Alpine Lager - Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
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Reviews by IronDjinn:
2.55/5 rDev -12.4%
Those wily marketers from Atlantic Canada, this is only available out here in an 8-pack of cans. It pours out of one of those cans a light clear gold colour, bordering on yellow. Small white head on the pour, it lingers for a minute or so as it recedes. The nose is incredibly sweet, which lets me know a lot of corn gave their lives to make this beer, with a faint trace of actual grains found beneath it. The aroma gets funkier as the beer warms up, the adjuncts make themselves much more apparent, sugar also seems to be a key ingredient. The flavour itself is pretty nondescript, bland, almost like cardboard. The perils of pouring it into a glass. As it warms there is an underlying sweetness to it that lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is average for this type of beer, not full over the palate, but it's not watery either, the carbonation holds up on its end. I have to admit I enjoyed this more drinking it out of the can. Yet I don't think I'll be buying anymore of this, epecially with Great Western now competing in that niche. The 8-pack is also a turn off, as you are still paying a great deal more for those extra 2 cans. Might as well buy a 12 of some good stuff then if you're going to go in that direction.
09-06-2004 16:17:35 | More by IronDjinn
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2.5/5 rDev -14.1%
341ml bottle, from the rather expansive beer fridge at Edmonton's most venerable of South Asian restaurants.
This beer pours a clear, pale golden straw colour, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, and soapy eggshell white head, which bleeds away quickly, leaving a more or less clean sheet in the way of lace anywhere in the vicinity of the glass.
It smells of musty corn grist, stale apple skin, pithy lemon juice, and a bit of earthy, dead leafy hops. The taste is semi-sweet barley and corn - bready, all - a muddled bland fruitiness, and somewhat tacky weedy, musty hops.
The carbonation is average, just a wan prickliness, the body medium-light in weight for the style, and actually too tight to be considered all that smooth, shucky darn. It finishes well off-dry, the mixed-breed malt sort of loitering with aimless intent, and the faint, astringently weedy hops still no fun.
A fairly typical and poundable (the suggested imbibing method), but snooze-inducing mass-market fizzy yellow water beer, even if it is made by a respectably independent Canadian brewer. And while I believe that there are mountain parks in New Brunswick, I doubt that there is anything resembling Alpine Lager's grandiose label imagery.
01-04-2011 01:40:40 | More by biboergosum
3.23/5 rDev +11%
On tap everywhere in St. John! Even the outdoor table umbrellas advertise Alpine!
A- Bright bubbly clear yellow with a huge soapy white head.
S- Sweet corn malt with hay/ straw hops.
T- Just like it smells. A good blend of the sweet corn adjunct like malt and a dry wet straw/ hay hop flavor. Slightly watery but an non offense macro.
M- Sweet and slightly earthy. Typical watery macro body. Easy drinker.
Overall- Actually not bad. I easily drank a pint of this and moved up to something a little more bold. Regardless, give it a shot it's an easy BBQ beer!
10-16-2008 20:55:30 | More by NJpadreFan
1.35/5 rDev -53.6%
Bought this beer when I visited Prince Edward Island. And I got to be honest with you , if I was dying of thirst , I die before I drink this eh! The only thing I'd do with this beer is wash my golf bag or someother bag eh! If your looking to kick yourself in the nuts , but don't have the courage. Just drink a bottle of this , because the results would be the same eh!
12-02-2009 00:27:47 | More by Pisstank52
2.78/5 rDev -4.5%
Okay, so I'm not expecting much from this. Alpine pours gold with practically no foam. Has a bit of a musty smell. Almost skunky and not something anyone would particularly like. The taste is a crisp lager. Its not terrible, but nothing to seek out. The carbonation is too heavy for my liking. It is drinkable though not sure why you would.
09-11-2010 21:17:29 | More by socon67
2.99/5 rDev +2.7%
A: The beer is crystal clear deep yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of apples and corn adjuncts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the corn is a bit stronger and the adjunct malts contribute a slight amount of sweetness.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and clean on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be a bit heavier in body and tastier compared to other beers in the style.
12-29-2013 16:59:38 | More by metter98
New Brunswick (Canada)
3.53/5 rDev +21.3%
New Brunswick's favourite beer. Everyone grew up with someone in their family drinking this lager brewed by Moosehead Breweries. This beer was the social lubricant in many family outings.
Very drinkable lager. Best served ice cold, directly out of the bottle while doing something with your hands (i.e. painting, fixing your car, bbqing, etc.).
You gotta live here to get it!
09-11-2012 13:29:16 | More by JackSkerry
Nova Scotia (Canada)
2.75/5 rDev -5.5%
473 mL (160z) can with no freshness date poured into pint glass.
Crystal clear pale yellow body with a bone-white, moderate foamy head. Some lacing is left until the head dissipates entirely about a quarter of the way down.
Corn, sweet grain nose. Faint hop grassiness.
Clean, crisp, almost tasteless until the hops are mildly felt on the finish. Hints of sweet corn maybe. Thin to moderate body with low carbonation.
It doesn't get any more 'meh' than this. It's certainly not offensive, except that it's the beer version of pablum.
04-27-2009 21:44:03 | More by nighthawk
3.13/5 rDev +7.6%
A buddy brought this back from a Canadian road trip. Pours with an attractive foamy head, golden yellow color. Aroma is a little malty. Taste was surprisingly pleasant, more so than what I expected. A little sweet, but with a taste of hops that was surprising. Goes down very easy; I made sure to wait for the right mood to sample this macro (right after hockey). For a macro, I've had worse and/or more boring.
10-31-2007 05:03:08 | More by medic25
New Brunswick (Canada)
3.21/5 rDev +10.3%
Alpine pours a clear yellow with a soapy head that fades quite quickly. Its clean looking like the avg. lager.
Smells like corn, malt, and quite hoppy, with a touch of lemon in the background.
You get that corn taste straight up, followed by the malt, lemon, and a mild hop bite in the end.
Light body, High end of medium carb. Crisp and easy going.
Everyone I know drinks the stuff here in New Brunswick. It was also my go to beer a year or two ago. Its a simple crisp lager with a tiny hint of lemon and mild hoppy burn finish.
03-12-2013 05:20:17 | More by sabertooth
2.6/5 rDev -10.7%
Big can from the State store in Charlottetown.
I tried this for the first time about twenty years ago and at the time thought it was a great beer, so when I saw it today I couldn't pass it up. Pours a brilliantly clear apple juice color with a good sized bubbly white head that lasts forever. Sweet bready pilsner and faint spicy floral hops. Flavor follows the aroma quite well. Drinkable but not nearly as spectacular as my memories.
07-18-2014 20:38:08 | More by johnnnniee
3.73/5 rDev +28.2%
A must when in New Brunswick (a Canadian province north of Maine), whether if singing Quebecois + Acadian songs with friends or at the local bar / club. This stuff is better than over-marketed Moosehead but don't drink it too fast. Lachez pas la patatte, mes amis !!
08-06-2008 07:49:57 | More by marc956
4.73/5 rDev +62.5%
Alpine Lager is a very popular beer to those from the maritimes.
It has been part of many people's teenage years and somewhat represents rebellion as PW Oland went against his father's will to brew this refreshing lager.
This award winning lager is a best seller in New-Brunswick, it's hometown.
It is the preferred choice of maritimers since 1937.
5% ABV, slow aged, medium body with a fleeting hop bitterness and slightly sweet malty aroma.
09-18-2012 13:42:43 | More by Syl
2.93/5 rDev +0.7%
(From a limited, dated journal): Pale straw color; fruity, hoppy nose with hints of lemon; taste has notes of citrus and biscuits with a backdrop of hops. This beer has more character than I was expecting (at least compared to standard American lagers).
10-31-2008 22:35:58 | More by ofosho
Alpine Lager from Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
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