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 sabrills70
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium straw color with a 2 finger head that went away fairly quickly. OK lace.Smells of sweet malt with some corn and rice notes, not much, but some. A hair skunky. Not much if any hop aroma. The main difference between this and Canadian is that this being an ale, it does have some "fruity" tastes associated with it, as an ale should. It is a bit heavier than Canadian, as well. It tastes of sweet malt but the fruityness of it quickly takes over, but that too quickly fades into generalized macro aftertaste. Its OK for a macro ale. A nice change of pace from the typical macro lager. Not a great ale, just a nice chage of pace

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

Appearance was a light golden color with a foamy head about a finger thick. This head slowly dissipated over time. Many streams of carbonation bubbles coming from the bottom. Smell was malty and sweet. I thought I detected some hints of corn too. Taste was malty and reminiscent of straw. Mouthfeel was light, better than most macro beers. Aftertaste was doughy and pleasing. Not bad, but nothing really to get excited about.

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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 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 WesWes
3.12/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale yellow color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is decent. It has a clean and refreshing pale malt scent that a bit weak, but finishes with a fruity, yet dry lager yeast aroma. The taste is average. It has a weak and watery pale malt flavor with little hops present. It goes down easy and finishes a little skunky. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a good drinking brew for those hot afternoons, but nothing else. It has a weak palate. It's one and done for me.

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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 steelreign
3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quaffed 7 of these during the Seahawks game last night with some buds, who graciously brought a case of this into my home. Needless to say, while playing cards and watching football, beer is more of an added constituent than something to sit back and ponder the finer points of the beer you are drinking. That being said, this is a decent brew from Molson, the first of which I cannot find something horribly awry with. Standard straw golden color, white head. Not much of anything but some pale malt and slight hop twang. Very refreshing though. Goes down easily in mass quantities....and for this occasion, this is good.

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Photo of pootz
3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought some of this "Quaff" beer in the traditional Quebecois offering; long necked quart bottles. First time I tasted this in 20 or so years. It seems easier to drink now for some reason. It has more character than Labatt's "50" ale and much more than Molson "golden" ale ....a neglected brand. In it's hey day in the 70's "ex" was everywhere on tap elbowing out all competition.
Times change an "ex" is a patio beer again.

Pours a light gold color with a white frothy head that doesn't last and disappears no (?) Has a funny hopish odor that is distinctly metalic (like wet metal). Starts crisp but builds to a medium bodied malty, sweet body with some hints of sour fruits, finishes with a tart taste punctuated with sweet metallic tastes.

This beer has a character I'm just at a loss to find what it is,....that makes it unique, there really is nothing like it from the mega brewers. It's a Canadian staple.

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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 AtLagerHeads
3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a solid beer from the Molson Breweries of Canada. Pours out wih a decent head over a deep golden body, with plenty of residual for spotty lacing. Nicely balanced malt body that leaves a fairly neat finish from the hidden hop component. Decent feel with nice crispness, but a bit light on the aroma. Drinkability is good, though not as high as with many other similar beers.

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Photo of Jason
3.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.5 oz brown twist off bottle, no freshness date to be found. 11.5 oz bottle, so for every case you buy that is about one 12 ounce bottle of beer missing.

Appearance: Clear pale dull bronze colour, good lacing off of the two fingered head.

Smell: Faint yet odd fruity alcohol aroma, clean is where it is at.

Taste: Super crisp and smooth off of the moderate body, thin on the malt with a dry dextrin on the palate. Hops are level with the thinness of the malt and add a nearly tasteless bitterness. Finishes clean with a slight ale twang in the back.

Notes: Very easy drinking, no off flavours yet don’t expect any flavours to impress either. At $5.89 a six pack there is better and cheaper beer out there.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.55/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I can get a 12 pack for under 8 bucks so who complains? And the cap is one of the coolest I have ever seen. Export pours a light straw color with a puffy cumulous head that receded into basically nothing. It smelled pretty bland and swilly, but its taste is somewhat alluring for some reason. Its pretty watery and malty but there is some hop kick at the end. I cannot really explain why I like this beer. Perhaps its because it was what was around the house when I was growing up. Who knows? Anyway if you want to drink reasonably good beer but only have the money for mass produced this is where its at.

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Photo of oberon
3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale/yellow color with medium head that dissapated fast,a light spiciness in the smell.Taste is pretty straight forward with some hop bitterness in there,nothing complex.Not a great beer but Iam not offended to drink a six pack of this either.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty classic Canadian style golden ale that is much better on tap than it is out of a can or a bottle. It's a shame that you see this in bottles in the U.S.A. but never on draught! This beer pours a wonderful dark golden colour with a crystal clear clarity. This smells of hops and malts in perfect harmony and tastes like more of the same. This tastes more pilsener-y or lager-y to me than an 'Ale' per say but 'a rose by any other name...' you know.
This has a very crisp and full mouthfeel and a superb drinkability to it. IMO this is the best if not one of the best in the Molson line...putting canadian, ice, and golden to shame...

In the bottle this is very close to its tap incarnation. The brown bottles really help the beer from getting messed up!

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Photo of longpondbeerman
3.12/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look, at times we are lucky if we can scrape together a few pennies for a 12-pack of something or other. Molson Export Ale is the top of the list for me. Admittedly, they only put 11.5 oz. in each bottle (go figure), but for about 67 cents a bottle, this stuff is okay (hence my high "drinkability" score). It pours a light golden colour, and the white foam subsided quickly--with lots of carbonation, as is often the case with the big brewery products. The smell is llight and yeasty, but the taste, frankly, is pretty bland. Still, well worth the so-called investment.

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.57/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

An okay product from Molson. Straw gold colour with a head that dissipates fast, but leaves a nice rim. Lace runs down the glass til finished. Slight spicy taste, mediocre use of hops, some malt. Pretty good beer, but not the best Molson beer. Slightly better on tap, but most beers are.

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Photo of vitesse
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

If you're really on a budget and have to purchase a macro-beer, this would be the one to get, in my opinion.
The flavor of the hops just slightly creeps out, but it is there. This has the usual light body, but again, there is some real beer taste to make up for it.
The flavors certainly aren't complex, but it's not an awful example of a Candadian blond ale. I actually thought it was a lager, but oh well.
This is a good crossover beer, one that will be considered drinkable even by people who dislike your "dark, microbrew" stuff.

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Photo of allboutbierge
3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light head on a body slightly browner than their golden offering. Head quickly dissapates. Light, barely noticeable flavors of hops. Has a mellow/slightly sweet maltiness flavor to it. Aftertaste is the same and not bitter. Carbonation is light and body is medium. Had quite a few of these and john labatt's classic at the bar w/o any feelings of fullness.

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Photo of Kwak
4.02/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Head: Average milky white no taste.
Body: Smooth , good brownish tint to the golden color.
Taste: Small hoppy taste light malt flavor.
No nasty skunk aftertaste.

The best thing to come out of Canada since ice hockey!

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

I have not tried this product for many years, never having been a Molson fan.....but I gotta tell ya I was impressed at my latest test. Maybe they have changed, maybe I have....but the appearence is what this ale is all about, as is the taste. Well balanced, nice colouring and the absence of a nasty after taste.
Crisp and clean with a body in the medium range and a head that retains its own character. I am now a fan!

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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 the42ndtourist
3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decided to finally try this, since it's quite highly regarded out in the Maritimes where it was only recent introduced. Ex enjoys the reputation as a premium beer there much as Keith's does in Ontario. Has a golden colour, with more head than usual for a Molson or Labatt product. The smell and taste are unremarkable, but smooth and easy to drink. There's no flavours which actually stand out in this. So yes, better than most other Molsons, but still a step below a good beer.

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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 shirfan
3.43/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As a newbie to BA, I will admit that this is my current "cheap" beer of choice. That said, it's very drinkable.

Ex pours a nice golden color, and doesn't lose a head too quickly. There are always suds floating when I finish a glass.

I much perfer its flavor over Molson Golden or Canadian, and would describe Ex as bittersweet, with a mild malt flavor and nothing too pronounced in the way of hops. Even though it's a macrobrew and nothing fancy, it is an ale so I normally drink it at 65-70 degrees.

It would be very easy to put away a couple too many of these on a summer evening, especially with sale prices here sometimes reaching as low as $10 a case.

It's too bad that Ex isn't available in locations which aren't so close to Canada; it's a fine product for the dollar and puts most macros to shame.

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

A nice, introduction to ale, kind of ale. I had several of these at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Easy to drink, light and somewhat fruity. Not bad.

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Molson Export from Molson Coors Canada
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