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Rickard's White - Molson Coors Canada

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Rickard's WhiteRickard's White

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92 Reviews
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Reviews: 92
Hads: 252
Avg: 3.18
pDev: 31.76%
Wants: 4
Gots: 42 | 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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Photo of Stocean1
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
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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Photo of
2.53/5  rDev -20.4%
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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Photo of ChrisCage
3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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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Photo of thehyperduck
2.88/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of evlu1441
3.16/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of gskitt
3.07/5  rDev -3.5%
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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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of TheDeuce
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

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Photo of BasementBer
3.36/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of DrainBamage
3.01/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy orange color with thick head. Smell is kind of mild, but fruity. Goes down smooth with hints of orange with slight bitterness. I'm not a fan of wheat beers for the most part, so it can be hard for me to be impartial. I didn't find anything special on this beer, so I'll pass on it next time.

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Photo of marcusR111
3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.95/5  rDev +24.2%
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.

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Photo of jpro
2.78/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

One of the last of the Canadian cans from a summer haul, compliments of the little lady...

A: Cloudy, straw yellow (darker than most witbiers); massive, pillowy white head that leaves no lace.

S: Bready yeast and some slightly tart notes... a bit weird.

T: Better than the nose would imply... lots of wheat, bread, and somewhat grainy (ie, bland); some zesty notes and coriander help spice up the finish.

M: Light-medium body, with a high, tongue-tingling carbonation; a touch viscous, though.

D: Smeh... nothing to see here. Move along, move along.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of Swedes21
2.6/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - beers pours with about 2 fingers of head that drops off to some island appearance head. Beer is a pale ale color with some cloudyness. There is a slight amount of carbonation visible.

Smell - very faint smell all together, if you hunt there is a slight orange smell. Hops r well hidden, is there any!

Taste - lacking in the taste department, this is not a good tasting. Any hint of orange can not be tasted and there is just a light beer.

Mouthfeel - some decent carbonation added, but no taste. Same as the tasting, this is a bland beer. Very disappointed.

Drinkability - I mean, I could drink this beer for its ease of access and watery taste. Not something I'd look for again.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.33/5  rDev +4.7%
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?:

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Photo of smithza9
2.52/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I'm not a big fan of witbeer to begin with, but this is one that I could actually drink with some enjoyment. I compare this to Blue Moon (not my favorite) as it was served with an orange on the side of the glass. The appearance was good and the tase was mild for a witbeer.


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Photo of NV9
3.27/5  rDev +2.8%
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

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Photo of spinrsx
3/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of scott451
3.29/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of prosper
4.02/5  rDev +26.4%
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

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.56/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of ericj551
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of GJ40
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of Otterburn
3.47/5  rDev +9.1%
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

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Rickard's White from Molson Coors Canada
74 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.