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Molson OV (Old Vienna) | Molson Coors Canada

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Molson OV (Old Vienna)Molson OV (Old Vienna)

Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada
Ontario, Canada

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A mainstream lager with a moderate hop character and slightly sweet, fruity, refreshing aroma and taste.

Added by lipschitz on 07-23-2002

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2/5  rDev -27.3%

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Photo of dogfishandi
2.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

11.5oz brown twist off bottle at fridge temp poured into a pint glass. best before AUG1411.

pours out a super clear light golden yellow color with a one finger of fizzy white head that wuickly settled to a thin ring with some patchy foam and then eventually nothing. no real lace to speak of, lots of carbonation bubbles.

light aromas of sweet corny grain. sulfer mineral lager funk and maybe the faintest hint of floral almost perfumy hops. definatly nothing exciting to smell.

tastes like most of your canadian macro lagers. sweet cooked corn, hints of grains towards the finish. mineral, sulfer lager funk and the faintest kiss of hops with some bitterness.

the taste is tolerable, but the mouthfeel was the worst part for me. very thin watery body, too much fizzy carbonation, has kind of a sharpness to it that doesnt make it all that smooth.

drinkability wise you could suck these down all night. i know they used to make splits my father used to pound down when he was my age. i believe this paticular bottle is a canadian reuseable bottle. i would never buy this (i was given a 12pack as a tip), but its worth atleast one try.

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Photo of MJ63
3.5/5  rDev +27.3%

Photo of biboergosum
2.3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

As noted many times already, this is a paternal bloodline beer - I vaguely remember the Old Vienna name from HNIC commercials when I was a kid, and my Dad confirmed that he and his buds drank this stuff in the 60s and 70s. Round 3 of my tour of the remainder shelf in one of the new liquor stores that have popped up in my hometown since I got the hell out.

This beer pours a clear medium straw hue, with one finger of soapy white head, which renders a bit of sparse lace as it recedes. It smells of mild white grain, and not much else. The taste is some sweet white grain, a bit of metallic booziness, and no hops apparent. The carbonation is average, the body clammy and medium weight, and it finishes off-dry, with some grain, and a medicinal edge that grows as it warms.

Nothing special here, just as dull and somewhat off-putting as the rest of the Molson/Carling 'premium lager' products. My Dad was bang-on in his one gulp assessment - "It tastes like yer average beer from back then." The times, they haven't changed.

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Photo of sdj5
1.5/5  rDev -45.5%

Photo of puboflyons
3.14/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. can stamped: MAR0413-E08071051. Sampled on June 25, 2013

The pour is pale yellow with a rich, white head that lingers to the end.

The aroma is forward with grainy and pilsener malts, sweetness, and a Euro malt cleanliness. I don't pick up adjuncts myself.

The body is light and smooth.

The taste is also grainy and malty up front in a moderate way with a light bite at the end to balance it all off. It is fairly easy to quaff.

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2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This 12-pack was brewed in Golden, Colorado.

Old Vienna is listed as a pale lager with the ingredients being only water, barley malt, hops, and yeast. It has a thin, white head, a clear, bubbly, golden straw appearance, with some bits of lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet malt, white bread, and clean water. Taste is the same, with a mild, rounding hop bite at the end. Mouthfeel is high-light, and Old Vienna finishes crisp, refreshing, and it seems to be a bit higher quality than others of its ilk.


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Photo of IronDjinn
1.82/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a can, pale clear and yellow, a splash of white head at first, but no retention. The smell is of sweetish corn and grain husks, with a bit of a sharp bite, either from hops or chemicals, it is difficult to tell. Flavour is raw and husky, with an underlying sweet undertow. The mouthfeel is about average, but it has a caustic burn texture to it, from the adjuncts or other unmentionable additives. If you're gonna drink it then drink it ice cold and straight out of the can, it eases the pain a bit. Otherwise skip it completely.

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Photo of DubCo21
1.25/5  rDev -54.5%

Photo of fx20736
3.33/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 12 pack from Southtown Beverages for $ 8.99 on 3/8/14. Poured into a large tumbler, served cold.

Appearance: pale gold yellow with one finger pure white head. Active streams of bubbles.

Smell: a little musty, faint spicy hoppiness.

Taste: Taste is mild and inoffensive, not overly sweet.

Mouthfeel: decent for a macro lager.

Overall: easy drinking, cheap.

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Photo of FenixDelta753
3.66/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good and drinkable for the money. Much better than comparable beers at this price.

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Photo of TonyY
3/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of headlessparrot
2.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of RedAleMan
2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Shiloh
3.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is slightly better than average for a Canadian beer. All aspects of this brew meet criteria with one exception...Where's the Head??? Appearance is weak due to the fact that it looks like apple juice. Put two fingers of lasting foam on this puppy and you have a contender.

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Photo of PrendUnVerreDeBiere
2.48/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Benny_Efkola
2.63/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Grew up watching all the adults drinking old vajayjay , oldie and somewhat goodie.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.18/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355 mL can from TBS. #2 in my series of cheap lager reviews that I am only doing because of the embarrassingly limited selection in this town. I've been a little curious about this stuff for a while because of its long history, but convincing myself to buy a 12-pack (the only format I've been able to find until now) just wasn't going to happen. A six-pack seemed fair though, given the lack of other options.

Pours a golden-yellow colour; a bit deeper in hue than most AALs, but in the grand scheme of things, still fairly pale. Two fingers of frothy, pearl-white head erupts at the surface, but vanishes quickly over the next minute, leaving behind nothing but a filmy cap and soapy collar. The aroma is muted and completely uninteresting, but to be fair it's not bad for the style - pale grainy malts, corn husk and a vague whisper of weedy hops. Not off-putting, at least.

Actually, this stuff really isn't so bad - it's a little sweeter than a lot of adjunct beers, but not in the usual sickly, corn-syrupy way. Don't get me wrong - there is obviously adjunct filler in here, but it is supported nicely with a pale grainy flavour and a light honey sweetness. The lack of any sort of hop presence prevents this from being significantly above average, though. At least it finishes cleanly, without any of those nasty vegetal, cardboard notes I sometimes find in cheap lagers. Light-bodied and fairly watery, with slightly less carbonation than most of Molson's flagship brands. This definitely tones down the bloat factor, and makes it easier to drink in large quantities.

I find it a little hilarious (and unsurprising) that one of Molson's best pale lagers is one with a recipe that originates from a completely different company. Reminds me a little of Foster's, another adjunct lager I don't mind drinking on occasion. Both of them are what I consider 'old guy beers' - a little more flavourful than average, easy to drink en masse, and consumed primarily by blue-haired people who pine for the good old days.

[Updated Nov. 17 2013]

For the record, I am not grading this as a Vienna lager, because it isn't one... like, at all. It's a decent adjunct lager though, and it definitely doesn't deserve its legendary nickname. For a Molson 'value brand', this is passable - I picked up a case when I went camping during the summer and made my way through it with no issue, and I picked this 6-pack up on sale because hell, why not? The sort of thing to keep in your fridge and offer to your friends that prefer this style of beer - especially if they're friends in the 50+ age bracket who might actually recognize it.

Final Grade: 3.18, a C+.

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Photo of CrazyMike
2.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow apperance with bubbly head. Smell is sweet and grainy with a hint of grass.

Taste is grainy with some corn and a hard to detect sweetness. Nothing in the taste is noticeable. Light bodied with high carbonation. Aftertaste is dry and a bit sweet.

Painfully mediocre beer with no redeeming factor other then being easy to drink. Got a bottle of this at a bar because I would never buy a six pack and wanted to get it over with.

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Photo of carteravebrew
3.5/5  rDev +27.3%

Photo of woodychandler
2.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

"O.V", as my seatmate inspired me to try. Wow, did I ever get a solid two fingers' worth of fluffy, bone-white head off of that pour! Nose had the distinct lager-sweetness. Color was a medium golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium with a honey-like sweetness on the tongue. Yowf! I was not expecting that! Finish had a lingering sweetness. Enough.

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Photo of Fiset35
2.58/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

OV is a more inexpensive cousin of the Molson family - this is good and it is bad. OV is roughly $3-4 cheaper than the Molson Canadian case, and you can tell. But, you get what you pay for, and OV hits the spot.

OV is moderately yellow when you pour it, and it has little head. You get an acidic corn-taste after you swallow. Some will not like it. It isn't bad, but noticable. I'll call it "unique". There are better tasting beers out there, but let me also stress that this beer isn't BAD.

OV is a beer in which you can drink a couple, or several, and enjoy them all the same - they're easy going down.

You get what you pay for, and OV is a good buy for the price. I still wish they made OV splits. You could get a case of 'em for $7!

If you've got the extra $5, then go Canadian. But if you don't, then why not OV?

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Photo of Hoppy_McGee
3.25/5  rDev +18.2%

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