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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Ratings: 453 |  Reviews: 155
Photo of IronDjinn
2.26/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Slightly stinged from my recent experience with Rickard's (India?) Pale Ale, I step into the review of their Red not knowing what to expect. Way back, around 10 years ago now, there was something they used to put in Rickard's that I would get a nasty allergic reaction to. Some said it was the dye. Word on the street was that Rickard's Red used to be just Molson Canadian with some red dye in it. Sort of tasted that way...

It pours out a nice clear coppery amber, with a minimal off-white head. It smells almost the same as the (India?) Pale Ale, sweet malt and caramel, but the toasted corn is replaced this time by a boiled veggie aroma. Hello adjuncts! The flavour, although not overpowering, has a cloying sweetness to it, close to what you usually get with a honey brown. The sweetness dies down after a while, and this Red ale simply starts to taste like an adjunct lager. Hmmm, no connection that Rickard's is produced by Molson? Mouthfeel is somewhat watery, accompanied by a little kick from the carbonation, not as traumatizing as the (India?) Pale Ale. As the glass warms the flavour of corn becomes more distinct, oh my. I suppose this is being produced and marketed to the macro swilling crowd who want to shake things up a bit by drinking a sweetish pseudo ale version of what they were already drinking.

In the end Rickard's Red hasn't changed much since I first tried it, except a lone pint of it won't get me all wigged out anymore (thanks for abstaining with the use of that nasty mystery additive, whatever it was!). But more than ever, now that I'm at the bottom of my glass, is it apparent to me that it tastes just like a coppery version of Molson Canadian, perhaps with a bit more corn for that added sweetness. I notice the label only says it's a red beer, not an ale. Busted!

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Photo of danadeny
3.26/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice dark amber body and off white head. The smell is very yeasty, kind of spicy yeast. Taste is light overall, medium roasted malt, major yeast, little hops charactor. Mouth feel is bubbly and watery. Drinkability is easy and unoffensive. An average red, nothing special except more that average malty-ness

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Photo of canadianbarman
3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

--average 341 ml North American brown bottle, no freshness date
--poured a deep amber in color
--average head that did rather well, leading to not bad lacing
--slightly sweet smell, with a hint of hops

This is the staple of the Rickard's collection. It is still a mass produced beer by a large company so their is better out there. As far as the Rickard's collection...it is the best of the bunch. I say give it a try.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.07/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a reddish copper color with a long lasting little head. The aroma was a boring mish mash of indolent malts and soapy corn. The taste, while inoffensive, lacked definition. It consisted of some bland malts, minute hop bitterness, and some wet cardboard and soapy(?) notes. The mouthfeel is prickly from high carbonation. This beer is average at best. Its not much better than your average macro swill, it does look prettier though.

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Photo of BigBry
3.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is available in most bars and restaurants, something decent on tap, when there are limited other options.
This is a very generic red ale. It does have the color you would expect in a classic red ale. It is not offensive, but really has no character or anything special. There is a caramel taste, but not much sweetness or hoppiness to it. It is lighter in taste and body than some other ales which makes is easy drinking. Pretty average for this style, a bit better coming from a national brewer.

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Photo of mattcrill
2.66/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On-tap at Kelsey's in St. Catharine's, Ontario.

Appearance: Crystal clear amber with a thin ivory white head.

Smell: sweet malt and spices (allspice and clove) but very faint. Really have to get the nose in there to pick up much at all.

Taste: Faint biscuit and tea-like properties. I don't have a lot of words to describe this beer because it's pretty bland and doesn't deserve a lot of description.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thin. I thought a little on the watery side.

Drinkability: Easily quaffable.

A pretty boring beer overall. A let down for me.

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Photo of vitesse
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

served on tap. pours a nice reddish amber color. very very bubbly with little head. almost looks like soda.
smells slightly malty-sweet, but there's really not much aroma at all to this one.
it's definitely along the same lines of killian's red or michelob amber bock -- a slightly malty beer with a modest hop profile. this one is apparently an ale, but it's almost devoid of esters or diacetyl. very clean, lager-ish finish. overall, a pretty decent macro beer. won't blow you away, but is very drinkable and inoffensive.

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Photo of ecoboy
3.46/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not as bad as I might have been expecting. Really.

Nice reddish amber color. Aroma is severely lacking.

Pleasing malt center, not at all watery like some big-company Canadian products. Flavor and round body are not complex, and Rickard's has no subtlety, but it is appealing overall. Hops and slightly elevated alcohol presence give just a touch of a kick in the tastebuds to make sure you know this is beer. Clean finish.

Sampled 8/4/04 at Bugsy's in St. Catharine's.

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Photo of bignick
2.02/5  rDev -35%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer was read, with a quickly receding head and no lace to speak of. It smells slightly of yeast, but, other than that, there is no real aroma to speak of. An adjuncty taste dominates, and is just kinda of a foul taste over all. I had this beer sitting outside at a restaurant, and it did quench my thirst, and it is relatively drinkable in the right circumstance.

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Photo of ramrod666
2.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

this brew pours a ruby amber color with a tiny head that is gone in an instant. smell is rather sweet with malts dominating the nose. the taste is sweet malts with very weak underlying hops. mouthfeel is thin and lousy. moderatly carbonated. drinkabilty is ok. i saw this swill at most bars in niagra falls. it was always mentioned when i asked for a draft list. not the wost canadian i ever had but , certainly not the best.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.45/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is what I consider Canada's version of Killian's. But this I like better. Deep red color, short lived head and a really good flavor. Hints of corn and barely and a really smooth aftertaste. Kind of sweet, but not like candy. More or less a touch of sugary taste that is just barely enough to notice. This is one of the beers I wish we had in the states. Worth a try if you like Red Ales and are visiting the Great White North. Recommended.

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Photo of baiser
2.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark red colour, with a thinnish off white head, little retention.

A slight caramel aroma, and some bitter hop aroma.

Taste was quite one dimensional. Lacked any sort of depth. Some malty sweetness together with a touch of grain and some bitterness, all at once. After a while you fail to get any sort of taste from this beer.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
2.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a clear dull golden-red in color with a sparse off-white head that held up well and even laced the glass. Aromas are malty sweet with just a dash of bitter hops in the background. Flavors are average. A slightly roasted nutty flavor mixed in with a caramel sweetness on the front side that finished with a slight bitter metallic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is on the thin side and this was one I didn't find myself reaching for to finish. A Molson product, so what'd you expect?

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.33/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I don't care: I like this beer. I first had it on draft at the hotel we always stay in in Montreal, and I was just amazed at how pleasant and easy it was to drink. The taste is there, and you can keep on drinking them. Last had on draft in April in Montreal...Clear irish setter red when served, came topped with a nice white frothy head. Clean aroma. Great medium mouthfeel, good carbonation, it's mostly all malt with a biscuity aftertaste. I guess this could be my favorite macro! I would not turn this beer down. Since I've been known to have many in a row, it gets a 5 for drinkability.

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Photo of Sammy
2.68/5  rDev -13.8%
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 Phyl21ca
2/5  rDev -35.7%
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 Stingray5
2.21/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

More of a dirty brown than red, still it looked nice after the experiment gone awry that was a Molson Canadian. Looking forward to this after that, the disappointment was immediate. Thin thin thin, I think this is the most watery beer that wasn't yellow/clear I've ever had. Nothing happening in the aroma, a funny metallic taste, and the only good thin about the finish is when I was finished with it. To it's credit, the beer was fresh and adjuncts were not detected. Just way too thin and too funny tasting.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.57/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew surprized me, was nothing like what I had anticipated.
Arrived a deep amber with a very short crown which quickly dicapated leaving nothing but the amber fluid.
The body was lighter than anticipated, as it was a medium.
Carbonation was light.
The taste was the real surprize here, as it was far more evenly balanced than I recalled from drinking this stuff a few years back on tap.
Very smooth going down, with a nice hoppy end to compliment the slight edge given the malts to begin. No linger.
Nose was limited caromel/fruits, no linger there either.

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Photo of PiratePete
2.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours out a dark amber colour. The head disappears leaving no trace. Nose is a kind of maize smell - sort of - maybe. I just couldn't tell. I drank it but it was not what I think of as a good tasting amber/red. I might have to try it again and see if I missed something.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.46/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Spent an extremely pleasant afternoon in a Pub in Victoria BC drinking this beer, so my rating may be a little biased.Medium red color. Roasted malts, slightly hoppy, very flavorful ale. Refreshing and slightly hoppy. Good malt/hop balance. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of IMBrayon
4.27/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rickard's Red has finally been added to the inventory of beers available New Brunswick Canada's liquor stores.
This excellent red ale was first introduced to me some 5 years ago in Ontario forcing me to travel far and wide to get my hands on a few.
At a recent tasting with a few friends Rickard's Red was at the top of the list along with a local New Brunswick beer called Alpine. At this tasting we learned not to mix too many types of beers together as the drinkabiltity of lighter tasting beers such as Corona and Budweiser were very negatively affected by the stronger tasting ones such as Rickard's.

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Photo of Ahhdball
2.71/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I believe this is one of the best MacroReds I've had. Better than Killians, with a great amber tone and copper head that lasted thru the entire glass. I didn't smell anything but maybe a little hoppy citrus blend. It had a decent malt finish with a smooth mouthfeel. If I could have this again I would. The only place I've ever seen
this was in Niagara Falls so getting it in Columbus Ohio is only unlikely. I can live with out it though.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.41/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is a solid red amber, deep and glowing with a small off-white head of tight foam that faded leaving minimum lacing. Smell is very faint of sweet caramel malt and thats about it. Taste is lighter then expected, mostly sweetness from caramel malts a bit of hops but is uneven a bit towards the finish, nice effort, but still watered down enough for less taste and easier drinkin. Upon closer inspection I see its a Molson product, that explained alot. I went out of my way a bit while traveling in Sault Ste, Marie,Ontario to find this stuff and was pretty disappointed, oh well, no harm done, it was in Canadian exchange so it was pretty cheap.

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Photo of slitherySOB
2.95/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good appearance for a macro. Almost fools you. Deep red colour with a 1 finger head that lasts. Weak smell. Mildly sweet and spicy. If the smell was more prominent, a higher score would be deserved. What I did smell was good, but too weak. Fairly good taste. Sweet and malty, with a little floral hops. Not enough to balance perfectly, but enough hops to let you know an attempt was made. Refreshing mouthfeel and drinkable. A very good beer, considering the source(Molson).

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Photo of kaszeta
3.47/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this while killing time at the Delta Montreal hotel bar....

Pouring with a coppery body and a thin tan head, this beer smells faintly of sweet malt, with no discernable hops. Tastewise, it's a sweet red ale, with a caramel flavor and no bitterness. Mouthfeel is a bit dry.

Overall, a decent red ale, but just decent, nothing remarkable here. But not bad, it's certainly better than your average hotel bar beer.

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Rickard's Red from Molson Coors Canada
Beer rating: 3.11 out of 5 with 453 ratings