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Alexander Keith's Premium WhiteAlexander Keith's Premium White

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Alexander Keith's
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Shadman on 03-25-2009

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Photo of Sammy
1.99/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A poor beer and extremely weak representation of the style. Pours light bodied with lots of carbonation, and a bit of retained head. Cheesy aroma, weak mouthfeel with carbonation a bit agressive. I cannot drink much of this and it became a drain pour. Decidedly he worst of the Alexander Keith series.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.09/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a pretty nice looking hazy yellow color with a sticky white head on top. The retention is decent, and the lacing it quite nice also. The smell of the beer is a little on the weak side, it's got just a light soft grain aroma to it. Smelled like a summer beer to me. The taste kind of gave off a pumpkin spice flavor. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Overall it's a decent brew, I found it to be drinkable. I wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.16/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

20oz pint at the Metro. Let's see if Keith's treats the witbier style with more respect and/or sense than they do the IPA.

This beer arrives on the bar, in fine Keith's glassware (tall and slim, don't let too much of that precious aroma get out), adorned with that slice of orange that the kids seem to be into these days, and looks to be a cloudy, pale apricot-orange hue, with a thin cap of soapy off-white head, which soon leaves some sparse streaky lace around the glass. Not bad, no surprises here.

Getting on with it, it smells of faint buttery white bread, sort of corny, sort of malty, with a hint of bland orange juice, all so timid that I can smell my drinking buddy's (different) beer from a few feet away. The taste is somewhat yeasty, with very mild orange and coriander overtones, although the orange could still be coming from the aforementioned slice of fruit that I instantly removed from the beer, but consumed anyway, waste not want not. Beyond that, there is a weak, kind of astringent pale maltiness, betraying its barely-masked macro heritage.

The carbonation is much too high, kind of burning at first, until my throat just gave in, the body has a medium-light weight that you know just wants to be dense and cloying, but fails miserably on both counts, and is as thin as the "Premium" marketing premise around this whole deal. It finishes off-dry, the anemic fruit and grain limping along, joined by a bit of the house skunk for good measure.

The obvious comparison, in weight-class, at least, is to Rickard's White. While Rickard's is a shell of a white beer, it still has a somewhat respectable ancestry in Blue Moon. On the other hand, Keith's White (I'm not going to call it 'Premium') is a meta-shell of a white beer. It seems jumping on the bandwagon necessitates taking even less risk the farther down the road one goes. I don't see how much more dumbing down this style can take around here - the next iteration may cause a singularity that implodes beer-space-time. Shudder.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.5/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a small bubbly head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma of light spices with some weird adjunct crap and no real notes of wheat. Taste is also dominated by some crap adjunct with some very faint wheat and subtle spices at the end. Body is a bit thin with some average carbonation. This is a real shame that they have dumbed down a easily accessible style.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Blurry pumpkin orange with equally blurry lemon yellow trim. The eggshell colored cap looks decent enough, although it won't win any awards. Foam sticks to the pint glass in several spots, leaving scraps of sudsy lace as it slowly deflates. Not bad, not bad at all.

The nose is okay too, although it strikes me as belonging to a macro witbier rather than a craft witbier. The same sentiment would apply even if I didn't know that Alexander Keith's is a division of Labatt Brewing Company. AKPW has a sweet, grainy aroma and doesn't show off its fruit and spice as well as it might have. Warming definitely helps.

Seville oranges are used, which are both more tart and more bitter than the more common sweet oranges. In addition to the classic coriander, cinnamon and cloves were added as well. That should make for an interesting flavor profile, though the newcomers weren't appreciated in the nose. On second thought, there might be a whiff of cinnamon.

Alex Keith's Premium White is along the lines of most beer that has the word 'Premium' on the label. Once taste bud contact is made, it's obvious how un-craft-like this witbier really is. The front half of each mouthful isn't too bad, since that's where the orange and the assorted spices make their moves.

At the midway point, things break down in a big hurry and we're left with a grainy, bitter macro lager-like experience, with lingering traces of tart fruit, clove and cinnamon. The body/mouthfeel deserves part of the blame, but even a good mouthfeel couldn't have saved the day. Freshness shouldn't be an issue since last month was the release date.

The beer is thin (without being watery) and has poor quality carbonation. The number of bubbles seems fine, but they're harsh and short-lived, which results is no creaminess or volume whatsoever.

The final pour murks things up nicely and provides a boost of spicy flavor that was sorely needed. I still can't be convinced to award an average flavor score, but have decided to reward drinkability instead. Bottom line: start with a single or you might be sorry.

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Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to my father for bringing this beer back from a recent trip to Halifax.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is big on the wheat notes, with not too much else coming through. The flavor is more complicated, with some wheat as well as some lemon and spice (coriander?) notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of biegaman
2.8/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cheddar cheese pancake with dismally feeble head. There's a little too much orange hue to appear as a textbook witbier. No matter, it does lend the beer a nicer complexion. It also helps to bulk up the appearance; judging from the bottom of the bottle and a close inspection up to the light, this appears to be only very lightly sedimented. Clarity is distorted alright, but probably as much so by the tone as by any haze.

I'm willing to overlook the aesthetics if the rest of the beer is better. From what the first few sniffs have indicated things won't be improving much. Sure, there is some light zest and a big shake of white pepper but there is also the unmistakably musty scent of damp cardboard, too. It smells just like a typical macro, albeit flavoured with some questionable additions. It's certainly far more off-putting than tart, zestful, fruity, floral or grainy.

I didn't hope for much in the taste - but I hoped for a little more than this. It turns out I knew nothing about damp cardboard until I tasted the thing. I was hoping that since they put "premium" in the name they'd use a higher concentration of real malt rather than extracts and adjuncts. Turns out, I was expecting too much of them.

The flavour, at least how my palate perceives it, is tinged with an unmistakably corn-like chicken feed taste. I'd be oblivious to the use of orange peel if I otherwise wasn't informed of its inclusion and the coriander, although meager, is drying and overly peppery. I'm not sure if it's possible but I'd be willing to bet Labatts used some sort of adjunct or extract for the orange peel and coriander as well.

If you're going to use corn or rice or any combination of low-grade, synthetic fermentables as adjuncts than surely you can't expect to imitate the endearing mouthfeel of a witbier. A true wit will be tart and spicy, juxtapose grainy and creamy from the unmalted wheat and be effervescent and gratifyingly refreshing due to the high carbonation and light, citric acidity. This is flat, cloying, astringent and painfully compromised.

This is really no more a witbier than it is an adjunct-ridden, marketing driven macro lager. I hope this beer doesn't find its way into the wrong hands, that is of those who are looking to experiment with different styles and are eager to try one of Belgium's most classic beers. This displayed none of the distinguishing features or virtuous traits of the witbier - rather, it showcased all that is wrong with large scale commercial brewing operations.

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Photo of Derek
2.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Gold with a slight haze, off-white head, very little retention, but it leaves a little lace.

S: It's got the curaca orange peel and corriander spicing, but there's also an underlying Keith's aroma (floral & catty American hops?).

T: Corriander & curacao, very mild bitterness, slight grainy biscuit (it seems maltier than the IPA).

M: Moderate body has some residual sweetness.

D: It's approachable, but it's not a wit. I had a tough time finishing it, and wouldn't want another.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.83/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served to me blind by @LaitueGonflable. It took me a while to guess it was a witbier, which is not a good sign. The scores and comments reflect when I was unaware of what style it was meant to be.

Pours a slightly hazy, pleasant golden hue, with a fine film of white across the top of the glass. Some patchy lace and a surprising heft to the body means it stays around. Fine carbonation. Looks pretty good, overall.

Nose is mellow and slightly grainy, with the suggestion of sweetness. Slight almost-funk to it, giving it a touch of hay and barnyard, and perhaps a little acidity. It has a horsey, husky character that smells a little reminiscent of a rice lager as well. Not huge, but it's not unpleasant.

Taste is flat and a little empty, with a twinge of brusque bitterness on the back, that echoes a little like aluminium foil. Mostly light, but relatively clean and bright. It's not going to win anyone over in the flavour department, but it's not unpleasant.

Yeah, it's pretty dull, but it's smooth and quite drinkable. Could use a little more crispness, but there's a place for a mellow, smooth but tasteless beer as well.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.53/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

341ml Bottle

Appearance - Hazy gold colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. I can't make out much carbonation due to the haziness and there is a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes.

Smell – Breads/grains, faint oranges/bananas/all spice, a skunkiness

Taste & Mouth - The beer comes across as slightly thin and watery and there is an average amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains and corn. There are also light notes of oranges/bananas/all spice - but not a whole lot. It finishes with a grainy aftertaste with some hints of oranges and spice.

Overall – It tasted like a basic adjunct beer with some spices thrown in. There are so many other beers that I would rather be drinking.. I wouldn't buy this again.

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Photo of tigg924
3.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark-brownish gold, medium head, medium carbonation, clear

Smell: orange, lemon, cardamom

Taste: orange, lemon, cardamom, cream, and wheat

Mouthfeel: creamy, sweet, medium carbonation, medium body, very smooth-borderline watery

Drinkability: Very average for a witbier, but very drinkable for a beer period. I could have several. I can really taste the orange and the lemon. I think my grade would be a solid B if I was grading regardless of style, but a bit lower as a witbier.

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Photo of DrJay
1.98/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cloudy, dull straw yellow with a thin cap of fizzy white bubbles. A bit of lace, moderate head retention. Mild aroma, a bit of citrus and faint spice -- kind of earthy and sort of like nutmeg, slightly peppery. Not digging the flavour. Tastes a lot like the regular Kieth's IPA, but with a bit of breadiness, faint citrus and odd spice added. Very dry with a bit of lingering citrus zest. Light bodied, moderate carbonation. Slightly soapy or slick in texture. Overall, a poor witbier.

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Photo of Viggo
2.02/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

500 ml can from the LCBO! Yum!

Pours a hazy amber, some orange highlights, decently thick and solid looking white head forms, quickly bubbles its way down to a thin ring around the glass, few lace spots stick. Smell is fantastic, if you like Keiths. Basically smells like the "IPA" with some orange peel and spices, lightly grainy, sweet and kind of peppery. Taste is more or less the same, very watery and lacking almost any flavour, light graininess and some sweetness, touch of orange peel, very weak. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation. Wow, they even manage to fuck up a witbier. Seriously this is like Keiths with a bit of spice and different colouring. I'm not even sure how they pull this mess off.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.64/5  rDev -6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy pale golden colour. Head is whiteish, bubbly when poured, invisible after a while. Not a lot of lacing. Yeah, really very meh.

Smells a bit like smelly feet, but a lot of fruit to it as well. Decent orange peel note, touch of apple juice, some hazelnut character as well, maybe some chestnut. Fruity; not bad but nothing special.

Orange peel from the start, quite rich and fruity upfront that bulges in the middle and sadly goes away largely by the finish. Bit of a spicy, aniseedy note late-mid with a touch of bread yeast, then finish is a bit grainy, slight coriander spice but otherwise nothing, really. Leaves with a slight cola aftertaste. Has some witty elements but falls a bit short.

A bit of body to it, but there needn't be. Bit heavy and gluggy, finishes dry but also a bit thick.

Stylistically OK, but really didn't do much for me.

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Photo of kwjd
2.13/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at a bar without anything good. I haven't had Keith's White in a long time, so maybe my memory was wrong of how bad this was. Pours a hazy yellow with almost no head and no lacing. Smell has a tiny bit of orange with a lot of grainy malt. If I was smelling this blind, I would have not guess this was a wheat beer. Flavour is pretty similar to a macro lager. What a useless beer. If you need to drink a macro white beer, go with Rickard's, which is 100 times better.

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Photo of BigBry
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed a case to take camping.
Poured a yellow goldish color with orange hilights, very cloudy (as expected), white head grows quickly then shrinks to a thin floating cap. Smell is pretty plain, but you can catch a bit of orange and citrus. Taste is lightly grainy, kind os sweet, a tiny bit of pepper and spice in the finish. Light bodied, thin with lots of carbonation. Glad it was a hot weekend, as it was a refreshing thirst quencher.
I guess there are some witbier characteristics, but obviously not a good interpretation. Average at best.

Now I need to find this brew in a can for my collection

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Photo of thehyperduck
2.79/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a Keith's sampler containing three of their brews, including this one which I had never had before.

Pouring it into a standard beer mug produces a one-finger head that wastes no time dissipating into a thin ring. The beer itself looks like cloudy apple juice, except with a constant stream of bubbles percolating to the top, indicating heavy carbonation. The bubbles become far less dense once the beer has had time to settle, though. Looks appetizing enough. Smell is a little disappointing - has some fruity overtones, but other than that it smells pretty much like any macro lager.

The first sip reveals it to be a rather watery concoction, and surprisingly enough the carbonation is kind of subdued. The taste is dominated by (unsurprisingly) wheat, yeast, and some barely-noticeable citrusy notes. The label claims there is spice in here, but I couldn't taste it. This beer is extremely smooth, and I can easily see myself pounding several of these back.

I think I can safely say that this is by far my favourite offering from Keith's so far. That being said, it's still pretty uninteresting for the style, and I have definitely had better witbiers. If I buy Keith's again, it'll probably be this.

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Photo of SebD
3.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy pale yellow/golden color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down quite fast and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of citrus and oranges, spices and some wheat.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice citrusy and orange taste, light spices and wheat and a bit of corn.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a light overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with fairly bland flavors and aromas.

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Photo of pootz
3.13/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap fairly fresh, far better than the packaged product.

Taps a hazey yellow-gold color with a modest puffy cap which does not last too long. Modest lacing on the glass. Large bubbles, not naturally carbonated.

Aroma is very light but free of offensive smells...spices, citrus sweetness some light hop.

Profile is surprisingly decent for a commercial effort. Light sweet biscuity start goes dry midway where citrus, spice and hops dry up the palate, finish is dry.

This comes off like a light, blandish corporate version of Hoegaarden and if it has a fault it's that it may be a tad sweet. Still the best of the Canadian commercial witbiers.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Im sure this was brewed to Alexander Keith's very own Hoegaarden clone recipe from 1821. Contains 'citrus' rather than orange peel. Strange.

It pours a cloudy staw gold color with a foamy, shortlived head than manages to muster up a good amount of lace. The aroma is light with a sweet coriander, bubblegum and malt dough. The taste is robustly malty with a pleasant phenolic yeast character and some coriander. Where it falls flat is in the sweet citrus department. Most Witbiers attain a certain aromatic dryness from the addition of bitter orange peel, in this, citrus is lost in the mix. The mouthfeel fullish with a nice, full carbonation. The finish is sweet and phenolic.

I was very skeptical of this offering when I saw it at the LCBO, just a low quality mass market brewery capitalizing on a 'specialty' beer trend. After trying it, I can say it surpassed my expectations. It's not as good as Hoegaarden, but its still quite quaffable.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly cloudy once the last bits in the can get out - it seems to have settled some. Head is a fizzy white with some decent heft actually. Soft nose, some orange, banana and cloves, some faint butter and caramel as well. Dry and lightly bitter. Some citrus and spice flavour and a quickly dissipating aftertaste. Little bit of yeastiness. Impressively substantial body for a... much maligned brewery, but still too fizzy. Overall, I think this one has hit the main points but this isn't close to my favorite wit. Still, it'll do in a pinch.

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Photo of Shadman
2.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Oh Hoegarden, look what you have wrought with your shrewd marketing and mass availablity? Another mass market brewer trying their hand @ something new.

Decent looking brew even if the color is more remeniscent of a Hefe like Paulaner than a Wit like Hoegarden or even Richard's for that matter. Pale aprocot, unfiltered ( they got that part right..yay!) Nice head, lot's of lacing down the sides of the glass.

Hmmm...certainly lacking in the aroma dept. Coarse, grainy malt seems to dominate here with only a hint of spice and citrus.

Hmmm...Heavy on the malt up front...very faint coriander spiciness follows. Noticeable metallic twang along with a dry, slightly citrus-rind bitterness at the end.

Smoother than any Keith's product to date, but nothing to get too excited about either. Carbonation level @ least fits the style.

If I was to choose between Rickard's and Keith's for a domestic, Canuck Witbier my vote will go to the former. This seems nothing more than a watered down attempt to capture some of the craft/import segment of the market.

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Photo of Mlkluther
2.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

At last this version of Alexander Keith's has some flavour. However, compared to almost every other white/wit beer out there this is truly a pathetic attempt. I'm not sure why the macros even try.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.36/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Ok, bought this one as a deal. 2 cans for 4$.

The beer is yellow color and hazy. There is some orange notes in the color too. Nice looking beer. The head is cloudy looking but disappear quickly. Aroma is fruity but low notes of spices. Average aroma, it would gain at being more smelly :). On the taste, the beer is more intense. Fruity (citrus). No bitterness. Refreshing. This is good for summer day. Cheap refreshing beer. Not at all of sipping. Drinkability is high.

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Photo of atr2605
2.97/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a hazy straw color with a white head with pretty short retention
S-Fairly soft aroma that has a bit of malt with lemon
T-mild malt profile with a citrus, and spice in the finishes. Finish is clean with no bitterness
M-light bodied
O-Overall not a bad brew. It's not the best witbier but good for macro. Would have again

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