Rickard’s Lederhosen

Reviewed by on September 9, 2014 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Molson-Coors

  • Origin: Etobicoke, ON, CA

  • Rated On: September 8, 2014

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen

  • Rating: OKAY

The Review

Rickard’s, the relatively long-time craft-adjacent arm of Molson, has been putting out seasonal offerings as of late, and this is their Oktoberfest-style lager.  A bit unseemly that the first to market in the anticipated Oktoberfest/Pumpkin fall deluge comes to us from the biggest brewer in the land, um, eh?

This 341ml bottle pours a crystal clear, pale copper amber colour, with a near teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly tan head, which leaves some decent Klingon-script webbed lace around the glass as it loiters in its exiting of the building.

It smells of somewhat skunky corn grits, muddled pale and caramel malts, watery bar-top nuts (don’t go there, dude), a metallic hard water astringency, and wan herbal, musty hops. The taste is a bit more rounded, the bready, doughy, and certainly yeasty malt more or less shedding most of that corn-bred unpleasantness, a bit of metallic booze seeping in, the nuttiness going all oily and stale-like, with some weedy, grassy hops popping up here and there, always a surprise, I gotta say.  The carbonation is fairly tame and average but is indeed a going concern, the body medium-light in weight, and not really all that smooth, a bland acridity picking and prodding all the way. It finishes well off-dry, a reprisal of that corn-fed Bavarian-esque sweetness fooling some of the people all of the time, but not all of the people some of the time, I think.

This may purport to be the real deal, but it lags sorely after you get a real feel for it, i.e, two or three hearty gulps in (your mileage may indeed vary). It may have been almost a year since I’ve actually had an Oktoberfest-style offering, but I remember enough to pick this one out as the pretender that it is.

Brady White

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