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

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Samuel Adams Alpine SpringSamuel Adams Alpine Spring

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2,462 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,462
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 34
Gots: 137 | 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 VncentLIFE
2.08/5  rDev -40.6%
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.

VncentLIFE, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of bourbonbock
2.13/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a generic pint glass and am overwhelmed by the the fruity aromas wafting out of it.

A. Pours like a murky budweiser with white sticky fluffy white head one finger thick.

S. The smell as I already said is overwhelmingly strong. It smells of oranges and lemons and perhaps even a little bit of apple from the yeast.

T. The flavor is very effervescent and tangy. Lots of esters and residual sweetness. Not really my kind of beer.

M. The feel on the tongue is heavy and slow like molasses.

I would not seek this beer out unless it was the only thing between me and a MGD.

bourbonbock, Mar 30, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

Damian74Shensky, Mar 02, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

Cooper, Mar 22, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

ThomOsborne, Dec 10, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

TerryB, Feb 24, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

crobinso, Mar 11, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

prokopt2, May 10, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

Drk93TT, Jul 04, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

Alacranlmc, Jun 22, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

DonFrap, Mar 10, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

h2opunk182, Jun 14, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

RWLawman, Aug 27, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

jfcaa193, May 26, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

GBSpecial, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of fx20736
2.28/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Paulaner Weisbier glass, served at fridge temp.

Hazy lemon yellow with a thin bone white head. Signs of vigorous carbonation at the bottom of the glass. Nice lacing.

Aroma: fragrant and floral hops balance bready malt.

Mouthfeel: mealy

Taste: grainy maltiness with a mild lemony sourness and a restrained Noble Hop bitterness. As beer warms it starts to taste like perfume.

Notes: Aroma, mouthfeel and taste are all a little off. The Hops are too floral the mouthfeel is too grainy. The taste is not pleasant. Won't repeat this one.

fx20736, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of RaucusBacchus
2.28/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Creamy head. Cloudy with a rich yellow hue.
Dull scent of wet paper or wood.
Light body. Very dry verging on astringent. Enjoyable and interesting mouth feel.
Flavor matches the aroma with a dull, neither sweet nor bitter, mid tongue blanket.
I suspect this beer was abused in a previous life though not skunked just not for me.

RaucusBacchus, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of FightingEntropy
2.38/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Always like to pick up a Sam Adams beer after visiting the Boston Beer Co last summer, but wish I would've past up on this one. Bought from the single shelf of the local store, it might be a year late or seasonal are coming out even earlier now.

Creamy nearly white head piles high and leaves a nice lace. Corn and mineral predominate in the nose with little of the promised citrus on the label. The hoppiness is earthy with a bit of spice in nose and taste. Taste is sharp, malty and earthy with a light breadiness. Leaves a mineral aftertaste that's not pleasant for me.

While I haven't had many of this style, this is not selling me on keller or zwickel beer,which isn't a surprise since I'm not a fan of the light German lagers in general. But, I keep trying new beers regardless of this knowledge. This one is just a swing and a miss. Maybe at the next at bat.

FightingEntropy, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of nach0king
2.42/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Just not getting the hype around this one. I really wanted to love it but just don't. Would never seek it out again. It's my first of the style so that might account for it, but as the bottle promises a lager I rated it with that in mind, albeit taking into account that it's unfiltered.

A: Cloudy with a small, ringed head that faded out. Looked like a paler saison and promised a refreshing taste to match.

S: Crushed ice and lemon - but very faint. Appealing enough.

T: Really uninspiring. Tastes like lemon drops with a bit of shortcake at the end. The bottle promised more citrus - the finish didn't linger at all. No alcohol taste, which is a matter of preference, I guess.

M: Very little carbonation but a pleasant medium body.

nach0king, Feb 01, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

dmorley21, Feb 14, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

ZPB, Apr 05, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

NJHopHeadBob, Mar 02, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

suckaj, Aug 03, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

goblue1994, Mar 19, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

lefty, Mar 23, 2013
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,462 ratings.