UPDATED: FEB 28, 2014 I poured a 24oz can into a large mug. It had a best before date of 3/23/14. 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: Corny, but sweeter than most of the style. Nothing off-putting.
Taste: 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, diacetyl, 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.