Molson Stock Ale | Molson Coors Canada

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Molson Stock AleMolson Stock Ale

Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A traditional all malt ale with a fairly strong ale taste.

Added by slitherySOB on 12-06-2002

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Reviews by timmy2b:
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3/5  rDev +5.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of tempest
2.63/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to a friend for bringing this down from Canada. It poured clear gold with a tall white head that quickly faded. There's no discernible hop profile that I can find, I really think this is a cream ale at best. The malts are smooth, simple and bready. Like most macro beers, this is light and highly carbonated (and has a mild "cheap beer" vegetable tang). I have to point out the vintage logo is pretty awesome, but that's really the main thing this beer has going for it - the label.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
1.6/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Another bland a flavourless lager from Molson. Had this right after Labatt 50 and much preferred the 50. A hint of malty sweetness and nothing else worth noting in this one. A last resort.

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Photo of irishkyle21
2.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of headlessparrot
3/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of curtismontcalm
4.25/5  rDev +49.1%

Photo of BigBry
3/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of thehyperduck
2.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

341 mL bottle from a two-four picked up at TBS; packaged Aug 25 2015 and served slightly chilled. I've been curious about this one for years, but its relatively high price and inconvenient format - only sold in 24 bottle cases - have proven to be (previously) insurmountable mental roadblocks.

Looks pretty typical - it pours a clear golden-blonde colour, producing one finger of soapy white froth that fizzles itself out over the next minute or two. A small curtain of lace is deposited; the head itself is survived by a foamy collar and a bubbly film on the surface. Looks fine, but the aroma offers up nothing of real interest - grainy pale malts, boiled vegetable water and some subtle orchard fruit esters are the only descriptors that come to mind.

"Blech" might be a slight overstatement here, but it still about sums up my feelings for this one. An uninteresting, somewhat corny flavour profile that consists of grainy malts, corn chip sweetness and some ale yeast apple-y fruitiness on the back end. It's thin-bodied and kind of watery, with lower carbonation levels than your average macro that result in a smooth mouthfeel. Serviceable when served cold.

Final Grade: 2.9, a C grade. This bottle marks the halfway point of the case I picked up a few days ago, so I've had plenty of time to ruminate on what I think of this beer. Molson Stock Ale's label practically oozes nostalgia - and I say this as someone who is under 30 (and thus too young to actually remember if/when this was popular). The actual beer inside that bottle, though, is bland, borderline swill. The only saving grace for this one is that it goes down the hatch with little effort/fuss when served ice cold. Mediocre even by macro standards; Labatt 50 and Molson Ex would both be preferable.

(Rated this as an American blonde, because I find it has much more in common with that style than with any APA I've ever imbibed. If you go into this beer expecting an actual APA, you'll be disappointed... moreso.)

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2.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

An obscure offering from Molson. Only available in 24 bottles, bought for $39.99 at The Beer Store.

Look: Gold. Pours a thin white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Cereal grains with that classic corny adjunct/cooked vegetable smell.

Taste: Like the smell, but with a tinge of some spicy notes (which probably comes from the hops). I guess this is what gives the beer its identity. Similar to Molson Export.

Mouthfeel: Very low carbonation. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. A little rough around the edges, but still highly drinkable.

Overall: It's a Molson product and tastes like one.

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2.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of matt7215
3.3/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341 ml bottle from the beer store

pours golden with a tight white head that lingers and laces.

aromas are pale malt driven with some fruitiness and noble hops.

the flavour is malt forward with some light fruitiness and biscut qualities. the hopping comes in late and provides a nice balance without any bitterness.

mouthfeel is a bit thin but hey its a macro-brewed American Blonde Ale. its most cetainly all malt or at least no adjucts can be detected by my palate.

if you can find this fresh it is a good purchase.

great for sessioning.

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3.75/5  rDev +31.6%

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2.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of pootz
3/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle .

Another domestic beer I cut my teeth on revisited many years later. This one is not so bad.

Clear light amber gold a small white cap which lasts better than most Molson brews tells me this has more gristed malt than most corporate brews...smells like Dominion crystal malt with a wisp of brewer's caramel. Grainy, lightly grassy aroma with a hint of apple.

Modest body, light grain character is balanced with sharper hopping than normal for corporate brews, light fruit esters and a fast dry clean finish.

Probably the best beer this company makes, and that is really no glowing least it has discernable ale character.

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Photo of DrJay
3.15/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I have to say, this beer holds a special place in my heart. This was the slumming beer of choice back when I was playing in a local rock band. The first time we bought it from Brewers Retail we were just looking for something cheap for the boys to drink while practicing. The beer label with the anchor leapt out at us. When we ordered a case, the salesperson looked confused and wasn't sure whether they had any in the back. He came back a few minutes later and told us that he found a couple cases in the back corner hidden under some other cases. As we left the beer store we happily noted that the case was dusty, like it had been forgotten in the cooler for a couple months. It immediately became a staple for band practice for the next several months. Anyways, on to the review...

Very pale straw yellow with a bright clarity topped by a dense white head which started off thick but quickly dropped to a thin layer. Fine lacing also stuck to the sides of the glass. Mostly malt sweetness in the aroma, but there is a bit of fruitiness. Malt grain character and sweetness carry into the flavour and hops are nearly non-existant. Clean finish without being overly dry and a bit of hop bitterness shows up in the aftertaste. Light body that's overly thin and medium-high carbonation. This isn't a spectacular brew, but it's light and refreshing. Probably my favourite offering from the big Canadian brewers.

341mL brown bottle with no freshness date.

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2.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of biegaman
2.46/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'll state my final impression first: this isn't as bad as other Canadian macro offerings, but it is, no mistaking it, on par with what you'd expect from a swill. No head formed really what so ever, less maybe to the outsides. A yellow colour, a light degree of golden in it. Aroma of corn starch, not overbearing but certainly adjunct filled. A fairly heavy body, satisfying and considerably clean considering the level of adjuncts in the aroma and taste. The flavour stays clean as well, although doesn't part far from the adjuncts. Not overly bloating and certainly not as low quality as some of the value brands offered in Ontario. Still, I wouldn't really opt for this on a hot day even... hmm, this is pretty lager-esque for an "ale"...
To describe it most fairly I think it's appropriate to riff on a fellow Ontario reviewer and just say: it goes well with chips.

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Photo of kbrine85
5/5  rDev +75.4%

Photo of Gtreid
2.22/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First off, my buddy was aging this particular case. I have not heard of anyone aging a Molson before, so I don't know if this is how a fresh one would taste, however...Poured into a pint glass. A musky sandy blonde color, with very thin white head that dissipated quickly. Smelled of roasted malts and metal. Mouthfeel was very thin for an ale, with very light carbonation. Almost an American lager taste with a slight hop finish. At only 5% ABV, a drinkable beer if you can get past the below average taste. Cheers.

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Photo of Cycle69
3.08/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of TheHammer
3.22/5  rDev +13%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: A good finger of head that didn't lace at all, but did stick around. The body is a golden colour with bronze highlights that has slow carbonation.

Smell: Smells like a mild pale ale as straw malts are the backdrop to mild hops and slight scent of concentrated fruit punch. Warming didn't help it either way.

Taste: Pretty generic stuff and not far away from a standard lager. Starts with some sweet biscuity malt, but then turns to a touch of mild fruity yeast as it transitions to a light kick of mundane hops with a slight metallic note.

Mouthfeel: That metallic note I could do without but the transitioning is smooth and it walks an odd and pleasant line between smooth and rough. Carbonation needs to have a bit more of a presence. Aftertaste is a very mild fruit/hop mix.

Drinkability: It's a bit heavier then I would expect it to be, but it is refreshing and easy enough to drink. Enough flavour to keep you drinking, but mild enough for nothing wild.

Final Thoughts: Pretty much everything I could expect from a beer branded as a Stock Ale. It's fairly generic, and it doesn't do a lot for me, but what it does, it does fairly well.

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Photo of dawatts
1.51/5  rDev -47%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A - Slightly goldish color. I was expecting pale yellow so this color was a plus. Head dissipates quickly to a small white ring.

S - Smells faintly of bread but not much else.

T - Slight lemony taste but not much else. Finishes dry.

M - High carbonation almost champagne like and leave a slight burn.

O - The appearance wasnt bad but that was pretty much it. I couldnt finish the remainder of it.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
2.68/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is one of the many offerings form Molson i have tried over the years. Personally i find it enjoying. To the point were can drink a lot of them, but that is about it. I drank it all night on New Years eve and woke up remembering everything. So i guess thatÂ’s good. In all seriousness, I World drink this over any other American macro and be fine with it. It is a solid beer but the type that has flooded the market for years.

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Photo of mwrseeley
2.65/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, it has been more than twenty years since I have had Molson Stock Ale. One of the guys at work decided, since it was his turn to supply the beer, to buy Stock Ale. After a sixteen hour shift I was thirsty enough to try anything and I was really looking forward to this blast from the past. In the parking lot, the beer ice-cold, and rehashing the events of the day...

Molson Stock Ale isn't bad but it isn't worth the $38 demanded by the LCBO for a 2-4. In fairness to the brewers I sampled this beer under less than ideal conditions but I am confident I got the general idea.

I will probably wait another twenty years before borthering to try it again. A Canadian ale or a Canadian lagar? There is no need to put too much thought into this one. Molson Stock Ale, while emblematic of a working-class beer and of times past, is still just a common-place beer and really no better or worse than a other beers of it's class.

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