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Alexander Keith’s Nova Scotia Style Lager

The Nova Scotia Style Lager was the first of the Alexander Keith’s beers I opened after the virtual tasting a couple of weeks ago. If you recall, the three AK beers available in the U.S. are brewed by Anheuser-Busch in New York, even though the brewery itself hails from Canada.

Of this Lager, they say:

This lager has a deep amber color and orange highlights that promise a delicious drinking experience. Brewed with noble hops prized for their subtle, spicy character, this brew has a deep amber color and crisp finish. As with any of Alexander Keith’s products, we take great pride in putting the best ingredients in our Nova Scotia Style Lager.

It’s 5.4% alcohol by volume.

Appearance: Honey-gold color, very clear; head was thin and fell quickly.

Smell: Caramel nose with a touch of toffee, nicely malty—makes me think of a Marzen. Very light floral hops.

Taste: Malty on the tongue, thin with a bit of bite from carbonation. Nice bit of honey sweetness and a grassy (hop) presence. Clean.

Mouthfeel: Light, a bit thin, perky carbonation; a bit of a sweet aftertaste, otherwise clean finish.

Overall: Nice drinkable lager; too thin to be the Marzen-like that you smell, but crisp. Probably not going to be a crowd favorite but competently brewed.

On BeerAdvocate, it scores an overall grade of B. On RateBeer, it scores 2.54 out of 5 and is in their 21st percentile.