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Rickard's Red - Molson Coors Canada

Rickard's RedRickard's Red

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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 18.89%

Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Crafted using three different malted barleys, Pacific Northwest hops and the finest Brewer's Caramel, Rickard's Red is exceptionally flavorful with a smooth finish. Enjoy Canada's favorite red beer with its proud pub heritage served cold in a pint glass.

Brewed using three different malt barleys, Pacific Northwest hops, and the finest Brewer's Caramel.

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3.21/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Picked this up for just a buck at the House of 1,000 beers. I am going to try and not let the fact this is a coors product sway my review.

A - As expected the 1/4 inch of head fizzes out rather quickly in this on with just a thin layer remaining. The color is quite a deep amber brown color.
S - Mildly skunky and lager like with very little hops or sweet malts I can detect.
T - A very interesting bit of biscuit like malts, leading to a touch of pilsner like hops, and it finishes rather tame with no noticeable metallic twang. Not bad.
M - Light to medium pretty big body for the BMC boys.

Overall its a pretty good beer easy to drink but not really worth picking up unless you can equally find it for a dollar.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 02:33:44 | More by DrDemento456
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Alberta (Canada)

3.21/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had a pint on tap at a Calgary neighborhood pub, following another pint of its white stable mate. Was considering an attempt at the whole Rickard's rainbow but perhaps fortunately there were only the two most common options. This red lager is an attractive amber red hue, more red than brown, and is highly carbonated. As is so often the case with decent but not earth-shatteringly good macrobrews, the aroma is not unpleasant but is faint and takes some work to discern: I get some caramel, red fruit, and some citrus hop notes against a toasty malt backbone but the whole thing is downplayed. Taste was astonishingly fruity in this example, a bright sweet cherry gum flavor along with another form of rounded corny sweetness, bramble fruits, and some subdued caramel that follows the nose. Some tangy spice accompanies a fairly watery body and a minimally bitter finish with metallic, cardboard, and sour apple notes, although frankly I have tasted worse faults in micro-brewed red/amber ales. Other examples I have tried had a dry nut character. There's some technical proficiency here but little true artistry unless one deems the emphasis on fruit and medicinal notes to be a unique feature of this particular exemplar. Personally, I'd like more caramel/crystal malt and hops to provide balance. Color me conservative.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2013 03:32:08 | More by CalgaryFMC
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Ontario (Canada)

3.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Re-Review since I figured I might as well write something about a beer I've been drinking for years. 473 ml can from LCBO as part of taster's pack (to do a review). Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Transparent reddish brown colored beer spilled into the glass with some bubbles present and 3+ fingers of off-white head that only receded somewhat quickly. Head was rocky and left some lacing. Looks particularly inviting given the recent weather here.

Smell - Slight malts, maybe the faint sweetness of maple syrup or caramel and a slight hop bite in there too. Most of the scents are subdued. There is a metallicness in the nose too, that is not really offputting, but still there. The farther into the glass you get the beer becomes more bready smelling and a faint whiff of alcohol is present too.

Taste - Similar to the nose, again rather subdued with a little bit more bitterness on the back end but finishes smooth.

Mouthfeel - A little thin, but obviously any sip with part of the aforementioned tremendous head gives a creamier feel. Thins out considerably and becomes a good thirst quencher. Carbonation is moderate, but the elements of this beer make it a better choice in winter as opposed to summer.

Overall - Good offering from Rickard's and not a bad mass-produced red lager, however slightly inferior to its direct competition being the offering at Alexander Keith's. Overall not something I'm likely to enjoy regularly, but any trip to a chain restaurant with limited beer selection here in Canada means that this becomes a viable option.

Serving type: can

11-07-2013 12:47:00 | More by DenisKolkin
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3.11/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at a Swiss Chalet restaurant.

Dark amber, with a 1-finger head which quickly dissipated.

Rather a non-descript aroma, with a slight metallic odour.

A basic taste, again somewhat metallic, though that went away some ways into the beverage. In fairness, it paired reasonably well with the fish and chips I was having.

Mild to moderate carbonation.

A slightly above-mediocre beer. The one thing I like about it is that it is somewhat easy to find in common restaurant chains in the area. Something to fall back on if the place I'm eating at doesn't have anything else better.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2013 03:42:40 | More by The-Jolly-Imbiber
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3.49/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a good standard easy drinking red beer. branded as an irish style, this seems distinctively Canadian to me. a lovely darker copper amber color with a tall lacing head that would get even higher marks if it lasted more than a minute or so. a pleasant mix of malts, less dry irish red than American style amber to me, with a touch of earthiness, a bit of smoke, some caramel sweetness, and a peculiar yet enjoyable nutty element. the carbonation is great, tons of little micro bubbles instantly refreshing me and getting my palate ready for a big afternoon and evening of beer consumption here. this is an all day beer at a lower abv and such a quick finish for the style. a much better than average brew here, impressive for a Molson coors offering, and one id be happy to drink again. a little adjunct and metallic on the finish, but its minor and doesn't deteriorate much from the overall experience.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 22:00:57 | More by StonedTrippin
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North Carolina

2.61/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured on-tap in a shaker pint at a Margaritaville in Canada. The beer is a dark, ruby red coloring with no head, but a filmy ring on the surface. Nose of roasted character, caramel, and nut, but all very subtle. Flavors of sweet caramel forward, with a roasty backbone, and subtle, bitter hops at the end. Crisp and light in mouth. Clean, minimal toasted grain aftertaste. Crisp, clean finish. Typical macro-style red.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2013 00:21:44 | More by GarthDanielson
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Ontario (Canada)

3.14/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving Type - 473ml can poured into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance - This beer is red. Ba dum tss. But in all honesty, it's a deep amber colour when held up to the light, with some copper tone's in there towards the edges. Poured with two fingers of slightly off white, thin head which dissipates pretty quickly (eventually into a soapy looking substance), leaving behing a good deal of lacing.

Smell - Picking up mostly grains, with some light toffee and malt. Not much else.

Taste - Very grainy and 'bready'. There is an almost certainly artificial toffee and caramel flavour which makes the beer incredibly sweet. Almost no hop flavour can be detected. Tastes like an over-malted macro lager. But that's still better than a typical macro lager.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, medium carbonation. Feels like sand on the tongue, but not really in a bad way. Honest.

Overall - 3/5

Serving type: can

06-24-2013 03:57:04 | More by IdeaSpeeder
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Ontario (Canada)

2.71/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Rickard's Red, it's a beer that I'm unfortunately drawn to as there is NO GOOD BEER in the small town of Waterford, Ontario. Alas it's not disgusting, it's a so so beer that isn't good but isn't bad. There's a small amount of flavor, and it's not off putting.

Smells like a slightly breadier than usual macro lager, as to be expected. A hint of maltiness, not much else.

Not very dissimilar to the nose, it's a beer that I can gulp without the nauseating feeling of having to put it back in the glass.

Like I said, there's no good beer out here, you either get used to it or you put up some cash and drive a lot. Seriously, I have to drive 25 minutes to get to an LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) that stocks about 10 decent craft beers that aren't macro produced wannabes. For the real good stuff I have to drive 45 minutes to an hour. Don't waste your time with this beer unless you're in my position. I moved from just outside of Philadelphia to here, Beer Hell.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2013 03:42:07 | More by blazin5050
Photo of mynie


3.61/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rickard is Canada's Leienkugels, I take it? Solid, well-priced beers that beer snobs tend to hate because neophyte beer people mistake them for legit craft brews.

This is a lightly hopped, bready, well balanced red ale. Very drinkable though not really exceptional in any way. I wish I had more to say but I don't because, really, not all that much was going on here.

A step up for a macro: a bit more flavorful than, say, Molson, and with absolutely no off nodes.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2013 22:58:44 | More by mynie
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Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes... On tap at Boston Pizza...

A - Pours a clear amber colour, finger of head with little retention and no lacing.

S - Scent is bready and grainy, hints of grassy notes and burnt sugar on the finish.

T - Much like the nose with the grainy bready malt notes dominating, the subtle grassy hop notes on the finish and a lingering bready flavour.

M - Medium, smooth and wet.

O - Easy drinking but not much in terms of flavour. Reminiscent of a Molson Canadian with red food colouring.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2012 22:11:24 | More by andrenaline
Photo of Tone


3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, brown color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of pale malt, hint of roasted malt, hint of hop, and slight rice/corn. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, hint of roasted malt, hint of hop, and slight rice/corn. Overall, good appearance, but aroma, blend, and body are lacking.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2012 15:47:43 | More by Tone
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British Columbia (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A: Reddish amber liquid with 1/2" of cream colored head that left a nice lacing.

S: Yeast, sweet, with noble hops.

T: Candy caramel with grassy hops and yeast. Extremely sweet.

M: Thin viscosity with soda like carbonation. Feels like a soft drink.

O: too sweet, not enough hops and a thin mouth feel makes this a forgettable brew.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2012 19:00:09 | More by DaftCaskBC
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2.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean amber color with a tan head. In the aroma, a small sweet roast, but quite faint. In the taste, a bit sweet in the malt, that has a small caramel like roast. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a lightly dry and sweet roast in the aftertaste. An easy ale to drink, a bit sweet and it lacks aroma.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2012 13:31:21 | More by OWSLEY069
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2.8/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a mild red color with a thick frothy head into my glass. Color is spot on.

Not much in the way of aroma. Sweet malt? Little else though.

Umm, what is this supposed to be? A train wreck? Little or no hops, suspect malt and not much else.

Lingering weaksauce malt. Yeck. Not my favorite.


Serving type: can

07-15-2012 22:35:16 | More by Brad007
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3.28/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fine red ale!!

12 oz bottle poured into nonic, dark amber with off-white head

Apple notes, toffee, and bready finish.

This is a great Canadian beer, but I wouldn't say it is the best I have had.

The smell is sour and metallic, overall I wouldn't say this is a go too, but it is superior to Dark Horse, and most likely over Labatt Blue.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 19:57:03 | More by BierStein711
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3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341mL bottle. Pours a hazy dirty copper color with no head. Minimal lacing. Aromas of caramel, malts, earth, and a bit sour. The taste is mostly of the malts. Some sweet caramel along with a little sourness. Earthy. Not all that flavorful. Thin mouthfeel. It nothing special. Overall, I dont need to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 03:36:06 | More by PicoPapa
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New Jersey

2.28/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

473 mL can poured into the hotel's mini-tumbler glass. Really nice look at first, very light brown with strong ruby tints, and a one-finger white head. Isenglas clear, no points positive or negative for that. The lacing is spotty and the head disappears into a thin ring.

Nose is full of rice adjunct, but has a significant malt base. The rice is just too noticeable, unfortunately.

Flavor is about the same. On the sweeter side, just a little dry due to rice, but a very mild red flavor. To a discerning drinker, it's unacceptable, but I started on Corona so rice is a friend of mine.

Has a pretty nice light-medium body and good carbonation for the style. The rice is just distracting.

Overall, a good sessionable brew, decent flavor, but you really have to love rice.

Serving type: can

04-13-2012 03:06:41 | More by ism
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank a lot of Rickard's Red back in my university days and still find it occasionally on tap at a bar.

This beer has a creamy-to-foamy, light beige head. The body has a clear, reddish brown body. It has a strong aroma of caramelized malt but also hints of smoke and fruit. The taste is almost soley of toffee and malt with a hit of hops at the end. If find it has a full body but is a little watery also.

Overall, it is not a complex beer but its simplicity is what makes it so generically good. The aroma is this beer's weakest point but it is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 02:54:06 | More by maclean25
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Ontario (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My default beer at any generic chain restaurant - and I'd forgotten how long it's been since I've been in such an establishment...

Very surprised to see this listed as an American red, as there's no sign of hops in the flavour; the sweet caramelized malts are totally predominant. Beautiful to look at, a brilliant amber colour with decent head - pours a nice pint. Reasonable mouthfeel, but the aroma is of bready sweetness and the taste is mild enough to appeal to most lager lovers.

Often the best product available in a Molson-sponsored bar, and I’ve quaffed a lot of it in the past, but never something I'd choose otherwise – and I won’t be returning to this place soon!

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2012 02:36:44 | More by hopsolutely
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

473ml Can

Appearance – Clear brown colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation visible and there is a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, brown sugar/caramel

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and some light very very light hops. Really there isn't a whole lots of taste here.. maybe a hint of nuts. It ends with a malty slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall – Was over at a friends house and wasn't going to turn this beer down even though I'm not a huge fan of it. At least it's a step in the right direction from most of the other boring macros out there.

Serving type: can

11-10-2011 18:02:41 | More by spinrsx
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: It has a nice amber/copper colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down quite fast and has some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of bready/grainy malts with some corn, some floral hops and a bit of caramel.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice sweet grainy and caramely taste with very light hops in the back.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a sweet/light balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with fairly bland flavours and aromas.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2011 19:07:38 | More by SebD
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New Jersey

1.35/5  rDev -56%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

On tap at Swiss Chalet in Toronto. Pours amber with a thick, long lasting, white head. Aroma is of fermented dough and not much else. Medium, tangy body. Taste is of very unpleasant sour dough. I do not know how is it possible to spoil the beer like that.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2011 20:11:21 | More by mikeg67
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2.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brought this back from a recent trip to Niagra Falls. Poured from twist top bottle to pint.

Pours a medium brownish red color with a nice almond head that leaves patchy legs of lace. Nice looking beer. Smells of bicuit malt with a very slight grassy hop coming through.

Falls short on taste with a fairly weak malt flavor taking the forefront. Medium to light mouthfeel with a pretty clean finish.

Fine for having at a BBQ, but pretty mediocre overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 01:53:02 | More by BYOFB
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New York

3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was another in a long list of mediocre beers I had on a recent visit to Toronto, where I was determined to try every beer I had not seen before.

I guess the color was amber but there wasn't much else about it that was to style. It was more like a killian's than anything else. Maybe a little extra maltiness but otherwise just a light aroma, low taste beer that was very unmemorable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2011 18:31:05 | More by david18
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New Jersey

2.25/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this beer at a Tony Roma's in Niagra Falls. I was interested in trying some of the local faire. Now I find out that this was a Molson of a different color.

This beer looks like a good example of a red. It was served in an english pint with minimal foam.

I couldn't get much from the aroma. It smelled like a lager. I blew my nose a couple times to ensure that I wasn't the reason for a lack of bouquet.

The taste was really bland as well. It was like they dyed a lager to look like a red.

It wasn't worth the calories... so I left two-thirds behind.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2011 01:15:49 | More by ummswimmin
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Rickard's Red from Molson Coors Canada
71 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.