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Alexander Keith's Premium White - Alexander Keith's

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Alexander Keith's Premium WhiteAlexander Keith's Premium White

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BA SCORE
67
poor

98 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 21.35%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Nova Scotia, Canada

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Shadman on 03-25-2009)
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.15/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2009 22:54:26 | More by biboergosum
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Alexander Keith's Premium White from Alexander Keith's
67 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.