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 rodbeermunch
2.99/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Weak ass faint straw yellow with ample clarity, white head in the 3/8" range. Aroma was corn and corn syrup.

Taste is corn again, super carbonated mouthfeel. Alcohol and skunkiness on it, but in a cool kitsche kinda way at this point. Solid choice at a hockey game.

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Photo of hdf561
2.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a English style pub glass

Dark golden look, smell was actually plain no real notes of anything. Taste nothing really stands out almost a soapy taste, mouth feel smooth but fizzy.

Overall not terrible but nothing special

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Photo of vabeerguy
2.53/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic glass. Color and smell is what you would expect from a Bud, Coors, or similar product. Taste is similar. This beer is just as good (or bad depending on your perspective) as its US competitors. I think I would buy a Labatt Blue or a Moosehead before this one.

Of course, if it was free I would consume as many as I could.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
2.72/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Looks like your standard American Style lager. Sudsy, foamy head.

S- Corn, corn husks, and vegital notes. Light biscuit notes. Not impressive.

T- Same as the nose. Corn, corn husks, and vegital notes. It's like cook veggies. It's pretty strong. Not disgusting, but it's there in full force.

M- It's very crisp, kinda clean, and extremely refreshing. It's mild, but full flavored.

Overall, Molson Canadian is big on the adjunct flavors. I am not into that aspect. But in general, it's a standard American lager type beer. I'd give it a C letter grade. I remember liking this beer more earlier in my 6 pk than this, but it's just a slightly more adjunct forward, standard, style American lager.

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Photo of Metalbrew
2.69/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Boring Lager that is quite overrated, Molson Canadian is a beer that has barely any flavor and lacks character. Pours a light yellow with a bit of head, the beer goes down easy, and has a watery finish. Of all the Canadian beers there is, Molson Canadian is among the worst. Overall just a bland, unimpressive beer.

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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 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 BrewAskew
3.6/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a decent head and gold color. Aroma is grainy and grassy. There's decent light hoppiness. Flavor is clean, crispbut cheap and corny. But for what it is. Very nice

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Photo of staubot
3.26/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

BIt pale for my liking, maybe if it were a light beer. One finger bright white head goes down pretty quick with minimal lacing. Smells of a fresh mix of hops and malts with citrus however not super exciting to the nose. Light malt taste with even less hops. Some fruitiness and alcohol flavor lingers. Goes down smooth and light, but again, its not a light beer. Carbonation seemed to have died down fast leaving it a bit flat. Since, "I am Canadian," (Canadians will get the quotes) Its historical status alone means despite it actually being a just barely ok brew, I have to give it a 4 here for overall.

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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 DodgeStealth93
3.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I believe Molson is one of my go too beers when im looking for a solid adjunct lager! Pours a fizzy yellow color with a decent head retention in a mug or glass! Has a slight bready malt character taste and a strong corn aftertaste but it dont stick around very long it almost has a dry hop bite to it as well that keeps you drinking more! Can drink these all day long and enjoy them! Its not the best beer but definitely one of the better adjunct lagers these days in my opinion!

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Photo of barnzy78
3.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, date stamped OCT1215
A - creamy white head sits atop a very pale golden body
S - grassy hops, a bit spicy, yeast, pale malt
T - mild flavors, pale malt, spicy and grassy hops, slightly nutty grain, yeast
M - smooth and crisp, lighter body, moderate carbonation
O - the first beer I ever tried. I drank a ton of these through high school and college when I lived in Canada. This beer definitely holds some nostalgia with me.

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Photo of JPNesker
3.35/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is what it is. Thin and fizzy. Smells like funky cut grass. Over carbonated. Meh. Still, there are times I YEARN for it and nothing else will do. My beer-y version of a Big Mac.

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Photo of Bunman3
2.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

As far as mass-produced Canadian lagers go, Canadian is about as good as it gets. I rarely buy it, but when I do, it's pretty agreeable. It is typical - white foamy head, a bit of freshly cut grass in the nose, adjunct malt, with a fairly unassuming finish.

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Photo of ordybill
2.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. This is not a very good beer. Compared to the macros i put this way behind Bud, Schlitz, Coors and PBR. It just isn't very tasty, the color is OK.

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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 soulgrowl
2.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, pale gold with a white head and respectable retention. Smells exclusively of sweet malts and red delicious apples, which, for the style, ain't bad. Tastes much the same; sweet and doughy, with no hops to speak of. Any semblance of balance is only provided by attenuation and carbonation. Not good, but you coul do a lot worse for this sort of thing.

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Photo of BoomerangBear
2.76/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Isn't the greatest and it smells like barley, but it's cheap.

Only good thing about ordering this is that you either 1. are not a college kid any more and want to relive some memories and order this or 2. want to say you drank something Canadian tonight.

Best thing about this beer is not it's taste, it's the great Canadian commercials they have about being Canadian. Oh Canada, I can't help but smile when I order one, knowing I've helped the Canadian economy, the moose and maple syrup up there.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.23/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A moderate pour from a 12 ounce twisty into a shaker pint produces a good inch of frothy white foam that dissipates quickly to a fairly sticky remnant. The beer is a well-carbonated pale ruddy golden.

Leafy hops and a bit of DMS are evident in the aroma. A refreshing grainy quality comes through in the flavor, with some herbal bitterness lingering on the tongue, and maybe just a touch of skunk. A frothy mouthfeel combined with a pleasant burpiness from the carbonation promote repeated sips.

There is nothing special about this beer, yet it is quite refreshing on a hot day and was very reasonably priced at about 10 bucks for a half-rack. It generally lacks the extreme skunkiness I’ve come to associate with some Canadian brews. I also like the fact that it’s actually still brewed in Canada, even though owned by MillerCoors.

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

I drank this in a bottle of 330 ml. The beer is easy to drink. As a lager, Molson Canadian has no sweetness. It tastes like hops and barley that have been lightened. As a result of that, it leaves you under the impression that you are eating a fruit that is neither bitter nor naturally sweet. It's somewhere between these two extremities. Do not expect any complexity in the taste. Overall, Molson Canadian is a decent beer I drank when I was introduced to beer in general.

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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 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 justince
3.54/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

FOR WHAT IT IS, it's phenominal

if you want a cheap, easy to go down beer that you can put several down with the boys then this is by far the best tasting option.

it goes down smooth. actually tastes like a lager somewhat. and it's very refreshing

when i'm not in the mood to make my stomach feel bloated but want a beer, this is a solid go-to. just wish it was more available in the states since it's miles ahead of any macro we have.

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Photo of Joshuafzylatra
2.21/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Standard fair bland lager...great when it's very hot when u are at the beach..light crisp goes flat quickly not as bad as most mass produced soulless beer

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Photo of gopens44
2.08/5  rDev -28%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Compared to other AAL's, this isn't horrible. Little sweet with a kick of carbonated water on the finish. This is the ceremonial first week of hockey and first week of Stanley Cup playoffs beer for me. Just seems right, and once they are cold enough they go down pretty easily.

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Molson Canadian Lager from Molson Coors Canada
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