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

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Samuel Adams Alpine SpringSamuel Adams Alpine Spring

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2,377 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,377
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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3/5  rDev -14.3%

02-08-2012 18:12:35 | More by bootsandbeer
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4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a thick fluffy white head, moderate lace and cloudy gold color. Aroma is sweet, citusy and grainy. Flavor is a nice lend of sweet malts, Tettnang hops and subtle yeast esters. Mouthfeel is light and pleasant, medium CO2. Overall, this is a pleasant "new" old beer style we can all enjoy en masse.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 06:26:09 | More by EagleTalon
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3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Stolen from my room mate and poured into a pint glass. This one pours a cloudy golden straw color with a finger of frothy white head.

Blood orange in the aroma with a little bit of a buttery finish. A nice dose of doughy yeast and floral hops round out the aroma. Dry cracker and biscuit flavors with a little bit of a sourdough profile. Sweet orange citrus lingers in the background with a little bit of a hop bite.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Honestly seems a bit heavier than I would like. Overall another solid brew from Sammy. Real enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 04:13:49 | More by Bendurgin
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New York

3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass.
A: Pours a golden unfiltered color with a 1.5 finger white head that leaves little lacing. 

S. Slight citrusy lemon zest floral aroma combined with a nice wheaty and a slight orange scent.

T. Earthy. Lemon citrus but also a nice orange undertone.

M. Very light, decent carbonation.

Overall, not a great beer but definitely enjoyable, a bit light for my liking but decent flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 03:14:05 | More by iBeer16
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

02-08-2012 03:12:07 | More by scootercrabb
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

02-08-2012 02:41:52 | More by DWolf
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2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Barely hazed bright gold. Head is a bright-white, a little rocky, and drops to a thin cap pretty quickly. Some lacing. A Sam Adams beer with haze, I never thought I'd see the day.

Smell: Wheat, grass, and some yeast notes. Lemon zest freshens it up a bit. Very mellow. Slightly bready with some pale malt action.

Taste: Lemon and grains. Pale malts and a bready finish. Almost like a lemon wheat water. Super clean citrus flavor, read here orange, lingers in the back. Eat a Wheat Thin and drink water with lemon. Grainy and wet.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than medium, but not quite water. Touch dry. Carbonation is decent.

Overall: The aftertaste made me think of water with lemon. It's so inoffensive and mellow it doesn't really do anything positive or negative. I'd drink it in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 01:55:24 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

02-08-2012 00:07:25 | More by manutd103
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New York

4/5  rDev +14.3%

02-07-2012 15:39:32 | More by electtodefer
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

02-07-2012 15:27:19 | More by sgttibbs
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4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chill hazed golden with 2+ fingers of ivory colored head. Clears up nicely. Pretty good lacing & head retention

S: Pears, faint breadyness & grassy notes

T: Follows the nose, wet grainy notes & a touch of pineapple up front. Wet grainyness, pears & touch white grape, some lemony hops & just a touch of grainyness, a bit of dryness. Finishes grainy, fruitty & bready & a touch of pineapple

MF: Medium bodied, subtle carbonation & a touch of grainyness,

As a Kellerbier I really like this. Had this on draft, but it was chilled way too much. I would happily drink this all Spring & Summer

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 04:51:40 | More by russpowell
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3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle 

A- Pours an unfiltered golden orangish color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is malt and citrus with some hops.

T- The taste is malt up front with a lot of citrus and hop flavors in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, not a bad spring ale. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 03:43:10 | More by cjgator3
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

02-07-2012 03:20:49 | More by codynevels
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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

02-07-2012 00:36:50 | More by aleslover
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3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a 1/2 head that fades quickly to a thin spotting of bubbles

S: Definite citrus and floral notes with a slight hoppy twang

T: Follows the nose, along with an added sweetness from the honey malt. Not too complex, but very crisp and refreshing

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth

O: I'm really enjoying this right now. Very refreshing and easy to drink. A great new spring seasonal from SA

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 23:22:00 | More by BEERMILER12
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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

02-06-2012 23:10:36 | More by csiewert
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3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I drank these for two straight days while in Fort Lauderdale. Not many great options where we were, so I was glad to have a few SA choices.
This one was served in a standard shaker pint. The beer is a hazy apricot with a white head. It has decent lacing.

The beer has a nose of grains and a bit of floral and mango.

The taste is of grains, some fruit notes (citrus, mango and maybe plum) and some light bitterness that is floral in nature.

The mouth is brisk and slightly scouring.

This was an easy drinker that I enjoyed.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2012 22:09:38 | More by Redrover
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New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -14.3%

02-06-2012 22:04:25 | More by NHSTEVE
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

02-06-2012 21:33:20 | More by JCFinn
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

02-06-2012 16:14:54 | More by KidRagnarok
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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

02-06-2012 13:59:49 | More by meanmutt
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3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Alpine Spring has a thin-to-medium, egg shell colored head and a hazy orange-yellow appearance, with lots of tiny streaming bubbles and a good amount of lacing rings left down the glass. The aroma is of sweet malts and citrus. Taste is of sweetness, orange peel, a bit of pine, and hop bitterness, which makes one think it’s higher in IBU than just 19. Mouthfeel is medium, and Samuel Adams Alpine Spring finishes crisp, mild, easy drinking, and refreshing. Overall, it’s really nice.


Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 11:05:54 | More by RonaldTheriot
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3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was hazy straw and hazy gold. About a finger of head. Gray light lacing on the top that didn’t last too long. No film on the sides.

Smelled of bread and grass malts first. Light citrus notes, mainly lemon. Also got some honey and a bit of skunk. Reminded me of a pilsner.

Taste was pretty similar to the nose with bread, grass and wheat leading the way. A bit more honey in the taste than the smell.

Light body. Thin texture. Lively (above average) carbonation. Clean, crisp and refreshing. This was the best part of the beer. It got better as the beer went down.

I was very much looking forward to this beer and it ended up disappointing me somewhat. That being said, I liked it and would order it a bar for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 07:39:16 | More by BucannonXC5
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev 0%

02-06-2012 03:08:33 | More by Hiccups
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North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. I am admittedly not that familiar with this style of beer.

Appearance: Pours a slight hazy straw color, with four fingers of white head that dissipates very slowly. Tons of lacing.

Smell: Grassy hops and bready malt, with maybe a hint of citrus in the background. Reminds me a lot of their Noble Pils, actually.

Taste: Mild malt and grassy hop flavors, with very little bitterness. Tastes somewhat watered down. There's an underlying sweetness, and maybe a slight bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, but very thin, which I think helps make the beer taste more watered down.

Overall: I'm a fan of most of Sam Adams' offerings, but this one just didn't do it for me. It tasted watered down, and all of the flavors were somewhat muted. I barely got any of the "citrus" notes that were advertised. It was certainly drinkable, but I probably wouldn't seek this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 00:07:08 | More by StarlightSeraph
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,377 ratings.