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

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80
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2,360 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,360
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.1%
Wants: 32
Gots: 86 | FT: 0
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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.

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Danny1217

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-05-2012 05:17:38 | More by Danny1217
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prototypic

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Alpine Spring arrived a lighter straw color. It definitely has the hazy look that’s associated with the style. A little backlighting gave it a more yellow-like color. A modest white head rose just above the surface. It was quick to dissipate. Lacing was sticky, but rather light.

The nose is a bit weak, but isn’t bad. It features a hoppy scent out of the gate. They smell a little citric (mostly lemon), but are also earthy and grassy. Some sort of noble hop may have been used. Secondary notes of yeast, grain, and more grass. There are some light malty notes throughout. They smell a little sweet. Alcohol is buried. Not bad.

The flavor is pretty consistent with the nose. A light, sweet malt flavor is noted first. It’s definitely a light base and is quite fitting for what it is. It’s very grainy and earthy throughout. There are some lively hop flavors. Citrus lemon and orange are noted. Other hops have an earthier, grassy flavor. It’s a nice mix. There’s a very slight bitter bite that’s interesting. It has a yeasty or bread-like flavor that’s consistent throughout. It’s not bad and adds something to the overall flavor. Alcohol isn’t noticeable at all. Finishes grassy and a little dry.

Alpine Spring has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation feels active, but it’s not harsh. It’s more crisp and refreshing than anything. I like the feel. This is an easy drinking beer. I could handle a couple of these on a nice spring day.

Alpine Spring is a pretty good release from Boston Beer Company. It’s rather simple and straight forward. If you’re looking for complexity, look elsewhere. For the most part, it performs pretty well all around. I think I’d prefer a little more citrus and a little less grass. Just an observation. It’s pretty good though. Definitely worth checking out.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2012 04:58:38 | More by prototypic
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

02-05-2012 04:32:43 | More by jrohrbacher
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Celt44

New York

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

Poured this one into a Sam Adams large turbulator

Appearance is a cloudy straw....a little darker toward the top. Nice frothy head and lacing lasts throughout the whole experience.

Aroma is all malt and citrus with slight hops..and sugar cookies

Taste - Malty with hints of lemon zest and bananas.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy.

One of Sam's best offerings in a while. It doesn't have the punch of Noble Pils but it's a keeper. Nice job Jim.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 03:26:55 | More by Celt44
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bubseymour

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - One great looking beer. Perfect 3 finger head. Lemony yellow body slighty cloudy with lots of carbonation.

Smell - Smells alot like a Belgian Ale like Leffe or Affligem. Very sweet and lemony with some earthy notes.

Taste - I really like this beer. Definitely has the hop characteristics of the noble pils but has a slightly smoother finish without the crisp hop presence. Some sweet notes and also some grainy notes in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Buttery and full bodied. Feels great in the mouth for such a light beer. I don't know how Jim pulled it off but its really spectacular.

Overall- I was really shocked at how spectacular this beer is. It truely is a wonderful beer. Similar to the Noble Hops but has some slightly different characteristics that are very nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 01:26:13 | More by bubseymour
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
Best by end Jun notched, no info.

A - Alpine Spring pours expectedly cloudy as this lager is unfiltered. Near opaque, the goldenrod beer is topped by a monstrous egg-shell white head. A spiral staircase of lace is created down the glass following the head's slow departure.

S - Crisp and clean like a lager should be, Alpine Spring has a grainy pale malt aroma with a touch of mineral water to it. A combination of floral and citrus zest stems from the German Noble hops and kicks the smell up a notch.

T - A light dusting of corn and straw falls behind a rather bland pale malt base. Noble hops offer the most interesting flavor; a kiss of orange citrus but it's a catch 22 as the finish, because of the hops, is reminiscent of floral soapiness.

M - Delicate balance is played out well but unfortunately the beer remains thin and flat feeling despite it's nice clean lager finish.

O - Alpine Spring put up a valiant effort; it came out swinging but went down in the second round. Samuel Adams tries to do this obscure style justice by brewing it but, the lack of flavor and body signify to me that this seasonal won't be back after it's departure. I will say though, while the haze might scare some less beer educated people, they'll love it's high drinkability!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 23:01:55 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Openwyd

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

02-04-2012 22:25:04 | More by Openwyd
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PintPal

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-04-2012 22:00:14 | More by PintPal
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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by July 2012.

I had this one on tap not long ago and wasn't really a fan. Let's see...

A: There be cloudiness in this her' beer... Argh! Additionally, the head was fluffy, pillowy, and quite massive. I'm kinda impressed by the cloudiness part.

S: I got some citrus hoppiness for sure, and that was leveled out by a fairly large cushion of yeast.

T: Yep... I'm getting the same soap-like aftertaste from this bottled version, but it doesn't seem nearly as pronounced as the draft version of this brew I had the other day. Just enough hop presence to be dangerous and not stray into PA territory, and just enough fruit sugar to give this some character.

M: I dig the feel on this one: sweet, but not syrupy; bitter, but not cloying. The lacing was splotchy.

O: If they could work out the soap taste here, this would be very nice. Well, I thought that this was going to take the place of Noble Pils, but I've now learned that that one is going to be a year-round venture. Thank you BeerFMAndy for the correction. You and BeerFM know everything "beer!"

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 21:26:28 | More by Chaney
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jeffjeff1

California

3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this in a Sam Adams variety pack a few days ago.

Appearance- golden color, thin head that dissipated into nothing quickly

Smell- malts, fruit

Taste- malts, some fruit flavor, pretty interesting

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was actually really good. I really enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Very nice

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 19:19:42 | More by jeffjeff1
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bigred89

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

02-04-2012 17:46:40 | More by bigred89
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daddydawg80

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-04-2012 17:17:45 | More by daddydawg80
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shizzy77

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +14%

02-04-2012 15:47:36 | More by shizzy77
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rct828

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-04-2012 05:35:42 | More by rct828
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Wamesit

Massachusetts

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

A - Pours a hazy straw. Thin white head that gives way to slight clumpy lacing.

S - Pilsner malts. Slight citrus hops aroma. Some fruit esters.

T - Bright pilsner malts mix with mild fruit esters; banana/clove (Hefeweizen yeast?) It is very bright and playful. There is a citrus (orange) hops finish that is very clean.

M - Medium.

O - This was my first Zwickel (or Keller) and I enjoyed it greatly. It falls somewhere between a Hefe and a Pils and fans of either style should be sure to try this Sam Adams release.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 04:31:57 | More by Wamesit
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rwrk42

New Jersey

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

Pour: A cloudy pale yellow. Nice white foamy head.
Smell: Slight fruit smell, mix of orange, citrus and a mellow hop undertone
Taste: Very smooth with light fruit flavors of orange and lemon. Very nice and finishes with a slight hop flavoring
Very good. Highly recommend

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2012 04:21:36 | More by rwrk42
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

02-04-2012 04:06:29 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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maleman

Mississippi

3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an SA glass. Color is dark straw with a two finger head that slowly receded into a thin cap. Skinny, thin lacing down the sides. Smell of malt and biscuits with a trace of pepper. Smooth, slightly phenolic taste is the first thing that registers then glides into something bready. Mouthfeel is light-bodied with little aftertaste. What is there is in the very back of the mouth. A nice, clean, crisp brew that neither surprises nor disappoints. Will imbibe again. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 04:04:21 | More by maleman
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying a bottle of Sammy A's Alpine Spring. The beer pured a yellow color with thin white head that is lacing. The smell includes floral tones with hints of clove and banana. The taste is floral push with light citrus, clove and banana back up. The mouthfeel is light in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a decent beer...as usual from Sammy A!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 02:59:14 | More by WoodBrew
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hockenbeer

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -14.5%

02-04-2012 01:49:20 | More by hockenbeer
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WritersBlock

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

02-04-2012 01:38:13 | More by WritersBlock
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nrs207

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-04-2012 01:29:44 | More by nrs207
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SAxDRC5

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-03-2012 23:45:57 | More by SAxDRC5
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Bito401

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-03-2012 23:32:19 | More by Bito401
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a hazy, opaque golden with a thick, fine-bubbled, pale golden head. Aroma is not strong but is still inviting, with fruity and malty notes. Fruity flavor has notes of malt, apple and yeast with hints of hops and wood. Firm-bodied texture is strongly fizzy and leaves a nice woody, tingly finish.

GO PATRIOTS!!!

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2012 21:59:33 | More by Cyberkedi
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,360 ratings.