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

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2,492 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,492
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 35
Gots: 154 | 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.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4.2/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful, pours a hazy yellow with a finger of white head. Very nice looking brew.

S - Get a good crisp lemony or orange peel with slight floral notes on the nose. Very respectable.

T - Refreshing Helles flavor backed up with bright citrus flavors but enough malts to satisfy the balance.

M - Has a nice level of small bubble carbonation that enhances the refreshing spring flavors and finishes very clean with just a fine balance of malt.

O - Very impressive complex lager for a seemingly simple beer. Well done Boston Beer!

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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle, best by month notched on label

A - Golden, hazed, two finger white foam retains decently and has some lacing.

S - Lemon zest hops, grassy, with some biscuit malt and a little yeasty.

T - Sturdy bready, biscuit malts you can expect in a lager, with some hops coming in mid palate adding lemon, grassy flavors, in a moderate bitterness. Finishes with some more bready sweetness with grassy hops mixed in.

M - Light/medium body, high carbonation level, but still stays nice and light, creamy across the palate. Finishes slightly crisp, mostly clean with noticeable bitterness.

O - I enjoyed this one. Prominent hop content for a lager, with goes nice with the malts, which surprises me that its not scored higher overall. Crisp and refreshing, definitely something to drink in the warmer weather.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of warnerry
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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5/5  rDev +42.9%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Guden
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazy gold with a small white head with decent retention and a little lacing.

S- Strong fresh grassy and floral hops mingle with a little doughy malt nicely.

T- A well balanced blend of malt, hop and bitterness with the malt coming off bready, the hops being citrusy, floral and a bit mint like and the bitterness being mild and coming through at the end to round out the mouth nicely.

M- A bit thin and moderately low in carbonation, not too bad but could use a bit more body to feel less like water.

D- This thing goes down super easily. A lot like the boston lager but with a bit more of a floral/citrus/mint twist. A nice beer all around but maybe not exotic enough to have me seek it out more than a few times.

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Dools9
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint

A: Pours a hazy, cloudy gold with about a finger of creamy white head. Generous amount of lacing left behind.

S: Lemon and orange peel, sweet, crackery malts. There is also a light floral characteristic present, the aroma is rather subtle.

T: Lots of citrus characters, slight lemony hop bitterness, a bit of orange zest. Malty, bready sweetness rounds out the flavor.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth, soft carbonation on the tongue. Would be pretty refreshing on a warm spring day.

O: Pretty good, not super complex. Can definitely see this appealing to a more moderate beer drinker. A SA brew to the tee in terms of taste and flavor complexity.

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1.5/5  rDev -57.1%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jman42
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at an Irish Pub

A = Cloudy orange color that was kind of unique, decent head, but minimal lacing (could be the glass not being rinsed well enough)

S = Hoppiness is definitely the predominent smell of this beer

T = Hoppy taste too with a decent balance with malt and a hint of orange

M = Good crisp mouthfeel

O = The hoppiness made it resemble more of an IPA, but I guess the citrus undertones is what makes it a Spring beer. Will drink again, but nothing outstanding

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3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint.

Appearance: Looks good right off the bat, resembling a wiesen a bit, cloudy gold with a 1/4" white head off the body.

Smell: Citrussy with the feel of orange peel.

Taste: Hops meets orange peel, it is definitely a unique taste and feels very filling.

Mouth: Medium to heavy, super smooth.

Overall: Trying this for the first time it is definitely your warm weather beer, smooth and would love to have this while I am barbequing. Reminds me of a weisen meets your summer ale. Like the both above but different in it's own class. Hope you all enjoy. Salud!

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy golden color with a large white head that goes down slowly. Scent has some German-like malt profile to it with a bit of citrus and hoppiness. Some grain...very mellow...not too much going on in the nose...all the aromas are very subdued. Taste is quite a bit better. Initially, I get German malt flavors with some light hops and lemon. A hint of orange with some biscuit. Kinda remind me of a very hoppy kolsch. Mouthfeel is light bodied and crisp. Drinkability is very high. Overall, it is a highly drinkable beer that could use a better aroma to make this thing a powerhouse session beer.

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance is a cloudy golden color. In this particular glass there's very little head. In the other pilsner style glasses the head is thick and foamy, about 2 fingers worth, a beautiful thing :)

Smell is bready with some citrus, that's all I can really pick up at the moment.

Taste is citrusy. The orange seed taste reminds me of Blue Moon but definitely more complex and not overwhelming. Little bit of lemon too, overall it's a good taste that gets better as you go.

Mouthfeel is light, very soft with light carbonation, an easy drinker.

Overall I enjoyed it. A little higher abv than the "average" and good flavor. This is the second time having it and I figured might as well do a review, so there you have it.

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