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Molson Export - Molson Coors Canada

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216 Ratings

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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 20.47%

Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
With over 100 years of brewing tradition behind it, Molson Export continues to grow in lore. Its history, however, could never be as rich without the original, high-quality ingredients that have come to distinguish it from other brands.

We brew Molson Export with two-row barley, an exclusive strain of ale yeast that goes back to the origins of Molson Breweries, hand-selected Golding and Oregon hops and water.

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Photo of beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Clear light gold with gentle carbonation bubbles
S: Light malt with a metallic note, some delicate hoppiness as it warms
T: Light bodied and easy drinking, some malt sweetness and faint but discernible hops, nicely balanced finish
M: A tad on the thin side but this is to be expected, doesn't detract personally.
O: A nice take on the export ale style though could use a bit more body but a decent Molson product nonetheless.

Serving type: can

12-29-2013 00:28:31 | More by beerluvr
Photo of mwrseeley

Ontario (Canada)

3.11/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

It had been a long time since I last bought a 2-4 or had even set foot in "The Beer Store". I had gotten into the habit of buying a single from Fuller, Hacker-Pschorr, Mad Tom or whatnot from the local LCBO. So, I was pleasantly surprised when I picked up a case of my old standby from my younger days - a case of Moslon Export.

It has been pretty enjoyable. It has a bitterness that let's the drinker know that it isn't just some crap macro offering. This is a beer I can keep in the fridge for company that doesn't stray too far off the beer path.

Very drinkable, especially after mowing the lawn.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 22:45:05 | More by mwrseeley
Photo of jaslesp

3.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This a good pretty good beer for a macro, but it was first made when it was a micro-brewery. It has a great ale color and smells fruity. The taste ia awesome for a macro so i think it is above average. The mouthfeel is like most of the ales. In average it is definetly the best ale you can find everywhere in Canada!

Serving type: can

08-22-2012 17:41:08 | More by jaslesp
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.28/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

i like this better than either canadian or golden. its very sessionable and less artifical tasting. pours clear yellow color with a excited white head over an inch tall, decent retention. watery look overall, but not bad. smells like pale malts, very light, with on;y some bittering hops in there as to not be offensive. taste is the same, but i reckon a stiffer hopping would make this a damn fine beer, it seems to be lacking to me, and that could really set it off. mouthfeel is good, smooth and drinkable, lighter body but not too light, with bright carbonation. sessionable, especially when ice cold. i dont mind this one in the summer when i am on a budget.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 15:50:17 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Export says 'ale' on the label, but looks like a conventional lager in the glass. It is bright golden, filtered to near oblivion, with soda-pop bubbles and an antiseptically white head that falters and leaves little lace.

The bouquet has a slight pungency like that of a cheap cider vinegar and smells, just generally speaking, 'off'. If not for that off-putting pungency I'd say it resembles creamed corn. It certainly has the sweetness. In fact, this thing smell like it has more corn than a Mayan harvest festival. I wouldn't be surprised if there was mention of it in the Popol Vuh.

Perhaps the kindest thing I could say about Export's flavor is that there isn't much of it. The sting of aggressive, artificial carbonation makes more of an impression on the palate than the flavor of corn kernels, which, by the way, is about the only flavor that exists. There's nothing that resembles barley (or hops, for that matter).

The border that divides ales and lagers, although easily defined in technical terms, is far from concrete as far as things like taste and texture go. Some lagers offer a world more of flavors and body than ales. Just as equally, some ales, like Molson Export, contain even less malt and bitterness than even the palest of lagers (which this really drinks like).

Molson makes a number of abhorrent beers and, in full fairness, also have a few passable offerings in their portfolio. Export, in my opinion, doesn't fit neatly into either of those two camps. It's not offensive, but it's far from pleasant. I can't imagine any scenario where I'd recommend anyone buy this beer. It is distasteful at worst, forgettable at best.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 18:58:54 | More by biegaman
Photo of TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Produced a finger of head that did manage to lace and stick around fairly well. The body is a clear gold with some decent carbonation. Nothing of exceptional note, but it seems to be a general, all around good job here.

Smell: Fruity esters and yeasty smells, apples and pears come to mind, but it doesn't quite hit the nail on the head. There is a nice backing of grain malt to it. Could be a bit stronger though.

Taste: Starts with some light, doughy malt that turns to much more fruity taste with some mild yeast and ends with a dusting of a mixed bag of light hops. It's a nice halfway point between a more flavourful ale and a more generic lager taste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean, and doesn't leave anything in the way of aftertaste. Easy to drink, although the carbonation is a little meek. There is also a very slight clinging plastic feeling I could do without, but it is fairly subdued.

Drinkability: It's a little heavier on the stomach then you would think, but other then that it's easy going down with enough flavour to stay interesting.

Final Thoughts: One of Molson's better offerings, that is for sure. When I was younger, Export wasn't my cup of tea as it seemed to be a lot heavier and hoppier back then, however now, it is a suitable replacement for when only Macros are on tap.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 05:00:24 | More by TheHammer
Photo of WoodBrew


2.88/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Molson Export is like most typical North American beers. It pours a golden clear with initial big head that dissapates quickly. The smell and taste are mostly grain. Mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a decent beer that is drinkable.

Serving type: can

01-08-2012 15:24:22 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of bullwinkle88

Isle of Man

3.78/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Molson Ex, one of my favorite beers and probably the one I've consumed the most of in my life, largely attributed to my days at the factory way back when (Miss those stubby bottles).

This is definitely Molson's finest product in my opinion, which is saying something because I enjoy most of their products save for the rare misadventure (Molson M).

Nice crisp taste with a hoppy spicy kick. One of my favorite styles of beer and Ex is a premier option. Mouthfeel is prickly and effervescent. My one complaint is the beer's flavor seems to diminish surprisingly quickly, so try to find one with the closest brewed date.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 04:57:41 | More by bullwinkle88
Photo of Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a two finger head out of the can, off white with good retention and some lacing, a light yellow body, clean and clear look.

Smell is some grainy malt and light hops, some floral notes.

Taste is grainy malt with some adjunct, a little bisuit and pepper, floral aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation, still relatively smooth, clean and crisp.

Overall a decent macro that I have always enjoyed.

Serving type: can

11-13-2011 15:03:53 | More by Stocean1
Photo of marc956


3.28/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I guess my taste buds have improved in the last 13 years. In university this was a common staple at parties. Just had my first one in a few years albeit in cans rather than bottles. So maybe it's
the metallic influence? Doesn't seem as good as it used to be. Still better than Labatt though.

Serving type: can

07-13-2011 03:09:28 | More by marc956
Photo of gskitt

New York

2.75/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap in Montreal. This beer poured a golden color, much carbonation is evident by the bubbles. Shiny white head dissipates quickly. Scent is a bit off-putting, not skunky, just a bit, well, macro. Smells like corn. Buttered corn. Taste was not comparative to the smell. Much better. Not great, just better. The appeal for export must be drinkability, not taste. Mouthfeel was a bit grainy and dry after a while. Not my favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2011 23:46:18 | More by gskitt
Photo of thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent golden colour (like the majority of Molson's beers), topped with a creamy one-finger head. Retention is decent; it takes a few minutes to dissipate to a thin half-centimetre cap with some lacing. Tons of bubbles stream to the surface constantly. Looks pretty good, actually. The smell is faint and bland but there is nothing off-putting in it; mostly malted grains with a touch of yeast and fruity esters.

It wouldn't surprise me to find out that there are adjuncts somewhere in Export's recipe, but that is because I tend to expect that level of quality from Molson. In actual fact, Export is quite clean-tasting - light grain malt sweetness leading into a faint twinge of dryness, presumably from some form of hops. There is some corny adjunct character, but it is not a seriously dominant facet of the taste. All of the flavors are well-balanced with each other, and the end result is a surprisingly decent (and ridiculously drinkable) blonde ale. Carbonation level is a little high. The surprisingly long-lasted head gives the beer a bit of a creamy mouthfeel. It's thicker than Canadian but overall still rather light-bodied.

Don't get me wrong - nothing about Export is complex or interesting - but it's unmistakably in the upper echelon of Molson's major labels. This stuff manages to be very drinkable while still tasting like beer, instead of just following the usual macro mantra: minimal taste = highest drinkability.

I was out west for two years and never saw this stuff there. I'll admit to missing Ex a little bit during that time... it was one of the first beers I had after coming back. If I am at a pub that only has the bare minimum of selection, a pint of Export will almost always be the safe choice. As far as mass-produced Canadian beer goes, this is one of the better options - and I say this as someone who is not a fan of most Molson products at all.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 04:45:22 | More by thehyperduck
Photo of heebes

Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle always.

A favourite of a buddys, usually consumed when at his place, outside in summer. When poured it's a pal golden yellow with a frothy white head. Nose is grain, malt, bit of fruit notes come through and a touch of alcohol. Taste is decent, easy to down a bunch, certainly tastes like you'd expect a macro to: not much flavour, most grain and alcohol. Light to medium mouthfeel. Not sure how he can only drink this one beer every single day; to each their own. Overall, I can stand to have one if I stop it for a visit.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 21:33:11 | More by heebes
Photo of BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brought a couple bottles back after consuming a few while in Montreal. Standard brown bottle, "Expertly brewed for over 100 years", I got a bottle with the vintage label.
Pretty basic beer, golden yellow with a white head. Average retention, thin lace. Light malt and hop smells, but still more aroma than most macro lagers. It tastes as expected, a bit more barley malt and hop bite than Molson Canadian.
medium body, crisp carbonation, easily drinkable. A slightly more flavorable macro lager.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 20:35:48 | More by BigBry
Photo of ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Molson Export pours a crystal clear bright gold with a decent head that lingers nicely. The aroma is faintly grainy with a bit of faint fruitiness. The flavor is clean, slightly grainy, and faintly astringent. There is a bit of bitterness in the finish. Overall, there is nothing offensive about this beer, but it's nothing special (and quite overpriced here in Ontario).

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 00:57:31 | More by ericj551
Photo of HUXC

New York

3.23/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

S- Served from a chilled 11.5 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Average transparent yellow ale with golden undertones.

S- Smells of hops and grain, not unlike a miller light.

T- Average tasting beer, tastes of hops and grain. Again, not unlike a miller or bud flavored beer.

M- Slightly high carbonation, light bodied ale.

D- Easy to drink, not a terrible tasting beer. Overall pretty average.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 18:49:08 | More by HUXC
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml can poured into a pint glass

A - golden yellow colour. 1 finger wide fizzy white head, that sticks around for a bit. Faint lacing.

S - smells like a real Canadian beer should smell like. Barley and hops, slight smell of alcohol.

T &M - medium body, lots of flavor, average carbonation, a fulfilling beer.

D - To me, this is what a Canadian beer should taste like, full flavor, and not too light. Worth a try!

Serving type: can

07-21-2010 00:03:48 | More by spinrsx
Photo of papaglide

New York

2.58/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Nice half inch head falls quickly to a layer of froth clinging to the surface. No lace. Pale gold in color.

S - sweet, malty graininess with a hint of corn. I cant detect any hops but there seems to be a woodsy nose present

T - little malt with mostly grainy adjunct flavors with some slight bitterness in the back end

M - highly carbonated with a watery thinness. Astringent in the finish. Fizzy feeling in the mouth.

D - there is quite a bit of flavor, grainy adjuncts it seems. Not too smooth. This beer seems more complex than other macros but only in an adjunct flavor kind of way. The label states that its an ale. I truly don't know and you can't tell by drinking it. To me, its on the south side of average but I respect the effort. Give me a '50.

$4.99 a 6 pack of 11.5 ounce of brown bottles

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 23:26:44 | More by papaglide
Photo of decimator

Ontario (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Labeled as Molson Ex 4.9%ABV
341ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a golden color with a 1" head. Head disappeared rather quickly but it left a thin white cap and good amounts of lacing. Looks good.

S - Malts at first and then some fruity notes from the yeast. I don't detect much hops in the aroma. Also picking up a bit of alcohol which is odd considering it's not a high ABV beer.

T - Light in flavor. Bit of malt at first and a bit of a alcohol & metallic finish. It doesn't get better as it warms up or after a few.

M - Feels a bit fizzy and a bit sticky but mostly average. A bit boring after a while.

D - Average. Not offensive but it doesn't stand out.

Overall it's a bit better then Molson Canadian but still has that mostly bland macro aroma & flavour. When in a bar that only has generic macro available this is one I'll likely order.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 00:10:35 | More by decimator
Photo of sbe1

New York

3.5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving type: an almost 1 liter (.9?? ml) can from an Esso station in Montreal.

Appearance: Deep gold color, with a healthy head that left some lacing on the glass.

Smell: mostly clean, some alcohol, some malt.

Taste: Dry with a malt and chemical sweetness, faint hops, clean finish.

Mouthfeel: light to medium body, crisp and fairly refreshing, some carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a beer to get your drunk on, and with a few liter cans it's pretty easy to accomplish. And it's not that bad tasting a beer while you wait for the alcohol to hit your brain.

Serving type: can

08-23-2009 00:47:52 | More by sbe1
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I grew up with the notion that this was Molson's export-only beer, and thus available in foreign countries, airports, and well, Quebec, not out West. Let's give 'er!

This beer pours a clear pale golden colour, with three fingers of somewhat creamy, foamy white head, which leaves lace all around the glass. It smells of light white grain, and skunky, weedy hops. The taste is soft cereal grain, a bit of corn sweetness, and lightly acrid, weedy hops. The carbonation is average, the body mildly cloying, and it finishes dry, a little skunkiness persisting.

Ok enough for something with its heritage - I had no problem drinking this, unlike its extended family...

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 14:35:43 | More by biboergosum
Photo of shamus

Ontario (Canada)

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

I am mostly reviewing this because there happens to be some left at the cottage. Of all the macro-brews I prefer this one and mostly for sentimental reasons. It's a pale yellow beer with plenty of soda-pop type carbonation. It's very inoffensive. Not much more than slightly malty water. In this respect it's a fine generic hot summer BBQ beer.

i see they've modified the logo, which is a blue sailing ship. It used to look a lot like an armidillo when you tipped the bottle and viewed the ship on it's side.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 18:48:37 | More by shamus
Photo of CavePainter


3.5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A Light, dull yellow. Thin white head with a bit of lacing. Nice bit of carbonation.

S: A yeasty nose with just a bit of malt.

T: A crisp light sweetness with just a touch of bitterness.

M: Lighter to medium bodied, impressively so given the light color. Crisp and well carbonated.

D: One goes down as easily as five. A nice addition to Molson's lineup. In the typical sea of lagers, I would order this APA if I saw it.

I was actually impressed to see an APA come out of Molson Brewing. Not my favorite, but a valiant effort consistent with the albeit open ended APA style.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 21:57:33 | More by CavePainter
Photo of DoctorStrangiato

Alberta (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - golden-yellow beer with a 3/4-inch head, shows very good lacing throughout. Definitely carbonated.

Smell - corn, perhaps adjunct malty aroma. Limited to a corn-hop scent that is not impressive in any way.

Taste - surprisingly positive in the sense that this brew delivers a nice balanced taste throughout, a nice full-flavoured macro-ale with decent hop bitterness at the end over a floral malt.

Mouthfeel - balanced effect on the mouth, definitely works on the middle of the tongue to express a reasonable taste profile, all things considered.

Drinkability - drinkability is strong. Good refreshment while not being boring. An OK choice for a session beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 22:59:35 | More by DoctorStrangiato
Photo of SFLpunk


3.13/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.5oz brown glass twist-top. Neck stamp AUG3009.

Appearance: Poured into a shaker pint. 3 fingers of sudsy, soapy white head atop crystal clear pale yellow straw colored liquid.

Nose: Smells like a sweet lager to be honest. Corn husk, pale malt, maybe some dusty pellet hops.

Palate: Medium-bodied and crisp. Some sweetness floating around in there, but the mild hops are trying to sweep it under the rug. Some light citrus notes, and a little pale maple syrup note.

Notes: This is a sort-of guilty pleasure beer for me. I usually drink it right from the bottle, and it's better that way. Pouring it into a glass shows its true lack of character. From a frosty cold bottle, it's a different story. Needs to be ice-cold.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 05:14:28 | More by SFLpunk
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Molson Export from Molson Coors Canada
70 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.