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

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2,461 Ratings

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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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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Texasfan549, Apr 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

srap357, Apr 26, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

countchunkula, Apr 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

daniel27, Apr 26, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

beaker30, Apr 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

avisong, Apr 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

jheberle, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of braican
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

braican, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of Fulky
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six pack; poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz Samuel Adams glass.

Pours a bright fluorescent orange color, almost like orange juice but with more transparency. Virtually no head on this pour, very very limited (less than 1 finger worth.) A soapy white film dusted across the top, with a little bit of lacing to coat the glass throughout the drink.

Smells strongly of citrus with a bit of a malty sweetness and hoppy aromas. Nothing overly overpowering to speak of, but also not disappointing.

Tastes very light and citrusy. Reminiscent of some hop bitterness, but clean and almost tangy as it finishes. Goes down smooth with a bready malt flavor to finish.

Mouthfeel is light, almost a bit watery. Very refreshing with a bit of a carbonated bite--not too much though.

Overall a very good beer, though really the first amongst its style that I have tried. Recommended food pairings would be spicy foods (buffalo wings) or barbecued ribs.

Fulky, Apr 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

johnsilk, Apr 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

rjl910953, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of TheBrewo
3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was served from the tap at The Distillery in Victor, NY. It arrived in a house pint glass and glowed a wheaty, orangey color. It held a brief one finger head of stark white bubbles. This left spots of lacing, but little else. There was a thick haze to the look, with no actual sediment noted. Carbonation appeared lighter. The nose showed inclusion of orange oil and pale malts. Cherry and lime worked their way in, with some sesame seed and mossy earthiness. With warmth came a big cellar musk all the way to the back of the nose. Our first impression of this beer remarked on how soft it felt, with such bright orange inclusions. As we sipped, sour grain mash, with wheat and clean barley came first. There was sweetness of black cherry, and a light citric bite of orange. The middle moved forward with more mild wheat, clove, and a phenolic chemically sourness. Copper bite was at the peak, pulling us to an end of very much the same. Sour and wet wheat, with simple orange peel bitters finished things off. The aftertaste breathed of yeast, that huge musk from the nose, cheesiness, sweaty saltiness, and more of that big wet wheat. The body was medium and the carbonation was high. The feel was watery throughout, with a dry coating. The mouth is cooled, with okay slurp and pop, and very little froth or cream. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank okay.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the mix in the nose. There was a fruity sweetness which really helped to cut the grain. This grain through the taste, however, was overly sour at times, much like the dirtiness of a Blue Moon. While this fit the style, and was decently refreshing, this beer was muddy around the edges, and overly mealy.

TheBrewo, Apr 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

FriedGold2112, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of pschul4
4.13/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very slightly cloudy light amber with some white head and nice retention

S- Getting pale malts and some other scents that are hard to put my finger on...citrusy though forsure

T- Nice sweet citrus flavors with some pale malts that hit my palate just right

M- Smooth in a way that you wouldnt expect for a beer wiht this type of flavor profile

O- Really enjoyed this one more than I thought I would. Hats off to BBC for this one

pschul4, Apr 24, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

A: Poured a hazy golden yellow color with a good finger & a half worth of head that settled to a nice layer with pretty good lacing.

S: Wonderful smelling beer.... Lots of floral and citrus hops right up front followed by some bready malt with a hint of honey sweetness.

T: Oddly the honey sweetness and breadiness hits right up front followed by a wonderful mix of floral and citrus hops... I think the citrus notes really shine through.

M: Pretty light bodied with a good amount of carbonation that makes the beer pretty crisp. The finish is a little on the dry side with a little bitter hops in the finish.

O: Overall, a pretty good spring beer.... reminds me a little of a Pils... but the mix of smells and flavors are great. With a good ABV, this would be a good session beer.

mralphabet, Apr 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

DanMolony, Apr 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

jamesbrews, Apr 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

DasPuma, Apr 23, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

4Socialanxiety, Apr 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Ncsochanator, Apr 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +35.7%

Lisadarling, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of Bookseeb
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a cloudy unfiltered yellow orange supporting an easily dissipating head and spotted lace. Smell of light malt, hop with a refreshing citrus note. Taste the sweet notes of the two-row pale and honey malt with a citrus note that lets you know its there mixed in with the unfiltered yeast. Mouthfeel is a light medium with good carbonation. It does have a character of its own to make its place on these upcoming warmer days.

Bookseeb, Apr 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Nathanhlind, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of Cavanaghty
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured feom a bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Straw yellow with a slight haze. Thin white head and a small amout of lacing.

Smell: Citrus and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied, but with a grainy feel. Taste of grassy notes, and some mild hops and citrus.

Overall: Decent brew, but the previous sping seasonals by Sam Adams were far better.

Cavanaghty, Apr 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Antonius08, Apr 21, 2012
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,461 ratings.