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 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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Photo of dhannes
2.92/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Wanting to go on the cheap to get a lighter lager/pilsner, I found Molson Golden as the second lowest non-U.S. macro at Apollo Liquors ($5.49 for a 6-pack--same as Molson Canadian and 20ยข more than Point)...poured chilled into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A=I was put off by the slight greenish tint to the otherwise light gold color; head was white, but not prominent.

S=Honesty, I didn't try hard and couldn't detect any while drinking.

T=Light and crisp, but not flavorful by any stretch. Slight hops taste...but more flavorful than light beers.

M=This paired alright with the pizza...ironically, the pizza I had was my favorite and the taste seemed off...hoping it was the beer, and not a change in the pizza recipe.

O=Not quite what I was hoping for, but not okay session beer if you have friends over that like Canadian things and don't know beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.58/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer it's a good social brew. There isn't too many charactoristics that can be described on this. The beer is light in color, golden like the label says. The nose has some skunk on it but not enough to gross me out. The beer has a good drinkablity to it. Not a lot of head but overall it's decent.

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Photo of Looneybiz
1.91/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a golden transparent hue with an inch of head and a little bit of lacing.

The smell was a bit skunky like its been sitting on the shelf for too long. Behind that you got some malty aroma.

Upon tasting there isn't a whole lot going on. Served cold I was able to get it down alright but really was not impressed with the flavor. Had a wierd ending that wasn't bitter or sweet, just kinda there and not very pleasant.

Moutfeel was overly adjunct, or in other words, addjunk and watery.

First beer I've listed on here that I wouldn't drink again unless someone handed me a free one and there wasn't anything else to drink. I'd take a Molson Candian over this hands down. Not sure what Molson was thinking with this one.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
3.08/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good rich one finger head of dense foam, broken but clingy lace. Color is a 5 on the SRM Beer color grid. Smells of fresh cut wheat, sweet corn, and roasted barley. Taste is fresh, leading with roasted wheat, and cooked corn, then flavors of barley, and light citrus. Tangy, bite your tongue feeling in my mouth, too much carbonation for my liking. Refreshing taste that is clean and tart, but not bitter. This is a slightly better than yard work beer, but not as flavorful as the beer I like to share with my beer buddies.

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Photo of richkrull
3.22/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very pale straw color

S - Skunky. What is it with these Canadian beers and their skunky smell? I don't get how that's appealing.

T - Not bad, little skunky though not as bad as the smell. Decent tasting beer.

M - Pretty average light feel.

D- Good. i could have a few more of these. It's a pretty good tasting beer once you get past the skunkiness.

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Photo of JayS2629
1.23/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A- Clear pale straw yellow with thin white head, little retention, and no lace.

S- Damp hay, musky skunk, stale boiled corn, and wet grass, sulpher and boiled eggs

T- Grassy, skunky, bitter and terrible spoiled corn, stale bread

M- thin and watery, over-carbonated

D- Terribly ruined taste with strong doses of skunk and thin watery feel. Absolutely horrible drain pour.

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Photo of dacrza1
1.88/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The Moment: Enjoying the return of smell and taste, long shelved since allergies took their toll...
Glassware: Cleveland Browns pilsner...
Appearance: Pours a pale, tawny yellow, the color of dead grass; head quickly settles to a thin, uneven bubbly white...
Aroma: corn and malt that together is omewhat pungeant; airy, oxygenated vapor sits in the doughy strength...
Palate: approximates seltzer with its late fiz and medium-bodied tongue--almost like an Italian soda...
Taste: late pilsner accents with an aftretaste that lingers; syrupy aroma invades the sip; looking forward to ChexMix to marry this beer to its purpose...
Overall: As cases go, this can work; as fortunate as I feel to be able to rate beer again, I was a bit foolish to welcome myself back with this watery fare; mouth-quenching with a bit of beef bite that doesn't make the beer as easy-drinking as it should be...

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Photo of mynie
2.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I went as a Canadian guy for Halloween and so I carried around and drank a six pack of this.

It was skunked Molson. That's it. Skunks must be made of gold, I guess.

People complain too much about some skunkiness. I don't mind it, in the right context. Back when Heineken's bottles were more translucent, that skunkiness was damn pleasant. But, you see, Heineken is actually a very well brewed european lager. Molson is a shittily brewed American adjunct, only I could tell whether or not this was adjunct because of all the skunkiness.

All things considered, though, the flavor wasn't *that* offputting. I slugged down a sixer. It's remarkably smooth, gave me no indigestion, and the back end was void of the burning fizziness that you get from a truly awful macro. Still, I won't be buying it again any time soon.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.63/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was one of my parents' favorite beers when i was growing up. Still cheap and drinkable after all these years. Pours its name with no head, lace, or frills at all. Light, corny nose with a touch of grassy fruit.

Tastes like macro town although a little svelter and less clumsy than the American versions. Thin but not too watery in the mouth. Easy to drink and uncomplicated, but not completely lacking soul.

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Photo of sliverX
3.6/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden hue with a huge rocky head that faded fairly quickly bubbles streaming upward at a constant quick pace. Looks slightly better than every other macro.
Smelled of sweet light malt and not much else.
Tasted sweet malty and unlike a macro I picked up only a slight corn taste but this has more of a sweetness to it like good late summer sweet corn.
Mouthfeel is a thicker light not much wateriness in this one.
This ones not too bad I'd be happy to drop a few in the cooler for friends and give them a slightly better option over "cold water"

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.56/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

and the quest to get the worst continues on. doing traveling most of this week, but managed to spot this one in a local bilo. served cold and poured into a pint glass, consumed on 08/18/2010.

actually a decent pour with a pale golden yellow that was simply loaded with carbonation. a nice head of white capped it off and reached a height of around two inches.

light aroma, mostly light grain and hints of corn. slight grassy hops, but very very light. this carried right over in the flavor which was again far too light for my tastes, but what can you do. small hop presence in the finish and a light cereal grain balance. nice feel, was not too light at all and overall not a terrible expierence by any means.

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Photo of NODAK
3.28/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Somehow, this beer ended up being different than what I had expected. It had been a long time since I had one, and certainly don't recall this.

Smell was a bit skunky....a little bit of corn sweetness. Nothing special nor out of the ordinary. The taste, however, was full of corn adjunct sweetness followed by a somewhat pronounced graininess. Very little hop profile here at all. Finish and aftertaste are pretty sweet with a twinge of the grain. One of the sweeter finishes I've had with a lager.

All in all, not a remarkable beer as far as flavor is concerned but it's drinkable from the sheer standpoint that it will not offend.

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Photo of jsprain1
2.52/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A- Pale golden, straw colored even. Weak head.
S- Corn, with just a shade of toasted malt. weak smell.
T- The taste is of corn with just a shade of hop flavor.
M- Actually pretty rich and smooth for what it is.
D- This beer is just unimpressive. And is it really a blonde ale?

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Photo of BigIrishman
3.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours straw yellow with little head that dissapears quickly

Smell: Corn chips over a bed of cooked veggies, not all that powerful but surprisingly not skunky for a green bottled beer.

Taste: Similar to the smell but pretty mild and not offensive.

Mouthfeel: Thin and crisp

Drinkability: Fairly decent for a macro lager, not too offensive which makes it fine for drinkingon a hot summer day.

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

Upon opening, the almost skunky characteristic Molson aroma is just as I remember it from 30 years ago. It shows plenty of bubbles, but the head does not last long. The taste is mildly hoppy, with a hint of malt, but the excessive fizziness makes it hard to evaluate all the subtleties. A nice amount of floral hoppiness lingers on the palate. Mouthfeel is okay with the bubbles, as well as decent flavor for the style. This would be really nice on an 85 degree day.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.18/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz green bottle without any freshness coding. Pours a clear yellow color with a decent cap of white head. Retention is not too shabby and does not leave any lacing.

Smells more like a lager, than the listed blonde ale. Stale grainy malts and a hint of sugary sweetness. I do not get any fruit or bread yeast esters usually present in some form or fashion in an ale or much in the way of hops.
I think back in the day Molson Golden was an ale, but I dont think that is the case now.

Taste is pretty standard Euro Pale Lager fare, sweet and grainy adjuncts with a light touch of sulfur and hops in the finish to balance things out somewhat. Nothing really off-putting about this one, but there is nothing here that makes you crave more. Tastes pretty fresh and crisp, with a decent amount of flavor. Body is medium, maybe even bordering on thin for a EPL (which I am rating this as), as a blonde ale it would fail miserably. Not too much different from the Canadian Lager IMHO.

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Photo of rfgetz
2.95/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clean but dulled gold color with a quick puff of white, frothy head. No retention or lacing. Smell is very faint whiff of adjunct grains with no impurities or skunkyness. Taste is a very faint bite of mildly sweet adjunct grains, hint of hops with no impurities or skunyness. Body is light and watery, not over carbonated like other beers in its demographic. A very adequate substitute for the typical BMC fare for a backyard BBQ or tailgate.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.45/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I am a bit surprised to see this beer classified as a Blonde Ale. Though it has a sweeter fruitier side, it does still drink like an American style Lager.

The beer pours with a strong straw color, bright clarity, airy yet froathy head, fair retainage, and light on lacing. Par for the course I guess.

Aromas are predominantly of pilsner malt with raw grain scents and with pungent European hops giving a big earthy, nearly skunk character.

Flavors of sweet grains are much more than I expected; not all malt, maybe additions of corn or rice are lingering on the palate. Hops give light flavors and bitterness but no where matches the character found in the nose. Pears, apples, and light mangos give a fruity note that amplifies the sweetness, but this could be attributed to aged ester character.

The body is a bit more full because of the impressions from sweetness and more moderate carbonation. Sometimes seemingly a bit too heavy to drink easily.

In the end, the beer fares about as well as Budweiser- where we are giving up on crispness and cleanliness we are adding fruity complexity and slightly more maltiness.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.83/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A CAN from CANada's oldest brewery! CAN you dig it?!?

Wow, did my pour ever result in some nice head - two finger's worth of thick, foamy, bone-white head with decent retention! Color was a golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Talk about truth in advertising ... Nose had a slightly sweet cast to it, more lager-like than ale. Mouthfeel was medium with a slightly sweet taste, not much hops in evidence, but not overwhelmed by malt, either, striking a nice balance. Finish was slightly dry, and quite tasty, especially compared to Molson CANadian. If you did not enjoy this in a bottle, I urge you to give it a re-visit in a CAN!

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Freshness date on bottle May 16 10. Basic gold/yellow color. About an inch of head that soon disappeared. Scents of corn and rice in the smell. Flavor is pretty plain and bland. Some maltlike notes, with also a very basic hop flavor. Not bad. Mouthfeel is pretty light and drinkable.

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Photo of h00dak
3.28/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Twisted off the cap of one of these last night.

Took a whiff - sweet-smelling, not a good smell. No complexity.

Took a swig - Adjunct and skunk. Medium to high carbonation. Pleasant aftertaste of alcohol and something like watermelon. More complexity than I expected.

This is a boring beer. I won't get it again. I don't what makes it so golden that's for sure.

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Photo of katan
3.61/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Extremely clear, golden color. Light white head formation, turns into a film. Well retained. Bubbling is at a minimum. Looks like a pils.

S - Speaking of pils, I detect the grainy essence of pilsner malt. Light malt sweetness with that almost "funk" of pilsner. No hops detected here.

T - Starts off with a light malt note, which quickly turns to a pilsner malt dominated nose. Almost skunky at times. Mid-stream does show some bitterness, but hops are nowhere to be found. This beer intends to be non-offensive, and succeeds. Finishes with a pilsner malt hit. Aftertaste is non-existent.

M - Light, thin beer body. Some carbonation bite, edge. Little to no retained sensation on the palette.

D - Very drinkable. Smooth, moderate and manageable abv. I would think if i was in a pils mood this beer would certainly suffice.

Nothing at all wrong with this beer, besides I'm sure in many folks opinion, the label. That and the stupidly skunk inducing green bottle that is.

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Photo of Stunner97
3.51/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- pours a very golden yellow color, nice clear and golden color, nice bubbles stream up the glass to what starts as a nice white foam head

Smell- very slight malts and hops can be lightly noticed, a slight grain smell,

Taste- very short finish but has a good slight hop bitterness more so then the regular lager, slight grain and malt, overall and enjoyable flavor,

Mouthfeel- medium to light bodied with decent carbonation, feels very smooth

Drinkability- very drinkable and for the price especially a very nice sessionable lager, I really thing to most of the mass produced things molson puts out a pretty solid product, and served up ice cold you would have no problem enjoying a few of these, a refreshing lager when looking for a no fuss cheaper priced beer

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