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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 165 | Ratings: 218
Photo of StJamesGate
3.82/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy corn yellow with webs of lace. Spicy hay and some husk on the nose with tones of Murphy's oil soap. Shortbread and honeydew malts with a bit of spice in the hops: cinnamon and mint, but very faint. Lean linger. Crisp, lively, light to medium, with some stick.

Chewy for a lager, and a bit too fizzy but some nice fruit.

One of the better Tommyknockers, which isn't saying much, but still...

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.47/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, bright golden color with a thin amount of fluffy white head.

The scent is of earthy hops and some grain.

The taste is of roasted malt, earthy hop notes, yeast and grains.

Light bodied, smooth and very crisp, high carbonation.

This is a pretty decent lager, the flavor is light but not watery. Overall a good choice if you're looking for something light and refreshing.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle

Tommyknocker Alpine Glacier Lager was golden in color and hazy. It had a white head with decent retention and lacing. The smell was sweet malt and lemony citrus. The taste was malt, hops, and spice with a little bitterness. The finish was dry with more spice and light bitterness. The mouthfeel was good with just less than medium in body with medium carbonation. Drinkability was also good. This is a good pale lager and worth trying out.

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Photo of BeerMeInMS
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking Date: 1/25/11
Bottled-on Date: Aug. 3rd 2010

Glass: Mug

Appearance: golden color that is just slightly hazy. white head that dissipated about halfway through the brew.

Smell: Faint smell. yeasty and a little sweetness.

Taste: The beer had more flavor than I expected. A good amount of roasted malt flavor that was balanced by a slight bitterness. Some mild sweetness. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel: had a thicker body than most lagers. medium-bodied. moderate carbonation, so just a little tingle.

Drinkability: Very good...decent and not over-powering flavor yet just enough complexity to keep up the enjoyment.

Notes: I like this beer. Will purchase again. I have been pleased so far with all my samplings of Tommyknocker brews.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.69/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Golden-amber. Cloudy. Small foamy head with a very slight beige tone. Spotty lace.

S: Not alot...slight sweet malt.

T: Surprisin and very welcome hops from this lager. Floral, grassy. Nice wheaty-cereal flavor.

M: Great viscosity, carbonation and all over mouthfeel. For a lager of this style...great!

D: Very good. May be a very good introduction to craft rookies. I really like this brew. Clean, hoppy, and delicious.

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Photo of richkrull
3.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first taste, I didn't think I was going to like this beer but after a couple drinks, I realized that it was a pretty solid beer. Nice golden color with a nice head on it. A good lager with a bit of a citrus taste. I liked this beer - wouldn't mind having a few more.

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Photo of boudreaux
3.19/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got the Tommyknocker "Mother Lode Sampler" 12-pack, and this was included. Poured into pint glass.

A - poured a clear golden amber with a wonderful, rocky head that held well, even after bubbling stopped; sticky lacing clung to the glass.

S - definite yeasty aroma, but in a mild, not-so-overwhelming way; a pleasant crisp note to it made me really enjoy the anticipation of the first taste

T- sweet and refreshing; stayed true to the yeast aroma, with a crisp finish; also noted hints of lemony citrus

M- it was smooth, but left a little bit of metallic, oily feeling; not unpleasant, but not expected

D - very easy to swig a few down, especially with the low abv; i definitely would session this one

A damn good beer; worth my money, time, and taste

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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 andrenaline
3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another selection from my Tommyknocker mixer pack.

A - Pours a hazy golden orange colour, noticeable carbonation, thin layer of head with little retention and some fine lacing.

S - Scent is a little mild, but is dominated by sour lemon hops and is followed by some metallic caramel malts.

T - The hops and malts are butting heads on this one, with lemongrass hops complemented by bready caramel malts. The sweet caramel malts are the winners on the finish. Nicely balanced.

M - Goes down smooth, slightly dry, but non-offensive finish, and the perfect amount of carbonation.

D - A tasty offering, and a worthy attempt at the style. I liked the balanced hops and malt characteristics, and the mouthfeel made for a refreshing lager. Definitely worth trying is you can get your hands on a bottle or a pint!

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Photo of jadpsu
3.41/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy and mostly gold with a solid white, tight head with good retention and side lacing.

Smell of orange/lemon rind and breads. Hops and malts are noted but both are faint.

Smooth and dry all the way through.

Not sure what a "Glacier" Lager is but this reminds me more of a light belgium wheat, Blue Moon comes to mind.

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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 Tballz420
3.59/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Hazy, straw colored body. Pretty large pillowy white head tops it off. Decent amount of lacing sticks to the glass. Nothing overpowering on the nose, just some regular lagered malts. Nice light pale malts are the main part of the taste, nice little kiss of hops as well. A pretty good example of a style thats hard to do a lot with doing something to kick it up a notch. One of those sit outside in the sun beers.

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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 tjd112
3.57/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation - Poured into Sam Smith Pint glass

Appearance - A bit hazy yellow/orange, with light white head, good retention, minimal lacing

Smell - A lot like oranges, some grassiness

Taste - Surprisingly grassy and a bit wheaty

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, bubbly, dry finish

Drinkability - Sessionable

Overall - Not too bad

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Photo of jaycount
3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears cloudy. Goldish brown in color, good golden head.

Smell is different, almost kind of metallic, but hoppy, smells "heavier" than it tastes.

Taste is mild, light. A slight taste of honey.

Mouthfeel is great for me. A little thick but good, just enough foam to keep the tongue dancing.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a very hazy brass body. There is a semi rocky head. It has a fruity and grassy flavor. The hops and the malt flavors are distinct. You can definitely tell which flavors come from which ingredient. I thought it was very balanced. The bitterness and the sweetness counter themselves well. A good drinking beer but a bit pricey for what it is.

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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 Schwab
3.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up this beer during a recent trip to Whole Foods in Palm Beach Gardens. I had seen the bottles before but since they are not available anywhere in my area I decided to pick up some different ones. I tried it last night and here we go...

A - pale beer, ┬╝" head that disappears fairly quick. Very clear and light/medium body

S - Nothing noticeable here. Standard pale beer

T - Smooth beer, definitely easy drinking that goes down quick. Somewhat of a BMC touch to it; however much better. Some sort of malt presence there but couldn't taste any hops.

M - Somewhat crisp pale lager.

D - smooth session beer. I took 2 sips and it was gone.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear yellow-golden color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The bready malt, hints of toffee, and very faint hints of spicy hops. The taste more forthcoming than the aroma. The is the same bready malt with a lot more of a hops character. The mouthfeel is a little fuller than light bodied with appropriate carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this isn't the more complex beer of this style I've tasted, but it is good enough that I find it enjoyable. I could drink this again.

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Photo of Natural510
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy yellow-gold with fluffy white head. Leaves a nice coat of lacing on the glass upon dissipation.
Scents of bread and lemon-citrus.
Breaded flavor (almost flour-like), grassy-lemon note and aftertaste which is something but nothing at the same time (true to style).
Thin in the mouth. This was quite refreshing when I first poured it but got more & more thin (flat?) by the end of the brew.
Overall, fairly drinkable pale lager attempt. I've tasted worse, that's for sure, but probably would not purchase again.

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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 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 donteatpoop
3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden color with a decent amount of white head (which fades fast)

Smells of hops and malt, the hops smell like they may have turned a bit.

Tasted like a decent lager. Lagers don't seem to get the respect they diserve, they're not generally the most powerful flavors, but they are very very drinkable.

Goes down smooth, good carbonation level, good hop/malt balance.

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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 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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3.25 out of 5 based on 218 ratings.
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