Molson Canadian Lager | Molson Coors Canada

BA SCORE
68
poor
1,764 Ratings
THE BROS
76
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Molson Canadian LagerMolson Canadian Lager
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
Ratings:
1,764
Reviews:
528
Avg:
2.89
pDev:
23.18%
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
438
For Trade:
0
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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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1.5/5  rDev -48.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

stadium beer. pours a corn color with a small white head that turns to nothing. smells like a frat house, better than a budlight, but not by much. this beer is at every sports event there is, and it can be decent after a hockey game, but its just another mass produced lager. taste isnt bad, doesnt taste like the container it was served from, which is a plus. light feel, good carbonation. makes this an easy drinker, especialy when its cold. better than the other beers in its price range, i cant hate this too bad, but at the end of the day these are all the same. not sure why its my old man's go to, but it still is. nothing distinct, no hop presence dectable, and very approachable. whatever kind of drink for me.

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of Knapp85
2.23/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another adjunct lager... Such a bummer. The color is the standard yellow brew with a little head on it. Quickly fades. This beer isn't skunky which is awesome. It's rather pleasant to drink. This beer is one of the better generic beers from Canada, it's much better than XXX from them.

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Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev +3.8%

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3/5  rDev +3.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of metter98
2.83/5  rDev -2.1%
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 BEERchitect
3.35/5  rDev +15.9%
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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2.53/5  rDev -12.5%
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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2.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a (nonreal) pint glass in low altitude New York, at JFK Airport.

A: Pours a clear yellow gold with a three finger head of moderate thickness.

Sm: Crisp malted barley - pleasant and refreshing, but ultimately pretty standard.

T: Clean open fades to a light dual note body with a fizzy finish. Notes of wheat and malt; nothing special.

Mf: A bit too smooth until the needed coarseness in the finish.

Dr: Nice, but a bit pricey. Will satisfy lager fans.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.3/5  rDev -20.4%
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 zeff80
2.6/5  rDev -10%
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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2.5/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev +3.8%

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3.06/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.69/5  rDev +27.7%
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 oberon
3.13/5  rDev +8.3%
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 TheManiacalOne
2.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Molson Canadian Lager from Molson Coors Canada
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