Beer: Molson Canadian Wheat
Brewery: Molson Coors (Montreal, Quebec)
Style: Wheat Lager
Alcohol: 4.5% ABV
As craft beer continues to escalate in popularity and sales, the bigger breweries will continue to try their hand at producing beers a little out of the ordinary. One of the most recent examples is Molson Canadian Wheat, which is being branded as a 4.5% ABV wheat lager. That’s right; not an ale. Quite out of the ordinary, and so I had to find out for myself what this latest beer bearing the Molson Canadian name had going for it.
Packaged in 473mL tallboy can, the beer pours a cloud straw colour with a thick, foamy head. Molson Coors lists it as an unfiltered beer (again, out of the ordinary for the brewery), and it fits the typical appearance of a wheat beer.
A hint banana touches the nose. Hops are non-existent, and there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of malt, either.
Although the mouthfeel is close to what I’d expect in a wheat beer, the combination of wheat malt and lager makes for an odd combination. Molson notes the beer is made with two-row barley malt and wheat, but there’s a flavour in there I’ve come to associate with drinking Molson Canadian that always strikes me as adjuncts. There’s a touch of banana, but not as much as I’d like. Unfortunately, the finish is also mildly unpleasant.
I went into this beer with an open mind, as I always try to do, but I think it fails as both a lager and a wheat beer. It misses the clean and refreshing taste of the lager, and it also bypasses the wheat ale flavours that make such beers treats during the spring and summer. If this serves as the average Molson Canadian drinker’s introduction to wheat beers, I think it’s safe to say they’ll stick to their Canadian and skip wheat brews in the future.
I hate to slam any beer, whether it’s from a micro- or macro-brewery, but this one just isn’t going to fly with me.