I received a six-pack of this new MolsonCoors product while I was away in Las Vegas and stored it away in the beer fridge with some trepidation. Coors Light, it will likely not surprise you to read, is hardly my favourite brand of lager, and my experience with flavoured big name beers has not been good. Still, the beer is cold and my office is a hotbox right now, so I figured the time was right to give it a try.
On the nose, this pale gold brew is immediately off-putting, with a slightly sickly, sweet lemon-lime aroma mixing with soft graininess. But let’s face it, the target audience for this brew is unlikely to spend a lot of time nosing it, so the aroma is hardly going to receive much attention.
On the palate, it tastes like…well, lemon-flavoured iced tea. I get lemon, I get some vaguely tea-ish tannins, especially on the finish, and while it doesn’t say that Coors Light Iced T is flavoured with lime, I find some lime notes on the finish. What I don’t get is any sense that this in any way, shape or form a beer.
Which may be the point, I suppose. As an experiment, I poured a second bottle over ice and found it to be a refreshing beverage that was even less a beer — although how you can get from not tasting like beer to tasting even less like beer is a mystery to me — which I imagine might appeal to the “I want to drink beer, not taste it” crowd. Me, I prefer the taste of a nice pilsner for quenching my thirst.