Rickard's Red | Molson Coors Canada

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Rickard's RedRickard's Red

Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Crafted using three different malted barleys, Pacific Northwest hops and the finest Brewer's Caramel, Rickard's Red is exceptionally flavorful with a smooth finish. Enjoy Canada's favorite red beer with its proud pub heritage served cold in a pint glass.

Brewed using three different malt barleys, Pacific Northwest hops, and the finest Brewer's Caramel.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-15-2001

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Photo of fabiansoliz
2.64/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

This beer from le fut is strong and thick. If it were a wine it would be chewy. It's dark but not heavy. My sense was an earthy feel with an apple-like fruity taste. A very nice feeling was that it didn't have a lasting after-taste and it didn't linger.

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Photo of Svingjo
3.24/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear reddish brown with a thin white head that disappears quickly. The nose leads with pale malts and light caramel. Not much else though. An okay beer but nothing special.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the only restaurant I could find in Harvre St Pierre.
Reddish copper color. Bready sweet caramel maltiness, little to no hops. Not horrible.

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Photo of vincehayter
3.71/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. The flavor seems somewhat bland on the first sip but the mouthfeel is satisfying and the nutty finish makes it very drinkable.

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

Clear, minimal haziness, copper color with dense but light activity. Lightly creamy white 2 finger head lasting around 3 minutes with average legs.

Faint aromas and flavors of caramel, citrus, fruits, herbal spices. More of a sweet taste with some nuances of bread, toasty and roasted like feel.

Light body with average carbonation. Faint and short finish ending with a slightly fruity aftertaste with minimal spices.

Overall : Average craft; while drinking from a can this beer has passable freshness, too thin, missing some flavors and a proper finish. Not well bottled but better from tap.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.19/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I've been enjoying Rickard's for 25 years now. It looks, tastes, and feels a notch above your usual macro. Not much in the aroma department, but a worthy choice if your options are limited.

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Photo of kevofficiel
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The look of the beer is a Rusty Red.
The carbonation is light.
The smell is all about that sweet roasted malt. Very nice
And the taste is a corny sweetness. At the end of the taste you have that metallic caramel. As a red ale its nice feeling
So overall would I recommend it ? Yes, definitely one of my favorite Rickard's yet. But it is not one of the best Red Ale on the market.

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.21/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Serving Type: 16 oz. Draught poured into a nice Rickards glass.

A- Pours a nice ruby colour topped by a white 1 1/2 finger head. Head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves a thin film. Lots of lacing on the glass.

S- Sweet, lightly roasted malt. Not much in the way of hops as the brewery description states.

T- Lightly roasted malt, lots of caramel sweetness, and a mild hop finish.

M- Light-Medium carbonation and a fairly thin body.

O- Rickards Red. One of the best brews in the Rickards line but definitely not one of the best Red Lagers out there. If you're looking for a tasty brew that is good with a steak and available at most restaurants (in Canada at least), Rickards Red can do the job. If you have a choice, definitely choose draught over bottle (the bottles have a weird metallic taste). Overall, I recommend this beer.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.21/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Rusty red, clear filtered, little carbonation, 4 fingers of off white head with a rusty tinge.

S: Apple candy, apple butter with a citrusy tinge, lightly sweet roasted malt.

T: Lightly sweet, roasted malt, clean linen, little metallic finish, little bitterness.

M: Medium body, little carbonation. Overall smooth.

O: Its fine, not really much distinguishing character, perhaps the macro brew of amber ales. Smooth, nothing really standing out.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.22/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Picked this up for just a buck at the House of 1,000 beers. I am going to try and not let the fact this is a coors product sway my review.

A - As expected the 1/4 inch of head fizzes out rather quickly in this on with just a thin layer remaining. The color is quite a deep amber brown color.
S - Mildly skunky and lager like with very little hops or sweet malts I can detect.
T - A very interesting bit of biscuit like malts, leading to a touch of pilsner like hops, and it finishes rather tame with no noticeable metallic twang. Not bad.
M - Light to medium pretty big body for the BMC boys.

Overall its a pretty good beer easy to drink but not really worth picking up unless you can equally find it for a dollar.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.21/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had a pint on tap at a Calgary neighborhood pub, following another pint of its white stable mate. Was considering an attempt at the whole Rickard's rainbow but perhaps fortunately there were only the two most common options. This red lager is an attractive amber red hue, more red than brown, and is highly carbonated. As is so often the case with decent but not earth-shatteringly good macrobrews, the aroma is not unpleasant but is faint and takes some work to discern: I get some caramel, red fruit, and some citrus hop notes against a toasty malt backbone but the whole thing is downplayed. Taste was astonishingly fruity in this example, a bright sweet cherry gum flavor along with another form of rounded corny sweetness, bramble fruits, and some subdued caramel that follows the nose. Some tangy spice accompanies a fairly watery body and a minimally bitter finish with metallic, cardboard, and sour apple notes, although frankly I have tasted worse faults in micro-brewed red/amber ales. Other examples I have tried had a dry nut character. There's some technical proficiency here but little true artistry unless one deems the emphasis on fruit and medicinal notes to be a unique feature of this particular exemplar. Personally, I'd like more caramel/crystal malt and hops to provide balance. Color me conservative.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.24/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Re-Review since I figured I might as well write something about a beer I've been drinking for years. 473 ml can from LCBO as part of taster's pack (to do a review). Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Transparent reddish brown colored beer spilled into the glass with some bubbles present and 3+ fingers of off-white head that only receded somewhat quickly. Head was rocky and left some lacing. Looks particularly inviting given the recent weather here.

Smell - Slight malts, maybe the faint sweetness of maple syrup or caramel and a slight hop bite in there too. Most of the scents are subdued. There is a metallicness in the nose too, that is not really offputting, but still there. The farther into the glass you get the beer becomes more bready smelling and a faint whiff of alcohol is present too.

Taste - Similar to the nose, again rather subdued with a little bit more bitterness on the back end but finishes smooth.

Mouthfeel - A little thin, but obviously any sip with part of the aforementioned tremendous head gives a creamier feel. Thins out considerably and becomes a good thirst quencher. Carbonation is moderate, but the elements of this beer make it a better choice in winter as opposed to summer.

Overall - Good offering from Rickard's and not a bad mass-produced red lager, however slightly inferior to its direct competition being the offering at Alexander Keith's. Overall not something I'm likely to enjoy regularly, but any trip to a chain restaurant with limited beer selection here in Canada means that this becomes a viable option.

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Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber
3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at a Swiss Chalet restaurant.

Dark amber, with a 1-finger head which quickly dissipated.

Rather a non-descript aroma, with a slight metallic odour.

A basic taste, again somewhat metallic, though that went away some ways into the beverage. In fairness, it paired reasonably well with the fish and chips I was having.

Mild to moderate carbonation.

A slightly above-mediocre beer. The one thing I like about it is that it is somewhat easy to find in common restaurant chains in the area. Something to fall back on if the place I'm eating at doesn't have anything else better.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a good standard easy drinking red beer. branded as an irish style, this seems distinctively Canadian to me. a lovely darker copper amber color with a tall lacing head that would get even higher marks if it lasted more than a minute or so. a pleasant mix of malts, less dry irish red than American style amber to me, with a touch of earthiness, a bit of smoke, some caramel sweetness, and a peculiar yet enjoyable nutty element. the carbonation is great, tons of little micro bubbles instantly refreshing me and getting my palate ready for a big afternoon and evening of beer consumption here. this is an all day beer at a lower abv and such a quick finish for the style. a much better than average brew here, impressive for a Molson coors offering, and one id be happy to drink again. a little adjunct and metallic on the finish, but its minor and doesn't deteriorate much from the overall experience.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.7/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: very clear brown/copper, off-white head, good lacing

s: raisin bread, grassy and grainy, sweet roasted malts, some floral notes

t: follows the nose. very slight metallic notes but i can live with it. tasty

m: light bodied, good carbonation

o: my favourite canadian macro. it's a bit better from the bottle

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.62/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured on-tap in a shaker pint at a Margaritaville in Canada. The beer is a dark, ruby red coloring with no head, but a filmy ring on the surface. Nose of roasted character, caramel, and nut, but all very subtle. Flavors of sweet caramel forward, with a roasty backbone, and subtle, bitter hops at the end. Crisp and light in mouth. Clean, minimal toasted grain aftertaste. Crisp, clean finish. Typical macro-style red.

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Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.16/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving Type - 473ml can poured into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance - This beer is red. Ba dum tss. But in all honesty, it's a deep amber colour when held up to the light, with some copper tone's in there towards the edges. Poured with two fingers of slightly off white, thin head which dissipates pretty quickly (eventually into a soapy looking substance), leaving behing a good deal of lacing.

Smell - Picking up mostly grains, with some light toffee and malt. Not much else.

Taste - Very grainy and 'bready'. There is an almost certainly artificial toffee and caramel flavour which makes the beer incredibly sweet. Almost no hop flavour can be detected. Tastes like an over-malted macro lager. But that's still better than a typical macro lager.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, medium carbonation. Feels like sand on the tongue, but not really in a bad way. Honest.

Overall - 3/5

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Photo of blazin5050
2.72/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Rickard's Red, it's a beer that I'm unfortunately drawn to as there is NO GOOD BEER in the small town of Waterford, Ontario. Alas it's not disgusting, it's a so so beer that isn't good but isn't bad. There's a small amount of flavor, and it's not off putting.

Smells like a slightly breadier than usual macro lager, as to be expected. A hint of maltiness, not much else.

Not very dissimilar to the nose, it's a beer that I can gulp without the nauseating feeling of having to put it back in the glass.

Like I said, there's no good beer out here, you either get used to it or you put up some cash and drive a lot. Seriously, I have to drive 25 minutes to get to an LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) that stocks about 10 decent craft beers that aren't macro produced wannabes. For the real good stuff I have to drive 45 minutes to an hour. Don't waste your time with this beer unless you're in my position. I moved from just outside of Philadelphia to here, Beer Hell.

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Photo of mynie
3.6/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rickard is Canada's Leienkugels, I take it? Solid, well-priced beers that beer snobs tend to hate because neophyte beer people mistake them for legit craft brews.

This is a lightly hopped, bready, well balanced red ale. Very drinkable though not really exceptional in any way. I wish I had more to say but I don't because, really, not all that much was going on here.

A step up for a macro: a bit more flavorful than, say, Molson, and with absolutely no off nodes.

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Photo of andrenaline
2.93/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes... On tap at Boston Pizza...

A - Pours a clear amber colour, finger of head with little retention and no lacing.

S - Scent is bready and grainy, hints of grassy notes and burnt sugar on the finish.

T - Much like the nose with the grainy bready malt notes dominating, the subtle grassy hop notes on the finish and a lingering bready flavour.

M - Medium, smooth and wet.

O - Easy drinking but not much in terms of flavour. Reminiscent of a Molson Canadian with red food colouring.

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Photo of Tone
2.99/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, brown color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of pale malt, hint of roasted malt, hint of hop, and slight rice/corn. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, hint of roasted malt, hint of hop, and slight rice/corn. Overall, good appearance, but aroma, blend, and body are lacking.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A: Reddish amber liquid with 1/2" of cream colored head that left a nice lacing.

S: Yeast, sweet, with noble hops.

T: Candy caramel with grassy hops and yeast. Extremely sweet.

M: Thin viscosity with soda like carbonation. Feels like a soft drink.

O: too sweet, not enough hops and a thin mouth feel makes this a forgettable brew.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.82/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean amber color with a tan head. In the aroma, a small sweet roast, but quite faint. In the taste, a bit sweet in the malt, that has a small caramel like roast. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a lightly dry and sweet roast in the aftertaste. An easy ale to drink, a bit sweet and it lacks aroma.

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Photo of Brad007
2.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a mild red color with a thick frothy head into my glass. Color is spot on.

Not much in the way of aroma. Sweet malt? Little else though.

Umm, what is this supposed to be? A train wreck? Little or no hops, suspect malt and not much else.

Lingering weaksauce malt. Yeck. Not my favorite.


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Photo of BierStein711
3.24/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fine red ale!!

12 oz bottle poured into nonic, dark amber with off-white head

Apple notes, toffee, and bready finish.

This is a great Canadian beer, but I wouldn't say it is the best I have had.

The smell is sour and metallic, overall I wouldn't say this is a go too, but it is superior to Dark Horse, and most likely over Labatt Blue.

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