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

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2,448 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,448
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 33
Gots: 125 | 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 dbossman
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light peach hue with a big foamy head--good retention and really nice lacing

S: Grainy and bready but a crisp citrus and floral hop aroma with a touch of coriander, apples, pears, and lemon rind; this is a subtle aroma but still pretty complex

T: Balanced between fruity (citrus, apples, pears) hops and bready toasty malts; this is a nice beer

F: Fairly creamy; medium body; good overall feel--a touch thin on the back end

O: Such a refreshing seemingly simple and yet crisp and complex beer; I will enjoy this a couple times for some early spring grilling

dbossman, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of dkw0063
3/5  rDev -14.3%

dkw0063, Dec 01, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

DaveMiller, Mar 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

gshackles, Feb 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

bmjivi221, Dec 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

kingmaker, Mar 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

kmanjohnson, Jul 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Hessian257, Jan 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

JimGlonke, May 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

GFD400, Mar 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Fargrow, Jun 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

dalepryor, May 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Stevie_Janowski, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of Kromes
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy orange with a thin line of bubbles on top.

S: A sweet malt and citrus aroma with a good dose of herbal hop.

T: The initial taste is of sweet toasted malt and herbal, earthy hop and this gives way to a nice citrus bitterness. The bitterness is tame and complements the sweetness very well.

M: The beer isn't as light in the body as I would have suspected. It fills out with the carbonation to provide a nice drinkable beer that has some substance to it.

O: This is another quality beer and I wouldn't expect less. The noble hop flavor in this beer mixed with the citrus provides for a really good spring beer.

Kromes, Jan 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

johntfox, May 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

birdsellam, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of hustlesworth
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- lightly hazed golden amber with a slight greenish tint to it. Barely off white head is reminiscent of a fine German pale lager, as it should be. Lace is delicate and plentiful.

S- floral, lemony, and somewhat soapy noble hops. Very fine hop aroma here, with a bit of spicy yeasty funk. White bread and cracker in the background.

T- bready malt flavor, like a very mild sourdough, with a burst of citrus hops. Bitterness gradually increases and stops short about where a Czech pils would (although their saaz doesn't seem to have that distinct lemony edge). Hop flavor last from the start long into the lemony floral finish. Can seem watery when cold, but as it warms up a few degrees there's hearty malt in that conclusion.

MF- vigorous bubbles, and a well rounded grainy-slick-yeasty feel. All components are noticeable. Dry and hoppy feeling on the cheeks. Juicy bodied and totally refreshing.

D- way to showcase the tettnanger hops. Their bright flavor really holds this one down. Jim and the boys have made some amazing German style beers lately and I hope they keep em comin'.

hustlesworth, Jan 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

nzerbe, Mar 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

beerhunter13, Jun 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

hockeyfighter19, Sep 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

HamGlade10, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of scootny
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

scootny, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of Hoptometrist
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Hoptometrist, Mar 19, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

drbenderdo, Nov 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

M1A2, Jan 30, 2013
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,448 ratings.