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Rickard's Blonde - Molson Coors Canada

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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 16.78%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
New Rickard’s Blonde. Specially crafted with a unique blend of four hops, this German-style pilsner has a refreshingly flavourful taste and a clean finish.

(Beer added by: SebD on 09-16-2011)
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

341ml bottle, part of their new mix-pack. 4 hops, eh? In variety, or in quantity?

This beer pours a mildly hazy medium frozen golden amber colour, with two fingers of fizzy, loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves a low hanging wall of thin painted pockmarked lace around the glass as things drop away.

It smells of faint pale malt, cereal grains, floral, dead weedy hops, and just a touch of nail polish. The taste is semi-sweet grainy malt, some dank aged citrus, further sour lemon candy notes, a lightly acrid metallic edge, and earthy, sweet floral hops.

The carbonation is somewhat zippy, but the frothiness quickly wanes, the body lightweight, and just too pithy and tacky for straight ahead smoothness. It finishes off-dry, with a somewhat musty floral character.

Well, this is a bit different - off-putting, to a degree, but yet not skunky or skanky? If you turn your brain off, and just drink, all will be well, thank you cognitive dissonance! Otherwise, you'll start wondering aloud about marketing minutiae like, when is a 'Blonde' ale not a 'German' pilsener?

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 20:39:48 | More by biboergosum
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -1.3%

11-23-2011 02:56:39 | More by PEIhop
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Brad007

Vermont

3.95/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: can

07-15-2012 21:55:48 | More by Brad007
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into pint glass 26/2/12

A clear golden yellow with lots of big bubbles but just a short lived film that leaves no lace

S sweet malt with a little honey not much in the way of hops or anything else for that matter perhaps a little hay

T I get some sour corn I didn't smell and I could live without it, not too bad but not good either

M fairly light, decent carbonation and a weedy aftertaste, feels like a macro

O perhaps at a bar with no other options but the bars I've been going to all have much better options

I can tolerate Rickard's products more then the average macro but that's not saying much

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 22:07:18 | More by wordemupg
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean, deep yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, a little sweetness and a touch floral. In the taste, again a sweet malt and a bit floral all the the way through. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry floral aftertaste. A bit sweet, but not bad. I would not pin this as a pils at all.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2012 13:34:10 | More by OWSLEY069
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

473ml Can - from the LCBO

Appearance – Clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, bread, hops, lemons, apples

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts mixed with grains and corn. There is also a bit of a apple juice sweetness and some lemon juice/zest. There is also a touch of what seems to be noble hops. It ends with a corn/bready aftertaste with a light sweetness.

Overall – Better than I expected it to be. Even if it's just a small amount of noble hop taste, it's better than most of the other macros on the market. I won't rush out to buy more, but it was a worth a try.

Serving type: can

03-20-2012 16:57:27 | More by spinrsx
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barnzy78

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

11-29-2011 05:03:10 | More by barnzy78
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mynie

Indiana

3/5  rDev -1.3%

02-23-2013 23:00:03 | More by mynie
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I jacked this from my father-in-law's 4-pack mixer.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden colour with a copper hue, finger of soapy head with solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Musty, leafy hops, classic pils scents, a tad metallic and some bready wheat on the finish.

T - Surprisingly flavourful for a macro, nice grassy notes, bitter leafy hops, touch of wheat and buttered bread with a hint of sweet corn.

M - A tad thin but goes down smooth and finishes wet.

O - Definitely surprised by this one. Offers the classic pilsener flavours from a macro. Easy drinking and would order this at a pub if it were available. Nothing spectacular, but by no means terrible.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 15:45:10 | More by andrenaline
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

02-13-2013 13:08:01 | More by DaPan
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

03-05-2012 11:15:25 | More by schopenhauerale
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -1.3%

06-04-2012 02:43:48 | More by bumchilly25
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

04-06-2012 18:01:45 | More by peensteen
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +15.1%

06-16-2013 03:06:11 | More by papat444
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.09/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz beer was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Grassy, pilsner malt, and cereal grains. Pretty average aroma.

Taste: Pilsner malts, grassy hops, cereal grains, and mild hop bitterness. Pretty average pilsner.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing, chewy, mild hop bitterness. Nothing exciting.

Overall: Pretty standard pilsner. Nothing fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 03:04:43 | More by Flounder57
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: It has a nice pale yellow/golden colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderatly and has nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas give out hints of sweet bready/grainy malts with light grassy floral hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice sweet bready/grainy matliness with nice grassy hops coming through to add a slight bitterness and a slight fruitness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice light balance of malts and hops.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with ok flavours and aromas.

Serving type: can

09-16-2011 23:38:28 | More by SebD
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

3/5  rDev -1.3%

09-23-2013 15:14:06 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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rorjets

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -1.3%

04-05-2014 13:06:47 | More by rorjets
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

09-08-2013 18:43:37 | More by irishkyle21
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.36/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

03-17-2012 07:50:39 | More by thehyperduck
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ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

10-10-2013 03:40:31 | More by ZachT
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +15.1%

03-25-2012 04:41:50 | More by RedAleMan
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

05-21-2012 18:59:08 | More by beerhunter13
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NightINgale

Russian Federation

2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

03-09-2012 04:05:56 | More by NightINgale
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

02-18-2013 01:40:37 | More by LampertLand
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Rickard's Blonde from Molson Coors Canada
72 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.