Alexander Keith's Hallertauer Hop Ale - Alexander Keith's
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3.46/5 rDev +8.1%
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
2.58/5 rDev -19.4%
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
3.55/5 rDev +10.9%
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
3.41/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
06-11-2013 21:34:43 | More by biegaman
3.54/5 rDev +10.6%
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
3.25/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
05-24-2013 00:06:52 | More by spinrsx
3.68/5 rDev +15%
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
3.5/5 rDev +9.4%
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.
04-22-2013 23:00:48 | More by andrenaline
3.35/5 rDev +4.7%
A - Pours a clear amber. Big fizzy head drops quickly.
S - Solid spicy-herbal hops. Getting a whiff of malt in the background as well.
T - Leans sweet-ish, with some acidity. Decent bitterness but doesn't linger in the aftertaste. A bit too clean finishing. Something keeps screaming ginger ale to me.
M - Light, sharp carbonation. Faintly slick feel.
D - I see where they're going with this. Easy drinking brew with a decent flavour, but not quite enough of it for my taste.
05-13-2013 02:42:39 | More by allergictomacros
3.5/5 rDev +9.4%
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.
12-06-2013 04:25:50 | More by Flounder57
3.19/5 rDev -0.3%
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
3.15/5 rDev -1.6%
Average Pale Ale. Aroma actually has a nice noble hop profile - herbal, a little grassy. Taste goes south a bit though, a little watery mid-palate. Medium body, medium carbonation, but again, gets a little watery on the feel half way through. Looked interesting and I'd never heard of it before so I thought I'd give it a try. Not intrigued to get it again.
09-06-2013 00:26:41 | More by garuda
2.9/5 rDev -9.4%
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.
04-21-2013 19:51:55 | More by TerryW
Alexander Keith's Hallertauer Hop Ale from Alexander Keith's
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