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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Reviews: 151 | Ratings: 434
Photo of Sammy
2.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Molson's poster child of craft brewing. Better than water, possibly drinkable. OK red color. Bit of malt taste but not much taste thereafter.. Grainy. Tiny hops but carbonation. Bitter astringent aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel. A lot of creamy head disapearing like soap in sink.

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

I used to drink this stuff by the gallon back in school, for a while with the misunderstanding that it was actually from a microbrewery, or at least one owned by Molson. A friend of mine who used to work for Molson told me that Rickard's Red was just Canadian with some caramel flavoring tossed in, but I wasn't inclined to believe him. Years later, let's have a closer look-see.

A 20oz pint of this arrives to my table, and appears a clear, dark orange brick tinted amber colour, with one thin finger of wispy, soapy dirty white head, which leaves a ring of drooping hedge lace around the glass as things quickly subside.

It smells of barely sweet caramel syrup, stale indiscriminate fruit, a bit of warm plastic, and some mildly skunky earthy, weedy hops. The taste is more weirdly under-sweetened (perhaps my 'expectations' are too high) grainy pale malt and corn mash, with a thin caramel essence wrapped around it, like a Dairy Queen dip, a slight wet stone flintiness, and very tame musty, dead floral hops.

The carbonation is quite reserved, the body on the far lee side of medium weight, and more or less smooth, I guess. It finishes off-dry, the sweet (can I call it an adjunct?) caramel flavouring duly lingering, amongst some niggling, but still faint bitter singed earthy hops.

Well, given this re-acquaintance with Molson (for posterity, I say to myself), I think my friend was right. This sure tastes like their flagship middling-to-low lager, all dressed up with a fair dose of caramel flavoring. Ok when the options at the bar are limited, but, nostalgia aside, nothing at all here to get excited about either.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tap: clear dark brown colored beer with absolutely no head or carbonation. Aroma is very neutral with small traces of malts. Taste is also very neutral with traces of malts. Just another macro beer with no taste whatsoever. Very boring beer from Molson.

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Photo of jlindros
3.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Outback in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

Light frothy.5 finger head reddish toasty auburn color.

Nose light toasty reddish malts, light saison like yeasty like aroma, light caramel malts little syrupy.

Taste similar, light crisp ale, light yeast, caramel malts toasty red malts, hints of a malt extract too, pretty light, clean crisp finish with hint of fruits. Light bitterness.

Mouth is pretty light, decent carbonation.

Drink is good though, light beer, light flavors, goes down easy with no real off flavors, just not a lot of flavors.

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Photo of smcolw
3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reddish amber and clear. Good head that lasts.

This beer has a malty aroma without being sweet. Little, if any, hop.

The flavor profile is similar (malty, low hop) except that it is very sweet, in a distracting sort of way. Full bodied with a higher than expected carbonation.

This is good in a pinch, but still a little to "macro" for me.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.95/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An alright beer from a Macro... well I think this beer is very drinkable and smooth. It appears an amber slightly copper brown haze over it with a highly carbonated white creamy textured head. It smells of a caramel malt sweetness, and there is really no dominate hop character present here. The flavors are a nutty caramel slightly dry finish that is overall very sweet and drinkable. Nothing amazing here but very good session brew available only in Canada, so between the tap version and the bottle version a reasonable go to while looking for a better selection. Lighter to medium body with a lighter watery texture that is very drinkable and refreshing.

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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 WoodBrew
3.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was able to taste Rickard's Red at The Keg restaurant in Calgary. This was a decent beer produced by a marco-brewery. The appearance was a ruby red with foamy white head. The smell was not overly impressive, but most red ales aren't. There was some malt and subtle hop to the nose. The taste was very smooth with nice malt character that was well balance. The mouthfeel was quite good and would be a good selection for a session beer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap in Toronto airport on way back from Britain:

Pours red with a thin head that descends to a wisp, leaving dotted lacing.

The smell is light, but clean...caramel ala "red" with a touch of husk and light fruity notes.

The taste is of caramel - again, ala "red" with some husk and a touch of fruity hops to keep sweetness controlled. It has a bit more flavours than some other "macro" attempts at the style.

It has a smooth light-to-medium body with a bit of fizz.

A nice "quench-thirster". The caramel/Red character is pretty good and nothing particularly "off". A fine attempt for a "macro" brewery.

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

A - Poured a medium amber colour with a slightly reddish tinge to it. One finger of foamy shite head that slowly evaporated.

N - A very weak nose. Some light maltiness; somewhat toasty/toffee.

T - A light malt palate with some caramel and a little bit of toasty/toffee flavour. Not very pronounced at all.

M - Light body with some carbonation.

D - A decent beer that I could drink a few of but I would not have even bought this pint had there been some better craft options. Overall a very average beer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found this at $2.25 for a 12 ounce draft; who can resist sampling at a price like that? On to the beer:

The color ranges from amber to a diluted orange. The appearance isn't very "heavy" looking, but does like good nonetheless. DMS and a whiff of weird esters in the smell knock down my expectations, fearing the beer's going to taste offensive. Fortunately, that isn't the case. Toasted grains and soft fruit salad flaovrs are light and decently balanced. The beer is light and sort of watery in the mouth.

This is a beer you'd sample in your Introduction to Beer 100 class. A half-effort put into the style to bring in the masses and not scare away the veterans. Decent.

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Photo of plaid75
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured an adjunct grain and a light sweetness.

The taste consisted of some upfront diacytl with a bitter herbal hop and a thin maltiness.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style.

Overall not a memorable experience. Macroesque to be sure.

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

473ml Can

Appearance – Clear brown colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation visible and there is a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, brown sugar/caramel

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and some light very very light hops. Really there isn't a whole lots of taste here.. maybe a hint of nuts. It ends with a malty slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall – Was over at a friends house and wasn't going to turn this beer down even though I'm not a huge fan of it. At least it's a step in the right direction from most of the other boring macros out there.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale red/brown colored. Poured a two finger cream colored head with fari retention. Light, inconsistent lacing.

S: Nuts and bready malt. Some sweet mellowing undertone. Light metallic scent.

T: Big malt up front with lingering sweetness. Needs some hops to balance. As it is, finishes with an astringent mediciny taste.

M: Medium to light body. Smooth, sweet. Clean, and crisp finish.

D: Very easy to drink and franky pretty good overall.

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

A 12 oz bottle shared with family and friends at the beach.

A: The ale is a copper red color, looking a bit darker than a penny, almost as dark as the amber bottle that it came in. The head was of moderate size and did not retain long.

S: The nose is grainy with caramel and hints of nuttiness and hops.

T: The taste is run-of-the-mill for a red ale, with some distinct graininess that has a thin flavor with some caramel and biscuit notes. A thin line of hops adds a citrusy kick of flavor that is fleeting.

M: The mouthfeel is grainy and nondescript, a good drink with an enjoyable, if slightly thin, body.

D: I was surprised to read the label and see that this is a Molson product. The flavor is good but not great, a decent session beer if you don't want something overwhelming.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.09/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into pint glass aug30 2009

A clear reddish copper with half a glass of head that hung around till the bottom and even left some decent lacing. the look of this was not what expected from such a well advertised big name Canadian product

S some caramel, sweet grains and some mild hops not a whole lot

T sweeter then it's smell but still not too much going on

M watery and bubbly very average

D nothing offensive but nothing special, looks better then it is

don't say no when passed one but don't go out of this way for this one. after pouring it i thought i was in for a treat, but after drinking it i know i was tricked and it's not as good as it looks

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Photo of tigg924
2.53/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: dark reddish brown, big head, medium carbonation, clear

Smell: caramel, malt, and some hops

Taste: caramel, malt, and some hops

Mouthfeel: A decent combo of bitter and sweet. Medium body, medium to high carbonation, super smooth. Sweetish start with a bitter end.

Drinkability: One is enough and even that one I had a hard time finishing. The bitter parts were too bitter and unflavorful. The beer just is kinda there.

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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 DrJay
3.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The name certainly isn't a lie -- this poured a clear medium red with a short cap of beige foam. Lots of lacing, very sticky, with good head retention. Strange aroma. I get lots of fruitiness, not quite citrus, with some grainy malt and a hint of floral hops. Same in the flavour, just with mild bitterness added. Light iron character in the finish. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation, quite dry and nearly astringent. Not bad if you're stuck somewhere with only macro taps, but certainly not something I'd seek out or choose over nearly any craft offering.

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

I supposed this is my swill of choice when out at our less desirable bars.

Pours a clear amber/red, colour is not bad, medium sized and fizzy slightly off white head forms, quickly settles down to a thin ring around the glass, no lacing.

Smell is alright, lightly sweet and malty, a bit of toast and floral, corn syrup and caramel, light iron, a touch of fruit, but otherwise clean and lager like.

Taste is similar, just lightly sweet and malty, almost cloying, light floral, corn syrup, fruit, very clean finish, no real bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, a bit fizzy. For a macro that is found everywhere, its not too bad.

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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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Rickard's Red from Molson Coors Canada
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