Alexander Keith's Hallertauer Hop Ale - Alexander Keith's
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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
3.93/5 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
3.68/5 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
3.5/5 rDev +9%
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
2.9/5 rDev -9.7%
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
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
3.15/5 rDev -1.9%
So I bought the mixer pack of this cause I can never resist trying new macro beers and I almost always expect to dislike them....
a- pours a nice golden clear colour with minimal head.
s-a yeast/bread odour with a mild spicyness hinting at more hops in one bottle than in an entire case of the usual Keiths beer.
t-spiced finish that kind of burns on the back of the tongue for a bit....rounded out by some malty flavours....definite hops in this glass...nothing controversial...just apparent.
m-in keeping with the abv.
o-I'm impressed with this beer....very good considering how mislabled IMO regular Keiths is. This is probably how it should normally taste. Would buy this again.
04-20-2013 00:52:24 | More by Mit
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
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
3.31/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
04-09-2013 23:10:31 | More by MarkhamPete
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
2.76/5 rDev -14%
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.
04-04-2013 00:27:28 | More by Kremlock
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
Alexander Keith's Hallertauer Hop Ale from Alexander Keith's
75 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.