Review: Coors Edge Non Alcoholic Beer (0.5)

It's already been over two years since I reviewed Budweiser Prohibition and that ended up being the most viewed review I've ever written. Non-alcoholic beer is a weird thing, A lot of people say that people should just stick to drinking water if they're going to go for non-alcoholic beer, but there's people who want to cut down on alcohol consumption but absolutely love the taste of beer. There's a lot of bad tasting non-alcoholic beers out there, so Budweiser Prohibition actually tasting kind of like the actual product was huge at the time. Now days you can Prohibition at just about any bar or restaurant.

Today I'll be trying out two newer non-alcoholic beers. In this review, I'll be checking out Molson Coors' new Coors Edge non-alcoholic beer, and later today I'll be checking out Heineken 0.00, so stay tuned for that!

Molson already has a non-alcoholic product with Molson Exel 0.5, in fact - that beer has been available for easily two decades now. Exel was never popular and all the reviews I've seen of it have been that the beer tasted absolutely horrible. So seeing that the Coors Banquet beer has a decent following in Canada, introducing Coors Edge with a similar style of branding will likely end up catching the eye of some Coors drinkers.

Coors Edge is a double brewed lager that contains no more than 0.5% alcohol. The ingredients are simply listed as "beer" and "natural flavours". 60 calories per 473mL can, 11g carbs.

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden straw body with a decent amount of carbonation in the body, reminiscent of Coors Light or Coors Banquet. The head is minimal at best, there's a light rim of white foam along the side and a small patch near the middle, but that's about it.

Aroma: When I opened the can, there was a large whiff of corn, barley and a bit of sugar. Definitely has a beer aroma, kind of reminiscent to Coors Banquet, but not so much Coors Light.. though I haven't seen Coors Light in a few years now. There's also a light saltine cracker aroma to it. Fairly light so far.

Taste: At first impression, it's decently sweet with a crisp barley presence to it, but then it disappears completely.. leaving a bit of a bubble gum and creamed corn taste to it. Well, it's definitely quite watered down in taste but it does taste like something from the Coors line of products, so they've got that going for them. There's a hefty saltine cracker taste in here just like in the aroma. Very dry on the mouthfeel.

Overall Thoughts: This vs Exel? This one definitely tastes more like what people expect in a light lager. It's pretty watered down but it has that crisp barley taste, a bit of creamed corn and saltine crackers. For some reason I recall Coors Light being a bit harsh on taste for some reason, so Coors Edge doesn't have that harshness. It's easy to drink, nothing to write home about.. aside from it having no more than 0.5% ABV. Definitely comparable to Budweiser Prohibition but not as corny. Expect to see lots of TV ads for this beer in the near future.


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