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

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BA SCORE
80
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2,363 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,363
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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gkatsoris


4/5  rDev +14%

01-23-2012 01:15:50 | More by gkatsoris
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Jerone

Florida

3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly darker than straw and honey colored, very hazy with lots of bubbles. A great head that is close to creamy and stays around for a long time, reasonable lacing.

S - The smell is of some lemon, grains, wheat and a hint of spice. There is a touch of something metallic that I don't like.

T - The taste is slightly sweet with some lemon and grains, it finishes with a nice bread/wheat flavor that stays in your mouth for a long time. The flavors are good but it could use a bit more of them. If there are hops they are only slight and accent the clean taste of the lemon.

M - Good mouth feel, light feel but slightly chewy with lots of carbonation.

O - As with most Sam Adams beers, this is a solid brew but could use a bit more flavor. An enjoyable beer that is a good choice on tap at those restaurants that only have macros and sam adams seasonal.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2012 00:56:59 | More by Jerone
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BigPlay1824

New York

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

Enjoyed in a pilsner glass

A: pours a crystal clear light yellow with a finger of fine bubbled white head that lingers nicely, leaves a nice amount of crisp lacing on the glass
S: nice crisp and fresh lemon and grassy scent
T: begins with a slight lemony taste which then moves into a nice depth and bit of a wheat flavor in the middle, the lemon grass like flavor lingers on the palate long afterwards
M: smooth and crisp, medium carbonation, leaves the mouth just slightly dry
O: a real good job by samuel adams here, clean and great tasting, i loved noble pils but i think this is a more than adequate switch over

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 00:17:46 | More by BigPlay1824
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kingcrowing

Vermont

2.85/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap poured into a shaped pint glass.

Pours a hazy amber with a small white head and light lacing. Nose is malty sweet and malty.

Taste is very carbonated and sharp. Mouthfeel is chewy and nice. Malty honey flavors dominate which is pretty nice. Overall its decent but nowhere near as good as noble pils.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2012 23:09:57 | More by kingcrowing
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plaid75

New York

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

Poured a bright copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured raw noble hops and a very husky grain.

The taste was equally jagged at the start with coarse grains and sharp hops. However a bright citrus element brightened the flavor toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall an interesting take on a classic style.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 22:32:50 | More by plaid75
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shockrocker65

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +14%

01-22-2012 21:36:39 | More by shockrocker65
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Nerudamann

Oregon

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

Poured from a bottle into a flute glass.

Look – light amber color, somewhat hazy, good carbonation, and about a finger’s worth of off-white foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell – interesting hop blend in this one. Definitely smells of the nobles, perhaps Saaz hops. Wonderfully German smelling!

Taste – much like the smell. The taste of the hops are present, but not the bite, which seems to signify a higher than perceivable blend of malts. There’s a little bit of a fruit-like quality there too, but mostly just the musky taste of the hops.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced overall, not seeming to lean too heavily toward one side or another in terms of wateriness or creaminess.

Overall – pretty good brew! Surprisingly rich and interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 19:45:56 | More by Nerudamann
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redliner8

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +14%

01-22-2012 19:39:36 | More by redliner8
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

2.08/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Why am i drinking a spring seasonal in January? Its wayyy to early. Oh well.

Pours a slightly cloudy dark straw color. No carbonation and no head. EVen the nucleation point in my SA Perfect pint is nt doin a damn thing.

The smell is rather unimpressive. Smells like slick sopay malt. Hints of citrus.

OMG it tastes like Budweiser, actually more like a cleaner double Bud. Im not pleased, and i think this thing is going down the drain in 0.4 seconds. Im not digging the dry feed corn taste and feel.

On Tap, I got very slight hints of a hop character, but it honestly tasted like an unbalanced popcorn lager. I would have liked more sweetness and slickness, but dried corn.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 18:30:37 | More by VncentLIFE
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jerkstore81

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

01-22-2012 18:23:53 | More by jerkstore81
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

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

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: opaque, lemon/orange color with a white, 1 finger head that heads off to the mountains in a hurry. Good lacing.

Smell: citrus, lemony, with a malt presence.

Taste: Follows nose. A real full-bodied lager. Surprisingly rich and smooth. A bit o' honey comes through, followed by a light hoppy finish with a tang.

Mouthfeel: light to medium. Frothy.

Overall: Better than I was expecting. Very sessionable. A good replacement for Noble Pils. I think this one will do well for ladies who like lighter-tasting brews and the men who follow along their mountain paths.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 15:52:54 | More by brewskifan55
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gcotts

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

01-22-2012 01:56:14 | More by gcotts
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SlickestWilly

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

01-22-2012 01:52:23 | More by SlickestWilly
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Milkysunshine

New York

4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

01-22-2012 01:51:59 | More by Milkysunshine
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beergoot

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A straw, gold beer with a touch of cloudiness and with a nice white head. Great head retention. Thick rings of lacing on the pint glass.

The aroma comes on with spicy, floral notes. There's a grassy, earthy hint to things.

There's a very light malt and bitterness to the taste. Very much a pilsner quality to things. Mouthfeel is soft, yet with a medium richness to it.

I like this beer overall. It goes beyond the classic pils quaulities, yet stays within the parameters, oddly enough. Worth checking out...

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 01:27:52 | More by beergoot
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wrycon

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A fair straw, with an orange underbelly. Sparse head with tight-ish lacing. Strong malt nose with a fair amount of overripe orange. A bit of lemon. Pretty good. Some tang at the outset with a grainy backdrop. The tang gives way to a strong, bready malt presence. Some nuttiness and some almost... graham cracker lays fat on the tongue. End mouthfeel could be a bit cleaner, but it's an eminently drinkable and flavorful beer.

Like It? I Do

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 01:16:13 | More by wrycon
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mulcahy87

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -14.5%

01-22-2012 00:58:34 | More by mulcahy87
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scratch69

Missouri

4.28/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a bottle into a Samuel Adams glass.

Appearance- Cloudy golden-orange with a finger and a half worth of white head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Faint aroma of citrus and malt. Smells good, just not very strong.

Taste- Sweet malt with lemon and orange notes and a hint of honey.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and a nice amount of carbonation. Very crisp.

Overall- Very drinkable and I will definitely be adding to my rotation. I hope there is some left this spring so I can enjoy it when I fire up the grill.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 00:50:17 | More by scratch69
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pixieskid

Germany

4.7/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I absolutely love this beer, despite the fact there is a foot of snow outside and I can't understand how this is a spring release when I am drinking it in the dead of winter...

Pours a hazy light orange with a fluffy 2 finger head; nice retention, but eventually dissipates to a minimal lingering head.
Nose: notes of citrus (orange and lemon) with a hint of graininess.
Taste: Strong citrus upfront with a hint of floral hops. A bready, almost toasty malt back balances out the strong yet delicate hoppiness. Finishes with a grassy bitterness and a little more citrus, almost...almost tartness like a Berliner Weiss (probably just wishful thinking, as I haven't had any sour goodness in some time).
Mouthfeel: Very creamy, yet crisp and light...perfect!

Overall: a killer "replacement" for Noble Pils, really wish this thing was a new year round release.
Additionally, as a serious advocate of German beers, especially lagers, I think Sam Adams nailed this one.
I really appreciate the thought that went behind this "concept beer" as it is a melding of some of my favorite German styles! A must try for anyone who appreciates a beer with superb balance, character, and a nice change of pace!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 00:33:12 | More by pixieskid
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riversider76

New York

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

Pours a nice medium golden with a fluffy white head. Excellent retention, and a nice lace. Aroma is of bready, malts, with notes of orange and lemon.Body is medium and carbonated. Taste is Malty up front with bursts of sweet/tart fruit through out. Crisp, but earthy finish. Liked it a lot!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 00:25:53 | More by riversider76
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insocova

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

01-21-2012 21:41:32 | More by insocova
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gatornation

Minnesota

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

from a 12 oz bottle notched BB 0712

A- pours a light orange/yellow color with a frothy white 2 finger head and a nice amount of lacing

S- faint citrus with sweet pale malts

T- started with mellow sweet malts but gave way to floral citrus hops has a bread and yeast finish some lemon baked bread

M- was crisp and floral light on the palate with a nice sweetness of hops and malts

O- a nice offering for spring very easy to drink and i think i will be drinking more this spring

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 20:58:16 | More by gatornation
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Chugs13

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

01-21-2012 19:35:25 | More by Chugs13
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rondufresne

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

01-21-2012 19:34:28 | More by rondufresne
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Hessian257

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +14%

01-21-2012 15:45:50 | More by Hessian257
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,363 ratings.