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Rickard's White - Molson Coors Canada

Rickard's WhiteRickard's White

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

Brewed by:
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.

(Beer added by: JOaikido on 02-25-2007)
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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 WVbeergeek


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
Photo of Acebulf

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
Photo of jaslesp

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
Photo of maclean25

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
Photo of ChrisCage

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
Photo of evlu1441

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
Photo of BasementBer

Manitoba (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy straw pale with a light orange tint. poor head retention. large amounts of carbonation and no lacing.

S: Coriander and wheat.

T: Orange peel in the nose with a sweet honey note, Wheat body in the middle.

M: Soapy wash, but nothing noticeable in the slightly higher abv.

D: I prefer this at most commercial chain restaurants that sell shit beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 04:47:12 | More by BasementBer
Photo of marcusR111

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- appears as almost a cloudy apple juice. Thicker head that goes down slowly but doesn't go away. A small bit of sediment with lots of carbonation

S- slight citrusy smell, hoppy bitter smell

T- Very similar to a regular Molson Canadian, not alot different. Generic taste basically, little bit of a citrusy taste.

M- lots of carbonation and bitter. goes down smooth.

Serving style: Bottle

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 04:42:55 | More by marcusR111
Photo of BeerNemesis

New York

3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rickard's White | 340 ml. | 5.4% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Molson Breweries Of Canada. Ltd.
Style: Witbier
Glass: Flute

Buttery yellow with sparkling streaks of carbonation and a powdery head.

Faints cloves, some alcohol

Spicy closes, hints of tropical fruit, light wheat backbone. Not bad, but a bit processed.

Light and crisp.

It comes together nicely, though it's a lightweight, slightly processed brew.

Would I get it again?:

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 21:20:56 | More by BeerNemesis
Photo of NV9

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty standard white beer. Easy to drink, better than most of its common competitors (Keith's etc...). Nice fruity flavour, decent appearance given the style of beer it is (I could see where someone who hadn'yt had a beer like this before may be turned off by the appearance). Overall, a solid easy to find beer, better alternative to coors light/.canadian

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 22:11:03 | More by NV9
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass

A - 1 finger wide fizzy white head, dissipates quickly. Light gold colour, hazy

S - citrus notes, wheat, pine

T &M- sweet, tangy, nutmeg, lots of carbonation, small bubbles

D - not a beer I'd drink very often, but good to mix it up with in the summer months.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 23:49:45 | More by spinrsx
Photo of scott451

Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Swirl poured into an Ikea beaker. A cloudy greyish apricot colour. One finger fine white head. Moderate lacing persisted. Yeast chunks - not good. Smells were yeast, citrus and pepper. Tasted better than it looks. Initial taste is a bit weak but a stronger aftertaste. The spices come through with a sour twist at the end. Mouthful was a bit thin. Drinkability was OK. Refreshing but a bit sour at the end. A couple of these would be plenty.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 03:50:08 | More by scott451
Photo of vette2006c5r


3.6/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 02:31:19 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rickards White pours a cloudy gold with a quickly fading creamy head. There is some coriander in the aroma and a hint of grainy wheat. More coriander in the flavor, and some crisp wheat, but the beer just seems to be a bland macro with some coriander, not much yeasty flavors or crisp tartness that I expect from a wit. Not a bad step into craft beer, but I imagine it's as far as some people go.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 02:39:59 | More by ericj551
Photo of Otterburn

Quebec (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2 fingers white head that dissapeared in seconds.
cloudy orange-blond color,active carbonation

Smell sweet fruit,yeasty banana,orange, some sipices, corriander,cinnamon..

Taste is a bit dry, you get the banana flavor but on a smaller scale, and some orange buds

mouthfeel is a bit watery,dry, with active carbonation, small body witbier.

Drinkability: this beer is alright, not bad, but nothing impressive

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 02:14:39 | More by Otterburn
Photo of Seanstoppable

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I recently had this on tap and it was pretty tasty. Definitely hit the spot after a long day. Next time I was at the liquor store, I had to pick some up for home. Sadly, the bottled version isn't quite as good.

Pours a hazy pale yellow with a nice amount of head. Head settles down to a thing cap that also leaves lacing down the sides.

Smells lightly of coriander.

Taste consists of a burst of spice and a bit of citrus at the end. Nothing overly complex. Nice wet feel to it. No real aftertaste.

Overall, it can be really refreshing, though simple beer. Not as good as some other witbiers I have tried, but is certainly a decent one, and probably one of the best I have had from the macros. Well suited for a patio beer or as lighter fair to start out the evening.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 02:40:45 | More by Seanstoppable
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle poured into pint glass aug30 2009

A very cloudy peach color with a two finger head that falls fast and leaves no lace. i like the color of this bee and, it has a nice glow too it not bad for the big names

S orange and spice are very clear with some mild lemon and wheat with a little yeast

T tastes like it smells, but with more spice and i don't taste the yeast i could smell

M light enough, but not too thin and a fair bit of fizz

D overall it was not too bad for a major Canadian brand, i drank it with ease

there are much better versions of this style without a doubt, but it was not a bad beer overall just too much orange for my liking

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 05:07:45 | More by wordemupg
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 14:57:51 | More by tigg924
Photo of mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 06:46:15 | More by mintjellie
Photo of berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 19:33:22 | More by berley31
Photo of 01121987

Quebec (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

i saw a post about this rating higher than hoegarden in a blind tasting. i surely wasnt at that tasting.
this beer was somewhat tasty as all wits are, but i found it to be lacking in many aspects.
first of all it had absolutly no head retention, which is a must for me with a wit.
the coriander and orange peel are not over done, but there are no esters to back them up. this is a typical macro brew trying to be micro.
this beer really has no soul.
i would order rickards red over this, even though i dont really like it that much.
this beer does go down quite easy and would make a good summer session beer.
decent beer, wont buy it agan though.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 03:52:43 | More by 01121987
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 14:32:49 | More by bobsy
Photo of DoctorStrangiato

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 02:04:22 | More by DoctorStrangiato
Photo of wjimson


2.38/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this one at a party at a friends place. I am grateful for the beer, so this is the only place where I will criticize this beer.

The beer is model after a belgian white. A weak 1cm head. (The Rickard honey brown had NO head whatsoever). Pale blonde beer that is slightly cloudy, nothing special at all. Taste of artificial orange peel like, with some unflatering wheat like taste in the background. The beer finishes with a harsh tartness and bitterness in the back of the tongue. Not good.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 03:56:32 | More by wjimson
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Rickard's White from Molson Coors Canada
72 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.