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

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2,364 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,364
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.1%
Wants: 33
Gots: 87 | 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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New York

3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
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 -9.4%
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 -0.3%
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 +3.4%
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
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3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy straw color with a white head. The aroma has some straw notes, as well as a little bit of grass and lemons and some biscuit malt. The flavor has some pilsner and biscuit malt, with some low bitterness and some earthy and grassy hops. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 02:41:24 | More by Mora2000
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

02-20-2012 02:24:14 | More by Lee45102
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-19-2012 23:47:34 | More by seesnow3
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3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, some floral notes, citrusy. The taste is malty/yeasty, a little sweet note, kinda fruity, and some nice citrus notes. Medium body, a nice smooth brew. Not a bad brew, would be great on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 23:47:02 | More by Wasatch
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4/5  rDev +14%

02-19-2012 23:23:25 | More by TheBeard89
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North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from the bottle into my glass and was greated with a finger and a half of white foam. This faded slowly to nice lacing. The color was a cloudy, but bright golden hue. The nose was full of orange and citrus hops that faded to sweet malt. The taste was along the same lines with crisp citrus and orange hops fading to the sweet malt. The mouthfeel was full good with plenty of carbonation that tickled my tongue and a medium body that clung to my palate. I like this seasonal a lot. It smells and tastes of bright hops and malts... It's like spring in the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 20:53:26 | More by Rantingfury
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3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a foamy one and a half finger bright white head that fades slowly into a thin cap with heavy lacing.

Aroma of floral hops, citrus and hints of a light malt.

Taste has of bready malt, floral hops and orange zest and hints of honey.

Mouth Feel was medium body, moderate carbonation, crisp and refreshing.

Overall this is nice interesting beer to welcome spring, enjoyable and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 18:34:57 | More by dtivp
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4.33/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is very citrusy and sweet. Basically, a sweet lemon aroma with a suggestion of slight hop inclusion.

Appearance is a very hazy bright golden color with no sediments that I can see.

And the taste....one of the more citrus forward beers I've had in recent memory, and by that I mean a lemon citrus taste. It carries some sweetness with it as well, and together this comprises the body of the beer. Sweet, lemony....pretty good, actually. I saw a piece where Jim Koch said this is supposed to be like a "wheat bock", so that explains the sweetness somewhat. The Noble hops do make an appearance at the end with a slight hop twang....afterwards there is a very substantial cracker/wheat component that lingers for a while. Even after having a few of these beers, this is still a dominant taste note of this one.

This is the type of beer which often doesn't get any love from beer snobs, but I must say that I found this beer to be one of the tastiest "sessionable" beers in recent memory. Two thumbs up!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 15:37:26 | More by NODAK
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4/5  rDev +14%

02-19-2012 05:14:29 | More by Packman4IL
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-19-2012 04:51:51 | More by silvanus
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4/5  rDev +14%

02-19-2012 04:43:50 | More by bmoney
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

02-19-2012 04:32:46 | More by gizanked
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North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally picked up the Sam Adams 'Brewer's Choice' or whatever it's called Spring twelver after staring at it in the supermarket for two months. Now that its actually close to Spring it makes a little more sense. I usually like Keller bier so this one shows some promise.

Pale translucent body with a big white head that dodos in about a minute. A little lace already visible. A touch of biscuit and citrus zest to the nose but other wise not much.

This doesn't have a ton of flavor but it is relatively balanced, with a little more hop and spice than I usually see for the style. Definitely heavy on the bready ester type malts. The texture is surprisingly smooth and this goes down pretty easy. Nothing to write home about but a decent interpretation.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 04:10:09 | More by daliandragon
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3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours an opaque light orange with a medium white head, excellent lace.

S: Floral hops, sulfur, orange/citrus, hint of honey.

T: Has a nice bready malt component. I can taste the minerality, so it's clearly keller in style. Good flavour, orange zest, some herbs round it out.

M: Medium-bodied, turbid, crisp but soft carbonation.

O: An interesting new spring seasonal from Sam Adams. Nowhere near as full flavoured as some of the great Kellers I've had from Germany, but this is an enjoyable effort for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 03:49:00 | More by Halcyondays
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3.16/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a hard plastic transparent cup at me friend's gaff in Palo Alto, California. Reviewed from notes. Acquired at a local BevMo as part of a Sam Adams variety box.

A: Pours a three finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a nontransparent dark yellow.

Sm: Citrus ester hops and light floral hops. A moderate strength, clean aroma.

T: Citrusy with some lemon and light orange esters. Not spicy. Clean and enjoyable. Lightly hoppy. Balanced. I like it, but it's a bit simple.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit heavy on the palate. Suits the flavours to a fair extent. Good carbonation.

Dr: Drinkable but largely forgettable and unremarkable. There's nothing unique or special here. Boring and uninspired. I'd have it again at the right price and in the right setting.


Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 03:26:02 | More by kojevergas
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-19-2012 03:25:23 | More by BFro
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4/5  rDev +14%

02-19-2012 03:11:31 | More by leinie13
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Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from a Sam Adams sampler pack. Picked up at a convenience store in New York state.

Poured into a pokal. Light, hazy yellow-orange, with a half-inch thick head that recedes quickly into a thin ring.

Nose is bready malt, herbal hops and a touch of lemon zest. Pleasant.

An enjoyable brew, light and refreshing, but with a bit of extra malt character to keep this from being just another lemon lager. The herbal hops are a nice touch as well. Medium bodied, mild carbonation, coats the tongue well enough.

Nice brew, I know I've said refreshing a few times already, but this brew is certainly that. I could see myself enjoying many of these in the summer heat - but it's also enjoyable in the dead of Smarch too. Worth a go.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 01:28:31 | More by JohnnyBarman
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3/5  rDev -14.5%

02-19-2012 00:50:26 | More by xnapshot
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3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold in colour and lightly hazed, a gentle pour produced an inch of dense, off-white foam that lasted quite some time. Tons of sticky lacing at first, less as the glass emptied. Citrus was evident as soon as the cap was popped. Aromas of pils malt and oranges, a bit floral and grassy, slight breadiness. Lemon bitterness up front with honey-sweet malts following. Citrus and bread, slight alcohol and herbal hop flavour. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, decent texture. I enjoyed it, particularly the fresh citrus hoppiness and malt character.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 00:41:34 | More by DrJay
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4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

02-18-2012 20:52:41 | More by WuAnquo1
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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