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 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 Beernoisseur
2.18/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle -> Pilsner glass.

A - The color of vegetable oil. a little light for my liking. decent head develops, but loses its nerve and runs off, with nary a trace of its former presence to be found.

S - Bit of skunkiness. green bottle. Grainy.

T - Tart tang hits the palate right off the bat. It morphs into a a light maltiness, then finishes fairly clean.

M - Eh, nothing too special. Light bodied.

D - This is, to me, on par with the drinkability of most macros. I'll drink them, but if something else is available, i'll check that out first.

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Photo of phishgator
2.21/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. Highly carbonated head, light straw color. The smell is much like an off euro-pale lager. The skunk of the beer comes through in the aroma and the taste. No crispness or smoothness. The mouthfeel is lacking, but I wouls say that sense is influenced by the previous two factors. All together the drinkability is brought down, but it is no different than drinking any of the euro-pale lagers.

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Photo of zach8270
2.22/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

bottle - 12 oz

Appearance - Pale golden color with many bubbles and a good sized head.

Aroma - Very slight aroma, if any at all.

Taste - Has a slight pine/nutty hint instantly but doesn't last very long.

Mouthfeel - Easy to drink, but leaves a bitterness after a short time.

Drinkability - On the whole, not a bad beer. Possibly one of the upper level "cheap" beers to buy. The bitterness does make me question as to whether or not many can be drunk at a time.

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Photo of bditty187
2.23/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Blonde, slightly golden hue, translucent, 1/4 of an inch of brilliant white head, no lace. Faintly sweet nose, boring, clean actually. Yawn… slightly sweet taste, equally floral, mildly pathetic malt undertones. Dry, lackluster finish. Carbonation provides the mouthfeel… yes… it is that dreadful. I fail to notice anything positive about Molson Golden. Skip it.

Thankfully, I only paid 89c for a single of this beer.

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Photo of hardy008
2.23/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Pours a golden color, decent head, poor retention. Very average.

Smell - Corn and a little bit of sweetness from the malt. Also some skunk.

Taste - Some sweetness, bit not much. Bland.

Mouthfeel - Watery and thin, not much going on.

Drinkability - Below average, not the worst.

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Photo of claytri
2.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer poured a light gold with a white head. The aroma was light malt and hops basic sour beer. The taste was of hops and malt. The beer was drinkable, but offered very little that was exciting or enticing. This one would be OK in a pinch, but not a very satisfying product.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 12/1/2005 (bottle):

Pours a golden dark yellow colored body, and there is no head to speak of. It has a pale and bitter aroma, some malts. Does not have much flavor, but there is a light bitter-sweetness in the taste. Very light tasting. Yea macros.

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Photo of kfoss99
2.31/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz. green bottle, poured into a pilsner glass.
Poured with a 3/4 inch head that disappeared quickly, leaving only a thin clingy layer of foam, left a nice lace on the glass as consumed.
The beer was a pale gold at the thinner part of the glass and a nice gold at the thickest part of the glass.
A faint hop and grain smell could be detected, become increasingly skunky as warmed.
Hops could be detected at the back of the mouth, smooth finish with a corn taste. The hops keep the beer from being too sweet, but as it warmed a macro sweetness creeps in and sticks around in the aftertaste.
This beer looks nice, and is drinkable when cold, but is bland and somewhat unpleasant the warmer it gets. I would have given it higher ratings if the taste didn't disintegrate as it warmed.

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Photo of becktone
2.32/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Eye: Damn good looking beer. Great head formation and retention. Color is paler than straw yellow and is extremely clear. A fizzy yellow beer....Head has great retention, and is about 1.5 fingers in height. Consistency of it is frothy. Lacing looks really nice as well. Really impressed with this one....Really I've never seen anything with a shittier reputation (in the world of good beer) look better.

Nose: Smells like a macro. High levels of rice are noticeable. The aroma gives it away. Not really much more too it than that. Pretty much no malt character, hops are there, faint floral and spicy notes...noble.

Tongue: No sweet malt flavor here! HAHAH! If you've ever wondered what rice tasted like in beer, or needed to know how to detect it, well this is the beer for you! Hops are even low key, not really any flavor...just some bitterness and that is only SOME bitterness. Really this beer just tastes like rice...Let me tell you, I've had better drinks that are made (I think) by just soaking rice in water (maybe with some sugar), its called Shi-Ke (check the spelling there..pronounced "Shi-Kay") Very nice full flavored and sweet beverage. Its amazing how one can't taste rice in that product... but in something, like this beer, where the rice has been altered and cooked, and been mixed with malted barley and hops, that it can be, and that it can make, the overall product less appealing.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Anyone could drink this all night. But why would you want to less you were trying to get smashed...even then I'd drink something tastier to get me going, then when real buzzed start on this shit. Light in body and on carbonation. There is nothing special about this beer's body, feel or drinkabilty. Its not a worthy beer so steer clear, less you really, really want to try it. I came by it for free so I figured I'd try and review this one bottle....

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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 Beastdog75
2.33/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Molson Golden: the main ale of Molson's mostly lager-based lineup. For me, this falls into the category of a generic Golden/Blonde ale. No real characteristics of a pale ale here, as it tastes more like a generic lager. Nonetheless, this is still a decently refreshing beer, just kind of boring.

Molson Golden pours a straw color with a golden hue. A 1.5 finger white foam forms and disappears rather quickly. The smell, which is very light, consists mostly just of generic grains with a very slight hint of skunk. The mouthfeel is boring, watery, and fizzy. The initial taste is grainy with a corny sweetness making its way through. The hops detected seemed to have a slight minty character to them. Elsewhere on the palette, just some light malt and adjuncts (mostly corn). Decent amount of bitterness in the finish. The aftertaste is of continuing grains, with creamed corn becoming noticeable after a few moments. The beer concludes with little alcoholic warmth to speak of.

There is nothing here that will wow anyone. As I stated, it is kind of refreshing, but there is nothing here that will keep me coming back. Boring and bland seem to be the motifs with this beer.

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

Appearance- Pours a light yellow color with apparent carbonation and little head.

Smell- Smells like a watery, cheap, macro, rice and water.

Taste- Watery on the tongue, basically just water and wheat, not that good.

Mouthfeel- Clean on the mouth, its basically water afterall.

Drinkability- You could have a lot of these, if you only want to get drunk.

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

I like Molson's Export Ale--I really do. The Golden, however, does not measure up; rather, it has all the shortcomings of the macro-brewery from which it comes. It pours light and fizzy, yet somehow the mouthfeel is thin and flat. The smell is indistinct, and the taste is too. There's a touch of hoppiness, which adds something, but unfortunately not enough.

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Photo of zeff80
2.36/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a straw yellow color. Highly carbonated. No head/lacing.

S - It smelled of corn and a little skunk.

T - It tasted of corn and grain. Not much else.

M - A little thin, but it was NOT watery.

D - It is okay but not Canada's finest offering.

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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 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 ADR
2.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear dark yellow appearance, biggish head that clears to nothing in 20 seconds. No lacing in the pint glass. A blend of vague lemon and corn to the aroma, some tassel and pollen-like stuff going on. Taste is pretty stripped-down, a little bit of diacetyl and mild corn syrup, quite a bit of carbonation. Decent hop crispness late, not bad balance. The malts seem more at fault, this beer just doesn't generate a flavor profile. Can't really recommend this one.

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Photo of soper2000
2.41/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Snagged this from my roommates fridge. This is a very clean looking beer. It poured to a golden hue with an impressive head which didn't last too long unfortunately. Aroma is very similiar to BMC. I was expecting just a little bit of fruitiness or hops from this one. Taste is pretty bland as well. Everything about this beer is understated. This is nothing spectacular but then again it had no serious problems.

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Photo of Onslow
2.42/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

bought at specs as a broken six pack single, no glass ... not much smell .. very health wise head, lacing too ... quite a smooth lager with no real offensive lyrics ..some corn (cob) in the taste department (dmv?) a pretty easy going lager from america's hat ...P-A-R-T - why? b'cuz i gotta!!

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Photo of wailingwench
2.43/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Eye Candy: Deep yellow, almost amber. Thin, fizzy off white head. Slow lines of rising carbonation.

The Nose Knows: Slight cooked veggie, off aroma reminds me of feet.

Tongueland: Crisp lager feel, aftertaste is not clean. Kindof pilsner-ish.

Bender: If you feel the need for a Canadian brew, go with Molson Canadian. Good if you like Heinekin.

This was my "elite" brew of choice when I was stationed down in TX. It seems to have improved.

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Photo of lpayette
2.43/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- looks like a typical American Macro Lager with less carbonation, although apparently it is a blonde ale. Straw yellow. Big white bubbles compose the head. Head disappeared quickly.

Smell- Light malt in the nose. Subtle hops. Corny and grainy notes.

Taste- Very light malt, corn is very prevalent. A slight hop bitternes in the finish. A slight earthy note that reminds me of a kellerbier.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and fairly crisp. A bit more carbonation would be beneficial.

Drinkability- good to have on a really hot day, but not anything too special.

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Photo of kinger
2.43/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very similar to their Canadian this is an overall decent lager. Smooth faint aroma, light golden pour with minimal head retention, nice and easy mouthfeel, and a crisp flavor that is real basic. Not much to write home about but it's a solid choice for a simple quenching lager.

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Photo of CBFanWish
2.44/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Alsa, sweet Molson, for I have loved you unconditionally, why must you treat me this way?

Molson Canadian has long been a favorite macro of mine, why does the ale have to be sub par?

Pours a straw yellow with a half inch head if poured furiously. The aroma reeked of skunk and the taste was bitter, not in a good way. there is no trace of hops only corn and grains that we here on BA like to call adjuncts.

No more of ths for me.

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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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Molson Golden from Molson Coors Canada
2.78 out of 5 based on 629 ratings.
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