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Molson Ice | Molson Coors Canada

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada
Ontario, Canada
molson.com

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-03-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
171
Ratings:
477
Avg:
2.6
pDev:
43.08%
 
 
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Reviews: 171 | Ratings: 477
Photo of Sammy
1.85/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Better than average Molson. The beer to have when there is no good beers because the host is an ignoramous on beer. The ice is a gimmick, but if you serve it exceptionally cold, it taste a tad like vodka left in the freezer. And that's the best I can say about it.

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Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Molson Ice poured out like most lagers do. It has a standard yellow color, very clear. With a white head on top. The head fades and leave you with just a glass of yellow liquid. The smell has some of the traditional lager aromas, they're a little funky and had some grassy notes. The taste is of light malts and a little hop bitterness. Nothing to really write home about here, just an average brew.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.53/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

In comparison to Molson's Lager, this one is a little stronger in sweet malts and a little harsh with the hopping. Hops get dangerously close to light-struck. Flavors are rich, but a noticably grainy, vegitol, and bite-ey. Has almost a baking-soda finish as the beer qualities relax and the harshness and husky bitterness increases. Still, a worth-while attempt, but the higher alcohol is not worth it.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.88/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

One of the weirder things in my experience, is seeing "Imported" stamped on a bottle of Molson freaking Canadian, when I find myself across the 49th. Even more so, is me dropping a buck-fiddy, just to see what the those outside my country are seeing that we aren't...

This beer pours a clear, pale straw colour, with two fingers of foamy white head, which rapidly diminishes to a thin cap, leaving nothing but some slinking suds around the glass. It smells of mild white grain, and weedy, skunky hops. The taste is sweet corn grain, some glycerine, and mild weedy hops. The carbonation is average, the body medium weight, oily, and kind of cloying. It finishes sweet, and warm, but clean - no boozy edge.

For the style, not too shabby. None of the negative aspects are very prominent, the extra bit of alcohol behaves itself, and if you like corn, that's what you do get here, in spades. Wow, strains of homerism, anyone...?

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Photo of zeff80
2.53/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, fizzy, straw yellow color with a fizzy, white, one-finger head that dissipates very quickly and left no lace.

S - It smelled of corn, caramel and not much else.

T - It tasted of corn, caramel malt and some grassy bitterness. Fairly sweet, too.

M - It was very crisp and sharp on the tongue. A light bodied lager.

D - This is okay. If I were to ever go ice fishing in Canada, I could see myself taking some of this.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear. Very nice yellowish gold color. Topped by a creamy white head that holds well. The aroma is limited but reveals a very lightly fruity, softly grainy malt. The body is medium with a fine, moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is lightly crisp. The flavor offers far more character than the aroma suggests with a fruity, sweetish & grainy malt that's backed by a gently crisp & lightly spicy hoppiness. Although the alcohol is only 5.6% by volume, it's slightly noticeable. Combined with the fruitiness, my guess would be that they're fermenting this lager fairly warm (over 60F). It finishes fairly short and dry. An unremarkable, fairly basic beer that has a bit of malt & hop character and an easy drinkability.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.11/5  rDev -57.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: The beer is a pale gold color with a thin white head that fades at a decent rate and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very pungent and metallic with corn, some malt and a little bit of hops.

T: The flavor starts out with the typical macro malt and adjunct sweetness that fades quickly. There’s a slight hops presence, which is better than most macros, but there’s also a weird bite to it that makes the taste unpleasant.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, high carbonation, dry finish.

D: Not too tasty, but it at least it isn’t filling. If I’m forced to drink a beer in this style, it wouldn’t be this one if I had another choice.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.49/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours out a simple lager appearance -- clear, yellow-hued body with a tight, sudsy, though lasting white head.

Smell: Lightly sweet-scented, faintest hint of exceptionally pale maltiness with a hint of mealy grain. It's not particularly inviting, I must say.

Taste: Lightly sweet mix of adjuncts and ultra pale malts, with a slightly coarse, husky graininess to it. Bit of powdered sugar on the tip of the tongue. Very minute hint of bitterness, though no real hop flavors to be had. Dry, crisp finish with that grainy hint lingering in the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not nearly as smooth as I'd hoped for. Started off "eh" but ended up closer to "bleh" by the time I'd reached the end of these twelve ounces. If you must, drink it cold and drink it fast.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.72/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Bright amber-gold with a sparse cloud of dust-like particles floating within. The off-white head of frothy foam lasts for a good bit and throws up thick strands of meandering lace. Molsen Ice is an improvement on the typical macro lager appearance, for which it deserves some small measure of credit.

Eau de skunk assauted me when the crown was cracked, but has now faded to some degree. If I get my nose anywhere near the glass there are still olfactory echoes of skunk, but they're now mixed with the more usual sour grain-musty hop aromas. My wife, who has an especially sensitive sense of smell, has just wandered into the room and has decided that this beer smells like 'body odor'.

It isn't quite offensive on the palate, but it's very, very close. On first blush, Ice seems too low on flavor to get into too much trouble, but rather than quickly fading, the flavor lingers just long enough to deliver a pungent, sharply bitter noble hop payload. The more I drink it, the less I like it. After another few mouthfuls, I've changed my mind. It is offensive.

The body might be a tad more hefty than the style average, but it's still only medium in a general sense. As alluded to above, a body that keeps this beer in contact with the taste buds for a longer period of time isn't necessarily a good thing. The best that I can say about the carbonation is that it's unobtrusive. Really though, does it matter? This isn't good beer no matter how livable the mouthfeel.

The brewery says that Molson Ice is "America's #1 imported Ice Beer". Think about that for a minute. What other countries, besides the U.S. and Canada, even brew such a thing as an Ice Beer? It's all hype anyway; a macro lager is a macro lager is a macro lager. This is an especially bad version though, so I guess that there are degrees of badness.

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Photo of Rifugium
1.4/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

First had: ?

Somehow, this is better than other Molson products. Not that I drink it, but I used to back in the day. Pours a pale golden-yellow with a fizzy white head that doesn't linger long. Light aroma of sweet malts and corn, some grain. Sweetness mainly in the taste, fading to a bit of what could almost be hop bitterness. Very light bodied and not very drinkable, but a tiny step above other TV ad T&A beers.

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

one of the last of the night for me, i decided to make it a twofer with the canadian lagers tonight. served cold and poured into a pint glass, consumed on 08/24/2010.

really not a terrible pour as the light golden color comes through very nicely and cleanly. small head of white dances on the top of the glass for a few moments and does leave a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

aroma is mixed grains, lightly sweet malts and a touch of some interesting little earthy notes. definitely more of a profile then what i was expecting for sure. clean, crisp and decent going down it seemed to work for me on several levels.

overall not a bad macro i have to admit, would not mind it again,

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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 Jason
2.96/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thin lace with good clarity. A bit more harsh from what I remember. Mild solvent alcohol in the nose and flavour. Thin on the malt with little hop to balance though being on the dry side it is not too bad. There are cheaper $$$ ice beers that taste the same.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Let's rock some ice, folks! This stuff pours a clear pale straw topped by a half-finger of short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet corn, mineral water, sweet flowers, and a kiss of wheat. The taste holds notes of hard water, light tin, funky wheat, light powdered sugar, and mild corn. There's an off taste in there somewhere (it moves around, all Heisenbergian and whatnot). The body is pretty light, with a moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a kinda sad little beer, but one that thankfully isn't entirely offensive.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.09/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

As CANada prepares to face off against Slovakia tonight, I CAN prepare by opening a CAN of Molson Ice and I promise not to drink it at center ice while smoking a cigar or drinking champagne, either. Oh, those crazy CANadian women!

I certainly got a nice big two fingers' worth of head off of the pour! It looked like a puffy pillow laying atop the golden yellow beer with NE-quality clarity. The nose was not good, evincing a metallic tang along with cereal adjuncts and a light lager sweetness. Oof. Mouthfeel was on the thin side with a light sweetness on the tongue. I just feel like I am trapped on a treadmill at times. I could cut and paste many of my previous reviews of AmeriCAN Adjunct Lagers and only feel the slightest pangs of guilt. Regardless, it was pretty weak in terms of flavor and that same buyer's remorse continued well into the finish. This was really boring! So far, Molson Golden has been the winner in the family.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.06/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a fizzy yellow beer, bright golden clear body with large fizzy white head dwindles quickly leaving fine bubbled sparse lacing. Aroma has cooked veggies with light cereal notes no actual hop components going on here. Flavor is pretty weak watery, cooked veggies metallic waves of grain. Pretty rediculous flavored American corn and rice ridden product. Mouthfeel is fizzy and light watery bodied, even from an ice beer. Not the worst canned beer, that would be Carling Black Label. Completely unremarkable brew from America's oldest brewery.

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Photo of jwc215
2.61/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

24 oz. can:

Pours straw yellow with a sizeable, well-retained head for the style.

It has the typical, sweet, "macro" smell.

Other than some bland, non-descript balance to the sweetness, there's virtually no taste. Well, there is some cardboard-ish taste. The alcohol might lend some more sweetness, but alcohol itself is vertually undectible. So's the overall flavor, though.

It has the typical light-body of a macro.

Drinkable if you want a super-bland beer. I suppose there are some out there that think this gives you an extra "kick". It's only .6% more than a typical macro, with the same (lack of?) flavor. Whatever...

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Photo of Billolick
2.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured very light, very clear, very minimal head and no lacing. Just the faintist wiff of malt in the nose. Watery, lame, a waste of good water. What else can be said of this nasty brew. To bad Molson doesnt brew a classsier product. This stuff is ok to boil some Brats in. Good for a very hot humid day while pushing the mower. Besides that pass it by. Buy some craft brew.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was my first beer ever, and had it again the other day.
Pale yellow body, small head that didn't stay long at all.
The skunk smell was there, but faint.
Taste has a good thirst quenching-ness to it, lemon-pear, some hops, little malt, carbonation. Leaves a clean finish, but a bit of skunk on the tail

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Photo of WesWes
2.8/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a towering white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a dry, pilsner malt and adjunct scent along with little to no hop aroma. The taste is average as well. It has a clean pilsner malt and adjunct taste with a super dry finish. It's easy drinking, but lacking any real character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is your standard "ice" brewed lager. It's crisp and clean and devoid of any real beer taste.

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Photo of Wasatch
2.38/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden yellow color, some carbonation, small head, some lacing afterwards. The scent is kinda skunky, but not to bad. Some malts and citrus. The taste is sweet and malty, and a dry finish. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, I like this brew much better than the Golden.

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Photo of tone77
3.07/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 24 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts. Taste is also mild, some malts and corn. Not a whole lot of flavor here. Feels light in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall not terrible, but nothing special here.

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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 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 puboflyons
3.15/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the 24 fl. oz. can marked SEP2408-03337L. Sampled on August 25, 2009. The pour is a pretty clear straw yellow with a good inch or more of foamy, bubbly white head. The aroma is a bit of corn, some hops, and some malts but for an ice beer the alcohol scent is diminished. The mouthfeel is heavier than water with reasonable texture and staying power on the tongue. The flavor comes across as malty and bready with a tinge of sweetness. Better than I expected.

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