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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
samueladams.com

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.

Added by BDIMike on 12-22-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
576
Ratings:
2,567
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
31.48%
 
 
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54
Gots:
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4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of oberon
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle sample of this at work the other night,I guess it's taking the spring seasonal spot next year with the Noble Pils becoming year around.Poured lighter hazed golden with a well formed 1/2 finger sticky white head atop.Some honey malt in the nose and that is basically it,faint lemon as well.Sweetish honey flavors at the onset with some firm toasted grain flavors,a smattering herbal hops in the finish with faint lemon.Not bad I think it is a good selection for a spring seasonal,its lighter but with a little substance.

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A fair straw, with an orange underbelly. Sparse head with tight-ish lacing. Strong malt nose with a fair amount of overripe orange. A bit of lemon. Pretty good. Some tang at the outset with a grainy backdrop. The tang gives way to a strong, bready malt presence. Some nuttiness and some almost... graham cracker lays fat on the tongue. End mouthfeel could be a bit cleaner, but it's an eminently drinkable and flavorful beer.

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5/5  rDev +39.3%

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2/5  rDev -44.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by June 2012

A - Pours a hazy golden brown with two fingers of white head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves some spotty lacing.

S - Light bread aroma accompanied bit some citrus, some grassy hops and faint florals.

T - Nice bite of noble hops, some citrus, mostly orange peel and bread malts.

M - Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, with a bit of bitter dryness on the finish.

O - Pretty enjoyable. I haven't had many in this style, and I like Surly Hell quite a bit more, but I would drink this again. It's an easy drinking, but still flavorful brew.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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