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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
65
poor

59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 2.63
pDev: 27.38%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -24%

02-13-2013 13:07:15 | More by DaPan
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev +21.7%
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+.

Serving type: can

09-11-2012 22:46:46 | More by thehyperduck
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Coastal_Brew

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev +14.1%

07-15-2012 15:36:02 | More by Coastal_Brew
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ejh06752

New York

1.25/5  rDev -52.5%

04-24-2012 02:21:57 | More by ejh06752
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Screwball

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev +4.6%

04-10-2012 03:32:28 | More by Screwball
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

1.25/5  rDev -52.5%

03-21-2012 02:42:47 | More by randylangford
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sdj5

New York

1.5/5  rDev -43%

02-24-2012 17:35:59 | More by sdj5
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

2.28/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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...

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 06:17:45 | More by kjyost
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-16-2012 14:31:42 | More by irishkyle21
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animal69

Louisiana

2.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-09-2012 22:37:02 | More by animal69
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -24%

01-06-2012 15:58:02 | More by ThinkAgain
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bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev +14.1%

11-28-2011 06:49:15 | More by bigox420
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barnzy78

Illinois

2/5  rDev -24%

11-28-2011 05:00:50 | More by barnzy78
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rbuisson

Manitoba (Canada)

3/5  rDev +14.1%

11-25-2011 20:28:42 | More by rbuisson
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -4.9%

11-20-2011 22:04:52 | More by RedAleMan
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1.8/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2011 01:41:33 | More by
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dogfishandi

New York

2.48/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 00:54:22 | More by dogfishandi
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CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 04:15:04 | More by CrazyMike
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

2.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Molson O.V.
11.5 ounce brown bottle
Served mainly out of the bottle

I had never heard of this beer until his past weekend in Buffalo. Had the opportunity to have one and hence this review.

Pours a straw-yellow golden appearance with a mini white head that disappears rather quickly

Faint nose with whiffs of grains.

Sweet toasted grain and corn flavors. Mouthfeel is kinda thin and watery, but drinkable. Medium carbonation too. Best served cold.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 01:44:19 | More by Hibernator
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.28/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 07:35:04 | More by biboergosum
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

2.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 21:08:48 | More by woodychandler
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yesyouam

New York

2.85/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Old Vienna is a clear, light golden lager with a quickly dissipating white film of a head. The aroma is very faint and fruity, perhaps wooden. Light to medium bodied, it starts smooth but ends up shredding the mouth. The flavor is pretty faint, but I can actually taste some hops. There are notes of grass, hay, corn; maybe wheat and lemon. I really expected much worse.
(rated Jul 22, 2008)

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 05:05:24 | More by yesyouam
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hero27

Minnesota

2.42/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: can

08-04-2008 22:28:01 | More by hero27
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Gehrig

Illinois

2.38/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 05:58:15 | More by Gehrig
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

2.93/5  rDev +11.4%
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! ;-)

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2007 02:48:33 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Molson OV (Old Vienna) from Molson Coors Canada
65 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.