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

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2,470 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,470
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 34
Gots: 143 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

r3o, Feb 28, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Demarais, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of JayS2629
4.4/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this on tap at the local Loco's. Looks amazing! Beautiful copper with slight haze cuz its unfiltered. Three finger white cap that sticks around and leaves huge rings on the glass.

The aroma is fresh and hoppy with a caramel backbone. Grassy and herbal notes with a hint of citrus.

Nice balance of caramel, bready notes, and biscuit in the back with huge floral and herbal notes, some lemon zest, and other citrus.

Medium, almost creamy, smooth

Absolutely delicious and well balanced.

JayS2629, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unfiltered hazy orange-yellow-amber hue. Bone white foamy head with tight bubbles nice Belgian lacing. Really cloudy unfiltered look.

A big dose of fresh grass and vegetable fiber. The bouquet is floral and perfume. Delicate noble hop aromas meld with tart citric and chamomile. This beer has the typical Sam Adams profile of pale malts but backed by very sweet sugary honey malts.

The taste is recognizably hoppy and faintly bitter but has a nice dimension of sugary honey. Refreshing but full flavored blend of grassy and floral noble hops which hit with a sharp quick bitterness.

This beer has definite flavors but is also subtle in every way. It has a medium mouthfeel with a definite grain and grass feel. The hops are short and bitter with a crisp dry finish.

A smooth drinkable lager. This is a nice spring beer. It gives me an impression of fresh green plants and festivities.

BerkeleyBeerMan, Feb 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

pirmannt1, Feb 28, 2012
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2/5  rDev -42.9%

kjb32812, Feb 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

jlordi12, Feb 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Mark4prez20, Feb 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

HarmonMW, Feb 27, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

bluesplit63, Feb 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Popp24, Feb 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

stoutlover1978, Feb 27, 2012
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2/5  rDev -42.9%

1p5v, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of output01x
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Best Before JUL) into a pint glass.

A moderate pour yields a 1 1/2-finger cream-colored head that slowly fades after a few minutes to a thick, slightly clumpy dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a hazy orange amber that transitions to a golden straw at the edges. Great lacing can be seen clinging to the edges of the glass but quickly succumbs to gravity.

The first investigation into the nose reveals well-balanced aromas of hops and malt. Citrusy hops gives notes of lemon zest and orange rind while light, bready malt offers notes of biscuit and toast. Slight hints of lager yeast are also noticeable.

Each sip starts very citrusy with notes of orange cream, mandarin orange, and lemon zest. Some grassiness and beadiness are also apparent. Upon swallowing, the orange flavors come forward a bit more and are quickly matched by bready malts like oven-fresh dinner rolls.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is crisp and very drinkable. The body is smooth and refreshing but a tad bit sticky. The carbonation isn't overly noticeable but is definitely helpful in the swallow.

output01x, Feb 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

SeriousALEment, Feb 27, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It seems like a rite of the spring time that Sam Adams changes its spring seasonal. I really enjoy Noble Pils so Alpine Spring has some big shoes to fill.

I picked up a bomber at Total Wine for $2.99 which I thought was a good deal.

Poured into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Beer pours a hazy, dark yellow, almost apple cidery. Two fingers of fluffy white head. Head quickly receded into a wispy layer with some nice lacing. However, it's a fairly dull looking pour.

Smell: Grassy, bready, grainy and slightly sweet. Some mild citrus notes, but no real noticeable hops presence. Still, it smells crisp, clean and very spring-like.

Taste: Big lemon presence up front with some honey-like sweetness. Cracker and biscuit malt flavors give way to a little grassy spiciness from the German hops. Much like the aroma, it's a crisp and clean and very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied lager with some spritzy carbonation. Very drinkable. Would work real well on a warm spring Saturday which will hopefully be here real soon.

Overall: Alpine Spring is a decent spring lager. I don't love it like I do Noble Pils but it's a tasty lager and and again I like that Sam Adams is trying new styles. I'll be picking up a few more of these this spring.

pburland23, Feb 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

HamGlade10, Feb 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

BenSnowden, Feb 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

alamode, Feb 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

mkondor8, Feb 26, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

afksports, Feb 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

tread, Feb 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

madman45, Feb 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

mattyrubes, Feb 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

CaptainHate, Feb 26, 2012
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
78 out of 100 based on 2,470 ratings.