Rickard's Oakhouse | Molson Coors Canada

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Rickard's OakhouseRickard's Oakhouse

Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Specially aged with lightly toasted Oak, we’ve carefully crafted this festive seasonal to capture the warmth of an old, iron-stove Oakhouse. With subtle hints of vanilla and a deep amber hue, this rich winter lager is ideal alongside succulent stew or piping hot roast. All you need now is plenty of firewood. And matches.

Added by biboergosum on 11-13-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of -chii-
3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of nafnikufesin
2.69/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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2.25/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of BeerWatcher
2.3/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours dark gold with some light orange highlights. One finger white head. On the nose a strange mustiness, and then some definite pumpkin. Seriously. On the palate definitely tasted like a pumpkin ale, albeit a very mild version of those I have had before.

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3.5/5  rDev +17.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -49.7%

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1.75/5  rDev -41.3%

Photo of patre_tim
4.15/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Orange with an ocher tinge, no carbonation, clear filtered, 4 fingers of slight beige head with small and large bubbles, good head retention.

S: Coconut, vanilla, oak, light roasted notes, orange and orange oil.

T: Orange, definite oak presence, light sweetness.

M: Medium light body, medium low carbonation.

O: Delicious. Light, and oaky. Festive holiday beer, so I was glad to find it in April.

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3.25/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of spinrsx
2.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Tall can from the Ottawa LCBO for $2.75

Appearance - Amber colour with a large size fizzy/frothy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, apples, vanilla, all spice

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, apples, caramel, and all spice. There is also a bit of vanilla and some woody notes.

Overall - Had high-ish hopes for this one based on the description on the side of the can, but this is poorly executed. Just a mix up of odd flavours that don't come together as they should.

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3/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I generally expect my winter seasonals to be darker than this: Rickard's Oakhouse has a pumpkin orange colour and, although its complexion is dense as an overcast February sky, it is also replete with sunny highlights. Its head, meanwhile, is no snowbank; thin and vaporous, it is more like the steam that fogs a window.

Molson claims the intent here was to "capture the warmth of an old, iron-stove Oakhouse". I'm not entirely clear on what an 'oakhouse' is - though I assume the obvious: a house made from oak - and, since the beer is aged on oak chips, I'll also assume that by "old, iron-stove" they're inferring a wood-burning stove.

If that's the case, with a properly fitted stovepipe and chimney, I reckon such a thing should have no smell at all. (Granted, 'warmth' is another thing altogether but, then again, the brewery denounces serving this at a temperature of any more than 6 degrees Celsius.) Either way, this smells far more like cedar than oak and its only 'warmth' is a strong cinnamon-like spiciness.

There is, however, a good amount of vanilla flavour that's undoubtedly derived from oak. There's also minute notes of honey, butterscotch and spice. It would all be nice enough but the wood chips have also contributed a noticeable (and quickly cloying) buttery quality that reminds me of cheap Chardonnay or a microwaveable cream-based pasta dish.

This buttery flavour is not inherently unpleasant in and of itself; the problem lay with the beer's structure (actually, it's lack thereof) which is too light-bodied and small to shoulder the weighty sweet vanilla and wood spice qualities that the oak imparts. There's not a trace of maltiness and even worse, in its place, is the familiar impression of corn-syrup.

It's nice to see bona fide seasonals coming from a brewery that seemed as staunchly opposed to change as the Soviet Union. I liked Rickard's autumn seasonal, Cardigan Spiced Lager, enough to take a chance with this one. And while I didn't exactly like what I tasted, I did again enjoy the unexpected variety and departure from Rickard's standard brands. Definite progress.

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3/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +25.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -7.7%

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3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tallboy can picked up at the LCBO, served well-chilled. I had this at a friend's place last year and didn't mind it, so I figured I'd give it a closer look.

Pours a clear golden-amber colour, topped with nearly two fingers of frothy, soapy white head that seeps away over the next few minutes. A dense cap is retained at the surface, in addition to a few swaths of sticky lacing. These Rickard's guys have got the appearance part down to a science, although their effort in the aroma department leaves a bit to be desired. Pale malts, caramel sweetness, corn husk and some light vanilla notes are basically the only things my nose can pick out of this one. Not offensive, I suppose.

Not digging this one as much as I did last year, though like most Rickard's products it's still drinkable. Caramel sweetness dominates at first, with some grainy pale malts leading into a strange finish that combines butterscotch, vanilla and oak notes. It hangs on into the aftertaste with suspicious tenacity - not a big fan of it, but at least it's not too cloying or gross. Light-bodied and pretty watery, with moderate carbonation that gives this one a smooth, almost slick feel on the palate. This is more sessionable than higher abv stuff like I&G (or maybe Waterloo Amber, which this sort of reminds me of), but I still wouldn't want more than a glass or two of it. And even then, someone else would need to be buying.

Final Grade: 3.2, a serviceable C+. Rickard's Oakhouse is basically what you'd expect from a Molson seasonal - boring, unadventurous and not likely to offend too many people. It's obvious they're trying to court the Innis & Gunn crowd with this one, and at the right price point I could see this one gaining acceptance amongst that set. A decent, pseudo-sessionable winter lager that I might return to next year, although it won't be a priority - consider this a poor man's I&G.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A slight amber appearance. One finger of creamy looking head. Good lacing.

S: Slightly smokey actually. A bit of sweet malt.

T: Once again malty sweetness a touch grainy maybe a bit metallic. I feel like there might be some kind of adjunct as well. A bit of spice too. Caramel is there.

M: Decent body, nice carbonation. Easily drinkable.

O: It was a decent beer actually. Nothing outstanding but I did like it a fair bit more than the Rickards cardigan. Nothing I'd absolutely have to have again but it was good and I'd get it if there were no other choices.

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2.67/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Serving poured form a bottle (taken from a 6-pack) and poured into a beer glass.

Look: poured watery and brown, almost reddish. two fingers of thick foamy head.

smell: smell is nothing special, smells like beer to me. Kinda like Budweiser would smell.

Taste: Drank this right after an Innis and Gunn of the same style. Difference noted was that there was a weird aftertaste or "kick" . Like most macro-brewed beers have. As for flavor, not much, taste like other macro-brews but does have oaken characteristics and maybe vanilla? Not much in the way of complexity or full-on flavor but this IS a LAGER. Compares to draft pitchers of budweiser i've had that don't agree well the next day. Easy to drink but bad coming up.

Mouthfeel: watery, but smooth. A little carbonation.

Overall: this isn' t what I expected. Especially in comparison right after an Innis and Gunn. Compared to other macro-brews and other Rickard's brews it is not at the top of the list. Something I would drink, but it would not be a first choice. It tastes very close to a coors light I had the other night. With high hopes for this beer, it fell short of my expectations and classes pretty low among the other Rickard's brews. Maybe I've been drinking too much craft and higher beers lately lol. Cheers.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.4/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

473 ml can purchased from LCBO. haven't seen this in stores before so figured it was worth a try. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Copper / golden colors blended together underneath a 2.5 fingers creamy white head that lasts awhile. Looks rather frothy and dense, leaving nice lacing. The beer is also slightly hazy to the eye.

Smell 0 Faint Christmas spices, vanilla maybe a touch of candied something. Not strong, not complex and not much else. Perhaps it's too cold, but the nose kinda transitions to a bit pumpkin-esque after warming a bit.

Taste - Interesting. Something closely affiliated with maple syrup, some vanilla and sweet tapioca pudding blended with vanilla on first tasting. This flavor subsides after any sort of warming leaving a slightly oakey vanilla flavor. The sweetness almost reaches the level of cloying but since it disappears from the tongue quickly it's not. Actually really enjoyed this overall.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and creamy with medium carbonation. Not thin feeling nor is it to heavy.

Overall - In my mind deserving of 3.5, however a bit misclassified, the longer it stays in the glass, the more I think its and offshoot of Innis & Gunn and is unlike anything I've had in the style. Actually first few sips had me thinking was a full-blown winter Warmer, but apparently that's not the case. Whatever it may be, i enjoyed it so I won't ding it too much here.

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4.25/5  rDev +42.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of TerryW
1.73/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.25

Another in the series of Rickards brews where they take the name of a style of beer for marketing purposes and render some limp version of it just to glom off the craft beer market. Complete crap.

Pours clear orange-amber with a short head that quickly dissipates to a ring and a patchy cap. Nose is reminiscent of an Innis & Gunn product - vanilla, oak, sweetness, a touch of alcohol, but not nearly as complex or interesting.

Thin bodied and an utter disaster to taste. A wee bit of vanilla to start before immediately crashing into something that tastes like some sort of lemon-based household cleanser. Incredibly bad.

Run screaming in the other direction. Seriously.

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Rickard's Oakhouse from Molson Coors Canada
Beer rating: 2.98 out of 5 with 46 ratings