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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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Reviews by SkeeterHawk:
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3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is interesting that I got to try this beer on tap tonight at the Outback Steakhouse in Humble, and now it was sitting ready to be reviewed in my fridge when I got home. Let's give this one a go from the bottle:

Appearance: Pours a pretty cloudy yellow gold color with a small 1/8" head of small white bubbles after a pretty aggressive pour. The head faded to a very small ring within about 20-30 seconds. There is a tiny bit of lace left on the glass after drinking the beer.

Aroma: The aroma is fresh with some tangerines being the most noticeable after the pour. There is also a wheaty malt character that give the aroma a dryness that definitely seems malt derived...though the malt isn't making a huge impression in the aroma.

Taste: The flavor is pretty balanced toward malt and hops overall, but the malt that is there is so subtle that it is somewhat showcasing the hops. The balance of this beer is barely toward the malt in the finish, and this is quite nice after you get the hops that you do in the initial parts of the flavor. The beer is getting a tad more bready as it warms up some, but overall it is staying pretty consistent as it warms.

Opinion: Overall, I have been pretty happy with this beer both on tap and in the bottle. I would be nice if the bottle version was a pleasing to look at as it was on tap. The draft version kept a respectable head on it pretty much the whole glass. The bottle version dropped pretty quickly. Otherwise, I like the showcase of hops that coexists nicely with the malt in the finish to give you a balanced flavor to linger long after the sip. I would go so far as to say that of Boston Brewing Company's "regular"/sessionable beers, this is one of my favorite so far.

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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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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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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.

Like It? I Do

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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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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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