This hard cider from Molson Coors Canada is deep straw yellow in colour and pours with an oddly large white head that is even more oddly retained as a small collar and leaves some lace; something I have never seen from a cider before. Molson Canadian Cider smells absolutely rank and quite acidic, like the cheapest of white wines with a vague whiff of green apple juice and a peculiar rubbery note that evokes Silly Putty.
The taste of Molson Canadian Cider does fair quite a bit better. It is sweet at first with a nicely balanced dryness, however the apple flavour reminds me of a store brand drinking box; a cheap melange of Granny Smith and McIntosh apples with a lot of added sugar. The cider has a surprising amount of body and its persistent carbonation and collar give it some life on the tongue, but the experience is rather syrupy overall.
Molson Canadian Cider comes in a fire engine red can that has off-white lettering and gold accents, along with burgundy apple imagery. The back of the can has a description of the cider and a suggestion to serve it over ice, while cryptic freshness dating is stamped on the bottom.
It is important to note that though cider is typically gluten-free, Molson Canadian Cider is manufactured alongside beer at Molson Coors Canada facilities, so they cannot make such a claim. It is likely that this product is indeed gluten-free, but it’s something to keep in mind for those that have allergy concerns for themselves or their guests.
I should also note that PR and communication executives with Molson Coors Canada were very candid and forthright with this information when probed via Twitter.
I cannot recommend Molson Canadian Cider over the numerous craft-style options available in Ontario, mainly because I just can’t get past its smell, but also because of its lacklustre flavour. As far as macro ciders go, it’s definitely a step below 1927 Premium Dry Cider, but in the same ballpark as Alexander Keith’s Original Cider or Magners Cider.
Ciders typically do well with lighter fare like grilled fish, salads roasted pork and chicken. You can find Molson Canadian Cider in bottles and cans at the LCBO here in Ontario and at NSLC stores in Nova Scotia.
Type: Semi-Dry Cider
Brewery: Molson Coors Canada
Format Purchased: 473 ml
Alcohol Content: 5.0%