Molson Ice | Molson Coors Canada

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Molson IceMolson Ice

Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-03-2001

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Photo of Hackattack
2.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

It's an "okay" in my opinion, but maybe because I got it 1 month past best by date for only 7 bucks for a 12-pack. Still... it was not skunky or bad. That said, I would never get this stuff at retail prices.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.52/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

So, my freshman year at college was when the concept of ice beer became a thing. This was one of the first and most popular of the ice beers. I didn't really get it then (among many other things), and I definitely don't get it now. I do remember the green bottles, like many Molson products. But this is my ice beer night so let's go!

Pours straw yellow with a head that at least temporarily fills my mason jar. Nose is grainy but not offensive. Taste is similar. Not a ton of booze or adjunct, this pretty close to the drinkable zone. Relatively crisp and over-carbonated, but you could do much worse. I mean, it is what it is, but it's actually pretty good for an ice beer. My college years don't seem like as much of a total waste now, which is a plus.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From notes taken 01/17/17:

Amber-toned light gold color, quite clear with steady stream of bubbles to replenish and otherwise weaker head of off-white. Decent net-like lacing. On nose, a pleasant breadiness. Also some esters or fusels or alcohols, just a tad fruity and in my opinion, not so pleasant. I’m somewhat dreading this, too much like a Malt Liquor, but I knew that before I opened it. Thankfully, none of that is very strong for too long, but moving on to tasting. Palate is a little better than I expected. Much of what was described for nose, but a strong crackery backbone and floral to to herbal to nearly rindy suggestions. Still a little too sweet, but not in the way of honey, more so just a general malt and booze sweetness. Light to almost medium in body, with a fun sloshy and gulpy effervescence. Better than a Malt Liquor for sure, and even a number of regular Adjunct/Pale Lagers but I can’t really compare it to the non-existent list of other Ice-Brewed Adjunct Lagers I have had.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
2.22/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Decent white head atop a dark-ish (for style, anyway) brew; fair amount of carbonation activity in the form of tiny bubbles. Smell is what you'd expect: malt and grossness. The taste is acceptable until you swallow; at that point, you get a bad grain bill combined with cheap alcohol. The mouthfeel is fine, but maybe that's a product of wanting to get it down the hatch as soon as possible.

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Photo of joe12pk
3.78/5  rDev +45.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A dry, cornhusk flavor, with some bittering hops at the end. This is an ICE beer, and a damn good one for the money. I bought mine in a can. There is no skunk.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Ugly adjunct yellow lager color. Aroma was corn and alcohol. Taste was not bad for what it is, the skunkiness is kind of my jam, so it helps out here where it hurt in the aroma. Mouthfeel is more corn, lots of carbonation. This is totally tolerable when it is super cold.

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Photo of ordybill
3.5/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at a dive bar in Willow grove, PA. The appearance is a clear, light golden color with a tiny white head. The flavor is BMC but with a heavy bite. This is the least flavorful Molson product I have had (and I have had Molson XXX). Not horrible, but there are better Molson products out there.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy bright white head that quickly reduces to large patch of thin film covering about 80% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet grainy malts and corn adjuncts with just a hint of wheat. There is a very light aroma of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of sweet grainy malts, corn adjuncts adding a touch of sweetness, and a hint of wheat. There is something slightly metallic mid palate and just a hint of grassy hops which imparts a light amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: This was a nostalgia purchase - we drank tons of this stuff in college in the mid-1990s due to the higher ABV for the same price (it was also the hey day of the Ice American Adjunct lager). I have more fond memories of the beer than it tastes/smells when having it today. Not too bad, pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of DrainBamage
1.55/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a light golden color with a nice lace of head. Smell is of super sweet adjunct aromas. Putrid at best. Taste is like all other adjunct lagers, but with fusel alcohols added. Goes down dry with a bitter aftertaste. One of the worst adjunct lagers I've had, and probably the worst Ice beer I've had. This one is gonna be hard to finish.

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
2.45/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

All about that urine yellow aal color flow, 11th graaaade., no retention, no lace. Hard times. The aroma just wafts alcohol all up in yo nose. Is this an ice lager, or a eisbock? Woof. Green bottle brings that skunkiness, which is actually helpful because it obscures some of the almost fusel alcohol.

Taste, a little bit of rubbing alcohol for ya. The colder the better, and I usually loathe cold ass beer. Save it for the pop country lyrics. Brings the bubbles in terms of carbonation. This does get better the more you drink it, but you're in no man's land if you're having to drink more than 12 oz of this in a day.

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Photo of AdmiralBaltimore_29
4.44/5  rDev +70.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canadian beers are great and Molson Ice? Takes the cake as one of the best beers in Canada. Molson Ice is good for two things... drinking... and marinating a roast in it because the flavor is absolutely excellent.

I gave it an overall 4 because it could've been better. I keep buying it because of the swell taste of it. It's not this: "punch you in the kidneys" taste.

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Photo of Marraybay
3/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this many moons ago and remembered thinking it wasn't bad at the time. Very light, clean, taste, slight upfront sweetness, clean-vanishing finish. No complexity, no depth, certainly wouldn't be something you'd sit down and sip or analyse.

So what would you do with it??

As a beverage with seafood or something spicey, as a thirst quencher, as a palate cleanser, as a no brainer non-thought provoking brew when you want to keep things simple.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear and bubbly corn colour, 1" of foam.

Has that adjunct Lager smell that's perfumy with corny vegetable notes.

Corn sweetish flavour with a mild bitterness, usual mouthfeel for the style, which ain't a bad thing.

Picked up in a mixed 6 pack. Only way to go..

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Photo of Stunner97
3.58/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer is good value for the price. Nice flavor and for the style of American adjunct very on point and I rate it against style. For 6.49 for 6 pack would visit again as I have in the past.

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Photo of Beerwolf666
1.74/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

While drinking this Beer,I noticed it is now Brewed by Coors in America,and even says in Very small print "Product of U.S.A." ~anyway it Looks fine [pretty much like most American Adjunct Lagers] Sort of a clear Straw Color,..however the Smell is very odd,and not in a good way,almost like Moldy Corn that has soured~also some Chemical notes,and just plain nasty to be honest~the Taste is not as bad as the smell...however you get a TON of Corn,and pick up some of that Moldy corn flavor,and a light Chemical taste, REALLY have chill this beer down,just as you would a "Malt Liquor" and drink em fast,because when it warms all those Moldy,Chemical,and off flavors become even stronger~would I buy this Beer Again? NO! however I have had much worse,and it is drinkable to a degree,but a chugging Beer all the way,you really do not want to savor a Beer this bad,cheers!

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Photo of BeerWithMike
2.8/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Sampled on 1/18/15 while watching NFL football. Comes in a 12 ounce bottle (355ml). Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a Coor's Light" football glass.

Pours a straw-yellow in color with a good 1/2+ finger white fizzy/foamy head that finally settles down to a thin layer after about 10 minutes or so. Some spotyy lacing is seen that stuck to the glass when sipped. The aroma is of hops and sweet corn. Pretty much the same is said for the taste. Starts out a bit dry and finishes with a slight bitter taste. Lighter+ bodied with good carbonation. Overall, it was just OK but not a big deal. Just a one time deal for me.

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Photo of Zorro
2.49/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Old beer I haven't tried in about 15 years at one time I remember liking this stuff.

Crystal clear gold with a small white colored head, it does look like a Pilsner.

Smells sweet and corny with a slight kiss of noble hop. Certainly not aromatic though.

Starts out dry with a mild bitter finish. Mostly no flavor except for the hop at the end.

Mouthfeel is present.

Overall it isn't offensive but it isn't note worthy either.

I can sum the experience as follows "Just a Beer."

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Photo of dacrza1
2.5/5  rDev -3.8%

DATE TASTED: September 12, 2014... GLASSWARE: Baltika stange...OCCASION: O's double-header sweep... APPEARANCE: shockingly lucid soft yellow body that is thinly bubbly; thick, foamy three-finger head laces sporadically; surprisingly tangible patterns .. AROMA: definite biscuit mats present; hops are slightly corny, a bit funky and gassy? noxious? some light bubblegum too--odd... PALATE: firm, medium-bodied, oily and lingering, though the aftertaste is light and unobtrusive...TASTE: lightly toasted, with some beechwood in the aftertaste; sweet and malty when swished; nondescript otherwise...OVERALL: mellow-not at all the Ice that one expects; at 5.6 ABV, it provides a bit more heft than the usual rote pilsener; sweet, cleansing and soft by its the oversized can, but not much making this experience memorable...

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Photo of the3rdtriumph
4.26/5  rDev +63.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

I don't understand the "poor" rating this beer has.

This beer pours like a lager should. Nice head, clear and yellow. What are lagers supposed to look like again? Last time I checked, this!

Smells of corn and barley. Smells like Mickey's. If that's a bad thing, I don't know beer. Smells like it's going to be easy drinking yet give you a generous amount of alcohol.

Taste: oh my. Think of malt liquor, without the cloying sweetness. Or off putting aftertastes for you purists. This tastes great! Little hit of alcohol, but the watery mouthfeel washes it away nicely. Malty. Spiffy! Clean water, light hop bitterness (it IS there), picking up hardly any corn taste, just a nice mild beer flavor. Very good ice brewed beer.

Overall I'd say go and try this if you're tired of drinking bitter pinetree-esque brew for a quick buzz. Not too shabby on price, and it's easy drinking. Definitely not deserving of it's "poor" rating. That's reserved for Big Flats or Beer 30 for crying out loud. GET SOME.

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Photo of flagmantho
2.72/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a light effervescence and a thin layer of creamy white foam. Not too bad for the style.

Smell: a little bit of sweetness and a little malt character. Not many obvious flaws, but essentially no useful aroma at all.

Taste: sweet malt with a little bit of adjunct off-flavor. Hops are nonexistent and bitterness is almost unnoticeable. Not great, and not a lot of character, but otherwise not gross or anything.

Mouthfeel: light body with a big carbonation and, while not creamy, it's interesting enough.

Overall: this beer is not horrible. It doesn't have a lot of flavor, but that means it's not disgusting. Just kind of blah.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.18/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tall pilsner glass: color is straw, big effervescent bubbles and a big bright white head that lingers pretty well.

Smell is very underdone, some thin malt, adjunct type flavors, corn, off grains.

Taste is pretty good, i prefer molson to many other adjunct lagers, and the ice version is decent, some of the malt flavors are concentrated a bit more than standard adjunct lager: some light malt like flavors but the adjunct flavors take over.

Mouthfeel is a bit less crisp, in a good way, than many other adjunct lagers, the strength probably helps this bit.

Overall, a good adjunct lager with some softer mouthfeel, but still uninspiring flavor profile. Score are based on to style rating.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.9/5  rDev +50%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Molson Ice brewed Molson Coors Canada, with an abv of 5.6 %. This brew pours out a deep amber color, with a nice white head. The smell of Molson Ice is rich with grains and malts. Not a bad looking or smelling brew. The taste is bold with flavors. You pick up on grins and malts. You can also pick up on the 5.60% ABV in this brew. This brew reminds me a of Budweiser , with a kick. Molson Ice is smooth but it has a kick. This brew is better than what I thought it would be. I will be buying this this brew to change it it for the the american style Lagers. Overall I'm giving Molson Ice a 4 out of 5. Molson Coors Canada, did a nice job with this one.

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Photo of CloudStrife
2.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

24oz can poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear light golden yellow with a moderate dense white head. Ample visible carbonation. Doesnt leave much lacing.

S: Has the typical adjunct lager aromas. Fairly subdued as long as it stays cold.

T: Inoffensive mild brew that isnt as strong as the name may suggest. Flavors as pretty smoothed out. Sweetness is more present than most of this style. Lil bite of booze.

M: Light to medium body with a good deal of carbonation. Guess it goes back easy.

Overall its another mainstream beer that is easily confused with all the others. Bit better than some of the competition I suppose.

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Photo of Damian
2.88/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. (355ml) bottle purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits, Somerville, MA
Served in a pint glass

The liquid poured a crystal clear, deep golden yellow and was topped by a two-finger, tight, creamy, bright white crown. A thin film of drippy lacing trickled down the top portion of the glass.

Dry, powdery, lager yeast notes dominated the aroma. Somewhat grainy. Tart lemon and wheaty notes were also detectible. Overall, surprisingly crisp and fresh. As the head died down, hints of bubblegum came forth.

The flavor profile was husky, grainy and quite raw with some serious adjunct notes. Things started out rather sweet up front, but the beer turned tart and bitter in the center. Wheaty, lemony notes were detectible. The finish was bitter and astringent with an overwhelming lemon rind presence.

The mouthfeel was respectable. Medium bodied, creamy and slick for the style. The beer contained a finely bubbled effervescence that gave the liquid a soft and airy fluffiness.

Molson Ice is a decently flavorful adjunct lager but pretty rough around the edges. If I had to chose, I would much prefer Molson's Canadian Lager to this so called "ice beer."

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.38/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an ugly aal color, but with a little more darkness and depth to the yellow color, probably because of the lesser water content caused by the 'icing' of the beer. Aroma is wickedly alcoholic. Seriously, you'd think this is 8%abv+ if it was a blind aroma sniffing competition. Sometimes the skunky aroma helps, because it obscures the alcohol.

Taste, one of the very, very few beers I'd say to drink very cold. It tastes like alcohol! The warmer it gets, the more this aspect gets played up in the mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little high, thankfully, but it doesn't do enough to trick me into thinking its well hopped or isn't a little thin malt wise to the fusel like alcohol heat. When they are skunky, it actually tastes better.

Its kinda harsh, but sometimes that's what you're looking for.

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Molson Ice from Molson Coors Canada
2.6 out of 5 based on 484 ratings.
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