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

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BA SCORE
80
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2,413 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 2,413
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 33
Gots: 113 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.44/5  rDev -1.7%

serviceable lager at the JFK sports bar. Big head, deep yellow,Lacey,a little cheesy, and aggressive carbonation. ok drinkability.Reminds me of the premium lagers available many decades ago pre-big brewer. A zwickel? Not as good as the Creemore version.

01-13-2013 05:38:00 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

08-26-2012 19:47:04 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.55/5  rDev +1.4%

Best before 6/2012.

Pours a murky honey orange with a 2 inch foamy orange-beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down Smell is of malt and some herbal, floral, and grassy hop aromas. Taste is very much the same with a nice citrus zest flavor that comes out as well. There is a very mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some nice earthy aromas and flavors.

06-01-2012 04:52:00 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

02-01-2012 01:46:09 | More by djrn2
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev 0%

03-03-2012 01:20:52 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

3.85/5  rDev +10%

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half-high white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of grassy and floral hops in the nose along with notes of spices and hints of citrus.
T: The malts and hops take center stage in the overall taste, contributing flavors of bready and grainy malts, citrusy and spicy hops and a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer has a very good balance between malts and hops and has some flavors that are reminiscent of a maibock.

01-15-2012 22:45:06 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -2.9%

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a rocky meringue of a head that leaves a few shards initially and then quite a few sheets toward the end

Smell: Bready, with hints of toffee malt and lemon

Taste: Toasted bread, sweet toffee and bananas, up front, with a bit of lemon developing in the middle; perhaps an herbal edge is detectable, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: If I had a blindfold on, I would have pegged this as an American take on a Wit; too sweet and not enough tang to make the style work; as it is, I have no idea what the brewers are going for beyond the combination of a bock, lager and kellerbier (and why is that a worthwhile combo?)

05-03-2013 00:47:46 | More by brentk56
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zestar

California

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

05-20-2014 08:42:29 | More by zestar
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev +14%

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy dirty golden color lager with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of dry floral hoppy notes with lightly sweet malt base. Taste is also dominated by lightly sweet malt base with some nice floral hoppy notes. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation. Very well brewed with easy drinkability and enough complexity form the dry floral hoppy notes with light citrus undertones. This is a lot more hoppy then I would have expected.

04-30-2013 17:30:05 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.45/5  rDev -1.4%

A full flavor and full bodied lager that uses some balance attributes and taste from popular Pale Ales.

The beer opens with the expected "keller" like haze of unfilered quality that promised flavor and richness. Medium golden in color, the beer both forms and retains well while leaving the lace behind that denotes each sip.

Bright and zesty hop aromas give a floral and grassy impression with notes of oranges, herbs, and fresh cut grasses. A partly malty, partly grainy, and overall bready scent creates the underpinning to support hop aromas. Very pleasant yet bolder than expected from lighter German Lagers.

Flavors fare similarly as the part-malt, part-grain balance offers the taste of light breads and raw barley kernels. A nearly crust taste of Viena Lagers isn't a stretch as the sweeter barley flavors introduce the floral/herbal hops. A growing intensity of oranges, , lemongrass, and tea-like herbs turns to an earthy and spicy bitterness as the finish develops. Mildly minty as the hops and alcohol weave into a dry-malt aftertaste.

Medium bodied, especially for the style, early creaminess and malt character quickly turns mildly grainy and spicy dry in finish. The mid palate creates a stall of blandness that hurts the transition and makes the grainy/thin character more relavent.

I rather like the beer as it's flavorful, zesty, and boldly spiced with hops while allowing for a nearly sessionable ability. The orange, grass, mint, and thin caramel taste makes me think 'Pale Ale' and want something more.

01-25-2012 18:06:02 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

3.5/5  rDev 0%

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.

02-20-2012 04:57:21 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.5/5  rDev 0%

02-03-2013 00:50:54 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

04-27-2012 01:16:29 | More by Texasfan549
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Single finger thick foam head with lots of lacing on a cloudy light golden body. Strong floral notes on the nose, grass as well. Flavor is also fairly floral with lots of lemon and orange peel. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Overall drinkable. Not too complex. A decent beer.

03-17-2012 01:25:26 | More by kylehay2004
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.05/5  rDev -12.9%

For Brewery Fresh Taste, Enjoy Before Month Notched: July.

Appearance: This new release pours out a clouded, darkened gold body with a finger's worth of white, pitted foam.

Smell: Modest malts, with a hint of honey-brushed crackers overneath notes of black pepper, old lemons, and faded dried herbs.

Taste: Lightly bready, crackery base maltiness with just a low hint of honey flavor, but little incorporated sweetness. Citrusy, given a bit more of an orange taste here, though not ever particularly bold, scantly herbaceous hops with a light helping of bitterness to balance. One last nibble of saltless saltines precedes the drying, nearly crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Not too sweet, never very hoppy, and could use a bit more crispness, I've had this beer a few times on bottle and on draft at various times and it never quite manages to satisfy.

03-31-2012 20:03:37 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev 0%

09-02-2013 01:12:24 | More by jaydoc
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -0.6%

This poured out with and impressive hazy orange color with a very nice looking white head on top. The lacing and retention on this beer were very good as well. The smell of the beer gives off some citrusy lager like aromas that are interesting. The taste of the beer has a citrusy start to it with some nice refreshing qualities, the finish is similar to a wheat beer in my opinion. The mouthfeel is a soft, well carbonated and drinkable. Overall this beer wasn't bad, I would probably drink it again.

01-29-2012 23:04:30 | More by Knapp85
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oberon

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -0.6%

Had a bottle sample of this at work the other night,I guess it's taking the spring seasonal spot next year with the Noble Pils becoming year around.Poured lighter hazed golden with a well formed 1/2 finger sticky white head atop.Some honey malt in the nose and that is basically it,faint lemon as well.Sweetish honey flavors at the onset with some firm toasted grain flavors,a smattering herbal hops in the finish with faint lemon.Not bad I think it is a good selection for a spring seasonal,its lighter but with a little substance.

12-23-2011 21:26:28 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +5.1%

Served in a Bruery snifter.

Gotta love perks of the job, especially sample bottles. This one pours a cloudy gold topped by maybe a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises heavy bread yeast hanging over light lemon and sweet flowers. The taste comes in pretty similarly, though the yeast is now joined (and somewhat cut) by some wheat. Very lager-y, as some might say, but not bad by any stretch. The flowers really come through big time. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty smooth feel. Overall, a simple but highly enjoyable little Spring drinker. Right on, Sam Adams.

01-02-2012 18:47:13 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -2%

Pours into a pint glass a hazed dull gold with orange highlights. It still has some clarity before the yeast is poured, and carb trails are visible. Lasting skim of white foam, not much lacing.

Muted bready aroma, light and lagery, some light citrus does come through.

Mild and bready, light grassy bitterness, lemon and doughy yeast flavors. Lightly dry residual bitterness that hangs around for a few moments. Light bodied, slightly fuller feel due to the added yeast. Smooth feel, easygoing carbonation. Something i'd drink again, though Noble Pils is still a favorite.

01-02-2012 01:11:38 | More by emerge077
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zeff80

Missouri

3.43/5  rDev -2%

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden orange color with a two-finger, soapy, off-white head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, mostly orange. Not your typical Helles Lager.

T - It tasted of citrus with some spiciness. It tasted of bready malt and a touch of caramel.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light bodied lager with a dry finish.

O - This is interesting. Not what you expect in a Munich Helles Lager. It seems like it would be better as a summer season not a spring seasonal that debuts before Martin Luther King Day.

01-16-2012 01:25:04 | More by zeff80
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +4.3%

355ml bottle, once again straight to us via the good importers from...the UK and Sweden?

This beer pours a moderately cloudy, yet bright, medium golden straw colour, with one finger of foamy, caked off-white head, which settles in good time, leaving but a few upswells of rocky promontory lace around the glass.

It smells of somewhat acidic fruit - apples, mostly, with a hint of white wine grapes, mild bready grain, and soft leafy, faintly grassy hops. The taste is more fleshy, zingy white fruit, some lemon included now, over top of a more crackery, biscuity graininess, with a bit of soft black pepper, and the hops still leafy, more in a musty, early spring lazy lawn care leftovers kind of way. A slight, inoffensive alcohol twinge also lurks here and there.

The bubbles are generally sedate, the body a decent unassuming middleweight for a lager, and pretty damned smooth on top of that. It finishes fairly off-dry, with the still active fruity malt and waning biomass hops.

A nice, soft spring lager, with the Euro version of citrus as a suggestion, rather than that of an edict. Easy to drink, just don't be expecting those jagged Saaz edges.

04-20-2012 23:50:46 | More by biboergosum
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

03-21-2012 04:05:50 | More by SocalKicks
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +11.4%

On-tap 2/1/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light malts, some hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts with a quick burst of hops bitterness that quickly fades into a light malt and grain breadiness. There’s a touch of malt and citrus sweetness in the background. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it tastes like a light version of their previous year’s spring seasonal Noble Pils. Overall it’s a decent beer to pound down for a long time.

02-09-2012 00:42:17 | More by TheManiacalOne
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nickfl

Florida

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%

A - poured with one finger of white foam on a slightly hazy, dark golden body. The head settles at an average pace and leaves nice lace.

S - a slightly spicy aroma of honey and malt with some herbalhops in the background.

T - lightly sweet malt up front with some spicy hops and lemony notes in the middle. finishes with notes of honey, malt and pepper.

M - medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - light and drinkable, a good spring beer that almost comes across as an american wheat.

03-16-2012 01:16:42 | More by nickfl
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Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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