Alpine Lager - Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
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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
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
2.05/5 rDev -29.6%
Sampled from a can that was brought back from New Brunswick. Makeup is predominantly a malt mix, far to the bready side of things. A little on the gritty side. Some copper notes with no discernable hops. Little balance and seems like it could use alittle more maturing... a little more ingredients too - this is a weak lager; low drinkability in my taste. This is right on par with all other Canadian macro swill.
07-13-2006 01:26:52 | More by biegaman
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
3.15/5 rDev +8.2%
355ml can poured into pint glass nov10 2009
A clear straw yellow with a finger of head that turns too a thin film in no time and leaves no lace
S some sweet grains with some faint hops and some grass/hay
T not far off the smell, nothing great but nothing offensive either
M crisp and well carbonated perhaps the highlight for this beer
D easy enough too drink, and overall fairly drinkable
I doubt I will drink this again anytime soon, not because its a bad beer I just think money would be better spent elsewhere
11-11-2009 03:47:21 | More by wordemupg
British Columbia (Canada)
4.08/5 rDev +40.2%
This beer is only found in BC in The Atlantic Trap and Grill Bar. I had a few of these and bygod this is not a bad lager. Well headed and full bodied this beer could be one of the best macro lagers in Canada. The finish is just right with a decent amount of hops. Very drinkable and kinda cool in its old school bottle.
08-16-2004 00:29:08 | More by canucklehead
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
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
2.65/5 rDev -8.9%
cheap golden adjunct lager from Canada's last national brewey, Moosehead...bargain beer at national premium prices..pretty much the cheapest brew on the east coast...fizzy...weak head, that won't last, corny sweetness in the nose and weak body...light grainy tastes under the dextrin sweetness...harsh when served warmer.. with a dry finish...cheap beer that won't kill you but there is lots better.
08-25-2006 19:22:13 | More by pootz
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
2.33/5 rDev -19.9%
This stuff seems to be more and more available thank in part to the larger number of Maritimers that have moved the Alberta.
Looks like most AAL's in color and clarity. Certainly likes to form a foamy, bone white head when poured vigorously into a glass. Some sticky lacing left behind as I drained the glass.
Sweet grainy aroma with a touch of tin-like smell thrown in.
Wow. Not much there. Thin, thin, thin malt. Just slightly grainy. Slightly bitter, almost tinny & metallic. Wants to finish dry, but ends up tasting slightly astringent.
Watery and quite light in feel and body.
AS one reviewer stated oh-so-well....it's a bargain brew in a premium prom dress. At over $23.00 per case of 12 I can spend my money in better places. You should too.
01-29-2009 00:28:54 | More by Shadman
3.1/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
09-04-2011 20:06:37 | More by beerphan
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
Nova Scotia (Canada)
2.88/5 rDev -1%
Picked up an 8 pack of cans at the NSLC.
Appearance: Pours a clear-golden colour with a small fizzy white head that immediately dissolves into a lacing, which disappears soon after.
Aroma: Lots of malt character blended with a cheap bitter detergent scent.
Taste: Nice malts, crisp and refreshing. Slight bitterness in the finish. Not a lot of flavour, but what you would expect from the style.
Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation here, smooth compared to other american lagers.
Final Statement: This is one of the better macro lagers. It's crisp and refreshing. Good for fishing on hot summer days, or even out in the winter air.
09-20-2006 23:07:30 | More by MMansfield
Alpine Lager from Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
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