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Alexander Keith's Premium White - Alexander Keith's

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 105
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 20.28%
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: 53 | Hads: 105
Photo of kevofficiel
1.97/5  rDev -29.9%
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. (414 characters)

Photo of Larissark
3.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is my definition of "okay". It's safe, but nothing special. It had a very plain feeling to it but I still can enjoy a bottle or two.

The mouthfeel is very soft and it is mildly carbonation. I actually like the taste to an extent-there's really nothing wrong with it aside from the fact it taste's a tad bit "watery" but not to an obvious extent. (356 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
2.64/5  rDev -6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy pale golden colour. Head is whiteish, bubbly when poured, invisible after a while. Not a lot of lacing. Yeah, really very meh.

Smells a bit like smelly feet, but a lot of fruit to it as well. Decent orange peel note, touch of apple juice, some hazelnut character as well, maybe some chestnut. Fruity; not bad but nothing special.

Orange peel from the start, quite rich and fruity upfront that bulges in the middle and sadly goes away largely by the finish. Bit of a spicy, aniseedy note late-mid with a touch of bread yeast, then finish is a bit grainy, slight coriander spice but otherwise nothing, really. Leaves with a slight cola aftertaste. Has some witty elements but falls a bit short.

A bit of body to it, but there needn't be. Bit heavy and gluggy, finishes dry but also a bit thick.

Stylistically OK, but really didn't do much for me. (863 characters)

Photo of jaslesp
2.66/5  rDev -5.3%
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". (395 characters)

Photo of Bythepint
4.7/5  rDev +67.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best beer I have had in a long time. I like a sure bet. The taste of this beer is well researched. It is fancy with its seville orange flavour, yet it does not have a bitter aftertaste. It has a full aroma and taste without being heavy and filling. I haven't bought anything else since I first tried it a month ago. I find there is something mysterious about it.
Tank you Keith, I like the way you think! (416 characters)

Photo of atr2605
2.97/5  rDev +5.7%
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 (327 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.83/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served to me blind by @LaitueGonflable. It took me a while to guess it was a witbier, which is not a good sign. The scores and comments reflect when I was unaware of what style it was meant to be.

Pours a slightly hazy, pleasant golden hue, with a fine film of white across the top of the glass. Some patchy lace and a surprising heft to the body means it stays around. Fine carbonation. Looks pretty good, overall.

Nose is mellow and slightly grainy, with the suggestion of sweetness. Slight almost-funk to it, giving it a touch of hay and barnyard, and perhaps a little acidity. It has a horsey, husky character that smells a little reminiscent of a rice lager as well. Not huge, but it's not unpleasant.

Taste is flat and a little empty, with a twinge of brusque bitterness on the back, that echoes a little like aluminium foil. Mostly light, but relatively clean and bright. It's not going to win anyone over in the flavour department, but it's not unpleasant.

Yeah, it's pretty dull, but it's smooth and quite drinkable. Could use a little more crispness, but there's a place for a mellow, smooth but tasteless beer as well. (1,133 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.09/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a pretty nice looking hazy yellow color with a sticky white head on top. The retention is decent, and the lacing it quite nice also. The smell of the beer is a little on the weak side, it's got just a light soft grain aroma to it. Smelled like a summer beer to me. The taste kind of gave off a pumpkin spice flavor. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Overall it's a decent brew, I found it to be drinkable. I wouldn't turn it down. (454 characters)

Photo of SebD
3.02/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of Stocean1
3.25/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
2.92/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (772 characters)

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. (556 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
2.53/5  rDev -10%
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. (755 characters)

Photo of marty21
3.06/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy golden/orange with two fingers worth of creamy white head. Settles to a solid cap and left a decent amount of lacing.

S: Orange citrus with a faint smell of bananas in the background. It’s very sweet. It also has a tiny macro adjunct smell in the finish as well.

T: Oranges, a bit of bananas and faint spices for the most part. It does have some macro adjunct qualities in the end as well. The taste is a bit thin.

M: Light carbonation with a light body.

O: There’s not much to say about this beer. It’s just average. I would probably drink this at a bar that didn’t have craft beer but that’s about it. (639 characters)

Photo of Converge
2.93/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Nice big two-and-a-half finger head of billowy white foam. Really hazy orange-yellow color. Very nice retention on the head too, with excellent lacing.

S - The smell is rather simple, mostly made up of light malt and wheat like undertone. Slight sweetness is present as well.

T - A lot of citrusy flavour upfront, with a distinct wheat taste as well. Quite predictable, but not bad. Overall flavor is a bit dry, and lacks something. Finishes with a surprisingly hoppy punch.

M - A lot of carbonation here, and rather medium-bodied. Works fairly well with the beer. Finishes very dry.

D - Overall, not really an exceptional beer at all. It's enjoyable, and really easy to drink; just nothing special. (752 characters)

Photo of ZorPrime
3.36/5  rDev +19.6%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of Sammy
1.99/5  rDev -29.2%
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. (301 characters)

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. (473 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of DrJay
1.98/5  rDev -29.5%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.57/5  rDev +27%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.7/5  rDev +31.7%
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. (1,865 characters)

Photo of scott451
3.3/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Swirl poured into a glass beaker. A hazy apricot with a two finger white head diminishes to a ring. Strong fine lacing. Smells of cloves up front. Faint citrus notes. Taste is subdued. Tangy bread flavours. Slightly sour malty aftertaste. A mildly bitter tang at the end. Mouthfeel is medium body, nicely carbonated. Drinkabiity is good except the sour notes might get old after a while. Not a bad Wit from a major. (415 characters)

Photo of pootz
3.13/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap fairly fresh, far better than the packaged product.

Taps a hazey yellow-gold color with a modest puffy cap which does not last too long. Modest lacing on the glass. Large bubbles, not naturally carbonated.

Aroma is very light but free of offensive smells...spices, citrus sweetness some light hop.

Profile is surprisingly decent for a commercial effort. Light sweet biscuity start goes dry midway where citrus, spice and hops dry up the palate, finish is dry.

This comes off like a light, blandish corporate version of Hoegaarden and if it has a fault it's that it may be a tad sweet. Still the best of the Canadian commercial witbiers. (660 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
2.79/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (1,216 characters)

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69 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.