Rickard's Blonde - Molson Coors Canada
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3.95/5 rDev +29.9%
Pours a nice golden color with lots of carbonation and a huge, frothy head into my glass.
Overall impression is light and sweet with grainy malt and a touch of hops.
Light, crisp with grainy malt upfront. Fluffy and buttery as well. Just the right amount of hops.
Not much is left at the back of the throat. Just some lingering butteriness.
Not bad. I wasn't expecting much but it's a pleasant surprise.
07-15-2012 21:55:48 | More by Brad007
3.73/5 rDev +22.7%
Appearance: clear-medium golden
Smell: strong floral hops smells,
Taste: malty and surprisingly for a macro, a strong hops taste (grapefruit). Not bad at all!
Drinkability: smooth to drink, overall a very decent beer.
Serving type: bottle
01-27-2012 22:36:41 | More by ledjip
3.68/5 rDev +21.1%
The other Rickard's varieties do little for my personal taste, but this one is a standout for a truely drinkable lager. I have no problem finishing this one and then another.
Sweet malt evident, nice carbonation level. Muted, but beautiful hopping. Clean lemon with classic german pils grassy/spicy notes. Rather plain yeast profile with no burnt match sulphur character which I personally like in a lager. Others may like it best as is. A very well made beer and my favourite from the big Canadian brewers.
03-03-2012 16:49:36 | More by 6pkhbt
3.6/5 rDev +18.4%
A- Pours a clear golden color with lots of bristly bubbles rising to the top rather aggressively. The head is thin, and white, but the little of it that there is retains well enough. The lacing is much the same, there not being that much, and it's kind of fizzy at that...however, it does stick to the glass for a short amount of time before noisily disappearing.
S- There is a primary malt aroma that contains caramel and hints of brown sugar. This stays in front of some mild whiffs of grass, corn, and dry grains. I don't detect much in terms of hop bitterness...perhaps the flavor contains more....
T- For a macro, this has a nice combination of distinctive malt sweetness and some tart fruitiness. The malt flavor itself just seems to be good old fashioned barley, while there is some mild citrus providing the countering tartness. The finish still doesn't have any real bitterness about it...I wouldn't exactly call this a Pilsner style beer, but just flavorful lager!
M- To me, this has a medium-ish body to it, and the carbonation, while aggressive, does smooth out a bit after settling in the glass for a few minutes. Reminds me more like something I'd enjoy with dessert....it has tons of flavor, yet the finish is clean and crisp.
O- I think this fits well within the Rickard's lineup....a premium macro type beer that should fit within almost everybody's likability factor. A decent year round lager that would be suitable with a meal/dessert, or on it's own in warmer weather....I suggest giving this one a go!
03-10-2012 23:31:38 | More by ChrisCage
3.58/5 rDev +17.8%
Poured a 341-ml bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance - bright clear yellow beer with a 1/4-inch sustaining white head. Lots of carbonation and some notable lacing.
Smell - fresh, creamy malt smell.
Taste - fairly light, balanced taste with a subtle hoppiness coming through. Not an overpowering flavour by any means but definitely a nice malty taste.
Mouthfeel - very even start to finish, does finish quite wet.
Drinkability - nothing stopping me from having several of these except that this is my last one.
12-25-2011 05:30:31 | More by DoctorStrangiato
3.5/5 rDev +15.1%
Pale golden blonde colour, ring of white head with a moderate amount of lace. Smell is biscuity and grainy, pretty generous amount of earthy hops, grassy with some lemon and citrus. Taste is malty and biscuity with lemon and citrus showing up, well hopped with a nice bitterness, grassy and earthy with a clean aftertaste and finish. Medium carbonation, medium body, good feel overall. I have to admit I wasn't expecting much from this at all but I was pretty surprised that it was as good as it was, its not great and probably not worth seeking out but I would not pass this up if it was offered or saw it on tap at a chain restaurant or macro focused bar.
04-06-2012 18:01:45 | More by peensteen
3.45/5 rDev +13.5%
Poured a two finger white head from the can with a honey hued yellow body light patchy lacing - grainy, lemon, light grassy hops in the nose - diving in - some lemon pledge, corn, stale biscuit, grassy hops in the finish - better than I expected! - medium bodied with decent carbonation - mildly bitter - drinkable and not overly sweet - semi-dry - overall worth getting on tap if faced with a wall of macro
05-17-2012 02:30:36 | More by Stocean1
3.43/5 rDev +12.8%
Appearance: Produced a finger of head that did not lace but did retain fairly well. The body is a golden blond with fairly slow, low carbonation.
Smell: Lots of grain as barley comes first and foremost with a light noble hop backing. Slight lemon and grape notes can also be noticed, and didn't need much warming to come out.
Taste: Crisp and has a certainly roughness to it that makes it appealing. Starts with a great somewhat bumpy barely taste that holds a minor lemon note that shifts well into a mild touch of noble hops.
Mouthfeel: It has a certain roughness that normally I wouldn't like, but this beer pulls it off well. The transistioning is nice and the aftertaste is non-exsistant which isn't a bad thing. Crisp.
Drinkability: It's medium bodied, which is a little suprising. It can certainly be put back well enough, but I wouldn't say it's refreshing, as it seems to finish with a very neutral sensation. No gas issues which is good too.
Final Thoughts: Rickard's is Molson's premium brand, and for the most part just about all of their beers can be said to be "Good for a Macro" and this one is no exception. Give it a shot, but don't expect miracles.
10-01-2012 04:02:26 | More by TheHammer
3.38/5 rDev +11.2%
Pours a straw gold. Rapid carbonation. Fizzy head blows up then settles fairly quickly. No lacings.
Honey-sweet grain on the nose with noticeable zesty hopping.
Grainy malt has a kind of nice edge to it, certainly didn't see it coming. Hops are less pilsner-grassy than citrussy. Lemon candy sort of lasts through the finish with a surprising bitter finish.
Super-carbonated, as you might expect.
I have a bit of respect for the Rickard's brand, and this is one of their better offerings. Good flavour for what it is.
10-08-2012 20:13:39 | More by CanuckRover
3.36/5 rDev +10.5%
Tallboy can from the LCBO. I figured the release of this couldn't be far off after seeing Keith's blonde in stores a while ago - although the labeling implies this to be more of a pilsener than an american blonde.
Pours a moderately deep golden colour - maybe 'blonde' is the most apt adjective to use here - topped with one finger of foamy, short-lived white head. It leaves behind a few scant strands of lacing on the sides of the glass, and an uneven cap on the surface. Aroma is of doughy malts, floral/citrusy hops with a hint of honey - pretty appealing.
The taste follows the aroma; straightforward but fresh and enjoyable. Backbone of bready malts supported with a strong hop profile (perhaps not surprising, given the can boasts about the use of 4 different varieties). Grassy and floral, with a firm lemony citrus presence that strengthens toward the finish. Slightly dry aftertaste that cleans up quickly. Thin-bodied, with fairly light carbonation for a pilsener and a particularly smooth mouthfeel that makes it easy to throw back.
Final Grade: 3.36, a B-. One of the better offerings in the Rickard's portfolio. There's not much here for beer geeks to appreciate, but there's not a lot to nitpick either. Not the most traditional German pilsener, as it is lacking much of a noble hop presence - but the abundance of other fresh hop flavours more than makes up for it. Sort of reminds me of Labatt 50. This one is worth a spin, but the idea of this becoming a staple seems questionable as it's nothing memorable for a pilsener or a blonde.
[Updated Oct. 23 2013]
I've had this on multiple occasions over the past year or so, and I am quite confident in stating that it's one of Molson's best beers, at least if you exclude legitimate craft operations such as Creemore. That being said, better craft alternatives aren't that difficult to find, so this is something I only turn to when the pickins are rather slim. A decent lager, with more hop bite than you'd expect from a macro. Not a traditional pilsner, but a good lager in its own right.
03-17-2012 07:50:39 | More by thehyperduck
3.33/5 rDev +9.5%
Poured into a pint,.
short lasting head foam, reduced to one little lace. Blond,golden color. Medium effervescence.
Smell; hum some cereals, a bit fruity.
Taste; like a normal blond, but with some edge
some malt, and hop, taste alright.
mouthfeel, nice texture, not too watery. it have some body. Little after taste of hopiness.
Overall, its better than that expected for that kind of micro-style made by giant Molson.
06-29-2012 20:15:38 | More by Otterburn
Rickard's Blonde from Molson Coors Canada
72 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.