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Alexander Keith's Nova Scotia Style LagerAlexander Keith's Nova Scotia Style Lager
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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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Added by puboflyons on 04-28-2011

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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 39
Reviews by Arithmeticus:
Photo of Arithmeticus
3.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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 TimoP
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of tigg924
3.98/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, gold in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: honey and grass

Taste: sweet grass, honey, sugar, and hops at the end

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and carbonation, very sweet witha bit of a bitter aftertaste.

Overall: Another good lawnmower beer. Kinda what a Bud should be. I could have several on a hot day. Very good for a style I do not typically love. Take off about .5 in each if I was not trying to grade this to style.

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Photo of chinchill
2.73/5  rDev -11.1%
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 secondtooth
2.71/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed this one back in June, and I liked it better then. This is my updated review.

Pours a clean yellow-amber, with a modest foam and delicate lace.

Malty sweet on the nose, kinda corny, even. Not a great start.

The taste is sweet, with a caramel-honey vibe. There's no complexity whatsoever here, and I found this one-dimensional, off-balance, and needing to be fine-tuned. No, thanks.!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.55/5  rDev +15.6%
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 Gmann
2.58/5  rDev -16%
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 tone77
3.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, some malts. Taste is crisp, a bit sweet, some grains and malts.Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall this is an easy drinking and good quality lager.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.17/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From bottle no. 11096-BG-43. Sampled on April 28, 2011. It pours copper-orange with a thin, short lasting head. There are plenty of caramel malts and sugars in the aroma. The body is fairly light but not watered down. There's a sweet bitterness that kicks in on the first sip but it tends to end mildly hopped. Drinkable enough but nothing that stands out above others in its class.

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Photo of rugene
3.15/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of ScaryEd
2.76/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of civicm87
2.75/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of BGsWo22
2/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of ImpactDan
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Zorro
3.15/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smells really malty with a lot of caramel and scorched sugar in it. Soapy and grassy hop scent, but mostly this smells really Malty for a lager.

The taste starts out malty but not as sweet as the smell might suggest. Malt and mild sweetness Hop level is low. Not much bitterness to speak of.

Mouthfeel is average.

Drinkability is OK. There just isn't a lot going on here with this beer, it's a little better than Budweiser.

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Photo of bmbarth44
2.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of bubseymour
3.18/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Photo of cbutova
3.41/5  rDev +11.1%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma light caramelized malts, grain and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of grain and lager yeast, followed by a mild sweetness from a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is very mild and but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little flavorful, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent mild beer worth pounding for a while.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.75/5  rDev +22.1%
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 woodychandler
3.21/5  rDev +4.6%
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 Buggies
4/5  rDev +30.3%
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 womencantsail
2.93/5  rDev -4.6%
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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