Monday, September 16, 2013

Molson Canadian

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (967) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2013
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 macro lager.

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. 
Grade: 6/10