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 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 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 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 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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Photo of biboergosum
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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Photo of kojevergas
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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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 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 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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Photo of dbrauneis
2.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear pale to medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly form the bottom of the glass and faint lemon + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy bright white head that reduces to a large patch of mottled medium thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of corn adjuncts and cereal grain malts with a light aroma of floral hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of cereal grain malts with a light amount of corn adjuncts and just a hint of sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of floral hops which imparts a very light amount of bitterness which does not linger for long.

M: Light bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and clean

O: Easy to drink and refreshing though not overly flavorful - definitely a nostalgia beer as I drank a lot of these in college in the 1990s.

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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 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 BuckeyeNation
2.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The theme of Macro Smackdown XVI is The Battle for North America. It's too bad that I can't throw a Mexican lager into the fray, but comparing three beers at once (yes, I've considered it) would be pretty difficult to pull off. Of course we all know that neither one of these lagers is representative of the beer from their respective countries. Still, I had to put something on the promotional posters.

I can't pick a winner in the appearance department. This beer is marginally darker, but doesn't look better as a result. The creamy caps of ivory foam are surprising, as is the fact that they persist nicely and deposit a huge amount of lace.

Which nose one prefers is a matter of... uh... preference. I think I like the rounder, sweeter scent of this beer, but I'm not sure it's enough for a higher score to be granted. Olympia is more aromatic (and isn't offensive), so I guess that keeps things even.

I don't mind Molson Canadian one bit. It's a fraction sweeter than the other beer and is less flavorful overall. I think I prefer the U.S. beer when both are ice-cold, but I have a feeling that this one will be more palatable as it warms.

At first I thought the mouthfeel on this beer was a wee bit lighter and a wee bit smoother. Repeated samples fail to confirm that initial impression. As with just about every other attribute, this category is a dead heat.

Molson Canadian Lager (along with Labatt Blue) was a staple of mine back in the 80's. I'm pretty sure that I haven't had either a bottle or a can since. It ends up as the loser in Macro Smackdown XVI, but I hate to use that word in such a close, hotly contested grudge match. Could my American citizenship have been the deciding factor? Nah.

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Photo of russpowell
3.25/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this with my pizzia tonight

Poured golden with a 1" white head & effervesence. Minimal lacing & average head retention

S: Sweet malt & a hint of floral hops

T: Sweet malt & a slight hint of floral hops. Finishes sweet & slightlty floral

MF: Light & effervesent, skews a bit too malty IMO

Drannk okay, I could do about 2 pints before I got bored. A slight cut above BMC

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.65/5  rDev -8.3%
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 Slatetank
2.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this on draft at Pesce in Swatara, PA.
Served cold in a standard pint.
A - Clear golden w/ an inch of white microfoam.

S - Light malt and possible adjunct aroma, not much else goin' on.

M - A moderately sweet lager w/ tinges of hop spice. A spritzy carbonated feel.

T - Malty smoothness w/ a lightly honey tinges sweetness. Nice taste at first, but it falls flat rapidly and doesn't recover.

D - A basic Macro lager w/ lackluster qualities. Ok for quaffing w/ wings or if nothing else is available. Could be an ok lawnmower beer, but I will definitely not be trying this again.

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Photo of Jason
3.31/5  rDev +14.5%
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 TMoney2591
2.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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 woodychandler
2.06/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is the penultimate beer of the quest - a CAN of Molson CANadian from CANada's oldest brewery! CAN you dig it?!?

My pour resulted in two fingers' worth of rocky, bone-white head exploding with CO2 bubbles. Color was a pale golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was slightly metallic with cereal undertones and a light lager sweetness. Oof. Nobody said the CANQuest would be all tea and crumpets, that's for sure. Mouthfeel was on the thin side, a little watery even for the style. Taste was really mild, almost like a light lager, vice an American Adjunct. Finish was equally unobtrusive. Added up, it was a whole buncha not much. Sheesh! I'll leave this one up north where it came from.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.73/5  rDev -5.5%
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 stakem
2.99/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my brother for the tick with this one. 12oz can into a pint glass. This brew appears a perfectly clear light yellow color with nearly 2 fingers worth of white froth. Bubbles of carbonation stream through the brew and support the cap. A closer look reveals some very faint particulate floating around disturbed by the rising bubbles of carbonation. The large rising bubbles support the cap with a retaining power better than the typical adjunct lager. Some minor patches and spots of lace stick to the glass.

The smell of this brew includes a light touch of herbal hops, sulfur and a bit of a mineral element. As it warms up there is a bit of a grainy sweetness mixed with a scent reminiscent of original pink bubblegum. A swirl of the glass brings out more sulfur notes that get to be a bit unpleasant mixed almost with something like stinky cheese.

The taste includes some light bitterness which doesn't provide any distinguishable hop characteristics other than the mild bitterness which does a decent job of breaking up the residual sweetness in this brew. There is a sulfur element throughout and a sweetness that at times seems a bit cereal-like.

Perhaps the best attribute of this brew is it's crisp finish that leaves hardly any aftertaste. It is light bodied and modestly carbonated. Clearly this is a beer to be consumed as cold as possible for maximum enjoyment with a numbed sense of smell and taste. As this brew got warm, it became a burden. Sitting here trying to enjoy something with flavor and aroma is a failure. It does however fit the bill of an adjunct brew and it is for the most part without fault. This isn't something that I would purchase if given options. However, I will admit that in my years between the age of 16 and 20 I consumed a metric shit ton of this as well as Yuengling. Sitting here tonight I am thankful I have seen the light of what quality beer really is.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.84/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Molson Canadian is like most typical North American beers. It pours a golden clear with initial big head that dissapates quickly. The smell and taste are mostly grain. Mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a decent beer that is drinkable.

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