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Samuel Adams Alpine SpringSamuel Adams Alpine Spring

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

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.

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Photo of delta490
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Poured a cloudy gold with about two fingers of creamy white head that lasts quite a while and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma was pretty nice, sweet with fruity notes and little bit of hop bitterness. Taste is primarily malty, with bready notes balanced out against the hops. It has a nice, if slightly understated, flavor and it's obvious it was well made. The mouthfeel has some slight carbonation at the beginning but is otherwise quite smooth and a little bit thicker. The flavors don't knock you out, but it is still a well-crafted and flavorful beer.

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Photo of Spikester
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Orange gold cloudy with one inch of white head. Well laced.
Smell is yeast, citrus, and grain.
Taste is malts, lemon, wheat, a slight amount of euro type bitter hops. Alcohol is well hidden.
A medium body beer with good carbonation. Finish is very slightly dry. Very refreshing. Has a nice lemony tang. Overall a tasty beer that requires me to have another.

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Photo of Mavigo
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

A: Was a golden orange color, with a short off white color head with small amounts of lacing, had good retention though, was there the whole time.

S: Crisp floral smell to it, grass, citrus peels, wheat, yeast

T: Fairly sweet, very enjoyable, light flavor. Tastes of wheat, citrus, grass, grains, yeast, tinge of hops

M: Bit on the carbonated side, but fairly fell balanced, very crisp, more of a spring/summer beer but since Michigan just skips over spring, basically a summer beer. Medium bodied.

O: Overall this is pretty good. No complaints. Affordable too. Recommended by me.

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Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

found this one in the fridge

a: poured into a lager cylinder, the pour gives a dense, fluffy-looking white head over a well hazed body of a deep golden color, good retention

s: a pleasant fresh grassy, citrusy noble hop aroma rides a body of pale malt showing subtle notes of honey, an interesting honey coated grain aroma really comes out after warming - the honey malt in action I presume, sweet lemon, yeasty and bready, nice

m: carbonation riding the low to moderate line, with a body on the full side of the lighter range, nicely smooth and a little creamy

t: pale and lager malts form a slightly sweet underlayer, really like the honey malt - kind of a honey coated grain flavor (honey nut cheerios?), very grassy-fresh noble hops show a strong presence - lots of steeped hop pulp in the flavor, some bright candied citrus, malt sugars linger with hop flavors and a mild bitterness

o: a nicely full, round lager aroma augmented with lots of yeasty, bready character as a result of being unfiltered, nicely hopped as well drinks well

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Photo of Roguer
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Not bad, clean but not totally clear. A nice hue. Decent head that rapidly fades; some foam flecks on the side of the glass, but no pretty lacing.

S - Notes of citrus and banana, but nothing strongly stands out.

T - Sweet, light, smooth; citrus but not sour, mild hops (enough to taste, not enough to make it a bitter beer). Very light banana feel (less than the scent implies), some citrus. A very easy beer to drink. Flavors come in hints instead of overpowering presences and are well-balanced.

M - Again, light. With the flavor, this almost leaves you thinking of a wheat beer, but it is a little thinner (not at all cloudy), and flows more like a pilsner. A nice balance.

O - This is a very good, tasty beer. I can take this as a one-off on a warm day outside, or a three-beer night out with friends. It's just flavorful and sweet enough to surprise you and make for a nice day in the sun, but light enough that you can drink it in volume (if you so choose).

In my first experience with Alpine Spring, I was a little surprised my the sweetness, mild tart, and forward flavor. The novelty has since warn off, but it's still a good beer.

I usually drink this on tap, but have been known to grab the occasional six-pack.

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Photo of guityler83
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Two fingers of slightly off white head to filling my pint glass to the brim. Hazy dandelion colored apperance.

S: Hints of clove, lemon and ginger

T: Sweet with clove and a tinge of banana. Fruity after taste that stays with you. Crisp clean bitterness that is hardly detectable.

M: Highly carbonated, moderate body and a sweetness that lingers

O: Not my thing i guess. I enjoy the Sierra Nevada Kellerwies quite a bit, but this really didn't do it for me.

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Photo of u2carew
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
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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Photo of Rast
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Approached with caution on tap at Carrabba's due to previous bad experiences with Sam Adams spring seasonals.

Pours a lovely bright mustard yellow with hazy opacity. It's not just condensation on the glass, I promise. Nose is bright and inviting. Reminds me of a wheat beer with the citrus and the light hop bitterness. Tastes delicious: again, what beery, tho apparently it's some sort of obscure German bier style called keller. Whatever it is, it's the best darn Sam Adams spring seasonal I've enjoyed.

P.S. Mouthfeel was significantly above average. Full but not rich, lovely bubbly but not Spritey.
I have greatly enjoyed Samuel Adams Alpine Spring.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Notch on label indicates Best Enjoyed By Aug 2013.

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before sinking to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a thick patch of surface foam.. Lacing slides quickly down the glass leaving a thin ring behind.

S- Not much there. Some cracker-like malt with maybe some underlying spice and alcohol fume. Smells kind of sweet, like there could be some honey involved. Certainly not pleasant.

T- Drinks easy enough though, once again, there's just not much going on. While it's smooth and drinkable, it's just about flavorless. Some incredibly light, grainy malt and seemingly no hop presence.

M- Pretty light body but not horribly so. Carbonation isn't bad either.

O- Oh well, at least I get to tick a brand new style.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This brew pours a cloudy orange color with a light fluffy one finger head which dissipates quickly. Mild lacing.

The smell is yeasty, sweet malts, orange, lemon and maybe a little bit of pine.

The taste is lemon, orange, dank yeast, a little oily pine. Nothing really stands out.

The mouthfeel is thin and oily. A little pine oil remains on the tongue after swallowing.

This is an average Keller, it would be nice on a warm spring day as an easily drinkable session brew but nothing really stands out.

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Photo of pmorey
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tap pull into a Samuel Adams pub glass. Creamy one finger head that dissipates fairly quickly with not much lacing. Hazy with golden yellow color but really no nose to speak of, maybe a little pine. Heavy carbonation but not excessive with a citrus taste that blends well with light hops. Tastes like an Oktoberfest beer that had a slice of lemon sqeezed into it. Leaves a somewhat sour/acidic aftertaste.

Not a bad offering from SA but there are others of a similar style I would choose. Would prefer a stronger hop flavor.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Terry's Terrace in Michigan.

Appearance: A pretty nice looking amber color with a small head that didn't stick around all that much. The lacing was surprisingly nice though, so that bumps the rating up a tad.

Smell: Faint, but it certainly smells like spring. Refreshing, light, and nothing really stands out. Mild hops and floral/leafy smells.

Taste: I have a bit of a cold, so it's hard to give it a completely fair shake, but it's alright -- nothing mind blowing, but good for the average beer drinker. The floral flavors come out on front, with a very pleasant malt finish. There's really slight bitterness on this one, if any, and I find it to be a touch on the sweeter side. The feel is smooth with a pretty low carbonation, making this one easy to toss back.

Meh. A very average beer. It's drinkable, and it's not bad, but there's nothing to make me want to really have another. Regardless, I WOULD have another to see how it tastes when I'm not a little stuffed up. A respectable seasonal.

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Photo of bourbonbock
2.14/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a generic pint glass and am overwhelmed by the the fruity aromas wafting out of it.

A. Pours like a murky budweiser with white sticky fluffy white head one finger thick.

S. The smell as I already said is overwhelmingly strong. It smells of oranges and lemons and perhaps even a little bit of apple from the yeast.

T. The flavor is very effervescent and tangy. Lots of esters and residual sweetness. Not really my kind of beer.

M. The feel on the tongue is heavy and slow like molasses.

I would not seek this beer out unless it was the only thing between me and a MGD.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Had this a few times last year, I remember it as a good spring weather refresher beer.

Pours a pale orange with some haze. A tall white head sticks around pretty well, retains as a pretty full cap and leaves some lace behind.

A somewhat faint and simple scent, but pleasant enough. Sweet, grainy and bready, with light spicy hop and banana&apple-like fruit presence. Some veggie-ness.

Taste is similar - simple, kinda bland, but certainly not bad. The bread/grain/sweet malt bill is okay but average. Still an interesting banana flavor going on, some spicy and herbal hops but bitterness is quite low.

Pretty solid mouthfeel, decent body for the ABV, low on the foaminess and carbonation.

Not bad, certainly drinkable but not the most exciting beer.

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Photo of Seekerpilgrim
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pouring a dull yellow, notes of citrus and almond waft off the very thick head. On the tongue, very smooth, with an initial creamy sweetness courtesy of the honey malt and Tettnang Tettnanger hops, slowly shifting to an almost lemon crispness towards the end.

This is a very refreshing beer, perfect for fans of wheat beers since is has a bit of that style's coriander and banana sweetness, great on it's own but going well with light pork and salad dishes. Cheers!

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Photo of JamesMN
2.97/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It must be noted that this is considered an ale in Texas. Okay, get it together Texas.

Best by July 2013.

Appearance: Super hazy orange/caramel color witha thin off-white head.

Aroma: Buttery malt and some lemon.

Taste: Unfortunately the buttery aroma is indeed part of the flavor. This makes Alpine Spring very heavy on the palate and covers up the bright citrus hop character. Hits a high not right in the middle and then goes downhill leaving you with a crisp finish and buttery aftertaste. I've had other Keller Biers and enjoyed them but this one is just odd.

Mouthfeel: Much thicker than anticipated, more than medium in body. Average carbonation and drinkability.

Final Thoughts: If you like the combination of butter and citrus then this is the beer for you. I'm actually surprised because Samuel Adams usually has pretty solid seasonals. Would I drink it again? Not without some persuasion.

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Photo of Mit
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a-pours a orangy opaque colour with a decent head....

s-citrus notes...crisp...very refreshing....

t-lighter taste...minor hops...that crisp flavor reminiscent of an apple or like when you bite into an orange without peeling it. Quite nice.

m-feels light for the abv...

overall I found this beer tastely but kinda unremarkable...I would def get it again as I did like it a lot. There was nothing excepting the crispness that I found stood out for me.

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

This might have tasted better to me than it really is because I had it on the first day of Spring, while looking out over a snow covered land! But it did invoke a fresh taste that was enjoyable, and made me dream of daffodils and dogwood blossoms that are soon to arrive!

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Photo of mintjellie
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Golden and hazy. Small, but tightly formed white head. The head looks like soap lather. Good retention and lace. Simple, inviting aroma, yeasty bread dough and lemon zest. Gently sweet and malty up front with fresh baked bread note, joined shortly after by a lemony hop note. A grainy note persists in the finish alongside very gentle bitterness. Almost medium-bodied with low carbonation. Feels smooth and a little bit creamy on the palate. Good beer, but I prefer the bolder Noble Pils. With Noble Pils not being available this year in Ontario, I would consider buying this again.

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Photo of godlessape
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured this into a pint glass. I love the fuzzy, hazy golden body, with the the inviting creamy white head.
The aroma is very subtle, however very enticing with lemony spice and sweet malt.
The flavor is starts off with a mild hop zest and ends with a malty, lemony, yeasty give and take at the end. Nice balancing act here.
The mouthfeel is most impressive. Light in body with a precise amount of carbonation that makes this beer smooth beyond smooth.
Overall a great beer.

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Photo of chilidog
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Alpine pours a hazy golden, thick bubbly white head, lace is nice and ring like. The head maintains well too. Carbonation is just rite, no fizz but a softness that aids drink ability.

Aroma of citric, yeasty malts.

Taste of belgium yeast, spice, citric in hop, malts are bread like, dough like.

Mouth is soft with spice notes, peppery.

Overall a nice flavorful spring ale that great on a warm day but can stand on a cooler, wet, sit in a warm house as you look outside kinda beer.
I've bought this a few times now, and will buy again.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a SA glass.

A- Orange color, minimal head, some lacing and some evidence of being unfiltered.

S- Orange and lemon citrus, yeast, and some spiceiness. But not enough of any aroma to overcome a soapy funkiness.

T- Some orange citrus, some yeast, some spices. Grassy.

M- Very crisp, light and fizzy, it works here. Some hop bitterness on the end to go with the funky/sour finish.

O- My best experience with a SA brew so far.

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

eh, had higher hopes for this one. pours mostly clear even though its said to be unfiltered, really light yellow in color with a very nice white head. the nose is pretty hoppy, lemony and light, with a lighter grain makeup as well, maybe some wheat in here, and plenty of pale and crystal malt. the flavor is more balanced than the nose, and therefore the hops don't really get big until the finish, which is clean and fresh, brisk, like early spring itself. it also has a minerally character, elemental, not metallic, but off just a bit. its super easy drinking, light and interesting enough, with really bright carbonation and a less than medium body. it does get a little filling after a few though, which is sort of odd, but this is a decent choice for the spring box. if I reach into the box blind and grab one of these, im not disappointed, although I probably wont seek this out again.

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Photo of raznug
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Alpine pours a hazy pale golden color and is topped with ¾” of white head.
Smell: The aroma of this beer is all malt and yeast aromas that blend nicely in the nose.
Taste: The malt and yeast flavors of this beer play off of each other nicely to make this a brew that is easy drinking yet has a ton of flavors that I expect out of this style.
Mouthfeel: This is a medium to light bodied beer that flows easily around the palate.

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