Rickard's Blonde
Molson Coors Canada

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Style:
Pilsner - German
Ranked #791
ABV:
5%
Score:
72
Ranked #49,006
Avg:
3.04 | pDev: 17.11%
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
123
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Ontario, Canada
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Year-round
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Rickard's BlondeRickard's Blonde
Notes: 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.
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Reviews by ThaneMcC:
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ThaneMcC from Germany

3.27/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Apr 01, 2016
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slitherySOB from Canada

2.52/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a golden straw yellow with one finger of head that quickly goes away. Plenty of bubbles that essentially give me the burps. Smells of cereal and grass. Tastes like cereal, sweet malts, wet cardboard and grassy hops, with a hint of citrus. Mouthfeel is crisp and overcarbonated ,but not that bad. Kind of refreshing. If it came in a taster pack, I'll drink it, but I won't buy it on its own.

May 21, 2014
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TerryW from Canada

2.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Apr 28, 2015
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mynie from Maryland

3/5  rDev -1.3%

Feb 23, 2013
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adams82 from Michigan

3.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Labeled as a German Pilsner, Rickard's Blonde is well... more suited for a Blonde ale rather than a Pilsner. It pours a nice rich golden color, which instantly separates this brew from being a standard Euro Pale Lager; I've been burned by so many Canadian beers being labeled as one beer style (Alexander Keith's IPA anyone?) while it clearly represents the polar opposite.

I can detect some German hop variety in there, but I can not distinguish which one. The flavor is dominated by sweet malty notes, some fruityness and finishes with some bitterness, but not really any major hop flavor. The beer is very thin, borderline watery. This has some of the characteristics of a Blonde Ale and none of a Pilsner.

Not a bad offering, but like Rickard's Dark, this is misclassified. As a Pilsner, it doesn't hold up. As A Blonde Ale, it's not too bad.

Jun 11, 2013
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headlessparrot from Canada

3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Let's file this one under "pleasantly surprised". It's been so long since I've had a Rickard's beer that I had no idea the "Gold" blonde ale had been swapped out for a "Blonde" [gold] pilsner. Not the best name they could have chosen, given the switch.

Anyway. Pours a dark gold (darker than most pilsners I've seen, almost bronze?). Not much head. Smells of Molson yeast, slightly pear-apple fruit. Slight cracker/bready malt. And a decent peppery, spicy noble hop. Bitter greens. Some bubblegum. On the taste? Repeat: Molson yeast, fruity, cracker/biscuit, vegetal, crisp greens. Bready. Body is a bit heavy for the style, but carbonation is right where it should be.

As far as Canadian renditions of the pilsner style (German or Czech), there honestly aren't that many good ones: outside of Steam Works in BC, in fact, I can't think of one I've ever had in regular rotation (I can give or take Steamwhistle). But this entry from Rickard's is actually pretty tasty. It sits a bit heavy in body for a pils, and is recognizably Molson by birth, but has a lot of the qualities I expect from the style. Not bad.

Mar 01, 2016
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tegelaar from Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Apr 19, 2014
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thehyperduck from Canada

3.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tallboy can from the LCBO. I figured the release of this couldn't be far off after seeing Keith's blonde in stores a while ago - although the labeling implies this to be more of a pilsener than an american blonde.

Pours a moderately deep golden colour - maybe 'blonde' is the most apt adjective to use here - topped with one finger of foamy, short-lived white head. It leaves behind a few scant strands of lacing on the sides of the glass, and an uneven cap on the surface. Aroma is of doughy malts, floral/citrusy hops with a hint of honey - pretty appealing.

The taste follows the aroma; straightforward but fresh and enjoyable. Backbone of bready malts supported with a strong hop profile (perhaps not surprising, given the can boasts about the use of 4 different varieties). Grassy and floral, with a firm lemony citrus presence that strengthens toward the finish. Slightly dry aftertaste that cleans up quickly. Thin-bodied, with fairly light carbonation for a pilsener and a particularly smooth mouthfeel that makes it easy to throw back.

Final Grade: 3.37, a B-. One of the better offerings in the Rickard's portfolio. There's not much here for beer geeks to appreciate, but there's not a lot to nitpick either. Not the most traditional German pilsener, as it is lacking much of a noble hop presence - but the abundance of other fresh hop flavours more than makes up for it. Sort of reminds me of Labatt 50. This one is worth a spin, but the idea of this becoming a staple seems questionable as it's nothing memorable for a pilsener or a blonde.

[Updated Oct. 23 2013]

I've had this on multiple occasions over the past year or so, and I am quite confident in stating that it's one of Molson's best beers, at least if you exclude legitimate craft operations such as Creemore. That being said, better craft alternatives aren't that difficult to find, so this is something I only turn to when the pickins are rather slim. A decent lager, with more hop bite than you'd expect from a macro. Not a traditional pilsner, but a good lager in its own right.

Mar 17, 2012
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EinWeizenbitte from California

2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Jan 10, 2012
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BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

3/5  rDev -1.3%

Nov 06, 2014
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papat444 from Canada

3.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Jun 16, 2013
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ChrisCage from Canada

3.55/5  rDev +16.8%
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!

Mar 10, 2012
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Brad007 from Vermont

3.93/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color with lots of carbonation and a huge, frothy head into my glass.

Overall impression is light and sweet with grainy malt and a touch of hops.

Light, crisp with grainy malt upfront. Fluffy and buttery as well. Just the right amount of hops.

Not much is left at the back of the throat. Just some lingering butteriness.

Not bad. I wasn't expecting much but it's a pleasant surprise.

Jul 15, 2012
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irishkyle21 from Canada

2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

Sep 08, 2013
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OWSLEY069 from Pennsylvania

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

Pours a clean, deep yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, a little sweetness and a touch floral. In the taste, again a sweet malt and a bit floral all the the way through. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry floral aftertaste. A bit sweet, but not bad. I would not pin this as a pils at all.

Aug 23, 2012
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rbuisson from Canada

4/5  rDev +31.6%

Nov 25, 2011
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ledjip from Canada

3.7/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear-medium golden

Smell: strong floral hops smells,

Taste: malty and surprisingly for a macro, a strong hops taste (grapefruit). Not bad at all!

Mouthfeel: balanced

Drinkability: smooth to drink, overall a very decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

Jan 27, 2012
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CanuckRover from Canada

3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Oct 08, 2012
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biboergosum from Canada

2.91/5  rDev -4.3%
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?

Oct 23, 2011
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barnzy78 from Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Nov 29, 2011
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DoctorStrangiato from Canada

3.58/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - bright clear yellow beer with a 1/4-inch sustaining white head. Lots of carbonation and some notable lacing.

Smell - fresh, creamy malt smell.

Taste - fairly light, balanced taste with a subtle hoppiness coming through. Not an overpowering flavour by any means but definitely a nice malty taste.

Mouthfeel - very even start to finish, does finish quite wet.

Drinkability - nothing stopping me from having several of these except that this is my last one.

Dec 25, 2011
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Otterburn from Canada

3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint,.

short lasting head foam, reduced to one little lace. Blond,golden color. Medium effervescence.

Smell; hum some cereals, a bit fruity.

Taste; like a normal blond, but with some edge
some malt, and hop, taste alright.

mouthfeel, nice texture, not too watery. it have some body. Little after taste of hopiness.

Overall, its better than that expected for that kind of micro-style made by giant Molson.

Jun 29, 2012
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wordemupg from Canada

2.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into pint glass 26/2/12

A clear golden yellow with lots of big bubbles but just a short lived film that leaves no lace

S sweet malt with a little honey not much in the way of hops or anything else for that matter perhaps a little hay

T I get some sour corn I didn't smell and I could live without it, not too bad but not good either

M fairly light, decent carbonation and a weedy aftertaste, feels like a macro

O perhaps at a bar with no other options but the bars I've been going to all have much better options

I can tolerate Rickard's products more then the average macro but that's not saying much

Feb 26, 2012
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NightINgale from Russian Federation

2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

Mar 09, 2012
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TheHammer from Canada

3.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Produced a finger of head that did not lace but did retain fairly well. The body is a golden blond with fairly slow, low carbonation.

Smell: Lots of grain as barley comes first and foremost with a light noble hop backing. Slight lemon and grape notes can also be noticed, and didn't need much warming to come out.

Taste: Crisp and has a certainly roughness to it that makes it appealing. Starts with a great somewhat bumpy barely taste that holds a minor lemon note that shifts well into a mild touch of noble hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a certain roughness that normally I wouldn't like, but this beer pulls it off well. The transistioning is nice and the aftertaste is non-exsistant which isn't a bad thing. Crisp.

Drinkability: It's medium bodied, which is a little suprising. It can certainly be put back well enough, but I wouldn't say it's refreshing, as it seems to finish with a very neutral sensation. No gas issues which is good too.

Final Thoughts: Rickard's is Molson's premium brand, and for the most part just about all of their beers can be said to be "Good for a Macro" and this one is no exception. Give it a shot, but don't expect miracles.

Oct 01, 2012
Rickard's Blonde from Molson Coors Canada
Beer rating: 72 out of 100 with 123 ratings