Molson Exel | Molson Coors Canada

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Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada
Ontario, Canada

Style: Low Alcohol Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 0.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 03-25-2003

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of rbuisson
5/5  rDev +116.5%

Photo of Pegasus
3.03/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear medium golden color with a half-inch head that retains very well. Carbonation is moderate, lace is quite good. Aroma consists of unfermented wort and a caramel corn-like sweetness, as typical for these NA beers, although not quite as sweet as some. Some hops are present in the aroma, although not enough. The label states "fully brewed", not sure what that means in this case. The brewery website indicated that a patented low temperature brewing process is used to produce Exel. Be that as it may, this beer seems rather sweet to have been through a fermentation cycle. Taste begins with zesty carbonation, followed by sweet corn adjunct flavors; finish is mildly dry with slight hops. The mouth feel is pleasant, seemingly less watery than most NAs. Not bad, really, but more hops are needed to balance out the excessively sweet malt.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of kbub6f
2.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a couple of weeks in my fridge, reviewed 45F-55F.

The head is noisy and white. It collapses to big bubble foam, leaving a little clean lacing. The color is a clear, deep gold.

Some skunk in the nose shouldering out the sweet corn. The front is mostly corn, but also some dust. The middle is thin and a little sour. Some metal shows up in the finish, but it's mostly more corn and a little soap. Overall, not bad. Nothing really detracts from this NA, but nothing stands out, either. Probably one of the lighter NAs.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.63/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

355ml can, a castoff from a local grocery store's stable of wine-making supplies and NA beer. I so miss beer aisles in supermarkets south of the border.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with two pudgy fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and weakly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some rather impressive sudsy chainlink fence lace around the glass as it quickly bleeds away.

It smells of a pretty sweet breakfast corn cereal graininess, raw and sugary, with a bit of that cooked veggie astringency that you tend to find in Molson's cheap(est) offerings. The taste is watery corn pops, or Bugles snacks, if you're familiar with those, and little else beyond a subtle dead grassy, vegetal astringency.

The bubbles are fairly well sublimated, and hardly capable of popping up later, the body on the lee side of medium weight, not quite thin, but you can see it from there, and smooth like mineral water. It finishes mostly off-dry, the malt shedding a modicum of the corniness, and just going with a plain Jane graininess, one barely touched by anything resembling hops.

Not good, but hardly off-putting - it's a bit like a maltier version of Canadian, without the drying booziness. Wow, who'd a thunk? Drinkable if you just really miss macro lagers, and are in a dry county/country, or pregnant, or the like.

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Photo of cam477
2.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Noxious26
2.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

355ml can poured in a mug.

Clear, yellow-pale gold in colour. Head is small and white with big bubbles. After it reduces there is some lacing on the sides.

Aroma is very sweet. Some corn-like notes are present. Not really a nice smelling beer, but atleast it smells like something.

Taste is also sweet. After the fizziness cuts off the tongue you get a sweet corn flavour that fades into an aftertaste that is not sweet, not bitter, not malty, not hoppy... let's go with grainy.

Mouthfeel is actually not bad. Feels not unlike your average macro lager/light beer. Fizzy and light bodied.

This is too sweet for me really. This is the only NA that I've ever had, and while it's not exactly bad, it's not exactly good either. I suppose if you are hell bent not to drink water to re-hydrate while holding a drinking session then you could go with this. I would still prefer to go with water.

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Photo of headlessparrot
2.4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

It's spelled "Exel". Missing the "C". It's also missing anything to make it remotely worthwhile.

Let this one get incredibly cold--wait for near-slushee consistency--and poured. Golden, slightly hazy. Decent head, though some of that might actually be chunks of fluffy head ice shavings. Hmm.

Smell is metallic, herbal, bitter, sweet malt, heavy corn. Taste is sweet, sweet malt, corn, slight metallic twang, and not much else--the herbal character of the nose does not survive in the taste, which is just shot through with candied sweetness. Body is fine, carbonation is fine. But why would I continue to subject myself to this?

I guess if you don't think of this as beer, it's a palatable "malt beverage," and not totally un-refreshing in, say, brutal heat. Probably better for you than cola. But as beer, this ranks very low indeed. Maybe the worst (or nearly the worst) of the non-alcoholic beers I've sampled.

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Photo of Bunman3
2.28/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Retrieved this can from the depths of my fridge following a "hard on the liver" weekend of camping. I really don't mind Exel as a "beverage", but it is hardly a "beer". It really doesn't taste much different than most macro lagers. On a hot day when all I really want is a thirst quencher, this fits the bill well enough, I suppose.

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Photo of phishbone23
2.25/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Ricochet
2.16/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This was a notch below Pabst N/A but tasted most like it. It was golden, fizzy but the smell, that empty husky beer scent that most n/a beers have detracted lots. Mouth was average and so was appearence, washed and drank like a soda beer beverage. Taste turned south though, this was sour, tasted of cooked corn, and was very acidic with nothing to back it up. When the bar ran out of Kalibur from Guiness I switched to this and bleah. It's the same taste category as Pabst NA but did not appeal to me at all. I'm assuming this is priced higher for a 6 like O'douls so for the taste/price ratio, doesn't cut it.

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Photo of Iamjeff6
2/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of marty21
2/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours a clear dark yellow/golden with one finger worth of foamy head. Settles to a solid cap and left quite a bit of lace.

S: Light grains with some cooked veggies. But everything seems watered down to make this weird stale aroma I’ve never smelt before.

T: It seems sweet when it first hits the mouth but then you get a stale grain and veggie taste.

M: Light carbonation with a light body. It lacks that crispness that you would get with normal macros.

O: The appearance on this beer is better then any normal macro beer out there. But that’s where it stops. This style of beer just doesn’t interest me and I don’t see myself ever drinking it again. I can see where if you have drinking problems you could turn to this but for me I’ll still with beer with alcohol.

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Photo of djrn2
2/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of smcolw
1.88/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a beautiful clear golden color. Good head with some sticky egg-shell colored lace.

Some serious skunkage...the worse I've ever lent my nose. Is there some wet bread in there...don't know. Gross.

Grainy flavors...some corn. Slightly creamy, no hop whatsoever. It's very, very hard to get by the smell.

Goodbye Exel, I shall never have you again.

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Photo of DreamDeath
1.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of VABA
1.5/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of FrankS
1.3/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

This tastes like carbonated water to me.

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Photo of changeup45
1.13/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Sampled a while ago. Not even sure why I had it to begin with. Perhaps bored. Had to struggle to just get through one. Aroma is weak pond water, color is standard swill gold, and the flavor is weak, watery with some wheaty grain flavor but what is there isn't very good at all.

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Molson Exel from Molson Coors Canada
Beer rating: 2.31 out of 5 with 19 ratings