Rickard's White | Molson Coors Canada

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Rickard's WhiteRickard's White

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Molson Coors Canada
Ontario, Canada

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A genuine Belgian-style wheat ale, White holds a depth of flavour. It's brewed with wheat and oats, and is unfiltered to present a natural cloudy appearance. Mild hints of ground coriander with dried orange peel mingle for a light spiciness that ends with a refreshing, smooth finish.

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Photo of Hawoh
2/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The thin and citrus dominated taste just didn't interest me. Had I been blindfolded and asked to identify the beverage, I would've guessed several different cocktail mixes before even hazarding that this was "beer". The product isn't bad, but I hesitate to classify as beer.

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Photo of TerryW
2.06/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is simply an effort to leverage an existing brand. It doesn't really have much to offer as a beer. Bland, watery mouthfeel, weak as far as its taste and aroma go. I hate drinking a beer where they've clealy skimped on the ingreients and spent all their money on the marketing and the label. Not offensive, but not worth your time either when there are better wits easily available. Yawn.

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Photo of wjimson
2.4/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this one at a party at a friends place. I am grateful for the beer, so this is the only place where I will criticize this beer.

The beer is model after a belgian white. A weak 1cm head. (The Rickard honey brown had NO head whatsoever). Pale blonde beer that is slightly cloudy, nothing special at all. Taste of artificial orange peel like, with some unflatering wheat like taste in the background. The beer finishes with a harsh tartness and bitterness in the back of the tongue. Not good.

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Photo of Acebulf
2.47/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: Towards the orange, with a 2 finger head. Mild lacing.

S: Overwhelming orange smell, like orange juice, with a bit of wheat and banana.

T: Orange, coriander, bit of a wheat finish. A bit too sugary; the sweetness is overwhelming.

M: Feels too thick, not as light as I expected it to be. Carbonation is average.

O: Good for a macrobrew, but not really anything spectacular.

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Photo of Brad007
2.47/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another Rickards to review.

Pours a cloudy orange with a white, one-finger head into my glass. Very nice.

Where's the citrus? The aroma? Anything? Bueller? Bueller?

The next part isn't very pleasant. The citrus is here albeit in a manner that overwhelms my palate. Not much else to find. Too sweet.

Mouthfeel is horrible. Syrupy.

I think that a wit simply does not translate well in a can.

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Photo of TheDeuce
2.5/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Rickard’s White……on tap at Taco Taquila in downtown Montreal

Appearance-light orange color with a hint of blonde, out of the top gave a pretty good head that settled well. Not that much carbonation but lots of bubbles and lace.

Smell-light fruit, heavy on the orange with fumes of spice in the background, not much else.

Taste/Mouthfeel-Normal orange wheat beer notes, spice and fruit, coriander, etc. Light to medium mouthfeel, flavors don’t jump off, subdued. Alcohol shows up near the end, orange is the last flavor note on the way down but again, the whole thing was subdued, even if the flavors were simple.

Overall-hits the right notes but doesn’t get the job done, there are better wheats to be had, this is just inoffensive.

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Photo of smithza9
2.52/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I'm not a big fan of witbeer to begin with, but this is one that I could actually drink with some enjoyment. I compare this to Blue Moon (not my favorite) as it was served with an orange on the side of the glass. The appearance was good and the tase was mild for a witbeer.


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Photo of GrimmReaper
2.53/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Friends of mine brought this over for an evening,Poured a very hazy yellow color with a small white head and minor lacing.Nose was acidy,citrus with orange and pineapple coming through,i could tell right away this was not my kind but kept it to myself.Taste was zesty orange and pineapple,with cloves hitting at ya and spices and the yeast,hmm,,,do i got to drink this,well at least it went down watery,kinda thin mouthfeel that helped it go down easy,the finish had a tartiness to it and some corn taste lingered after it went down,nope,not my style.

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Photo of
2.53/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - hazy dirty yellow with a small head.

Smell - Actually smells like a witbier, unlike the other mass produced Canadain wit. Wheat sweetness is the main note, with orange, lemon and spice.

Taste - Not as good as the aroma, but still fairly complex for a Molson product. None of the spice of the nose, but has some orange peel and nice wheat sweetness.

Highly drinkable, and often the only interesting selection on boring, macro-only beer lists around here.

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Photo of IdeaSpeeder
2.56/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Serving Type - 473ml can poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance - Pours a cloudy straw colour, with tinges or orange. On top sits 3 fingers of white, dense head which sticks around for a good deal of time. A huge amount of carbonation is visible through the haze.

Smell - Predominantly oranges, but not in a good citrus hop kind of way; it's more like expired orange juice. There is also some light wheat and 'bready' notes.

Taste - A good deal of citrus is present here as well, but much like the nose, it's very unpleasant. There is next to no wheat flavour as you would expect from the style. There are however some light spices. Towards the finish there is some very light bitterness, but again not much for the style.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, with ver high carbonation and a dry, sticky finish.

Overall - 2.75/5 I use to love this beer years ago, and I still feel it's not bad. That said, reviewed for the style, it simply doesn't measure up.

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Photo of kjyost
2.56/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Closest thing to a good beer at a lounge last night...

It came poured in a beer mug looking like a good witbier: Cloudy, yellowish with a thick white head atop it, although it came with the ubiquitous slice of orange. The head left light lacing initially, and next to none by the end of the drink. Smells lightly of coriander and citrus (or is that the slice of orange?).

The flavour is thin, and certainly not nearly complex enough for a witbier. There is a mild bit of spice, and none of that citrus from the nose. Sadly I must admit to putting the orange is squeezed in order to make the beer more palatable. Light on the palate as a summery beer should, but really not terribly drinkable without a citrus addition.

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Photo of WeedKing4
2.58/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Was at a couple pubs where I had no choice but to order this, the other options were just not happening. Pours a hazy orange/yellow and doesn't have a big fruit flavour like other witbiers. That being said, it wasn't off putting either. But it definately feels like an artificial witbier, and I would prefer to never have to order this again.

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Photo of Swedes21
2.6/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - beers pours with about 2 fingers of head that drops off to some island appearance head. Beer is a pale ale color with some cloudyness. There is a slight amount of carbonation visible.

Smell - very faint smell all together, if you hunt there is a slight orange smell. Hops r well hidden, is there any!

Taste - lacking in the taste department, this is not a good tasting. Any hint of orange can not be tasted and there is just a light beer.

Mouthfeel - some decent carbonation added, but no taste. Same as the tasting, this is a bland beer. Very disappointed.

Drinkability - I mean, I could drink this beer for its ease of access and watery taste. Not something I'd look for again.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.66/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured on-tap in a shaker pint at a Margaritaville in Canada. The beer was cloudy orange, opaque, with a filmy, white surface coat of head. Nose of baked bread, orange zest, lemon, all-spice, and clove. Flavors are fruit forward, blended and sweet, with orange, lemon, and pineapple. Bready backbone, with very subtle spice presence. The aftertaste is cloying fruit sweetness, dominated by pineapple. Light, frothy finish, with a sweet linger. Bleh.

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Photo of jpro
2.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

One of the last of the Canadian cans from a summer haul, compliments of the little lady...

A: Cloudy, straw yellow (darker than most witbiers); massive, pillowy white head that leaves no lace.

S: Bready yeast and some slightly tart notes... a bit weird.

T: Better than the nose would imply... lots of wheat, bread, and somewhat grainy (ie, bland); some zesty notes and coriander help spice up the finish.

M: Light-medium body, with a high, tongue-tingling carbonation; a touch viscous, though.

D: Smeh... nothing to see here. Move along, move along.

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Photo of Bunman3
2.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Ugh. Sorry, not sorry, but this is by far my least favourite style of beer. Rickard's White is a pale imitation - overly spiced, thin, and simply "off" in my books. This lacks the character of a true Wit. Like its red cousin, this beer is far better on tap that in a bottle. Overall, it has merit with a slice of orange at the right place and time. Any time this is left behind in my beer fridge, it lasts a LONG LONG time...

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Photo of LeesinkyZaika
2.84/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

This brew pours very nicely, and looks wonderful with a nice head.There is a pleasant aroma of fruitiness: pineapple and citrus especially. The beer itself is cloudy and stays that way, just like any regular wheat beer. However that's where the accolades end. It is nothing close to a German wheat beer...I'm not sure if the Belgian style is meant to be different. Lacking any real body, the initial fruityness just dies after the first sip and as it rolls over your tongue. Every successive sip tastes blander than the previous one. There's a slightly chemical aftertaste to this. I did find it thirst quenching with decent carbonation. Overall: went great with pizza and pretzels... More so than on its own: Just a pretender.

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Photo of Derek
2.86/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at a Boston Pizza, served with an orange slice.

A: Hazy, brownish-orange; white head; no retention or lace.

S: An unfortunate chlorophenol aroma (bandaids), spicey cloves, light fruityness and hints of solvents.

T: Spicy cloves, orange & hints of tropical fruit, with a little oxidized cardboard flavour. It's like they've got the right ingredients, but it wasn't properly brewed and/or handled.

M: Light to moderate body is well-carbonated & refreshing.

D: The taste isn't bad, but I can't get over the smell. It was easily finished.

Better than a Blue moon I once had (which I couldn't finish half of!).

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Photo of thehyperduck
2.88/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I am not a huge fan of Rickard's, nor do I know anyone who is. However, their beer is everywhere in Canada, and I've generally heard good things about the White - or at least, better things than I've heard about their Red or Dark. Regardless, I likes me some witbier and all beers, mass-produced or not deserve a fair shake.

Pours a hazy yellowish-brown colour, topped with one finger of creamy white head that is mostly gone before a minute's time. A modest cap and some lacing on the sides are its only remnants. It sure looks like a wit, and the smell doesn't deviate from this theme - notes of wheat and spice (presumably coriander) are the most noticeable but there's a bit of citrusy orange zest. Not particularly yeasty.

It falls off a little in the taste department. Many of the notes you'd expect in a wit are there - wheat, coriander, orange citrus, and maybe even some peach if I stretch my imagination a little - but it all feels a bit watery. Not especially sweet, but definitely not bitter either. Wheat and yeast linger for a bit in the finish. Mouthfeel is a little heavier/thicker than your average fizzy yellow lager, and the carbonation level is high as I'd expect for the style. Drinkable, but not particularly satisfying.

Final Grade: 2.88, a C. With Rickard's White, Molson was clearly aiming to make something that would seem inoffensive to the average macro drinker - maximizing drinkability and minimizing potentially bothersome flavours while doing only the bare minimum to ensure it could actually be recognized as a 'witbier'. There's nothing inherently wrong with that - money makes the world turn and all - but looking at this objectively, it's a pretty lame wit, showing about the same level of quality as the other two flagship Rickard's ales.

[Updated Sept. 28 2013]
I tried another can of this - right after a bottle of Amsterdam's Oranje Weisse for comparison purposes - though to be fair, I've had this at least four or five times since the first review. My judgement is similar: this is a half-assed wit that might be a realistic option at a restaurant/pub with limited selection, but I can't think of any OCB or imported wits that don't grossly outperform Molson's facsimile.

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Photo of Haybeerman
2.88/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy, slightly browned orange color. Poured a stark white one finger head that dissipated quickly to a light skim. No lacing.

S: Spicey cloves, light fruityness. There was an uderlying astringent/medicine aroma.

T: Spicy cloves, orange & hints of light fruit. Again, there was an underlying wet grain taste that wasn't quite right.

M: Medium light body. Well balanced carbonation. Very smooth.

D: Easy enogh to drink and very refreshing. Once over the smell and looking past the misplaced grain - taste isn't bad.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy orange golden body with a bright white head forming thick dwindling quick with speckled lacing. Aroma citrus peel minimal coriander in the nose, the citrus peel smacks you. Flavor unrefined white ale, cloying orange peel bitterness and a flood of coriander that makes you want to lick the ground to get the flavors off the palate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied should be much lighter but the wheat weighs in with some proteins weighing things down a bit, light carbonation doesn't carry the spice very well left with cloying orange peels and spices. Overall a sad interpretation of the Belgian style white ale.

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Photo of spinrsx
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass

A - 1 finger wide fizzy white head, dissipates quickly. Light gold colour, hazy

S - citrus notes, wheat, pine

T &M- sweet, tangy, nutmeg, lots of carbonation, small bubbles

D - not a beer I'd drink very often, but good to mix it up with in the summer months.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Third review during my night in Niagara Falls. Reviews are brief compared to my usual style because they are reviewed from notes.

On-tap at Edgewaters Tap & Grill in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Reviewed from notes taken on 07-08-2011.

A: This one has an ultra hazy brownish-yellow body, like a banana that's a little older. That’s not to say that it’s unappetizing; I actually kind of like it. There’s also a creamy white head, with a tiny hint of lace. Not a bad start at all!

S: A big, unexpected nose! Wow – spices abound, showing signs of ginger, licorice, lemon juice, and a slightly nutty/sesame warmth. Nice sweetness from a fruit backing, too. Though it might not be a combination of my favorite scents, I like the complexity.

T: Not as flavorful as the nose suggested; it’s nearly as dead as the Molsons I had earlier! The only way I can tell this isn’t an adjunct lager is that I can find some complexity in the beer’s sweetness. I can actually taste a little bit of citrus – mostly orange peel. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but it gives these guys a big advantage over their other Canadian macro-counterparts. After that, some hints of grainy breads follow accordingly, rounding out a pretty indistinguishable aftertaste. In all, though, it’s still very bland. You can tell that virtually no risks were taken in the process of making this beer.

M: Again, flat and watery. It’s very decrepit for a draft beer; is it possible that something might have gone wrong with the keg? My guess is: no. It’s just a bland beer.

O: Well THAT was a sad finish, considering the appearance and the nose. I realize that there is a very specific appearance and nose that any brewer should be proud to nail when making a wit; however, that shouldn’t be the only thing that’s good about the beer! Disappointing, Rickard’s, disappointing.

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Photo of kevofficiel
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First white beer that I tried.
The look is golden with an opaque density. You don t see the bubble going up.
Carbonation is really light.
The taste will kick you after 10 seconds you swallowed the beer. I will say a real strong kick. I wish it was less powerful and the taste will come from the beginning, it would be more enjoyable. Still much better than a Molson dry or a Corona. They say it's a Belgium-Style wheat ale, not too sure about that.
Overall would I recommend it ? Sure if you are in a bar and you have an option between a Corona a Rickard's White take the Rickard's, but overall there is much better on a market as a Belgium-Style wheat ale

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Photo of DrainBamage
3.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy orange color with thick head. Smell is kind of mild, but fruity. Goes down smooth with hints of orange with slight bitterness. I'm not a fan of wheat beers for the most part, so it can be hard for me to be impartial. I didn't find anything special on this beer, so I'll pass on it next time.

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3.19 out of 5 based on 262 ratings.
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