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Alexander Keith's Nova Scotia Style LagerAlexander Keith's Nova Scotia Style Lager

Brewed by:
Alexander Keith's
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of chinchill
2.73/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

On tap in Meteghan, NS, where it's the only beer on tap.
Pours pale golden with a weak head that quickly becomes a partial coat.
Watery light body with a crisp, semi-dry finish.
Minimal malt base dominated by a light load of spicy-earthy hops.
OK with a meal.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
1.68/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes.

A. Light pale yellow with a vanishing foam collar for a head. No real retention time or lacing left behind.

S. Vague buttered corn and minimal pale malt.

T. Cooked vegetable medley and mild sweetness. Yuck.

M. Watery and thin, undercarbonated.

I'm not seeking this one out ever again.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.2/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #57 (October 2011):

Not half bad, but softer citric hops never really seem to win us over when in a lager. Somewhat drinkable and balanced, but lacking any real pizzazz. Chalk this one up to a good try. Perhaps this is one of those beers that needs a partner ... like lunch.

LOOK: Clear pale amber

SMELL: Fresh hay, sweet, biscuity, citric oil, clean

TASTE: Smooth, dry grain, hop oil, clean, crackers, citrus, spice

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Photo of mithrascruor
2.81/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

"Nova Scotia Style" Lager, brewed in St. Louis, MO?

Appearance: Pours a clear golden straw color, a bit darker than I expected. Big foamy white head with decent retention (for a couple minutes) and some lacing.

Smell: Caramel and grasses. Not bad, but not particularly "fresh" smelling like I'd hoped. The more I smell, the more a corn aroma comes out.

Taste: Malty flavor with a bit of grains and caramel. Not too much corn, but there's definitely a bit. The sweetness creeps in after a while.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Generally smooth.

Drinkability: Decent, but not much there.

This is much more boring than it is bad. It is a bit too sweet as well.

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Photo of cbutova
3.41/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours into a pint glass with a light golden amber body. Creamy white head forms to about a finger in size, good retention. A good pillow remains leaving nice spotty lace patterns.

S- Mostly just cereal grains and a light fruit sweetness. A slight metallic note.

T- Yeast bread, general grain flavor, light malt sweetness and a bit of fruit flavor are the main flavors here. Basal level of hops for the sake of balancing, grassy and floral.

MF- A bit of a foamy creamy feel to a light body with high carbonation. Finishes slightly bitter.

Nothing to complain about, a tad land with time but it doesn't fall off of a cliff or become off-putting.

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Photo of DoubleJ
1.29/5  rDev -59.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Umm....what exactly is a Nova Scotia style lager? And then, it's labled as an "ale" in two places! WTF, eh? Forget it, on to the beer:

Toasted yellow color with a clean body filled with a wave of carbonation bubbles. The head pearched above is small, borderline fuzzy, and just hanging on. I don't know what's going on in the aroma, but I don't like it. It smells a tad buttery and mineraley, but the major turn off is its character of soapy dishwater washing onto dirty plates.

It's almost tasteless. It's a small improvement over dirty dishwater, but it doesn't take much to improve upon that. There's nothing but a vague cereal note and carbonation providing a seltzery bitterness. I'm having a difficult time finding other tasting notes, so let's cut to the mouthfeel. It is a light liquid that's almost watery, with squishy carbonation.

This is utterly hopeless. Even a skunky Moosehead is more pleasant among Canadian Maritime lagers. Nova Scotia, you deserve better than this.

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Photo of Gmann
2.58/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear toasted straw color with a wispy white head that quickly settles into a sparse cap.

The aroma is a mixture of sweet grains and a buttery caramel. Perhaps some toffee. It is also a tad vegetal. Not very pleasant aroma, too sweet.

The taste is also grainy and a touch vegetal. The is some caramel sweetness but not as buttery as in the aroma. Very very very light grassy hop presence to offset the sweet malt. Has a mineral water flavor to it.

The feel is watery with spritzy carbonation. Drinks fairly easy when cold. The brew finishes with a grainy sweetness.

Not a very flavorful pale lager, has an odd sweetness to it.

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Photo of Dodt
2.83/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

saw a case of this in the discount section , thought i would give it a whirl. i was surprised when i found out this was a inbev product.
poured from the bottle into a tall glass.
appearance a pale orange color with a thin head that goes away pretty quickly.
smell is slightly sweet with some grainy
taste is a tad hoppy with some grain that goes away it a short burst . decent beer probbly the third best beer i have that hails from canada.

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Photo of KarlHungus
1.99/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This beer pours a clear light gold color. The head is half in inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of butterscotch and caramel, but mostly butterscotch. The taste is hard to gauge due to the excessive carbonation, but what I can detect is very light and boring. There is some butterscotch but, but not as much as there is in the aroma. There is also some really light caramel. The mouthfeel is thin, watery, and extremely over-carbonated. Overall, this is a really bad beer that I will not drink again.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured chilled in tall, straight-edged glass

A: orangish color, quite clear; robust head disappears quickly; very good carb streams, though
S: benign, malt smell; grain
T: mild hopping; prominent spicing; flavor is muted overall; honey, cereal, toasted barley at front, dissipating into sweet flavor; nothing much offensive in the profile, though

Overall, a rather ho-hum beer, but it won't offend anyone if you serve it (or have it with dinner)

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Photo of soju6
3.13/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours adark golden color with a billowing head which fades slowly to nice lacing.

S: Aroma of grain with a mild sweetness.

T: Crisp up fromt with mild sweetness and mild grain flavor. Has a light bitterness through to the finish.

F: Light body, crisp, quite smooth and refreshing.

O: Not a bad lager. Nothing fancy, goes down easy, good for a few.

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Photo of jsprain1
2.82/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear golden. Thick foamy head lasts a long time and leaves lacing. One of the more impressive looking Pale lagers I've seen.
S- Smell is unimpressive. Grainy with a light caramel note. That's about it.
T- Again, kind of a meh flavor. Initially grainy but it gets sweet quickly. Finish is more or less light caramel.
M- Decent body to it. The carbonation flashes at first but it seems almost flat by the end of the sip.
O- Overall I wasn't much of a fan of this beer. I'd drink it again, but I wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of ADZA
3.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear golden yellow hue which leaves a frothy three finger head and heaps of lacing,the smell is sweet malts,grains and flowery hops,the mouthfeel is very light and lacking and has tastes of toffee,caramel malts,boiled candy,a touch of citrus and finished with flowery hoppy dryness and overall its average and i would not buy again cheers.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.2/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 2" white soap suds head which faded fast. Clear amber body showing big bubbles. Smells of sweet malt. Taste has malt and caramel and is a wee bit richer than typcial BMC lagers but this is still a fairly average beer. All in all it's decent but not a standout.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.07/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very lively medium-dark-gold, carbonation bubbles climbing to the top of one of the best heads I've seen in a while. Half-inch of bright white head sits on top of this bubbly looking brew, retention is near incredible, staying between 1/4-1/3 of an inch throughout drinking, leaving behind layered white lacing.

S: Well, the visual is over...smells like malt liquor grains and a bathroom stall.

T: Quite grainy and malty, subtle sweetness to meet hops past their prime. Vaguely bready. Straw.

M: Thin body, a little rough around the edges, but well carbonated, bordering on fizzy.

O/D: Not the best beer at all, but decent compared to adjunct lagers (though this one isn't?). If I'm going to put up with the taste, would almost rather drink a 40 oz.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is a surprisingly amber color for a "pale lager". Very minimal head formation, just a bit of white foam.

S: All cereal/grain on the nose. Some light caramel and toffee notes with a lot of toasted grain and a bit of yeast to it. Very minimal hop notes. Pretty sweet and malty, which isn't awful, I suppose.

T: The flavor doesn't quite match with the aroma. It's dominated by apple ester flavors and yeast with some sweet grain on it. Grass and straw are prominent and the beer is slightly watery on the finish.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Bland, uninteresting, and overall just very "meh.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean dark colored amber, 1 finger cap of white semi-firm head, gone quickly. Scent is mild, but as the color dictates, has some notes of caramel sweetness along with a brush of leafy hops. Taste is quite clean, lightly sweet caramel, a touch of bready malt, faint nuttiness and only slight bitterness from leafy hops. Lacks the vegetal qualities of many American pale lagers and lacks the influence of minerally water or the sulfury qualities found in many Euro versions. Lighter side of medium bodied, smooth and clean on the palate. Refreshing lager that is a clear step up from the domestic macro's and many typical euro macros.

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Photo of ZAP
3.56/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An Ok lager...pours a nice deep gold color which excites me....the taste is not off flavors but not as malty as I was hoping for...perhaps I had my mind set on more of a vienna based on the does lean malty for a pale lager though with hints of caramel....light side of medium bodied...if this was 9.99 a case I could see buying this....but at its price point as a premium I'll lean for other options...kind of a catch 22....score is compared to other macro lagers...price is comparable to German imports and the such....apples and oranges thus the score looks good but I won't buy again

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Photo of bilyboy65
3.73/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very nice lager. Deep rich gold color. Not much of a head and nothing to speak of it's retention. Nice bubbles though which added to the mouthfeel. Smooth hoppy and malt mixture and the taste is exactly the same. There is a little buttery flavor that accompanies the smooth mixture. This is a surprisingly flavorful and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Buggies
4/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at a Giant Eagle of all places. Not a bad lager at all. It's not listed on their website anymore. Maybe just a one off or something?

Smells of corn and light malt. A good bit of citrus too. Some herbal hops too.

Tastes pretty good. Slightly sweet from malt, maybe a hint of caramel. Citrus too. Carbonation is crisp, with just enough bitterness to help balance things a little.

Not bad.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.83/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium dark golden amber with an orange hue, with medium foam and nice amount of lace on the side of the glass. The smell was of roasted malts, mild hops, spice and citrus. On the flavor that was evident was the mild hops and spices, along with the sour acidic taste of citrus on the palette. There was a hint of a spicy orange caramel with loads of other flavors all mixed together that it is hard to point out any paticualar one. A very nice suprise.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Alexander Keith's Nova Scotia Style Lager
$1.69 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

I'm not sure what to make of this "Nova Scotia-style" lager. It's got a fairly deep amber colored body and a creamy white head. It smells of lightly sweet and grainy malt but I don't find any hops. In the mouth it's medium to light bodied, and it's gently crisp with a median, fine-bubbled carbonation that gently tingles the tongue. The flavor is as the nose suggests with sweetish malt dominating, and I'm finding what appears to be yeasty fruitiness like apple, and just a minor amount of leafy hops in the finish. It's not very bitter, and what's there is just enough to balance the malt sweetness. On the upside, it's at least got some malt character to it. It's drinkable enough in that it's easily accessible, and probably more "balanced" when very cold, but it just doesn't have enough character to keep me interested.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsener glass.

Look - light caramel color, maybe light amber, with about a finger's worth of light khaki-colored foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell - in general just a nice lager smell. A bit malty-smelling, but with no particular notes otherwise present.

Taste and Mouthfeel - very slight muskiness in the taste, at the beginning, and a bit of a bite at the finish. I can taste the hops more than I could notice them in the smell, but they're still subtle. Texture is pretty nicely balanced.

Overall - a decent-tasting brew, but not terribly interesting in the taste.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.21/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A bottle a day keeps The CANQuest (TM) at bay, or at least in a temporary holding pattern. I was scoring one of local bottle shops the other day and found this and one of its brethren available singly, rather than having to commit to a sixer or a case. I have to be honest - when I think of Nova Scotia, beer is not the first thing to come to mind. Salmon, probably. Onward!

My pour created two foamy fingers of tawny head that initially fizzled and popped to such an extent that I thought that it would be short-lived, but it settled down nicely. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose was biscuity and underlain with a mild grassiness. Mouthfeel was unexpectedly full for the style and a nice surprise. It was quite malty in the mouth with little to speak for it in terms of hops. Finish was semi-dry with a pleasant light maltiness. It was nothing earth-shattering, but it was not bad, either. It just seemed kind of pedestrian as a whole.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.18/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Perfectly clear, pale orange color with decent 1 finger head that holds retention nice. Lots of active carbonation rising from the depths.

Smell - Bready, hearty smell.

Taste - A very ho-hum lager with very little flavor. Super-easy to drink though and its actually has nothing negative in the flavor. Slight crispness to finish like you would find in a pilsner but also a little dry in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Ok moutfeel, but slightly fizzy in the mouth.

Overall - I'm fine with this beer in that it has no negatives in reality. However it really offers nothing to really excite one to buy this craft lager over hundreds of other option. Completely unadventurous in the brewing process. If I wanted something this plain, I'd just buy an easy to find Yuengling or Rolling Rock and not go out of my way to find this one.

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