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 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 sbe1
3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving type: an almost 1 liter (.9?? ml) can from an Esso station in Montreal.

Appearance: Deep gold color, with a healthy head that left some lacing on the glass.

Smell: mostly clean, some alcohol, some malt.

Taste: Dry with a malt and chemical sweetness, faint hops, clean finish.

Mouthfeel: light to medium body, crisp and fairly refreshing, some carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a beer to get your drunk on, and with a few liter cans it's pretty easy to accomplish. And it's not that bad tasting a beer while you wait for the alcohol to hit your brain.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.15/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I grew up with the notion that this was Molson's export-only beer, and thus available in foreign countries, airports, and well, Quebec, not out West. Let's give 'er!

This beer pours a clear pale golden colour, with three fingers of somewhat creamy, foamy white head, which leaves lace all around the glass. It smells of light white grain, and skunky, weedy hops. The taste is soft cereal grain, a bit of corn sweetness, and lightly acrid, weedy hops. The carbonation is average, the body mildly cloying, and it finishes dry, a little skunkiness persisting.

Ok enough for something with its heritage - I had no problem drinking this, unlike its extended family...

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Photo of shamus
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am mostly reviewing this because there happens to be some left at the cottage. Of all the macro-brews I prefer this one and mostly for sentimental reasons. It's a pale yellow beer with plenty of soda-pop type carbonation. It's very inoffensive. Not much more than slightly malty water. In this respect it's a fine generic hot summer BBQ beer.

i see they've modified the logo, which is a blue sailing ship. It used to look a lot like an armidillo when you tipped the bottle and viewed the ship on it's side.

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Photo of CavePainter
3.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A Light, dull yellow. Thin white head with a bit of lacing. Nice bit of carbonation.

S: A yeasty nose with just a bit of malt.

T: A crisp light sweetness with just a touch of bitterness.

M: Lighter to medium bodied, impressively so given the light color. Crisp and well carbonated.

D: One goes down as easily as five. A nice addition to Molson's lineup. In the typical sea of lagers, I would order this APA if I saw it.

I was actually impressed to see an APA come out of Molson Brewing. Not my favorite, but a valiant effort consistent with the albeit open ended APA style.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.24/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - golden-yellow beer with a 3/4-inch head, shows very good lacing throughout. Definitely carbonated.

Smell - corn, perhaps adjunct malty aroma. Limited to a corn-hop scent that is not impressive in any way.

Taste - surprisingly positive in the sense that this brew delivers a nice balanced taste throughout, a nice full-flavoured macro-ale with decent hop bitterness at the end over a floral malt.

Mouthfeel - balanced effect on the mouth, definitely works on the middle of the tongue to express a reasonable taste profile, all things considered.

Drinkability - drinkability is strong. Good refreshment while not being boring. An OK choice for a session beer for sure.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.5oz brown glass twist-top. Neck stamp AUG3009.

Appearance: Poured into a shaker pint. 3 fingers of sudsy, soapy white head atop crystal clear pale yellow straw colored liquid.

Nose: Smells like a sweet lager to be honest. Corn husk, pale malt, maybe some dusty pellet hops.

Palate: Medium-bodied and crisp. Some sweetness floating around in there, but the mild hops are trying to sweep it under the rug. Some light citrus notes, and a little pale maple syrup note.

Notes: This is a sort-of guilty pleasure beer for me. I usually drink it right from the bottle, and it's better that way. Pouring it into a glass shows its true lack of character. From a frosty cold bottle, it's a different story. Needs to be ice-cold.

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Photo of Duhast500
2.82/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into the a pint glass.

The color is a light gold with a slight white head which did not last long. No lacing.

The smell is a yeastie with a slight dry fruit flavor.

The taste is a typical American pale ale, dry with a muted hop flavor and small malt feel.

The mouthfeel for this beer is a really even-balance beer, light and a bit crisp.

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Photo of jwc215
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden with virually no head.

The smell is "macro-ish" with grainy/cerealy character - just a hint of fruity esters.

The taste is of a "macro" attempt at an ale...Fizzy and grainy - sweetish - with hardly any hop bitterness...Cardboardish, bland finish.

It's not "bad" but very mediocre-ish. Some esters are there to distinguish as an ale, rather than a typical macro-lager.

Okay for what it is. Mainly inoffensive, but nothing particularly special or tasty.

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Photo of tittymcj
3.67/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Poured out very pale yellow and transparent, with a bubbly white head that fades quickly. Little lacing.

Smells like light malt and corn, with some caramel and maple tones.

Taste is quite mapley with some sweet caramel backing. Much better than BMC averages.

Mouthfeel is very light and bubbly. Very easy to swish around.

Extremely drinkable. One of the best "bad" beers I've had.

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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 magictrokini
2.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent beer with an identity crisis. Pours darker yellow with a white head. Bright aroma of saaz and crystal malt. It has a bit of a bite like an ale, but is sweet like a lager. Enjoyable, not great, but I can't really say that I've had a APA of this style.

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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 generallee
3.96/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.5oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a pale golden color body with visible carbonation and very good clarity. On top there is a bright white foamy head that makes some nice lacing patterns on the glass. It also has good retention as it slowly fades to thinner covering that hangs on until the last sip.

Smell: The aroma is light overall. It has a sweet grainy character with a touch of corn husk and a hint of alcohol.

Taste/Mouth feel: It has a crisp light cereal grain flavor with very clean or neutral hops that just enough bitterness for balance. Its palate is light to medium bodied with a lively texture and carbonation. The finish is crisp, clean and refreshing.

Notes: This is one of my favorite beers from the big breweries. It's always good on a hot summer day and also makes for a good hockey watching beer.

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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 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 almychristopher
3.08/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing too exceptional here, although I think there might be a bit of an identity crisis going on here. Says american pale ale, but smells and goes down like a lager... were the little beasties on top or bottom? Anyway, tastes just about like a molson to me, light hops and a lot of carbonation. Not a bad beer but not my favourite.

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Photo of Farrell
3.12/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

My friend who was in upstate New York grabbed a 12 pack of these because he is fanatical about trying new beers, but I am not one to complain because I got a free beer out of it.

Appearance: Nothing too impressive here, looks like your average macro. straw yellow.

Smell: I didn't notice a smell of any kind really, what was there was very faint and non memorable.

Taste: this is where it is at though, this beer literally tastes like nothing. I felt like I was drinking seltzer water with a hint of macro lager.

Notes: This beer is spectacularly unspectacular. The taste just is not there, but to look at that positively, it really contains no offensive tastes. Its pretty good if you just want to drink for the hell of it or if nothing else is available to you.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 aerozeppl
3.91/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The old standby. Without Molson Export there is no way I would have been able to get my masters done. When I lived in Albany, NY I first discovered this beer while broke and thirsty. While not the best beer in the world by any strech it is however IMO the best beer for one on a budget. Nice golden color but not much head and it quickly disipates. Nice flavor with some actual taste. No mistaking this for water. What really sells this beer for me is drinkability and price.

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Molson Export from Molson Coors Canada
3.04 out of 5 based on 288 ratings.
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