Toronto (former Montreal) resident.
If one is serious about beer flavor and not buzz, , , clearly micro breweries are the way to go and both Ontario and Quebec have plenty of those. Personally I support the micro brewery market despite some of it's craziness (how hoppy can one get without causing a sphincter seizure) but on occasion a quite cold Blue or Canadian hits the spot if one is looking for a quick thirst quencher. Between Blue and Canadian - I have to agree with the chap that posted his test. Canadian wins.
- Canadian has a bit more character
- Canadian has a bit more lingering taste
- An ice cold blue seems to be a better thirst quencher
- Bleu (oops, Blue ;-) is labelled as a pilsner. Who are they kidding if the market measures by taste. That is the biggest disappointment to me. Where are the hops???
The above is based on over 35 years of quaffing which as normal started with the big brands available at the time (50, Blue, Ex, Laurentide, O'Keefe - micro breweries was not a known term let alone an alternative)
As with eating, , , - who does not enjoy a Macdonald's or Wendy's meal from time to time verses a good home cooked meal or a trip to a half decent non-chain restaurant - a diversion back to old tried and true labels such as Blue or Canadian is not a sin?