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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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94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 15.26%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Nova Scotia, Canada

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wordemupg on 03-29-2013)
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +9%

07-01-2013 19:49:30 | More by liamt07
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mspang

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -37.7%

06-29-2013 02:59:11 | More by mspang
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -6.5%

06-28-2013 00:14:18 | More by SebD
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jmkoscie

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -6.5%

06-26-2013 00:55:06 | More by jmkoscie
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montrealbcr89

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +9%

06-20-2013 18:28:02 | More by montrealbcr89
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IdeaSpeeder

Ontario (Canada)

3.19/5  rDev -0.6%
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

Serving type: can

06-13-2013 03:38:18 | More by IdeaSpeeder
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.41/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: can

06-11-2013 21:34:43 | More by biegaman
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RefillMyglass

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +32.4%

06-09-2013 00:37:28 | More by RefillMyglass
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sdm9465

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -6.5%

06-06-2013 16:38:23 | More by sdm9465
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-02-2013 18:14:45 | More by peensteen
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.46/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: can

06-02-2013 03:20:47 | More by Sammy
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bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -6.5%

06-01-2013 07:21:13 | More by bigox420
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Serving type: can

05-24-2013 13:49:23 | More by Phyl21ca
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: can

05-24-2013 00:06:52 | More by spinrsx
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Ham-Nord

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

05-23-2013 16:41:14 | More by Ham-Nord
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

05-21-2013 00:51:41 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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decimator

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Serving type: can

05-18-2013 14:04:06 | More by decimator
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deonreds

New York

2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

05-16-2013 07:43:43 | More by deonreds
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

05-16-2013 01:14:42 | More by ThinkAgain
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

05-13-2013 02:42:39 | More by allergictomacros
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juliendesrochers

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -6.5%

05-12-2013 01:52:58 | More by juliendesrochers
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

2/5  rDev -37.7%

05-04-2013 16:07:23 | More by oldp0rt
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Krakpoff

Quebec (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

05-01-2013 21:26:15 | More by Krakpoff
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WillAndSarah

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +32.4%

04-27-2013 19:50:36 | More by WillAndSarah
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NV9

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Serving type: can

04-26-2013 21:14:34 | More by NV9
Alexander Keith's Hallertauer Hop Ale from Alexander Keith's
75 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.