Alpine Lager | Moosehead Breweries Ltd.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
New Brunswick, Canada
moosehead.ca

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-30-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
58
Reviews:
29
Avg:
2.98
pDev:
21.81%
 
 
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4
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Photo of Syl
4.75/5  rDev +59.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Alpine Lager is a very popular beer to those from the maritimes.
It has been part of many people's teenage years and somewhat represents rebellion as PW Oland went against his father's will to brew this refreshing lager.

This award winning lager is a best seller in New-Brunswick, it's hometown.
It is the preferred choice of maritimers since 1937.

5% ABV, slow aged, medium body with a fleeting hop bitterness and slightly sweet malty aroma.

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Photo of TwinSox33
4.22/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Probably Canada's finest macro lager! Thanks to the NB crew for bringing this down to the NASCAR race in Loudon every summer. Great brew, very smooth, just the right amount of carbonation. The taste is sweet, grainy, and slightly hopped. I could pound these badboys all day. Now that Moosehead invested in a US headquarters in Colorado, they have no more excuse for not bringing it to the USA. It would kick the shit out of all the other Canadian imported brands hands down. (And I am admittedly a Molson guy myself)

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Photo of canucklehead
4.07/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is only found in BC in The Atlantic Trap and Grill Bar. I had a few of these and bygod this is not a bad lager. Well headed and full bodied this beer could be one of the best macro lagers in Canada. The finish is just right with a decent amount of hops. Very drinkable and kinda cool in its old school bottle.

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Photo of TeamSeinfeld
3.98/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is definitly a good beer, tasted a little too sweet for me, but the sweetness doesn't overwhelm the obvious quality behind this beer. The price is right too. You can usually get it on sale in minn. for under $10. Worth the price, try it, you'll like it.

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Photo of marc956
3.68/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A must when in New Brunswick (a Canadian province north of Maine), whether if singing Quebecois + Acadian songs with friends or at the local bar / club. This stuff is better than over-marketed Moosehead but don't drink it too fast. Lachez pas la patatte, mes amis !!

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Photo of JackSkerry
3.53/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Brunswick's favourite beer. Everyone grew up with someone in their family drinking this lager brewed by Moosehead Breweries. This beer was the social lubricant in many family outings.

Very drinkable lager. Best served ice cold, directly out of the bottle while doing something with your hands (i.e. painting, fixing your car, bbqing, etc.).

You gotta live here to get it!

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.53/5  rDev +18.5%
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 MJ63
3.5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Rlombardi75
3.5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of OneTuffPony
3.44/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hopspiller
3.3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of PiratePete
3.3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When one lives in the Canadian Province of New Brunswick it is impossible to not be aware of Alpine Lager. With a tradition going back 60+ years it is the number one selling beer in the province from the local Moosehead Breweries. The ads say "Ya gotta live here to get it."

You can not go anywhere in NB without seeing it or being offered it. Pours out a pale gold/yellow with a white head that drops a bit soon after to a smaller head that stays in the glass. Some lacing. The nose is a tiny bit skunky but it doesn't really put one off. Malt and hops are definitely ingredients 'cause you can smell them in a pleasant aromatic way. A bit fruity/sugary too. A full taste in the mouth. Thick and a little heavy. A very slight metalic flavour in the aftertaste. It is a serious drinking beer. Its not my style yet when so many lagers are like water Alpine does have some substance. Get it when you visit NB.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.29/5  rDev +10.4%
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 NJpadreFan
3.25/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Alpine Lager

On tap everywhere in St. John! Even the outdoor table umbrellas advertise Alpine!

A- Bright bubbly clear yellow with a huge soapy white head.
S- Sweet corn malt with hay/ straw hops.
T- Just like it smells. A good blend of the sweet corn adjunct like malt and a dry wet straw/ hay hop flavor. Slightly watery but an non offense macro.
M- Sweet and slightly earthy. Typical watery macro body. Easy drinker.

Overall- Actually not bad. I easily drank a pint of this and moved up to something a little more bold. Regardless, give it a shot it's an easy BBQ beer!

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Photo of jcubz
3.25/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of BradMacMullin
3.25/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of sabertooth
3.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Alpine pours a clear yellow with a soapy head that fades quite quickly. Its clean looking like the avg. lager.

Smells like corn, malt, and quite hoppy, with a touch of lemon in the background.

You get that corn taste straight up, followed by the malt, lemon, and a mild hop bite in the end.

Light body, High end of medium carb. Crisp and easy going.

Everyone I know drinks the stuff here in New Brunswick. It was also my go to beer a year or two ago. Its a simple crisp lager with a tiny hint of lemon and mild hoppy burn finish.

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Photo of Gsmack
3.16/5  rDev +6%

Photo of wordemupg
3.15/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml can poured into pint glass nov10 2009

A clear straw yellow with a finger of head that turns too a thin film in no time and leaves no lace

S some sweet grains with some faint hops and some grass/hay

T not far off the smell, nothing great but nothing offensive either

M crisp and well carbonated perhaps the highlight for this beer

D easy enough too drink, and overall fairly drinkable

I doubt I will drink this again anytime soon, not because its a bad beer I just think money would be better spent elsewhere

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Photo of medic25
3.13/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A buddy brought this back from a Canadian road trip. Pours with an attractive foamy head, golden yellow color. Aroma is a little malty. Taste was surprisingly pleasant, more so than what I expected. A little sweet, but with a taste of hops that was surprising. Goes down very easy; I made sure to wait for the right mood to sample this macro (right after hockey). For a macro, I've had worse and/or more boring.

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Photo of beerphan
3.09/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can -> american pint
Received as a gift at Super Ball 9 from our Canadian neighbors.

Pours a remarkably clear golden yellow with big thin wispy white head that disappears faster than i can type. Leaving only faintest milky way of suds. Scarce blotches of thin lace. Carbonation is constant and robust.

Nose: Faint grain, corn

Thin crisp mouth. Starts off with twinges of sweet pale malt, that almost syrupy light taste last throughout. A small hop bit tries to balance with sweet, but doesn't quite get there. Light and easy to drink, without being offensive. A big plus in this category.

I reviewed this beer based on its style, not on it compared to an IPA. Most reviews on this site for this beer are biased, wish more people would review a beer for what its trying to be, not what they prefer. Appearance for this beer should be off the charts, it really LOOKS great. End rant.

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3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of msondel
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Stwinchy
3/5  rDev +0.7%

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

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Alpine Lager from Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
2.98 out of 5 based on 58 ratings.
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