Rickard's Blonde | Molson Coors Canada

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Rickard's BlondeRickard's Blonde

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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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Photo of biboergosum
2.91/5  rDev -8.8%
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 spinrsx
3.22/5  rDev +0.9%
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 -10.7%
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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Photo of Brad007
3.93/5  rDev +23.2%
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 andrenaline
3.28/5  rDev +2.8%
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 OWSLEY069
3/5  rDev -6%
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 +9.7%
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 Flounder57
3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
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 +5.6%
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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Photo of SebD
3.23/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: It has a nice pale yellow/golden colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderatly and has nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas give out hints of sweet bready/grainy malts with light grassy floral hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice sweet bready/grainy matliness with nice grassy hops coming through to add a slight bitterness and a slight fruitness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice light balance of malts and hops.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with ok flavours and aromas.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.27/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
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 headlessparrot
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
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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Photo of ChrisCage
3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
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 TheHammer
3.41/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of slitherySOB
2.52/5  rDev -21%
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.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.35/5  rDev +5%
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 Stocean1
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
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 +2.5%
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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Photo of kevofficiel
3.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

My last Rickard's to test and review
The look is about the same for all other blonde. That yellow golden color with light carbonation. 1 finger of head that quickly disappear.
The smell of it remind of the blue of Labbat.
The taste is totally different for blue of Labbat. This is will balanced with that corny taste. I did enjoy it but for my stomach not so much. This is actually a great Pilsener.I was surprised.
So overall would I recommend it ? Sure, if you like Pilsener give it a try, if you don t like Pilsner, still give it a try you may like Pilsener.

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Photo of maclean25
3.02/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a decent light-yellow, creamy head which reduces quickly. It has a crystal clear yellow body, like a light apple juice. It has the smell of a dirty, cheap beer. It get corn and burnt sugar on the aroma. However, it tastes better than it smells. Tastes like a decent pilsner; I taste grain and corn. While the taste is actually lighter than I'd expect, it doesn't have that little wateriness of the other Rickard's products. Great carbonation. Full body (or a medium body for a pilsner). Like other Rickard's product little to no alcohol taste. Overall, a decent pilsner but can't say I like the corn in there.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.58/5  rDev +12.2%
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 Otterburn
3.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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

Serving Type - 473ml can poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy golden colour, slightly darker than the can it comes from. A medium amount of carbonation is evident, with 2 fingers of fluffy white head on top, though it fades rather quickly. Some moderate lacing is left behind.

Smell - Smells like a pilsner. Some grains and grassy notes. Not bad, but not particularly interesting either.

Taste - Sweet grass and grains are present here as well. There is also, to my pleasant surprise, some hints of lemon here as well. It's incredibly smooth, in that there isn't the typical bitter bite of some other pilsners. Again neither good, nor bad.

Mouthfeel - Medium to light body, medium to hight carbonation with a satisfying and crisp finish.

Overall - 3.25 Decent for a Molson-Coors offering. Perhaps a good suggestion for someone new to beer, or looking to get into pilsners?

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Photo of adams82
3.27/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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