O'Keefe Ale | Molson Coors Canada

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O'Keefe AleO'Keefe Ale

Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 08-11-2004

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of ikidunot
3.02/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Merlin68
2.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of bluehende
2.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of probert
2.75/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of Sellen
1.5/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of Socialiste
2.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of rorjets
2.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of BillRoth
3/5  rDev +19%

Photo of A_Frayed_Knot
3.34/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm remembering enjoying this brew at London Pub in Richmond early 1992, the pub later closed and I never found O'Keefe's served anywhere again. My palate I'm still developing in order to try and identify what particulars about O'Keefe flavor made it distinctive for me. Very similar to an ale I tried at Weeping Radish in NC around the same time. But I remember the taste very well even many years later. It was enough to cement the name in memory with hopes I'd run into it again.

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Photo of Whatup14
1.25/5  rDev -50.4%

Photo of DaPan
1.75/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of Melomanemusher
2.75/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of bullwinkle88
2.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The ultimate nostalgia beer, reminds me of my days growing up in Hamilton, Ontario, sneaking a sixer out of my fridge and swigging a few with my buddies. Nothing truly groundbreaking here, so nostalgia will weigh heavily.

Appearance: Piss colored, quickly disappearing lace

Smell: Nonexistent. Not a bad thing, but not exactly a plus.

Taste: Hardly there. Crisp, slight hop, no metallic aftertaste which similar beers often have.

MF: Decent carbonation, pleasant experience overall.

In closing, O'Keefe is a very average beer and if not for being the brew that I was weaned on, I'd probably not care for it as much as I do. I'd buy it more often but its become a bit of a rare treat for me, O'Keefe is very hard to find outside of Canada, some border states carry it but I've never seen it south of Massachusetts. A shame really.

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Photo of diesel59
3.3/5  rDev +31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I used to drink this back in the early 90's.... I had a friend who moved to lake george NY.... and when he moved back he turned me on to it... lots of late night partys on the porch drinkin this stuff... it was a good canadian lager, and it went down smooth.... haven't seen it in this area (Putnam County NY) in years..

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Photo of RoryOMoore
3/5  rDev +19%

Photo of MasterSki
2.54/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks Nate! Served in a tulip.

A - A finger of quick-dissolving white foam settles to a thin ring and partial hazy cap. Transparent pale golden body with a few patches of lace.

S - White grapes, sugar, cooked corn, honey, and some nebulous overripe fruit and veggie character as well.

T - Taste is a bit better - mostly grain and bread, with a faint pear finish. There's a strange vegetal aftertaste that is somewhat unpleasant however.

M - Zesty carbonation, medium-light body, and a crisp dry finish.

D - I thought this was an adjunct lager, and in that vein it's passable. However, as an APA this is pretty bad. Sickeningly sweet aroma and "bad beer" aftertaste. Avoid...unless your name is O'Keefe.

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Photo of sruel
3.13/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden yellow with thin head who doesn't stay
too long, some lacing, carbonation ok.

S: grainy malt and hops.

T: a bit watery for me, with some malt, it's kind
of ordinary beer.

M: normal for a macro beer.

D: nothing special.

Not so easy to find, you got to go to smaller town to have it.

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Photo of plaid75
2.66/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a medium straw hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured a grainy malt, cooked corn and a grassy hop.

The taste consisted of a doughy and grainy malt, sweet corn and a faint balancing hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the raw side of the style.

Overall a relatively bland ale that doesn't do all that much for me.

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Photo of bloberglawp
2.28/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

APA? you mean like "sierra nevada pale ale" APA? Not even remotely close to a APA, this is a american pale macro ale!

Pours a shade darker than pale yellow, amazing head and head retention, lots of sticky lacing and a lively carbonation. Faint aroma of murky yeast, some fruity esters and pear. Flavor is a bland and numbing mix of extremely faint malt and virtualy no hop caracter. Almost borderline cloying sweet.

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Photo of albern
2.43/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Another not so good beer from our Northern neighbors. I didn't realize this was a Molson product until I looked more closely at the label. It pours a clear, quite pale color, with a decent enough head if you pour the thing rapidly into a pilsner glass. There is some lacing, which surprised me.

The smell is really musty, a bit off putting, but not horribly so. The taste is very light, adjunct, corn, cooked veggie, some maltiness. This is a basic macro beer that I would have pegged for a pilsner. It is very light, fairly well carbonated, and refreshing enough lawnmower beer. Just don't expect much else from it because it just isn't there. The label was quite a bit different from the one listed on BA.

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Photo of JOaikido
3.15/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341 ml brown bottle.

A- Clear golden colour. Nice white head that settles too quickly. A few large bubbles rising in it.

S- Fairly strong sweet malt odour out of bottle. Not much else to it. Pretty weak in the glass.

T- Watery up front. Slight bitter flash. Very faint fruity notes Ordinary beer, but no off flavours.

MF- Medium bodied. Smooth. Carbonation OK.

D- Pretty easy to take. Nothing horribly wrong with it. Just basic macro beer and acceptable as such.

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Photo of biegaman
1.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

An ugly beer with no head, sparse sheeting. Golden apple juice coloured. Aroma nothing but corn starch - nothing! Mouthfeel macro - DMS and corn starch. Terribly corn starch flavour, mouthfeel of Co2, artificial. Just plain awful. Really, one of the worse of Ontario swill. Wouldn't try again if offered. I wish I could be more constructive, but this is a lost cause.
Thanks all the same Harry!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a dark yellow color ale with a very small head with limited retention. Aroma of is similar to real malt but with something that does smell like adjunct. Taste has some sweetness with limited hops. Not bad for a macro beer with some taste still present but very far from being tasteful.

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Photo of Barraclou
2.46/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Presentation: Here's a Quebec classic one. Originally brewed by Carling O'Keefe, then merged with Molson. The original Dow / O'Keefe brewery in Montreal is historically classified, but abandoned for over 15 years. (pictures: http://www.barraclou.com/memorial/dow/index.html) . O'Keefe is still a favorite choice among older drinkers, sportsmen and farmers (no harm here). In urban area, the beer is getting harder and harder to get and it sold only in 28 pack (24+4). It is more frequently seen in rural areas where you can still find out sixers and 12-packs. Rumours says is maketed in English Canada under Old Vienna (OV) brand, but the taste seems not exactly the same one.

Appearance: It pours a clear blonde color with an average white foamy head.

Smell: It doesn't really have aroma, except for a tiny hoppy smell.

Taste: It is ok for heavy drinking tv sport nights, but its taste is a little too weak / watery for me.

Mouthfeel: As its taste, its mouthfeel is very thin and watery.

Drinkability: It is ok. You can easily have very worst than this one, but you can have a more tastier one too. It is a beer with history, but not much flavour.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
2.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good Ole O'keefe.

This beer in my area is the beer of predilections for the old men or the usual alcoholic(with Molson Ex and Labatt 50)

Blonde appearance, very cerealic too, very much carboniazation, the head will stay at a short pace.

The taste is very normal for a macro one, you cant many aromas in this bear except the one of cereal and an aftertaste of beer(hoppish). Drinkability is like your usual macro nothing very special and the mouthfill is nothing special.

Grand pa's beer!

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