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

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BA SCORE
80
good

2,461 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 2,461
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 34
Gots: 137 | 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 Dope
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: A cloudy orange pour with a large, thick slightly off-white head. Retention is excellent. Nice smattering of lacing all over the glass too.

S: Sharp orange. Grainy/bready malt. Pretty mild.

T: Big orange up front, perhaps a touch of lemon too. A huge grainy/biscuity malt hit along with some lager yeast. Finally, a bunch of grass, pine and herbal hops. Lingering bitterness and lager yeast in the aftertaste.

M: Smooth and inoffensive.

O: Seems like a mix of german styles that is hard to describe, mixed with a bit of american hoppiness. It was decent at best, but nothing I'd buy again.

Dope, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of mnixon86
3.5/5  rDev 0%

mnixon86, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of justinp
3/5  rDev -14.3%

justinp, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of fvoegtlin
3/5  rDev -14.3%

fvoegtlin, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of chucksburritos
3.5/5  rDev 0%

chucksburritos, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of jak
3.5/5  rDev 0%

jak, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of BeerMeBrah
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

BeerMeBrah, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of Tumble
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Tumble, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hmmm a leftover bottle from the superbowl party. Mine now.

Poured into a mug. Pours a pale golden color with a decent finger white heading. Good lacing throughout the tasting.

Very citrusy nose, alot of orange peel and decent lemon zest towards the finish. This does make me feel like spring is in the air.

That same orangey-lemony flavor with a superb backing of honey malt which comes in full force. Subtle touches of spice and dough in the finish.

Light bodied,excellent carbonation. Excellent balance,very crisp finish.

I am not to familiar with the Keller style but this seems spot on to me. Great spring brew from Samuel Adams.

TheFightfan1, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of scubahood
3.5/5  rDev 0%

scubahood, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of Docer
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: (4.5)
- Pours a very pretty light zesty golden orange and straw yellow with some cloudiness to it. Fluffy white finger of head slowly settles and leaves a thin spotty pillow above the brew with lacing all about the glass. Very nice looking brew.

Smell: (4.0)
- This puppy smells good. Nice crisp bitter, pine, and grassy hops sit well with a light grainy bready semi-sweet malt bill. This smells solid and terrific. Seems a beer like this would make some stiff competition for some of my other favorite lagers of the sort like Fort Georges 1811. Nice zesty and fruity notes as well.

Taste: (3.5)
- Bready creamy and grainy malt bill. Like a touch of creamed corn bready grain with a zesty and earthy hop presence. Bit of grassy, pine, earthy notes.. and light sweet corn. Little touch of zingy lemon. Overall quite good.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- This beer has a rather medium body to it. It is quite creamy perfectly carbonated. It is yet a smooth and easy drinking session ale. Little drying and cloying.. perhaps even chewy.

Overall: (4.0)
- This is one of the better beers I have had from this brewer. I rarely if ever buy anything from Samuel Adams but to just try. I may actually buy some more of this one. It's a goodie!

Docer, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of MatthewWilde
3.5/5  rDev 0%

MatthewWilde, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of Xudoo
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Xudoo, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of LiquidSanity
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ap: Hazy, honey gold color. Approx. 1 1/4" of head. It left a moderate amount of lace. Rather delicious color and very appealing.

Ar: Mild citrus notes. Nothing overpowering nor offensive. Very mild.

Ta: Very subtle yet intriguing. It isn't a very offensive beer. The mild citrus flavor is smooth and appealing. Nothing truly spectacular. Almost like a Blue Moon but less citrus in the flavor. I was expecting more.

Mf: Mild carbonation. Very smooth and creamy life foam texture. Soothes as it goes down. This is the strongest part of the beer. Too bad the taste doesn't match the MF.

Ov: Fun to try but leave it at that. You're better off with Blue Moon if you're craving a citrus kick. This beer fell short considering the source. At $7-10 a 6 pack, it's a little tough to swallow when there are better choices.

LiquidSanity, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of JustinQ
4/5  rDev +14.3%

JustinQ, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of r3o
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

r3o, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of Demarais
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Demarais, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of JayS2629
4.4/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this on tap at the local Loco's. Looks amazing! Beautiful copper with slight haze cuz its unfiltered. Three finger white cap that sticks around and leaves huge rings on the glass.

The aroma is fresh and hoppy with a caramel backbone. Grassy and herbal notes with a hint of citrus.

Nice balance of caramel, bready notes, and biscuit in the back with huge floral and herbal notes, some lemon zest, and other citrus.

Medium, almost creamy, smooth

Absolutely delicious and well balanced.

JayS2629, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unfiltered hazy orange-yellow-amber hue. Bone white foamy head with tight bubbles nice Belgian lacing. Really cloudy unfiltered look.

A big dose of fresh grass and vegetable fiber. The bouquet is floral and perfume. Delicate noble hop aromas meld with tart citric and chamomile. This beer has the typical Sam Adams profile of pale malts but backed by very sweet sugary honey malts.

The taste is recognizably hoppy and faintly bitter but has a nice dimension of sugary honey. Refreshing but full flavored blend of grassy and floral noble hops which hit with a sharp quick bitterness.

This beer has definite flavors but is also subtle in every way. It has a medium mouthfeel with a definite grain and grass feel. The hops are short and bitter with a crisp dry finish.

A smooth drinkable lager. This is a nice spring beer. It gives me an impression of fresh green plants and festivities.

BerkeleyBeerMan, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of pirmannt1
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

pirmannt1, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of kjb32812
2/5  rDev -42.9%

kjb32812, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of jlordi12
3.5/5  rDev 0%

jlordi12, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of Mark4prez20
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Mark4prez20, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of HarmonMW
3/5  rDev -14.3%

HarmonMW, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of bluesplit63
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

bluesplit63, Feb 27, 2012
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,461 ratings.