Schooner | Alexander Keith's

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Brewed by:
Alexander Keith's
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Introduced in the 1950s, Schooner is a popular Maritime-brewed beer. Unique fruity flavours from the Labatt yeast, and a special blend of North American hops, help deliver a clean, smooth tasting beer. Schooner beer was named after the famous sailing ship, the Bluenose II, which was owned by the Oland family.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 02-01-2003

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by TheHammer:
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2.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one from Ludachris from a trip he made to Nova Scotia. Thanks man

Appearance: Pours with a solid thumb of head that retained decently but did not lace. The beer itself is a a little bit on the yellower side of gold but boasts decent carbonation and good clarity.

Smell: Very muted and watered down but that is good, because all I'm getting is a white bread smell with a slight acidic touch.

Taste: If I could give this beer a 2.75 I would, as it's not bad or offensive, it's just generic and watered down. It starts with the barest touch of malt, and then turns to a generic bread and corn like taste common of many adjunct and then turns to the barest kick of earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Well, this beer is smooth although the carbonation is a bit off, and for something so subdued you wouldn't think it would transition poorly. It does leave a wet feeling in your mouth because it's watered down. On the plus side though there is no aftertaste, whatsoever.

Drinkability: Simply put, this beer is a guzzler. It's light on the gut, highly refreshing and goes down smooth. Frankly, if you drink it fast enough you can miss the bitter hop kick entirely. I would have no problems polishing off a six pack of these in short order.

Final Thoughts: All in all, a good beer for a hot day of work but not much else. It doesn't have that much in the way of character, but as a adjunct I suppose it does it's job. That being said, there are better hot day beers I'd rather have then this one.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of cam477
2/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of DannyBaldoni
2.5/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Griffith
3/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Mandrake
2.55/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly light golden yellow with a small, fizzy white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. Smell has a hint of hops alongside the maltiness that is foremost in the nose, but nothing to distinguish it, either positively or negatively. Taste is a kiss of caramel in the maltiness and a brush of hops along with a dose of fusel alcohol before it finishes quickly and is forgotten. Mouthfeel is under carbonated and watery, and drinkability is decent.

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Photo of hockeypuck
2.75/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of DreamDeath
2.75/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Shiloh
2.2/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Schooner lager as brewed by the Oland brewery is part of the Labatt's family...this particular member pours a deep golden hue with no crowning glory to speak of, only a minor center lace...the body is medium/full and a little murky with limited carbonation...a slight sweetness to the palate and flat...not enjoyable...

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Photo of ludachris
3.5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is my old faithful when I come down to Halifax. Pours a nice golden colour with a quickly dissipating white head. No lacing and a fair amount of carbonation. Watery mouth feel. Sweet tasting with a little bit of malt. There isnt really anything special about this brew but its still by far one of my favorite beers to sit down and relax with. The drinkability is ridiculous. Wish they had this bad boy back in Ontario.

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Photo of msondel
2.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of nighthawk
2.88/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a light gold-yellow, fairly clear with some carbonation visible. Once centimetre of white, foamy head is produced, then quickly sinks to a bare haze on the surface.

Very mild aromas of generic bready malts with only a vague hint of hop bitterness.

Taste is more generic grainy bread malts, hint of booziness, bare hop presence.

Mouthfeel is a little more substantial than thin, good balance of smooth body and carbonation.

This one goes down easily, no particularly bad taste or aftertaste, it's just a little bland.

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Photo of SchoonDoggie
4.8/5  rDev +69%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a terific beer, the best made in the Maritimes. It taste great, easily drinkable. Perfect for any hot day, breakfast, softball games, lawn mowing, rioting, pretty much any activity is enhanced by this beer. The colour is a lovely golden transparent haze. Pours very nicely into a mug or glass, just the right amount of foam. Has a nice non-offencive smell. Just a good product all around for a mediumed priced beer.

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Photo of Long813
2.2/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of JayQue
3.5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fairly good take on a blah style. Pours a clear golden color with a decent white head. Average retention and some lacing on the glass. Aroma is mildly malty with some grassy hops. Fairly average lager taste but the stale vegetable adjunct lager taste is missing here. Mild hops and malt. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but it is still somewhat crisp. If you have a choice between a Bud and a Schooner, take the schooner. Not a bad choice with food or a one and done thirst quencher.

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Photo of sclitch
2.25/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of andrenaline
2.72/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Took down a bottle at a local pub...

A - Pours a very pale straw colour, thin layer of head with little retention or lacing.

S - Very mild, hints of grassy moss, sweet corn with a metallic finish.

T - Again, quite mild offering up a dose of bready malt and sweet corn, the metallic notes also come through and the grassy notes linger.

M - Medium, smooth and wet.

O - A session ale that offers little in the flavour department. Easily forgettable.

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Photo of rorjets
2.75/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of graybayou
3/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of rbuisson
4/5  rDev +40.8%

Photo of wordemupg
2.16/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

341ml bottle poured into pint glass oct2 2010

A pale straw yellow with plenty of bubbles feeding a two finger bone white head that fell fast and left no lace

S not much some sweet grains and not much else

T some adjuncts and green apple of all things, pretty faint though closer to water then anything

M thin but well carbonated about what I expect from a macro lager

D easy too drink like waters easy too drink, nothing overly offensive just nothing at all

I had one to try it and I doubt I'll ever have a second, don't bother there's just nothing too it

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Photo of pootz
2.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

One of the few palatable lagers in the interbrew Canadian cabal. Oland’s was a favorite of mine when I toured the east coast. I liked their 10 penny ale and Schooner was a favorite New Brunswick chug beer. Bought a 6 in Ontario recently. Seemed different than I remember it. Light gold color, small white head that reduces to a ring on the glass..mild malt sweetnes to the nose..starts mellow then produces a medium bodied malty taste with the hops riding in the background...quick finish with a light pleasnt malt aftertaste...pleasant enough mega lager.

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Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
2/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of lupercmda
2.87/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Exeter
2.5/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Skizem
3.5/5  rDev +23.2%

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