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

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BA SCORE
80
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2,364 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 2,364
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.1%
Wants: 33
Gots: 87 | 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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grubefresh

Arizona

4/5  rDev +14%

02-13-2012 06:50:56 | More by grubefresh
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vencad

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-13-2012 06:45:35 | More by vencad
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Yabev15

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -14.5%

02-12-2012 18:58:16 | More by Yabev15
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redoak075

California

2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

02-12-2012 17:51:30 | More by redoak075
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Higy

Indiana

4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best seasonal brews from Samuel Adams. I do not usually enjoy hops with a citrus profile (but palates do change.) It was well balanced with hops and malt flavors.

It is a beer i would recommend to someone that usually drinks "lite" beer and to someone who does not enjoy american style hopped beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 17:48:39 | More by Higy
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sniper061

New York

3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance-This is a nice looking hazy yellow beer with nice carbonation. Poured into a pilsner glass, this was done for me, it is very pretty.

Smell- Citrus with a nice faint hoppy smell to it.

Taste- This is one of those beers that really can liven up your palate. The citrus is there all the way til the end and the hops taste doesnt kick your teeth in when it hits your mouth.

Mouthfeel- This is definitely one of those beers that you can drink and it sits very nicely on your palate. It has wonderfully small bubbles of carbonation that seem to make all the tastes "pop" in your mouth.

Overall- I truly enjoyed this beer, and, even though this is not my first choie in types of beer, I will be adding this to my beer fridge for friends and family when they come over. This beer is very good from beginning to end and matches with so many different food types I think you would be safe ordering this with almost anything that would be on a bar menu. I think spicy wings would be calmed by the citrus and the hops. I think a burger with onions and mushrooms would be cleaned from your palate by the carbonation of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 15:55:49 | More by sniper061
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RKel888

Alabama

4/5  rDev +14%

02-12-2012 15:38:46 | More by RKel888
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-12-2012 15:15:08 | More by Reagan1984
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mscott1975

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +14%

02-12-2012 14:40:53 | More by mscott1975
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ButtomsUp

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-12-2012 07:41:58 | More by ButtomsUp
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smartens

Iowa

4/5  rDev +14%

02-12-2012 04:29:02 | More by smartens
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this tonight with dinner at a Chili's. If I'm grateful to Sam Adams for anything, it's bringing a solid option for a beer to almost every corner of the country.

Came to me in a Sam Adams perfect pint, or whatever the hell they call their Boston Lager glass. Hazy medium golden hue. Smells of slight hops aroma, but mostly wheat and malty notes. Taste was actually pretty complex. It didn't have what I like to call the usual "Sam Adams taste." Started off like a traditional wheat beer with lighter notes and grassy tones, but then some malt came through. Ended with a slight hops kick, but not much at all in among the sweeter malt profile.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 03:27:31 | More by boilermakerbrew
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jaidenjb

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-12-2012 02:36:29 | More by jaidenjb
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halo913

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -14.5%

02-12-2012 01:00:01 | More by halo913
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Chickenhawk9932

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange/yellow with a frothy off white head that hangs around for the duration.

Smells heavy of citrus with some malt and a floral bouquet.

Taste is a citrus burst - bitter lemon and grapefruit and sweet orange - giving way to a slightly sweet malt. It finishes with the sweet sour earthiness of a Belgian. A nice wake up for the mouth with some intense flavors, but it leans a little too much to the sweet side for me to seek it out again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2012 00:45:48 | More by Chickenhawk9932
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jkrich

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. freshness dated bottle: Poured a cloudy, golden-orange hue with a foamy, sustained white-head. The bottle states this was brewed in OH or Pa.

Lively mixture of spicy, noble hops and light fruitiness. The fresh, inviting aroma is indicative of Spring.

The flavor begins with a mild bittersweet taste that is followed by a slightly ale-like fruitiness, much like an English bitter, though it has some yeasty and bready flavors typical of a good German lager. In fact, this lager is clean and refreshing, yet has some characteristics of a flavorful blond ale. Perhaps this is part of the "keller" lager profile. A very pleasant sourness settles in with the aftertaste.

A clean, rounded and creamy mouthfeel with a nice malty-fruit driven coating on the palate. The carbonation is restrained for a lager.

Yet another solid seasonal offering by Samuel Adams. The flavor profile was unique. The brewery took a chance with a style that is not well known or readily available.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 00:44:42 | More by jkrich
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angusdegraosta

New York

3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had Alpine Spring on tap at Mary Carroll's in Huntington, NY. This golden-colored cloudy but not too cloudy offering has good carbonation and head. As this is a new style for me, I have nothing to compare it to. Light citrus and herbal smell. The taste leans more toward lemon and orange than grapefruit, which pleases me. The hops add aroma rather than bitterness here. In addition to the citrus characteristics, there is a good amount of malt sweetness, which is pleasantly balanced by some tartness. I'd consider this almost medium-bodied. Certainly lively and drinkable - give it a try, I say.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2012 00:18:27 | More by angusdegraosta
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OldTime

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-11-2012 22:44:19 | More by OldTime
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wages

Missouri

4.78/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance - 4.5/5 - Pours a hazy yellow with a finger of white head.

smell - 4/5 - Smells of lemon or orange peel.

taste - 5/5 - Instantly refreshing Helles flavor backed up by bright citrus flavors. There's more in there that I can't quite describe as anything besides "Helles".

mouthfeel - 5/5 - Has a high level of small bubble carbonation that enhances the refreshing spring flavors and clears out those flavors making room for the next swallow.

overall - 5/5 - Quite an impressive complex lager for a seemingly simple beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 22:03:19 | More by wages
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ScarletFire1017

New York

3/5  rDev -14.5%

02-11-2012 21:38:24 | More by ScarletFire1017
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It is kind of like how William Wordsworth put it in that it is not the world that is too much with us, but Resin that is too much with me. I remain stunned by the CANtents of that pretty li'l green CAN that packed the wallop of The Incredible Hulk. It's making me feel green and not in any kind of good way. I need to level off and I am hoping that this will bring me back down to my usual operating speed.

From the bottle: This unfiltered lager is perfect for spring. Noble Tettnang hops, grown in the foothills of the Alps, give the brew a bright citrus and floral aroma and flavor. These are balanced by the slightly sweet crisp notes of two-row pale and honey malts. Cheers!

The pour created just over two fingers of eggnog-colored head with good retention. Color was a slightly hazy golden-yellow. Nose had a lemony-citrus quality along with a dry crackery maltiness. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was light, dry and citrusy, a perfect counterpart to that wild DIPA that preceded it. I am amazed that a style this ancient is making a comeback, but this is a great time to be an aficionado of beer. Finish was dry, lemon citrusy and just a nice, mellow, pleasant beer all around. I wish that they would put this in CANs as I am planning at least one trip to the shore this summer and I gotta fill that coola somehow.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 20:11:20 | More by woodychandler
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RobertTheRogue

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -14.5%

02-11-2012 17:40:35 | More by RobertTheRogue
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow with an off white head. In the aroma, light citrus and small lager like tones. In the taste, a small, sweet earthiness to citrus like flavors, with small lager like undertones all the way through. A small bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry yeasty and small lemon citrus like aftertaste. Small earth and citrus with lager notes, it feels like a saison and a lager had a baby.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 15:19:18 | More by OWSLEY069
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CowsCanBark

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on-tap at the T.G.I. Fridays in Exton, PA. I hastily jotted down notes on my shitty old ass phone.

Delivered in a 22 oz. (frosted, of course) mug. It was actually the perfect temperature, though, so it was okay.

Appearance: Came to me with a one-finger bone-white head and a very cloudy (unfiltered) dark orange hue. There was decent lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Malts, sweet orange/citrus, mild hops

Taste: Very light. Sweet malts, apricots, orange/citrus, very fruity all around. There was also the tiniest bitterness and a bit of spicy character. The finish was a bit watery as well.

Mouthfeel: Light to moderate body, high carbonation, smooth.

Overall: My first beer of the style and I am pleasantly impressed. An overall nice spring beer that I'd be happy to order another 22 oz. mug of.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2012 10:03:35 | More by CowsCanBark
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demgoth

New York

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-11-2012 06:01:25 | More by demgoth
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,364 ratings.