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Alpine Glacier Pilsner | Tommyknocker Brewery

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Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 53
Photo of Jeffreysan
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a semi-clear, golden color with an eighth of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Fairly aromatic, with some bready aromas of toasted malt, imparting notes of biscuits and crackers. I get some notes of caramel, black pepper, and a touch of floral, slightly citrusy hops.

Taste: Like a traditional pilsner should. Bready, toasted malt up front, imparting flavors of cereal and biscuits, followed by some slight caramel-like sweetness, a touch of black pepper and coriander spices, and quite a bit of slightly bitter, piney, citrusy, hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very effervescent, as there is quite a lot of carbonation. With an ABV of 5.1%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a nice pilsner. It’s not too hoppy, rather, it’s nicely balanced with some good, bready, toasted malt and caramel-like sweetness. I’m not a real fan of pilsners, as I usually find them to be too hoppy and harsh. That being said, I really, really, really like Tommyknocker’s Alpine Glacier Pilsner.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.56/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Made with real Alpine glacier water? ...No? Well, shit... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises mild wheat, light grass, a touch of fresh corn, light powdered sugar, and light flowers. The taste initially brings in more of the same, but then finds itself drowning in a strange wave of vegetal, funky, and fruity sensations that defy further description. It ruins what would otherwise be a decent enough pils. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally fluid feel. Overall, a poor excuse for a pils (or any other beer, really), primarily due to the just plain bad extended finish.

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Photo of Chaney
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Magic Hat/Fox & Parrot shaker pint that the owner gave me because I'm awesome.

A: Poured a fairly dark, yet clear translucent-wise dark orange color, with a nice sticky, 1/3 finger white head.

S: Very faint scent of orange pixie stick dust and a bit of stomach acid. Not horrible.

T: A bit of a bitter slap on the end, but this was altogether too sweet to be a German Pilsener. Pretty hoppy.

M: Again, pretty citrus-infused, and with lots of lacing. The carbonation was fine.

O: Not bad, but not a German Pilsener.

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Photo of metter98
3.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is quite hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of earthy hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is dominated by the hops, which contribute earthy, grassy and spicy flavors along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness. There are only some hints of grainy malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and might be enjoyable to someone who really likes hops, but I felt it could have used a little more balance in the way of malts.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

not usually a huge pilsener guy, but i liked this one a lot. it pours a richer looking brassy color with a 2 inch white head that slowly relaxes into a half inch of foam. it has a nice nose of german malts, even spelt bread or something, and a crisp hopping. the flavor is rather bold compared to most pilseners ive had, i like the malt forward flavor with the hop kick on the back end. its a well balanced brew, and i appreciate its robustness in this often unexciting genre. mouthfeel was nice, bigger body for a pils, right near medium, with average carbonation and a pretty dry finish. good drink to wash down the outstanding chicken wings at the brewpub in idaho springs.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Served chilled...

A) Cloudy golden brew with nearly a finger of soapy looking head. Okay retention and some spotty lacing.

S) A little bit of soda cracker. The aroma is a mix of floral scent and wet grass. There is a hint of sweetness from the malt as it warms.

T) The flavor is of grain and light malt. There is adequate hop balance. This is grassy and has just a touch of pine on the finish.

M) A lighter body with what appeared to be a fair amount of carbonation, however the feel itself wasn't as crisp and refreshing as advertised. The aftertaste could have been a little cleaner.

O) This was somewhere between decent and easily forgettable. It's not likely a pilsner I will revisit anytime soon.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a hazy murk of honey-golden-yellow. A frothy white head slowly recedes to a film, and the beer leaves nice webbed lacing. The aroma is bright and lemony, with some grass and wheat notes coming through in the end. The taste starts off with a rather sharp hop bite. While you ponder this hop bitterness, you can find an undercurrent of lemongrass, and maybe some faint grapefruit rind. It's got a good citrus body making it refreshing. The mouthfeel is medium and finishes dry.

Overall, I like this beer a lot as a summer quencher. It's got some "meat" to it with the hops, but has the lemon/citrus notes to make it fresh.

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Photo of phishsihq
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tommy Knocker's Alpine Glacier Pilsner pours a light gold, with half-an-inch of white head that forms a good rim with some lacing. Very light aromas of malt and grain are noticeable, not much else. Malt breadiness is powerful out front, with slight hop bitterness in the finish. Medium-light carbonation with a medium body, Glacier Pilsner is interesting and tasty, yet not a true Pilsner, by definition. Check this one out!

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Photo of JayS2629
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a pilsner. Yellow with thick white head, slow fade and sticky lace.

Bready and fruity. Fresh baked bread, touch of caramel, nice subtle fruit notes of apple and pear.

I like how it stretched the boundaries of a pilsner style. Much more enjoyable and flavorful in my opinion, but it isn't to style. Bready upfront with loads of subtle fruity notes. Some grassy hops holds the balance.

Refreshing, crisp, a little thick for the style.

Overall, an awesome interpretation but a little off style. But I like it better than the average pilsner so I'm left in a pickle. A little off in style is made up for in flavor.

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Photo of tdm168
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden yellow with an inch of dense, foamy white head that has great retention. The nose is slightly grassy and lemony. The flavor is surprisingly malty and bready up front with a mellow, grassy hop finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and very smooth. The carbonation is spot on.

This beer loses points when reviewed based on style due to the bready malt. As a beer it's nice. The malt character reminds me more of a malt forward APA, and since there aren't any notes of lager yeast, it drinks that way too.

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Photo of alli4051
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint.

Pours a dark, golden, yellow with a bone white head. Head is fizzy and recedes quickly leaving some thin lacing behind. Nose is subtle graininess and floral notes. Taste is odd but not really in a bad way, just really fruity. Some grainy and butterscotch notes up front with a fruit punch kinda finish. Mouthfeel is light and clean. Kinda confused as to how to rate this one, it's a good beer but not really at all what I would expect for a pilsner.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice looking, golden and clear with a fairly good head and good lace.

Smell is slightly grainy and sweet with a touch of hops.

Tastes pretty good, nice and crsip with good light caramel malt, plenty of grains, a nice grassiness.

Body is light and really easy to drink, carbonation is brisk and pretty good for the style, aftertaste is grainy and slightly dry but satisfying.

Moderately good but nothing special.

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Photo of RobertColianni
3.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: How do I grade a Pilsen on appearance when every Pilsener I've ever seen was clear, piss blonde? This beer is beautiful. It's foggy. Young plum blonde. Thin, white head.

S: Original scent was Apple Jacks cereal. Sweet, candy-like. Very fruity. A little bit of sugar cane or sweet corn. Getting some vodka-esque tones.

T: It's a typical pilsener without the dry finish. Nothing entirely too special. Getting a little orange peel in there. Aside from that it's a perfect mixture of hops and pale barley.

M: It's a little thick for a pilsen.

O: I'd rather have this than some other pils, even though it's not very traditional to its style. Still a little off, though.

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not sure this is the same beer as the Glacier Lager already reviewed; ABV is 5.1% instead of 4.6% and the label is different. Label says 31 IBU but the website says 43. Website also did not include gGacier Lager. Decidedly not german hops, though. I picked it up during my first visit to Al's as I am always a sucker for a new pils. It's a decent beer, nice looking and mild smelling.

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Alpine Glacier Pilsner from Tommyknocker Brewery
3.44 out of 5 based on 53 ratings.
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