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Molson Canadian Lager | Molson Coors Canada

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BA SCORE
2.82/5
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1,781 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada
Ontario, Canada
molson.com

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Around the world, Canada is seen as a shining example of nature at its best. We have thousands of freshwater lakes and barley fields as far as the eye can see. That's what makes us so proud to brew Molson Canadian, our signature beer. Brewed without preservatives, from St. Johns to Vancouver, over 3000 Canadians have a hand in bringing Molson Canadian to their family, their friends, and their communities. The people who live here truly deserve a beer brewed with the best this land has to offer. That’s why we make sure our award winning lager is as clean, crisp and fresh as the incredible country it comes from.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,397
Reviews:
529
Ratings:
1,781
pDev:
23.76%
Bros Score:
3.31
 
 
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Ratings: 1,781 |  Reviews: 529
Reviews by calicaliente:
Photo of calicaliente
2.8/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale yellow color with a white foamy head that goes away rather quickly. Minimal lacing on the glass. Aroma is macro grain, possibly corn and minimal malt. Taste is much of the same with a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is very thin. Overall it is not a horrible macro beer and better than the ones south of the border.

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Photo of Jason
3.31/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 24 oz tall boy (can), with no freshness date. Boasts Canadian brewed and states that they are the oldest brewery in North America.

Appearance: Bright yellow hue with a tint of orange, lace sticks in the beginning.

Smell: Clean grainy aroma, faint cooked corn as well.

Taste: Wide lager crispness, ample carbonation with a light to moderate body. Clean grain with some husk on the side and a faint astringent quality to it. Hops are light with a flash of bitterness, then it is back to the light grainy sweetness that dons a touch of adjunct cooked veggie flavour. The graininess is quite refreshing and seems to be the forefront of flavour. Finishes clean and dry with soft malt in the back.

Notes: Better than Bud, Miller or Coors. Nothing spectacular though it is an all around good lager that quenches the thirst. A definite brew to pair with pepperoni pizza.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.69/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Molson Canadian
12 oz. brown glass bottle

I'm surprised that Molson Canadian gets such bad scores on BA. Compared to Budweiser I'd have it every day, not that Bud is bad (they're both solid beers) but I prefer the Molson as it's got a little more bite to it. I find Molson Golden a little bit below average because it's kind of dull all around, but Molson Canadian has a nice malt to it, some decent herbal and grassy hops, albeit it limited, and a nice balance of crisp carbonation and firm bitterness. It's always clean, and it's refreshing.

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Photo of Cpm972
4.18/5  rDev +48.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Better than Budweiser. And every time I partake in drinking this fine Canadian offering,I have a yearning to watch "Slapshot". What's not to like about this beer?

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Photo of BuffaloBilly
4.82/5  rDev +70.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My second favorite beer. I can't believe these reviews, this is one of the greatest beers ever made. If you love beer (especially canadian beer) then you are going to love molson canadian. This is a great beer, I highly recommend it. If I had the money I would buy this beer everytime, its that good. Pours a nice golden colour, with a frothy head. Molson canadian+buffalo pizza=bliss

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Photo of DodgeStealth93
3.14/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I believe Molson is one of my go too beers when im looking for a solid adjunct lager! Pours a fizzy yellow color with a decent head retention in a mug or glass! Has a slight bready malt character taste and a strong corn aftertaste but it dont stick around very long it almost has a dry hop bite to it as well that keeps you drinking more! Can drink these all day long and enjoy them! Its not the best beer but definitely one of the better adjunct lagers these days in my opinion!

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Photo of odement
5/5  rDev +77.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outside of the craft beer world, this is my go to beer. Over 30 years. Maybe it's a hockey thing.

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Photo of oberon
3.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Of all mass produced pale lagers out there this one is one of the best (not saying much)out there.Pours a straw color with adecent little head that even leaves some lacing.Aroma has a sweetish tinge to it,taste has a decent malt accent to it pretty firm,there is a light sweet flavor.You know this isnt a incredibly bad beer when I dont have alot of money or want a case from my father-in-law I get Molson Canadian.

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Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: brilliant gold with rapidly rising bubbles under a 1" white cap wih good retention

S: has a light grain and cracker smell seasoned with a light touch of hop spice

T: fairly mild clean smooth flavors with a hint of fruit, light grains, and a mild bitterness

F: the body is medium light and the fermentation is medium high.

O: this mild, easy to drink beer offers little to challenge or excite

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.73/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden hue with the same white fizzy head macros are known for, chalk full of adjuncts. In my opinion, one of the better Canadian macro lagers that gives off a faint hop yet malty aroma. A very mellow flavor, not much going on here. What this beer does have is a very sweet finish of mostly two row malt, and the fact that it goes down very easy. A beer that is capable of being drunk in mass quantities, but it doesn't have me wanting another one for pure enjoyment. Overall, far from a great beer yet much better than most American macros.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.53/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is the most ubiquitous beer in all of Canada, available anywhere that has a liquor license, with few exceptions - I have only found one place that doesn't serve it, and I do look.

I always thought the colloquial (in Canada, anyways) term "Molson Muscle" had more to do with the midsection of those who enjoy it a little too much. Perhaps it also should refer to another affected muscle, the one between the ears of those swayed by 'tradition' and 'patriotism' in their choices of bar swill.

Anyways, after the last game of my team's indoor season, we finished first, so of course it's time to go for a few celebratory rounds, and this is, of course, the beverage of choice.

Numerous 16oz pints. This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow hue, with two fingers of puffy, thinly foamy wan off-white head, which leaves some decent, sparsely strewn islet lace around the glass as it quickly fades away.

It smells slightly rank, with a very pale grainy maltiness, equal parts pale malt and corn/rice hegemony, and some stale, mildly grassy, weedy hops. The taste is semi-sweet grainy corn and astringently pithy rice, a hint of pale malt, and a bit of weirdly bitter earthy, floral hops, sort of implied rather than overt and in your face - how Canadian.

The carbonation seems to overwhelm everything at first with its teeming frothiness, but it soon calms the hell down, the sensation becoming more of a dull hum, the body medium-light in weight for the style, and begrudgingly smooth. It finishes a bit on the sweet side, the adjunct and pale malts working a tandem of the condemned.

Acceptable enough, I suppose, for lowest common denominator outings such as these, and other captive audiences, but hardly worthy of opting for, given a choice. It does make me wistful for the days of first year university dorms, and my future off-campus roommate's 'Molson Man' decorating prowess.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.3/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tap: Poured alight yellow color ale with a small head with no retention. Aroma is quite weak with some malt being discernable. Taste is very smooth with no aftertaste (almost no hops) and watery feeling at the end. While it is in no way good it is not as worst as some other macro beer out there and this one probably benefited from the CO2 from the tap.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.65/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the original that was picked up at publix today in the single section on the way home. served cold and poured into a pint glass, consumed on 08/24/2010.

a pale yellow with no head to speak of what so ever, really just a clear, over carbonated mess of a look for me. but a trudge on. weak grains, touches of light corn and bready notes abound here, again not that i was expecting a ton of wonderful flavor here, but it could have been more then the wet cardboard that i got. clean and crisp, light feel worked for the style and it went down smooth and easy,

overall i think it was ok, compared to my last beer of the night, but do not think i will be doing this one again.

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Photo of metter98
2.83/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of corn flakes are present in the nose along with slight hints of floral hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of corn and rice, although these adjunct malts aren't as prominent compared to other beers in the style. A slight amount of bitterness is present along with associated hints of floral hops.
M: It feels light-bodied, somewhat watery and a little clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Although this beer isn't that flavorful, it's definitely very easy to drink and goes down easily.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.95/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale gold color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light & sweet malts and adjuncts with a touch of hops.

T: The taste has your typical adjunct sweetness with bready flavors of grain and barley but it's a little bit more balanced than most in the style. The hops presence is mild but decent for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Flavorful for the style, goes down easily, not filling at all, mild kick, good representation of style for whatever that may be worth, while it wouldn't be the first beer I'd pick, it's better than most other adjunct lagers.

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Photo of El-blanco
1.24/5  rDev -56%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Probably one of the worst beers in the market. Made worse by the fact that it's so heavily promoted. Generic taste and extremely filling. If you think this is good beer, you don't know [email protected] about beer.

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Photo of jkblr
3.3/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle BB 9/4/17 poured into a pint glass at fridge temp. The beer is very pale straw yellow in color with a film of white head. I get a hint of corn in the aroma and little else. The taste follows with malt and corn combined and no bitterness. The mouthfeel is light with heavy carbonation and only a touch of oily/soapy feel on the swallow. Overall, ok. It's a decent AAL. I was in the mood watching hockey, so ok.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

O Canada...and so on and so forth... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear straw topped by a finger of relatively short-lived lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mild wheat and a tiny bit of sweet biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, with the sweetness really taking control of the proceedings. A light bit of macro funk spews forth every now and again to remind you of who made this stuff. (I wanna know what they do/use to create that character...) The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a fairly meek little beer, but one of the better, more tolerable adjunct lagers out there.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.35/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty standard Lager. Enjoyed at the Detroit Airport. All beers taste pretty good when you are trying to cure boredom while waiting in an airport. This beer begins with a very solid pilsner malt base-grain that shows more light maltiness than grain flavors. Quite sweet and bready, but still with a cleansing carbonation and smooth mouthfeel. Perhaps a bit buttery in flavor and texture with a mild skunk-hoppiness that subsided. Earthy spices from the hops late helps to round out the sweetness and adds character. A good beer for chasing a Pizza.

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Photo of zeff80
2.6/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Straw yellow color. Highly carbonated with a small, short-lived head. No lacing but I didn't really expect any.

S - It smelled of corn and a little skunky, not much but a little.

T - It really only tasted of malt and corn. A touch of bitter bite.

M - It was crisp and is light-bodied.

D - It's an okay lager. Not bad considering how many other beers of this style have little flvaor at all.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.23/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A moderate pour from a 12 ounce twisty into a shaker pint produces a good inch of frothy white foam that dissipates quickly to a fairly sticky remnant. The beer is a well-carbonated pale ruddy golden.

Leafy hops and a bit of DMS are evident in the aroma. A refreshing grainy quality comes through in the flavor, with some herbal bitterness lingering on the tongue, and maybe just a touch of skunk. A frothy mouthfeel combined with a pleasant burpiness from the carbonation promote repeated sips.

There is nothing special about this beer, yet it is quite refreshing on a hot day and was very reasonably priced at about 10 bucks for a half-rack. It generally lacks the extreme skunkiness I’ve come to associate with some Canadian brews. I also like the fact that it’s actually still brewed in Canada, even though owned by MillerCoors.

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Photo of swim
2.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A: Transparent gold yellow and a very thin layer of frothy white head.

S: Faint typical lager smell. A hint of fruitiness, like apple or pear. An even smaller hint of funky adjunct graininess.

T: A somewhat crisp but very mellow lagery flavor. Has a bit of a funky adjunct and corny grainy taste to it. A touch of toastiness and fruitiness. More sweet than bitter but not much of either. Light and short lived aftertaste.

F: Medium carbonation. Somewhat smooth but thin and watery. Nearly no coating of the mouth.

O: Pretty flavorless even for what it is. Certainly drinkable but not exactly enjoyable.

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Photo of Lorenzai_Konstantinov
3.04/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hard pour into a tulip yielded a 1 finger fizzy white soda head that receded in under 30 seconds. Surprisingly there was a minor amount of lacing. Heavy carbonation! Very typical BMC look, pale yellow colour. Nose is a little skunky with a basic bread and barley malt. Taste is of corn, with the 'prairie' barley playing equal parts and just the slightest bit of unidentifiable hop bitterness. There is a malty smoothness to this beer that is unusual for the style, a flavor that reminds me of brown sugar or molasses. The mouthfeel is above average and does not seem as carbonated as it's appearance suggests. In my younger days I loved this stuff and it still has a place in the world of beer for me. It has a signature taste that is enjoyable and easy to drink. It makes a nice around the campfire beer with a more distinctive taste than your average BMC macro lager. Overall it's worth the price of admission.

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Photo of wbpattonjr
4.18/5  rDev +48.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I am trying to find a replacement for Heineken, which I dearly love the taste, but will not ever purchase another, because of their liberal stance on "open borders". I have tried many and so far only Shiner original premium and Molson Canadian lager are acceptable.

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Photo of Libeertarian
2.42/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

From notes taken 01/08/17:

Clear, slightly amber gold. Off-white head, fairly fizzy at first but given a full pour, more fluffy and with moderate retention. Light grain and grass, some honey, pinch of lemon. Much the same to taste, extremely watered down. Better than your standard Bud but not by terribly much. Light to almost medium in body, lot of spritz and foam.

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