Sunday, February 9, 2014

Molson Ice (2014 re-review)


2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (1056) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2014
I poured a 24oz can into a 1-liter boot stein. It had a best before date of 6/16/14 and cost $1.28 ($0.05 per ounce).

Appearance: Crystal-clear golden hue with plenty of spastic effervescence. Pours to a fairly large, white, fluffy head which actually laces and retains well for the style.

Smell: Corn grits and flaked maize (but I repeat myself). Generic adjunct lager aroma. Nothing foul.

Taste: Usually, beers with "Ice" in the name tend to intimidate me more than actual malt liquors. Something about the freeze distillation tends to give the beer a dirty, metallic flavor. That’s how I remember Molson Ice when I reviewed in 2010. It was brewed in Canada back then, but this particular can was brewed by Coors in Colorado. I’m not sure if the recipe was changed or if Americans do a better job of brewing it, but the result is a relatively strong pale adjunct lager that’s far from terrible.

Much like Coors Light, Molson Ice has an overt taste of corn that dominates the palette. Unlike Coors Light, there’s no tang or sharp sensation, nor is there any club soda-like character present. While there isn’t a lot of true taste to the palette, what’s here isn’t offensive. It’s not appealing, either, merely tolerable. No overt off-flavors or brewing flaws, but little to genuinely enjoy.

Drinkability: I was surprised at how quickly and easily I was able to suck down an entire 24oz serving of Molson Ice. The mouthfeel is rather thin, but of course quite bubbly, which leads to plenty of burping. It is refreshing while crossing the tongue and finishes completely clean. It’d be nice if it had more flavor considering its weight of 5.6% ABV, but this beer is consumed for its performance value so it’s understandable. 
Grade: 4/10

Read and watch my 2010 review here:  http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2010/01/molson-ice-chadz-beer-reviews.html