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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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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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1/5  rDev -62.4%

Sellen, Jul 19, 2014
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1.25/5  rDev -53%

DubCo21, Apr 15, 2014
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1.25/5  rDev -53%

ejh06752, Apr 24, 2012
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1.25/5  rDev -53%

randylangford, Mar 21, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -43.6%

sdj5, Feb 24, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -43.6%

ZachT, Oct 10, 2013
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1.63/5  rDev -38.7%

My goal is to rate all the beer I've tried. That means rating the bad ones along with the good ones. This is one of the bad ones. Where I went to University, this beer had the raunchy nickname of "'Ol Vag___", but I was not informed of that until after trying it.
This is one of the old Carling O'Keefe products (Carling O'Keefe's Ol' Vienna Lager) that was popular in the late 70s and early 80s complete with television commercials. It pours a weak yellow colour with little head. The aroma was very skunky (every time I have tried this). The taste is rather skunky as well, not a friend to the mouth at all. Strong carbonation, and very little discernable maltiness.

cyrenaica, Jun 29, 2007
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1.73/5  rDev -35%

I remember my grandpa drank this. I think this was his first beer. So, I decided to try it. Sort of nostalgic reasons. Anyways...
The beer bottle is prettier than the beer. Pours a clear yellow with no head. None. Their is a very thin ring of white bubbles around the rim of the beer. That's it. No lace. Smells of corn, grain, and grass. Tastes weak, but alright. Bit of bread, corn, and grain husks. Slightly overcarbonated mouthfeel. Thin and watery. Not very drinkable. Not very good.

slitherySOB, Jun 24, 2005
Photo of IronDjinn
1.78/5  rDev -33.1%

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
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1.8/5  rDev -32.3%

Appearance - pale yellow with a fair bit of foam.

Smell - sweet corn with a bit of hops, which is more hops aroma than you get in most other Canadian macro lagers.

Mouthfeel - very light bodies with spiky, harsh carbonation.

Tatse - easy drinking, sweet, a bit of floaral hops, and a dryish finish.

Extremely drinkable, but not a whole lot of flavour.

, Jun 18, 2011
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2/5  rDev -24.8%

ThinkAgain, Jan 06, 2012
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2/5  rDev -24.8%


Simply put, O.V. is flat golden straw water that has no discernable similarities to any good interpretation of the Marzen style. Aromas of corn and adjuncts dominate the smell. Most qualities are similiar to a cheap macro pale lager. Its fizzy, yellow, and smells like Busch.

allboutbierge, Dec 31, 2003
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2/5  rDev -24.8%

DaPan, Feb 13, 2013
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2/5  rDev -24.8%

barnzy78, Nov 28, 2011
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2.13/5  rDev -19.9%

Thin white head that disappeared rather quickly. Clear, pale, straw-yellow. Mild smell with little in the way of hops or malt, but with noticeable corn aroma. Corn sweetness dominated the weak flavour, with a mild sourness at the finish. Very thin body on the edge of being watery. I'm glad I tried this one for free.

DrJay, Jul 04, 2004
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2.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Exeter, Sep 29, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -15.4%

BeerOps, May 17, 2014
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2.28/5  rDev -14.3%

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
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2.28/5  rDev -14.3%

Bottle drank at a buddy's house, cold and out of the bottle.

I have seen this beer before. Pale straw with a white head that drops and does not lace. Smells of corn. A sweetness in the body that is clearly not from malt. Some vegetal and creamed corn flavours play on the palate. Surprisingly clean finish on the palate with no substantial off flavours (nor hop bitterness). For what it is, not bad... What I want? Not so much...

kjyost, Feb 08, 2012
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2.38/5  rDev -10.5%

Standard Canadian macro presentation--fairly thick white head on a light to medium golden body. Little to no lacing on the mug. It doesn't flatten, thankfully, but it's hardly a looker. Corn malt, corn malt, corn malt--that's the smell and taste in a corn malt nutshell. Fairly sweet, typically bland--anything but complex. Smooth when cold, but embarrassingly thin texture. This is fine if your well-intentioned neighbor hands you a cold one over the fence after cutting the grass on a hot day. Even then, I'd be inclined to pass and grab a real, and good, brew from the fridge. Avoid.

Gehrig, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of hero27
2.42/5  rDev -9%

12 oz can.
5% abv

Pours a clear pale yellow. Despite the obviously thin body, the small head of frothy foam surprisingly sits around quite a while.
Very subtle aroma of grain and slight grassy hops if you really search for them.
Flavor is a smattering of toasted malts, a steadfast corn/grain sweetness, and an underlying herbal hop character.
Mouthfeel is thin and carbonation is acceptable for the style.
This was refreshing enough while fishing up in Canada this past weekend, but not something I'd be likely to turn to on a regular basis.

hero27, Aug 04, 2008
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2.48/5  rDev -6.8%

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
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2.48/5  rDev -6.8%

PrendUnVerreDeBiere, Aug 19, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -6%

irishkyle21, Jan 16, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -6%

RedAleMan, Nov 20, 2011
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Molson OV (Old Vienna) from Molson Coors Canada
66 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.