Samuel Adams Alpine Spring - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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4.05/5 rDev +15.7%
Pours a hazy golden, with a creamy white head. Aromas of cinnamon and allspice. Taste is a huge honey flavor up front, followed by some rich bread in the middle, and a lemony fresh citrus finish. Mouthfeel is rich for the abv, medium carbonation. Overall an excellent beer of a style I don't get to drink much of.
03-29-2012 00:23:42 | More by tronester
3.2/5 rDev -8.6%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug. Reviewed live.
A- Finger width white head, minute long retention. Hazy golden orange color.
S- Citrusy, grassiness and wheaty. Some noble floral hops. Light smell with some spices. Not bad.
T- Strangely like a Belgian in body, the hops and citrus don't combine in the way I thought they would. Yeasty, and kind of cultured like a Belgian.
M- Syrupy bodied, with biting carbonation.
O- Expectations weren't high, but this is an average beer and a decent example of the style.
03-11-2012 06:57:34 | More by Murrhey
4.15/5 rDev +18.6%
Served from the bottle into a pilsner glass
A- Poured a dark golden color with some haze but not as hazy as I expected for an unfiltered beer. Big soapy head that leaves lots of droppy lace.
S- Very fresh and aromatic with floral, lemon, earthy, and fruity lager notes
T- Very balanced taste with floral, lemon, earthy, fruity lager, and light yeasty notes. Very fresh tasting
M- Soft mouthfeel, creamy, medium carbonation, not quite dry
O- Very balanced and drinkable beer that is great for spring or summer. Really nice mouthfeel and refreshing. This is a beer I could drink all day.
03-19-2012 22:49:12 | More by Hoptometrist
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
3.98/5 rDev +13.7%
Another spring home run for the boys in Massachusetts. A cloudy golden beer with a frothy head and active carbonation. Head is smallish and lace is a bit light but that could also be due to the cold serving temperature. Malty nose with orangey citrus notes and a healthy amount of yeasty dough. A smoothly inviting aroma. Taste is a continuation and wonderful progression of the nose. Big malt front with a bakery display of breads and rolls on my tongue. Hops are expertly done with a gentle amping up of a traditional Keller but not in a way that leaves the style. This is a superb take on the style. Finish is clean, artfully hoppy and balanced. A light dryness in the mouth lingers with faint bread notes. Feel is crisp and creamy at the same time. Smooth swallow as well. A great beer and I hope to see it again but just in case I am buying some more of this to savor.
02-22-2012 00:13:33 | More by scootny
4/5 rDev +14.3%
Pours to a thick fluffy white head, moderate lace and cloudy gold color. Aroma is sweet, citusy and grainy. Flavor is a nice lend of sweet malts, Tettnang hops and subtle yeast esters. Mouthfeel is light and pleasant, medium CO2. Overall, this is a pleasant "new" old beer style we can all enjoy en masse.
02-08-2012 06:26:09 | More by EagleTalon
3.8/5 rDev +8.6%
12oz. bottle served into a nonic pint glass
Pours a cloudy yellow color, like a honey-lemon Hall's cough drop but with yeasty haze. 1.5 fingers of sterling white head form, leaving lots and lots of clumpy lace behind. It looks finefinefine for the style.
I like the top-end citrus aromas here. It smells like lemon zest and, like, maybe lemon pepper too. Sweet bread aromas abound as well, like Hawaiian rolls. It gets so sweet that it takes on a candy corn like smell; it'd get overwhelmingly sweet if not for the citrus powder/zest component.
To be quick with this review: Alpine Spring tastes like someone blended a hefeweizen with Sam Adams Noble Pils. It has the light citrus (predominantly lime) flavor of Noble Pils, but the more robust, unfiltered profile of a wheat beer. It's good. It's too close to Noble Pils without being as clean or refreshing as Noble Pils, so that caused me some initial disappointment. But this is a fine session candidate. It tastes good. Simple but good.
There is a pleasing heft to the body that I don't expect from most lagers, and it works very well with the unfiltered flavor profile.
Overall, this is a good beer. It doesn't blow me away like Noble Pils does, but this is a fine Spring seasonal beer. Frankly, lots of smaller breweries will release Spring seasonal lagers that are much worse than Alpine Spring.
01-30-2012 02:26:23 | More by Reaper16
3.73/5 rDev +6.6%
12oz bottle served in a pint glass.
pours a light amber / golden yellow tone while yielding about a 1" off-white head, modest retention and lacing. nose isn't the most dynamic aroma you'll come across but offers a decent hoppy melange of pine, grass, and citrus, followed by a subdued though discernible malt presence.
flavor delivers more of the same. pine, citrus, and some grassy hops balanced by toasted malt and a hint of honey in the finish. not bad. medium-light on the palate with average carbonation.
i feel like i say this in all my sam adams reviews but it applies again: nothing spectacular but an easy-drinking, relatively tasty offering. you could certainly do a lot worse.
07-03-2012 21:01:00 | More by BostonHops
4/5 rDev +14.3%
Pours a nice medium golden with a fluffy white head. Excellent retention, and a nice lace. Aroma is of bready, malts, with notes of orange and lemon.Body is medium and carbonated. Taste is Malty up front with bursts of sweet/tart fruit through out. Crisp, but earthy finish. Liked it a lot!
01-22-2012 00:25:53 | More by riversider76
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,410 ratings.