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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 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 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 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 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 pharmacy...no 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 Kicksmile67
3.63/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty decent "drinking" beer. Its clean and clear, but not as golden as the title hints at. There is a lot of carbonation and the head fades quick. The smell is nothing special but not bad either. The taste is smooth and light with only a traditional "beer" taste about it. No subtle hints of anything else. The mouth feel is thin but refreshing, more so than any soda can provide. The over all drinkability is good I think for this one, and I was kind of suprised to see such a low mark. This is probably due to the fact its an enzyme manufactured beer and many have refined pallets.

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Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had this before from a bottle, but liked it more from a can. Poured from a 12 oz. can.Has a bright golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is sweet, malts, grains. Taste is crisp, malts, sweet, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and solid beer.

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Photo of billybob
3.65/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear light golden color with a large white head that fades quickly to just cover the beer, and with a minimal lacing. strong skunkly smell. taste is grainy malt up front with a skunked hop finish. mouthfeel is dry, light, lots of carbonation. very drinkable if you like the skunky smell and taste.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.7/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium yellow color with rapidly disappearing white puffy head.
Smell is very minimal with only a light sweetness noted.
Taste follows through with more sweetness, but is very unremarkable.
Nice and refreshing, but nothing outstanding.
An OK beer, but not much else

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Photo of Shaw
3.75/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold in color with a nice white head that reduces to a ring and an island in my glass.

It has a nice aroma of biscuit, grains and grassy hops.

The taste is also good. There is lots of malt flavor but also a note of adjuncts. The sweetness from the malt is stronger than the light hop bite.

The body is light, but still has some substance: This beer isn't watery.

Overall this is a fine beer. I was very impressed by Canada's beers during a recent trip and wanted to try some more back home. Canada mass produces beer with flavor.

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Photo of Greenlabel
3.82/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very surprised by this product. I wasn't expecting much as I only bought it as a mainstream product for non-micro drinkers. I also bought Stella Artois for the mainstream folks but found this to be much better than Stella.

The bottle was freshness dated (code) on the neck. The ale poured, as I would have expected, a light golden color. Smell was stronger than I'd anticipated. The body wasn't that of a craft brew but it wasn't as lacking as found in most macros. Very drinkable - wouldn't mind drinking this one at all on occasions where micros aren't available. I think it may earn a regular spot in my refrigerator - primarily for macro-drinking guests but also, on occasion, for me as a session brew.

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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 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 PBRstreetgang
3.9/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an ultra clear pale gold. Streaming carbonation under a quasi-dense 1 1/2 finger head that will stick for a while. Very decent waves of lace. Noble hops and some sweet fruits phenols like stawberries. Very mild malt presence, almost wheat-like; but a slight vinous character keeps the taste balanced well against light german hop flavors. Dry and somewhat tart aftertaste, but the mouthfeel remains crisp and refreshing. The all around flavor is a bit timid for the style, but the clean finish makes a great drinkability.

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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 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 steeler
4.15/5  rDev +49.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well i had this molson offering last night. Pours out a nice deep golden color, with a small head that doesn't last, and then fades to a small ring of laceing. Looks decent. Smell was average for a macro, and that trademark corny molson smell. Better than Canadian's smell. This was a great tasteing brew tho, goes down smooth, well carbonated with a sweet, tart after taste. Quite pleasing. This is a beer that can be slammed all night, and that's what i did. I HIGHLY recommend this beer, its light years ahead of Canadian. Highly enjoyable, tastey and light! Highly recommended!

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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 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 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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