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

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BA SCORE
80
good

2,442 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 2,442
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 33
Gots: 124 | 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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Photo of bobhits
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%

I used to keep up with every new Sam Adams, but they just turn out too many beers that are nice to try but nothing special. I think we have a beer that might be unique enough to justify going back here.

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow->golden colored body. A nice half finger of really nice lingering head that's lacing this glass extremely well. A bit of activity in the body to round things out.

My first thought smelling this is "lager?" There's plenty of citrus aroma and good grainy malt here. Rather aromatic for the style without turning overly sweet.

The taste is rather sweet however. A lot of grain and yes some honey flavors. These dominate but are kept at least in check by the noble hops. This reminds me of a sweeter version of noble pils and I think that is going to make this one a keeper for many people.

Great body and mouth feel for the style.

I'm not blown away here. I don't think this is a go to beer, but it has a good flavor and I think it will go over well with noble pils fans.

bobhits, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev 0%

ejimhof, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of Zorro
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%

Cloudy gold beer with a small white colored head. Hard to classify this one as it is a mix of several styles.

Smells of noble hop and medicine. Spicy scent with a band-aid and slightly smoky.

Starts out fairly malty with a fairly big wheat cracker flavor. This is a bit on the sweet side for a lager. Slight oak flavor. Kind of a weird beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is just tolerable. It would be better if the brewer had picked a style and stuck with it. Sort of a Duck-billed Platypus of a beer.

Zorro, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of OldIronLungs
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%

Poured into a pint a nice lightly hazy lemon-orange with a couple fingers of nice smooth head that laces well on the rim.

Nose is grainy lemon, pretty light.

Subtly grainy and bready - some orange citrus brightens up the sweeter malts. Light and lightly chewy body.

I can't say I'm terribly familiar with the style, but this is a fine, sessionable lager.

OldIronLungs, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of zander4dawin
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%

A hazy golden orange color with a white head. I don't take much from the nose, just smells like a pilsner, grainy and dry. Taste is snappy and bright. Citrus notes and bready upfront with a dry honey-sweet finish. Overall a great light spring beer that I would recommend.

zander4dawin, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of EROCK75
3.5/5  rDev 0%

EROCK75, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of justintcoons
3/5  rDev -14.3%

justintcoons, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of nrbw23
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

A- Pours a really hazy light goldish amber. Not too much for a a head. A thin layer of white bubbles and very little spotty lacing.

S- A fairly strong bready cracker smell here. Light hops, grassy, and lemon.

T- Taste is like Noble Pils and White Ale were mixed together. A very strong cracker bready taste with a grassy hop bite.

M- Light in body and crisp carbonation.

O- Not really digging this one at all.

nrbw23, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of busternuggz
3.15/5  rDev -10%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A dull golden color, slightly hazy, with a nice fluffy white head. Decent head retention and leaves some persistent spotty lacing.

Smells pretty nice, a soft orange scent with some floral and grassy notes, pilsnery malts and a slight honey.

Similar tastes, moderately sweet with orange and honey notes. The hops come through on the finish but mostly a little too much malt sweetness.

The texture is fairly light but kind of sticky, with a lingering, not clean finish.

Not too bad for a simple lager, but not great. It seems like in trying to incorporate the characteristics of three different German styles it got muddled. I can't help but compare it to Noble Pils, which I much preferred.

busternuggz, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%

Served on tap at home out of my Roommate's kegerator.

Golden in appearance with a slight haze.

Mildly piney smell, that also includes a very ripe smell of citrus.

Seemingly simple taste, and I think it is a little better cold, rather than cool. Take a really common standard beer like Pabst Blue Ribbon and add to it some flowers, grapes without the sweetness, and a freshly mowed lawn. As it sits it starts to drink like a Riesling without as much sweetness.

Pretty light mouthfeel, easily drinkable beer. Smooth and watery.

Doppelbockulus, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of zeff80
3.43/5  rDev -2%

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden orange color with a two-finger, soapy, off-white head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, mostly orange. Not your typical Helles Lager.

T - It tasted of citrus with some spiciness. It tasted of bready malt and a touch of caramel.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light bodied lager with a dry finish.

O - This is interesting. Not what you expect in a Munich Helles Lager. It seems like it would be better as a summer season not a spring seasonal that debuts before Martin Luther King Day.

zeff80, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of Brad007
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%

Pleasantly surprised to see this in the latest mix pack from Samuel Adams.

Pours a medium golden color with a two-finger head into my glass. Nice colors for the style.

Sweet with a good hint of lemon and sweet pale/honey malt. Very little hop presence.

Sweet and crisp with lemon and sweet buttery malt. Not quite what I was expecting.

Mouithfeel is good. You can actually taste the honey malt here as it settles.

Not bad but not good enough either. It seems like they were trying to make a lighter version of helles to appeal to a select audience.

Brad007, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
3.15/5  rDev -10%

Served in a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass because I have one and if you did you'd do the same.

Beer is light amber, hazy, thin lazy head that breaks nearly immediately, low lacing moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is lagery, yeasty, sweet, hints of fruity hops as well.

Beer is grainy and harsh, with a rough cereal finish, mildly hoppy, thin on the back, strong aftertaste. Corny, not really feeling this one.

drabmuh, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of GreenCard
3.43/5  rDev -2%

Appearance: deep gold, slight haze, huge layer of off-white fine-beaded foam with good retention

Aroma: light lemon rind, citrus flowers, and slightly herbal; dusty malt

Flavor: dryish malt profile that lets the slightly citrusy/slightly Noble hops get more of the spotlight; finishes dryish with a fairly crisp, clean finish

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, light carbonation, crisp texture

GreenCard, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +10%

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half-high white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of grassy and floral hops in the nose along with notes of spices and hints of citrus.
T: The malts and hops take center stage in the overall taste, contributing flavors of bready and grainy malts, citrusy and spicy hops and a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer has a very good balance between malts and hops and has some flavors that are reminiscent of a maibock.

metter98, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of JSkone09
4/5  rDev +14.3%

JSkone09, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Apellonious
3.78/5  rDev +8%

12 oz from a six at the Teeter.

A - pours a cloudy orangish gold with a thin half finger head.

S - bread, floral hops.

T - more of the same. Brings me back to my early days of drinking beer. Remember those? The pilsner/lager days. There was no thoughts of Belgian ipas, ibu's, gravity, or choco coffee portrerstoutness. . Just beer. This is a step above some of those offerings (Meister Brau , The Beast, etc.) for sure. The slight hop presence is notable.

M - good mouthfeel, crisp, great balance.

O - While I will miss the usual SA spring offering ( the spring ale from the last few years) , this is a solid helles offering, and makes for a good session beer. Also, would make more sense in the spring/summer, verses a January release.

Apellonious, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of ghowehattrick
4.55/5  rDev +30%

Poured this beer from a 24 oz. bottle into a large mug. I've only seen it in the store for about a week, so it's pretty fresh. "Best by" is June 2012.

A: Cloudy orange, bright white head. Looks like a beer you can gulp, and I did, more than once.

S: Bready, yeasty smell, some light hops. Very fragrant.

T: Absolutely delicious!!! I took one mouthful, smiled, then took two more gulps. So good. I almost can't be that specific; all I know is it was gone it ten minutes. When I was done, I wanted more. Little hops flavor, but it's there enough to counteract the yeasty profile. Blue Moon's older, smarter, cooler, hotter sister.

M: Light on the palate, sweet/sour taste from the unfiltered yeast.

O: I cannot wait to buy a case of this. When it was gone, I wanted more. I could drink 5 or six of these. I wasn't even planning to review it, but I had to after I drank it. Sooo good. I would buy this year-round (**hint-hint** BBC).

ghowehattrick, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Gehrig
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%

The third and last beer in the Brewmasters' Collection I needed to sample, Alpine Spring presents a thin patch of off-white foam atop a cloudy medium-orange body. Not much lacing, and a brief duration to the head.

Nice Noble Tettnang hops aromas, with some citrus aromas in tow; light and pleasant nose.

This quite accurately summarizes the taste as well, to me the best aspect of Alpine Spring. Nice hop sweetness and bitterness, pleasantly piney with good citrus flavor, especially orange, lemon, and a bit of tangerine. More sweet than sour, the balance in flavors is nonetheless appealing, particularly with a good, slightly bitter hop finish.

The mouthfeel is a fairly good representative of a Helles Lager, light and airy with a bit of hop texture adding a nice complement to the style. "Light IPA" as characterized by other reviewers' comments, is a good way to put it, with the light most apt in the mouthfeel. As a Helles Lager, however, it does what it should--add a nice, refreshingly light texture with some flavor.

Overall, Alpine Spring is nice and easy on the palate. I'd like a bit bolder flavor and, maybe, a bit fuller texture. It is, however, a nice beer to have a few of with friends on the back porch. Once released in the proper, i.e. Spring, season.

Gehrig, Jan 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

TicoCali, Jan 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Ksburr74, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%

As a retailer, I'm not sure why they put "spring" on a label in the beginning of winter. As a beer lover, I couldn't care less. Anywho, let's see...

Looks good. Bright! Murky. Very light orange, mostly golden. Looks refreshing.

It would be easy to mistake this for a light IPA or even a Czech pilsner. Somewhat grassy aroma. Ligth zest and toasted rolls.

Yeah, light IPA is a good description. But then again, there should be nothing light about IPAs. So, this seems a bit more hoppy than a Pils. Grassy is a good note. Has a soft malty body. Hints of lime.

Easy drinking. A balanced beer. A bit filmy on the end.

Mebuzzard, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of rcatalano
4/5  rDev +14.3%

rcatalano, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of TEAMHOLT
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

TEAMHOLT, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of smithmd4
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%

Over the summer I fell in love with Unfiltered Lagers & Pilsners. When I saw this on the shelf brand new I knew it must be mine.

It has all the characteristics of an Unfiltered Lager, and I really wanted this to be my new favorite beer. But alas, it merely dances around the edges of what an unfiltered Lager should be. Accessible to the masses, piquing the interest, but in the end leaves a fan of the style yearning for the full flavor of one of the classics.

It was a tasty beer, but one I would call nothing more than an introduction to the style.

smithmd4, Jan 15, 2012
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,442 ratings.