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

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BA SCORE
80
good

2,413 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 2,413
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 33
Gots: 113 | 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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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -14.3%

01-21-2012 13:59:26 | More by DoctorB2B
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

4/5  rDev +14.3%

01-21-2012 04:12:22 | More by ColdPoncho
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elec

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev 0%

01-21-2012 03:05:20 | More by elec
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TrickkyGangsta

Florida

3.5/5  rDev 0%

01-21-2012 02:57:49 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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Thunderchief

New York

4/5  rDev +14.3%

01-21-2012 02:29:01 | More by Thunderchief
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jsanford

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev +1.4%

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A - Pours a hazy glowing gold with a dense white head that settles to a nice haze and leaves sheets of sticky lacing.
S - Crisp, fresh aromas of citrus-forward hops (lemon and orange) with a slightly sweet honey and wheat malt profile, and a touch of Lager yeast.
T - Lots of toasted grain, honey malt, and biscuit dough with a strong orange and lemon hop character.
M - Light and crisp, with a medium-thin body and good carbonation.
O - Approachable and drinkable, this would be nice of a cool Spring day!

01-20-2012 22:23:39 | More by jsanford
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Gmann

New York

3.55/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours a murky golden color, definitely unfiltered. The pure white head is dense and short, settles into a sparse cap.

The aroma seems a tad yeasty but it produces a fairly neutral scent. There is some lemony citrus notes from the hops. The malt has a light bready note. Subtle aroma.

I tastes the hop profile first. There is a lemony itrus note that goes along with a bitter lemon rind as well as a grassy earthy flavor. The malt is bready but with a neutral flavor, a bit doughy. The hops stand out a little but most of the flavors are soft.

Moderate to fully body with fizzy carbonation. Well balanced and drinks very easy and satisfying.

The beer reminds me of a beefed up Kolsch. A bit of a hoppy profile with a neutral flavored malt

01-20-2012 21:59:57 | More by Gmann
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codon2004

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev 0%

01-20-2012 20:39:58 | More by codon2004
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csrbv

Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev +5.4%

I had this beer while I was watching the first round of NFL playoffs at the Brickhouse in Willow Grove.

This was a solid drinking beer--not too over the top in terms of flavor, nice sharp bite, I would rate it overall very good from the tap.

If I go back to the Brickhouse again I will definately seek this beer out, but I can't image it would be as good in a bottle.

01-20-2012 19:19:59 | More by csrbv
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Longstaff

Massachusetts

2.65/5  rDev -24.3%

Typical of sam adams, this beer looks good on paper, but fails in execution. Yeast profile on this is typically unclean Sam Adams lager profile with a slightly tart, estery taste and finishes a little cloying as if grains of paradise or other spices were used . Flavor is reminiscent of indian coriander - with froot loops like citrus dominating. Malt profile is a little biscuity which is welcome to offset the tartness and citrus profile, but ends up coming off oddly weird, unclean, and unrefreshing. Might be a decent summer beer, why the hell you would release it in January is beyond me.

01-20-2012 15:11:48 | More by Longstaff
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TheSixthRing

California

2.98/5  rDev -14.9%

Appearance - Pours a hazy, straw blonde color. The head is about a finger thick, with fair retention. Sparse lacing.

Smell - Not much in the way of smell. Faint citrus notes. Light bread. That's about it.

Taste - Dirty lemon. Moderate bready malt qualities. Finishes with a mellow rind zest.

Mouthfeel - Light, with a moderate amount of carbonation. Somewhat bitey.

Overall - Not necessarily what I was expecting, but it's a drinkable beer.... for about one beer. The lemon flavor can become overwhelming if drank too fast, or having drank too much.

Update 01/11/13: Second foray into this beer. Not much has changed. Added to the description, gave a slight bump into smell and overall, and that's about it.

01-20-2012 07:04:37 | More by TheSixthRing
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SFC21

Florida

4/5  rDev +14.3%

01-20-2012 03:49:07 | More by SFC21
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev +5.1%

Freshness date of June notched on label:

Pours clouded (as expected for unfiltered) with a creamy white head that leaves some lacing.

The smell is of fresh citrus and yeast.

The taste is citrusy - especially lime - with a kiss of honey. Finishes with a floral dryness.

It is light and crisp without being thin. Has a refreshing aftertaste. Very smooth.

This is an easy-drinking lager. Interesting mix of styles within the lager family that works well. Nice use of Tettnang hops!

01-20-2012 03:37:54 | More by jwc215
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Kendo

New York

3.78/5  rDev +8%

A: Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass. Body is (slightly) hazy golden-yellow with a small (half-finger) white head. Lots of visible fine-bubbled carbonation rising. Leaves behind a little bit of lace.

S: Sweet fruitiness, cereal grains and bread dough. A touch of floral hops.

T: Follows the nose, pretty much: some grain up front, fruitiness in the middle with a touch of spiciness, then finishes with a semi-dry floral hoppiness. Lingering touch of bitterness fighting with the fruity sweetness for dominance. Fruit and floral hops prevail ultimately.

M: Heavier than your usual light-bodied lager; close to medium weight. Carbonation is modest and fairly soft.

O: Good. A nice spring bock - if only they'd released it in April or May maybe I'd buy a sixer of it instead of the single that I purchased at Price Chopper tonight (January 19, 2012).

01-20-2012 03:13:58 | More by Kendo
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videofrog

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +15.7%

Poured 12oz bottle into imperial pint glass. Freshness notch June 2012.

A: Hazy golden to orange. Fluffy white head that gradually settles.

S: Citrusy hops, grains, sweet bready malts.

T: Good, solid malt backbone with decent citrus hop bite. Honey and yeast character are evident.

M: Great carbonation for the style; smooth and crisp.

O: Really enjoyed Sam Adam's newest seasonal offering. Extremely easy to drink and sessionable. Wish I hadn't just picked one from a mix-six.

01-20-2012 00:06:19 | More by videofrog
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tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +14.3%

Pours a hazy yellow with an orangish hue. There's a quarter inch of dense, white head that has decent retention. The nose is straw-like and grassy. The flavor is straw-like and citrusy with hints of lemon. The hops add a grassy finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, crisp, and very smooth.

This is a solid beer. It was too style so nothing out of the ordinary to report. It's unoffensive and very easy to drink.

01-19-2012 21:23:18 | More by tdm168
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.78/5  rDev +8%

Tan to slightly orange, hazy, 1 finger head with some staying power, pretty good lacing. Smells of grains, malts, plenty of citrus and some nice hops. Taste is pretty bold on the citrus, with a good bready, malty backbone and a nice, light hop profile. Some sweet honey fullness brings home the nice and surprisingly full body. A very tasty surprise, I'll certainly have this one again.

01-19-2012 21:22:44 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -12%

Samuel Adams Alpine Spring

Pours a rich golden color, soapy white head and some lacing. Aroma is bready, with a lager yeast strain evident. In the taste, grainy, sweet cereal notes and some lemony citrus. Mild noble hop bitterness, and hop flavor lingers on the palette. Easy to drink, but overall pretty average.

01-19-2012 18:03:57 | More by Stinkypuss
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eerbayman

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev 0%

01-19-2012 17:55:23 | More by eerbayman
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RappAttack

Virginia

2.73/5  rDev -22%

A: a pale straw yellow

S: smells kinda like a more citrusy Budweiser

T: small bit of citrus with some breadyness but thats about it

M: the high point, very refreshing, good carbonation

O: not very impressed with this one i prefer the noble pils to this spring seasonal. a good beer to have with some spring cleaning i will say

01-19-2012 17:46:52 | More by RappAttack
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AgingWarrior

Florida

4/5  rDev +14.3%

01-19-2012 15:33:41 | More by AgingWarrior
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +14.3%

Had on tap at T Bones Plymouth--served into a pint glass

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, high carbonation, bright yellow in color, hazy

Smell: Sam Adams trademark hops

Taste: a sweet honey/sugary start almost reminiscent of a non-alcoholic beer, some lemony Boston Lager taste followed by piney hops.

Mouthfeel: light body, sweet start, bitter middle--less bitter end, medium-high carbonation

Overall:Very refreshing. I could have several pints of this. I love the sweet and slightly piney combo. This is very smooth. This may be their best spring seasonal yet.

01-19-2012 14:06:53 | More by tigg924
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Yvaithe

New York

4/5  rDev +14.3%

01-19-2012 02:55:27 | More by Yvaithe
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iMilky

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +14.3%

01-19-2012 02:52:45 | More by iMilky
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zoolzoo

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +17.1%

Appearance is golden / straw colored, semi hazy, white head with some nice lacing.

It smells and tastes like this beer has almost the same hop and malt profile as Noble Pils. Grassy hops dominate the aroma and taste. I feel like the malt bill is a bit more developed here in contrast with NP. Thicker in body, still grainy but also a bit sweeter. Clean all around, excellent drinkability and flavor. A winner from SA.

01-19-2012 02:32:31 | More by zoolzoo
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,413 ratings.