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

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80
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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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3.01/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

At the Olive Garden with limited options.

A - Pours a golden color with two fingers of white head that had nice, foamy retention.

S - Light hopping, some sweet grain.

T - It's okay. Slight skunked grain taste that is appropriate forte style. Lightly toasted pale, sweet malts and a bit of a floral hop finish.

M - Light, crisp, good carbonation.

O - Okay, but boring and somewhat overly refined tasting. I've had worse.

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3.02/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 Pint 6 oz. fancy brown bottle. Freshness date etched on the label.
Served in a SA Perfect Pint glass.
Pours a hazy amber honey color with a 1" off-white head along with some patchy trailing lace.
A smell grassy malt smell carries mild lemony citrus and some herbal aromas. A late smell of boiled grain inches forward but remains in the distant background.
The malt is a bit sugary sweet. It's tempered somewhat by citrus notes and a slight metallic tang. The herbal taste rolls in as it warms.
A spritzy effervescence fades quickly, so if you enjoy a little bubbly to your beer, act quickly.
I swear, this reminds me A LOT, of the old Miller Highlife of the 70's, sans the cooked corn taste.
I hope this isn't the replacement for SA's Nobel Pils. That would be sad...

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3.04/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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3.04/5  rDev -13.1%

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

At first I thought the bartender brought me the wrong beer. This looked so cloudy and orange.

Some floral notes and straw in the nose.

More straw characters and light bread come through in the overall character with a slight sweetness and yeasty goodness. I expected this to be a hellos and be filtered then when I saw the style posted on here as keller bier it made more sense. As I mentioned this came off as being sweeter and not a dry as anticipated but that may be a result of the yeast and that it was unfiltered.

Fairly decent overall but it didn't knock my socks off or have my asking for another.

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3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a orange yellow, a touch hazy and a nice thick and sticky white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles.

The smell was disappointing, after reading the description I was expecting some citrusy hops, this just has a light grassy quality with a bit of coppery metallic tinge.

The flavor is sweet and malty with a light bit of grain and honey, there is a light clean bitterness, but not enough to balance out the sweeter malt, and definitely not citrusy.

The mouthfeel is light and dry.

I can see where this would be easy drinking and have some mainstream appeal with the light sweet malt flavors, but a bit disappointing when I was expecting more of a hoppy citrusy lager. I don't want to beat it up to bad, it is fairly close to style, just needs a hops.

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3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours from the tap a translucent yellow-orange color reminiscent of other similar beers. Has a smooth, frothy head 2-3 fingers thick that stays for a few minutes.

I detected a weak, but slightly hoppy aroma.

I did not find the taste to be particulary strong, but perhaps slightly hoppy. I thought it was similar to mass-produced light beers, but heavier.

Mouthfeel was a bit tangy, but not very strong. Neither mouthfeel nor aftertaste lingered for longer than a few seconds.

While I would recommend this a good choice for a light beer that is not overwhelming in taste or hops, I was not overly impressed. I've had much better from Sam Adams and for the same price I got this for. I think I prefer Noble Pils for a Sam's spring beer.

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3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a golden straw color with about a half inch of white head, leaves very little lace

S: sweet, very little hop presence and a nice citrusy element, though expected for being a lager

T: sweet and a small amount of citrus and yeast character, a slight hop element on the finish as well

M: thin to medium body, good carbonation

O: a decent beer, though one of the best lagers I have had

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3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For Brewery Fresh Taste, Enjoy Before Month Notched: July.

Appearance: This new release pours out a clouded, darkened gold body with a finger's worth of white, pitted foam.

Smell: Modest malts, with a hint of honey-brushed crackers overneath notes of black pepper, old lemons, and faded dried herbs.

Taste: Lightly bready, crackery base maltiness with just a low hint of honey flavor, but little incorporated sweetness. Citrusy, given a bit more of an orange taste here, though not ever particularly bold, scantly herbaceous hops with a light helping of bitterness to balance. One last nibble of saltless saltines precedes the drying, nearly crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Not too sweet, never very hoppy, and could use a bit more crispness, I've had this beer a few times on bottle and on draft at various times and it never quite manages to satisfy.

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3.07/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was served from the tap at The Distillery in Victor, NY. It arrived in a house pint glass and glowed a wheaty, orangey color. It held a brief one finger head of stark white bubbles. This left spots of lacing, but little else. There was a thick haze to the look, with no actual sediment noted. Carbonation appeared lighter. The nose showed inclusion of orange oil and pale malts. Cherry and lime worked their way in, with some sesame seed and mossy earthiness. With warmth came a big cellar musk all the way to the back of the nose. Our first impression of this beer remarked on how soft it felt, with such bright orange inclusions. As we sipped, sour grain mash, with wheat and clean barley came first. There was sweetness of black cherry, and a light citric bite of orange. The middle moved forward with more mild wheat, clove, and a phenolic chemically sourness. Copper bite was at the peak, pulling us to an end of very much the same. Sour and wet wheat, with simple orange peel bitters finished things off. The aftertaste breathed of yeast, that huge musk from the nose, cheesiness, sweaty saltiness, and more of that big wet wheat. The body was medium and the carbonation was high. The feel was watery throughout, with a dry coating. The mouth is cooled, with okay slurp and pop, and very little froth or cream. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank okay.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the mix in the nose. There was a fruity sweetness which really helped to cut the grain. This grain through the taste, however, was overly sour at times, much like the dirtiness of a Blue Moon. While this fit the style, and was decently refreshing, this beer was muddy around the edges, and overly mealy.

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3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a pint glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a murky orange golden color with a 1.5 finger white head of fair creaminess. Retention is O.K. Appealing.

S - Crystal malt and the yeast make up the majority of the smell. The yeast is biscuity and pleasant. There are some light buried spice and citric notes. Mild to medium strength.

T - The hops are far more prevalent than on the nose, though they're not overbearing. Citric/floral/perfumy hops nicely counter the clean crystal/pale malt combo. Very simple, but very well balanced.

M - Light bodied, crisp and smooth on the finish.

D - It's simple, but it's built well and it's an easy drinker. You could do easily do worse.

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Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,512 ratings.