Rickard's Red | Molson Coors Canada

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Rickard's RedRickard's Red

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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 jpro
2.16/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Ahhh... Rickard's Red! Picked up as part of a Canadian beer haul by the little lady. The last time I had this, I was 20 years old and on a snowboarding trip at Mont Tremblant. It didn't seem too bad back then... my, how the times have changed! Poured into my camp cup (while camping in the Pisgah National Forest) a clear copper / red with a thin, effervescent head - looks refreshing at least! Smell: hmmm, what smell?! Just malty / sugar. Taste is more of the same - a light caramel malt sweetness with pretty much nothing else - no bitterness / hops / or bite on any level. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Drinkable in the realm of thirst quenchers, but the sweetness would probably do you in after a couple. Kinda disappointed...

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Photo of kwjd
2.94/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a plastic cup at a golf course. I'm stuck behind the group in front of me at the 11st tee and they are taking forever. Pours a dark amber colour with a thin off-white head. Lots of sweetness in the smell, very malty. Flavour has lots of caramel, without much bitterness at all. This is quite drinkable for an everyday beer. When I was still in high school, this was my favourite beer and it is my go to when the selection sucks, but don't confuse it for a good beer.

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Photo of Brewmiser
3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on my last trip to Canada. As my other choices were Bud & Miller Lite I decided to go with what they told me was local draft beer. turns out its made by Molson & not some local craft brewery But it was still a decent beer.
Of course it had a nice red color with just a bit of head. It didn't have much of a smell @ all & the mouth was a bit watery. The taste wasn't bad at all, a light, sweet malty taste. Not what I would normally drink but it was the best of my 3 options.

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Photo of decimator
2.83/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a beautiful clear deep amber with red hues. The 1cm creamy faded fairy quickly but leaves behind a thin layer of bubbles. Some lacing is left behind.

S - Light aroma of grains, toasts and caramel.

T - Tastes like a macro Lager with toffee & caramel notes. The finish is bit metallic.

M - Carbonation is a bit light. Just feels average.

D - Decent and easy to drink a few. Still occasionally enjoyed.

Used to be one of my favourites a few years ago but now I just view it as an average brew.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.11/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rickards Red poured an amber color. There was almost no smell to it at all. It had a bit of a flavorfull taste, but still weak, and watered down. It was very easy to drink, and realitivly light. Overall like most of the Rickards beers its not really that good, but its not really that bad either.

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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 ericj551
2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Rickard's Red pours a medium red amer with a thin head. The aroma is grainy and sweet, just a bit of dark fruit. There is some dark malt in the flavor and a bit of crystal sweetness, but the finish is dry and grainy with a bit of herbal hops. Overall the beer tastes like a decent macro ale with some chocolate malt thrown in for color.

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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 fartkowski
3.05/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

serving type: 473ml can, bought at the LCBO.

Poured a deep red color with a 2 1/2" cloud like head.
Overall I would say this is an average beer. Nothing terrible, nothing special.
It has no distinguishing features. It's just beer. Not bad of a beer if your sitting around with buddies watching a game.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.65/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Having a 20-ounce draft in the watering hole in an Edmonton Holiday Inn.

Appearance - tawny copper with a 3/4-inch head that subsides in minutes. Thin layer of surface bubbles.

Smell - central aroma is fairly deeply roasted barley, over a thin hop scent.

Taste - very balanced and steady flavour of prominent barley and a fairly even hop finish.

Mouthfeel - surprisingly smooth. Perhaps it's the end of a long day and anything will do. Not overly carbonated in contrast to the bottled version.

Drinkability - I'd say this is of mediocre drinkability. Basically refreshing but not something I feel like pounding on for 6 hours.

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Photo of TerryW
2.56/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks good enough, orangey red with a short head, some spotty lace.

Pretty much undistinguished after that. No real character that distinguishes it in any way from the rest of the herd. Offers up the obligatory whiff of hops, grain and malt, but on the whole comes across as an effort to brew up something that won't offend anyone by tasting like anything.

The papa bear of a string of unimaginative bland beers.

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Photo of Richter35
2.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Appearance is very nice with a deep red and orange hue, with a very thick head that retains well. This beer is considerably better on tap, but this time I had it from a 473ml can.

The smell is pretty raunchy. Nothing stands out and it is not very comparable to other red ales i have tried.

Taste is pretty decent. Sour apple, candy and caramel is what I can taste. Not great...but not bad. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is average. Not much body for a red ale, with fizzy carbonation and a watery consistency. Reminds me more of a red lager than an ale.

Drinkability is pretty good, but as the years go by I have to wonder why I used to love this beer so much when I was younger. Definitely some mixed feelings for me.

On the positive side, the fact that this beer is fairly popular in Canada might suggest that there are more people out there that want more than the basic, buck-a-beer experience.

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

This is Molson macro trying to make something closer to new market of micro. It is a fact.
and it taste like it.

The only thing I like with this beer, is the drinkability, its like pop soda flavour beer.

The appearance is also good, nice amber colour and an ok head thatsometime leave a small amount of stuff on the glass

Smell is quite shy. and mouthfeel is alright.

I bought 12 pack with the Red,White and the new Rickards Dark,,.,for 14$ wich is alright.

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Photo of JayQue
2.83/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had a pint at Shoeless Joe's in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Very average...a session beer at best.

Poured a fairly clear dark reddish brown color with a slightly off-white head.Average head, slightly better than average retention and a bit of lacing.

Very slight smell of sweet malts. Balanced but mild taste of caramel malts and a little bitterness.

Mouthfeel was a bit too thin with a slight metallic taste. Drinkability is average....a good lawnmower beer...acceptable session beer (with food). Very average.

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Photo of Kooz
1.21/5  rDev -60.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Another from my wife's fabulous "buy Kooz beer" trip.

Poured into a pint glass to reveal a reddish-orange beer. I expected a color more like Killians, this seemed less...robust, I guess.

A very weak smell--sort of like dead animal. Weird really.

Tastes...not good. Almost rancid. I don't think I'll be able to finish this one. And it's watery.

I will not try this again.

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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 KenOnBass
2.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Not much head, red, dark.

S: Unique smell, strong, sweet. Almost smells like a liquor.

T: Really sweet. Smooth, a little bitter. Heavy.

M: Carbonated, feels somewhere between a bud lite and an ale.

D: Average beer that I wouldn't order again. There are much better Canadian red's out there.

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Photo of mintjellie
2.46/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a drinking glass. Copper red with a thin head the fades to a thin covering. Nice colour.

Not a whole lot of scent to it. A little bit of caramel.

Tastes of grain and a little bit of caramel. Slight metallic bitterness, and it's not canned. Not undrinkable, but not really tasty either.

Thin, slick, carbonation is really noticeable. At least it goes down easy cold. I think I'll try to finish this before it warms.

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Photo of berley31
3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a very small, diminishing head, with fair lacing. Body is extremely clear with no particles, with a nice reddish color. Aroma is very light and doesn't yield much (to my nose, anyway). Average carbonation with a light body and thin texture, and a bitter finish. The flavor sticks around for a little while after finishing, moderately bitter and lightly acidic. Overall, not the best beer, but far from the worst, either. Crisp, yet bitter, it's a fairly good beer to sip on, regardless of the season.

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Photo of nighthawk
2.26/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

473mL can with no freshness date poured into mug.

Pours a clear reddish copper with some carbonation visible, feeding a moderate head that retains well. There's a little bit of lacing left as I sip.

Aroma has some sweet malt and hops to it, but it's dominated by a metallic smell.

Taste is watery, with a cooked veggie and syrupy corn/caramel sweetness. Finish has some bitterness, but there's nothing pleasant about it.

Mouthfeel is a bit creamy, medium body, smooth, slight carbonation and a relatively clean finish.

The clean finish makes this one a bit drinkable, but I can't say I'll request it again.

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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 NightINgale
3.68/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Copper red colour. Almost like an irish-red. The light-brown head is relatively rich at first, then partially dissipates.

S- You mostly smell malts and grainy hops. A very slight hint of caramel in the nose.

T- Starts out with a pleasant maltiness, followed through into a very grainy taste. As you drink more of it, it starts becoming slightly fruity, almost cirtus-like (lemon-lime).

M- Light-to-medium bodied, with loads of carbonation at first, then becomes more smooth.

D- This is where Rickard's scores high. This is a perfect session beer, very drinkable, if not served too cold.

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Photo of jushoppy2beer
3.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As far as Molson products go, this is one of the best. It's a good session beer, flavorful enough to let you know you're drinking beer, but rather light and not too filling. It pours a modest head atop a nice orangish red malty liquid. The nose is light, as is the palate. The palate boasts slight sweetish maltiness, with little bitterness to finish. Smooth, unremarkable mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. This is a standard in Ontario pubs and restaurants. Certainly it's worth a drink during the short warm Canadian summers.

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

Had this one last week in Montreal...poured into pint glass.
A: Pours a clear amber with 1 inch off white head. Surprisingly decent retention.
S: Mild caramel malt with grainy hops to balance.
T: Good balance between the soft caramel malt and the grainy hops. Follows aroma.
M: Smooth and soft mouthfeel.
D: Nice for style. Good sessionability. A nice surprise from Molson. I would have this one again.

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Rickard's Red from Molson Coors Canada
3.04 out of 5 based on 429 ratings.
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