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

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80
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2,492 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,492
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 35
Gots: 158 | 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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Photo of thebrood1987
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I get a very flowery smell that could be mistaken for a belgian yeast strain. It also has a lemony citrus smell but not too strong almost like lemonade.

You get the hop spice and bite right up front with a creamy mouthfeel and a very nice bread dough like aftertaste. Its delicious. The best thing about this are the amazing malt characteristics.

It has a light feel to it yet it doesn't. Its odd but definitely the clear cut definition of a spring or even a summer beer. Its perfectly blended with the citrus and slight lemon flavors.

I went into this thinking it was going to be hoppy for some reason but really was surprised and exceeded my expectations at that. Samuel Adams is still one of my favorite brewers even after having tried a fair amount of craft beers.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of JimKal
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsner glass.

I loved the way this beer looked - a cloudy gold with a significant head. There was a lot of carbonation present. It looked nice in the Pilsner glass.

Aroma - a nice malt aroma with a hint of citrus.

Taste - tasted like a nice lager with just a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel - OK. The carbonation helped.

Overall - I enjoyed it. I had been looking forward to trying it. I wouldn't go out of my way to find it but I would order it a bar if the only choices were of the BMC variety.

Photo of DocJitsu
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a honey gold with a white, creamy head. Strong head retention. Orange and lemon zest and banana bouquet. Soft, slick mouthfeel with prevalent citrus. Finishes with a mild lemon banana. Fun, summery beer. Could Boston Brewing actually be answering the call of their years long undeserved hype?

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of AleWatcher
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ontap at The Sandlot in Morris IL.

Very nice golden color, slightly hazy, bright white foamy head. Really impressive retention and lacing.

Smells of some good sweet malt, like pilsner and crystal perhaps? There is a a pleasant, well-balanced hop note here-- mainly lemony, grassy, and floral.

The flavor is exactly like the nose-- very nicely balanced with a smooth toasty sweet malt and a mild bitterness at the backend.

Feel is light an well-carbonated. If this were in cans, this would be a PERFECT summertime beer for out on the boat. Highly drinkable, tasty, and flavorful enough to be interesting.
Certainly one of my favorites from SA.

Well done.

Photo of billybob
5/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a cloudy medium gold in color thick two finger white head and lots of sticky lace that both hold up very well. strong bold citrus and a light floral aroma. nice blending of the orange citrus taste with the yeast and hops. smooth medium mouthfeel and slight pepper taste. this beer wins on all counts. i see this beer going a long way with sam adams. definitely one of their better brewed beers.

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of DerekP
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber-brown in appearance with a bubbly egg head up top. An orange hue comes through as well. Head slims to a rim.

Smells a touch peppery; bready with a citrusy/lemon edge. Hints of burnt rubber at times (odd, but not gross). Light and refreshing in the nose. Both spring & summer seem like appropriate seasons for imbibing this judging from the aroma.

Dry biscuit cuts in the taste pulling itself up front. Spicy hops flavor throws in. Peppery; lemon juice. Lime. Bittering hops lie in the middle, allowing this one to wash away clean.

I'll try it on-tap next.

Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,492 ratings.