This American pale lager from Moosehead Breweries Limited in Saint John, New Brunswick is a light golden yellow colour and yields a loose white head that quickly settles into a thin cap, while plenty of carbonation is visible within the beer itself. Alpine Lager has a floral, perfume-like smell with notes of light malt, rice and minerals.
The taste of Alpine Lager is anchored by sweet, Vienna-style malt and fresh grain notes. Grassy hops bring a surprisingly sturdy bitterness that transitions to a noticeably metallic finish, though the aftertaste is remarkably clean and crisp aside from the slightest hint of diacetyl. The lager has a fairly thin, mildly grainy body with no real viscosity to speak of.
The label of Alpine Lager sports a bold red wordmark set in front of a blue and white mountain with golden accents. A vague description of the beer is found on the back and coded freshness dating is stamped on the bottom of the can.
Alpine Lager is easily one of the best macro lagers available in Ontario and while that may not say much, its crisp and refreshing nature lends itself well to camping, fishing or other outdoor activities. There isn’t a lot going on with this beer and that’s probably for the best.
I’ve tried Alpine Lager with a wide variety of food and find it best suited to simple meat and poultry dishes with potatoes or rice. You can find Alpine Lager in cases of bottles and cans at many The Beer Store locations and the beer is ubiquitous in eastern Canada.
Type: American Pale Lager
Region: New Brunswick, Saint John
Brewery: Moosehead Breweries Limited
Format Purchased: 24 x 355 mL
Alcohol Content: 5.0%