this this brew to change it it for the the american style Lagers.

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Photo of CloudStrife
2.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

24oz can poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear light golden yellow with a moderate dense white head. Ample visible carbonation. Doesnt leave much lacing.

S: Has the typical adjunct lager aromas. Fairly subdued as long as it stays cold.

T: Inoffensive mild brew that isnt as strong as the name may suggest. Flavors as pretty smoothed out. Sweetness is more present than most of this style. Lil bite of booze.

M: Light to medium body with a good deal of carbonation. Guess it goes back easy.

Overall its another mainstream beer that is easily confused with all the others. Bit better than some of the competition I suppose.

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Photo of Damian
2.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. (355ml) bottle purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits, Somerville, MA
Served in a pint glass

The liquid poured a crystal clear, deep golden yellow and was topped by a two-finger, tight, creamy, bright white crown. A thin film of drippy lacing trickled down the top portion of the glass.

Dry, powdery, lager yeast notes dominated the aroma. Somewhat grainy. Tart lemon and wheaty notes were also detectible. Overall, surprisingly crisp and fresh. As the head died down, hints of bubblegum came forth.

The flavor profile was husky, grainy and quite raw with some serious adjunct notes. Things started out rather sweet up front, but the beer turned tart and bitter in the center. Wheaty, lemony notes were detectible. The finish was bitter and astringent with an overwhelming lemon rind presence.

The mouthfeel was respectable. Medium bodied, creamy and slick for the style. The beer contained a finely bubbled effervescence that gave the liquid a soft and airy fluffiness.

Molson Ice is a decently flavorful adjunct lager but pretty rough around the edges. If I had to chose, I would much prefer Molson's Canadian Lager to this so called "ice beer."

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.38/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an ugly aal color, but with a little more darkness and depth to the yellow color, probably because of the lesser water content caused by the 'icing' of the beer. Aroma is wickedly alcoholic. Seriously, you'd think this is 8%abv+ if it was a blind aroma sniffing competition. Sometimes the skunky aroma helps, because it obscures the alcohol.

Taste, one of the very, very few beers I'd say to drink very cold. It tastes like alcohol! The warmer it gets, the more this aspect gets played up in the mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little high, thankfully, but it doesn't do enough to trick me into thinking its well hopped or isn't a little thin malt wise to the fusel like alcohol heat. When they are skunky, it actually tastes better.

Its kinda harsh, but sometimes that's what you're looking for.

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Photo of punky796
3.3/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a pint glass.

A - Clear amber-gold color with a finger-and-a-half head. Leaves lacing, but it disappears. Fizzy head.

S - Corn malt, grassiness, sugar, alcohol.

T - Corn malt, grass, sugar, alcohol, can metal.

M - Crisp but icy (no pun intended), it almost seems like it would crunch a bit if you could chew it, like slush. Kinda bitter aftertaste.

O - Like pretty much every "ice" beer, it just can't stand up to the regular version it sprang from. The colder the better, to match the ice in the game you're watching that inspired you to buy it.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.24/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear golden with a two finger frothy white head. Leaves no lacing.

S - Perfect amounts of rice adjunct, creamed corn, pale malt, aluminum.

T - Loads of rice up front, creamed corn middle, pale malt and rice finish. Well balanced for an adjunct, and I'm happy that it lacks any corn adjunct flavors. Tasty for the style.

M - Light crisp body with medium carbonation.

O - Overall, probably the best AAL that I have ever had. Perfectly balanced, easy drinking and very sessionable. Even my summer shandy loving girlfriend liked it so that's a bonus!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance- Pours a golden-straw color with a one finger fizzy head. The head of the brew fades quite quickly to leave only minimal lacing.

Smell – The aroma is sweet of corn and has a decent bready smell. Mixed with these aromas is a light caramel as well.

Taste – The taste is quite sweet up front and remains so throughout the taste. It begins with a light bready taste mixed with a strong sweet corn taste. As the taste advances the bready fades with the sweet getting stronger. As the taste sweetened with flavors of caramel and more corn, it became a little cloying. The flavors were never really off, just a little too sweet. In the end a light metallic taste joins the sweetness leaving a sweet and light metal flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer was on the average side in terms of creaminess and carbonation. Both were good for the style and made for a rather easy drinking brew.

Overall- Well nothing really all that fantastic and definitely nothing to go out of your way for. For 50 cents a bottle thought, you can’t expect too much, and it could be good for a party style brew I suppose.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Let's rock some ice, folks! This stuff pours a clear pale straw topped by a half-finger of short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet corn, mineral water, sweet flowers, and a kiss of wheat. The taste holds notes of hard water, light tin, funky wheat, light powdered sugar, and mild corn. There's an off taste in there somewhere (it moves around, all Heisenbergian and whatnot). The body is pretty light, with a moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a kinda sad little beer, but one that thankfully isn't entirely offensive.

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Photo of UltraZelda64
1.18/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

It's 90°F in the house right now (a great morning temperature to start off the day indoors--can't wait for today's high! [sarcasm]. It's sad, because it's so hot two of my four cats are panting their furry little asses off and breathing rapidly, but there's nothing I can do... and it's only going to get hotter.

Well, broke as I am, I bought two 24-ounce cans of Molson Ice. Unless I was screwing around, there's no way I would be getting either of these beers if I had extra money to spend. I have had it before, and in fact I always confuse Molson Ice and Labatt Ice. This is partially the reason I'm writing this review... as a personal reminder to NOT accidentally pick this one up again! I don't remember what the Labatt Ice tastes like right now, but I'm pretty sure it was the better one of the two. Either way, back to this beer.

Appearance: Pours a very weak, unattractive looking pale yellow. Somewhat lively carbonation with a big white head that, as expected, recedes to a thin ring, but surprisingly leaves some lacing. I think I'll give it a few points for the decent lacing at least, but otherwise... the appearance itself is too typical (white head on straw body) and the color of the liquid beer itself is too pale. The carbonation quickly fizzles away, and the beer is crystal-clear.

Smell: Honestly, I don't know how to describe this. Man-made chemically sweetness? It's just not good, though not quite as in-your-face as...

Taste: Yep, it keeps going downhill. This beer tastes like... well, synthetic chemically sweetness. Completely unnatural. Similar artifical aftertaste that seems to linger. So sweet and synthetic tasting, in fact, that it's hard to drink... it's downright nasty, especially as it warms a bit. I guess it's good as a cheap alcohol delivery system, but warning: do NOT drink it on a hot, 90-degree day! Unless you are prepared to drink out of a frozen mug or chug straight from the can, as this beer warms, it gets absolutely disgusting with this artificial taste. There are far better beers to drink on hot, humid days. This one doesn't even come close; there is no refreshment to something that tastes like sweet chemically shit.

Mouthfeel: Just barely fuller than water. Seriously, do yourself a favor and just get yourself a nice cold glass of water. I'm no fan of water, but at least it's drinkable.

Overall: No good as a beer for hot weather. No good if you don't drink fast and allow it to warm up in *any* weather. This beer really doesn't have any redeeming qualities. Even its lacing that is surprising for the style cannot save it. By the way, as the lacing dries, it also looks pretty weak.

Do yourself a favor and just skip this beer. I will from now on. I'm *pretty* sure now that Labatt Ice is the better ice beer of the two, from what I remember after retrying this. Soon enough though, I will be giving Labatt Ice another shot, and maybe post a review of it... for completeness reasons.

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Photo of Chico1985
2.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ah, "ice beers". Always a risky purchase, as they usually just seem to take an already undesirable adjunct lager and merely add more alcohol to it. Luckily though, this was not purchased, and is the latest in the infamous series - Free Beers From Work!

Pours the expected pale straw yellow with a white head that starts at a few fingers, eventually reducing to a thin ring and not much else.

Smells like..just about nothing. There is some pale-ish malts if you sniff hard enough.

Taste luckily brings much more, still not much there but surprisingly not offensive/harsh tasting. Pale+bready malts dominate with a bit of a lemon+herbal feel. A bit solventy but really not bad.

Pretty decent mouthfeel, carbonation is not overpowering and doesn't feel watery. Drinks quite easy considering the style/ABV.

When I think of ice beers, I think of my trip to Montreal 4 years ago, bring clueless about beer and buying all the repulsive ~9% lagers. This one obviously wasn't great but for this style I found it quite drinkable and not really harsh in the least. You can certainly drink worse.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
1.79/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a pils glass. 24 oz can. Ice beer at 5.6%. Hopefully I function after such a hefty ABV.

3.5 A: Clear pale yellow color. Three fingers of frothy white head. Retention is very good and a decent amount of lacing is left. Not bad here.

2.0 S: Dry graininess with corny sweetness.

1.5 T: Fairly tasteless with the only discernable taste being corn.

2.0 M: Light body. Carbonation is a bit high, but reasonable for the style. Something like chewy, but not quite, and no creaminess.

1.5 D: This is bad by AAL standards. Don't know how I'm gonna finish this.

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Molson Ice from Molson Coors Canada
63 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.