Molson OV (Old Vienna) | Molson Coors Canada

Molson OV (Old Vienna)Molson OV (Old Vienna)
85 Ratings
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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Ratings: 85 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of BuffaloBilly
5/5  rDev +79.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best beer i've ever drank hands down. I like it even better than molson export. It's probably the absolute smoothest beer around. Exceptional taste and mouthfeel. I really could drink this beer forever, its so smooth. Drinkability is awesome. Just a classic beer. This beer is great anytime of the year, especially in the summer it can be quite thirst quenching, its a little malty and somewhat sweet, but it's just got a classic taste thats hard to describe. This beer is pretty popular with the elders, and pretty well known around wny.

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Photo of kbrine85
5/5  rDev +79.9%

Photo of Russ_Macklem
5/5  rDev +79.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

OV is a highly refreshing 'vintage' or 'dirty old man beer' that's been around a long time. Canadian adjunct lagers tend to be a LITTLE more full bodied than their American counterparts. This certainly has more body than say Miller High Life. Beers like Labatt Blue, Molson Canadian, Formosa Springs and other budget beers like Laurentide or Crystal fall into this category.

According to the website, OV is supposedly all malt, but I can't be sure that they are telling the truth.

Despite this, for the style, or even smaller category of 'Canadian Style Lager', OV nails it. It is bubbly almost light ale like while still retaining the crispness of a lager. It smells of grain and clean water, and BEER. No off notes in the scent. The mouthfeel is light-medium light, and the beer fully coats the palate with malty sweetness balanced perfectly by the modest amount of hops. The finish is crisp, refreshing and dry, making you want to take another sip. Perfect for sessioning and not too heavy. This is my go to when I want to have a few and hang with some friends. The price point helps also!

Maybe some of my waxing poetic about this beer is nostalgia; my Windsor ON family has been drinking this stuff for many years. That being said, having tried just about every American/Canadian style lager I can get my hands on, I crave this beer the most.

As I've found with other Molson beers, OV seems to test best out of the bottle or on draft. Molson canned beers always taste funky to me.

So "Just say OV!"

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Photo of Zorko
4/5  rDev +43.9%

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4/5  rDev +43.9%

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3.84/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of jphallenbeck
3.82/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Availability in Rochester NY is spotty, but a few places have it in 12-pack bottles. My favorite light macrobrew. Extremely well balanced. Clean, crisp, mild flavor. I always look for it on the first hot days of the year because of how refreshing it is. Nice label design too.

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Photo of Boo-urns
3.8/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +34.9%
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 danx_42
3.75/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I remember buying these in what we used to call "splits", a 7 oz. bottle. A friend of mine and I drank an entire case of them in one night back in 1980 or so and we thought it was great beer. I've seen 12 packs of bottles (12 oz.) from time to time and I'd buy them, but I came across a case of 12 oz. cans this weekend and scooped it up @ $13.99. A great value in my opinion. One of the best "cheapo" beers around and is a hell of a lot better than PBR.

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3.75/5  rDev +34.9%

Photo of FenixDelta753
3.66/5  rDev +31.7%
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 MJ63
3.5/5  rDev +25.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of utopiajane
3.5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very pale gold with a thin head that lasts well for how thin it is. It hangs on for dear life . Clear. has a mild nose. earth for hops and a touch of apple skin. Some malty scent. grain. earthy malt. taste follows the nose. Mild. Fruity eseter seems subdues int he drink and the beer has a nice dryness. finishes crisp, clean and with no off flavors. Hop give a crisp bitterness. Light mild malty.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fair offering from Molson. This brew has nothing to do with the Märzen / Oktoberfest style, as it is a more of a classic lager, and the O.V. Stand for "Old Vienna", so perhaps this is an attempt at a Vienna style lager. Anyhow, it pours from the can to a medium yellow color with a two finger head of white foam that dissipates over time. Aromas of sweet corn and malt. Taste is medium bodied and not offensive; mild malt, light corn and grain, a touch of hops, hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel was pretty good, and had some consistancy about itself. Not as weak and watery as most macros. Drinkability is north of average. Worth a try, but mostly consumable as a lawn-mower beer.

THE BLOODHOUND FACTOR: Both muts were mildly interested in this one, but the sweetness seemed to turn them off.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.34/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of fx20736
3.33/5  rDev +19.8%
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 Shiloh
3.32/5  rDev +19.4%
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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3.25/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of BillRoth
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of fortyfield
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of thehyperduck
3.18/5  rDev +14.4%
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 tone77
3.14/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a straw like color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of mild grains. Taste is malts, grains, some metallic notes at the finish. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is not bad at this price point, but drinks more like a Pale Lager than a Vienna.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.14/5  rDev +12.9%
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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Molson OV (Old Vienna) from Molson Coors Canada
Beer rating: 2.78 out of 5 with 85 ratings
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