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Molson Dry - Molson Coors Canada

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 149
Avg: 2.54
pDev: 42.13%
Wants: 6
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Molson Coors Canada visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-15-2003

An easy-drinking beer of superior character, Molson Dry has won numerous international brewing awards. This extra dry brew imparts a subtle impression of hops with no residual bitterness. Launched in 1989, Molson Dry was awarded the North American Specialty Lager gold medal by the 2002 World Beer Cup.
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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.75/5  rDev +8.3%

Molson Dry
355 ml. "vented" can, "H184242 18:44"
$2.19 Canadienne @ Intermarche 8160, 850 Rue St-Jean, Quebec, QC

Appearance: Crystal clear yellowed straw-gold body beneath a short-lived head of bright white. Very little to no lacing.
Aroma: adjunct malt and alcohol; clean.
Mouthfeel: medium-light, gently crisp. Subtle astringency.
Flavor: Adjunct malt with an edge of alcohol. Low-level bitterness. Clean. No real hop flavor, but a background suggestion of such.
Impression: Fairly well-made, but flawed in design. At just 5.5% alcohol it has the flavor profile of a malt liquor.

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Photo of ChrisCage
2.79/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Gave this a hard pour and was treated to a 2 inch thick foamy white head, but it dissipates rather quickly, but a thick film does stay over the beer. Color is a crystal clear grassy tone and there's lots of carbonation columns rising. There isn't really any lacing to speak of.

S- The aroma is mild, and consists primarily of dry dusty grains. There is a faintly sweet boiled corn smell and possibly some malt mixed in there. No hops are detectable...just a bland, slightly sweet aroma.

T- Tastes primarily of corn malt and is grainy. Again, there isn't really any hop bitterness on the finish....just a very faint flavor that resembles a bit of a metallic note.

M- Fairly thin, but a little bit more body than most macro lagers. The carbonation isn't as fizzy as I thought it would be, but it's still quite zippy on the palate.

D- Well it's easy enough to drink. There isn't a whole lot to this beer and the alcohol is well hidden. This is much better than Canadian and I do notice a difference in taste....in a good way....it is dryer. Just not a great "dry" beer. Still this would be a good summer or party beer.

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Photo of sardonic
2.8/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got this in a 750 ml can for $2 Canadian. Molson Dry is a boring dry version of Molson Canadian, with half a percent more ABV, and the advertised "no aftertaste". More like no taste, period. But this is one of the two or three cheapest beers I can get locally, and I have drank lots of it. Goes good with cheap food. Cheap food and cheap beer are a wonderful combination, regardless of the taste of either.

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Photo of thehyperduck
2.81/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fancy new re-branded 355 mL can from TBS. I worked at a liquor store in Edmonton a while back and that was the only place I had ever seen anyone purchase this stuff (though, like all loyalists, they of course insisted it was 'the good stuff'). I've never seen anyone in Ontario drinking this, ever, but I am assuming it's just one of those brews that is only popular regionally (like Labatt Crystal) or in certain age brackets (like OV).

Pours a familiar pale golden-yellow colour, topped with one finger of fizzy, soapy white head that fizzles its way down to a smooth cap over the next minute or two. Pretty indistinguishable from most of the other pale lagers in the Molson portfolio. The aroma is bland with no real redeeming qualities; it just smells like corny cereal adjunct sweetness.

Acceptable flavour for the style, but nothing out of the ordinary really. With only some grainy pale malts and corny sweetness, there isn't a lot to dissect here. Slightly dry finish with a bit of a corny vibe. Drink this stuff quickly - the flavour is quite minimal when cold, but as it warms it starts to taste more and more like apple juice. Light-bodied and watery, with lower-than-average carbonation. Smooth-drinking and fairly refreshing.

Final Grade: 2.85, a forgettable C grade. Molson Dry shows the approximate level of quality that I've come to expect from one of Molson's 'premium brand' lagers. It's drinkable and fairly clean, but inherently bland and not a standout in its category. I'd have no trouble drinking this again - but realistically, if I'm at a pub or shop with selection so poor that getting Molson Dry is even a valid consideration, I'd probably just get Canadian. Skip this stuff; unless you've been riding this horse since the beginnings of the Dry Beer Craze, there's no compelling reason to hop onto it now.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The boring cousin to Molson Canadian, Molson Dry doesn't leave much of an impression at all. Very pale, although a decent head from the start. No real smell except a small touch of metal. No real flavour on top of that except a very mild amount of grainy hops, a bit metallic too. No aftertaste whatsoever, the label follows through with what it claims. Crisp indeed. If you want cheap beer to drink on a hot day, but don't want any flavour (good OR bad) to get in the way, then this is your beer. Neutral all the way.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I wish this was available stateside. Poured out to a medium yellow color with good carbonation and a short lived white foamy head with some traces of lace around the glass. Slightly alcoholic nose with notes of corn and hops. Initial flavor is very dry and smooth, with hints of corn, and malt being very present. Finished as one would expect, quite dry. This is my idea of what a dry beer should be. Worth a try when you're in the Great White North.

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Photo of Jacobob10
2.88/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing great about this beer. No aftertaste? Well, it's easy to not have an aftertaste when there's not much taste at all. Golden colored, small head. Pretty boring stuff. Decent if you need a cheap beer to get wasted off of. Otherwise, I wouldn't recommend it.

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Photo of Olek4374
2.94/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

It's been a very rough day, but I'm feeling good now. To end a day like this, certainly nothing beats a tall boy of Dry.

Molson Dry is a beer that I have some particular affinity for. Namely that apart from Faxe 10%, this is my go-to beer when I'm just looking for a buzz. This isn't a brilliant lager by any means, but at least it does have some appeal.

Regular Canadian is maybe my 3rd favourite Canadian macro, after Kokanee and Sleeman. However what Kokanee and Sleeman don't sell here is a stronger beer that you just can get drunk on. Molson Dry is that beer. The aroma and appearance are very similar to Molson Canadian if I recall correctly, but I'm drinking this one out of the can for that "classic" feel.

The taste is Canadian, but better. It's got the same sweetness, mild wheatiness and apparent corniness that you get with Canadian, except for one thing. This beer is smooth as fuck, and it has zero aftertaste. Bud Light Platinum can eat (drink) its heart out; this was first; and this does it better. The mouthfeel is also very smooth. The carbonation is there, but it doesn't burn your throat. Also notable is that this beer doesn't get progressively worse as it warms up as many other high ABV beers do (I'm looking at you, Faxe).

That's it in a nutshell. It's your basic adjunct lager, but it's a lot easier to swallow.

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.98/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pilsner glass, the beer pours a clear straw yellow color, with about an inch white head. It smells like grain/adjuncts, and the aroma isn't strong at all. The taste isn't strong either, there's a little bit of grainy sweetness and that's about it. However like it's name it does finish dry, with very little aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light, but I wouldn't call it call it watery. It does go down pretty crisp and smooth, and it is non-offensive (mainly because the taste is on the weak side). I could drink this every once in a while if I'm in the mood for macro beer. Yeah, it's not a great beer, but you could do worse.

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Photo of marty21
3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden colour with a very big white foamy head. That lasted quite awhile and settled to a nice cap. Not really any lacing.

S: A faint grainy malt smell. Also smells a bit sweet and a faint metallic smell.

T: Not much there a little sweetness and grains to it. It's a bit watery but not in a bad way.

M: It has a light body with light to medium carbonation. It does have the dry finish it's named for. Goes down smooth and crisp. Very drinkable.

D: Not sure if my palette has changed or what but this wasn't nearly as bad as I remembered. I was initially not looking forward to this review but I was happily surprised. It hardly had any metallic traits that I distinctly remember from other experiences with this beer. I might have to turn to this beer more if I'm looking for a cheap macro beer.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This used to be a slightle better than average beer at an average price. First available in the early 90s when dry beer was all the rage. They have revised it in recent years with a slightly different recipe and a lower price.

Originally advertised as a beer with no aftertaste. They lied. Molson Dry pours a light golden colour with little or no head. The aroma is pleasant to the nostrils, not overly powerful. The flavour and texture are very smooth. This is a beer that goes down easily...too easily. An old standby.

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Photo of danbouch10
3.01/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle.
Had a decent foam head that lasted while drinking it. The one detractor from this beer is the slight metallic smell and taste which seems to briefly interrupt its enjoyment.
This beer appears to be regionally restricted to Canada and not available in the US. I'm a pretty big fan of the Molson family of beers and although Molson Dry is an average dry beer, I would certainly welcome it's shelf presence at my local distributor.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.01/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Madhatter Saloon, on to the beer:

How do I describe this beer? Take Canadian, clean up the taste and aroma, give it more alcohol, and eliminate the aftertaste. While it's not as good as Canadian, it's still pretty enjoyable. This non-offensive, lightly flavored beer seems to be a popular choice for swilling down in Québec.

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.02/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A cheap Molson product that is appreciated only when mass amounts of beer want to be ingested with the accompinament of pizza, burgers & fries, or other greasy food. Actually, it's not bad. The price is right also. It's a cheaply priced, cheap flavoured beer. When poured in a pilsner glass, the head does a whoosh, as this is very carbonated. It then settles down to a pathetic film. It's a light gold colour, very fizzy appearance. Smell was light malt, hops, and faint alcohol. Tasted bland, but that's too be expected from a cheap beer like this. It is dry, leaving any thirst beforehand quenched. I could drink this all day, but would prefer not too.

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Photo of plaid75
3.03/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a medium straw hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a doughy malt with a smooth sweetness.

The taste consisted of a relatively full adjunct malt with some corn sweetness and a light grassy hop. A bit sweet for a dry beer.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a pretty flavorful macro.

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Photo of nokes
3.05/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

Poured fairly aggressively into a pilsner glass bringing up a foamy 1-finger head that dissipated very quickly. Pale amber, big bubbles coming all the way from the bottom. Looks fizzy...and about as average as average gets.

Smells fairly bland, too, but there is some light maltiness and a grainy/grassy tinge. Not unpleasant, but, yeah...average.

Tastes faintly sweet with very light citrusy notes and some metallic overtones. Light malt and bread. Fine, but underwhelming.

Carbonation is fairly strong, feel is kinda thin. More or less balanced, I guess, but maybe a bit too fizzy.

Drinkability-wise, this is just fine. It's refreshing. A person could knock these back pretty easily.

On a hot summer day, I can see this being a reasonable macro to turn to. It's not offensive. I won't go looking for it, but in a fridge full of macros, this one would go quicker than some I've tried.

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Photo of JOaikido
3.15/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341 ml brown bottle.

A- Nice golden yellow colour. Weak, thin, but present head. Head dissipates rapidly but a few bubbles stick around till the end. basic clear macro lager.

S- basic lager smell out of bottle. Reminds me of some macro euro-lagers. Weak. Slightly sweet smelling, especially as it warms. Faint hops. Would be OK if it the aroma was more noriceably present.

T- Has virtually no flavour when cold. Some tap water tastes stronger. Best I can say is that there are no off flavours. This is the reason I used to drink this in my youth when only macros were available. At least it didn't taste bad!
A bit of grapes and grassy-floral hops taste as it warms. Touch of bitterness in the finish.

MF- Clean, crisp, refreshing. One of the better cheap thirst quenchers. great if you're not looking for flavour but still want beer.

D- Easy to drink thirst quencher with more alcohol kick than a light beer. Better cold. Honestly better than most beers of its type and I would take it over a number of more expensive, in comparison, imports (such as Heineken or Carlsberg for example).

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Photo of francisweizen
3.35/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Molson Dry is slightly worse in the bottle. It pours a nice light yellow colour with a small head into my pilsener glass. It smells of hops, and some light malts. It tastes very basic; malty and hoppy. The finish is very hoppy and dry. Bitter, even. The mouthfeel is crisp and to-the-point. The drinkability is very good.

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Photo of TwinSox33
3.84/5  rDev +51.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well, I started my journey on this stuff at Expos games, so the rating is due to sentimentality. It's really not bad, no intricate flavor, and it goes down easy. There is a sweet flavor that can be barely detected in the body, I'd chalk it up to either a slightly fruited hop, or brewer's corn syrup, but In a Dry, I'm not sure they'd use that. It's like hammering down water, no bitterness, and crisp finish, not as horrible as people say. Wish they had it in the states.

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Molson Dry from Molson Coors Canada
65 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.