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Alexander Keith's Premium WhiteAlexander Keith's Premium White

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67
poor

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:
Beer added by: Shadman on 03-25-2009

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Photo of ThinkAgain
2/5  rDev -28.8%

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.

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.

Photo of bigox420
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of rbuisson
4/5  rDev +42.3%

Photo of Exiled
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev +42.3%

Photo of RedAleMan
3/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Alexander Keith's Premium White from Alexander Keith's
67 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.