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Rickard's Blonde - Molson Coors Canada

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BA SCORE
72
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91 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 16.78%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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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sbarre

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

11-25-2012 00:56:22 | More by sbarre
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robuncorked


3/5  rDev -1.3%

10-18-2012 21:19:40 | More by robuncorked
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

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
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

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
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Kremlock

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

09-24-2012 21:16:08 | More by Kremlock
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

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

Quebec (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

08-19-2012 19:05:05 | More by Melomanemusher
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CurtisD

New Brunswick (Canada)

4/5  rDev +31.6%

08-19-2012 04:28:12 | More by CurtisD
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Alberta_Beer_Guy

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -1.3%

07-16-2012 00:36:20 | More by Alberta_Beer_Guy
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Brad007

Vermont

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
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Otterburn

Quebec (Canada)

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
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kuhndog

New York

3/5  rDev -1.3%

06-09-2012 02:16:21 | More by kuhndog
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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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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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


3/5  rDev -1.3%

05-21-2012 14:28:18 | More by TJMcScmeebs
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bluesplit63

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

05-17-2012 21:14:43 | More by bluesplit63
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Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

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
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ToddCommish

California

3.5/5  rDev +15.1%

05-13-2012 00:03:20 | More by ToddCommish
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

04-13-2012 19:45:16 | More by ThinkAgain
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

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
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traumaqueen


1.75/5  rDev -42.4%

04-06-2012 01:00:29 | More by traumaqueen
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maclean25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev +2%

Pours with a decent light-yellow, creamy head which reduces quickly. It has a crystal clear yellow body, like a light apple juice. It has the smell of a dirty, cheap beer. It get corn and burnt sugar on the aroma. However, it tastes better than it smells. Tastes like a decent pilsner; I taste grain and corn. While the taste is actually lighter than I'd expect, it doesn't have that little wateriness of the other Rickard's products. Great carbonation. Full body (or a medium body for a pilsner). Like other Rickard's product little to no alcohol taste. Overall, a decent pilsner but can't say I like the corn in there.

04-01-2012 05:11:03 | More by maclean25
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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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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

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
Rickard's Blonde from Molson Coors Canada
72 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.