Molson Canadian Cider

Originally posted in the Brandon Sun, April 24, 2015

Our taste buds are evolving at a fast pace — to the point that in order to retain as many of their once loyal beer drinkers, large breweries such as Molson, Labatt and even Big Rock have had to expand their product portfolio, test out new flavours and styles of beer, and even bring out products that aren’t even beer at all. In Canada, cider is slowly gaining drinkers and various breweries are starting to catch on.

Big Rock’s Rock Creek Dry Cider is among one of the first big cider brands to be brewed in Canada, and to this very day it’s one of the most popular ciders in the country. Molson brought out Molson Canadian Cider last autumn, when cider demand tends to be at its peak and it appears that the product is here to stay. I’ve seen several Molson products come and go (Molson Kick, Molson M, Molson Canadian Wheat) over the years due to lack of interest but cider is a beverage that I can only see becoming more popular over time.

I don’t usually review Molson products because hey.. everyone has tried them. I like to be fair and since this is a newish product that I haven’t even tried before, I’m as intrigued to see how it turns out.

Molson Canadian Cider pours a clear golden straw yellow, just like your standard Molson Canadian, or apple juice. There’s a decent amount of carbonation taking place giving it a bit of light foam on top. The aroma of the cider is quite strong, I get a big whiff of various Canadian grown apples like McIntosh or Granny Smith, it’s sweet, it’s aromatic and has a light tart aroma in the background. It also has a bit of a sparkling champagne zest as it slowly warms up. The flavour is surprisingly mellow with nice sweet apples coming off top here. There’s a hint of tartiness to give it a bit of bite, but all in all: Molson Canadian Cider is very easy to drink, not overly bitter or tart, has a great homemade apple juice flavour to it that I like. Sweet, goes well on the patio and since it’s not as bitter as some European ciders available locally - it’s very easy on the palate.

I’m judgemental about Molson, but Molson Canadian Cider is easily one of their better products I've had. I can see one day ciders being a lower calorie alternative to fruity alcohol/malt coolers.. and with natural ingredients - it’s only a matter of time ciders will catch on. I’m not an expert on ciders at all so it’s great to try something that not only I enjoyed, but I believe those wanting to try ciders for the first time will also enjoy this. I just wish their beer was as flavourful as this. 5.0% ABV and available in 473mL cans at most Liquor Mart locations for $3.95. 3.5/5 Pints

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