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Molson OV (Old Vienna) - Molson Coors Canada

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Molson OV (Old Vienna)Molson OV (Old Vienna)

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BA SCORE
66
poor

63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 2.66
pDev: 30.08%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A mainstream lager with a moderate hop character and slightly sweet, fruity, refreshing aroma and taste.

(Beer added by: lipschitz on 07-23-2002)
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Reviews by fx20736:
Photo of fx20736
3.33/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 12 pack from Southtown Beverages for $ 8.99 on 3/8/14. Poured into a large tumbler, served cold.

Appearance: pale gold yellow with one finger pure white head. Active streams of bubbles.

Smell: a little musty, faint spicy hoppiness.

Taste: Taste is mild and inoffensive, not overly sweet.

Mouthfeel: decent for a macro lager.

Overall: easy drinking, cheap.

fx20736, Mar 08, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of dogfishandi
2.48/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

11.5oz brown twist off bottle at fridge temp poured into a pint glass. best before AUG1411.

pours out a super clear light golden yellow color with a one finger of fizzy white head that wuickly settled to a thin ring with some patchy foam and then eventually nothing. no real lace to speak of, lots of carbonation bubbles.

light aromas of sweet corny grain. sulfer mineral lager funk and maybe the faintest hint of floral almost perfumy hops. definatly nothing exciting to smell.

tastes like most of your canadian macro lagers. sweet cooked corn, hints of grains towards the finish. mineral, sulfer lager funk and the faintest kiss of hops with some bitterness.

the taste is tolerable, but the mouthfeel was the worst part for me. very thin watery body, too much fizzy carbonation, has kind of a sharpness to it that doesnt make it all that smooth.

drinkability wise you could suck these down all night. i know they used to make splits my father used to pound down when he was my age. i believe this paticular bottle is a canadian reuseable bottle. i would never buy this (i was given a 12pack as a tip), but its worth atleast one try.

dogfishandi, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of MJ63
3.5/5  rDev +31.6%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
2.28/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

As noted many times already, this is a paternal bloodline beer - I vaguely remember the Old Vienna name from HNIC commercials when I was a kid, and my Dad confirmed that he and his buds drank this stuff in the 60s and 70s. Round 3 of my tour of the remainder shelf in one of the new liquor stores that have popped up in my hometown since I got the hell out.

This beer pours a clear medium straw hue, with one finger of soapy white head, which renders a bit of sparse lace as it recedes. It smells of mild white grain, and not much else. The taste is some sweet white grain, a bit of metallic booziness, and no hops apparent. The carbonation is average, the body clammy and medium weight, and it finishes off-dry, with some grain, and a medicinal edge that grows as it warms.

Nothing special here, just as dull and somewhat off-putting as the rest of the Molson/Carling 'premium lager' products. My Dad was bang-on in his one gulp assessment - "It tastes like yer average beer from back then." The times, they haven't changed.

biboergosum, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of sdj5
1.5/5  rDev -43.6%

sdj5, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of puboflyons
3.15/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. can stamped: MAR0413-E08071051. Sampled on June 25, 2013

The pour is pale yellow with a rich, white head that lingers to the end.

The aroma is forward with grainy and pilsener malts, sweetness, and a Euro malt cleanliness. I don't pick up adjuncts myself.

The body is light and smooth.

The taste is also grainy and malty up front in a moderate way with a light bite at the end to balance it all off. It is fairly easy to quaff.

puboflyons, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of ThinkAgain
2/5  rDev -24.8%

ThinkAgain, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of irishkyle21
2.5/5  rDev -6%

irishkyle21, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of IronDjinn
1.78/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a can, pale clear and yellow, a splash of white head at first, but no retention. The smell is of sweetish corn and grain husks, with a bit of a sharp bite, either from hops or chemicals, it is difficult to tell. Flavour is raw and husky, with an underlying sweet undertow. The mouthfeel is about average, but it has a caustic burn texture to it, from the adjuncts or other unmentionable additives. If you're gonna drink it then drink it ice cold and straight out of the can, it eases the pain a bit. Otherwise skip it completely.

IronDjinn, Jul 31, 2004
Photo of DubCo21
1.25/5  rDev -53%

DubCo21, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of TonyY
3/5  rDev +12.8%

TonyY, Jul 22, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -6%

RedAleMan, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Shiloh
3.35/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is slightly better than average for a Canadian beer. All aspects of this brew meet criteria with one exception...Where's the Head??? Appearance is weak due to the fact that it looks like apple juice. Put two fingers of lasting foam on this puppy and you have a contender.

Shiloh, Nov 20, 2002
Photo of PrendUnVerreDeBiere
2.48/5  rDev -6.8%

PrendUnVerreDeBiere, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of thehyperduck
3.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355 mL can from TBS. #2 in my series of cheap lager reviews that I am only doing because of the embarrassingly limited selection in this town. I've been a little curious about this stuff for a while because of its long history, but convincing myself to buy a 12-pack (the only format I've been able to find until now) just wasn't going to happen. A six-pack seemed fair though, given the lack of other options.

Pours a golden-yellow colour; a bit deeper in hue than most AALs, but in the grand scheme of things, still fairly pale. Two fingers of frothy, pearl-white head erupts at the surface, but vanishes quickly over the next minute, leaving behind nothing but a filmy cap and soapy collar. The aroma is muted and completely uninteresting, but to be fair it's not bad for the style - pale grainy malts, corn husk and a vague whisper of weedy hops. Not off-putting, at least.

Actually, this stuff really isn't so bad - it's a little sweeter than a lot of adjunct beers, but not in the usual sickly, corn-syrupy way. Don't get me wrong - there is obviously adjunct filler in here, but it is supported nicely with a pale grainy flavour and a light honey sweetness. The lack of any sort of hop presence prevents this from being significantly above average, though. At least it finishes cleanly, without any of those nasty vegetal, cardboard notes I sometimes find in cheap lagers. Light-bodied and fairly watery, with slightly less carbonation than most of Molson's flagship brands. This definitely tones down the bloat factor, and makes it easier to drink in large quantities.

I find it a little hilarious (and unsurprising) that one of Molson's best pale lagers is one with a recipe that originates from a completely different company. Reminds me a little of Foster's, another adjunct lager I don't mind drinking on occasion. Both of them are what I consider 'old guy beers' - a little more flavourful than average, easy to drink en masse, and consumed primarily by blue-haired people who pine for the good old days.

[Updated Nov. 17 2013]

For the record, I am not grading this as a Vienna lager, because it isn't one... like, at all. It's a decent adjunct lager though, and it definitely doesn't deserve its legendary nickname. For a Molson 'value brand', this is passable - I picked up a case when I went camping during the summer and made my way through it with no issue, and I picked this 6-pack up on sale because hell, why not? The sort of thing to keep in your fridge and offer to your friends that prefer this style of beer - especially if they're friends in the 50+ age bracket who might actually recognize it.

Final Grade: 3.2, a C+.

thehyperduck, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of CrazyMike
2.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow apperance with bubbly head. Smell is sweet and grainy with a hint of grass.

Taste is grainy with some corn and a hard to detect sweetness. Nothing in the taste is noticeable. Light bodied with high carbonation. Aftertaste is dry and a bit sweet.

Painfully mediocre beer with no redeeming factor other then being easy to drink. Got a bottle of this at a bar because I would never buy a six pack and wanted to get it over with.

CrazyMike, Jan 20, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +31.6%

carteravebrew, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
2.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

"O.V", as my seatmate inspired me to try. Wow, did I ever get a solid two fingers' worth of fluffy, bone-white head off of that pour! Nose had the distinct lager-sweetness. Color was a medium golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium with a honey-like sweetness on the tongue. Yowf! I was not expecting that! Finish had a lingering sweetness. Enough.

woodychandler, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of Fiset35
2.6/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

OV is a more inexpensive cousin of the Molson family - this is good and it is bad. OV is roughly $3-4 cheaper than the Molson Canadian case, and you can tell. But, you get what you pay for, and OV hits the spot.


OV is moderately yellow when you pour it, and it has little head. You get an acidic corn-taste after you swallow. Some will not like it. It isn't bad, but noticable. I'll call it "unique". There are better tasting beers out there, but let me also stress that this beer isn't BAD.

OV is a beer in which you can drink a couple, or several, and enjoy them all the same - they're easy going down.

You get what you pay for, and OV is a good buy for the price. I still wish they made OV splits. You could get a case of 'em for $7!

If you've got the extra $5, then go Canadian. But if you don't, then why not OV?

Fiset35, May 29, 2004
Photo of Hoppy_McGee
3.25/5  rDev +22.2%

Hoppy_McGee, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.93/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I attended a training class in relation to my job, and of course beer talk ensues wherever two or more like-minded people get together. The instructor was one, and following the class she wanted me to try these not because she holds it as the pinnacle of beers but because I am up for anything and told her I'd put the review on the internet! Plus it is one of those beers from her past that are part of a person's up-bringing, you know? Anyway, she gave me a whole 12-pack that had been sitting in her basement for a year+. I have my doubts, but the bottles are brown and the box has been closed, so it has been in fairly optimal condition. Let's give 'er a go...

Appearance - I've got two bottles chilled and ready to go into a big A&W root beer float mug. Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a tint of orange. Despite a bouncy pour, very little head forms up and what does melts away pretty fast. There remains a scant cover on top which somehow defies the odds and stays awhile despite minimal beading from below. Some sudsy lacing around the mug handle, that's about it though.

Aroma - while forewarned of a possible skunk in these older bottles, these first two were fine. Sweet and diluted grain, maybe a touch vegetal but a very neutral smell for the most part, at least at these initial cold temperatures.

Taste - I wondered if this was really just another adjunct-laden macro knock-off with a misnomer for a title. As a Vienna lager, it can't really compare to my standard of Viennas, Sam Adams Boston Lager. But it is categorized here as a Marzen/OFest. 'Yeah right' was my initial thought pre-taste. It does, however, have a slight Marzeny taste that is passable. It's just a bare hint of toastiness and/or butteriness, mind you, but it's there. The buttery/diacetyl could even suggest a light ESB style, the beer needs more flavor to have an identity one way or the other. Some huskiness from the grain is there too, in the aftertaste primarily. A late drying and touch of bitterness along with a mild vegetal flavor. The flavors are well below par on volume but what registers ain't bad. A budget OFest? Could eke out another half-point if fresh, probably a reasonably flavorful beer on tap.

Mouthfeel - an element of smoothness, whether that's from a slight diacetyl effect or not I can't tell. It's not enough flavorwise to suspect a defect, so I consider it an asset here. Evenly carbonated and an average body, good levels for the style.

Drinkability - for a beer that's been sitting in a Cleveland basement for a year or more, I'm impressed. Kudos to Molson for brown bottles and light-blocking boxes, eh? I was initially struck that this reminded me in a distant way of a bottle of Avery Samael, a 14.5% monster I had last night. Obviously there is a world of difference, but the grain sweetness has a similarity that just made me think of it. This is like an "OFest Extra Light". I' m happy to have received a half-case of these and hope my return toss of a Young's Double Chocolate 4-pack will be equally enjoyed (you *know* it will...hell yeah!). Here's to beer and the people that enjoy them. Thanks Lori! ;-)

brewdlyhooked13, Dec 22, 2007
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2.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an pale yellow with about a quarter inch of bubbly white head. The head doesn't disappear right away, but it does come and go a little too fast, leaving behind sub-par lacing.

Smells of sweet malt and citrusy hops, but nothing spectacular.

Had a sort of dank taste to it, and finishes dry. It's quite different, but once again, nothing spectacular.

Mouthfeel was thin on the palate, but far too fizzy.

Like I've mentioned twice before in this review, this beer is what it is, which is nothing specacular. Will not be buying again.

jayc333, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.38/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fair offering from Molson. This brew has nothing to do with the Märzen / Oktoberfest style, as it is a more of a classic lager, and the O.V. Stand for "Old Vienna", so perhaps this is an attempt at a Vienna style lager. Anyhow, it pours from the can to a medium yellow color with a two finger head of white foam that dissipates over time. Aromas of sweet corn and malt. Taste is medium bodied and not offensive; mild malt, light corn and grain, a touch of hops, hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel was pretty good, and had some consistancy about itself. Not as weak and watery as most macros. Drinkability is north of average. Worth a try, but mostly consumable as a lawn-mower beer.

THE BLOODHOUND FACTOR: Both muts were mildly interested in this one, but the sweetness seemed to turn them off.

Frozensoul327, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of animal69
2.5/5  rDev -6%

animal69, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of DenisKolkin
2.75/5  rDev +3.4%

DenisKolkin, Jul 12, 2013
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Molson OV (Old Vienna) from Molson Coors Canada
66 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.