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

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BA SCORE
80
good

2,492 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 2,492
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 35
Gots: 157 | 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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Photo of Murrhey
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug. Reviewed live.

A- Finger width white head, minute long retention. Hazy golden orange color.

S- Citrusy, grassiness and wheaty. Some noble floral hops. Light smell with some spices. Not bad.

T- Strangely like a Belgian in body, the hops and citrus don't combine in the way I thought they would. Yeasty, and kind of cultured like a Belgian.

M- Syrupy bodied, with biting carbonation.

O- Expectations weren't high, but this is an average beer and a decent example of the style.

Photo of beltz15
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle, the beer produced a golden color with a mild citrus aroma. This is an easy sipping beer on a hot day. The initial taste was an earthy flavor balanced with nice hints of honey and citrus. The flavor was swept away by an aggressive wave of carbonation. It was almost soda quality carbonation. At the end, a lemony aftertaste was left behind. It bordered on having an acidic quality to it. In a lot of ways, this felt like a shandy. However, unlike most shandys, I did not completely dislike this beer.

Photo of DIM
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: This was a cloudy starw color. It was served to me with a small, firm, frothy cap.

s: Somewhat musty lemons and rough grains.

t: Kind of chalky overall with muted, leafy citrus, sof bananas, and a lightly tart grain flavor.

m: Soft and fairly full bodied.

o: I don't know enough to say if this is true to stlye, but it did seem kind of watered down to me.

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazey golden body with a bone white head. Good lacing.

S- Not getting much, some citrus and a yeasty aroma.

T- Citrus, honey and an unfiltered body.

M- Good carbonation, refreshing.

O- Easy drinking, but nothing special. Seems like a decent summer beer.

Photo of microbrewlover
3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This brew pours a cloudy orange color with a light fluffy one finger head which dissipates quickly. Mild lacing.

The smell is yeasty, sweet malts, orange, lemon and maybe a little bit of pine.

The taste is lemon, orange, dank yeast, a little oily pine. Nothing really stands out.

The mouthfeel is thin and oily. A little pine oil remains on the tongue after swallowing.

This is an average Keller, it would be nice on a warm spring day as an easily drinkable session brew but nothing really stands out.

Photo of rlee1390
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy yellow not much carbonation and a two finger head

S-Lemon, a little pledge like, wheat and a tad bit of orange

T-Close to pledge. The lemon is almost artificial. Some wheat and orange but the lemon flavor is off.

M-Light to medium bodied with some carbonation

O-Sam Adams needs to stop making beers with lemon flavors (This and Coastal Wheat) both are poor beers.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with a Best Before Date notched at July. Pours translucent golden color with a thin head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is of sour citrus, grains, and slightly floral. Taste is alot less hops and alot more malt than I expected from the smell. Bready and a bit sweet with some lemon peel at the end. Some floral hops bitterness, but not much. Light and crisp. Easy to drink. I am noticing somewhat of an odd floral soapy aftertaste the more I drink it. Overall, I think im all set with this one.

Photo of KajII
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Lager glass]

The pour was a hazy golden orange with a small (less than 1 finger) white creamy head that was mostly diminishing leaving a small collar of foam which allowed for some fair lacing.

The aroma was of straw malts, floral hops and an earthy yeast with notes of citrus (lemon) and a bit of honey.

The taste was mildly malty sweet with a hint of lemon and honey pretty much throughout with the end being rather yeasty and having a nice wheat citrus taste. The flavor lasted an average amount of time proceeding the swallow with the taste of citrus being most dominant.

Mouthfeel was just above light in body and a little watery in texture with a fizzy carbonation.

Overall a great spring/summer brew, one with a nice citrus wheat taste that is very refreshing, especially on a hot day...

Photo of smithmd4
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Over the summer I fell in love with Unfiltered Lagers & Pilsners. When I saw this on the shelf brand new I knew it must be mine.

It has all the characteristics of an Unfiltered Lager, and I really wanted this to be my new favorite beer. But alas, it merely dances around the edges of what an unfiltered Lager should be. Accessible to the masses, piquing the interest, but in the end leaves a fan of the style yearning for the full flavor of one of the classics.

It was a tasty beer, but one I would call nothing more than an introduction to the style.

Photo of jsisko01
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a hazy, unfiltered orange-yellow color with an inch thick head that lingers for a minute. The lacing is very nice.

Smell - Citrus, earthy and floral hops, light spices, and a funky yeast bitterness.

Taste - Quite sweet, with a strong honey flavor, citrus, pale malts, white peppercorns, and a nasty alcohol aftertaste similar to that of whiskey ales.

Mouthfeel - Has a creamy, thick body with light carbonation.

Overall - The history of this beer style is pretty interesting and I'm glad I tried it.. but I won't be buying another case of Samuel Adams Alpine Spring.

Photo of dagubna
3.24/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Martelljw2
3.24/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Mit
3.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a-pours a orangy opaque colour with a decent head....

s-citrus notes...crisp...very refreshing....

t-lighter taste...minor hops...that crisp flavor reminiscent of an apple or like when you bite into an orange without peeling it. Quite nice.

m-feels light for the abv...

overall I found this beer tastely but kinda unremarkable...I would def get it again as I did like it a lot. There was nothing excepting the crispness that I found stood out for me.

Photo of tbryan5
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,492 ratings.