Molson Export | Molson Coors Canada

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Molson ExportMolson Export

Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
With over 100 years of brewing tradition behind it, Molson Export continues to grow in lore. Its history, however, could never be as rich without the original, high-quality ingredients that have come to distinguish it from other brands.

We brew Molson Export with two-row barley, an exclusive strain of ale yeast that goes back to the origins of Molson Breweries, hand-selected Golding and Oregon hops and water.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-11-2001

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Photo of bigkahunas4
1.64/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Served into a 32oz mug

Poured a very clear copper, with a nice white head, with some sparing lacing. Nose is basically non-existent. Maybe some metal and rice water.

Brew is extremely light - pretty minimal viscosity. Taste is grainy, with a metal finish.

Won't have this again.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
1.84/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Originally reviewed on July 4, 2006. Pour of light straw with sparse white head. Aroma of rotting Saskatchewan grain in a dusty hay barn. Flavor is a salty armpit of tangy wheated grains and an edge of rotting lemons. The heafty reek of skunk runs strong. Light fusels waft upward. The palate contains a light drying edge of hops.

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Photo of cyrenaica
1.94/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not a very good beer in my opinion. It pours a deep gold colour with a bubbly head. The colour is still translucent but certainly darker than Moslon Canadian and Fosters. The head barely lasts 30 seconds. The aroma isn't anything to write home about, in fact, it is very skunky at best. It is very harsh on the tongue with a lot of carbonation. The taste is a bit harsh too, too much bitterness mixed in with a burnt malty taste.

It didn't smell all that great, didn't taste all that great, and was not an instant favourite. At least it looked like beer. But not one I would recommend to friends or beer lovers anywhere.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

No head wathsoever when pourred into glass (I guess this too pelased Mr and Mrs everybody...). No spice and very little aftertaste. I'm not sure what the other BA's drank cause I don't see anything interesting here. This is the usual macro brewed beer that is very light and designed for those hot summer days...

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
2.12/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Brilliant deep straw color with a 1 finger head lasting 2 minutes and lively activity.

Faint aromas and flavors of grains and corn with some lemony fruitiness. Crisp bitter taste of average strength and a hint of toffee. Good freshness.

Average body with a prickly feel. Well balanced finish, dry ending with a bitter mouth coat.

Overall : A notch better than the average brand having a little more taste and body.

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Photo of kunzbrew
2.33/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I really do not care for this beer or any molson beer, it gives me really bad gas. Light color and body with no hops or malt just a bunch of corn and rice. My mother in law comes and she brings the crap, so i have to drink it and my wife puts up with the gas.

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.39/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Molson Export is one of those beers that leaves me wondering why it is brewed. Molson Golden is similar enough to this, and they both fall into the category of being ales that are almost indistinguishable from fizzy yellow lagers. This is a reasonably crisp beer, but overall it is quite lacking in flavor.

One nice thing about this brew is its apperance. Molson Export pours a nice golden color, and the foam measures in at a little over a fingers worth which actually retains for about two minutes or so. The aroma is nothing special: typical adjuncty beer. Grainy, husky/musty, with the slightest hint of hops detectable. The mouthfeel is thin and fizzy. The overall flavor is light and grainy, with some selztery qualities as well. Weak. A mild, barely detectable bitter fruitiness can be found here, and the finish is somewhat dry. The aftertaste mostly consists of a corny/grainy flavor, although for a fleeting moment some pleasant bready qualities arrive. This is briefly followed by a flavor reminicent of spent coffee grinds. The brew concludes with no alcoholic warmth.

Both Export and Golden taste rather weak and adjuncty, but the saving grace with Export is the brown bottle as opposed to Golden's green (and some of its inherited lightstruck qualities). With the first sip, I nearly thought that this was as flavorless as Coor's Light, but some of its mediocre flavors ended up appearing. This is a swilling beer, nothing more.

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Photo of zach8270
2.42/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

(bottle - 12 oz) Pours a very pale golden color. Thick, lasting head. Looks like many other beers when poured. Strong hop aroma. Good smooth flavor with no strong aftertaste. No distinct taste. It's a good tasting and drinkable beer, but nothing about it really stands out.

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Photo of TwinSox33
2.43/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ah, Molson Ex. I tried it twice (once on tap,once from bottle) back when my beer palate was not yet fully developed, so I figured I'd give it a fair shake and try again.

Once again, I was disappointed. The beer smells of grain, corn, and a slight alcohol nose, strange at 4.9%.

What stands out the most about this brew is how horribly unbalanced it is. It starts off being sticky/cloying, and has a slight DMS taste. (not cooked corn, but burnt corn by the way!) The beer then tries to purport to be an ale when it suddenly punches you in the mouth with a strange acerbic hop-like bitterness. It was out of place, due to it not being present in the body.

Maybe the fact that Ex is the official beer sponsor of Montréal Canadiens hockey makes it suck even more:) I'll admit, I'm biased here; I'm a die-hard Bruins fan, but I digress...

I love Canadian, Love Dry, and hell, even Laurentide is better than this. This tastes like a strangely unbalanced macro lager, rather than an ale. If you're looking for a good Canadian macro ale, I'd go with Labatt 50, much better. I know this isn't Longtrail or Cooper's, but Molson gets "K'd" for this one!

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It's called export because I suspect no one in Canada really wants to drink it. It does not taste like an ale, no real hop taste to it. Another "high school" beer. Even if it is skunked, it still tastes the same.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours ultra clear pale straw. A soapy three finger head shows decent retention but minimal lacing. Simple grain and ceareal adjunct nose, without any noticable hop aroma. Sweet pils/munich malt base, hint of apple ester, and a weak hop aftertaste. Very thin body and high carbonation produce a light and crisp mouthfeel with a clean finish. However, the characteristics of the classic APA are lost for want of a beer more appealing to fans of light lagers. Highly drinkable, but at the cost of being watered down and boring.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.56/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I found a cheap bar that carried this on draft for $2 during my stay in Montréal. I wasn't expecting much in the first place, but I thought throwing a twonie was worth the risk. I committed a crime by consuming this without any Canadiens hockey on the tube to watch. On to the beer:

The beer is a pale blonde in color, akin to a lager. Good patchy white head on top of it which has good retention. Sweet. Very sweet. Lots of sweet corn in the aroma and taste, and creamy on the palate. Creamed corn? There's a very light fruitiness that adds another flavor to this one-dimensional beer. Despite being labled as a pale ale, bitterness is next to nothing.

When I think Molson Export, I think of two things: Canadiens hockey and creamed corn. It's palatable, but some (such as myself) might find it too sweet and unbalanced.

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Photo of DrJay
2.59/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very clear golden colour topped by a creamy white head that settles to a respectable lace after a couple minutes. Fruity-sour aroma with a musty hop smell. There's a fruity twang at the beginning of a sip, followed by light grainy malt. Very light bitterness is present and carries through to the aftertaste. Thin bodied and highly carbonated.

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Photo of papaglide
2.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Nice half inch head falls quickly to a layer of froth clinging to the surface. No lace. Pale gold in color.

S - sweet, malty graininess with a hint of corn. I cant detect any hops but there seems to be a woodsy nose present

T - little malt with mostly grainy adjunct flavors with some slight bitterness in the back end

M - highly carbonated with a watery thinness. Astringent in the finish. Fizzy feeling in the mouth.

D - there is quite a bit of flavor, grainy adjuncts it seems. Not too smooth. This beer seems more complex than other macros but only in an adjunct flavor kind of way. The label states that its an ale. I truly don't know and you can't tell by drinking it. To me, its on the south side of average but I respect the effort. Give me a '50.

$4.99 a 6 pack of 11.5 ounce of brown bottles

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Photo of tommy78
2.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After living in Canada for some time, I deeply enjoyed Molson Export. When I returned to the States, I was able to purchase a sixer of Export at the local supermarket. I was very disappointed with it when I tried it. The taste completely changed. Here, the taste was dull, at best. Also, when poured into a glass, there was alot of foam. I tried pouring it in different ways, and I still had foam. Also, I couldn't find any foods that went well with the Export. I even tried pizza with the Ex and it didn't complement it. Now, whenever I return to Canada, I have a pint or two to remind me of the original flavor, and I try to purchase a case or two at the border when possible. Overall, try the Canadian version instead of the American version.

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Photo of JOaikido
2.63/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear golden colour. No head really. A little ring of bubbles around edges and some light lacing. Some bubbles continue to rise.

S- Sweet smell but not distinct, sort of like fake fruit candy. Not a strong odour.

T- Not watery, but flavour isn't strong. Candyish sweetness needs some hops bitterness to even it out.

MF- Crisp. Carbonation level OK. Leaves mouth dry and a little pasty after.

D- Extremely easy to drink and fairly refreshing.

Not as bland as a lot of macros, but flavour was a little bit off and unbalanced compared to higher quality ales. Still, among the better of Molson's standard products.

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Photo of CanuckRover
2.65/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a light orange, clear, loads of carbonation. Nice pillowy head but zero lacings to speak of.

It smells like urine. I'm not trying to be funny, that's seriously the aroma I get off of Ex, I wish I could say it was something else, but that's it.

Luckily it doesn't taste as bad as it smells. My most important criteria when judging a macro ale is whether I can tell it apart from the brewery's lager, and Ex is most certainly a different beer than Canadian. Discernible malt, quite grainy but clean, almost a kolsch type character. There is some non-descript fruit giving a little bit of sweetness. Macro chalkiness is evident. Noticeable hops in the finish, but no bitterness.

Unsurprisingly overcarbonated.

I certainly prefer it to most Canadian macros, and definately would take it over a Canadian. A safe enough choice if there aren't any micro brews in site. But that stink! Ugh.

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Photo of decimator
2.66/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Labeled as Molson Ex 4.9%ABV
341ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a golden color with a 1" head. Head disappeared rather quickly but it left a thin white cap and good amounts of lacing. Looks good.

S - Malts at first and then some fruity notes from the yeast. I don't detect much hops in the aroma. Also picking up a bit of alcohol which is odd considering it's not a high ABV beer.

T - Light in flavor. Bit of malt at first and a bit of a alcohol & metallic finish. It doesn't get better as it warms up or after a few.

M - Feels a bit fizzy and a bit sticky but mostly average. A bit boring after a while.

D - Average. Not offensive but it doesn't stand out.

Overall it's a bit better then Molson Canadian but still has that mostly bland macro aroma & flavour. When in a bar that only has generic macro available this is one I'll likely order.

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Photo of schusterbauer
2.7/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

i was surprised to see that this is categorized as an APA -- seemed like your typical macro lager to me.

a -- a little cloudier than a macro lager, but just about identical to a typical macro

s -- corn, malt, some yeast

t -- tastes like molson canadian, maybe with a little more hops to keep things palatable. nothing exciting or interesting, and, unfortunately, this has that typical Molson skunky/sour taste to it.

m -- a little thicker than a macro lager; crisp on the finish, but a little syrupy

d -- could drink a couple without thinking about it, but it does leave some unwanted tastes in your mouth. definitely not an all-nighter.

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Photo of EatsTacos
2.7/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a straw yellow with a bit of head

This beer has very little aroma to speak of. Maybe some corn and light hops.

Tastes like sour corn and maybe apples? Hard to appreciate the flavour through the carbonation which is way too high. The beer was served ice cold and I think any warmer and you couldn't drink it.

Honestly this beer is slightly better than the other beers that are widely available at bars in its class

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Photo of gskitt
2.73/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap in Montreal. This beer poured a golden color, much carbonation is evident by the bubbles. Shiny white head dissipates quickly. Scent is a bit off-putting, not skunky, just a bit, well, macro. Smells like corn. Buttered corn. Taste was not comparative to the smell. Much better. Not great, just better. The appeal for export must be drinkability, not taste. Mouthfeel was a bit grainy and dry after a while. Not my favorite.

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Photo of Wintermute
2.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big nice white head. Poured a large head that lasted surprisingly long for a macrobrew. Surprisingly, it also left quite a bit of lace on the side of the glass. High carbonation.
Golden coloured liquid with just the slightest of amber tint. Very clear.
Odd smell for an ale, almost lager-like. The smell is kind of grainy and slightly sweet, it has that lagery sour smell, with a little mustiness coming from the very faint hops.
Light body, with decent mouthfeel. Actually quite light on flavour. Fairly clean tasting. Somewhat dry and not very sweet, especially considering what I expected from the smell. The mustiness of the hops comes through much stronger in the flavour. Taste starts kind of empty, then the hops come through. That funny hops taste lingers in the aftertaste.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Wish that this was more readily available in the states. Pours out to a clear bronze color with a touch of red. Not much of a head, medium/low carbonation. Slighly chemical odor, with overtones of hops and ale. Rather dry taste with overtones of malt and hops with a small touch of what I would call sour mash. Slightly sour and creamy aftertaste that is quite dry. Not a bad beer, but not amazing either. Nonetheless, wish it was eaiser to get in the states other than in variety 12 packs. Worth a try.

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Photo of headlessparrot
2.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There was a period of time where I considered Export to be the only decent beer that Molson produced. It's a drinkable little ale that - at the very least - has more flavour and body than Canadian Lager or their other swill-labels. After sampling a six-pack, though, I'm inclined to believe that I may have been wrong. The caveat to this observation, however, is that the last time I had Export, I had three-and-a-half pitchers worth, and had a disastrous morning after (what my brother always referred to as "the Molson Ex hour of power") - and though this was three months ago, it may very well still be clouding my judgment. Take that into consideration as you read.

The pour isn't too bad; an aggressive technique reveals a straw-gold body (darker than Canadian and many other macro lagers) with visible effervescence. It's capped by two fingers of surprisingly fluffy head - said head, however, begins to dissipate almost immediately. Within a few moments, it's almost non-existent (which means, of course, that much of the head is the result of the plainly visible overcarbonation). It does, however, leave a surprising amount of lacing, and a few rings of constant ring.

The smell, however, is a bit unpleasant. The nose is immediately hit by a sourness, almost like fermented apple juice. Some cereal grain, something vaguely tangy. Maybe - is it just my imagination? - just the slightest dusting of hops. Maybe some musty wheat? Corn (DMS) is obvious, and maybe some fairly neutral malt. Plainly quite sweet, detectable even by the smell. Reminds me quite a bit of Molson Bohemian, which doesn't surprise me (and it shouldn't you, either).

The taste, at least, is somewhat better. Sweet, but inoffensively neutral. Maybe some hopping, some cereal grain. More of that fermented apple juice. Maybe even some faint spice. Bready-biscuity malt. Endlessly drinkable, but this guy could send diabetics into shock it's so sweet. Finishes dry. Refreshing, but not much else.

I was, however, pleasantly surprised by the mouthfeel, which manages to achieve the designation of average in spite of its horrific overcarbonation thanks to a fairly nice body. Drinkability is also average - realistically, you could swig Ex for hours and hours; the question, however, is why you would want to (in addition to the fact that the sweetness of this guy will only further your dehydration/hangover issues).

Molson Export is fairly standard for a macro. It's miles ahead of the flagships of Canadian macro brewing (Canadian and Blue), but that's about the only accolade I'm willing to give it. On cheap drink night at a crappy bar, I might have a couple, but otherwise, I'd take pretty much anything else - even a Rickard's Red or Kokanee would be infinitely more palatable. Still, there's something about the Ex that brings out a sense of nostalgia in me - and that's why every once in awhile, maybe only once a year, I grab a six-pack and slug 'em back right from the bottle.

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Photo of biegaman
2.78/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Export says 'ale' on the label, but looks like a conventional lager in the glass. It is bright golden, filtered to near oblivion, with soda-pop bubbles and an antiseptically white head that falters and leaves little lace.

The bouquet has a slight pungency like that of a cheap cider vinegar and smells, just generally speaking, 'off'. If not for that off-putting pungency I'd say it resembles creamed corn. It certainly has the sweetness. In fact, this thing smell like it has more corn than a Mayan harvest festival. I wouldn't be surprised if there was mention of it in the Popol Vuh.

Perhaps the kindest thing I could say about Export's flavor is that there isn't much of it. The sting of aggressive, artificial carbonation makes more of an impression on the palate than the flavor of corn kernels, which, by the way, is about the only flavor that exists. There's nothing that resembles barley (or hops, for that matter).

The border that divides ales and lagers, although easily defined in technical terms, is far from concrete as far as things like taste and texture go. Some lagers offer a world more of flavors and body than ales. Just as equally, some ales, like Molson Export, contain even less malt and bitterness than even the palest of lagers (which this really drinks like).

Molson makes a number of abhorrent beers and, in full fairness, also have a few passable offerings in their portfolio. Export, in my opinion, doesn't fit neatly into either of those two camps. It's not offensive, but it's far from pleasant. I can't imagine any scenario where I'd recommend anyone buy this beer. It is distasteful at worst, forgettable at best.

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