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Samuel Adams Spring Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Spring AleSamuel Adams Spring Ale

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BA SCORE
79
okay

110 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-28-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 110 | Reviews: 80 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by TXHops:
Photo of TXHops
2.73/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

-Original Gravity: 1.052
-Final Gravity: 1.013
-ABV: 5.2%
-ABW: 4.06%
-Attenuation: 74.2%
-Real Extract: 5.04 P
-Calories per 12 oz: 170
-Malts: Two row Harrington, Wheat malt, Vienna malt
-Hops: East Kent Goldings, Spalt Spalter


While I like the fact that BBC (or anyone for that matter) makes a Kolsch style ale, I don’t think this one’s that great an interpretation. Spring Ale pours a fairly full gold color with a nice, long lasting white head with lacing inclinations. The nose is pretty phenolic, smelling somewhere between a pleasant hefeweizen and a Band-Aid. I kinda like the fairly unique inclusion of Goldings in this beer, and their earthy, English flavor contributions to the beer, but I can’t really smell them or the Spalts in the nose.

The fairly delicate, softly carbonated body is subtly malty, but even more subtle so that this lover of subtlety can appreciate. The hops are pretty nice, again in an understated way, but keep the finish crisp and almost bitter. The slightly zippy, almost citric tail is pretty much what I’ve come to expect from American-style Kolsch beers, though not having had a real Koln Kolsch, I don’t know if this particular flavor is present in the classics.

Not a bad beer, but the phenols are a little too strong in this one—starting in the nose and re-emerging in the finish.

TXHops, Apr 25, 2003
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a kinda brownish-yellow color with light head,smell was pretty tartand somewhat toasty with some nice sweetness in there.Taste was malty and toasty with some lingering dryness in the finish.Not real complex but real easy to drink,I have had some pretty bad examples of the styl (many recently) this one wasnt to bad at all.

oberon, May 15, 2003
Photo of twi1609372
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

good all around beer, moderatly bodied, suits the spring time atmosphere, nice and refreshing, not overpwoering, better then the summer lager, it's a depressing tiem each year when the spring is phased out and the summer is introduced, but i guess absence makes the taste buds grow fonder and every spring i'm delighted to see it's return.

twi1609372, Jun 13, 2004
Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown long neck with a freshness date scored. A blurb on the neck stating "Samuel Adams Spring Ale celebrates fresh American Ale ... brewed in the classic Kolsch style ..."

Appearance: Brilliantly clear copper hue, two fingers of froth leave a white lace that sticks a little bit.

Smell: Juicy fruit and oily hop with a side of pale malt make up the aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Moderate body, thin malt though strong enough to hold the brew together. Twang of wheat malt. Crisp bready malt melds with a fruity ,yet even, hop bitterness and some Kent Goldings oily flavour for good measure ride deep into the after taste.

Notes: Fresh tasting and very thirst quenching, nothing spectacular … just an all around good beer.

Jason, Mar 09, 2003
Photo of Rifrafboy
2.68/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours thick with a medium head with good lacing. Aroma is of fruit? Taste is thick and sweet, typical for Samuel Adams. Finish is sweet and malty. i don't know if this is what an ale is supposed to taste like but I liked it. This came in a new sampler pack.

Rifrafboy, Mar 26, 2003
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz amber bottle with the requisite Sam on the label. Notched "purchase by date" of June on the label. Interestingly, it (the bottle) reads "crafted slowly with care and only honest ingredients." Are there some dishonest and disreputable ingredients in beers that I might be drinking? Sounds like I need to keep drinking to find out!

Appearance: This bottle should come with a big warning on it that says "Don't pour me aggressively or ye shall have major spillage on ye hands." Well, you can imagine what I did....poured aggressively. And was prompty rewarded with a spill-over (that's alcohol abuse, you know). Once I cleaned it up, I saw a crisp, clear copper beer before me with a (duh!) HUGE head of foam atop the beer. Once things settled down, there was a thick layer of creamy smoothness on top. Nice patchy lacing on the glass.

Smell: Not a lot here, folks. A little fruity (lemony?) odor, mixed with some malty sweetness. Nothing here to think about for too long.

Taste: Again...nothing too great. Just a well-balanced hops/malt concoction from ol' Sammy. Something a macro drinker could possibly enjoy during the summer months.

Mouthfeel: On the thin side, with a fairly smooth and creamy air about it.

Drinkability: Above average and certainly better during the hotter months. Little or no aftertaste.

OldFrothingSlosh, Apr 25, 2003
Photo of Thrasher
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This crisp, crackery golden ale is enjoyable if not earthshattering. Good Cologne-style effort but fruitier than the traditionals. Understated malt, with hops adding just a tiny amount of pressure. Tart and sour, reminiscent of white grape and pear. The trademark Sam Adams flavor is evident here and not entirely complimentary to the style. Fine but steady carbonation is bubbly in the mouth and throat, but relaxes the stomach.

Thrasher, Mar 25, 2002
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cleaning out the SA notes, nice light straw appearance with tons of champagne like carbonation and head formation. Aroma was neutral.

Taste, a little dry, mildly bitter, lemon at times, reminiscient of SN's summerfest but with even less hop character. Probably noble/tettenang. Always a light body, the mineral water sweetness isn't really for me. But nothing is really hit or miss here. Its just another beer that may or may not come back again, if it does, its pretty comparable to the new branded Alpine Spring.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of ADR
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear deep gold appearance, spritzy white head of medium bubbles and about 20 seconds duration. Incomplete spotty ring laces. Light aromas, barest sense of broad leaf parsley and some wheatiness to the faint smell. Malts are of a light brown sugar, a bit of whole wheat bread and fairly fleeting. A sourish apple fruit sense and plenty of carbonation form an effective and subtle balance. As with many Kolsch style brews, there's not a lot to evaluate here, crisp with some astringent hops but a little too bubbly and tasteless for me to say that its any more than decently refreshing.

ADR, Mar 25, 2003
Photo of Reverand
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Spring Ale poured out to be a nice golden ale with light crispy head. Aroma was ok nothing to brag about. The taste was crisp, clean and little aftertaste.

Reverand, Mar 31, 2002
Photo of Rootdog316
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Spring Ale pours to a deep golden hue with just a touch of amber. It also offers a large, healthy head that remains intact as I slowly drain my glass. The aroma is of a sweet, malty sort. After a second sniff, I can detect a hint of spicy hops and a slight earthy smell. The magic of Samuel Adams Spring Ale is in the taste, however. When this exquisite brew flows through your lips the initial flavor, like the smell, is earthy and reminiscent of peat. A delicate, fruity taste then presents itself and coats your mouth with a unique tart sweetness. As you swallow this tasty ale, you will notice a slight bitterness on the back of your tongue as a result of the hops. The overall finish is exceptionally clean; one of the many positive aspects of this outstanding beer.

Rootdog316, Apr 19, 2006
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Different doesn't necessarily mean better. This beer poured a semi-light color with a large head, due to my over zeal. The taste was just, well, bland. Sure it had hops and malt, but overall it tasted like a high end macro. It just sat there, and it being the first beer of the night, it went down kinda grudgingly. I exspect "crisp" in this type of beer, and it just wasn't there.

bewareOFpenguin, Apr 28, 2003
Photo of DOCRW
3.75/5  rDev +9%

DOCRW, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of jackndan
2.9/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams Spring Ale: this is a Kolsch style beer, and is by far and away my least favorite Sammy seasonal. A very clear beer, with a pale amber color. Nice white head, and a fairly nice aroma. The taste, however, is simply uninspiring, a flat malt taste, unrelieved by hops, or any other noticeable tastes. It is exceptionally easy to drink, but only because it is simply astonishingly low in flavor profile. Jason posted elsewhere that Sammy should go with a mai-Bock, and I heartily concur.

jackndan, Apr 25, 2003
Photo of bditty187
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coppery-golden hue (darker than expected), served with a ½ inch of foamy white head, which held solidly for a moment. Laced in sheets. Slightly fruity palate (and nose), kiss of hops with a nice malt foundation. Very mild nuttiness coupled with very mild floral. As it warms, spiciness emerges. Light-medium body, nice finish, appetizing aftertaste (a surprise for the style). Worth a drink, I’ll have another.

bditty187, Mar 09, 2003
Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper in color with a thin, fizzy head. Floral hops and a grainy aroma. Has a thin to medium body, the goldings/spalt hops are noticed throughout, some light malt and a bit grainy towards the finish. Not an excellent kolsch, but a great thirst quencher indeed.

GeoffRizzo, May 16, 2003
Photo of Stubbie1
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep gold color with a pretty good head. The head leaves kind of fast, leaves little to no lace. Aroma is hops, citrus ,wheat. A Crisp clean smell. The taste matched the aroma. A citrus bite at the start and dry finish. Nothing to fancy here, easy to drink but there is nothing complex about the brew. You just get filled up.

Stubbie1, Mar 25, 2003
Photo of incubuscience
3.75/5  rDev +9%

incubuscience, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of OatmattStout
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not to familiar with the Kolsch style but I wanted to try Sam Adams version, cause they do a good job with most of there beer's. It had a nice golden color and white head for a lighter bodied beer. The head dissipated fairly quickly with little to no lace on the glass. Smell had light fruited notes and a little sweet malty toastyness. Flavors were straight forward with a little white bread and a nice light dry hop tastes. Aftertaste was pleasant and refreshing and it had a good body so it stayed in mouth for a while. This beer reminded me of a good pils beer. Overall a good light style with good body and refreshing flavor

OatmattStout, Feb 15, 2003
Photo of alittlehazy
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was on sale for $7.99 a 12 pack, so with curiousity and frugality I went for it.

Pours a dark golden, light copper color with a nice frothy white head that slowly dissipates to a nice everpresent cover on the beer.

Smell isn't anything special, a light malty aroma.

Mouthfeel is nice, smooth drinking and easy going down the throat. Taste is a dry and slightly refreshing malt with a bit of an apple dry aftertaste.

All in all a nice session brew. I wasn't expecting a whole lot out of this brew, but I feel like I got my money's worth. If its ever on sale again I'll surely buy it. This is a good beer to hang out with some friends with and get ready for a nice summer on the town.

alittlehazy, May 24, 2003
Photo of pbrian
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer actually pleasantly surprised me. I always thought a Kolsch was a brewery's excuse to brew a tasteless beer for the masses. This beer actually had color, flavor, and a little body. Maybe a little too much hop presence and fruity for the style, but who am I to complain? Finished ever so slightly tart.

pbrian, Apr 05, 2002
Photo of AaronRed
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured nicely into a glass, with a clear golden hue. Great aroma, fresh smelling like clean crisp New England air in the morning. Taste was nice, balanced with slight bitterness, but certainly not overpowering. Stands up to even spicey food.

AaronRed, Mar 11, 2002
Photo of buzzy
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

buzzy, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of hyuga
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A reddish-golden tinted brew with a decent sized white head that stays well. The aroma presented consists of sweet and sour maltiness and a good dose of spicy German-style hopping. On the palate, grain sweetness up front, changing into more sourness and spicy hoppiness in the middle. Hops become even more apparent at the back and lead into a crisp, dry finish. Nice, refreshing beer. Perfect for warm spring weather.

hyuga, Aug 23, 2003
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Samuel Adams Spring Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.