Rickard's Lederhosen from Molson Coors Canada pours a clear, bright amber colour with a creamy off-white head that burns off quickly, leaving a thin moldy-looking film behind. This märzen smells mainly of roasted caramel malts, with notes of wild grasses, floral noble hops, sourdough bread and honey.
The taste of Rickard’s Lederhosen is quite hoppy for a märzen. The style’s traditional sweetness is muffled by a citrus tinged bitterness. That said, even though it’s not to style, the lager is well-balanced in general. It has a crisp, metallic and slightly tart finish, while the aftertaste of this medium-bodied and mildly viscose brew has a grainy flavour and noticeable ethanol hook.
This flavoured malt liquor from Molson Coors Canada is a bright, caramel-tinged golden colour and yields a small, loose white cap when poured that only lasts for a few seconds. Mad Jack Premium Apple Lager smells almost entirely of sweet apple juice from concentrate and bears little resemblance to anything even approaching any type of lager I've ever had.
The taste of Mad Jack Premium Apple Cider does have a subtle malt character, but it’s quickly buried under an overly sweet, drinking box-like apple flavour. Malic acid enhances the medium-bodied and lightly carbonated beverage’s moderately sour finish and the aftertaste brings forth a chemical tone that seems to dry out your tongue, despite it being coated by a syrupy film.
Lion’s Winter Ale from Granville Island Brewing Company in Vancouver, British Columbia is a deep, cola-like ruby colour and yields a large and frothy tan-coloured head that gets retained as a thin cap and leaves small spots of lace on your glass. This winter warmer has strong aromas of store bought chocolate syrup and vanilla extract that choke notes of roasted grain and red berries.
The predominant chocolate flavour of Lion’s Winter Ale tastes more natural than it smells and has a nice dryness to it that helps to balance a rich sweetness, but falls just short. The finish has notes of vanilla and cedar, along with a subtle hint of peppermint that comes through in the aftertaste. This ale has a thin, yet mainly syrupy body that doesn’t really stand up to the richness of the flavours presented, a low amount of carbonation and a vague graininess.
Old Vienna from Molson Coors Canada is a light golden straw colour with a medium-sized and frothy white head that quickly settles as a thin film and collar, leaving small vertical streaks of lace on the glass. This American adjunct lager primarily smells of corn, along with aromas of grape, grasses and grains and a light floral note.
The taste of Old Vienna is fairly crisp, but on the sweet side with a distinct corny flavour accented by mild grain and berry notes. This lager is thin-bodied with ample and fine carbonation. There isn't much life to it, only very mild syrup and grain sensations on the tongue. The finish is quite dry and there is a hint of alcohol flavour in the finish.
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.