Rickard's Shandy | Molson Coors Canada

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Rickard's ShandyRickard's Shandy

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Molson Coors Canada
Ontario, Canada

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by thehyperduck on 04-10-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 49
Photo of GRPunk
2.98/5  rDev +12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

473 ml can poured into Sam Smith's imperial pint.

A- slightly hazy, straw yellow. There's medium-light carbonation and the head drops out rather quickly. Some light stick left on the glass.

S- tons of lemon at first (actually seems natural, or a quality lemonade at first). Becomes more of a lemon-lime pop at the pour.

T- hmmm. Awkward lemon-like flavor with crackery malts. Fairly clean finish. Does it need more "beer" flavor, more sweetness? I'm not sure.

M- light bodied without being too thin. Tart and dry.

O- it definitely comes off as a pre-packaged shandy (so few seem to get them right in my estimation). That said, I'm sure it would be refreshing during a stifling hot day at the lake and something you could pound throughout the day.

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Photo of biegaman
2.37/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Rickard's Shandy has a little extra yellow colouring but looks essentially like every other macro lager on the market. Obviously filtered, it lacks the substance to evoke any highlights and has a very weak tone; likewise, artificial soda-pop carbonation doesn't have the strength to form (much less sustain) a proper head.

The aroma has a snippet of that tart acidic quality that I find so refreshing in things like Radlers and citrus juices in general, but it also has a fair amount of that cloying, corn syrup-like character that I find so repelling in industrial lagers. This smells sweet enough to be a pop (which, let's be real, an adult pop it is ostensibly meant to be).

I enjoy a shandy every now and again, provided it's made with an authentic Caribbean ginger beer. Otherwise it's basically blending corn syrup with sugar, which is basically what this tastes like. You can hardly taste more than a squirt of lemon juice concentrate (think the little plastic lemons near the fish section at the grocery store).

Far more disappointing than the insipid flavour, however, is the completely lifeless mouthfeel. There's very little carbonation and no sourness - nothing about it is refreshing! Unlike, say, Stiegl Grapefruit Radler, this has no acidity or tartness what so ever. Have this after mowing the lawn or playing softball and you'll be left unsatiated. Trust me.

If Molson decides to open an adult lemonade stand at the top of the street they won't be getting my business. You can't make a good product with bad ingredients; there's nothing you can add to an adulterated, adjunct-ridden, corn syrup-based beer to make it refreshing. Not even lemonade, or, rather, lemon juice concentrate. I could make a much better one myself.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
2.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Served from a tall can to an English tulip

A: Pretty decent looking . Lemonade color which would be accurate Fairly hazy. Topped with roughly a finger , maybe a bit less, of white head. Dissipation was rapid and lacing was absent.

S: Lemon meringue pie. Small hits of generic beer lie in the background. Smells pretty appetizing in all actuality.

T: The tongue is instantly hit with the lemonade present in the aroma but then bludgeoned out with an atrocious graininess. The lemonade is not overly artificial and is okay but perhaps a touch watery. This graininess was absolutely the killing factor for this beer.

M: Crisp and fizzy. Close to seltzer in consistency.

O: Rickards products are usually somewhat well done IMO and I enjoy them when craft is absent but this was pretty terrible. I gave half the glass away to someone else and didn't feel like another beer after. All aspects were somewhat decent but the graininess was awful.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Can: Poured a super light yellow color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of lightly sweet adjunct with light lemonade notes. Taste is a mix of bland adjunct notes with some light lemonade notes. Body is really light with great carbonation. I still can’t believe a shandy is now back in Canada but still quite a disappointment.

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Photo of TheHammer
2.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Poured with a sickly clear yellow color that boasts little carbonation. The half finger of head it poured with disappeared very quickly and did not produce lace. I'm giving it a bit of leeway though, as it's supposed to be a lemonade beer, so I suppose a lighter yellow is to be expected.

Smell: Pretty much what I would expect from a beer that's supposedly has lemonade mixed in with it. Crisp lemon juice with an underlying scent of sugar and mixed malt. It's a big strange as the straw malt smells sweeter then you'd expect it to be.

Taste: Starts with some mild straw lager malt with a hint of lemonade. Both try to compete with one another uncomfortably until the end where victory goes to the lemonade as it ends with a mild sour touch.

Mouthfeel: Sadly that sour note doesn't quite have the palette cleansing effect you would hope it to have, as the competitive aftertaste still carries on a quite rebellion, only with a metallic twang to accompany it now. The carbonation also isn't pulling it's weight and it's barely helping out the beer.

Drinkability: For a hot summer day, yeah it's good. It's got a crispness to it that really makes you want to keep drinking it, if only the avoid the aftertaste. Very light, but that had better be the case for a 4.5 lemonade beer.

Final Thoughts: This beer drinks like a mild vodka cooler, and I don't know anyone but some members of the opposite sex who would really seek this out. Make no mistake, it's quite a bit better then the likes of Bud Light Lime or similar products. It certainly walks the line between beer and lemonade, but lacks the punch of either as a result. I applaud the effort though.

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Photo of TerryW
2.31/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

I like the colour, nice soft hazy pale yellow. Short white head that is gone almost instantly, hardly leaving even a ring. Gets a 3 on appearance only for the colour.

Like the aroma, too. Nice crisp lemon, appetizing, like an Italian soda. What baffles me, though, is how something that smells so good can taste so meh. The yummy lemon disappears and gives way to a borderline unpleasant soapiness. Utterly flat and watery. Dry and metallic on the palate.

From the nose you'd figure this would be a light, tart summer cooler thing. But it's totally downhill from that point. Missing the crisp refresing character you'd expect from something lemony. Deceptively disappointing.

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Photo of andrenaline
2.81/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy pale straw colour, thin layer of head with no retention or lacing.

S - Sweet lemonade with only a hint of bready malts.

T - Lemonade continues to dominate, with the mild bready malts coming through on the finish, only to be overpowered again by the lemon notes.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - My first shandy and I found it oddly refreshing. That being said, if someone told me I was drinking a lemonade cooler I would be hard pressed to argue the presence of any traces of beer. I would drink this on a patio, but I wouldn't try to pass it off as beer, it's a cooler without the sugar. I would suspect this is on par for the style, but it's nothing worth writing home about.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.84/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

341ml bottle, a single yanked from the local chain store remainder bin, so soon on the heels of this beer's release in our fair province. At least Molson is making a lemonade flavoured beer, rather than just a half-beer, half-lemonade blend. Just sayin'. And since when did Rickard's have a 'premium' lager?

This beer pours a hazy, very pale golden straw colour, with two fingers of thin, fizzy dirty white head, which settles oh so very quickly, leaving the barest of bacterial specks of lace around the glass.

It smells of big-brand lemonade, lemon Jolly Ranchers, lemon meringue pie, and two week-old lemon mush. The taste is a much lessened, generic lemon juice, wan pale malt, a soft-drink alluding fake lime essence, and little else beyond a pithy, weak-ass mustiness.

The carbonation is pretty well sublimated, the body medium-light in weight, and a bit too tacky to be considered smooth by any metric. It finishes off-dry, and fruity, like a stale dollar store lemon-lime soda.

Well, at least this has a few beer-like aspects, unlike those Euro-pops currently wetting the panties of boys and girls alike in Alberta liquor stores, now that winter has loosened its hold on all of us. Unfortunately, that beer is Molson Canadian - as I hardly suspect that the Rickard's brand has been given the resources to develop a wholly different lager for this purpose.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.01/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into pint glass 14/4/13

A slight chill haze in a straw yellow liquid, lots of bubbles but just a short lived noisy finger of foam that leaves no lace

S smells like a yellow sucker, sprite and just a little macro lager, very straightforward but not offensive

T mimics the nose, slightly less yellow sucker and slightly more sprite

M pop like, over carbonated and quite thin

O basic stuff and hard to even tell its beer, I don't dislike it but if someone passed this to me I might think its a cocktail, not a big "beer" presence with this one

I could see my wife liking this on a hot day, not very beery but somewhat refreshing and drinkable

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Photo of thehyperduck
2.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

473 mL can from TBS. Presumably this is either the spring or summer seasonal Rickard's release, following in the footsteps of their Cardigan and Oakhouse. I've never been terribly impressed with any of the shandies I've tried previously, and the brewer doesn't really instill any confidence in me... but tickers gonna tick.

Pours a hazy straw yellow colour, generating nearly two fingers' worth of fizzy, foamy, bone-white head that fizzles away completely over the next few minutes. It leaves no remnants in its wake, save for a thin collar rimming the glass, and a scant film on the surface. One thing I will say is that the aroma jumped out at me as soon as I opened the can, but it's about as complex as I'd expect a lemon-flavoured beer from Molson to be (i.e. not very). Lots of tart lemony notes, with a hint of lime-ade, and basically nothing else to back the citrus up. I won't lie - I like the smell, but it is absolutely one-dimensional.

The same could be said of the flavour, actually. It's not bad, per se, but it's certainly bland and diluted as far as fruit beers go. The lemon citrus flavour is the dominant aspect (obviously), providing a gentle tartness that is balanced with a light sugary sweetness. The 'beer-y' traits are a bit more prominent here than on the nose; unfortunately the pale malt and corn notes that come through are barely interesting enough to be worth noting. The finish is slightly tart. Thin-bodied and extremely watery/diluted, with fairly intense carbonation that prickles the tongue from sip to swallow. Very easy to drink because of its lightness and watery nature.

Final Grade: 2.77, an unimpressive C. I've complained about shandies going overboard with the lemon tartness before, but Rickard's Shandy is sort of the exact opposite - it just comes across as very diluted, which I suppose is less offensive to the taste buds, but it definitely isn't any more interesting. A light, easy-drinking fruit beer that would probably be more appealing on a patio during a hot summer's day, rather than indoors on a rainy April day. It's better than Waterloo's Radlermass (do they even make that stuff anymore?), but I'd reach for a Mill St. Lemon Tea Ale long before considering a repurchase of this one. This is a beer you can easily skip without missing out on much.

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Rickard's Shandy from Molson Coors Canada
2.66 out of 5 based on 49 ratings.
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