I poured a 12oz can into a mason jar. It was canned on 12/20/13 and cost $1.83 ($0.15 per ounce).
Appearance: Extremely pale white gold hue. Crystal clear with plenty of
visible carbonation. Pours to a small, bright white, soapy head which
doesn’t retain or lace much at all.
Smell: Generic adjunct lager aroma, though fainter than most. Nothing repulsive.
Taste: Utica Club is the beer with the bad reputation, which is, in my
opinion, not really deserved. I think I understand where it comes from,
though. People are confusing Utica Club with its "Light" version. While
this beer is more bland than it is repulsive, it is quite extreme in its
blandness. Really nothing to taste here as far as genuine brewing
characteristics go. It actually seems to have a flavor akin to club
soda. It’s mostly neutral-tasting with a light astringency or tanginess.
No repulsive off-flavors like acetaldehyde, DMS or diacetyl, but
nothing even close to identifiable malt and hop makeup. This is just the
epitome of cheap, economy beer and it’s not even one of the better
examples of the style.
Drinkability: I’m not sure why there needed to be a Utica Club Light,
since the regular edition is pretty light as it is. At only 3.8% ABV
it’s every bit as light as that number would seem to indicate, and maybe
even a step beyond. The mouthfeel is of course thin and watery, though
still plenty fizzy. It leaves no aftertaste, though I could not honestly
describe this brew as being refreshing nor sessionable.