Rickard's Blonde | Molson Coors Canada

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Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada
Ontario, Canada

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
New Rickard’s Blonde. Specially crafted with a unique blend of four hops, this German-style pilsner has a refreshingly flavourful taste and a clean finish.

Added by SebD on 09-16-2011

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Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
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3.33/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Snagged this bottle from a Rickards mixed pack. German pilsener is a bit of an interesting style ... Just speculating here, but because the style has almost become synonymous with "American or European macro-lager", you don't see as many craft examples as compared to the Czech pilsener. Not sure why I am going off on this tangent because this is another macro-brewed example, but hey. Craft brewers must be less interested in this style for some reason. Food for thought. Rickards Blonde pours a yellow amber color with around three inches of white foam. Aroma is cereal grains all the way, corn flakes and unbaked fresh dough, with a little green grape fruitiness. Palate follows the nose almost to a tee, soda crackers, cornmeal and pale malt flavors out front, like mellow grape nuts cereal, almost no detectable hop flavors other than bitterness and some green leaf or cucumber peel notes in the finish. Some residual sweetness but quite crisp and dry, with a watery fizzy body. I will give this one points for less sweetness and fizz than many adjunct lagers and for cleaving close to style guidelines. I'd like more hop flavor and probably more robust malt flavors as well, and there are some chlorine and metal off notes that damage what would otherwise be a solid finish.

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Photo of cam477
2/5  rDev -33.6%

Photo of beerhunter13
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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

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2/5  rDev -33.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of biboergosum
2.91/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

341ml bottle, part of their new mix-pack. 4 hops, eh? In variety, or in quantity?

This beer pours a mildly hazy medium frozen golden amber colour, with two fingers of fizzy, loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves a low hanging wall of thin painted pockmarked lace around the glass as things drop away.

It smells of faint pale malt, cereal grains, floral, dead weedy hops, and just a touch of nail polish. The taste is semi-sweet grainy malt, some dank aged citrus, further sour lemon candy notes, a lightly acrid metallic edge, and earthy, sweet floral hops.

The carbonation is somewhat zippy, but the frothiness quickly wanes, the body lightweight, and just too pithy and tacky for straight ahead smoothness. It finishes off-dry, with a somewhat musty floral character.

Well, this is a bit different - off-putting, to a degree, but yet not skunky or skanky? If you turn your brain off, and just drink, all will be well, thank you cognitive dissonance! Otherwise, you'll start wondering aloud about marketing minutiae like, when is a 'Blonde' ale not a 'German' pilsener?

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Photo of ImJared
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of CanuckRover
3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw gold. Rapid carbonation. Fizzy head blows up then settles fairly quickly. No lacings.

Honey-sweet grain on the nose with noticeable zesty hopping.

Grainy malt has a kind of nice edge to it, certainly didn't see it coming. Hops are less pilsner-grassy than citrussy. Lemon candy sort of lasts through the finish with a surprising bitter finish.

Super-carbonated, as you might expect.

I have a bit of respect for the Rickard's brand, and this is one of their better offerings. Good flavour for what it is.

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Photo of traumaqueen
1.75/5  rDev -41.9%

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3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Shpud
3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of ChrisCage
3.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear golden color with lots of bristly bubbles rising to the top rather aggressively. The head is thin, and white, but the little of it that there is retains well enough. The lacing is much the same, there not being that much, and it's kind of fizzy at that...however, it does stick to the glass for a short amount of time before noisily disappearing.

S- There is a primary malt aroma that contains caramel and hints of brown sugar. This stays in front of some mild whiffs of grass, corn, and dry grains. I don't detect much in terms of hop bitterness...perhaps the flavor contains more....

T- For a macro, this has a nice combination of distinctive malt sweetness and some tart fruitiness. The malt flavor itself just seems to be good old fashioned barley, while there is some mild citrus providing the countering tartness. The finish still doesn't have any real bitterness about it...I wouldn't exactly call this a Pilsner style beer, but just flavorful lager!

M- To me, this has a medium-ish body to it, and the carbonation, while aggressive, does smooth out a bit after settling in the glass for a few minutes. Reminds me more like something I'd enjoy with dessert....it has tons of flavor, yet the finish is clean and crisp.

O- I think this fits well within the Rickard's lineup....a premium macro type beer that should fit within almost everybody's likability factor. A decent year round lager that would be suitable with a meal/dessert, or on it's own in warmer weather....I suggest giving this one a go!

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Photo of Stocean1
3.45/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a two finger white head from the can with a honey hued yellow body light patchy lacing - grainy, lemon, light grassy hops in the nose - diving in - some lemon pledge, corn, stale biscuit, grassy hops in the finish - better than I expected! - medium bodied with decent carbonation - mildly bitter - drinkable and not overly sweet - semi-dry - overall worth getting on tap if faced with a wall of macro

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Photo of ThaneMcC
3.27/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I enjoyed this off draft at a little apres ski place in Mont-tremblant, Quebec.
A dark yellow draft, with copious carbonation and a bready, corn smell. Taste is incredibly muted, cereal notes predominate and the mouthfeel is light.
Overall, a pleasant, inoffensive pilsner that I rather enjoyed. It lacked complexity, but I wouldn't turn it down if offered at a bbq or other social engagement.

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2.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

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2.48/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

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3/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev +8%

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2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +32.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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Rickard's Blonde from Molson Coors Canada
Beer rating: 3.01 out of 5 with 123 ratings