rookiebeersnob (1) - Georgia, USA - APR 1, 2014 does not count
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
This is my first stab at a rating, so I figured Iíd start with a softball, good ol Molson Ice. Once upon a time, I used to think Ice Beer was some kind of premium; now I know them for what they are: crap beer that has had extra crappiness frozen into it by removing some of itís most redeeming ingredient...water.
Smell: Awful. Reminiscent of the menís bathroom at a stadium during your 6th inning piss break.
Appearance: Darkish yellow, pretty much what you would expect when you take a light beer, freeze it, then squeeze it out like concentrated orange juice. Imagine that. lots of misleading head that quickly dissolves to nothing. However, if forced at gunpoint to experience this swill using just one of my senses, I guess looking at it isnít all that bad. So, you know, props to Molson Ice for not looking as bad as it smells/tastes/is!
Taste: Remarkably metallic, considering I poured it from a bottle. When I was younger, I drank beer with my friends but secretly thought it tasted awful and assumed all beer was like that. This is one of those beers that lead me to that early opinion and no doubt robbed me of several years of actually enjoying good beer. Thanks a pile, Canada!
Palate: Sticky yet watery, like a sprite thatís gone flat in a solo cup. Only instead of sprite, itís actually mop water from aforementioned stadium bathroom, and by solo cup I mean a crusty sweat sock.
Overall: Terrible. Not even a low-budget choice. For tight budget weeks, Iíll stick with the lights...not much to right home about either way but at least Iím spared the assault to all of my senses (except one). If this is the only thing to drink, I canít help but wonder if I floated a few ice cubes in this swill if maybe, just maybe, the water-to-alcohol ration might balance out enough to turn it back into plain íOl Molson and henceforth become merely tasteless yet tolerable.
BeerandBlues2 (10606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 31, 2014
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle at home. Pours brilliantly clear gold with a small, frothy white head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is corn, Pils malt, light alcohol notes, and spicy hops. Flavor is pale malt, corn, light hops and bitterness, light alcohol and a sweet finish. Light body and medium carbonation.
Chad9976 (1355) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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. Thatís 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. Iím 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 thatís far from terrible.
Much like Coors Light, Molson Ice has an overt taste of corn that dominates the palette. Unlike Coors Light, thereís no tang or sharp sensation, nor is there any club soda-like character present. While there isnít a lot of true taste to the palette, whatís here isnít offensive. Itís 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. Itíd be nice if it had more flavor considering its weight of 5.6% ABV, but this beer is consumed for its performance value so itís understandable.
lukedarock (242) - Howell, Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2014
2.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
It doesnt smell or look all that great but it tastes alot better than I was told and really not too bad for a ice
DrSilverworm (8155) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
24oz can, from the Growler Stop shell gas station. Best by June 9 14. Clear golden color. Inch of nice rocky white head, with great retention. Nice continuous stream of bubbles. A few arms of lace. This is a nice looking beer. Medium body. Smooth, soft, lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Reasonable smooth and easy drinking. Relatively clean bready aroma, some lemon citrus. Moderate tart taste, sweet, a very light bite. Much better than expected. Good value for the $1.50.
mstrcrwly (598) - New York, USA - JAN 3, 2014
0.9 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
canít fathom how this beer is 5.5% abv..and i use the term beer very loosely..
Metalchopz (2558) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 4, 2013
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Had to come to the States to try this Canadian Ice brew, supervised by Molson, but brewed by Coors here. Pours a clean golden colour with a frothy white head, good retention and thick creamy and foam lace. Smells like fresh malt at first, then just gets mild. The taste is malty and a little sweet, but not overly. Goes down quite smoothly. I guess it is well-supervised, as it has this Canadian feel to it (and not A-B style). Did not find much corn in this. Just not as "iced" as most tried (with the no-aftertaste). Nice and malty.
b3shine (6376) - Indiana, USA - NOV 19, 2013
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
24 oz can to pint (shared with the Mrs.). Looks fine for what it is; a transparent gold with white head that steadily dissipates into very thin lacing. Smells doughy and skunky; cheap with notes of lager yeast. Tastes like it smells with a sub-par mouthfeel. Not good at all.
Patrickctenchi (4582) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 10, 2013
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
clear gold with a small white head.
Grain, corn malt aroma.
Taste is sweet....corn, a little light fruit, sugar.
Fairly smooth, but too sweet for the mix.
merc7186 (2477) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2013
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
A: Mild Golden Straw Hue, Passes All Light, White Head, Some Lacing
S: Corn, Barley
T: Corn, Water
M: Average Carbonation, Light Bodied, Watery
Overall, corn water, need I say more...It really tastes like watered down corn in a glass.