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Molson Dry - Molson Coors Canada

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115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 2.47
pDev: 23.48%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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bluejacket74

Ohio

2.98/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2006 22:46:43 | More by bluejacket74
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Olek4374

Alberta (Canada)

2.96/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Serving type: can

09-13-2013 03:41:49 | More by Olek4374
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Jacobob10

New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2005 19:55:02 | More by Jacobob10
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

2.88/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2005 00:16:52 | More by Frozensoul327
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Serving type: can

07-16-2003 01:55:23 | More by IronDjinn
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev +15.4%
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 Old Style Pilsner) 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.

Serving type: can

07-06-2012 19:22:28 | More by thehyperduck
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ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 02:44:14 | More by ChrisCage
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a staple of my father's and whenever i visit my parents, this is what i get. Finally decided to sit down and review it. Had it with my supper, tenderloin steak & mexican sausages on the barbecue.

Poured from a 341ml. can.

Appearance: Pale yellow body with a huge 3-4 finger snow white head, very frothy.

Smell: Ugh, hate this smell. Adjunct with a little metallic edge. Not pleasant. Would be a 1 but since it's to style, i'm giving it a 2 but not more.

Taste: Toned down skunkiness with lots of corn in there. Nothing offensive but nothing great.

Mouthfeel: Eh, feels like it tastes. A bit moist which is weird but the carbonation & cold make it toelrable.

Drinkability: One's enough and only once in a while.

Overall: It's actually better from the can than in a glass. One of the only macros i can tolerate, maybe because i've been conditioned at me dad's.

Serving type: can

05-23-2010 22:42:01 | More by papat444
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev +11.3%

11-20-2011 22:03:21 | More by RedAleMan
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Melomanemusher

Quebec (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev +11.3%

08-26-2012 16:33:27 | More by Melomanemusher
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DarrenBrule

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev +11.3%

06-16-2014 01:01:43 | More by DarrenBrule
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kobeer

Texas

2.75/5  rDev +11.3%

07-24-2012 19:13:33 | More by kobeer
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mjacquard

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev +11.3%

11-05-2012 23:38:03 | More by mjacquard
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aceparadis

Alberta (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev +11.3%

04-13-2012 12:31:33 | More by aceparadis
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sardonic

Manitoba (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: can

09-03-2003 03:45:18 | More by sardonic
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rabbitguy

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev +11.3%

08-17-2013 21:41:07 | More by rabbitguy
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Tivlavrie

Alberta (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev +11.3%

04-03-2014 03:53:11 | More by Tivlavrie
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

710ml can. This was the beer of choice amongst my small-town friends who eschewed Molson Canadian, but wouldn't go as far as Big Rock, and reminds me of a spate of weddings back in the late 90s.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow hue, with tons of puffy, thinly foamy, and kind of creamy off-white head, which leaves some sparse streaky, sudsy lace around the glass as it quickly drops away.

It smells of mild creamed corn, quite metallic, weakly sugary pale malt, a touch of acetone, and kind of dusty and musty at the same time. The taste is moderately sweet, husky corn, further almost wheaty malt notes, a steely flintiness, a hint of diacetyl, and some very mild musty, weedy hops. So far, so Canadian.

The carbonation is slightly on the high and frothy side, the body medium-light in weight, but not quite thin in its smoothness, building somewhat on the base Canadian lager. It finishes more or less clean, just a bit of latent dry grainy booziness.

I can see why my oh-so-discerning drinking buddies chose this over Canadian, as while there isn't a whole lot more going on than in the base ubiquitous lager, it's way smoother, substantially more easy to drink, and hey, 10% stronger to boot. Those two-fours seem like a bit less of a stupid idea to me now. Just a bit, I swear.

Serving type: can

12-10-2010 02:32:18 | More by biboergosum
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BoitSansSoif

France

2.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I remember when my old man used to buy this in Windsor at the beer store. I haven't seen it in years, so I had to grab a 6-er while in Montreal.

A-Pours a light golden w/decent white head. Retention is only fair, and there is some light tracing.

S-Faint grain, light malt, light noble hops.

T-Very light and slightly sweet malt, ephemeral citrus, and a fair amount of noble hops in the finish. Aftertaste is slightly metallic with traces of hops.

M-Light and watery with strong carbonation...what do you expect?

D-It's fun to bash macros, but this one's not too bad. It's slightly better than average, and it's easy to understand why I use to like this one way back when. This one's better if left out of the fridge for 10-15 minutes before drinking unless you are a fan of beer completely devoid of taste.

Serving type: can

03-21-2009 02:41:12 | More by BoitSansSoif
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Barraclou

Quebec (Canada)

2.68/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale golden. No head at all.

Smell: No smell. Apple juice or real beer got more smell.

Taste: That's ok for a macro adjunct lager.

Mouthfeel: What mouthfeel? Molson markets as having no aftertaste...

Drinkability: It is ok for a macro. Some drinkers like it, others not.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2004 21:37:09 | More by Barraclou
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Richter35

Ontario (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from .75 L King Can, which proceeded to make a mess of my clothes and floor. Into a tall wheat beer glass it went...

Look is pale straw colour with white, fizzy head.

Smells:

like metal
corn/grain
a bit sweet

Tastes better than it looks or smells, which I guess is a good thing. Smooth taste with some malt, corn and sugar...somewhat metallic with a bit of bitterness in the aftertaste. Average.

Mouthfeel is not good. This brew is a syrupy, sugary... a slight tinge of carbonation at the end reminds you that you're actually drinking a beer. Dry [obviously].

Drinkability is limited due to the severe lack of personality. Molson Dry may even pale in comparison to it's weaker, watery stablemate [Canadian].

Note:
In my honest opinion, if you like the style PC Dry is better and cheaper.

Serving type: can

09-15-2010 22:10:10 | More by Richter35
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cratez

Ontario (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Decided to grab this with some empty return money after it won a Bronze Medal in the North American Style Lager category at the 2010 Canadian Brewing Awards. As I expected, there's nothing overly offensive about this beer, but its drinkable mediocrity doesn't make it an 'award winner' in my eyes.

Pours a standard golden yellow with a thin cap of bubbly white froth that dissipates about half way through drinking. Smell is creamed corn, adjunct grains, fruity and floral notes from the hop extract, slightly metallic aromas, and fusel alcohol. Taste is clean nondescript maltiness, faint bite mid-palate, watery mouthfeel with a chalky finish and non-existent aftertaste. After warming a bit, the beer adopts a cheap white wine/chardonnay flavour. Not enjoyable.

Overall, Molson Dry is no different than the rest of the macro slop out there, and it's embarrassing that this would even be considered for an award at our national beer competition. Bleh.

Serving type: can

10-22-2010 06:35:47 | More by cratez
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DoctorStrangiato

Alberta (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - pale yellow brew, heavily carbonated, with 1/4-inch sustained head of foam.

Smell - corn adjunct aroma with a thin hop smell as well. Very familiar smell, not complex or interesting.

Taste - pretty neutral start with a sweet corn malt flavour coming through in the middle. Finish is sudden and short, leaving a boring wetness in the mouth and little aftertaste profile to speak of.

Mouthfeel - for all the carbonation this is pretty smooth, although the lack of sustained flavour at the end creates a dull experience.

Drinkability - this is easy to put away, especially when cold, but still isn't a great choice. The sweetness becomes annoying after a while. The higher alcohol content also means you need to be careful also.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 00:40:57 | More by DoctorStrangiato
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BigRedN

Nebraska

2.58/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Notes, Consumed during Calgary trip on 9/29 at Murph's Irish Pub. Buckets of Molson products $12, couldn't pass up a cheap drink. I order this because I thought "Dry" beers had gone the way of the Dodo.

Appearance: I drank it straight from the bottle, I didn't want to be too much of a beer geek and ask for a glass. I imagine it is typical macro though.

Smell: Very little smell, even as I tried to take inconspicuous whiffs from the top of the bottle and not look too foolish. I would have thought that any aroma would have been concentrated, but either this has no aroma or is too cold (sat in a bucket of ice).

Taste: Typical macro, only less. At least with a macro you tend to get an aftertaste, either good or bad, this had almost nothing. Little taste on the tongue (slight adjuncty sweetness), nothing once it slipped past, on its way down.

Mouthfeel: Light lively, well carbonated and well, dry.

Drinkability: Well, it's easy to pound these away, but would I buy it again? Probably not, I only did this once for the novelty of it.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2005 20:15:25 | More by BigRedN
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PiratePete

New Brunswick (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Not an offensive beer. It does not smell bad. It does not look bad. It does not offend. Poured out a light gold colour with a small head that eventually disappeared. Nose of light malt, some hops, and ... and ... that was it really. Its a basic massed produced beverage that is a good massed produced beer. A "liquid" mouthfeel and no real aftertaste. Too bad. Strangely enough one could say that it has drinkability 'cause it is not an offensive beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2003 08:05:03 | More by PiratePete
Molson Dry from Molson Coors Canada
61 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.