Alpine Glacier Lager | Tommyknocker Brewery

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Alpine Glacier LagerAlpine Glacier Lager

Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of mjc410
4.52/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour into my pokal raises a thin off-white head that quickly falls to surface lacing. The beer's body is a hazy gold with very slight amber highlights, and it has a lot of suspended particles. The nose has a nice, soft bready character, with a bit of sweetness. Simple, but well-done. The taste has a very clean lager taste that is just amazing. It's very clean, and tastes like a perfect all-malt. For what this is, it's great. There's no noticeable hop character, but it works for this beer. I'm sure its there, preventing it from getting too sweet. The mouth is surprisingly thick, with very fine carbonation. An excellent beer that I will be buying for easy drinking nights in the future.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +38.5%

Photo of mvelilla
4.5/5  rDev +38.5%

Photo of Mitchster
4.21/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of the "Trail Mix" release, 2007. Pours out to a slightly cloudy straw yellow. Yeast at the bottom of the bottle, kinda odd for a lager, but oh well. Upon a brisk pour, it manages to eek out a weak white head which quickly recedes, leaving minimal o no lace. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma is quite nice...kinda fruity for a lager, but I like it. There are some dominant sweetly floral hops and reminds me of the staple american lager at Mackinaw Brewing Company. The taste is probably the best I've had from this brewery. The mouthfeel is crisp and very clean, the aftertaste minimal, and it's refreshing. Light bodied and watery, which is OK for the style. Bitterness is quite mild and makes this very easy to drink. This is more malt dominant with some nice grassy and crackery tones in there as well.

Overall, a very nice and easy to drink domestic lager. Nothing that knocks my socks off, but then again, this style shouldn't. I could put a 6'er of this away without a hitch.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.15/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - a light-colored lager, straw with some chill haze. Thin, crystal white head doesn't look like much but actually holds for longer than expected, leaving a thin but solid sheet of lacing behind.

Aroma - a pretty average grain nose with a light added touch of vapory lemon florals. The persistence is impressive.

Taste - pleasant grainy start a little to the sweet side. Some tasty and distinct hop character. Just starts to get bitter on the swallow but then subsides on the aftertaste. Very nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel - smooth, not heavy; crisply carbonated.

Drinkability - a great summer session pick, the flavor is food-friendly. The abv is reasonable and it doesn't fill the belly.

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Photo of Ozone34
4.12/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle with a best by 4 months freshness notch, slightly out of date but not skunky at all.

Appearance: Opaque similar to unfiltered white wheat ale not at all like the A-B lagers that look like piss and taste like it as well.

Smell: Still remarkably similar to a white; slight citrus and very little hops.

Taste: They should call this a white it has shown all the characteristics of a white wheat ale and yet is a lager, definately redefines the "taste" of a lager, A-B should take some notes.

Mouthfeel: moderate heaviness, the only downside I can see/taste in this beer.

Drinkability: lower due to the heavy consistency but redeems itself slightly because of the absence of hops.

All of you A-B/macro lager drinkers this would be an appropriate first step to further your tastes.

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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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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 Luigi
4.03/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a Golden/straw color with a great finger head rising out the glass yet not falling! The retention is great too. The head settles down to a blanket on top of the beer with plenty of lacing! Plenty of carbonation bubbles float to the top.

The aroma is rich with grassy and spicy malt. And the sweet malt does a good job to balance it all.

The flavor is light with semi-sweet malt, and is paired off nice with dry spicy hops. A hint of lemon and grass as well.

Light bodied, mildly carbonated, with nothing offensive. I can say this brewery stuck to basics and created an authentic German beer.

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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 SeanNoach
4/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good pour. Dark gold atop which sits an extremely retentive white head.

Tight malt odor. Light and crisp, with lots of weed, flowers, and a strange lemon citrus odor.

Tastes strangely blank, like a Saison without any spice. It's got a distinct hint of lemongrass against decent malt weeds and flowers, and it ends on a lingering bittersweet. Pretty nice, actually.

Good beer, this. A nice twist on a usually bland style.

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Photo of argock
3.98/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date notched on back label.

A: Inviting clear golden hue with satisfying foamy white head with spritzed lacing at various points down the glass,

S: Lightly toasted cereal grains and understated noble hops

T: This is a really refreshing lager with no-malts barred attention to quality. A nice not-too-grainy but overall sweet maltiness is met evenly with assertive noble hops sharpness. A clean finish to boot.

M: The body of this beer is excellent and firmly medium with appropriately active carbonation that is not fizzy but adds to the clean and quenching quality of this fine brew.

D: This is my first TK brew and it's an exceptional all-malt lager that provides plenty of subtle lager flavors with great body that belies careful attention to detail in appropriate malt proportions to give a full flavor.

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Photo of budgood1
3.96/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

nothing on their web site about this beer....clear golden color, pours a thin head that barely sticks all the way down. has a medium body and a slightly grainy aroma. well.....nothing special but it's solid and smooth and has some mouthfeel. for a lager it's very good and easily ranks at or above the budmgdhighlifecoorsmichelobpbrbuscholdmil conundrum. my sixer was bought on special because it wasn't fresh but was still pretty good.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.95/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazed pale golden color with a small white head that dissipates rather quickly. The smell is mild as most lagers are but also has hints of hops that got me anxious. This lager has some character. Mild, yet lightly hopped and I can taste no adjuncts. A good brew to bring someone away from the typical macros. It has a light earthy and grainy taste along with the hops and finishes crisp and clean. This is a light bodied brew and drinks down easy! My review numbers are based on this style and although it’s not my favorite style, it is a good interpretation of a lager. A very pleasant surprise! Cheers!

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Photo of dcscientist
3.94/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid pale lager. Nothing too remarkable or unusual, but very tasty and one of their better beers. Not a very typical style any more, but worth having when you want something in this realm.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.93/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Washed out yellow color that's slightly foggy. Smaller head of white foam had respectable retention. Medium levels of carbonation.

S: Buttery light malts, earthy husk and grain. Afterthoughts of roasted bread and some woody notes.

T: Nice. Mild and fresh caramel and base malt flavors set a smooth backbone for the tamed yet present hop character. Not a complex brew by any standards, but this one does one thing very well; it sets the standard for all-malt lagers.

M: Smooth, refreshing, slightly dense with some coating texture on the palate, to remind the drinker that there were quality ingredients used in the brewing of this beer. Nice.

D: Good. It's a solid lager. An excellent example of a cross-over brew for lager fans, and a fall back brew for craft enthusiasts. Recommeded.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly pollenated goldenrod capped by a quality head of pearl-colored foam. The large lid is tight-bubbled and displays a sandblasted surface of tiny pits and a few larger craters. A respectable amount of finely pocked lace has found its way to the upper few inches of the glass and gives this all-malt lager an attractive craft beer appearance.

The nose is far from earthshattering or avalanche-producing or whatever happens when an alpine glacier gets all riled up. It's mostly barely toasted pale malty with a meager whiff of earthy-musky hops. There's also a mild spiciness in there that is so mild as to probably be a figment of my imagination. Gotta be the hops.

It's hard to make a beer of this style stand out. I'm not prepared to say that Alpine Glacier Lager is a stand out, but it is a more than decent offering. The things that I like most about it are that is uses a sufficient quantity of malt, it uses more hops--and more flavorful hops--than one usually sees in the style and it's slightly sweeter than the average, yet without a trace of corniness.

I don't know what it is about this brewery, but they brew 'tangential' beer and I'm glad of it. I just invented that term on the spot so allow me to explain. I have certain preconceived notions about some of the more common styles and the only thing that's a mystery is whether a particular beer will be a good version of that style or a not so good version.

Tommyknocker beer is easily identifiable as an American Pale Wheat, an English Brown, an All-Malt Lager, etc, but then they thrown in an additional ingredient--sometimes listed on the label, sometimes not--that makes it taste different and usually taste better. They won't cop to doing that with this beer, but it tastes different and better than the dozens of other all-malts that I've had to date. In other words, it heads towards the accepted and then veers off on a pleasant tangent.

The body gets the job done and then some. It has enough heft to be enjoyable in the mouth and enough lightness to be an easy drinker. In fact, as I approach the final few ounces, I'm impressed with how well it's holding up and how perfect the low level of carbonation has remained throughout the bottle. I have no trouble whatsoever nudging the mouthfeel score up to something more fitting.

This is one of those times when I've chosen to judge a beer more in relation to its style peers than in a vacuum. AGL is one of the best all-malts that I can remember drinking and for that it deserves praise. No need to pull this one out of an ice bath. You'll want your palate in full working order to appreciate what Alpine Glacier Lager has to offer.

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Photo of katan
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a very light golden color. A bit hazy. Head formation is strong, effervescient. Light white. Well retained. Little bubbling to indicate stronger carbonation.

S - A sharp note of some yeast malts and an orangish sweetness. Very crisp nose.

T - Starts off with a light malt sweetness, with just a hair of grainy astringency notes. Mid-stream gets a bit more bitter, but not strong in the hop arena. Finishes with an orangish, fruity sweet flavor. Does have a bit of a bitter aftertaste.

M - A creamy beer body which is tempered with a pretty crisp carbonation bite. Leaves behind a more sweet aftertaste.

D - Easy drinking. ABV is very manageable. A bit filling at time. The flavors are interesting enough to keep me coming back. Sessionable for sure.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a two-fingers thick fluffy egg-white colored head that settled into a nice thick sheet and lace. the body was a slightly hazy straw gold color.
s - hints of citrus and yeast.
t - fruit, bread, yeast and grain.
m - bubbly and medium on the tongue.
d - very drinkable beer and a good session lager.

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Photo of KI9A
3.87/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Typical macro-lager yellow, white head.

S: Sweet, some malts, some citrus hops.

T: Malts, honey. Some hoppy bitterness on the back.

M: Light, clean, crisp, refreshing as hell.

D: Easy to quaff this beer. American pale Lager is really what a Budweiser is. This is a step or two above a Bud. If you are looking for a no-nonsence, easy drinking, summer, lawnmower beer, this is it. Nice job on a normally uninspiring style.

EDIT: After posting my review, then looking at others, some of you guys really need to study the style, and rate according ot the the fucking style, not personal preferance. American PALE lager is a generally boring beer. Not meant to be complex. If you are looking for something to knock your socks off, don't look at this style. This is a GREAT example of the style. SO much better than a BMC.

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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 EwaldEichstaett
3.86/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy dark yellow colour. There is a huge off-white head which lasts and lasts.

Smells malty lemony earthy and spicy. Big nose as well.

Tastes like wheat, lemon and earth combined with some hop bitterness at the end. The malts and body of the beer are rather thick, this is contrasted by the crispness of the hops.

The beer has a medium thick body and is very smooth in the mouth. The style is strange, I cant say that I have had a beer exactly like this one.

Surprisingly good and highly drinkable.

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Photo of supercolter
3.85/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For an all-malt lager, this was pretty good. I had this as my last sampler from the pack. Appearance is pretty good, some head and lacing. Smell and taste are pretty good as well. Taste is a bit more pronounced than the smell. The malt is of good quality. Mouthfeel is good, medium in body and some carbonation. Drinkability is good as well.

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Photo of hanco005
3.85/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, notched July 3 06 for bottled on date, poured into a pint glass

A—pours clear honey yellow with a thin white fizzy head that is gone almost instantly, spotty lacing is produced

S—malty and sweet, some corn and honey aroma, citrus is faint, not bad

T—honey, grains, and sweet malts are here, just a touch of citrus, very unique to me

M—smooth, light bodied, good carbonation 4

D—a good lager, easy to drink and session, I think. 4

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