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

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2,443 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,443
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 33
Gots: 124 | 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 homebrew311
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap.

A: pours a cloudy yellow with orange tint. Nice frothy white head like a fluffy white cloud, great retention, tons of lace.

S: nose starts of with lemon, orange and coriander, faint wheat malt in the background, relatively mild on the nose

T: taste is fruity with waves of citrus, orange, tangerine, a dash of spice and yeast, a bready malt backbone

Mf: high carbonation, smooth body

O: this is better than I expected, nice and refreshing, nice balance of flavor

homebrew311, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of DaPinsker
4/5  rDev +14.3%

DaPinsker, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of TheYeagermeister
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A--Has a thick off white head with great lacing after an aggresive pour. Cloudy and golden.

S--I want to say "Spring." Beer was well named. lol. I get alot of floral, clean, grassy notes with light citrus. What I smell is good, but not strong.

T--"Noble Tettnang" hops taste close to cascade hops. I get yeast and lemon as well. Crispy but not too sharp, only a touch of bitterness. Can't taste much of the "honey malts" they are way in the background, but the hoppiness doesn't overwhelm. More breadiness comes with the aftertaste--the malts come through a bit better.

M--Light bodied leaning towards medium.

D--Easy to quaff a few of these.

Overall, not half bad.

TheYeagermeister, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of WreckingBrew
4/5  rDev +14.3%

WreckingBrew, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of musicsherlock
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

musicsherlock, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of oldvines
3.5/5  rDev 0%

oldvines, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of DefenCorps
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Single from Chevy Chase, $2.25, I think. Best by June 2012

A mildly hazy yellow orange with a dense, off-white head with decent retention and nice lacing, this looks good. The nose has plenty of doughy malt character, with a nice, delicate hop character, lemony and mildly earthy. Some honey is also present. As it warms up, it gains a cereal note, along with a touch of sulfur.

The palate opens with a mild doughy and honey-like sweetness, along with some fruity flavors (melon in particular) . Mild but firm hop bitterness is present, especially towards the finish, which also has some lemony flavor, with nice balance. Moderately yeasty as well. Over-carbonated to a fault, this aspect ruins what could be a good beer IMO. And when it does dissipate, it takes on a sulfury note, and a rather slimy feel.

DefenCorps, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of corrrance
3.5/5  rDev 0%

corrrance, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of substanceD
4/5  rDev +14.3%

substanceD, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of kjyost
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In tap at Chili's in Minneapolis, MN.

A hazy off straw body with a great white head that lasts forever with stellar lacing. Lots of citrus and pepper on the nose. The body has some spice and very yeasty flavour and finish with minimal bitterness, yet no substantial sweetness. A nice beer that is not great.

That said, I went to Summit EPA for my next beer, so not good enough to keep me interested in a second.

kjyost, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of alien319
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

alien319, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of rogerdclark
4/5  rDev +14.3%

rogerdclark, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of gkunkle
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange peel color with a 1" cream colored head. The head recedes leaving scant spots of lacing in my glass. It eventually falls to a thick film across the surface of the beer. The aroma is of tangerine, a touch of grassy hops, some malt sweetness. In the taste I detect a touch of honey sweetness, and a bit of grain. The hops don't jump out as much as expected, they are subtle and grassy. Towards the end of the sip I get some of that tangerine flavor from the smell. The aftertaste is generally sweet, but it leaves a slight bitterness. The body of the beer is thicker than average, with light carbonation. This beer has a decent amount of complexity, but it is deceivingly subtle.

gkunkle, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of timbre
3.5/5  rDev 0%

timbre, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of SHCC
3/5  rDev -14.3%

SHCC, Feb 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

tdmccarthy, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of Ootppizza
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Ootppizza, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of scootny
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another spring home run for the boys in Massachusetts. A cloudy golden beer with a frothy head and active carbonation. Head is smallish and lace is a bit light but that could also be due to the cold serving temperature. Malty nose with orangey citrus notes and a healthy amount of yeasty dough. A smoothly inviting aroma. Taste is a continuation and wonderful progression of the nose. Big malt front with a bakery display of breads and rolls on my tongue. Hops are expertly done with a gentle amping up of a traditional Keller but not in a way that leaves the style. This is a superb take on the style. Finish is clean, artfully hoppy and balanced. A light dryness in the mouth lingers with faint bread notes. Feel is crisp and creamy at the same time. Smooth swallow as well. A great beer and I hope to see it again but just in case I am buying some more of this to savor.

scootny, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of jsisko01
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a hazy, unfiltered orange-yellow color with an inch thick head that lingers for a minute. The lacing is very nice.

Smell - Citrus, earthy and floral hops, light spices, and a funky yeast bitterness.

Taste - Quite sweet, with a strong honey flavor, citrus, pale malts, white peppercorns, and a nasty alcohol aftertaste similar to that of whiskey ales.

Mouthfeel - Has a creamy, thick body with light carbonation.

Overall - The history of this beer style is pretty interesting and I'm glad I tried it.. but I won't be buying another case of Samuel Adams Alpine Spring.

jsisko01, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of cdawg11
4/5  rDev +14.3%

cdawg11, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Acuity
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Acuity, Feb 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Rciwws, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of blakelive784
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a pint glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a murky orange golden color with a 1.5 finger white head of fair creaminess. Retention is O.K. Appealing.

S - Crystal malt and the yeast make up the majority of the smell. The yeast is biscuity and pleasant. There are some light buried spice and citric notes. Mild to medium strength.

T - The hops are far more prevalent than on the nose, though they're not overbearing. Citric/floral/perfumy hops nicely counter the clean crystal/pale malt combo. Very simple, but very well balanced.

M - Light bodied, crisp and smooth on the finish.

D - It's simple, but it's built well and it's an easy drinker. You could do easily do worse.

blakelive784, Feb 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

darcange, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of Jinxxor
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Jinxxor, Feb 20, 2012
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,443 ratings.