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

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2,364 Ratings

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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.

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3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of Sample Pack bought from Harvest in West Hartford, Best by June, Sampled January 24, 2012
A: Hazy golden yellow color with bright white head. Looks like a heph besides its less creamy, more condensed head.
S: Impressive lager smell. A little wet and very clean yeast chacacter, typical of SA. Pretty hoppy for a helles style. Grass and citrus as the bottle suggets. Bready malt and sweet honey aromas also prevelent.
T: Taste is sweeter than I anticipated. Light hop oils and the honey malt open up. The honey malt really takes over, and in my opinion overpowers any bready/ grainy malt character. The aftertaste finally shows the characteristic toasty malt finish I have come to associate with SA lagers.
M: Mouthful is on the fuller side for a helles. It evenly coats the tongue while remining very crisp.
O: I am usually a huge fan of SA lagers and while I did enjoy this one, it is probally my least preferred of the bunch. The honey malt detracts from this beer in my opinion. It covers up the base malt flavors which are my favorite part of pale lagers. If they booted the honey malt and maybe added a little more base malt I have no doubt I would love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 03:19:30 | More by loftisCT
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New York

4.28/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful crystal clear pale straw yellow color with slight orange tones. Normal pour that was slightly aggressive at the end lead itself to a big rocky puffy white cloud of head that stuck around for about 5 minutes after the pour. Lacing was consistent and thick.

S: Strong malt characteristics with some zippy hop profiles. There is some definite lager yeast notes and some acetyl alcohol present as well.

T: Follows the nose with the malt profiles sitting nicely center stage with citrus hop notes sliding in nicely for a shot of zest that balances wonderfully with the strong malt backbone.

M: Nice dry crisp finish with lingering aftertaste. Mouth coating leads me to reach for the glass quickly and often. Nice carbonation, really nice feel.

O: This is a really nice beer. A quick drinking, really smooth perfect reflection of the style and I'm once again pleased with a Samuel Adams brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 02:25:48 | More by suspect
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out yellow-orange with a nice white fluffy head that sticks around with good lacing. Nice looking beer.
Lemon zest and tart citrus aromas prevail.
Nice light citrus hop up front, bit of a sweet malty body to it. Smooth mouthfeel with a crisp aftertaste. Overall, an excellent beer, perfect for a day riding around on the lawnmower.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 00:15:07 | More by jsdunlop
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

01-25-2012 00:10:20 | More by lainiwakura
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4/5  rDev +14%

01-24-2012 18:22:22 | More by mutd8710
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3/5  rDev -14.5%

01-24-2012 15:48:27 | More by Whiskeydeez
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3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard bottle poured into a pils glass. The Alpine Spring pours a golden orange with some fine haze and with half an inch of somewhat creamy foam. Acceptable retention and lacing.

Nose offers your typical Helles notes but a bit subdued given the lack of clarity, but then that's the point. Some lemon/orange hop notes give the aroma more depth as a result, including some floral notes and a sllightly sour almost wheat like twang, perhaps from the honey influence.

Flavor is simpler with a sweet citric start, then a bit buttery/honey like in the middle, yet finishing rather dry and with a fair hop spice to it. Carbonation keeps well through the glass. Feel is decent for what it's trying to be and a bit fuller than many a German styled lager.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 05:26:03 | More by HalfFull
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

01-24-2012 04:38:54 | More by jordanmckell
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5/5  rDev +42.5%

01-24-2012 04:03:43 | More by ShucksBruh
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3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pilsner.

A: Cloudy, golden/dark hay hue. Plenty of effervescence continually rising to the surface, and clinging to the sides of the glass. Pours into a 2 finger foamy, white head. Slowly and unevenly settles, leaving a bit of sticky residue on the sides of the glass and leaving a thick blanket of foam which lingers. Plenty of thick spider web lacing.

S: Papery grainy nose characterized by wheat, sourdough, and lemon citrus.

T: Wheaty, earthy, grain with just a subtle hop bite.

M: Crisp and refreshing quality. Slightly bittersweet notes cling to the palette, and a little of a dry finish.

D: This one doesn't put up much resistance. Goes down easy.

Atmosphere is really good here. Great appearance with a great head, including a nice residual, good color, and lots of lacing. Nose is basic, but a nice grain. Flavor pretty basic, too, but well-balanced, crisp and refreshing. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 03:56:34 | More by bmwats
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3/5  rDev -14.5%

01-24-2012 02:06:09 | More by DrBwser
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New York

3/5  rDev -14.5%

01-24-2012 02:02:52 | More by KGarrett
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North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours hazy yellow in color with a small amount of visible carbonation and a fluffy 3 finger high white head. This beer has excellent head retention and exhibits significant lacing.

S: Aromas of grassy and floral hops combined with hints of spices and citrus.

T: Flavors of bready malts, spicy hops, and citrus hops without too much bitterness (just a slight amount that seems to balance well with the rest of the flavors).

M: Medium bodied and lingers a bit on the palate with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Good balance of hops and malts makes this a very sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 01:38:32 | More by dbrauneis
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4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: foamy 2-fing. head; lemony yellow, somewhat cloudy; nice steady carb stream; beautiful lacing
S: lemon, grass
T: starts off with light hops at the forefront; several seconds later a prominent buttery flavor develops, along with the wheat-base profile; quite surprising, and notes from the previous commentators suggest that the two-wave thing is universally detectable. Balanced between sweet and bitter; not very complex, but the change in flavor will keep you interested

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 00:14:49 | More by Arithmeticus
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New Jersey

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

A - hazy straw yellow/orange, thick foamy white head, lots of sticky lacing

S - sweet malts, fruity/citrusy hops

T - initial bitterness turned immediately into a sweet wheaty hoppy delight with zesty hints of citrus

M - crisp and refreshing. looking forward to these in the summertime

O - a very refreshing beer from a brewery I'd never really been too impressed by before

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2012 23:18:42 | More by facundoCNB
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a mug. Poured a pale golden yellow with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, grain, banana, and spices. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, banana, spices, and subtle fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was an okay brew. Nothing on this one really bashed me over the head where I needed to go back for sip after sip, but it was quite easy drinking. There were no harsh flavors going on here which made it easy to drink. Just wish there would have been a little more to it to push it to the next level. Worth trying if you get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 18:56:54 | More by thagr81us
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4/5  rDev +14%

01-23-2012 18:41:41 | More by cbeer88
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

01-23-2012 18:28:24 | More by jesus808
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4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

01-23-2012 16:40:45 | More by callmeSteezy
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New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden with a thick, long lasting white head. Nice aroma is of citrus fruit, biscuit malt and noble hops. Medium, smooth body. Bready malt, citrus fruit, light hops and musty unfiltered yeastiness fill the mouth. Finish is long and balanced. As usual, nice session lager from Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 16:11:00 | More by mikeg67
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

01-23-2012 14:56:07 | More by Screper
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3/5  rDev -14.5%

01-23-2012 06:04:41 | More by bigbeers84
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

01-23-2012 06:02:22 | More by ale207
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

01-23-2012 02:32:10 | More by bmur112
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4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright yellow in color and hazy

Smell: Some citrus...lemon...piney as well

Taste: A sweet honey start almost. Some grainy notes...followed by piney hops.

Mouthfeel: light body with medium-high carbonation

Overall:Very refreshing. Light and flavorful. I will pick up more of this for Spring.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 02:23:43 | More by Brunite
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,364 ratings.