Molson Golden
Molson Coors Canada

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Style:
Lager - American
Ranked #502
ABV:
5%
Score:
65
Ranked #49,031
Avg:
2.73 | pDev: 23.81%
Reviews:
237
Ratings:
675
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Molson Coors Canada
 
Ontario, Canada
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  136
SCORE
65
Poor
Molson GoldenMolson Golden
Notes: A smooth, mellow beer of moderate sweetness, not too bitter and slightly malty.
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thehyperduck from Canada

3.55/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

625 mL bottle from the LCBO, featuring a gaudy golden foil neck wrap and plastic shrink label, coded Mar 16 2020. I could be wrong, but I don't think Molson Golden Ale has been available (in this part of Canada, at least) since well before I was legally allowed to buy alcohol, so it seemed like a good Canada Day pick.

Pours bright, sunny golden-yellow, topped with nearly an inch of puffy, foamy white head that settles off within several minutes' time. A generously frothy collar and thin cap remain in place, with a fair amount of lace also flung about; looks great to me. I don't have too much to say about the nose - it leans toward the sweet side, with gritty, whole grain bread and pale malt sweetness making up the bulk of aroma. Hints of grassy hay and corn sugar; smells more wholesome than most macros, I suppose.

A very solid macro lager, or golden ale, or whatever you want to call it, tasting mostly of grainy pale malts and bread, with just a little bit of sweetness. Hints of grassiness towards the finish, with just a faint touch of lemon; a clean aftertaste, cleaner than Canadian for sure. Light in body, with a smooth texture and moderate carbonation levels, resulting in a very quaffable brew.

Final Grade: 3.55, a B grade. Molson Golden is a serviceable macro lager... or golden ale? Or perhaps a lagered ale? I mean, 'ale' is on the label, but that leaves plenty of room for interpretation. Whatever you want to call it, it's fine for a macro product, though I will say that the label and serving format are also kind of tacky and out of place, at least for something so uninspired... then again, I guess it's still better than a green bottle. Put this in a 12 pack of longnecks and I'd pick it over Moosehead or Molson Ex, which are currently my default "backyard campfire Canuck lager" rations.

Jul 02, 2020
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Pmicdee from Canada

3.5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is the 2020 re-released version of the classic Molson Golden. I’ve had a few Goldens in the past but that was way before I joined BA. This one pours a nice beautiful golden colour. No shit. A nice head and lacing for a Molson product. The smell is grainy and corn, typical of a macro beer. Taste is ok, better than expected, but still your typical Molson product. Sweet and adjuncty. Mouthfeel is adequate, with nice bubbly action. Overall a good Molson beer if that’s saying anything.
June 26 2020

Jun 27, 2020
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witster18 from Tennessee

2.92/5  rDev +7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Up here in the midwest(oH), Molson and Labatts are as cheap as just about anything the macros have to offer save keystone, or natty, and i dont typically go under the 5$ a six mark unless its a PBR. For that 5-5.99 range for a six, or 9.99 a 12, THIS IS my beer of choice!!! Very solid brew! Grain, biscut, and honey, with a clean pleasant aftertaste. It’s a little on the sweet side balance wise and for that reason I believe is a little more hangover inducing if drank in large quantities, but if you’re going for bang for your buck, taste for you buck, this lager, unlike many others in this price point, does not have any off-putting flavors or aftertaste; nothing cloying you’ll like today or hate later. It’s just a solid masspro adjunct lager that is a poundable, straight forward lager with a little earthy sweetness and just enough clean bitterness to balance it out. If it could avoid the typical whispy big cell and quickly gone head like its predecessors and competition - i’d call it damn near perfect, for what it is of course. I much prefer this over Molson Canadian, which i like but find a little more sour and bitter and less poundable than this.

Dec 28, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

3.94/5  rDev +44.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a "nonic" pint glass; bottled by May 13, 2019.
A: Pours a crystal clear, golden color with limited champagne-style bubbles, a frothy, white, one finger head, rim retention, and stringy rings of lacing
S: Aromas toast, biscuit, pepper, grasses and grains. Nice nose on this.
T: Dry. Palate follows the nose closely. Light bitterness, but enough to impart character and crisp, refreshing finish without astringency.
M: Light bodied with light, but steady carbonation overall. Refreshing.
O: Reminded me a bit of a PBR and that is a complement. Enjoyed it and would hesitate to have it again. As usual, the ratings on the AALs are ridiculously low.

Jul 17, 2019
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

2.52/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I like the look of this one better than everything else about the beer. Nothing special about the beer, very smooth, not bitter at all. Light bodied and finishes clean. Pretty much a C- brew

May 07, 2019
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

3/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is your typical Canadian pilsner, nothing special, kind of hoppy, smooth crisp finish and a lighter lager compared to its heavier American counterparts.

Nov 30, 2018
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PMakowski from New Hampshire

3.05/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - basic straw color you get with macro lagers. Small foam head with a little lacing.
Smell - corn and grains. A little sweetness.
Taste - On the light and watery side. Musty grains and wheat (not sure if it has wheat in it..) A little bit sweet and highly carbonated. Very drinkable. A small hop bite, very small hop bite at the end.

Overall, not a great beer. It is very drinkable and is a decent option for binging. But I much prefer Molson Canadian than this. Grade is a B-

Nov 08, 2018
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Cholla from New Jersey

5/5  rDev +83.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite Canadian beer. Molson Golden is so smooth. It’s highly crushable and very refreshing. It’s a great beer to just kick back and enjoy after yard work on a summer day. Cheers.

Jul 14, 2018
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PatrickCT from Connecticut

2.25/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Oily and corny in both the aroma and taste. Very slick mouth feel. Sulfer drowns out any hop presence, save for the slight pepper in the finish. No malt quality, just cooked corn.

Feb 24, 2018
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Foyle from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz green bottle into pilsner glass
A 1" pillowy white head drops quickly with some mild lacing. Color is clear light gold with moderate streaming carbonation. Aroma of grain, a bit of skunk, and grassy hops. Mouthfeel is thin and watery with an easy finish. Flavor lightly toasted malt and distinct grassy hops. Overall it is a decent brew -- taste a bit like a Cream Ale (probably as a result of being an Ale-Lager hybrid).

Feb 03, 2018
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DrMullet from Florida

3.36/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow with medium persistent head.
Smell is grassy with some faint skunk.
Taste is cracker and grassy with a slight hop finish.
A little sour.

Sep 09, 2017
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Hackattack from Indiana

3/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is way better than pretty much all of the beers rated as "poor" I have seen on BA. It has that import flavor that was special back in the days before microbrews were around.

Jul 28, 2017
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huthuty from Utah

2.1/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured a golden color with very little head
Smells alright, pretty bland
The taste is somewhat interesting in the way that Molson tastes like European lager to me, but not anything special
The mouth feel is crips
Overall I wouldn't turn down a free one

Jul 16, 2017
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badgerbeer1 from Wisconsin

4.54/5  rDev +66.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am re-reviewing this beer as I absolutely love it. I don’t understand all of the negative reviews at it as it is clean refreshing and more substantive drink than most light lager beers. It is my absolute favorite beer while fishing, grilling, or simply sitting around the back patio. It is a shame that it appears to be heading towards discontinuation because I believe it is a underrated beer

Jun 12, 2017
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Libeertarian from Montana

3.02/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Truly golden in appearance, clear as to be expected. Foamy bright off-white head of moderate retention, leaving lace barely worthy of note. Cracker, a blend of honey and grain, touch of rind to the nose. Similar, but heartier and distinctly better than the regular Molson Canadian. Green bottle and no skunk. Palate is essentially the same. And, as the label states, this does blend a bit of ale character in with its refreshing lagery goodness. That manifests itself in cracker flavor, but even that can be found in a pilsner from time to time. A little bit in malt tartness as well, and then rindier hops (which are otherwise floral). And then bready aftertaste, with slightly peppery retro-olfaction. the mouthfeel is a bit fuller than your standard Adjunct or even Pale Lager, arguably medium. Packed with carbonation, almost creamy in the main but a fair share of tight prickles on the edges.

Jan 10, 2017
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YoungMtn52 from New York

3.23/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A nice smooth, easy drinking beer....pleasant but not pungent smell and mild carbonation....when you are having more than one or want to mix it up when downing some fancy brews....

Nov 24, 2016
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +55.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Molson Golden brewed by Molson Coors Canada, with an ABV of 5.00% This brew pours out a nice golden amber color with a small white head. This brew has the look of most American style brews on the market today. Not saying that is a bad thing. The smell of Molson Golden is mild skunkie with grains and malts. You also pick up some hops in the smell of this brew. Not so bad so far for being in a green bottle. As most of us know green bottles are famous for being skunked. This brew here seems to have a hit of skunked but not to bad. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors. You first pick up on the richness of grains and malts then a nice clean finish. There is a real slight and I mean slight skunk taste to this brew. You really can't pick up on the skunked in Molson Golden. To be honest this is a nice everyday drinking brew. Molson Golden has a real super nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this this brew. The mouthfeel of Molson Golden is Rich, Clean , Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving Molson Golden a 4.25 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Molson Coors Canada did a super nice job with this brew . If you like American style brews look this one up.

Sep 01, 2016
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(12 oz green bottle, best by NOV2816... poured into a fluted goblet)

L: crystal-clear, yellow-gold liquid with a two-finger high, crackily sponge of white suds, which deflates rather rapidly... I love how the label says "specially brewed for the unique flavour of an ale and a lager" - leading, expectations... hey, a little spit of lace...

S: semi-toasty, malty underbelly with mildly-spicy phenol sprinkled atop... vague scent of old, dried-out lemon peel and essence of perfumy flower... overall smell is not that powerful or dynamic... doesn't seemed skunked surprisingly

T: lightly-toasty cereal malt with a touch of doughiness in the finish and aftertaste... bitterness is somewhat low, hops a bit grassy or green-stem-like... this is mostly about the malt, which is lovely for what it is, but overall the flavors are a bit rough and blurred... little (residual) sweetness, though a nip of toasty melanoidin lingers

F: light-medium bodied, vague sense of viscosity flowing back... finish is a bit flat and dry... slight build of warmth as you go along... it drinks almost like a malt liquor, perhaps showing mild signs of some of the syrupy trails I get with a few brands

O: it has to have been about 20 years since I last had this - bit of a rut with the finances at the moment, thought it would be a fun novelty to revisit something from the past, and at $6.49 a sixer, how could I say no?... drank one right from the bottle the other day, and boy did it take me back to all those times hanging in the woods, building bonfires, getting toasty, running from cops... this ain't all that bad, and it leaves me wondering if it may be a watered-down version of any of their malt liquors... can't remember which I preferred more, this or Molson Ice - guess I gotta find out

Jul 27, 2016
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Rock_Glenn from New York

2.37/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Probably the best from the Molson lineup, it's nothing special. Smooth and flavorful for a lager, medium gold in color. Smells of skunk and pure barley. Tastes like lager with some extra malty goodness, very lightly hopped with a slightly sour aftertaste. I'm never going to turn one down.

Jun 18, 2016
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brother_rebus from Maine

3.57/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

GLASSIC. MACRO DELICIOUSNESS. SUMMERS ON A FISHING DOCK. WINTERS ON A FROZEN POND. FALL ON TOP OF MT. WASHINGTON (THAT'S NH FOR ALL YOU CANNUCKS). NOT A SPRING BEER. WHOLESOME MOUTHFEEL, WITH TONS OF TINY BUBBLES. SMOOTH. DELICIOUS. PRINCE.

Jun 04, 2016
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Beertsipper from New York

3.18/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce can poured into a 20 ounce clear plastic cup. Booming white head that dissipates quickly, Very light straw in color. Smells of corn, grains, faint hops. Taste follows the nose. Very good carb, and very clean and crisp on the finish. very refreshing. I could probably pound down a sixer of this in no time on a hot summer day. Overall, it's one of the better adjunct lagers I've had. It also reminded me a little of the Czech Pilsner style. 18 pack was $16.99

May 29, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.74/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Yellow beer, that didn't produce any head over 1/8" and that was gone before you could even greet it with a sniff. Aroma was corn sweetness, some skunking, but an appreciable amount.

Mild bitterness, metallic, corny, tons of carbonation. Not much in the way of malt though. Hot weather beer only I'd say, I dunno how this is drank so much around hockey games unless you're the one playing and sweating.

Feb 24, 2016
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Mardukk from Ohio

3.31/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The look is average straw yellow. With limited head and lacing.

The smell isn't much to speak of, grains and a little bit of corn.

The taste is the best part about this beer. This is an balanced lager with a nice green apple hop bite and some grains. Not overly sweet or bitter very balanced.

Overall, one of the best adjunct lagers out there or American Pale Lager. Limited adjunct and a surprising bite and drinkability. Recommended if you want a macro lager.

Feb 03, 2016
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AfricanPete14 from South Africa

2.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This was a pretty decent beer with a good taste. Pours a nice golden yellow with a relatively foamy head. It smells of sour grain. Has a sour corn/grain and malt aftertaste. The level of carbonation seemed to be a bit more than others, but regardless it's a pretty solid beer to drink.

Dec 01, 2015
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Aegelis from Delaware

2/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

To be fair, I didn't realize it was a pale when I picked it up. When I see the word "golden", I'm thinking something darker, with some aroma, a stronger flavour and a crisper finish. This boarderlines a light beer. This said, there's nothing otherwise wrong with it and likely fits a lot of people's definition of a good beer, but it's not exciting to me.

Sep 29, 2015
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Beer rating: 65 out of 100 with 675 ratings