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Rickard's Red - Molson Coors Canada

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Rickard's RedRickard's Red

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149 Reviews
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Reviews: 149
Hads: 391
Avg: 3.04
pDev: 30.92%
Wants: 8
Gots: 69 | 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 Kooz
1.21/5  rDev -60.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Another from my wife's fabulous "buy Kooz beer" trip.

Poured into a pint glass to reveal a reddish-orange beer. I expected a color more like Killians, this seemed less...robust, I guess.

A very weak smell--sort of like dead animal. Weird really.

Tastes...not good. Almost rancid. I don't think I'll be able to finish this one. And it's watery.

I will not try this again.

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Photo of mikeg67
1.4/5  rDev -53.9%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2/5  rDev -34.2%
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.

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Photo of bignick
2.02/5  rDev -33.6%
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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Photo of BarryMFBurton
2.02/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

After getting into Niagara Falls, Ontario, I was pumped to try some Canadian brews. I’m not sure exactly how local Kelsey’s on Clifton Hill is, but it had some pretty tasty food and what looked like a decent selection of beers on tap. Good start. Anyway, I asked the server what he liked, and he recommended Rickard’s Red. It’s Canadian, I’ve never heard of it before, and now it has a good word; perfect for my first beer in Canada. Hit it!

On-tap at Kelsey’s in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Reviewed from notes taken on 07-07-2011.

A: Dark amber shine in the body looks great, with an eggshell head that unfortunately doesn’t last. No lacing at all – the color saves it from looking like a greasy adjunct.

S: A bit of skunk props up the nose, which is so weak it’s almost non-existent. After a little while, slight fruits become apparent, too. They’re mostly stale, though, as is the hints of wheat at the nose’s back end. Not impressive in the slightest.

T: Fruits up front, coupled with some alcohol that rounds off some of the sweet edges. A big swell of grains comes out towards the back end, but they can only be described as musty and worn-out. That’s it. This palate is taste deficient, to be sure.

M: Flat and unfortunate on the tongue. Goes down that soda that has been sitting so long that the ice has melted, making every sip a watery mess. This beer really has nothing going for it.

O: Not a great start, Canada – this was not a pleasant experience. And it’s not because there’s some huge, offense off-taste or a striking flaw; it just wasn’t satisfying or flavorful in any way. Too bad, but it hasn’t shaken my confidence that I’ll find some good brews in Ontario. I’m still on the hunt!

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Photo of John
2.06/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tried this brew at the Mondial de la Biére in Montreal this past summer. A very light tasting red likened to a milder version of Killian's or Shea's.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.07/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a reddish copper color with a long lasting little head. The aroma was a boring mish mash of indolent malts and soapy corn. The taste, while inoffensive, lacked definition. It consisted of some bland malts, minute hop bitterness, and some wet cardboard and soapy(?) notes. The mouthfeel is prickly from high carbonation. This beer is average at best. Its not much better than your average macro swill, it does look prettier though.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
2.12/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured clear amber but with cherry highlights once in the glass. Modest tan head, some lacing. Smells feintly hoppy, not much else. Foamy mouthfeel with a syrupy texture, a touch of caramel but sour on the finish. Bitter aftertaste, a bit parched, astringent. Went a little flat by the end but the lacing held up throughout.

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Photo of Noxious26
2.13/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

341ml bottle poured in a pint glass.

Red-brown amber in colour and clear. 1/4 inch beige head reduces quickly. Almost no head at all when I take my first sip.

Aroma is a little malty and grainy. Kind of like a malty macro. A little corn in the background.

Taste is like the aroma, similar to a macro lager, but slightly maltier. Grainy with a harsh acidic mouthfeel. Thin and watery. Some corn accents. Aftertaste is a bit off and grainy.

This really isn't that good. It's just a macro is disguise. In fact, there are a few macro lagers that I'd rather have than drink this again.

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Photo of jpro
2.16/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Ahhh... Rickard's Red! Picked up as part of a Canadian beer haul by the little lady. The last time I had this, I was 20 years old and on a snowboarding trip at Mont Tremblant. It didn't seem too bad back then... my, how the times have changed! Poured into my camp cup (while camping in the Pisgah National Forest) a clear copper / red with a thin, effervescent head - looks refreshing at least! Smell: hmmm, what smell?! Just malty / sugar. Taste is more of the same - a light caramel malt sweetness with pretty much nothing else - no bitterness / hops / or bite on any level. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Drinkable in the realm of thirst quenchers, but the sweetness would probably do you in after a couple. Kinda disappointed...

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Photo of Stingray5
2.21/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.26/5  rDev -25.7%
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!

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Photo of nighthawk
2.26/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

473mL can with no freshness date poured into mug.

Pours a clear reddish copper with some carbonation visible, feeding a moderate head that retains well. There's a little bit of lacing left as I sip.

Aroma has some sweet malt and hops to it, but it's dominated by a metallic smell.

Taste is watery, with a cooked veggie and syrupy corn/caramel sweetness. Finish has some bitterness, but there's nothing pleasant about it.

Mouthfeel is a bit creamy, medium body, smooth, slight carbonation and a relatively clean finish.

The clean finish makes this one a bit drinkable, but I can't say I'll request it again.

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Photo of ummswimmin
2.27/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

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Photo of bigkahunas4
2.29/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I have had this beer several times in my travels to Toronto/Montreal - mainly because the only other option is Molson Canadian or Coors Light. Why not review it?

Poured into a 23 oz pint from tap. Nice amber/cranberry color, pretty translucent. Off-white head, about a finger, which slowly dissipated. Nose is faint, maybe a bready malt - tough to pull out. Taste has a generic, muted hop taste with hints of nuts, and a bit of sourness. Mouthfeel is quite light and watery - not much carb. Goes down quite easy, so one could drink a few if they didn't mind the drab taste. Pretty run of the mill beer - not really true to a red other than it's color, as it lacks any maltiness really.

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Photo of ism
2.29/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

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Photo of giblet
2.3/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

ordered this at the hard rock cafe in niagara canada. had not heard of it so i figured it was a micro. i now see it is a molson. came out looking flat with very little film of head. smelled very light and faint of some caramel and fruit. the taste was lighter than the smell. i understand some beer will be flat from the tap but watery too? not good. bottle may be better but i will likely pass it by.


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Photo of mintjellie
2.46/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
2.47/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Didnt know this was a molson product till got to this page.
The beer is sampled at room temp poured into a snifter. The beer is a clear chestnut color. A fizzy beige head foams up and recedes slowly to a surface layer.
Aroma is caramel malt but otherwise empty.
First sip reveals an average body with fine tingly carbonation.
Flavor is similar to nose with caramel malt and a bit of sweetness. beer goes down very easy.Not a very interesting beer. I dont think I would try this one again.

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Photo of MMansfield
2.51/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a bottle at my brothers for Easter dinner.

Appearance: Pours a rather nice deep amber colour with a two finger off white cap. Settles to a very thin layer, some lacing. Looks pretty good.

Aroma: Burnt and sour best describe this. Something odd about this nose. Sour grapes, rotten vegetables and unnatural sweetness dominate this one but there are some hints of nice fruit and nice florals, hidden deep.

Taste: There's something unholy in the taste of this brew. Sour grapes are apparent again, aswell as some ashtray cigarette butt finish. It's not a beauty of a brew, but it's better than most other big company swill.

Mouthfeel: A little overly carbonated, about what you would excpect. Drinkability is medium.

Final Statement: I would not say I enjoyed this one, but the bottom line is that it's OK, for what it is. It's an attempt at Molson to brew a beer that people with taste buds can tolerate when they're are faced a with limited selection. However, it's still not to be classified as a 'good' beer. Pint of glory? I think not.

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Photo of tigg924
2.53/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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Photo of TerryW
2.56/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks good enough, orangey red with a short head, some spotty lace.

Pretty much undistinguished after that. No real character that distinguishes it in any way from the rest of the herd. Offers up the obligatory whiff of hops, grain and malt, but on the whole comes across as an effort to brew up something that won't offend anyone by tasting like anything.

The papa bear of a string of unimaginative bland beers.

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Photo of CanuckRover
2.62/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.62/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of BigBry
2.63/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a very generic red ale. It does have the color you would expect in a classic red ale. It is not offensive, but really has no character or anything special. There is a caramel taste, but not much sweetness or hoppiness to it. It is lighter in taste and body than some other ales which makes is easy drinking. Pretty average for this style, a bit better coming from a national brewer.

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Rickard's Red from Molson Coors Canada
71 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.