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Alexander Keith's Hallertauer Hop Ale - Alexander Keith's

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Alexander Keith's Hallertauer Hop AleAlexander Keith's Hallertauer Hop Ale

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107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Nova Scotia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 107 | Reviews: 28
Reviews by decimator:
Photo of decimator
3.73/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

473ml can poured into a pint glass. ABV 5.4%.

A - Poured a clear copper-gold with a 1cm white head. Head reduced to minimal surface bubbles. Minimal lacing.

S - Spice, herbal, hint of grass, caramel. The Hallertauer hops are very well showcased in the aroma. Smells very nice actually.

T - Sweet caramel, hint of citrus, some spice, herbal, bitter hop finish. Aftertaste sticks around just long enough. For a pale ale this is ample bitter.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body, slightly sticky, some oily resin, somewhat dry finish with some crispness.

O - Goes down quite easily. This is much better than Keith's regular "IPA". For a Canadian macro this is rather good and probably something I'll pick up again during the summer months.

More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle, procured from the singles bin of the local chain liquor store. 'Bout right, I suppose.

This beer pours a clear, bright copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, thinly foamy off-white head, which leaves a few random splatters of sudsy lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells of grainy, almost biscuity malt, a bit of over-steeped green tea, and mildly spicy, herbal hops. That's right, I said it - hops! On the nose! Moving on, the taste is more cereal-like grainy pale malt, a very mild, indistinct citrus juiciness, incongruously strong herbal tea, and a weak, lagging earthy spiciness.

The carbonation is fairly laid-back, the body medium-light in weight, and mostly smooth, but for - wait for it - slightly zingy noble hops. It finishes off-dry, the malt sinking into its breadiness, and the hops holding their newborn ground.

Well colour me a little impressed - an ale from this so-called storied brewer that actually tastes like one, and somewhat hoppy to boot! My only quibble is in its classification - this has much more to liken it to an understated English pale ale, than to the upfront, assertive American version. Which is no big deal - I'd drink this again, when I wanted something simple, but not too simple, y'know?

Photo of mintjellie
3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pale copper colour, poorly-retained off-white head and no lace. Mild herbal, floral, and lemon zest aromatics. Toasted bread, lemon, and woody flavours, then a spicy finish. Mild but noticeable bitterness. Fairly light in body with surprisingly restrained carbonation. Quenching and light without being watery or prickly - I actually like the mouthfeel of this beer. Although it's a very tame beer, the hop aromas and flavours are easy to notice and do manage to take centre stage. There are certainly craft options that surpass it, but by macro standards I think this hits the ball out of the park. Not a great beer, but it does deliver the advertised goods.

Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Perhaps not as flavourful as the Cascade, this effort did do some justice with its hop. Taste comes through, decent drinkability, with above average carbonation. Foamy head. Slightly hoppy aroma. Serviceable beer considering it is from a macro brewery. Bought at the LCBO.

Photo of ChrisCage
3.51/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a very clear golden, leaning to coppery color, and comes with plenty of bristly looking carbonation. The head is decent....patchy egg white colored and textured foam over the brew with some spots that are thinner and more big bubbly looking. Lacing doesn't exactly follow, as the thin wisps of soapy bubbles quickly slide back into the liquid, never to be seen again! After a couple of minutes I notice the carbonation settles down to a slower, finer pace....

S- I notice much more malt sweetness than the Hallertauer hop variety initially....caramel and/or toffee seems to be the dominant aroma happening. I also smell notes yeast and vanilla in the background, which in itself smells quite good, but its different than what the style would suggest and what I was expecting. The finish does have the hop bitterness but it's definitely not as strong or of the distinct character this variety usually brings in a Pilsener or similar...

T- Ahhh, now the hop character shows itself in flavor immediately, but again, it isn't nearly as powerful or distinct as I thought it would be....still very noticeable though. Balancing sweetness shows up on the palate too, with aforementioned notes of caramel and a hint of vanilla tasted....its actually quite malty! The finish is mostly hop bitterness which lingers on the palate during the break in between drinks.

M- This is a thin bodied beer with a touch of oiliness on my palate....perhaps this does lean a couple of points towards medium body but it's slight. The carbonation, as I thought on appearance, really does smooth out and it helps to bring out the overall flavor scheme. The malt sweetness and milder than expected bitterness actually provides for a refreshing mouthfeel!

O- I think this is very decent beer, even though I feel it could have been slightly better overall....would I buy this again....yes I would! It's not going to offend anyone, as it is balanced enough and perhaps would be a great starter for somebody looking to get into the APA style. The slightly higher than average 5.4% alc/vol is not noticed at all and it makes for a very nice summer refresher! I recommend giving this a try!

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.6/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Can: Poured an amber color ale with a medium white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light dry floral hops is more subtle then I had expected. Taste is also dominated by subtle notes of dry floral hops with a lightly sweet caramel malt base. Body is a bit light with good carbonation. Malt base is too sweet and hops profile lacks in character.

Photo of Derek69
3.73/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

473mL can purchased at the Beer Store poured into Keith's pint glass.

Pours nicely with about an inch of head which dissipates pretty quickly. Lacing is pretty minimal. Sweet aroma, mostly roasted malt. Some creamy mouthfeel, bit of a bitter finish, slight aftertaste. I can see drinking a few of these, but definitely not a dozen, lol. Nice dark golden colour, i would definitely recommend this beer to people. Not harsh, but still flavourful. Better than a lot of macrobrewed stuff out there.

Photo of patre_tim
3.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Orange copper, very little carbonation 4 fingers of beige head, clear filtered.

S: Malty, skunk, spicy, black pepper, slight candied orange.

T: Malt, orange candy, lemon balm, clean linen, light bitterness, slight black pepper.

M: Slightly bready body, low carbonation.

O: Not a bad beer. This Bavarian hop is quite light compared to a lot of American ones. It has some pilsner qualities, but the orange I am not sure where its coming from. Overall not a bad beer.

Photo of JackSkerry
3.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a tulip glass with hopes of being able to capture the smell of this hallerteau ale.

Poured an orangish brown with a 2 finger white head. Glass sat there for a few moments and the head quickly retreated back into the body of the beer.

Faint smell of this aromatic hop. Sort of sits in the background. Bready, sweet malt overwhelms the nose.

Taste wasn't overly impressive. Bit of malt, with some undertones of earthy hops. Not really pulling any flavours out. Quick finish, but then the hops sort of surface and lay back in the dark depths of your throat.

Almost an overwhelming mouthfeel that takes away from the taste. Too much carbonation. Would appreciate a bit of a softer carbonation to help pull out some flavours.

As the beer warms you start getting a bit more hop bitterness. Can't expect too much from the noble hallerteau.

Can certainly see how this cold appeal as a step up from a traditional mainstream beer. Don't expect this to blow you away, worth a try but probably won't buy again.

Photo of spinrsx
3.26/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

473ml can from the Ottawa LCBO for $2.50

Appearance - Clear amber/copper with a large size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, metallic, lemon

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also some light grapefruit and some metallic/rusty/lemony notes. It ends with a malty somewhat tart aftertaste.

Overall – The cascade version was better.. but that's not saying much. I can at least appreciate the attempt at making a proper IPA, but this is something I'd never buy again. Especially with some many world class IPA's out there.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.51/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Tallboy can from the LCBO; served well chilled and poured into a mug. I tried the Cascade hop version last week and found it fairly enjoyable for a Keith's product - let's hope this one is at least equally well-made.

Pours a lovely amber-orange colour, bright and clear, topped with one finger of puffy, foamy, sparkling white head. Retention isn't great; the head is mostly gone after a few minutes have passed, and there isn't much lacing to speak of. A thin film at the surface and a narrow, foamy collar are the only remnants. The aroma is pleasant and clean, though a little subdued - floral, herbal hop notes come through loud and clear, with some supporting lemon citrus, caramel and biscuity malt sweetness. I'm actually a little impressed. It's like my world is crashing down around me!

It's true - this is actually a surprisingly well-made beer. Grainy pale malts, biscuits and honey sweetness form the malt backbone, with notes of herbal, leafy hops and lemon zest rounding out the profile. Finishes with a (very) slight peppery spiciness, and some light leafy dryness lingering into the aftertaste. Fairly light-bodied, but not as thin and watery as most of the stuff in the Keith's portfolio. The carbonation is a little high for my liking, but plays a large role in the crisp, refreshing nature of this brew. Very quaffable; a brew perfectly suited for a few pints at the bar.

Final Grade: 3.51, a surprisingly respectable B grade. There can be no debate - Hallertauer Hop Ale is easily the best Keith's beer I've ever had, beating out both the Cascade Hop Ale and Ambrosia Blonde (both decent, if unremarkable beers). I'm not going to run out to the store clamoring for more, but in a blindfolded taste test I might easily mistake this for an OCB pale ale - it's nicely balanced, with enough of a hop presence to satisfy hop heads, while avoiding intense bitterness that may turn off the uninitiated. One of the few Labatt products I'd be willing to spend money on more than once - good work, guys.

Photo of MarkhamPete
3.29/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 500 ml can of this ale in the liquor store on a whim, as this looks like a new offering from Keith's. As I like to do, after consuming it I checked beeradvocate and there were precious few reviews, so this inspired me to sign in and do my first review! Well here goes.

A: Poured relatively clear with a pretty deep amber/copper colour. About 1-2 fingers worth of head but it had fairly loose adhesion and lacing was practically nonexistent.

S: Herbal, hoppy aroma indicated there was something there that might taste good!

T: Nice hops, herbal flavour and breadiness, with good finish.

M: My mouth felt cold. And wet. Then it got warm again.

Overall, this is a surprisingly good offering from Keith's, a relatively good quality ale. Keith's is evidently trying to capture some of the current hop craze in the market these days. I would definitely order it on tap again if I found it, however not sure if I would buy it again from the store, with so many other superior "hoppy" ales out there for comparable price.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.49/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can from LCBO for $2.60 CDN into a pint glass.

Appearance - Aggressive pour yielded head of 3+ fingers of head. Decent retention, but minimal lacing. Clear dark copper color. Some carbonation is visible. Good looking beer.

Smell - Mild hops aromas, piney citrus scents are present but concealed. There is a faint sweetness that is reminiscent of melon.

Taste - Similar to the scent, the hops are of course at the forefront, but again seem restrained. Very mild beer in all.

Mouthfeel - There is a certain element of creaminess and richness, that may be a bit unexpected with this APA, that seems a little out of place and prevents this from being a thirst quencher.

Overall - Good offering that I prefer to the Cascade Hop Ale (Keith's other offering in he Hop Series), but a little to mild for repeated consumption.

Photo of andrenaline
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear copper colour, finger of head with little retention and no real lacing.

S - Scent is mild with soapy hop presence, bready malt, hits of peppery spice and rye and a grassy hop note on the finish.

T - A leafy green hop note surprisingly dominates, soapy caramel, buttery bread, hints of grassy notes and a bitter citrus rind lingers.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - A surprisingly drinkable brew that has just enough hop presence to satisfy your craving. This is easily sessioned with a flavour profile that doesn't overload the palette, and is a pleasant addition to the local macro selection. I would have no problem drinking this brew again, especially if I'm looking for an easy drinking, economical, macro option. A step in the right direction for sure, but not to be misconstrued... It still doesn't quite match similar micro alternatives, but it's a decent effort nonetheless.

Photo of wordemupg
3.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into pint glass 28/3/13

A clear light copper with decent carbonation but just a short lived film for head and no lace

S much to my surprise there's some hop character with a little orange peel, bready malt, dry cereal and herbal tea bag, not great but way better then expected

T what I smell but more citric rind, a little hay I didn't smell, not a whole lot going on but I'm just amazed that its a respectable brew from Keith's

M lighter side of medium bodied, not quite creamy but not foam or flat either, a little lemon rind on the finish and just a little grit left behind

O its a basic beer but from a macro producer I'm quite impressed, almost baffled really. There's some hops and I can actually taste and smell them, not what I expect from Keith's

I'm not saying that this brews going to change your life by any means but it might change your opinion of macros. I was expecting a drain pour but its a respectable brew at the end of the day, that being said I'd never buy it but I happily drank this bottle.

Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.22/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Serving Type - 473ml can, poured into a pint glass

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear copper colour. It seems more golden like when it's held to the light. On top sits a finger of extremely thin, bright white head, wich dissipates quickly.

Smell - Some caramel/crystal malts which comes as a pleasant surprise. The hallertauer hops are definitely there...and actually pleasantly understated.

Taste - Caramel malts are evident instantly. The hallertauer hops follow this towards the middle, bringing with it some grass and grains, light spices and a very mild bitterness towards the finish.

Mouthfeel - Moderate carbonation, maybe even low. Medium, smooth body.

Overall - 3.5/5

Photo of biegaman
3.41/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer may be part of Alexander Keith's Hop Series, but it has an appearance that showcases malt; the caramel-coloured body has a hard copper complexion and plenty of golden highlighting. Its clarity is in inverse proportion to its head retention - 100% for the former, 0% for the latter. Not even swirling can generate any foam.

I'm happy to finally see a large commercial brewery actively encourage consumers to pour the beer into a glass. Only problem is that their suggested serving temperature of 4 degrees Celsius is way too cold to properly appreciate any beer's aroma. Whatever. You're not missing much anyway. It's more toffee-sweet than anything; the hoppiness, curiously, is downplayed.

That being said, there are floral and mildly herbal elements afoot. They are more pronounced on the palate though there, too, the sweeter, slightly caramelly malt holds more sway. A lingering toastiness crowds out most of the delicate minty and lemony notes. No doubt this is hoppier than Keith's so-called "IPA" but, let's be real, that's not saying much.

Hallertauer hops are typically used in German lagers and, indeed, this crisp, natural-tasting maltiness and unembellished hop profile resembles something like, say, a Vienna lager more than it does a pale ale or IPA (which, in fairness, this doesn't claim to be). As a simple quaffing ale I don't mind this at all - it's infinitely better than anything else in Keith's usual portfolio.

Hallertauer isn't the sexiest hop out there; I think even if Alexander Keith's brewed this ale with all the Hallertauer hops this side of Bavaria anyone who's not a lifetime drinker of mainstream lagers would likely still not find it hoppy enough (relative to a recipe that overloads on C-hops for example). Shortcomings aside, this is a huge leap in the right direction.

Photo of tbeckett
3.66/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Two finger soapy white head, good carbonation, slightly dark golden body. Bright. Spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Spicy, herbal, noble hop. Orange.

T - Mildly spicy, more herbal and noble. A little grassy. Honey, pale malts.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, herbal hop finish.

O/D - Gotta admit, for a Keith's product, this is good. It's well put together and showcases the hop nicely. I like this more than the Cascade version they did as it seems to have more of the hop flavour and more body. I'd drink a few of these.

Photo of TheHammer
3.94/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A solid finger and a half at head that produced modest lacing and managed to retain well enough. The body is overwhelmingly carbonated amber with red notes.

Smell: True to it's name sake, hops take the front seat. However they are reigned in well with tea and orange zest notes in the background with the barest touches of grainy malt.

Taste: Hops permeate the entire experience, but they are kept under tight control. A grainy malt beginning gives way to floral and herb elements that crecendo in a spicy hop tap at the end. It's a little too tame, espcially at the end but it's not as bad I was expecting from Keith's, in fact I'd call it quite good.

Mouthfeel: The major advantage of keeping just a tight reign on the hops is only a very nice herb and hop aftertaste that doesn't cloy or excessively cling. The transitioning is a little odd and the carbonation while producing a nice foamy texture, doesn't seem to help accent the taste.

Drinkability: Yeah, this went down far too quickly and far too easily, it's light on the system and has a hop flavour that keeps it interesting, but doesn't cloy and ruin the experience.

Final Thoughts: I really thought this was going to be another tolerable at best reiteration of the regular Keith's IPA with different hops. What I got was an all around, solid pale ale that might have been a bit tamer then most, but was still a good experience. When you drink this, leave macro bias a the door, because this was a solid beer I'd be happy to have again.

Photo of Kremlock
2.77/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Orange colour, no head, clear.

S: Some alcohol, corn, hint of grass, vegital.

T: Where did the flavour go. Hop flavours are low, malt is low. Bitterness is very low. Again, Keiths makes an ale that resembles more like a lager.

M: Good carbonation, thin body, low bitterness.

O: Fail!

Photo of NV9
3.76/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

finger plus of head, with good retention and visible carbonation.

Smell is dominated by hop, with a bit of spice and malt in the background.

Hops up front, a bit of grass/grain and again, slight spiciness.

Light bodied and drinkable, but lots of carbonation present.

Overall, this is a good beer. There are no adjuncts used in it, so I'm a little confused by other reviewers noting a corn smell. I get that there will be some prejudice towards this because it's an ABInBev product, but honestly, it's a very good beer, nice hop taste, drinkable, good flavour, would definitely get it again.

Photo of slitherySOB
2.57/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark gold/light copper colour with a little over a thumbs worth of egg shell white head that quickly dissipates. Smells of caramel, biscuits, vanilla, toffee and yeast. Not much hop presence in the aroma. Tastes a bit hoppier, with grass and spice hops coming through. Still, rather malty for what I'm assuming they are marketing as an IPA. Mouthfeel is mid body and smooth. Overall, a decent offering, but I prefer the cascade hop ale.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a stray bottle in a buddy's fridge into a shaker pint glass, an amber color just grading into dark gold with a little white head. Aroma is minimal, grainy and grassy with a low key hay-like hop note. Palate is similarly grassy but with an odd burnt popcorn and straw taste, with very faint cinnamon and licorice perhaps, but the flavor largely driven by this strange singed malt and hay note. Thin bodied and maximally carbonated, as expected for this brewery. Not a great brew but more interesting than Keith's proper and I suppose some of the expected mellow Hallertau flavor is there. Still has an unsavory macro-brewed blandness about it.

Photo of Flounder57
3.49/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is an orange color with great clarity and bubbles seen coming up through the glass.

Smell: Herbal, spicy, toasty toasted malts, and some pale malts.

Taste: Noble tea like hops, toasted malts, and pale malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, light bodied, medium carbonation, and mild hop bitterness.

Overall: A nice mildly hopped pale from Nova Scotia.

Photo of TerryW
2.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Macro outfits always seem to have a tough time pulling off specialty beers. By the time they're done they've typically dumbed it down to some sort of lowest common denominator in order to suit unadventurous beer drinkers and keep the penny-pinching accountants happy by not spending money on stuff like ingredients.

After AK's attempts at whites, red, browns, blondes, etc., etc., I wasn't expecting much here and they didn't disappoint. Same soap, new box.

Pours amber orange with a moderate head that quickly settles to a ring and a patchy film. The hops are there, but they're hidden beneath more malt and alcohol than you'd expect from something that fronts a hop variety. Same taste-wise, with malts dominating what should be a hoppy beer. Mouthfeel and taste pretty much anonymous. A touch more interest than your average macro, but overall nothing to write home about.

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