Rickard's Blonde | Molson Coors Canada

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Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada
Ontario, Canada

Style: German Pilsener

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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4/5  rDev +32.9%

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4/5  rDev +32.9%

Photo of Brad007
3.93/5  rDev +30.6%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +24.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +24.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +24.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of fortyfield
3.75/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +24.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of ledjip
3.7/5  rDev +22.9%
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

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Photo of 6pkhbt
3.7/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The other Rickard's varieties do little for my personal taste, but this one is a standout for a truely drinkable lager. I have no problem finishing this one and then another.

Sweet malt evident, nice carbonation level. Muted, but beautiful hopping. Clean lemon with classic german pils grassy/spicy notes. Rather plain yeast profile with no burnt match sulphur character which I personally like in a lager. Others may like it best as is. A very well made beer and my favourite from the big Canadian brewers.

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Photo of jeff1973
3.69/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.58/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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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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3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of headlessparrot
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of peensteen
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden blonde colour, ring of white head with a moderate amount of lace. Smell is biscuity and grainy, pretty generous amount of earthy hops, grassy with some lemon and citrus. Taste is malty and biscuity with lemon and citrus showing up, well hopped with a nice bitterness, grassy and earthy with a clean aftertaste and finish. Medium carbonation, medium body, good feel overall. I have to admit I wasn't expecting much from this at all but I was pretty surprised that it was as good as it was, its not great and probably not worth seeking out but I would not pass this up if it was offered or saw it on tap at a chain restaurant or macro focused bar.

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Photo of crag
3.46/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Not too Pilsner like. Colour is a tad bit darker than my interruption. Overall a very drinkable beer and I would have it again.

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