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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Photo of Rifugium
1/5  rDev -65.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

First had: a can somewhere

Pours a pale golden-yellow, fizzy, with a quickly-dissipating finger or two of bubbly white head. Smell of old grains, sweet corn, and similar taste, with plenty of funk and skunk. Stale, rotten garbage aftertaste. Very light and very undrinkable. Probably worse than most US adjunct beers. The Ice is slightly better.

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Photo of tomghiley
1/5  rDev -65.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

of all the american adjunk lagers i've had, Molson Canadian is definitely the worst. it's much shittier than Budweiser or Labatt Blue, by a LONGSHOT. if drinking carbonated preservatives is your jam, congratulations, you're an idiot, and this thing will attest to how badly you want stomach ulcers.

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Photo of johnnyjj
1.06/5  rDev -63.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

All I can really say about this beer is: Wow! I have tasted a lot of beers but I am hard pressed to call this a beer. Maybe a long long time ago when I used to drink the American mass produced gnat urine I would have called this a beer. But having lived in the Pacific NW 28 years and drinking the micros, this Molson is more like seltzer. To think people actually pay money to drink this junk amazes me, but when you look at who we elect to public office it fits in.

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Photo of Thepumpkinpiper
1.13/5  rDev -60.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Canadian always gives me a chuckle - but when the chuckling's done, I just want a Guinness and to be done with it.

A - Straw-yellow, same old appearance as any other cheap lager.

S - Typical of a lager of its type. Faint, metallic.

T - Like licking a dirty nickel, with a horrid aftertaste of Highliner fish sticks gone off. Metallic, nasty, cheap.

M - Like a pop.

Overall - One of my most despised beers of all time. Seriously, where the hell does Molson get off with the brewed with Canadian water gimmick? That could be anything - water from the sewers, water from Lake Athabasca, water from the tap?


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Photo of Meritage2
1.14/5  rDev -60.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

How this beer has gained the popularity of the vast Canadian population puzzles me. It also is a strong indicator that the vast population has very low standards for quality of beer and quality of taste. This is one of the worst beers I have tasted. The appearance is typical of mass produced lagers, golden yellow color. The smell is terrible, perhaps even a stale smell. The taste is equally as poor as the smell. My first thoughts are that this is a very cheap beer. The after taste reinforces the cheap impression. Not fragrant, and nor it is calling me to take additional sips, let alone drink it. Unfortunately, when you are at any public even in Canada, you choices are extremely limited, and all of which do not allow you to get a descent beer. Everything served is mass produced swill. The carbonation of this beer is very much like soda-pop, again proving more evident of a cheap, low quality beer. The foam dissipates very quickly. I say foam, because it can hardly be said that it was a head. Also disappointing, but following suit to beer mass production.

In addition to my overall rating of this beer being very poor, cheap and low quality I also want to make mention that after drinking this Molson product it is also appears that it is loaded with preservatives. Again, another reason why I choose to avoid low quality products such as this. A very disappointing experience all in all, and has reinforced why I generally avoid mass produced Canadian beer products.

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Photo of BillNeedle
1.22/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

So it begins; my first review. It had to be Canadian: the beer of my inebriated youth. Grade 8 (1983) and paranoid of the cops, the first beer we managed to get a stranger to buy and drink piss warm in the woods behind the school. For sheer quantity this is probably the beer I have consumed the most of and unless I slip into a past absurd level of consumption it will retain that dubious honour. But it’s been a while.

It was fitting then that me & CANAD (\CAN-ad\) should get reacquainted at an open air Iron Maiden concert a few weeks back (Molson Ampitheatre, Torona, Ontario). RUN TO THE HILLS! There wasn’t much choice in the matter. Serving Type: draft in a very large plastic cup not unlike a Big Gulp. Smell: didn’t. Taste: soapy astringent suds, unclean lines and not as cold as it ought to have been. Mouthfeel: didn’t let it linger to get the feel. Understand I was not expecting so much, but it oozed under the bar somehow. I did finish it however.

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Photo of El-blanco
1.24/5  rDev -57.1%
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 niangelo
1.33/5  rDev -54%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served in an 8.50 pitcher at a local top-40 bar with some work buddies - after the local smoking ban, so I didn't feel like I would skew the review. Poured a pale, non-commital pissy yellow.

Smells like veggies. Boiled cabbage. Maybe a hop hiding in there.

Mouthfeel - water, fizzy.

Taste - Ew. Adjuncts. Rice. Veggies. Anything they can fit in to make this pass as a beer and to make it as cheap as possible. Maybe ok if served on a really hot day in a frosted mug, but THAT'S IT.

The only reason I drank this was to re-affirm my reasons for moving to craft brews.

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Photo of Bogforce
1.36/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bottle pour into a pilsner glass..

A: Clear golden color. 1 finger head that instantly goes away. Some lacing
S: not much to describe, but bad.
T: Carbonation, not too much taste at all. Slight corn
M: Leaves a bad taste in your mouth
D: Couldn't drink this often

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Photo of SirSketch
1.43/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I found this just as bad if not worse than most american macros.

Extremely light in color and a ridiculous amount of visible carbonation. The smell is just terrible: very sour and skunky. Any flavor that this beer might have is gone before you realize it was there and you're left with a nasty aftertaste. Just terrible.

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Photo of DannyHartman
1.45/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I've had many beers.... Both lagers and ales.... From porters, dunkels, stouts, tripels, l sorts of lagers, and much more.... Not a big fan of many lagers.... Mostly an ale guy.... Prefer "nourishing" beers over "quenching" beers.... I like top-fermenting brews more so than bottom-fermenting brews.... To me, this lager is not too much of my liking.... It doesn't have much of a taste to it.... Yes, it's crisp, clean, and refreshing.... It just doesn't have much to it.

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Photo of Jul72
1.48/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

It's not a bad beer. I have been spoiled by the micro beers both in Seattle and western Canada. That being said, this beer is solid for what it is. Pretty similar to most domestics in the US. Smooth and drinkable. A very good choice for a
Cheap beer.

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Photo of lumikuuro
1.51/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

On tap at Canada Hockey Place during the 2010 Winter Olympics, served in a 14oz plastic glass.

Appearance: A very yellowy gold with a sizeable white head that receded to nothing and left no lace. But then it was a plastic glass. Perhaps it would behave better in a glass glass.

Aroma: Not very pronounced in any way other than it just smells like a mass produced beer. No hop, no fruit, no malt, just smells like alcoholic urine without the urine smell.

Taste: The first mouthful or two are not that bad: nothing special, but nothing offensive. Slightly sweet, crisp, basic but functional. Then it gradually changes. Sweet, boozy, watery corn with no hop or malt profile anymore, no balance. The more you drink, the more diacetyl it becomes, and the aftertaste gradually builds into making you feel like you've already almost thrown up in your mouth.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, refreshing. Nothing special. The same could be said of a 7UP.

Drinkability: Dreadful. This really is a bad beer. I am not joking when I overheard the European hockey fans saying "this is the worst beer I've ever tasted" and "in Europe, we wash our hands with this". I only chose this to enjoy the evening, as it was either that or Coors Light or wine (which is not for me). Next time I'll go without. Disgusting.

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Photo of biegaman
1.55/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

The fact that Molson Canadian has traditionally equated itself with images of pristine nature is sheer irony; the beer is no more natural than a Twinkie. Sure, this sparkling, clear yellow lager and its bleach white head no doubt looks immaculate but, make no mistake, it's chock full of adjuncts.

Canadians are no strangers to referendums, and I'd bet if we were to have one on the question of whether or not this aroma is offensive, the 'yes' vote would prevail. I've suddenly developed a fear of drowning in a silo of high fructose corn syrup - this would be the last thing I smelled.

It's been confirmed - this is about as bad as it gets. Molson Canadian may suit ants or hummingbirds, but this incredibly, artificially sweetened flavour profile doesn't jive with my tastes. It's like fizzy sugar water, and that sugariness is the only thing keeping it from tasting as foul as it smells. How much of this can is just corn syrup? It's a very fair question.

Let me be clear: there is nothing to this beer beyond the marketing claptrap. It has no real character or content (other than the corn syrup) and is so bland as to barely even resemble a lager. And this is not a slight against mass-produced beer - to be able to regularly offer something that is reliable, consistent, and palatable is, in many ways, brewing at its best...

But this just drinks like bready vodka. Molson Canadian is our national shame. I've always been found of saying that 'no beer is perfect in every occasion, but every beer is perfect for some occasion' and Molson Canadian is suitable to only the most desperate, last-ditch circumstances. This regrettable lager is criminally overvalued. Those that drink this live sad lives indeed...

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Photo of Sammy
1.58/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Had to have it. It was hot and there wasn't water only sugary soda pop as substitute. This is nothing special at all but at least I could swallow one or two gulps. Corn sweet Veggie, large carbonation, light malt, mildy bitter and sweet aftertaste as in most national Canadian beers.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
1.58/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a Beck's pils glass. 24 oz. can.

2.0 A: Clear faint yellow color. Three fingers of foamy white head. Retention is below average for the style and little lacing is left.

1.5 S: Dry, almost musky graininess. Light white rice component. Nothing much else going on.

1.5 T: Dry graininess. So incredibly bland, even for the style. Not even the sickly sweet corn flavor that many have.

2.0 M: Light body. Overcarbonated. Not creamy nor smooth.

1.5 D: Another terrible example of a terrible style.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
1.59/5  rDev -45%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a very pale clear gold. Rocky and dense pure white head. Smells of grassy, lightly sour pale malt.

Taste is thin pale malt. Sweetish with no discernable hop character. Bland and limp. From the bottle, I used to think this was decent. From the glass, it's not good. Drink ice cold or not at all.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
1.71/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a small sweet malt. In the taste, small dryness with a corn like sweet malt. A small bite and thin bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry to a clean aftertaste. Quite thin and lacking flavor and aroma.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
1.73/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear body with a slight pale yellow and slight orange hue to it. There is a snow-white head of big bubbles that fades a bit after the pour. There is a huge carbonation of big bubbles racing to the surface.

S- This beer has a soft pale malt hint with a slight sweetness to the cooked corn note. There is a very faint note of hops bit is hard to detect at all.

T- This beer has a big carbonic acid taste with a slight tart hop bitterness in the finish. There is a dryness to the hops but no depth or flavor other than the bitter hint.

M- This beer has a very light mouthfeel with a fizzy finish.

D- This beer has a flat flavor but a big fizz but no real interest. It reminds me of a carbonated water with a beer flavor.

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Photo of Hoss76
1.73/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I used to live this stuff a long time ago but aroma is of corn and virtually no flavor. Not bad on a hot day after working outside and perhaps slightly better than other adjunct lagers.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.77/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with a small, white head.

Smell: Sweetish cereal nose with a bit of stale grain and some almost imperceptible floral hints.

Taste: Light pale malts with a cereal sweetness. It just has a feeling of very poor quality. Very minor floral hop character and even less bitterness. Short, sweetish finish, but you're left with a lingering, downright icky stale flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not recommended. Sure, alot of these pale lagers are harmless and are generally tasteless, but these lagers that deliver some foulness to the palate really get under my skin.

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Photo of BMMillsy
1.81/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Ah the pride of Canada (right?). Pours golden copper with small white head. Aroma is light sweet malt, a little biscuit and corn. Flavor follows with light sweetness, a bit of biscuit, and some light hops and hay to go along. Mouthfeel is light and a little dirty on the finish, with adequate to medium-high carbonation. Better than Bud Light I guess.

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Photo of CortexBomb
1.83/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Yet more semi-popular macro beer with the people whom I hang out with.

Canadian pours out light yellow into a glass with heavy carbonation in evidence. The scent is almost non-existant, which goes along all too well with the bland flavour. A touch of grain, but no character to speak of, and no finish. Mouthfeel is standard for a macro, in other words, it has the same consistency as water.

This would have a good drinkability on pure 'ease of drinking' rating, but I just don't care for the flavour so I would never have many of them in a sitting.

Charming ad campaigns in Canada, but the beer itself is just more macro brew for the masses.

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Photo of scaliasux
1.84/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Clear, light gold. Sudsy head with better than average retention. Looks like an american lager should.

Smell - Faint. Light graininess.

Taste - Light sweet malt flavor. Hops, if any, barely present. Dry. Tastes a little off - but not overtly offensive. (Maybe just unbalanced to the sweet side.)

Mouthfeel - Light but highly carbonated. Average.

Drinkability - Though this beer doesn't have any real prominent flavors, something about it's taste simply does not appeal to me. I had considerable trouble choking the bottle down. Which, by the way, is a fairly attractive bottle with a mildly funny back label.

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Photo of kennyo
1.85/5  rDev -36%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

somebody brought a twelve pack for xmas dinner so I had one to cleanse the palate like those lemon ices you get in fancy restaurants

Anotheryellow beer with not so much head, taste is there if you can find it. Aroma, like every other yellow beer. Better than Bud, no green appleness, I will drink the twelve pack because it's there.

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