Rickard's Red - Molson Coors Canada

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Ratings: 376
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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Photo of PatandDavid
4.33/5  rDev +41%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I don't care: I like this beer. I first had it on draft at the hotel we always stay in in Montreal, and I was just amazed at how pleasant and easy it was to drink. The taste is there, and you can keep on drinking them. Last had on draft in April in Montreal...Clear irish setter red when served, came topped with a nice white frothy head. Clean aroma. Great medium mouthfeel, good carbonation, it's mostly all malt with a biscuity aftertaste. I guess this could be my favorite macro! I would not turn this beer down. Since I've been known to have many in a row, it gets a 5 for drinkability.

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.

Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.88/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from tap. Makes a world of difference from bottled.

Photo of funkengruven
3.85/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Used to buy this by the pitcher on Cheap Beer night at a local bar.

Pours to a very pretty reddish-brown color with a practically non-existant head (likely due to the fact that it has been sitting in a pitcher). Smell is quite nice, rather nutty. Taste is actually pretty good, that same nutty aroma is there which makes it really easy to put back. mouthfeel is a little thin and not very pronounced, carbonation isn't very obvious. Overall, not bad, looking forward to putting back a few more come the next time i go home.

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 Dithyramb
3.78/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I recently reviewed the Rickard's IPA as the worst IPA that I've ever had. Being not averse to abuse, I went back to the Rickard's well. I was very pleasantly surprised. We had several hours to burn at YYZ yet again. There are very limited choices once one is trapped in the international pier, and even worse beer choices.

It poured an amber hued red with a thick, frothy head. Excellent retention and lacing. Couldn't find anything negative. Retention lasted so long that I gave up and dug in. Aromas of citrus and fruity malts.
Smooth light fruits and caramel malts. No real hops to speak of. Light medium mouthfeel that went down very easy. Finished very clean and refreshing.

By far, the best Molson brew I've had to date. I even let mine warm up, as I was enjoying a book at the time. No harsh off flavors, smooth drinking clean fun.

Photo of vincehayter
3.71/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. The flavor seems somewhat bland on the first sip but the mouthfeel is satisfying and the nutty finish makes it very drinkable.

Photo of kevinlater
3.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: very clear brown/copper, off-white head, good lacing

s: raisin bread, grassy and grainy, sweet roasted malts, some floral notes

t: follows the nose. very slight metallic notes but i can live with it. tasty

m: light bodied, good carbonation

o: my favourite canadian macro. it's a bit better from the bottle

Photo of NightINgale
3.68/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Copper red colour. Almost like an irish-red. The light-brown head is relatively rich at first, then partially dissipates.

S- You mostly smell malts and grainy hops. A very slight hint of caramel in the nose.

T- Starts out with a pleasant maltiness, followed through into a very grainy taste. As you drink more of it, it starts becoming slightly fruity, almost cirtus-like (lemon-lime).

M- Light-to-medium bodied, with loads of carbonation at first, then becomes more smooth.

D- This is where Rickard's scores high. This is a perfect session beer, very drinkable, if not served too cold.

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Having a 20-ounce draft in the watering hole in an Edmonton Holiday Inn.

Appearance - tawny copper with a 3/4-inch head that subsides in minutes. Thin layer of surface bubbles.

Smell - central aroma is fairly deeply roasted barley, over a thin hop scent.

Taste - very balanced and steady flavour of prominent barley and a fairly even hop finish.

Mouthfeel - surprisingly smooth. Perhaps it's the end of a long day and anything will do. Not overly carbonated in contrast to the bottled version.

Drinkability - I'd say this is of mediocre drinkability. Basically refreshing but not something I feel like pounding on for 6 hours.

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 marty21
3.63/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark copper/red with a one finger white head that doesn't last too terribly long but settles to a very solid cap. Leaves a bit of lacing.

S: I get caramel malt as well as a little nuttiness. I also get a faint aroma of floral hops.

T: It has a grainy taste to it with hints of caramel. I get a very sweet aftertaste.

M: Medium carbonation with a lighter body. Goes down quite easy.

D: Overall this isn't a bad beer. It's a great choice when you're somewhere that basically only has a macro selection. It's also quite drinkable and I could have a bunch of them.

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 mynie
3.6/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Photo of CrazyMike
3.59/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a light brown body. The smell is very light, a bit malty.

Taste wise, it is a very dark and smooth beer. Very malty with a hint of hops. Overall a very full bodied and flavorfull beer. The taste just gets better on tap.

Mouthfull, after savoring it, the taste kind of looses it's edge but still for the most part keeps it's impressive malty flavor.

Would highly recommended, the best out of the Rickards series and one of the best mainstream Canadian beers.

Photo of Shiloh
3.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew surprized me, was nothing like what I had anticipated.
Arrived a deep amber with a very short crown which quickly dicapated leaving nothing but the amber fluid.
The body was lighter than anticipated, as it was a medium.
Carbonation was light.
The taste was the real surprize here, as it was far more evenly balanced than I recalled from drinking this stuff a few years back on tap.
Very smooth going down, with a nice hoppy end to compliment the slight edge given the malts to begin. No linger.
Nose was limited caromel/fruits, no linger there either.

Photo of headlessparrot
3.55/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The Rickard's line of brews from Molson is a good example of a macro company doing something right - or at least, nothing egregiously wrong (if you're willing to forgive their takeover of the Capilano brewery and charging 'premium' price for what is still essentially a macro). Of course, Molson has tried to distance itself from the brand while still heavily marketing it, most likely in an attempt to curry favour from the less knowledgeable members of the craft beer community.

And Rickard's Red is, of course, the brand's flagship, a brew so pervasive that there's almost no place you can go in Canada and not enjoy a pint of it. But how does it stack up? Actually, not bad at all.

Poured from a bottle in a Rickard's Taster 12-pack, this brew was a thin brownish-red with two fingers of lacing that diminish after about three minutes into rings of lacing and the slightest cap to the brew. Hardly remarkable, but pleasant to look at.

Smell is very average, largely a mess of indistinguishable notes - though thankfully lacking that adjunct odour of most other Molson beers. Very balanced, with an initial hopiness to the odour that becomes more malty at the back of the nose. Some slight nuttiness, maybe caramel notes, but little else to speak of.

Taste is actually rather good. There's nothing groundbreaking here, but Rickard's Red is a very balanced beer, which is a nice change of pace. There's, again, some slight nuttiness, perhaps some caramel, but mostly there is simply the interplay of malts and hops in almost perfectly even amounts. Mouthfeel, as such, is also above average; though ever-so-slightly overcarbonated, the body is significant enough to give this brew some character.

Drinkability is stellar. I could (and have) enjoyed several of these in a sitting. At 5.20% ABV, it's perhaps not the best choice as a session beer, but it is still quite drinkable nonetheless, and a treat for the mouth after far too much macro sludge. Big name aside, you do have to (reluctantly) give credit where credit is due - Rickard's Red is a solid, enjoyable brew. Better on draught, certainly, but still good bottled. Even bars that only tend to carry lowest-common denominator beer seem to have this one on tap, so it is - and will continue to be, as long I'm forced by friends to frequent those establishments - a brew I enjoy regularly.

Photo of kbub6f
3.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have a lot of fond memories tied up in this beer, but it's been a while since I've had it. Let's see...

The head is thick, dense, creamy, faintly cream-colored. Nice, psycho, sticky lacing. The beer is a clear, darkish copper-brown. Aroma is sugary with cooked caramel. Kinda fruity. Front is sweet caramel and nutty. Middle is fairly full, sweet, fruity with caramel. Very nutty in the end with loads of sweet grapes. Great nutty aftertaste. Not much hops to speak of, but it's a decent red. Nice and nutty, if a little to grapey sweet. But I still like this beer.

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

This beer is not as bad as a lot of people say or well at least that is my opinion.

Appearance: It is a slightly dark amber beer with a red hue and an off white head with about average lace.

Smell: Usual macro aroma. Balanced hop and malt maybe just a little bit of caramel.

Taste: I would say a little bit above average. Sweet with some mild roasted tones.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with average carbonation.

Drinkability: I have found this beer to be refreshing on many of a hot summer day in Ontario.

Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap in Toronto airport on way back from Britain:

Pours red with a thin head that descends to a wisp, leaving dotted lacing.

The smell is light, but clean...caramel ala "red" with a touch of husk and light fruity notes.

The taste is of caramel - again, ala "red" with some husk and a touch of fruity hops to keep sweetness controlled. It has a bit more flavours than some other "macro" attempts at the style.

It has a smooth light-to-medium body with a bit of fizz.

A nice "quench-thirster". The caramel/Red character is pretty good and nothing particularly "off". A fine attempt for a "macro" brewery.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.48/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of kaszeta
3.47/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this while killing time at the Delta Montreal hotel bar....

Pouring with a coppery body and a thin tan head, this beer smells faintly of sweet malt, with no discernable hops. Tastewise, it's a sweet red ale, with a caramel flavor and no bitterness. Mouthfeel is a bit dry.

Overall, a decent red ale, but just decent, nothing remarkable here. But not bad, it's certainly better than your average hotel bar beer.

Photo of cyrenaica
3.47/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice beer with a modicum of flavour. The colour is dark red-brown which looks very thick and the head varies. The aroma is non-descript compared to other beers, there are some slight malt and hop tinges, nothing overpowering. It has a lagery feel in the mouth which for me makes it a bit more palatable. The taste is a slightly sweet taste with a hint of malt. It tends to be a smooth brew which goes down quite well. I have recommended this to others.

Photo of ecoboy
3.46/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not as bad as I might have been expecting. Really.

Nice reddish amber color. Aroma is severely lacking.

Pleasing malt center, not at all watery like some big-company Canadian products. Flavor and round body are not complex, and Rickard's has no subtlety, but it is appealing overall. Hops and slightly elevated alcohol presence give just a touch of a kick in the tastebuds to make sure you know this is beer. Clean finish.

Sampled 8/4/04 at Bugsy's in St. Catharine's.

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Rickard's Red from Molson Coors Canada
71 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.