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Alpine Glacier Lager - Tommyknocker Brewery

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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 16%
Wants: 2
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 rowew
3.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, label is still old style. This is from a recently purchased sampler - everything else is new labels.

Appearance: Gold color with just a bit of haze, thin head fades quickly.

Smell: Just a hint of hops here - but barely any smell at all.

Taste: Tastes better than it smells. A bit of hops and bitterness, enough malt sweetness that it balances out to be pretty drinkable.

Overall impression: Wasn't expecting much after the smell, but it tastes interesting enough that I could easily go through a few. Nothing thrilling, but this isn't a bad lighter beer.

rowew, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, gold in color, hazy, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, honey, and hops

Taste: wheat, sweet honey, and some grassiness

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, sweet with small bitterness before it warms

Overall: A solid not spectacular lager that may be my least favorite in the variety pack. This is very clean an certainly sessionable. As an overall beer probably closer to a 3.5. Yet compared to others in the style, this is certainly one of the better ones if not just due to the pleasing flavors in here.

tigg924, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of beerthulhu
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: When backlighted a turbid, almost pastel orange shows a strong effervesce. The head is bready, cream in color, with a good stay of retention. Lacing is thick, of concentric rings running down the glass. The coloring is a bit strange for a typical lager.

S: The nose is fresh wet grass, wet oranges and light straw with a bit of maize. Appeared fairly hoppy at first but quickly quieted down.

T: The flavor seemed grainy, almost like pilsner malt, with dried orange grinds with a strong floral hopping. Warm oranges on the hold, with herbal notes and wildflowers. There are instances of flour on the close with some dry sour grapefruit peel and dry wheat and corn mash.

M: Mouthful was good enough on the hold, tingly form the strong carbonation, light, tart with a light medium weight to it, perhaps a bit more so body (more wheat like)then your typical lager. Playful grapefruit notes linger gently after the swallow. Lacks a crispness factor though.

O: Overall not bad, after several lackluster beers from this brewery Not as crisp as one expects and certainly not mug/pitcher worthy. Drinks like a wheat or pilsner body with just enough show of hops to let you know its there.

beerthulhu, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of jsprain1
2.65/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- If nothing else this is a beautiful example of the style. Not quite perfectly clear light honey amber. Head is thick and billowy and stays firm at one and a half fingers. A couple solid rings of lacing.
S- Smell is relatively clean, but there is a bit of sweetness and a light floral presence.
T- The floral note stays there but it subsides greatly. Sweet and slightly doughy flavors are about all that's there.
M- Light, which if fine, style considered, but it feels almost uncarbonated, giving the impression of wateryness. Decently dry finish.
O- It's easily drinkable, but it's too one-dimensional and the undercarbonation really hurt it for me.

jsprain1, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of Arithmeticus
2.63/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured chilled in flared glass.

A: hazy dark yellow, very nice head, carb ok
S: sweet, wet, doughy aroma
T: hard to place this as a pale lager; a pale something, yes; tinny, rather hoppy for a lager, but not enough to do the tongue any favors; mid-sweet
M: flat, watery

Overall, not a terrible beer, but it is rather strange.

Arithmeticus, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of scratch69
2.17/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I poured a bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance- Cloudy golden yellow with a thick head and alot of lace.

Smell- A slight hoppy aroma but not much else.

Taste- Bitter with an almost soapy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with adequate carbonation. Very dry finish.

Overall- I purchased this beer as part of a variety 6-pack.
It's not a terrible beer but I would probably not drink it again.

scratch69, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of erosier
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a hazy golden yellow with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass nicely as it fades down the sides of the glass.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts, a nice floral and citrusy hop aroma to finish it out.
T: Tastes of a sweet toasted malt base with a a somewhat sweet floral, citrus, and grassy hop mix to finish it off.
M: Crisp, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation, nice mix of flavors, light feeling.
D: Overall a decent beer with a nice mix of flavors and feel.

erosier, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up as part of a mix-a-six from Al's of Hampden, poured chilled into a mug.

The color is dark golden with good clarity like apple juice with 1/4 inch of smooth white cap w/ tight beading. The smell is decent with malty odors and a slight hop essence which has a light herbal quality. The scent is mildly sweet with the hops accenting the malt with gentle floral aromas. The feel is crisp and lightly sweet with a moderate bitterness level for the style and slight resinous edge with gentle spice and semi-dry finish.

The crisp malt begins the flavor portion with mild toasted grain and slightly noble tasting hops which give subtle lemony pith elements to the taste with a subtle herbal mild flavor. The citrus edge adds to the flavor since it gives a contrast to the sweet elements in the malt and the hops seem slightly spiced which gives the impression of a pilsner at that level almost since the yeast flavor is dry as it finishes it could go either way. I liked this since I found it to be a good american pale lager with some nice hop flavoring. This lager is good quality since there are flew noticeable flaws and it finishes rather smooth and quaffable.

Slatetank, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of SouthFLBeerLover
3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden hazy. A good size white head and nice lacing.

S: Malts are little on the sweet side, earthy hops are present as well.

T: Taste has a nice balance of malts and herby hops with some lemony citrus accents.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbanation. Also, Medim-sizeded bubbles. Has a dry finish.

O: It has a good balance of malts and hops, and a nice crisp finish. A very good choice on a HOT summer day (the kind we get here in S. Florida everyday). One should not buy this beer and try to fing complexity in it. It's not characteristic for American Pale Lager.

SouthFLBeerLover, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of devilben02
3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy yellow-orange color, with a modest fluffy, cream-colored head. The aroma is unexpected and interesting, with a very floral hop profile being contrasted by a bit of biscuity malt. The flavor is more citrusy, with a kind of sweet orange character, but there is also a bit of light caramel and a light fruity sweetness that reminds me of a cheap sparkling white wine (in a good way). I didn't find the mouthfeel to be "clean and fresh as the rushing water from icy streams" at all, and I actually thought it was a little heavy and resinous, which detracts from the light sweetness of the flavor.

Overall, the aroma and flavor of this beer were different and pleasantly surprising, and except for the somewhat heavy texture, I quite enjoyed this beer.

devilben02, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.6/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

That dark gold color, noticeable haze, white head. Nothing to speak of in the smell department.

Taste, not a whole lot going on there either. Light, refreshing etc. . . all the usual buzzwords with a beer that lacks discernable character. Slight bitterness, but not from an appreciable hop content, bitterness and a metallic aftertaste.

This beer was mild back in the 90s, and thesedays, it seems even more tame. I can't really figure who or where I would recommend this. Its light in every way, so I guess I'd recommend it to people who don't drink beer, or people who need to drink beer when its over 100 degrees out.

Beerandraiderfan, May 09, 2011
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy gold, patchy head.

S - Floral citrus, sweet hops, grass sweetness.

T - A very interesting zing of wetness on the sides of the tongue. Almost a mild savory grass sweetness? Tangy fruit acidity in the background. Mild grainy, hoppy notes. A little weak on flavor, pretty watery.

M - Pretty standard mouth here, fresh and clean. Light body, mild carbonation.

O - Eh, lacking flavor and depth. Easy drinker. Very light.

BeerForMuscle, May 09, 2011
Photo of daliandragon
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Just picked up the "Trail Pack" mixed six at my local Harris Teeter. I'm not a huge fan of Tommyknocker, but 6 different beers in a 6 pack is good value for a beer reviewer. This lager pours a hazy golden color with a thin white cap of head and a herbal hop and grainy nose. Could be worse.

Crisp and bubbly in mouthfeel with a basic bread and malt backbone taste. The aftertaste runs to mild noble bitterness with a slight tinge of metal. Somewhat boring, but reasonably drinkable. Not outstanding, but decent within the style.

daliandragon, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of 9InchNails
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw color body with a white film head. Looks decently carbonated with the medium amount of bubbles. Really nice lacing on the glass.

I get mostly grass and buscuits. Nothing else really.

This has a sweet buscuit maltiness some bitterness from the hops. Grass and a almost soapy taste as well. It's not bad.

Thin to watery. Reminds me of club soda. Medium carbonation.

Overall above decent lager. The body is a little watery but kind of refreshing nonetheless. It tastes like a light lager, a little bitter like a Pilsner.

9InchNails, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of StoutHunter
3.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer in a mixed six pack from Tommyknocker at the Lager Mill for $8.99. I felt like starting the night off with something a little lighter tonight, and this beer seemed to fit the bill. Bottled on February 17, 2011. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label on this beer is pretty cheesy, but not as bad as the pale ale. I really like how Tommyknocker dates their beer, if only more brewery's would adopt it. Alpine Glacier Lager pours a clear golden yellow color with four fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick lumpy ring that stayed till the end. It also left some nice lacing.

S- I pick up lots of sweet pale malts in this brew, along with some grassy and earthy hops. The pale malts smell sweeter then expected.

T- The malts take on a big bready and grainy flavor, kind of reminds me a whole grain cereal. There is a nice wheat like flavor I couldn't pick up in the aroma. The hops are a nice mix of earthy, grassy, and citrus flavors. It has a slightly bitter finish. The flavors are pretty spot on for the style and are balanced nicely.

M- Light bodied, crisp, and it had perfect carbonation.

Overall this was a good lager, it would make a nice alternative to the regular BMC Lagers. All the flavors you would expect from a lager were there, and nice and light like they should be. This would make a good summertime beer, I could see drinking a couple of these while mowing the lawn or playing some disc golf. I don't know if I would buy a six pack of this, but it is a welcome addition to Tommyknocker's mixed six pack. I would recommend Alpine Glacier Lager to anybody that likes a nice light refreshing lager.

StoutHunter, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

OK. I'm grading this per its style and not on my overall impression. I think I got a slightly overcarbonated bottle because it seeped out the top before pouring and I had a huge frothy white head that had some major retention and left creamy rings down the glass. Actually, very pretty with the hazy straw copper color to the beer.

Now, the nose was light and the taste followed but for what the bottle said it should be like it was spot on. biscuits, and earthy notes, lemon and honey. Some fruity, yeasty notes. The taste is light, not overly watery with a malt forward biscuit, bready front end with earthy hops in the back and hints of lemon. Very light, crisp, clean, smooth and refreshing. Clean finish. Very easy to drink.

JayS2629, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of StJamesGate
3.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy corn yellow with webs of lace. Spicy hay and some husk on the nose with tones of Murphy's oil soap. Shortbread and honeydew malts with a bit of spice in the hops: cinnamon and mint, but very faint. Lean linger. Crisp, lively, light to medium, with some stick.

Chewy for a lager, and a bit too fizzy but some nice fruit.

One of the better Tommyknockers, which isn't saying much, but still...

StJamesGate, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of BeerCon5
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, bright golden color with a thin amount of fluffy white head.

The scent is of earthy hops and some grain.

The taste is of roasted malt, earthy hop notes, yeast and grains.

Light bodied, smooth and very crisp, high carbonation.

This is a pretty decent lager, the flavor is light but not watery. Overall a good choice if you're looking for something light and refreshing.

BeerCon5, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of afinepilsner
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle

Tommyknocker Alpine Glacier Lager was golden in color and hazy. It had a white head with decent retention and lacing. The smell was sweet malt and lemony citrus. The taste was malt, hops, and spice with a little bitterness. The finish was dry with more spice and light bitterness. The mouthfeel was good with just less than medium in body with medium carbonation. Drinkability was also good. This is a good pale lager and worth trying out.

afinepilsner, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of BeerMeInMS
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking Date: 1/25/11
Bottled-on Date: Aug. 3rd 2010

Glass: Mug

Appearance: golden color that is just slightly hazy. white head that dissipated about halfway through the brew.

Smell: Faint smell. yeasty and a little sweetness.

Taste: The beer had more flavor than I expected. A good amount of roasted malt flavor that was balanced by a slight bitterness. Some mild sweetness. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel: had a thicker body than most lagers. medium-bodied. moderate carbonation, so just a little tingle.

Drinkability: Very good...decent and not over-powering flavor yet just enough complexity to keep up the enjoyment.

Notes: I like this beer. Will purchase again. I have been pleased so far with all my samplings of Tommyknocker brews.

BeerMeInMS, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Golden-amber. Cloudy. Small foamy head with a very slight beige tone. Spotty lace.

S: Not alot...slight sweet malt.

T: Surprisin and very welcome hops from this lager. Floral, grassy. Nice wheaty-cereal flavor.

M: Great viscosity, carbonation and all over mouthfeel. For a lager of this style...great!

D: Very good. May be a very good introduction to craft rookies. I really like this brew. Clean, hoppy, and delicious.

ForWhatAlesYou, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of richkrull
3.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first taste, I didn't think I was going to like this beer but after a couple drinks, I realized that it was a pretty solid beer. Nice golden color with a nice head on it. A good lager with a bit of a citrus taste. I liked this beer - wouldn't mind having a few more.

richkrull, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of boudreaux
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got the Tommyknocker "Mother Lode Sampler" 12-pack, and this was included. Poured into pint glass.

A - poured a clear golden amber with a wonderful, rocky head that held well, even after bubbling stopped; sticky lacing clung to the glass.

S - definite yeasty aroma, but in a mild, not-so-overwhelming way; a pleasant crisp note to it made me really enjoy the anticipation of the first taste

T- sweet and refreshing; stayed true to the yeast aroma, with a crisp finish; also noted hints of lemony citrus

M- it was smooth, but left a little bit of metallic, oily feeling; not unpleasant, but not expected

D - very easy to swig a few down, especially with the low abv; i definitely would session this one

A damn good beer; worth my money, time, and taste

boudreaux, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy dark yellow colour. There is a huge off-white head which lasts and lasts.

Smells malty lemony earthy and spicy. Big nose as well.

Tastes like wheat, lemon and earth combined with some hop bitterness at the end. The malts and body of the beer are rather thick, this is contrasted by the crispness of the hops.

The beer has a medium thick body and is very smooth in the mouth. The style is strange, I cant say that I have had a beer exactly like this one.

Surprisingly good and highly drinkable.

EwaldEichstaett, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of andrenaline
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another selection from my Tommyknocker mixer pack.

A - Pours a hazy golden orange colour, noticeable carbonation, thin layer of head with little retention and some fine lacing.

S - Scent is a little mild, but is dominated by sour lemon hops and is followed by some metallic caramel malts.

T - The hops and malts are butting heads on this one, with lemongrass hops complemented by bready caramel malts. The sweet caramel malts are the winners on the finish. Nicely balanced.

M - Goes down smooth, slightly dry, but non-offensive finish, and the perfect amount of carbonation.

D - A tasty offering, and a worthy attempt at the style. I liked the balanced hops and malt characteristics, and the mouthfeel made for a refreshing lager. Definitely worth trying is you can get your hands on a bottle or a pint!

andrenaline, Aug 28, 2010
Alpine Glacier Lager from Tommyknocker Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.