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.

Added by JOaikido on 02-25-2007

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Photo of Lewnanny
4.4/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beer. If not the best one

You can drink it two way. Without the lees or with the lees. It completely change the taste.
Fun to try. Just before finishing poring your beer, stir gently the bottle and poor the rest of it into your glass. The taste is distinctive.

Add an orange slice on the rim make it even more tasteful.

I like it cold at refrigerated temperature, but I love it too, to the room temperature, the aroma's and the taste is well more pronounced. You can really taste the orange flavor out of it, a room temperature.

Love that beer. It part of the beers I buy often.

I also love the taste left in mouth after worth.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
3.22/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I can't believe I never rated this. I have had it a number of times when I am in Canada - it is Blue Moon. It is well labeled as a White beer, but it is Blue Moon. They call it Rickards.....which I can only imagine they decided in Canada was a slightly less worse name than Dickard's. Anyway, it is Blue Moon (which in a pinch, is fine). This would be like trying to make an American product to be avoided....say Mariah Carey.....and disguising it as something Canadian that is also awful....say Celine Dion. So you'd go to a concert and be horrified to see Mariah Carey crucifying music, and suddenly underneath find out it is something worse, Celine Dion. This is my analogy of Rickards White.......which by the way, is Blue Moon.

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Photo of importedfromdet
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Brought back from canada. 473mL poured into pint glass.

Semi transparent light golden straw color. Large head, lot of carbonation bubbles.

Smell is very cirtrusy, very sweet, floral.

Taste is very creamy. wheat notes, with a fruitiness to it, citrus. The fruit taste gets funky after many sips, not in a good day.

Feels clean, goes down like water. Fruit leaves funky aftertaste.

Not bad, nothing great. Good summer beer.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.23/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pour a nice orange, cloudy body with a pearly white head that dissipates fairly quickly. The scent is fairly weak, but what comes through is a boozy wheat aroma. The taste is fairly nondescript, with mainly a slightly citrus flavour coming through along with a stale wheat flavour. The finish is quite smooth but also lacking in any character. An overall meh beer, but a great one when out at the bar.

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Photo of Svingjo
3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This pours a hazy straw colour with a white two finger thick head with good retention. The nose leads with some citrus: orange and red grapefruit, bread and some slight spices. The taste is much the same but fairly subdued. There is a bit of a overcooked pasta aftertaste but nothing else really jumps out at you. The carbonation is there but disappears quite quickly. A nice little beer but nothing I would go out looking for.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.76/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Veiled straw peach color, almost golden. White 2 finger head lasting around 3 minutes. Poor legs and no visible activity.

Aromas and flavors of citrus, fruits, grains, corn, floral spices. Well intensified and pleasant rich taste of sweet orange and sour lemon.

Slick light body with average carbonation. Faint and short finish ending with a slightly smoky spicy clove like feel.

Overall : A good tasty sweet white beer with some salivating freshness. Better directly form tap.

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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 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 Carlton1964
3.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad summer brew. Refreshing and non-bloating.
Pours with a nice head (but does not stay very long) decent lacing and a very typical look for this style beer. Since this is the type beer I consume most often...I can draw from a lot of experience and the word that best describes this brew...is typical. There are a lot better choices, but there is noting wrong with this brew. Flavor is ok and mouth feel is ok, I'm thinking a little "cloud" in there process would solve the ok"s and make them closer to the outstanding level .

Although I won't be searching for this beer I certainly would select it over many. Worth a try.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A friend offers you a beer, you take it! Even if it's not something you would normally drink.

A: cloudy gold with lots of carbonation.
S: yeast, lightly floral.
T: very mild. Like hefeweizen without the interesting flavors.
F: thin.

Certainly not the worst beer I've had. Also nowhere near the best. It's okay.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy golden yellow with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Lemon, bready wheat malts, orange, and spices. Really sweet fruity smell.

Taste: Very lemony, some orange, spices, wheat malts, but little oats to the taste. The beer seems sweeter than normal witbiers.

Mouthfeel: A little chewy, light bodied, watery, medium carbonation, and spiciness.

Overall: A very simple witbier. With so many others I have enjoyed over the years, this one was not as enjoyable as I would like. Very sweet fruitiness to this beer too.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As I develop my skills as a taster and general beer geek, I attempt to seek out the best possible craft offerings within the confines of geography and having a busy work life, looking for the holy grail examples of my favorite styles while keeping an eye open for the unusual and unique (avoiding outlandish fruit beers or others with too many odd ingredients beyond malt, grain/sugar adjuncts, yeast, and hops). As it happens, I also snag opportunities to taste and review macro-brewed offerings, as these remain an important part of the beer landscape, and I prefer to evaluate a beer on the basis of style guidelines rather than dismissing it out of hand as merely an "adjunct lager" or other banal soulless corporate icon. Which brings us to the present review of a widely available and popular Canadian take on a Belgian wit brewed by our friends at Molson Coors. I have had this beer on many occasions but this is my first crack at paying attention in a mindful way. Arrived in a pint glass with almost no head, without the orange (I had to order it as such). Beer was a dark cloudy orange, a bit darker than other examples of the style I have had, with a rather subtle aroma of citrus spice, baker's yeast, and old sweet malt. Looks syrupy sweet and lo and behold the body matched the appearance. I have read critiques of this beer style's popularity that complain of a preponderance of coriander in the flavor of many modern examples from larger breweries, and this example is certainly guilty as charged. Massive coriander bomb with some orange/lemon notes but mostly a lot of dry peppery nondescript citrus spice along with some green vegetal flavors and hay. Some bitterness in the finish along with some booze and woody notes that presumably derive from hops or hop extract. Creamy mouthful is nice and the carbonation is probably about right but the overall flavor profile is unbalanced and one-dimensional. Things are not well-integrated and this beer needs more malt and citrus to provide a foil for the spice and sweetness. A decent summer thirst-quencher when taken cold.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally giving one of the old standby's a full review. Picked up a 473 ml can from LCBO. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - 2 fingers of creamy white head rest on top of this hazy golden / orange beer. Head did dissipate quickly and leaving only some soapiness at the top of the glass and sparse lacing. Very opaque.

Smell - Sweet with elements of citrus, namely orange and coriander. Not a whole else here. Pleasant but simple.

Taste - Light orange, coriander, little bit of other spices. Quite sweet but also refreshing particularly in summer. The sweetness borders on the disparaging line of being too sweet and cloying, but doesn't quite make it there which is very good thing. Slightly bitter aftertaste. The taste profile here is also quite simple but fairly well executed.

Mouthfeel - Fairly rich and creamy even among witbiers. A little heavier than some in the style but has good and moderate level of carbonation

Overall - A good highly accessible witbier in Canada that makes a good alternative if Blanche de Chambly or Hoegaarden is not available. Also many of the chain restaurants may carry this on tap so it's a good back up there too if nothing craft is on tap.

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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 Mountainmanbrewing
3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I didn't realise Rickard's made anything besides Rickard's Red so I gave this one a go. Not the most exciting beer I've ever drank. Tried it as it was the only "new to me" craft beer available where I was having dinner. The dinner and the beer was less than memorable. There's better Witbiers out there.

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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 WeizenMike
3.16/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Rickard's White is an okay beer. I find myself drinking it pretty frequently as its one of my "safety beers" at bars; It's at pretty much every bar in my area and its a safe fallback when I go to the sports bar's or types of establishments that only carry mass produced macrobrews. I'm never impressed with it any time I drink it, but I'm never disgusted by it either. It's very light on the wheat taste, the wheat is almost unnoticeable, it tastes very filtered, its light on the coriander and heavy on the orange, although not nearly as heavy on the orange as shock top.

All in all its a decent beer for instances when you don't have much better options, but I would never go out of my way to purchase it

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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 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 andrenaline
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Boston Pizza...

A - Pours a hazy murky orange colour with a brownish hue, finger of head with some retention and sporadic lacing.

S - Scent is mild with metallic mandarin, hints of cloves and heavy bready malts.

T - Much like the nose with the bready malts dominating, hints of grassy wheat, a touch of cloves and fruity mandarins.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - A decent wit, nothing spectacular, but easily drinkable.

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Photo of jaslesp
3.98/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

In general it's a good beer. You can find it everywhere and at a good price. A orsngy taste with a medium after-taste. It is cloudy orange just like most of wheat beers, but i think it is a bit darker than most. It can easily battle with micro-breweries and well known wheat beers. This one of the best molson products and i was impressed by this beer.

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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 jlindros
3.28/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tap at random bar in montreal airport

A creamy 1 finger head fades slowly with decent lacing, super hazy murky yellowish orange juice colored.

Nose is quite citrusy, fresh squeezed orange juicy, clementine, light floral wit like slices with clove, coriander, orange peel, etc, but all quite light, and slight hints of wheat and malts, but mostly seems like orange juice.

Taste brings lighter wit at first, light spices with coriander, clove, orange peel, etc again, and fresh squeezed orange juice and clementine. Malt flavors bring plenty of wheat, light creamy malt, but pretty much nothing else. Finish is dry and fluffy, lots of lingering citrus and clementine, spices, orange peel, and light wheat.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad but fairly lackluster. Just a bit of malts and spices, citrus is more like juice then a wit, and overall just seems like its missing quite a bit.

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Photo of maclean25
3.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours with a creamy-fluffy white head and a cloudy straw-yellow body. The aroma has wheat and the light fruitiness which reminds me of a lemon pudding flavour. I find it has a light taste, like it was a little watery. The wheat comes out in flavour, as does the orange peel. Other than that, not much spice or fruit flavour. Very little hops and no alcohol taste. It has a medium body and medium (just the right amount) carbonation. Overall, it scores good marks, except on taste which is too mild and watery.

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Rickard's White from Molson Coors Canada
3.19 out of 5 based on 262 ratings.
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