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: 519 | Ratings: 1,744
Photo of Karl1990
4.67/5  rDev +61.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A good clean tasting beer. I like this or Pabst when the store has no fresh German pilsners or locally brewed strohs. Good for drinking when outside in the spring or summer.

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Photo of Lorenzai_Konstantinov
3.04/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Steven_Canadian
3.06/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

355ml can
Was served cold about 5min from being in the fridge
Taste was very clean and smooth and had very little bitterness or aftertaste haunting the beer
Beer had lots of carbonation and not much for me to smell on the beer.
This beer is simple it's not the best beer but for college parties or a hockey game, it's a good beer

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Photo of Libeertarian
2.42/5  rDev -16.3%
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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Photo of Beerdanza
2.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A pretty ordinary adjunct lager, but I find it better than most American macro brews. It pours straw yellow with a fizzy head that dissipates quickly. It smells like beer! Makes me think of college days. The taste is mainly sweet but clean and crisp, with a clean finish. Overall, this is one of my favorite beers to chug when it's hot, or have with food in a pub.

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Photo of kevofficiel
3.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Molson Canadian Lager from Molson Coors. Bought a 18 pack of can for 21,99$.

Look: Gold yellow color with bubbles streaming up, that makes a finger of head that quikly goes away.

Smell: Corn and some adjuncts

Taste: Sweet bitter adjuncts lager. Some corn. Lots of sweetness.

Feel: Goes down really easy. Feels like a premium lager.

So overall would I recommend it? Sure, this is much better than molson dry or a budweiser. You should take a look on this beer

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Photo of gandres
2.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce can poured to glass
Appearance: pale, very light amber golden, very big white foam that quickly dissipates, clear
Aroma:malty, not a lot of aroma
Taste: tart, low but lingering bitterness
Feel: very carbonated but abrupt finish, tart, long finish bitter tart
Overall: fair to good beer, can be repeat, but not something to look forward to
Drank August 17, 2016

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.14/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Canadian Lager pours a straw color with a big lacing head. Aromas of corn meal and landfill. Taste is very grainy, lots of filler, cornmeal and landfill on a hot summer day. Good feel though. Overall, looks good, but very very grainy and fake taste.

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Photo of Amateurbrewmaster
2.79/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

You know what, it isn't completely garbage. It's not the best, but hell it's drinkable and it's refreshing. To me, if it had more body and more of a hoppy presence I would definitely mark it higher.

Appearance: Solid gold. Lots of bubbles streaming up making a centimeter high head that only covers half the glass.
Smell: Not a whole lot of aroma. Little bit of adjuncts and some breadiness.
Taste: Doesn't perfectly follow the nose. Lots more breadiness. Certainly not overly sweet or bitter. It is well balanced, but it definitely needs a noble spicy hop to make it better.
Feel: Feels light and watery. Healthy amount of carbonation.
Overall: if you have a cooler full of macros and this is one of them, I'll probably go after this one. It's not too bad.

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Photo of Act25
2.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

No better than any other mass adjunct in my view, just better looking. As kids we were fooled by the origin (Coors/Colorado; Molson&Labatt/CAN) but they're all corn beers like the rest of American diet. I dont do flavored coffee or chocolate and I dont do corn-sweetened anything so why would I like flavored or corn-based beer?

A: The head and lace have a soapy quality, which resides in the taste and feel too, and the appearance is the best part. The beer is crystal pale yellow with lots of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that gradually receded, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing all the way down. Almost too sudsy.

S: Light aromas of perfumey corn flakes w minor, floral hops. Soapy perfumey here too. Hardly a man's beer!

T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of flowers, bath foam, corn and rice, with scant bitterness to try to bring a conclusion to a wafery, thin, scented, soapy mess of a beer.

M: It feels cloying and mouth coating like soapy bath water. and it is light-bodied, soapy, watery and not at all clean on the palate with lame, fading carbonation.
O: Not refreshing, this is a lame, soapy, unmanly beer. It's marks fade as it does as you drink it.

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Photo of AngryDutchman
3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A couple of 12 oz cans while standing on a corner.
Look? Drank it from the can which is simple and straightforward. In sure it's straw colored which is "to style."
Smell - grainy and metallic, like the first beers I ever tried. Brings back fond memories although it may be the can speaking. Pabst in the 70's tasted metallic because of the water. But I digress...
Taste is fine "for what it is." Somewhat better than the typical "American Standard" since it seems less corny and more barley. Hops are minimal but must be there since it isn't "Keystone-ish."
Feel - most would probably say under carbonated but that's a plus in my book. I'm happy enough. Again, for what it is..
It's a North American Adjunct Lager and not unpleasant. Satisfying without trying. All 3s.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
2.23/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Tastes of fresh barley and is actually impressive for it's fine flavor. But just plain tastes watered down. Like they actually added a bunch of water after brewing. And always seems under carbonated to me.

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Photo of Beerdrinking
3.74/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Solid beer for drinking. A great basic beer. The beer I support during stanley cup playoffs and other times of the year. Obviously not a craft but it's my beer for casual drinking. Good enough.

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Photo of Ob512316
3.07/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

My go to beer during the Stanley Cup playoffs, people way too often expect too much out of macro beer.
Look: Light Yellow
Smell: generic Adjunct lager corn and grain
Taste: Smooth, crisp and no strong/ weird aftertaste
Feel: High carbonation
Overall: This beer always refreshing, people way too often rate it way lower than it deserves because it is a macro.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.12/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle, pours a clear yellow with a small white head that slowly disapates. Aroma corn, grain, sweet, malt. Taste malty, corn, crisp, clean, sweet not to bad.

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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 Noelan
3.24/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is my go to beer when I visit places without craft, or go to parties where the intention is to get drunk, not appreciate mirco brews.

Look: The generic macro brew color, piss yellow, slightly darker than others. A finger of head that fades at a medium rate. 2.75

Smell: Typical of a lager, grain, veggies and some sweetness. Different from most though, the best a macro brewery has to offer. 3.0

Taste: This beer is delicious. Crisp, refreshing and great if you're in the sun. 3.5

Feel: High carbonation. 3.0

Overall: 3.25. This beer will always hold a place in my heart.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
1.87/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bright straw color with lots of pearly activity. Slightly foamy white 2 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with moderate legs. Flavors of sweet grains, corn, syrup, faint hops. Very weak smell. Highly sugary and syrupy. Slick medium body with prickly carbonation. Light finish, lingering corn and sugary barley. Watery and bland. Passable freshness. Although doesn't feel too much adjunct. Overall bad quality stuff, but still slightly better than other most popular brands.

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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 MilkLeg
3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one has sentimental value, maybe it's from all the commercials I've watched over the years reminding me that I am Canadian, or the nights spent drinking the stuff until it I could recognize tasting notes of the adjuncts and it actually seemed pretty good. Either way, worthy of at least a few words.

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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 Almasi_
3.45/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The best affordable "piss yellow" beer there is. I'm eternally grateful to be a Buffalonian as we have access to Canada's Labatt and Molson at any grocery store or gas station. I enjoy both, but would argue that Molson is better. Refreshing, malty and subtly sweet.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
2.52/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Ahhh, one of the beers of my youth. Growing up in upstate NY, this was a common choice for teenagers, dive bar goers, and hockey game attendees. I have been all those things. Brought back some nice memories,but also reminds me why I like craft beer.

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Photo of JWU
3.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz. bottle poured into a pint/tumbler glass

A- A clear goldenrod, with a nice white cap, but doesn't last too long.

S- A clean lagery grain bill, a bit of cooked veggie, but better than most adj. lagers

T- Clean grains, a wide lagery crispness, a touch of a hop bitterness, but very feint. Some slight cooked veggie on the backend, but much less than most

M- crisp, high carbonation.

O- Certainly on the "better than most" side of adjunct lagers. I'll certainly have another when I'm in the mood for cheap lager.

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Photo of Aegelis
3.37/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crisp, a little dry, light scent, solid flavour. Washes clean with little to no aftertaste. Could use more depth of colour and a bit too little froth.

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