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

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2,385 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,385
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 34
Gots: 94 | 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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4/5  rDev +14.3%

02-22-2012 04:48:59 | More by substanceD
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In tap at Chili's in Minneapolis, MN.

A hazy off straw body with a great white head that lasts forever with stellar lacing. Lots of citrus and pepper on the nose. The body has some spice and very yeasty flavour and finish with minimal bitterness, yet no substantial sweetness. A nice beer that is not great.

That said, I went to Summit EPA for my next beer, so not good enough to keep me interested in a second.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2012 04:19:21 | More by kjyost
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

02-22-2012 03:40:15 | More by alien319
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

02-22-2012 03:11:45 | More by rogerdclark
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3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange peel color with a 1" cream colored head. The head recedes leaving scant spots of lacing in my glass. It eventually falls to a thick film across the surface of the beer. The aroma is of tangerine, a touch of grassy hops, some malt sweetness. In the taste I detect a touch of honey sweetness, and a bit of grain. The hops don't jump out as much as expected, they are subtle and grassy. Towards the end of the sip I get some of that tangerine flavor from the smell. The aftertaste is generally sweet, but it leaves a slight bitterness. The body of the beer is thicker than average, with light carbonation. This beer has a decent amount of complexity, but it is deceivingly subtle.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 03:02:48 | More by gkunkle
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

02-22-2012 02:20:10 | More by timbre
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

02-22-2012 02:14:40 | More by SHCC
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

02-22-2012 00:51:38 | More by tdmccarthy
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

02-22-2012 00:20:30 | More by Ootppizza
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New York

3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another spring home run for the boys in Massachusetts. A cloudy golden beer with a frothy head and active carbonation. Head is smallish and lace is a bit light but that could also be due to the cold serving temperature. Malty nose with orangey citrus notes and a healthy amount of yeasty dough. A smoothly inviting aroma. Taste is a continuation and wonderful progression of the nose. Big malt front with a bakery display of breads and rolls on my tongue. Hops are expertly done with a gentle amping up of a traditional Keller but not in a way that leaves the style. This is a superb take on the style. Finish is clean, artfully hoppy and balanced. A light dryness in the mouth lingers with faint bread notes. Feel is crisp and creamy at the same time. Smooth swallow as well. A great beer and I hope to see it again but just in case I am buying some more of this to savor.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 00:13:33 | More by scootny
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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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 06:40:30 | More by jsisko01
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

02-21-2012 05:05:41 | More by cdawg11
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

02-21-2012 04:04:31 | More by Acuity
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

02-21-2012 03:48:34 | More by Rciwws
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3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a pint glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a murky orange golden color with a 1.5 finger white head of fair creaminess. Retention is O.K. Appealing.

S - Crystal malt and the yeast make up the majority of the smell. The yeast is biscuity and pleasant. There are some light buried spice and citric notes. Mild to medium strength.

T - The hops are far more prevalent than on the nose, though they're not overbearing. Citric/floral/perfumy hops nicely counter the clean crystal/pale malt combo. Very simple, but very well balanced.

M - Light bodied, crisp and smooth on the finish.

D - It's simple, but it's built well and it's an easy drinker. You could do easily do worse.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 23:54:49 | More by blakelive784
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

02-20-2012 23:29:29 | More by darcange
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

02-20-2012 19:47:29 | More by Jinxxor
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

02-20-2012 19:41:58 | More by wagner617
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

02-20-2012 19:07:33 | More by brokentee
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2.38/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Always like to pick up a Sam Adams beer after visiting the Boston Beer Co last summer, but wish I would've past up on this one. Bought from the single shelf of the local store, it might be a year late or seasonal are coming out even earlier now.

Creamy nearly white head piles high and leaves a nice lace. Corn and mineral predominate in the nose with little of the promised citrus on the label. The hoppiness is earthy with a bit of spice in nose and taste. Taste is sharp, malty and earthy with a light breadiness. Leaves a mineral aftertaste that's not pleasant for me.

While I haven't had many of this style, this is not selling me on keller or zwickel beer,which isn't a surprise since I'm not a fan of the light German lagers in general. But, I keep trying new beers regardless of this knowledge. This one is just a swing and a miss. Maybe at the next at bat.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 18:07:25 | More by FightingEntropy
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

02-20-2012 15:04:37 | More by PopGun
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New York

3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a cloudy golden amber color. There is about two fingers of slightly off-white head resting on top. The head has good retention, and it leaves some nice lace behind on the glass.

S - The nose has some nice maltiness up front. There are some nice citrus aromas, as well as some earthiness. Also, I am getting some mild hop and floral aromas.

T - The taste follows pretty well. It starts off with some sweet maltiness and honey flavor. There are some nice citrus flavors, and a nice mild hop presence. Some earthiness is also present, as well as a little bit of spicy character. The finish leaves some lingering sweetness, fruit, and earthy hop flavor behind on the palate.

M - This has a body that is on the heavier side of medium, and it has good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. There is a nice amount of sweetness and some mild earthy hop bitterness. Also, there is some hop spiciness.

O - This has good drinkability. The flavor is good, and there is a nice refreshing quality to it. Overall, It think this is a nice beer. It is my first keller bier so I can't really comment on how close to style it is, but I look forward to trying more of this style. I recommend trying it out, it's worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 10:06:25 | More by JizackFH
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3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Baker's in Omaha, NE
Poured into a standard pint glass

Alpine Spring lager is a modestly citrus-influenced German-style lager that blends attributes of a few styles. While it manages to do this inoffensively, the beer doesn't offer much in the way of memorableness or distinction. I'd rather have a Boston Lager, to be honest.

Pours a 2cm head of smallish, off-white bubbles, creating a fairly dense, pillowy foam. Retention is fairly solid, takes a few minutes to become a thin cap atop the body. Leaves no lacing. Body color is semi-transparent muddied yellow, somewhat strange if this is a keller bier.

Aroma of lager yeast metabolites, lemon-like hops, and biscuit-influenced malt. Clean and to the point, average, but enjoyable.

Taste opens with a mix of malt sweetness and subtle citrus and bittering hops. Transitions to lager yeast metabolites, continued malt sweetness, and light lemon flavors through mid-palate. Closes out with strong biscuit-like malt flavors and some residual lemon. Aftertaste of light lemon tartness and residual biscuit malt.

Medium-bodied with modest carbonation that lets this beer flow smoothly across the palate. Finish is dry.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 06:35:01 | More by falloutsnow
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3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy golden color with a finger of white foam. A touch of spicy hops with just a hint of citrus. Decently floral as well. A lot of yeast contributions, notably pepper and maybe even a hint of banana. Bready malt makes up the rest. The flavor is a bit bland. It has a strange lemony note on the finish as well. Some notes of floral and spicy hops and maybe some bread/malt flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 04:57:21 | More by womencantsail
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3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

SA alpine spring

a 4-4.5 hazy golden with a bone white head, decent looking lace.

s 3.5 lemon, honey sweetness, yeast

t 3.5 lemony cracker yeastiness, moderate sweetness, a few grassy hop notes. finish is fairly grassy.

m 3.5 fine carbonation in a med body.

o 4 so far, no major flaws have appeared, as they have with the whitewater ipa out of the same mix. the finish is a touch astringent, lemony, and grassy, but not as annoying as the spices or whatever they put in the whitewater. not something i will crave, though.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 02:42:57 | More by brewmudgeon
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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