Rickard's Honeybrown | Molson Coors Canada

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Rickard's HoneybrownRickard's Honeybrown

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Molson Coors Canada
Ontario, Canada

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by CreamAle128 on 01-07-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.86/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice little downstairs pub in Jasper, and this would be more or less the most exotic offering...

This beer appears a clear medium copper hue, with one finger of mildly creamy white head, which, after a surprisingly long retention period, leaves a thin band of webbed lace around the glass. It smells of muted white grain, and a bit weedy/skunky. The taste is caramel, some very light plain honey, and a faint earthy sourness. The carbonation is moderate, the body a bit lightweight, and kind of cloying, and it finishes fairly dry, the caramel petering out.

An average at best honey ale; being put out to pasture is just nature's way of culling the the honey-beer herd, a long overdue move.

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Photo of eat
2.27/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I tend not to review many macro beers, but I was waiting for a ride and had a few minutes to kill. I stepped into the nearest bar and this happened to be the most "interesting" beer they had on tap. This is a review from notes I took months ago.

Presented to me in a Rickard's glass. Honey-brown in colour, completely transparent. Not much head to begin with and what is there mostly disappears. No lacing. Looks like beer, I guess.

Smells like a yeast factory. Some grain, something vaguely hoppy. Not all unpleasant, there is actually a smell.

First impression: public swimming pool water. No joke. It tastes like people swam in this. Background bits of yeast and grain. Not much honey or brown to be found.

Very thin and watery. Mild carbonation. Below-average feel.

I would never want to drink this ever again. Not even for free after a really long, bad day if it was the only beer available. I'm not surprised this is no longer brewed. Good riddance.

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Photo of cratez
3.15/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stole this from my buddy's 'Taster's Pack' last night. Wanted to try it just in case they do in fact retire it (as the website seems to suggest).

Pours amber-brown with dark gold hues and one finger of cream white head that fizzles to a ring. A few spots of lace. Smell is metallic notes, grains, and brown sugar. Taste is very light cereal grains, a little bit of honey that produces a semi-chalky mouthfeel, more metal, and hollow noble hops with a toned down bitterness to finish. This screams 'easy drinking value beer,' meant to be pounded while watching football. Mouthfeel is actually quite decent for a macro, fairly smooth and medium-bodied, light chalky sweetness midway through, followed by a non-existent aftertaste. Overall, you get what you'd expect from this: a passable drinker with a trace of sweetness. Less metal and this would be 'worthy.' An acceptable macro.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.18/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into pint glass aug30 2009

A clear bronze with a two finger off white head with better than expected retention and a fair amount of lace

S sweet grains with some burnt sugar and some mild hops

T caramel and faint honey along with what i smell. i thought this would be a little sweeter then it was, not anything special going on here

M thin and light, average at best

D nothing offensive, but nothing worth bragging about

good for Molson but that only puts it too average. i must admit Rickards is the best line up they offer but you can get better beer for less money

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Photo of jneiswender
3.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From notes taken at the Mondial La Biere in Montreal. On tap in a taster glass.

A-nice black walnut body, decent head off white

S-rich, cereal, some hop scent

T-great cereal and grain flavor, malt is the show but the hops are definately there.


D-This wasn't a bad beer. I know alot of purists detest Rickards/Molson but this isn't bad. Really great with food, especially brie cheese.

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Photo of mintjellie
2.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Some background : So I went to The Beer Store because it happened to be around the corner from the bakery where I was getting buns to take to work. After the cashier took forever figuring out that they didn't have Newcastle or Camerons Auburn in stock, a line of fairly impatient people had formed behind me. In frustration, I asked for the Rickards taster pack.

It seems like they do everything possible to avoid selling beer that isn't sold off the self-serve wall.

Poured into a tall drinking glass. Pale copper brown. An aggressive pour results in a thin head that fades away to nothing as soon as it appears.

Smells mildly sweet. Faint hints of caramel and brown sugar.

Tastes sweet and a little bit toasty. Finishes with faint bitterness and acidity.

Thin and watery, but slick at the same time.

I wouldn't say it tastes bad. It's just very timid and bland. It's light body and inoffensive "flavour" makes it easy to drink. I'd just rather have something easy to drink because it tastes really good.

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Photo of berley31
3.42/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Like the Red, pours with a small head and spare lacing, and a very clear body. Color is orange, leaning towards brown (although, again, extremely light and clear). More aroma than the Red; the honey is apparent... but only slightly. Very light and thin on the palate, with average carbonation and a bitter finish. Flavor is slightly acidic and bitter, with moderate duration. Overall, slightly more rewarding than the Red: not quite as bitter, slightly sweeter, with a better aroma.

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Photo of nighthawk
2.76/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Arrived with an average sized white head that dissipated quickly. Body is light brown and clear. No lacing left.

Smell is a very sweet honey, touch of florals, and cooked veggies.

Taste is a mild mix of sweet caramelized malts, touch of honey, and faint floral hops.

Mouthfeel is fairly clean, but just a bit slick. Low carbonation.

Drinkability is fine; nothing offensive, but it's not something I want to seek out again.

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Photo of NightINgale
3.51/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark amber colour. The head was not very impressive, but quite creamy.

S- Caramel malts, honey, some hoppiness.

T- Average, nothing exceptional. Malty, with a touch of honey. Serving it too cold definitely takes away from the taste. As it was becoming warmer, the taste improved.

M- Quite good, if the beer is not too cold. There is some complexity, but not a lot. The finish is well-balanced.

D- Quite easy-drinking. Surely, not the greatest brown ale, but it's a good beer for a macro brewer. Fitting as a session/social beer. Definitely something I'd go for on tap when all other alternatives are macro pale ales and lagers.

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Photo of harley101
3.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thin dissapating head, color of honey and urine.
has a weak smell reminiscent of copper and flowers.
tastes okay, sweet and malty with lots of flavors,
Very drinkable smooth and creamy.
Dont let it sit in your mouth too long or it will become gross.

I might drink it again but prefer red over this.

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Photo of JOaikido
3.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341 ml bottle.

A- Nice amber colour. OK pale beige head. Nice bubbliness. Head settles a litle too quickly.

S- Decent hops floating over pale malt and a toch of corn and vegetable. Not very interesting.

T- Too watery. Touch of honey is noticeable, barely. Hops a bit weak, but not bad and balanced with the rest. Some boiled vegetable type off notes appear as the beer warms. The more i drink it, the less I like it.

MF- A tad watery but very thirst queching. Fairly smooth.

D- Very easy to drink. More flavour than most macros, but some of those flavours are bad.

Re-reviewed this one recently, forgot I had already tried it. Didn't notice any off flavours this time. Maybe it was fresher. So I have upped its flavour and drinkability. (27-1-2009)

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Photo of drinkininthewood
2.83/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Boston Pizza.

A- slightly brown in color with a decent sized head but little or no lace.

S- fairly sweet with some aromas of butterscotch.

T- Slightly musty and grassy with some malty flavors, no hops to speak of, fairly candy like ( possibly the honey ) and sweet in a crisp finish.

M- highly carbonated and light bodied. Somewhat metallic.

D- Decent enough, though almost too sweet.

Overall you could do worse, a mainstream honey beer, nothing special here but if your selection is limited drink up.

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Photo of akorsak
3.67/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle brought back from Canada by family.

A: The honey brown is a brown amber color, resembling the amber of the bottle with some lighter copper notes thrown in. The head neared a finger and a half but quickly dissapated to a thin white band.

S: The nose has grainy toasted biscuit and caramel malts with a touch of honey sweetness. The profile is reasonably thin but enough honey aromas manage to sneak through.

T: The honey flavor adds a distinct sweetness to the malty body. Toasted grains drive the non-honey flavors, creating a cereal element that pairs nicely with the sweetness. Hops are practically nonexistent.

M: The sweetness is quite nice on the palate and the malts are inoffensive, making this an enjoyable drink.

D: I could easily see having a few of these, the flavors are mild and the low abv makes it a good poundin' beer.

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Photo of GrimmReaper
2.35/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from bottle into Pint Glass,bronze amber color with copperhead and not much sticking.
Smelled yeasty with faint syrup and caramel
Taste is where it threw me off...kinda flat and stale no sweetness to it at all lefta yeasty aftertaste in mouth with a tinge of bitterness.
Mouthfeel was full and at the same time kinda dry & flat.
Not bad ice cold on the first sip than all down hill from there.kept getting a stale aftertaste with the bitternesss biting back at me way in the back of my mouth.

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Photo of cyrenaica
2.49/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I tried this beer on July 24, 2007 at 'Armadillo Texas Grill' in Toronto. The beer was reddish brown in the glass with a thick head that lasted for a couple of minutes. The aroma was malty with no hints of honey whatsoever. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with little carbonation. The taste was malty/beery with no hints of honey. The beer was very similar to a somewhat flat Rickard's Red. In fact, the lack of honey aroma and taste and the reddish-brown colour had me wondering.

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Photo of beermanbrian
2.18/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Medium brown color with a tint of gold. Head drops to a foamy cap quickly but it actually leaves some bubbly lacing. Smell is very sweet malt and nothing else. No hops at all. Taste the same as it smells, sweet one dimensional malty taste. Very slick mouthfeel up front and it finishes watery. I guess it's a little better than a macro, but not much.

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Photo of soupyman10
2.88/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this in a Rickards variety pack, which I'm now debating purchasing. This one pours an amber, a small quick dissolving head, little lacing. Sweet malt lager flavor/smell, and it's smooth going down. No real hops to speak of. It's one of those sort-of-better-than-a-macro beers that you'd drink if required to, but beyond that, buy your self a goddamn beer. Not as good as the Red but better than the so-called IPA.

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Photo of biegaman
2.64/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Arguably my favourite (though by no means does that mean I like it) of the Rickards offerings. This review comes from a pint I had off tap.
Clear body, shaded brown with some bubbles, sparse head. Very weak aroma offering little else but a soft, sweet note (I guess that's the honey) Fairly light bodied, medium carbonation. A light bitterness. A trace of malt somewhere in the distance, taste otherwise offers nothing but that same soft, sweet note. Even as a casual pint before going to a sports game this failed to be enjoyable.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.55/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got this beer in a sampler pack of Rickard's after trying the Red. This was an alright beer for the money. I ended up giving some to freind and he realy enjoyed and told me the next time I make a beerrun to Canada that I should get him some. So that just shows the varying tastes in beer.

Appearance- Decent head and had almost a copper tone.

Smell- Sweet and sugary.

Taste- It earns the name honey but it is lacking in hops to the point you wonder if you are drinking a beer.

Mouthfeel- Light and balanced.

Drinkabilty- Smooth and if you do not like bitter hops you will enjoy this beer.

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Photo of BDTyre
2.93/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Maybe its just Boston Pizza serving beer wrong, but this is the second time I've had a draught beer and felt it just wasn't that great (not that I expected this to be stellar).

Decent appearance, but a bit more towards the amber...looks almost like an ESB. Head is okay.

Faint malty smell: caramel, hints of molasses. Yeasty, bready smells. Not much hops.

Honestly, there is not much taste to this. Its almost a generic malt taste balanced somewhat by bland hops. Served to cold, maybe?

Feels harsh on the tongue and maybe overly carbonated. But served ice cold, it was refreshing in this weather.

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light brown appearance with a good head (reminds me of Guiness). Sweet light smell, nothing out of the ordinary.

Very dark smooth taste, malty and very sweet. Full bodied but no hops at all. Mouthfull, a bit overcarbonated, the taste does get a bit thin over time.

Overall a very sweet dark beer. A very good take on Honey Beers, if you want an introduction to that series of beers, I would recommend starting with this.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.36/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear copper. Head is surprisingly creamy and full. Good lacing.

S - Macro-ish smell, as usualy for Rickard's. Metallic notes and toastedness in there as well. Some sweet maltiness and floral hops.

T - A bit on the sweet side. Bitterness is low. A touch (like.. barely) of toastiness, and a smooth maltiness.

M - This beer actually has some body! Still a little hard on the carbonation, but there's a chewiness that I wasn't expecting.

D - Overall, I'd say this is a winner. Not a great beer, but decent. A touch low on flavour, but if I could get this at a typical macro-serving bar, I'd be pretty happy.

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Photo of headlessparrot
2.88/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Here we are, sample number two from a recently purchased Rickard's Taster 12-pack of four Red, four India Pale Ale and four Honey Brown. I recall the Honey Brown being my least favourite of the bunch the last go around - remarkably similar to Sleeman's Honey Brown offering, which itself is not a particularly impressive beer. But we shall see.

Rickard's has changed their bottles somewhat since my last go around. I recall them being non-standard brown bottles, sporting the signature of Rickard's brewmaster on both the neck label and bottle cap - now, there is no signature to be found, but instead a small insignia declaring this to be "Genuine Pub Quality."

Anyway, the brew pours a colour somewhat close to Rickard's Red, an almost transparent reddish-brown with a 1/4 inch of head that disperses quite quickly leaving only a small amount of lacing. Put a cap on this beer and it wouldn't look bad at all.

Smell is tremendously malty, with very little in the way of distinguishable hops. There's also just a hint of honey, though I could just be fooling myself on this one.

Taste is initially sweet, with the honey and malt flavours mingling, and perhaps a hint of dark chocolate making some background noise. There's a little bit of a metallic taste on the palate, and, unfortunately, an unpleasant... bread-y/yeasty aftertaste (not unlike the aftertaste of Labatt Blue) that dominates the mouth. On the plus side, it's an aftertaste that does make you want to have another sip, if only for the sweetness and refreshing character of the initial taste.

Like the other Rickard's brews, this guy is overcarbonated, but not absurdly so, though the mouthfeel is slightly on the thin side for a good English Brown Ale. Drinkability is average at best, too - I could have no more than a couple of these in a session before wanting to never touch the stuff again. It's not because of the initial taste - which is quite pleasant - but what lingers behind it.

All in all, Rickard's Honey Brown, the newest addition to the Rickard's line of beers (and, I imagine, designed to be a direct competitor with Sleeman for the 'Honey Brown' market share, if one exists), is probably the worst of the three beers brewed under the Rickard's name. It's not awful by a long shot - I'll certainly drink the four in my Taster's pack and buy the stuff on tap if its an alternative to macro junk - but it ultimately just doesn't stack up.

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Photo of ozmodium
3.23/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice golden brown with a tan head. Little bit of lacing. Looks good.

Smells like caramelized malt, a little bit of molasses and honey. No trace of hops here. Did they forget hops?

Tastes a little sweet, the honey is there. Definately less honey than the other honey browns of Big Rock and Sleeman's.
Malts abound, but don't challenge.

Nice carbonation and smooth character make this a higly drinkable beer. But the fact it's a dark beer make it quite filling and I find that drinking this stuff makes you feel rather bloated before you want 3 of 4.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.03/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes, consumed 10/1 at airport, just before leaving Calgary.

Appearance: Coppery, near brown, clear. Poured with a 1/4 inch head, off white, and did not last. Spotty lacing.

Smell: Slight sweetness, malt grain caramel. I just can't really find any honey in these things.

Taste: Much like the smell, limited, but somewhat sweet. No noticeable hops, no bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thin, lightbodied, smooth.

Drinkability: Last beer I had in Canada, I won't miss it.

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