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 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 BEERchitect
2.83/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, it's beer. That's about it. Certainly prefered over many other American Lagers, but I do expect more from dependable microbreweries. It has a solid malt base that shows weakness in flavor, aroma, and mouthfeel. Lack of decernable character allows the grain flavor and husk bite to dominate. A little too watery into the finish. Light Noble hop spiciness helps out a little. Wouldn't go out of my way for this one.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.27/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Well, it's pretty drinkable, that's for sure. I mean, it's a bland tasting lager with little flavor but if it's cold it will go down and smooth and give you a buzz if you're looking for one. If you're looking for a lager with taste I'd look elsewhere.. a little lackluster, but still better than a Bud or Coors.

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Photo of zeff80
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a golden-yellow color with a small, foamy, white head. No lace.

S - It smelled of grains and light caramel malt. There was also a subtle floral aroma.

T - It tasted of sweet grains. There was a bitter aftertaste that mellowed as the beer warmed up.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay lager. Nothing to rush out and stock up on but it is worth a try.

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.84/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Suspicious explosive head formation going on here. What a fucking mess. And we're within the best before time line. The drain is on stand-by! Clear, yellow body with, again, a monstrous, foamy white head.

Smell: Pale malts with a mixture of floral and sweetish honey notes.

Taste: Pale maltiness with a honeylike sweetness to it. Floral, lightly spicy hop character with a rather mild bitterness. Sip of cold spring water. Finishes crisp and a bit sweetish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: It's OK. A rather acceptable lager all except the mess and subsequent clean-up. Would make for refreshing summertime drinking or a good candidate for a lawnmower beer, in that I will drink it out on my porch while the apartment's landscaping crew maintains the grass. Work on, workers!

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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 mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A – poured a very light pale yellow, somewhat hazy and cloudy it had a decent look about it, almost white in color. A nice two finger high head of frothy and fizzy white foam formed on the top and fell rather quickly leaving the top clean and the sides coated in a light layer of lace.

S – Aroma also was very light with a touch of grain and a light earthy grassy sort of smell. The smells itself were very bright, and very clean smelling. A hint of some kind of light yeast in the foreground as well.

T – Very light and clean, almost non existent in terms of profile. This was not like your non tasting macro, but it did have a very very light, almost nothing taste to it. It just tasted very clean. Some light grain and yeast, and maybe just the slightest hint of some hops in the finish, not bad, just very very light.

M – Super light bodied and with ample carbonation this really was a very light beer. It almost felt as light as water and the flavor was close to it as well.

D – Superb on a hot day, this actually was refreshing in much the same way a glass of ice water would be. I barely noticed that I had finished this it was so light.

Overall this was not bad, just not really up my alley. It was a hardly there light ale, that did its job in not tasting like stale macro garbage and really having a different vibe to it all together. I could see myself having one a hot day as refreshment. Not terribly bad, but again just not my style.

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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 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 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 jwc215
3.82/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy golden with a large white foamy head that descends slowly and leaves plenty of lacing.

The smell is of crisp fruitiness and earthy yeast.

The taste is of sweet malt with crisp citrus - lemon and orange peel. There is a sour yeast flavor that almost interferes, but the hops and malt, which are well-balanced, keeps it in check until the finish. Not a whole lot going on, but what is there is nice - plenty of unexpected citrus.

The solidly light-feeling medium body holds up well. There is a certain tart astringency that makes it a bit drying.

Overall- not bad at all. Thanks to BuckeyeNation for this one!

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Photo of Tone
3.8/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, yellow color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of some tart malt, sweet malt, slight hops, some slight pine notes, and some slight yeast cleanliness. Fits the style of an American Pale Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of lager cleanliness, slight hops, some sweet malt, and some hints of pine causing a little dryness. Overall, a great improvement over an American Adjunct, though still lacking in body for my taste. This would be a good beer to enjoy in quantity, though.

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Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light and grainy, pale malt scent along with a dry, yet fruity lager yeast aroma. The taste is decent also. It has a light, pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and slightly bitter. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good beer. It's a bit grainy, but it's all malt and easy drinking.

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Photo of tone77
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts and hops. Taste is mild, malts with some hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall not a bad beer, but nothing great.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a orangish gold with decent head retention and good lacings. A noticeable smell of hops and some huskiness, real dry smell, plus maybe some dry fruits or something (I don't even know what I'm trying to say with that). A good amount of hops in this beer but they don't really go anywhere. Some sour fruitish taste, but it does go down smooth and has a nice backbite. I just really wouldn't want this basic lager for myself again. Wasn't bad, wasn't standout.

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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 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 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 Haybeerman
3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly clouded dark gold color. Poured a full one inch white that quickly dissipated to a tight lumpy film. Even lacing that slid down slowly.

S: Grain, grass and a hint of green apple; thats about it.

T: Subtle sweet malt. Very lightly bittering finish. Little soiur aftertaste. Mindful of a typical American lager.

M: Light in body and thin. Good lively carbonation.

D: Very drinkable but no real compelling reason to drink more. If I was hot and thirsty, a couple of these would knock back easily.

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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 ppoitras
2.96/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle from aracauna via trade. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 4" off-white head above the cloudy light golden amber brew. Head fades slowly, leaving almost solid lace as it recedes. Aroma is minimal and non-descript. Taste is light malts upfront, with a slight hops bitterness for balance. Really neutral overall. Mouthfeel and drinkability are of "ok, but why bother" genre. Not something I would look for again, disappointed with this one.

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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 Bighuge
3.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a very pale light golden with slight haze and no head. Clean malt aroma with subtle notes of grain. The taste is a notch up from your typical marco lager, but not that much better. Some grain notes are present. Fairly smooth maltiness. Minimal amounts of hop contributions. It goes down rather easily. Almost like water, but with more taste. It's not bad by any means, but not one I'll purchase again anytime soon.

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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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