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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 Tr0janSlay3r
2.51/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Initially, I was a fan of Molson brews. They were one of my bridge beers that got me into exploring the ever expanding craft beer industry. (I know it is not a craft beer) However, I have not had this beer since I was young with my Dad and I cannot wait to review it.

Appearance- Totally see through with many carbonation bubbles. It has color that has a light yellow/straw or even "Golden" hue to it. With a fierce poor a two fingered pure white head was present and lasted about two minutes before disappearing into a thin skin of foam on the surface. As I finished it lacing does say on the glass just a bit.

Smell- With the initial whiff, I really only smell corn and rice. With the second smell, I really detect a sweet grain to this beer. Really, I was expecting a bit better smell; clearly there was not any adventure in brewing this mass marketed beer.

Taste- With the first hit of the palate I am getting an overwhelming corn and grain taste. It leaves a skunky aftertaste as well even with the first gulp. With the second taste, I gather even more corn; you can really make out the natural sweetness of corn in this brew.

Mouthfeel- Molson Golden mouthfeel is definitely better than other mass marketed beers. Without a doubt it is not "as" watery as others. For being so light in color, the body of this beer is heavier than I presumed but still very very light.

Overall- Disappointed. I was not expecting a whole lot however the earthiness of the beer dominated its entire presence. This is the definition of a chugging beer, because you do NOT want to just sip on it. I would recommend this as a lawn mower beer or when you invite your buddies over for the big game. This is not a one of a kind brew. CHEERS!

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Photo of stella77artois
3.3/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

There's just something about this beer. It's definitely nothing special, in fact, it's fairly ordinary. I just happen to love it! I rarely buy cheaper brews, but when I do, it's often this.

Has a light, yet good flavor. Nice and crisp, and has a unique sweetness to it reminiscent of carmel.

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Photo of Jimmys
2.14/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle. dated May 13 13. I have to imagine that may be a best before rather than a bottled-on...

A: very pale "golden" hue. crystal clear. not a lot of carb coming up. bright white head is tightly bubbled. retention is more of a rim. spotted lacing.

S: virtually no hop aroma. a sweetened, corn-ish aroma that may have a touch of DMS to it.

T: starts with enough carb to take any potential flavor out of my mind. a bit grainy? finish is tad bland. dry, simple cereal.

M: big and distracting. light bodied for sure.

D: I wish I had more to say about this brew, but between the unappealing aroma and lack of flavor it is tough to use more words in this review. if the purpose of drinking a beer is to drink some fizzy liquid that has alcohol in it, this could suffice. for everyone using this website, pass.

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Photo of metter98
2.72/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass, and bits of lacing down the sides.
S: Light aromas of corn and grainy malts are present in the nose along with some hints of grassy hops.
T: The taste has light flavors of grainy malts along with hints of adjuncts and sweetness; these are contrasted by a light amount of bitterness and faint amounts of grassy hops.
M: It feels light-bodied and slightly watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has a very good balance between malts and hops for a light beer. While it came in a green bottle, I couldn’t detect any skunk in the smell or taste.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.42/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is one of those beers I've heard about for a very long time but had never had the opportunity to try. Well I got my chance recently...

The beer, like its name, pours out a beautiful golden color, rather appealing really. The smell and taste were surprising in a way, there was a distant hint of citrus I am certain I tasted. The single reason why I rated it better than average. Mouthfeel was average at best and it actually felt a bit watery sloshing around. Overall, it was better than what I expected and have enjoyed a few more than one since.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.33/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

How did I miss this stuff during my trip to Windsor those years ago...? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear pale gold topped by a relatively short-lived finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises wheat, very light lemon peel, and mineral water. The taste brings in more of the same, with both the wheat and the lemon gaining that usual macro funk (one day I'll find a better way to describe that quality (or lack thereof)). The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a meek, bland, sad little beer. 'Nuff said, really.

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Photo of Curtis
4.33/5  rDev +55.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A totally underrated beer. This pours clear, golden, beautiful. a nice head, not too much, not too little. the smell is as beer should be: hops, malt .. yum. It can get a little skunky, which to be honest, I really don't mind if it is not excessive. The alc kick is decent, and actually a little surprising as the flavor of alc doesn't come through at all. It is very, very drinkable, maybe a little too much so. I can down three of these in a half hour and not realise it.. until the buzz hits.. which is nice and smooth, not heavy and sickening. All around, a true favorite.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Molson Golden has a thick, white head, heavy lacing left on the glass, a clear, golden appearance, and lots of bubbles streaming up. The aroma is strange- like an old basement, with sweetness. Taste is more or less like typical beer, but one can detect sweet grain and a higher than average hop bitterness in the middle and end of the sip. There is a grassy note here as well. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Molson Golden finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and dry. Overall, this is a very good beer.


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Photo of SometimesIfart
2.85/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a slightly dark see through yellow with a bubbly three finger white head. Leaves no lacing.

S - Smells of very light cooked veggies, tons of adjunct, and the slighter butterscotch I have ever witnessed

T - The taste completely follows the nose. Plentiful adjunct upfront, with butterscotch htting the back of the taste buds.

M - Mouthfeel stays the same flavorwise, with a medium body and medium carbonation

O - Overall, it's a good cheap beer, somewhat above a large number of them, but nothing fancy by any means. Would I have it again? Yes.

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Photo of Offa
3.22/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is decently enjoyable, the kind of blond ale that is largely similar to a fairly good basic pale lager.

Gold, it has a smallish white head steadily shrinking.

Aroma is fruity grain, apple, sulphur grass.

Taste is nice, creamy grain, malt-o-meal, light spritzy apple and grass. It's simple and light but fairly good. It seems a bit more flavourful and enjoyable than the Molson Canadian.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

there is much worse out these. pours see through and very light yellow color with a decent white head thats gone in an instant. smells kind of like the can, watery malt body, i dont know, just kind of like a stale beer. flavor is moderately better, drinkable and crisp, really watery taste, but there are some hops in the finish, just enough to remind you that its a beer, but there is nothing craft about this thing. metallic in the finish. feel isnt that bad, ultra light and well carbonated, which makes for good golf course beer some some similar application. i think its better than canadian, maybe equal to it, but not as good as export, which isnt bad at all. overall it has its place in the 18pack of cans hall of once a summer drinks.

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Photo of Durge
3.41/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear but radiant golden color with an impressive white foam on top and lacing to match. The aroma brings out a slightly metallic wheat grain that fills out into a somewhat pleasant peppery-yeast bread idea. Quite nice actually, and the metallic hint pretty much disappears. The taste is relatively light cereal grain with a citrus kiss. There’s a mild malt backbone that brings a sweetness into the blend that becomes more prominent as you get near the end. It’s medium light bodied with a tingly midland feel. This was one of my favorite beers during my youthful barhopping years, and is actually one of the few revisits that didn’t make me think now “what was I thinking then?”. Really pleasant and refreshing and I’m happy to know I can happily accept one if that’s what the host is offering.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.12/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the green bottle marked APR1612-EO8050822. Sampled on January 14, 2012. The pour is golden yellow with a small but slightly lingering head. Green bottle aromas are not as noticeable as other instances but there is a mild skunkiness. Beyond that I get grains and crisp hops. The body is thin to medium and very typical. The taste is grainy with a clean enough finish. There is a reason this is a big seller.

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

Clear golden yellow in color with a fizzy white head about a finger strong. The cap doesn't hold long until falling back to a white lace supported by rising bubbles. A few spots of lace stick to the glass.

Pale grain sweetness is present mixed with a bit of sulfur touch. The sweetness increases with a bit of bubblegum or candy-like sweetness that loses its initial grain character and gets more like sugar than grain.

The taste is mildly sweet with a note of sulfur. Very mild bitterness keeps the initial sweetness in check. The aftertaste clings inside the mouth with a flavor almost like corn. Fairly crisp aftertaste.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall fairly clean and easy drinking as far as the style is concerned. This is one best enjoyed while colder as the sweet aftertaste increases as it warms.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 1/2" white soap suds head which dissipated quickly. Clear yellow body only slightly deeper than the standard straw yellow American-lager beers. Smells of grass. Taste too is straight BMC. The only plus is the texture is creamier than most of its peer beers.

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Photo of eye2
3.18/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Yellow to light amber. It looks good. It looks like what you'd expect from this type of beer.

S: A little skunky but not too bad. Could be mistaken for mellow spices or vegetable peelings.

T: Here's where this beer shines. Unexpectedly "super" delicious. A little more spicy than your everyday outdoor beer. There's a good quality to this beer that was planned for. A taste that some people really like.

M: Sparkling and refreshing. Smooth and pleasant.

Overall: Compared to some other OTS Canadian beers, this one holds it's own. Recommended for drinking outdoors or at a party.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
1.44/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Bottom of neck stamped JAN0912.

Appearance - Pour white one finger head with good stick and low retention. Clear pale straw body.

Smell - Distinctly skunky marijuana. You could smell it from several feet away after the pour. That's the only character.

Taste - Extreme taste of dust. Very acidic. Bone dry.

Mouthfeel - Effervescent. Acidic and astringent. Light to medium body; somewhat sticky.

Overall Drinkability - Must be a skunked bottle. Beers like this make me really wish breweries would get over green bottles. I have no sympathy because I feel the skunking is an almost inevitable part of the design of this product, as such.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.08/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass:

A: clear yellow body, dense foamy white head quickly dies, slight broken yet clingy lace speckles the pint glass

S: wheat, sweet corn, roasted barley

T: bitter, and sweet at different times slightly bland, dull

M: light, refreshing qualities made it feel watery, came out really clean, sessionable, no aftertaste nor finish

O: hmmm . . . not sure what to say on this part, but its originally Canadian, so might be good for watchin' hockey, eh?

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Photo of mttfrog13
3.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance = tan/amber/brown color. White head

smell = malty with a bit of fruitiness

taste = It has a lot of fruitiness, but it's not the main flavor. It is pretty malty and full flavored, and kind of just "normal" tasting.

mouthfeel = Full flavored, light, and balanced

overall = I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I like it more than regular moson probably.

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Photo of mralphabet
2.58/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Poured a golden yellow color less than a fingers worth of head that settle quickly to a ring with spotty lacing.

S: I'm getting a little sweet smelling malt then a light hops, not much else.

T: Tastes a lot like the smell... nice sweet malt upfront that lightens through the mid palette and finishes with a very light hops... Very little aftertaste.

M: Light bodied with a very crisp and refreshing carbonation.

D: A very drinkable beer, good ABV so you could drink a few.... But there is just not enough taste to make it really worth while. It is just a beer.

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Photo of jmdrpi
2.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can, bottling date on the bottom.

appears a light golden color, white head that fades fast. slight corn in the aroma. taste is fairly bland, but not bad for the style. light malt flavor, a touch of hops. thin body, higher carbonation.

interesting that I read on Molson's website that this is a blend of Ale and Lager. One of the better choices for cheap beer.

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Photo of tdm168
2.16/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a pale golden yellow with 1/4" of soapy, foamy head that recedes after about a minute. The smell is quite grainy at first, but just a tiny amount of hops are noticeable after a few minutes. The taste is grainy with a bold bitterness in the finish; mostly corn here. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a good deal of carbonation.

This is yet another forgettable mass produced beer.

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Photo of david18
3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a review I wrote about the bottle version:

This is a blonde ale? Molsen has a bit of a soft spot in my heart when, back in the 70's, it was among the supperior "canadian" beers one could get when crossing the border. You should try the Brodeur. However, this is worse than heineken in terms of skunky smell (I used to think it was on purpose), old flavor and lack of maltiness. Avoid.


The draft version is not much better but it is ubiquitous in Canada and better than Bud.

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.42/5  rDev +59%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

UPDATE: This was a review of a Molson Golden brewed in Canada. I do not endorse, and no longer buy, Molson Golden brewed in Colorado, USA.

Poured the beer from a bottle into a wide-mouthed, chilled glass.

-Appearance 4.0: Beautiful light golden color. This is a deeper gold than any other lager I can think of. Slight head. Carbonation visible; very small bubbles.

-Smell 4.5: Smells...very good. I smell slight yeast, hops, grains...there is also something else in there that I cannot put my finger on. Very refreshing just to smell this beer.

-Taste 4.5: Smooth taste, slight hoppy flavor. Nice barley notes and a very refreshing taste. I could see myself drinking these all night!

-Mouthfeel 4.0: Very "big" mouthfeel. An almost perfect level of carbonation. Few lingering tastes afterward. Smooth and enjoyable.

-Overall 4.5: Refreshing, reliable and delicious. Goes well with food, but I reserve it as an always dependable session beer.

Molson Golden is a highly underrated beer. I consider it to be the best Macro-beer brewed in North America. I think some people have had bad experiences because of skunkiness caused by the green bottle, which is a shame. Try to find a bottle with a "best by" date at least three months away.

$10.99 for a twelve pack in Acworth, GA.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.72/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Just a shade darker than pale straw yellow, absolutely no head retention, dissipates quicker than a paycheck at an indian casino. Grassy corn aroma, not terrible, mild skunk, not in the level of Euro lagers though, which is actually better from a guy who likes his green bottle skunk.

Not a bad taste actually, faint hop metallic bitterness, easy to drink, very light, no off flavors, small skunkiness. Lots of carbonation to give that spritzy vibe to it. Corn aroma did not lead to corn husk taste, which is nice. A decent hot weather pick, but they still charge too much for this stuff.

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Molson Golden from Molson Coors Canada
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