Alexander Keith's Red Amber Ale - Alexander Keith's

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Alexander Keith's Red Amber AleAlexander Keith's Red Amber Ale

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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 2.92
pDev: 20.89%
Wants: 2
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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Nova Scotia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Barraclou on 03-17-2006

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Ratings: 188 | Reviews: 81
Photo of Sammy
2.96/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Bugsby's in St. Catherines. A little cheesy aroma, reddish brown colour, a lot of white foam. Malty, a tad of bitterness. The smallest amount of toasted malt. Drinkable, but not something to seek out.DRying, average mouthfeel.Taste is not that complex, weak for style.

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.5/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a light amber color ale with a small bubbly white head with minimal retention. Aroma of adjunct is mostly dominating. Taste is light on barley and quite strong on adjunct with a dry finish. All in all, this is just another bland offering from those fine folks at Labatt.

Photo of biboergosum
2.39/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A 20oz pint at Ceili's, an Irish-themed pub across the alley from my condo, and a popular after-work location to kvetch and such, with my fellow downtown colleagues.

This beer arrives at the table appearing a clear, dark bronze, reddish amber hue, with a thin cap of wispy, bubbly off-white head, which leaves a few swaths of weirdly sudsy lace around the glass as things evenly subside.

It smells of muted, semi-sweet, and lightly caramelized grain, toasted corn, and a bit of wet grass and sour vegetation. The taste is plain, bland caramel malt, some dry grain, origins well obfuscated - like that old box of breakfast cereal that you still thought was 'ok' - some weak floral hoppiness, but not enough to make any difference, and an unpleasant, sour metallic character, that only gets worse as it warms.

The carbonation is quite high, but thankfully only in a mostly innocuous, frothy manner, somewhat masking many of the actual 'flavours', the body on the light side, and very macro lager like in its smoothness, go figure. It finishes off-dry, same shit, same channel.

In the end, this is very much in the same vein as those stale Shreddies that you can't remember buying, as already alluded to. I admittedly have a love/hate relationship with this beer - I had it for the first time the night that I met my girlfriend (the beer options were limited, I was distracted...by the whisky), and now, under veritable scrutiny (shah, right!), it duly withers.

Photo of nickfl
3.09/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - a clear, amber body, topped with a finger and a half of off white head. The foam settles quickly but leaves thick lace on the glass.

S - A sweet caramel aroma with some herbal hops.

T - lightly toasted malt and some grassy hops. a dry, toasty finish with light bitterness.

M - medium body, average carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - there isn't much going in in this beer, but it is drinkable and completely inoffensive. If nothing else, it its an unusually good looking beer.

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

473 ml can. The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the toffee and grass, about what I expect from a red ale. The flavor is more of the same. I get some toffee, grass and some grain notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not much to say about this beer. There is nothing really wrong with it, but there is not too much going on either. Not one I would try again, but not something I regret trying.

Photo of woodychandler
3.96/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

CANned beer from CANada in support of the CANQuest! CAN you believe it?!?

My pour created a lovely two fingers' worth of light-tan head with good retention. Color was a lovely deep amber with ruby highlights, in fact closer to deep red than amber, with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a slight tang along with its malty sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium with a raspberry-like sweet/tart flavor on the tongue. Finish was mild, still sweet-tart, very tasty. Decent lacing throughout. Frankly, I really liked this and would definitely set some room aside in my cooler for it, if I could get it regularly.

From the CAN: "Using only the finest ingredients, Alexander Keith brewed slowly, carefully, taking the time to get it right. Today, we still brew his Family of Fine Beers his way, only in Nova Scotia. Those who like it, like it a lot."

Photo of biegaman
2.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I've always maintained that big, commercial breweries would make great consultants for the cosmetic industry - the way they can use adjuncts, chemicals, stabilizers, etc. to make a beer so bland look so attractive must surely be useful to the people at L'Oreal or Yves Saint Laurent. This clear, sparkling, candy-apple red offering would make a fine spokesperson.

Keith's Red Amber smells nothing like an amber ale should, but I'm somewhat impressed that it at least doesn't smell foul. Most Labatt brands - and Alexander Keith's IPA chief among them - reveal in their aroma alone that their brewers have stooped to using adjuncts and hurrying the brew process. To its one and only credit, Keith's Red Amber at least smells neutral.

Being 'neutral' isn't normally a quality worth commending, especially not for a style that can boast the richest maltiness, the most resinous hop profiles and, in the best examples, the operative balance between the two. But the fact that this one lacks a cloying corn syrup feature almost makes up for the fact that it also lacks the other two features just mentioned.

Given its colour, I keep expecting to taste *some* degree of malt flavour or sweetness, but it's as if I had a cold. I reckon this has less flavour than Keith's IPA and while less of a bad thing is good, more of a good thing would have been better. This is so plain so as to be utterly unrecognizable from even the most average amber ale. This is like drinking stale lager.

Alexander Keith's Red Amber Ale is by no means offensive like the Alexander Keith's IPA, but it's equally as pathetic an example of the style it claims to be. If you came looking for rich, caramelly maltiness and/or pine-y hop zest, you've come to the absolute wrong place. If you're content drinking something that tastes virtually like nothing, pony up.

Photo of Derek
3.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark, amber-red with a fluffy off-white head. Some retention & lace.

S: Floral hops (with a little grass & spicyness). Mostly caramel from the malt. It's a modest, but pleasant aroma.

T: Fairly plain, mostly a caramel sweetness (balance is a little too sweet for my liking). Hops are very subtle... probably a blend of multiple varieties so that nothing is overwhelming (floral, grassy, spicy, earthy, orange-rind... it's got it all... just not very much). Their IPA would probably seem hoppy & bitter after this!

M: Moderate body & carbonation; slightly syrupy.

D: Easily approachable & modest alcohol, but it won't bring the afficionado back for more.

Photo of DrJay
2.04/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Clear red/amber with a thin layer of fine beige bubbles topping the beer. A bit of lace, fair head retention. It doesn't smell very good, sour with some fruit and grain aromas. The flavour's a bit better, but still not great. Sweet with very low bitterness, fruity and grainy for the most part. Light to medium bodied with higher than average carbonation, a bit of dryness. I won't be going back to this one.

Photo of Viggo
3/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear reddish brown, decent medium white head forms, some lacing, good retention. Actually looks okay. Smell is sweet, some malts are in there, adjuncts, kind of a spicy herbal aroma. Taste is sweet, corny, bit of caramel, light citrus, balanced. Mouthfeel is light body, medium carbonation. Lightyears better than normal Keith's, but still not very good. Pretty drinkable though.

Photo of wordemupg
3/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml can poured into Ok Springs glass sept7 2009

A a clear reddish amber with a one finger head that falls fast and leaves no lace

S sweet grains and mild caramel

T a little sweeter then it smells but nothing special nor offensive

M good carbonation and smooth enough

D about as average as they come, grab a pint when your looking at all the big Canadian brands and nothing else

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.3/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at an Irish bar in Toronto. As with other Alexander Keith's beers that I've had this was unimpressive. It might be the best of the buch so far but still, pretty mediocre. The beer is clear, dark red or mild brown color, 1 finger of foam. The smell is malty sweet, not unlike Killians. Taste is likewise pretty close to Killians, balanced more or less, bitter hops and caramel malts. Drinkable red ale, not horrible, not great though.

Photo of spinrsx
2.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

341ml Bottle

Appearance – Clear reddish brown colour with a large size fizzy and frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for close to 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, an earthiness, breads/grains, dark fruits, butterscotch

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation but it still feels kind of thin. I can taste malts mixed with grains and an earthiness. There are also notes of dark fruits and butterscotch. It finishes with a malty slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall – Well, it's one of the better beers I've had from this brewer.. but that still isn't saying a whole lot. It's drinkable, but nothing something I'd buy again.

Photo of tigg924
3.73/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown, big head, medium carbonation, clear

Smell: toasted malt

Taste: caramel, toasted malt, and hops towards the end

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, smooth, medium high carbonation, with a slightly bitter end

Drinkability: I actually really like this. It is a nice and smooth amber and could session it. I think it is the breweries best and think of it as a Canadian treat.

Photo of andrenaline
2.55/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another left-over...

A - Pours a light amber colour, finger of head with little retention or lacing.

S - Musty buttered bread, grassy notes and a hint of caramel.

T - Very mild, almost as light as their 'light' ale. Musty, metallic buttered bread, sweet corn and the caramel lingers on the tongue.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - A poor example of the style, and lacks the flavour that a good amber ale would typically have. A mass produced ale that appears amber, but bears no resemblence to the style.

Photo of ffejherb
2.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz. bottle on 4/8/09.

A - Poured a dark amber/reddish copper color with half a finger of bubbly beige head that quickly dispersed into a patchy film and left very sparse lacing.

S - Faint caramel and grainy malts with a light floral hop presence. Pretty muted aroma overall.

T - Macro-esque flavor with grainy and generic malty notes paired with a subtle hop presence suggesting light floral notes. Finish is sweet with suggestions of bready malt.

M - Light bodied with a watery texture and prickly carbonation. Not very bitter, but rather quite sweet on the palate.

D - Pretty quaffable, but definitely not memorable at all. This is a very ho-hum red amber ale.

Photo of kwjd
2.15/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bright red colour without any head (or it completely dissipated by the time the waitress brought this to my table). No lacing on the glass. Smells of some mild sweet caramel added to a macro lager. Flavour has a bit of sweetness, almost no bitterness, pretty bland. Carbonation was quite prickly, which wasn't expected since it had no head. I'm pretty sure this only exists so they can have an alternative to Rickard's Red, though it falls way short of mediocre.

Photo of sulldaddy
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked up a can of this brew on a trip to Ontario.
Drinking at cellar temp, poured into a pint glass.
The beer pours a nice clear amber color with a small fluffy oatmeal colored head foaming up and fading gradually.
Aroma is grainy malt and some herbal hops but also just a touch of some unpleasant plasticy phenol notes. uh oh.
First sip reveals an average body and fine rolling carbonation. Texture is a little watery.

Flavor is caramel and husky grain with some herbal hops in the background. the flavor is probably the best thing this beer has going for it. not an outstanding flavor but certainly not awful either.
I probably wont buy this one again.

Photo of DIM
2.32/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a: This was a clear coppery amber color. It was served to me with a medium sized head that faded fairly quickly.

s: Very little to speak of. Very faint floral hops and a little hint of something sweet.

t: This was pretty bland. There was a little caramel sweetness that was a touch off. mostly just a generic "beer" flavor.

m: Not bad, but the carbonation faded pretty quickly.

d: Saw it on tap and had never heard of it so I gave it a try.

Photo of BigBry
3.03/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

October 5, Alexander Keith's Birthday, let's go out for dinner. Keith's on sale, good... only the IPA, not the Amber, bad...
Nice looking amber ale, actually was quite a red color when held to the light. Clear liquid with an off-white head with good retention and some thin lace. Some caramel malty aroma. Slightly sweet, malty flavor. Smooth, low carbonation made it slightly creamy mouthfeel. Comparable to Rickard Reds, I would drink this before Keith's IPA.

Photo of DogFood11
3.92/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taken in context this is probably the best brew I've had since arriving in eastern Canada. They advertise 2 cans of this in my box of IPA from Alexander Keiths. It has a reddish hue around the edges and copper in the core. Smell is sweet malts and a subtle baked bread in the distance.

This was very refreshing and has a wonderfully quick snap of bitterness and carbonation to keep it clean and drinkable. The sweetness is mostly up front and reminds me of dark hard candy with some brown sugar. The sweet side is hardly the story here though as a quck fizzy and sharp carbonation holds it together and allows the hops to bring it full circle.

I just hope I can find this at the JK's pool hall tonight. Oh well, If not I can't go wrong with some Alpine or Molson Canadian. This my friends is a winner and would seek this out if I return to this area again soon.

Photo of Absumaster
3.5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have tasted this beer at the brewery itself from tap. I also had this beer from bottle and there is a distinct difference between the two. The draught version was more aromatic, more hop flavor and more depth.

Color was reddish, brown with a small lasting head.

Smell was little citric, grapefruit. According to the guy from the tour, Cascade hop are used for this one.

Taste is caramellic and fresh fruity, there are some floral and fruity notes. Bitterness is low and the beer is very easy to drink. The biggest difference with the bottled version is the depth of the beer. This is more complex, but certainly has a definate macro taste.

Photo of BeerSox
3.2/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Clear deep red color mixed with a little bit of amber highlights. Light tan head that settles to a thin cap. Sticky lacing.

Grainy malts with a light honey smell. Some fruitiness.

Very bready and husky malts with a light burnt flavor. Seems to be a light fruit flavor present. Thin bodied with good carbonation giving it a bite in each sip. Mild bittering hops, to slightly balance the malt.

Seems like your average Amber/Red ale. It's worth a try, but don't expect anything special.

Photo of SebD
2.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: It has a nice clear amber colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down quite fast and has minimal lacing.

Smell: The aromas give out hints of bready/grainy malts with slight caramel and some light grassy hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a grainy taste with some light caramel and light grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a light balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with fairly bland flavours and aromas.

Photo of pootz
2.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Finally got to review the canned version from the singles bin at the LCBO.

Poured the same clear copper as the draft version...same flaccid head

Aroma: Not very fresh..sweet caramel notes some graininess

Flavor: Not much substance for a darker ale ,....no fruit notes no real malt notes but a pervasive caramel sweetness...quick clean finish, no off tastes just exceedlingly bland and nondescript.

Again this is a unchallenging commercial ale...very approachable for a wide segment of the market...but not for me personally...I may have been harsh on it but I'm getting sick of this fear-to-challenge-blandness trend in new beers from corporate brewers...times have changed go bigger or go home.

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Alexander Keith's Red Amber Ale from Alexander Keith's
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