Alpine Glacier Lager - Tommyknocker Brewery

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Alpine Glacier LagerAlpine Glacier Lager

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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 16.26%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-06-2002)
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Photo of blitheringidiot
2.83/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

06 03 Feshness notches.

Hazy golden broth like straw hue toped with a thin layer of eggshell coating.

Hardly a scent detectable to speak of.

First swigs: A slight grain hint. Some delicate red apple hints. Not much going on here. Move along.

Last swigs: TommyKnocker tries to make an inoffensive beer that lacks flavor.

Photo of Enola
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a light golden coloer. It is fairly clear with a good amount of floaters. There was a thick head. The smell is grainy and and a bit of fresh cut grass. The taste is somewhat bitter with wheat characteristics up front. The mouthfeel is firly light with some lingering bitterness. This would be a very drinkable brew on a hot summer day. Overall, a good beer for the style.

Photo of wcudwight
2.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Date marked on bottle. 6/29/05
Pours a hazy yellow or golden color with an impressive 1/2" head that slowly recedes to a thin fiz that covers the top. Solid lacing all the way around the glass.
Smell is good. I think grapefruit was mentioned. Also a hint of mango.
Taste starts off well. Lemony and grainy. But it leaves a horrific bitter medicinal aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, but a bit watered down.
This would be a great summer time lager if it wasn't for that aftertaste.

Photo of ADR
3.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of a six beer sample pack...

Light gold and slightly translucent, arctic white head of almost 1/2 an inch on a decently hard pour. Thick clingy laces on the pint glass. Simple aroma, sweet and honeyish in impression. Light body and plenty of carbonation. Pretty seemless combination of simple malt and a good hop sense to start of -- slightly medicinal but fairly well-integrated and with a bit of oiled and conditioned leather. There is a slight lean toward a watery fade at the end, but the finishing crispness helps to do an adequate job of pulling it back and lending an OK close. Drinkable and attractive, fairly ordinary and could perhaps use more of a signature hop sense.

Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light and grainy, pale malt scent along with a dry, yet fruity lager yeast aroma. The taste is decent also. It has a light, pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and slightly bitter. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good beer. It's a bit grainy, but it's all malt and easy drinking.

Photo of BEERchitect
2.8/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, it's beer. That's about it. Certainly prefered over many other American Lagers, but I do expect more from dependable microbreweries. It has a solid malt base that shows weakness in flavor, aroma, and mouthfeel. Lack of decernable character allows the grain flavor and husk bite to dominate. A little too watery into the finish. Light Noble hop spiciness helps out a little. Wouldn't go out of my way for this one.

Photo of mmmbeer
1.78/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12 oz. with an overdue freshness date. Pours a hazy gold with a 4 finger head that peeks above the glass and is rocky when it starts to recede. Kinda looks like a hefe. Good so far. The aroma is viney with grape juice which I'm sure is from the age. The taste is sour/grapey/vinegary. Down the drain. Second bad beer from the mixed 12. I've got hopes for the dopple because of the ABV and the pale because of the hops. I guess we'll see.

Photo of russpowell
3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice gloden/straw color with great clarity. Head was fluffy and white with average retention.

Smell: Good malt presence, but ca'nt smell any hops.

Taste:Good slighltly toasty malt on the tounge and throat, probably this beer's best quality. ome resin-like hops bitterness shows up on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbination and good body

Drinkability: Good crisp clean lager that is nothing special.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Woodman's West as part of the Tommyknocker Mother Lode sampler 12-pack.

Pours a nice golden yellow with minimal head. Nose is malty and hoppy, expected for an all-malt lager. Taste is heavy with malt, with some caramel sweetness and a slight hop bite. Body was heavier than I would have expected from appearance and its name. A solid step up from a macro lager, but I would probably reach for any of the other Tommy's in the sampler before this one. Still a solid beer that is sessionable and refreshing on a hot day.

Photo of TastyTaste
2.58/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Lightly cloucy gold color, with minimal head, just a little foam. Smell is straight clean malt, crisp and slightly grassy, nice maltiness. Taste is a little sweet and fruity for the style, kind of whit-ish. Not the best lager ever. Mouthfeel is extremely thin and watery, needs more body. OK, but there are better for cheaper.

Photo of budsboy
2.5/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours cloudy, straw color, without much of a head. What's there is white and gone.

Smell is sweet and clean malt with bready-fruity overtones.

Carmel corn on toast comes to mind. Sweet and sugary, but not offensive. Mostly carmel. Fairly one-dimensional.

Smooth and creamy with very low carbonation. Not to style, but not outrageous.

Eh, a good enough brew, but I could take it or leave it. I have a few other Tommyknockers in the fridge, and I'm hoping for improvement.

Photo of OliasOfSunhillow
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a fine warm-weather brew with more character than any macro lager.

Pours a just-darker-than-straw color with a massive, stark-white head. A surprising hop presence in the nose, reinforced in the taste. This beer has lots of sweet malt going on, but loads of hop bitterness as well, making it superbly balanced -- a welcome surprise in the pale lager world. Highly quaffable.

I'm on a quest to taste as many non-macro pale lagers as possible. This one is pretty high on the list so far.

Photo of Vancer
2.85/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Not bad, but not much going on here, either. Nice hazy amber orange pour with dense white head. Small aroma of malt and citrus, taste was a grainy orange, with a finishing lite hop bite. Mouth was, unfortunately, to tangy and carbonated – little thin also. So, maybe a good summer brew, step above the macro crap, but better ones are out there.

Photo of filabrazilia
3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a small white head. Light lace on the glass.

A slight malt aroma wafts from the surface of the beer.

The taste is mild--a hint of malt a touch of what I think is honey. It may not be, but it's pretty darn good.

A light mouthfeel characterizes this easy to drink beer. The carbonation is strong but not overwhelming.

This is a pretty good beer. It's smooth and easy to drink. I probably wouldn't have it in the stable, but wouldn't turn it down if it was offered.

Photo of merlin48
3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, from a brewery sampler pack. Pours a chillhazed, golden lager body with a small offwhite head that lasts only seconds before dropping to some collar and film. Minor patch lace.
Aroma is subdued, with notes of grainy, sweet malt and a wisp of floral hops.
Mouthfeel has high carbonation and a light medium body.
Taste typifies an average microbrewed lager. Mildly sweet caramel malt with restrained floral hops bittering. Not much of a taste, ala one of the macro lagers, but somewhat better. This one is more about the carbonation than the flavors.
A decent palate cleanser after a couple of Belgian ales, but this is a rather undistinguished, American microbrewed lager.

Photo of maxpower
2.5/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy pale golden-yellow , has a small foamy white head that doesn't last very long, light grainy and grassy aromas. Starts with a light bready and grainy flavor, finishes clean and smooth, light and watery mouthfeel, not much going on here but alright for the style.

Photo of clvand0
2.73/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a golden color with a small white head that dies quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass. The aroma has a grassy hop character with very little malt. A little bit skunky. The flavor is really thin and watery. Slight malt sweetness, but not much. Also a small hop presence. Not too enjoyable.

Photo of kmpitz2
2.55/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a light straw color, just a little on the light side in my opinion. There is no head with just a trace of a ring around the top of the beer. The beer smells sweet and malty. Not at all what I expect from a lager. The taste is dominated by sweet malt, but the flavor is very watered down. A disapointment to say the least. The beer is light to moderate in my mouth, but nothing to sing about. This beer is easy drinking, but that is due to it's lack of flavor and resemblance to water. I would not recommend this beer, but if someone gives you one, then drink it. A free beer is a free beer.

Photo of masterbruewer
3.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured golden with decent white head that faded slowly. Decent lacing.

The smell is malty with a piney hop background.

The taste is similar to the smell. Mostly malt with a mellow hops taste in the background.

The mouthfeel is smooth with a little carbonation kick and a light hops aftertaste.

This is a highly drinkable lager. No strong flavor, but no off or adjunct flavor either.

Photo of coasterfreak75
1.85/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The pour was a cloudy yellow with alot of carbonation bubbles rising throughout the drink. Had absolutely no head.

The smell was difficult to find. Once the beer warmed slightly it had a light skunk smell.

The taste was nothing but water. Hell, I've had low carb beers with more flavor. I hope I got a bad bottle. It almost tasted like melted glacier that had been dry hopped with kent goldings.

The beer was refreshing, but so is water. I'm sorry I tried to find something good about this beer but I just couldn't. I hope I just caught a bad bottle or a bad batch.

Photo of Beaver13
2.53/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Alpine Glacier Lager pours a light golden yellow. It had lots of lively carbonation with a suprisingly decent creamy white head with good retention that sticks to the glass the whole way down. It had a light aroma of hops. Pretty disappointing taste...way too bland and not much too it. As it warmed, a little more flavor came out - a sweet malt taste with a little citrus and a kind of skunky aftertaste. It was pretty smooth going down, and better than a macro, but that's about all I can say good about it.

Photo of dmarch
2.25/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours pale golden in color. Had to pour straight into the glass to get any head at all. Trace hops in the aroma, not much else. I honestly can't taste anything in this beer. My tongue feels the cold carbonated liquid, but my tastebuds aren't telling me much. I bought it because I liked the label, but that's about it.

Photo of Dogbrick
2.45/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This Lager scales new heights in blandness. Pours a pale and lightly fizzy yellow color with a thin white head. Aroma is barely detectable hops. Rather thin bodied and clean, with a weak hops flavor. Finish is crisp. I'd take this over a macro lager on a hot summer day, but that's about it.

Photo of TheDM
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This brew poured a very small head of fine white bubbles that quickly disappeared and a straw yellow weak looking typical lager body. Its aroma was that of a mild malt variety. Its ratgher weak hop flavor was nothing to write home about. A lack of character brings this ones ratings down.

Photo of hotstuff
1.93/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This Lager poured a small white quick diminishing head with fine-small bubbles. The body is cloudy with carbonation and the hue is pale yellow. The aroma is fruity and sweet. There was fair lacing on the sides of my glass. It has a sweet hoppy taste and it is thin and watery in my opinion. There is nothing very special that I have to say about this brew as it lacks character.

Alpine Glacier Lager from Tommyknocker Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.