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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

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576
Ratings:
2,567
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
31.48%
 
 
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Photo of Higy
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best seasonal brews from Samuel Adams. I do not usually enjoy hops with a citrus profile (but palates do change.) It was well balanced with hops and malt flavors.

It is a beer i would recommend to someone that usually drinks "lite" beer and to someone who does not enjoy american style hopped beer.

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Photo of d1ckvanswype
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Coca Cola style pint glass (dishwasher day, ugh).

A: Poured with standard aggression which yields a fluffy white two fingers worth of head that slowly deflates, leaving some decent lacing. Cloudy orange-gold color, a nice looking beer.

S: Yeasty and spicy, with a wheat forward tone and a deliciously juicy citrus note from the Tettnang hops.

T: Starts smooth and sweet, which quickly turns into a pronounced wheat flavor and less of the juicy orange note than I would have liked, and a very, very gentle hop bitterness at the very end which mingles nicely with the spicy yeast character.

M: Surprisingly lush for a macro brew, pretty creamy but with a refreshing, slightly zippy carbonation which stops it from laying too heavy on the tongue. Quite nice, actually.

O: A very solid beer, easy to drink and very refreshing, a great beer for that midpoint between Winter and Spring.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
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'.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap as part of the World Beer Tour. A 10-oz pour was golden straw with a white foam cap. Mild citrus nose, a bit of lemon. Taste was citrusy, orange-lemon honey, fruity hops, clean finishing almost but not quite juicy. Medium-light yet creamy body. Higher carbonation. Refreshing. Pretty good.

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Photo of pschul4
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very slightly cloudy light amber with some white head and nice retention

S- Getting pale malts and some other scents that are hard to put my finger on...citrusy though forsure

T- Nice sweet citrus flavors with some pale malts that hit my palate just right

M- Smooth in a way that you wouldnt expect for a beer wiht this type of flavor profile

O- Really enjoyed this one more than I thought I would. Hats off to BBC for this one

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Photo of timn
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a nice cloudy gold, with a small amount of sudsy head to it. The head sticks around nicely.

S: Very little aroma to speak of.

T: A nice bright, citrusy flavor, with a very slight hint of hops, and a little yeast. This tastes very smooth and drinkable, with no one flavor overpowering anything else. There is enough flavor here to be worth drinking and not taste cheap.

M: Nice mouthfeel. Thicker and smoother feel than I expected, in a good way.

O: Sam Adams has a nice brew here. It has a nice, balanced flavor, and a surprisingly good mouthfeel for a lighter beer. The name is Alpine Spring, but I could easily sit out on my deck in the summer and quaff this one. A good choice if you want something that has some nice flavor, but will also quench your thirst. The only thing I still can't get over is why every year Sam Adams retires its Winter Lager and puts out its "Spring" Brew in the middle of January.

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Photo of mccarltone
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy, light honey color. Thick and foamy white head...about one finger.

Smell - Citrusy and slight spicyness to it. Very refreshing.

Taste - Surprising and very pleasant maltiness. Definite citrus hop flavor that is not overly bitter.

Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation to it. Very light and smooth.

A very nice addition to the Sam Adams lineup. This is a very enjoyable beer to go along with the transition from winter to spring. Almost tastes like a Sierra Nevada Pale and a Vienna lager combination.

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Photo of Luigi
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a massive white foamy head that reaches at least three fingers. The head retention was impressive keeping at least a one finger head throughout the life of the beer.

The aroma is filled with yeast bread flavor, and grassy hops. Very clean aroma though.

The flavor is crisp and refreshing with grains, malt, and grassy hop dominating. Nothing heavy though.

Light bodied and super easy to drink. Oh and did I mention tasty?

This American made lager is nothing less than just a good clean beer. I hope this becomes a year around brew!

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Photo of fsimcox
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy off-golden color, with a white fluffy head that dissipates slowly. Some lacing.

Smells of earth, malt, subtle hops and a hint of citrus. But not overpowering.

Taste is sweet malt, with some hints of citrus, and just a slight hop finish. A hint of hops in the after taste with lingering malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel has some creaminess up front, some carbonation and a full-bodies finish. Very smooth, and easy to drink.

A very nice beer. I was a little surprised that this is a Keller beer. It reminded me of a Helles, but the unfiltered style gave it some interesting subtle notes. I will buy this beer again.

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Photo of BDIMike
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an awesome-looking unfiltered lager. The beer has a murky, dark golden colored beer. There is a small amount of carbonation that creates a nice, thick white head. The head has awesome retention and stays throughout the entire beer.
Smell is very clean. A bit of citrusy, flowery hop smell, but it balances very well with a toned down honey malt.
Taste is very nice. A well-balanced sip. The beginning of the sip is a nice floral hop taste. The end of the sip is very clean with a crisp, honey malt taste.
Mouthfeel is great for a lager. This beer has a crisp, refreshing bite, but it has a bit more body to it than a regular lager.
Drinkability is awesome on Alpine Spring. It is a great beer for springtime. It has some really good tastes and flavors to it, but they all balance out really well. The balance makes this an awesome session beer. Sam really did well with this new seasonal..

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Photo of cadizkyguy
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Never had this style of beer, but it reminds me of some past beers in other styles -- particularly upland's wheat beer, a Belgian Witbier, and Bell's Oberon Ale, an American pale wheat ale, as well as reminding me of a good hefeweizen with its cloudy composition and yeasty smell. This offering from Sam Adams is a tasty reprieve from the ipa's and bitter pale ales I've had lately -- namely Bell's Two Hearted and Three Floyds' Zombie Dust, both very good but somewhat abrasive.

I'm a novice to craft beer, but have found Sam Adams' brews to be quite good -- namely the flagship Boston Lager and the Noble Pils. I find this new beer to be the perfect change of pace beer. I don't detect much in the way of hops, but again my tastebuds are just learning the ways of craft beer and I put my trust in Jim Koch to give us newbies a beer we can enjoy on any occasion.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hmmm a leftover bottle from the superbowl party. Mine now.

Poured into a mug. Pours a pale golden color with a decent finger white heading. Good lacing throughout the tasting.

Very citrusy nose, alot of orange peel and decent lemon zest towards the finish. This does make me feel like spring is in the air.

That same orangey-lemony flavor with a superb backing of honey malt which comes in full force. Subtle touches of spice and dough in the finish.

Light bodied,excellent carbonation. Excellent balance,very crisp finish.

I am not to familiar with the Keller style but this seems spot on to me. Great spring brew from Samuel Adams.

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Photo of ricchezza
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass from Sam Adams. Pours a fizzy, cloudy gold/school-bus yellow body with a bright white head which retains its lacing the duration beer is in the glass.

Smells and tastes sweet and yeasty with a zesty lemon-like citrus.

Sampled in January 2012 despite being labeled a Spring seasonal release. Regardless of weather conditions this is a delicious beer. I will certainly be buying more of these.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours pale honey orange, quite hazy with a one and a half finger white head that has good staying power.
S- Citrus, floral, doughy with a touch of honey.
T- It's quite doughy at first but there is a floral and lemony flavor that rounds it out.
M- Medium body for a helles, maybe a bit fuller, with a perfectly smooth light carbonation. Long, lightly sticky finish for a helles.
O- Admittedly I had low expectations for it, but this was a delicious simple beer.

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Photo of tronester
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of videofrog
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into imperial pint glass. Freshness notch June 2012.

A: Hazy golden to orange. Fluffy white head that gradually settles.

S: Citrusy hops, grains, sweet bready malts.

T: Good, solid malt backbone with decent citrus hop bite. Honey and yeast character are evident.

M: Great carbonation for the style; smooth and crisp.

O: Really enjoyed Sam Adam's newest seasonal offering. Extremely easy to drink and sessionable. Wish I hadn't just picked one from a mix-six.

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Photo of TTAmod
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap served in 18 oz. mug.

A: Slightly hazy light gold color. Two fingers of frothing white head slowly dissipate to one finger. Head retention and lacing is good.

S: Smells of grain, husks, and a bit of faint citrus.

T: Taste is similar. Lots of grass and grain. Nice buttered biscuit malt base. Some hints of citrusy hops provides pretty good depth to this beer. It's slightly bitter at the end, but nothing too extreme.

M: Appropriately smooth and frothing. Nice medium-light body.

O: I still love this beer. It's probably a bit better on tap than in the bottle, mostly because of the mouthfeel. The taste, smell, and appearance is similar. Really easy drinking and pair well with most foods. A great Spring beer.

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Photo of acevenom
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden with a white, three finger length head. The head dissipates slowly, leaving some sticky lacing on the glass. Some bubbles can be seen even though the beer is a hazy. The smell is floral, grainy, and slightly sweet with a hints of bright citrus and some spiciness from the hops. The taste is slightly sweet and grainy and this is balanced by tart citrus flavors from the hops. It's a very bright and crisp taste. The carbonation prepares you for each sip of this easy drinker. It's smooth and the mouthfeel is light. Overall, this is an excellent beer that is refreshing and perfect on a warm spring day.

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Photo of CowsCanBark
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on-tap at the T.G.I. Fridays in Exton, PA. I hastily jotted down notes on my shitty old ass phone.

Delivered in a 22 oz. (frosted, of course) mug. It was actually the perfect temperature, though, so it was okay.

Appearance: Came to me with a one-finger bone-white head and a very cloudy (unfiltered) dark orange hue. There was decent lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Malts, sweet orange/citrus, mild hops

Taste: Very light. Sweet malts, apricots, orange/citrus, very fruity all around. There was also the tiniest bitterness and a bit of spicy character. The finish was a bit watery as well.

Mouthfeel: Light to moderate body, high carbonation, smooth.

Overall: My first beer of the style and I am pleasantly impressed. An overall nice spring beer that I'd be happy to order another 22 oz. mug of.

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Photo of tzieser
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

a: hazy golden color with a fluffy white head that sticks to the sides of the glass for a while. i love the fact they left the lager unfiltered. you don't see many unfiltered lagers these days....

s: nice aroma. lots of flowers and grass. reminds me of a fresh spring day. notes of biscuit-like malt as well. nice.

s: sweet and bready malt flavor is nicely balanced by floral, grass and light citrus hop flavor. very light bitterness. well balanced yet full bodied and flavorful.

m: very smooth mouthfeel.

glad to see another new and delicious Sam Adams Lager. sure, it's not the crisp hop-fest that Noble Pils was, but it's a fantastic well-balanced lager all on it's own. recommended.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tape @ Howlin' Wolf, Salem MA

Hazy honey color, fairly clear for an unfiltered wheat. Creamy white head leaves thick rings striping my glass. For such a boisterous foam display everywhere else the retention doesn't quite hold up its end of the bargain. Almost a 5.

Lemon citrus dominates the aroma but blends well with an agave nectar floral sweetness and subtle hop spice. Tastes like it smells although the yeast shines through a bit more with a mid sip snap.

On tap I loved the body of AS. It was smooth like a lager and creamy like an unfiltered wheat - the best of both worlds. However I had Alpine Spring in a bottle last night and its crisp and zesty and not at all as good IMO. Odd that the same beer should taste so different.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I get a very flowery smell that could be mistaken for a belgian yeast strain. It also has a lemony citrus smell but not too strong almost like lemonade.

You get the hop spice and bite right up front with a creamy mouthfeel and a very nice bread dough like aftertaste. Its delicious. The best thing about this are the amazing malt characteristics.

It has a light feel to it yet it doesn't. Its odd but definitely the clear cut definition of a spring or even a summer beer. Its perfectly blended with the citrus and slight lemon flavors.

I went into this thinking it was going to be hoppy for some reason but really was surprised and exceeded my expectations at that. Samuel Adams is still one of my favorite brewers even after having tried a fair amount of craft beers.

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Photo of J23hc
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into round bowl mug. Hazy orange with a natural milky white head, never really leaves, stays thin and filmy throughout. Smell isn't much at all but a faint acidic orange and lemon juice. Taste also has juicy orange, orange peel, lemon peel, clementine and a little citric spiciness. Very nice light feel, one of my favorite sam adams beers

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Photo of Rschis16
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden yellow beer with a shock white one and a half finger head on top. Patchy lacing stays on the glass as the head dissapates to a patchy sheet. Citrsuy nose, and a little wheaty. The citrus comes in the form of lemon grass, very clean and refreshing.

Clean and refreshing in the taste as well. Sweet, then tart like lemons. There is a grassy taste as well that gives it that clean, refreshing side. Decent little bite of hops in the back that give the sweet/tart thing some balance. Wheaty malts that create a solid backbone. Subtly complex, despite the refreshing qualities, with a nice balance througout. Juicy in the middle and dry in the finish, effervescent texture near the end from a higher carbonation. This is a good one from BBC and a welcome addition to their seasonal line-up.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a retailer, I'm not sure why they put "spring" on a label in the beginning of winter. As a beer lover, I couldn't care less. Anywho, let's see...

Looks good. Bright! Murky. Very light orange, mostly golden. Looks refreshing.

It would be easy to mistake this for a light IPA or even a Czech pilsner. Somewhat grassy aroma. Ligth zest and toasted rolls.

Yeah, light IPA is a good description. But then again, there should be nothing light about IPAs. So, this seems a bit more hoppy than a Pils. Grassy is a good note. Has a soft malty body. Hints of lime.

Easy drinking. A balanced beer. A bit filmy on the end.

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