Alpine Lager | Moosehead Breweries Ltd.

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Alpine LagerAlpine Lager

Brewed by:
Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
New Brunswick, Canada

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-30-2003

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Photo of jlindros
2.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a big filthy head from the chugging can, soapy lacing, decent retention, crystal clear pale color

Nose not too bad, bit of a macro lager corn adjunct unfermentable thing, crisp lager, straw, grass, mild fruity lager notes

Taste less desirable, bit of a skunky unhappy lager with the adjunct corn unfermentables, cooked corn almost DMS like, grassy hay and mild hop note, very watery and some minerality, little crisp lager finish

Mouth is lighter bod thin watery, fluffy carb

Overall meh, not too bad but not very enjoyable

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Photo of LukeGude
3.03/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

On tap at The River Restaurant in Woodstock, NB. When in Canada! About what you'd expect.

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Photo of cyrenaica
2.91/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

473ml can
5.0% ABV
Milton LCBO Outlet #1 (Milton, Ontario, Canada)
June 18, 2015
The beer pours a translucent pale gold colour with a snow white foamy cap and a little bit of effervescence. The aroma is cereal malt, grass, and weak floral hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation. The flavour is grainy malt, with some soapy bitter notes. The lack of phenolic and metallic notes puts this above most Canadian pale lagers.

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Photo of travelguy
2.96/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Pmicdee
3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of fortyfield
2.59/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of PorterPro125
3.53/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

As someone who was born and raised in New Brunswick (where this beer is brewed), I grew up drinking this stuff and everyone around me who drank be also drank Alpine. Ice cold Alpine on a hot day by the lake is something I've always enjoyed. Enough with my mumbling and onto the review:

Serving Type: 355 mL Can

A- Pours a clear Golden colour common among Adjunct Lagers. Soapy white thin head that dissipates quickly. No lacing.

S- Corn upfront followed by a bright maltiness and slight hop bitterness to finish. Well rounded aroma.

T- Pale Malt upfront followed by a sweet corniness. A decent hops flavour to finish off.

M- Light Body and High Carbonation. How an AAL is meant to be.

O- For a cheap (at least in NB) AAL, this beer has more to offer than a BMC lager (In my opinion). A more balanced aroma and flavour that goes down smooth. When comparing Alpine to any style and price point, Alpine isn't that great but if you treat it like a cheap Lager and not a world-class Craft beer, it will do you just fine. I don't drink Alpine often but when I do, it's always a treat.

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Photo of hopspiller
3.3/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of OneTuffPony
3.44/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thehyperduck
3.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Tallboy can from the LCBO; served well-chilled. I've considered picking up a 24 of this in the past, but when it comes to trying new stuff - especially within the confines of this; the "short bus" of beer styles - it makes more sense to just wait until you stumble upon a single. A few months later, my patience has been rewarded.

Pours a pale, clear golden-yellow hue, with one finger of frothy, soapy white head seated on top. It wilts away at a constant pace over the next couple of minutes, fizzling itself out until only a thin, foamy cap remains. Average-looking for the style, and that about sums up the aroma, too - maybe a little cleaner than average, in that there are no particularly corny or syrupy notes. There may be a hint of corn grits in there, but other than that I am mostly picking up grainy, pale barley malts, a touch of hay and not a whole lot else.

The flavour profile is quite bland, but for an adjunct lager, this is reasonably well put-together. Grainy pale malts and some corn grit sweetness are truthfully the only real dominant aspects of the flavour. There's also a ghostly wisp of grassy hay toward the finish, with a hint of that wet cardboard flavour (which I have found in a lot of 'value-brand' lagers). Light-bodied, with assertive carbonation levels and a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. Not especially distinguishable from other cheap lagers - this one tastes a little better than the majority, but at $35 for a two-four, I'd be annoyed if it didn't.

Final Grade: 3.29, a passable C+. Alpine Lager is not that good, but it provides a reasonable baseline for what I would consider to be a prototypical, 'acceptable' cheap lager. I could buy a case of this before a camping trip, and be satisfied with it for the next day or two, but it's definitely not a beer I'd pick up regularly. The price on this tallboy isn't bad, but you can usually find superior German imports selling at a similar point, so there really aren't too many compelling reasons to bother with this. Still, a tick is a tick.

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Photo of DaveBar
2.77/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Purchased at the LCBO for just over $2.00 for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a tiny white head that was gone in seconds. Very pale yellow and filtered clear

S- Some decent hops and malt. A bit metallic

T- Light flavor. Not a lot here. Just a mass produced brew just like a Bud.

M- Regular old mass produced North American brew like a Bud

O- Just like a Bud

Food Pairing

This ho hum brew went well with..... Anything you would eat with a Bud


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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
1.89/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Bright straw color with a golden hue. White 3 finger head lasting around 3 minutes. Average legs and some high activity.

Faint aromas and flavors of corn, grains, citrus and sugar. Unpleasant fake overwhelming sweetness.

Light body with excessive carbonation. Clean and faint finish ending with a slightly smoky grainy bitter after taste.

Overall : Quite bland with a overwhelming corny and sugary feel with passable freshness.

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Photo of misternebbie
2.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of MJ63
3.5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of taxandbeerguy
2.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of devilfluff
2/5  rDev -30.8%

Photo of Gsmack
3.16/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of slackt
1.63/5  rDev -43.6%

Photo of johnnnniee
2.61/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Big can from the State store in Charlottetown.
I tried this for the first time about twenty years ago and at the time thought it was a great beer, so when I saw it today I couldn't pass it up. Pours a brilliantly clear apple juice color with a good sized bubbly white head that lasts forever. Sweet bready pilsner and faint spicy floral hops. Flavor follows the aroma quite well. Drinkable but not nearly as spectacular as my memories.

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Photo of DreamDeath
2.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of metter98
2.99/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear deep yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of apples and corn adjuncts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the corn is a bit stronger and the adjunct malts contribute a slight amount of sweetness.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and clean on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be a bit heavier in body and tastier compared to other beers in the style.

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Photo of ZachT
2.44/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Photo of juliendesrochers
2.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of cam477
1.75/5  rDev -39.4%

Photo of SlyBrew
2/5  rDev -30.8%

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