Rickard's White - Molson Coors Canada

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Ratings: 240
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 19.68%
Wants: 4
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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Molson Coors Canada visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JOaikido on 02-25-2007

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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Ratings: 240 | Reviews: 93
Photo of prosper
4.02/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

looks exactly like a wit should. Hazy, very pale colour, good head.

Smells like candied orange - light malty sweetness, hint of coriander, lots of sweet orange

Tastes like it smells - sweet orange candy up front, but fades to a very dry finish. Odd bittering - slight astringency. No yeast character or hops.

Mouthfeel is spritzy, yet slick finishing very dry. An odd combination, but it works.

Good drinkability, but a bit too orangey for large volume consumption

Photo of jaslesp
3.98/5  rDev +28.4%
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.

Photo of CrazyMike
3.95/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow appearance with fluffy head. Sweet orange smell with wheat and a bit of citrus.

Taste is mostly wheat and various fruit, overall it's pretty light though. Picked up some citrus and spiced. Light-medium bodied with average carbonation. Aftertaste is dry.

Overall, this is a light and easy to drink wheat beer, but it's generic. Still, it's refreshing and it works.

Photo of nafnikufesin
3.92/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Far exceeding expectations for a Molson product, credit has to be given for actually sticking to the style of beer rather than making yet another Canadian lager marketed as a craft beer. Cloudy appearance, slight sweet smell, with a light sweet flavor with hints of orange becoming more prominent as you drink. Refreshing, flavorful, and drinkable.

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.85/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - I love the look of this beer. Hazy clouds appear wispy in a yellow-gold colour. Surface head only with a ring of lace.

Smell - caramel, citrus, with floral notes over barley aromas.

Taste - citrus-orange sweet and malty, flavourful and unique. I like the tail end of hop bitterness which continues the swell of grapefruit-barley explosion.

Mouthfeel - very smooth. Low carbonation.

Drinkability - a couple of these are going down nicely tonight.

Photo of RickB
3.85/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Maritime Ale House in the Halifax Airport.
Appearance: Cloudy, small head served with a slice of orange
Smell: Mild citrus
Taste: I really enjoyed the crisp, citrusy taste. The alcohol was not pronounced at all.
Mouthfeel: Quite full bodied. A good example of a wit.
Drinkability: I could have had a few of these. Goes down very easy. I like this better than either the Red or the Honey Brown.

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.76/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Veiled straw peach color, almost golden. White 2 finger head lasting around 3 minutes. Poor legs and no visible activity.

Aromas and flavors of citrus, fruits, grains, corn, floral spices. Well intensified and pleasant rich taste of sweet orange and sour lemon.

Slick light body with average carbonation. Faint and short finish ending with a slightly smoky spicy clove like feel.

Overall : A good tasty sweet white beer with some salivating freshness. Better directly form tap.

Photo of bobsy
3.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This doesn't seem like a Rickard's product - its not a fantastic beer, but it is considerably better than their piss poor red. In fact it turns out that this beer is a renamed version of Blue Moon (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/306/1212). In a recent blind tasting of wits, Rickard's beat out its opponents to claim the crown (much to our shock). In light of this I've re-evaluated the beer based on its seemingly superior bottle format.

Hazy yellow body support a small frothy white cap, diminishing to a patchy film. Standard for the style. Spicy aroma, with pepper and cloves. Orange is also dominant, and there's a hint of apple. The flavour contains a lot of orange, and the spicing is almost too prominent. Its a very perfumed bouquet, and this sets it part from other examples of the style. I feel this is a decent beer, but without any subtlety or nuance. The wheat backbone is decent, but overpowered. The mouthfeel is actually very nice and well-done for a wheat - its fairly light and the carbonation adds a nice zing.

This offering is a fair bit better than I thought it would be, and amidst a sea of crap options at the bar, this does stand out as an island of hope. Its definitely not a beer I would buy for home though. With friends its passable as the conversation flows, but I couldn't imagine drinking this on my sofa. The flavours and aroma are too perfumed and overdone for my taste, but nonetheless this is a job pretty well-done by a mainstream brewer.

Photo of ozmodium
3.62/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My disparaging review of this beer served on tap at a pub, may have been in haste...

I was given this stuff to try from a bottle now that it is widely available to be bought in 6 packs.

Tentatively, I poured it into my glass.

There must have been an error in the pint I was given at the Landing (this also happened to me about a month later with a jug of Granville Island Hefe, don't order snobby beers at Ladner Landing, I guess)

Anyway a nice cloudy orange with a thick white head poured out. Slight lacing as I drank it.

Anyone heard of Hoegarden? I know a certain brewmeister at Rickard's (Molson) who has ;) Tastes and smells like a stronger version of that. Nice barley and wheat with orange and coriander, very up close and personal with the gruut. No hops (naturally).

Slightly under carbonated for my liking.

Highly drinkable.

A tart orange wedge is the perfect companion to this suprisingly good beer.

Photo of irishkyle21
3.6/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a medium sized head that dies rather quickly ,very strange, most Witbiers that I have had hold up well. Leaves some lacing and has a hazy golden color.

Smells of orange, citrus, a fair amount of wheat and some light yeasty spice.

Tastes of cloves, oranges, and wheat. This is a effort from Molson.

Photo of steeler
3.6/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Rickard's White pours out a nice orangey hazy color with a nice one inch head, that sticks. Smells pretty good, with some hops, malt, and very fresh! Taste was great! Goes down smooth, with the hops turned down, really enjoyable. Mouthfeel is a bit watered down, but still good. Drinkability is high on this one i really did enjoy it, although it isn't the best wit ive had, Blanche De chambly is leaps and and bounds ahead of this one! Highly Enjoyable none the less!

Photo of berley31
3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours with a medium-sized, off-white head... head diminishes fairly quickly, but stays longer than many other macros. Color is yellow-orange, with a cloudy composition without particles. Aroma consists mainly of citrus; low yeast present. Nice on the palate - generally thin, but with some minor creaminess. Flavor is citrusy, with low bitterness and yeast... tastes nice, but is not long-lasting at all. Definitely the most impressive of the Rickard's beers, it's readily accessible at most places and pretty tasty to boot, especially for a macro white.

Photo of Shadman
3.57/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Original white beer, so it has to be good, right????

Decent looking, nice aprocot in color with a thick, almost rich head that left the 'scene' a bit to quickly and left a thin white cap/ring. Not much in the way of lacing. But at least it was hazy and unfiltered...this is a big step for Molson.

I found it had a very pleasing aroma, nice mixture of peach, sweet wheat malt, and a hint of spice and citrus.

after a watery start, I liked the taste. Crisp initially. Some nice peach-like wheat malt followed by a nice touch of citrus. Somewhat dry in the finish.

Not as 'velvety' as some other white's, but certainly easy enough on the palate.

For the price ( just a hint over $10.00/six vs. over $14.00 for Hoegarden) it makes a great beer for introducing macro-lager friends to the milky way that is the world of beer.

Photo of TheHammer
3.57/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Got a pitcher of the stuff, did not have much of a head and came with four oranges. Anyways, poured with a finger of well retaining white head that doesn't lace at all. The beer itself is a cloudy orange with a bit of a dark straw kind of look.

Smell - I'd like to say citrus smell, but really it's predominately orange. However, I'm also picking up some interesting spice like scents with the slightest touch of floral hops.

Taste - Well, pretty much exactly how it smells. Orange is the dominant flavor on this one with a little bit of a wheat like background. A little bit of a spices flavor that reminds me of nutmeg and cloves. The hops however do not seem to make an appearance.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation on this beer seems fairly good, and it leaves a pleasant orange aftertaste. That being said, it is a bit sweet and a little bit pulpy to drink, but all in all pretty good.

Drinkability - I wouldn't call this a particularly refreshing beer, and I wouldn't call it a guzzling beer either. The sweetness would lend it towards a desert beer, but it's not quite that sweet. It's not bad, and I'd drink it if everyone else was having it. It does get brownie points for being light on the stomach.

Final Thoughts - Honestly, if Rickard's Orange didn't sound like such a silly name for a beer, that is what I would rename it to. The beer is all about the orange flavor, and that did throw me off of it at first but it warmed up to me. All in all, a lot better then I'd expect from Molson so thumbs up. However, I will say if you didn't know it was a Witbier and bought it on how's it's marketed, you might be in for a shocker.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.56/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Rickard's White poured a cloudy white, with a small head. Smelled like oranges, and tasted very light, and a strong orange taste. It was very easy to drink, and rather light, but still pretty flavorfull. Overall its not a bad beer, it is exacttly the same as blue moon, so most people have already had this beer without knowing.

Photo of biegaman
3.55/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blanched banana yellow with a very pale complexion. It is almost entirely washed out when held to the light. Pretty typical haze. There was some head but it all died out at about the half way mark. It seems to reappear with swirling, but with no lace being left, why bother?

On most sniffs the aroma presents you with notes of white pepper and orange zest. But don't let your guard down - it can turn fast and next thing you know you're smelling a pale lager. It's almost like a cruel trick: one minute your senses are soothed by the scent of orange groves and the next you get a nose full of stale corn.

It may not be to the highest of witbier standards but I can't complain much about the flavour; it's got this citrus and cotton candy taste that I am downing with big gulps. It may be lacking some elements but at the point I no longer care. Bubble-gum, juicy lime and orange zest make for something rather tasty.

I would definitely ask for a heck of a lot more out of the mouthfeel. There's a light peppery lingering but that is very temporary. All in all it's stale and kind of cloying. It'd be nice for some grain in the texture, some spice on swallow, and the carbonation needs a lot more prick to be considered up to snuff.

That little bit of peppery spice is quite moderate by all standards. It seems to be all in the coriander because there's otherwise absolutely no yeast presence what so ever. The absence of wheat makes a second strike against it but I can't seem to find anything to warrant a third one to have me completely write this off.

I could still be convinced this isn't really an ale, instead a lager injected with a tasty wit flavouring. It is unarguably below par for the style but I wouldn't call it a bad beer; it's certainly a welcome addition to Molson's otherwise putrid portfolio. If the average bar would offer this alongside the other swill, I'd probably go thirsty a lot less often.

Photo of mintjellie
3.52/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug. Hazy light orange body with a two finger of white head. Head rapidly fades to nothingness leaving no lace behind.

Loads of orange in the aroma. Some lemon and bread as well, but definately in the back seat. The orange is the driver here. It's kind of one-note, but that one-not is very well played.

It tastes the way you'd expect it to after smelling it. Lots of mildly sweet orange with wheat tang in the background. Slightly tart. Swirl it around the mouth gently before swallowing and you get a hint of spice in the aftertaste.

Carbonation is there, but smooth and fine. Light, watery, and very refreshing. I've ordered this by the pitcher in places where nothing else decent was available. Extremely easy to drink, especially in hot weather.

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, tan/gold colored, high carbonation, big head

Smell: Belgian spices, coriander, and orange

Taste: Belgian spices, coriander, and orange

Mouthfeel: sweet, smooth, light, and moderately carbonated.

Drinkability: This to me tastes and feels like Blue Moon to a T. It may be slightly more orange. If you like Blue Moon, you will like this one. I could have a couple of these.

Photo of Stocean1
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light hazy whitish ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of coriander is more pronounced then I would have expected for a Molson product. Taste is a mix between some light wheat malt and well balance coriander and orange peel. Body was above average and I thought this was well spice overall. I never thought I would say this about a Molson products but this is well done and somewhat better then some other micros take on the style.

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

Rumour has it that the newest addition to the Rickard's line-up of "premium" beers is actually just a rebranding of Coors' Blue Moon for the Canadian market. I've not tried Blue Moon, and I can't find any confirmation, but it makes sense. Follow the line of ownership (Rickard's > Molson > Coors) and realize that it would be more costly to introduce an entire new brand into the country, and it's a compelling argument.

In any case, I think that the country was - in all seriousness - crying out for a half-decent national brand wit/wheat beer, so let's take a look. Rickard's White pours into my weizen-glass a nice thick cloudy yellow, with hints of orange - almost opaque - and capped by a nice two fingers of uncharacteristically (for Rickard's, at least) frothy head. The head does recede a little faster than with other wits, but is still fairly resilient. I love the wit style, so this one - even with all the macro naysayers out there - has me excited.

Smell is a mixed bag; a lot of pleasant notes, but a few weird quirks that keep me from giving it the highest rating. Very bready smelling, almost sour, and a musty wheatiness really disguise many of the nicer flavours, but this is still pretty good. Coriander, curaco orange. Some other indistinct spice. Cloves. Slightly sweet. Maybe a touch of banana. I think it's the yeast that's hurting this guy, because there are notes vaguely reminiscent of the other Rickard's beers (and this is utterly out of place here). Still, pretty good.

Taste is more of the same. Good, but not perfect. The clove, coriander, and orange peel really sell it for me, but there's an unpleasant 'lager-y-ness' that feels out of place here. Tangy, spicy. Citrus notes. Faint bubblegum. Wheat. Not as overly sweet as I was expecting, and in fact finishes a touch dry. Again, though, the yeast hurts it.

Mouthfeel and drinkability, though, are both quite nice. The body is substantial - not watery - and the carbonation is nice (perhaps not as heavy as traditional wits/wheats, but pleasant). And I could certainly pound these back for a while, although that yeast might start throwing me off at some point.

Rickard's White has left me pretty happy for a national brand. I've heard horror stories about it on-tap vs. in the bottle, but I'm nevertheless excited at the prospect of a witbier in dive bars that would never otherwise consider it (as it is, Rickard's Red is probably the only universal 'premium' in Canadian bars - it's not a leap to consider the addition of Rickard's White).

How does it stack up against other wits? Mill Street's seasonal wit, admittedly, blows it out of the water, and even Hoegaarden is pretty plainly superior. But for what it is, I must admit to really liking Rickard's White.

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

This new draft was on tap at the Toad and Turtle in Calgary, special introductory price.
Cloudy, yellow color, with a thin, white, soap bubble-like foam. Head disappears quickly. Looks as a wit-beer should. Smell of lemon and citrus yeast. Taste has the expected fruity and citrus flavor. Slightly bitter finish. Nothing overpowering in flavor or aroma. Fairly light body and smooth mouthfeel. Good, but not great. A decent attempt at a new style, still seemed a bit 'toned down' to be marketed at the macro-type crowd.

Photo of GJ40
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at the King's Head in Winnipeg.

Golden and very hazy with a very small, white head. Aroma is banana and clove. Unfortunately it was served with an orange which interfered a bit. The flavor is a bit basic and mainstream but it's decent. The consistency is moderate and the carbonation low.

This is a very drinkable beer but not very substantial. It would be nice for the summer.

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

This is a half decent wit that can be found in establishments that are Molson only. I had no problem drinking a couple of these though it is not on the same level as Hoegarden. The coriander and citrus came out on the nose and the finish was on the dry side. All in all a decent beer from Molson.

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

Served at a steak house. It was the only beer on the list I did not have, and the other beers were typical macro lagers. I thought, it's Molson, but at least it's new to me. Came served in a pint glass, with an orange garnish(forgot to request no orange). Cloudy, somewhat orange and brown with a very nice head. Served very cold, so I had to wait for awhile for it to warm so I can detect some scent and taste. Did take a few sips when it was cold. Smells of coriander, wheat, citrusy notes and a surprisingly yeasty scent. Taste was good. Wheat, bread, orange and grapefruit rinds, with a bit of dry hay. Very smooth, medium bodied but thick mouthfeel. I liked it.

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Rickard's White from Molson Coors Canada
72 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.