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 FatSean
3.27/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I don't think I've ever had an 'American Pale Lager' before.

Poured into a 12oz shaker pink, not much head but a little lacing. A pale, hazy yellow-gold that is not what I expect from a laber

Smells of citrus and not much else

Tastes quite light. Grains and bitterness

Some fiz, but otherwise this is very boring. Tastes drop of quickly after a swallow. Leaves a bitter aftertaste that is somewhat appealing.

Being light and clean on the finish makes this one fairly drinkable. There are better summer beers for the price. I was rather disappointed by the blandness.

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Photo of schroederm
2.71/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In a tulip:

Opaque orange-brown. Thick head that dissipates immediately with a little lacing. Smell has some lemon and a metallic character. Thin in taste and feel. A little berry in the taste too. The bitter is actually not bad at all, leaves a nice aftertaste.

Overall: I wouldn't recommend this.

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Photo of jjazz
3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a very impressive head (compared to my expecations). I'm surprised.

Aroma is very pleasant. Hops are noticeable. Gentle, but good.

Taste is quite nondescript, but very good for the style. Uncomplicated, but enjoyable. A bit lemony, actually.

Mouthfeel is thin, as expected, but not at all bad. The carbonation is just right.

Much, much better than I was expecting. Deserves a better rating than what many here have given it. I'm rating here based on the potential that exists within this style.

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Photo of colts9016
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Golden color with little to no head.
Nose: malt, with hints of hops, yeast
Taste: There is an okay malt complex but it has a hard time being visible in this beer. There are hints of citrus, yeast and esters.
Overall It has a good balance with hops and yeast clean and simple finish a decent beer overall.

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Photo of garcia2a
2.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beer poured a crisp clear golden color with quite the bit of carbonation. This lead to a large, fluffy white head that was a pain in the rump to control.

The nose had nice crisp grains that had an earthy quality. A bit of lemon zest and crystal malt on the back nose. This translated well to the taste as the grains and that faint zest taste left a clean finish.

This should be an easy beer to drink, but I have to admit that the carbonation lead to mouthfeel issues. I was feeling bloated due to the carbonation and the subsequent belching. I enjoyed the belching, my wife did not.

I have always had nice things from this brewery and I hope that this bottle was the exception, not the rule!

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Photo of Rayek
3.51/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy gold with very active carbonation. The pillow like white head has great retention and leaves very heavy lace. If you could kill the haze, you'd have one great looking beer.

S: The light aroma is made up of straw, lemon and a little grass.

T: A pretty nice tasting beer. Dry malt out front has a straw quality to it. Bitterness follows with a lemony bite that's accompanied by a touch of pepper. Finishes fairly clean, with a lingering straw flavor.

M: Light body is a touch watery. Carbonation level is about right.

D: A nice session beer that pairs well with typical American food. Good for a revisit in the summer months.

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Photo of argock
3.98/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date notched on back label.

A: Inviting clear golden hue with satisfying foamy white head with spritzed lacing at various points down the glass,

S: Lightly toasted cereal grains and understated noble hops

T: This is a really refreshing lager with no-malts barred attention to quality. A nice not-too-grainy but overall sweet maltiness is met evenly with assertive noble hops sharpness. A clean finish to boot.

M: The body of this beer is excellent and firmly medium with appropriately active carbonation that is not fizzy but adds to the clean and quenching quality of this fine brew.

D: This is my first TK brew and it's an exceptional all-malt lager that provides plenty of subtle lager flavors with great body that belies careful attention to detail in appropriate malt proportions to give a full flavor.

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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 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 gmfessen
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a slightly hazy, straw-yellow color with a thin, creamy looking head. The smell is pretty neutral, slighlty sweet with grainy malt. The flavor has the same sweet grainy malt with a decent hopping to balance, finishes slightly bitter. The mouthfeel is light in body with a touch of mouthburning carbonation. Drinkability is good just by the nature of the beer, light, crisp and easy to drink. Not the greatest beer out there, but I'd order this over BMC beer if given the option.

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Photo of happygnome
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: poured a golden color with about an eigth inch of head that dissapeared fast leaving not even a trace of lace
s: biscuity sweet aroma hints of faint fruit aroma
t: biscuity malt flavor sweet lemony flavor
m: light bodied beer with a little carbonation

overall, this is not an overwhelming brew but it was a tasty one however i do not see myself getting this again

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

Tommyknocker- Alpine Glacier

A- Clear pale yellow with a small light lacing head.
S- Very pale faint touch of wheat and oat grains with caramel malt.
T- Sweet honey caramel malt with a touch of grassy hops in the end.
M- Sweet and malty with a good sweet body and a hoppy dry finish.

Overall- Tastier than expected. A good solid lager. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Ten Penny Ale pint glass.

A: Poured a clear, golden yellow color with a swirl of carbonation and a weak, one-finger head of carbonation bubbles which fizzled to a thin film leaving no lacing.

S: Smells a bit of sweet, cooked corn and cereal grains, with a slight floral hop smell.

T: Taste is pretty much sweet, toasted grain and some caramel malt flavors with a hint of hop bitterness to level it out. It's a pretty generic, slightly less watery tasting lager.

M: Mouthfeel is crisp, clean and refreshing.

D: Standard drinking lager with few frills, pros or cons. It's not crazy drinkable because it's not that great tasting, but it could session.

Not a bad brew if you wanna just kick it with a lager, but why fork the extra cash to get something a little more interesting/better than BMC?

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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 pmcadamis
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy marigold in color with a nice finger of creamy head that sticks around for a good amount of time. Lots of creamy lace sticks to the glass, and the head always remained at a respectably thick cap.

S - Husky grains and lively hops. Almost pilsener-like, but without the peppery spice. Little hints of sweet and mild fruit juice (pear?) keep coming through too.

T - Hoppier than I would have guessed, this is fruity and juicy as hell with a nice hop presence that I would even call aggressive...especially for the style. Tastes a lot like it smells...sweet pear juice and pine-sap hops. nice!

M - Light bodied, but with more weight than most basic lagers. This has some abundant, but smooth and silky carbonation and a really hoppy off-dry finish that leaves lots of pine-cone flavors circulating around in your mouth.

D - I would have probably called this an American Pale Ale in a blind taste test based on the nice level of hoppage. For an all-malt lager, this is stunning...but as beer in general it's a little above average. This is one of those beers that doesn't stun you with complexity or bombastic flavor, but wins you over with it's easy-drinkin' attitude and general combination of flavors. If i were headed to a party where I knew I would be doing some serious sessioning, this would be an excellent tool for the job.

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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 ibashmuck
2.86/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a small disappearing head on a darkish lager yellow. Smell was sweet and pleasant at first, but nothing else. Taste was about what I'd expect of a lager, with a touch of bitterness a end. Tasted and felt very "crisp" (must be that glacier water). Not too bad for a lager, but nothing remarkable.

BTW-The more I drank it, the more that bitter ending didn't sit well. Became less enjoyable the warmer and more I drank.

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Photo of sevopie
2.86/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Kind of like I expected a lager to pour, cornish yellow with a white head that disappeared quickly. This one actually laces surprisingly well however.

Smell - A sweet malt dominates the smell. Almost smells like a box of Frosted Flakes.

Taste - Hardly spectacular, but not unpleasant. A very cereal-like taste again, this time favoring the Corn Pops variety. Very slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Not quite as dry as I expected, and actually has a small amount of oily nature to it. Not too bad.

Drinkability - Obviously I wasn't expecting much, and overall wasn't too surprised. However, if given a choice of typical lagers, this would be near the top.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

P- Beer Zoo variety pack

A- pours a crisp and slightly cloudy urine yellow in color. i know a bad comparison but thats all i could think of. not too much head either.

S- malt smell and barley as well. nothing too distinguishing either. light on the alcohol as well.

T- taste is somewhat yeasty and light fruity esters. Husky and musky as well. a normal bland lager taste.

M- watery and dry at the same time. Not very refreshing as the label suggests. decent though.

D- These are easy to put down. Its not a good beer that i want to buy a case of or even a sixer of but you could pound these back.

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.73/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Alpine Slide? Arrived a lemony yellow color with a soft white head. Great clarity. The retention side was not good as it quickly dissipated and no real lace to speak of.

The nose was difficult to pick up as the beer arrived very cold. I warmed it up a bit but still very limited. Some pale and pilsner malt notes. Some fruity esters come out as well, mostly apple/acetaldehyde and sweet cherries. Not over the top but still just as noticeable as the malt character.

The taste is a bit off. The malt backs off a bit as some yeasty notes come on stronger. To start there is a sweet malty presence that has a more generic flavor. Some oxidation on the backend. The apple notes come out more then what the nose indicated. Some rose peddle-like notes as well. Some generic yeast flavors come out at the end and become more descript as it warms. There is a sweet finish that almost hides a somewhat citrus hop note.

The body is light but finishes sweet. I would have liked to see more of a drier and crisp finish. Carbonation is a bit high but ok. Overall there are some off flavors here that I just couldn't get past. But easy enough to drink.

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Photo of supercolter
3.85/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For an all-malt lager, this was pretty good. I had this as my last sampler from the pack. Appearance is pretty good, some head and lacing. Smell and taste are pretty good as well. Taste is a bit more pronounced than the smell. The malt is of good quality. Mouthfeel is good, medium in body and some carbonation. Drinkability is good as well.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice yellow gold color with a big soap bubble head that drips to a nice cap that leaves good lacing. Steady flow of carb bubbles gives it some nice life. Smell is light grain and reminds me of corn husk. Taste is grainy with a little bit of yeasty fruit esters giving a little twang upfront. It finishes dry with a slight bitterness. Mouth is on the light side but dosn't drift completely to watery. Overall this one is OK. Certainly better that BMC and a potential cross over beer for the non craft beer lover. Not enough overall flavor for my liking but there are really no obvious flaws either.

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Photo of Drewcifer
3.62/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a pretty clear pale golden color, no real head on it.

The smell is, as to be expected, malt, a bit on the sweet side.

Taste is malt (duh) and not much else. Maybe a touch of hops at the end to give it a little snap.

Light, smooth, well carbonated, doesn't hang around in the mouth or on the palate.

Overall, a refreshing lighter beer that is a fine example of its style, and if you don't like the style, don't drink it. And don't review it against non all-malt lagers. For what it is, it's pretty decent.

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Photo of MmmIPA
3.52/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 pack.

Nice one finger white head.Golden body,looks like just any old lager.Sheets of lacing are left on the top of the glass.Chill haze on my glass.Not much carbonation in present.

Corn? Malty and grain smells.

Not bad actually.Its a refreshing taste,grainy,some malt there also.I dont taste much hop or any at all.

Prickly on the tongue.Enough carbonation.

Good session beer but I woudlnt seek this beer out again.Nice to have once though.

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Alpine Glacier Lager from Tommyknocker Brewery
3.25 out of 5 based on 218 ratings.
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