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 DBIII
1/5  rDev -69.2%

Photo of coasterfreak75
1.81/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The pour was a cloudy yellow with alot of carbonation bubbles rising throughout the drink. Had absolutely no head.

The smell was difficult to find. Once the beer warmed slightly it had a light skunk smell.

The taste was nothing but water. Hell, I've had low carb beers with more flavor. I hope I got a bad bottle. It almost tasted like melted glacier that had been dry hopped with kent goldings.

The beer was refreshing, but so is water. I'm sorry I tried to find something good about this beer but I just couldn't. I hope I just caught a bad bottle or a bad batch.

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Photo of mmmbeer
1.84/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12 oz. with an overdue freshness date. Pours a hazy gold with a 4 finger head that peeks above the glass and is rocky when it starts to recede. Kinda looks like a hefe. Good so far. The aroma is viney with grape juice which I'm sure is from the age. The taste is sour/grapey/vinegary. Down the drain. Second bad beer from the mixed 12. I've got hopes for the dopple because of the ABV and the pale because of the hops. I guess we'll see.

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Photo of hotstuff
1.91/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This Lager poured a small white quick diminishing head with fine-small bubbles. The body is cloudy with carbonation and the hue is pale yellow. The aroma is fruity and sweet. There was fair lacing on the sides of my glass. It has a sweet hoppy taste and it is thin and watery in my opinion. There is nothing very special that I have to say about this brew as it lacks character.

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Photo of mdcrouser
1.92/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Golden lager-esque in color, with a thin white head on top.

By smell alone, I might have mistaken for a wheat, coming across with such a nose, coupled with a bit of lemon.

Grassy on the tongue, with a bit of hoppy bitterness, but not necessarily in a good way. It comes across as thin and not well-rounded. That makes the overall taste disjointed.

The mouthfeel may be the most approachable aspect, with a bit of carbonation on the tongue, followed by an easy trip down the hatch.

Though it's not terrible, with so many good beers out there to be enjoyed, I really cannot imagine having to drink another of these. Just not enjoyable at all.

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Photo of mattd017
2/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours light yellow with a small head that disappeared immediately. Smells about like any other Lager. Grassy smell. Tastes weak, very watery. Leaves very little aftertaste. No bitterness, no hoppiness, slight malty flavor. Another mediocre beer by Tommyknocker

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Photo of uwmgdman
2.13/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The beer pours a hazy straw color with a medium white fluffy head. The aroma is moderately sweet; somewhat oxidized and a slight floral/spicy hop aroma. The flavor is somewhat grainy and slightly sweet. The bitterness is low, carbonation high and too prickly, thin bodied and rather dry at the swallow. Overall this is not an impressive brew.

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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 crobinso
2.25/5  rDev -30.8%

Photo of dmarch
2.26/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours pale golden in color. Had to pour straight into the glass to get any head at all. Trace hops in the aroma, not much else. I honestly can't taste anything in this beer. My tongue feels the cold carbonated liquid, but my tastebuds aren't telling me much. I bought it because I liked the label, but that's about it.

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Photo of nlmartin
2.36/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The beer was part of a mixed six pack. The beer was served into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear fizzy yellow. The beer has a short lived white head.

Smell: The beer really doesnt have much going on in the way of smell. The beer has a understated sweet grainy smell. The beer didnt have alot going as far as hops.

Taste: The beer has a brief sweetness. This beer is bland to taste. The beer doesnt have any offensive or off flavors.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is watery. The beer is very bland in smell and taste. The beer is easy to drink. The beer is very bland and inoffensive.

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Photo of SchmoTerp
2.43/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale orange, slightly cloudy but clean (does that make sense?), almost not head. Looks similar to a marcro-brew type beer - which doesn't bode well for it.

S - Nothing at all.

T - Very clean and crisp. As for taste, the only thing in this one is a bit of hoppy bitterness, but it's not much....though admittedly pleasant.

M - Hops last a little too long...but then again that's all there is to comment on.

D - Very easy to drink, but not exactly one I'd probably choose. Even so, easy to drink.

This will probably be the last time I have this one.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.43/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This Lager scales new heights in blandness. Pours a pale and lightly fizzy yellow color with a thin white head. Aroma is barely detectable hops. Rather thin bodied and clean, with a weak hops flavor. Finish is crisp. I'd take this over a macro lager on a hot summer day, but that's about it.

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Photo of oline73
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of therica
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Our local store JUST got in some 6-beer variety packs, and the beers are all dated May 2008-- a year ago, if that's of any assistance or explanation.

A= pale-yellow and cloudy like a Hefe, not a Lager. 2-finger slushy head when poured in a tall glass stein, gradually turned fluffy and frothy.

S= like ginger-ale-- sweet, a little spice, that's about it.

T= tart, with some bitter bitter hops that may well have been stale or something-- not pleasant. Slight sweet hints, nothing very redeeming. Where's the malts?

M= blehhh. Like I just rinsed my mouth with Lysterine or something.

D= not for me (and that's rare)

In some ways it's similar to Otter Creek Summer Ale from Vermont-- which is mediocre but still better than this beer.

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Photo of budsboy
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours cloudy, straw color, without much of a head. What's there is white and gone.

Smell is sweet and clean malt with bready-fruity overtones.

Carmel corn on toast comes to mind. Sweet and sugary, but not offensive. Mostly carmel. Fairly one-dimensional.

Smooth and creamy with very low carbonation. Not to style, but not outrageous.

Eh, a good enough brew, but I could take it or leave it. I have a few other Tommyknockers in the fridge, and I'm hoping for improvement.

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Photo of maxpower
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy pale golden-yellow , has a small foamy white head that doesn't last very long, light grainy and grassy aromas. Starts with a light bready and grainy flavor, finishes clean and smooth, light and watery mouthfeel, not much going on here but alright for the style.

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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 kmpitz2
2.58/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a light straw color, just a little on the light side in my opinion. There is no head with just a trace of a ring around the top of the beer. The beer smells sweet and malty. Not at all what I expect from a lager. The taste is dominated by sweet malt, but the flavor is very watered down. A disapointment to say the least. The beer is light to moderate in my mouth, but nothing to sing about. This beer is easy drinking, but that is due to it's lack of flavor and resemblance to water. I would not recommend this beer, but if someone gives you one, then drink it. A free beer is a free beer.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.6/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Lightly cloucy gold color, with minimal head, just a little foam. Smell is straight clean malt, crisp and slightly grassy, nice maltiness. Taste is a little sweet and fruity for the style, kind of whit-ish. Not the best lager ever. Mouthfeel is extremely thin and watery, needs more body. OK, but there are better for cheaper.

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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 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 jdhilt
2.68/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a five finger white head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Piney nose. Starts sour and yeasty, never tasted a lager like this, hints of sweeter lemonade but finish is piney. $1.49 for a 12oz bottle from Chalet Party Goshen, In.

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Photo of bilyboy65
2.68/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The overall impression of the beer is that there is nothing special about the beer. Its a good, crisp clean lager.

A: semi cloudy gold color, with a small white head that dispersed at a moderate pace
S: First sniff smells of light buttery malts with an earthy husk and grain undertone. A second sniff a slight scent of roasted bread and wood can be detected.
T: The taste of the buttery malts is the main taste, followed by faint hops.
M: Smooth, lacks carbonation, but makes up for that with its thickness
D: Has more flavor then the average lager, while still maintaining that lager feel. Beer definitely lets the drinker know it is a quality brew with quality ingredients.

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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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