Rickard's White - Molson Coors Canada

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Reviews: 91
Hads: 242
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 4
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

20oz pint. If one could title their reviews, it would be rather difficult for me to avoid something like "Blue Moon Over Montreal", or the like. The first time I sat down in a restaurant where I knew that the beer offerings were BMC-only, only to have the waitress rattle off the usual suspects, and end in something called Rickard's White, well, how could I not be persuaded, when she said I should be careful, as this beer is a bit strange, you know, people have been saying things, and all.

A few years on, and the mystery of origin well-resolved, I find myself once again in Molson territory, and this beer arriving on the bar mat in front of me, appearing a hazy medium apricot orange colour, with very little wispy dirty white head, which leaves a low arch of coral reef lace around the glass as things sink away.

It smells of gritty wheat grain, a suggestion of corn kernels, metallic coriander, medicinal citrus, a whiff of slightly underripe banana, and a touch of white pepper. The taste is sugary wheat malt, a touch of caramel sweetness, dry yeast, muddled, neutered (i.e. not spicy at all) coriander, some actual real-seeming orange citrus, and further pithy, uninspired orchard deadfall fruitiness.

The carbonation is fluffy and lightly frothy, the body on the deep low side of medium weight, and mostly smooth, in a placid committee sort of way. It finishes pretty sweet still, the mixed graininess and plain fruitiness combining to push this into cloying territory.

A very so-so, underwhelming representation of a witbier, all the expected points hit, but with low-grade buckshot. Obviously, a fair bit better than the usual offerings from MolsonCoorsInc, should you find yourself stuck in one of their many tied houses. On a final note, please just enjoy the accompanying slice of orange on its own, after downing the damned beer. (1,853 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.28/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (915 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.98/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (614 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

473ml can. The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very heavy on the orange peel with a little bit of coriander mixed in. The beer smells about like a Belgian White should smell. The flavor is pretty similar. I get a lot of wheat and coriander, but the oranges from the aroma seem to have turned into apricots. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nothing special, but better than I expected. (423 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.66/5  rDev -16.6%
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. (449 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (1,926 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle that my brother's girlfriend's parents brought back from Canada (follow the trail there?).

A: The ale is a hazy pale yellow color, completely opaque from the haze. The head neared a finger and a half on pour and quickly receded to a thin white band.

S: The nose has some coriander zest and the dry sweetness of bitter orange peel. The wheat aromas add a slight tartness that spices the whole thing up.

T: The body is surprisingly full of flavor, considering the source. The wheat body is light with a subtle tartness that makes the tastebuds stand at attention. Some curacao-like orange peel flavors and coriander add sweetness to the tart body. The finish is far grainier than the wheat body first let on, bringing the the flavor back down a notch.

M: The early spice profile is nice, easily confused with certain craft witbiers that I've had.

D: This is another good sip, not the pinnacle of witbiers but serviceable nonetheless. (951 characters)

Photo of Derek
2.86/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at a Boston Pizza, served with an orange slice.

A: Hazy, brownish-orange; white head; no retention or lace.

S: An unfortunate chlorophenol aroma (bandaids), spicey cloves, light fruityness and hints of solvents.

T: Spicy cloves, orange & hints of tropical fruit, with a little oxidized cardboard flavour. It's like they've got the right ingredients, but it wasn't properly brewed and/or handled.

M: Light to moderate body is well-carbonated & refreshing.

D: The taste isn't bad, but I can't get over the smell. It was easily finished.

Better than a Blue moon I once had (which I couldn't finish half of!). (630 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
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 (661 characters)

Photo of Brad007
2.47/5  rDev -22.6%
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. (395 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
2.88/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy, slightly browned orange color. Poured a stark white one finger head that dissipated quickly to a light skim. No lacing.

S: Spicey cloves, light fruityness. There was an uderlying astringent/medicine aroma.

T: Spicy cloves, orange & hints of light fruit. Again, there was an underlying wet grain taste that wasn't quite right.

M: Medium light body. Well balanced carbonation. Very smooth.

D: Easy enogh to drink and very refreshing. Once over the smell and looking past the misplaced grain - taste isn't bad. (523 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3/5  rDev -6%
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. (300 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (393 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (296 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (442 characters)

Photo of bobsy
3.65/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (1,483 characters)

Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (520 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.07/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (682 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Again, sampled at the café overlooking Niagara Falls. Appearance was very cloudy orange/gold with a white head. Very little retention, quickly dissolved to a thin, thin ring that laced lightly. Aromas were appealing, lemon zest, orange and coriander. Exactly as one would expect from a witbier. The flavors were also pleasant and nicely layered, coriander first, then sugary orange and wheat at the end. Dry ,clean finish. Tart. Creamy mouthfeel, light body, varietally apropos. Lacking malt for balance. Better than I expected it to be, but still an average brew. (565 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.56/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (328 characters)

Photo of SebD
3.34/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of GJ40
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (394 characters)

Photo of TerryW
2.06/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is simply an effort to leverage an existing brand. It doesn't really have much to offer as a beer. Bland, watery mouthfeel, weak as far as its taste and aroma go. I hate drinking a beer where they've clealy skimped on the ingreients and spent all their money on the marketing and the label. Not offensive, but not worth your time either when there are better wits easily available. Yawn. (392 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
2.88/5  rDev -9.7%
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: 2.88, 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. (2,218 characters)

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Rickard's White from Molson Coors Canada
74 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.