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Alpine Lager - Moosehead Breweries Ltd.

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Reviews: 27
Hads: 51
Avg: 2.96
pDev: 22.97%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Moosehead Breweries Ltd. visit their website
New Brunswick, Canada

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-30-2003

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Reviews: 27 | Hads: 51
Reviews by beerphan:
Photo of beerphan
3.09/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can -> american pint
Received as a gift at Super Ball 9 from our Canadian neighbors.

Pours a remarkably clear golden yellow with big thin wispy white head that disappears faster than i can type. Leaving only faintest milky way of suds. Scarce blotches of thin lace. Carbonation is constant and robust.

Nose: Faint grain, corn

Thin crisp mouth. Starts off with twinges of sweet pale malt, that almost syrupy light taste last throughout. A small hop bit tries to balance with sweet, but doesn't quite get there. Light and easy to drink, without being offensive. A big plus in this category.

I reviewed this beer based on its style, not on it compared to an IPA. Most reviews on this site for this beer are biased, wish more people would review a beer for what its trying to be, not what they prefer. Appearance for this beer should be off the charts, it really LOOKS great. End rant.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of cam477
1.75/5  rDev -40.9%

Photo of beerhunter13
2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of MJ63
3.5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of biboergosum
2.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Alpine Lager

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!

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Photo of Pisstank52
1.4/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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!

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Photo of socon67
2.73/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of jcubz
3.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of juliendesrochers
2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of DaveBar
2.77/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Purchased at the LCBO for just over $2.00 for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a tiny white head that was gone in seconds. Very pale yellow and filtered clear

S- Some decent hops and malt. A bit metallic

T- Light flavor. Not a lot here. Just a mass produced brew just like a Bud.

M- Regular old mass produced North American brew like a Bud

O- Just like a Bud

Food Pairing

This ho hum brew went well with..... Anything you would eat with a Bud


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Photo of BrazilianAussie
2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of metter98
2.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.55/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of CurtisD
2.25/5  rDev -24%

Photo of JackSkerry
3.53/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

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Photo of DreamDeath
2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Melomanemusher
3/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Tallboy can from the LCBO; served well-chilled. I've considered picking up a 24 of this in the past, but when it comes to trying new stuff - especially within the confines of this "short bus" beer style - it makes more sense to just wait until you stumble upon a single. A few months later, my patience has been rewarded.

Pours a pale, clear golden-yellow hue, with one finger of frothy, soapy white head seated on top. It wilts away at a constant pace over the next couple of minutes, fizzling itself out until only a thin, foamy cap remains. Average-looking for the style, and that about sums up the aroma, too - maybe a little cleaner than average, in that there are no particularly corny or syrupy notes. There may be a hint of corn grits in there, but other than that I am mostly picking up grainy, pale barley malts, a touch of hay and not a whole lot else.

The flavour profile is quite bland, but for an adjunct lager, this is reasonably well put-together. Grainy pale malts and some corn grit sweetness are truthfully the only real dominant aspects of the flavour. There's also a ghostly wisp of grassy hay toward the finish, with a hint of that wet cardboard flavour (which I have found in a lot of 'value-brand' lagers). Light-bodied, with assertive carbonation levels and a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. Not especially distinguishable from other cheap lagers - this one tastes a little better than the majority, but at $35 for a two-four, I'd be annoyed if it didn't.

Final Grade: 3.29, a passable C+. Alpine Lager is not that good, but it provides a reasonable baseline for what I would consider to be a prototypical, 'acceptable' cheap lager. I could buy a case of this before a camping trip, and be satisfied with it for the next day or two, but it's definitely not a beer I'd pick up regularly. The price on this tallboy isn't bad, but you can usually find superior German imports selling at a similar point, so there really aren't too many compelling reasons to bother with this. Still, a tick is a tick.

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Photo of msondel
3/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of nighthawk
2.78/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of medic25
3.13/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of sabertooth
3.2/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Stwinchy
3/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of johnnnniee
2.61/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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.

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Alpine Lager from Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
73 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.