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

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Samuel Adams Alpine SpringSamuel Adams Alpine Spring
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

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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Photo of DoubleJ
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's warm, it's sunnny, and it's....get this, SPRING! That calls for a beer. And on to it we go:

It's so easy to forget that, on the pour, that this is lager and not a hefeweizen. Muddy, cloudy orange colored with hues of yellow. Patchy lace clings to the glass, the head holding up fine on top. The nose is light in intensity, but it is crisp and delivers some orange, sourdough bread crust, and a kiss of plain old hop aroma.

I don't know, but the taste has more to do with the summer season than spring. It's very orangey, like orange off the tree, not like sweet orange juice. Some yeast character seems to get in the way. Sourdough bread, vague spice, among other notes. It's medium bodied, chalky, and semi-crisp.

A curveball offering to say the least. It won't make me forget about Noble Pils during the spring, although this is not one I'd reject.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Buffalo Wild Wings, Houston Airport
The beer arrives from the tap with a creamy, pale head. It is quite hazy with a gold amber color; it actually looks a lot like a hefeweizen. The aroma smells like unscented detergent (probably the glassware and the fact that this is way too cold), there is a touch of dried grassy grain, and some pale cracker like malt notes. After warming up a bit some earthy, herbal hop spiciness starts to become noticeable, but this never really gets very aromatic.

The taste is quite cold; it has a crisp hop bitterness and bite to it in the finish that is contributed by both the hop character and the effervescent carbonation. Light herbal flavors are here, and this is slightly hay like, with a clean spiciness. There are cracker like malt notes, and this has a touch of earthiness to it, as well as a nice fresh pale malt character.

This beer was served way too cold, which given the location was not completely unexpected. Still this is fairly enjoyable, and definitely serviceably quaffable. It definitely gets more flavorful and complex as it warms up from frigid initial serving temperature.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Samuel Adams Alpine Spring

Pours a rich golden color, soapy white head and some lacing. Aroma is bready, with a lager yeast strain evident. In the taste, grainy, sweet cereal notes and some lemony citrus. Mild noble hop bitterness, and hop flavor lingers on the palette. Easy to drink, but overall pretty average.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours an opaque light orange with a medium white head, excellent lace.

S: Floral hops, sulfur, orange/citrus, hint of honey.

T: Has a nice bready malt component. I can taste the minerality, so it's clearly keller in style. Good flavour, orange zest, some herbs round it out.

M: Medium-bodied, turbid, crisp but soft carbonation.

O: An interesting new spring seasonal from Sam Adams. Nowhere near as full flavoured as some of the great Kellers I've had from Germany, but this is an enjoyable effort for sure.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz pours a hazed light orange.. decent white head with little lacing..

Just want to say right up front that this is NOT Munich Helles... but what do I know?

Hop nose is pretty fruity... bready pale malts... the hops are way too sharp for a German lager... and they are way too fruity.

American hoppiness... citrus and melon.. floral with warmth... pale malts carry the hops for a long while.. soapy toward the finish... grainy maltiness delivers the hops nicely.

The body is light/lt/med... bubbles are nice and make for a drinkable brew...

I have NO IDEA why SA would release this brew in the midst of winter... It is a decent brew but has no real direction... I could barely pick this out as a lager.

Seriously... no direction at all... still, I like it... I think?

3/3.5/3.5/3/3.5

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Photo of Wasatch
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, some floral notes, citrusy. The taste is malty/yeasty, a little sweet note, kinda fruity, and some nice citrus notes. Medium body, a nice smooth brew. Not a bad brew, would be great on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of pale malt, hint of sweet malt, hops, floral, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of a Keller Bier / Zwickel Bier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, slight hops, floral, hint of citrus, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, body, and blend.

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Photo of Zorro
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Ungespundet"* is an ugly sounding word and it's a process that makes lagers look, in conventional standards, less appealing. Alpine Spring is not golden, but instead colored like the flesh of a winter squash. Its complexion is tarnished and doesn't allow for transparency. And the head, well, it doesn't really stick around much.

The bouquet has an earthy fragrance, showcasing leafy florals and grass clippings, as well as a trace of lemony tang. If not for a solid backing of toasty, lightly honeyed malts the beer might actually smell a bit spicy. Like the season it's named after, this smells lively and rejuvenated. The brewery has every right to boast about hops on the label.

The only negative thing I can say about this beer is that it's not quite as good as the brewery's other spring seasonal, Noble Pils. And I only say that at all because it's quite similar: both start with wholesome, toasty malts that give way to a zesty portfolio of grassy, flowery, lemony hops. Both are very 'earthy' in the general sense.

In a more specific sense, Spring Lager has a hint of ginger spice, a diluted citrusy acidity, and just a taste of caramel sweetness on the finish. The lemony attributes grow stronger with warmth but the crunchiness of toasted grain never fades. Very refreshing. The mouthfeel feels very oily, and there's not enough carbonation to wash the oils away.

Aside from Utopias, it's fair to say of Sam Adams beers that they're not especially individualistic. There's nothing overly special about Spring Lager either, except that lagers in this style tend to be hard to find. But don't be quick to dismiss it - few beers blend the often mutually exclusive qualities of flavor and wide appeal so well.

(*The term, meaning "unbunged" (essentially un-corked), indicates that the beer was left to mature in an open-air vessel. I have since learned that Spring Lager is not entirely made this way. Its tanks are controlled by a pressure valve.)

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Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bright copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured raw noble hops and a very husky grain.

The taste was equally jagged at the start with coarse grains and sharp hops. However a bright citrus element brightened the flavor toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall an interesting take on a classic style.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours hazy orange with a rather large off-white compact head that takes some time to dissipate, into rather nice lacings. Looks a little like a Hefeweizen.

S: Rather light for this style, but a dryness besides the bread, but also some American floral hops, make this one quite fruity/citric. A bit yeasty.

T: Rich oranges and even with some faint grapefruit. But the yeast and malt stands out. A little spicy as well.

M: Aftertaste actually lives for some time, lovely bitter. Body is medium and carbonation low. Smooth!

O: A very interesting Kellerbier with American hops - a nice twist.

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Photo of aasher
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a light bodied bright gold in color with an ever so slight cloudiness and a white lacing around the glass. The aromas feature a mix of must, slight honey, pale malts, and an ever so slight hop bitterness. It's ok, nothing stellar and doesn't give off crisp or fresh aromas. The flavors feature the same flavors that the aromas provided. In the taste you get more honey and pale malt with very little bitterness. It's kind of bland. There is some light citrus though. It drinks light bodied and smoothly, but I'd prefer more of a crisp bite. Overall this beer is pretty average for the style. It doesn't really differentiate itself from German beers of the same style.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: cloudy light-golden hue with a finger of pillowy white foam. A decent-looking brew.

Smell: light malty aroma which is nice, but is marred by a bit of a plastic-like aroma which doesn't work here at all.

Taste: flavor is quite good; there's a great, rich malty character with a good share of graininess. It's a bit sweet, with a nice noble hop character and even a hint of a farmhouse ale. Not exactly funky, but you could see how it might get there. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and concomitant creaminess. I like it.

Overall: tasty and drinkable. I don't feel like I could drink a ton of this, as the sweetness wears on my palate, but it is still a refreshing and tasty beverage.

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Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of citrus, grains. Taste is crisp, citrus, malts and grains, very refreshing. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking and good quality beer.

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Photo of corby112
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a two finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spotty lacing.

Slightly earthy aroma with grassy, piny hops followed by subtle citrus/tropical fruit notes and pale malt. Hints of grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel counter the floral notes. Also, there's some bready yeast and biscuity malt.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with a nice earthy hop presence up front that provides a decent amount of dry bitterness which lingers over the sweeter notes into a slightly dry finish. Dry and sticky with some grassy pine needle flavor which is countered by citrus and tropical fruit notes, notably mango, pineapple, grapefruit and citrus rind. Hop profile is more complex and flavorful than the nose suggests. Malt presence is a bit stronger than expected with hints of biscuit and graham cracker but it doesn't interfere with the hop flavor too much. Decently balanced and refreshing. Nothing extraordinary but pretty solid.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a sam adams glass)
A- This beer has a hazy lemon yellow body with a slow big carbonation of egg shell hue that turns rocky toward the end of the beer.

S- The clean nose has an herbal hop hint with some Noble hop hints in the finish.

T- The slight lemon herbal hops have a big sulfur finish that is dry. There is a pungent note lingering and some iced tea flavor in the hops aswell.

M- There is a medium mouthfeel with a gentle fizz in the finish.

O- The sulfur quality is pretty strong with a most of the hops flavor just being bitterness and not much flavor/aroma.

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Photo of akorsak
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Red Robin after a run-in with Scratch 61.

A: The lager is hazy, opaque with a darker yellow-brown color. A sizeable head, over one finger, lingered for a few sips but didn't lace.

S: The nose is citrusy, hops adding a nice kick. The lager has a light fruitiness, augmenting the citrus. Breadiness finishes.

T: More fruity sweetness, the yeast bringing the flavor. The hops, for a lager (not to generalize), are quite strong, bringing an abundance of herbal citrus. Sweet and filling, the citrus and yeast come together nicely.

M: A surprise. Quite good with a yeasty citrus fullness.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 22oz bottle to imperial Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass on 1/29/12
*From notes

A: Cloudy, bright and sunny. A standard pour yields a foamy white 2.5 finger head. Pretty decent lacing follows.

S: Lemon scone comes to mind, as it's pretty malty yet citric.

T: Bottom line here? It's a slightly acidic lager that showcases a good amount of lemon. It's got a bit of bite to it, and for someone (that being me) whose not big on lemon, it's not over the top or extreme. Call it a kiss, as that go-to Sam Adams grain bill takes the beer over on the mid to finish.

M: Quality texture. The fuller body really helps in adding balance to the brew. Much, much better then I was expecting.

O: It's nowhere near the upper echelon of the Sam Adams portfolio, but it ain't half bad, folks. If you're a lemony/citrus guy (or gal), this is a worthwhile tick. Not one I'll be seeking out again, but I in no way regret spending $3 on the bomber.

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Photo of beertunes
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a cloudy yellow with less than a quarter-inch of white head that had OK retention and lacing.

The aroma featured a nice grain scent topped with some interesting spiciness. There was just a touch of gentle hops and a hint of yeast at the back of the olfactory aspects. The taste was pretty much the same, all those points were hit across the tongue. The spice lingered just a bit at the finish.

The body was mostly even and smooth, although there was just a tiny bite at the end. Drinkability was good, the beer went down pleasantly and I could see having a couple of these on a sunny day. Overall, a nice brew. Not an outstanding example of the style, but one that's certainly worth a shot when you see it.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on January 30, 2012. I had this on tap at an Olive Garden restaurant. It pours into a frosted glass a slightly cloudy, but very foamy light to medium amber. The aroma is of malts but more of grains and all in all rather subtle. The body is in the medium range. The taste is also more on the grainy side but it finishes clean, crisp, and slightly dry. It is not too bad and I expect it will be popular with the masses this spring.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle 

A- Pours an unfiltered golden orangish color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is malt and citrus with some hops.

T- The taste is malt up front with a lot of citrus and hop flavors in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, not a bad spring ale. Worth a try.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by July is notched.

It pours a hazy dark yellow with a 1 finger head of foam that leaves a lot of lacing.

The smell is of lemons and pretty much, nothing else.

The taste is kind of a clash for my palate; lemon vs a solid malty taste. To me, the clash doesn't make for an easy drinking brew nor a very tasty, to my liking, brew. Pretty dull and uninspiring overall.

No problems with the mouthfeel; nice and smooth with the right amount of carbonation.

An interesting style for the brewery to tackle but I don't think it hit the style spot on. My first 6 pack will be my last.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy orangish gold with good two-finger head and lace. Smell was typcial of a Sam Adams light beer of this style - citrusy, hoppy, not much else as spices and malts are pushed into the background. Taste is more of the same as I enjoyed drinking this, although partly b/c it's easy to drink and goes down smooth. Hops provide a nice bite, and there are some discernible citric/spice hop notes, but this isn't too complex and I can't really say any sweetness from the malts arrives for balance (although I'm not going to call this beer bitter or watery b/c there is some balance).

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Photo of wordemupg
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into my matching SA glass 9/4/12

A hazy golden orange with the laser etching doing its job as a shitload of tiny bubbles sustain a two finger bone white head for the entire beer, foam and lace at the bottom of the glass is a good sign

S a nice floral citric hop nose with a little honey, smells simple but quite nice

T a little rind and cereals to go with what I smell, a little toned down from the nose but still pretty good

M light and fluffy from the bubbles without being foamy, what I smell lingers faintly for a while

O just a little more intensity in terms of flavor would make this one just that much better, solid stuff though I enjoyed it

these are pretty easy to drink that's for sure, I always enjoy Sam Adams brews more then I think I will. decent stuff for the spring sun

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Photo of spinrsx
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 2$

Appearance - Hazy dark amber colour with an above average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - Noble hops, grass, corn, honey, bread/grains, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste noble hops, grapefruit, breads/grains, and some corn. There is also a honey sweetness and a touch of caramel. It ends with a refreshing sweet and hoppy aftertaste.

Overall - A great refreshing summer beer that has just enough taste to keep it interesting and yet not too overpowering. With the limited selection of decent beers in my area, this is something that was worth buying for sure. I'll buy it again.

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Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 572 ratings.