Molson Golden | Molson Coors Canada

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Molson GoldenMolson Golden

Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A smooth, mellow beer of moderate sweetness, not too bitter and slightly malty.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.02/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of YoungMtn52
3.23/5  rDev +16.2%
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....

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.24/5  rDev +52.5%
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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.48/5  rDev +25.2%
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

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
2.37/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of brother_rebus
3.57/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


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Photo of Beertsipper
3.18/5  rDev +14.4%
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

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.74/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Mardukk
3.31/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

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Photo of AfricanPete14
2.62/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of Aegelis
2/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

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Photo of cmkstewart
3.91/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A charming brew that makes me remember a time when things were just a little bit simpler. It was a day unlike any other with a very slight and welcomed chill on the wind near Banff NP. I sat down with my Father and shared a bottle of this beautiful brew. We got into a spot of trouble as I was only 7 at the time, but we thought that was legal drinking age in the Great White North. Still, the beer has the warm golden tones of a July sunset. The smell and taste of the nectar God himself drinks after he mows the lawn in July. But, the feeling is a smooth intake and mild finish, like me when I've had a few. Overall this is an above average daily drinker, also like me it is best in shot bursts.

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Photo of pat61
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: Pours brilliant gold under a moderately persistent white foam cap, very lively and lacey.
S: Graham cracker and some sloral spice, very faint skunk.
T: Crisp, dry, some light caramel sweetness on the finish, big cracker flavors but fairly light overall.
F: Light, highly carbonated
O: Not as good as I remember from the 70’s in Toronto but better than I had feared.

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Photo of mi1154
2.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pretty average beer in my book. Nothing spectacular, but also a pretty solid taste. Reminds me of a very mellow pils. Maybe something I would enjoy on a hot day.

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Photo of mhuber
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear, light golden color. Small head, lingers for a bit. Some lacing. Citrusy aroma amd taste. Crisp. Very much like a light beer. Slight tartness in the aftertaste. The bottle says, "specially brewed for the unique flavor of an ale and a lager"but I'm not getting it. This is a garden-variety pilsner all the way. Drinkable but unremarkable.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
2.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a clear straw yellow color with 2 fingers of head that quickly fades down to a thin cap

S: A bit of cereal grain and barley up front, along with a bit of sweetness and corn. Not too much else

T: Starts off with a bit of herbal hoppiness along with the cereal grains and barley malt. Goes into a bit of sweetness and light corn syrup notes. Finishes with lingering light sweetness

M: Light bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Fairly standard for the style

O: An easy drinking brew for a get-together or gathering. Has decent flavor and good drinkability. Not bad, but certainly not my first choice either

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Photo of illpass78
2.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear straw yellow with a two finger white head. Heavy lacing. Looks good in the glass.

Aroma: Very clean, crisp smell with some light toast and very faint malt. Also a whiff of corn.

Taste: Finding it hard to believe there isn't a lot of corn in there. It's clean and crisp, but there's definitely some corny funk.

Mouthfeel: Watery and light.

Overall: Molson kind of lacks the charm of High Life and Pabst, but it's also much better than Budweiser and not appreciably worse than Heineken. As multinational macro lagers go, it's midrange. There's worse stuff to drink while watching hockey (eh), but it's very so-so.

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Photo of KYGunner
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

This has potential as a Pilsner like maltiness meets a rye like grain flavor meets slight bitterness and cracker dryness. It has a real ease of drinkability and it's not too harsh, rather crisp actually. There's just a weakness and a lack of assertiveness that ranks it below average.

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Photo of joe12pk
3.85/5  rDev +38.5%

Poured into a glass.

A - Gold straw. Two inch head goes quickly but has retention the whole time. Nice speckled lacing.

S - Grains, corn, grass, some light malt.

T - Starts with light hops, grains and corn. Finishes sweet with grass and more light hops.

M- Light

O - Top notch adjunct lager. Very refreshing and tasty! I didn't buy this for a while because I was wary of the dreaded green bottle. Six beers in and no skunk. Go get some.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.69/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass. Blend of ale and lager? oookay... green bottle, time to spin the skunk roulette wheel.

Classic AAL looking appearance. Foamy and bright white head, with very shampoo like retention. Dissolves fairly quickly, while sitting on top of a crystal clear bright straw yellow and brass body. Small rising amounts of carbonation continue.

Slight skunky notes. Some sweet corn and bread toast, some faint mild herbal hop notes. Wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't compromised. Work on that packaging gang ....

Interesting. Skunk aroma takes a back seat to more of the sweetness of the malt. Some hinting bread a bit, and almost Kolsch like finish of sour to sweet aftertaste mixing a bit dry as well. Fairly decent mouthfeel with some body but staying away from the syrup realm. Missing just a hint of herbal crisp and hop pop.

It comes out not half bad, but is just slightly ordinary than a lawnmower beer. I am not feeling this really

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Photo of cheesepuffs
3.28/5  rDev +18%

Everybody here is reviewing this from the wrong perspective. This is not meant to go toe to toe with the latest from Stone or Great Divide. This is a relatively inexpensive beer with a twist top that you knock back with friends while the game is on, or while you're lighting the grill. It's great on a hot day and a good beer to keep in your fridge when you want something lighter that you don't really have to think about, but at the same time it is worlds better than Budweiser, regular Molson Canadian, and other adjuncts.

It does have a slightly sweet note across the tongue and a mild sulfur-ish back note, but I personally like it and think it has character. It's not overwhelming, it's just a pleasant easy drinker. Carbonation is there but not overwhelming. Finish is crisp enough to notice.

I have tried many American adjuncts and don't enjoy anything from A-B. I recently drain poured a Miller Fortune. Coors Light offends me. But I am glad to say that I discovered Molson Golden and will be keeping it around as a go-to for when I want to enjoy a neutral beer that doesn't pull me to any extreme. Sometimes you want an IPA or an imperial stout, but sometimes you just want "a beer" to kick back with. This is that beer. If you understand what I mean by that then I recommend giving this a shot.

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Photo of Brenden
2.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Why? Sometimes, with beers like this, I just don't know anymore.

I'm not surprised by the pale so called straw-yellow look, or by the fizz and the weak, thin foam it forms. What does surprise me is that any lace of any kind exists at all, but some tiny, sparsely deposited spotting is there nonetheless.
There's very little to the nose. There's corn husk and a slightly sulfuric (not skunky) vegetal note. There's also grass. What is that, hops? Hope yet lives.
A bit sweeter on the tongue, it does have some substance yet. It's just not much. Still corn, vegetation, grains, and a bit of fruit are better than some things offered by this type of beer.
Sometimes note having a terribly thin, watery body can be a detractor for this style. Odd, I know. But this beer has a thickness and a certain slickness that's worse than if it had a weaker body, though it is light regardless. It's sort of a clash on the palate, though a bite of crispness cuts through it some.

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Photo of Retroman40
3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is just your basic Canadian beer.

A - Pours out a light yellow (golden?) color with a fleeting head.

S - Grains with some hop note.

T - Good sharp flavor with a balance of malt and hops.

M - Very pleasant, a bit of a hoppy finish.

O - This is a solid choice for any Canadian beer drinker.

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Photo of cliffyp17
3.62/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

its molson golden...10.99 per !2er at elaborate review here but 2.5 times Bud for overall drinkability..when it comes to this watery sweet style there is really only one other option i would consider for a nice mellow session: and that would have to be Coors Xtra Gold

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.67/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium straw yellow in color with significant amounts of active visible carbonation constantly streaming from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy white head that quickly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of grainy malts with corn adjuncts and some faint aromas of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of grainy malts with light to moderate amounts of corn adjunct sweetness. Light flavors of grassy hops are present in the finish contributing a touch of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp but slightly thin/watery.

O: This takes me back to the days of college in upstate NY where this was the beer of choice due to the cheap price compared with American BMC (this was in the early 1990s so there were not a lot of craft options available). Maybe not as quite as I expected it to be from my college memories...and I was surprised that it was not skunky at all considering the green glass bottle.

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