Alpine Glacier Lager | Tommyknocker Brewery

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Alpine Glacier LagerAlpine Glacier Lager

Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: American Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 02-06-2002

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Ratings: 221 |  Reviews: 166
Reviews by meechum:
Photo of meechum
3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a straw yellow color with an aggressive pour and still couldn't get any real head on it. You do see carbonation rising throughout

S - Really not much of a smell at all

T - Crisp, clean..not bad overall. Had a toasty taste to it with a very minimal hop bitterness..

M - Very carbonated..crisp

D - Overall it's sessionable and drinkable and it's not bad..between this and macro swill I would still take this..but I wouldn't seek it out again

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
2.56/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Alpine Glacier Lager pours a light golden yellow. It had lots of lively carbonation with a suprisingly decent creamy white head with good retention that sticks to the glass the whole way down. It had a light aroma of hops. Pretty disappointing taste...way too bland and not much too it. As it warmed, a little more flavor came out - a sweet malt taste with a little citrus and a kind of skunky aftertaste. It was pretty smooth going down, and better than a macro, but that's about all I can say good about it.

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Photo of merlin48
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, from a brewery sampler pack. Pours a chillhazed, golden lager body with a small offwhite head that lasts only seconds before dropping to some collar and film. Minor patch lace.
Aroma is subdued, with notes of grainy, sweet malt and a wisp of floral hops.
Mouthfeel has high carbonation and a light medium body.
Taste typifies an average microbrewed lager. Mildly sweet caramel malt with restrained floral hops bittering. Not much of a taste, ala one of the macro lagers, but somewhat better. This one is more about the carbonation than the flavors.
A decent palate cleanser after a couple of Belgian ales, but this is a rather undistinguished, American microbrewed lager.

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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.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of HoppySeb
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.61/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ADR
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of a six beer sample pack...

Light gold and slightly translucent, arctic white head of almost 1/2 an inch on a decently hard pour. Thick clingy laces on the pint glass. Simple aroma, sweet and honeyish in impression. Light body and plenty of carbonation. Pretty seemless combination of simple malt and a good hop sense to start of -- slightly medicinal but fairly well-integrated and with a bit of oiled and conditioned leather. There is a slight lean toward a watery fade at the end, but the finishing crispness helps to do an adequate job of pulling it back and lending an OK close. Drinkable and attractive, fairly ordinary and could perhaps use more of a signature hop sense.

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Photo of chinchill
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, dated April 2011, nicely fills a pint glass, with a lasting off-white head rising to the rim. This golden beer is slightly hazy, and a bit of sediment remained at the bottom of the bottle. A substantial coating is left on the glass as the level declines.

Smells and tastes more earthy and hoppy than a typical American lager, so the Amer. Pale Lager category seems right on target. There are hints of citrus in the taste and smell. Unfortunately, the aroma is a bit too musty and lacking in clear hop aroma. The same could be said of the aftertaste, although the finish itself is more than acceptable.

Medium-light body; crisp and more than semi-dry on the finish.

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Photo of richkrull
3.73/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.86/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A thickly clouded, bright medium orange in color, this beer certainly looks to have more substance than most of the style. A continuous cascading effect continues to strengthen the head, which begins around two fingers tall, so that it remains a very strong and thick one finger until it reaches the bottom of the glass. It deposits itself in rings and patches pretty heavily all the way down.
The nose gives off a little bit of citrus with some grains. This is clearly a malt-based beer if not all-malt. A bit of honey-like sweetness comes through. It all translates pretty much exactly in the flavor with an underlying very light spicy and floral bitter note indicating that there are some hops in here after all.
Mouthfeel is light, appropriate to style, and doesn't get too watery or thinned-out. A light touch of both crispness and smoothness makes this a pretty good one, though it could use a bit more of each; if you're going light, this is better than most options available as far as this type of lager is concerned.

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Photo of scottblaze
3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A ambitious pour resulted in about 1/2" head that did it's best to hang around a couple of minutes,decent lacing, straw colored a lot like a Bud. Maybe a hint of ginger in nose, other than that, smells a lot like a Bud. Pretty darn hoppy, not IPA hoppy but close, somehow tastes of a little ginger. Good mouthfeel and refreshing. I would go back for more.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tommyknocker- Alpine Glacier

A- Clear pale yellow with a small light lacing head.
S- Very pale faint touch of wheat and oat grains with caramel malt.
T- Sweet honey caramel malt with a touch of grassy hops in the end.
M- Sweet and malty with a good sweet body and a hoppy dry finish.

Overall- Tastier than expected. A good solid lager. Enjoyable.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.41/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle stamped May 27, 2011.

Served cold into a pint glass.

Alpine Glacier Lager is a pale hazy yellow color with thick head and good retention. The lacing is nice and sturdy too.

Aroma is sweet, like many adjunct lagers, and has a slight lemon note.

Flavor is mild, slightly citrusy, and well balanced.

Mouthfeel is light in body and moderately carbonated. Balanced and drinkable.

I have to say I wasn't expecting to like this beer but it actually impressed. Not remarkable for big flavors or complexity but, at this moment, it hits the spot.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy marigold in color with a nice finger of creamy head that sticks around for a good amount of time. Lots of creamy lace sticks to the glass, and the head always remained at a respectably thick cap.

S - Husky grains and lively hops. Almost pilsener-like, but without the peppery spice. Little hints of sweet and mild fruit juice (pear?) keep coming through too.

T - Hoppier than I would have guessed, this is fruity and juicy as hell with a nice hop presence that I would even call aggressive...especially for the style. Tastes a lot like it smells...sweet pear juice and pine-sap hops. nice!

M - Light bodied, but with more weight than most basic lagers. This has some abundant, but smooth and silky carbonation and a really hoppy off-dry finish that leaves lots of pine-cone flavors circulating around in your mouth.

D - I would have probably called this an American Pale Ale in a blind taste test based on the nice level of hoppage. For an all-malt lager, this is stunning...but as beer in general it's a little above average. This is one of those beers that doesn't stun you with complexity or bombastic flavor, but wins you over with it's easy-drinkin' attitude and general combination of flavors. If i were headed to a party where I knew I would be doing some serious sessioning, this would be an excellent tool for the job.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Woodman's West as part of the Tommyknocker Mother Lode sampler 12-pack.

Pours a nice golden yellow with minimal head. Nose is malty and hoppy, expected for an all-malt lager. Taste is heavy with malt, with some caramel sweetness and a slight hop bite. Body was heavier than I would have expected from appearance and its name. A solid step up from a macro lager, but I would probably reach for any of the other Tommy's in the sampler before this one. Still a solid beer that is sessionable and refreshing on a hot day.

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Photo of bobquick
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer, but not a great beer. Better than some of the Tommyknocker offerings. (ie: Maple Brown Ale) Clean and clear, decent flavor. Wouldn't reccommend but wouldn't turn down a cold one if it was offered. Bought it in a sampler pack to compare. Price was reasonable.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.11/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden yellow with a nice creamy white head. Aroma is sweet grassy malt with a fruity yeast smell that smells similar to a toned down witbier. There is not much at all going on in the taste department. The taste is dominated by sweet malt, a slight amount of hops and really nothing much else. Overall, this is a really clean and easy to drink brew but is lacking character to make this a regular in the rotation.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.25/5  rDev 0%

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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.44/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice gloden/straw color with great clarity. Head was fluffy and white with average retention.

Smell: Good malt presence, but ca'nt smell any hops.

Taste:Good slighltly toasty malt on the tounge and throat, probably this beer's best quality. ome resin-like hops bitterness shows up on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbination and good body

Drinkability: Good crisp clean lager that is nothing special.

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Photo of Infamous7100
4.03/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I read some prior reviews on this lager before typing this and I must say I am very surprised by what I found. I think those that didn't like this particular offering had way too high of expectations. This beer doesn't wow you, it's not meant to. It is just a quality, easy drinking beer, thats what makes it great. Poured into a glass, the color was mostly golden with a hint of something a little darker. A one finger head was apparent for a short time, quickly becoming lacing which stuck around as I polished of the beer. The smell of malt was very prevalent, very little hoppy smell here. I can see where other reviewers get the grassy smell from. Upon my first sip, there was some carbonation that was evident. The taste was very crisp and refreshing. Finished clean and didn't hang on the tongue long. Left you wanting another sip. It has a medium bodied mouth full, nothing to heavy, but not a coors light/bud light feel to it either. This would be a perfect beer to have while watching the game or sitting on your deck. I think I will go have another. Chalk up another fine offering from Tommyknocker.

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Photo of chiapete
2.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A cloudy , light gold , yellow-orange pour.

Small white head that faded very quickly , left a small amount of lace, and some very small carbonation bubbles.

Very little aroma , hard to find a smell at all . A little sweet , grassy slightly off smell.

Taste was a little sweet , a little citrus , and a tad sour.
Very close to a macro. No after taste , kind of watery.

A very average beer.

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Photo of bditty187
4.07/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazy, pale gold in hue with a smallish white head, at the apex the foam was barely a half finger tall. After a moment all that remained was a soapy collar, naked in the middle. The subsequent lacing was really spotty and not noteworthy. The appearance is quite average… it looks like “beer.”

Pleasant aroma; hop spiciness with notes of hay and grass. I really like the maltiness, sort of cracker-like, bready too. This is not a Pilsner nor is it a BMC Pale Lager. I’ll call it an American Helles, as it is not earthy enough, IMO, to be a true Helles. I see that BA lists it as an American All-Malt… which is a lame catchall category. I like the freshness of the nose. Hints of vanilla, faint lemon zest and some wood round out the nose (and adds subtle complexity). Moderate potency; it is fairly chatty and quite so for the “style.” I am impressed with the bouquet. It is simple but well made and rather inviting.

The palate has a soft bready-cracker base that allows faint bitterness to arrive. Lemon zest, vanilla, wood, earth, grass, butter, and nuts construct the remaining flavors. For a “simple” lager this beer really isn’t half bad! Ticklish bitterness. Clean finish with minimal aftertaste. This beer falls below a good German Helles (or Pils) but it is way more tasty than BMC and almost as charming as some Midwest craft Pilsners (Summit, New Belgium). This might be my favorite “mild” lager ever! If such a competition existed…

Medium in body, low but natural carbonation, there is a pleasant “firmness” to the mouthfeel. It works well with the flavor profile.

Very drinkable… this is a great session lager. Before I ever had it I totally dismissed it based on the name, Alpine Glacier sounds like a cold, watery Coors product. Anyway, I learned long ago to try something with an open mind and I am glad it did. I plan on drinking a lot of this beer in the future. When I am in the mood for a simple beer I will turn to this; cheers to Tommyknocker for impressing me with such a simple beer. Who needs Imperial this and that when you can have a well-made craft beer lager (who am I fooling... I like Imperial whatevers too!). Recommended.

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Alpine Glacier Lager from Tommyknocker Brewery
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