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Rickard's White - Molson Coors Canada

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Ratings: 235
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 19.68%
Wants: 4
Gots: 32 | 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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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.

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look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As I develop my skills as a taster and general beer geek, I attempt to seek out the best possible craft offerings within the confines of geography and having a busy work life, looking for the holy grail examples of my favorite styles while keeping an eye open for the unusual and unique (avoiding outlandish fruit beers or others with too many odd ingredients beyond malt, grain/sugar adjuncts, yeast, and hops). As it happens, I also snag opportunities to taste and review macro-brewed offerings, as these remain an important part of the beer landscape, and I prefer to evaluate a beer on the basis of style guidelines rather than dismissing it out of hand as merely an "adjunct lager" or other banal soulless corporate icon. Which brings us to the present review of a widely available and popular Canadian take on a Belgian wit brewed by our friends at Molson Coors. I have had this beer on many occasions but this is my first crack at paying attention in a mindful way. Arrived in a pint glass with almost no head, without the orange (I had to order it as such). Beer was a dark cloudy orange, a bit darker than other examples of the style I have had, with a rather subtle aroma of citrus spice, baker's yeast, and old sweet malt. Looks syrupy sweet and lo and behold the body matched the appearance. I have read critiques of this beer style's popularity that complain of a preponderance of coriander in the flavor of many modern examples from larger breweries, and this example is certainly guilty as charged. Massive coriander bomb with some orange/lemon notes but mostly a lot of dry peppery nondescript citrus spice along with some green vegetal flavors and hay. Some bitterness in the finish along with some booze and woody notes that presumably derive from hops or hop extract. Creamy mouthful is nice and the carbonation is probably about right but the overall flavor profile is unbalanced and one-dimensional. Things are not well-integrated and this beer needs more malt and citrus to provide a foil for the spice and sweetness. A decent summer thirst-quencher when taken cold.

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Finally giving one of the old standby's a full review. Picked up a 473 ml can from LCBO. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - 2 fingers of creamy white head rest on top of this hazy golden / orange beer. Head did dissipate quickly and leaving only some soapiness at the top of the glass and sparse lacing. Very opaque.

Smell - Sweet with elements of citrus, namely orange and coriander. Not a whole else here. Pleasant but simple.

Taste - Light orange, coriander, little bit of other spices. Quite sweet but also refreshing particularly in summer. The sweetness borders on the disparaging line of being too sweet and cloying, but doesn't quite make it there which is very good thing. Slightly bitter aftertaste. The taste profile here is also quite simple but fairly well executed.

Mouthfeel - Fair rich and creamy even among witbiers. A little heavier than some in the style but has good moderate level of carbonation

Overall - A good highly accessible witbier in Canada that makes a good alternative if Blanche de Chambly or Hoegaarden is not available. Also many of the chain restaurants may carry this on tap so it's a good back up there too if nothing craft is on tap.

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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.

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