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Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada
Ontario, Canada | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An easy-drinking beer of superior character, Molson Dry has won numerous international brewing awards. This extra dry brew imparts a subtle impression of hops with no residual bitterness. Launched in 1989, Molson Dry was awarded the North American Specialty Lager gold medal by the 2002 World Beer Cup.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-15-2003

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2.53
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Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 163
Photo of TwinSox33
3.84/5  rDev +51.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well, I started my journey on this stuff at Expos games, so the rating is due to sentimentality. It's really not bad, no intricate flavor, and it goes down easy. There is a sweet flavor that can be barely detected in the body, I'd chalk it up to either a slightly fruited hop, or brewer's corn syrup, but In a Dry, I'm not sure they'd use that. It's like hammering down water, no bitterness, and crisp finish, not as horrible as people say. Wish they had it in the states.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.35/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Molson Dry is slightly worse in the bottle. It pours a nice light yellow colour with a small head into my pilsener glass. It smells of hops, and some light malts. It tastes very basic; malty and hoppy. The finish is very hoppy and dry. Bitter, even. The mouthfeel is crisp and to-the-point. The drinkability is very good.
Cheers!,
F.

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Photo of JOaikido
3.15/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341 ml brown bottle.

A- Nice golden yellow colour. Weak, thin, but present head. Head dissipates rapidly but a few bubbles stick around till the end. basic clear macro lager.

S- basic lager smell out of bottle. Reminds me of some macro euro-lagers. Weak. Slightly sweet smelling, especially as it warms. Faint hops. Would be OK if it the aroma was more noriceably present.

T- Has virtually no flavour when cold. Some tap water tastes stronger. Best I can say is that there are no off flavours. This is the reason I used to drink this in my youth when only macros were available. At least it didn't taste bad!
A bit of grapes and grassy-floral hops taste as it warms. Touch of bitterness in the finish.

MF- Clean, crisp, refreshing. One of the better cheap thirst quenchers. great if you're not looking for flavour but still want beer.

D- Easy to drink thirst quencher with more alcohol kick than a light beer. Better cold. Honestly better than most beers of its type and I would take it over a number of more expensive, in comparison, imports (such as Heineken or Carlsberg for example).

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Photo of nokes
3.05/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

Poured fairly aggressively into a pilsner glass bringing up a foamy 1-finger head that dissipated very quickly. Pale amber, big bubbles coming all the way from the bottom. Looks fizzy...and about as average as average gets.

Smells fairly bland, too, but there is some light maltiness and a grainy/grassy tinge. Not unpleasant, but, yeah...average.

Tastes faintly sweet with very light citrusy notes and some metallic overtones. Light malt and bread. Fine, but underwhelming.

Carbonation is fairly strong, feel is kinda thin. More or less balanced, I guess, but maybe a bit too fizzy.

Drinkability-wise, this is just fine. It's refreshing. A person could knock these back pretty easily.

On a hot summer day, I can see this being a reasonable macro to turn to. It's not offensive. I won't go looking for it, but in a fridge full of macros, this one would go quicker than some I've tried.

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Photo of plaid75
3.03/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a medium straw hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a doughy malt with a smooth sweetness.

The taste consisted of a relatively full adjunct malt with some corn sweetness and a light grassy hop. A bit sweet for a dry beer.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a pretty flavorful macro.

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.02/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A cheap Molson product that is appreciated only when mass amounts of beer want to be ingested with the accompinament of pizza, burgers & fries, or other greasy food. Actually, it's not bad. The price is right also. It's a cheaply priced, cheap flavoured beer. When poured in a pilsner glass, the head does a whoosh, as this is very carbonated. It then settles down to a pathetic film. It's a light gold colour, very fizzy appearance. Smell was light malt, hops, and faint alcohol. Tasted bland, but that's too be expected from a cheap beer like this. It is dry, leaving any thirst beforehand quenched. I could drink this all day, but would prefer not too.

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Photo of danbouch10
3.01/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle.
Had a decent foam head that lasted while drinking it. The one detractor from this beer is the slight metallic smell and taste which seems to briefly interrupt its enjoyment.
This beer appears to be regionally restricted to Canada and not available in the US. I'm a pretty big fan of the Molson family of beers and although Molson Dry is an average dry beer, I would certainly welcome it's shelf presence at my local distributor.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.01/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Madhatter Saloon, on to the beer:

How do I describe this beer? Take Canadian, clean up the taste and aroma, give it more alcohol, and eliminate the aftertaste. While it's not as good as Canadian, it's still pretty enjoyable. This non-offensive, lightly flavored beer seems to be a popular choice for swilling down in Québec.

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Photo of marty21
3/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden colour with a very big white foamy head. That lasted quite awhile and settled to a nice cap. Not really any lacing.

S: A faint grainy malt smell. Also smells a bit sweet and a faint metallic smell.

T: Not much there a little sweetness and grains to it. It's a bit watery but not in a bad way.

M: It has a light body with light to medium carbonation. It does have the dry finish it's named for. Goes down smooth and crisp. Very drinkable.

D: Not sure if my palette has changed or what but this wasn't nearly as bad as I remembered. I was initially not looking forward to this review but I was happily surprised. It hardly had any metallic traits that I distinctly remember from other experiences with this beer. I might have to turn to this beer more if I'm looking for a cheap macro beer.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This used to be a slightle better than average beer at an average price. First available in the early 90s when dry beer was all the rage. They have revised it in recent years with a slightly different recipe and a lower price.

Originally advertised as a beer with no aftertaste. They lied. Molson Dry pours a light golden colour with little or no head. The aroma is pleasant to the nostrils, not overly powerful. The flavour and texture are very smooth. This is a beer that goes down easily...too easily. An old standby.

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pilsner glass, the beer pours a clear straw yellow color, with about an inch white head. It smells like grain/adjuncts, and the aroma isn't strong at all. The taste isn't strong either, there's a little bit of grainy sweetness and that's about it. However like it's name it does finish dry, with very little aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light, but I wouldn't call it call it watery. It does go down pretty crisp and smooth, and it is non-offensive (mainly because the taste is on the weak side). I could drink this every once in a while if I'm in the mood for macro beer. Yeah, it's not a great beer, but you could do worse.

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Photo of Olek4374
2.94/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

It's been a very rough day, but I'm feeling good now. To end a day like this, certainly nothing beats a tall boy of Dry.

Molson Dry is a beer that I have some particular affinity for. Namely that apart from Faxe 10%, this is my go-to beer when I'm just looking for a buzz. This isn't a brilliant lager by any means, but at least it does have some appeal.

Regular Canadian is maybe my 3rd favourite Canadian macro, after Kokanee and Sleeman. However what Kokanee and Sleeman don't sell here is a stronger beer that you just can get drunk on. Molson Dry is that beer. The aroma and appearance are very similar to Molson Canadian if I recall correctly, but I'm drinking this one out of the can for that "classic" feel.

The taste is Canadian, but better. It's got the same sweetness, mild wheatiness and apparent corniness that you get with Canadian, except for one thing. This beer is smooth as fuck, and it has zero aftertaste. Bud Light Platinum can eat (drink) its heart out; this was first; and this does it better. The mouthfeel is also very smooth. The carbonation is there, but it doesn't burn your throat. Also notable is that this beer doesn't get progressively worse as it warms up as many other high ABV beers do (I'm looking at you, Faxe).

That's it in a nutshell. It's your basic adjunct lager, but it's a lot easier to swallow.

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Photo of Jacobob10
2.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing great about this beer. No aftertaste? Well, it's easy to not have an aftertaste when there's not much taste at all. Golden colored, small head. Pretty boring stuff. Decent if you need a cheap beer to get wasted off of. Otherwise, I wouldn't recommend it.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The boring cousin to Molson Canadian, Molson Dry doesn't leave much of an impression at all. Very pale, although a decent head from the start. No real smell except a small touch of metal. No real flavour on top of that except a very mild amount of grainy hops, a bit metallic too. No aftertaste whatsoever, the label follows through with what it claims. Crisp indeed. If you want cheap beer to drink on a hot day, but don't want any flavour (good OR bad) to get in the way, then this is your beer. Neutral all the way.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I wish this was available stateside. Poured out to a medium yellow color with good carbonation and a short lived white foamy head with some traces of lace around the glass. Slightly alcoholic nose with notes of corn and hops. Initial flavor is very dry and smooth, with hints of corn, and malt being very present. Finished as one would expect, quite dry. This is my idea of what a dry beer should be. Worth a try when you're in the Great White North.

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Photo of thehyperduck
2.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fancy new re-branded 355 mL can from TBS. I worked at a liquor store in Edmonton a while back and that was the only place I had ever seen anyone purchase this stuff (though, like all loyalists, they of course insisted it was 'the good stuff'). I've never seen anyone in Ontario drinking this, ever, but I am assuming it's just one of those brews that is only popular regionally (like Labatt Crystal) or in certain age brackets (like OV).

Pours a familiar pale golden-yellow colour, topped with one finger of fizzy, soapy white head that fizzles its way down to a smooth cap over the next minute or two. Pretty indistinguishable from most of the other pale lagers in the Molson portfolio. The aroma is bland with no real redeeming qualities; it just smells like corny cereal adjunct sweetness.

Acceptable flavour for the style, but nothing out of the ordinary really. With only some grainy pale malts and corny sweetness, there isn't a lot to dissect here. Slightly dry finish with a bit of a corny vibe. Drink this stuff quickly - the flavour is quite minimal when cold, but as it warms it starts to taste more and more like apple juice. Light-bodied and watery, with lower-than-average carbonation. Smooth-drinking and fairly refreshing.

Final Grade: 2.85, a forgettable C grade. Molson Dry shows the approximate level of quality that I've come to expect from one of Molson's 'premium brand' lagers. It's drinkable and fairly clean, but inherently bland and not a standout in its category. I'd have no trouble drinking this again - but realistically, if I'm at a pub or shop with selection so poor that getting Molson Dry is even a valid consideration, I'd probably just get Canadian. Skip this stuff; unless you've been riding this horse since the beginnings of the Dry Beer Craze, there's no compelling reason to hop onto it now.

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Photo of sardonic
2.8/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got this in a 750 ml can for $2 Canadian. Molson Dry is a boring dry version of Molson Canadian, with half a percent more ABV, and the advertised "no aftertaste". More like no taste, period. But this is one of the two or three cheapest beers I can get locally, and I have drank lots of it. Goes good with cheap food. Cheap food and cheap beer are a wonderful combination, regardless of the taste of either.

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Photo of ChrisCage
2.79/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Gave this a hard pour and was treated to a 2 inch thick foamy white head, but it dissipates rather quickly, but a thick film does stay over the beer. Color is a crystal clear grassy tone and there's lots of carbonation columns rising. There isn't really any lacing to speak of.

S- The aroma is mild, and consists primarily of dry dusty grains. There is a faintly sweet boiled corn smell and possibly some malt mixed in there. No hops are detectable...just a bland, slightly sweet aroma.

T- Tastes primarily of corn malt and is grainy. Again, there isn't really any hop bitterness on the finish....just a very faint flavor that resembles a bit of a metallic note.

M- Fairly thin, but a little bit more body than most macro lagers. The carbonation isn't as fizzy as I thought it would be, but it's still quite zippy on the palate.

D- Well it's easy enough to drink. There isn't a whole lot to this beer and the alcohol is well hidden. This is much better than Canadian and I do notice a difference in taste....in a good way....it is dryer. Just not a great "dry" beer. Still this would be a good summer or party beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Molson Dry
355 ml. "vented" can, "H184242 18:44"
$2.19 Canadienne @ Intermarche 8160, 850 Rue St-Jean, Quebec, QC

Appearance: Crystal clear yellowed straw-gold body beneath a short-lived head of bright white. Very little to no lacing.
Aroma: adjunct malt and alcohol; clean.
Mouthfeel: medium-light, gently crisp. Subtle astringency.
Flavor: Adjunct malt with an edge of alcohol. Low-level bitterness. Clean. No real hop flavor, but a background suggestion of such.
Impression: Fairly well-made, but flawed in design. At just 5.5% alcohol it has the flavor profile of a malt liquor.

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Photo of papat444
2.74/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a staple of my father's and whenever i visit my parents, this is what i get. Finally decided to sit down and review it. Had it with my supper, tenderloin steak & mexican sausages on the barbecue.

Poured from a 341ml. can.

Appearance: Pale yellow body with a huge 3-4 finger snow white head, very frothy.

Smell: Ugh, hate this smell. Adjunct with a little metallic edge. Not pleasant. Would be a 1 but since it's to style, i'm giving it a 2 but not more.

Taste: Toned down skunkiness with lots of corn in there. Nothing offensive but nothing great.

Mouthfeel: Eh, feels like it tastes. A bit moist which is weird but the carbonation & cold make it toelrable.

Drinkability: One's enough and only once in a while.

Overall: It's actually better from the can than in a glass. One of the only macros i can tolerate, maybe because i've been conditioned at me dad's.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.73/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

710ml can. This was the beer of choice amongst my small-town friends who eschewed Molson Canadian, but wouldn't go as far as Big Rock, and reminds me of a spate of weddings back in the late 90s.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow hue, with tons of puffy, thinly foamy, and kind of creamy off-white head, which leaves some sparse streaky, sudsy lace around the glass as it quickly drops away.

It smells of mild creamed corn, quite metallic, weakly sugary pale malt, a touch of acetone, and kind of dusty and musty at the same time. The taste is moderately sweet, husky corn, further almost wheaty malt notes, a steely flintiness, a hint of diacetyl, and some very mild musty, weedy hops. So far, so Canadian.

The carbonation is slightly on the high and frothy side, the body medium-light in weight, but not quite thin in its smoothness, building somewhat on the base Canadian lager. It finishes more or less clean, just a bit of latent dry grainy booziness.

I can see why my oh-so-discerning drinking buddies chose this over Canadian, as while there isn't a whole lot more going on than in the base ubiquitous lager, it's way smoother, substantially more easy to drink, and hey, 10% stronger to boot. Those two-fours seem like a bit less of a stupid idea to me now. Just a bit, I swear.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
2.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I remember when my old man used to buy this in Windsor at the beer store. I haven't seen it in years, so I had to grab a 6-er while in Montreal.

A-Pours a light golden w/decent white head. Retention is only fair, and there is some light tracing.

S-Faint grain, light malt, light noble hops.

T-Very light and slightly sweet malt, ephemeral citrus, and a fair amount of noble hops in the finish. Aftertaste is slightly metallic with traces of hops.

M-Light and watery with strong carbonation...what do you expect?

D-It's fun to bash macros, but this one's not too bad. It's slightly better than average, and it's easy to understand why I use to like this one way back when. This one's better if left out of the fridge for 10-15 minutes before drinking unless you are a fan of beer completely devoid of taste.

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Photo of cratez
2.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Decided to grab this with some empty return money after it won a Bronze Medal in the North American Style Lager category at the 2010 Canadian Brewing Awards. As I expected, there's nothing overly offensive about this beer, but its drinkable mediocrity doesn't make it an 'award winner' in my eyes.

Pours a standard golden yellow with a thin cap of bubbly white froth that dissipates about half way through drinking. Smell is creamed corn, adjunct grains, fruity and floral notes from the hop extract, slightly metallic aromas, and fusel alcohol. Taste is clean nondescript maltiness, faint bite mid-palate, watery mouthfeel with a chalky finish and non-existent aftertaste. After warming a bit, the beer adopts a cheap white wine/chardonnay flavour. Not enjoyable.

Overall, Molson Dry is no different than the rest of the macro slop out there, and it's embarrassing that this would even be considered for an award at our national beer competition. Bleh.

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Photo of Barraclou
2.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale golden. No head at all.

Smell: No smell. Apple juice or real beer got more smell.

Taste: That's ok for a macro adjunct lager.

Mouthfeel: What mouthfeel? Molson markets as having no aftertaste...

Drinkability: It is ok for a macro. Some drinkers like it, others not.

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Photo of Richter35
2.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from .75 L King Can, which proceeded to make a mess of my clothes and floor. Into a tall wheat beer glass it went...

Look is pale straw colour with white, fizzy head.

Smells:

like metal
corn/grain
a bit sweet

Tastes better than it looks or smells, which I guess is a good thing. Smooth taste with some malt, corn and sugar...somewhat metallic with a bit of bitterness in the aftertaste. Average.

Mouthfeel is not good. This brew is a syrupy, sugary... a slight tinge of carbonation at the end reminds you that you're actually drinking a beer. Dry [obviously].

Drinkability is limited due to the severe lack of personality. Molson Dry may even pale in comparison to it's weaker, watery stablemate [Canadian].

Note:
In my honest opinion, if you like the style PC Dry is better and cheaper.

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