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Rickard's White - Molson Coors Canada

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Ratings: 183
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 17.1%

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Molson Coors Canada visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A genuine Belgian-style wheat ale, White holds a depth of flavour. It's brewed with wheat and oats, and is unfiltered to present a natural cloudy appearance. Mild hints of ground coriander with dried orange peel mingle for a light spiciness that ends with a refreshing, smooth finish.

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Photo of Flounder57


3.06/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy golden yellow with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Lemon, bready wheat malts, orange, and spices. Really sweet fruity smell.

Taste: Very lemony, some orange, spices, wheat malts, but little oats to the taste. The beer seems sweeter than normal witbiers.

Mouthfeel: A little chewy, light bodied, watery, medium carbonation, and spiciness.

Overall: A very simple witbier. With so many others I have enjoyed over the years, this one was not as enjoyable as I would like. Very sweet fruitiness to this beer too.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 08:07:04 | More by Flounder57
Photo of CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As I develop my skills as a taster and general beer geek, I attempt to seek out the best possible craft offerings within the confines of geography and having a busy work life, looking for the holy grail examples of my favorite styles while keeping an eye open for the unusual and unique (avoiding outlandish fruit beers or others with too many odd ingredients beyond malt, grain/sugar adjuncts, yeast, and hops). As it happens, I also snag opportunities to taste and review macro-brewed offerings, as these remain an important part of the beer landscape, and I prefer to evaluate a beer on the basis of style guidelines rather than dismissing it out of hand as merely an "adjunct lager" or other banal soulless corporate icon. Which brings us to the present review of a widely available and popular Canadian take on a Belgian wit brewed by our friends at Molson Coors. I have had this beer on many occasions but this is my first crack at paying attention in a mindful way. Arrived in a pint glass with almost no head, without the orange (I had to order it as such). Beer was a dark cloudy orange, a bit darker than other examples of the style I have had, with a rather subtle aroma of citrus spice, baker's yeast, and old sweet malt. Looks syrupy sweet and lo and behold the body matched the appearance. I have read critiques of this beer style's popularity that complain of a preponderance of coriander in the flavor of many modern examples from larger breweries, and this example is certainly guilty as charged. Massive coriander bomb with some orange/lemon notes but mostly a lot of dry peppery nondescript citrus spice along with some green vegetal flavors and hay. Some bitterness in the finish along with some booze and woody notes that presumably derive from hops or hop extract. Creamy mouthful is nice and the carbonation is probably about right but the overall flavor profile is unbalanced and one-dimensional. Things are not well-integrated and this beer needs more malt and citrus to provide a foil for the spice and sweetness. A decent summer thirst-quencher when taken cold.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2013 03:12:18 | More by CalgaryFMC
Photo of DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally giving one of the old standby's a full review. Picked up a 473 ml can from LCBO. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - 2 fingers of creamy white head rest on top of this hazy golden / orange beer. Head did dissipate quickly and leaving only some soapiness at the top of the glass and sparse lacing. Very opaque.

Smell - Sweet with elements of citrus, namely orange and coriander. Not a whole else here. Pleasant but simple.

Taste - Light orange, coriander, little bit of other spices. Quite sweet but also refreshing particularly in summer. The sweetness borders on the disparaging line of being too sweet and cloying, but doesn't quite make it there which is very good thing. Slightly bitter aftertaste. The taste profile here is also quite simple but fairly well executed.

Mouthfeel - Fair rich and creamy even among witbiers. A little heavier than some in the style but has good moderate level of carbonation

Overall - A good highly accessible witbier in Canada that makes a good alternative if Blanche de Chambly or Hoegaarden is not available. Also many of the chain restaurants may carry this on tap so it's a good back up there too if nothing craft is on tap.

Serving type: can

11-08-2013 12:47:17 | More by DenisKolkin
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2.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy orange golden body with a bright white head forming thick dwindling quick with speckled lacing. Aroma citrus peel minimal coriander in the nose, the citrus peel smacks you. Flavor unrefined white ale, cloying orange peel bitterness and a flood of coriander that makes you want to lick the ground to get the flavors off the palate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied should be much lighter but the wheat weighs in with some proteins weighing things down a bit, light carbonation doesn't carry the spice very well left with cloying orange peels and spices. Overall a sad interpretation of the Belgian style white ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 20:41:41 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I didn't realise Rickard's made anything besides Rickard's Red so I gave this one a go. Not the most exciting beer I've ever drank. Tried it as it was the only "new to me" craft beer available where I was having dinner. The dinner and the beer was less than memorable. There's better Witbiers out there.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2013 16:24:22 | More by Mountainmanbrewing
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New Brunswick (Canada)

2.48/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: Towards the orange, with a 2 finger head. Mild lacing.

S: Overwhelming orange smell, like orange juice, with a bit of wheat and banana.

T: Orange, coriander, bit of a wheat finish. A bit too sugary; the sweetness is overwhelming.

M: Feels too thick, not as light as I expected it to be. Carbonation is average.

O: Good for a macrobrew, but not really anything spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 08:06:51 | More by Acebulf
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Ontario (Canada)

3.14/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Rickard's White is an okay beer. I find myself drinking it pretty frequently as its one of my "safety beers" at bars; It's at pretty much every bar in my area and its a safe fallback when I go to the sports bar's or types of establishments that only carry mass produced macrobrews. I'm never impressed with it any time I drink it, but I'm never disgusted by it either. It's very light on the wheat taste, the wheat is almost unnoticeable, it tastes very filtered, its light on the coriander and heavy on the orange, although not nearly as heavy on the orange as shock top.

All in all its a decent beer for instances when you don't have much better options, but I would never go out of my way to purchase it

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2013 20:23:53 | More by WeizenMike
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North Carolina

2.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured on-tap in a shaker pint at a Margaritaville in Canada. The beer was cloudy orange, opaque, with a filmy, white surface coat of head. Nose of baked bread, orange zest, lemon, all-spice, and clove. Flavors are fruit forward, blended and sweet, with orange, lemon, and pineapple. Bready backbone, with very subtle spice presence. The aftertaste is cloying fruit sweetness, dominated by pineapple. Light, frothy finish, with a sweet linger. Bleh.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2013 00:28:12 | More by GarthDanielson
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Ontario (Canada)

2.56/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Serving Type - 473ml can poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance - Pours a cloudy straw colour, with tinges or orange. On top sits 3 fingers of white, dense head which sticks around for a good deal of time. A huge amount of carbonation is visible through the haze.

Smell - Predominantly oranges, but not in a good citrus hop kind of way; it's more like expired orange juice. There is also some light wheat and 'bready' notes.

Taste - A good deal of citrus is present here as well, but much like the nose, it's very unpleasant. There is next to no wheat flavour as you would expect from the style. There are however some light spices. Towards the finish there is some very light bitterness, but again not much for the style.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, with ver high carbonation and a dry, sticky finish.

Overall - 2.75/5 I use to love this beer years ago, and I still feel it's not bad. That said, reviewed for the style, it simply doesn't measure up.

Serving type: can

06-23-2013 03:47:35 | More by IdeaSpeeder
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Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Boston Pizza...

A - Pours a hazy murky orange colour with a brownish hue, finger of head with some retention and sporadic lacing.

S - Scent is mild with metallic mandarin, hints of cloves and heavy bready malts.

T - Much like the nose with the bready malts dominating, hints of grassy wheat, a touch of cloves and fruity mandarins.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - A decent wit, nothing spectacular, but easily drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2012 00:00:01 | More by andrenaline
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4.03/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

In general it's a good beer. You can find it everywhere and at a good price. A orsngy taste with a medium after-taste. It is cloudy orange just like most of wheat beers, but i think it is a bit darker than most. It can easily battle with micro-breweries and well known wheat beers. This one of the best molson products and i was impressed by this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 21:05:08 | More by jaslesp
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2.48/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another Rickards to review.

Pours a cloudy orange with a white, one-finger head into my glass. Very nice.

Where's the citrus? The aroma? Anything? Bueller? Bueller?

The next part isn't very pleasant. The citrus is here albeit in a manner that overwhelms my palate. Not much else to find. Too sweet.

Mouthfeel is horrible. Syrupy.

I think that a wit simply does not translate well in a can.

Serving type: can

07-15-2012 23:17:25 | More by Brad007
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3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tap at random bar in montreal airport

A creamy 1 finger head fades slowly with decent lacing, super hazy murky yellowish orange juice colored.

Nose is quite citrusy, fresh squeezed orange juicy, clementine, light floral wit like slices with clove, coriander, orange peel, etc, but all quite light, and slight hints of wheat and malts, but mostly seems like orange juice.

Taste brings lighter wit at first, light spices with coriander, clove, orange peel, etc again, and fresh squeezed orange juice and clementine. Malt flavors bring plenty of wheat, light creamy malt, but pretty much nothing else. Finish is dry and fluffy, lots of lingering citrus and clementine, spices, orange peel, and light wheat.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad but fairly lackluster. Just a bit of malts and spices, citrus is more like juice then a wit, and overall just seems like its missing quite a bit.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2012 16:22:00 | More by jlindros
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British Columbia (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours with a creamy-fluffy white head and a cloudy straw-yellow body. The aroma has wheat and the light fruitiness which reminds me of a lemon pudding flavour. I find it has a light taste, like it was a little watery. The wheat comes out in flavour, as does the orange peel. Other than that, not much spice or fruit flavour. Very little hops and no alcohol taste. It has a medium body and medium (just the right amount) carbonation. Overall, it scores good marks, except on taste which is too mild and watery.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 04:06:00 | More by maclean25
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Ontario (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Was at a couple pubs where I had no choice but to order this, the other options were just not happening. Pours a hazy orange/yellow and doesn't have a big fruit flavour like other witbiers. That being said, it wasn't off putting either. But it definately feels like an artificial witbier, and I would prefer to never have to order this again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2012 22:44:11 | More by WeedKing4
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Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy orange/golden colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderately and leaves almost no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of wheat, orange, coriander and spices.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has an orange and wheat taste but much milder than the aromas made it out to be. Spices are no where to be found.

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

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

Serving type: can

11-20-2011 01:24:17 | More by SebD
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy orange colour with two fingers worth of foamy off white head. Settles to a thin cap but didn’t really leave any lacing.

S: You get the orange peel coriander and a bit of bananas as well. There’s also a little spiciness and wheat in there.

T: Initially you get the orange and coriander but then the taste moves towards the wheat and finishes with a weird taste. This would be a pretty good beer if that initial taste would hold up.

M: Medium carbonation with a light to medium body.

O: Rickard’s White falls into the same category as the other Rickard’s beers I’ve sampled. They’re not bad but don’t compare to real craft brews. Rickard’s is usually my go to if I’m somewhere where they only sell BMC.

Serving type: can

11-05-2011 17:20:32 | More by marty21
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at ethel's. Poured a one finger head into a pint glass, decent retention with some lacing, honey amber colour, white head.

Smell is sweet wheat, orange peel, coriander and pepper, some lemon.

Taste follows the nose but subtler. Seems almost like a decent witbier.

Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Some bitterness but relatively smooth.

I guarantee if this had a beautiful craft brew label it would be rate much higher.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2011 03:09:25 | More by Stocean1
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2.53/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - hazy dirty yellow with a small head.

Smell - Actually smells like a witbier, unlike the other mass produced Canadain wit. Wheat sweetness is the main note, with orange, lemon and spice.

Taste - Not as good as the aroma, but still fairly complex for a Molson product. None of the spice of the nose, but has some orange peel and nice wheat sweetness.

Highly drinkable, and often the only interesting selection on boring, macro-only beer lists around here.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2011 16:31:52 | More by
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Alberta (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a not overdone hazed yellowish/gold/orange color, and has a very nice looking head that is super white in color, starts out about 3 fingers thick, and although it settles very quickly, it does maintain a thick-ish layer. There is ample carbonation and the lacing factor is modest at best. While this isn't a superb looking wit, it's better looking than a lot of brews!

S- This is a pleasant smelling beer, with typical, if not slightly muted notes of coriander spice, malted wheat and an ever present sweet orange note. Overall, it isn't what a true Belgian wheat beer would smell like, as far as dominating aromas are concerned but it does smell clean!

T- When I said it smelt clean, I wasn't kidding! This is a very lightly flavored version of a wit beer but still has the overall character of what it should be. The main flavors coming through are sweet malted barley & wheat to give it a bit of tang, orange peel and just a slight hint of spice on the finish.

M- Relatively light bodied, and a decent amount of zingy carbonation. I do find this to be quite thirst quenching and easygoing overall.

O- I'm not going to slam this just because it's a Molson product, because I've had this before and while I reviewed it, I was reminded that it is decent overall. I don't find the alcohol to be noticeable, and the fruity aspect makes it very appealing to the masses...great for a few people to split at the pub too! I'd get this from time to time just for something a little different and without the huge cost behind it!

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 01:27:11 | More by ChrisCage
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Ontario (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I am not a huge fan of Rickard's, nor do I know anyone who is. However, their beer is everywhere in Canada, and I've generally heard good things about the White - or at least, better things than I've heard about their Red or Dark. Regardless, I likes me some witbier and all beers, mass-produced or not deserve a fair shake.

Pours a hazy yellowish-brown colour, topped with one finger of creamy white head that is mostly gone before a minute's time. A modest cap and some lacing on the sides are its only remnants. It sure looks like a wit, and the smell doesn't deviate from this theme - notes of wheat and spice (presumably coriander) are the most noticeable but there's a bit of citrusy orange zest. Not particularly yeasty.

It falls off a little in the taste department. Many of the notes you'd expect in a wit are there - wheat, coriander, orange citrus, and maybe even some peach if I stretch my imagination a little - but it all feels a bit watery. Not especially sweet, but definitely not bitter either. Wheat and yeast linger for a bit in the finish. Mouthfeel is a little heavier/thicker than your average fizzy yellow lager, and the carbonation level is high as I'd expect for the style. Drinkable, but not particularly satisfying.

Final Grade: 2.85, a C. With Rickard's White, Molson was clearly aiming to make something that would seem inoffensive to the average macro drinker - maximizing drinkability and minimizing potentially bothersome flavours while doing only the bare minimum to ensure it could actually be recognized as a 'witbier'. There's nothing inherently wrong with that - money makes the world turn and all - but looking at this objectively, it's a pretty lame wit, showing about the same level of quality as the other two flagship Rickard's ales.

[Updated Sept. 28 2013]
I tried another can of this - right after a bottle of Amsterdam's Oranje Weisse for comparison purposes - though to be fair, I've had this at least four or five times since the first review. My judgement is similar: this is a half-assed wit that might be a realistic option at a restaurant/pub with limited selection, but I can't think of any OCB or imported wits that don't grossly outperform Molson's facsimile.

Serving type: can

08-09-2011 02:37:08 | More by thehyperduck
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Alberta (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've had this on tap several times at various bars. It has a bit of a reputation as a "chick beer", but I think it isn't half bad considering it is made by Molson. This is my formal review, though this time it's in a bottle rather than on tap.

It pours a bright hazy orange colour with a fluffy white head that settles down to about a centimeter. Quite nice for a macro-brew. The orange colour seems like it might be artificial, but I'll give them the benefit of the doubt.

Citrus dominates the aroma, though some faint spiciness comes through too.

The flavour is not bad, though it is a very "mass-appeal" rendition of the style. It is quite malty off the start with some clear citrus notes and spice towards the end. Nothing especially complex.

Overall, this is a pretty satisfying macro beer despite not really living up to the style all too well.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 06:28:10 | More by evlu1441
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New York

3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap in Montreal. I was sampling many and this was one. When poured, it resembled a mass produced, global market brew, pale golden, no head, little lacing. Smelled of wheat and citrus, maybe lemon? Taste was ok but nothing special. Lemon notes in the scents were more pronounced, had crisp dry mouthfeel, and was a highly drinkable beer. Overall, nothing impressive.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2011 23:32:30 | More by gskitt
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2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Third review during my night in Niagara Falls. Reviews are brief compared to my usual style because they are reviewed from notes.

On-tap at Edgewaters Tap & Grill in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Reviewed from notes taken on 07-08-2011.

A: This one has an ultra hazy brownish-yellow body, like a banana that's a little older. That’s not to say that it’s unappetizing; I actually kind of like it. There’s also a creamy white head, with a tiny hint of lace. Not a bad start at all!

S: A big, unexpected nose! Wow – spices abound, showing signs of ginger, licorice, lemon juice, and a slightly nutty/sesame warmth. Nice sweetness from a fruit backing, too. Though it might not be a combination of my favorite scents, I like the complexity.

T: Not as flavorful as the nose suggested; it’s nearly as dead as the Molsons I had earlier! The only way I can tell this isn’t an adjunct lager is that I can find some complexity in the beer’s sweetness. I can actually taste a little bit of citrus – mostly orange peel. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but it gives these guys a big advantage over their other Canadian macro-counterparts. After that, some hints of grainy breads follow accordingly, rounding out a pretty indistinguishable aftertaste. In all, though, it’s still very bland. You can tell that virtually no risks were taken in the process of making this beer.

M: Again, flat and watery. It’s very decrepit for a draft beer; is it possible that something might have gone wrong with the keg? My guess is: no. It’s just a bland beer.

O: Well THAT was a sad finish, considering the appearance and the nose. I realize that there is a very specific appearance and nose that any brewer should be proud to nail when making a wit; however, that shouldn’t be the only thing that’s good about the beer! Disappointing, Rickard’s, disappointing.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2011 04:36:10 | More by BarryMFBurton
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Rickard’s White……on tap at Taco Taquila in downtown Montreal

Appearance-light orange color with a hint of blonde, out of the top gave a pretty good head that settled well. Not that much carbonation but lots of bubbles and lace.

Smell-light fruit, heavy on the orange with fumes of spice in the background, not much else.

Taste/Mouthfeel-Normal orange wheat beer notes, spice and fruit, coriander, etc. Light to medium mouthfeel, flavors don’t jump off, subdued. Alcohol shows up near the end, orange is the last flavor note on the way down but again, the whole thing was subdued, even if the flavors were simple.

Overall-hits the right notes but doesn’t get the job done, there are better wheats to be had, this is just inoffensive.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2011 19:56:06 | More by TheDeuce
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Rickard's White from Molson Coors Canada
72 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.