Rickard's Red - Molson Coors Canada

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Ratings: 375
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 18.89%
Wants: 8
Gots: 53 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-15-2001

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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Reviews by IMBrayon:
Photo of IMBrayon
4.27/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rickard's Red has finally been added to the inventory of beers available New Brunswick Canada's liquor stores.
This excellent red ale was first introduced to me some 5 years ago in Ontario forcing me to travel far and wide to get my hands on a few.
At a recent tasting with a few friends Rickard's Red was at the top of the list along with a local New Brunswick beer called Alpine. At this tasting we learned not to mix too many types of beers together as the drinkabiltity of lighter tasting beers such as Corona and Budweiser were very negatively affected by the stronger tasting ones such as Rickard's.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
2.53/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: dark reddish brown, big head, medium carbonation, clear

Smell: caramel, malt, and some hops

Taste: caramel, malt, and some hops

Mouthfeel: A decent combo of bitter and sweet. Medium body, medium to high carbonation, super smooth. Sweetish start with a bitter end.

Drinkability: One is enough and even that one I had a hard time finishing. The bitter parts were too bitter and unflavorful. The beer just is kinda there.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
2.88/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a clear dull golden-red in color with a sparse off-white head that held up well and even laced the glass. Aromas are malty sweet with just a dash of bitter hops in the background. Flavors are average. A slightly roasted nutty flavor mixed in with a caramel sweetness on the front side that finished with a slight bitter metallic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is on the thin side and this was one I didn't find myself reaching for to finish. A Molson product, so what'd you expect?

Photo of djmitche
3.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Faced with a lineup of some of Canada's less exciting beers, I decided to take the plunge on Rickard's Red. I was not disappointed! The pour had a nice ruby appearance and a thin head. There are perceptible hops in the nose, although nothing too shocking. The taste has the nice roasted malt flavor you want from a red. All in all this is a decent example of the style. I could have a few of these while others pounded their Labatt's and not be unhappy.

Photo of far333
3.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a caramel amber color with a hint of red and an inch high fluffly head that slowly recedes. Low aroma of toffee and butterscotch. Flavors of toasted malt, some grainy cinnamon and caramel, finishes a bit buttery. Full mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Not sure why this one gets slammed so much. May not be world class, but not a bad beer, particularly from such a large producer.

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

An alright beer from a Macro... well I think this beer is very drinkable and smooth. It appears an amber slightly copper brown haze over it with a highly carbonated white creamy textured head. It smells of a caramel malt sweetness, and there is really no dominate hop character present here. The flavors are a nutty caramel slightly dry finish that is overall very sweet and drinkable. Nothing amazing here but very good session brew available only in Canada, so between the tap version and the bottle version a reasonable go to while looking for a better selection. Lighter to medium body with a lighter watery texture that is very drinkable and refreshing.

Photo of grbennett
3.8/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at a place in Niagara Falls. Everything about this beer was good, but I found the mouthfeel to be a bit watery. What I really loved was the unique flavor. It was a bit nutty which was what really stood out to me. If I ever visit Canada again, I'll have to bring home a case of this.

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

I used to drink this stuff by the gallon back in school, for a while with the misunderstanding that it was actually from a microbrewery, or at least one owned by Molson. A friend of mine who used to work for Molson told me that Rickard's Red was just Canadian with some caramel flavoring tossed in, but I wasn't inclined to believe him. Years later, let's have a closer look-see.

A 20oz pint of this arrives to my table, and appears a clear, dark orange brick tinted amber colour, with one thin finger of wispy, soapy dirty white head, which leaves a ring of drooping hedge lace around the glass as things quickly subside.

It smells of barely sweet caramel syrup, stale indiscriminate fruit, a bit of warm plastic, and some mildly skunky earthy, weedy hops. The taste is more weirdly under-sweetened (perhaps my 'expectations' are too high) grainy pale malt and corn mash, with a thin caramel essence wrapped around it, like a Dairy Queen dip, a slight wet stone flintiness, and very tame musty, dead floral hops.

The carbonation is quite reserved, the body on the far lee side of medium weight, and more or less smooth, I guess. It finishes off-dry, the sweet (can I call it an adjunct?) caramel flavouring duly lingering, amongst some niggling, but still faint bitter singed earthy hops.

Well, given this re-acquaintance with Molson (for posterity, I say to myself), I think my friend was right. This sure tastes like their flagship middling-to-low lager, all dressed up with a fair dose of caramel flavoring. Ok when the options at the bar are limited, but, nostalgia aside, nothing at all here to get excited about either.

Photo of mintjellie
2.46/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a drinking glass. Copper red with a thin head the fades to a thin covering. Nice colour.

Not a whole lot of scent to it. A little bit of caramel.

Tastes of grain and a little bit of caramel. Slight metallic bitterness, and it's not canned. Not undrinkable, but not really tasty either.

Thin, slick, carbonation is really noticeable. At least it goes down easy cold. I think I'll try to finish this before it warms.

Photo of Sammy
2.68/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Molson's poster child of craft brewing. Better than water, possibly drinkable. OK red color. Bit of malt taste but not much taste thereafter.. Grainy. Tiny hops but carbonation. Bitter astringent aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel. A lot of creamy head disapearing like soap in sink.

Photo of CanuckRover
2.62/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Ah Rickard's Red, takes me back to first year university when drinking Rickard's seperated you from the Blue or Canadian frat boys. My tastes have matured and I think I'm bloodied if not a grizzled old beer veteran. Time for a revisit.

No false advertising in the name, this is a red beer. Looks great on a bar top. Amber red with a decent enough head but little retention, surprised to see some good lacings.

Not much to the aroma, maybe some faint hops, but mostly just "beer" in the worst sense of the word.

Taste is inoffensive. It's not the worst. Rickard's (Red and white) is a step up for Molsons. You get some taste out of it. Subdued malt comes through as caramel with a rather pleasing toast note. Little bit of hoppy freshness in the finish makes it refreshing.

Mouthfeel, as with most macros, is where you can really tell the difference. Thin, too much carbonation. It's made on the cheap and they want you to be able to throw back as many as possible.

Drinkability is fine, good when you want to concentrate on the Sens beating the snot out of the Leafs instead of your beer.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was able to taste Rickard's Red at The Keg restaurant in Calgary. This was a decent beer produced by a marco-brewery. The appearance was a ruby red with foamy white head. The smell was not overly impressive, but most red ales aren't. There was some malt and subtle hop to the nose. The taste was very smooth with nice malt character that was well balance. The mouthfeel was quite good and would be a good selection for a session beer.

Photo of Stingray5
2.21/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

More of a dirty brown than red, still it looked nice after the experiment gone awry that was a Molson Canadian. Looking forward to this after that, the disappointment was immediate. Thin thin thin, I think this is the most watery beer that wasn't yellow/clear I've ever had. Nothing happening in the aroma, a funny metallic taste, and the only good thin about the finish is when I was finished with it. To it's credit, the beer was fresh and adjuncts were not detected. Just way too thin and too funny tasting.

Photo of ozmodium
2.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Now this is a pretty looking beer. Deep copper red with a light brown almost orange head. Little bits of lacing. Looks like it could be the best tasting beer in the world

Don't be fooled

Taking a whiff, its hinted that this might not be as good as it looks. But the rich malts and evident hops in the nose still give it a chance. It's actually fairly complex for a macro. Lets remember that this is a macro, brewed by Molson.

Taste is pretty decent. There are at least 3 different malts in this beer and the rich flavour of them all hit your tongue at once finished up buy a decent level of hops. Nothing here to offend anyone, just a little more interesting then say...Canadian

Then theres the aftertaste.

Im thinking that they actually use copper to colour this stuff, because there is this lingering metallic quality to it. Thats what ruins this beer for me. The metal makes it feel funny, like you're sucking a penny.

Photo of Richter35
2.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Appearance is very nice with a deep red and orange hue, with a very thick head that retains well. This beer is considerably better on tap, but this time I had it from a 473ml can.

The smell is pretty raunchy. Nothing stands out and it is not very comparable to other red ales i have tried.

Taste is pretty decent. Sour apple, candy and caramel is what I can taste. Not great...but not bad. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is average. Not much body for a red ale, with fizzy carbonation and a watery consistency. Reminds me more of a red lager than an ale.

Drinkability is pretty good, but as the years go by I have to wonder why I used to love this beer so much when I was younger. Definitely some mixed feelings for me.

On the positive side, the fact that this beer is fairly popular in Canada might suggest that there are more people out there that want more than the basic, buck-a-beer experience.

Photo of GrimmReaper
3.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This ones out of a can poured into a Lager glass
Beautiful deep amber red with a nice 2 finger bubbly light tan head,that stays put rather nicely and laces on down.
Clean caramely malty syrupy sweet smell that tastes quite refreshing and sweet with caramel hints as it goes down,medium body mouthfeel and flavor,quite a refreshing beer that i really enjoyed and do stock up often with this...if you havn't tried this it's definately worth trying....quite enjoyable.

Photo of ChrisCage
3.64/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- This beer is a clear amber/red colour with hnts of copper. The head is decently thick, and has some moderate retention, eventually dropping down to a thick ring around the glass. It looks like there is a fair bit of carbonation as seen by the many bubbles rising and the fizzy sound the head was making as it dissapeared.

S- I like the aroma of this, just nice and sweet. The malts are pronounced, with maybe a little bit of the metallic smell that others are finding, but I had to really concentrate to find them. There is also a mild nutty aroma that is quite pleasant.

T- I always enjoy the flavor of this beer, with the bread, nuttiness, and honeyed malts that are noticeable. The hops are very mild, and the finish lingers on the palate for awhile after drinking.

M- This isn't as full as I once remember it but still, it has a medium body...it seems more watery upon intake but at the back of the throat it thickens up. It is also fairly carbonated, which I find pleasant personally for this particular beer.

D- I have enjoyed a schooner or two of this in a sitting before, and even though it isn't the lightest beer out there, it's great if you are looking for something with a rich flavor, but still retaining that refreshing aspect. Goes great with chicken wings BTW. I recommend this for anyone who is graduating from cheap run of the mill brews to something with a little more class! Definately the best of the Rickards family!

Photo of akorsak
3.5/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle shared with family and friends at the beach.

A: The ale is a copper red color, looking a bit darker than a penny, almost as dark as the amber bottle that it came in. The head was of moderate size and did not retain long.

S: The nose is grainy with caramel and hints of nuttiness and hops.

T: The taste is run-of-the-mill for a red ale, with some distinct graininess that has a thin flavor with some caramel and biscuit notes. A thin line of hops adds a citrusy kick of flavor that is fleeting.

M: The mouthfeel is grainy and nondescript, a good drink with an enjoyable, if slightly thin, body.

D: I was surprised to read the label and see that this is a Molson product. The flavor is good but not great, a decent session beer if you don't want something overwhelming.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tap: clear dark brown colored beer with absolutely no head or carbonation. Aroma is very neutral with small traces of malts. Taste is also very neutral with traces of malts. Just another macro beer with no taste whatsoever. Very boring beer from Molson.

Photo of BeerSox
2.88/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Deep amber/red color with an off-white frothy head that lasts a good amount of time. Settles to a thin cap. Stringy and spotty lacing.

Toasty malt scents, with a little bit of honey in the background. Light leafy hops are also present.

Grainy malts with a touch of sweetness in the start then finishes with slight hop bitterness. A husky aftertaste finises off the mix, which is somewhat unpleasant. Thin bodied with medium carbonation.

Looks and smells alright but the taste seems a bit off. It's bland, and comes with some unsavory flavors. It's probably about average for the style. Try it for yourself.

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

A - Poured a medium amber colour with a slightly reddish tinge to it. One finger of foamy shite head that slowly evaporated.

N - A very weak nose. Some light maltiness; somewhat toasty/toffee.

T - A light malt palate with some caramel and a little bit of toasty/toffee flavour. Not very pronounced at all.

M - Light body with some carbonation.

D - A decent beer that I could drink a few of but I would not have even bought this pint had there been some better craft options. Overall a very average beer.

Photo of Mlkluther
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Better than most mass produced stuff.

Photo of Brent
2.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not a bad beer, but lackluster. Poured a rather anemic red for the style. Little aroma - a bit of malt. Flavor was rather monotone, with some mildly apple-fruit malt that hinted at some raw grain. Hopping perked up a bit toward the end, and helped redeem the experience. Verdict - so-so.

Photo of IronDjinn
2.26/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Slightly stinged from my recent experience with Rickard's (India?) Pale Ale, I step into the review of their Red not knowing what to expect. Way back, around 10 years ago now, there was something they used to put in Rickard's that I would get a nasty allergic reaction to. Some said it was the dye. Word on the street was that Rickard's Red used to be just Molson Canadian with some red dye in it. Sort of tasted that way...

It pours out a nice clear coppery amber, with a minimal off-white head. It smells almost the same as the (India?) Pale Ale, sweet malt and caramel, but the toasted corn is replaced this time by a boiled veggie aroma. Hello adjuncts! The flavour, although not overpowering, has a cloying sweetness to it, close to what you usually get with a honey brown. The sweetness dies down after a while, and this Red ale simply starts to taste like an adjunct lager. Hmmm, no connection that Rickard's is produced by Molson? Mouthfeel is somewhat watery, accompanied by a little kick from the carbonation, not as traumatizing as the (India?) Pale Ale. As the glass warms the flavour of corn becomes more distinct, oh my. I suppose this is being produced and marketed to the macro swilling crowd who want to shake things up a bit by drinking a sweetish pseudo ale version of what they were already drinking.

In the end Rickard's Red hasn't changed much since I first tried it, except a lone pint of it won't get me all wigged out anymore (thanks for abstaining with the use of that nasty mystery additive, whatever it was!). But more than ever, now that I'm at the bottom of my glass, is it apparent to me that it tastes just like a coppery version of Molson Canadian, perhaps with a bit more corn for that added sweetness. I notice the label only says it's a red beer, not an ale. Busted!

Photo of bignick
2.02/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer was read, with a quickly receding head and no lace to speak of. It smells slightly of yeast, but, other than that, there is no real aroma to speak of. An adjuncty taste dominates, and is just kinda of a foul taste over all. I had this beer sitting outside at a restaurant, and it did quench my thirst, and it is relatively drinkable in the right circumstance.

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Rickard's Red from Molson Coors Canada
71 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.