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Schooner - Alexander Keith's

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BA SCORE
72
okay

23 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 23
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 2.84
pDev: 21.83%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Nova Scotia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Introduced in the 1950s, Schooner is a popular Maritime-brewed beer. Unique fruity flavours from the Labatt yeast, and a special blend of North American hops, help deliver a clean, smooth tasting beer. Schooner beer was named after the famous sailing ship, the Bluenose II, which was owned by the Oland family.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 02-01-2003)
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Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by TheHammer:
Photo of TheHammer
3.03/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one from Ludachris from a trip he made to Nova Scotia. Thanks man

Appearance: Pours with a solid thumb of head that retained decently but did not lace. The beer itself is a a little bit on the yellower side of gold but boasts decent carbonation and good clarity.

Smell: Very muted and watered down but that is good, because all I'm getting is a white bread smell with a slight acidic touch.

Taste: If I could give this beer a 2.75 I would, as it's not bad or offensive, it's just generic and watered down. It starts with the barest touch of malt, and then turns to a generic bread and corn like taste common of many adjunct and then turns to the barest kick of earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Well, this beer is smooth although the carbonation is a bit off, and for something so subdued you wouldn't think it would transition poorly. It does leave a wet feeling in your mouth because it's watered down. On the plus side though there is no aftertaste, whatsoever.

Drinkability: Simply put, this beer is a guzzler. It's light on the gut, highly refreshing and goes down smooth. Frankly, if you drink it fast enough you can miss the bitter hop kick entirely. I would have no problems polishing off a six pack of these in short order.

Final Thoughts: All in all, a good beer for a hot day of work but not much else. It doesn't have that much in the way of character, but as a adjunct I suppose it does it's job. That being said, there are better hot day beers I'd rather have then this one.

TheHammer, May 26, 2009
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2/5  rDev -29.6%

cam477, Aug 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev +5.6%

Griffith, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of Mandrake
2.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly light golden yellow with a small, fizzy white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. Smell has a hint of hops alongside the maltiness that is foremost in the nose, but nothing to distinguish it, either positively or negatively. Taste is a kiss of caramel in the maltiness and a brush of hops along with a dose of fusel alcohol before it finishes quickly and is forgotten. Mouthfeel is under carbonated and watery, and drinkability is decent.

Mandrake, Jun 05, 2006
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2.75/5  rDev -3.2%

hockeypuck, Jul 18, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -3.2%

DreamDeath, May 18, 2014
Photo of Shiloh
2.17/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Schooner lager as brewed by the Oland brewery is part of the Labatt's family...this particular member pours a deep golden hue with no crowning glory to speak of, only a minor center lace...the body is medium/full and a little murky with limited carbonation...a slight sweetness to the palate and flat...not enjoyable...

Shiloh, Feb 01, 2003
Photo of ludachris
3.53/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is my old faithful when I come down to Halifax. Pours a nice golden colour with a quickly dissipating white head. No lacing and a fair amount of carbonation. Watery mouth feel. Sweet tasting with a little bit of malt. There isnt really anything special about this brew but its still by far one of my favorite beers to sit down and relax with. The drinkability is ridiculous. Wish they had this bad boy back in Ontario.

ludachris, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of nighthawk
2.88/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a light gold-yellow, fairly clear with some carbonation visible. Once centimetre of white, foamy head is produced, then quickly sinks to a bare haze on the surface.

Very mild aromas of generic bready malts with only a vague hint of hop bitterness.

Taste is more generic grainy bread malts, hint of booziness, bare hop presence.

Mouthfeel is a little more substantial than thin, good balance of smooth body and carbonation.

This one goes down easily, no particularly bad taste or aftertaste, it's just a little bland.

nighthawk, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of SchoonDoggie
4.72/5  rDev +66.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a terific beer, the best made in the Maritimes. It taste great, easily drinkable. Perfect for any hot day, breakfast, softball games, lawn mowing, rioting, pretty much any activity is enhanced by this beer. The colour is a lovely golden transparent haze. Pours very nicely into a mug or glass, just the right amount of foam. Has a nice non-offencive smell. Just a good product all around for a mediumed priced beer.

SchoonDoggie, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of sclitch
2.25/5  rDev -20.8%

sclitch, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of andrenaline
2.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Took down a bottle at a local pub...

A - Pours a very pale straw colour, thin layer of head with little retention or lacing.

S - Very mild, hints of grassy moss, sweet corn with a metallic finish.

T - Again, quite mild offering up a dose of bready malt and sweet corn, the metallic notes also come through and the grassy notes linger.

M - Medium, smooth and wet.

O - A session ale that offers little in the flavour department. Easily forgettable.

andrenaline, Aug 27, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -3.2%

rorjets, Jan 31, 2014
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3/5  rDev +5.6%

graybayou, Jul 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +40.8%

rbuisson, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of wordemupg
2.15/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

341ml bottle poured into pint glass oct2 2010

A pale straw yellow with plenty of bubbles feeding a two finger bone white head that fell fast and left no lace

S not much some sweet grains and not much else

T some adjuncts and green apple of all things, pretty faint though closer to water then anything

M thin but well carbonated about what I expect from a macro lager

D easy too drink like waters easy too drink, nothing overly offensive just nothing at all

I had one to try it and I doubt I'll ever have a second, don't bother there's just nothing too it

wordemupg, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of pootz
2.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

One of the few palatable lagers in the interbrew Canadian cabal. Oland’s was a favorite of mine when I toured the east coast. I liked their 10 penny ale and Schooner was a favorite New Brunswick chug beer. Bought a 6 in Ontario recently. Seemed different than I remember it. Light gold color, small white head that reduces to a ring on the glass..mild malt sweetnes to the nose..starts mellow then produces a medium bodied malty taste with the hops riding in the background...quick finish with a light pleasnt malt aftertaste...pleasant enough mega lager.

pootz, Jul 20, 2004
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2/5  rDev -29.6%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Mar 15, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -12%

Exeter, Sep 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +23.2%

Skizem, Dec 23, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -3.2%

ZachT, Oct 10, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -12%

KStark, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of PiratePete
2.88/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Once part of a Canadian Maritime tradition Schooner was brewed by the Oland family of Halifax, Nova Scotia (different from the Saint John, New Brunswick relatives that still own and operate Moosehead) for many years. They sold to Labatt which then became part of Interbrew SA. Over the years Schooner's popularity in the Maritimes seems to have waned except for the die-hard Schooner. Despite all that Schooner is still a good brew. A good BBQ beer.

Pours out a very pale, almost clear, yellow with a small white head that disappears very, very quickly with practically no lacing. A nose of hops but not strong. A good mouthfeel with a slight taste of those hops. Smooth and good taste. Better lagers? Yep. Better than many? Yep, especially better than some of the others in the parent brewery stable.The old ad line was "The Schooner the Better." If offered: drink it and enjoy.

PiratePete, Oct 06, 2003
Schooner from Alexander Keith's
72 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.