Molson Canadian Lager | Molson Coors Canada

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Molson Canadian LagerMolson Canadian Lager

Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada
Ontario, Canada

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.

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Reviews: 517 | Ratings: 1,740
Photo of Chillcloud9
5/5  rDev +73%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not as cheap as genny or pbr... But good drinkable beer. I like my crafts but this might be the best tasting beer you don't have to talk about. So long as it's cold!

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Photo of Vito
5/5  rDev +73%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was at the store and saw a twelve-pack of Molson Canadian Lager going for $10.99, 16 oz. bottles. Seemed like a good deal, so I went for it.

Appearance: Yep.

Smell: Good solid macrobrew smell, with no distinguishing features. For some reason I expected it to have a skunky smell like Moosehead Lager, but it didn't.

Taste: Straight-up North American lager taste, with no distractions -- no fruit flavors, no honey, no chocolate, no pink umbrellas.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent.

Overall: This is a great beer, as good as or better than any of the similarly-priced BMC products (Bud, MGD, or Coors Original). Highly recommended.

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Photo of nds76
5/5  rDev +73%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent beer. Canadians know how to do it right! I just started drinking beer again after a 10 year hiatus and Molson was always a go to beer. Still is...

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Photo of BuffaloBilly
4.82/5  rDev +66.8%
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 yuenglingfan101
4.62/5  rDev +59.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good Canadian beer. Looks good. Smell of wonderful hops and the head isn't bad on this beer. Taste of golden hops that is crisp, clean and refreshing. Mouthful has the same rating see taste. Drinkability is wonderful could drink a good amount of beer with this brand. By far the best Canadian beer out there.

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Photo of GNR4life2
4.61/5  rDev +59.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My friend hates American beer and only drinks imports. He recommended this to me and I LOVE IT!!

A:Yellow with a head that takes a while to "foam down"

S: Not a very strong scent that I've noticed to this beer, maybe a little...very little hoppy smell.

T: My favorite of the import beers; and best tasting in my opinion. It tastes hoppy like a beer should but has a "I am not drinking" no bloat feeling like Miller Lite which is awesome in my book

M: Crisp, refreshing, light and a bit of carbonation.

D: Its a winner but be careful this beer is a creeper and will knock you on your ass.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.5/5  rDev +55.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Molson Canadian Lager, brewed by Molson Coors Canada, with an ABV of 5.0% This brew pours out a nice golden amber color with a nice white head. The smell is rich with grains and malts. There is also a hit of hops at the end of the smell of this brew. Now for the taste , it is bold and smooth with flavors. You pick up on rich grins, malts, and hops. Molson Canadian Lager has a real nice smooth balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. There is a small amount of lacing to this brew. To me this is how beer should be. Molson Canadian Lager is a real nice example of an American Adjunct Lager. The mouthfeel of Molson Canadian Lager is rich, bold, clean, and refreshing. Overall I'm giving Molson Canadian Lager a 4.5 out of 5. Molson Coors Canada , did a real nice job with this one. I would buy this brew again. If you are looking for a good drinking brew look this brew up.

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Photo of Jhaysohn
4.44/5  rDev +53.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Molson is one of my favorite beers. Canadian beer, this one especially, has an exceptional smell and taste to it. When I am not drinking a heavy, dark beer, this is my favorite beer. Whether you drink it out of a bottle or can, Molson Canadian Lagar will always taste great.

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Photo of Caguama
4.4/5  rDev +52.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I found this to be an exceptional lager beer. I especially enjoyed its taste and drinkability. It is a far suerior product to those watered down versions put out by Bush, Bud, or Bud Light and - at a significantly lower price per bottle I might add. I will make it a point to always keep some on hand (for myself if no one else).

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Photo of TwinSox33
4.22/5  rDev +46%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Reviewing as I'm drinking...

Appearance: No need to pour this bad boy. I know this beer well!

Smell: Smell of light grain and grassy hops.

Taste: Smooth grain, crisp carbonation, and a clean and crisp sweet-grassy finish.

Drinkabilty: Superior to all American Macros. Open 'Em Up...Drink 'Em Down!

I am a lover of local New England Micros like Long Trail and Magic Hat, and love the Sam Adams line. I also love Hoegaarden, Bass, and Duvel, but when it comes time to go back to basics, this is the beer I reach for. Like an old friend, it never lets you down. From the land of Hockey comes this beer that is Cold, Crisp, and Refreshing! Drink one while watching your favorite NHL just feels right,eh?

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Photo of Cpm972
4.18/5  rDev +44.6%
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 dangerpint
4.1/5  rDev +41.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

it Poured a pale yellow with a fluffed white head. Settles to a thin head that lasts for most of the beer. some light lace but hardly any.

it smelled of sweet grainy aroma.

The taste was a Nice crisp grainy taste. It's was sweet but not too sweet.

mouthfeel was medium light carbonation , medium body to be expected for this style. quite enjoyable. I think i'll have another.

as far as drinkability i think its One of the best regular lager beers that north america offers from our freinds up in canada. a great beer if you plan on drinking quite a few beers and don't want a whole lot of that annoying fizzy adjuct taste that's found in lot of mass produced beer brands.

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Photo of jackndan
4.08/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Molson Canadian, in a 5 liter Can: This was purchased in Canada, at a duty free shop just over the border. As noted, it was in a 5 liter can, with a very cool self contained tap unit.

I was very, very impressed with this beer. It had a wonderful, smooth and creamy mouthfeel that is absent from typical Molson bottles, for example. The beer tasted much richer and dare I say fresher than the typical. In addition, the beer had a slight haze to it, and put out a prodigious head with great staying power. The beer itself was well balanced, predominately malts, with bare hints of floral hops. Not a trace of adjunct flavors.

As noted, this was, in my view an exceptionally tasty standard lager, and went very well with the snacks at the memorial day party. If you find one of these 5L cans fresh, pick one up for your next gathering.

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Photo of dBmV
4.05/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very light and refreshing. Has a distinct sweetness about it. Dry and especially crisp. A bit watery but after a long hot day working outside in the heat in Florida it goes down smooth. Hey i need to put down this crap i'm drinking and go and get a box of this stuff.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Molson Canadian beer has a medium, white head and a very clear, golden appearance. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is of barley malt, and the taste is mild, with barley and some very slight hop bitterness. Mouth-feel is light and watery, and Molson Canadian finishes crisp and refreshing. Overall, this is a very enjoyable lager, and I recommend you try it.


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Photo of K9AleingPiss
4/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Today...this beer poured very well,had a very clean,blonde appearance and a good effervescence energy. Consequently the odor too was very fresh,and the taste did not disappoint. A sweet malty bready flavor and yet not heavy or skunky after taste. I enjoyed this beer very much, really cooled off a hot afternoon by the pool.I would recommned anytime and anywhere,however.

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Photo of RyanBelle
4/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my favorite Canadian Macro lager. Being a French-Canadian, I believe this lager represents Canadian beer fairly well at the Macro level. It's main attraction is it's balance. It's got carbonation, but just the right amount to make it exciting enough to drink all night. It's got flavor, and many dimensions of it...whether its a slightly bitter hop, a nice toasted corn, or a really malty fizzy's all in there. The mouthfeel is very "alive", the drinkability is "all night long, every weekend" for many Canadians, and the smell is very attractive, no skunkiness, nothing offensive in this beer whatsoever. And when poured nice and cold, you'd be very hard pressed to beat this beer with another Canadian Macro Lager. Cheers...pour me another one!

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Photo of enigmattic122
4/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this for the first time at an Ottawa '67s game held in the Ottawa Civics Centre.

Appearance: Golden colour with a thin white head that reduced to lacing.

Smell: Mostly grainy, smells a lot like corn, actually.

Taste: Well balanced, with a hint of sweetness and a bit of corn.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation.

Drinkability: Amazing to drink, especially price considered. Great thirst quenching beer.

I try to keep a sixer of this on hand for use as my all around beer. I love how basic it is to be honest. And you really can't beat the taste for the price.

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Photo of mhuber
4/5  rDev +38.4%

Pours clear, light golden color. A thin, course head that dissipates completely in a matter of seconds. No lacing. A sweet aroma and citrusy flavor. Clean finish, almost no aftertaste. A very refreshing brew, even though it lacks character.

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Photo of jimilayne
3.97/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Come on, people. I get this is a craft beer site, but that doesn't mean you automatically discount commercial brews. You have to rate them objectively for what they are. If you were on a site that focused on independent music, but also gave you the option to rate all music that's ever been released, would you not give Michael Jackson's "Thriller" 5 stars?

That's why Canadian is getting a 5 star review from me. It's the best of what it is. If you don't even want to consider that, then go listen to Bon Iver and leave me alone.

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Photo of mjurney
3.93/5  rDev +36%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light golden color, clear. Lots of fine bubbles. Head looks great for an Adjunct Lager, leaves some lacing on the glass.

Grainy and some corn.

Semi sweet cereal grains up front, mild cooked corn, a little raw nut. Hops is very mild, a little grassy. Crisp and clean finish with dry grainy aftertaste. Light bodied, carbonation is pretty mild.

Very high. It's whole lot better than Coors, Bud and Miller.

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Photo of DrCDPriest
3.9/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a mass produced bottled beer, this is the one to drink as the flavor, smell and feel are far superior to any American high volume brewery. No preservatives, slight hops, malty aroma and taste, and important to me, it is not over carbonated (I think American beer, Miller, Bud, Coors, etc., is typically over carbonated to hide the corn favors - just my theory).
I poured a cold lager into a glass, nice 1-1,5 finger head with some lacing throughout the glass.
Overall, it is a good beer for a cold Minnesota day.

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Photo of NODAK
3.9/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell here is pretty light. Some sweet grain, but definitely not much going on.

Right off, there's some adjunct taste...perhaps a bit of corn or cooked veggie. There's a medium to light degree of hop crispness that makes itself known directly afterwards. A good degree of graininess and sweetness takes over in the finish, throughout the aftertaste. The grain has a pretty long staying power after the swallow.

It's pretty tasty, actually. The label says that this beer is "the best Canada has to offer", which probably isn't ultimately true but it isn't a bad choice.

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Photo of 86sportster883
3.9/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow, I'm really surprised by some of the harsh reviews of this NA macro that is one of the best, easy drinking session beers that your wife, girlfriend or friend will like, even more than you will. I remember winning a Molson Golden mirror at the Jersey shore when I was in my teens. Throughout my life I've enjoyed various Molson products (Golden, Brador, XXX, Ice) before my beer tastes evolved to favor the Canadian version. Got hooked during a ski trip in BC at the turn of the century.

Pours a pale yellow gold with a white head that quickly fades. Smells like beer. Tastes like a lager, ... a good lager. Has a nice light crispness with a moderately light mouthfeel that has a lingering grainy finish to remind you that this 5% ABV lager is not your typical North American macro.

It's a great BBQ beer right out of the bottle, but if you’re too sophisticated for that, then pour it into a brandy snifter and run a blind taste test against it's bottled European competitors. You might be surprised.

Alright, appearance and smell are going to be lacking, but what does that matter when you're drinking it out of the bottle? When you assess this beer for what it is: a macro, a beer you drink out of the bottle, a beer that can cost less than a $1 a copy, you're not going to find many beers that are as drinkable and as appealing (to both the non-initiated and the blindfolded beer enthusiast) as Molson Canadian.

There's a perfect beer for each occasion, taste and attitude. Molson Canadian is the right beer for a vast range of times, that few other beers can span. Sometimes pure simplicity isn't a bad thing.

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Photo of Mike4TN
3.88/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's a Molson!! One of the best commercial beers in my unwanted opinion!! In the top 5 commercial / mainstream beers out there..This is a everyday drinker..Great beer for a mass produced brew dontcha know eh! The best part about this beer is it makes you wish it was hockey season!!

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