Rickard's Honeybrown | Molson Coors Canada

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Rickard's HoneybrownRickard's Honeybrown

Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada
Ontario, Canada

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by CreamAle128 on 01-07-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 41
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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
2.51/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blah. 12oz. amber bottle. Light amber in color. Minimal off-white head with some attempt of lacing. Aromas are macro with a bit of sweetness. Flavor is similar to the nose. The sweet maltness tries to peek through the grainy dominance...and fails. Thin mouthfeel and tolerable drinkability. Another Molson failure.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.86/5  rDev -2.7%
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 mintjellie
2.89/5  rDev -1.7%
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 ozmodium
3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
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 eat
2.27/5  rDev -22.8%
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 GrimmReaper
2.35/5  rDev -20.1%
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 akorsak
3.67/5  rDev +24.8%
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 Phyl21ca
2.55/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nice brown beer with medium head that goes away in no time. The honey taste is almost non existent. This is a standardized beer brewed to ensure it pleased to the standard North American beer drinker (as usual with beer brewed by Molson, Labatt...). Won't drink this one again!

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.71/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The best looking of the Rickard's taster's pack, a clear caramel copper hue, with a thin off-white head, but decent head retention. Sweet malt on the nose with some toffee highlights, but a slight adjunct presence of corn and asparagus still rears its head. The taste is more bland than the aroma hints at, with sweet perks of malt and honey sweetness here and there, but nothing consistent. A bitter veggie-like finish that gets smothered by a honey-sweet aftertaste, only for the veggies to pop up and get the last laugh at the bitter end. The mouthfeel is smooth over the palate, but the carbonation offers a little sandpaper over the back of the throat going down. Drinkable in a pinch, but not something I would pick up myself. Still, along with the (India?) Pale Ale and the Red, this is still the most drinkable of what I've tried from Rickard's so far. Did I mention I wouldn't buy this myself though?

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Photo of Noelito76
2.25/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of MTNboy
3.55/5  rDev +20.7%
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 baiser
3.21/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 12 pack of these for a recent camping trip for my buddies who wanted blue or canadian. I thought they might like this instead.

Was better than I expected. Poured a nice rich brownish red, with moderate head that didn't stick around at all.

Tasted sweet, of honey, caramel. Good amount of hops. After taste was sweet and malty.

Moderate carbonation, smoother than expected.

Considering the beer cooler had only molson canadian and this, I drank this the entire trip.

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Photo of headlessparrot
2.88/5  rDev -2%
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 jneiswender
3.6/5  rDev +22.4%
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 Shiloh
3.81/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best Rickard's product( Molson's) I have found to date. Colour is a crystal clear, deep tea-like brown with a short head and alpine-like glass cling.
Nose is crisp and slightly of caramel.
Body is medium and carbonation light
Taste initially is well balanced with a slight malty(grassy) edge and continues to the same to the end. Lingering honey assault is not impressive.
Retains a pleasant bitter back...watch for it!

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Photo of PrendUnVerreDeBiere
2.72/5  rDev -7.5%

Photo of soupyman10
2.88/5  rDev -2%
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 BigBry
3.36/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of three selections in the Rickard's tasters pack. Clear amber, dark honey colored, thick foamy head that disappeared to thin ring. Faint aroma of caramel and sweet malt, maybe a touch of honey smell. Hint of sweetness, but not overpowering. Smooth, slight honey taste with caramel malt - well balanced. Carbonation adds to mouthfeel. Not bad for a Molson product, best of the Rickard's line.

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Photo of Whatup14
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of CrazyMike
3.21/5  rDev +9.2%
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 nighthawk
2.76/5  rDev -6.1%
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 berley31
3.42/5  rDev +16.3%
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 Noxious26
2.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured in a pint glass.

Clear copper-brown amber colour. Little carbonation, but a nice 1/2 inch light beige head with some lacing.

Aroma is sweet with honey, malt and grain characters mingling together.

Sweet at the start with lots of honey and a little malt. Sweetness fades and gets hi-jacked in the middle by a bitter-acidic quality that continues right on to the finish. A bit of a metallic tang pops in right before the finish. Aftertaste is a bit off, a little bitter but with a grainy-veggie undertone that isn't appealing.

Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. A little bit of a filmy feeling left in the mouth, but otherwise pretty clean.

Well, this isn't too bad. Nothing special, but from Molson this is about as good as it's going to get. Drinkable, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get another one.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.9/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer, but I prefer the original Red from Rickard's. Came out to a darker yellow / brown color. Short lived head dissipated before the beer ever got to my table. Scent of sweetness was quickly detected, as were hints of corn and grain. Flavor was a bit on the weak side, but not bad. Obvious flavors of honey and corn were most noted, with a slighly floral finish. Reminds me of a weak Dundee's Honey Brown, but was less filling. Worth a try, but nothing special here.

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Photo of canadianbarman
3.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

--Regular 341 ml brown bottle, no freshness date
--poured an amber in color, pretty average for a beer of this style
--nice foamy head that lasted quite nicely, leading to lacing
--nothing noticable in the smell, maybe a slightly sweet, malt smell

For a Molson product...not a bad beer...for a beer of this style...it lacks a lot of quality. There are a lot better out there. Nice try but still lacking.

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Rickard's Honeybrown from Molson Coors Canada
Beer rating: 2.94 out of 5 with 53 ratings