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

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2,495 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,495
Reviews: 571
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 38
Gots: 176 | 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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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Obtained a bottle from a "pick six" craft beer wall here in Calgary. This beer certainly looks like it diverges from other members of the lager clan, a murky peach color with a few inches of white head. One is immediately struck by the yeasty, spicy nose. Smells like bakery shop yeast, bready but with some peppery spice and green herb that perhaps recalls celery. You can discern some sweetness as well, perhaps stone fruit and mild citrus. Palate reflects all these components and this beer is something of a mishmash ... The aforementioned yeast jumps out first, followed by sourdough bread, honey sweet malt, weedy green hops that recall fresh grass, hints of unripe apple and quince, subtle orange and lemon citrus, vitamin tablets, and something else herbal that is hard to pin down (licorice?). Eventually these malty and fresh zesty flavors give way and things become sweeter, bringing the stone fruit from the aroma back to mind. Plenty fizzy and this serves to amplify the overall sour, fruity, and yeasty vibe than I can only assume is unique to lagers that have not been purged of yeast remnants. Alcohol is detectable. Hops were not as assertive as the label suggests ("Hopped With Tettnang"!) but there certainly is a citrus node in the flavor matrix. Medium bodied with a pleasant creamy mouthfeel. The total package is crisp and dry enough to pass muster as a pilsener family member but with considerable residual sweetness and more fruit elements. I'd enjoy this in greater quantities as a warm-weather sessional.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of KajII
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Lager glass]

The pour was a hazy golden orange with a small (less than 1 finger) white creamy head that was mostly diminishing leaving a small collar of foam which allowed for some fair lacing.

The aroma was of straw malts, floral hops and an earthy yeast with notes of citrus (lemon) and a bit of honey.

The taste was mildly malty sweet with a hint of lemon and honey pretty much throughout with the end being rather yeasty and having a nice wheat citrus taste. The flavor lasted an average amount of time proceeding the swallow with the taste of citrus being most dominant.

Mouthfeel was just above light in body and a little watery in texture with a fizzy carbonation.

Overall a great spring/summer brew, one with a nice citrus wheat taste that is very refreshing, especially on a hot day...

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2/5  rDev -42.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light orange and slightly hazy. Descent head which sticks around a while and forms some lace.

Fruit and bread notes in the nose.

Bread-like malt character. Apricot and mango sweetness. Citric hop bitterness is not over powering yet compliments the fruity character. Semi-tart finish with lingering mellow yeast flavor. Good balance.

Lighter bodied. Crisp and lively carbonation. Smooth texture and a crisp, clean finish.

Pretty descent. Has that classic Sam Adams taste. Fresh tasting and very drinkable.

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as part of Sam Adam's Spring 12pk Brewer's Collection for $13.39 at Woodman's in Janesville, WI in Winter 2011.

Pours a cloudy copper color with a moderate fluffy head. Scent if rather grainy with a lot of earthy tones with some mild citrus. The taste has a strong unfiltered characteristic as you take in a blend of semi-bitter hops, crisp malts, and floral hints. I found this to be more of a slower sipping beer than most of their other beers due to the complex taste and texture from the unfiltered process. Complex, unique, and delicious.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Stolen from my room mate and poured into a pint glass. This one pours a cloudy golden straw color with a finger of frothy white head.

Blood orange in the aroma with a little bit of a buttery finish. A nice dose of doughy yeast and floral hops round out the aroma. Dry cracker and biscuit flavors with a little bit of a sourdough profile. Sweet orange citrus lingers in the background with a little bit of a hop bite.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Honestly seems a bit heavier than I would like. Overall another solid brew from Sammy. Real enjoyable.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a finger thick, white head. Slowly settles. Mostly clear body that is golden-orange in color. Sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Light aroma of floral notes and sugary sweetness.
T) Light grainy taste with some floral notes. Some pepper notes in the finish. Relatively light all around.
M) Light body. Crisp. Dry. Slightly chalky in the finish.
O) An alright beer. Seems fairly consistent with the style profile.

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3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep gold, slight haze, huge layer of off-white fine-beaded foam with good retention

Aroma: light lemon rind, citrus flowers, and slightly herbal; dusty malt

Flavor: dryish malt profile that lets the slightly citrusy/slightly Noble hops get more of the spotlight; finishes dryish with a fairly crisp, clean finish

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, light carbonation, crisp texture

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,495 ratings.