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

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BA SCORE
80
good

2,438 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 2,438
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 33
Gots: 122 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Borne of our brewers’ many trips to Germany, Alpine Spring features a unique blend of lager attributes: the balanced maltiness and hoppiness of a Helles, the smoothness and slightly higher alcohol of a traditional spring bock, and the unfiltered appearance of a Kellerbier. The beer is brewed with Noble Tettnang hops to add a unique, bright orange-citrusy aroma and flavor.

(Beer added by: BDIMike on 12-22-2011)
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Reviews by Craigory:
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3.33/5  rDev -4.9%

From the 'Spring Thaw' mix pack. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Pilsner glass.

A-- A gentle pour yields lots of billowy white head that sticks around for a while and leaves spotty lacing as it gently recedes. The beer in the glass is a slightly hazy, honey-gold colour, and a steady stream of bubbles replenishes the head. A nice ring remains on top of the beer throughout.

S-- The nose is pretty one-note; basic, non-offensive lager 'funk,' with maybe a hint of honey. This is pleasant enough, but nothing exciting. As the beer warms, I get just a little citrus from the hops, as well.

T-- More going on here than the scent lets on. There is a brief burst of bitterness from the Tettnang hops, but this is quickly overtaken by a light citrus, which itself quickly gives way to malt sweetness. The honey-malt sweetness lasts for a while, remaining heavy on the tongue long after the sip is done. A slight bitterness creeps in again after a while. I happen to like some honey-sweetness in my beer, so I quite like the flavor here.

M-- Crisp but moderate carbonation, with a lighter body that maybe hits the lighter side of medium. Good mouthfeel for an easy-drinking lager.

O--A nice, refreshing lager that would work well on a warm day, but still hits the spot as I drink on a cold, cloudy day in January. Alpine Spring is simple, but tasty and honey-sweet. I wouldn't shell out for it in its own 12-pack, but it makes a nice 'team player' here in the spring mix pack. Good, not great.

Craigory, Jan 03, 2013
More User Reviews:
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3.48/5  rDev -0.6%

Had a bottle sample of this at work the other night,I guess it's taking the spring seasonal spot next year with the Noble Pils becoming year around.Poured lighter hazed golden with a well formed 1/2 finger sticky white head atop.Some honey malt in the nose and that is basically it,faint lemon as well.Sweetish honey flavors at the onset with some firm toasted grain flavors,a smattering herbal hops in the finish with faint lemon.Not bad I think it is a good selection for a spring seasonal,its lighter but with a little substance.

oberon, Dec 23, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

mojohawk21, Nov 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

beerhunter13, Jun 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

npala86, Aug 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

tbryan5, Feb 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

J2L, Jan 13, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

woodchipper, Mar 17, 2013
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3.63/5  rDev +3.7%

A fair straw, with an orange underbelly. Sparse head with tight-ish lacing. Strong malt nose with a fair amount of overripe orange. A bit of lemon. Pretty good. Some tang at the outset with a grainy backdrop. The tang gives way to a strong, bready malt presence. Some nuttiness and some almost... graham cracker lays fat on the tongue. End mouthfeel could be a bit cleaner, but it's an eminently drinkable and flavorful beer.

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wrycon, Jan 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +42.9%

markallmon, Mar 24, 2012
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2/5  rDev -42.9%

sabitu, Mar 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

csmartin6, Mar 07, 2013
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3.73/5  rDev +6.6%

Best by June 2012

A - Pours a hazy golden brown with two fingers of white head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves some spotty lacing.

S - Light bread aroma accompanied bit some citrus, some grassy hops and faint florals.

T - Nice bite of noble hops, some citrus, mostly orange peel and bread malts.

M - Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, with a bit of bitter dryness on the finish.

O - Pretty enjoyable. I haven't had many in this style, and I like Surly Hell quite a bit more, but I would drink this again. It's an easy drinking, but still flavorful brew.

warnerry, Mar 02, 2012
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Lazaro, Jan 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,438 ratings.