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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: 31.45%
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 Seanstoppable
3.43/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of kjyost
2.56/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Closest thing to a good beer at a lounge last night...

It came poured in a beer mug looking like a good witbier: Cloudy, yellowish with a thick white head atop it, although it came with the ubiquitous slice of orange. The head left light lacing initially, and next to none by the end of the drink. Smells lightly of coriander and citrus (or is that the slice of orange?).

The flavour is thin, and certainly not nearly complex enough for a witbier. There is a mild bit of spice, and none of that citrus from the nose. Sadly I must admit to putting the orange is squeezed in order to make the beer more palatable. Light on the palate as a summery beer should, but really not terribly drinkable without a citrus addition.

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Photo of fartkowski
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving type: 473ml can, bought at the LCBO
Poured a hazy golden color, with about a 2 inch foam head, dosn't leave lacing.
Tasted a bit of citrus, also tasted a bit sweet.
A pretty smooth beer, goes down very easy.
Not really much else to add, a pretty average beer.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.52/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of riopelle12
3.01/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 32oz pitcher, frozen mug. Orange garnish, tossed to side. Typical wit presentation in bar.
Smell was a tad sweet and fruity, a little macro-smelling
Taste was more enjoyable than a blue moon or similar wit. Heavy wheat and orange presence.
Mouthfeel was somewhat striking, as it was very smooth and the amount of carbonation was optimal in my opinion for a wit. i have to say i am impressed in this aspect.
Drinkability was great on this one, easily downed my pitcher over dinner.

This beer is not something I would go out of my way again for, but a good summertime beer if in a Molson-type bar in canada.

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Photo of berley31
3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of RickB
3.85/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

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Photo of RunDWP
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

You might say this is the Shocktop of Canada....

A pretty average Witbier with the classic hazy yellow color, and a little fluffy head on top. Flavor and aroma of a little yeast, maybe a little citrus and not much spiciness at all. A little bitter taste underneath, and 3.0 for taste is slightly charitable here. Did have a nice creamy mouthfeel for the style, but otherwise, not a bad beer, but nothing remarkable.

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Photo of 01121987
3.4/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of bobsy
3.65/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.85/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.57/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of wjimson
2.4/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

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Photo of steeler
3.6/5  rDev +13.2%
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!

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Photo of nighthawk
3.37/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

About 3 cm of frothy white head sit on a hazy burnt-orange coloured brew. Nice when it arrives, but the head which showed some promise is soon lost in the beer; not even a haze on the surface is left, let alone anything sticking to the glass.

Smell has notes of clove and lemony coriander, with mainly orange. The nose is lacklustre; everything is quite subdued.

Taste is a bit orangey, with a gritty wheat backbone to the beer. Clove and coriander spice it up a little, but even these notes fail to make the brew truly flavourful.

Nice and light in the mouth, though not as much carbonation as I would have liked; as such it's only just above average.

It's pretty drinkable, light and refreshing. Nothing really unpleasant about this beer to get in the way of quaffing it.

Overall this beer is lacklustre, but not unpleasant. I wouldn't recommend buying a case, but it may be the highlight of some bar/restaurant lineups (as was the case when I tried it). It's nice to see a bigger company trying a different style, and making a fairly palatable beer in the process.

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Photo of Haybeerman
2.88/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.55/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of EatsTacos
3.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

This is beer 101, give it your girlfriend if she says she doesn't like beer and she'll like it.

The best thing about all Rickard's beers is what they look like poured. This one is a cloudy orangish yellow. Not a lot of aroma, it smells like orange and citrus because they slap an orange slice on the glass in bars. Tastes fruity, orange, good spices. Very pleasant and refreshing beer, which I believe is normal for wheat beers. This is a patio beer 1000%

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.32/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Hawoh
2/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The thin and citrus dominated taste just didn't interest me. Had I been blindfolded and asked to identify the beverage, I would've guessed several different cocktail mixes before even hazarding that this was "beer". The product isn't bad, but I hesitate to classify as beer.

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Photo of GrimmReaper
2.53/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Friends of mine brought this over for an evening,Poured a very hazy yellow color with a small white head and minor lacing.Nose was acidy,citrus with orange and pineapple coming through,i could tell right away this was not my kind but kept it to myself.Taste was zesty orange and pineapple,with cloves hitting at ya and spices and the yeast,hmm,,,do i got to drink this,well at least it went down watery,kinda thin mouthfeel that helped it go down easy,the finish had a tartiness to it and some corn taste lingered after it went down,nope,not my style.

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Photo of AlexF
3.32/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Following review in french.

La Rickard's White a une qualité principale : c'est probablement la bière blanche de style belge bénéficiant de la meilleure publicité, du moins au Québec.

Toutefois, tant par son apparence, par sa typique odeur et son très typique goût de coriandre/agrumes que par sa présence en bouche, la Rick's White est très moyenne. Agréable, généralement pas très cher, mais pas non plus de la plus haute qualité. Un bière qui flirte entre la bière de soif et la bière de dégustation.

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