Rickard’s Lederhosen from Molson Coors Canada pours a clear, bright amber colour with a creamy off-white head that burns off quickly, leaving a thin moldy-looking film behind. This märzen smells mainly of roasted caramel malts, with notes of wild grasses, floral noble hops, sourdough bread and honey.
The taste of Rickard’s Lederhosen is quite hoppy for a märzen. The style’s traditional sweetness is muffled by a citrus tinged bitterness. That said, even though it’s not to style, the lager is well-balanced in general. It has a crisp, metallic and slightly tart finish, while the aftertaste of this medium-bodied and mildly viscose brew has a grainy flavour and noticeable ethanol hook.
The brown and baby blue Rickard’s Lederhosen can is designed to look like the traditional Bavarian breeches with the wordmark cleverly placed in the cross strap that’s fitted between the suspenders. The back of the can has serving instructions and an extremely brief description of the beer. Coded freshness dating is stamped on the bottom.
Though I’d prefer a more pronounced sweetness and maybe a more sessionable ABV, Rickard’s Lederhosen is a surprisingly solid beer and arguably one of the best products Molson Coors Canada currently produces. It would go well with bratwurst and pretzels of course, but would also make a good partner to mashed potatoes and gravy or a smoked meat sandwich.
This fall seasonal is available at many LCBO and The Beer Store locations in Ontario and also distributed throughout Canada.
Type: Märzen / Oktoberfestbier
Brewery: Molson Coors Canada
Format Purchased: 473 mL
Alcohol Content: 6.5%