Samuel Adams Alpine Spring - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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4.38/5 rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Freshness date clearly marked enjoy by before June.
This is a very hazy beer, as you can definitely see the suspended yeast haze against the pale malts. Orange like hues are visible throughout as well.
The nose of this brew is orange blossom and floral hops with a nice bread malt character to round everything out. Taste is very similar, except the floral hops seem to really come through more. Incidentally, this is a beer style that isn't really known for it's hop character, but the BBC did a wonderful job with making the Tettnanger hops present all the way to the finish, but they never raise their voice too much for the style.
The unfiltered aspect of this beer creates a complexity I have never had before in a helles, as it seems to add to the mouthfeel and contribute to some slight ester flavors including peach and mango. The bread character from the malt does a nice job in the taste of well of keeping everything balanced until the end. The overall malt character is also very nice, as I pick up a slight honey sweetness that is perfectly balanced and rides through until the end and met by a nice lemon and floral note from the hops. Bitterness is fairly low but adequate and no alcohol whatsoever can be detected either. Mouthfell is very nice, as the yeast seems to contribute to a somewhat full bodied character with an appropriate level of carbonation.
Overall, this is a home run from Sam Adams. There aren't that many helles lagers brewed domestically, and this is a style that simply does not travel well, so having one available fresh is great. Many smaller breweries simply don't have the capacity and necessary equipment to give enough time to age a well made lager, so this is something Sam Adams definitely has an advantage with. The BBC does a great job with lagers, and this is an excellent addition to their lineup.
Serving type: bottle
01-14-2012 01:13:59 | More by AustinBeerLvr
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