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

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Samuel Adams Alpine SpringSamuel Adams Alpine Spring

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Ratings: 2,512
Reviews: 573
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 47
Gots: 201 | 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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Output01x for bringing me this one. Thanks for helping me achieve the goal.

A normal pour delivers just under a finger of white head. This dissipates within a few minutes, leaving an average ring and sprinkling of head-dust. Body is a muted gold/wet straw color and is nicely translucent. Searching reveals a little bubble activity going on in there.

Fresh cut grass smells remind me that I need to go buy a lawnmower. This is backed up with a good citrus zing with a nice malt balance.

Citrus and grass begin the taste journey, with a little pine escorting the malt flavor in to the tongue. All this is accompanied with a note of sour apples.

This beer makes its way over your tongue like a medium bodied brew, then near the back, seems to just bite down on it. It is a rather unique sensation in that the carbonation doesn't seem to hit right away.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best before July 2012. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a cloudy golden/orange color with an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, but a bit light. The brew smells mostly like citrusy and grassy hops, along with some bready malt. The taste is mostly just like the aroma, but there's the addition of some light floral hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with a good amount of soft carbonation. I think this is a decent overall brew. I picked up this bottle as a single, but I'd buy it again in the future.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a hazy straw gold into a "Perfect Pint" with a good two fingers of white frothy head the settles slowly and leaves some spotty lacing.

S: it gives a good citrus hoppy smell with big grassy notes and a solid light malt background.

T: a lot like the nose it flourishes with grassy, citrus and pine like hop notes toned down slightly by that crisp apple sweetness and light sweet malt tone.

MF: awesome effervescence; good light, refreshing body and smooth flavors.

D. This is a great beer for the warmer spring days. Its good for the hopheads who want there hops but need an ABV break. I'd grab a six pack, have them on the hammock trail and that would be all she wrote. On the downside the grass notes can be overwhelming at first then (I could imagine) again if you had a couple of these.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy orangish gold with good two-finger head and lace. Smell was typcial of a Sam Adams light beer of this style - citrusy, hoppy, not much else as spices and malts are pushed into the background. Taste is more of the same as I enjoyed drinking this, although partly b/c it's easy to drink and goes down smooth. Hops provide a nice bite, and there are some discernible citric/spice hop notes, but this isn't too complex and I can't really say any sweetness from the malts arrives for balance (although I'm not going to call this beer bitter or watery b/c there is some balance).

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The taste of spring in a bottle. With this releasing right upon the cusp of the Spring season in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, it gives the person partaking a smell and taste of a fresh mountain spring. This beer is light, crisp, & smooth. When poured correctly (from a bottle) there is a slight haziness that many beer drinkers welcome. Overall, an above average beer.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle, the beer produced a golden color with a mild citrus aroma. This is an easy sipping beer on a hot day. The initial taste was an earthy flavor balanced with nice hints of honey and citrus. The flavor was swept away by an aggressive wave of carbonation. It was almost soda quality carbonation. At the end, a lemony aftertaste was left behind. It bordered on having an acidic quality to it. In a lot of ways, this felt like a shandy. However, unlike most shandys, I did not completely dislike this beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= Golden beery color with thick white head and foam lacing. Slight chill haze.

S=mostly malt dominated. Not much hop aroma going on.

T=there is an off putting component to the bitterness. It's not that it is too bitter, I don't think but something seems chemically? Some pleasant malt sweetness in the finish. The finish also seems a bit acidic, as in too carbonated.

Really wanted to like this more than I do. Next time I'll grab the Noble Pils, which I like much better.

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Sam Adams Alpine Spring: This was the Sam Adams on tap selection at a resort in Phoenix. It has a cloudy honey color with a pure white head that fades quickly. No aroma of note. The flavor is light and fresh, predominately citrus. No carbonation, but I had it on tap, so you never know how fresh the keg was. A good choice for easy summer consumption.

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