Rickard's Blonde | Molson Coors Canada

Rickard's BlondeRickard's Blonde
BA SCORE
3/5
124 Ratings
Rickard's BlondeRickard's Blonde
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada
Ontario, Canada
molson.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,433
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
124
pDev:
17.33%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
30
Trade:
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Ratings: 124 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of biboergosum
2.91/5  rDev -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 TheSevenDuffs
2.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of spinrsx
3.22/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

473ml Can - from the LCBO

Appearance – Clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, bread, hops, lemons, apples

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts mixed with grains and corn. There is also a bit of a apple juice sweetness and some lemon juice/zest. There is also a touch of what seems to be noble hops. It ends with a corn/bready aftertaste with a light sweetness.

Overall – Better than I expected it to be. Even if it's just a small amount of noble hop taste, it's better than most of the other macros on the market. I won't rush out to buy more, but it was a worth a try.

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Photo of wordemupg
2.85/5  rDev -5%
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

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3/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Brad007
3.93/5  rDev +31%
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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Photo of barnzy78
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of mynie
3/5  rDev 0%

Photo of andrenaline
3.28/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I jacked this from my father-in-law's 4-pack mixer.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden colour with a copper hue, finger of soapy head with solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Musty, leafy hops, classic pils scents, a tad metallic and some bready wheat on the finish.

T - Surprisingly flavourful for a macro, nice grassy notes, bitter leafy hops, touch of wheat and buttered bread with a hint of sweet corn.

M - A tad thin but goes down smooth and finishes wet.

O - Definitely surprised by this one. Offers the classic pilsener flavours from a macro. Easy drinking and would order this at a pub if it were available. Nothing spectacular, but by no means terrible.

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Photo of jeff1973
3.69/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bumchilly25
3/5  rDev 0%

Photo of papat444
3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of ArtZan
2.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Whatup14
2/5  rDev -33.3%

Photo of schopenhauerale
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of OWSLEY069
3/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of peensteen
3.5/5  rDev +16.7%
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 DaPan
2.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of ZachT
2.14/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Only marginally better than Molson's other offerings

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Photo of Flounder57
3.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz beer was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Grassy, pilsner malt, and cereal grains. Pretty average aroma.

Taste: Pilsner malts, grassy hops, cereal grains, and mild hop bitterness. Pretty average pilsner.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing, chewy, mild hop bitterness. Nothing exciting.

Overall: Pretty standard pilsner. Nothing fantastic.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.37/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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3/5  rDev 0%

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.27/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

473 ml can from LCBO in Rickard's taster's pack into a pint glass. Served cold.

Appearance - Clear golden color spilled into the pint glass, leaving an impressive 2.5 fingers of white bubbly yet creamy head. Lots if effervescence. The head had some signifcant staying power lingering for over twenty minutes and leaving spidery lac around the glass. Really impressed so far.

Smell - Reality check. Grassy with floral undertones, and slightly metallic having come from a can. Not a whole lot here.

Taste - Faint sweetness of front that is not cloying, with floral grassy flavors thrown in for good measure. Little hop bite late, but none of the taste sensations are overly strong. To me I picked up a tiny peach undercurrent that elevated this above some of the other German pilseners.

Mouthfeel - Watery, highly carbonated, nothing that lasts. Medium to thin mouthfeel but is thirst quenching.

Overall - Seems almost out of place being compared to German pilseners as it is much sweeter than others that I've tried in that variety, Overall though not a bad beer and definitely wouldn't turn one down if offered.

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Rickard's Blonde from Molson Coors Canada
Beer rating: 3 out of 5 with 124 ratings
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