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Rickard's White - Molson Coors Canada

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235 Ratings
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Ratings: 235
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 19.68%
Wants: 4
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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.

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3/5  rDev -3.2%

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3/5  rDev -3.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

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3.34/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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3.42/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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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.

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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.

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3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

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2.88/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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3.16/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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3.07/5  rDev -1%
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.

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3/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Rickard's White from Molson Coors Canada
72 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.