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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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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 2.84
pDev: 20.07%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +40.8%

11-21-2011 20:52:39 | More by ElGallo
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev +5.6%

11-20-2011 21:14:34 | More by RedAleMan
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Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Serving type: can

11-04-2011 03:12:44 | More by Stocean1
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New Jersey

2.95/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 02:58:16 | More by ReelBigwigFish
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2.05/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2011 01:12:55 | More by
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Ontario (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 13:42:26 | More by spinrsx
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 20:39:25 | More by marty21
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Alberta (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 02:16:39 | More by Converge
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Quebec (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev +18%
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.

Serving type: can

03-12-2011 02:27:14 | More by ZorPrime
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Ontario (Canada)

1.98/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

Serving type: can

01-23-2011 00:36:55 | More by Sammy
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Ontario (Canada)

2.13/5  rDev -25%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2010 04:36:30 | More by kwjd
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3/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: can

10-12-2010 22:52:33 | More by Mora2000
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1.93/5  rDev -32%
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.

Serving type: can

08-19-2010 02:05:17 | More by DrJay


3.58/5  rDev +26.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 02:15:16 | More by GDBEERMAN
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Quebec (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +28.5%
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.

Serving type: can

07-09-2010 16:54:39 | More by Yoonisaykul
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Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 17:17:20 | More by scott451
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Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2010 19:37:30 | More by pootz
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Ontario (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 00:49:17 | More by thehyperduck
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly cloudy once the last bits in the can get out - it seems to have settled some. Head is a fizzy white with some decent heft actually. Soft nose, some orange, banana and cloves, some faint butter and caramel as well. Dry and lightly bitter. Some citrus and spice flavour and a quickly dissipating aftertaste. Little bit of yeastiness. Impressively substantial body for a... much maligned brewery, but still too fizzy. Overall, I think this one has hit the main points but this isn't close to my favorite wit. Still, it'll do in a pinch.

Serving type: can

02-28-2010 21:07:14 | More by allergictomacros
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3.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased sampler pack while on a hockey trip in Canada.

Appearance - Golden in color and slightly cloudy

Smell - Spice and subtle hint of citrus

Taste - Spice and citrus flavors are faint. Wheat is most prominent. Flavors not as robust as other Witbiers.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and somewhat watery

Drinkability - Not a bad beer. Would not hesitate to choose this beer again if another favorite was not available.

Serving Type: Bottle

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 23:53:57 | More by eth916
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Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev +5.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 14:16:45 | More by BigBry
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Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

473ml can poured into pint glass.

A - Somewhat cloudy golden yellow color but the white head disappeared rather quickly.

S - Citrus fruits, some spice, faint aroma of grains.

T - Noticeable tangy taste from the citrus flavors. Spices are not as prominent as other witbiers I've had. And a little hop bitterness at the end.The balance seems just a bit too fruity and just not enough spice.

M - Average carbonation. Texture has some creaminess to it due to being unfiltered.

D - Certainly quite drinkable as is goes down pretty easy yet this beer has just enough flavor to satisfy my palate without overpowering it.

Keith's interpretation of a witbier is pretty decent. It's one of my go to brews for something refreshing but there are better ones out there.

Serving type: can

08-16-2009 01:58:54 | More by decimator
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3.23/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 15:56:10 | More by tigg924
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Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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 beer...it's fine. It's beer, and during a hotter summer, outside on a hot day...I'm sure I would have found it refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 13:49:56 | More by nokes
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Ontario (Canada)

2.08/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2009 18:10:13 | More by cyrenaica
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