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Rickard's Shandy - Molson Coors Canada

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Rickard's ShandyRickard's Shandy

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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 2.65
pDev: 22.26%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: thehyperduck on 04-10-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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473 ml can poured into Sam Smith's imperial pint.

A- slightly hazy, straw yellow. There's medium-light carbonation and the head drops out rather quickly. Some light stick left on the glass.

S- tons of lemon at first (actually seems natural, or a quality lemonade at first). Becomes more of a lemon-lime pop at the pour.

T- hmmm. Awkward lemon-like flavor with crackery malts. Fairly clean finish. Does it need more "beer" flavor, more sweetness? I'm not sure.

M- light bodied without being too thin. Tart and dry.

O- it definitely comes off as a pre-packaged shandy (so few seem to get them right in my estimation). That said, I'm sure it would be refreshing during a stifling hot day at the lake and something you could pound throughout the day.

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Rickard's Shandy has a little extra yellow colouring but looks essentially like every other macro lager on the market. Obviously filtered, it lacks the substance to evoke any highlights and has a very weak tone; likewise, artificial soda-pop carbonation doesn't have the strength to form (much less sustain) a proper head.

The aroma has a snippet of that tart acidic quality that I find so refreshing in things like Radlers and citrus juices in general, but it also has a fair amount of that cloying, corn syrup-like character that I find so repelling in industrial lagers. This smells sweet enough to be a pop (which, let's be real, an adult pop it is ostensibly meant to be).

I enjoy a shandy every now and again, provided it's made with an authentic Caribbean ginger beer. Otherwise it's basically blending corn syrup with sugar, which is basically what this tastes like. You can hardly taste more than a squirt of lemon juice concentrate (think the little plastic lemons near the fish section at the grocery store).

Far more disappointing than the insipid flavour, however, is the completely lifeless mouthfeel. There's very little carbonation and no sourness - nothing about it is refreshing! Unlike, say, Stiegl Grapefruit Radler, this has no acidity or tartness what so ever. Have this after mowing the lawn or playing softball and you'll be left unsatiated. Trust me.

If Molson decides to open an adult lemonade stand at the top of the street they won't be getting my business. You can't make a good product with bad ingredients; there's nothing you can add to an adulterated, adjunct-ridden, corn syrup-based beer to make it refreshing. Not even lemonade, or, rather, lemon juice concentrate. I could make a much better one myself.

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Rickard's Shandy from Molson Coors Canada
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