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Alexander Keith's Premium WhiteAlexander Keith's Premium White

Brewed by:
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 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 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 eth916
3.3/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased sampler pack while on a hockey trip in Canada.

Appearance - Golden in color and slightly cloudy

Smell - Spice and subtle hint of citrus

Taste - Spice and citrus flavors are faint. Wheat is most prominent. Flavors not as robust as other Witbiers.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and somewhat watery

Drinkability - Not a bad beer. Would not hesitate to choose this beer again if another favorite was not available.

Serving Type: Bottle

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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 decimator
3.2/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

473ml can poured into pint glass.

A - Somewhat cloudy golden yellow color but the white head disappeared rather quickly.

S - Citrus fruits, some spice, faint aroma of grains.

T - Noticeable tangy taste from the citrus flavors. Spices are not as prominent as other witbiers I've had. And a little hop bitterness at the end.The balance seems just a bit too fruity and just not enough spice.

M - Average carbonation. Texture has some creaminess to it due to being unfiltered.

D - Certainly quite drinkable as is goes down pretty easy yet this beer has just enough flavor to satisfy my palate without overpowering it.

Keith's interpretation of a witbier is pretty decent. It's one of my go to brews for something refreshing but there are better ones out there.

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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 nokes
2.92/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a very slightly hazy yellow to faint gold with not much head, despite a fairly aggressive pour. Not very impressive to the eye, really. I've seen much nicer wits.

Smell...well...pretty faint, really. There's some orange peel maybe, but the spice is hard to find. Very faint. Maybe the beer is too cold.

First taste (I'm not anticipating much by now) was actually not too bad. Tastes witty, but less so. A bit of sweet, a touch of citrus. Swish swish, warm it up a bit...there's a little more. Really, it tastes fine.

The mouthfeel is reasonable and it's quite drinkable. It's also quite forgettable. I didn't find anything special here, but it wasn't an unpleasant experience. It's not like it's a bad beer, or a great's fine. It's beer, and during a hotter summer, outside on a hot day...I'm sure I would have found it refreshing.

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Photo of cyrenaica
2.08/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

20oz draught
5.0% ABV
I tried this beer on tap on May 1, 2009 at "St. Louis Wings Bar and Grill" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer was a hazy gold colour with a very thin white soapy-like head. There was very little effervescence. The aroma was weak wheat malt, and some citrus (but that may have been the small chunk of orange affixed to the rim of the glass). The mouthfeel was medium bodied, with mild carbonation. The flavour was sweet wheat malt, some peppery spiciness, and finished with a mild bitterness. I tried the beer because it was the only thing in the restauraunt I hadn't tried. I may never try it again.

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Photo of EatsTacos
3.2/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap the other night at Barny's patio in London, and to me it was remarkably better than it was from the can I tried a few months ago.

The texture of the beer really improved on tap, and as the beer warmed the flavours became less subtle. The soapy cilantro/coriander taste that to me was all too strong from the can seemed mellowed and the beer was much more drinkable because of the relative improvements in mouthfeel and taste.

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

I am reviewing the last times I had this beer, which was on tap at a bar in Toronto.

The beer poured with very little head and the color was not very rich.It had that aspect to it, in which you could see through just a little bit too much. The color however, was fairly decent you take into account that this is a Macro-Brewed beer, so I had the mindset where it's not really fair to compare it to something very high end.

The mouth feel as well was good for a macro brewed beer. If it was not a beer which you paid four bucks for, and you were paying more for a premium beer, I would be a lot more harsh on it. However, for what it is, it is good.

In total it is drinkable, and is decent for a MacroBeer. However, Beer snobs should feel free to pass on this one.

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Photo of duffman768
1.7/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This was by far one of the worst Witbier I have ever had. The fact they deem this a Witbier is appalling. It had almost no citrus or spice flavour. I'm sure glad I bought a 12 pack of this.

Appearance - pours a brown-orange color with a yellowish-brown head.

Smell - very faint smell of some kind of citrus, old orange peel smell?

Taste - tastes nothing like a Witbier should. Tastes like a cross between a white beer and a honey brown.

Mouthfeel - decent.

Drinkability - if you're looking for a wit beer, look elsewhere.

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Photo of JOaikido
3.18/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341 ml bottle.

A- Cloudy pale gold. Big bubbles rising to a small (0.5 inch) head that decreases rapidly.

S- Macro beer with a touch of wheat sourness when sniffed in the bottle. Touch of yeast and citrus noticeable in the glass.

T- A little bland. Watered down wit. Yeast and wheat is present btu faint on the citrus. Bitter finish. A little vegetable flavour as it warms.

MF- Crisp and refreshing.

D- Easy drinker. Not a great witbier, but better than anything else from Keith's.

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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 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 DoctorStrangiato
2.8/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - overall a nice appearance with a cloudy light copper colour. Thin head with good lacing. Good carbonation.

Smell - fruity, orange-citrusy aroma over a creamy malt smell. Almost floral with some bready scents as well.

Taste - thin, almost watery flavour. Wheat flavours up front but break down. Lemony kind of finish. Kind of dull.

Mouthfeel - kind of all over the map. Not smooth, flavours aren't that interesting, basically it creates a little carbonation/bitter effect before the watery taste comes in.

Drinkability - picked up a 12-pack of these several weeks ago, and there's still lots left. Not making my way through this product very quickly. Wouldn't bother with it again.

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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 steeler
2.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is almost an exact replica of Rickards White. But this is worse, much worse.

Looks a like wierd citrusy grapefruity color, it had a nice head, which was not bad.

Smells horrible, smells like malts and cardboard, not good.

Taste is extremely watered down, and the tastes that are there, are hard to decipher, atleast rickards has a nice taste profile. This is bad.

Mouthfeel is thinner than your super cheap macro, horrendous.

Drinkability is average, its easy to get down, and isnt too heavy so its alright, avoid this mess.

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Photo of atomicbolt
3.08/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I blame Molson for this, actually. See, when Molson and Coors merged, they got their hands on the Coors Blue Moon recipe. Molson repackaged it and sold it in Canada under their faux-premium line, Rickards, as Rickards White. That sold like hotcakes for some reason (the orange in the glass? Female drinkers?) so Labatt now has to follow suit by making an identical white/wit/weisse/wheat/what-have-you clone beer under their faux-premium line, Keith's. Now they're advertising the hell out of this one, even though Keith's has a reputation of destroying every style in their wake (oh God, Keith's Stout was rough) but I still had to give it a try. Here goes.

It looks the part at least. Cloudy, orange body with a fluffy white head, looks just like Rickards White. It even smells the part: big citrus notes, banana and spice, quite nice and in-line with the style, giving you a false sense of security before tasting it.

The taste... I mean it's not bad, it's just so diluted. There used to be a good beer here, it's got the nice citrus taste, a bit of coriander spice, some malt sweetness. It just seems to be heavily watered-down. Almost a tonic water taste to it. The taste is so fleeting that all of the witbier goodness is gone by the time it's swallowed, leaving just a carbonated-water dullness. The mouthfeel's thin and fizzy. It's got decent drinkability, just because it's so light, but it's not something I'd want to keep drinking.

Ultimately, it's not a beer meant for me. It's a beer tailored for female drinkers, I've seen the way they go crazy for Rickards White at bars. I bet this would be improved with a slice of orange in it, just to give it a bit of character. Altogether, the whole thing just comes off as flat.

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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 dieudehalligan
1.86/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

472 ml Bottle. Pours a suprisingly good opaque yellowish orange.

Smell is citrus and cotton. Very similar to a good white but somehow it seems artificial.

Taste. Dull monotonous flavour. Little excitement in terms of fruit. Carbonation is out of touch with a wit or weiss. Dreadful aftertaste.

Feel. Never reaches any levels of expanse. Splenda sweet i guess.

I really wouldn't have this again. Perhaps better on tap but could really care less.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
2.69/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a surprisingly nice cloudy orange-peach colour with a nice fluffy white head, lots of lacing.

Smells like a bad batch of home-made beer, maybe a slight citrus aroma.

Very light tasting, like a macro lager with a slight citrus sweetness, and very subtle spiciness.

Pretty carbonated mouthfeel(because of the can?), slightly drinkable, but there is that slight homebrew taste I don't like, perhaps this is better in the bottle or on tap? This is a lame attempt at a witbier, much like Rickards but not even as good as that.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
2.45/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a turbid orangey yellow. Thick head, big bubbles that dissipate quickly.

Smell is citrusy, with some spice, coriander, I guess, with just a hint of aluminum.

As for the taste, it tastes like someone took a mediocre witbier and just added some cold filtered water, and maybe a little carbonated water too. It also tastes tinny. As it warms it starts to taste like orange pith. And no, I don't have a lisp.

It's drinkable and refreshing and inoffensive in its complete lack of character..yeah. I really expected very little from this beer, and yet I'm still disappointed in how watered down this tastes.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.15/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Had this at the Brassie in Ancaster, as the place was plastered with ads for it. The beer came in an Alexander Keith's pint glass, as should be expected. The beer came with a good finger of head that retained exceptionally well but didn't lace that much. The carbonation also looks to be quite good as well. However, the beer itself isn't as cloudy as you'd expect from a witbier, and comes off as orange with gold highlights. You can see through the glass, albeit with difficulty, which leads me to believe this beer may be a bit watered down.

Smell: The smell has a nice citrus scent to it, with both orange and lemon being present. Coriander and cloves make an appearance as well with a slight touch of cinnamon. However, it isn't especially strong and took quite a bit of warming to come out.

Taste: I mentioned in the appearance section that this beer might be watered down. Well upon tasting it, there is no question that it is. This upsets me because it tastes good and has an excellent balance of flavors but comes off muted. Starts with a nice citrus taste with a hint of coriander, then turns slightly spicy as the cinnamon and cloves kick in and then finishes with more citrus with a touch of wheat. It would be good if not for it's muted character.

Mouthfeel: The aftertaste of the beer is quite pleasant, for what you get out of it. The carbonation for this beer is good, and it finishes very smoothly. The beer transitions well but as stated earlier, it leaves you a bit too refreshed and too moist as you are drinking it. That and there is a severe lack of impact with the spices for a witbier.

Drinkability: I'm a bit conflicted on this one, as on one side the beer is incredibly refreshing, goes down like water and it is very light on the stomach. I could drink this all night, with ease. However, on the other hand, the beer goes down like water and tastes like I'm drinking an citrus cooler with wheat and spice added to it, not a beer. This leaves me not wanting to drink it all night. I suppose the merits outweigh the flaws though.

Final Thoughts: Honestly, it feels like the people who made this stuff knew how to make a good witbier and did so, and then watered it down and removed a lot of the spice to cut costs. I'm almost completely sure that is what happened here, given InBev (owner of Keith's) also brews probably the most well know witbier around in Hoegaarden. I'm also pretty sure this beer only exists to try to cash in on recent success Rickard's White, but I can't blame them for that, as money makes the world go round.

Now that I'm done talking about the politics of this beer, let me finish on note regarding the beer itself. This beer isn't bad, but it isn't that good either. It's watered down, which ruins what it could be, and I honestly feel if you concentrated it a bit more it would be great. This doesn't change the fact that this beer tastes watered down and lacking in flavor. It's a run of the mill macro beer, that is meant to be guzzled down for a cheap price. This beer would be incredibly great after a long sweaty day of work, but not much else. It would serve as a good, tame introduction to the style but I would advise anyone trying this that there are many better, more flavorful witbier's out there.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
2.82/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Murky orange, honey dew with suspended particles, off white head was fleeting, no lace, no retention. Large bubbles expired after a short time, a bit of fizz on top made me wonder. The nose was of mild yeast, mild citrus; I can't say that I smelled any spice at all really. Taste was mild passion fruit, hint of hop, bitter in mid-mouth, malty swallow with earthy aftertaste. With warming, the overall impression diminished, light body, became quite flat. This beer made me wonder how many macro-attributes it really had. Initially, my scores would have been a half-point higher right across the board but with air and warming, the flatter appearance and lack of a fruity, spicy character weighed against a higher score. While I'm pleased Keith's made an effort to put something new out there, I wish they had put just a bit more effort into it. Worth a try but not necessarily a buy.

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