Alpine Glacier Lager | Tommyknocker Brewery

Alpine Glacier LagerAlpine Glacier Lager
219 Ratings
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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Added by kbub6f on 02-06-2002

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Ratings: 219 |  Reviews: 165
Photo of bashiba
3.05/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy dull yellow with a thick fizzy white head, that was gone in a flash.

Smell was light with a touch of grain.

Taste is light and smooth with a bit of grain and a trace of citrusy hops.

Has a crisp and well carbonated mouthfeel.

Overall better than the typical American Lager, but still nothing to get excited about.

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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 Blakaeris
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden yellow with a huge foamy head that dissipates quickly to a thin soapy sheen.

Smell is earthy grainy toasted malt. Hints of fruit.

Taste is grainy with moderate herbal hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light bodied.

A medoicre offering. Better than a macro. Nothing to seek out.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
2.72/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Medium golden color, fairly dull and subdued. Snow white head is doing a good job holding strong. Some what sticky, adding subtle lace.

S: Ripe pear, fresh malted barley and yogurt.

T: I really hate grainy tasting beers and this is one. Starts of with what seems like a smooth, sweet malted flavor that will proceed to a creamy grassy essence before its stopped dead in its track by the overwhelming grain taste. The grainy taste only continues to expand as the aftertaste begins and winds up being the last thing you attempt to enjoy.

M: Full bodied with a very nice carbonation that adds a creamy texture.

D: Eh. Up to about a second after the beer hits your tongue it has some serious promise. Oh well, they can't all be perfect. I suppose some people like that "grain" taste, but I don't.

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Photo of jongillin
3.56/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer at the brewery itself.
It came out of the tap a beautiful bright yellow amber color and had a small dissipating white lacy head.
The aroma was some what scarce and about all you could get out of it was a tiny bit of citrus and some faint hops.
The taste I found was heavy on mineral water, but also there where traces of citrus that were well balanced by the hops. It was not too bitter and retains sort of a crisp taste. It also has a crisp feel even though it is rather light on the carbonation. This beer goes down smooth and makes a decent, though no perfect, summer session beer.

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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 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 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 Brent
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although not outstanding, this is a worthy effort in a style that is generally pretty indistinct. Firm malt base, without significant grainyness. Some citric acidity without accompanying citrus fruit flavor. Adequate but a bit bland hops - this beer calls to mind both Canadian and Bohemian lagers, with some characteristics of each. Grew a little too tart toward the end, but overall an acceptable beer.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
2.81/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

06 03 Feshness notches.

Hazy golden broth like straw hue toped with a thin layer of eggshell coating.

Hardly a scent detectable to speak of.

First swigs: A slight grain hint. Some delicate red apple hints. Not much going on here. Move along.

Last swigs: TommyKnocker tries to make an inoffensive beer that lacks flavor.

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Photo of Enola
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a light golden coloer. It is fairly clear with a good amount of floaters. There was a thick head. The smell is grainy and and a bit of fresh cut grass. The taste is somewhat bitter with wheat characteristics up front. The mouthfeel is firly light with some lingering bitterness. This would be a very drinkable brew on a hot summer day. Overall, a good beer for the style.

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Photo of wcudwight
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Date marked on bottle. 6/29/05
Pours a hazy yellow or golden color with an impressive 1/2" head that slowly recedes to a thin fiz that covers the top. Solid lacing all the way around the glass.
Smell is good. I think grapefruit was mentioned. Also a hint of mango.
Taste starts off well. Lemony and grainy. But it leaves a horrific bitter medicinal aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, but a bit watered down.
This would be a great summer time lager if it wasn't for that aftertaste.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 OliasOfSunhillow
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a fine warm-weather brew with more character than any macro lager.

Pours a just-darker-than-straw color with a massive, stark-white head. A surprising hop presence in the nose, reinforced in the taste. This beer has lots of sweet malt going on, but loads of hop bitterness as well, making it superbly balanced -- a welcome surprise in the pale lager world. Highly quaffable.

I'm on a quest to taste as many non-macro pale lagers as possible. This one is pretty high on the list so far.

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Photo of Vancer
2.84/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Not bad, but not much going on here, either. Nice hazy amber orange pour with dense white head. Small aroma of malt and citrus, taste was a grainy orange, with a finishing lite hop bite. Mouth was, unfortunately, to tangy and carbonated – little thin also. So, maybe a good summer brew, step above the macro crap, but better ones are out there.

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

Pours a hazy yellow with a small white head. Light lace on the glass.

A slight malt aroma wafts from the surface of the beer.

The taste is mild--a hint of malt a touch of what I think is honey. It may not be, but it's pretty darn good.

A light mouthfeel characterizes this easy to drink beer. The carbonation is strong but not overwhelming.

This is a pretty good beer. It's smooth and easy to drink. I probably wouldn't have it in the stable, but wouldn't turn it down if it was offered.

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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 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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Alpine Glacier Lager from Tommyknocker Brewery
Beer rating: 3.25 out of 5 with 219 ratings
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