Black Horse | Molson Coors Canada

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Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 26
Photo of johnnnniee
2.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pints out of the bottle at Harbour View Restaurant. Soaking wet cold and miserable with 4 hours before the ferry leaves Port Au Basques. Clear yellow lightly sweet and a bit grainy, cold and crisp. Its a macro lager, not anything you wouldn't expect cleanly made. The first one went down in record time as I slowly returned to somewhat normal. The next two paired well with the Greco pizza I savored before heading getting on the ship to head back home.

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Photo of MichaelGennings
3.79/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black Horse is brewed by Molson Coors in Newfoundland and Labrador. 341ml bottle. 5% alc.

The beer is a pale golden colour with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly.

The aroma is biscuit and white bread. The taste is the same, plus a subtle graininess.

There is a pleasant effervescent mouthfeel.

The beer is light bodied and the finish is crisp and dry.

Nothing exceptional about this product. It's well-made and thirst-quenching. In other words, a good beer.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.06/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Big time want sent to me from merc
The beer pours a clear straw yellow topped by a fluffy white foam head that settles gradually with minimal lacing. The nose is negligible except for a faint, metallic grain sweetness. The flavor strives to be a clean balanced (flavorful) lager, but falls short... missing the flavor boat in a big way. I get some grain and a dusting of hops, nuff said. It's a clean drinking, light bodied, watery beer with some grain sweetness, minimal bitterness, adequate carbonation, and lingering metallic bubblegum in the finish. I'm certain a pilsner urquell would be my canned go-to lager over this.

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Photo of BierStein711
3.27/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Nonic in a Northwoods wilderness

Two and a half finger off white head; excellent retention for a lager of this type.

Golden pale in color with a corny smell, and virulent carbonation.

Tastes of copious malts, especially rice, followed by a hint of apple and a sweeter finish.

Overall, this was the decent beer to choose from in the situation I was in. Furthermore, I wanted to try what appeared to be a local brew, but much to my dismay wasn't. I shan't have this again.

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Photo of biegaman
3.15/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

You can never be sure when seeing the word “premium” on a label, but the fact that Black Horse - funny name for such a pale beer - can support a head is a good sign. It suggests a proper amount of malt was used. The fact that it's also a bit hazy (although still transparent) is another positive indicator that perhaps this offering is "premium" after all.

The beer may look corn-colored yellow, but fortunately it doesn't smell like corn. The nose is primarily hay and grain and lacks any foul adjuncts. This is a real surprise for a Molson's product - usually they smell no better than a gym bag. Some are actually hard to stomach but this aroma is acceptable and even reveals some soft water minerals.

Black Horse is like a European pilsner that's atrophied. Same build - just much weaker. It has a grainy and lightly corn-y malt bill that gives way to a clean mineral finish. If this actually were a European pilsner it would surely rank third-tier but as a North American style lager it's actually fairly decent. It lacks the plight of corn syrup.

Though a bit sweet for my tastes, Black Horse is likely to suit most mainstream palates. It is not unpleasant and is unlike many commercial lagers which, as they warm, become an accelerating treadmill of syrup or sugar which doesn't let you get off. The rush of bubbles that comes with each sip helps keep the palate spick-and-span and feeling fresh.

Black Horse is an historic Canadian brand - I'm glad to see that Molson, who usually does an effortless job of compromising (formally) great beers, hasn't entirely ruined it. While their portfolio shows no signs of progress - it's like the Soviet Union under Brezhnev - at least they've maintained a bit of the past. This is likely the kind of agreeable light lager people enjoyed before mainstream beers were diluted with foul adjuncts.

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Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a clear golden yellow. The head was small, no lacing here. The smell is malty, not too much else perhaps a little hops. The taste is decent but nothing special. The mouthfeel is light and drinkable. Overall the beer is an average lager, not much to really rave about here. I wouldn't have to seek it out again. Was nice to try though.

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Photo of Sammy
1.96/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A real macro lager. Pale fizzy yellow. A bit of dot lace on a huge white head of malt foam. Horrible smell, wafting throughout office like I was a homeless person. I may have to toss this glass. Dry lower than average mouthfeel. Corny taste. Dry aftertaste. Four ounces was enough to drink. Thanks though anyways Mark for the beers from Newfoundland.

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Photo of Derek
3.07/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear yellow, some white head, no retention or lace.

S: Faint floral, grassy, spiciness & slightly earthy.

T: Slight floral, grassy, spicy, modest bitterness, hints of underlying malt. (slight hint of diacetyl & DMS in one bottle).

M: Light to moderate body, moderate carbonation, very dry.

D: Decent.

This is the only macro on the Rock that I tried twice.

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Photo of mrmanning
2.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to my sister for this beer. Pours a pale sparkling gold, leaving behind a white fizz with some lace. Faint fruity nose with some grainy/bread and pale malts. Breads and grains in the flavour profile with a slight infusion of hops and fruit. Not all that great, but decent for a macro pale. Decent slightly bitter lingering finish.

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Photo of BigBry
2.83/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My brother's friend was going home to Newfoundland and offered to bring back some 'newfie' beer...this was what I got.
Made by Molson Canada, but "Brewed only in Newfoundland with pure Newfoundland water" proudly on the label.
Pours from the can a thin and clear, light yellow color. There was a bit of a white head, but, oh it's gone already. Looks like any other average macro-type beer does. Not a lot of smells come off this one, again very typical smell of said beers. Just a touch of sour aroma. Taste is good, clean, lager-like, but really no'flavor' to speak of. Easy to drink, just don't expect more - it is what it is. Better than other cheap macro lagers, but not much more. No skunking or sour aftertaste like some other Molson products. It fits the bill as "it tastes like beer should."
Sorry, style should not be APA, American Macro Lager only.

Now if we could get some Quidi Vidi beer next time he goes back...

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Photo of pootz
2.83/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hey an east coast macro that's all malt!! Still has macro blandness but a passable quaff with a bucket of mussels.

Pale gold smallish white cap stays as a surface lace some lace on the glass.

Aroma of grains and sweetness.

Mild dose of sweet malts up front attenuated hops ride in the back until the finish where a surprising light burst of nobel hops cut the sweet bready taste.

A fair macro lager...probably the best of the few all grain macro lagers in the east.

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Photo of MMansfield
2.8/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6 pack of cans at the NSLC.

Appearance: Pours a quite transparent yellow colour with a sudsy white head which diminishes into a nice lacing.

Aroma: Dominated by grains. Very typical smell of macro lagers, but this one seems a bit more pleasing.

Taste: Again, consistant with macro lagers but this one seems a bit more pleasing. It advertises that is made with pure newfoundland water, and actually does taste cleaner, almost a mix between olands and blue. It is not a clean and crisp as wildcat, but much better than other cheap macro lagers.

Mouthfeel: Not too much carbonation, very easy drinking brew. Perfect for a drunker or outside getting things done. I also like this for fishing.

Overall Impression: This is a good backyard beer, suitable for hot days & drunkers. It's clean tasting, but with a skunky twist. To date it is my favorite molson brew, or perhaps that's just the 11 years in Newfoundland talking.

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Photo of Cwrw
2.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I was on the Sydney NS to Port-Aux-Basques NL ferry in the lounge, and as I looked at the meagre selection of canned beers behind the bar a Newfoundlander all alone at the bar said I had to try the Black Horse, "Newfoundland's beer." I like the can label, and I poured the beer to find a pale golden lager, little or no head. I knew this was a product of Molson, exlcusively brewing in Newfoundland, so I was not expecting much anyway. The beer smells of light bread and some faint hoppiness. Decent for a macro-lager. Taste is unexciting but drinkable, tending towards the bitter side. Black Horse is easy to drink, unoffensive, but not something I would come back to again. Still, I am glad I tried it. It made the night on the ferry go so much smoother.

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Photo of JustinBathurst
2.12/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ah, Black Horse. When I picked you up at the corner store I was afraid you might taste of horse urine, perhaps that of the very horse on the label. But I was wrong. You are not all that bad.

So I grabbed this Newfoundland-only product here in the Newfoundland city of Corner Brook and gave it a try.

Pours a straw gold with a wee tinge o' orange to it. Foams like crazy (watch that aggressive end to the pour, can't be too fancy here). The head was nice and dissapated slowly enough to warrant good marks there. There was even a good lily pad of cover throughout the whole session. The carbonation plows upward beautifully, but maybe a bit too much.

Smells of hops only a bit, with a hint of celery. Nothing else to it. Not bad smelling, just not much to smell.

The mouthfeel is nearly crisp. Nearly because it has a modest soapy feel. The carbonation is average.

The taste is slightly coconut. For me, this instantly triggered a memory of Red Stripe (there is a historical connection between Jamaica and Newfoundland...). Unfortunately, there was also an adjunct flavour that was slightly off-putting. Bitter finish with a sour aftertaste that builds into a bad medicinal pile on the back of your tongue.

Basically, the Horse is reminiscent of any member of the Molson family, but is a notch higher on the scale. Just as I would likely choose Red Stripe over Canadian, I would choose this over any other Molson product. Not bad for a macro. Just not an everyday beer for me.

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Photo of PiratePete
2.97/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of the four brands made in the St. John's brewery for the Newfoundland market. Black Horse is on of the favourite of the 20-25 brews made in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is pretty typical but does have a slighly stronger taste of hops then most of the brews we expect from the big boys. Its clean and refreshing but tastes like most of the regional brands made by them. Black Horse does have some of the qualities suggestive of beer brewed for an east coast Canadian market which is why you usually hear of locals loving it and those from away hating it. There has always been a story that Black Horse was once brewed in other parts of Canada but only appealed to Newfoundlanders but I've never been able to find out. Offer me a choice of Molson Canadian or Molson Black Horse I would probably choose the Horse. It ain't gonna hurt ya ta try it.

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Black Horse from Molson Coors Canada
Beer rating: 2.81 out of 5 with 26 ratings