Alexander Keith's Hallertauer Hop Ale - Alexander Keith's
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Ratings: 97 | Reviews: 28 | Display Reviews Only:
3.93/5 rDev +22.4%
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.
04-25-2013 03:42:10 | More by TheHammer
3.75/5 rDev +16.8%
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.
04-26-2013 21:14:34 | More by NV9
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
3.7/5 rDev +15.3%
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.
05-18-2013 14:04:06 | More by decimator
3.68/5 rDev +14.6%
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.
04-24-2013 03:11:25 | More by tbeckett
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
3.54/5 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
3.54/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
03-29-2013 03:33:24 | More by wordemupg
3.51/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
04-16-2013 00:12:12 | More by thehyperduck
Alexander Keith's Hallertauer Hop Ale from Alexander Keith's
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