I poured a 24oz can into a large mug. It had a best before date of 12/1/13. It cost $1.81 ($0.08 per ounce).
Appearance: Clear gold hue, plenty of visible carbonation. Pours to a
large, bright white, fluffy head which retains and laces quite well for a
Smell: Sweeter than most of the style. Nothing off-putting.
Taste: When it comes to adjunct macro lagers, you sometimes have to
judge them by how more-than-tolerable they are. I recently participated
in a blind tasting of 12 macro lagers and Molson Canadian scored
surprising high (relatively speaking). I decided to buy a separate can
and give it a formal review. As a standalone beverage, it’s not too bad
since it’s remarkably sweet, rather clean and easy to drink. Not that
it’s especially delicious, though.
It’s not too often you encounter a beer of this sort that’s noticeably
sweet, and if you do they tend to be a little cloying. In the case of
Molson Canadian, I think the adjuncts are actually balancing it out and
preventing that from happening. There’s pretty much just one flavor
throughout: a lightly sweet taste of pale malt, akin to eating an
English muffin untoasted. There’s a bit of a corn/metallic tang on the
finish, but it’s not abrasive. There’s even a lightly sweet aftertaste
identical to the beer’s flavor itself. While I won’t exactly jump for
joy over this palette, I will say there’s actually flavor to appreciate
here with no acetaldehyde or DMS present.
Drinkability: Craft beer nerds tend to label beers like this "fizzy
yellow lagers," but Molson Canadian is actually quite contained. While
it’s plenty carbonated, it’s not spastic or out of control. The
mouthfeel is thin, but not "light" lager thin, nor is it watery. It’s a
smooth brew for sure. At 5% ABV, it’s got enough body to satisfy for one
large serving. I wouldn’t recommend sessioning it, though.