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

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BA SCORE
80
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2,358 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,358
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.1%
Wants: 32
Gots: 85 | 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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Mayhewbc

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

03-19-2012 22:35:57 | More by Mayhewbc
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Dave1999

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Came in the glass a cloudy yellow with a small white head.

The smell was of citrus hops and malts. Not particularly strong but pleasant none the less.

The taste was light and crisp. Some citrus from the hops but quite subtle.

This had light feel to it with a nice level of carbonation.

This was the first beer I've had in this style and I liked it. I'd recommend this if you fancy something a bit different.

Edit. Tried this again in a bottle was no way near as good.I'd give this maybe a 3 in the bottle,big difference.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2012 18:33:44 | More by Dave1999
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stampfler07

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

03-19-2012 18:30:58 | More by stampfler07
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Brenden

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This style, in which I believe this beer is correctly categorized, takes some getting used to and is one of those some enthusiasts find it difficult to get into; firstly, because ales are generally thought of (rightly) as being more flavorful and having more depth and secondly because there's so little to compare one to. Combine that with the "huge beer or no beer" attitude prevalent and it's a tough sell. Nutshell: I believe BBC did a very good job.

There's no doubt it's unfiltered, as the heavy haze can attest to. It seems this beer would be a bright gold otherwise. A decent whitish head about a finger tall stands pretty well and leaves spotty lacing with some legs dangling here and there.
Citrus is the big note in this beer, perhaps sharing equal part with some grassiness in both aroma and flavor, and bready malts also balance well with that classic German hops profile. There's a definite herbal element to it that comes out strongly, and a bite of spiciness isn't shy to make itself known. This is pretty complex and more flavorful than many lagers tend to be. The breads turn drier as it goes so that it's more like bread crust as it finishes out.
The feel is crisp and with a flowing smoothness, but a touch grainy and not as clean as it could be.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 17:49:43 | More by Brenden
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jefftuck47

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -14.5%

03-19-2012 14:41:16 | More by jefftuck47
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humuluslupulus8

Arizona

4.23/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Alpine Spring is a golden color similar to a lighter honey. It was slightly cloudy from being unfiltered, and the head was airy and barely off-white.

The main aromas were citrusy hops accompanied by bright malts. The balance was definitely shifted toward the hops in this beer.

The taste has the citrusy, bright components of the aroma but was well balanced. The finish was clean and quick.

There was a nice amount of carbonation, but the beer still seemed somewhat denser than it should- maybe the unfiltered yeast was the cause.

Overall, this is a nice beer to drink. It would be best suited to spring or summer weather when it is warmer.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 06:19:11 | More by humuluslupulus8
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SpartanHistory2013

Michigan

3/5  rDev -14.5%

03-19-2012 05:32:53 | More by SpartanHistory2013
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goblue1994

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

03-19-2012 01:32:16 | More by goblue1994
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RJLarse

Washington

3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a six-pack of Alpine Spring in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a hazy yellow color with a creamy white head.

Smell is a sharp floral scent like roses, nail polish with a hint of citrus.

Taste is a lager-like, a citrus favor on top of a sweet bread flavor.

Mouthfeel is very clean and crisp. Like spring should be.

Overall a very drinkable spring brew. I'm not much on lagers, and the floral nail polish element is there, but it's not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 00:42:13 | More by RJLarse
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow to slight orange color with a one finger white head which gives way to skim and no lace. The aroma is of sweetness with some citrus and a nice honey aroma. The taste has a bready backbone with a slight mild noble hop bite to it, there is also a taste of citrus and then a nice honey flavor at the backend. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall I was surprised by this beer, it is a very easy drink and very enjoyable. This would make a perfect spring session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 22:34:32 | More by goblue3509
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bconsidine

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

03-18-2012 20:06:49 | More by bconsidine
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DMills


4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

03-18-2012 19:46:28 | More by DMills
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ernestenvy


2/5  rDev -43%

03-18-2012 19:29:21 | More by ernestenvy
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jharris2289

Michigan

4/5  rDev +14%

03-18-2012 19:04:06 | More by jharris2289
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Darles_Chickens


4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

03-18-2012 15:52:45 | More by Darles_Chickens
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From tasting notes... Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A) Pretty much yellow, a little orange held to light. There was maybe a finger of head produced with a slow pour. The head didn't stick around. No lacing noted.

S) Mild aroma of malt sweetness, lemon/citrus, flower petal and white wine.

T) The nose was a good indicator of the flavor to follow. Decent balance leads to a mild and refreshing taste. Finishes with light grass and even lighter pine.

M) This was pretty light, with the right amount of carbonation to keep it crisp and easy drinking. A bit dry at the end, clean aftertaste.

O) A nice spring drinker that is certainly worth a try, but not a must have seasonal in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 14:05:55 | More by RoamingGnome
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beerme626

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

03-18-2012 13:53:46 | More by beerme626
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle best by june

Pours a cloudy gold with a soapy white head. Doesn't really have that unfiltered look like the label claims. Smell is cascade hops and a little sweet malt. Taste is bready citrus zest with a sweet lemon rind aftertaste. As it warms, there is a hint of pepper or clove. Some skunky grains are present as well. Decent carbonation and medium-mild feel.

Overall very drinkable, a little too much on the sweet side. With some more hop bite, this could be a favorite.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 09:07:29 | More by jimmah120
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baybassboy

California

3/5  rDev -14.5%

03-18-2012 04:36:29 | More by baybassboy
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had Alpine Spring in a glass stein.

Appearance- The head managed about a finger's width and was white in color. The foam was filmy and retained enough to cover the lid fully and then some, leaving little webs of lace.

The body has a cloudy, marigold color to it, although I am able to see through the glass.

Smell- The nose is a soft combination of some lemony citrus and sharp, grassy hops. It also has a grainy malt aspect buried in there.

Taste- The grainy malt is very present right away, and the lemon has turned a bit to orange zest on the palate. After that, there is the slightest impression of an earthy and grassy hop. The finish is again, grainy and citrus and nature.

Mouth feel- The body has a medium to light feel, and feels a flat for how clean and bright it tastes. A little more carbonation would have helped carry this one.

Overall- I suppose this beer is good, and could be enjoyed on a hot day. However, the malt is a little overbearing, and the feel does not do its part to make this beer as enjoyable as it could be.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 04:27:13 | More by Pintofbrown
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sw2112

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

03-18-2012 02:07:49 | More by sw2112
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zbooks

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

03-17-2012 23:47:46 | More by zbooks
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mjurney

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance:
Deep golden color, hazy. Lots of small bubble rising. Thick foamy head. Leaves a nice lacing behind every sip I take.

Aroma:
Fresh cut grass, wheaty. A little hint of citrus.

Taste:
Bready malts up front, wheaty, doughy, yeasty, slight floral and citrus towards the finish. Dry aftertaste.

Body:
Medium bodied, light on the carbonation, sticky, dry.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 23:44:19 | More by mjurney
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MikeW51


3/5  rDev -14.5%

03-17-2012 22:54:12 | More by MikeW51
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wspscott

Kentucky

3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass
best by July 2012

I don't know the style, so this is a general review.

A: Hazy dark gold color with a thin white head. Lots of lace.
S: Lightly toasted bread and some flowers.
T: Floral hops with a very light citrus note. A definite sweetness, but not overpowering, it is mostly in the background. A little bit of breadiness as well as general "maltiness".
M: Crisp, yet a little round, lots of carbonation.
D: A good, well made beer, but it seems to be lacking something. I like it, I don't love it and would probably not pick up a sixer. At the same time, this would be a good beer to find in a cooler at the beach or someone's pool. Solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 21:56:24 | More by wspscott
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,358 ratings.