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

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Ratings: 2,512
Reviews: 573
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 47
Gots: 201 | 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:
Beer added by: BDIMike on 12-22-2011

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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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of TheCrowsNest
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy straw with a thick white, lasting head.

Aroma is crisp straw and corn. Light noble hop presence at the initial pour.

There's a little citrus that shows up on the tongue but overall noble hops bring the hop flavor. I get some corn sweetness.

Light and refreshing with a nice, dry finish. Residual noble hop flavors.

I'd have no problem knocking a few of these unfiltered lagers back out on the porch on a hot sunny day.

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy, pale gold with 1/2" head ans lasting lace. The aroma is of lemons, dough, and other citrus. The flavor has lemon, honey, and straw notes with a smooth, balanced finish.The mouthfeel is light-medium. Samuel Adams Alpine Spring is a good beer, a good session beer. Recommended.

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Stone RIS snifter...

A - Pours a murky orange with a one finger off white head. Head retention is not the best, but there is some lace to be had...

S - Lemon, orange, honey, and some bready yeasty notes...

T - Kinda sweet. Pretty much follows the nose with lemon, orange, and honey. Finishes with yeast and some lingering sweetness...

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Pretty smooth...

O - A little sweet for my likings. Probably not something I will be picking up again...


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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of OremLK
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy pale gold, big, foamy, three-finger white head which lingers and lingers, leaving scattered bits of lace.

S: Sharp hoppy bitterness fades to citrus and floral. Very aromatic for the style.

T: A real fruit bomb of a beer. A lot of citrus in here as advertised, honey, hints of some hard to identify fruity sweetness. Not much bitterness. Probably a good entry beer for a non-beer drinker.

M: Creamy and substantial. Mild carbonation. I feel like I'm a decent way along the road to drinking a smoothie.

As advertised, a citrusy sweet unfiltered lager. Would like a little more bitterness to balance, but overall a proficient execution of what BBC was trying to do.

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1/5  rDev -71.4%

Photo of tapman
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy and unfiltered, though is that the original yeast, or did they put in a little bottle conditioning, low-flocculating yeast and then "forget to filter it. Big foamy off white head and a good cheesecloth lacing. Body is dark orange. Most helles I've had have been pretty bright and clear, but I do like lots of yeast in my beers.

Nose is very doughy and raw orange and lemon zest pop out with an undertone of floral hoppiness. Taste is bitter up front with unripe orange in the background and a sweet, though very neutral pilsner malt flavor lingers in the finish. Yeast is a little dusty. Mouth is dry.

This brew is all right, but kind of americanized for the style. Perhaps better as a wheat beer with a malted wheat base instead of pilsner malt.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A full flavor and full bodied lager that uses some balance attributes and taste from popular Pale Ales.

The beer opens with the expected "keller" like haze of unfilered quality that promised flavor and richness. Medium golden in color, the beer both forms and retains well while leaving the lace behind that denotes each sip.

Bright and zesty hop aromas give a floral and grassy impression with notes of oranges, herbs, and fresh cut grasses. A partly malty, partly grainy, and overall bready scent creates the underpinning to support hop aromas. Very pleasant yet bolder than expected from lighter German Lagers.

Flavors fare similarly as the part-malt, part-grain balance offers the taste of light breads and raw barley kernels. A nearly crust taste of Viena Lagers isn't a stretch as the sweeter barley flavors introduce the floral/herbal hops. A growing intensity of oranges, , lemongrass, and tea-like herbs turns to an earthy and spicy bitterness as the finish develops. Mildly minty as the hops and alcohol weave into a dry-malt aftertaste.

Medium bodied, especially for the style, early creaminess and malt character quickly turns mildly grainy and spicy dry in finish. The mid palate creates a stall of blandness that hurts the transition and makes the grainy/thin character more relavent.

I rather like the beer as it's flavorful, zesty, and boldly spiced with hops while allowing for a nearly sessionable ability. The orange, grass, mint, and thin caramel taste makes me think 'Pale Ale' and want something more.

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of ricchezza
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass from Sam Adams. Pours a fizzy, cloudy gold/school-bus yellow body with a bright white head which retains its lacing the duration beer is in the glass.

Smells and tastes sweet and yeasty with a zesty lemon-like citrus.

Sampled in January 2012 despite being labeled a Spring seasonal release. Regardless of weather conditions this is a delicious beer. I will certainly be buying more of these.

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3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Alpine Spring has a hazy yellow body with a solid slab of white head on top of it. The retention is fairly good, and the lacing is impressive.

The aroma mixes a good bit of both malt and hops. Sweetness and bread mix with lightly fruity, earthy smelling hops.

Just as the aroma promises, Alpine Spring's flavor has a pretty good balance between malt and hops. I have to say, the taste is much sweeter than I had expected. There is plenty of bread and some grain flavors, but there is a honey-like sweetness in there as well. The hops adds a moderate amount of bitterness, some nice citrus notes, and a little bit of an earthy type flavor. Lightly fruity in the background, but I can't place if that is from the yeast or just the hops.

Good mouthfeel on this one. Fairly full for the style, but well-carbonated.

Alpine Spring is a solid Helles Lager. Although I will miss the Noble Pils (I know it's year round now, but how many bars have a Sam Seasonal tap as the only good choice?), I will still be happy to drink the Spring seasonal.

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2.86/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright, semi-cloudy yellow in color, with a large head of white carbonation. Detailed, impressive lace.

Nose is sweet, malty, like honey. Not bad, but not what I expected somehow.

Taste is sweet, rich, and fruity, I get more tones of honey than anything else, though. Somehow not as light as I'd have liked. I don't get a lot of balance here. Not a big fan of this one.

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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

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