Alexander Keith's Hallertauer Hop Ale - Alexander Keith's
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Reviews by slitherySOB:
2.59/5 rDev -19.3%
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.
09-29-2013 23:11:15 | More by slitherySOB
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3.55/5 rDev +10.6%
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?
04-06-2013 02:00:57 | More by biboergosum
3.29/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
04-11-2013 01:33:46 | More by mintjellie
3.46/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
06-02-2013 03:20:47 | More by Sammy
3.54/5 rDev +10.3%
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!
08-05-2013 02:22:16 | More by ChrisCage
2.58/5 rDev -19.6%
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.
05-24-2013 13:49:23 | More by Phyl21ca
3.74/5 rDev +16.5%
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.
01-10-2014 23:34:50 | More by Derek69
3.19/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
05-15-2014 03:29:07 | More by patre_tim
New Brunswick (Canada)
3.19/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
04-20-2013 23:00:48 | More by JackSkerry
Alexander Keith's Hallertauer Hop Ale from Alexander Keith's
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