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103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 21.71%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Nova Scotia, Canada

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Shadman on 03-25-2009)
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1/5  rDev -64.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -46.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.5/5  rDev -46.6%
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.

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1.5/5  rDev -46.6%

Photo of duffman768
1.65/5  rDev -41.3%
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 arrech
1.75/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of dieudehalligan
1.8/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

472 ml Bottle. Pours a suprisingly good opaque yellowish orange.

Smell is citrus and cotton. Very similar to a good white but somehow it seems artificial.

Taste. Dull monotonous flavour. Little excitement in terms of fruit. Carbonation is out of touch with a wit or weiss. Dreadful aftertaste.

Feel. Never reaches any levels of expanse. Splenda sweet i guess.

I really wouldn't have this again. Perhaps better on tap but could really care less.

Photo of DrJay
1.93/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cloudy, dull straw yellow with a thin cap of fizzy white bubbles. A bit of lace, moderate head retention. Mild aroma, a bit of citrus and faint spice -- kind of earthy and sort of like nutmeg, slightly peppery. Not digging the flavour. Tastes a lot like the regular Kieth's IPA, but with a bit of breadiness, faint citrus and odd spice added. Very dry with a bit of lingering citrus zest. Light bodied, moderate carbonation. Slightly soapy or slick in texture. Overall, a poor witbier.

Photo of Sammy
1.98/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

Photo of Viggo
1.98/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

500 ml can from the LCBO! Yum!

Pours a hazy amber, some orange highlights, decently thick and solid looking white head forms, quickly bubbles its way down to a thin ring around the glass, few lace spots stick. Smell is fantastic, if you like Keiths. Basically smells like the "IPA" with some orange peel and spices, lightly grainy, sweet and kind of peppery. Taste is more or less the same, very watery and lacking almost any flavour, light graininess and some sweetness, touch of orange peel, very weak. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation. Wow, they even manage to fuck up a witbier. Seriously this is like Keiths with a bit of spice and different colouring. I'm not even sure how they pull this mess off.

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2/5  rDev -28.8%

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2/5  rDev -28.8%

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2/5  rDev -28.8%

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2/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of
2.05/5  rDev -27%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - It does not look like a white beer. It is yellow and vaguely cloudy with a slightly larger head than you would see on a regular Keith's.

Smell - It doesn't smell like a white beer either. A bit a bread, maybe some citrus in there. Not really much to describe, sort of weak on aroma. Strange for such an aromatic style.

Taste - Surprise! It doesn't taste like a white beer. Goes down like water. Somehwere in there you can catch a hint of the fruity esters of a white beer, but you can also taste the corn-like sweetness of an adjunct lager.

Photo of cyrenaica
2.08/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

20oz draught
5.0% ABV
I tried this beer on tap on May 1, 2009 at "St. Louis Wings Bar and Grill" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer was a hazy gold colour with a very thin white soapy-like head. There was very little effervescence. The aroma was weak wheat malt, and some citrus (but that may have been the small chunk of orange affixed to the rim of the glass). The mouthfeel was medium bodied, with mild carbonation. The flavour was sweet wheat malt, some peppery spiciness, and finished with a mild bitterness. I tried the beer because it was the only thing in the restauraunt I hadn't tried. I may never try it again.

Photo of kwjd
2.13/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at a bar without anything good. I haven't had Keith's White in a long time, so maybe my memory was wrong of how bad this was. Pours a hazy yellow with almost no head and no lacing. Smell has a tiny bit of orange with a lot of grainy malt. If I was smelling this blind, I would have not guess this was a wheat beer. Flavour is pretty similar to a macro lager. What a useless beer. If you need to drink a macro white beer, go with Rickard's, which is 100 times better.

Photo of biboergosum
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.

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2.25/5  rDev -19.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -19.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -19.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -19.9%

Photo of MeisterBurger
2.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a turbid orangey yellow. Thick head, big bubbles that dissipate quickly.

Smell is citrusy, with some spice, coriander, I guess, with just a hint of aluminum.

As for the taste, it tastes like someone took a mediocre witbier and just added some cold filtered water, and maybe a little carbonated water too. It also tastes tinny. As it warms it starts to taste like orange pith. And no, I don't have a lisp.

It's drinkable and refreshing and inoffensive in its complete lack of character..yeah. I really expected very little from this beer, and yet I'm still disappointed in how watered down this tastes.

Photo of funkengruven
2.48/5  rDev -11.7%
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 Whatup14
2.5/5  rDev -11%

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