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

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2,507 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,507
Reviews: 572
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 40
Gots: 194 | 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:
Beer added by: BDIMike on 12-22-2011

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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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jamescain
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect pint.

It pours a clear straw yellow with orange hues with tiny bits of yeast floating. The head is white and fluffy about two fingers thick and lingers for a long time while clinging to the sides of the glass. The aroma is a combination of spice and earthy noble hops with a small amount of sulfur that you would expect from a lager yeast. The taste is comprised of earthy tones, grass, toffee, and a touch of butterscotch. The mouth feel is light-medium with high carbonation and a dry finish. Overall it’s a good pilsner and something I would probably drink if the weather was warmer, but winter is a little too early for pilsners.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a solid 2 finger ivory head that leaves substantial lacing.

Aroma is lead by grainy malt, floral hop, finishing lemony.

Light malt provides a subtle background throughout the taste, with flavors of lemon and cracker-like grain adding a refreshing complexity that encourage more tasting. A hint of bitterness rounds out the profile.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation.

A very nice, refreshing beer that would be a great lawnmower selection.

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4.75/5  rDev +35.7%

Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft pint, I always like to try whatever Sam Adams is on tap, even if it is a sports bar and not a beer bar. Interesting style, my first so don't have anything to compare to.
Murky and hazed, orange color with a beige head. Settles to a thin film, streaks of lace.
Smell is a bit malty, and some herbal, floral hops.
Taste is very much the same, some citrus zing to finish.
This beer has lots of crisp carbonation. Thin but appropriate mouth feel.
Overall, this is a pretty good beer, earthy hop aromas and flavors without being too bitter.

Note to self: Ranked #38 Kellerbier / Zwickelbier when I reviewed this one.

Photo of NHGrafx
4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice cloudy orange color with a big head that overflowed the glass. Left lots of lace.

Aroma is floral and sweet from the hops and citrus, a bit of malt aroma as well.

Taste has some yeastiness, malty. There is a really nice citrus flavor, like oranges or tangerines, but not overpowering or dominant. The orange flavor reminded me of Sunny Delight. A bit of hop bitterness on the finish.

Drinkability is good and overall really refreshing.

Photo of flagmantho
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: cloudy light-golden hue with a finger of pillowy white foam. A decent-looking brew.

Smell: light malty aroma which is nice, but is marred by a bit of a plastic-like aroma which doesn't work here at all.

Taste: flavor is quite good; there's a great, rich malty character with a good share of graininess. It's a bit sweet, with a nice noble hop character and even a hint of a farmhouse ale. Not exactly funky, but you could see how it might get there. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and concomitant creaminess. I like it.

Overall: tasty and drinkable. I don't feel like I could drink a ton of this, as the sweetness wears on my palate, but it is still a refreshing and tasty beverage.

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of 57md
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is straw-like and cloudy with a finger of head that lingered a bit and left a touch of lacing on the glass. The nose is lemony with some mild hops. The taste is refreshingly light without being thin. The semi-dry finish was the highlight of this offering.

This beer would be nice for sessioning when playing hookie from work on warm spring days.

Photo of thebrood1987
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I get a very flowery smell that could be mistaken for a belgian yeast strain. It also has a lemony citrus smell but not too strong almost like lemonade.

You get the hop spice and bite right up front with a creamy mouthfeel and a very nice bread dough like aftertaste. Its delicious. The best thing about this are the amazing malt characteristics.

It has a light feel to it yet it doesn't. Its odd but definitely the clear cut definition of a spring or even a summer beer. Its perfectly blended with the citrus and slight lemon flavors.

I went into this thinking it was going to be hoppy for some reason but really was surprised and exceeded my expectations at that. Samuel Adams is still one of my favorite brewers even after having tried a fair amount of craft beers.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of JimKal
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsner glass.

I loved the way this beer looked - a cloudy gold with a significant head. There was a lot of carbonation present. It looked nice in the Pilsner glass.

Aroma - a nice malt aroma with a hint of citrus.

Taste - tasted like a nice lager with just a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel - OK. The carbonation helped.

Overall - I enjoyed it. I had been looking forward to trying it. I wouldn't go out of my way to find it but I would order it a bar if the only choices were of the BMC variety.

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

Pours a honey gold with a white, creamy head. Strong head retention. Orange and lemon zest and banana bouquet. Soft, slick mouthfeel with prevalent citrus. Finishes with a mild lemon banana. Fun, summery beer. Could Boston Brewing actually be answering the call of their years long undeserved hype?

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,507 ratings.