Rickard's Shandy - Molson Coors Canada
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2.38/5 rDev -10.5%
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.
07-20-2013 20:28:12 | More by biegaman
2.14/5 rDev -19.5%
Served from a tall can to an English tulip
A: Pretty decent looking . Lemonade color which would be accurate Fairly hazy. Topped with roughly a finger , maybe a bit less, of white head. Dissipation was rapid and lacing was absent.
S: Lemon meringue pie. Small hits of generic beer lie in the background. Smells pretty appetizing in all actuality.
T: The tongue is instantly hit with the lemonade present in the aroma but then bludgeoned out with an atrocious graininess. The lemonade is not overly artificial and is okay but perhaps a touch watery. This graininess was absolutely the killing factor for this beer.
M: Crisp and fizzy. Close to seltzer in consistency.
O: Rickards products are usually somewhat well done IMO and I enjoy them when craft is absent but this was pretty terrible. I gave half the glass away to someone else and didn't feel like another beer after. All aspects were somewhat decent but the graininess was awful.
07-04-2013 01:49:59 | More by Haydn-Juby
2.34/5 rDev -12%
Can: Poured a super light yellow color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of lightly sweet adjunct with light lemonade notes. Taste is a mix of bland adjunct notes with some light lemonade notes. Body is really light with great carbonation. I still can’t believe a shandy is now back in Canada but still quite a disappointment.
06-18-2013 02:29:44 | More by Phyl21ca
2.95/5 rDev +10.9%
Appearance: Poured with a sickly clear yellow color that boasts little carbonation. The half finger of head it poured with disappeared very quickly and did not produce lace. I'm giving it a bit of leeway though, as it's supposed to be a lemonade beer, so I suppose a lighter yellow is to be expected.
Smell: Pretty much what I would expect from a beer that's supposedly has lemonade mixed in with it. Crisp lemon juice with an underlying scent of sugar and mixed malt. It's a big strange as the straw malt smells sweeter then you'd expect it to be.
Taste: Starts with some mild straw lager malt with a hint of lemonade. Both try to compete with one another uncomfortably until the end where victory goes to the lemonade as it ends with a mild sour touch.
Mouthfeel: Sadly that sour note doesn't quite have the palette cleansing effect you would hope it to have, as the competitive aftertaste still carries on a quite rebellion, only with a metallic twang to accompany it now. The carbonation also isn't pulling it's weight and it's barely helping out the beer.
Drinkability: For a hot summer day, yeah it's good. It's got a crispness to it that really makes you want to keep drinking it, if only the avoid the aftertaste. Very light, but that had better be the case for a 4.5 lemonade beer.
Final Thoughts: This beer drinks like a mild vodka cooler, and I don't know anyone but some members of the opposite sex who would really seek this out. Make no mistake, it's quite a bit better then the likes of Bud Light Lime or similar products. It certainly walks the line between beer and lemonade, but lacks the punch of either as a result. I applaud the effort though.
06-17-2013 00:55:34 | More by TheHammer
Rickard's Shandy from Molson Coors Canada
67 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.