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

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2,373 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,373
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 33
Gots: 90 | 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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New York

3/5  rDev -14.3%

02-26-2012 05:50:15 | More by mattyrubes
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

02-26-2012 04:59:26 | More by CaptainHate
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3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours a dark yellow hue with a thin whitehead that has some retention, lacing and moderate carbonation.
S. Citrus, bread
and yeast is what I pick up in the aroma.
T. The taste starts out with some bread and yeast and follows with some floral and citrus hops and finishes off with some honey malts.
M. The mouthfeel is a nice smooth easy to drink medium bodied beer.
O. A rather pleasant tasting beer that is very enjoyable to drink. Sam Adams now has two spring beers worth picking up. Noble Pils is the other beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 04:50:05 | More by DannyDan
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2.83/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Glass - Mug

A - A cloudy pale yellow/gold color with lots of visible carbonation. It produced a 2-3 finger soapy looking head that held well for a Lager. Some decent lacing was left on my Mug at the end.

S - The smell reminds me of allot of other Sam Adams beers. Herbal and lemony hops are upfront, with soft grain, biscuit and cracker like malts underneath. Some mustiness from the yeast, that's about it.

T - Hmm, well I pick up bread, cracker, and Lager yeast upfront and throughout. Mild herbal and lemon citrus hop flavors come in towards the finish. It's a bit dry and finishes with almost absent bitterness and a touch of alcohol.

M - Moderately crisp with a chewy feel and medium-full body.

O - I don't think this is a Sam Adams brew that I'd buy again. It's very boring and basic to me. The flavor profile tastes of nothing but Lager yeast and a pinch of hops, and the smell is very similar. I'd drink it again but I'm not buying it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 03:34:32 | More by PintOHops
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3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazey golden body with a bone white head. Good lacing.

S- Not getting much, some citrus and a yeasty aroma.

T- Citrus, honey and an unfiltered body.

M- Good carbonation, refreshing.

O- Easy drinking, but nothing special. Seems like a decent summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 03:26:54 | More by stephenjmoore
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New York

4/5  rDev +14.3%

02-26-2012 03:03:41 | More by sdj5
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3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- a slightly cloudy goldenrod with orange hints. Nice creamy egg shell colored head. A little bit of lacing.

S- Lemon zest, noble hops, and some pilsner malts.

T- Some lemon zest, a restrained noble hop presence, some wheat malt, that transitions into a strangely interesting and quite pleasant grainy sweetness. Lemon zest lingers

M- spot on carbonation, and the wheat malts lend a certain creaminess to the brew.

O- I didn't know what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised. I like this quite a bit more than Sam Summer Ale, likely due to the more pilsner like qualities. Certainly glad this will be around even in non-craft beer friendly establishments through the spring.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2012 02:35:01 | More by JWU
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

02-26-2012 02:11:23 | More by Christopher415
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New York

3.5/5  rDev 0%

02-26-2012 02:07:17 | More by MikeD1687
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

02-26-2012 01:57:25 | More by ncworster
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3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was tempted by the label's notice of citrus flavors and unfilteredness - two qualities I like in a beer. I was not disappointed. The beer poured a nice golden-brown, with a fine head and a slight lacing. The mouthfeel was just the right carbonation, the aroma just fine, and a pleasant additional taste of sour grain remnants.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 01:47:28 | More by UpNorthLager
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Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a tulip pint at 52 degrees. Best before June notched on the label. Pours a dull, light, tangerine hue with a semi-hazy clarity and a loose, quarter inch, cream-colored head. Nose expresses citrus zest, a noble hops presence and a slightly metallic aroma. Taste consistent with nose; however, there is also a distinct earthy wheat character with a hint of cereal grain sweetness at the finish. Also the metallic quality detected in the nose is not present in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a lively, almost crisp carbonation and a pleasant, easy acidity. All and all, of the few Keller biers that I've tried, this one does not seem overly style consistent. That said, I have to say that I've really quite enjoyed this beer the few times I've had it so far. It's easy drinking with just enough character to make it satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 23:41:36 | More by Jwale73
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3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy light gold color with a medium, creamy, white persistent head that leaves strong lacing in its trails.

S-It starts off with a mild spring like citrus/floral aroma from the hops and a beautiful fresh baked bread smell from the grains. It's pretty simple and straight forward from the smile but yet beautiful.

T-The flavor is much like the aroma but, actually exactly like the aroma. Full of mild floral/citrusy hop notes backed by very bready flavors from the grain with a very mild hop bitterness.

M-It's extremely creamy with a balanced yet more on the sweet side on the finish. It has the perfect amount of carbonation.

O-Overall, I really enjoyed this beer as a spring/summertime beer so much so that I am going to attempt to brew a beer like this for my wife because she likes it so much. I had to buy a six pack of it after trying two in the mix twelve pack. I highly recommend this beer for people who live in a warm climate right now, get it while it's fresh. Cheers everyone!

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 23:09:16 | More by hoplover82
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

02-25-2012 22:28:14 | More by UncleAddie
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a case of these on sale at the local grocer for 12 bucks.

Pours a hazy golden/orange with a soapy head that slowly sits down leaving a heavy, sticky lace in its wake.

Aroma is pretty pedestrian with just a hint of biscuit, honey, and citrus delicately poking its way through.

Taste is, up front, very notably honey and a smattering of lime. The tettnang hops are very noticeable, but the generous honey flavor ensures that this beer starts and stays balanced. Towards the end it begins to smooth out into a yeasty, bready finish that snaps clean. Extremely refreshing!

Mouthfeel is dense and chewy but not overly so. Feels "wholesome".

This is a fantastic beer that may not get the praise a beer this balanced deserves. I'll be buying another case or two of this before the spring is over.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 22:18:07 | More by theaudist
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

02-25-2012 22:04:32 | More by NickyDee21
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North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Lager glass]

The pour was a hazy golden orange with a small (less than 1 finger) white creamy head that was mostly diminishing leaving a small collar of foam which allowed for some fair lacing.

The aroma was of straw malts, floral hops and an earthy yeast with notes of citrus (lemon) and a bit of honey.

The taste was mildly malty sweet with a hint of lemon and honey pretty much throughout with the end being rather yeasty and having a nice wheat citrus taste. The flavor lasted an average amount of time proceeding the swallow with the taste of citrus being most dominant.

Mouthfeel was just above light in body and a little watery in texture with a fizzy carbonation.

Overall a great spring/summer brew, one with a nice citrus wheat taste that is very refreshing, especially on a hot day...

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 19:39:37 | More by KajII
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New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow with a medium off white head, good lacing. Aroma of sweet biscuit malt, lemon and citrusy fruity notes and some light floral hops. Taste is sweet malt, citrus, some light yeast, lemon peel and some nice peppery floral hops. Palate is a medium body, crisp mouth feel and lively carbonation. Finish is sweet malt, citrus and lemon peel notes, fruity, with some light spicy bitter peppery hops on the end. Overall a nice drinkable brew for early spring.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 19:04:29 | More by Samp01
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2/5  rDev -42.9%

02-25-2012 19:03:59 | More by pisomojado8
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

02-25-2012 18:23:26 | More by duceswild
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3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huh... alot better than i thought. I was expecting something plain and cost effective replaement for noble pils. This has a super thick body for a lager. Huge head retention. No much aromas as expected with a german style lager. Flavor is full of herbal like flavors. Very earthy hops. I might like this better than noble. Well done... SA has really perfected the lager style beers. Well done and saved me at a regular sports bar. Thanks sa

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2012 18:01:18 | More by CampusCrew
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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

02-25-2012 17:21:29 | More by andrewj17
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4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Texas Roadhouse.
Served in a 22oz frosted mug. Cloudy and golden in color with a creamy white head. Smells great. Fresh citrus hops a plenty. Palate is refreshing and tasty with a good malt base and strong citrusy hop flavor with low bitterness. On tap, this is a great beer that suprised me a bit. I wasn't expecting this level of flavor and aroma. This should stay in the SA portfolio, in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2012 16:30:27 | More by JunkYardJake
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a hazy honey with a bright white head that slowly dissipates, leaving some slight lacing at the top of the glass.

S-Not much going on in the nose, all I could pick up were the Tettnang Noble hops for the most part.

T-Once again the Tettnang Noble hops played an important role, some sweet maltiness, and some grassy notes. Like the nose, there was not a lot of flavor at all which was very disappointing.

M-Thin and watery.

D-You could drink many of these in a session because it is easy drinking.

Overall, this is a nice beer for this time of year I suppose, but it just seemed lackluster to me.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 14:09:48 | More by thegodfather2701
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

02-25-2012 12:47:10 | More by nwatson
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,373 ratings.