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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 2.82
pDev: 21.63%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Nova Scotia, Canada

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Shadman on 03-25-2009

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Reviews by TheHammer:
Photo of TheHammer
3.15/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Had this at the Brassie in Ancaster, as the place was plastered with ads for it. The beer came in an Alexander Keith's pint glass, as should be expected. The beer came with a good finger of head that retained exceptionally well but didn't lace that much. The carbonation also looks to be quite good as well. However, the beer itself isn't as cloudy as you'd expect from a witbier, and comes off as orange with gold highlights. You can see through the glass, albeit with difficulty, which leads me to believe this beer may be a bit watered down.

Smell: The smell has a nice citrus scent to it, with both orange and lemon being present. Coriander and cloves make an appearance as well with a slight touch of cinnamon. However, it isn't especially strong and took quite a bit of warming to come out.

Taste: I mentioned in the appearance section that this beer might be watered down. Well upon tasting it, there is no question that it is. This upsets me because it tastes good and has an excellent balance of flavors but comes off muted. Starts with a nice citrus taste with a hint of coriander, then turns slightly spicy as the cinnamon and cloves kick in and then finishes with more citrus with a touch of wheat. It would be good if not for it's muted character.

Mouthfeel: The aftertaste of the beer is quite pleasant, for what you get out of it. The carbonation for this beer is good, and it finishes very smoothly. The beer transitions well but as stated earlier, it leaves you a bit too refreshed and too moist as you are drinking it. That and there is a severe lack of impact with the spices for a witbier.

Drinkability: I'm a bit conflicted on this one, as on one side the beer is incredibly refreshing, goes down like water and it is very light on the stomach. I could drink this all night, with ease. However, on the other hand, the beer goes down like water and tastes like I'm drinking an citrus cooler with wheat and spice added to it, not a beer. This leaves me not wanting to drink it all night. I suppose the merits outweigh the flaws though.

Final Thoughts: Honestly, it feels like the people who made this stuff knew how to make a good witbier and did so, and then watered it down and removed a lot of the spice to cut costs. I'm almost completely sure that is what happened here, given InBev (owner of Keith's) also brews probably the most well know witbier around in Hoegaarden. I'm also pretty sure this beer only exists to try to cash in on recent success Rickard's White, but I can't blame them for that, as money makes the world go round.

Now that I'm done talking about the politics of this beer, let me finish on note regarding the beer itself. This beer isn't bad, but it isn't that good either. It's watered down, which ruins what it could be, and I honestly feel if you concentrated it a bit more it would be great. This doesn't change the fact that this beer tastes watered down and lacking in flavor. It's a run of the mill macro beer, that is meant to be guzzled down for a cheap price. This beer would be incredibly great after a long sweaty day of work, but not much else. It would serve as a good, tame introduction to the style but I would advise anyone trying this that there are many better, more flavorful witbier's out there.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
3.23/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark-brownish gold, medium head, medium carbonation, clear

Smell: orange, lemon, cardamom

Taste: orange, lemon, cardamom, cream, and wheat

Mouthfeel: creamy, sweet, medium carbonation, medium body, very smooth-borderline watery

Drinkability: Very average for a witbier, but very drinkable for a beer period. I could have several. I can really taste the orange and the lemon. I think my grade would be a solid B if I was grading regardless of style, but a bit lower as a witbier.

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to my father for bringing this beer back from a recent trip to Halifax.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is big on the wheat notes, with not too much else coming through. The flavor is more complicated, with some wheat as well as some lemon and spice (coriander?) notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of biboergosum
2.16/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

20oz pint at the Metro. Let's see if Keith's treats the witbier style with more respect and/or sense than they do the IPA.

This beer arrives on the bar, in fine Keith's glassware (tall and slim, don't let too much of that precious aroma get out), adorned with that slice of orange that the kids seem to be into these days, and looks to be a cloudy, pale apricot-orange hue, with a thin cap of soapy off-white head, which soon leaves some sparse streaky lace around the glass. Not bad, no surprises here.

Getting on with it, it smells of faint buttery white bread, sort of corny, sort of malty, with a hint of bland orange juice, all so timid that I can smell my drinking buddy's (different) beer from a few feet away. The taste is somewhat yeasty, with very mild orange and coriander overtones, although the orange could still be coming from the aforementioned slice of fruit that I instantly removed from the beer, but consumed anyway, waste not want not. Beyond that, there is a weak, kind of astringent pale maltiness, betraying its barely-masked macro heritage.

The carbonation is much too high, kind of burning at first, until my throat just gave in, the body has a medium-light weight that you know just wants to be dense and cloying, but fails miserably on both counts, and is as thin as the "Premium" marketing premise around this whole deal. It finishes off-dry, the anemic fruit and grain limping along, joined by a bit of the house skunk for good measure.

The obvious comparison, in weight-class, at least, is to Rickard's White. While Rickard's is a shell of a white beer, it still has a somewhat respectable ancestry in Blue Moon. On the other hand, Keith's White (I'm not going to call it 'Premium') is a meta-shell of a white beer. It seems jumping on the bandwagon necessitates taking even less risk the farther down the road one goes. I don't see how much more dumbing down this style can take around here - the next iteration may cause a singularity that implodes beer-space-time. Shudder.

Photo of Sammy
1.99/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A poor beer and extremely weak representation of the style. Pours light bodied with lots of carbonation, and a bit of retained head. Cheesy aroma, weak mouthfeel with carbonation a bit agressive. I cannot drink much of this and it became a drain pour. Decidedly he worst of the Alexander Keith series.

3.57/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into imperial pint glass.

A: A haze lemon, yellow body. A head that settles as a thin white layer. No lace.

S: Clove is the predominate flavor in this aroma profile.

T/M: A bland witbier, but a nice and drinkable taste. The flavors do do justice to the style, so for Alexander Keith's beers on what I have heard the styles have not been spot on. This one does do justice to a witbier, so not the best but mmm tasty on a 90 degree night.

D: Good taste, but not the best. I could drink these in session, so I guess this beer is on the solid drinkable side.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.7/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A few years ago, I went on a beer run and brought a 12 pack of these for a group of girls. Now, I've always had a certain amount of hate for Alexander Keith's India Pale Ale but tried one of these and was very glad I did. Before this, I didn't really care for wheat beers and this completely changed that. I can now say that thanks to Keith's I can enjoy every style of beer... which is kind of surprising.

So, a part from a couple glasses of water this is the first thing in me on this 5th day of the 2010 Montreal heatwave. Just noticed: 200th review. Not the best for the occasion but whatever.

A- Hazy golden. 2 centimeter white head looks like a sligoing onin here.htly creamier version of one you'd find on an aggresively poured macro lager. A lot of carbonation bubbles g

S- Clove and some other citrusy spice I can't put my finger on... probably just orange peel. Something milky in the back. Apple juice. All in all, not the best witbier smell but it is enjoyable. A bit of kiwi I think. A little caramel at room temp.

T- Alcohol from start to finish. The rest is like a diluted witbier without it actually tasting like water. Kind of has that chemical nastiness and bitterness which is so present in the India Pale Ale and many other macros but for some reason it doesn't bother me as much here. Don't really know what to say other than it's bland but that very blandness is what eased me into the styles. Getting some peach now that it's warmer.

M- High carbonation starts off prickly but smooths right out. Full mouthfeel. Dry finish.

D- Very good. Smooth refreshing and not foul enough to turn me off. I'd drink a whole bunch ifI didn't have anything better.

I think... not sure I'd have to compare side by side, but I think I like this better than Hoegaarden. So I consider this a good cheap witbier fix. I'm surpised myself by this statement.

Photo of duffman768
1.7/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This was by far one of the worst Witbier I have ever had. The fact they deem this a Witbier is appalling. It had almost no citrus or spice flavour. I'm sure glad I bought a 12 pack of this.

Appearance - pours a brown-orange color with a yellowish-brown head.

Smell - very faint smell of some kind of citrus, old orange peel smell?

Taste - tastes nothing like a Witbier should. Tastes like a cross between a white beer and a honey brown.

Mouthfeel - decent.

Drinkability - if you're looking for a wit beer, look elsewhere.

Photo of Stocean1
3.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - poured a two finger fluffy white head with decent retention, patchy lacing, cloudy wheat orange colour.

Smell is wheat and citrus - orange peel

Taste follows the nose with some lemon zest, pepper and coriander - a little bit artificial tasting.

Mouth is light to medium bodied, pretty smooth, little bitterness.

Overall,this is a drinkable wheat that is cheap and readily available. Again, this would be a B if it wasn't a macro. Definitely worth grabbing at the patio of a bar only serving macro brews.

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.5/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a small bubbly head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma of light spices with some weird adjunct crap and no real notes of wheat. Taste is also dominated by some crap adjunct with some very faint wheat and subtle spices at the end. Body is a bit thin with some average carbonation. This is a real shame that they have dumbed down a easily accessible style.

Photo of sensorglitch
2.83/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am reviewing the last times I had this beer, which was on tap at a bar in Toronto.

The beer poured with very little head and the color was not very rich.It had that aspect to it, in which you could see through just a little bit too much. The color however, was fairly decent you take into account that this is a Macro-Brewed beer, so I had the mindset where it's not really fair to compare it to something very high end.

The mouth feel as well was good for a macro brewed beer. If it was not a beer which you paid four bucks for, and you were paying more for a premium beer, I would be a lot more harsh on it. However, for what it is, it is good.

In total it is drinkable, and is decent for a MacroBeer. However, Beer snobs should feel free to pass on this one.

Photo of ZorPrime
3.36/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Ok, bought this one as a deal. 2 cans for 4$.

The beer is yellow color and hazy. There is some orange notes in the color too. Nice looking beer. The head is cloudy looking but disappear quickly. Aroma is fruity but low notes of spices. Average aroma, it would gain at being more smelly :). On the taste, the beer is more intense. Fruity (citrus). No bitterness. Refreshing. This is good for summer day. Cheap refreshing beer. Not at all of sipping. Drinkability is high.

Photo of jaslesp
2.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This smells like hoegaarden but tastes awful. There is a bad after taste and it isn't really cloudy. This is labatt product so we can't ask much from it but at least try. It has a yellow color but this beer looks filtrated. It ia way too expensive for what you get though. But this is the style of keith's, we can't trust the kind of beer we buy from them just by looking at their suppose "ipa".

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
2.92/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My buddy took a trip to Canada a few weeks ago and brought some beer back with him.

A: Doesn't look too special, until I looked this beer up, I had no idea it was supposed to be a wheat beer, I thought it was just a pale lager. Slightly hazy golden color with fluffy head, no lacing.

S: Smells like a lager with the slightest hints at citrus and spices.

T: The wheat beer flavor is almost coming through upon many swishes. Extremely subdued orange flavors followed by adjunct lager-esque malt. Regardless, it's still enjoyable and refreshing. Just not really living up to the style.

M: Highly carbonated, crisp, refreshing, finishes the littlest bit dry.

O: Glad I got to try it, but wouldn't seek this out at a store. I'm sure Canada has much better beers to offer.

Photo of spinrsx
2.53/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

341ml Bottle

Appearance - Hazy gold colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. I can't make out much carbonation due to the haziness and there is a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes.

Smell – Breads/grains, faint oranges/bananas/all spice, a skunkiness

Taste & Mouth - The beer comes across as slightly thin and watery and there is an average amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains and corn. There are also light notes of oranges/bananas/all spice - but not a whole lot. It finishes with a grainy aftertaste with some hints of oranges and spice.

Overall – It tasted like a basic adjunct beer with some spices thrown in. There are so many other beers that I would rather be drinking.. I wouldn't buy this again.

Photo of SebD
3.02/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy pale yellow/golden color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down quite fast and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of citrus and oranges, spices and some wheat.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice citrusy and orange taste, light spices and wheat and a bit of corn.

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

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

Photo of BigBry
3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed a case to take camping.
Poured a yellow goldish color with orange hilights, very cloudy (as expected), white head grows quickly then shrinks to a thin floating cap. Smell is pretty plain, but you can catch a bit of orange and citrus. Taste is lightly grainy, kind os sweet, a tiny bit of pepper and spice in the finish. Light bodied, thin with lots of carbonation. Glad it was a hot weekend, as it was a refreshing thirst quencher.
I guess there are some witbier characteristics, but obviously not a good interpretation. Average at best.

Now I need to find this brew in a can for my collection

Photo of thehyperduck
2.79/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a Keith's sampler containing three of their brews, including this one which I had never had before.

Pouring it into a standard beer mug produces a one-finger head that wastes no time dissipating into a thin ring. The beer itself looks like cloudy apple juice, except with a constant stream of bubbles percolating to the top, indicating heavy carbonation. The bubbles become far less dense once the beer has had time to settle, though. Looks appetizing enough. Smell is a little disappointing - has some fruity overtones, but other than that it smells pretty much like any macro lager.

The first sip reveals it to be a rather watery concoction, and surprisingly enough the carbonation is kind of subdued. The taste is dominated by (unsurprisingly) wheat, yeast, and some barely-noticeable citrusy notes. The label claims there is spice in here, but I couldn't taste it. This beer is extremely smooth, and I can easily see myself pounding several of these back.

I think I can safely say that this is by far my favourite offering from Keith's so far. That being said, it's still pretty uninteresting for the style, and I have definitely had better witbiers. If I buy Keith's again, it'll probably be this.

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
2.8/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - overall a nice appearance with a cloudy light copper colour. Thin head with good lacing. Good carbonation.

Smell - fruity, orange-citrusy aroma over a creamy malt smell. Almost floral with some bready scents as well.

Taste - thin, almost watery flavour. Wheat flavours up front but break down. Lemony kind of finish. Kind of dull.

Mouthfeel - kind of all over the map. Not smooth, flavours aren't that interesting, basically it creates a little carbonation/bitter effect before the watery taste comes in.

Drinkability - picked up a 12-pack of these several weeks ago, and there's still lots left. Not making my way through this product very quickly. Wouldn't bother with it again.

Photo of atr2605
2.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a hazy straw color with a white head with pretty short retention
S-Fairly soft aroma that has a bit of malt with lemon
T-mild malt profile with a citrus, and spice in the finishes. Finish is clean with no bitterness
M-light bodied
O-Overall not a bad brew. It's not the best witbier but good for macro. Would have again

Photo of kevofficiel
1.97/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Alexander Keith's Premium White

The look of it: Nice color like a Witbier, but lots of carbonation about almost 2 fingers of head not like a Witbier.

The smell of it: Nothing. Very disappointing.

The taste of it: A bit of orange and citrus but very light. Goes very fast. The aftertaste is watery, there is not much left.

So overall would I recommend it? No ! Go buy a Hoegaarden, you won t go wrong with it.

Photo of funkengruven
2.53/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I saw this on the beer list at the Whistling Walrus, and figured I'd get a pint, expecting something similar to Canada's other macro Wit. What I got, was something else.

This came to me in a pint glass with an orange, as usual with this style here. Beer was quite cloudy with some nice puffy white cloud head on top, quite nice acutally. Smell was a weak combination of cinnamon and citrus, not terrible. Flavor is where it falls completely flat, I didn't detect any flavor profile until the finish, which was a weak citrus and cinnamon flavor, like water with a hint of orange and cinnamon. Mouthfeel was slightly creamy with ample carbonation.

Is this stuff drinkable? well, it doesn't go down terribly but the flavor is a bit too weak for this to be enjoyable. Not something I'd bother with again.

Photo of Derek
2.65/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Gold with a slight haze, off-white head, very little retention, but it leaves a little lace.

S: It's got the curaca orange peel and corriander spicing, but there's also an underlying Keith's aroma (floral & catty American hops?).

T: Corriander & curacao, very mild bitterness, slight grainy biscuit (it seems maltier than the IPA).

M: Moderate body has some residual sweetness.

D: It's approachable, but it's not a wit. I had a tough time finishing it, and wouldn't want another.

Photo of nokes
2.92/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a very slightly hazy yellow to faint gold with not much head, despite a fairly aggressive pour. Not very impressive to the eye, really. I've seen much nicer wits.

Smell...well...pretty faint, really. There's some orange peel maybe, but the spice is hard to find. Very faint. Maybe the beer is too cold.

First taste (I'm not anticipating much by now) was actually not too bad. Tastes witty, but less so. A bit of sweet, a touch of citrus. Swish swish, warm it up a bit...there's a little more. Really, it tastes fine.

The mouthfeel is reasonable and it's quite drinkable. It's also quite forgettable. I didn't find anything special here, but it wasn't an unpleasant experience. It's not like it's a bad beer, or a great's fine. It's beer, and during a hotter summer, outside on a hot day...I'm sure I would have found it refreshing.

Photo of JOaikido
3.18/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341 ml bottle.

A- Cloudy pale gold. Big bubbles rising to a small (0.5 inch) head that decreases rapidly.

S- Macro beer with a touch of wheat sourness when sniffed in the bottle. Touch of yeast and citrus noticeable in the glass.

T- A little bland. Watered down wit. Yeast and wheat is present btu faint on the citrus. Bitter finish. A little vegetable flavour as it warms.

MF- Crisp and refreshing.

D- Easy drinker. Not a great witbier, but better than anything else from Keith's.

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