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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Reviews: 165 | Ratings: 218
Photo of rodbeermunch
2.81/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Gold color, not much clarity, 2/5" white haze. Aroma was mute.

Taste was close to mute. Slight bitterness and toasted malt flavor going on, very minimal.

Basically this is gateway from light beer to light ale.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can tell its not pasteurized, with a rather murky hoppy flavor. If it was pasteurized, it would probably get rated much lower, because its middle of the road.

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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 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 metter98
3.11/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high off white head that has excellent retention properties.
S: There are aromas of grassy hops and lemon citrus in the nose along with some notes of grainy malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a bit of lemongrass and metallic flavors with a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. A little dryness is present in the finish.
O: There’s nothing very appealing about the smell or taste of this beer to make me want to try another.

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Photo of andersony17
3.19/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the Mother Lode Sample Pack

A - Clever label and cap. Pours a pale yellow-orange with a light foam head.

S - Smells almost fruity kind of like mango or apricot.

TM - Tastes pretty good, a good winter beer, not too light, not too hoppy, not too much bite.

Overall satisfied would buy a case again.

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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 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 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 rowew
3.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, label is still old style. This is from a recently purchased sampler - everything else is new labels.

Appearance: Gold color with just a bit of haze, thin head fades quickly.

Smell: Just a hint of hops here - but barely any smell at all.

Taste: Tastes better than it smells. A bit of hops and bitterness, enough malt sweetness that it balances out to be pretty drinkable.

Overall impression: Wasn't expecting much after the smell, but it tastes interesting enough that I could easily go through a few. Nothing thrilling, but this isn't a bad lighter 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 beerthulhu
3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: When backlighted a turbid, almost pastel orange shows a strong effervesce. The head is bready, cream in color, with a good stay of retention. Lacing is thick, of concentric rings running down the glass. The coloring is a bit strange for a typical lager.

S: The nose is fresh wet grass, wet oranges and light straw with a bit of maize. Appeared fairly hoppy at first but quickly quieted down.

T: The flavor seemed grainy, almost like pilsner malt, with dried orange grinds with a strong floral hopping. Warm oranges on the hold, with herbal notes and wildflowers. There are instances of flour on the close with some dry sour grapefruit peel and dry wheat and corn mash.

M: Mouthful was good enough on the hold, tingly form the strong carbonation, light, tart with a light medium weight to it, perhaps a bit more so body (more wheat like)then your typical lager. Playful grapefruit notes linger gently after the swallow. Lacks a crispness factor though.

O: Overall not bad, after several lackluster beers from this brewery Not as crisp as one expects and certainly not mug/pitcher worthy. Drinks like a wheat or pilsner body with just enough show of hops to let you know its there.

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Photo of jsprain1
2.69/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- If nothing else this is a beautiful example of the style. Not quite perfectly clear light honey amber. Head is thick and billowy and stays firm at one and a half fingers. A couple solid rings of lacing.
S- Smell is relatively clean, but there is a bit of sweetness and a light floral presence.
T- The floral note stays there but it subsides greatly. Sweet and slightly doughy flavors are about all that's there.
M- Light, which if fine, style considered, but it feels almost uncarbonated, giving the impression of wateryness. Decently dry finish.
O- It's easily drinkable, but it's too one-dimensional and the undercarbonation really hurt it for me.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
2.66/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured chilled in flared glass.

A: hazy dark yellow, very nice head, carb ok
S: sweet, wet, doughy aroma
T: hard to place this as a pale lager; a pale something, yes; tinny, rather hoppy for a lager, but not enough to do the tongue any favors; mid-sweet
M: flat, watery

Overall, not a terrible beer, but it is rather strange.

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Photo of scratch69
2.21/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I poured a bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance- Cloudy golden yellow with a thick head and alot of lace.

Smell- A slight hoppy aroma but not much else.

Taste- Bitter with an almost soapy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with adequate carbonation. Very dry finish.

Overall- I purchased this beer as part of a variety 6-pack.
It's not a terrible beer but I would probably not drink it again.

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Photo of erosier
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a hazy golden yellow with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass nicely as it fades down the sides of the glass.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts, a nice floral and citrusy hop aroma to finish it out.
T: Tastes of a sweet toasted malt base with a a somewhat sweet floral, citrus, and grassy hop mix to finish it off.
M: Crisp, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation, nice mix of flavors, light feeling.
D: Overall a decent beer with a nice mix of flavors and feel.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up as part of a mix-a-six from Al's of Hampden, poured chilled into a mug.

The color is dark golden with good clarity like apple juice with 1/4 inch of smooth white cap w/ tight beading. The smell is decent with malty odors and a slight hop essence which has a light herbal quality. The scent is mildly sweet with the hops accenting the malt with gentle floral aromas. The feel is crisp and lightly sweet with a moderate bitterness level for the style and slight resinous edge with gentle spice and semi-dry finish.

The crisp malt begins the flavor portion with mild toasted grain and slightly noble tasting hops which give subtle lemony pith elements to the taste with a subtle herbal mild flavor. The citrus edge adds to the flavor since it gives a contrast to the sweet elements in the malt and the hops seem slightly spiced which gives the impression of a pilsner at that level almost since the yeast flavor is dry as it finishes it could go either way. I liked this since I found it to be a good american pale lager with some nice hop flavoring. This lager is good quality since there are flew noticeable flaws and it finishes rather smooth and quaffable.

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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 devilben02
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy yellow-orange color, with a modest fluffy, cream-colored head. The aroma is unexpected and interesting, with a very floral hop profile being contrasted by a bit of biscuity malt. The flavor is more citrusy, with a kind of sweet orange character, but there is also a bit of light caramel and a light fruity sweetness that reminds me of a cheap sparkling white wine (in a good way). I didn't find the mouthfeel to be "clean and fresh as the rushing water from icy streams" at all, and I actually thought it was a little heavy and resinous, which detracts from the light sweetness of the flavor.

Overall, the aroma and flavor of this beer were different and pleasantly surprising, and except for the somewhat heavy texture, I quite enjoyed this beer.

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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 BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy gold, patchy head.

S - Floral citrus, sweet hops, grass sweetness.

T - A very interesting zing of wetness on the sides of the tongue. Almost a mild savory grass sweetness? Tangy fruit acidity in the background. Mild grainy, hoppy notes. A little weak on flavor, pretty watery.

M - Pretty standard mouth here, fresh and clean. Light body, mild carbonation.

O - Eh, lacking flavor and depth. Easy drinker. Very light.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Just picked up the "Trail Pack" mixed six at my local Harris Teeter. I'm not a huge fan of Tommyknocker, but 6 different beers in a 6 pack is good value for a beer reviewer. This lager pours a hazy golden color with a thin white cap of head and a herbal hop and grainy nose. Could be worse.

Crisp and bubbly in mouthfeel with a basic bread and malt backbone taste. The aftertaste runs to mild noble bitterness with a slight tinge of metal. Somewhat boring, but reasonably drinkable. Not outstanding, but decent within the style.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
3.36/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw color body with a white film head. Looks decently carbonated with the medium amount of bubbles. Really nice lacing on the glass.

I get mostly grass and buscuits. Nothing else really.

This has a sweet buscuit maltiness some bitterness from the hops. Grass and a almost soapy taste as well. It's not bad.

Thin to watery. Reminds me of club soda. Medium carbonation.

Overall above decent lager. The body is a little watery but kind of refreshing nonetheless. It tastes like a light lager, a little bitter like a Pilsner.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.69/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer in a mixed six pack from Tommyknocker at the Lager Mill for $8.99. I felt like starting the night off with something a little lighter tonight, and this beer seemed to fit the bill. Bottled on February 17, 2011. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label on this beer is pretty cheesy, but not as bad as the pale ale. I really like how Tommyknocker dates their beer, if only more brewery's would adopt it. Alpine Glacier Lager pours a clear golden yellow color with four fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick lumpy ring that stayed till the end. It also left some nice lacing.

S- I pick up lots of sweet pale malts in this brew, along with some grassy and earthy hops. The pale malts smell sweeter then expected.

T- The malts take on a big bready and grainy flavor, kind of reminds me a whole grain cereal. There is a nice wheat like flavor I couldn't pick up in the aroma. The hops are a nice mix of earthy, grassy, and citrus flavors. It has a slightly bitter finish. The flavors are pretty spot on for the style and are balanced nicely.

M- Light bodied, crisp, and it had perfect carbonation.

Overall this was a good lager, it would make a nice alternative to the regular BMC Lagers. All the flavors you would expect from a lager were there, and nice and light like they should be. This would make a good summertime beer, I could see drinking a couple of these while mowing the lawn or playing some disc golf. I don't know if I would buy a six pack of this, but it is a welcome addition to Tommyknocker's mixed six pack. I would recommend Alpine Glacier Lager to anybody that likes a nice light refreshing lager.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

OK. I'm grading this per its style and not on my overall impression. I think I got a slightly overcarbonated bottle because it seeped out the top before pouring and I had a huge frothy white head that had some major retention and left creamy rings down the glass. Actually, very pretty with the hazy straw copper color to the beer.

Now, the nose was light and the taste followed but for what the bottle said it should be like it was spot on. biscuits, and earthy notes, lemon and honey. Some fruity, yeasty notes. The taste is light, not overly watery with a malt forward biscuit, bready front end with earthy hops in the back and hints of lemon. Very light, crisp, clean, smooth and refreshing. Clean finish. Very easy to drink.

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Alpine Glacier Lager from Tommyknocker Brewery
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