Green Chile Lager | Tommyknocker Brewery

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Green Chile LagerGreen Chile Lager

Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
A blend of hot and mild Anaheim chiles infused in a refreshing light lager. A pleasant spicy bite makes for a delicious palette pleaser.

Added by memphischas on 07-16-2014

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 17
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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Photo of AlarmClock314
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, best by date of 2/26/18. Pours straw-colored with a below average sized head. Smells of green peppers, chilies, and lager; lots of vegetable. The taste follows exactly with a little less vegetable; green peppers, chilies, lager. Mild spice throughout. Decent body and average carbonation. Overall, it has a good body and base lager if you can get past the strong vegetable smell/taste.

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, gold in color with 1/4 inch head. Smell is very vegetal. Taste is green chili and light lager with grass. Light bodied, sweet and slightly hot, with moderate carbonation. Pleasant for the style and the pepper is there but is never overwhelming...May not reach for chile beers all that often, but if I did this is one I would go for.

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Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of whatname
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bonkinishwa
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tommyknocker Brewery - Green Chile Lager. 5.3% ABV. 12oz bottle poured into a Belgian ale glass. Best by March 28, 2016.

Look: Settles a pale, hazy golden color, with a thin carbonated head appearing and disappearing just as quickly after pour.

Smell: Profound spicy chili aroma, earthy and vegital.

Feel: Medium bodied, very smooth with some carbonation.'

Taste: Earthy chili up front, however not spicy. It follows through exactly same, with some light malt and wheat flavors backing it. The chilies never get spicy, but only provide the flavor. Only on the aftertaste, a slight burn is noticeable, but does not get close to overwhelming.

Overall: I like Chili Beers as a style, so here was another one to try. This one is more like a Vegetable Beer rather than Chile Beer. It does have profound chili within, however it isn't spicy at all. It is refreshing nonetheless, but deserves to be paired with food.

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Photo of glass_house
3.01/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Started off not so terrible. It's light and crisp with a fairly natural chile flavor. Unfortunately I made the mistake of letting it warm a bit while I was preparing dinner. Once this gets anywhere near room temperature it's foul, and down the drain it went. Drink it cold. Even then, it's one of the more mediocre pepper beers I've tried.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JAspenle
3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not very spicy but good taste. Does have a good hint of chile in it and smooth as well

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Photo of ChuckTheMilkMan
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Quite an interesting beer. Smell is very strong of chile's. Color is a solid golden. It drinks smooth and goes down smooth as well. Main reason I rated it a 3 on almost everything is because it is a very particular beer. Very unlike the other beers I have had brewed with peppers (Cigar City Lips Of Faith and Breckenridge Chile Porter). It tastes heavily of peppers but has little to no throat burn like the others. Not a bad beer per se, just not my flavor. Interesting indeed and well worth the try Tommyknockers is an awesome brewery and place.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of bshiban
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rypkr
2.15/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Photo of cbcrunch
3.45/5  rDev -2%

Photo of keng1343
3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

My go-to bottle shop is The Friendly Greek, where they will put almost anything in the cooler as a single just so that I can try it and report out and back. This is yet another such beer.

From the bottle: “A blend of Hot and Mild Anaheim Chiles infused in a refreshing Lager”; “Colorado Mountain Town Craft Beer”; “Tommyknocker has been creating quality Lagers & Ales in the Colorado Rocky Mountains since 1994”; “Tommyknocker Legend [:] Tommyknockers slipped into the mining camps of Idaho Springs in the 1800’s with the discovery of gold in our mountains and streams. These mischievous elves, though hardly ever seen, were often heard singing and working. They guided many fortunate miners from harm’s way and to the gold they sought.”

Once I Pop!ped the cap, I was interested in guiding the beer from its bottle and into a glass. The merest pour, however, unleashed an avalanche of foam and so only the gentlest of pours was possible. The process was slow going as a result. I finally ended up with a manageable two-plus fingers of rocky, fizzy, eggshell-white head with moderate retention. Color was a slightly hazy yellow-gold (SRM = 4 -5) with some floaties in evidence. Nose was of chile peppers, but not in a disconcerting way. They reminded me of cooking with peppers, especially in omelets. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste was definitely of peppers, but in a low-heat way. I was really girding myself for something out of control, like I heard about Stone’s Crime & Punishment, but this was pleasant and drinkable. It did need something to go with it, though, like cheese and crackers or pretzels or simply something to munch on. I just felt like it was not meant to be drank by itself. Relatively low (5.3%) ABV, 27 IBUs, no mention of Scovill units, but I would imagine fairly low, also. The problem for me was that it seemed to cry out for some sort of accompaniment. One bottle, no problem, but more than that and I would be ready to move on. Finish left a light, tingling heat on my tongue and in the back of my throat, but I would be laughed at for telling anyone. It wasn’t THAT hot.

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Photo of 57md
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark straw in color. The nose has a definite essence of chili pepper but nothing overwhelming. The flavor profile also has a touch of heat but that heat never becomes obtrusive.

When i comes to certain flavored beers, I definitely enjoy intensity (e.g. chocolate and coffee). However, when it comes to chili peppers, subtlety is welcome. This offering is subtle enough to be enjoyable.

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Photo of Amstaffs
3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Morey
3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drwatson32
3.96/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Krajnyak
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear, light straw color. Smell is fabulous, if you’re looking for the roasted peppers. This one pours with almost no head, and what does start disappears quickly. The taste is very good, again, given the pepper style. The mouthfeel is not good at all...almost watery. I wish it were more malty. It’s so light, it’s hard to tell it’s a beer. Overall, I like the pepper flavor, but not great for a brew.

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Photo of superspak
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 8/24/2015. Pours slightly hazy medium golden/yellow color with a small fairly dense white head with decent retention, that reduces to a minimal spotty cap that lingers. Minimal lacing on the glass. Good appearance. Aromas of red/green chile peppers, skin/seeds, cracker, white bread dough, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of chile peppers, pale malts, and mild earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big red/green chile peppers, skin/seeds, cracker, white bread dough, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Mild herbal/grassy hop bitterness and pepper spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of red/green chile peppers, skin/seeds, cracker, white bread dough, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of chile peppers, pale malts, and mild earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, zero yeast notes preset. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as wexpected of 5.3%. Slightly increasing pepper heat through the glass, never overwhelming. Overall this is a very good pepper spiced pale lager. All around nice robustness and balance of chile peppers, pale malts, and mild earthy hop flavors; very smooth, clean, and quite refreshing to drink with the mellowly bitter/spicy finish. Very flavorful and no overdone on the peppers. Clean balanced pils malts, peppers, and mild earthy hops. A very enjoyable offering, and well made style example.

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Photo of twonder23
4.13/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jpuetz
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of habaceeba
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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