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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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2,411 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,411
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 33
Gots: 109 | 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.

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3.6/5  rDev +2.9%

A: Pours a hazy gold with a puffy white head.

S: Aromas of biscuits, honey, pine, herbs, and lemon are present on the nose. This is a tad bright for my liking.

T: Notes of pine, herbs, lemon, honey, minerals, biscuits, and yeast wash across the palate. The finish is clipped and sharp with lemon, biscuit, and honey notes.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, and sticky. Carbonation is a bit lacking for a lager.

O: I really think this is more of a zwicklbier than a Munich helles lager because this is a tad yeastier and brighter than most authentic helles lagers. Still, for an unfiltered lager, it's not bad, and one has to applaud the Boston Beer Company for attempting to market such an odd beer to mainstream drinkers.

01-14-2012 21:06:01 | More by mrfrancis
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3.2/5  rDev -8.6%

Had this beer in bottle as part of the brewmaster's favorite pack. Served in a pils glass cool.

Appearance is a very nice fluffy white head with a golden yellow cloudy but not murky body. Has a great noble hop aroma with some nice honey notes. Taste is floral and citrus rind. Almost sugar cereal notes as well.

Light body and medium carbonated. Good beer that I would drink again but way off on the category. I don't mind pushing style boundaries but this is very similar tasting to Noble Pils. Good beers both, but its not a Helles. The malt is on but the hops is a little out of control for the style. More of a zoigl beer.

01-14-2012 20:02:18 | More by jneiswender
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West Virginia

3.65/5  rDev +4.3%

Pours a bright golden hazed orange glow, kellerbier style lager. Light colored head slightly off white, fine even lacing texture is great creamy foam all day. Aroma has a sturdy hop character with fresh cut grass, citrus zest, and herbal notes as well...mineral water floral spring notes with a wave of biscuits freshly baked light golden crisp drizzled with a touch of honey malt sugars. A pretty sweet and malty lager up front with some citrus and finishes with biscuit malts and honey sweetness really maibock like in the flavor. I miss the dry Noble hops and a bit lighter body, this one has more girth to it than the last spring seasonal. There has to be a low level of hop bitterness I'm guessing 20 to 25 tops on the IBUs, carbonation is smooth and yeast flavor tends to stick around between sips since it's pretty much suspended in the beers appearance. Overall, a fine spring-summer seasonal that is being consumed as fresh as possible smack in the middle of a big ol' January snowstorm!!! Why not?

01-14-2012 06:40:55 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

01-14-2012 02:51:00 | More by bsu2005
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Poured a hazy golden orange color with a huge airy-frothy shape holding head. Beautiful lacing. Aroma is super bright, smells like a warm weather brew. Smell is lightly floral and grassy with lemon peel. The taste is pleasant enough with some floral hops and citrus but overall i'd say this is too sweet! Overall flavor could be more interesting. This is a munich helles lager that pretty much tastes like a blue moon. So "helles" means bright huh? Well this is bright. Too bright. The malt aspect is there just kinda flavorless and sweet. Feel is a tad thin.This might be refreshing if it were summer. Its definitely not summer. Not bad tho.

01-14-2012 02:24:30 | More by kbnooshay
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4.38/5  rDev +25.1%

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Freshness date clearly marked enjoy by before June.

This is a very hazy beer, as you can definitely see the suspended yeast haze against the pale malts. Orange like hues are visible throughout as well.

The nose of this brew is orange blossom and floral hops with a nice bread malt character to round everything out. Taste is very similar, except the floral hops seem to really come through more. Incidentally, this is a beer style that isn't really known for it's hop character, but the BBC did a wonderful job with making the Tettnanger hops present all the way to the finish, but they never raise their voice too much for the style.

The unfiltered aspect of this beer creates a complexity I have never had before in a helles, as it seems to add to the mouthfeel and contribute to some slight ester flavors including peach and mango. The bread character from the malt does a nice job in the taste of well of keeping everything balanced until the end. The overall malt character is also very nice, as I pick up a slight honey sweetness that is perfectly balanced and rides through until the end and met by a nice lemon and floral note from the hops. Bitterness is fairly low but adequate and no alcohol whatsoever can be detected either. Mouthfell is very nice, as the yeast seems to contribute to a somewhat full bodied character with an appropriate level of carbonation.

Overall, this is a home run from Sam Adams. There aren't that many helles lagers brewed domestically, and this is a style that simply does not travel well, so having one available fresh is great. Many smaller breweries simply don't have the capacity and necessary equipment to give enough time to age a well made lager, so this is something Sam Adams definitely has an advantage with. The BBC does a great job with lagers, and this is an excellent addition to their lineup.

01-14-2012 01:13:59 | More by AustinBeerLvr
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

01-14-2012 01:12:04 | More by hogrider
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +14.3%

01-14-2012 00:41:56 | More by bs870621345
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +14.3%

Spring already?

Pours a foggy yellow-gold with a puffy white head that fills the glass to the brim before dropping to a solid covering. Floral noble hop aroma upfront with some grass over a bit of pale, honey-like malt. Nice German hop flavor...grass, hay, and zesty citrus and some doughy yeast. Not so much in the malt department. Light bodied, dry, and very quaff-able. This is a fine spring seasonal from Sam Adams that I wouldn't find seeing year-round. File this one under: Kellerbier.

01-13-2012 22:24:33 | More by wedge
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

01-13-2012 20:55:29 | More by brendaniel
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

01-13-2012 20:54:07 | More by XanderCruz
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

01-13-2012 20:53:43 | More by pogoowner
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

01-13-2012 19:25:31 | More by Sinewave
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

01-13-2012 15:26:05 | More by mightyhef
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New York

3.63/5  rDev +3.7%

Poured into my 10 oz pilsner glass.

A: Hazy and yellowish sweet potato color. Big head foamy long lasting head.

S: Has a distinct belgian wit style aroma, almost like rye or whole wheat bread. Notes of orange and lemon zest.

T: First flavor profile is of wheat, malt, rye and slight lemon peel. Secondary notes are of orange zest and honey. Slight bitterness comes through, and yeast profile is strictly belgian lagering yeast, and has a golden bock feel. Finish is dry.

M: Medium to light body, with appropriate moderate carbonation. Low bitterness.

O: This german style unfiltered "pilsner" is a far cry from what we're all used to from Sam Adams, but its a nice solid change. You still get the constructed put together aspect of Sam Adams, rather than letting the ingredients work naturally, but i enjoyed the attempt. Gets better as it warms up.

01-13-2012 06:12:59 | More by rodney45
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3.98/5  rDev +13.7%

Appearance: Excellent foam lacing. Good carbonation as well. Very bubble and foamy during the pour. The murkiness clears up a bit as it warms. I think this beer has an identity crisis over whether it is a wheat beer (which it is not) or a light (in color, not flavor) lager.

Smell: Fairly noticeable clay smell, something I have only ever seen, er, smelled, in Dogfish Head's My Antonia. Very earthy, and I think that's the point, so high marks here.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very herbal and fairly lemony. It's a tea-like combination, very relaxing. Advertises orange, but I get none of that. Well balanced flavors for sure. The mouthfeel confuses me the most. It is very flat initially, but noticeable bubbly in the finish. I'm caught between amusingly liking it and solidly disliking it.

Overall Drinkability: A good relaxing beer. A nice session.

01-13-2012 05:40:58 | More by tjsdomer2
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -14.3%

01-13-2012 04:48:32 | More by NCbeerpirate
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3.4/5  rDev -2.9%

A-Pours hazy honey. Lots of head here. White head is frothy with a bunch of bubbles mixed in. The beer laces excellently. Looks awesome, most Sam Adams beers do.

S-Actually, quite a good aroma. Very fragrant and floral. Flower petals. Also very citrusy. The hops are noble, as the label says. Also has a nice, smooth grainy component. Enjoyable.

T-Flavor is lighter than the nose would lead you to believe. Crisp and sweet. Floral and citrusy (not a hoppy citrus, more of a Witbier citrus). Lager yeast flavor too. Quite mellow.

M-Body nearing on medium. Soft, yet plentiful carbonation. Slightly sticky on the palate. Decently crisp.

O/D-I like Noble Pils better. This is a mediocre substitute. I enjoyed the nose a bunch, but the actual flavor let me down a bit. This is not a bad beer (far from it actually). But I immediately toss this one into the large bag of Sam Adams beers that are unmemorable, mediocre, and uninspired.

01-13-2012 04:33:47 | More by VelvetExtract
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +14.3%

01-12-2012 23:37:47 | More by tbeer40
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

01-12-2012 02:02:09 | More by jheezee
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3.03/5  rDev -13.4%

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...

01-12-2012 00:59:50 | More by BeerResearcher
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2.78/5  rDev -20.6%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy, medium golden color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mild citrus of the sort from a wit beer, with a floral accent.

T: Begins off-dry, with powerful malt that is all crackers. Acidity is mild and citric into the middle where malt is still dominant and more yeasty. While sweetness dips during the second act, it is back for the finish, with more understated citrus and floral aromatics and minimal citrus.

M: Medium viscosity, chewy and blanketing on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This beer has a little more appeal than a punch-soaked dough ball, but otherwise the comparison is apt. It heralds few of the refreshing qualities one might expect from a beer themed for Spring, and nowhere is that more evident than in the lifeless smell. Malt is the focus here, but bready yeast surprises by also finishing ahead of the minor hop qualities. Do not expect in this beer another fresh-crisp, American-craft pilsner like Noble Pils. Even lighter lagers have range on the malt continuum, and this one seems to oppose that other beer.

01-11-2012 23:56:19 | More by beagle75
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

01-11-2012 22:46:23 | More by LiquidDegenerate
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

01-11-2012 02:22:37 | More by ryan1788a5
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North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +16.6%

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a massive white foamy head that reaches at least three fingers. The head retention was impressive keeping at least a one finger head throughout the life of the beer.

The aroma is filled with yeast bread flavor, and grassy hops. Very clean aroma though.

The flavor is crisp and refreshing with grains, malt, and grassy hop dominating. Nothing heavy though.

Light bodied and super easy to drink. Oh and did I mention tasty?

This American made lager is nothing less than just a good clean beer. I hope this becomes a year around brew!

01-10-2012 05:38:55 | More by Luigi
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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